Materials fee includes food, chefs apron and chefs hat

Examples for Semester


1.  First Day Introductions, then Puppy Chow

2.  French Toast, Orange Juice, Fresh Fruit

3.  Macaroni and Cheese, Fresh Sliced Tomatoes and Rice Crispy Dipper Treats

4.  Strawberry Shortcake

5.  Spaghetti and Meatballs, Garlic Bread and Salad

6.  Fried Egg Sandwich, Hash Browns and Fruit Smoothie 

7.  Birthday Cupcakes

8.  Grilled Ham and Cheese and Creamy Tomato Soup 

9.  (Turkey) Pepperoni Pizza Almost-Paleo Brownies 

10.  Apple Crisp 

11.  Chicken Parmesan with Sautéed Vegetables

12.  Whole-Wheat Blueberry Pancakes and Oatmeal Fruit Bars

13.  Pork Chops, Carrots and Parsley Potatoes 

14.  Betty Crocker Apple Dumplings

15.  Kid-Friendly Turkey Burgers and Oatmeal

Chocolate Chip Cookies

16.  Chicken Fried Steak, Green Peas and Mashed Potatoes

Egg Scramble and Fresh Fruit

Chili and Cornbread

Personal Pizza and Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

Spaghetti and Meatballs

Waffle Sticks and Smoothies

Chicken Parmesan with Sauteed Vegetables

Apple Crisp or Apple Roses

Easter/Spring Treats

Breaded Pork Chops with Vegetables

Tortellini Alfredo

Sloppy Turkey Joes and Coleslaw

Teryaki Chicken Bowls with Rice

Tacos/Taco Salad with no back cookies

Mini Meatloaves

Cooking for Kids


Cooking for Kids K-5th Grade - Learn the basics and fun of cooking with kid friendly tools and equipment.  Students learn a new recipe each week then make food for our end of semester recital.


This is a fun and engaging hands-on cooking program that prepares kids for a lifetime of healthy eating by teaching them how to turn fresh, wholesome ingredients into healthy and delicious meals. 


Young chefs will have acquired cooking skills, techniques, methods and confidence they need to cook. In addition to learning to cook, kids also learn the basics of nutrition and how to make healthy food choices. 


Following the guidelines established by the USDA, young chefs learn about the five food groups, the building blocks of a healthy diet, as well as which foods to eat and not to eat as often.


Children experience pride and a sense of accomplishment as they learn how to prepare a meal they can share with their whole family!


“...I signed [my student] up for the cooking class because while she loves to bake she is a very picky eater with meats and veggies. I walked in yesterday to pick her up and she was eating her second meatball. And loving it. We have been trying for years to get her to eat a meatball. She's 1/2 Italian for pete's sake. Amazing! I love this.”


When:  Tuesdays - TBA

Who:  K-5th Graders

Location:  St. Joe's kitchen, transportation offered $25

Cost:  Please see Registration Page

Materials Fee:  $19/month- includes food

Time: 4-6pm (PRE)

Transportation:  Transportation will be offered from Freedom, Linton, Carrolltowne, Piney Ridge, and Eldersburg to class for a $25 transportation fee every 4 weeks.


Cooking Waivers

A parent/guardian must sign each waiver for their student(s) to participate in this program including the following:


Cooking Ingredients Waiver

Safety Procedures Waiver

General Waiver


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Transportation Form

A parent/guardian must sign the transportation form below if their student(s) needs transportation from their school to the Optimist Hall.


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Why is it important for kids to learn how to cook?

#1 Independence
Learning how to cook gives kids more independence on what they are eating.

#2 Enjoyment
Cooking is great fun!

#3 Sense of Achievement
The feeling of having done something good that comes after completing a self-cooked meal can be a big motivator.

#4 Chance to Experience New Tastes
When a student has most meals cooked for them by a parent, their choice is limited - they have to eat what their parents choose.  When they take up cooking for themselves, a whole new range of possibilities opens up.

 #5 Learning About Nutrition
One of the biggest benefits of learning to cook is the positive effects it can have for health.  When kids learn to cook they often learn about the properties of food they use in their creations.  This gives them better awareness of what's good for them and what isn't.