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Archive: May, 2013

POSTED: Friday, May 17, 2013, 5:45 PM
Inquirer food editor Maureen Fitzgerald awarded each of the student cooks at St. Martin De Porres School in North Philadelphia with a medal. Maliyah Gregg, 10, the youngest chef receives her award and the applause of fellow cooks and family members in the convent dining room. DAVID M WARREN / Staff Photographer

The five girls were hard at work: Hope Wescott and Maliyah Gregg stood at the sink, quickly and expertly peeling potatoes.

Kayla Reid was at the kitchen table, carefully drying each leaf of romaine and chopping it with precision.

After selecting the serrated knife, Chamya Davis was efficiently cutting bread for croutons.

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POSTED: Friday, May 10, 2013, 2:58 PM
Toasting with their banana strawberry smoothies are (from left) Maliyah Gregg, Jayla Reeves, Kayla Reid, Hope Wescott, and Chamya Davis. (MAUREEN FITZGERALD / Staff)

As our cooking classes wind down - just one more to go! - I still want to introduce healthy meals, but I also long to teach these 11-year-old girls to make something they really love.

I figured smoothies were a good bet, and I knew better than to whip up the banana, kale, flaxseed, and almond milk concoctions I love. I'd go with a basic banana-yogurt-honey blend, and present it as an alternative to the fast-food banana milkshake Jayla Reeves loves.

But as we started, Jayla spoke up. "Are you making it with yogurt?"

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POSTED: Tuesday, May 7, 2013, 8:04 PM
Making turkey chili, Hope Wescott stirs while Chamya Davis adds more peppers, and Jayla Reeves (far right) prepares to grate cheese to sprinkle over the top. (ELIZABETH ROBERTSON / Staff Photographer)

Jayla Reeves saw the muffin tin and her hopes soared.

"Are we making cupcakes? Maybe organic cupcakes?" she asked.

"Well, no. Corn muffins!" I said, trying to summon equal enthusiasm. Not quite as heart-stopping as cupcakes with frosting, I realized.

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