Barb Miller has a fun summer project for kids. Take kids on a field trip to a farmer’s market or farm to buy/see how fruits and vegetables are raised.
Then come back and prepare and sample some of these fresh fruits and vegetables. For example, take children strawberry picking and then come back and make homemade ice cream and top it with fresh strawberries. Or, go to a tomato farm, pick tomatoes and come back and make some fresh salsa. To encourage children to try new fruits and vegetables, give them a “passport” and stamp it each time they try a new fruit or vegetable. Have a small prize once their passport is full – say 10 new fruits and vegetables.
Judy’s passion for cooking began with helping her grandmother make raisin oatmeal for breakfast. From there she earned her first food service job at 15, was accepted to the world-famous Culinary Institute of America at 18 (where she graduated second in her class), and went on to the Fachschule Richemont in Switzerland where she focused on pastry arts and baking. After a decade in food service for Hyatt Hotels, Judy launched Food and Health Communications to focus on flavor and health. She graduated with Summa Cum Laude distinction from Johnson and Wales University with a BS in Culinary Art, holds a master’s degree in Food Business from the Culinary Institute of America, 2 art certificates from UC Berkeley Extension, and runs a food photography studio where her love is creating fun recipes.
Judy received The Culinary Institute of America’s Pro Chef II certification, the American Culinary Federation Bronze Medal, Gold Medal, and ACF Chef of the Year. Her enthusiasm for eating nutritiously and deliciously leads her to constantly innovate and use the latest in nutritional science and Dietary Guidelines to guide her creativity, from putting new twists on fajitas to adapting Italian brownies to include ingredients like toasted nuts and cooked honey. Judy’s publishing company, Food and Health Communications, is dedicated to her vision that everyone can make food that tastes as good as it is for you.