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Food & Cooking Chemistry!

has a great section about Food & Cooking Chemistry!
Cooking and Chemistry - an essential integration!

"Learn about the chemistry of foods and cooking. Get information about vitamins, minerals, processes, herbs, ingredients, and other kitchen chemistry." from the website
Just a few of the links:

Food Science Projects (62)
Kitchen Science Experiments
Is It Safe to Use Kitchen Glassware for Chemistry?
Food and Cooking Chemistry - Science Fair Project Ideas

From Domesticity to Modernity - What Was Home Economics?

This Cornell University website examines the history
and development of Home Economics as a viable
academic area at Cornell University. The site contains
a great annotated bibliography, a few video interviews,
oral histories, a timeline, and other resources.

Family and Consumer Science - Bacteria

This animated song is from the adventure learning game, 'Science Pirates: The Curse of Brownbeard', and guides middle school students through concepts in both science and food safety.

Go to the Science Pirates web site to download and play the game.

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Family and Consumer Science - Food Handling

Don't Get Sicky

Don't get "sicky" by cross contaminating your food. Let this rap help you remember some of the basic rules about food safety.
from New Mexico State University.
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The voices in this song are sampled from a Kentucky Fried Chicken fast-food training video Jonathan Coulton found online. Something about it struck him, and he turned it into a song.

Integration Cooking with Writing and Video Production!

Materials needed - A video from a cooking show or from YouTube, a list of ingredients, paper and pencil for students!

Procedure - Explain to the students that they will be given an ingredients list for a recipe. They will watch the demonstration of the preparation with the volume turned off. The students will write the procedure for preparing the dish. Of course you may pause the video and interject hints or cooking tips whenever you wish! I feel that this would be a good exercise in descriptive writing!

In fact here's a video and an ingredients list for you to use:

Healthy Mexican Pizza

1 Tablespoon (add more to suit your taste) Chipotle Chili peppers
1 to 2 teaspoons ground cumin
Kosher salt
1 small can Hunts tomato sauce
1 Tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
Tortillas or flatbread for dough (may be prebaked or store bought)
Browned, precooked chicken breast chunks (small)
Drained black beans
Green chili peppers
Chopped cilantro
Chopped scalions
Canned diced tomatoes or fresh chopped tomatoes
Shredded Mexican cheese blend
Bake at 375 degrees for about 10 minutes (check to be sure the cheese in melted and slightly browned))

Evaluation - watch the video and compare the cook's instructions with your written ones. Make suggestions by which the cooks could have created a better video script. If you actually make the recipe, you may also critique the visual presentation of the food, texture, and taste!

Follow-up - plan, script, storyboard and produce you own short cooking video!

Here's the video from YouTube:

The New Food Pyramid for Dummies

Food groups and recommended daily servings from the USDA Food Pyramid show guidelines to good nutrition. Serving sizes and calorie intake are important to healthy diets, weight loss, and the right portions for different ages and activity levels.

Writing About Fashion

We think about fashion every day when we dress for work, school, or special events. What looks good? What doesn't? Why?
This is a link to a pdf page I stumbled upon at from the University of California - Davis. It suggests ideas for writing a fashion commentary. This just might be a cool way to hook a few students into descriptive writing!