What We're Reading: Orren Fox's The Secret To Happy Honey Bees

Orren was one of the first members of ChopChop's Kid Advisory boards and one of our first Healthy Heroes. It's been a while since we caught up with Orren and we're excited to hear he's up to some really cool things-like writing a book! We talked to Orren about his passions-chickens and bees-and his new book.

Name: Orren Fox

Age: 19

Hometown: Newburyport, MA


ChopChop: How did you get started beekeeping?

Orren: In sixth grade, one of my friends brought honey from his hives into school every few weeks. After tasting a spoonful, I bought a jar and began to think “If he can keep bees


It’s been a few weeks since the launch of our ChopChop Test Kitchen Campaign, and we are 11% funded! Thanks to everyone who contributed. We launched this crowd funding campaign to build the ChopChop Test Kitchen where we can test recipes, host workshops and teach cooking classes through the ChopChop Cooking Lab. ChopChop Cooking Labs teach children food literacy, how make healthful choices, and how to use basic kitchen utensils to prepare simple meals.

Here’s a sneak peak of what the Cooking Labs would entail: 6-8 hands-on cooking lessons featuring taste tests and fun recipes! We have already

ChopChop Headquarters Update: Week 1

Launching the ChopChop Test Kitchen Campaign

We recently packed up our mixers, blenders, cases of magazines, cookbooks, and other odds and ends from our old digs to move to our new and improved ChopChop headquarters.  The new site is bright, open, and colorful—we even have a ‘parking space’ for our ChopChop Try-Cycle!


While we have plenty of new space to continue our progress in getting kids to cook, we are lacking one important thing: our very own ChopChop Test Kitchen.

So, today we’re kicking off our crowd funding campaign to build the ChopChop Test Kitchen, and we need your help. 

Resolve to Cook More With Your Family in 2016


Happy New Year! Lots of New Year’s resolutions include something about health, often eating healthier and getting more exercise. One easy way to eat healthier is to cook your own food. When you and your family cook at home, you know exactly what’s going into the food you’re eating. We hope your family is resolving to cook together more in 2016. Here are 4 ways to cook more with your family, along with tips and ideas for making it a fun family tradition.

  1. Join the ChopChop Cooking Club

If you missed out on the first six challenges of the ChopChop Cooking Club, 2016 brings more opportunity

Edible Gifts: Nut Butter and Salad Dressing

Of course you can buy pre-made nut butter and salad dressing, but it’s so much more fun to make it for someone. Plus, we think it’s more delicious. Put the nut butter and dressing into jars with custom gift tags for some great edible holiday gifts. Click through for the full recipes. 

1. Walnut Butter

For a change from peanut butter, make a batch of outrageously good and good-for-you walnut butter! You can use raw or toasted walnuts: raw walnuts make a very creamy and smooth texture that tastes like a just-shelled walnut, while toasted walnuts make a sweet, coarse, and nubby spread. Nut

Edible Gifts: Breads

One of the great things about edible gifts is that you bring them wrapped up beautifully to a holiday party. These three breads, Pumpkin Loaf with Raisins and Dried Cherries, Cranberry Orange Walnut Bread, and Black Cocoa Banana Mini Breads look really fancy, but are easy to make. They also make great gifts for teachers, tutors, coaches, mail carriers, and everyone else on your list. Click through for the full recipes. 

1. Cranberry Orange Walnut Bread

This festive loaf makes a perfect gift for a teacher or neighbor, or just the right take-along for a potluck. Wrap it in a brand-new dish

Edible Gifts: Ranch Dressing and Striped Soup Mix

We love giving and getting edible gifts. There's so much food around during the holidays, though, that somethings it's nice to give a gift that someone can make and later. These edible gifts are alternatives to classic holiday cookies, plus they're a lot healthier. We'll be sharing some of our favorite edible gifts throughout the month of December. Here are two edible mixes to make: Striped Soup Mix and Ranch Dressing Mix.

Striped Soup Mix

A pot of soup is not the kind of present you can wrap—but a beautifully layered jar of homemade soup mix is! Plus, you can make a lot of presents at

What We Love: Cookbooks and Cooking Books for The Holidays

Tis the season for gift giving. When we give a gift to the kids in our lives, we want it to be something that they will use and learn from. So this year, we rounded up cookbooks and books related to cooking and eating that we love. Here are a list of 10 that we think make great gifts this year. Did we miss any of your favorites? Email us at and let us know.  Of course, we also think great gift ideas are a subscription to ChopChop or the ChopChop Cookbook.  

1. Sesame Street Let’s Cook! (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2015)

A few years ago, we invited Grover to cook with

Thoughtful Edible Gifts + A Sesame Street Cookbook Giveaway

The season of thanks and giving is here, and with the holidays fast approaching we’ve come up with thoughtful edible gift ideas that are perfect for everyone on your gift list!  Edible gifts are the best kind.  We love them because they are homemade, thoughtfully packaged, personal, and delicious!

Pear Butter

Tell whoever’s lucky enough to be gifted with this deep, dark spread that it’s great on toast or dolloped into plain yogurt. It takes a long time to make because you’re cooking most of the water out of the fruit to make a thick, rich “butter” (there’s no actual butter in it). Depending

Kids’ Share Week 11: Our Final Share

This week’s kids’ share marks our final week of farm share season!  “Receiving the Kids’ Share from Siena Farms has been so much fun.  It has inspired me to cook plenty of creative and fun recipes with in-season fruits and vegetables as the focus,” reflected Abby.

We love seeing how creative other kids have been with their weekly shares, including this “word-search soup” idea from Robin, Jack and Tommy of Boston. Using their extra vegetables from their share, they made a winter sausage minestrone soup (below) based upon the ChopChop word searches included in each box!  While eating, Jack