Welcome to Summer!

Big things are happening all around BCS!

We're growing gardens
working with our new grant funded garden educator Kristin

experimenting and collecting




 and more.

Our classroom teachers are working with our amazing Atelierista Becca Mack to document their curriculum and classroom experiences in incredible, beautiful, and creative ways. You can check out several classroom projects including a Sound Map of our neighborhood - Burlington's Old North End - a video about paper explorations, and an excellent article about the BCS infants and their found object collections on the blog Archivista

In kitchen news, I've taken on a  (sort of) new role as Food Program Coordinator! I'll still be making lunch every day, but I'll also be working on lots of other projects, the food program budget, and hopefully getting some systems in place that will allow us to make more of our own food from scratch and serve even healthier, tastier snacks. I'm also going to have more time to blog and keep everyone updated on all the exciting things happening in the kitchen and beyond.

Please follow me on Instagram (bcs_lunch_lady) and on Facebook  (The lunch lady) for pictures and to check out what I'm cooking!

My favorite news of late - our community baking project. For the past few months I've been busy baking bread each week, with lots of help from our Preschoolers, Toddlers, and their teachers, to feed our BCS community. Our goal is to bake all of our own bread from scratch. This week we hit a milestone when we baked enough bread to make sandwiches for everyone at lunch time. That's 50 kids!  We are enjoying the delicious bread, and the sense of pride that comes from making our own food and sharing it together.

Today I worked with teachers Melissa and Courtney and Becca Mack to make fresh salsa with the Older Toddlers.  The toddlers have been interested in salsa and actually wrote their own recipe last week, guessing ingredients by looking at a jar of salsa they had in their classroom. They used tomatoes, apples, grapes, cheese, salt, and green beans. It looked really interesting! They weren't sure about the taste though, and the end result wasn't what they'd expected. Their teachers suggested they ask me how I make salsa! This morning we worked together on my recipe, using tomatoes, garlic, scallions, lime juice, cilantro and salt.

gathering ingredients

chopping garlic

scallions are tough to chop!

Smelling and tasting limes

squeezing limes

limes are sour, but we like them....?

squeezing takes concentration

looks good!

We had so much fun we're planning more recipe work for next month!

Fresh Salsa

4 plum tomatoes, chopped
1 bunch scallions, thinly sliced
1 large clove garlic, minced
3 Tbsp cilantro leaves, roughly chopped
juice of 1 lime
1 tsp salt

Toss all ingredients together in a large bowl. Let sit for at least 10 minutes before eating so the flavors can meld together.

Happy Summer!

photo credits: Becca Mack, Erinn Simon, Charles Winkleman, BCS teachers