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Kids are Cooking in Hancock County

September 30, 2022

Hi, I’m Janelle Keusch, FACS Teacher & Department Chair at Greenfield-Central High School. Kids are cooking often in Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA), where I am the Advisor. We will soon be hosting kids’ cooking nights and summer cooking camp as fundraisers for FCCLA too. Interest in the culinary arts has always been popular at GCHS, but it’s grown considerably over the last few years. Previously, we only had semester classes, now you can take several sections of culinary classes all year long, including a nutrition class. 

For our Hancock County elementary students, I encourage them to get in the kitchen early. Not only does it help create great family memories, but also, helps develop a mature palate and a taste for fresh, healthy ingredients. Plus, learning to measure, mix, chop and slice are great practical skills and even help with math! One of my favorite kid-friendly recipes to start budding kid chefs out with is banana pudding! 

Enjoy, and I’ll see you at our FCCLA kids cooking nights and summer camps!

Banana Pudding Recipe



  1. In a large mixing bowl, combine pudding mix and milk. Whisk for 2 minutes.
  2. Add 1 cup of Cool Whip to the vanilla pudding mixture. Stir with a rubber scraper.
  3. Slice the bananas using a butter knife and cutting board.
  4. In a small clear cup, place a layer of Nilla Wafers, then bananas, then pudding. Top with extra cool whip and garnish with wafer and banana slice.
  5. Enjoy!

For more information about cooking classes in Hancock County, contact Mrs. Janelle Keusch at