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Greens Over Grains: Edible Schoolyard

Edible Schoolyard Greens over Grains Kitchen Lesson from The Edible Schoolyard Project on Vimeo.

A lesson from an Edible Schoolyard kitchen classroom in efforts to teach kids where food is grown, how to cook, and healthy eating habits.

So cool!

29. December 2012 by Molly
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How to Clean a TON of Cookie Cutters

Holiday clean up is upon us!

Here’s how to semi-quickly clean a boatload of cookie cutters.

  1. Fill sink with warm soapy water.
  2. Dump in all your cookie cutters.
  3. Swish them about.
  4. Drain sink and transfer soapy cookie cutters to a large colander.
  5. Run water over the cookie cutters to rinse!
  6. Preheat oven to warm (usually 190-200 degrees)
  7. Line 1-2 rimmed baking sheets with paper towels.
  8. Transfer rinsed cookie cutters to the paper towel lined sheets.
  9. Stick in the oven for 5-10 minutes to dry.
  10. Allow to cool then pack away for next year. We use holiday cookie tins.

Be careful when sticking plastic cookie cutters in the oven to dry. You should be ok at the low temperature- but it might be best to lay those out on a kitchen towel on the counter to dry.

How to Clean Cookie Cutters

28. December 2012 by Molly
Categories: baking tips, christmas | 1 comment

Round One of French Paperwork Done: Allons-y!

phew! It’s been an hour plus and three computers were involved- but! the first round of paperwork for my visa is complete! It might have been done with a chuckle and a fist clenched at the ceiling, ‘ahh you French system!!” and those three computers… one had a video pulled up with step by step instructions (which I was also informed I should print out), the other had the program pulled up, and yet another was used to locate all sorts of random documents needed.

And that was the first step to applying for a long term student visa. tehe

Complete Pastel Registration through Campus France – Done! Now to mail a money order for the $100 fee, and a copy of my Cordon Bleu admittance letter. Then, the real fun begins with a trip to the French consulate in Houston to interview for my visa. And yet more fun in France with a visa validation at the local immigration office and with a follow up visit to a doctor, I believe, for a lung scan (?).

ah Paris- I shall dream of you like this, not through silly paperwork.

paris in the winter


28. December 2012 by Molly
Categories: culinary school, France | 1 comment


Maybe it was all those treats in the 20 Days of Holiday treats or just the general tendency of this time of the year- but I’m feeling that health kick!

Something that’s interesting me right now… eggs! I just ate one poached on top of some leftover wild rice from Christmas dinner- amazing!

Interesting Egg-cellent Facts:

  • Eggs are a great source of protein (upwards of 6 grams!).
  • They contain tons of nutrients: potassium, Vitamin A, folic acid, and Vitamin D (one of the few foods that contains it naturally).
  • The egg yolk is where most of the nutrients reside. The egg white has only half the egg’s total protein.
  • Despite popular belief, research has shown that eggs don’t promote heart disease and when eaten in moderation, do not have a negative affect on cholesterol levels.
  • One medium egg contains only 60 to 77 calories.
  • Cage-free eggs have more nutrients than others and a greater resistance to salmonella.
  • When the yolk of an egg is broken while cooking it loses some of it’s nutritional benefits.
  • Eggs may help reduce breast cancer.


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27. December 2012 by Molly
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The 20 Days of Holiday Treats: Day 20 Merry Christmas Eve!

No treat today just a warm Merry Christmas Eve from Peanut and I! Hope you enjoyed the 20 Days of Treats!



24. December 2012 by Molly
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