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Cooking from Scratch in Georgia

Posted on 11/22/2010

Thomas County School Nutrition in Georgia is known for baking their breads from scratch, including whole wheat rolls, whole grain French bread and sweet potato rolls. If the delicious smell wafting from the cafeteria isn’t enough to entice the students, the school nutrition team is also working hard to teach kids why they should give these more nutritious breads a try.

School Nutrition Manager Leanell Nelson even designed her own hen costume to wear while the children were read the famous children’s story “The Little Red Hen.” Students learned how wheat becomes a roll, the importance of whole grains for a healthy body and the value of sharing – when the cafeteria staff handed out warm samples!

These breads aren’t the only healthy items getting whipped up in the Thomas County school kitchens – in addition to the vegetable soup, lasagna and other pasta dishes made from scratch, the school nutrition staff prepares a special treat called “Wacky Cake,” which includes plum puree.

The cafeterias serve mixed green salads and fresh fruits and vegetables every day. Cafeteria staff report that the students love the kiwis and plums the best.

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  • April Dean November 22nd, 2010 7:50 pm

    Wonderful ideas! Awesome Little Red Hen activity. I’m really interested in the bread recipes – especially for sweet potato rolls and whole grain french bread. Thank you!

  • Tina Twiggs December 1st, 2010 1:55 pm

    Love it! I would love to know the recipes!

  • Karen Gibson December 1st, 2010 3:29 pm

    Great nutrition education activity and would love the recipes.

  • The Tray Talk Team December 15th, 2010 6:25 pm

    Thank you for your interest. The district shared some recipes and we will make them available to you. If anyone else is interested in the recipes, please email us at

  • Jill Howell December 28th, 2010 10:23 am

    In the 60’s and 70’s when I was going through elementary and junior high school the cooks and the homemade lunches were memorable. While there are many skits that poke fun at the lunch lady, often as kids we knew them as warm and wonderful ladies. We had a relationship. And that relationship was shared through the recipes we came to love and their labors. There is a reciprocal enrichment that happens when recipes are homemade and shared

  • Danna Dillard April 1st, 2011 6:28 pm

    Great Ideas.
    Would love to have the recipe for sweet potato rolls.
    Sounds good.

  • Kathy McClement June 7th, 2011 4:13 pm

    Way to Go Thomas County! Our high school in Cleveland, Ohio would love to experience your breads and rolls. Any chance you would share those precious recipes? I did not have those memories of warm lunch ladies and great foods, (walked home for lunch) but would love to pass those feelings on to our students!

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