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. 🙂

Broccoli Tofu over Rice

by: The Dao Family

We enjoy takeout Chinese food and this recipe has become a tasty family favorite that we can make at home. The original recipe calls for beef, but we've substituted with tofu for a vegetarian version.

Source: What's Gaby Cooking: Eat What You Want Cookbook, 2020

Ingredients

1 block of tofu (firm or extra firm), cubed
1/2 cup soy sauce
3 T brown sugar
5 cloves garlic, minced
1 (1-inch) piece of fresh ginger, peeled and grated
1 T cornstarch
1 T sesame oil
1/2 yellow onion, sliced
1 large head of broccoli, cut into florets and blanched
Cooked rice
1 T toasted sesame seeds (optional)
3 scallions, sliced on the bias (optional)

Recipe Steps

  1. Whisk together soy sauce, brown sugar, garlic, ginger, and cornstarch. Set aside.
  2. Heat sesame oil over medium-high in a large skillet. Add onions.  Saute for 8 mins. 
  3. Add the blanched and drained broccoli. Cook for 1 min.
  4. Add the garlic sauce and stir to coat.
  5. Add the tofu and warm through for about 3 min. 
  6. Transfer to serving plates over rice.
  7. Garnish with sesame seeds and scallions (optional).

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.

Auf Lauf (Dutch Baby/German Pancake)

by: Skinner-Holmberg family (4th & 8th grade)

My family made "auf lauf" for weekend breakfasts when I was growing up, but when I reached adulthood and asked for the recipe, I found out it had not been written down, and I couldn't replicate it. Then I received Joy of Cooking and discovered that what we had always called auf lauf was a well-known thing called a "Dutch Baby!" We have this often for brunch on weekends, though we use about half the butter that Joy of Cooking uses! Through quarantine we have made lots of great breakfasts but I always come back to auf lauf because it is easy, homey, yummy, and beautiful!  - Erika

Source: Our family's version of Joy of Cooking's recipe!

Ingredients

4 eggs
1 cup milk
1 cup all purpose flour (can substitute up to 1/2 cup whole wheat)
4 T butter
1/3-1/2 cup sugar

Recipe Steps

  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
  2. Once oven is hot, place butter in a 9×13 inch pan and place pan in the oven.
  3. While butter is melting, whisk together other ingredients. Mix well, should be smooth.
  4. When butter has melted, pour batter into pan and bake for 15-17 minutes until edges have puffed dramatically and turned golden brown and pancake is set.
  5. Serve immediately with fruit compote, powdered sugar, maple syrup, or jam. Serves 4.

Broccoli Quiche

by: Mrs. Ross (Team Specialist)

I started making this recipe when it was the end of the week and my groceries were getting low. I had plenty of eggs and cooked broccoli. I decided to try and make a quiche. My family loved it. I have been making it for about 3 years now.

Source: I made this recipe up on my own. It is fun to adjust the recipe. Sometimes I add onions or baked ham.

Ingredients

2 cups cooked broccoli (chopped into small pieces)
8-12 eggs
1/4 cup milk
salt and pepper to taste (optional: 1/2 Cup shredded cheddar cheese, 1 diced onion or any other veggie)

Recipe Steps

  1. Beat eggs, milk and salt and pepper for 2 minutes.
  2. Add remaining cooled ingredients and mix well.
  3. Put in a buttered round baking plate.
  4. Cook at 375 degrees for 35-45 minutes

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!

Easy Bagels!

by: Mrs. Olwell (grade 5 teacher)

I started making this recipe at the beginning of our quarantine when I was pregnant. I made them for the first time the day after we found out that we would be out of school. I was sad because it meant I wouldn’t get to say goodbye to my students before I had my baby and would be on maternity leave. I needed to keep busy by cooking and baking to keep my mind off of everything going on. My husband had one and said “oh my goodness this is the best bagel I’ve ever had!” They were so easy to make I made them many times those couple of weeks I was pregnant. After I had baby Hunter, my husband made them for me as my first meal back at home. I’ll always think about this bittersweet time when I eat them!  

Source: Recipe by Gina Homolka

Ingredients

1 cup flour (can use gluten free)
2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
1 cup 0% fat Greek yogurt
1 egg
Topping of choice: sesame seeds, cinnamon sugar, or our favorite, Trader Joe’s Everything Seasoning (can order on Amazon!)

Recipe Steps

  1. Preheat oven to 375F. Place parchment paper on a baking sheet or spray baking sheet with oil.
  2. In a medium bowl combine the flour, baking powder and salt and whisk well. Add the yogurt and mix with a fork or spatula until well combined.
  3. Lightly dust flour on a work surface and remove dough from the bowl, knead the dough a few times until dough is tacky, but not sticky, about 15 turns (it should not leave dough on your hand when you pull away).
  4. Divide into 4 equal balls. Roll each ball into 3/4-inch thick ropes and join the ends to form bagels. (or you can make a ball and poke a hole in the center then stretch it slightly)
  5. Top with egg wash and sprinkle with seasoning of your choice. Bake on the top rack of the oven for 25 minutes. Cool for 15 minutes.
  6. Enjoy! 🙂

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.

Cantaloupe Salad with Sliced Feta

by: Ms.Beverly

I love to make it. It's just a very simple salad to make and is so refreshing in the summertime.

Source: I found it in REAL SIMPLE.

Ingredients

1 small shallot, finely chopped
5 Tbsp. Champagne
or white wine vinegar
1 3-lb. cantaloupe, peeled seeded and sliced
1 English cucumber, sliced
6 oz. of feta cheese. thinly sliced(about 1 1/2 cups)
1/2 loaf of ciabatta bread, sliced
7 Tbsp. olive oil divided
1 1/2 tsp. kosher salt, divided
1/2 cup loosely packed fresh basil leaves
1/2 tsp. freshly ground black pepper
1/2 cup roughly chopped toasted almonds
1/8 tsp freshly ground pepper

Recipe Steps

  1. STIR shallots and vinegar in a small bowl and let stand for minutes.
  2. MEANWHILE, arrange cantaloupe and cucumber on a large platter and top with feta: set aside
  3. HEAT a grill pan over high heat. Brush both sides of the ciabatta slices with 3 tablespoons of oil .Grill until charred on both sides
  4. WHISK teaspoon salt and remaining tablespoons of oil into the shallot -vinegar mixture.
  5. Drizzle over the salad. Top with basil,almonds,pepper and remaining. 1/2 teaspoon of salt.
  6. Serve with the grilled ciabatta.

YUMMY YUMMY and healthy too. 622 calories.

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!