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On today's July Blogging Challenge we are discussing Food - our Favorite Foods, to be more specific. As someone who doesn't particularly like to cook, and claims no real skills in that area, I find it amusing that I have a fair number of recipes featured on my homeschooling blog. How did that happen? Well, I may not be a great cook, but I do like to eat, and my family tends to expect that I will put meals on the table on a regular basis. I prefer to bake, especially bread, and it occurred to me quite a few years ago that when we found ways to use delicious and interesting foods related to school, the lessons were often more memorable. One of the first a-ha moments I had about food and school was the huge success of our Edible Volcano (chocolate ice cream and root beer!) for science class. Over the last two years, I have made it a goal to try foods representing the different countries and regions we study in Geography. The kids help me in the kitchen less (I am not happy about this) but at least I get some input on what things to try; and as a bonus it pushes me to occasionally try something different. I'm not gonna lie - sometimes it bombs. But at other times, we find recipes that are keepers! Following are some of our favorites from Eating the Americas and A Taste of Europe. (My apologies that this is a partial repeat of my Favorites post!)
Poutine - this super-simple dish is well-known in Canada. French fries, cheese, and gravy. Can't go wrong. We loved it before we found a reason to include it during Geography class.
Nanaimo Bars - no surprise that another Canadian dish makes the favorites list! This rich dessert is also a Canadian standard, and has been a favorite with our family since long before we were even homeschooling!
French-Canadian Tourtiere - I love this much more than the kids, to be honest. It's just a good, hearty meat pie.
I think Croque Monsieur and Bifteck Hache were probably the favorite European dishes we tried, not including desserts... See Adding Some French Flair to American Fare for those recipes.
Two other European dishes that earned high marks were Garlic Bread Slovakian Style (SO easy!!) and Chicken Kiev.
We just recently had our most successful attempt at Queso Frito so watch for that Spanish recipe later this week! It was a big hit, but I haven't got the post up yet.
Here's another couple of huge favorites that are unrelated to homeschooling.
Chocolate Lace Cheesecake
Waffles and Awesome Sauce
Maple Bacon Monkey Bread
Mac & Cheese Pie with Bacon Crust - it's been too long since I made this. Might have to do it one night this week...
This post is also linked at the Coffee & Conversation Link Party hosted by Mom's Morning Coffee.
This post is also included in the Cooking With Kids round-up at the Schoolhouse Review Crew blog.
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