“We the Kids” celebrated a piece of paper with beef and chocolate

The cooking class started with a US map and the questions: “Do you know why Pennsylvania is famous? Do you know what famous piece of paper was written and signed in Pennsylvania?

Answers varied but my favorite one was: “George Washington use to live there”.

Do you know?

If you don’t, today is your day: The United States Constitution was created and signed there!

I thought it would be fun to celebrate US Constitution Day by cooking food from Pennsylvania, the place where the Constitution was created and signed by our Founding Fathers.

Philadelphia, PA is home of the Philly Cheesesteak Sandwich and Hershey, PA is home of the world’s largest chocolate company, Hershey, Inc.  Ever heard of M&M’s, Hershey Bar or Whatchamacallits?

So guess what we made…Mini-Philly Cheesesteak Sandwiches and Hershey Truffles.  What fun we had…wish you could have been there! You should try these with friends or family.  Email me if you would like the recipes.

The US Constitution was created over 200 years ago by a group of men who were the leaders of our country.  Those men are called our Founding Fathers. It was such a big deal that we celebrate it every September!

Why is it a big deal?  Well, because it was the beginning of the way we live in America and we still use the US Constitution today…2011.

What is the US Constitution?  Basically, it is a written list of rules and promises created by The Founding Fathers who wanted all Americans to have happiness, safety, and comfort.

They also wanted all Americans to have rights and privileges and to live a free life.  Not every country gets to live free with rights and privileges.

Imagine what it would be like if you weren’t allowed to choose your pizza toppings.  That would be kind of weird.  That is sort of how it was before we had the Constitution.  No freedom of choice.  For the most part, we need to be able to make our own choices for our own happiness, especially when it comes to pizza!

We read this cool story about it.

The US Constitution has lots of pages, including an introduction or, The Preamble, as it is called.  The Preamble is short and sweet and gives the idea of our Founding Fathers.

Here it is with what it means in parenthesis:

“We the People of the United States (all Americans, including children)
in order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, (the rules to make things fair),
insure domestic Tranquility, (comfort),
provide for the common defense (protection-soldiers, cops, firefighters, emergency workers, etc),
promote the general Welfare (happiness),
and secure the Blessings of Liberty (freedom),
to ourselves and our Posterity (all Americans),
do ordain and establish this Constitution (written list of rules & promises to live by),
For the United States of America”(where we live)

A link to cool and fun facts about our Constitution is here.

Have fun and go cook something…it’s your freedom, enjoy it!

God Bless America and all who fight to keep us free!

This entry was posted on Saturday, September 17, 2011 at 2:08 pm and is filled under Cook Learn Grow.

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  1. Vicki says:
    September 18, 2011 at 12:31 PM

    Very cool and yummy and messy and educational too!!!

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    • lori says:
      September 22, 2011 at 8:32 PM

      Thanks Vicki! It was fun using Abbie’s recipes from her cookbook, Taste of the States. Would love to sell her cookbooks! Hope Scotland is wonderful.

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