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Doof Cooking Show with Joey Altman

This weekend, our family attended the Doof-A-Palooza at the Google Headquarters in Mountain View, California. It was an amazing Fun Food celebration that allowed kids and their parents to learn about food through fun interactive events from growers, authors and chefs who shared their knowledge and passion.

Doof is an innovative television series for children aged six to eleven. Bound for public television, the show uses humor, science and music to teach youngsters about healthy eating and the joy of culinary exploration.

One of the highlights of the day was Co-Hosting our own pretend food show with Bay Cafe’s Joey Altman. We even got a copy of the DVD to bring home!

Other fun activities included:

  • A cheese-smelling contest from the wonderful Cowgirl Creamery
  • A art station that used vegetables instead of paint brushes – give it a try! You would be amazed at how well broccoli, carrots and celery work to apply paint and texture!
  • Petting baby goats and learning how to make ice cream and yogurt from goat’s milk.
  • Touching, “sea-ing” and tasting various types of sustainable seafoods.
  • Learning how to roll Spring Rolls.
  • Making our own apple sauce, pies and pizzas
  • Making Bagel Faces with Mollie Katzen

As a person whose career is based on healthy cooking with children, it warmed my heart to see the Google Campus filled with families interested in celebrating food and cooking. It was also an amazing networking opportunity for me. Mollie Katzen gave me permission to use some of her recipes in What’s Cooking Weekly, our healthy menu planning service for families. And Michael, the founder of Doof, is interested in working with What’s Cooking in the future.

At the end of a long day, we were full…not just with delicious food, but with new ideas to try with our friends and students.

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Fabkins – Cloth Napkins for Kids!


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Fabkins - Cloth Napkins for Kids!

Fabkins - Cloth Napkins for Kids!

New Eco-friendly Company, Fabkins, Introduces Cloth Napkins for Kids
Themed, Colorful Designs Make Saving the Environment Fun for Kids

Just in time for back to school shoppers, Fabkins, a provider of cloth napkins for kids, announces their products are now available online at Fabkins was created out of the desire to offer kids a fun and easy way to be a part of saving the environment.

Founders Joyce Raffo and Paige Rodgers were committed to packing “waste-free” lunches for their school-aged children, but had trouble finding cute cloth napkins that weren’t too formal or too big. Ultimately they decided to create their own, and Fabkins was born.

Fabkins are soft and durable everyday cloth napkins for kids available in an array of bright colors and playful designs. Sized for kids’ laps and lunchboxes, Fabkins come in packs of five in six different themes that reflect kids’ interests, such as “Sports Fan,” “African Safari,” “Prima Ballerina,” “Fruit Salad,” “Beach Bound,” and “Garden Friends.” Fabkins make school lunches and meals at home more fun and encourage good table manners. Fabkins can also be used as a placemat, and make a great, unique gift.

“My son’s school asked parents to pack waste-free lunches,” explains co-founder Joyce Raffo. “I shopped all over town trying to find a cloth napkin that was soft and absorbent but also ‘cool’ and expressed his interests.” She never did find what she was looking for, and Raffo soon learned that other parents, like Rodgers, had the same experience. The two began discussing ideas for a line of everyday cloth napkins for kids.


Soon after, on a nationally recognized daytime television show, guest Elizabeth Rogers, co-author of The Green Book: The Everyday Guide to Saving the Planet One Simple Step at a Time, was asked to give one tip from the book that America could implement immediately. Elizabeth’s response was “If we all gave up one [paper] napkin a day, we could save a billion pounds of paper waste from going to landfills [each] year.” This discussion highlighted the environmental importance of using cloth napkins and introduced everyday cloth napkin use to a national audience.

“My daughter gets excited every morning to find out which Fabkin I’m going to put into her lunchbox for school,” said co-founder Paige Rodgers. “I now hear her explaining to friends how she uses cloth napkins to cut down on paper waste and save trees. I love seeing her so excited about helping the environment.”

About Fabkins

Fabkins was launched in August 2007 by two women who wanted to make saving the environment fun for kids with a line of colorful, unique cloth napkins. Fabkins are made just for kids in designs and themes that represent their interests. Fabkins make mealtime more fun and inspire children to help save the environment.

Stay Tuned: What’s Cooking hopes to add these re-usable cloth napkins to our online store, where we will enhance our supply of eco-friendly, reusable and sustainable products!

More information on Fabkins can be found at

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