Out of the Pantry: Mac and cheese pizza

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In this lesson, participants learn to activate yeast, roll out and bake pizza dough, plus make a very simple mac and cheese with roasted red peppers — all using pantry items.     Mac and Cheese Pizza Yields two 10-inch pizzas   Ingredients:  1/2 box Elbow pasta 8 oz Velveeta […]

Out of the Pantry: Rainbow Bread

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This is a nice celebration sweet bread for Pride Month. In this lesson, participants learn to cream ingredients by hand (i.e. without an electric mixer). Lemon Rainbow Bread Yields 2 small loafs Ingredients: 1/2 cup butter, softened 1 cup sugar 2 large eggs, room temperature 1 lemon 1 1/2 cup […]

Out of the Pantry: Soup

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This is the second “Out of the Pantry” teen cooking lesson. You can find the first HERE. These recipes use ingredients that do not use refrigeration so it allows us to easily distribute ingredients to participants. The recipes can also be cooked in a dorm room and great for for […]

Out of the Pantry: Pasta

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Out of the Pantry: Cooking Class for Teens We made a simple vegetarian pasta using pantry ingredients. Watch the video for step-by-step instructions. Intro script from video: My name is Jane Gov, and I am the teen librarian at Pasadena Public Library. The following video was edited from a live […]

“The Day and Night” by Hera Hovsepian

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Dream Catcher Story Contest 1st place (Category 2: grades 6-8)   “The Day and Night” by Hera Hovsepian Age 13, Grade 8   At nights, when I sleep, I break the boundaries of my brain, which I wouldn’t   when I’m awake. My brain stops trying. It becomes raw. Real. […]

“Never Let Go” by Pateel Krikorian

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Dream Catcher Story Contest 2nd place (Category 2: grades 6-8)   “Never Let Go” by Pateel Krikorian Age 13, Grade 8        My mother used to tell me to always dream and so I did. I dreamt every night and every day. I dreamt flowers blooming from every corner of […]

“As You Sleep I Feast!” by April M. Gonzalez

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Dream Catcher Story Contest 3rd place (Category 2: grades 6-8)   “As You Sleep I Feast!” by April M. Gonzalez Age 12, Grade 7        Every night they come, whether you can sense them or not. They come the moment you close your eyes, even for a second. They want […]

“I’m Not the Only One” by Grace Petoyan

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Dream Catcher Story Contest Honorable Mention (Category 2: grades 6-8)   “I’m Not the Only One” by Grace Petoyan Age 13, Grade 8   Who me? A dreamer? No, I don’t dream. It’s all within my head. I make senseless goals like buying pints of ice cream.   I watch […]

“A Dream Becoming a Nightmare” by Emelina Hakhnazaryan

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Dream Catcher Story Contest Honorable Mention (Category 2: grades 6-8)   “A Dream Becoming a Nightmare” by Emelina Hakhnazaryan Age 12, Grade 7   I shut my eyes For the night’s rest. In rushed to my head A vision so absurd I was left paralyzed.   For I saw a […]

“Catching Nightmares” by Maggie Hartigan

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Dream Catcher Story Contest Honorable Mention (Category 2: grades 6-8)   “Catching Nightmares” by Maggie Hartigan Age 12, Grade 6        Yawn. I’m so tired. I can’t wait to go to bed. I’m Avery, by the way. I glance up at my dreamcatcher, which hasn’t been doing a very good […]