If you are a parent in the Lakewood/M-Street area you need to check into the Gourmet Girls And Guys Summer Cooking Camp. The Camp is run by Susan Hamm at her home on Monticello Avenue. And itâ€™s a great way to introduce your child to the wonderful art of cooking.
I visited a class in Susanâ€™s home on July 10. After craft time (the children made colorful aprons and beautiful cookbooks) everyone gathered in the kitchen and began preparing that dayâ€™s recipeâ€”apricot filled pastries. The appointed recipe reader read the recipe aloud while the head chef measured the ingredients. (Everyone gets his chance to be recipe reader and head chef during the camp.) The dough was rolled, cut, filled and folded into pinwheels, then popped into the oven while Susan explained the basic skills of pastry making.
Susan got the idea for the camp when her sister-in-law asked her to teach her 9-year-old niece to cook. Then her own daughter attended a creative camp in the M Street neighborhood. Susan says, â€œI thought a cooking camp would be a smart way to spend time with my child, as well as allowing me to share my interest in cooking and crafts with other children.â€
The camp has been a big successâ€”itâ€™s on its ninth year this summer. In addition to the crafts and cooking lessons, Susan takes the campers on field trips to local retailers like Dallas Farmers Market, Society Bakery, and Whole Foods.
Susan says, â€œI think the children enjoy the mix of structured and free-play time. They leave with a new comfort level in the kitchen. Cooking touches on so many life skills. Not all moms (or dads) know how to cook, so cooking can be a positive skill to share at home and throughout oneâ€™s life.â€
Have a child who would enjoy this camp? Contact Susan at 214.826.2002.
Ken Lampton, RE/MAX About Dallas
CRS (Certified Residential Specialist)
CDPE (Certified Distressed Property Expert)
The Expert on Dallas M-Street / Lakewood Homes