Throughout this process, I've been really lucky to be surrounded by awesome people. My husband- for bouncing ideas off of. Former members of my youth group- who were the most incredible teachers' assistants anyone could hope for. Parents and children with adventuresome palates and tons of enthusiasm- they made my job so much more fun. Having done this twice now, I realize that these are the essential "ingredients" for a successful camp.
This week, our "Trip Around the World" included 5 new countries and almost 30 kids- some of them new and some returning from the first session. I was really excited about my menus- we'd be making some delicious dishes from Italy, Japan, England, Israel, and Hawaii. The summer had given me time to do my research and plan a great set of recipes. I had taken my time visiting some of the Ethnic markets in the area and talking with the people who work there. I've found that you can really learn a lot if you're willing to simply ask for help. I got all of the information I needed plus more! Should you have the opportunity to visit Hungarian Kosher or the Pita Inn Market in Skokie, I highly recommend both places for their great shopping and super helpful staff!
Some of the favorite recipes from the week were definitely an adapted version of my spaghetti and meatballs, chocolate chip biscotti (I omitted the nibs and bumped up the chocolate chips), crunchy chicken yaki-tori, and fruit sushi. The kids in this session were especially ambitious and willing to try anything- tofu, edamame, you name it! I noticed that in this session, we were able to work through our recipes more quickly and the kitchen was less disastrous at the end of each day. I think this is where experience comes in- I'm learning to manage a kitchen full of kids a little bit better each time I do this. I can't wait until next summer! In the meantime, though, please enjoy some pictures from session 2 here.