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30 cooking classes down. 30 more to go.

2 Nov

I remember that when I was in middle school, my Home Ec teacher taught me to change a diaper. She also taught me how to sew an apron using a sewing machine. I’m pretty sure there were no boys in that class. It all sounds so terribly old-fashioned and sexist now, really. But in that class, I also learned how to cook.

Is it a bird? A plane? Nope. GW students making Superhero Smoothies

29 Sep

This week in cooking class at George Watts Montessori, students made “Superhero Salads” and “Superhero Smoothies.” Each had all the nutrients you need in a day. For the smoothies, the surprise ingredients were spinach and basil. Here’s what a class looked like. Oh, one thing first — thanks to all the fabulous volunteers who turned […]

On August 27, eat for the school garden

1 Aug

On August 27, Lantern restaurant in Chapel Hill will donate proceeds from the evening to George Watts’ Edible Garden. The event is part of Chez Panisse Foundation’s “Eating for Education” campaign. The fabulous Andrea Reusing, chef and owner of Lantern, proposed that her restaurant join the campaign and then send  proceeds from the night to […]

Summertime students pick a peck of peppers and then some

12 Jul

Like last summer, the school garden is bursting at the seams with vegetables. You might even call it jungle-like. How are we getting all this food to our school community’s families? Well, let me tell you… Every week through July, George Watts students are harvesting once a week, then giving away the fresh vegetables at […]

Digging these roots recipes

24 Jun

George Watts Montessori kicked off its first gardening-nutrition-cooking classes during the final two weeks of school. Photographer Susie Post Rust took so many fabulous photos, I just had to post a few here. (Scroll down to see them all.) Students harvested for ingredients then made these two “roots” recipes — and only a handful left […]

Take my radishes — please!

15 Jun

  I’ve written a guest post for Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution website today — a piece called “Finding Garden Solutions in Durham, N.C.” Here’s an excerpt for you… I had spent the early-morning hours uprooting and tossing into the compost heap dozens of perfectly healthy lettuce plants from my daughters’ elementary school garden in Durham, […]

Chef Andrea Reusing cooks with kids

1 Jun

Chef Andrea Reusing of Lantern came this week to harvest in the school garden and prepare a fresh salad with a buttermilk-based dressing — all built around what’s in our edible garden right now. Chef Andrea has been in the news a lot lately, having recently published a fabulous cookbook called Cooking in the Moment […]

What would a hacker do?

14 Apr

Have you heard about Mick Ebeling? He spoke at a TED gathering this month and told an amazing story about helping a well-known graffiti artist named Tempt. After being gripped by the nerve disease ALS, Tempt was left paralyzed, except for the use of his eyes. Tempt’s family wanted a way to communicate with him. […]