An American classic through and through, Mac N’ Cheese has become a staple pantry item for many. While most of us have wandered far off the path of the homemade “real cheese” variety, opting instead for the heavily processed, powdered versions fed to us by the heavy hitters and money makers of the processed food world, we can still say “Yes!” to homemade deliciousness and “Pass” to the undernourishing, overhyped bore of the boxed variety. Let’s take those boxes off the shelves, and get the real deal into our bellies, using nutritious, healthy and whole ingredients. Show your teens how delectable real Mac N’ Cheese tastes (aka how Mac N’ Cheese should taste) while proving to them how simple it is to make. Make that go-to meal all that it should be: quick, simple, mouth-watering, and as healthy as can be. Put the “mmm” back in the mac(aroni).
Recipes: Marjoram Tomato Mac N’ Cheese; Cilantro-Chipotle Mac N’ Cheese; Winter Herb Gourmet Macaroni N’ Cheese
Class Type: Teen chef, hands-on cooking class
Class Notes: Teens learn how to make healthy food at home
Noted Herb Expert and Managing Director of Ger-Nis International, Nissa Pierson, is a food enthusiast in the kitchen and wants to share her love of food with kids of all ages through the “Kids in the Kitchen” program at the Culinary & Herb Center. In addition to traveling the world seeking fresh herb conversation for her business, she is a noted cooking instructor specializing in fresh herbs as well as passionate in proving that the art of eating and cooking well is a relatively simple process that takes only enthusiasm and some tid-bits of knowledge. Besides being a passionate teacher of fresh herbs, organics and Fair-trade, she enjoys good conversation and debates, kickboxing, the ocean and surfing, and submerging herself in the food and culture of the world. Contact Nissa