Parents struggling to get children to eat a vegetable might want to consider enrolling them in a cooking class with Flour Power Kids Cooking Studio in Highlands Ranch. During a Tuesday night class in …
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Parents struggling to get children to eat a vegetable might want to consider enrolling them in a cooking class with Flour Power Kids Cooking Studio in Highlands Ranch.
During a Tuesday night class in August, the Flour Power instructors focused on lunchtime favorites, teaching a small group of students how to make homemade onion rings and sloppy joe sandwiches.
Ranging in ages from 7 to 15, students learned the proper way to safely chop onions, pushing through the tears. The students learned how to separate egg yolks and prepare the breading for onion rings. Students worked to brown hamburger meat and mix the sloppy joe sauce and mix a special dipping sauce for serving.
As each batch of onion rings was pulled out of the oven, the students gladly tasted their work, cheerfully saying how good the onion rings were and surprising parents with how willing they were to eat an actual onion.
A regular student of Flour Power is 15-year-old Tess Carlson. Carlson said she has participated in a variety of classes over the last year. Carlson said she liked the "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory" themed class, but her favorite was making chili.
Flour Power opened in Highlands Ranch two years ago. Co-owners Chris Logue and Shaylee Smith started the franchise operation together.
Logue said she and Smith had both had careers working with young children but wanted something different. They did not want to open a traditional childcare facility, Logue said. The two started doing research, which led them to the national Flour Power franchise.
Locations of Flour Power have opened in Colorado, North Carolina, South Carolina, Texas, Pennsylvania and Michigan.
Logue said Smith has always had a passion for cooking, and both of them love working with children, making Flour Power the logical direction to take.
In getting the Flour Power center, located at 2030 E. County Line Road in Highland Ranch, ready to go, the two women learned a lot about the obstacles and rules of opening a new business.
Flour Power is now in the place where a Subway used to be. Logue said while it was already a kitchen, it took a lot of time to get it ready for teaching students.
In two years of hosting classes, Logue said Flour Power sees a variety of ages and interests as students are steadily signing up for various classes.
To help students find their niche in cooking, Flour Power offers a six-class program for $199. Choosing from a slate of options, times and dates, students can sign up for the cupcake class to fulfill a sweet tooth or get a taste of true cooking in the cabbage soup class.
Logue said parents have found the classes are also helpful in dealing with “picky eaters.”
“Kids come in here and learn to cook and love to eat what they are cooking,” she said. “These picky eaters get to see how a dish is put together and gain more appreciation and understanding.”
Besides general students, Logue said homeschool children are taking advantage of the classes as they work to get required school credits.
The classes also fill a void left at public schools, Logue said. Over the years, traditional home economics classes have steadily been removed from curriculum. Logue said Flour Power is working to teach a critical skill.
To learn more about Flour Power Highlands Ranch, visit the website at flourpowerstudios.com/highlandsranch.
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