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Foods Students Create Pizzelles

Savannah Moore, junior, (left) and Elikem Doe, senior, make Italian pizzelles to celebrate the first annual Family and Consumer Sciences Day.

 In honor of the first annual Family and Consumer Sciences Day, students in Stefanie Carnathan’s Foods II class prepared “pizzelle” cookies to share with the staff. A pizzelle is a crisp thin cookie originating in Italy and thought to be the oldest cookie ever created. The word itself means round and flat. The cookies may be flavored with anise, vanilla, or lemon and are baked in an iron pizelle maker that gives them a lovely pattern, similar to a waffle maker. The cookies may be enjoyed as they are or rolled and served with delicious fillings.

The students were divided into four groups to each mix their own recipe and then take turns using the pizzelle maker, dusting them with sugar, and packaging and labeling them to give away.

“They turned out good! They tasted like a crunchy sweet wafer dusted with powdered sugar,” said Noah Arita, a junior and the secretary of the CHS chapter of FCCLA (Family, Career, and Community Leaders of America.)

The Foods II class enclosed a note with each cookie asking families to prepare and eat a meal together on December 3. This day was chosen to honor the American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences founder, Ellen Swallow Richards, whose birthday was December 3, 1842. 

Richards was the most prominent female American chemist of the 19th century, according to www.chemheritage.org. The website states: ‘Richards was very concerned to apply scientific principles to domestic topics—good nutrition, pure foods, proper clothing, physical fitness, sanitation, and efficient practices that would allow women more time for pursuits other than cooking and cleaning.’ 

Family and Consumer Sciences used to be known as Home Economics, which was founded in 1909. The science promotes the well-being of individuals, families, and communities.

“I love old-school home economics so when I thought of how to celebrate the day, I thought of vintage recipes!” said Ms. Carnathan. 

“I think the students had a great time learning about pizzelles!”

Written by: Paula White
Posted: Dec 11, 2014 by Judy Davis

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