Each week, 7-8th grade students at Heron School transform into master chefs as part of Ms. Riedel’s Cooking Club, an extracurricular activity provided by the school to help students stay connected and engaged.
Students who “Zoom in” from 3:30-5:30 p.m. every Friday night get to learn and prepare fresh and tasty recipes just in time for the weekend that range from cream cheese wontons and healthy vegetable fried quinoa to beef taco empanadas with homemade dough and fresh pico, yummy chocolate-covered strawberries, and tasty spaghetti and meatballs.
“You might have a new favorite after today’s club,” explained Riedel after last week’s cooking class finale as she taught students how to prepare and cook baked chicken with sweet mashed potatoes and braised kale. Students were able to put their unique touch to it by choosing their favorite spices such as paprika, seasoned salt, and garlic powder.
Although last Friday concluded Ms. Riedel’s 6-week cooking club, she hopes students will continue learning and trying new recipes and cooking for their families. To encourage students to keep cooking and to emphasize that there is no wrong way to cook, she left students with these encouraging words, “Cooking is not an exact science, it’s an art.”