Kids' Cooking Workshop at the Library

Kids' Cooking Workshop at the Library

Bite-Sized Kitchen went offsite today! I was at a local public library, leading a cooking workshop for 15 excited kids. On our menu were dishes I teach in my lessons: fresh pasta, simple pesto, green salad, and salad dressing (with just 3 ingredients!). 

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We all had a lot of fun, and the kids were so enthusiastic. They wanted to try everything, including the raw garlic, sliced almonds, fresh lemon and parmesan cheese for the pesto. We touched and smelled and tasted the the other pesto ingredients too, before combining them in the food processors. The fresh pasta dough was very exciting, as everyone got sticky hands helping to bring the eggs and flour together. 

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Explaining why I salt pasta water

Explaining why I salt pasta water

We shook up our salad dressing in jars, after measuring the vinegar, olive oil and salt. The reactions after everyone tried the dressing ranged from "This is delicious!" to "The texture is weird!" and everything in between! Tasting as we cook is so important. Then, you can figure out if what you're making needs a little something more.

Prepping the yellow runner beans to go in the salad

Prepping the yellow runner beans to go in the salad

Carefully measuring vinegar for the dressing

Carefully measuring vinegar for the dressing

The last thing we tackled before cooking the pasta and eating the meal together was rolling out our pasta dough. The kids loved helping use the manual machines, transforming the crumbly pieces of dough into smooth, yellow sheets.

Demonstrating dividing the pasta dough into 3 sections. Almost ready to roll!

Demonstrating dividing the pasta dough into 3 sections. Almost ready to roll!

Working together to roll out sheets of our pasta dough

Working together to roll out sheets of our pasta dough

This kid ate three helpings of salad! 

This kid ate three helpings of salad! 

The fresh noodles with our own pesto were a big hit.

The fresh noodles with our own pesto were a big hit.

Special thanks to Lily Mitchell, my wonderful teenage helper today, who took all the photos in this post. Thanks so much to the Bedford Public Library and the Tastes Like Home program for hosting me! We had such a fun afternoon cooking!