4H Kids Rocking Christmas Again

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  1. scarbelly

    scarbelly Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    For the last seven years Kathy and I have had the privilege of teaching the advanced cooking class for the Fallbrook 4H program.

    We started an annual party a few years ago where the kids come at noon and cook for 4 hours then the parents come at 4 and the kids serve the parents what we have made. Each  dish is presented to the group of parents with the name of the dish, the ingredients and a little on how it was prepared. We had 14 parents 7 4H students and Kathy and me. In the past the party only lasted for about 30 minutes after the food was gone but this year several of the dads cornered me about smoking. At least 3 of them bought smokers in the last year so it was a lot of fun to share smoking stories with them. 

    Here are some pics of the dishes the kids did in just 4 hours. These kids are amazingly talented. 

    Here is Kathy leading them thru one of the dishes


    Here is the first dish we presented - Parmesan - Pesto Deviled Eggs


    Cheesy Chili Squares


    Sopressata and Guyere Cheese in puff pastry


    Beggars Purses - crepes filled with carmelized mushrooms and tied with a chive


    Spinach Cheese Swirls 


    Window Pane Potato Chips - Thin sliced potato with an herb in between then baked between two sheet pans to hold them together 


    Here is the kids favorite 

    Chocolate  Filled Cheesecake with a Chocolate Ganashe - notice how much ganache is on the plate [​IMG]


    They also made a punch to serve with the appetizers 

    Here are a couple pics of them serving their parents



    This was an amazing accomplishment for 4 hours.  
  2. smokinal

    smokinal Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    That's awesome Gary, I wonder how many great chef's will pass through your program.

    It must be very gratifying to see these kids learn so much from you & Kathy.

    The food they are making could be in any gourmet restaurant.

    Great job my friend! 
  3. dutch

    dutch Smoking Guru Staff Member Administrator Group Lead OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Gary, it's great to see you and Kathy sharing your knowledge and love for food. I've  taught my kids how to cook and now my oldest grandson when he comes over on the weekends always asks "Grampy, can we cook something this weekend?"
  4. ecto1

    ecto1 Master of the Pit Group Lead OTBS Member

    Man that is awesome!  I hope someday my wife and I are able to do something like this.
  5. chef jimmyj

    chef jimmyj Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member

    That food looks really great! The kids did a nice job...You guys have a good program there...JJ
  6. daveomak

    daveomak Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Those kids are soooo fortunate to have the 2 of you guiding them through a skill that will remain with them forever.... Kudos my friend...

  7. fpnmf

    fpnmf Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Thanks for sharing this wonderful experience..

  8. papagreer

    papagreer Meat Mopper

    They did a great job and that is awesome that you guys can have the kids experience cooking. When does the advanced-advanced class that includes the smoker begin?? HAHA!

  9. sunman76

    sunman76 Master of the Pit

    [​IMG]great post[​IMG]

    thats some good looking food!
  10. michael ark

    michael ark Master of the Pit

    Sir ,you a a benefit to your community .May your actions inspire others to follow in footsteps.[​IMG]O'yea the food looks good too.
  11. venture

    venture Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Great job, Gary.  You both are to be commended!

    Also, thanks for sharing the pics with us again.

    Good luck and good smoking.
  12. Gary looks like a Great time and excellent parents party. I'm sure the kids will never forget it. On a lighter note...is that a sprinkler running outside in one of those pictures???[​IMG]
  13. shoneyboy

    shoneyboy Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    I have to give praise to anyone that takes time to help someone else ...but to help kids learn..... [​IMG]  Great job!!
  14. mballi3011

    mballi3011 Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member


    Now thats a great thing that you two are doing. I'm sure that some of the kids will be really good chefs somewhere.
  15. tjohnson

    tjohnson Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator Insider OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Who's the "Hot Chick" in this pic?


    Great Job Scar!

  16. shooter1

    shooter1 Smoking Fanatic

    That's awesome Gary, I always look forward to seeing these posts. You and Kathy do an excellent job with the 4H kids. The food looks fantastic and that is an incredible amount in just 4 short hours.
  17. That food is unbelievable. Quite the talented crew you got there. That's got to be a life changer for some of these kids. You and Kathy rock. [​IMG]
  18. rbranstner

    rbranstner Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Another great 4H post! I still say that boy is the smartest and luckiest boy in school. The other boys don't know what they are missing out on.

    So how are you picking out the recipes you are going to make?
  19. scarbelly

    scarbelly Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Kathy and I sit down a couple of weeks before the class and hit some of our 500 cookbooks and the internet. We pick a theme of some kind and a typical class has one or two appetizers, an entree or sometimes two and a dessert.  
  20. scarbelly

    scarbelly Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    I looked at the pics and I think it is just a reflection - but with 1.3 acres there seems to be a sprinkler running somewhere all the time [​IMG]

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