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5 Ways Cooking Builds Kids’ Confidence by Julian Frederick

Hi!  My name is Julian and I’ve been cooking since I was 3 years old. I love cooking because it’s super fun and I get to be creative and try new things.  Plus, I think its really cool that I am building a life skill where I know I can take care of myself and my little sister. I have a business called The Step Stool Chef that’s all about inspiring kids to be leaders in the kitchen just like ChopChop Magazine.  I think kids can do anything they put their minds to and cooking is a great way to build confidence and independence.  
Here are 5 ways cooking helps to build kids' confidence: 

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Siena Farms Kids’ Share 2016, Week 3: Eating the Rainbow

We love to eat the rainbow, which means filling your plate with as many colors as possible! The third week of the Siena Farms Kids’ Share was filled with a rainbow of vegetables including: Beefsteak Tomatoes, Zephyr Summer Squash, Black Bell Eggplant, Pink Bell Eggplant, Cucumber, Lunchbox Peppers, Green Oakleaf Lettuce, Garlic, and Mint.

Roasted Eggplant Tomato Ratatouille seemed to be the perfect recipe to make with the Kids’ Share. We love ratatouille because you can customize the ingredients. For example, we included the Lunchbox peppers in our recipe! Ratatouille is awesome because it

MEET OUR CHOPCHOP KIDS ADVISORY BOARD: Julian Frederick.

We're excited to introduce our ChopChop Kids Advisory Board (KAB). This group of cool kids was hand selected from kids that applied. They help us to test recipes, think of new ideas for the magazine, and make sure ChopChop gets the kid approval. For the next few weeks we’ll be spotlighting different members of the board. This week, meet Julian Frederick.

Julian got a chance to cook with Guy Fieri on stage during a cooking demo and was a finalist in the Healthy Lunchtime Challenge for a chance to go to the White House for the Kids State Dinner. Julian wants to be a chef, restaurant owner,

MEET OUR CHOPCHOP KIDS ADVISORY BOARD: Ailey Gee

We're excited to introduce our ChopChop Kids Advisory Board (KAB). This group of cool kids was hand selected from kids that applied. They help us to test recipes, think of new ideas for the magazine, and make sure ChopChop gets the kid approval. For the next few weeks we’ll be spotlighting different members of the board. This week, meet Ailey Gee.

Ailey has been a ChopChop reader for a few years and loves dancing, cooking, and swimming. When Ailey grows up she wants to be ether a dancer or a surgeon. At age two or three, Ailey says she would stand on a chair and watch and “help” her mom or

Go Wild About School Lunch by Maxwell Surprenant

It’s back-to-school which means back to school lunches. I recently had a chance to check out the new Wild Kratts lunch totes. These lunch totes sport characters from the popular show Wild Kratts on PBS Kids. The show is about two brothers named Chris and Martin Kratt, real life zoologists who have a mission to protect animals and the environment. The show is aimed at teaching kids how small actions make a difference.

I think pre-school and elementary kids will love the bold colors, strong characters, animals, and playful nature. Parents like the totes because it makes packing lunches and

Siena Farms Kids’ Share 2016, Week 2: Corn

It’s our second week receiving the Siena Farm Kids’ Share, and there seemed to be a yellow and green theme happening this week! The main ingredient happened to be fresh corn! Did you know—an average ear of corn contains 600 kernels in 16 rows!

The box was filled with beautiful vegetables that included Yukon Gold Potatoes, Butter & Sugar Corn, Shishito Peppers, Summer Squash, Bell Pepper, Scallions, and Thyme. The box’s surprise was a set of corn holders, along with a bunch of great recipes for inspiration!

This week, we made three customizable ChopChop recipes! We love these recipes

MEET OUR CHOPCHOP KIDS ADVISORY BOARD: Maxwell Surprenant

We're excited to introduce another member of our ChopChop Kids Advisory Board (KAB). This group of cool kids was hand selected from kids that applied. They’ll help us to test recipes, think of new ideas for the magazine, and make sure ChopChop gets the kid approval. For the next few weeks we’ll be spotlighting different members of the board. This week, meet Max.

Max has had a busy summer covering the Nickelodeon Kids Sports Awards and the Democratic National Convention. He’s also spent the summer playing catcher on his baseball team. Max has had some other cool experiences like attending

Siena Farms Kids’ Share 2016, Week 1: Tomatoes, Tomatoes, Tomatoes!

For the third season, ChopChop Kids and Siena Farms have continued a partnership to bring families together in the kitchen! With the Siena Farms Kids’ Share, kids get their very own vegetables for 12 weeks in a special quarter-bushel Kids’ Share box.

Each week’s share is filled with produce, recipes from Siena Farms and ChopChop, and a surprise—like this week’s copy of ChopChop Magazine! For the next 12 weeks, we will be blogging about what we cook with our Kids’ Share box and sharing some recipes as well!

Tomatoes were definitely the theme of this week’s box, which was filled with many

Bites at the Round Table by Henry McFetridge

My local bakery is King Arthur Flour, in Norwich, Vermont. This place is really unique. The bakery campus is huge! The campus includes a baking school, a gift shop, an inside seating area with a skylight, the counter where they sell baked goods, drinks, and lunch items, and chairs and tables outside on a beautiful patio — 

where I once saw a giant turtle moving from the small marsh on campus to a bigger pond across the street. 

King Arthur Flour has a free program where schoolchildren can learn to make bread from scratch. I haven’t participated in the program, but I know kids who have.

Who We Love: Lucy Chelton

 

 

When we heard that Lucy Chelton won an episode of the TV show Chopped Junior by making Rattlesnake nuggets with sweet-lime Hollandaise sauce, we knew she was a cool and creative kid! Even cooler than Lucy’s cooking is her generous spirit. Lucy decided to share her prize money with Pennridge FISH, a local food bank in Perkasie, PA.  We asked Lucy about her unusual recipe and learned a little bit more about her to pick up some kitchen tricks…in case we ever have to cook rattlesnake, of course.

Name: Lucy Chelton
Location: Sellersville, PA

Age and Grade: 10 years old, 4th grade

 

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