A note to self – Do not deviate from lesson plans that work well!!! Not ever! I got the bright idea from somewhere to let my classes make muffins from scratch the very first time they were in the lab. It was a big mistake. Don’t get me wrong. Their muffins were very good, it was just so hectic. They are not familiar with the people in their group. They know where very little equipment is in the kitchen. They are not familiar with the equipment. So no matter how smart and energetic my students are the first lab has to be something very simple to do. It’s too much for five group members times six kitchens. And please don’t let one group have what they think is an emergency and my assistance is needed in their kitchen. For example, an oven gets magically turned off or a glass is broken or the timer is hard to set!
It was an exhausting day for me, but the students really enjoyed themselves. I heard one young man saying has he was putting on his apron, “Man, I feel just like Bobby Flay!” That was priceless. Every group was excited in their own way. After all these years it never ceases to amaze me how they all cannot wait to hear what I have to say about what they have prepared! How did they do? Some were better than others, but we have an entire semester and a lot of learning to do! I am ready and I know they are , too. Here is the recipe we used today if you want to check it out. Now here are the results and if you like vote for the group that you felt did the best job. Of course, that’s not going to be a true test of quality. Some may taste good but look bad and some can look bad but taste great!