WHAT'S COOKIN-December 2015

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Prior Lake Managers and Assitant Managers come together to learn new techniques

November 13th we learned that in fact too many cooks, DO NOT spoil the soup! All managers and assistants gathered for a day of learning new techniques with Chef Marshall O'Brien. One of the techniques discussed was how to incorporate raw chicken we season and cook (versus pre-cooked chicken that is thawed) into new and existing recipes. The goal this year will be to transition some of our recipes to using chicken we cook versus pre cooked. The benefit is a more quality and better tasting product to students.

Training On New Recipes and Equipment

Chef Adam Klosterman with Apex Co. spent the day at Prior Lake High School training on their new tilt skillet. He and the crew cooked up Homemade Spicy Jambalaya (see recipe below-we added chicken and red peppers as well). Twin Oaks and Hidden Oaks also received brand new tilt skillets this fall. The teams at these schools will be using them to make more homemade type dishes as well as taking advantage of flavor improvements that this type of cooking method can provide like sauteing, browning, and stir frying.
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Elementaries celebrate election day

Election day was celebrated in the lunch room on November 3rd. Schools served up some fun and let the kids "elect" which was their favorite. Schools reported it was a close race, but blue was the clear winner!

Local MSNA Chapter Dan Patch has a new Historian

Congratulations to Emily Malone on becoming the new historian for our local chapter for MSNA, Dan Patch! In her new position she will be in charge of documenting all events for the chapter as well as most publications related to marketing. Thank you for volunteering for this position and representing Prior Lake!

Upcoming Events for December

December 2nd: Dan Patch meeting at 3:45-Celebrating Diversity

December 10th, 2:30-3:30: All Employee meeting at the District Service Center

December 23rd-January 1st : Enjoy the Holiday Break!

Servsafe classes begin January 25th. If you are needing a 4 hour refresher to renew your Food Manager Certificate through the MN Department of Health, please contact Linda Roach 952-226-0009, to register for class as well.

Minnesota Department of Education Newsletter

Below is a link to the MN Department of Education, Food & Nutrition publication "The Lunch Line". Check it out to learn more about new ideas, changes, and updates regarding the National School Lunch Program.

Don't Miss Out on These Learning Opportunities Worth CEU's!

Check out SNA's upcoming webinars for December. Webinar Wednesdays cover a host of school nutrition best practices, hot topics and provide concrete ideas to benefit your program. As an added benefit, you earn CEUs for attending. Additionally, Talk Tuesdays are designed to help you take advantage of the many benefits of being a SNA member, such as new programs and services, member forums with SNA’s CEO and president and new educational and promotional tools you can use to enhance your school nutrition program.

Don’t miss out on these upcoming e-learning events:

Register for Upcoming Webinars

Grow, Learn and Celebrate with SNA Awards & SNF Scholarships
2:00 PM ET on Tuesday, December 1, 2015
Join us to learn how to take your career to the next level with SNF Scholarships and recognize the fantastic work of your staff and colleagues with the SNA Awards.
No CEUs are awarded for participating in this webinar.
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Media 101: Best Ways to Work with the Media
2:00 PM ET on Wednesday, December 9, 2015
School nutrition is making headlines - are you ready to help your program shine in the media spotlight?
Participation in this webinar is worth 1 SNA CEU.

Department of Defense (DoD) produce deliveries to begin

This has been in the works for quite awhile, so I'm ecstatic to announce it's finally here! Starting November 30th, all schools will be receiving their first Department of Defense fresh produce orders. Much of our commodity entitlement was allocated to go toward this program. With the addition of garden bars in all schools and the salad bar at the high school, our entitlement will be well spent. All produce that comes from this program is US grown, and some of it is even locally grown.

With fresh produce comes the the increased need to make sure we are handling it with care and keeping our customers safe. Proper washing and storage of produce is key. Visit the link below to view the archived webinar call "Managing Food Safety When Handling Fresh Produce in Schools". It is worth 1 ceu. The ceu form can be downloaded from this link as well. You will need to know your SNA log in and password. If you don't, just follow the steps on the website to create one.

Have a wonderful holiday season!

The holiday season is here again. This truly is the best time of the year to tell you all how awesome you are and how wonderful you all are in helping make our business of feeding kids so successful! Enjoy the season and know you make a difference every day.