Cooking at home with your kids can seem so daunting – but it doesn’t have to be – especially if you have the tools and information to get started. We hope this blog and website will become a community of parents and teachers that support one another in the goal of helping our children make good food choices.
Often, in the midst of trying to understand ever-changing food “rules” and in our effort to just get enough of the "right" food into our kids during our busy days we forget that food should at its core be delicious, flavorful and joyful.
We have been distanced from the intrinsic knowledge about what is good for us. We must teach our children about where food comes from, how to prepare it, to value each grain, seed, fruit and root - and more than anything to truly enjoy everything that is entailed in a shared meal.
We believe - if they grow it, they will love it. If they pick it, they will try it. If they cook it, they will eat it.
I have been an educator at museums, gardens and farms for over twenty years developing hands-on and creative lessons for children of all ages. Most recently I oversaw the education programs at Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture where I saw - firsthand - the connection between our food choices and its impact on farmers and on soil health.
Prior to that, I was the VP for Children’s Education at The New York Botanical Garden where I helped to reconnect children and families with the natural world. I now consult for farms and gardens and teach cooking classes to families.
I live in Mystic, Connecticut with my husband and three children where I embrace the beautiful mess of including them in my everyday preparation of meals.
My goal is to help children make food choices that will be better for them and for the planet. I believe that food should be delicious and meals should bring joy and beauty to each day.
I was born in Israel and vividly remember the hours I spent with my mother as a 5-year-old girl, exploring ingredients in the kitchen, kneading dough and being taught how to pick the best tomatoes in the market. Having parents from Tunisian and Yemenite descent,I was exposed to exotic flavors and smells.
Today I live in Tarrytown, New York with my family and own Fiddleheads Cooking Studio, a cooking school for children. I spend most days in the kitchen either cooking, planning meals, teaching or working on curriculum initiatives for schools and communities.
My goal is to encourage children to be engaged with food, whether growing picking or cooking. Children must be given the opportunity to learn how much effort goes into food preparation on all levels. We need to open our kitchens to children, allowing them to be involved in the process of cooking. Just like we teach our kids to tie their shoes, make their bed and cross the street, it is our responsibility as parents and educators to teach them how to crack an egg, chop an onion and turn on the stove.