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Summer Cooking…Having a Blast!

We are in the middle of another amazing summer of cooking with kids in Charlottesville!  Each week we are making tasty recipes highlighting local, seasonal ingredients from The Local Food Hub and other local vendors.  We are only half way through the summer, so check out our blog regularly to see new fabulous photos and stories promoting the great work our cooking kids are producing!

Last week PB & J staff and volunteers made four totally tempting TOMATO based recipes with the summer campers at the Boys and Girls Club at Cherry Avenue and Charlottesville’s Parks and Recreation at Carver Center.  Our weekly Boys and Girls Club cooking campers created over 200 samples of Tomato Pie, Caprese Salad, Tomato Bruschetta and finally a true favorite Farmer’s Market Salsa to taste test with their fellow non-cooking club campers. (recipe link here)  For themselves, some campers made personal 7 layer dips highlighting their Farmer’s Market Salsa!   We were all amazed at how creative the kids were with their dip presentation…almost too beautiful to eat!  ALMOST……

 

This week we highlighted the bountiful and beautiful BLACKBERRY!  The cooking campers yet again amazed us with their enthusiasm to create, taste and proclaim victory in the kitchen with new recipes and unfamiliar ingredients.  Two classes made our PB &J version of a breakfast sandwich with stovetop blackberry jam, scrambled eggs, breakfast sausage patties, whole grain toast, and goat cheese! There were a lot of “YUM”, “WOW, this is good” and “I’m going to make this at home”, comments flying around the kitchen.  A second recipe of Blackberry Yogurt Cake was a show stopper!  Great highlight and treat for everyone to receive a sample that day!

Last but certainly not least, it is important to note that the many of our recipe ingredients were locally produced

 

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