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Gingerbread Houses
Culinary Club members had a great time decorating gingerbread houses before the holiday break.  Please take a few moments to look at the pictures of the students' beautiful houses.  I can't wait to get back into the kitchen with this group in the New Year!  Happy holidays! 

Culinary Club members celebrated Thanksgiving early this year!  Students practiced cooking skills by making traditional Thanksgiving dishes like cornbread dressing and sweet potato casserole.  Pumpkin swirl brownies and herb roasted chicken breasts were thrown into the mix as well.  Hopefully the Culinary Club members will impress their families with some of these recipes over the holiday season.  Please check out the photos from our cooking sessions and utilize the recipes in our Thanksgiving recipe packet.  This year I am thankful for the wonderful students who spend their time in the kitchen with Mrs. Killcreas and me.  At St. Paul's, cooking matters!
Macaroni & Cheese
Culinary Club has hit the ground running!  The enthusiasm from the students during our first few days in the kitchen was overwhelming to Mrs. Killcreas and me!  We started off by making homemade Macaroni & Cheese.  First thing was first...we made all of the students learn and practice "Mise en Place," which means to put into place and is a common practice among experienced chefs.  The kids better understood the instructions "make your prep station look like a cooking show set!"  Members pre-measured and prepped all ingredients before the first stove burner was lit.  Next every group made  Béchamel sauce and then transformed it into Mornay sauce by adding a cheese combination of their choice.  After learning about and picking a pasta shape, students brought their dishes together by adding traditional seasonings like kosher salt, nutmeg, and cayenne pepper.  Lastly, all of our budding chefs were able to pick their own optional add-ins such as sautéed tomatoes, blanched broccoli and toppings of panko bread crumbs and MORE cheese!  We had SO much fun and are already excited about our Thanksgiving dishes class next month!  View more pictures on the Culinary Club slideshow!
Kick off!

I am thrilled that the Culinary Club is kicking off its THIRD year at St. Paul's and I am excited to announce that grades 6-12 will be able to participate in the club this year!  Another piece of great news is that I welcome a co-sponsor, Mrs. Melinda Killcreas, to the Culinary Club.  Mrs. Killcreas works on the Lower School campus and will be joining our group as a valuable leader with great ideas and extensive food knowledge.  If you are interested in joining the Culinary Club please read and submit the Parent Permission Form along with the $30 fee (the fee cover the first semester activities) and look over the Fall/Winter Schedule.  We have some yummy things in store! 

To kick off the Foodies Blog for the 2014-15 school year I would like to share a super simple recipe for an appetizer that I have made for years!  Try these Tomato Bacon Canapés anytime you need an easy snack for a crowd!

For questions about the Culinary Club or our Middle School Nutrition Program please contact me!

Mrs. Elizabeth Gregory



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