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#1 of 5 Old 04-21-2014, 07:06 AM - Thread Starter
 
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I read these two blog posts this past weekend and thought this was a great idea:

http://hautemealz.com/2012/05/09/tips-for-raising-an-international-gourmet/

 

I wish my all-girls college prep high school would have taught me some of this; I hope to at least learn more so I can teach these skills to my children:

http://hautemealz.com/2013/01/16/the-problem-with-farm-to-table/

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We did something similar to this as a co-op learning experience with another family. The kids called it Kitchen Club and I think the structure of a biweekly meet-up in one family's kitchen or the other's, and the social nature of the exercise helped make it feel special and enjoyable as the months rolled by. Each family would research the country of the week ahead of time and arrive with two recipes -- one a main-dish savoury and one a snack, appy or dessert -- and the necessary ingredients. We'd talk informally about what we'd learned about the country, and sometimes the older kids would do some more online research as the morning progressed. Occasionally there would be a craft or decoration that fit in well.

All morning we'd putter, prep, cook and bake in various task-oriented clusters. And then we'd enjoy a mid-day feast, sampling all the dishes and usually an appropriate beverage as well. The kids ranged in age from about 4 to 14 and it worked pretty darn well. They chose the countries and for the most part the recipes as well. The biweekly schedule gave us time to procure some of the more obscure ingredients.

If you have a kitchen/dining area large enough to accommodate a few people working together I highly recommend collaborating with another family or two. My kids (now aged 11 to 20) are all pretty awesome adventurous chefs. Their skills and interests were definitely given a huge jump-start at Kitchen Club. And my picky eaters became much more adventurous in their tastes.

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Have you seen the Global Table Adventure blog? 

 

Here: http://globaltableadventure.com/countries-ive-cooked/

 

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Thank you, Emaye. I hadn't seen that.

 

moominmama, thanks for that idea. The homeschool families we know are too far away (part of why they're homeschooling is they live too far away to go to the Catholic school here) and the school families are too busy, and another family we know...the mother is too busy. So it's just me and my two oldest for now.


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We do the global thing here.  It is part of our "cultural studies" :-)  We pick a country, learn about it, and cook a meal.  It is always fun. 

 

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