February 7th, 2014

Welcome!

All courses in the Family & Consumer Sciences are elective. Many students sample the courses available at different stages of their high school careers and discover new and exciting areas open to them.

At the core of all FACS courses you will find the threads of resource management, relationships, information skills and personal development. The skills acquired in FACS are so practical in nature; they will last a lifetime, regardless of your profession.

Those of us who were in high school several years ago may not recognize the cooking and sewing of those days. Our life skills curriculum reflects contemporary topics of a useful nature. We deal entirely with the improvement of the quality of life for the individual and the family. FACS educates to prevent problems by emphasizing problem solving and  decision making.

December 11th, 2013

Chinese Fortune Cookie

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Chinese or Japanese, Angelino or San Franciscan?

One history of the fortune cookie claims that David Jung, a Chinese immigrant living in Los Angeles and founder of the Hong Kong Noodle Company, invented the cookie in 1918. Concerned about the poor he saw wandering near his shop, he created the cookie and passed them out free on the streets. Each cookie contained a strip of paper with an inspirational Bible scripture on it, written for Jung by a Presbyterian minister.

Another history claims that the fortune cookie was invented in San Francisco by a Japanese immigrant named Makoto Hagiwara. Hagiwara was a gardener who designed the famous Japanese Tea Garden in Golden Gate Park. An anti-Japanese mayor fired him from his job around the turn of the century, but later a new mayor reinstated him. Grateful to those who had stood by him during his period of hardship, Hagiwara created a cookie in 1914 that included a thank you note inside. He passed them out at the Japanese Tea Garden, and began serving them there regularly. In 1915, they were displayed at the Panama-Pacific Exhibition, San Francisco's world fair.

Judicial Activism

In 1983, San Francisco's pseudo-legal Court of Historical Review held a mock trial to determine the origins of the fortune cookie. (In the past, the Court had ruled on such pressing topics as the veracity of Mark Twain's quote, "The coldest winter I ever spent was a summer in San Francisco" and the origins of the Martini*) To no one's surprise, the judge (a real-life federal judge from San Francisco) ruled in favor of San Francisco. Included among the evidence was a fortune cookie whose message read: "S.F. Judge who rules for L.A. Not Very Smart Cookie." Equally unsurprising, Los Angeles has denounced the ruling.

From Confucius to Smiley Faces

Fortune cookies became common in Chinese restaurants after World War II. Desserts were not traditionally part of Chinese cuisine, and the cookies thus offered Americans something familiar with an exotic flair.

Although there have been a few cases reported of individuals actually liking the texture and flavor of fortune cookies, most consider the fortune to be the essence of the cookie. Early fortunes featured Biblical sayings, or aphorisms from ConfuciusAesop, or Ben Franklin. Later, fortunes included recommended lottery numbers, smiley faces, jokes, and sage, if hackneyed, advice. Politicians have used them in campaigns, and fortunes have been customized for weddings and birthday parties. Today messages are variously cryptic, nonsensical, feel-good, hectoring, bland, or mystifying.

Read more: The History of the Fortune Cookie | Infoplease.com http://www.infoplease.com/spot/fortunecookies.html#ixzz2nB4PZCMe

December 9th, 2013

GingerBread Houses

2013 Gingerbread Houses

November 26th, 2013

Making Cake Pops

November 14th, 2013

Making Gingerbread Houses

Royal Icing Recipe
Ingredients
3 ounces pasteurized egg whites
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
4 cups confectioners' sugar
Directions
In large bowl of stand mixer combine the egg whites and vanilla and beat until frothy. Add confectioners' sugar gradually and mix on low speed until sugar is incorporated and mixture is shiny. Turn speed up to high and beat until mixture forms stiff, glossy peaks. This should take approximately 5 to 7 minutes. Add food coloring, if desired. For immediate use, transfer icing to pastry bag or heavy duty storage bag and pipe as desired. If using storage bag, clip corner. Store in airtight container in refrigerator for up to 3 days.

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February 19th, 2013

Valentine’s Day Treats

FACS Valentine's Cookies on PhotoPeach

August 29th, 2012

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August 22nd, 2012

Welcome!

All courses in the Family & Consumer Sciences are elective. Many students sample the courses available at different stages of their high school careers and discover new and exciting areas open to them.

At the core of all FACS courses you will find the threads of resource management, relationships, information skills and personal development. The skills acquired in FACS are so practical in nature; they will last a lifetime, regardless of your profession.

Those of us who were in high school several years ago may not recognize the cooking and sewing of those days. Our life skills curriculum reflects contemporary topics of a useful nature. We deal entirely with the improvement of the quality of life for the individual and the family. FACS educates to prevent problems by emphasizing problem solving and  decision making.



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August 4th, 2012

Spring Luncheon 2012

May 2nd, 2012

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