Globetrotting through dishes: Hands-on kitchen projects can still happen, even via Zoom

Courtesy of Mindy Meyers
In-person camps relied on careful spacing this year, but for Cooking Round the World, expanded online programming reached a new breadth of campers, extending beyond the Bay Area.

It took a sprinkle of spellworking, but a crew of young sous-chefs descended the peaks of Morocco, hovered over Cambodian rice paddies and surveyed the blue domes of Greece from their humble kitchens at home.

Through Reader’s Theater and musicals on Twitch, performing arts camps adapt

Palo Alto Children's Theatre
Courtesy of Palo Alto Children’s Theatre
The rare in-person studio dance session did occur this year for youth programs like Palo Alto Children’s Theatre, but vastly expanded, sometimes experimental online offerings made the biggest mark.

Performance intersected with technology a little too much this year for most of us, as many of our most personal and professional moments had to happen through a screen.

Masks first: How camps are leading a return to in-person interaction

Flo Mask
Courtesy of Kevin Ngo
Practicing at home and talking as a family about why it matters help kids learn to mask, according to local dad Kevin Ngo, who developed a filter mask with help from his family.

Careful, compliant mask wearing has proven hard for adult Americans to pull off – so it can’t help seeming like an ominous obstacle for families and educators contemplating a return to classrooms, activities and, someday, summer camps.

To-do list for holiday fun

Filoli at night
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Holiday lights illuminate the gardens and walk-ways at Filoli.

Although the pandemic has canceled many travel plans and events for the holidays, a variety of local activities are still on the calendar, some virtual and others in person but socially distanced. A rundown of holiday events follows.

Sweet memories: The cookie that soothes the tummy

Anise Cookies
Courtesy of Blanche Shaheen
Anise sesame cookies are crumbly, nutty and tender to the bite.

The holidays can be a frenetic mix of stress and festivities, where mounting bills, social obligations and long lines intermix with family gatherings, spiritual activities and sparkling lights.

Home baking adapts for holidays spent at a distance

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A special 100% whole wheat chocolate chip recipe – easy for bakers of all ages to deftly whip up – comes as a gift to readers from Mountain View's The Midwife and the Baker

The flavors and ingredients of the Bay Area holiday season reflect who we are – cooking with mochi flour from the pantry or with pomegranates from a neighbor’s yard. Whether your family specialty features mung beans, dulce de leche or a hearty glug of coffee liqueur, you’re probably making your foods for an altered audience this year.

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