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Thursday, March 27, 2014

Spring Break Cooking with Chrisetta

I was invited to do a two-day Spring Break Cooking Class for the youth of POIC/Rosemary Anderson High School. We started the class with a little food education, shopping planning/tips, and basic kitchen skills.
Day 1 went well, but there weren't many participants and the kids that did show up were a little apprehensive about being there.
Together we made Fresh Mexican Food: guacamole, salsa, corn salsa, cilantro lime rice, and spicy shredded chicken. They had the option of putting everything in a bowl or wrapping everything in burrito or taco shell.

All of the kids said they didn't like guacamole. The entire bowl of guacamole was gone and we used 12 avocados. Sure it was good, but I think it's also a testament that when kids are involved in making their food they are more likely to try and like it.

Day 2 all the kids eagerly returned and even told others to come too so we had an even larger group with parents included.

I showed them how to make Brown Bag Popcorn with honey butter and together we made Lettuce Wraps with Peanut Sauce and Teriyaki Sauce.

I really do love what I do! So grateful to help people realize how simple, delicious, and fun cooking can be!

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Saturday, March 15, 2014

Spring Into Spring: Sensational Salads

I had a great time this weekend showing the folks at the Washougal Community Library how to make sensational salads with made from scratch dressings.

On the menu:

-Spinach Salad with Quinoa served with Lemon Vinaigrette
-Freshly Chopped Slaw with Jicama served with Asian Vinagrette
-Apple Fennel Salad

Thanks to everyone who came out it was delicious fun!

Sunday, February 23, 2014

Catering by Chrisetta: Cocktail/50th Birthday Party

I was thrilled to be the caterer at my mentor's 50th birthday party last night! It was a cocktail party so that meant lots and lots of small bites.

The customized menu: 
- Bacon-Wrapped Dates with Blue Cheese and Almonds
- Asian Inspired Lettuce Wraps with Peanut Sauce
- Prawn Cocktail
- Grilled Chicken Kebabs with Tzatziki Sauce and Naan
- Cheese Platter with Grapes and Baguettes
- Antipasto Platter
- Indiviual
Crudités with Herb Dip

Here's a look at some of the deliciousness!

 Prep fun!

 The birthday girl!

Monday, December 30, 2013

I Get Around: 2013 in Review

The places I've been. The people I've seen in 2013, I get around: Clark College, Portland State University, Cascade Park Community Library, Camas Public Library, Camas & Washougal on a Diet, LaCamas  Swim & Sport, KBOO Radio, POIC, Chuck's Produce & Street Market, and The Fruit Valley Foundation.

As 2013 comes to an end, I'm reflecting on another amazing year. I've been busy, busy, busy. Here, there, everywhere. I'm so grateful that I am able to do all things that I love and share my gifts with you.

First, I have to say thank you to God for his Grace and Mercy. All Glory and Honor to Him.  I'm highly favored and blessed.

Next, my immediate circle for your unwavering support and belief. Y'all hold me down! Or should I say lift me up? I love each and every one of you. Thank ya. Thank ya. Thank ya.

An extra special thanks to the Clark College Health Department (my favorite venue!) for their continued support and giving me a platform to reach students. Oh yeah, and for using "Shop, Cook, Eat: Outside of the Box" for the second year! 

To everyone who has embraced and supported my ideas, THANK YOU! To all of my clients, THANK YOU. To everyone who has bought a copy of my cookbook, THANK YOU! To those of you who have attended my events, THANK YOU!  And, to all of my Facebook and blog followers, THANK YOU! 

I am the luckiest girl in the world -- I love what I do!

2013 in pictures:

Thursday, December 26, 2013

2013: Food Chronicles

I've been cooking up a storm this past year: in my kitchen, your kitchen, any available
kitchen. Whether I was whipping up recipes from my cookbook, "Shop, Cook, Eat: Outside of the Box" or catering your event -- it's my great pleasure sharing my passion for food with you. Thanks to everyone who invited me into their homes, classrooms, offices, etc., I appreciate you.

Here's a look-see at some of my culinary creations.
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The Obesity Epidemic is REAL!

The evidence of an epidemic is everywhere.

· Two-thirds, more than 190 million Americans are
overweight or obese.

· Obesity-related diseases are a $147 billion dollar
medical burden every year.

· Childhood obesity has tripled in the last thirty years

Source: CBS News