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What does a school garden do all summer?

3 Sep

“What does a school garden do over the summer?” It’s one of the most frequent questions I’m asked. The answer, in short, is, “We never stop.” Because our school runs a six-week literacy bridge program over the summer, the garden is geared toward those students and their families. Here’s what happened in our garden this […]

Whole Wheat Gingerbread with Skillet Apples

22 Nov

Makes 2 dozen muffins Ingredients 1 cup molasses 3/4 cup honey 3/4 cup vegetable oil 3 eggs 3 cups whole wheat flour 1 tablespoon baking powder 1 teaspoon salt 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cloves 1 teaspoon ground ginger 2 cups milk Directions 1. In a large mixing bowl, beat molasses, […]

Scenes from our Harvest Mini-Feast

22 Nov

Two-bean kale soup. Brussels sprouts with caramelized shallots. Sweet potatoes with cinnamon pepita seeds. Gingerbread with skillet apples. That’s what was on the menu for the Harvest Mini-Feast at George Watts Montessori. And pre-K through 5th grade students cooked it ALL.

Sweet Potato Pancakes

22 Nov

Looking for something to do with leftover sweet potatoes from your Thanksgiving feast? Try out this recipe that Lower El students made — and devoured — last month during cooking classes. I’ve heard from parents that this one is “a hit” at home. Can’t fail. Ingredients 1/4 cup all-purpose flour 1/2 cup whole wheat flour […]

Two-Bean Kale Soup

21 Nov

I know what you’re going to say. “No way will my kid eat kale soup.” But pretty much every fourth and fifth grader who made this soup in cooking class gave it a thumbs-up. The secret: Let them do the chef-ing. Ingredients 3 tablespoons olive oil 1 cup chopped onion 1/2 cup chopped celery 1/2 […]

Sweet Potato Quesadillas

20 Nov

For the school’s Mini-Harvest Feast, students wrapped sweet potatoes in foil for baking, and prepared roasted cinnamon pepita seeds as a topping. But last month, they made the following recipe in class — and loved it. Try it at home sometime. (One of the Edible Garden’s purple sweet potatoes pictured below. Photo courtesy of Morgan […]

Mini-Sprouts With Shallots

15 Nov

What was your favorite dish at this week’s Harvest Mini-Feast? According to a survey, the dish that most people plan to replicate at home is Mini-Sprouts With Shallots. So I figured I’d post the recipe for you here. You’re quite welcome. For the next few days, I’ll post recipes for the other dishes that students […]

Cinnamony Pepitas

15 Nov

At the Harvest Mini-Feast, we served these pumpkin seeds alongside baked sweet potatoes, as a topping. But you could also make them as a snack to have on hand. (Recipe courtesy of Chop Chop magazine.) Ingredients 2 cups raw, shelled pumpkin seeds 2 teaspoons canola oil 2 teaspoons brown sugar 1/2 teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon […]