After School Programs

Red Chimichurri

If you’re looking for a new way to spice up your grilled meats, look no further than Chimichurri sauce! This classic South American sauce is perfect for adding flavor and excitement to any dish. And now, we’ve got a new twist on Chimichurri that you’re going to love: Red Chimichurri!

Chimichurri is a classic South American sauce that originated in Argentina. The sauce is typically made with parsley, oregano, garlic, olive oil, and red wine vinegar, and it’s perfect for adding flavor and excitement to any dish. And now, we’ve got a new twist on Chimichurri that you’re going to love: Red Chimichurri!

Red Chimichurri is made with the same delicious ingredients as traditional Chimichurri, but with the added bonus of tomatoes and red peppers. This vibrant sauce is perfect for grilling meats or vegetables or even using it as a dip. Trying out our delicious Red Chimichurri sauce?

Recipe Link:  Red-Chimichurri

Picky Eater Suggestions

If you have picky eaters in your family, mealtimes can be a challenge. You may feel like you’re constantly preparing separate meals or struggling to get your kids to eat anything at all. But don’t despair – there are plenty of foods that even the most finicky eaters will enjoy.

Journal your results. Here are some ideas to get you started:

– set a good example for the picky eater(s) by eating a rainbow of colors each day, trying new foods, and engaging the family in a discussion about the food.

– develop a food vocabulary with your picky eater so that they can describe foods in words that connect. What did they like? What did they not like? Why? How can it be made so that they may eat more of it?

– offer a variety of small, bite-sized foods that they can pick and choose from. Allow 10-12 times before you decide what the picky eater in your family really doesn’t like. Sometimes repetition allows for acceptance.

– focus on texture – some kids prefer smooth foods while others like something to chew on

– experiment with different flavors – sweet, sour, spicy, etc.

– let them help with meal prep – kids are more likely to eat something they’ve had a hand in making

– be patient – it may take a few tries for them to acquire a taste for new foods

– avoid “fuzzy”, sugary and bubbly drinks that fill the stomach prior to eating. I would say definitely no snacks or soda at least an hour and a half or two hours before a meal.

– reduce and avoid distractions during meal times. No TV, cell phone, tablets, etc. Make meals a totally family engagement event.

With a little creativity and patience, you can turn mealtimes from a battle into a fun and enjoyable experience for the whole family.

Savory Baking – Any Time of Year

When Chefsville programs have baking in them, most participants are amazed that there is “Savory Baking”. The thought never occurred to them that not everything needs to be sugar, sugar and more sugar. The exceptions are breads and yeasted loaves. Everyone knows about those savory items.

Many bakers and chefs enjoy “savory baking”. There are so many things that can be made. Here are a few:

  • Quick Breads
  • Scones
  • Pastries
  • Pies
  • Tarts & Galettes
  • Batters that bake well
  • Crackers
  • Flatbreads
  • Rolls
  • Breadsticks and more
  • Yeasted loaves

For this kind of baking, flavoring opportunities are almost endless. A baker may use herbs and spices, fresh vegetables and fruits, nuts and seeds. Even cheeses and meats are a welcomed blend in savory baking.

While baking savory, one can learn the difference and uses between baking “soda” and baking “powder”. Also, celebration baking comes into play here with incredible scones, loaves of bread, and different uses for pastry doughs like puff pastry and phyllo dough. Many cuisines can be celebrated when savory baking.

Savory baking can also be done using a dutch oven or cast iron skillet.

Depending upon what is being made, learning to make food taste wonderful with a world of techniques is just amazing. At Chefsville, we tell our program goers that cooking is about shapes, sizes, colors, and textures. Certainly, the world of savory baking opens this exploration opportunity up for us.

Baking is also about shapes, sizes, colors, flavors and textures.

Other than the actual baking, we can have lots of fun deciding and making things that add to our savory baked items. Such as compound butter. Compound butter is room-temperature butter to which flavors are added. For example, take a stick of butter and add to it 2 tablespoons of fresh chopped herbs, and/or the zest of lemon, lime, or orange.

Did you know that Martha Washington (wife of George Washington) would make orange butter and biscuits? People would come from all over the country to where they lived to purchase her baked goods and the butter she made. More on Washington’s chefs can be learned from our program “Celebrate African American Cooking Greats” which is available to classrooms and assembly programs to schools.

Celebrating the seasons through baking is wonderful for educating, exploring and discovering how to bake especially with family.

With savory baking you can spice things up, use herbs and butters, cheeses, meats, vegetables, nuts, seeds, fruits and get saucy with thicker sauces for that oozy, yummy, dipping crave that makes food fun and interactive.

Please let us know what you can come up with and your favorite things that go under “savory baking” topic.