Food! Everyone has their favorite food, or one that brings back fond memories. Members of the 4-H Fun with Foods afterschool club, are making memories each month as they prepare a new dish. In most cases, it is a dish they have never even tried before! Cooking skills falls under the Foods, Nutrition, and Health 4-H Curriculum area, where one of the project areas is Food Preparation and Processing. 

This program, for ages 9-13, is designed to teach youth various cooking skills. Classes are held on the second Thursday of the month from 3:30-5 p.m. This is an all-hands-on class with the youth learning food safety, how to read recipes, correct measuring, grating, etc., to prepare each dish. The participants then take their dish home, along with the recipe. Each month is a different recipe, such as a main dish, side dish, or dessert. Some of the members had no prior cooking experience, including how to even crack an egg.   

Already, these members have made white chocolate chip Pumpkin Snickerdoodle cookies, Twice Baked Potato Casserole, and a Maple Apple Crisp.

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