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Chop! Chop! Culinary Skills for Wisconsin-Grown Produce in School Meals


Welcome to the home of the Chop! Chop! culinary skills training video series. These free training videos will help you and your school food service staff use more fresh, Wisconsin-grown fruits and vegetables—and whole grains—in your school meal program by introducing new foods, recipes and culinary skills. View all six videos below, along with support resources and recipes for your school lunch programs. These training videos are a joint project of CESA Nutrition Purchasing, the Center for Integrated Agricultural Systems and Team Nutrition of the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction.

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Each video is about 15 minutes long

How to Use the Chop! Chop! Training Videos

These videos are available to everyone, at no charge. Individuals can view the videos online and complete the short online evaluation form associated with each title. The videos can also be screened to a larger audience; for instance, they could be shown at a training for school food service staff, a conference workshop or a statewide meeting. When screening these videos for in-person professional development, please read the Chop! Chop! Screening Guide.

Each video includes:

  • An introduction to a Wisconsin-grown specialty crop or whole grain
  • Basic culinary preparation techniques like knife skills and pureeing
  • Creative menu ideas to incorporate Wisconsin-grown fruits and vegetables
  • School nutrition requirements met by the featured fruit or vegetables
  • Appropriate use of “cosmetically imperfect seconds”
  • Interviews with farmers and nutrition directors who make farm to school happen!

This video series is for demonstration purposes only. When preparing food in school food service operations always follow proper food safety practices as specified by the Wisconsin Food Code. For more information on proper food safety practices please visit the DPI School Nutrition Team’s Website.

Dark Leafy Green Salad

Learn basic knife skills, how to wash and store leafy greens along with a delicious kale and apple salad recipe.

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Culinary Technique: Knife Skills
Recipe: Fall Kale Salad
Evaluation Survey:
Wisconsin Farmer: Darren Vollmar, Ledgeview Gardens
School Food Service Director: Erin Heim, De Pere School District

Pureed Winter Squash

Winter squash is a delicious, kid-friendly food to feature throughout the winter months. Learn how to prepare, bake, puree and incorporate this delicious red-orange vegetable into your menu.

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Culinary Technique: Mashing and pureeing
Recipe: Sweet Butternut Mash
Evaluation Survey:
Wisconsin Farmer: Todd Hanson, Apple Blossom Orchard & Market
School Food Service Director: Peggy West, Oshkosh Area School District

Tomato and Pepper Ratatouille

Preserve the peak of the harvest season with a delicious tomato and pepper ratatouille recipe, and learn how to appropriately freeze it for the winter months.

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Culinary Technique: Storage and Freezing
Recipe: Peak Season Ratatouille
Evaluation Survey:
Wisconsin Farmer: Barb Perkins, Vermont Valley Community Farm
School Food Service Director: Michelle Denk, Mt. Horeb Area School District

Cabbage, Broccoli and Cauliflower Slaw

Broccoli, cabbage and cauliflower are transformed into two delicious Wisconsin-slaw recipes just waiting to be served as a side or on your salad bar.

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Culinary Technique: Hand shredding, mechanical shredding
Recipe: Creamy Chipotle Cole Slaw
Recipe: Zippy Wisconsin Slaw
Evaluation Survey:
Wisconsin Farmer: Chris Blakeney, Amazing Grace Family Farm
School Food Service Director: Jim Degan, School District of Janesville

Roasted Root Vegetables

Learn the basics of roasting potatoes, carrots and sweet potatoes in this Chop Chop video.

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Culinary Technique: Roasting, Creative Seasoning
Recipe: Chef T’s Roasted Root Vegetables and SchoolHouse Seasoning
Evaluation Survey:
Wisconsin Farmer: Meg Kelly, High Meadow Farm CSA
School Food Service Director: Barb Waara, School District of Fort Atkinson

Whole Grains

There are so many different ways to incorporate healthy whole grains into foods that students love. Here you will learn the basics of using whole grains, a delicious blueberry oat muffins recipe and the secrets to whole grain pizza dough! Culinary Technique: Yeast preparation & crediting techniques with whole wheat and white flour.

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Culinary Techniques: Yeast preparation, whole wheat equivalents, crediting techniques with whole wheat and white flour.
Recipe: Blueberry Oat Muffin
Recipe: Whole Wheat Pizza Dough
Evaluation Survey:

Professional Development & Continuing Education Credits

These videos count toward both USDA professional development credits and SNA CEUs. Please be sure to complete the short evaluation form after watching each video in order to obtain your credits. Links to the evaluation forms are below.
Leafy Greens Evaluation
Cabbage, Broccoli and Cauliflower Slaw Evaluation
Roasted Root Vegetable Evaluation
Winter Squash Puree Evaluation
Tomato and Pepper Ratatouille Evaluation
Whole Grains Evaluation

USDA Professional Development Credits: Please complete the short evaluation survey, and then record the video name, video length, and date viewed when logging the training toward your USDA professional development credits. All videos meet learning objective code 2130 – Develop culinary skills necessary for school meal preparation. You will log and report your own hours for the USDA credits. The videos count minute for minute when logging training time. You can log and combine minutes from all six videos, or watch videos a la carte, when obtaining USDA professional development credits.

School Nutrition Association CEUs (SNS): When watched as a whole, this video series counts toward 1 hour of WI-SNA and SNA professional development credits. In order to access the credit, you must watch all six videos, and complete the short evaluation survey after each video. After you have viewed all six videos and taken the surveys, please contact Vanessa Herald ( | 608-263-6064) to receive a certificate of completed training.


CESA Purchasing Nutrition Program and the Center for Integrated Agricultural Systems at the UW-Madison College of Agricultural and Life Sciences are key grant recipients of a USDA Specialty Crop Block Grant that supports the five specialty crop Chop! Chop! videos. Team Nutrition at the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction developed the whole grains Chop! Chop! video with the support of a USDA Team Nutrition grant.

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Supporting organizational partners contributing essential effort to the Chop! Chop! Project include: Wisconsin Farm to School; Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection; UW School of Human Ecology; School Nutrition Association of Wisconsin.

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Thank you to the following corporate sponsors: Organic Valley and Nutrislice.

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Thank you to the following federal grants that made this project possible: USDA Specialty Crop Block Grant and the USDA Team Nutrition Grant.

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This project exists thanks to the support of many dedicated individuals and organizations across Wisconsin’s farm to school, local food, school nutrition, farming and arts communities. We would like to especially thank Terese Allen, Susan Peterman, Kymm Mutch, Sarah Elliott, Sarah Lloyd, Wisconsin Food Hub Cooperative, Cris Carusi, Lisa Stahl, Tom Martin, Calen Albert, Daniella Echeverria, Honeybee Studio, Vermont Valley Community Farm, High Meadow Farm CSA, Ledgeview Gardens, Apple Blossom Orchard and Market, Amazing Grace Family Farm, Regenerative Roots, Peter Mulvey, Wisconsin Public Television, Jim Degan, Peggy West, Michelle Denk, Erin Heim, Barb Waara, Middleton Cross Plains School District, and Amy Yungbluth.


The Chop! Chop! Culinary Skills Videos are a collaborative project of the UW-Madison Center for Integrated Agricultural Systems, CESA Purchasing Nutrition Program and Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction Team Nutrition. For questions, or to show these videos at your trainings, contact Vanessa Herald at UW-Madison CIAS: | 608-263-6064

This project was supported by the Specialty Crop Block Grant Program at the U.S. Department of Agriculture through grant 12-25-B01706. Its contents are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official views of the USDA.

This project has been funded at least in part with Federal funds from the U.S. Department of Agriculture Team Nutrition. The contents of this publication do not necessarily reflect the view of policies of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA); nor does the mention of trade names, commercial products, or organizations imply endorsement by the U.S. government or the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction.

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