More Recipes from 2017 Summer Chef’s Club


Goat Cheese Toasties with Sun-Dried Tomatoes and Basil

13 sun dried tomatoes (in package, not in oil)         2 tablespoons pesto

2 ounces goat cheese, room temperature                 1 small French baguette

1 clove garlic, crushed                                           ¼ cup olive oil

Ground black pepper                                             1 bunch basil

Soak the tomatoes in hot water 20 to 30 minutes, until soft.  Drain and chop finely.

In a medium bowl mix tomatoes, goat cheese and pesto.

Use a serrated knife to cut baguette into ½ inch slices.   Arrange on a cookie sheet.

Mix olive oil and garlic in a small bowl.  Sprinkle in a little black pepper.

Use a pastry brush to brush oil mixture onto  baguette slices.

Toast in oven for 2 or 3 minutes, just until lightly toasted and slightly browned.

Just before serving time, spread a little of the goat cheese mixture on each baguette slice.    Garnish with chopped basil.

Arrange on a plate.


Jake’s Tomato Tart

NOTE:  This is the recipe as Jake wrote it.  It makes 1 big tart, not the individual appetizers we had at our feast.  We adapted this recipe for the feast.

Pre-heat oven to 400º F.

Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or Silpat sheet.


1 sheet puff pastry (remove from freezer the night before and thaw in refrigerator overnight)

6 Roma tomatoes, washed and sliced            1 cup Gruyere or Havarti cheese, grated

Bacon, cooked                                             Eggs

Salt and pepper                                            Fresh thyme leaves

Flour for rolling pastry

On a lightly floured surface, roll puff pastry into a 10 inch x 14 inch rectangle.

Transfer to the lined baking sheet.

Sprinkle cheese on the pastry, leaving a 2 inch border around the outside.

Line tomatoes up on cheese.  Top with bacon.  Top with thyme leaves.  Sprinkle with salt and pepper.

Fold long ends of pastry slightly over the filling. Then the short ends, pinching to seal.  Cut vents in the pastry.

Beat the egg slightly with a little water.  Brush on pastry.

Bake 30 minutes, or until golden brown.




2 teaspoons white vinegar                            2 tablespoons lemon juice

2 tablespoons honey                                    1 cup grapefruit juice

4 tablespoons canola oil                               2 large grapefruit

Kosher salt and black pepper

Peel grapefruit.  Remove any traces of white pith.  Use a knife to cut down between the membranes of each section of grapefruit and remove sections, leaving membranes behind.  Remove seeds.

Put vinegar, lemon juice, honey, grapefruit juice, canola oil and grapefruit sections in a blender or food processor.  Blend until smooth.  Season to taste with a little salt and pepper.  Chill while you prepare the salad.

NOTE:  If you do not have a blender or food processor, chop the grapefruit small, whisk the remaining ingredients together, then stir in the grapefruit.


1 head red or green leaf lettuce                     ½ cup chopped, fresh parsley

2 ribs of celery                                             2 apples (Fuji or Braeburn)

1 cup coarsely chopped toasted almonds       6 ounces Feta cheese, crumbled

1 to 2 tablespoons lemon juice

Wash lettuce with cool water.  Drain in a large strainer or a colander.  Dry in a salad spinner, or pat dry with paper towels.

To chop parsley:  remove stems,  wash parsely in cool water, drain, put in paper towels or a clean cloth towel.  Roll up tightly and twist to dry thoroughly.  Then put on cutting board and chop finely.

Wash celery well.  Dice small.

Wash apples.  Remove core and seeds.  Dice medium.  Toss with lemon juice to prevent browning.

Chill ingredients separately until ready to serve.

To serve:  Toss lettuce, parsley, celery and drained apples in a bowl.  Pour vinaigrette over then toss again.  Sprinkle with nuts and cheese.



Makes 12 scones

3 cups white whole wheat flour                    1 tablespoon sugar

1 tablespoon baking powder                         1 teaspoon salt

½ teaspoon baking soda                               ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper

½ teaspoon finely grated orange zest

1 tablespoon chopped fresh rosemary (leaves only, not stems)

12 tablespoons (1 ½ sticks) cold unsalted butter)

1 cup buttermilk, plus 2 tablespoons more for brushing on scones

Pre-heat oven to 425º F.

Line a baking sheet with parchment paper (or grease it lightly with butter or cooking spray).

In a medium bowl, sift together flour, sugar, baking powder, salt, baking soda and pepper.  Add rosemary.   Use a fork to stir together.

Add butter.  Use a pastry blender, a fork,  or your fingers to work butter in, until mixture resembles coarse crumbs.

Add grated orange rind to 1 cup of the buttermilk.

Add buttermik to dry ingredients.  Stir with a fork just until dry ingredients are moistened.

Put dough on a lightly floured table.  Form into a ball.  Put some flour on your hands.

Knead dough gently 6 or 7 times.

Shape with hands into a rectangle 7 inches x 10 inches, about ¾ inch thick.  Use a dough knife or table knife to cut into 3 strips.  Cut each strip in half.  Cut each half into 2 triangles.

Set pieces on prepared cookie sheet.  Brush with the 2 tablespoons of buttermilk.

Bake 12 to 14 minutes, until golden brown.

Serve warm with honey or butter.



1 tablespoon olive oil                         3 chicken breast halves

1 shallot                                             4 cloves garlic

12 plum tomatoes                               4 tablespoons chopped parsley

2 tablespoon capers                            2 teaspoons red wine vinegar

2 teaspoons finely chopped rosemary

12 ounces whole wheat pasta


Wash plum tomatoes.  Cut in half the long way with a serrated knife.

Cut in half again.

Working over a sink or bowl, use spoon or thumb to remove seeds,  Discard seeds.  Dice or chop tomatoes (no need to remove skin before chopping).

Peel shallot.  Cut in half.  Chop finely.

Wash parsley.  Roll in paper towels, squeeze well to dry.  Chop finely.

Peel garlic.   Put through garlic press.

Drain and measure capers.  Measure red wine vinegar. .

Chop rosemary, then measure.

Remove chicken breasts from package.  Trim off fat.  Pat dry with paper towels.  Cut into strips, about 1 inch wide.


Fill a large saucepan or Dutch oven 2/3 full of water.  Turn on to boil so it is ready to cook the pasta later.

Heat oil in a large saute pan over medium heat.  Add chicken.  Cook and stir for about 5 minutes.

Add shallot and garlic.  Saute 2 to 3 minutes.

Stir in tomatoes, parsley, capers, vinegar and rosemary.  Reduce heat.  Cook and stir about 10 minutes (add a bit of water if needed so it does not get too dry.)

Keep chicken mixture warm while you cook pasta.

Drop pasta carefully into boiling water.  Stir.  Cook pasta 8 or 9 minutes, until cooked through.

Drain pasta.  Toss with a little olive oil if desired, to keep it from sticking together.

Serve chicken over hot pasta.

If desired, sprinkle with Parmesan cheese.


Healthier Chicken Alfredo with Broccoli

1/2 bunch broccoli                                       4 boneless, skinless chicken breast halves

1 teaspoon salt                                             1 tablespoon fresh oregano leaves

¼  teaspoon crushed red pepper                    (or 1 teaspoon dried)

4 garlic cloves                                             ¼  teaspoon pepper

¼  cup chopped fresh basil                           2 tablespoons Parmesan cheese

12 oz. fettucini                                             Chopped fresh parsley for garnish.

For Sauce:

¼ cup butter                                                2 cups non fat milk

1 package (8 oz.) low fat cream cheese         6 oz. grated Parmesan cheese

2 teaspoons garlic powder                            1/8 teaspoon black pepper

Heat a large pot of water to boiling.  Cook fetucini in boiling water for  8 minutes, or until al dente.  Drain and toss with a bit of olive oil.  Set aside.

Wash broccoli.  Cut into florets.

Put 2 to 3 inches of water in a large sauce pan.  Heat to simmer.  Put broccoli in a steamer basket or colander and set over water.  Cover and steam for 2 to 3 minutes.

Drain.  Add to pasta.

Trim chicken.   Heat oil in saute pan.  Sprinkle chicken with salt.  Saute chicken until golden brown and cooked through.  Add oregano and red pepper.  Cook 2 minutes more.  Remove from pan and keep warm.

Make Alfredo sauce:

Put butter, milk and cream cheese in a heavy bottomed saucepan.  Heat over low to medium heat, stirring often,until cream cheese is melted.

Add garlic powder, pepper and Parmesan cheese.  Heat  and stir 2 minutes

To finish:

In large saute pan, heat a bit of oil (there might be enough left in it from before),

add garlic.  Saute 1 minute.  Stir in broccoli and pasta.  Stir in alfredo sauce.

Serve in large white baking dish.  Arrange cooked chicken on top.  Sprinkle with 2 tablespoons Parmesan cheese.  Garnish with parsley.



Serves 6

Whole wheat crust:

3 cups unbleached white flour                      1 cup whole wheat flour

1 tablespoon salt                                          1 cup canola oil

1/2 cup ice cold water

Sift flours and salt together in a medium bowl.

Put water and oil into a small bowl.  Add liquids to dry ingredients.  Stir with a fork.

If dough is too dry, add a bit more ice water.

Form into 2 balls.  Place 1 ball on a 12 inch by 12 inch square of waxed paper.  Top with another 12 inch by 12 inch piece of waxed paper.  Use a rolling pin to roll dough out, working gently from the center in all directions, until circle reaches the edges of the paper.

Carefully peel off the top layer of paper.  Turn the dough into a 9 inch pie plate.  Gently peel off waxed paper.

Repeat the rolling process for the top crust.

Chicken filling:

4 chicken breasts, cooked and cut into bite sized pieces (about 4 cups total)

1/3 cup canola oil                                         ½ of a medium onion, chopped finely

2 large carrots, peeled and chopped or diced

2 stalks celery, chopped                               1/3 cup unbleached flour

1 teaspoon salt                                             1 cup low fat milk, or water

2 cups chicken stock                                    2 teaspoons dried Italian herbs

½ teaspoon black pepper

Pre-heat oven to 350º F.

In a large saute pan or fry pan, heat canola oil over medium heat.

Add onions, carrots and celery.  Cook and stir until tender/crisp (not brown).

Blend in flour and salt.  Cook for 1 minute, stirring constantly.

Slowly add milk, stirring as you add.  Do the same with the chicken stock.

Stir in herbs and pepper.

Cook and stir over medium heat until mixture bubbles and thickens slightly, 15 to 20 minutes. (Do not boil!)

Stir chicken into sauce.  Return to a simmer.  Heat 1 more minute.  Remove from heat and set aside.

Prick bottom and sides of pie crust a lot with a fork,  Put empty pie shell in the oven.  Bake 5 to 6 minutes, until lightly browned.  Remove from oven.  Let cool 2 minutes.

Spoon chicken mixture into crust.  Brush the edge of the crust with about 1 tablespoon of water.  Remove top layer of waxed paper from second crust.  Carefully lay crust on top of pie.  Crimp edges.

Use a small, sharp knife to cut 2 or 3 slits in the top crust.

Set pie pan on a baking sheet.  Bake 30 to 35 minutes, until crust is golden brown.




1 ½ stick cold butter                                     2 ½ cups unbleached all purpose flour

½ teaspoon salt                                            8 to 10 tablespoons cold water

2 tablespoons of sugar for garnish                Extra flour for dusting table

Cut the butter into small pieces, using a table knife.  Put butter, flour and salt into food processor.  Pulse on and off about 10 times, until it resembles crumbs.

Add 8 tablespoons of cold water.  Pulse until it begins to from a ball.  Add more water if needed.   (If you don’t have a food processor, cut butter into flour mixture with a pastry blender or fork.  Mix water in with a fork).

Remove dough carefully from the food processor (blade is sharp!).  Divide into 2 pieces, roll each gently into a ball, wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate for 15 minutes., or  until filling is ready.


3 cups blueberries                                        ½ cup maple syrup

2 tablespoons flour                             1 tablespoon cornstarch

1 teaspoon lemon zest                                  2 tablespoons lemon juice

plus 2 tablespoons sugar for garnish

Wash and sort berries, removing stems and mushy or green berries.   Place berries in a large bowl.  Add remaining ingredients (except 2 T. sugar).  Toss to mix.

To assemble and bake:

Sprinkle table lightly with flour.  Roll out one ball of dough evenly, working from the middle toward all edges.  Crust should be thin and larger than the pie pan when done.

Fold the crust in half, then in fourths.  Lift gently and center middle of fold in center of pie pan.  Carefully unfold crust.  Press gently into pan.  Use a table  knife to trim crust even with the outside edge of the pie pan.

Roll out top crust.  Use a fluted pastry wheel or a pizza cutter to cut strips, about ½ inch wide.  Lay strips on lattice fashion, weaing one under the other.  Trim off excess and crimp edges with your finger or a fork.

Bake 1 hour, or until bubbly and crust is golden brown.  Garnish with sugar.



First:  Separate whites from yolks of 4 eggs, about ½ hour before starting cake. To be sure there is no yolk in the whites (any fat, including the fat that is in the yolk, will prevent the whites from getting being beaten to the fluffiness that is needed for the cake to rise and be light and tender).  So…use the 3 bowl method.  Break an egg, separate the yolk, put the yolk in a bowl, if there is no yolk in the white, put the white in the large mixing bowl.  If there is yolk in the white, save that egg for an omelet and try again with a clean bowl.  Break a second egg, put the yolk in with the other yolk, and if there is not yolk in the white, add it to the large mixing bowl.

When you get 4 eggs in the mixing bowl without ANY egg yolk in the whites, let the whites set at room temperature while you make the lemon custard.

Lemon Custard:

½ cup sugar                                                 2 tablespoons cornstarch

1 cup milk                                                   pinch of salt

2 egg yolks (spoon2 out from what you had when you separated the whites and yolks)

¼ cup lemon juice                                        ½ teaspoon lemon zest

3 tablespoons powdered sugar

In a medium heavy bottomed saucepan, mix sugar and cornstarch.  Gradually stir in milk.  Heat over low heat, whisking until smooth.  Whisk in salt and egg yolks.  Turn heat to medium.  Cook and stir until mixture boils.  Whisk in lemon juice.  Cook 1 minute.  Remove from heat.  Cover with plastic wrap or waxed paper, pressing it against the custard to prevent a skin from forming.  Set aside while you make the cake.

For cake:

4 egg whites, room temperature (be sure there is no yolk in the white)

¼ teaspoon salt                                            1 tablespoon vanilla extract

½ cup fine sugar                                          ½ cup unbleached flour

½ cup almond meal (finely ground skinned almonds)

Beat egg whites and salt until stiff.  Fold in vanilla gently.

In a separate bowl mix sugar, flour and almonds.  Carefully fold into egg whites, using a large spoon or rubber scraper.  Do not over mix.

Lay a piece of parchment paper on a cookie sheet.  Put batter on the sheet.  Spread out gently into a 6 inch by 10 inch rectangle.

Bake 15 minutes.

Remove from oven.  Cool 10 minutes.

Lay a clean sheet of parchment paper on the counter.  Sprinkle it evenly with powdered sugar (it works well to put the powdered sugar in a mesh strainer or sieve, and shake gently over the paper).

Flip cake onto powdered sugar covered parchment.  Carefully peel parchment off of cake.

Spread 1 ¼ cup of the the custard over the cake.

Roll from the long end, like a jelly roll.  Wrap the parchment around the filled cake, twisting the ends to hold it.

Refrigerate rolled cake for at least 3 hours.  Meanwhile, wash and prepare fresh blueberries, raspberries, blackberries or strawberries, or a combination of those.

Then, remove parchment, cut cake roll into slices, and serve with fresh berries.

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Volunteers Needed!

Kid’s Cooking After School Program 2018 – Volunteer Teacher Aid

Do you like working with children? Enjoy cooking and have basic kitchen knowledge?

Join Chelsea Community Kitchen this Winter for their Kid’s Cooking After School camp, January 30 – March 8, 2018, at Beach Middle School Food Lab as a Volunteer Teacher Aid.

CCK is looking for individuals to assist our camp instructor with leading groups, assisting kids with cooking activities, setup and cleanup, and making sure the camp runs smoothly.

We are looking for three volunteers for each time slot. If the time slot you prefer is filled, please contact us at, and we can make adjustments.


Location: Beach Middle School Food Lab

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Recipes from 2017 Summer Chef’s Club




For salad:

3 heads Romaine lettuce                              1 quart strawberries

1 fresh pineapple                                        3 ripe kiwi

1 pt. fresh blueberries

Wash Romaine under cool water.  Drain in colander.  Pat dry with clean cloth towel or paper towels.

Put lettuce on a cutting board.  Use a chef’s knife to shred, then chop small.

Prep all fruit as directed below.  Put into plastic bags.  Put on tray.  Refrigerate.

Wash strawberries.  Drain.  Quarter and hull.

Wash pineapple.  Remove fruit from husk using coring tool.  Cut into


Wash kiwi.  Cut in half across the middle.  Use a soup spoon to remove fruit from skin.  Slice fruit 1/4” thick.

Wash and sort blueberries.

For dressing:

1 c. fresh strawberries                                3  T. Balsamic vinegar

2 T. extra virgin olive oil                              1 tsp. Honey

½ tsp. Dijon mustard                                  1 T. chopped fresh thyme

Salt and pepper tt

Place all ingredients in blender or food processor.  Blend until smooth.

Put in a small dish.  Cover, label and refrigerate.

Yield:  8 servings



2 tablespoon olive oil                                  ½ head cauliflower

3 boneless skinless chicken breasts               1 lb. fresh green beans

3 links healthy spicy chicken sausage            1 zucchini

1 yellow summer squash                              1 medium yellow onion

1 large sweet potato                                   4 tsp. minced garlic

1 bunch broccoli                                         salt and pepper tt

Wash and drain all vegetables.

Spread olive oil of a cookies sheet (one that has sides so oil stays on).  Prep veggies as decribed below.  Place in a 9” x 13” x 2′ baking dish.

Remove ends from green beans.  Cut at a diagonal into 1” pieces.

Cut cauliflower and broccoli into florets.

Peel and cube sweet potato. (Slice peeled potato into ½ inch slices, then cube with large holes in clamshell chopper)

Slice zucchini and summer squash with fluted slicer.

Peel onion.  Slice with slicing blade of food processor.

Measure garlic.  Add to veggies.

Push some veggies aside to make room for chicken breasts.  Lay breast on  pan upside down to coat outside.  Then turn chicken over and lay in dish.

Slice sausage into 1” slices.  Add to veggies, spreading evenly around dish.

Sprinkle lightly with salt and pepper.

Cover and refrigerate until ready to bake (can be baked right away if the timing is right)

Bake at 350º F for 1 to 1 ½ hours, until veggies are tender and chicken reaches 165º F. internal temperature.

Yield:  8 servings



4 medium zucchini                                      1 tsp. Olive oil

½ c. chopped green onions   (save tops)         3 cloves garlic, crushed

½ of a green bell pepper                             2 chicken breast halves

1 tsp. Ground cumin                                    ½ tsp. dried oregano

½ tsp. chili powder                                     3 tsp. Water

1 T. tomato paste                                       salt and pepper tt

1 c. enchilada sauce

For topping:

¾ c. reduced fat shredded sharp cheddar cheese

Put chicken breasts in a saucepan.  Cover with water.  Heat over  high heat until it boils.  Reduce heat to simmer.  Simmer 20 minutes.  Drain and cool.

Wash zucchini,  Cut in half lengthwise.  Use a melon baller or spoon to remove flesh, leaving about 1/4th inch of skin and flesh.

Chop the scooped out zucchini (not the “boats”)

In a large saute pan, heat oil  Saute onion and bell pepper 2 to 3 minutes, until onions are translucent.  Add chopped zucchini.  Sprinkle with salt and pepper.  Cook and stir 4 minutes.

Stir in cumin, oregano, chili powder, water and tomato paste.  Cook and stir 3 minutes.

Trim and shred cooked chicken breasts.  Add to veggie mixture.

Spread ½ cup enchilada sauce in the bottom of a large baking dish.  Set zucchini “boats” open side up on sauce.

Fill each boat with chicken mixture.  Drizzle remaining sauce on top.  Sprinkle with cheese.

Cover and refrigerate until ready to bake. (or bake right away if timing is OK)

Cover loosely with foil.  Bake at 400º F. for 35 minutes.

Garnish with sliced green onion tops.

Yield:  8 servings



6 T. Dijon mustard                                      2T. honey

½  c. olive oil                                             8 skin on, bone in chicken thighs

2 tsp. Kosher salt                                        pepper

24 oz. Baby red potaotes                             16 oz. Carrots

4 small red onions                                       20 sprigs fresh thyme

In a small bowl, mix mustard, honey and ¼ cup of the olive oil.  Rub over chicken.  Spread thighs out on a cookie sheet (one with sides).

Sprinkle with half of the salt and some pepper.

Wash potatoes.  Cut in half.  Place in a large bowl.

Wash and peel carrots.  Remove top and bottom.

Cut at a diagonal into 1” pieces.  Place in bowl with potatoes.

Peel and quarter onions.  Add to bowl of potatoes.

Add remaining olive oil.  Toss to coat.  Sprinkle with remaining salt and some pepper.  Toss again.

Spread vegetables of cookie sheet, aroung chicken pieces.  Cover and refrigerate until ready to cook.

Pre-heat oven to 400º F.

Uncover and roast until caramelized and tender, stirring once or twice during cooking (BE CAREFUL – HOT!) – about 45 minutes total.

Chicken is done when it reaches an internal temperature of 165º F., or until the inside along the bone no longer shows pink liquid when cut.

Yield:  8 servings



1 lb. Fresh green beans                               2 T. butter

2 cloves garlic, minced                                pinch of salt

lemon pepper

Wash green beans.  Trim off ends.  Cut at a diagonal into 1” pieces.

Fill a medium saucepan half full of water.  Bring to a boil.

Drop beans in water.  Return to boil, then reduce to simmer.

Cook uncovered 10 minutes, or until beans are tender/crisp/


Stir in butter, garlic and salt.   Put in hot serving dish.  Sprinkle with lemon pepper.

Serve ASAP.



3 tsp. Olive oil, divided                               Kosher salt and coarse pepper tt

8 slices bacon, diced                                   2 tsp. Fresh thyme

½ a medium sweet onion, small dice             8 ears fresh corn

Fill a stock pot or Dutch oven half full of water.  Bring to a boil.

Remove husk and silk from corn.  Wash corn to remove remaining silk.   Drop corn CAREFULLY into boiling water.  Cook 6 minutes.   Turn off heat.  Use tongs to remove corn from water.  Set on a large plate to cool while you get out remaining ingredients.

Carefully cut kernels of corn off cob.  Discard cob.

In a large saute pan, over medium heat, heat olive oil.  Add bacon.  Cook and stir until crisp.  (If it starts to splatter, turn heat down).  Remove bacon with a slotted spoon, and set on paper towel lined plate to cool.

Drain grease into a ceramic bowl.  Return 2 teaspoons of olive oil to pan.  Add onions.  Saute over medium heat until translucent.

Stir in corn.  Saute just until it stars to caramelize.

Stir in thyme and bacon.

Serve ASAP.

Yield:  8 servings




1 c. white white wheat flour                ½ c. rolled oats

½ cup raw sugar                                         pinch of coarse salt

½ c. coconut oil, melted

½ c. unsweetened dried coconut flakes

In a large bowl, put flour, oats, sugar and salt.  Stir in coconut oil,  Mix with fingertips until clumps form.  Mix in coconut flakes.


6 Granny Smith apples                                 12 oz. Raspberries

2 T. raw sugar                                             juice of ½ a lemon

1 T. white whole wheat flour

Pre-heat oven to 375º F.

Peel, core and slice apples.  Put into a large bowl.  Add lemon juice and toss to coat apples with juice.  (The acid in the juice will keep apples from getting brown.)

Add sugar and flour.  Stir with a rubber scraper.

Wash and sort raspberries.  Carefully fold into apples.

Spread evenly in a buttered 3 quart baking dish.

Distribute topping over apples. (Apples do not have to be completely covered.)

Bake 40 to 45 minutes, until apples are  tender and bubbly.

Serve warm.

Yield:  8 servings

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1 ½ cups white whole wheat flour                          1 ½ teaspoons baking powder

½ teaspoon salt                                                      2 tablespoons cold unsalted butter

½ cup plain nonfat Greek yogurt                            3 tablespoons real maple syrup

2 tablespoons milk                                                1 teaspoon vanilla extract

¼ cup mini semi sweet chocolate chips                  1 tablespoon more of milk

Cooking spray

Pre-heat oven to 425º F.

Spray cookie sheet lightly with cooking spray.

In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder and salt.

Put butter on a cutting board or mat.  Cut butter into small pieces with a table knife.

Cut butter into flour with a pastry blender or fork or 2 table knives, until mixture resembles fine crumbs.

In another bowl, whisk yogurt, syrup, 2 tablespoons milk and vanilla.

Pour liquid mixture into flour mixture.  Stir with mixing spoon, just until blended.

Use a rubber scraper to fold in chocolate chips.

Place dough on cookie sheet, using a rubber scraper to get all the dough out of the bowl.

Press dough into a circle, about ¾ inch thick.

Use a dough knife for table knife to cut into 8 pie shaped wedges..  Do not separate the wedges

Bake 17 to 20 minutes, until tops are golden brown.  Let cool on cookie sheet 5 minutes, then place on cooling rack.


dry measuring cup – 1 cup, ½ cup

measuring spoons – tablespoon, teaspoon, 1/2 teaspoon

Small spatula or  knife for leveling

Bowls – 2 medium

cookie sheet

cooking spray

pastry blender, or fork, or 2 table knives (AKA butter knives)

small dish for tablespoon of milk

pastry brush

mixing spoon

wire whisk

rubber scraper

table knife or dough knife

spatula (pancake turner)


White whole wheat flour has more fiber and nutrients than refined white flour.

Low fat.

No refined sugar.


You can use ½ whole wheat and half white whole wheat flour to make these even more nutritious.

Whole milk works well for this recipe, but any kind of milk will work, including almond or soymilk.



1 loaf frozen 100% whole wheat bread dough

1 cup organic pizza sauce

8 ounces low fat mozzarella cheese

1 sweet red pepper

Olive oil

Flour for counter or table


Thaw dough according to package directions.

Pre-heat oven to 400º F.

Wash red pepper.  Cut in half with a table knife.  Remove seeds, first with the knife, then by running under cold water to get all the seeds out.  Pat dry with kitchen towel or paper towel.  Cut into small cubes using table knife or clam shell chopper or spring chopper.

Put thawed dough on a cutting boardor mat.  Use a table knife or dough knife to cut into 8 equal pieces.

Brush large cookie sheets lightly with olive oil.

Roll thawed dough into a smooth ball.  Place on a lightly floured counter or table.  Use a rolling pin to roll out crust into a large circle.  Put on cookie sheet.

Spread 1 to 2 tablespoons of sauce on each dough round, leaving a space around the edge.

Sprinkle with red pepper cubes.

Top with cheese.

Bake 10 to 12 minutes, until crust is golden brown.


3 or 4 cookie sheets

liquid measuring cup – 1 cup

rolling pin

cutting mat and table knife, or clamshell chopper or spring chopper

spatula (aka pancake turner)

Paper towels or cloth kitchen towel


Whole wheat rolls are loaded with fiber, vitamins and minerals.

Sweet red pepper, ditto.


If kids are cutting peppers with a table knife (or even with a sharp knife if you allow that), put the pepper on the cutting board skin side down.  With a table knife, you will need to use a slight sawing motion to cut through the skin.




¾ cup whole wheat flour                                       ¾ cup unsweetened cocoa powder

¼ teaspoon baking powder                                    ¼ teaspoon salt

2 tablespoons coconut oil                             2 large eggs

1 teaspoon vanilla extract                             ½ cup maple syrup

¼ cup plain, non fat Greek yogurt

Pre-heat oven to 300º F.

Lightly spray an 8 inch square baking dish with cooking spray.

Put coconut oil in a small, microwave safe dish.  Melt for 10 seconds.

Put dry ingredients in a medium mixing bowl, blend  with a whisk.

In a separate medium bowl, whisk melted coconut oil, eggs, syrup, vanilla and yogurt.  Use a rubber scraper to get all the syrup out of the measuring cup.

Add liquid ingredients to dry ingredients.  Stir with a mixing spoon just until blended.  Do not beat.

Spread into baking pan.  Bake 18 minutes.


¾ cup semi sweet or dark chocolate chips

2 tablespoons coconut oil

Put coconut oil in a small saucepan.  Melt over low heat.  Stir in chocolate chips.  Heat over low heat, stirring with a wooden spoon or heat proof plastic spoon until melted.

Use a spoon to drizzle frosting onto warm brownies.


Dry measuring cups -1/2, ¼

Measuring spoons – tablespoon, teaspoon, ½, ¼

Small spatula or knife for leveling

Liquid measuring cup

Rubber scraper.

2 medium bowls

Mixing spoon

8 inch square baking pan


Cooking spray

Small saucepan

Wooden spoon, or heatproof plastic spoon


Coconut oil is used in place of butter.

Whole wheat flour is used in place of white refined flour.

Maple syrup is used in place of refined sugar.

Low fat.


Coconut oil is solid at room temperature, but melts at low temperatures.  Microwave quickly to melt.

To measure solid coconut oil, press firmly into a dry measuring cup, being sure to fill in completely.



16 ounces hummus                                      2 cups chopped fresh spinach

1 cup shredded Monterey jack cheese           2 teaspoons dry Italian seasoning

1 sweet red pepper

1 sweet green bell pepper

1 cucumber

Pre-heat oven to 375º F.

To prepare spinach:  Wash leaves well in cool water.  Drain in colander or large sieve over a large bowl.   Pat dry with a kitchen towel or paper towels.  Fold leaf in half and tear out large stems.  Tear leaves into bite sized pieces.

Put hummus, prepared spinach, half of cheese, and seasoning in a large bowl.  Blend with a mixing spoon.

Use rubber scraper to pread mixture in a pie dish.   Sprinkle with remaining cheese.

Bake 20 to 25 minutes.  Cool 10 minutes before serving.

While baking, prepare vegetables.

Wash all vegetables.  Cut peppers in half.  Remove seeds.  Rinse under cold water to get all seeds out.  Put pepper on a cutting board or mat.  Use a table knife (AKA butter knife) to cut into strips.

Peel cucumber. Cut in half lengthwise.  Use a spoon to scoop out seeds.  Cut into 1 inch pieces. (This makes a convenient scoop for the dip.)



Dry measuring cup – 1 cup

Measuring spoon

Small spatula or knife for leveling

Cutting board or mat

Table knife (AKA butter knife)

Large mixing bowl

Mixing spoon

Rubber scraper

8 or 9 inch pie dish

Colander or large strainer

large bowl for draining veggies

Cloth towel or paper towels


Metal soup spoon

Plate for prepared veggies


Hummus is high in fiber, vitamins and minerals.

Ditto for the veggies.


Fresh spinach tends to have a lot of dirt on it (unless you buy it pre-washed).  Put it in a bowl of cold water, swish it around with your hand, drain, repeat several times, then drain in a colander or strainer before patting dry.

If you try to tear the spinach while it is wet, it well turn to mush, so dry it first.

This dip is great with healthy crackers or baked corn chips too.




Pie Crust:

1 ¼ cups white whole wheat flour                          ½ cup cold butter

¼ teaspoon salt                                                      ¼ cup ice water

In a large bowl, stir together flour and salt.

Use a pastry blender, fork or 2 knives to cut butter into flour.

Stir in ice water, 1 tablespoon at a time, until mixture forms a ball.

Place on a piece of plastic wrap.  Flatten into a large circle.  Wrap tightly and refrigerate while you prepare the filling.


1 pint fresh blueberries                                 8 ounces goat cheese

1 whole lemon                                             1 egg white

1 tablespoon water                                       Coarse sugar

Pre-heat oven to 400º F.

Wash  blueberries.  Drain in a colander or sieve over a bowl.

Sort berries (remove stems, leaves, mushy berries, green berries)

Wash lemon with cool water.  Use a fine grater or zester to zest lemon, removing only the thin yellow layer of skin, not the white pith.

Put berries in a bowl.  Stir in lemon zest.

Use a rolling pin to roll out pie dough.  Use a small bowl as a guide and cut circles from dough with table knife.  Put a circle on a cookie sheet.  Add a dollop of cheese and a few blueberries.  Fold over and seal edges by pressing with a fork.  Beat egg white and water in a small bow with a fork or whisk.  Brush on pie.  Sprinkle lightly with sugar.

Bake 18 minutes, or until golden brown.


Dry measuring cups – 1, ½

Liquid measuring cup

Measuring spoons – tablespoon, ¼ teaspoon

Small spatula or knife for leveling

Bowls – large, medium

Colander or large mesh strainer

plastic wrap

Pastry blender, or fork, or 2 table knives

Rolling pin

Cookie sheet

Mixing spoon

Small dish for sugar

small whisk or fork

Pastry brush

Spatula (pancake turner)

flour for dusting counter when rolling dough


Fresh fruit is full of vitamins, minerals and fiber.

Low sugar.

White whole wheat flour replaces refined white flour.


Try different fillings – apple, cherry, strawberry …..

When dusting counter with flour, use a light touch.  Too much flour will make the dough dry and crumbly.

Resist the urge to knead the dough.  The less the dough is worked, the more tender the crust will be.

Be sure butter and water are very cold.



Spelt crust:  (enough for 2 single crust or 1 double crust pie)

3 cups white spelt flour                                1 teaspoon salt

½ cup light cooking oil                                ½ cup unsweetened original almond milk

Put flour and salt in a food processor. Pulse 2 times to blend.

Mix milk and oil in measuring cup.  Whisk together.

Pour slowly into food processor chute, while pulsing to blend.

When dough forms a ball, it is ready.

Wrap dough in plastic wrap and refrigerate while preparing filling.


1 tablespoon grapeseed oil

1 pound lean ground beef                             ½ teaspoon onion powder

¼ teaspoon garlic powder                                      1 carrot

¾ cup low sodium beef broth                                 1 baking pot ato

1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce                          2 tablespoons organic catsup

1 egg yolk                                                             1 tablespoon water

Heat grapeseed oil in a large saute pan or fry pan over medium heat.  Add ground beef.  Stir and cook until meat is no longer pink.  Put meat in a colander over a bowl to drain off fat.  Pat meat with paper towels to further remove fat.  Return meat to pan.

Add onion powder, garlic powder and beef broth.  Heat to simmer. Turn to low heat.

Use a vegetable brush to scrub carrot and potato under cool water.  Peel carrot.  Grate carrot and potato, using food processor or hand grater. (BE CAREFUL OF FOOD PROCESSOR BLADES – THEY ARE VERY SHARP!)

Add to meat mixture.  Cook and stir 5 minutes.  Add Worcestershire and catsup.  Simmer over medium low heat, stirring often, until liquid is cooked out.

Lightly dust counter with flour.  Roll out ½ of pie dough into large circle.  Use a small bowl as a guide to cut circles.  Repeat with all the dough.

To form hand pies:

Spray cookie sheets lightly with cooking spray.

Lay a dough circle on a cookie sheet.  Spoon some of the meat filling on half of the circle, leaving a space around the edge. (NOT TOO MUCH FILLING, OR IT WILL LEAK OUT)

Fold other half of circle over filling.  Seal edges by pressing with a fork.

In a small bowl, whisk egg white and water.  Brush on pie. Repeat until all the dough is used.

Bake 45 minutes, until golden brown.


Dry measuring cup – 1 cup

Measuring spoons -tablespoon, teaspoon, ½ , ¼

Small spatula or knife for leveling

Liquid measuring cup

Food processor (or large bowl and pastry blender or forks)

Rolling pin

Cookie sheet – 4



Bowl – 1 large, 1 small

small whisk

pastry brush

Cooking spray

Spatula – 1 metal, 1 plastic

Large saute pan Soup Spoon

Paper towels




Lean beef provides quality protein plusiron and other minerals.

Spelt flour is whole grain (and contains no gluten – a plus for those who are senstive to gluten).

Potatoes and carrot add fiber, vitamins and minerals.




1 packet active dry yeast                                        1 cup lukewarm water

¼ cup orange juice                                       ¼ cup unsalted butter (½ stick)

3 tablespoons honey                                              1 cup unbleached all purpose flour

2 cups white whole wheat flour                              1 ¼ teaspoons salt

¼ cup potato flour                                                 ¼ cup non fat dry milk

pinch of sugar

Measure out ¼ cup of the water in a liquid measuring cup.  Stir in yeast and a pinch of sugar.    Let set while you measure other ingredients.

Put butter on a cutting board or mat, and use a table knife to cut it into 6 pieces.

Put all the flour (3 kinds) in a large mixing bowl.  Stir in salt and dry milk with a mixing spoon (or you can do this in a large electric mixer with a dough hook).  Stir in orange juice, remaining ¾ cup water, butter, honey and yeast mixture.

Mix well.

Knead by hand or with mixer and dough hook 5 to 7 minutes, until dough is smooth and elastic.

Grease a large bowl with butter or cooking spray.  Put dough ball in bowl,  Turn over until complete surface of the ball is greased.  Cover with a clean cloth and set in a warm (not hot) place to rise.

When dough has doubled in size (this could take 1 ½ to 2 hours), gently press it down in the bowl.  Turn onto the counter and use a dough knife or table knife to cut into 24 equal sized pieces.

Butter the insides of a ” x 13” x 2” baking dish.

Roll dough into smooth balls.  Arrange in dish, leaving some space between each roll.

Cover with a clean towel and let rise in a warm place until doubled.

Bake in pre-heat 350º oven for 15 minutes.  Cover with foil & bake 10 – 13 minutes.


Liquid measuring cup

Dry measuring cups – 1, ¼

Measuring spoons  – 1 teaspoon, ¼

Small spatula or knife for leveling

Large mixing bowl – 2

Mixing spoon (or dough hook if using large electric mixer)

Small spoon to stir yeast into water

Extra flour (if hand kneading)

Butter or cooking spray to grease bowl

Clean kitchen towel to cover dough while it rises

9” x 13” x 2” baking dish


It is made from scratch – no artificial colors, flavor, preservatives.

Unbleached flour is better for you than bleached flour.

While whole wheat flour has more fiber, vitamins and minerals than refined white flour.


Do not use hot water to dissolve the yeast.  You want the yeast to live and grow.

Kneading by hand is great exercise!




12 ounces whole wheat noodles                   2 tablespoons olive oil

1 sweet red bell pepper                                          1 small onion

2 teaspoons chopped garlic                                    1 can (16 ounce) diced tomatoes

1 teaspoon chili powder                                         ½ teaspoon ground cumin seed

1 can chopped green chilis                                     ½ teaspoon salt

1 pound cooked chicken                                        ½ cup low fat sour cream

1 cup shredded Mexican blend cheese

Pre-heat oven to 375º F.

Fill a large saucepan or Dutch oven with water.  Bring to a boil over high heat.  Stir in pasta.  Reduce heat to simmer.  Cook 7 minutes.  GET AN ADULT TO DRAIN THE PASTA FOR YOU IN A COLANDER – BE CAREFUL – EVEN THE STEAM CAN BURN YOU.)  Toss with olive oil.  Don’t worry if some drains into the sink.  The oil is just to prevent the noodles from sticking together.

Wash bell pepper.  Cut in half.  Remove seeds.  Cut into chunks.

Peel onion, cut into 4 pieces.

Put tomatoes, bell pepper, onion, garlic, chili powder.  Process until pepper and onion are very small.  BE CAREFULL WITH BLADES – THEY ARE VERY SHARP!

Cut chicken into small bite sized pieces.

In a large bowl, mix noodles, tomato mixture, chicken, green chilis and sour cream.

Stir in half of cheese.

Put mixture into a 9” x13” x 2” baking dish.  Bake 20 minutes.  Sprinkle remaining cheese on top.  Bake 10 to 15 minutes longer, until center is hot.


Large saucepan or Dutch oven

Large colander or mesh strainer

Large mixing bowl

Mixing spoon

Table knife

Food processor or blender

Dry measuring cup – 1 cup, ½

Measuring spoons – tablespoon, teaspoon, ½ teaspoon

9” x 13” x 2” baking dish


Whole wheat noodles have more fiber, vitamins and minerals.

Chicken adds high quality protein.


Try quinoa pasta, or any of the other non-wheat pastas.

It is not necessary to process tomatoes, etc. but it makes the dish more palatable for some kids who do not like chunks of tomato or onion.

For chicken:  Buy a chunk of high qulity deli chicken, or cut up some rotisserie chicken, or bake  couple of boneless, skinless chicken breasts.




1 ¼ organic powdered sugar                                  1 cup all purpose gluten free flour

1 ½ cups egg whites                                              1 ½ teaspoons cream of tartar

1 teaspoon salt                                                       1 ½ teaspoon pure vanilla

¾ teaspoon almond extract

Move oven rack down below center of oven.  Pre-heat oven to 350º F.

Use a sifter or mesh sieve to sift powdered sugar and flour together onto waxed paper.  Return mixture to sifter and sift again.

In a large mixing bowl combine egg whites, cream of tartar, salt, vanilla and almond extract.  Beat with a wire whip at medium speed with electric mixer (you can use a hand mixer and regular beaters, but it will take longer to beat) until soft peaks begin to form.

Add sugar slowly, 1 tablespoon at a time, while continuing to beat.

Turn mixture to high.  Beat until stiff peaks form.  (They should hold their shape when you turn off the mixer and pull a peak of meringue out.)

Use a clean, grease free rubber scraper to gently fold in flour mixture, ½ cup at a time.

Spoon into an un-greased angel food cake  (tube) pan.  Spread evenly.  Run a table knife back and forth in the batter to remove large air bubbles.

Bake 45 minutes, until to is golden, and cracks are dry.  Cake should bounce back when pressed gently with finger.

Turn pan upside down on a funnel or bottle to cool,

When cool, run a table knife around the inside edges of the pan, press bottom of pan out, invert cake on plate.

While cake is baking, prepare fresh fruit.  Wash any combination of strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, peaches, etc.  Cut fruit as needed.


Large mixing bowl (or bowl of electric mixer)

Wire ship beater

Clean, grease free rubber scraper

Flour sifter or mesh sieve

Dry measuring cups 1, ¼

Liquid measuring cups

3 small bowls wo use when separating eggs

Measuring spoons – tablespoon,1 teaspoon, ½ , ¼

Small spatula or knife for leveling

Angel food cake pan

Waxed paper

Table knife


This cake is high is sugar, so cut small pieces.

Egg whites add a lot of high quality protein.

Fresh fruit provides fiber, vitamins and minerals.


It is very important that your bowl and utensils be totally grease free.  Any fat will prevent the egg whites from becoming stiff and holding the air that makes this cake light and fluffy.

Use the 3 bowl method to separate eggs.  1 medium sized bowl just for yolks, 1 medium sized bowl for white, 1 small bowl for the white from the egg you are currently breaking.  Crack one egg, shift yolk carefully from one side of the shell to the other, letting white fall into the bowl. Put yolk in medium bowl.  Check white for specks of yolk.  If it is clear, put in medium bowl.  Repeat until you have enough whites for the recipe.  It takes time, but it is worth it!




1 large head cauliflower                                         2 large eggs

2 cloves garlic                                                       ½ teaspoon dried oregano

3 cups shredded low fat mozzarella cheese             ½ cup grated Parmesan cheese

Kosher salt                                                            Black pepper

Marinara sauce for dipping

Pre-heat oven to 450º F.

Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.  Lightly spray paper with cooking spray.

Wash cauliflower.  Drain in a colander over a large bowl.

Remove leaves from cauliflower.  Have an adult cut out the core with a sharp knife.

Break into small florets.  Put florets of a cutting board or mat.  Use a table knife to cut off stems of forets.

Put florets in a food processor.  Pulse until finely chopped (it will look like rice).

In a large bowl, mix cauliflower, eggs, garlic, oregano, 1 cup of the mozarella and the

Parmesan cheese, using a large mixing spoon.

Mix in oregano, a couple of pinches of salt, and a pinch of pepper.

Put ”dough” onparchment lined baking sheet.  Pat out to about ½ inch thick.

Bake until golden, about 25 minutes.

Sprinkle with remaining cheese.  Return to oven.  Bake 5 to 10 minutes, until cheese is melted.

Slice into ”breadsticks”.  Serve with marinara sauce or ranch for dipping.


Large bowl

Colander or large sieve

Food processor

mixing spoon

Dry measuring cup – 1 cup, ½ cup

Measuring spoon – ½ teaspoon

Baking sheet (aka cookie sheet)

Parchment paper

Table knife

Sharp paring knife (to be used by adult)

Marinara sauce

Small bowls for serving sauce


Cauliflower if loaded with fiber, vitamins and minerals.

Marinara sauce adds important vitamins.


If you do not have a food processor, look for riced cauliflower in the grocery store.

This is best served shortly after it is baked.

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Recipes from 2017 Summer Kids Cooking Camp

SUMMER 2017 KIDS COOKING CAMP RECIPES                                                                                           


2 cups  white whole wheat flour                   1 tablespoon honey

2 ½ teaspoons baking powder                                ¾ cup buttermilk

½ teaspoon baking soda                                         ½ cup melted coconut oil

dash of salt

Pre-heat oven to 375º F.

In a large bowl, stir together flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt.

Stir in coconut oil.  Blend in with pastry blender or fork until crumbly.

Mix buttermilk and honey.  Add to flour mixture.

Stir with a mixing spoon to blend and form dough.

Dust a clean table or countertop lightly with flour.  Spoon dough onto floured surface.

Knead with hands for 2 minutes.

Use a dough knife or table knife (aka butter knife) to cut into 12 pieces.

Roll each piece into a ball and set on a ungreased cookie sheet.  Press down with heel of hand until about ½ inch thick.

Bake  about 12 minutes, until golden brown on outside, and cooked in middle.

Serve hot with butter, honey or jam.

NOTE: These are best when they are just out of the oven.  Yummm!


1 cup dry measuring cup

measuring spoons – tablespoon, teaspoon, ½ teaspoon

small spatula or knife for leveling

2 liquid measuring cups

large mixing bowl

small spatula or knife for leveling

pastry blender or table fork

mixing spoon

rubber scraper

8 inch square baking pan

parchment paper (waxed paper works too)

cookie sheet

Spatula (AKA Pancake turner)


White whole wheat flour has more fiber than refined white flour.

Honey is used in place of sugar.

Only a little salt is used.

Coconut oil is used in place of butter.


Measuring dry ingredients can be messy!  Put a piece of waxed paper on the countr to catch spills.  Pick up waxed paper after measuring and use as a funnel to return excess ingredients to their container.

A dough knife is also called a bench scraper.  It is a large, dull metal blade, about 3” x 4” with a wooden or plastic handle across the top edge.



1 package Naan (or other flatbread)

olive oil

1/3 cup pizza sauce (homemade, organic or other)

4 ounces low fat mozzarella cheese

Vegetables of choice – red or green pepper, broccoli, cauliflower, shredded carrot, etc.

Pre-heat oven to 400º F.

Brush cookie sheet lightly with oil.

Wash veggies. Peel, remove seeds, etc.  Chop small

Place Naan on cookie sheet.

Brush Naan with olive oil.

Spread each Naan with 1 to 2 tablespoons pizza sauce.

Sprinkle chopped veggies over sauce.

Top with 2 tablespoons of cheese.

Bake 10 to 15 minutes, until crust is golden.


Kids can easily chop vegetables with a clamshell chopper   .Find one at a garage sale or kitchen store (about $20.00 at Bed, Bath and Beyond).

If you don’t have a chopper, a cutting board and table knife  (the one kids call a butter knife) is just as effective, just slower



1 cup oat flour                                             ¾ cups old fashioned rolled oats

½ teaspoon baking powder                          1/4 teaspoon baking soda

½ teaspoon salt                                            ½ cup raw sugar (unrefined)

1/3 cup canola oil                                         1/3 cup almond milk

½ teaspoon vanilla extract                            ½ of a ripe banana

1/3 cup chocolate chips

Pre-heat oven to 350º F.

Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper or waxed paper.

Place dry ingredients (except chocolate chips)  in a mixing bowl.  Stir to blend.

In a medium bowl whisk together milk, oil and vanilla.

Place banana on a cutting mat.  Use a table knife to cut into small  pieces, 18”.

Stir liquid ingredients and banana into flour mixture.

Stir in chocolate chips.

Use a soup spoon or small cookie scoop to drop cookies onto parchment lined cookie sheet.

Bake for 25 minutes, until golden brown.

Cool 5 or 10 minutes before removing from cookie sheet to cool on racks.


Dry measuring cups – 1 cup, ½ cup,1/3 cup, ¼ cup

Measuring spoons – ½, ¼

Small spatula or knife for leveling

Mixing bowls – large and medium

Liquid measuring cup

Cutting mat

Table knife (AKA butter knife)

Cookie sheet

Parchment paper

Spatula (pancake turner)


No refined flour.  Whole grains used.

Less sugar.


You can make your own oat flour. Put oatmeal in a blender for food processor.  Blend until flour like.

Chocolate chips are not liquid, but they are not included in “dry” ingredients.




2 large Russet (baking) potatoes                   3 tablespoons olive oil or grapeseed oil

3 tablespoons Parmesan cheese                     1 teaspoon chopped fresh parsley (or a                                                                             pinch of dried parsley)

dash of pepper

pinch of salt

Heat oven to 400º F.

Put oil into a large mixing bowl.

In a small bowl, mix Parmesan cheese, parsley, salt and pepper.

Wash potatoes well.  Do not peel.   Cut into french fry shapes. (Have an adult help with this.)

Put cut potatoes in bowl with oil.  Toss or stir to coat potatoes with oil.

Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese mixture.  Toss to coat.

Spread in1 layer on a large cookie sheet.

Bake about 10 minutes.  Turn fries over with a large spatula.  Bake 5 to 10 minutes more, until fries are golden brown and crispy on outside and tender on the inside.


1 cup organic mayonnaise                            1 cup fresh buttermilk

2 teaspoons dried parsley                    1 teaspoon onion powder

½ teaspoon garlic powder                            ½ teaspoon Kosher salt

1/8 teaspoon pepper

Whisk together in a medium bowl  Chill.  Keep refrigerated.


Bowls – large,medium, small

Liquid measuring cup

Measuring spoons

Small spaula or knife for leveling


French fry cutter (or cutting board and sharp knife)

Large mixing spoon

Cookie sheet


No artificial colors, flavors or preservatives in fries or dressing.

Low salt.

Leaving skin on potatoes provides more nutrients than peeling them.


Drop potatoes into the oil and toss to coat as you cut them, and toss after each addition.  This will prevent browning of the potatoes.

Grapeseed oil is a nice alternative to olive oil.  It has a high smoke point so it does

not break down and form harmful substances at high heat.  It also has a nice, light flavor and a long shelf life.

Kids can cut potatoes with a table knife on a cutting board, if you first slice them (the first long cuts usually require a sharp knife.  The fries may not be uniform in size and shape, but they will still be yummy!



2 egg whites                                                1/8 teaspoon cream of tartar

½ teaspoon vanilla                                       ½ cup sugar

3 cups cut fresh fruit

Pre-heat oven to 300º F.

Allow egg whites to stand at room temperature for 30 minutes.

Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.

Draw six  circles. 4 inches in diameter, on the paper.

Get an adult to help you separate the egg whites from the yolks.  Be very careful not to get ANY yolk in the whites.   If you break a yolk and some gets in the whites, save that for scrambled eggs of baking.  Get a fresh bowl and try again.  Put egg whites, vanilla and cream of tartar  in a large mixing bowl.

Beat with electric mixer at medium speed until soft peaks form.

Add sugar 1 tablespoon at a time, beating on high speed until very stillpeaks form and sugar is dissolved.

Divide meringue onto the 6 circles.  Spread out with the back of a spoon to fill circle, making a depression in the center to form a shallow bowl.

Bake 35 minutes.  Then turn off oven but leave meringues in the oven with door closed for 1 hour.

After 1 hour remove from oven.  Lift off meringues with a flat spatula.

While meringues are cooking, wash and prepare fresh fruit.


2 small bowls,1 for egg whites, one for yolks

Egg separator (optional)

Measuring spoons – 1 tablespoon, 1/8 teaspoon

Dry measuring cup – 1 cup, ½ cup

small knife or spatula for leveling

Medium bowl for prepared fruit

Strainer or colander for washing fruit

Large bowl for draining fruit

Cookie sheet

Parchment paper


4” diameter dish to draw around

pencil or pen

cutting board or mat

table knife

colander and large bowl

small bowls for fruit


Light on sugar.

Fresh fruit has lots of vitamins, minerals and fiber.


Follow the directions for separating egg whites and yolks carefully.  If you get any yolk in the whites, they will not hold the air bubbles needed to make the meringuw fluffy and light.

If your circles are not exactly 4” in diameter, it is O.K.  Larger or smaller circles may require more or less baking time.



4 whole wheat flour tortillas                                   4 ounces cream cheese

½ cup mild salsa                                                    4 slices roast  turkey

4 slices provolone cheese                             4 Romaine leaves

Put cream cheese and salsa in a medium bowl. Use a pastry blender or fork to mash the cream cheese and blend in the salsa.

Wash Romaine leaves.  Pat dry with a kitchen towel or paper towel.

Lay a tortilla on a cookie sheet.  Spread with 1/4th of the cream cheese mixture.

Lay 1 Romaine leaf, 1 slice turkey and one slice cheese on top of cream cheese.

Roll into a tight roll.  Secure with 2 or 3 toothpicks.

Wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate at least ½ hour.

Unwrap, cut in half and ENJOY.


Fork or pastry blender

Rubber scraper

Table knife of small spatula for spreading


Plastic wrap

Small baking dish or plate for refrigerating rolls

Kitchen towel or paper towel


Whole wheat tortillas have more fiber, vitamins and minerals that white flour tortillas.

Adding salsas to cream cheese adds vitamins and minerals.

Choose the best quality turkey and cheese for added benefits.




3 medium ripe bananas                                                   3 tablespoons honey

1 large egg                                                            ½ cup plain Greek yogurt

1 ½ cups whole wheat flour                                   ¼ cup unsweetened cocoa powder

1 teaspoon baking powder                                     ½ teaspoon baking soda

1 teaspoon cinnamon                                             ¼ teaspoon salt

½ cup semi sweet chocolate chips

Pre-heat oven to 350º F..

Lightly spray 8 inch square baking dish with cooking spray.

Peel bananas.

Break egg into a small bowl.

Put bananas, honey, egg and yogurt in in a food processor or blender.

Process until smooth.

In a large bowl, whisk together dry ingredients (except chocolate chips).

Add  banana mixture.  Stir with a mixing spoon just until combined.  Do not beat.

Stir in chocolate chips.

Pour into prepared dish, using a rubber scraper to get all the batter out of the bowl.

Smooth and level top of batter with the rubber scraper.

Bake 50 to 55 minutes, or until toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.

Cool completely before cutting.

Makes 16  servings.


Measuring spoons – tablespoon, teaspoon, ½ teaspoon

Dry measuring cups 1, ½, ¼

Small spatula or knife for leveling

Liquid measuring cup

Small bowl

Large mixing bowl

Mixing spoon

Rubber scraper

8 inch square baking pan

Cooking spray

Food processor or blender


No refined sugar – sweetness is from fruit and honey

Whole wheat flour has more fiber, vitamins and minerals than refined white flour.

Low fat (no butter, oil or shortening)


You can use a hand blender (the kind used to puree soups) to blend banana mixture.

If you don’t have a blender or food processor, mash with a fork then mix vigorously.

Use ripe bananas for maximum sweetness.




Orange Gummy Bears

1 cup freshly squeezed orange juice                        1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice

2 tablespoons honey                                              3 tablespoons unflavored gelatin

Strawberry Gummy Bears

2/3 cups pureed strawberries                                  ½ cup water

1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice                               3 tablespoons honey

3 tablespoons unflavored gelatin


Put all ingredients except gelatin in a medium saucepan.

Heat over medium heat.

Sprinkle gelatin slowly, in small bits, over juice mixture, while whisking briskly.

(Don’t just dump the gelatin in.  If you do, it will form yucky lumps that can”t be stirred in.)

Heat gently, stirring constantly, until gelatin is melted and evenly blended.  It should look glossy and smooth.

Place gummy bear mold on a cookie sheet with sides.  Carefully fill molds.

Set in freezer (be careful not to tip!).  Freeze for 20 to 30 minutes.

Remove from freezer.  Pop bears out of mold.

Store covered in refrigerator.


Liquid measuring cup

Mesh strainer

Large bowl

tablespoon measuring spoon

Heat proof stirring spoon

Medium sized saucepan

Silicone gummy bear molds


No artificial colors or flavors.

No refined sugar.

No preservatives.


If you do not have molds, brush an 8”x8”x2” baking dish with coconut oil.  Pour gelatin mixture in.  Chill until firm, then cut shapes with cookie cutters.

Frozen fruit works fine for these treats.  Thaw, mash, strain (if desired).  The seeds are healthy, but so is the strained juice.  If you plan to strain the berries, you will need more to start with.




1 ½ cups warm (not hot) water                               1 teaspoon active dry yeast

2 tablespoons honey                                              1 teaspoon salt

3 cups white whole wheat flour                              1 cup whole wheat flour

For dipping:

2 cups warm water                                                 2 tablespoons baking soda

Line 2 cookie sheets with parchment paper.  Spray paper lightly with cooking spray.

Pre-heat oven to 400º F.

Put water and yeast in a large mixing bowl.  Stir.  Let set 5 minutes while you measure the other ingredients.

Mix flours and salt in a medium bowl.

Stir honey and flour mixture into yeast.

Put dough on a lightly floured counter or table.  Knead 5 minutes.

Roll out dough 1/2” thick.  Cut into shapes with cookie cutters dipped in flour.

Mix warm water and baking soda.

Use a large slotted spoon to dip shapes, one at a time, in the soda water mixture for 2 or 3 seconds.  Drain with slotted spoon.  Set on parchment on cookie sheet

Repeat until all shapes are dipped.  Sprinkle lightly with coarse salt.

Bake about 15 minutes, until golden brown.

Fruit Dip

½ cup plain Greek yogurt

½ cup berries, blended or mashed

1 tablespoon honey

Place ingredients in a small bowl.  Whisk together.  Cover and refrigerate.


2 cookie sheets

parchment paper

cooking spray

2 liquid measuring cups

dry measuring cup  – 1 cup, ½ cup

Measuring spoons – tablespoon, teaspoon

Small spatula or knife for leveling

mixing bowl – large, medium

Small bowl

Small whisk

Mixing spoons – 2

Extra flour for counter top


Uses whole wheat flour.

No refined sugar.

No artificial colors or flavors.


Yeast is a living organism.  If you kill it, it won’t grow and do its job.  Be sure the water is just warm (100º to 110º), not hot, so the yeast can survive and grow.




1 bunch fresh broccoli                                  2 large eggs

½ teaspoon salt                                            ½ cup Panko (coarse) bread crumbs

½ cup Parmesan cheese                                Cooking spray

Additional crumbs for coating

Spray a cookie sheet lightly with cooking spray.

Pre-heat oven to 375º F.

Wash broccoli.  Place on a cutting board.  Use a table knife to cut into florets.

Measure out 2 cups of florets, (Save the rest for eating fresh.)

Put florets in a microwave safe bowl.  Cover bowl with waxed paper.  Place in microwave.  Cook 1 to 2 minutes, just until tender crisp.

Remove from microwave CAREFULLY.  (You may need an adult to help with this.)

Put steamed broccoli, egg, salt, bread crumbs and Parmesan in a food processor or blender.  Process just until finely chopped.  BE CAREFUL – HAVE AN ADULT HELP YOU WITH THE BLADE – IT IS VERY SHARP!)

Place additional Panko crumbs in a small bowl.

Use a soup spoon or small cookie scoop to spoon  balls of dough into crumbs.  Roll to coat ball with crumbs.

Place balls on cookie sheet.    Flatten with the bottom on a glass (dip in additional crumbs if it begins to stick),  until about 1/4th inch thick.

Bake 8 to 10 minutes, or until crispy on outside.

Cool 5 minutes on cookie sheet before removing.  Serve warm with ranch dip.


Colander or strainer for washing broccoli

Large bowlfor draining broccoli

Cutting board

Table knife

medium microwave safe bowl

wxed paper

Food processor or blender

Small bowl to break eagg into

Small bowl for extra crumbs

Dry measuring cup – ½

Measuring spoon – tablespoon, ½ teaspoon

Soup spoon or small cookie scoop

Cookie sheet

Parchment paper


Broccoli is rich in vitamins, minerals and fiber.

Egg adds protein.

Low fat.


This is also good made with cauliflower, or a combination of broccoli and cauliflower.

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Recipes from After School Kids Cooking Camp, Winter 2017

Grades 1-3

SUPER EASY WHOLE WHEAT BISCUITS                   Makes 4 to 5 biscuits

1 cup whole wheat flour                                             2 teaspoons baking powder

¼ teaspoon salt                                                            2 tablespoons cold butter

½ cup cold 2% milk


Pre-heat oven to 450º F.

Wash and dry counter or table.

In a medium bowl, mix flour, baking powder and salt.

Whisk with a fork or whisk.

Cut the butter into pea sized pieces.  Add butter to flour mixture.  Mash butter into flour with a fork or pastry blender, until mixture looks like coarse crumbs.

Stir in milk.

Spread a little flour on the counter or table.

Put dough on the floured counter or table, and pat it out with your hands until it is about ¾ inch thick.  If the dough sticks to your hands, coat your hands with some flour.

Use a round cookie cutter or an upside down glass to cut out biscuit rounds.

Press scraps of dough together and cut as many biscuits as you can from the dough.

Put biscuits on ungreased baking sheet.  Bake10 to 12 minutes.  Let cool 5 minutes, then use a spatula to remove biscuits from cookie sheet.


Makes 2 to 3 Servings

1/3 cup milk                                                       1/3 cup apple juice

1/3 cup natural peanut butter                            1  ripe bananas

1 cup fresh or frozen berries

Place all ingredients in a blender or food processor.  Blend until smooth.


  • Whole wheat flour has more fiber and vitamins and minerals than refined white flour.
  • Peanut butter in smoothie adds protein.
  • Natural peanut butter has no added sugar.
  • 2% milk has less fat than whole milk,
  • Berries add fiber, vitamins and minerals.

Grades 4-6



3 ¼  c. water                                               1 c. polenta or cornmeal

1 T. dried herbs of your choice                             ¼  tsp. salt

½ c. shredded Parmesan cheese                            2 T. butter, divided


Heat oven to 375º F.

Use 1 T. of the butter to grease the insides of an 8” x 8” x 2 glass baking dish.

Put 2 cups of the water in a medium saucepan and bring to a boil.

Meanwhile, mix remaining 1 ¼ cup water with the polenta, herbs and salt.

Turn heat to low and slowly and CAREFULLY whisk the polenta mixture into the boiling water.

Cook and whisk over low heat for 10 to 15 minutes, until polenta begins  to pull away from the sides of the pan.

Remove from heat and stir in Parmesan cheese and tablespoon of butter.

VERY CAREFULLY use a rubber scraper to put polenta into the prepared baking dish.

Bake 20 to 30 minutes, until top is brown.

NOTE:  Baking is always done uncovered, in the oven.

Cut into squares.

Serve with marinara sauce and Parmesan cheese.



1 T. olive oil                                               1 medium sized Vidalia onion

1 cloves garlic,                                            3 large tomatoes

¼  teaspoon salt                                         1 T. tomato paste

1 T. fresh basil (or 1  tsp. Dried)                1T. fresh parsley (or 1 tsp. Dried)

1 T. fresh oregano (or 1 tsp. Dried)            ¼  tsp. black pepper


Peel and chop onion and garlic.

Heat olive oil in a medium, heavy bottomed saucepan.

Add onion and garlic.

Sauté 2 to 3 minutes, until onion  is transparent.

Wash tomatoes.  Use a serrated knife to cut in quarters and remove stem.

Place tomatoes plus onion and garlic in food processor or blender and process until smooth.

Return mixture to saucepan.  Cook and stir over medium low heat, stirring often, 15  minutes.

Add remaining ingredients.  Cook 15 minutes more over medium low heat, stirring often

NOTE:    This recipe makes a small batch of sauce.  It can be doubled or tripled as needed to feed more people.


Grade 1-3

Better Mac and Cheese

1 ½ cup whole wheat macaroni                            1 cup skim milk

½ cup canned chickpeas, drained               1 ½ cup shredded cheddar cheese

¼ teaspoon salt                                          1/8 teaspoon garlic powder

1/8 teaspoon paprika                                 1/8 teaspoon pepper

Olive oil for pan.


Fill a large saucepan or dutch oven 2/3 full of water.

Place on stove.

Turn heat on high.

Heat until water boils.

Carefully stir in macaroni.

Turn heat to medium.

Simmer 8 minutes.

Have an adult drain the macaroni into a colander or strainer in the sink.

While macaroni is cooking, place milk, chickpeas and seasonings in a blender or food processor.  Blend until smooth.

Brush the insides (bottom and sides) of a large saucepan with olive oil.

Add blended mixture.

Heat over low heat 2 minutes, stirring constantly.

Stir in cheese.  Heat and stir over low heat until cheese is melted.

Stir in drained macaroni.  Heat and stir 1 to 2 minutes.

Why is this mac and cheese better?

  • Whole wheat pasta has more fiber and nutrients than pasta made with refined white flour.
  • Chickpeas add more fiber and nutrients.
  • Less fat because it uses skim milk.
  • Garlic powder and paprika add flavor, so less salt can be used.

Grade 4-6



Pre-heat oven to 350º F.

Cover a cookie sheet with parchment paper or waxed paper.

3 egg whites                                                      5 T. organic powdered sugar

2 egg yolks                                              ½ tsp. vanilla

½ c. white whole wheat flour                   ¼ tsp. Salt

Mix flour and salt together in a small bowl.

Whisk egg yolks and vanilla together in another small bowl.

In a large bowl  beat egg whites with electric mixer until stiff.  Use a rubber scraper to fold in powdered sugar.

Stir the egg yolks and vanilla into the beaten egg whites.

Fold in flour and salt just until mixed.

Put batter in a pastry bag.  Pipe out 4 inch long fingers of dough onto paper covered cookie sheet.

Bake 10 minutes.

Cool, then remove gently from paper with a metal spatula.


2 c. fresh or frozen raspberries                          ¼ c. organic sugar

2 T. orange juice                                      2 T. cornstarch

1 c. cold water

Put berries, organic sugar and orange juice in a heavy bottomed saucepan.

In a bowl, whisk cold water and cornstarch.

Whisk cornstarch mixture into berry mixture.

Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until thickened and clear.

Put in a bowl or a quart jar and refrigerate until needed.

NOTE:  If you mix cornstarch directly with hot liquids, it will form lumps that cannot be stirred out.  Always mix it with cold liquid, than whisk it into the hot mixture.


6 T.  pure maple syrup                            3 T. unsweetened cocoa powder

Put in a bowl.  Whisk until smooth.


Put serving dishes in the freezer to get cold.

Slice a ripe banana and put it in a ziploc bag.  Squeeze out excess air, seal bag, and freeze at least 2 hours.

Put frozen banana in a food processor or blender.  Blend until smooth and creamy.

Serve in chilled bowl.

Grade 1-3


Yield:  4 waffles, 8” each

2 cups old fashioned rolled oats (oatmeal)                 1 cup white whole wheat flour

2 tablespoons organic sugar                                       1 teaspoon baking powder

1 teaspoon kosher salt                                                ½ teaspoon baking soda

3 large eggs                                                                 4 tablespoons butter

2 cups buttermilk

Measure buttermilk and set out on counter to warm slightly while you prepare the other ingredients.

Pre-heat oven to 250º F.  Spread oats on cookie sheet with sides.  Place in oven.  Toast 5 to 8 minutes.  Let cool while you measure remaining ingredients.

Melt butter in a small dish in the microwave for 30 seconds.  Let cool while you prepare other ingredients.

Measure flour and put it in a large mixing bowl.  Measure sugar, baking powder, salt and baking soda.  Add each to the flour.

Put oats in a food processor or blender.  Blend until it looks like coarse flour.

Whisk oats into flour mixture.

Break eggs into a medium bowl.  Whisk in melted butter.  Whisk in buttermilk.

Pour liquid ingredients over dry ingredients.  Stir with mixing spoon just until combined.

Let set while you heat the waffle iron.  CAUTION!  The waffle iron is very hot!  LET AN ADULT HELP YOU COOK THE WAFFLES.

Put  batter into the waffle iron.  (mine is large and uses 1 1/4 cup batter)   Close waffle iron and cook until steaming stops, or light indicates the waffle is done, about 4 minutes.

Waffles, continued:

For each serving:  ½ waffle, 1 to 2 tablespoons real maple syrup,  ¼ cup fresh fruit

NOTE:  To save time, buy oat flour to use in place of the toasted, ground oatmeal.

      This recipe works with non-organic sugar.


      1 cup strawberries

      1 cup blueberries or raspberries

      Place strawberries in a colander or strainer.  Take to sink and rinse well with cool        water.  Put colander in a large bowl so fruit can drain.

      Put a strawberry on a cutting mat.  Use a table knife (AKA butter knife) to cut        strawberry in half and remove stem.  Place in a small bowl.  Repeat until all         strawberries are done.

      Put in a small bowl.  Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate until needed.

      Put blueberries or raspberries in colander.  Take to sink and rinse well under cool        water.

      Sort berries, removing any stems, leaves or mushy or moldy berries.

      Let berries drain.

      Put berries in a small bowl.  Cover and refrigerate until ready to use.


  •                     Oatmeal is high in fiber and vitamins and minerals
  •                     Eggs and buttermilk add protein and vitamins and minerals
  •                     low in fat and sugar
  •                     fresh fruit add fiber and nutrients
  •                     organic sugar in place of regular refined sugar
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Chelsea Update Focus on Nonprofits: Chelsea Community Kitchen

By Lisa Carolin

(Chelsea Update is running a series on businesses in Chelsea beginning with businesses that belong to the Chelsea Area Chamber of Commerce.)

Chelsea Community Kitchen(CCK) was founded in 2009 with the mission to “educate, inform, and support members of our regional community to create a healthy, local, and sustainable food culture.”

It is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization.

CCK is active in three major areas: Educating consumers about eating local and healthy is the first.

“We provide classes for youth in our after school and summer cooking camps, and workshops for adults looking to develop food knowledge and cooking techniques,” said Stephanie Willette, program and administrative coordinator. “We provide access to education and counseling support for people who want to start or grow a food-based business, such as ServSafe Managers courses, and connect food entrepreneurs, educators and local food enthusiasts with kitchens they can rent,” she said.

Chelsea Area Chamber of Commerce logoCCK is looking for volunteers as well as board members, and anyone interested can learn more about doing so as well as events at the website.

“Chelsea has an incredible community that is supportive of local food, and eager to share and gain knowledge about our common resources,” said Willette. “So many people are actively involved in building health lifestyles and we love being a part of that process.”

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Year End Review


*By Kathy Carter

Looking back, a few things seems to highlight our year.

I’ve put them into 9 numbers—

• 3 represents the number of kids programs offered (3 times the past) & the number of classes in our Healthy on a Budget series & the other programming activities we offered this year (Healthy Desserts, Craft Pork Butchery, and Hungry for Change Discussion series

• 41 kids and youth were involved in our programs, doubling the number from previous years.

• 1:16 is the ratio of actual kitchen users to the number of requests; showing a high need for kitchen, but the limitations of the one we have available

• 14000 is the amount of money we raised this year—a record amount! Key is that this came from many sources…

• 6 revenue sources—donations from Whole Foods, Lions Club, and Faith in Action to support programs, grant from 5 Healthy Towns for kids programming, our first annual giving campaign, and a new relationship with local business Robin Hills Farm that brought funds through the dinner and movie event

• 5% represents two things, the growth we saw in our contact list used for the newsletter and other announcements and the Whole Foods Community Giving day that brought the largest chunk of our revenues

• 496 shows our Facebook followers, with over 100 of those actively engaging most months

• 28 people volunteered in some capacity, representing an increase in both numbers and types of activities with which we involved people

• 17 new ServSafe managers were trained in the two classes offered, continuing our success at offering this service to local food businesses

Lastly, we also expanded our partnerships and identified possibilities for more engagement with our partners.

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Healthy on a Budget Recipes

These recipes and cooking suggestions were used by Judy Radant in our latest “Healthy on a Budget” demonstration at Faith in Action. Great for fall and eating seasonally too.

QUICK PEANUT BUTTER AND JELLY SNACK BARS                          Pre heat oven to 350º F

3 cups rolled oats (dry oatmeal)  OR 2 cups rolled oats and 1 cup dry cereal (not flakes –  Rice Krispies, Cheerios or similar cereal)

½ cup peanut butter                                                                 ½ cup jelly or jam

¼ cup hot water                                                                      ¼ teaspoon salt

Butter a baking dish (11” x 8” x 2” works well, but larger or smaller is O.K.)

Put peanut butter, half of the jelly and water in a saucepan.  Heat and stir just until smooth, about 2 minutes.

Put oats (and cereal if using it) in a large bowl.  Stir in peanut butter mixture.

Press into buttered dish.  Spread remaining jelly on top.

Bake 25 minutes.

Let cool, then cut into 12 bars.

You can also add coconut, chopped nuts, chopped dried fruit, raisins or chocolate chips if you have them.

If you have honey, you can substitute that for the jelly.  Use 2 tablespoons of honey. (Do not spread any on top before baking.)



1 box Jiffy oatmeal muffin mix                                              1 egg

½ cup canned fruit, drained and chopped                               ¼ cup juice from canned fruit

(peaches, pears, oranges)

Preheat oven to 400º F.

Butter or spray muffin pans, or put in cupcake papers.

Put juice, egg and fruit in a bowl.  Stir together.

Add  muffin mix.  Stir just until blended (better will be lumpy – that’s good!)

Fill muffin cups 2/3 full.

Bake 12 to 15 muntes, or until muffin bounces back when pressed lightly with your finger.




2 cups water                                                                1 cup white rice

1 tablespoon butter

Put water in an 8 inch baking dish.  Stir in rice.  Add butter.

Cover with foil or lid.  Bake in oven. 20 to 25 minutes, or until rice is tender.

Remove from oven.  Fluff with a fork.  At this point it can be seasoned ( I like a little butter, salt and pepper), or cooled and refrigerated for later use.  Place in a plastic bag so it does not dry out.

This will keep4 to 5 days in the refrigerator.

If you want more rice,  use 4 cups water and 2 cups rice and 2 tablespoons butter.  Bake in a 9 inch x 13 inch baking dish.


1 ½ cup brown rice                                                     2 ½ cups water

1 tablespoon butter

Use an 8” square baking dish.  Put butter and water in a saucepan  Heat to boiling.  Put it in baking dish.  Stir in rice.  Cover.

Bake  1 hour, or until rice is tender.



Chicken breasts, thawed                                             salt and pepper to taste

butter or oil

Brush a baking dish with butter or oil.    Put chicken breasts in dish.  Brush with some melted butte or oil.  Sprinkle on salt and pepper.  Cover with foil and bake 25 to 35 minutes.  Let cool.  Cut into chunks, wrap or place in plastic bag.  Refrigerate until ready to use.

Cooked chicken keeps 3 to 4 days in the refrigerator.  If you want to keep it longer, store it in the freezer.


Casserole mix:

2 to 3 cups cooked rice                                               1 can cream of chicken soup

½ of a soup can of water                                             2 cups chopped cooked chicken

canned or frozen vegetables of your choice*             salt and pepper to taste

If you have it, add a pinch of ground sage, thyme, parsley, or ½ teaspoon poultry seasoning.

*Drain off juice before adding.  Peas, carrots, green beans, mushrooms, mixed vegetables & spinach

work well for this dish.

Place in a casserole dish.  Bake 30 to 40 minutes, until hot in center.



EASY BURGER DINNER                                                    Peeheat oven to 350º F.

1 pound ground beef or turkey                                                ½ cup chopped onion

4 medium potatoes, washed and cubed                                  1 cup chopped fresh carrots*

1 can tomato soup                                                                   1/2 soup can water

Spread raw ground meat in a 2 or 3 quart casserole dish.  Sprinkle with salt and pepper.

Add chopped onion. (use use 1 tablespoon dried onion, or ½ teaspoon onion powder)

Spread carrots then potatoes and carrots over meat and onion  Sprinkle with a bit more salt and pepper.

In a small bowl, mix soup and water.  Pour over vegetables.

Cover and bake 2 to 2 ½ hours, until carrots and potatoes are tender.

*or vegetable of your choice

This dish is also good made with cream of mushroom soup in place of the tomato soup, especially if you are using ground turkey.

NOTE:  When you add salt, SPRINKLE IT ON LIGHTLY.  Too much is not good for your body.  If you have herbs on hand, try substituting them for some or all of the salt.


Money and/or time saving suggestions:

  • make your own granola bars with foods from pantry
  • add drained canned fruit to muffin mix to boost flavor and nutrition
  • use juice from the canned fruit in place of milk in the muffins
  • oven bake a quantity of rice and cook chicken ahead of time for quick after work meal
  • spinach might not get eaten alone, but was good when added to the chicken and rice
  • wash and cut fresh green beans and add to burger dish – no need to pre-cook
  • put ground beef in casserole without pre- cooking – if excess grease comes during baking, skim off with a spoon, the put casserole back in oven to brown top
  • even the worst looking potatoes can be used in the burger dish
  • leave as much skin as possible on the potatoes for added nutrition
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How Chelsea Became Michigan’s Latest One-Stop Craft Beer Destination

*Article in Concentrate Ann Arbor, by Eric Galippo, September 28 2016

It’s not the first place people think of when they hear “craft beer,” but for Don Smith, the gateway to home brewing was the door leading into a Jet’s Pizza.

The franchise’s Chelsea location offers a selection of Michigan beers on draught, and Smith and friend Mike Vanderspool made a point of sampling them. Shortly after Jet’s opened, the Chelsea residents’ hometown got its own microbrewery in 2012, and their interest grew.

Following some other friends’ lead, Smith and Vanderspool eventually got some equipment and started making their own beer for fun. More than 120 batches later, the friends are turning their hobby into a business with the launch of Plow Point Brewing Co.

“We started to think about taking it to the next level, mostly due to the fact we love to brew and share our creations with friends,” Smith says. “Our friends have always enjoyed the beer, and we would love to share to larger audiences.”

While it won’t be Grand Rapids, or even Ann Arbor, anytime soon, Chelsea’s strong home brewing scene, good land for growing hops, Michigan-friendly taps in local restaurants and bars, and anchor brewpub are quietly making the small town a new destination on Michigan’s growing beer scene.

Next month, Chelsea Community Kitchen will give enthusiasts the lay of the land, as the nonprofit local food business resource provider leads a farm-to-tap tour.SAVOR: A Local Hops and Beer Tour includes stops at Groovy Hopster Farm andChelsea Alehouse Brewery, as well as a brewing demonstration and tasting presented by Plow Point. Discounted tickets are available to guests who also sign up for this week’s Dinner and a Movie at Robin Hills Farms event.

Chelsea’s home brewing scene has been bubbling for the last several years, according to Jane Pacheco, program coordinator for Community Kitchen. As with Smith and Vanderspool, she says many home brewers work together on small batches and then get together to swap stories with others.

“Beer is something that folks have always been interested in,” Pacheco says. “This tour just gives us an opportunity to share a ‘behind the scenes’ view into the products and the people who make it possible.”

For now, the Plow Point guys are focused on being a resource to other home brewers. They offer classes and use of their equipment, instructing students through the process of brewing, fermentation, and bottling or kegging. The business partners are looking for a permanent home in Chelsea to set up shop and hope to start distributing their own beers within the next few years.

That’s certainly not a far-fetched goal. Chelsea Alehouse founder and owner Chris Martinson credits Chelsea’s home brewing community with fueling the town’s craft beer scene overall. He should know; Martinson made the leap from home brewer to brewpub proprietor himself.

Times have changed since the town’s first microbrewery, Chelsea Real Ale Co., closed down more than 30 years ago. Martinson says area bars and restaurants have kept up with the rest of the state on craft beer offerings, and Alehouse beers are now served at several Chelsea spots, including Smokehouse 52, the Common Grill and the Inverness Inn.

While IPAs are still king, there’s a thirst for other varieties as well, according to Martinson, who cites the success of a brown session beer the Alehouse served over the summer.

“If you can brew a thoughtful and flavorful low-alcohol beer, there is definitely a market for it,” Martinson says, noting that barrel-aged beers are also a favorite.

Also seeding Chelsea’s beer scene are local hops farms, including Washtenaw Hops and Groovy Hopster. The Alehouse’s Harvest Ale is brewed with fresh hops from the latter, and the brewery is working toward sourcing all of its hops from Michigan.

“Having a brewery in your town has now become a badge of honor,” Martinson says. “[It’s] exciting to see the industry promote the growth of other businesses.”

It’s a sentiment that pairs well with recent efforts to make downtown Chelsea a destination town, offering programming like its successful Sounds and Sights on Thursday Nights summer event series, which includes “local brew” in its list of attractions.

With numerous shops, a professional theater company, and close proximity to two state recreation areas, Martinson says Chelsea is the perfect place to spend a day browsing stores, watching a play, or exploring nature – “And, of course to stop by and have a pint afterwards.”

Eric Gallippo is an Ypsilanti-based freelance writer.

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