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. 🙂

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!

3 Ingredient Strawberry Jam

by: Mrs. Tucker (1st grade teacher)

A few years ago, I took a jam making class with my mom and my niece. I had never made jam before and felt a little intimidated because I knew we'd have to boil it just right and was worried about ruining it. It ended up being such a fun class and a great way to spend quality family time. This recipe is not the same one I learned in that class, but it's a much simpler version and I think is something any family could make at home!  

Source: I found this recipe on the website: https://www.scatteredthoughtsofacraftymom.com/quick-homemade-strawberry-jam/

Ingredients

16 oz strawberries
3/4 cup white sugar
2 tbs lemon juice

Recipe Steps

  1. Hull and coarsely chop your strawberries and save them to the side.
  2. In a heavy bottom saucepan, mix strawberries, sugar, and lemon juice.
  3. Stir over medium-low heat until the sugar is dissolved. Increase heat to medium-high heat and bring to a rolling boil.
  4. Stir frequently mashing the strawberries as you stir, continuing to boil, until jam is thickened and bubbles completely over the surface of the jam (about 10 minutes).
  5. Transfer jam to a jar and let cool to room temperature.
  6. Seal the jam in jars and store in refrigerator for up to 10 days. {Makes about 1 3/4 cups of jam}.
  7. Enjoy it on toast, ice cream, pancakes, yogurt, or lick it right off the spoon!

Look Whooo’s Cooking!

From our kitchens to yours! We are excited to announce our new virtual community cookbook, Look Whooo’s Cooking! Underwood staff have compiled some of their favorite recipes to share with all of you as a way to connect across the distance. We have a wonderful mix of newly discovered recipes, old family favorites, holiday traditions, and more! Take a look and then add a recipe that your family loves...we can’t wait to see what you cook up!

  • Connecting Kitchens: Watch this introduction video to hear about the project and take a tour of the cookbook.
  • See what’s cooking: Browse the recipes by clicking on the green button below.
  • Contribute:  Fill out this google form to submit a recipe from your kitchen!

We look forward to teaching and learning together through this experience, and are excited to see this community recipe collection grow! Enjoy!