Baba Ganoush

by: The Chahrour Family

Lucy, Nolan and Isla’s grandfather, Chaker, is from Lebanon. Although we eat Lebanese food pretty regularly, when we drive to Wisconsin every Christmas and celebrate with some of our family, we always make some there too.

Source: Lucy, Isla, and Nolan’s grandfather Chaker

Ingredients

Eggplant

Lemon

Garlic

Tahini (optional)

Salt

olive oil/za’atar (optional)

Recipe Steps

  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees (or up to 400 if you are making other things). If you can, use a grill - it tastes way better from the grill - to a medium high heat.
  2. Wash the eggplant and prick it with a fork or a knife all over - if you don’t your eggplant will explode and you will have a mess and no baba ganoush, and no one wants that.
  3. Put in on the grill or in the oven. You can use a baking dish in the oven but a lot of times I just put it on the rack - on the grill you just put it on the rack. Oven: I leave the eggplant in the oven for about an hour, flipping it once if you want. You want your eggplant cooked all the way and very soft. It sounds a bit hollow when you tap it. It’s way better to over cook it than undercook it. Grill: On the grill you need to turn the eggplant every 5 or 10 minutes. It will get charred and soft and that’s what you want. It can take 20 to 30 minutes, longer if you have a big eggplant.
  4. While your eggplant is cooling, mince some garlic (less is better than more, maybe a 1/2 clove to a whole clove) and squish it with some salt (maybe 1/4 tsp of Kosher salt). Squeeze 1/2 lemon and mix in the garlic and salt and let it sit.
  5. Cut off the stem of the eggplant and peel the skin from that end, it’s easier to start there. Mash the eggplant with a fork and mix in the lemon juice.
  6. Add in tahini to taste (start with about 2 tablespoons). In our family we had someone who was allergic to sesame seeds, so we just omitted it and the za’atar for her. It’s really good either way. Adjust the lemon, salt, and tahini to taste. Top with a little olive oil and some za’atar if you prefer. Za’atar is a spice mixture you can find at some stores or order off the internet. It’s really good on lots of things - chicken, fish, pita bread, man’oushe (Lebanese pizza), hummus, etc. It’s made with sumac, sesame seeds, and other spices. Lucy loves za’atar on buttered toast. 🙂

Lemon Raspberry Muffins

by: The Vonnegut Family

Shea learned to make these on her own during out time at home! Muffins are best when served warm with butter!

Source: 100 Days of Real Food website

Ingredients

1 1/2 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon lemon zest
1 stick softened butter
1 egg
1/2 cup pure maple syrup
1/2 cup milk
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1 cup frozen raspberries

Recipe Steps

  1. Preheat oven to 350F. Spray or line muffin pan.
  2. In small bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, salt, and lemon zest.
  3. In a large bowl, use an electric whisk (or beat) cream the butter until smooth.
  4. Turn the speed down to low and slowly add in the egg, syrup, milk, and vanilla.
  5. With the speed still on low, slowly add in the flour, scraping the sides of the bowl as necessary.
  6. Carefully fold in the raspberries until well combined.
  7. Add batter evenly to muffin cups. (Makes 12 muffins)
  8. Bake about 18-20 mins.

Spinach-Cheese Squares

by: Nurse Carrie

This recipe has made my kids' school cookbook rounds numerous times. In my humble observations they appear to be the most popular appetizer at potlucks and guests constantly ask for the recipe. The best part is they come out delicious no matter who makes them, even by those who don't consider themselves good cooks!  

Source: My mom, Carolyn Ford, better known as "Mimi."

Ingredients

4 TBSP butter
3 eggs
1 cup flour
1 cup milk
1 tsp salt
1 tsp baking powder
1/8 tsp pepper
1/4 tsp garlic powder
1 & 3/4 sticks of Cracker Barrel cheddar cheese
2 pkg of frozen chopped spinach defrosted and squeezed of excess water
2 tsp Worcestershire Sauce
2 TBSP of finely chopped onion

Recipe Steps

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Place butter in 13" X 9" pan and place in oven to melt.
  3. Meanwhile, beat 3 eggs in a bowl; mix in the flour and milk.
  4. Add the rest of the ingredients and stir until well blended.
  5. Pour mixture into the pan of melted butter.
  6. Bake for 35 minutes.
  7. Cool completely before cutting in to squares.

 

Buffalo Cauliflower

by: Mr. Solof (Kindergarten Teacher)

I love spicy food! This is a fairly quick and easy recipe that works for a snack, appetizer or meal!  

Source: I found the recipe online but haven't made it the same way twice. The best part is you don't have to be too particular with it, my only guideline is that it's better to overcook them than undercook them!

Ingredients

Head of Cauliflower
Buffalo Sauce
Blue Cheese or Ranch optional

Recipe Steps

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F
  2. Rinse and dry cauliflower
  3. Chop cauliflower into bite sized pieces
  4. Toss cauliflower in a bowl with your favorite buffalo sauce
  5. Spread cauliflower bites onto a baking sheet
  6. Bake in oven for at least 30 minutes. I often let them go longer and broil them for a few minutes at the end because I like them crispy!
  7. Remove, let cool, and enjoy!

Roasted Butternut Squash Quinoa Salad

by: Mrs. Tartaglino-Fahey (Fourth Grade)

This is a newer recipe for our family. We started making it about 4 years ago to take to Ossipee Lake in New Hampshire (we have a home nearby) for a delicious and portable lunch! Since then, it's become the requested dish for family and friend barbecues! It's gluten free, yet has lots of protein! We've created numerous variations...be creative!  

Source: This is sort of an assimilation of a number of recipes...there are few occasions where we follow a recipe at 'face value!'

Ingredients

6 c butternut squash (1 med butternut squash), peeled/ cut in 1 inch cubes
1 Tbsp olive oil
1/2 tsp salt and 1/2 tsp black pepper
1 tsp dried rosemary
1 cup uncooked quinoa
1/2 cup red onion, finely chopped
2 cups baby kale or spinach, chopped
1/2 cup dried cranberries
1/2 cup chopped pecans
1 cup goat cheese

Balsamic Vinaigrette-whisk ingredients
1/2 cup olive oil
1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
2 tsp. honey
2 tsp. Dijon mustard
1 clove garlic , minced
salt and pepper, to taste

Recipe Steps

  1. Preheat oven to 400 F or grill.
  2. In a large bowl, toss the butternut squash with olive oil and season with salt, freshly ground pepper, and rosemary. Spread butternut squash in a single layer on a foil-lined baking sheet. Roast for 20 minutes or until squash is tender and lightly browned.
  3. While the butternut squash is roasting, rinse quinoa and place in a medium pan with 2 cups water. Bring to a boil, reduce to a simmer and cook partially covered until liquid is absorbed – about 16-18 minutes. Allow to cool 1 hour.
  4. To assemble the salad, combine the roasted butternut squash, cooked quinoa, chopped red onion, chopped kale or spinach, cranberries, chopped pecans and goat cheese in a large bowl. Add the balsamic vinaigrette and mix until combined. Season with salt and pepper, to taste. Serve warm or cold.