The Case for Universal Breakfast: It Really Is the Most Important Meal of the Day!
    January 4, 2012
    The Case for Universal Breakfast: It Really Is the Most Important Meal of the Day!

    By: Chef Ann Cooper and Sunny Young Eating a full and substantial breakfast can change your day. It can take you from a groggy and tired state to a ready-to-conquer the world mentality in minutes. It …

    Can a French Fry Nation Embrace a Rainbow of Vegetables?
    December 12, 2011
    Can a French Fry Nation Embrace a Rainbow of Vegetables?

    By Chef Ann Cooper & Chef Beth Collins Walk into any typical public school cafeteria these days and you will see one staple across the board: French Fries. According to the USDA’s School Nutriti…

    What’s For School Lunch? High Fat – High Sugar – High Salt!
    September 13, 2010
    What’s For School Lunch? High Fat – High Sugar – High Salt!

    The Story of the USDA commodity food program in schools. One issue not often alluded to in discussions of fixing school lunch across the US is the USDA commodity food program.  This program was desig…

    Chicken Caesar Wrap Recipe
    July 27, 2010
    Chicken Caesar Wrap Recipe

    [star-rating][yields] Wraps have become some of the great “to-go” foods of our times—they seem suddenly to be everywhere. If packing this wrap in the morning for lunch at school, either dress it…

    Family Favorite Caesar Dressing Recipe
    July 19, 2010
    Family Favorite Caesar Dressing Recipe

    [star-rating][yields] Any dressing can be packed in a school lunch to be used as a dip for vegetables. This traditional Caesar dressing is sure to become a family favorite no matter how you serve it. …

    Vegetable Fried Rice Recipe
    July 19, 2010
    Vegetable Fried Rice Recipe

    [star-rating][yields] < Fried rice is an Asian specialty that is made from rice that has been cooked and refrigerated overnight before being fried with a variety of other ingredients. It’s important…

    Fun and Flavorful Vegetable Fajitas Recipe
    July 19, 2010
    Fun and Flavorful Vegetable Fajitas Recipe

    [star-rating][yields] Fajitas are a fun way to allow children some choice in putting together their meals. Consider adding chicken, beef or shrimp to the marinade for variety. Other spring and summer …

    Delicious Frittata with Spinach, Mushrooms, and Cheese Recipe
    July 19, 2010
    Delicious Frittata with Spinach, Mushrooms and Cheese Recipe

    [star-rating][yields] Frittata is the best kind of omelet because there’s no flipping involved. We make them in cast iron pans and bring them to the table right in the pan where we (more…)…

    Food, Family, Farming Foundation
    December 20, 2009
    Food, Family, Farming Foundation

    I helped to found the Food, Family, Farming Foundation (F3) so my vision for The Lunch Box Project (www.thelunchbox.org) could become a reality.  The Lunch Box is an accessible web portal toolkit, fr…

    Why Do We Need to Sell Soda to Kids?
    June 19, 2009
    Why Do We Need to Sell Soda to Kids?

    I recently heard that the superintendent of a large school district signed a contract with Coke, which would allow soda, sugar water and other drinks into the 72 schools of the district. The district …

    California’s Budget Woes Equals Cuts on Our Children’s Plates
    June 18, 2009
    California’s Budget Woes Equals Cuts on Our Children’s Plates

    Yet again last night I found myself discussing the Nutrition Services budget for the Berkeley Unified School District. Berkeley has been extremely supportive in its efforts to bring healthy food to al…

    Joan Gussow – Organic Twinkies and Now Organic Gummy Worms
    June 17, 2009
    Joan Gussow – Organic Twinkies and Now Organic Gummy Worms

    I grew up as a chef under the tutelage of male European chefs, because in 1977 when I entered the esteemed halls of the Culinary Institute of America – male European chefs dominated the educational …

    The National School Lunch Program – Time For A Makeover!
    June 16, 2009
    The National School Lunch Program – Time For A Makeover!

    Sometime in late 2009 or early 2010, the government will vote to reauthorize the Child Nutrition Act, which funds the National School Lunch Program (NSLP). I believe that the NSLP is in need of a comp…

    Lunch Lessons
    June 15, 2009
    Lunch Lessons

    Not a day goes by without the media addressing America’s growing obesity crisis, and lately the discussion has settled on our children. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has reported that if Ame…