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Welcome to our site! We are Joanne & Steve. After 20+ years working for a city school department and police department, we sold almost everything, bought an RV, and started living on the road with our three children. Joanne homeschools and works online.
What we have chosen is to live life as unencumbered as we possibly can and to spend time with our family, for our family, and as a family.
This website is a record of our travels. But, we also hope to educate, entertain, and inform others about RVing, roadschooling, and the great places we visit in this country.

Saturday, January 12, 2013

Young Chefs Academy

*~* Salt and Vinegar Chips and Green Beans *~*

Chef Brendan made these at Young Chefs Academy in Baton Rouge, LA.  Mom and Dad got the class for him for Christmas and he really enjoyed it.  The class was under $30 and lasted about 2 hours.  He was only one of 5 kids there that night, but that can change depending on the night.

Sour was the theme, so the group made Salt & Vinegar Chips and Green Beans, Savory Kraut Strudel, and Sour Patch Cupcakes.  Amazingly, Brendan ate all of it once the meal was ready.

Our wanna-be chef had fun and has not stopped talking about the class since that night.  The place was clean, bright, and the staff was attentive and friendly.  Young Chefs Academy has locations in several states.
You can find them in California, Colorado, Georgia, Illinois, Louisiana, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Texas, and Virginia.  And I believe they are looking for more franchises.

Tonight, we remade the Salt and Vinegar Chips and Green Beans. If you like vinegar, you'll like these.

Cut potatoes thinly (a mandolin is best), cover potatoes and fresh green beans in vinegar, bring to a boil then cook for 5 minutes,  cover and let sit for 30 minutes off heat.

Drain and pat dry on paper towel.  Add salt and pepper to taste.

Bake on sheet for 10 minutes or until crispy.  (Different thicknesses for the potatoes may have some burn and some undercooked.)

Eat.  If you like vinegar, you'll like these.  The green beans burst with flavor.

Chef Brendan filling the cupcake tins and cutting apple for the strudel.


  1. How fun! I didn't know there was a school for young chefs. Our son is a chef-wanna-be as well. We'll have to look into this as we travel. He has been taking online cooking classes with Mixing Bowl Academy through Currclick.com

  2. I didn't realize CurrClick had cooking classes! We use them for Lego Classes online! I'll have to check it out! Young Chefs was great and, at least in Baton Rouge, the manager was great about taking one class or signing up for a year...whatever people want to do.


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