Little chefs take over the kitchen

A cooking for kids class at the Pleasant Valley Recreation and Park District kitchen teaches youngsters not only how to cook but kitchen safety as well. Full story here: Little chefs take over the kitchen Photos by Michael Coons/Acorn Newspapers

MICHAEL COONS/Acorn Newspapers MAKING DESSERT - Alexis Base, 6, right, smiles as she cracks an egg into the cup as Charlotte Griffin, 7, watches during the Cooking for Kids class at the Community Center kitchen in Camarillo on Jan. 18.

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MAKING DESSERT – Alexis Base, 6, right, smiles as she cracks an egg into the cup as Charlotte Griffin, 7, watches during the Cooking for Kids class at the Community Center kitchen in Camarillo on Jan. 18.

MICHAEL COONS/Acorn Newspapers MAKING LUNCH - Matthew Skoog, 11, left, Charlotte Griffin, 7, and Ricardo Lopez, 9, lay chicken strips they coated in breadcrumbs onto a baking sheet during the Cooking for Kids class at the Community Center kitchen in Camarillo on Jan. 18.

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MAKING LUNCH – Matthew Skoog, 11, left, Charlotte Griffin, 7, and Ricardo Lopez, 9, lay chicken strips they coated in breadcrumbs onto a baking sheet during the Cooking for Kids class at the Community Center kitchen in Camarillo on Jan. 18.

MICHAEL COONS/Acorn Newspapers CRUSH - From left, Charlotte Griffin, 7, Alexis Base, 6, Ricardo Lopez, 9, Landon Lopez, 6, and Matthew Skoog, 11, crush graham crackers for the cookie dough cheese cake bars they are making during the Cooking for Kids class at the Community Center kitchen in Camarillo on Jan. 18.

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CRUSH – From left, Charlotte Griffin, 7, Alexis Base, 6, Ricardo Lopez, 9, Landon Lopez, 6, and Matthew Skoog, 11, crush graham crackers for the cookie dough cheese cake bars they are making during the Cooking for Kids class at the Community Center kitchen in Camarillo on Jan. 18.

MICHAEL COONS/Acorn Newspapers LEARNING TO COOK - Cooking instructor Aimee Fair helps Ricardo Lopez, 9, stir macaroni and cheese as Charlotte Griffin, 7, left, and Landon Lopez, 6, watch during the Cooking for Kids class at the Community Center kitchen in Camarillo on Jan. 18.

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LEARNING TO COOK – Cooking instructor Aimee Fair helps Ricardo Lopez, 9, stir macaroni and cheese as Charlotte Griffin, 7, left, and Landon Lopez, 6, watch during the Cooking for Kids class at the Community Center kitchen in Camarillo on Jan. 18.

MICHAEL COONS/Acorn Newspapers ENJOING THEIR HARD WORK - Landon Lopez, 6, right, and Ricardo Lopez, 9, try the macaroni and cheese they help make during the Cooking for Kids class at the Community Center kitchen in Camarillo on Jan. 18.

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ENJOING THEIR HARD WORK – Landon Lopez, 6, right, and Ricardo Lopez, 9, try the macaroni and cheese they help make during the Cooking for Kids class at the Community Center kitchen in Camarillo on Jan. 18.

MICHAEL COONS/Acorn Newspapers SETTING THE TEMP - Cooking instructor Meghan Woodard shows Alexis Base, 6, right, and Charlotte Griffin, 7, how to use the oven during the Cooking for Kids class at the Community Center kitchen in Camarillo on Jan. 18.

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SETTING THE TEMP – Cooking instructor Meghan Woodard shows Alexis Base, 6, right, and Charlotte Griffin, 7, how to use the oven during the Cooking for Kids class at the Community Center kitchen in Camarillo on Jan. 18.

MICHAEL COONS/Acorn Newspapers MAKING DESSERT - Cooking instructor Meghan Woodard, left, spreads a cream cheese toping onto the graham cracker crust as Charlotte Griffin, 7, watches during the Cooking for Kids class at the Community Center kitchen in Camarillo on Jan. 18.

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MAKING DESSERT – Cooking instructor Meghan Woodard, left, spreads a cream cheese toping onto the graham cracker crust as Charlotte Griffin, 7, watches during the Cooking for Kids class at the Community Center kitchen in Camarillo on Jan. 18.

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