Monthly Archives: October 2012

Tami’s Everything Salad

You know that I love salads and this is one great salad that you will love, too!  When my tennis friend Tami told me that she made this salad every Thanksgiving and it was devoured I stepped back a minute and thought.  You know a salad really has to be good to be eaten at Thanksgiving  because there is so much good food on a Thanksgiving table.  Usually a salad will be the last food eaten, but this is the exception.  I promise you it is like dessert that’s a salad, but so good for you!  Tami served it last week at our end of the year tennis get together and it was a hit!  I made it last night for my book club and there was just a morsel left.  It is a fantastic salad and everyone will love it.  It has it all veggies, fruit, nuts, and cheese that are so good for you.  Then a heavenly sweet and sour dressing that is to die for.

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Pork Ramen Soup

I made this soup two days in a row.  One day I had it for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.  It is that good!  I love Real Simple recipes and this one is a big hit!  Don’t change one thing until you make it at least once then you can substitute tofu, chicken, or shrimp for the pork.  I love it!  The ingredients are fresh and full of flavor.  The fresh ginger is unbelievable!  Once you and your family discover this fresh flavored dish  you will go back to it again and again.  It is one of the best soups that I have ever had!

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Buttermilk Pancakes from Cooking Light

I know that I am preaching to the choir when I say this, but it has come again to my attention that some parents of teenagers think that my food’s class is frivolous!  Ha!  I have witnessed first hand during our second lab that basic cooking skills are needed.  These include knowing the difference between a tablespoon and a teaspoon, measuring dry ingredients correctly in a dry measuring cup, and that a skillet must be preheated before pouring pancake batter  in the pan.  Nothing ceases to amaze me in the food’s lab after so many years of teaching.  What does amaze me that some parents  don’t think that being able to prepare nutritious meals at home is a necessary skill.  Well, I am not going there today!  But,  I was pleased to see this article in Cooking Light last month Bring Back Home Economics to Schools!  If I get on my soap box today I will take up way too much space here and too much of your valuable time.  Let’s get to the light version of the pancakes we made  last week.  They were delightful!

When I was giving my demonstration I tried a new recipe using sour cream and melted butter.  While I loved the taste I was not pleased with the texture.  I am a lover of light and fluffy pancakes, not the thin crepe type.  So after giving the students the basic instructions of putting pancakes together I changed the ingredients to make a lighter and fluffier version.  The one that I used came from Cooking Light.  The recipe calls for much less fat than most recipes.

The results in most groups were fantastic, but we were not without a few mishaps from using the wrong measurements,  preheating to the wrong temperature , or in some cases not preheating the skillet at all.  Some students did admit that they should pay closer attention when I am cooking for them.  Well, yes that is the whole idea behind demonstrating.   Here is the recipe for you to try on a beautiful fall Saturday morning.

Buttermilk Pancakes from Cooking Light

Yield 18 medium pancakes

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups low-fat buttermilk
  • 2 teaspoons vegetable oil
  • 2 large eggs, lightly beaten


  1. Lightly spoon flour into a dry measuring cup; level with a knife.
  2. Combine flour and next 4 ingredients (flour through salt) in a large bowl, and make a well in center of mixture.
  3. Combine buttermilk, oil, and egg; add to flour mixture, stirring until smooth.
  4. Spoon about 1/4 cup batter onto a hot nonstick griddle or nonstick skillet coated with cooking spray.
  5. Turn pancakes when tops are covered with bubbles and edges look cooked.


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Oat’n Toffee Grahams

I cannot decide if this sinful concoction should be tagged as candy or as a cookie.  Whatever the tag it is one bar that you are going to want to prepare when the chocolate bug bites!  It’s easy.  The hardest part is lining the baking sheet with parchment paper which has a mind of its own sometimes.  So you start with graham crackers to line your baking sheet.  I think I have said this before that manufactures are reducing  the size of the product or the container.  Have you noticed that your favorite cookie or cracker is somewhat smaller now?  What about a gallon of ice cream?  It is no longer a gallon.  I noticed when shopping for evaporated milk that the number of ounces in the can has been reduced.   In some cases it could wreck a recipe, but not it this case.  Anyway these bars are so good that you just have to try them.  It makes a bunch and they are quite rich, but freeze them for up to three months.  Then you’ll have a little chocolate hanging around in case of an emergency!  You know what I mean.

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