Little Kitchen Academy - Changing Lives from Scratch!
I am ecstatic that our first of its kind Montessori-inspired cooking academy for kids ages three through teens has launched. The Little Kitchen Academy has a concept and vision that holds true to my goals for our kids’ future with food and healthy living. My partner, creator and founder,Felicity Curin says it best, “Through joy, mindfulness and learning we are creating a foundation for a healthy life”.
Just as we do at home with our kids, students are encouraged to plant, nurture, harvest and prepare produce because when they are a part of the food making process, kids are more likely to ENJOY what they eat! We also teach the children on the importance of using organic, local and in-season ingredients. Highlighting the value it adds to the food while educating them on the importance of sustainability and how they can make an impact.
Where do you start to get the kids in the kitchen with you? You can start slow with little tasks like cleaning fruit, cutting vegetables, juicing lemons to reserve for a salad or fish and one of my favorite actives with our boys – making pasta! The most important part is that you are all together, talking and forming traditions. The key is to start - everything else will fall into place! Below are some of my favorite kid friendly items to make kids a part of the cooking process at home!
Our children are our future and if I can empower a group of children who can make an impact on their community and future communities – that is something I will be proud of forever. I encourage you to check out all that Little Kitchen Academy is doing and I will keep you posted on my journey with them as well!
Over the past two months, I’ve had the privilege to judge some of the greatest culinary families in the country on ABC’s Family Food Fight. Week after week, we’ve watched them make delicious recipes they have perfected over generations. From the Lee Family’s Sweet and Sour Prawns to the Livanos Family’s Pasta Con Le Sarde, getting to taste homemade cuisines from different cultures was one of my favorite parts of judging.
I love watching movies. On rainy days when I don’t feel like making the trek to the theatre, we pop a movie on our TV and recreate the theatre experience in our own home. Popcorn, a popcorn maker and a few cozy blankets will do wonders to transform your night in to an official movie night. If you have a popcorn bucket, like the striped one below, it’ll be just like you’re at an AMC.