“Parents, grandparents, and youngsters cooking together in the kitchen, sharing family recipes and secrets passed from one generation to the next, is a lost art in many households across America,” said East Islip Middle School teacher Rena Costello.
Students in Costello's home and career skills classes are able to do exactly that several times a year, however. On “Chef Days,” parents and staff members are invited to cook their favorite recipes in a demonstration for the students.
On Feb. 3, the most recent Chef Day, teachers shared recipes for Super Bowl Sunday, and students were encouraged to go home and prepare the recipes they learned for their families.
Assistant Principal Janet Jones made buffalo chicken dip, Cindy Fruedenberg made taco salad, social studies teacher Gloria Cerrito demonstrated her Super Breakfast Blossom Bake, Pamela Avella made cheesy monkey bread, and French teacher Marina Poulis created an appropriately French-themed dessert of chocolate mousse cake.
“These days, it's hard for busy parents to take time out to teach their kids basic cooking techniques,” said Costello. “Including the kids in cooking meals requires time, patience and perhaps some extra cleaning up, but it is worth it.”