Texas has a Blog!

The Apple Pie is HERE!!!!

Who can answer  this question…How to make an Apple Pie and See the World?

This week kids in Texas kids read a book that perfectly summed up our Global Cooking, Global Fun project. They read How to Make an Apple Pie and See the World by Marjorie Priceman and it reminded them of what they have been doing. In this book the main character travels around the world trying to obtain the most fresh ingredients in order to bake an apple pie. Like in this story, they also baked an apple pie and virtually traveled the world.

Here you can see the cover of the book and fresh Smith apples for the Apple Pie!

Get to know why apple pies are a symbol of American culture

Cakes are big on birthdays, cookies are best with milk, and a tub of ice cream can cure any bad day. However, it’s the “pie” that has made its way into our American food culture, becoming a symbol of home, tradition and America!
Pies are the ultimate home-baked treat; the smell of a freshly baked pie cooling on the windowsill is marked in the memory of many Americans.  It’s become such a national symbol of our food heritage that a familiar phrase was made: “As American as apple pie.”
A pie is a baked dish made with a pastry dough casing, filled with many sweet or savory ingredients.When the pilgrims came to America they adapted their native pie traditions to their new homeland.
The Pilgrims brought apple seeds with them as well, and when they matured into flourishing fruit trees, apple pie quickly dominated the American table because the fruit was easy to dry and store in barrels during the winter.
Perhaps one of the contributors to making apple pies an “American” dessert is John Chapman, a man you probably know better as Johnny Appleseed. Born in Massachusetts in 1774,Chapman travelled through America planting apple orchards. Chapman’s beloved apples became “American” by association.
Whatever the symbolism and emotion associated with apple pie, the fruity pastry continues to have a special place in American  history.
A good apple pie involves selecting the correct types of apples along with the right sweetness and mix of spices. But there’s another key ingredient that makes apple pie special to so many Americans. The love and the care that people put into appleit is what makes it really good.

By Ms Deboer.

What gives America a sense of National identity?

After all the analysis kids inTexas chose The Apple Pie as the most representative dish.They  had some great discussions and lots to think about.
They learned that some of their national food are related to patriotic celebrations, where foods like hamburgers, pizza, hot dogs, and apple pies are very popular.

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Students in Ms Deboer´s class have done research about the things that give them national identity

They read two books, Happy Birthday America and History Behind the Holidays. Both books talk about America’s Independence Day (4th of July). They tell us how most people celebrate this special holiday and the kind of food they eat. After reading these books, they realized that some of them do not celebrate The 4th of July the same way most Americans do because their families come from other countries and their food is different.They continued by researching  two very traditional American dishes, “The Hamburger” and “The Apple Pie“. They learned that these two dishes were created in the U.S. but the idea was brought here by people who came to America from other countries.As a group they have decided to prepare apple pie as our national dish because they think is a great  symbol of their country. That’s why they made the phrase:        As American as apple pie”
 They also focus on these two questions:

What foods are important in our country and why?

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The All American Burger


A soft, toasted bun… crisp, cool lettuce… sweet, vine-ripened tomatoes… and in the middle of it all, a juicy seasoned beef patty. Widely hailed as “America’s favorite food,” the history of the hamburger is filled with mythology.

Many folks have claimed they were the first to place a ground beef patty between two slices of white bread.Who wouldn’t want to be responsible for inventing such a beloved American treat? Sadly, we don’t know who the true burger originator is.

However, we do know a lot about how this classic sandwich became so popular in America, where billions are eaten each and every year.

Many people think that the hamburger  was created in Hamburg, Germany. While the inspiration for the hamburger came from Hamburg, the sandwich concept was invented much later in the United States.

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People in Hamburg used to chop beef and make steak patties to eat. Later, when German immigrants arrived in America they would prepare the steak patties as a family meal. Many years later people began to put the steak patties between two pieces of bread or buns and that’s when the American burger was born.

Today hamburgers can be found in nearly every part of the world. Over time the concept has evolved, and meat patties are decorated with an endless variety of creative, tasty toppings.

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However, the hamburger continues to be an American classic and people enjoy eating it especially during patriotic holidays!

By Ms Deboer´s class

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Ms Deboer´s class is working on a great blog! Do not miss it!

These kids share the food they eat on holidays and I love  when they say:

“We think it’s very important to eat together as a family because we show our love and friendship. “

What do you think?

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Look how concentrated they all are!

Argentinian Classes on the Move


Have a look at the backstage! Making alfajores. Tutorial ….Coming soon!!

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When thinking of sweet traditional treat Students thought of churros, tortas fritas , pastelitos and alfajores. Kids decided to cook what we call ALFAJORES DE MAICENA

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This yummy treat will be cooked by kids in Ms Pugente`s class

After doing research and reading about the important foods in our community and thinking of the dishes that give Argentinian a national identity, kids conclude that they will present EMPANADAS DE CARNE

This dish will be cooked by Ms Martinez´ class

Now have fun following the steps of the empanadas! Backstage full of laughter and fun!

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When there are rainy days in Argentina we love cooking and eating TORTAS FRITAS. Now  it is Autumn and there are lot´s of rainy days… great moments for a treat!




Students in Ms Pugente´s class are listing many traditional foods

Argentinian  asado is famous , we generally gather with our families on Sunday and eat asado all together.


Look who is here making asado? Do you know him?

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Meet the class from Australia

 Mr Michaeil says that while shopping today in Sydney Australia he saw a shop dedicated to churros!! They were delicious!  He found out 80% of Ss in Austrslia have had churros too (in Australia).
Mr Michaeil, his class and their parents (& grandparents) are  deciding on what their national (or local) dish is. Modern Australia is heavily influenced by their British heritage, and also draws much from America … and the many immigrants that have made Australia home. This is why they don’t really have “a dish” that represents Australia. He thinks the Aussie BBQ (sort to similar to asado) is winning at the moment.
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It is really interesting to know that within 4km of where he lives  he can choose to dine at these restaurants:
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And also “modern Australian” which includes fish
/ seafood, meats, pasta, etc.

This is not so in Argentina, what about the place where you live?

Possum Magic: A classic Australian book that features many “Aussie” foods.




kids in Sidney tell the rest of the classes about their favourite food 


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This is a very funny conversation I have had with Mr Michaeil. Australia is very far away from Argentina, however He has tried  CHURROS  in London and in Spain!! You can read this conversation in #tastylife16

Some facts about Chicago

Children in Chicago are really interested in the project!  They are in second grade and they have shown to be hard workers!

This is an amazing board they have prepared to share traditional dishes!!


In Ms Griffin´s class kids have worked in groups and on different dishes;for example some kids wanted to share the “Chicago Hot Dog”

This is a sweet recipe It seems to be delicious!

Some other dishes such as cheesecake, swedish pancakes, potatoe pancakes ( that was suggested by a kid who comes from Poland and even a another dish called Sosa have been presented by the rest of the kids.

Deep Dish Pizza
The difference between Chicago Deep Dish Pizza and other pizza is that the crust is very deep. It usually is about 3 inches deep we eat a lot ofpizza chicago pizza and this looks.

Continue reading Some facts about Chicago

Thinking about food and traditions

Food plays a very important role in our daily lives. What we select to eat and how we prepare it is closely connected to our individual cultural heritage, as well as , our National heritage.
Not only what we eat but how we eat varies from one place to another and what is considered acceptable in one country may  be seen inappropriate  in an other.
Fostering an understanding of food traditions, considered by some groups as an indispensable aspect of culture, may help students become more aware of cultural differences and allow them to enrich their individual views as regards food options.

From a Global Perspective:

Why do people value food traditions?

What role does culture play at the moment of deciding on our typical food?

How does food  and eating habits impact on different celebrations all over the world?

( Consider festivals, religious festivities, funerals or weddings)

From a Local Perspective:

What foods are important in your community and why?

What dishes give your country a sense of National Identity?

From an Individual Perspective:

What traditions does your family have at the moment of eating ?

What traditional family recipes can you mention?