“I’m so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers,” L.M. Montgomery, Anne of Green Gables.

What a fantastic quote- and so true… The sweet smells of cinnamon applesauce, spiced pumpkin everything and savory, rich, harvest soups. October is the perfect month to get into the kitchen and enjoy the season’s bounty. To celebrate fall’s favorite foods, we have added even more classes with special Halloween treats. We also have two guest chefs teaching this month- explore sushi and holiday meals with Chefs Amiga and John. There is definitely a class for all this month at Edible Education.

Healthfully yours,
Chef Ann Butler
Founder – Edible Education

Cooking Tip of the Day: Are Pumpkins Fruits or Vegetables?

-Pumpkins are usually orange but can sometimes be yellow, white, green or red.
-As a food, pumpkin can be baked, roasted, steamed or boiled.
-Scientifically speaking, pumpkins are a fruit (they contain seeds) but when it comes to cooking, they are often referred to as vegetables.
-Pumpkin soup is popular, as are roasted pumpkin seeds.
-Pumpkin pie is a sweet dessert that originates in North America and is traditionally eaten during harvest time and holidays such as Thanksgiving and Christmas.

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Monthly Recipes: October

Pumpkin Muffins

Prep Time: 15 minutes Cooking Time: 15 minutes Prep Time: 30 minutes
  • 1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 t baking soda
  • 3/4 t ground ginger
  • 1/2 t baking powder
  • 1/2 t ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 t salt
  • 1/8 t ground cloves
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup canned pumpkin
  • 1/2 cup low-fat buttermilk
  • 1/4 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 large egg
  • 2/3 cup sweetened dried cranberries, chopped
  • Step 1 Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  • Step 2 Line a 12 cup muffin tin with muffin wrappers or spray with nonstick cooking spray.
  • Step 3 In a large bowl, combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, ginger, cloves, cranberries and cinnamon.
  • Step 4 In a medium bowl combine sugar, pumpkin, buttermilk, brown sugar, canola oil and egg.
  • Step 5 Make a well in the dry ingredients and pour in your pumpkin mixture. Stir until just moist.
  • Step 6 Fill muffin cups ⅔ to ¾ full. Bake for 16-18 minutes.

Yields 12 muffins


Fruity Fractions

Prep Time: 15 minutes Cooking Time: 5 minutes Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • 12 mini pita breads (1 per student)
  • 3 pears, thinly sliced (1/4 pear per student)
  • 6 slices of muenster cheese (1/2 slice per student)
  • 6 t honey (1/2 t per student)
  • Olive oil for brushing
  • Step 1 Give each student a mini bread, brush with olive oil and cut into quarters or eighths
  • Step 2 Have students work together to cut pears in half and then in quarters. Give each student a quarter and slice the pear thinly.
  • Step 3 Add a slice of muenster cheese to each pita triangle and top with pear slice.
  • Step 4 Lightly drizzle and small amount of honey over pita.
  • Step 5 Bake in toaster oven at 450 F for 5 minutes or until pear is soft and cheese is bubbly. Enjoy!

Serves 12

Creamy Squash & Pear Soup

Prep Time: 15 minutes Cooking Time: 15 minutes Prep Time: 30 minutes
  • 1 Vidalia onion, chopped
  • 2 sliced pears
  • 1 1/2 lbs. butternut squash, diced, no skin
  • 2 t butter
  • 2 1/2 cups vegetable broth
  • 1/2 t salt
  • 1/2 t fresh ginger
  • 1 seeded jalapeño pepper, if desired.
  • Step 1 In a large stock pot combine butter, diced onion, pears and squash. Cook until tender.
  • Step 2 Remove and puree in a food processor, adding 1/2 cup of vegetable broth if needed.
  • Step 3 Put back into stock pot and add remaining ingredients. If you want to kick it up a bit, add the jalapeno pepper with the onion mixture so it is pureed.
  • Step 4 Serve with crème fraiche and garnish of thinly sliced pear.

Pumpkin Milkshake

Prep Time: 5 minutes Cooking Time: 10 minutes Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • 8 cups of vanilla ice cream
  • 4 T vanilla
  • 4 T pumpkin
  • 2 T cinnamon
  • 3 cup of milk, almond, or soy milk
  • Step 1 Combine all the ingredients in a blender and whirl away!
  • Step 2 Garnish with a little whipped cream, cinnamon and pumpkin spice if desired.


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Who: There are three groups of people who are successful Edible Educators™.

  • Foodpreneurs  These serious foodies are people with a passion for changing how the next generation thinks about food.
  • After-school Providers — These folks love working with kids and benefit greatly from bringing the Edible Education™ experience to their program. Not only do they add a wonderful regular educational activity to their curriculum, they earn extra money for their program during the school year, and during summer’s, too!
  • Dieticians and Health Coaches — These experienced professionals are able to couple their deep knowledge of nutrition with our proven chef-created curriculum. We not only teach the how to be chefs, we help them add a hands-on cooking lessons to their sessions with adult clients, as well as hospital and aging patients.


School Enrichment

kids measuringSchool enrichment classes never tasted so good.  Our classes are one hour and are offered in 5 or 6 week sessions. Students enjoy themed cooking lessons with seasonal and sensational foods, for students K-G8.

The Edible Education hands-on curriculum gives students confidence in the kitchen. Students prepare three to four recipes per class.

Our trained chefs provide step-by-step, age appropriate, hands-on instruction for your kids, which makes learning to cook real food fun for everyone! (more…)