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Sauteed Corn, Spinach, Bacon, and Scallions

Sauteed Corn

School is now is session!  Three days mimicked ten days.  Schedule changes, reading the handbook, going over rules and regulations made for boredom.  I did treat my classes Friday with these Fudgy Rocky Road Bars.  They got rave reviews and some of my new students tried them out on their families and friends this weekend.  That’s success!  I will keep you posted about my classes, but so far so good.

Last night I tried this side dish that I have had bookmarked all summer from Katie Workman The M0m 100 Cookbook.  It’s a great way to use the fresh corn that is so plentiful now.  The dish is packed with flavor.  I’m talking bacon, red pepper, shallots, spinach and corn.  It will be a great addition to any entre, but you know what I think it would be perfect to stand alone.  Just eat the whole bowlful with nothing else.  Heaven.

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Baked Eggs in Muffin Tins

Ready to top with cheese

My students absolutely loved these!!!!  A couple of my friends told me that I should try this recipe in my class.  It is quick and easy!  Just right for a 45 minute class period.  When I started doing a little investigation about baked eggs lo and behold they are everywhere.  I missed out on this one earlier, but now I am on the bandwagon.  Perfect for a quick breakfast.  My students came up with endless ideas making these the almost perfect food.  That is what eggs are anyway – the almost perfect food!  So now go get your muffin tin buttered and cook up some eggs for breakfast.  Store in the refrigerator for up to 5 days (if they last that long) and pop in the microwave for about 30 seconds.  Eggs are a great protein source that will keep you satisfied all morning.

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Corn Chowder

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I woke up this morning and found snow on my deck. That’s just wrong for March.  Isn’t spring just around the corner?  Well, anyway it is a good excuse to make this wonderful corn chowder from Katie Workman.  I just love this cookbook that I purchased at our school book fair this year.  It is filled with easy and scrumptious recipes that the whole family will enjoy.  Even if you’ve got some picky eaters in your midst she handles that, too.

Good stuff!

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Bacon-and-Egg Rice

The Friday we cooked Fried Rice in my class I left school and ran errands.  I wonder what went through the minds of those that passed me in the aisle at Publix.  I’m sure they thought that I worked at some local Chinese restaurant or that I was too cheap to buy real perfume and just dabbed a lot of soy sauce behind my ear.  I am not kidding you when I say that I had to roll the windows down in my car on the way home because the odor permeated every pore of my body.  Just imagine 24 kitchens using sesame oil with a clove of garlic, ginger, onions, and soy sauce.  The entire school smelled like a Chinese Wok by noon and we have a large school.  This was a first, I had students checking out to go home and change clothes.  The odor lingered in my room for weeks!  Was the food good?  Yes, it was, but I do need a much better ventilation system.  Two large windows just does not cut it.

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Bacon Tomato Cups

Don’t hate me for this recipe that you are going to love!  It’s fantastic, easy, but not healthy.  Invite at least 18 of your friends over when you decide to make it that way everyone gets two and you have no guilt.  Or just have them as a main dish with a big salad.  Anyway, you’ll  have to balance out the calories  some way to keep it all away from your hips if you know what I mean.

Here’s how I got the recipe.  After Easter, Madison in my fourth period class told me that his mother had made the best biscuits with Rotel tomatoes and that was all it took.  I had to have the recipe.  It is really good and you can change it up for whatever meat that you might have.  I think that Canadian Bacon, ham, sausage, and even chicken would work perfectly.

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Pinto Beans in the Slow Cooker

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I love recipes that require little effort, that you can pull the ingredients out of your pantry at a moment’s notice, and taste heavenly!   This is the recipe.  Easy, easy, easy and good, good, good!  I cannot tell you one time that I have had pinto beans other than a Mexican restaurant.  My mother always made black eyed peas, but no pintos or black beans.  Well, now I have broadened my horizons or rather my tastebuds.  I love this recipe and have made it several times now and each time there is not one spoonful left and there are just two of us eating these beans.  I made homemade cornbread, but also being the nutrition teacher that I am I sauteed spinach with a little olive oil, garlic, and red pepper flakes and topped it with a squeeze of fresh lemon juice.  Oh, my gosh!

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Bacon Thingeys

Bacon makes everything good!  When these things were the rage in the eighties I was busy changing diapers and then after that it was a whole calendar of children’s events.  You know soccer, tennis, scouts, birthday parties, and homework.  I don’t think that I went to a single adult party during that time.  So therefore,  I missed these fantastic Bacon Thingeys that Ree raved about and then Paula.   If you google these everyone in the world it seems has had these except me  until Jane R.  brought them to a pool party last June.  Let me tell you that they literally flew out of the basket.  I could not for the life of me figure out what they were.  I  just knew they were good.  I was blown away when I learned it was simply a saltine wrapped in bacon with a little cheese and baked.  Easy!   If you haven’t tried these you should try them immediately.  They will be perfect for the upcoming holiday parties.

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Bacon Mandarin Orange Salad

I am perfectly happy having a salad for lunch or dinner.  GI Joe and The Athlete just sit back and roll their eyes if we’re at a restaurant and I order just a salad.  I love all kinds of salads, hot, cold, fruit, pasta, vegetables.  Then add to that nuts, goat cheese, blue cheese, feta cheese, mozzarella.  I will take any of the above.  Oh my gosh, what about dressings?  The options are endless, but the one I’m sharing today is one of my favorites. Continue reading

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Spaghetti Squash Gratin with Walnuts and Bacon

This gourd of a vegetable is all new to me.  I had never tasted it nor cooked it until it arrived in my CSA box right before Thanksgiving.  I had no idea what to do with it.  Luck would have it that one of my favorite blogs Clotilde’s Chocolate and Zucchini  just happened to post this Spaghetti Squash Gratin that same week.  It looked delicious so I just had to try it.    I am so glad that I did because it is fantastic and super easy!  In fact the hardest part is cutting the squash in half!

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Rice Pilaf with Spinach and Bacon

Spinach, spinach everywhere!  I have loved the beautiful spinach I am getting in my CSA box each week.  It has been some of the best  that I have ever had, but I cannot prepare this every week.  I have to branch out and try something new,even though sitting down with a bowl of this would be quite rewarding. What did I come up with?  It had to be something quick and a dish that could use some of my other CSA goodies, a gorgeous oyster mushroom and an onion.  Anna’s rice pilaf recipe came to mind.  It’s not her original recipe.  I will share it at a another time.  It is quite delicious.  I used it as a side dish, but it could very well work as a main dish.  I have been known to add a little soy sauce and eat a plateful. 

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