Summertime kids cooking classes: Food Briefs Aug. 3

July 29, 2013 

What: Kids Cooking Class -- Hands-on class geared for children ages 5-12. Focuses on seasonal items, independence in the kitchen and having fun with food.

When: 1-3 p.m. Saturday

Where: Eckert's Country Store classroom, 951 S. Greenmount Road, Belleville


Reservations: Required to 233-0513 or online at

Features: School is just around the corner, but there is still plenty of summer fun to be had, especially on the farm. Take a trip out to the fields to enjoy some end-of-summer fruits and vegetables. Back at the classroom, create a Summertime Sandwich, Sunshine Peach Cupcake and Apple Salsa.

Beat the Heat Treats

What: Mommy & Me Cooking Class -- hands-on class for 2-5 year olds with Mom's help.

When: 9:30-11 a.m. Saturday

Where: Eckert's Country Store classroom, 951 S. Greenmount Road, Belleville

Cost: $12

Reservations: Required to 233-0513 or online at

Features: Bring your kiddo out to take a tractor ride and pick some tasty produce to bring back to the kitchen. Create a Summertime Sandwich and a Sunshine Peachy Cupcake.

Delivering deep flavor

The tricky part of marinating is making sure you don't cross-contaminate by letting any marinade used on the raw foods come in contact with cooked food.

A single-use tube of Flavor Infuser from French's may help. The four 10-minute marinades (in Classic Steakhouse, Zesty Italian, Caribbean Jerk and Sweet & Tangy Teriyaki flavors) come in tubes with sharp plastic tips. Insert the tip into meat, poultry or fish, squeeze to release marinade, then discard the tube.

The Zesty Italian worked well with a pork roast, adding a slight spiciness. At supermarkets nationwide: $2.99 for each 3.5-ounce tube.

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Just the jar for spices

Spices and dried herbs will find a comfortable home in these Chalkboard Spice Jars from Anthropologie. The stoneware jars, which each hold 8 ounces, feature an erasable chalkboard label space. The lids on the jars come in five colors (dark blue, sky, white, silver, coral) and feature a rubber seal. They should be hand-washed. The jars are $10 each. For a store locater or to buy:

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