Lake City, IA: A Winning Culinary Combination


Recently, residents gathered together for a cooking activity to celebrate National Peanut Cluster Day on March 6th by making homemade peanut clusters. Cooking activities are a favorite thing to do, so many residents gathered in the dining room to watch the culinary demonstration. After gathering all of the utensils, hot plate, and ingredients, Life Enrichment Assistant Deb Zenor began to “channel” Martha Stewart as she described the recipe, mixed and heated up the ingredients, and created the peanut clusters. Residents were amazed to see that the recipe was so simple: one 12 oz. bag of milk chocolate chips, one 10 oz. bag of peanut butter chips, and one 16 oz. container of peanuts. After melting the chips together and stirring the peanuts in, Deb dropped large tablespoonfuls onto parchment-lined trays to cool. The residents did not have to wait long to sample the creations. Everyone agreed that the clusters were delicious! Of course, during the cooking demonstration there was a lot of conversation about preparing the recipe and cooking in general. Also, Deb included trivia questions about peanuts and chocolate. The residents always enjoy the challenge of trivia and learning new facts. A few of the interesting trivia questions were: What was a favorite sandwich of Elvis Presley? Peanut butter and banana What is a nickname for peanuts? Goobers Which two peanut farmers have been elected president of the USA? Jimmy Carter and Thomas Jefferson What type of peanut butter do most women and children prefer? Creamy (Men typically prefer chunky.) Who discovered many ways to use peanuts? George Washington Carver What is the name of the tree that chocolate comes from? Cacao tree What is used from the cacao tree to create chocolate? The cacao beans (seeds) inside the cacao pods Where do cacao trees grow in the world? Nearly all cacao trees grow within 20 degrees north or south of the equator in tropical climates Which state in the USA grows cacao trees, producing chocolate? Hawaii What is the botanical name of the cacao tree? Theobroma cacao, which means “food of the gods.” By all of the smiles and responses of the residents, it was apparent that everyone who sampled the sweet, chocolatey peanut treats felt that combining these two ingredients is indeed a special culinary taste sensation worthy of celebrating!

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Submitted By:
Deb Jones, Life Enrichment Coordinator

Shady Oaks Care Center, Lake City IA