Culinary Arts

Let’s COOK everyone! It is FUN and HEALTHY!

We started this year with “play” [physically activity]. Everyone needs to be active in order to keep our bodies healthy. Kids need at least 60 minutes every day and as adults we need at least 30 minutes of activity 5 days a week. We do not need to do it all at one time! Break it into 10 to 15 minute segments. We do not need a gym or exercise equipment. Simple things like walking, lifting cans or milk jugs filled with various amounts of water work. I challenge you to try this while watching your favorite show… jump up just during commercials and walk and/or march in place, swing your arms, step side to side…then sit back down when the show begins again. If you do this for one half-hour show, you will have in several minutes! Have your whole family do this, can be much better that running to the kitchen for the bag of chips!! Activity helps a person be more alert, sleep better and builds a healthier body!

The Kindergarteners and 1st-2nd graders will begin the Eagle Book series soon. They will each receive one of the books as we go! Ask them about the story & read it with them.

3rd & 4th graders will learn about grocery shopping. How many of them go with you to the store? Have your child pick out a fruit or vegetable, show them how to choose the best produce and help them compare prices. We all need to become better consumers in order to stretch our food dollars. The 5th & 6th  will also be working on shopping. They have already enjoyed making popcorn snacks with seasonings other than salt! So they’ll be doing some cooking!

The 7th, 8th & 9th graders will alternate coming to cooking class each week. Then the 10th through 12th graders that want to participate in cooking come each week during their study hall. They have chosen many items they’d like to create….their favorites were chicken pot pie, stir-fry, taco soup, oven fries, fruit pizza, fruit smoothies and banana bread.

If some of you parents are interested in learning more about nutrition and easier ways to create meals and save some money while shopping excited to, I’d set up some classes. It’s always fun to cook together!   Check my web page on the Selfridge School site for a great recipe! Give me a call at the Sioux Co. Extension 854-3412. Cook safely, cook happy!

EAT SMART – PLAY HARD! Mary Jean Hunter


1 [8oz.] package low-fat cream cheese [softened]

3/4 cup canned pumpkin [plain, unsweetened]

3 Tbsp. sugar

1 tsp. pumpkin pie spice

Mix all ingredients together in a mixing bowl with a spoon or spatula.

Serve with apple slices or graham crackers.



Here is a link to the October food wise newsletter from NDSU