Mrs. Shanahan



Degrees and Certifications:

Bachelor of Science, Home Economics-Teacher Education, Douglass College, Rutgers University. Master Gardener, Rutgers Cooperative Extension

Mrs. Shanahan

When I'm not creating meals in the kitchen, look for me in the garden!  I'm probably planting, weeding, harvesting or simply strolling through the raised beds of tomatoes, peppers, potatoes, lettuce, swiss chard, carrots, and berries waiting for that perfect time to pick all the delicious fruits and vegetables that were planted. How did those pumpkin plants get there??  (Hint-Birds!)

Recently I have noticed my collection of ornamental potted plants all share something in common--they are interactive in some way!  Watch for them to make an appearance in the classroom at some point and you'll see what I mean!

During the winter months, look for me at my loom.  I enjoy weaving using natural yarns, many of which I have dyed from plants.  Did you know onion skins can be turned into a natural dye for wool and cotton yarns--it produces a lovely shade of yellow.  Nature is magical! 

Of course with the cold winds of winter, it seems a perfect time to cook up some hearty soups, stews, and (my very favorite) tomato sauce.  How I look forward to sharing recipes with you and hope you'll bring in some that we might be able to create in class, too.

Now that our youngest daughter is in college and our other four children are grown, my husband and I enjoy watching cooking shows, taking day trips, and spending time with family and friends.

 A graduate of Rutgers University, Douglass College, with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Home Economics Teacher Education, I believe the experiences I have had will add another dimension to the classroom time we will share. Becoming a Master Gardener through the Rutgers Cooperative Extension Program has honed my gardening skills, too, so watch for some freshly grown fruits, vegetables, and herbs to make an appearance, too!

 I have been fortunate to have travelled to Puerto Rico, the Bahamas, Canada, Italy, Bosnia-Hercegovina, Croatia, and over half of the states in this country, including Hawaii.  If I share some of the food recipes I enjoyed in these countries, will you share some recipes or food ideas from the places you have visited?  I hope so.  Let's Get Cooking!