Tuna Pasta Salad with Apples & Grapes

Tuna Pasta Salad with apples and grapes

I came out of my comfort zone today with this  salad.  Adding fruit to fish or chicken is just not my style, but this salad is really good .  It comes together in the ten minutes it takes to cook the pasta.  If you really don’t care for the taste of canned tuna the apples and grapes turn it into a not so tuna salad.

So here’s how it came down for lunch…

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Chipotle Shrimp with Cheddar Grits

Chipotle Shrimp

We’re spending some time by the ocean and here’s what we had for dinner the other night.  Just a perfect dish for anytime , but the dish was really good for a little vacation time!  It’s so easy and packed with lots of flavor.  I like it with a little more heat so I added  more chipotle peppers.  Don’t wait for vacation to try these shrimp and grits now is the perfect time.  Happy Thanksgiving to you!

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Blueberry and Yogurt Loaf from Donna Hay

Blueberry Yogurt Loaf

This blueberry yogurt loaf is just what you want with your morning coffee or at the end of a great meal.  It’s a dense, lemony, buttery loaf of goodness.  I’ve made it at least six times in the last month.  It’s that good.

Don’t get the wrong idea and think it is a blueberry pound cake.  It’s not.  It’s a cross between a pound cake and a quick bread.  It’s a lovely thing because you can use two bowls and you need no mixer.

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Best Ever Pancakes from Martha

Martha's Best Panckakes

School’s  been in session for three months.  Really?  I’ve been in a whirlwind of what?  Where have the days gone?  Am I the only one that’s wondering what’s happening to time?  Let’s slow time down.  Do you agree?  I want to enjoy, just soak it all in, live each second before it slips away.  I don’t want to miss a thing!  What about you?

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Pepperoni Pizza Appetizers

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I’m so glad that I tried this recipe at home before making it for 130 students.   So many things can go wrong even with the simplest of dishes .     After taking a closer look at this I discovered that one of the pepperoni balls has 350 calories. Well, that may be fine and good for my swimmers and football players but for the average person that’s not what I would like to encourage as a snack. With that said I set out to reduce the calories by cutting the serving size to 80 calories. The original recipe called for an entire biscuit. I cut each biscuit into quarters and proceeded with the original recipe. It really came out beautifully, but did not have the pizza punch that I wanted and it  was a little time-consuming.  So I used a recipe from the dark ages and my students thought it was genius. I couldn’t believe that only two or three had made small pizzas using biscuit dough. They all said , “Why would we make them when we can just buy frozen pizza pockets at the grocery store? ” Now they can create their own pizza appetizers and control the ingredients.

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Lemon Cheese Danish with Lemon Icing

Lemon Cheese Danish

Here’s what we made in class on Friday our first lab of the year. The first time in the kitchen always makes for some interesting writing here. Just imagine 33 teens in a room with six kitchens all trying to get Danish in the oven, tables set, and kitchens cleaned in a mere 45 minutes. It is organized chaos!!! One group added their milk a day early and two groups got the Danish confused with the icing and added a heaping cup of powdered sugar to the dry ingredients. Another student used a pastry blender as a mixing tool. I haven’t figured that one out yet. After four hours and 124 students later I left feeling exhausted both mentally and physically. It was a great lab with only three wrong turns out of twenty-four that hit the nail on the head.

Here’s what I did to change it up and I loved the results and so did my family. Looking for something sweet, tart and very simple here it is Lemon Cheese Danish with Lemon icing.

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Butternut Squash Soup

Squash Soup

 

I can count the number of times on one hand that I’ve cooked or eaten butternut squash.  Someone should have introduced me to this jewel of a soup a long time ago.  I will be making this many times!     It’s amazing both hot or cold. It’s restaurant good.

Sonja one of my fellow teachers, loves to cook.  She and I share recipes and this is one of hers.   I knew it was a hit when her son brought a cup of it to school for his girlfriend to taste.  When does that ever happen?

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