Chef Gino came by last week to teach the kids how to make mini pizzas and soda! We were especially excited because we really wanted to find an excuse to use our new solar oven. How’s that for being green? Our little solar oven was able to bake the little pizzas at around 350 degrees!

Here’s Chef Gino explaining the solar oven and pizza plans:



Think Geno’s going to just buy pre-made pizza dough? Where’s the fun in that?


Messes perfect for the garden


Mini pizza in cupcake liners


Shaking up their own soda (juice and soda water)


Kids waiting anxiously for their little pizzas

The pizzas turned out to be a huge success and easy! Try them at home!

Chef Gino’s Mini Pizza’s


  • flour
  • water
  • yeast
  • salt
  • sugar
  • tomato sauce
  • basil
  • cheese
  • ham
  • olives
  • cupcake liners

To make the dough: scoop approximately half a cup of flour on to your plate. Add a pinch of salt, yeast, and sugar. Mix in 2 tablespoons of water. (this is all approximations) mix together and the consistency shouldn’t be too sticky and should be able to roll easily into a ball. Play around with the water and flour to get the perfect consistency.

To make the pizza: take a little bit of the dough and flatten it to the bottom of the cupcake liner. Spread a some tomato sauce and add your toppings.

Pop it into your toaster oven and cook until ready.



This week, Chef Gino, one of our amazing volunteer chef, brought together a group of 2nd graders to make lettuce wraps and little cakes. Can’t have a proper meal without dessert right?


Chef Gino lead a great cooking lesson customized specifically for younger kids. You should try this very simple recipe at home:

Fresh Herb Cream Cheese Lettuce Wraps


  • whole lettuce leaves- washed and separated individually
  • bean sprouts
  • crushed peanuts
  • herbs (we picked dill, basil, oregano, rosemary)
  • cream cheese
  • carrots- thinly julienne
  • ham

Directions: Chop up herbs and mix into the cream cheese. Spread onto lettuce leaf (iceburg is very easy to use with kids). Toss in the rest of the ingredients of your choice. Wrap up like a burrito and eat.


Mint Tea: Mix in freshly washed mint leaves into hot water and honey. Great for a chilly day!