I've finally finished putting all the recipes from the Kids' Culinary Camp into a book available for purchase on amazon.com. These are the recipes I developed for the cooking camp I taught for 3 weeks along with my sister, Karyn's assistance back in the summer of 2012. Evidence of yet another situation I got myself into by saying, "YES!" before I really knew what it was all about.
I was asked in February of 2012 by the woman who runs the culinary program at Highfield Hall if I would take on the kids' summer program. Before I thought about it, before I formulated even one question, a loud "YES!" came out of my mouth. I clearly wasn't thinking at all during that long, cold snowy winter because I also had previously agreed to take on a gourmet to-go food business with someone I knew from my days at Falmouth High. I didn't inquire about any details on that offer either before I dove in head first.
Anyone who really knows me, understands that I am in my most vulnerable state of mind in February. According to my good friend, Deb, I am always coming up with new businesses and wild ideas in the shortest, yet most brutal month of the year. She and many members of my family try and detour me from accepting any tasks, volunteering positions, jobs or new business ventures until my head is clear, usually by the end of April when the sun is shining on a more consistent basis and I can get outside to eradicate any cobwebs and pie in the sky ideas that have taken up residence in my brain during the cabin fever inducing winter season.
While the camp was fun, I did throw out my back in week two likely due to the stress of it all. The recipes were a huge hit, that is why I decided to actually publish them in a book. The kids were great and willing to attempt new foods likely because parents weren't around. I know this because my own cherubs will likely take a bite of something I have been trying desperately to get them to eat only when they are off with another adult and then I hear later that they devoured the whole thing. In spite of not knowing anything about the adventure that lay ahead of me, the camp was a success and I'm glad I naively said, "YES!".
Will there ever be another Kids' Culinary Camp? I don't know. It may be a while before I come out of retirement. Until then, follow the link to buy the book. A culinary program in your own kitchen awaits.