Do you love strawberry shortcake? I have just the recipe for you, but less trouble and less calories. This is a fabulous muffin recipe and I know because I have made my share of muffins with high school students. Since I just received my first strawberries of the season in my CSA box I was searching for a great recipe. I did not have to go far. The new issue of Southern Living coincidentally featured strawberry recipes ranging from strawberry pie to strawberry curd this month. There many great looking recipes using strawberries. I didn’t have to make a choice because my friend Syble mentioned to me that she tried these strawberry lemonade muffins which were divine. I was sold . Her word is gold and I love it when I don’t have to make decisions.
Category Archives: Quick Breads
After suffering for three days with laryngitis, I was ready to demonstrate in silence how to prepare pancakes. But, a scratchy voice appeared on Friday morning and I was able to end my quick bread unit with some light and airy pancakes that will melt in your mouth . This recipe makes a very thick batter, but surprisingly not a heavy pancake. It is light as a feather and will absorb whatever topping you decide to choose. I used a recipe that I have seen floating around on many blogs. They are heralded as the world’s best buttermilk pancakes. You can be the judge of that. We thought they were fabulous!
I have had enough of perusing all my magazines and cookbooks for the perfect dish for Thanksgiving. I no longer want to see the inside of the grocery store. I just want to enjoy my time at home with my family. Why do I put all this pressure on myself to come up with this fantastic menu that’s going to knock everyone’s socks off? My inner self or ego whatever you want to call it somehow thinks that I’m being judged by some great food editors so I must out perform what I did last year! Why can’t I just keep it simple? No, I have to cook two turkeys. One on the grill and another in the oven. Why do I want to cook two desserts? You’d think that I was running a restaurant where everyone gets to place an order. This is going to stop this year. There I have said it. No more trying to find perfection. What was wrong with the perfection that I made last year or the year before that? I am sticking to my guns and making my tried and true recipes that will please everyone and not drive me insane! Before I started blogging three years ago I did not have this problem, but now when I cook a dish I say to myself, ” Cook a new recipe that you will be able to blog about it.” I can kill two birds at once. Then the ultimate goes wrong as it did this past weekend. Two of the recipes that I chose were complete duds. I mean they were bad. Both went into the garbage and I was back to square one at eleven o’clock on Saturday night and lunch was to be served at one on Sunday. Serves me right. I should do as I tell my students. DO NOT try a new recipe when you are having guests. So it is totally my fault. You are my witness I have turned over a new leaf!! And to make myself feel better about my kitchen disappointments I got myself into the kitchen and whipped up my new favorite bread that is great for the holidays, but truthfully I love it all year-long.
Biscuit making always floods my mind with childhood memories of watching my mother put together a beautiful pan of biscuits. They were perfectly rolled out with her hands into small mounds of fluffy white dough that when baked would just seem to melt in your mouth. When I was about 13 I tried my best to make them the same way, but mine were anything but fluffy. You could best describe them as rock hard!
This school year has been quite a challenge for me for many reason that I won’t go into because I am working so hard to be a positive influence in my classroom. My students are absolutely wonderful! With the exception of a handful, all of them signed up for my class to learn how to cook. I have a large number of seniors that will be leaving their families for college next year and they want to be able to cook for themselves. I applaud them!
This is without a doubt the best Banana Bread that I have ever had! I love banana bread right out of the oven or several days old toasted with a little dollop of butter. With a nice hot cup of coffee there is nothing better to start my morning. I fell in love with this bread several years ago when my sister-in-law baked it for breakfast Christmas morning. I just could not stop gushing over how moist and flavorful it was and could not wait to get home and try the recipe. After making it many times I have gotten it to the point of perfection.
If you’re in a hurry making Cinnamon Rolls from biscuit dough is the way to go. It is quick to put together and taste so good. This group of students had no big problems putting these things together. A couple of groups still need to work of kneading the dough. They haven’t quite got the knack of how much to handle it to make the end product light and fluffy. But, I really can’t complain because they were all better than usual. I had none that could break out windows.
I have been on a search for the best waffle that is light and crispy and guess what? I found it. It’s Pam Anderson’s Light and Crispy Waffle from her cookbook Cook Smart. After reading the reviews from Food and Wine and Fine Cooking I knew that I couldn’t go wrong. I put it to the test in my classroom and they loved it, too.
On Valentine’s Day while most people were having lunch with their sweetie, I was making pancakes for my angels. I have been a little of an overachiever lately. Two recipes in one class period and I think that I have gone a little crazy. I have used Bisquick for years because it is easy and students that are new to the kitchen can handle it. But, have you seen the price of Bisquick lately? It is sky high! And according to the paper today we are going to have a huge hike in most grocery items as well as clothing because of the weather. Anyway, I made one from scratch and the recipe from the Bisquick box. Guess what the scratch recipe won hands down. Not surprising to me.