Kitchen Cred Spotlight

Kitchen Cred Spotlight

Meet Kayla! The Volunteer Spotlight is not only a way for us to show recognition of some of our most dedicated volunteers, but also a way to highlight how rewarding it can be to volunteer at Kitchen Cred.
Kitchen Cred Program for YES Teens

Kitchen Cred Program for YES Teens

It’s time for Kitchen Cred to walk the walk! (Or, maybe that should be wok the wok.) This summer, Kitchen Cred (KC) will be rolling out its first cooking and nutrition program for YES teens. Because the teens’ average stay is 22 days – too short a time to participate in Kitchen Cred’s full three-month program – KC will present a five-session program at YES over the course of three weeks. Each session will teach kitchen skills and discuss nutrition and food safety information, so teens will be able to “drop-in” at any time during the program without missing any key information from earlier sessions. Kitchen Cred will also train YES staff members so they can support the teens as they practice in the YES kitchen between sessions. As is true with all KC programs, YES teens will obtain more than a new set of skills in the kitchen. In addition to the five learning sessions, participants will also get the opportunity to prepare a meal for a group of outside people. During this time, students from other cooking and nutrition programs in the city will likely be invited to join the YES residents, giving the teens an opportunity to learn about community service, team building and networking. Kitchen Cred’s founder, Doug Barg, is delighted to collaborate with YSI. According to KC project leader, Ellen Marshall, working with the youth at YES will allow Kitchen Cred to give confidence and support to kids – who are both very vulnerable and extremely resilient – so that they can learn skills they can build on as they move on with their lives....
Tuck Into Tech

Tuck Into Tech

At Venturef0rth’s ‘Tuck Into Tech,’ students and techies cook crepes. Cooking then led to career talk. The coworking space hosted the event, which was organized by culinary-arts nonprofit Kitchen Cred and IT-training nonprofit Tech...
Big & Little Cooks: Jean and Autumn

Big & Little Cooks: Jean and Autumn

  Hi, we are Big Sister Jean and Little Sister Autumn, and this is our blog to share our experience from our first cooking class. We have been matched since August of 2009. It has been more than five years of good times together. We have baked cupcakes in the past and are both self-proclaimed “foodies” who go out to eat a lot together, but this is the first time we are cooking a meal together. Autumn is interested in cooking, so we are both very happy to be invited to participate in the Big & Little Cooks program through a partnership with Big Brothers Big Sisters Southeastern PA, Kitchen Cred and Spogue Kitchens & Bath.   Our first cooking session was fun and very informative. We learned the importance of hand washing, prepping and cleaning your workstation, and prepping and cleaning your vegetables properly before you prepare your meals. We also learned how to use the sharp knives more effectively and safely, and learned some good tips. We learned to use the “claw” and “bridge” methods when chopping, rocking the knife back and forth, and trying not to lift it off of the cutting board. This will take practice for us both to get faster and more efficient applying what we learned in the kitchen when cutting vegetables, herbs and fruit. During this first session, we made black bean and corn salad, the perfect healthy side dish. It’s loaded with black beans, roasted corn, avocado, fresh tomato, cilantro, and tons of flavor. This black bean and corn salad will now be one of our favorite side dishes, especially...
Big & Little Cooks: Cory and Victor

Big & Little Cooks: Cory and Victor

Hi, we are Big Brother Cory and Little Brother Victor, age 13. We’ve been matched for a year and a half. We were excited to have the opportunity to join the Kitchen Cred Big & Little Cooks program. We thought this would be a good way to help us understand more about cooking including techniques and safety. Cory has worked at restaurants in the past and is an experienced home cook. It’s one of his favorite hobbies. Victor has learned a lot about cooking by being matched with Cory. Victor has chefs in his family, so cooking runs in his blood, and he’s very interested in learning more. Our session in November was egg making. Victor was tasked with prepping and chopping vegetables and cooking the final omelets. Victor especially enjoyed cooking the omelets and showed great skill. Victor was also able to impress the entire class and our chef instructors with his egg cracking abilities. He can crack an egg with one hand! Cory struggled a little trying to master this skill. Victor had no experience with poached eggs before this session, so he gained a great deal of knowledge. Dipping his toast points into a runny yolk was something he had never done either and he really liked it. We made a basic egg omelet with ham and cheese filling, and it was delicious. Victor took the recipes we used home with him and surprised his family with a meal. They were very impressed! We hope you enjoy this recipe as much as we did. Basic Egg Omelet Recipe Ingredients: 2 eggs 2 tablespoons whole milk 2...