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Postcards in the Culinary Classroom

January 6, 2020 No Comments

A fun addition to our study of world cuisine has been postcards from around the world. It’s easy to get your students receiving postcards by joining the Postcrossing community.
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Postcrossing is a community that enables anyone to send and receive postcards from all over the world. Sign up is simple and you are able to create a profile describing your postcard interests.

There is not currently a way for classrooms to join, but you can specify that you are a teacher/class in your profile. This is addressed in the FAQ section where teacher profile examples are given. Here is my profile.

Hello! I am a Family and Consumer Sciences teacher (Home Economics) and live in rural Iowa in the Midwest United States with my husband and two dogs.

I LOVE food packaging. My favorite postcard is just a piece of cardboard food package from your favorite snack or drink.

If you’re not sure what to write (because I never am), you can tell me about your favorite food. It would be interesting to share with my Culinary Arts students.

Happy posting!

After signing up and making a profile, click that you are ready to send a card. A profile and address are given to you. Each postcard has a registration number. When someone receives a postcard and registers the number, your address is put in the system to be sent a postcard.

With my profile description, I have received great postcards. A big highlight was a postcard from Bremen, Germany describing a dish called “Grunkohl.”

My family has been eating kale long before it became a health craze. A favorite dish is kale cooked with bacon ends, onions, and oatmeal. We call it “Grandma Kramer Kale” and it has always been a staple green in our home. You can find the recipe here on my mom’s blog.

After researching what exactly “Grunkohl” is, I realized it is the actual name for “Grandma Kramer Kale.” What an interesting connection! I hope your students also are able to make interesting culinary connections using Postcrossing.




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I’m Kayla Pins – Health and Family and Consumer Sciences teacher to high school students in rural Iowa. Welcome to my online home where I share lesson plans, activities, and inspiration with fellow teachers.


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