Edmonds Healthy Eating: Want to learn to cook healthy? Take a class

Deborah Binder Formal Portrait
Deborah Binder

I just walked up the Main Street Hill after spending a lovely time at the Edmonds Saturday Market. It is a beautiful sight to see the wonderful fruit and vegetables from local farmers that are at the peak of their season. The nectarines and peaches are divine…..mixed up with blueberries in that crumble recipe I told you about last time…did I just hear yum coming from you? If you missed the easy no fail recipe go here.

I’m lucky enough to have a bountiful kitchen garden in my backyard where I am harvesting blueberries, snap peas, green beans, swiss chard, kale, arugula, lettuce, cucumbers, tomatoes, basil, zucchini, and beets. So much so that I am freezing some of the harvest to enjoy later.

I believe that is healthy for me to eat what I grow or to eat produce from local growers. I am trying to teach my son about gardening as well as cooking, but at 15 he doesn’t always enjoy the effort that it takes to bring the “farm to the table.” Like so many teenagers, he especially doesn’t want to get instructions from his parents. That’s why we are so lucky to have many local resources for cooking classes to help figure out what to do with all of the produce from the market and garden. These past two weeks I have been helping Laurie Pflazer of Pastry Craft teach a group of teens how to bake. Yesterday was Pie Day and having the local fruit for them to use made things come to life for the group.

Here are some great resources for finding wonderful local cooking classes for yourself AND your family (including children):

1) cooks.pccnaturalmarkets.com

2) pastrycraftseattle.com

3) williams-sonoma.com

(Most of these classes are FREE!)

So now head to the market, pick up some in-season veggies and fruits and get cooking!

– By Deborah Binder

Deborah Binder lives in Edmonds with her family. She is “dancing with N.E.D.” (no evidence of disease) after being diagnosed with Ovarian Cancer in 2009. She is a foodie who loves to cook from scratch and share here experiments with her family. She attended culinary school on the East Coast and currently chef assists at PCC Cooks and NuCulinary Cooking School. Her current interest in food is learning to eat for health and wellness, while at the same time enjoying the pleasures of the table. As Julia Child once said, “Everything in moderation including butter.” Deborah can be contacted at [email protected].

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