More Cooking Resources

More Cooking Resources

If HEM Takes a Closer Look at Cooking has sparked an interest, you might consider exploring a few of these favorite Math resources from HEM’s Guide to Resources.



HEM-Recipes is a new discussion list – here’s the list description:

The Homeschool Kitchen is a popular column in Home Education Magazine, written by Christine Gable. The introduction to The Homeschool Kitchen reads:

Admidst the incomplete sentences, algebraic equations, hands-on history projects and baskets of laundry that miraculously seem to multiply in the course of a homeschooling parent’s day, there is the ever-present need to feed a hungry family. Wouldn’t it be great to open the pantry or fridge and inspiration strike at mealtime?

Join me for cooking ideas and nutritional tips that rely on basic whole foods; we’ll create tasty meals from that same old uninspiring cupboard stock. With family-friendly recipes and hints, before long, young and old will be measuring, chopping, sauteing and stirring together!

This discussion list is an online extension of Christine’s column, offering an expanded collection of recipes, menus for family meals, tips and ideas about cooking, and most importantly, an online source of networking, information, resources, and friendship!

Celebrate the USA: Hands-on History and American Grub

Gibbs Smith, Publisher recently sent along a press release announcing a new book, Celebrate the USA: Hands-on History Activities for Kids

Celebrate the USA: Hands-on History Activities for Kids by Lynn Kuntz

The website describes the books this way:

Celebrate the USA: Hands-on History Activities for Kids is a fun and fact-filled children’s activity book that celebrates all things American with art projects, crafts, activities, recipes, and games. Brimming with the “whos, whats, wheres, whens and whys” of America, Celebrate the USA encourages kids to use imagination, creativity, and their own two hands to discover American history. More than 50 projects are included to help kids discover their patriotic pride, such as making a glass harmonica, a five-pointed star, an All-American beach-towel banner, a compass, patriotic flip-flops, Fourth of July Poppers, and more! Plus the book includes tasty recipes for Liberty Bell Cookies, Watermelon Bowl Fruit Salad, and more.

Celebrate the USA will help kids:

Learn the surprising stories behind famous American symbols like the Liberty Bell and Uncle Sam.

Uncover little-known flag and firework facts.

Tune-in to tall tales, silly statistics, and oddball American folklore and fun.

Explore “behind-the-scenes” American life for many different Americans.

Understand what it means to be an American.

Learn the history behind American holidays.

An excellent tool for teachers.

In addition, Lynn Kuntz also wrote a book called, American Grub that sounds like a good find as well. They describe it as follows:

What could be more fun than making Patty-Cake Crab Cakes from Maryland or Buenos Dias Tortillas from New Mexico? Eating them, of course! In this fun and easy-to-use cookbook for kids, the authors cover all fifty states and the foods for which they are known, as well as fifty fabulous recipes–one from each state. The recipes are simple to make, great tasting, and encourage children to explore their curiosity about each state and the origin of its unique food peculiarities. From Massachusetts’ Sugar Baked Beans to Hawaii’s Aloha-Bobs, it’s all American Grub, and it’s all covered in this entertaining book.

American Grub includes general cooking and safety guidelines, charming color illustrations, and a recipe index, organized by type of food.

The Accidental Scientist – Science of Cooking

The Exploratorium presents the Accidental Scientist- The Science of Cooking

From their website:

“Discover how a pinch of curiosity can improve your cooking! Explore recipes, activities, and Webcasts that will enhance your understanding of the science behind food and cooking.”

Cooking Up Reading

I remember when my boys were younger, we loved finding recipes that went along with the books we had read. Cooking up Reading by Shirley Goodness and Mercy Will does just that.

Their website gives a brief description that states:

Our purpose in providing these tasty connections between books and food is to help make reading fashionable and more memorable. Each recipe is unique, many of them contributed by the authors of the books themselves. We have tried to keep to simple recipes that don’t require more than a microwave, an electric skillet, a blender, a refrigerator, or a toaster oven, but sometimes a recipe is just too wonderful to make it fit into these constraints.

They also offer a list of recipes from a variety of books for free here:

Bon Appetit!

HEM’s Guide to Homeschooling Resources offers a growing list of learning resources which are reviewed and described, links to the companies’ websites, occasional interviews with companies or individuals about their resources and much more! HEM’s Guide to Homeschooling Resources also welcomes comments and suggestions by homeschoolers who use these resources. Every couple of days I will be adding a few new resources, so I’d love to hear about your favorites in the reply box below!

~ Mary Nix

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