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Listen Up! Kitchen Calamity

Hi Friends!


Today we read from All Four Stars, by Tara Dairman:



"Cooking with kids is not just about ingredients, recipes & cooking. It's about harnessing imagination, empowerment & creativity." ~Guy Fieri



  1. The main character in the story is Gladys Gatsby. We find out that she has an incredible passion for her hobby, cooking. What things do you feel passionate about? Can you think of the benefits to a person who develops a hobby. How important is it that young people like Gladys or yourself are allowed to work independently to discover their interests & develop skills?

  2. Chefs are full of wonderful vocabulary words. See if you can match these words with their meanings:

Chiffonade Barding Mise en place Fool

Al Dente Mirapoi Omakase Coddle


  • "To the tooth" in Italian, the term refers to a firm pasta cooked to the right level of resistance when chewed.

  • Delicate looking curlicues of shredded or finely cut vegetable leaves used to garnish a plate or soup.

  • A term that refers to all the ingredients & tools necessary to prepare a certain recipe.

  • An expression that means "I'll leave it up to you" in Japanese, meaning you put your dining experience in the hands of the chef who decides what you will eat.

  • Securing a thin slice of bacon or fat around your meat, often used to keep lean meats moist & infuse flavor.

  • Cook ingredients such as egg or fruit slowly in a liquid just below boiling point.

  • A mixture used to season soups & stews made with diced carrots, onions, celery & herbs that have been sauteed in butter or oil. (ooo! there's another great word: saute)

  • A dessert made with pureed fruit mixed with whipped cream.


3. As you watch the video, try to notice the multitude of skills & concepts found everyday in the kitchen. Cooking allows for creativity, maybe you want to try bacon crumbles on your cupcakes or increase the amount of carrots in the soup. Awesome cooking chemistry projects from the American Chemical Society.




While Gladys practices cooking alone, it's best to enlist the help of an adult until you are really ready to go at it on your own. Besides, it is always more fun to cook (and eat!) together.



Toodleloo, kangaroos



Today's book was All Four Stars, by Tara Dairman. You can visit the author's website

or watch the author introduce the entire 3 book series.

Thinking about cooking has made me hungry! You can learn how to make creme brulee (without scortching your curtains!), with a blowtorch or for those of you who might be intimidated by fire, without. Find out more about cooking schools here.


Thanks to Pexels contributers for providing awesome video clips.

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