Saturday, March 19, 2011


Well, my two-week cooking courses are over... and I'd say they went pretty well. We made a whole bunch of healthy kids snacks, some of which include the following: "ants on a log," applesauce, berry muffins, turkey rolls, basil tomato pasta, strawberry banana smoothies, peanut butter and banana sandwiches, and fruit and yogurt parfaits. In the older kids class we also learned about several kinds of herbs. I hope everyone came out of the class more informed about nutrition and empowered with the tools to cook healthy foods for themselves and others.

 I was so excited about teaching the kids about herbs that I bought some of my own herbs from Osh last weekend to plant in my yard. I will post a picture of them when they start to grow more. I am just really excited about the idea of having fresh herbs available to cook with whenever I want.

Speaking of green, St. Patricks day at school was lots of fun. I made the kids cupcakes and they loved them. They were so fun to make, too.. especially putting on the frosting.

So, things are pretty good here... looking forward to the next holiday to celebrate! :)

Saturday, March 5, 2011

In the spirit of Mardi Gras...

So, last week and this week are the fabulous Mardi Gras celebration in New Orleans, Louisiana. I have been lucky enough to visit New Orleans twice in my life, and maybe someday I'll go again.This post will highlight some of my favorite New Orleans food memories, as one of the most memorable things about New Orleans is their delicious food.

You know you're in New Orleans when you see
beautiful building like this in the French Quarter :)

A great New Orleans sampler from Duffy's Diner... 
beans and rice, jambalaya, and shrimp creole with some garlic bread.

 Refreshing bubblegum and watermelon sno cone from Riverwalk...
perfect for those hot, humid days.
 Pasta Opelousas from Coop's Place.. 
a delightful blend of linguine, green beans, ham and shrimp.

 Chicory coffee from Cafe Du Monde... one of my very best souvenirs.

Bye for now, New Orleans... and happy Mardi Gras!