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We consider a healthy neighborhood to be one that is safe, clean, and diverse; one in which it makes economic sense for people to invest and one where neighbors manage change successfully.

We consider a healthy neighborhood to be one that is safe, clean, and diverse; one in which it makes economic sense for people to invest and one where neighbors manage change successfully.

Cooking Class

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Residents of the Brook Oaks Neighborhood have been doing some culinary exploration with local chefs these past few weeks. They are learning new ways to use foods they may have come in contact within their own gardens, at the Waco Family Medicine community garden space, at Mission Waco’s Urban Reap, and at the neighborhood grocery stores located in the Brook Oaks neighborhood.

Our theme throughout the class has been “Did you know what you can do with that ingredient?” Dolmas, drying herbs, and pineapple skin tea are just a few of the topics of the cooking classes we have taken part in. Later this month we will learn how to cook with squash and how to make Nopales breakfast tacos!

The first class featured grape leaves found in the Community Garden at Waco Family Medicine. Ignoring the grapes themselves, we instead picked the grapes’ leaves to make dolmas a Mediterranean dish that includes rolling rice, ground beef, spices, and mixture of herbs into grape leaves. After picking grape leaves (we used a few fresh ones but also had some that were purchased from the grocery store), we also picked dill, mint and parsley from the garden to use in the dish.

In our next class, we learned how to dry herbs, which is a lot easier than you think if you have paper bags handy. We used herbs gathered from the Waco Family Medicine community garden space and Urban Reap; some that were familiar and some that were not. We bundled herbs together, put a slit in the bottom of the paper bag, and slid the stems of our herbs through the slit to take home to hang.

After that, we learned how to make a tea using pineapple skins as our key ingredient. Boiling the skin along with cinnamon cloves and ginger results in a delightful tea that can help with inflammation and digestive issues. We even planted the top of the pineapple to see if we could grow our own pineapple plant (it takes about 18 months to 2 years)! It has been a blast learning all these new skills. Thanks to our chef’s April Strickland, Chisa Brigham, Linda Weaver, Kay Bell, and Kyle McElroy for sharing their cooking knowledge with us and Emily Hills at Urban Reap for hosting many of our classes!

— DeShauna Hollie

 

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We had a wonderful turnout for the April PACTT meeting at Brook Avenue Elementary Thank you to Waco Family Medicine staff who came and shared how to sign up for telehealth and how parents can access their services. We are grateful for the access WFM provides in the Waco community. Another big thank you to Nurse Stacey from Alta Vista Elementary School who took some time to share with families what the role of the nurse is on campus and how parents can take advantage of their great care. Thank you for sharing your knowledge and care with us Nurse Stacey. We are grateful to Pastor Fu & Son BBQ -Relief Kitchen and their delicious new brisket burger recipe that they cooked for us. Their purpose is to serve families affected by natural disasters and we are grateful for the work they do across the country. Lastly, we want to thank all of the wonderful families who joined us that day. We are grateful for their presence and participation throughout the evening.

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¡Un rato divertido con comida rica!
¡Tuvimos una participación maravillosa en la reunión de PACTT de abril en Brook Avenue Elementary! Gracias al personal de Waco Familty Medicine que vino y compartió cómo inscribirse en la salud via telecomunicación y cómo los padres pueden acceder a sus servicios. Estamos agradecidos por el acceso que WFM brinda en la comunidad de Waco. Otro gran agradecimiento a la enfermera Stacey de Alta Vista Elementary que se tomó un tiempo para compartir con las familias cuál es el papel de la enfermera en el campus y cómo los padres pueden aprovechar su gran atención. Gracias por compartir su conocimiento y cuidado con nosotros, enfermera Stacey. Estamos agradecidos con Pastor Fu & Son BBQ - Relief Kitchen y su nueva y deliciosa receta de hamburguesa de brisket para nosotros. Su propósito es servir a las familias afectadas por desastres naturales y estamos agradecidos por el trabajo que realizan en todo el país.
Por último, queremos agradecer a todas las maravillosas familias que nos acompañaron ese día. Agradecemos su presencia y participación durante todas la presentaciones.

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