Employee remembers time in OPPD kitchen

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Thousands of elementary school students got their first formal cooking lesson in one of OPPD’s kitchens, taught by members of the former Home Service Department. In fact, the Junior Cooking classes were so popular that they were booked a year in advance.

FLBK_Deena Silke cooking class_book detail 2OPPD’s Deena Silke specialist PCB programs in Environmental Regulatory Affairs, recently found her certificate for completing the Junior Cooks Class. She recalls her mom bringing her Girl Scout troop to classes. The class consisted of four lessons: breakfast, lunch, dinner and party. Once the students completed the course, they received a diploma and a Junior Cook Book.

Silke learned lots of good recipes and useful tips for the kitchen. One of Silke’s highlights from the class was when the instructor told them to hold their pinky finger out when they took a drink.

FLBK_Deena Silke cooking class_book detailThe children learned more than just cooking. Another purpose of the class was to teach participants how to use electric appliances, such as hand mixer, oven and garbage disposal. They learned how to set the kitchen table and how to behave in the kitchen.

The OPPD Home Service Department held cooking classes for other groups, too. There were classes for housewives, student nurses, home economics majors, special-education students, senior citizens and men.

Angel Ruiz Flores

About Angel Ruiz Flores

Angel Ruiz Flores, an Omaha South High School graduate, is a Legacy I3 student interning at OPPD. Angel works in Economic Development, Corporate Marketing & Communications, and Government Relations. He will be attending Metro Community College to pursue an Associate’s degree in Criminal Justice and plans to continue his education at Bellevue University. He plans to pursue a career in economic development. Angel enjoys spending time with his family, volunteering with Young Nebraskans in Action, and relaxing at home.

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  1. Nice article, Angel. My mom, the late Betty Jo Shaw, was one of the fine ladies of the Home Service Department who taught these classes. My cousins used to try and disguise their voices (which never worked, by the way) to call in and ask her questions on the department’s home help hotline, another great service offered. My mom loved her job. Thanks for the flashback. It brought back so many good memories.

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