Every day is an adventure at Little Feet in the Kitchen – the cooking school for adventurous young chefs!
Last Friday, students ages 6-11 took a field trip to Petrossian, the lovely caviar emporium and restaurant where they learned about the history of caviar, and were treated to a ten-course caviar tasting, not to mention other delicious items such as smoked salmon and Executive Chef Giselle Wellman’s divinely creamy scrambled eggs topped with whipped cream and caviar.
The lesson, given by the generous GM Christopher Klapp, was incredible, but what was even more incredible is that my young students were adventurous enough to try something as sophisticated as caviar.
This may have surprised most people, but for me, it made perfect sense. You see, I believe that if you give kids the opportunity to taste foods they wouldn’t normally be exposed to, and especially if they are involved in cooking it – there is a bigger chance they will check it out… as in TASTE it.
At Little Feet in the Kitchen, we have cooking adventures every single week. Sometimes we are visiting a local farm and creating flower pot crudites (a la Martha Stewart), or braising Brussels sprouts… or whipping up fluffy meringues in the form of pavlovas or Parisian macarons. We love to make Alsatian Tarte Flambes, puff pastry topped with cream, caramelized onions, bacon and more… or what about farro salad with mint, peas and meltingly delicious Burrata cheese? Next week we’ll be making Retro Foods, such as Welsh Rarebit and Strawberry Shortcake. Not your usual chicken nuggets. Stay tuned. You’ll be as hooked as we are on cooking adventures before you know it!
Happy Holidays to my Wonderful Students!
I don’t know about you, but I love cooking during the holidays more than any other time of the year. When I was growing up, my Grammy Olga used to start baking hundreds of wonderful Christmas cookies and homemade candy right about now… including chocolate-dipped peanut butter balls, pink coconut bon-bons, magic cookie bars, divinity, Linzer cookies, Spritz cookies, snickerdoodles, chocolate fudge, peanut butter fudge and of course, those gorgeous iced cutout cookies! It just went on and on, and my brothers and I had so much fun opening each Tupperware container to more treats.
But it wasn’t just about the sweets. I loved helping my mom make the Christmas roast or Turkey or whatever we were having that year. In fact, as long as I could stay in that warm, bustling kitchen, I was happy.
When I became a teenager, I began the tradition of making a big lasagna feast for my family on Christmas Eve — one lasagna with veal or sausage, and another with just roasted veggies and cheese — which my grandparents avoided like the plague! “I’m a meat and potatoes guy,” my darling Grampy would say, politely declining. But I never gave up. Years went by with me begging him just to taste “one tiny bite,” until finally, one year, he did. I will never forget the look on his face as he first took one bite, then dug in, a big smile on his face. After that, Grampy ONLY ate my vegetable lasagna on Christmas Eve. When I would call his home in Iowa from California, he would end each conversation with, “come out and make some of that vegetable lasagna, Jenny!” See, it’s not just children who are sometimes afraid to try new dishes… as adults, we often get set in our ways and can miss out on some really delicious foods. As a young woman, I was so proud that I could turn my 85 year-old grandfather onto a delicious new recipe. He passed away years ago, but I always feel him close to me when I make that lasagna.
In case you want to try it out on your grandparents, I’m posting the roasted veggie lasagna recipe in my RECIPES FOR ADVENTUROUS YOUNG CHEFS section… my question is, will YOU be brave enough to try it?
Don’t forget to check out the latest cooking classes for kids! We have a really fun after-school class on Tuesdays (two classes left in the Iron Chef series) from 2-5 p.m., and a GREAT WINTER COOKING CAMP coming up January 3-7… just click on COOKING CLASSES (on the left) for more info!
Until I see you, happy holiday cooking and Bon Appetit!!
Kale Chips and Halloween Salad
Only at Little Feet in the Kitchen would you find a recipe for Kale Chips… But remember, this blog is for ADVENTUROUS young chefs, so no sissies allowed. You don’t have to eat it, but if you cook it, you never know – you might taste it… and you MIGHT like it 🙂
If you aren’t ready for Kale Chips, how about trying my Halloween Salad? I promise you, it is delicious. I would have given you a recipe for Halloween cupcakes, but I know you already know how to do that. More importantly, if you eat lots of veggies, I’ll bet mom and dad will let you eat an extra piece of Halloween candy… It’s worth a try, anyway, right? Check out the RECIPES page and give it a try. HAPPY COOKING AND HAPPY HALLOWEEN!!