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How to Cook in the Social Kitchen

In the emerging world driven by social media, everyone and everything are going the social way – even your kitchens.

How?

Just in time for the busiest cooking season of the year, GE Appliances’ new Facebook application offers consumers tips, recipes and a community to learn more about cooking—all with a philanthropic tie.

The new app’s recipes and cooking tips were created by GE employees, including Chef Joe Castro, Chef Brian Logsdon and product managers.

Users can take those tips to improve their skills, then share how they are progressing their culinary skills with friends and family on Facebook. It was announced Monday, Oct. 29.

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“Social Kitchen gives people an easy way to open their kitchen to friends and family through Facebook,” says Gina DeWitt, GE digital marketing program manager. “Tracking recipes, learning new cooking methods, and having the ability to easily post that to Facebook results in a sense of community in the kitchen.”

Every time Social Kitchen “chefs” cook a recipe and log it on Facebook, GE will donate a meal to Blessings in a Backpack, a non-profit organization providing children who are on the federal Free and Reduced Price Meal Program with a backpack of food to take home for 38 weekends during the school year.

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“GE’s pledged $80,000 donation will feed 1,000 kids,” says Nikki Grizzle, director of marketing and public relations for Blessings in a Backpack. “Not only will they be better nourished, but better test scores, improved reading skills, positive behavior, improved health, and increased attendance have all been attributed to well-nourished children.”

More than 12 million elementary school children receive free and reduced meals at school, and more than 20 million children in the U.S. are at risk of hunger.

Social Kitchen will help these children while at the same time introduce cooking enthusiasts and novices alike to new ideas and tips on slow cooking, seasoning, and marinating, in addition to new recipes for every skill level.

Facebook users can access the app, save recipes and begin earning points for Blessings in a Backpack on GE Appliances’ Facebook page or www.GESocialKitchen.com.

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