Maureen Fitzgerald

Maureen Fitzgerald

Maureen Fitzgerald is the Inquirer's former food editor. In 2011, she started a blog teaching her daughter to cook, which inspired her to start teaching healthy cooking lessons in an urban school. The program has been expanded over the last several years, staffed by readers who volunteer to teach kids to cook.

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Make a fluffier, eggier alternative to the bodega breakfast | My Daughter’s Kitchen

Instead of a Tastykake Coconut Junior Cake and BBQ Pringles, consider a basil-and-cheese mini frittata.

Cooking classes transformed more than their kitchen skills

The first graduates of My Daughter's Kitchen cooking program reunited to share a meal once again.

Showing off their new skills with pride | My Daughter’s Kitchen

As the parents sampled the work of their children, there were many compliments and requests for seconds as the students basked in the praise.

It needs to be healthy and affordable. It also needs to taste good. | My Daughter’s Kitchen

When coming up with new recipes for My Daughter’s Kitchen, the challenge is multidimensional.

Where the magic happens | My Daughter’s Kitchen

As anyone who has ever taught a class of children knows, there are a million things that can go wrong. But we got lucky.

Teaching kids to resist the lure of junk food | My Daughter’s Kitchen

Moroccan stew was unfamiliar to nearly all the students participating in the healthy-cooking program.

Spicy doesn’t have to mean hot | My Daughter’s Kitchen

This week's recipe, for Shakshouka, also inspired a geography lesson.

Healthy cooking as part of a healthy lifestyle | My Daughter’s Kitchen

It's not just the kids who are learning. One volunteer credits the cooking program with introducing her to new ingredients and techniques.

Overcoming the onion, and learning new skills | My Daughter’s Kitchen

Some instructions need to be explained in explicit detail, as volunteers learned during the first week of classes.