Cooking Up Kindness & Raising more than $10,000 for the International Rescue Committee

Copyright (c) 2017 Ted Weinstein. All Rights Reserved.

Big, big news from A Little Yumminess! We are incredibly thrilled that our inaugural “A Little Kindness” community fundraising dinner exceeded our wildest expectations, raising $10,600 for critical work that the International Rescue Committee  (IRC) is doing to help refugees here in the Bay Area and around the world. This cause is so very near and dear to our hearts and we believe strongly in the mission of the IRC. We urge you to visit their website and learn more!

Copyright (c) 2017 Ted Weinstein. All Rights Reserved.

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Rice Bowls with Vietnamese Meatballs

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We love rice bowls and our dinner often ends up looking like the above photograph.  This meatball recipe was recently featured in the San Jose Mercury as part of a Vietnamese meatball sandwich (banh mi) and gets made a bunch around here.

Served with toothpicks, these meatballs would be great for a cocktail party as well.  Since we make them in the oven, the mess is minimal.  A fried or boiled egg would make this rice bowl even yummier! Continue reading

2017 Summer Camp!

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We’ve plunged right into the New Year, with teaching, planning and cooking, and we are more excited than ever to launch our summer camp for this year.

Join us for lots more food, cooking and culture: younger kids (entering 1st thru 4th grades) will explore world cuisines from Greece, to Cuba, to Malaysia and older kids (entering 4th thru 7th grades) will take inspiration from celebrated local chefs. We hope to see you this summer!
Click the links below to register or get complete camp details by visiting www.alittleyum.com/camp/.

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Happy Holidays & See You Next Year

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It’s amazing how fast this year has gone by.  Someone said to me recently that the years seem to whiz by faster as one gets older – that’s so true.  We are hoping to keep it slow and simple these holidays, to pause and reflect, and think about how to make ourselves better, and by extension the world better.

We are also looking forward to next year and all the cooking fun we have planned with little ones and grown-ups.  There are many new ideas and plans we have up our sleeves, and hopefully some of them will work out.  Meanwhile, please note the dates below if your kids can join us, we’d love to cook with them.


Jan. 16, 2017 — MLK, JR. HOLIDAY CAMP: “AMERICAN CLASSICS” 

How would your kids like to spend the day cooking great American classics to celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr. Day?  Your kiddos will learn to cook Americana favorites from classic mac and cheese to apple pie.…. and with a nod of our ever-changing country and food traditions, we will also have fun creating a modern-fusion version of each dish to serve alongside the original. 

Jan. 17, 2017 — Asian Noodle Bowls

Join us for day of the ultimate comfort food – Asian Noodle Bowls and some other favorites from Asian restaurants.

Feb 9 & Feb 10, 2017 — “Everyday Indonesian” at 18 Reasons
Learn how to create a true and truly good Indonesian meal at home! This is a menu you can whip up fairly quickly when you tire of your nightly routine, or when you want to impress some friends for a casual gathering.

SUMMER CAMP 2017
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We’d love to be part of your summer plans. Registration for 2017 Summer Camps will go live in January.  In the meantime, Save the Date! All camps will run 9am-3pm and take place in SF/Noe Valley:

  • Jul 10-14, 2017 : Cook the Cookbook: Bay Area chefs (entering 4th-7th grades)
  • July 17-21, 2017 : Cook the Cookbook: Bay Area chefs (entering 4th-7th grades)
  • July 24-28, 2017: Around the World (entering 1st-4th grades)
  • July 31-August 4, 2017: Around the World (entering 1st-4th grades)

If you would like to be notified when registration goes live, please join our mailing list HERE.

Happy Holidays!

MLK Day Cooking Camp – American Classics

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How would your kids like to spend the day cooking great American classics to celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr. Day?  Your kiddos will learn to cook Americana favorites from classic mac and cheese to apple pie.…. and with a nod of our ever-changing country and food traditions, we will also have fun creating a modern-fusion version of each dish to serve alongside the original.
 
Registration link: https://www.activityhero.com/widgets/558 – – 1st to 6th Grade
 
Even if you have the day off – send your kids to cook with us and enjoy a child-free, relaxing day by yourself!

Easy Weeknight Cooking: Asian Fish Parcels

asian-fish-parcels_blog-2This super easy recipe is one that our kids can make by themselves in the kitchen.  And easy in this case, doesn’t mean lacking in taste at all.  It’s the perfect combination of French technique (“en papillote) and Asian ingredients.  It’s kind of an origami project for the kids to wrap up the fish in foil or parchment.  The drama of opening the packets table-side always impresses everyone.  You can omit the chile paste if you want to, to make the dish more palatable to little taste buds.  Happy weekend!

Check out the recipe on San Jose’s Mercury’s Quick Dinner Weeknight Cooking section……

Upcoming Cooking Day Camps

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Photo by TPM Photography

With summer behind us, we’re looking forward to more culinary adventures this fall when schools are out for teacher training, parent teacher conferences and public holidays.  We’ll be exploring the cuisines of India (think Indian Street Food and an Indian Tea Party!), Japanese food through the amazing cuisine of Harumi Kurihara, the cuisine of Thailand and the unique food traditions of Scandinavia.

Hope your kids can join us for some of the day camps below, or let us know if you’re interested in organizing a class around your school’s schedule. [We love cooking with parents too….evening cooking classes, parents’ night out activities, etc.] Email us at alittleyum@yahoo.com.

Indian Street Food (Oct 10) – 2nd to 6th grades

Indian Tea Party (Oct 11) – K-3rd grades

Indian Street Food (Oct 12):  2nd to 6th grades

Food of Scandinavia (Nov 2): 1st to 5th grades

Flavors of Thailand (Nov 3): 1st to 5th grades

Indian Street Food (Nov 4): 1st to 5th grades

Great Chefs of the World – Japanese Cuisine – Harumi Kurihara (Nov 10th) – 1st to 5th grades

Flavors of Thailand (Nov 11): 1st to 5th  grades