Chocolate Chip Skillet Cookie

by: Mrs. Castodio (5th grade teacher)

If you know me, you know that I have a BIG sweet tooth and chocolate chip cookies are my favorite sweet treat! When my husband and I got married last year, our friends gifted us a cookbook that they wrote themselves, called The New Newlywed Cookbook. As I was flipping through, this recipe caught my eye and it was the first one I made. I used two mini skillets so that I could have my own warm, gooey cookie skillet all to myself! It is a fun way to change up your traditional chocolate chip cookie dessert and is so delicious with a big scoop of vanilla ice cream on top! 

Source: The New Newlywed Cookbook by Kenzie Swanhart & Julien Levesque

Ingredients

1/2 cup (plus 1 tablespoon) all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons unsalted butter, at room temperature
3 tablespoons granulated sugar
3 tablespoons packed light brown sugar
1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 egg
1/2 cup chocolate chips of your choice

You will need a cast iron skillet (or two mini skillets!) to make this recipe

Recipe Steps

  1. Preheat the often to 350 degrees.
  2. In a small bowl, stir together the flour, baking soda, and salt until well combined.
  3. In a separate bowl, stir together the butter, granulated sugar, brown sugar, and vanilla until creamy. Add the egg and mix until all the ingredients are fully incorporated.
  4. Add the dry ingredients to the butter mixture. Using a spatula, mix all the ingredients together, scraping down the sides of the bowl.
  5. Stir the chocolate chips into the dough.
  6. Grease a small cast iron skillet (or two mini skillets). Add the cookie dough to the greased skillet, spreading it in an even layer.
  7. Bake for 25 minutes or until the cookie begins to turn brown on top.
  8. (Optional) Top with a scoop of your favorite ice cream and enjoy!

Pressure Cooker White Chicken Chili

by: Alan Ripp (Special Friday Principal’s Helper)

Not being able to go to the grocery store every day like I used to, I looked for an easy recipe that used pantry staples and super tasty. I make it every 2 weeks now, it’s that good!

Source: I found this on-line, searching for easy chicken chili – https://natashaskitchen.com/instant-pot-white-chicken-chili/

Ingredients

2 large skinless, boneless chicken breasts or 2 thighs (frozen works great too)
15 oz can black beans drained and rinsed
15 oz can white beans drained
1 medium onion chopped
15 oz can corn with juice
10 oz can Rotel diced tomatoes with green chilis with juice
1/2 cup chicken broth or stock
1 tsp chili powder or to taste
1 tsp cumin powder
8 oz package cream cheese cut into 6 pieces

Recipe Steps

  1. Place all of your ingredients into your pressure cooker
  2. Add 1/2 to 1 tsp chili powder, 1 tsp cumin, ranch packet. Stir everything to combine, getting some of the juice under the chicken to keep it from scorching.
  3. Cut cream cheese into 6 pieces and place over the top of chili. Cover and seal with lid, switch the valve to the “sealing” position and cook for 20 min on manual high pressure. Once it is done cooking, let it naturally depressurize for 10 min
  4. Remove the chicken to a plate and shred apart with 2 forks. Stir everything together in the pot to melt the cream cheese into the chili then return the shredded chicken and stir to combine.
  5. I add tortilla chips and sour cream – but you can add anything you like!

Homemade Gnocchi with Tomato Sauce

by: Ms. Bardin (fourth grade teacher)

This is a recipe I learned when I traveled to Italy last summer. It was so interesting to learn homemade techniques for dishes I had only seen in restaurants. This year I cooked this dish for my mom for Mother’s Day and it was delicious!  

Source: Cooking class in Sorrento, Italy

Ingredients

2 lbs of red potatoes
1 lb flour
2 eggs
2 28oz cans of peeled tomatoes
2 cloves of garlic
10 leaves of basil
2 tbsp olive oil
salt
fresh mozzarella (if desired)

Recipe Steps

Potatoes

  1. Boil unsalted water to cook the potatoes without peeling for 30 minutes. When the potatoes are soft (poke with fork) they are ready.
  2. Wait 5-10 minutes for the potatoes to cool
  3. In a separate bowl, whisk the two eggs
  4. Peel the potatoes and crush them (using a potato masher or ricer is best) and then mix the eggs into the potatoes
  5. Using your counter surface mix in half of the flour (8oz) until the dough becomes soft
  6. Roll portions of the dough into 1 in thick “snakes”. Coat your hands and dough with the remaining flour as you work so that it does not stick to your surface.
  7. Cut the dough into 1/2 in to 1 in size pieces using the side of a spatula
  8. The gnocchi you do not want to cook can be frozen for a month.
  9. Boil salted water to cook the gnocchi. The gnocchi are ready when they float on the water.
  10. Add to a bowl with your sauce and some chunks of mozzarella and enjoy!

Tomato Sauce

  1. In a separate pot, add the olive oil, chopped garlic, and chopped basil and cook for 1 minute on medium heat.
  2. Add the tomatoes, crushing them with a spoon or potato masher in the pot.
  3. Cover and let cook for 25-30 minutes on low/medium heat
  4. Add 3-4 pinches of salt and the sauce is ready to serve!

Flourless Chocolate Chip Banana Bread: Quarantine Edition

by: Ms. Cipolla (Second Grade Teacher)

During this period of quarantine, flour was hard to come by, and we had a lot of ripe bananas to use up! We decided to try out a few new recipes for flour-less banana bread, and this one was our favorite. Although the original recipe calls for nut/seed butter, and coconut palm sugar, we swapped in regular butter and sugar as that was what we had on hand. We also did not have baking soda, but did have baking powder, so if you also have the same predicament: modify the recipe by adding 2 tsp of baking powder (and no baking soda) for the same delicious creation!  

Source: Amanda from Running With Spoons (https://www.runningwithspoons.com/flourless-chocolate-chip-banana-bread/)

Ingredients

Bananas (2, ripe, mashed)
2 large eggs
1/4 cup butter
1 tsp vanilla
3/4 cup oats
1/4 cup sugar
1/4 tsp sea salt
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 cup chocolate chips (optional)

Recipe Steps

  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Grease a bread pan, or cover it with parchment paper if you prefer.
  3. Pour the oats into the blender, and blend until they are a fine powder (about 2 minutes).
  4. Put in the rest of the ingredients EXCEPT the chocolate chips, and blend until the mixture is smooth (about 2 minutes).
  5. Fold in the chocolate chips.
  6. Pour the mixture into the baking pan. Top with any extra available chocolate chips 🙂
  7. Bake for 45-50 minutes. Allow it to cool for a few minutes.

*You can store this for a week or so in an airtight container, or freeze it for up to a few months!*