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Dinner Time

Soup's on again at ArtMill! Daniel Munter, our beloved dinner cook has taken a vacation from his job in New York to feed the hungry mouths at ArtMill for the fourth time!  This is his 'guest blog post' which offers a glimpse into his experience here this summer.

 

Cooking at ArtMill is great. There are about two dozen mouths to feed here, and after an afternoon of tearing around the lawn, hauling firewood and swimming in the lake, those mouths are pretty hungry. Some of the campers' palates are rather "refined," though -- meaning they're used to refined foods like potato chips, donuts and ketchup!

 

It's my job to convince them that healthy, natural foods are tastier than that. Luckily for me, that's easy to do when you have a garden full of tasty, ripe, organic produce right outside the kitchen! Our soups have fresh onions and herbs. Our salads have spinach and carrots that were just picked. And who can say no to homemade, homegrown rhubarb cobbler?

 

With so many arts and crafts projects going on each day, there's a wonderful feeling of creativity throughout the camp. And, since we have campers from all over the world, we all have to figure out how to communicate across cultures. (Kids are somehow very good at this.) I try to design our menus to reflect that spirit of "multi-culti": our meals are inspired by the cuisines of Italy (lasagna and minestrone), Mexico (tacos and tortilla soup), America (veggie burgers and corn chowder), as well as Greece, France, the Czech Republic and others.

 

When you combine a creative atmosphere, curiosity about different cultures, and perfectly fresh and ripe local ingredients, cooking up delicious and healthy food is... easy as pie!

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2012-07-11 - 14:04:00  by alexkatis

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