Sweet potatoes and yams are often marketed interchangeably, probably because they have a similar appearance. However, yams and sweet potatoes are very different root vegetables. They belong to different plant families and are only distantly related. Yams have dark and sometimes rough skin. The flesh is whiter in shade and drier than sweet potatoes. Most … Continue reading Sweet potatoes vs. yams
They are all fats, but what is the difference? And what difference do they make in your finished products? Chef Cappy explains….. Butter is made from cream that has been churned into a solid state. Butter has a characteristic flavor that most people enjoy. It comes salted and unsalted, depending on what your recipe requires. … Continue reading Butter, Margarine, Lard, or Shortening?
Below is an example of a STEM article connected to a recipe – this one goes with Chocolate Cherry Muffins – the healthiest, tastiest muffins you’ll ever make as a family. “Like” my store at All-American Teacher Tools to find out when my new book on food from 50 states is released in late fall. … Continue reading It’s cherry season – do the math!
When asked about your own favorite toy as a child, you might say a doll, a car, or maybe a construction set that kept you busy for hours. Curiously, most children choose a stuffed animal if asked that same question. Through the stuffed toy, children can express emotions and feelings they cannot otherwise do with … Continue reading Why combine a stuffed bear with a cookbook?
The Scoville Scale of Heat provides information on whether you can tolerate the pepper or not. Hot sauce is prepared from cayenne, jalapeño, and habanero peppers. These peppers all contain capsaicinoids, which act on the same nerve fibers that sense actual heat. Capsaicin is used to flavor foods, in pepper spray, and muscle rubs to … Continue reading How hot are your hot peppers?
Fresh berry season is almost here! But if you can’t wait, frozen berries can be used with just as much success if you treat them nicely! Fresh berries are abundant during the summer and can be eaten alone, in salads, and in recipes. Sometimes the crop is especially prolific and the cook must freeze the … Continue reading Cooking with frozen berries
If you’re looking around for the perfect end-of-year teacher gift, look no further! When I was still teaching, I would receive many and varied gifts at the end of the school year from appreciate students – candles, mugs, Starbucks gift cards, and other fancy stuff! And while all were appreciated and loved for the message … Continue reading The best end-of-year teacher gift ever!
If you are looking for ways to bring your scattered family together, look no farther than the dining room table! When I was first teaching foods classes to 7th graders in the 1990s, I would ask my students how many of them had regular dinners as a family. About 40% raised their hands. I asked … Continue reading Family mealtimes create family unity
The next time you make something with red cabbage, save some for a special experiment with your kids to show them about the pH of the beverages they drink and the foods that they eat. What is pH? pH is a measure of the hydrogen ion concentration of a solution. Solutions with a high concentration … Continue reading Red Cabbage Experiment