Mindy Hawkins discussed the finer points of making a grilled cheese sandwich with eight Laguna Beach High School students Thursday.
Hawkins, a vocational education teacher at the school, spoke of the difference between cooking the sandwich in a microwave, which is quicker, or allowing the cheese to melt slower while the bread crisps atop a griddle.
The classic lunchtime favorite and milkshakes were on the menu.
"You guys will be living on your own and have to make lunch," said Hawkins, who walks with nine students from the high school to the Assistance League of Laguna Beach twice a month to cook and perform other tasks, such as placing price tags on CDs and DVDs.
The Assistance League, a nonprofit philanthropic organization, sells the CDs and other items at its thrift shop, called the Turnabout Shop.
Students have prepared crepes, chicken-topped salads, pizza, pasta, even an ice cream cake, freshman Danielle Treadwell said.