We're still waiting for spring this year in Minnesota. It's another dreary and cold day and I'm really looking forward to my trip next week to New Orleans for the IACP (International Association of Culinary Professionals) conference. Every year in the city where the conference is being held IACP sponsors a "Kids in the Kitchen" project. For New Orleans the project has been a recipe contest. Local chefs gave demos at 6 schools and talked about food and family heritage. I was a judge and evaluated recipes from 6 children. All of the judges were encouraged to give the kids positive comments and increase their interest in cooking. One of the things I noticed was that their recipes were something they enjoyed as families. Some of the recipes had passed through several generations. One finalist from each school has been selected and they will participate in a cook-off next week during the conference. Everyone was aware of the disaster of Katrina but this reminds link us as our memory fades.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1_vY4EaYC04&feature=related But New Orleans is definitely coming back and I'm willing to do my part in supporting their fabulous restaurants! Pat