Appalachia Through My Eyes – Children Learning To Cook

My life in appalachia - Kids Learning To Cook
Earlier this week, I visited a beautiful kitchen-it has cabinets galore, a stone oven, and more cooking utensils than you can shake a stick at. Guess what I liked best about it? Was it the wall of tall windows that lets bright sunshine stream in?

Well I really liked those windows but no-it was the people that were in the kitchen. A room full of children learning about fruit-why it’s good for you-how to cut it up-and they even got an art lesson thrown in too. Pretty cool uh?


p.s. This week is Little Middle Folk School week at the John C. Campbell Folk School. If you have kids-grandkids-or friend kids-and they’ve never been to Little Middle before-they would love it I know. The cooking class I visited was taught by Nanette Davidson.

Appalachia Through My Eyes – A series of photographs from my life in Southern Appalachia.


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    June 25, 2011 at 7:06 am

    I am with you….Love those windows! Sunshine makes me, well…just happier.

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    Dale Anderson
    June 23, 2011 at 10:32 pm

    Have had the pleasure of attending Intergenerational Classes with my Grandson when he was younger, He loved it as much as I did and I long to return for more classes.

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    Vicki Lane
    June 23, 2011 at 9:54 pm

    What a wonderful idea! One of the best things my mother did for me was when I was in high school she insisted that I cook dinner for the family one night a week. At first she was around to help or advise but before long I was on my own — an invaluable lesson.

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    June 23, 2011 at 4:53 pm

    I always wanted to be a Home Economics teacher, unfortunately I didn’t follow that dream. That’s a great picture.

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    lynn legge
    June 23, 2011 at 1:09 pm

    tipper i agree with you on the windows.. that is so beautiful.. letting in the sun and view.. makes anything you have to work at.. more easy. let your mind wander on the outside while doing dishes..
    and im sure the children loved being together . what a lovely chance to learn and make a fun experience out of it.
    thanks for sharing.. gee id love to go to that school..
    big ladybug hugs

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    June 23, 2011 at 12:20 pm

    Sounds like a very interesting way to teach children how to cook while they’re having fun. I also like tall windows in a kitchen and lots of cupboards to keep everything in order.

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    June 23, 2011 at 12:13 pm

    I think thats great to expose the
    young folks on how to use fruits
    and vegetables. The John C. Cambell Folk School teaches many
    things of interest to the young
    and older generations right here
    in our southern mountains. And as
    Martha Stewart always says “That’s
    a Good Thing.” …Ken

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    B. Ruth
    June 23, 2011 at 11:28 am

    Thanks for sharing about the cooking class….I wish that someway I could get all my Grandchildren there for a class…
    I know they would enjoy it…I’m afraid several hours away just would not work for us…
    I think it would encourage children to eat more fruits and vegetables when surrounded by their peers that have the same ideas and or fears about new tastes to explore..
    Thanks Tipper

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    Barbara Johnson
    June 23, 2011 at 11:17 am

    I have dreamed of going to the folk school for years now… maybe when my seven year old is a little older. I really want to learn how to make corn brooms. I get the class directory every year and read the pages for days and dream about the day I will get to go! I will one day 🙂

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    June 23, 2011 at 11:11 am

    When children have an interest in something, it’s wonderful they have a chance to attend a class. My oldest daughter wanted to cook when she was little; I guess I didn’t want to put up with the mess and squashed her dream because now she doesn’t really like to cook.
    I love that wall of windows!! with cabinets beneath.

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    Sue Crane
    June 23, 2011 at 10:02 am

    I’d love to spend time @ the Folk School and now I see if I should be able to do I’ll need to bring all the great-grandchildren, too!!!! 🙂

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    Miss Cindy
    June 23, 2011 at 8:49 am

    Nice Tipper and I’m sure the girls enjoyed it.
    Chitter and Chatter already have the benefit of you and the Deer Hunter both cooking and teaching them to cook.
    You know lots of folks nowadays don’t cook and don’t know how to cook. They eat pre-prepared food or eat out. Sometimes I notice in the grocery store that people pile their carts full of pre-prepared frozen meals. They not only miss the joy of preparing your own food but they miss one of the most important ingredients in food… When you prepare your own food it is full of your energy and love. Perhaps that’s why there are so many obese people They are starved for that energy and love so keep eating trying to find it.

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