Category Archives: Baking Events & Holidays

History and Traditions

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Baking at home is has deep roots in America. We had to bake for ourselves over history! In my 1906 Annie R. Gregory cookbook, she quotes Ruskin, exemplifying how we can grow to value “homemade” food traditions.

“To be a good cook means the economy of your great-grandmothers and the science of modern chemists. It means much tasting and no wasting. It means English thoroughness, French art and Arabian hospitality. It means, in fine, that you are to see that every one has something nice to eat.” 

 Step one: Choose to begin or continue to make baking a family tradition.

 Step two: See how kids of any age can help create baking traditions.

Want something simple?

 Step three: See what’s the latest in retro-tradition? Bundt Cakes! Try the 2017 Recipe of the Year and host a coffee, tea time or potluck.

Speaking of cookbooks… Build more traditions AND support baking education with Baking with Friends and The Cultured Chef found at HomeBaking.org

 

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Baking for My Valentine!

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This week we celebrate week two of Bake for Family Fun Month with “Baking for My Valentine” themed recipes and activities. People have long baked for the simple reason they want to do something special for those they love, and we’ve got them covered! Here are three great ideas to make your Valentine’s Day celebrations spectacular.

Idea 1: Visit Bake for Family Fun Valentine baking ideas at the Home Baking Association website for hundreds of ideas! Seriously, it’s Valentine’s Day Central with plenty to share.

Idea 2: Find baking tips and How-to-Bake videos
and more

Idea 3: Make a plan to mix and fix for someone special.

Only time to measure, not bake? Prep a DIY Cookie Mix in a Jar

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Bake for Family Fun Month

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Feb 1, 2017 – Families spending time together in the kitchen provides more than great eating! Whether it is measuring ingredients, mixing muffins, rolling dough for pizza or shaping cookies; time with children in the kitchen provides long lasting benefits. (Why Bake?) You wonder, where do I start? The Home Baking Association (HBA) has designated February as Bake for Family Fun Monthand has resources, recipes and activities to help families get started!

Parents should look no further than the Thrill of SkillThrill of Skill to help them determine age appropriate kitchen jobs beginning at age two. Ten Tips for Baking Success, Safe Kitchen Check List and Baking 101 Food Safety are free online resources at HomeBaking.org. Correct measuring techniques will help families be successful. Finding a task for each member of the family will keep everyone involved and share in the experience. Don’t forget while the recipe is baking families should do clean-up together.

Baking is an inexpensive family activity says Charlene Patton, Home Baking Association Executive Director. Benefits of baking include opportunities to use math, literacy, history, social studies, science and art. She suggests families visit HomeBaking.org to find recipes, family baking activities and resources to help families bake with children of all ages.

HBA features a weekly theme to help families plan recipes and activities during the month starting with Week One Let’s Get Started Baking”. Other upcoming themes include Baking for My Valentine”, Baking History and Traditionsand Baking for Others”. New features added online this year include special recipe substitutions, technique videos and step-by-step guides.

Baking together is a great opportunity to teach children kitchen skills and share family traditions. Make a treasured family recipes or create a new tradition. How about a make a bread dough and let everyone have fun shaping? The online Dough Sculpting Lesson is filled with tips for working with yeast dough as you shape alligators, turtles or bunnies. Remember whatever you bake be sure to take pictures that you can share and enjoy later.

HBA has many book and bake lessons! Pancakes, waffles, pizza, cookies… pick the lesson and while it is baking read a book and learn more about the ingredients or history of the recipe. Hundreds of ideas are included at HomeBaking.org with links to HBA members providing creative ways to help families have fun in the kitchen! Recipes, activities, experiments, book and bake lessons and videos are all part of Bake for Family Fun Month.

The Home Baking Association is a non-profit association with members dedicated to providing resources to encourage families to bake together. Be a part of the celebration and bake with your family during February and start a tradition for the year!

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Week One: Bake for Family Fun Month

Week 1: Let’s Get Started Baking

If you don’t bake, or teach baking, why get started?

Today my top three reasons to step into the kitchen and bake with family or children in our world include words-to-the-wise from child development professionals.

Baking builds STEAM at home You can model experimentation and apply science, tech, engineering, art, math PLUS culture, history and literacy, by baking.

Step 1: Science and math both require accurate measuring skills! Check this out!

Step 2: Conduct a measuring experiment at home, some additional kitchen science about yeast.
51whbyegzdl “Can-Do Kids”: Author Richard Rende, child development psychologist, explains, “Getting in the kitchen together contributes to raising confident, successful team-players. When children help create the meal, they get curious; they build cognitive and multi-sensory connections.”

 

Step 1: Post a skills check list for each person to see their skills and techniques grow.

Step 2: Groove your kitchen and baking food safety guidelines.

End picky, less-than-healthy expensive eating. Begin anytime, but especially young…age 2 or 3! Kids who help create what’s served up want to taste it! Stanford U. Professor Maya Adam, MD confirms, “What about adding value to your family’s day-to-day interaction by spending more time in the kitchen and involving the children whenever possible? Some parents are understandably worried, but the health risks of not teaching a kid to cook are far greater than giving them a sharp object!”

Step 1: Choose simple recipes, list ingredients, shop and get started.

Step 2: Everybody cleans up!

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Association Recognizes WI Educator

January 26, 2017 – Each year an outstanding baking educator is selected that has conducted an innovative programs that teaches kids to bake. The Home Baking Association (HBA) recognized Delaine Stendahl, Whitehall, WI with the 2016 Educator Award. Stendahl is a family & consumer sciences educator at Whitehall Memorial Schools in Whitehall, WI.

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Her winning lesson The Power of Eggs is used in a Food Science & Nutrition course for students in grades 9-12 and focuses on the use of eggs in baking and the multiple roles eggs play in food preparation. Students learn the scientific role of eggs in recipes. Stendahl will include The Power of Eggs lesson in a week-long culinary workshop she is conducting this summer for family and consumer sciences educators. HBA congratulates Stendahl and encourages educators to use the FREE lesson in classrooms or community program.

HBA is seeking entries for the 2017 award. Who’s eligible to enter? Anyone that teaches baking! Family & consumer sciences educators and leaders of community organizations and after-school programs are encouraged to share baking programs. Youth teaching other youth are also eligible. Entries may be classroom lessons, baking activities or projects that encourage children to bake.

HBA believes baking plays an important role in the development of healthy children. Skills are developed for do-it-yourself baking and as children grow, new skills are added to provide more baking opportunities. HBA is a nonprofit association and annually recognizes educators that implement outstanding, interdisciplinary baking education programs. Thirty-seven corporate and association members provide lessons, activities, test kitchen recipes and other resources.   For more information visit HomeBaking.org. Entry deadline is March 31.

For more information contact:

Charlene Patton, Executive Director, 785.478.3283

hbapatton@aol.com

 

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Celebrate National Breakfast Month

Who knew breakfast would ever be a hard sell? For a gazillion years it was a no-brainer. Humans need breakfast to launch the day. With National Better Breakfast Month off to a good start, here are some top picks for eating breakfast as the anchor of all things healthy, wealthy and wise.

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For those who “just want a few more minutes of sleep,” prep ahead. Mix Crockpot® Apple Cinnamon Steel Cut oats the night before. No half-and-half on hand? Sub ½ cup 2% milk plus 3 teaspoons melted unsalted butter.

Pre-mix the batter like these Overnight waffles (photo above) or the dry ingredients for pancakes.

If you need gluten-free, don’t miss this great recipe! (Good Morning Pancakes)

Pre-bake and freeze and re-heat Quick Granola Breakfast rolls, waffles, or hand-held
hot pocket sandwiches or a cousin called bierocks

Last but not least, fresh-from-the-bread-machine bread with peanut butter, oranges and milk!

If you’re a teacher or student, expand the learning AND breakfast options.   Once a week offer a Breakfast Club with your classroom. Here’s how one middle school did so with a Life Skills class. School Nutrition Association’s SmartBrief Sept. 6, 2016,

Two resources to check out include

If you’re draggin’ long before lunch even when you eat breakfast, something’s not right. There’s breakfast and there’s grabbing an energy beverage, soda, coffee or candy bar. Get in balance with some good guidance like The Wheat Foods Council
Back-to-Breakfast Tool Kit of research-based recipes, blog posts and tweets.

 

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Summer Baking Calendar & Ideas

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July 9—Can you believe National Sugar Cookie Day is on #SweetTreatSaturday!

Start with the pros! At Land O’Lakes, C&H Sugar, Domino Sugar, and Hecker’s Ceresota.

National-Parks-and-Recreation-Month-MCS-770x414Why not celebrate Park and Recreation Month with a picnic!? These Lemon Bars from “Jiffy” Mix will surely brighten up your next picnic

July 14, National Summer Learning Day, reminds us to not snooze and lose reading and measurement math skills! Sounds like baking to me! Check out the latest “Book and Bake

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Summer has a reputation. Teachers and parents fear students will “snooze and lose” reading and math skills. We’re here to tell you, baking is the answer! Not buying it? Find out more information here

Here are the ABCs to bust the summer snoozers:

A: Baking is “all things wheat harvest”—from Texas to North Dakota! Take a virtual wheat farm and harvest tour with our wheat commission members and the farmers they serve.

Send your “summer school” student to view Sprouting Up: Wheat Foods for Kids  and the Whole Grain Council’s featured whole grain of the Month Wheat 

You can also “meet a wheat farmer” via Find the Farmer at Stone Buhr or Meet our Farmers 

B: Book and bake, Blueberries for Sal to see that “baking works!”  Take it to the next level…enter the county fair!

C: Celebrate National Parks or stay local! It’s Park and Recreation Month!

Prep your dough using Bread in a Bag, pack it on ice and head to your favorite park to grill flat bread or pizza 

or, create your own Jurassic Park!

Who said reading, math and science can’t taste great too?

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