Charlotte Lankard: Give the gift of healthy cooking

Cooking lessons for Christmas? It's the perfect gift for young adults, single parents, newly married couples, latchkey kids and highly functioning, handicapped adults.
Oklahoman Modified: December 10, 2013 at 8:00 pm •  Published: December 9, 2013
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Cooking lessons for Christmas? It's the perfect gift for young adults, single parents, newly married couples, latchkey kids and highly functioning, handicapped adults.

Food for Thought Learning Institute is a nonprofit in Norman and the brainchild of Matthew Joplin and Karen Sonntag. They teach people how to prepare simple and nutritious foods through hands-on instruction.

The Rev. David Poteet, a minister at St. Luke's United Methodist Church in Oklahoma City, was a single parent in Norman. He realized his family was eating out too often, resulting in unhealthy eating habits and a big bite out of the budget. So he and his daughter, Rachel, 16, signed up for cooking lessons with the Learning Institute.

Rachel, a Norman North High School student, says, “Now I can make meals that are easy to do, and I've learned the more color on your plate the better. My favorite part is seeing and tasting the final product and thinking, ‘Wow, I made this!'”

Gaining confidence

Not only has Rachel learned to cook, she has learned a lot about herself. “I've never had a lot of confidence in myself — always had that little voice in my mind that said, ‘You can't do this. There's no way you can do that.' The cooking class showed me I am capable of more than I know.”



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