Members of the Lincoln County 4-H Junior Gourmet Cooking Club revel in their year-end refreshing spread. Under the leadership of Melinda Houser, FCS Agent and Fran Senters, the youth have developed skills in food safety, hygiene, gourmet food preparation and presentation as well as healthy lifestyle. Throughout the year Junior Chefs have learned to create Pumpkin Dip, Popcorn Cookies, Rainbow Salad, Fruit and Yogurt Parfaits, Pumpkin and Vegetable Soup, Flounder and Fruity Critters. The grand finale included three salads containing Tuna, Chicken and Egg. These were displayed on a luscious bed of lettuce. Additionally, there was a fresh Strawberry Cream Cheese Spread, a refreshing topping for crackers or celery. Parent, Melissa Smith said, “Since participating in the Gourmet Cooking class, Anna has wanted to help me more in the kitchen. If she comes into the kitchen when I am cooking she will ask if I have washed my hands.” Another parent, Jennifer Wood and her daughters Brianna and Samantha made the parfaits for a church social. Several adults asked who had made the delicious parfaits and were please there was a healthy dessert available.
The Junior Gourmet Cooking Club will continue in September 2013. Youth ages 9-12 may participate in this 9 month experience. There is a one-time fee of $35.
For more information contact the 4-H office at 704-736-8458.