- Associated Press - Friday, July 15, 2016

DECATUR, Ill. (AP) - Making an omelet can be as easy as cracking eggs.

“I saw this in a video online,” said D’Aunniah Powell, 17, a recent graduate of Eisenhower High School, who is headed to Millikin University in the fall to study biology. She’s a counselor at Camp Connections, meeting at Hope Academy this summer, and taught a group of kids how to make omelets in muffin tins.

First, the kids learned to crack eggs and carefully pour the contents into a bowl. She showed them how to stir them up and to not be afraid to stir vigorously so the yolks and whites would mix together. One child sprayed the paper muffin cups with olive oil, then they spooned eggs into the cups and added their desired toppings, choosing from tomato, cheese, mushrooms, green pepper or, as one child said, “a little bit of everything.”

Camp Connections’ theme this summer is making healthy choices, and what you eat is a big part of that, said Leslie Woolsey, the facilitator. They’ve already discussed snacks and tried healthy alternatives such as carrots dipped in ranch dressing instead of salty, fatty potato chips or hot fries.

The adults did the chopping of the vegetables, with the kids watching closely as Woolsey, Powell and Millikin University student Ronesha Moore explained what they were doing. As Woolsey showed the youth how to slice vegetables, she warned them that knives are sharp and it takes practice to use one safely.

Once the egg was in the muffin cups and the veggies added, the whole thing goes into the oven for 15 to 20 minutes, until the egg is firm, Powell said.

Braeden Apholone, 9, has some cooking experience, having made pizza and kettle chips, among other things, in previous camps.

“I like it,” he said of the cooking process, and he doesn’t even mind the cleanup chores. When Powell asked for a volunteer to do the dishes, his was the first hand in the air.

Fellow camper Nadia Currie, 8, teased Braeden about the kettle chips. She remembers making them, too.

“They were nasty the first time,” she said, and Braeden agreed, with a chuckle, that their first batch didn’t turn out, but the second one did, he said.

“A lot of kids want to cook, but they just haven’t had the experience of cooking,” Woolsey said. “We wanted to give them a hands-on experience. It’s kind of hard to divide everything up with so many kids, but we’re working and they’re taking turns.”

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Source: (Decatur) Herald & Review, https://bit.ly/293q61q

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Information from: Herald & Review, https://www.herald-review.com


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