No-what? You may be more familiar with the term cacti than nopales, but this succulent plant is flourishing as a tasty, inventive ingredient in kitchens from coast-to-coast. Nopales are versatile, healthy and can be easily paired with many different dishes.
On January 18, 2012, 120 kids watched anxiously. Dressed in a colorful apron, I waved carrots, broccoli, grapefruits and other produce eagerly in front of them as I explained the difference between fruits and vegetables. We were starting a rhubarb revolution.
I was an 11-year-old Hmong kid living in South Sacramento when college became real for me. I remember how students from UC Davis and Sac State came to the school I was attending — Susan B. Anthony Elementary School. They encouraged us to go to college and gave us awesome swag! I took that message to heart. I wanted to go to college, achieve big stuff, and become an example for my family and for my community.
Little did I know that 15 years into the future, I would be back in my elementary school again.
There’s something particularly special about cooking with kids. Kids that help in the kitchen learn the “how” and “why” their meals are prepared. For them it’s fascinating, engaging and above all, a lot of fun! Also, kids are more likely to eat veggies when they prepare them.
Here are our top 10 Kid-friendly kitchen duties to get your culinary protégé acting as your new sous chef.
Apriums are a stone fruit similar to plums, apricots and peaches. With the exterior appearance of an apricot, apriums have an orange, juicy flesh and a slight fuzzy exterior. They taste like a sweet apricot that contains a hint of plum. At the farmers market or grocery store, look for apriums that are firm with a little give and have a fragrant aroma.
Food Literacy Center’s first year at Leataata Floyd Elementary School, sponsored by Raley’s Family of Fine Stores, has come to a cauliflower close for summer break. During the past 13 weeks the kids became food adventurers, cooking new recipes and tasting new fruits and vegetables like kumquats and rainbow chard.
Since the beginning of the century, an influx of food-focused films have been cooked up by film producers, creating a food-conscious public movement around food issues similar to that of Upton Sinclair’s 1906 book “The Jungle” about Chicago’s meatpacking industry, which eventually led to the establishment of the Food and Drug Administration.
Carrot Cartwheels! With the help of Sacramento area residents, we raised 7,200 fresh fruits and vegetables to send students home with the recommended daily serving of fruits & vegetables during the long holiday break.
We can’t successfully teach food literacy without the unwavering support of wonderful parents. We’d like to shine a strawberry spotlight on Food Literacy Supermom Evonne Fisher who has gone above and beyond in ensuring her aptly-nicknamed daughter, Pear, gets the best food literacy experience.
Our goal today is assertive because the need is pressing! Kids’ health in our country is on the decline. A recent report shows kids’ consumption of vegetables dropping to a low 4%. Poor health puts kids at risk to lose concentration and fall behind at school, and it leads to preventable, diet-related diseases.
From chefs and farmers to librarians and business leaders, the room was filled with people committed to changing our local food system and creating a healthier community for our kids. The enthusiasm for this work was palpable by the joyful energy.
We believe that good food should be fun! We focus on the positive side of food, sharing practical, affordable, and approachable ways to eat well, rather than harping on what foods people should avoid or eliminate. We aim to engage rather than frighten.
I serve these with lychee chunks, crisp Asian pear, and labneh, with a wake-up grating of fresh ginger to pull it all together. You can make your own labneh, or use store-bought (my favorite brand is Karoun), or Greek yogurt instead.
Sacramento Food Film Festival Announces Winners of 2015 Short Film Contest
SACRAMENTO — March 10, 2015 — A wonderful range of food and agricultural stories win top marks in the Sacramento Food Film Festival’s first annual Short Film Contest. All under 10 minutes, the winning films showcased our food system’s joy and desire for healthy food and lasting change.