Lynn will be leading the cooking classes efforts this year. She has held the first classes and is now waiting for Agustin to complete all the Viva Mexico renovations before she holds more classes. We are so fortunate to have Lynn take this on. She has lots of experience from her work in many countries and wants to include yoga, science lessons, and more.
Cheryl got rave reviews for her cooking classes. She took on the task of designing recipes that used the despensa items, such as soy and oats, in new and tasty ways. The extra ingredients needed for each recipe, such as chia seeds, could be easily and cheaply found right in San Juan Cosalá. Last year, Cheryl and her husband Jon Seaborg, funded the cooking lessons by themselves. This year, with the assistance of Paula Odom, a grant was received from a vegan organization, The Pollination Project, which allowed Cheryl to conduct 5 cooking lessons and provided the participants with the ingredients for each recipe. From soy ceviche to chocolate chia pudding, the meals were outstanding. The participants looked forward to each class and were able to make the dishes at home over the fire in one pot. Cheryl was careful to recognize that the families do not have ovens and fancy equipment, so she orchestrated each lesson to be a one pot or one bowl recipe with little fuss but great taste. How about Soy Sloppy Joes or overnight oatmeal or no bake peanut butter oatmeal cookies? From the homes of Operation Feed families, the answer has been a resounding “YES!”