I was recently invited (along with Miss M) to attend cooking classes at the Boys & Girls Clubs' Center for a Healthy Lifestyle.
During our time there, we had four cooking classes and did a tour of the garden, sampling yummy organic freshly grown produce and playing with chickens.
The kids did the first class of the day, making hummus, with Chef Amanda Mascia of The Good Food Factory.
Although Miss M doesn't like hummus, she absolutely loved the class where she learned how to squeeze lemons, use a can opener, measure ingredients, crush garlic, chop parsley and blend ingredients.
Our second class was Raw Mozzarella Caprese with Pesto, with aged balsamic & olive oil and was taught by Vegan Chef Matthew Purnell. This man is amazing. I had absolutely no idea you could make mozzarella from macadamia nuts, and I have to say that his caprese salad was the best I have ever tasted.
The third class was making Chinese Five-Spice Organic Chicken Lettuce Cups with Alison Caldwell.
I love a good lettuce wrap and these did not disappoint, plus I finally learned how to pull lettuce apart into perfect cups without them breaking into tiny pieces. No more buying two heads of lettuce for me.
How to separate lettuce for lettuce cups: Find the stem on the head of lettuce, place it face down above a hard surface (ie a bench or cutting board) and smash it down a couple of times to break the stem. Carefully remove it from the lettuce. Cut the bottom of the lettuce off and then turn it up the other way running water in-between all of the lettuce leaves, this will separate them. Let them dry on a paper towel.
Our final class for the day was making Gluten-free Chocolate Glazed Mini Donuts with Vegan Chef Liz Gary.
Liz got the kids involved in this class, having them stir the mixture, flipping donuts in the Babycakes donut maker, and dipping them in the glaze. Her donuts were absolutely amazing.
We sampled real popcorn.
The Center for a Healthy Lifestyle is a wonderful place for kids and adults to take cooking classes and learn more about organic produce. Check out their class schedule to see what they are currently offering.
Disclosure: We received complimentary cooking classes at the Center for a Healthy Lifestyle.