Combining humor, enthusiasm, and a down-to-earth attitude, cooking expert Mike Colameco is the ideal mentor for students who want to empower themselves in the kitchen. In this three-part series, the creator and host of PBS’s Colameco’s Food Show explains how to shop for groceries, store food, prepare ingredients, keep the kitchen clean and safe, and develop basic kitchen skills and techniques. Mike also presents some accessible recipes for students to try, with hands-on demonstrations that help build cooking confidence.

There are three 23 to 26 minute programs:

Too many people shop for groceries without a clue about what they really want or need. In this video, Mike helps students keep their brains turned on after they enter the supermarket. Mike demonstrates that smart food purchases - accomplished on a reasonable budget - will lead to healthy and flavorful meals. With a well-organized shopping list, Mike walks viewers through the aisles of a grocery store, teaching them how to compare prices, find bargains, read nutrition labels, and determine the proper quantity to buy so as to avoid waste. A focus on organic foods is also included.

Is it time to cook? Not until the right tools are at hand and the kitchen is clean and safe! In this video, Mike illustrates smart cleaning and storage methods and their importance in cooking. Mike provides essential facts on food-borne illnesses, as well as the correct use of knives, food processors, and cutting boards. Explaining how easily food poisoning can occur, Mike shows how to set up and protect the cooking area, and reveals his techniques for safe chopping, cutting, slicing, dicing, and mincing. He also covers the use of processors and blenders for large food quantities, and discusses why more than one cutting board is usually needed.

Most young people know how to open the refrigerator - but how many have the confidence to cook up a square meal? In this video, Mike offers empowering, easy-to-follow lessons for students who are intimidated by the kitchen. Mike guides viewers through the creation of two nutritious, tasty meals: pork loin with potatoes and spinach, and good old-fashioned spaghetti and meatballs. Along with step-by-step demonstrations of basic cooking techniques, Mike also breaks down each meal by cost - emphasizing that home cooking is low-stress, easy on the budget, and the best way for students to control what they eat.

*Viewable/printable instructor’s guides are available online. These programs correlate to all applicable state and national standards.

*Closed Captioned

#11210/06352007 $219.95

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