Cooking tips not exactly Martha Stewart fare


Herald Writer

Nothing like tepid turkey for Thanksgiving.

Second-graders in Marilyn Donohew’s and Kathi MacDonald’s classes at Penny Creek Elementary School in southeast Everett have a few — shall we say, creative — recipes to offer for the big day.

The culinary tips, part of a writing exercise that emphasized organizational skills, reflect 7-year-olds’ perception of time and temperature.

Have a read but don’t try these at home:

From the kitchen of Cody Hilcoske — "Ingredients: A whole thing of meat, 1 cup of water, 1 cup of butter, 2 cups of stuffing.

"Directions: Go buy the meat and put it in the oven for 5 hours at 50 degrees, then you put the turkey on the pot and put stuffing in it and moosh it up and then you put it in the oven again for five minutes, and it is done."

From Brooke Wandler, who thinks in large quantities and had better have plenty of water available — "Ingredients: 5 lb. Salt, 5 lb. Teriyaki sauce, 30 lb. Turkey, Grease, Stuffing.

"Steps: 1. First take the bones out of the turkey and sprinkle the salt.

2. Grease the pan.

3. Put the turkey in the oven for 50 minutes and the temperature on 40 degrees.

4. Take the turkey out of the oven and cut it up for everyone to have a piece.

5. Finally we can have a feast."

The recipes were compiled into cookbooks and sent home with the students.

MacDonald encouraged the students to make sure their parents see the children’s recipes to get some ideas before they go shopping.

The students seemed to like the writing process, which included a first draft that they edited, followed by a final draft. Misspelled words were corrected in the rough draft, and students wrote those words into the individual dictionaries that each maintain.

Writing recipes helped the students organize their thoughts and present them in a logical sequence, MacDonald said.

While the exercise had specific learning objectives, it was also a timely project for students to enjoy the November holiday.

"I think it’s a nice way for parents and for us to have fun with learning," MacDonald said.

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