Mindfulness: Inside the Kitchen and Out

 

IMG_6344What does mindfulness look like? What does it feel like? How does it work? Mindfulness as described by the Merriam-Webster Dictionary is a mental state achieved by focusing one’s awareness on the present moment, while calmly acknowledging and accepting one’s feelings, thoughts, and bodily sensations. In the kitchen this is recognized most often with mindful bodies and felt through the subtle ebb and flow of energies. Continue reading

Around the World in 30 Days

Enhancing Palates and Educating Children One Sample at a Time

 

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The greatest challenge when introducing new foods to children, or adults for that matter, is simply in getting them to take that first bite. Over the last thirty days we have managed to take the Decorah Middle School students taste buds on a journey beginning in the streets of Mexico with Pueblo Street Corn and ending in Hong Kong with Shiitake Mushroom & Pork Pot Stickers. This was no easy task. How might we get children/adults to try Jamaican Jerked Chicken you may ask? By telling them it’s rabbit meat. No Joke!

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Breakfast Defined

‘Enclosing a wilderness of idea within a wall of words.’ – Samuel Butler

 

With an hour late start, Wednesdays become a time to explore the possibilities of breakfast. What it means to eat a well-balanced meal, where our food comes from, what is real food, and ultimately why it’s important. Did I forget to mention fun? At 7:30 in the morning a handful of students in kindergarten through 2nd grade join forces to devise some highly original culinary creations in our WellKid Wednesday series at the Oneota Food Co-op.

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