Times, they are a changing.
Case in point, the Culinary Arts Class at Warren County High School. When I was in school, we had Home Economics. I remember baking cupcakes and the teacher showing us how to make roses out of icing, an art I haven’t conquered 30 years later.
We can talk about the way things used to be, the difficulties, the high and low points. When I do it, I feel like I should have started that story out with “when I was your age” and thrown in “we had to walk uphill to school both ways” somewhere.
Seriously though, cupcakes are all I remember doing in that class – baking cupcakes once and attempt-ing to make roses from icing. Some called it domestic science – really two words that don’t go well together. There’s really no science to being domestic. It’s not rocket science. However, after thinking about it, I have known people who would benefit from a class or two.
Home Economics is not what these high school students are doing today. I attended the Legislative Session at the high school Tuesday night. I walked in and these teenagers in Culinary Art Class are in chef’s hats and white coats looking very professional. The food was awesome – no cupcakes anywhere. They had tasty little sandwiches, buffalo chicken rollups, fruit salad, veggies, queso dip with rotel, chips, and the best cookies I’ve had in a while.
State Rep. Paul Sherrell made a comment that said it best. He said, “We do want to say a very special thank you to all these students and faculty that fixed a great meal for us here this evening. I think you can’t beat that at Krogers, as far as I’m concerned. That was really good.”
No offense to Kroger, because you do a good job. Kroger is where my mom insisted on me buying her coconut cakes. She loved them. Haven’t purchased one since she passed away in 2009. Now I want a coconut cake. That’s the power of suggestion. Give me a minute while I try to undo that damage …
Obviously, students these days aren’t being handed some sprinkles for their cupcakes. This class teaches nutrition, cooking techniques, seasonings and flavorings, culinary laws, safety and sanitation principles and food-service career opportunities. I think that’s wonderful.
It seems to be a very popular class. Maybe that’s due to all the cooking shows on TV. “Iron Chef” and “Chopped” and “Hell’s Kitchen.” Not sure who would want to be on that last one. I’ve seen it. Gordon Ramsey can make your career but first he’s going to break you. He’s downright mean.
If Culinary Art students are reading this, I wouldn’t be opposed to a dozen of those white chocolate chip macadamia nut or chocolate chip cookies delivered to the Standard. Please ask for me and trust no one. These people can’t be trusted when the safe delivery of tasty cookies is concerned. Again, trust no one.
Standard reporter Lisa Hobbs can be reached at 473-2191.