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CEDAR RAPIDS — Kids Gazette Cooking Series is a great way to cook as a family.
Once a month, our host and guest chefs prepare and present an easy-to-follow recipe. This program will encourage skill building and activity as a family — all around the theme of food and food preparation. New shows are posted about once a month.
This month, our guest chefs made walking tacos. When people think November, they always think Thanksgiving. But did you know it’s also National Family Literacy Month? To honor that, our guests chefs were Executive Director of the Cedar Rapids Public Library Foundation Charity Tyler and her daughters Sam and Calli.
Reading recipes can help with reading comprehension and fluency and math, Charity said.
While cooking at Edgewood Road Hy-Vee in Cedar Rapids, Charity and her daughters talked about the fantastic things reading can do to bring families together and their favorite recipes.
Sam talked about her favorite book — “My Otter Half” — about a dog and an otter that go on adventures together. Calli’s talked about her favorite things to bake at home — cake and edible cookie dough.
The girls also talked about Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library, of which the Cedar Rapids Public Library Foundation is an affiliate. In the background, a cardboard cutout of Dolly Parton joins the chefs as a “sidekick,” Charity said.
Kids can be enrolled in the Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library through the Cedar Rapids Public Library from birth through age 5 and receive up to 60 free books.
“You need to learn to read to read to learn. Something the library and school system is focused on is third grade reading level, because that is when the content becomes such that you’re reading now to learn,” Charity said.
Ingredients for Walking Tacos:
- 1 lb. 90% lean ground beef
- Taco Seasoning
- Shredded lettuce
- Shredded cheese
- Sour Cream
- Variety bag of chips
- Brown the beef.
- Dice the vegetables.
- Drain the fat from the browned beef using a colander.
- Put the meat back in the pan and add taco seasoning. Follow the directions on the back of the back of the taco seasoning packet!
- Set up an assembly line. Open your bags of chips and crunch them gently before adding add meat to the bags.
- Add your toppings of tomato, onion, lettuce, cheese, salsa, sour cream and whatever other toppings you want.
- Ready, Set, Taste!
To view the full tutorial published Friday, Nov. 4, visit tinyurl.com/GazetteKidsCookingwalkingtacos.
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