South Mountain Creamery: All About…Chestnuts – What is the difference between a sweet chestnut and a horse chestnut? Read this short article to find out! This site includes a variety of ways to cook chestnuts and offers some links for chestnut recipes.
David Ludwig: The Secret to Roasted Chestnuts – This site offers another way to prepare chestnuts, it requires a little extra work, but claims the extra step is worth it because it creates a creamy texture.
ABCya!: Gingerbread House – This site offers people a chance to build a virtual gingerbread house. Choose from an array of items to help you build and design a one of a kind house. Flash Player required to play.
YouTube: Gingerbread Playlist – Make an origami house, learn how gingerbread house kits are made, and watch an gingerbread house competition. Here’s one of the videos in the list… History: Holiday Foods-Gingerbread Houses
Exploratorium: Chocolate – Discover…..The sweet science of chocolate. This is an excellent place to begin your study of chocolate!
Science Museum of Minnesota: Where are cacao trees grown? Find out here. Field Museum: Chocolate – Just for Kids: History, activities, process of making and much more. Cornell University:Chocolate: Food of the Gods. There is a lot of information about chocolate on this site. Includes the history of the product, how it grows, health information and much more. Washington Edu: Discovering the Sweet Mysteries of Chocolate – Brief history and the science of chocolate for kids.
The Gourmet Chocolate of the Month Club: Chocolate History Timeline – Chocolate History Timeline from 2000 B.C. to 1938 WW II. Hershey: Our-Story – Discover Hershey: There’s more to Hershey then meets the eye. Find out who Milton Hershey was, and how chocolate is made.
Cadbury: Discovering Chocolate – The Great Chocolate Discovery – This article discusses how chocolate was discovered, how ancient Mayans and Aztecs used it, and its introduction into Spain and Europe.
Chocolate.org: Chocolate and the Aztecs – History of chocolate, the Aztecs, and the Spanish: Introducing Cacao, Meet the Aztecs, The Aztecs Were Followers, and Chocolate Lives On.
ICCO: International Cocoa Organization: The Chocolate Industry – Who are the main manufacturers of chocolate in the world?
FranW.com – Chocolate Activities – I offer more chocolate related posts, including resources and recipes such as a chocolate egg cream, chocolate covered pretzels, lip balm, bubble bath and a hot cocoa base here. Homeschool Share: Chocolate Unit Study – Free unit study.
Homefires: Chocolate Curriculum – This curriculum was designed for groups or individuals. I wrote it, I hope you enjoy it!
YouTube: Chocolate Playlist– How chocolate is grown and made, chocolate art, hot chocolate recipes, chocolate modeling clay recipe and how to, factory tours, how luxury chocolates are made, and other interesting chocolate related videos. Here’s one of the videos in the list…
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Growing Information & Health Benefits of Cranberries
Wikipedia: Cranberry – Growing information, food uses, and medicinal benefits.
The World’s Healthiest Foods: Cranberries – Find out the nutritional value of this food. MedicalNewsToday: Cranberries: Article – Health benefits, nutritional content, and risks.
Dr. Axe: Cranberries: Article – Cranberries Benefits Are Incredible – Includes nutrition facts, benefits, history and more. Includes links to recipes as well.
Food Facts: Dr. Mercola: Article – What Are Cranberries Good For? Offers health benefits, nutrition facts, study info, a recipe, and fun facts. Organic Facts: 15 Amazing Benefits Of Cranberry Juice – Medicinal some of the more interesting benefits of cranberries.
Educational Activities & Experiments
Ocean Spray: Cranberries in the Classroom– Free printable activities include: Fact sheets and presentations, worksheets and activities, and videos about how cranberries are grown and harvested. Universal Preschool.com: Cranberry Fun! – Offers some fun ways families with young children can learn about cranberries.
Elementary Science Program: Cranberries – Historical information about cranberries, how they are grown, and links to more information. The STEM Laboratory: Dancing Cranberries – An experiment done with dried cranberries and a common liquid. 😊 Kitchen Pantry Scientist: Thanksgiving Food Science: Cranberry Spy Juice – Offers two cranberry experiments and a video to show you how they are done.
YouTube: Cranberry Playlist – Information about cranberries and experiments.
Here’s an example of one of the videos…
Spangler: Candy Cane History and Legends – Historical and religious information about candy canes. Wikipedia: Candy Cane – Origins of the candy cane/peppermint stick and the production of this holiday treat.
Cut out 3 large circles from poster board or construction paper, each an inch or two smaller than the other; make the largest brown (crust), the next red (sauce), and the smallest white (cheese). Glue them together.
Cut out pizza toppings from a magazine or store flyer, put removable glue on the back of each piece and store them on waxed paper until you are ready to use them.
How to Play
Have the player remove a topping from the waxed paper and put on a blindfold. Spin them around a few times and head them in the direction of the pizza. Have them stick the topping to the pizza.
Tip: Play this game while waiting for pita pizzas to cook up or for the delivery person.
Have you ever wondered where French fries got their start or how they are made for commercial use? Keep reading to find out!
French fries have been around for centuries, and while no one is exactly sure who invented them first, we do know that they originated in either Belgium or France. There’s an interesting history in the argument about who fried the potato first, and if you’re interested in learning more about it, you’ll find some information below.
What can you do with French fries other than eat them?
Experiment with them!
Experiment #1: How Long Does A French Fry Take To Decay?
You will need: Any French fry & A plate
Directions: Make French fries or purchase them from a restaurant. Then place a few on a plate and observe them each day until they decay. Try comparing a commercial fry to a homemade one.
Experiment #2: French Fry Taste Test:
What Type Of Potatoes Make The Best French Fries?
You will need: A variety of fresh potatoes, washed and dried, a cutting board, a sharp knife, olive or vegetable oil, salt, pepper and your favorite herbs and spices.
Oven proof pans, fryer, or skillet, and paper towels
Directions: Cut your potatoes into even strips. Then place them in separate bowls and toss them with a little oil to prevent them from browning while you cut the other potatoes. Cook your potatoes using your favorite cooking method: Baked, deep fried or pan fried.
If you decide to bake them, put some oil on the pan and season it before adding them to the oven, otherwise, season your fries as soon as you get them out of the oil and onto the paper towels.
Taste each potato type and choose which potato makes the best French fry in your opinion. Try different cooking methods too.
If you need them, some cooking methods with instructions can be found in the video selection.
How do you like to eat your French Fries?
Start a French fry cookbook and fill it with pictures of your favorite recipes and ways to eat them. Maybe your favorites ways to enjoy them include…
Topping them with chili and cheese. Drizzling them with gravy. Sprinkling them with your favorite herbs and spices.
Served with ketchup, mustard, mayo or vinegar.
Find answers to any of the questions or things you want to know about French fries.
Find out what French fries are called in other countries.
Find out some of the fun ways French fried potatoes are served.
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