Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Becca Cooking the Receipes from Emeril--Culinary Arts Homebound School Class

Becca was watching Emeril share his reciepes with Good Morning America last week. She decided that the next class she wanted to take for Homebound High School is a Culinary Arts Class and she is going to make them!

She has been working on cooking skills for the last year or so and she thinks she is ready for the big stuff.

Today we had her IEP with the school and they will give her credit for cooking class, but we have to document it. My blog is the mechanism. Both our readers and the teachers will get to see Becca's creations. She will be cooking one reciepe per week and all of what she cooks will also be Gluten-free!

Becca spent Thursday night making her shopping list, and finding the receipes on the Good Morning America site. Here are the three Emeril Entrees she wanted to make... Which is an ambitious project for any home chef...but when Becca sets her mind to something she will not give up.

Orange, Cumin and Cilantro Roasted Pork Loin
Oven Roasted Cauliflower with Roasted Shallots
Grilled Sweet Potato Salad

Friday she and I were on a mission to head to the grocery store. We needed many things as I am basic chef, and Becca kicked in a $20 to help pay for "her meal". I paid for the pork loin.

Becca preparing the Cauliflower

I think Becca needs a step stool next time :)

The Grilled Sweet Potato Salad ready for the Oven.

The finished Orange, Cumin and Cilantro Roasted Pork Loin.

I had posted on facebook the ongoing Becca in culinary arts class on facebook with pictures on Saturday. Leah, the occupational therapy student who I had hired to work with Becca posted that she has come a long way.

For my readers who do not know, Becca never ate anything by mouth until she was over 8 years old and then only very small amounts and only the same thing over and over and over again. Never enough to sustain her and making her dependent on night-time feeding pump drips of specialized formulas.

The doctors told us that she will never get rid of her feeding tube, but at l6 Becca proved them wrong. I have enlisted my daughter-in-law Stacey's help in getting Becca to try new things, and now she is finding things for us to try! Flexibility and trying something New is amazing considering her history and her Autism and Noonan syndrome diagnoses.

There were a few things that I had to help with because of her weak hand strength, but even
Emeril gives orders his staff to help with somethings she reminded me. She did what she
could and I had to lift the heavy glass pans into and out of the ovens, slice up the sweet potatoes, but she was in charge and did everything else.

The meal was fantastic and I loved the Grilled Sweet Potatoes the best, but everyone else thought the Orange, Cumin and Cilantro Roasted Pork Loin. We all rated her meal giving her a solid A for her Becca cooks Emeril Saturday Night Meal.

I look forward to what she will cook next. Becca's request for her Easter Basket...Emeril's latest cookbook. This mom is smiling remembering l6 years of trying to get her to eat.

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