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2017 Week 6 Back to the Basics

Monday July 17, 2017

Welcome to week 6!! Today was super busy as we got to know each other, planted vegetables and cooked up a storm! We started the morning with a tour of the garden which then led us to planting carrots, beans, and herbs ourselves! The kids found our crazy chickens in the garden and even got to feed them blackberries and bugs! Before it got too hot we went upstairs to the Food Lab to cook our very own lunch. Today’s menu consisted of fancy grilled cheese (pesto from scratch, fresh mozzarella, and tomatoes), roasted broccoli and fruit (cantaloupe and honeydew). The kids ate it up!

IMG_0364After lunch we spent a little time outside but before too long we had to get back in the kitchen to make our lunches for tomorrow. We made black bean brownies, fruit salad, and turkey sandwiches for Tuesday’s lunch. IMG_0369

It finally came to wrapping up the day with a presentation by one of our counselors, Michelle who talked about our theme this week, Back to the Basics. She defined cooking terms and showed great 2 min clips on how to cut, cook, and look like a professional chef!

Tuesday, July 18th 2017

Today we went on our field trip to Marcoot Jersey Creamery! We got to see where they milk the cows and even try some of the white cheddar cheese they were in the process of making! Marcoot Creamery is in Greenville, Illinois about an hour away from St. Louis. At Marcoot they produce lots of different cheeses as well as ice cream! You can buy some of their products at places like City Greens, Straub’s, Eckerts, Dierbergs and some Whole Food stores. After a long day on the farm we came back to make kale chips and roasted cauliflower bites. We will be back at it again tomorrow to cook up a storm!!

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Wednesday, July 19th 2017

 

Wow did we cook a lot today!!! This morning we started in the garden with disability awareness day. Michael form Paraquad came in to talk to the kids about his story and how he ended up in a wheel chair. We then broke off into groups and did various activities with adaptive equipment to learn more about different disabilities.

Then we headed into the kitchen to make spaghetti and meatballs! The campers LOVED the meatballs and everything else of course. We made homemade croutons for our Cesar salad as well as Cesar dressing with Greek yogurt!

To finish the afternoon we had a special guest come into our kitchen, David Laufer! He is a well known baker in the St. Louis area and has recently been awarded for his famous cookie the ‘Chewy Mooey’ which was voted best cookie in St. Louis area! He demo’ed the cookie for us and then every camper got to make their own batch! David works at River City Casino. You can read more about him and his desserts here! https://www.stlmag.com/dining/david-laufers-desserts-dazzle-at-river-city-casino/

Check back with us tomorrow for more updates and fun!

Thursday, July 20th, 2017

Today was HOT!

  1. Hot in the garden to start off the day. Thursday is Harvest Day so campers got to harvest hot peppers, tomatoes, blackberries, arugula, squash, green beans, and peaches! We even got to eat the peaches for lunch.
  2. It was HOT in the kitchen too! Not sweating but our jambalaya was full of spicy flavor mixed with sausage, chicken, onions, carrots, and chicken broth. Thursdays are special because we make lunch for Campus Kitchen Project which serves 50 people every Thursday. Our campers get to cook for those who can’t and serve the Saint Louis Community. You can learn more here! http://www.campuskitchens.org/
  3. It was HOT at the pool too!! We had a fun time playing Marco Polo and Sharks and Minos with the kiddos. The water definitely cooled us down.

After a hot hot hot day we celebrated one of our very own campers birthdays with homemade cupcakes and all natural food dyes in our icing.

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Friday, July 21st, 2017

The Last Day!

Today is a big day, we have so much to do in so little time. We learned more about herbs  by making herb tea, rosemary lemonade, boo boo salve, and taking a tour of the herb garden itself.

When we got back it was time to cook! Friday is for personal pan pizzas so campers learned how to knead their dough and watch it grow!

In the afternoon we got ready for the parent party. We made baked potato rounds, rosemary chicken and the remaining rosemary lemonade!!

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