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Cheese Biscuits – A Fantastic Lab

Before attempting our second lab making biscuits from scratch I spent two days demonstrating .  One class period I made these Cheese Garlic Drop Biscuits.  They were a hit, but the Cuisinart food processor was a bigger hit.  Many of them had never seen one used and they were fasinated by it. I love my Cuisinart that I have had for at least 25 years.  I have only had to replace the bowl top for $20 otherwise it has been worth the money.  I talked quite a bit about shopping for food processors.  By the way, buy one that will last.  If you get a really good one it will probably outlast you.  The cheaper brands have a smaller motor and will eventually burn up and have to be replaced.    Here is a list to think about when purchasing one. Continue reading

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Southwest Spaghetti Pie

Usually on Thursday night I plan my menus for the week and then do my grocery shopping on Friday.  I can spend hours pouring through my food magazines or my collection of cookbooks and really confuse myself with all the choices.  Or I can just pull out my collections of menus planned from a year ago or two years ago to make it easier.  Some of you are saying  “What is she talking about?”.  The best way to save money, time, and eat healthier is to take the time to plan your menus for the week.  I have done this my entire life.  I cannot just go to the store and start pulling things off the shelf and have dinner for a week. I challenge you to give this a try.  You will be surprised at how much more organized your life will be.  This way you are less likely to pick up fast food or pack up the family and go out for dinner.

Here is one of my favorite go to meals that is quick, good and for us has leftovers for the next day and then some to freeze.  It is a  new twist on an old favorite  spaghetti.  Just add a green salad and you have a perfect week night meal.  Some steps can be done ahead saving you even more time when you are rushed to get dinner on the table.  Peppers can be diced, cheese grated, or just go ahead and make the sauce.

So here you go a little spaghetti south of the border.

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Cheese Biscuits and a Mission Accomplished – Vote Here

Today was our last lab for quick breads and  the students ended the unit with a bang!  All the biscuits that were made today were so good!  Biscuits are not the easiest bread to make especially for beginners.  At first you  are not quite sure how the dough should feel and how much to knead it.  And then there is always the question of how much flour to add to the dough to keep it from sticking to your hands.   I was very impressed when I talked with each group about what they learned.  Here are some of their comments

  • These are so easy to make.
  • They are better than the drop biscuits that we made from Bisquick.
  • We have all the ingredients at home.
  • Why would anyone buy those refrigerated things when you can make these?
  • You can make these really small , eat two and fool yourself into thinking you are eating more.
  • I had no idea that I could bake biscuits that tasted so good.
  • We can save money baking biscuits from scratch.
  • I want to make these for my mom.

 

So  my mission for this unit is accomplished and we are ready to move on. 

You will find the recipe for Basic Biscuits here and to make the Cheese Biscuits make the following changes:

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And The Winner Is……..

Our 1st Place Winner!

The recipe and all the interesting things that happened in our first lab of the semester is located on the previous post.

Here are the results of today’s bake-off.  Everyone did just great.  Vote for the one that you think deserves the top of this post.  Voting ends Sunday!  Good luck!

To vote go to the comments.  Remember that your e-mail address will not be shared.  It is just for my use to answer questions that you might have.  So here you go with today’s reults:

And a very close 2nd place winner!

 

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Cheese Drop Biscuits with Garlic Butter

If you are in a hurry and are craving homemade bread this recipe is for you!  The Athlete loves these drop biscuits and and I have been known to put them together at the last minute because I saw a look of disappointment on his face.  They only take about 10 minutes to put together so it is hard to say no.  So just get in the kitchen and whip these little drops of cheesey goodness into shape and wait for the compliments to come your way!  Recipe and how to photographs can be found at the end of the post.

Deviating from the usual muffin lab that I do for the  first lab of the semester was quite interesting.  Why change something that works you might ask? Well, having all of the ingredients for a recipe helps.  My pantry had several boxes of Bisquick and the drop biscuits put it to good use.

I gave the demonstration yesterday.  With new cooks their knowledge is very limited so they ask me lots of questions or they just watch and try to soak it all in.  It is as if they are learning a new language. For some of them it is very difficult and for others it comes very easy.I’ve never done these drop biscuits as a lab before, therefore have nothing to compare it to.  All the biscuits were edible!  That is always good.  Everyone enjoyed themselves.

I have to say this about tasting what each group prepared.  Some groups will not start eating until I come to their table and taste their food.  They all sit there speechless waiting for me to let them know how it taste.  Even the slight hesitation as I am talking will scare them.  My approval is a very powerful tool.  Sometimes it is a little scary.  I don’t want to say the wrong thing and discourage a student.    I know you are all are wondering what I might say if the food is bad.  And yes, I have had the pleasure of tasting bad food !!  I always try to remember what a good friend of mine told me. She saw a friend’s new baby for the first time and it was NOT a pretty baby. She said, ” Oh my goodness, what a pretty blanket.”   Focus on the positive!

As a sideline here,  one of the department heads observed me yesterday and  an administrator today.   It is the first time anyone has ever observed the first lab of the semester. All kinds of things can go wrong during the first lab.  You can have students that hate each other working together.  Then you might have a group that every member is scared to do anything so nothing gets done. This list goes on, but all went well!  Thank goodness.

Cheesy Drop Biscuits with Garlic Butter

From Betty Crocker

  • 2 cups of original Bisquick
  • 2/3 cup milk
  • 1 cup of shredded Cheddar cheese
  • 2 Tablespoons margarine or butter melted
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder

Preheat oven to 450 degrees.  In a medium bowl mix Biquick and shredded cheese together.  Add milk.  Stir with fork until soft dough forms.  On a cookie sheet, drop dough by 10 to 12 spoonfuls about 2 inches apart.  I like to used parchment paper to line the baking sheet .  If you do not use the paper I would lightly grease the baking sheet because the cheese will cause the biscuits to stick.

Bake 8 to 10 minutes or until golden brown.  In small bowl, stir butter and garlic powder until well mixed: brush on warm biscuits before removing from cookie sheet.  Serve warm.

Here are photos to show the steps:

2 cups of Bisquick and 1 cup of shredded Cheddar cheese

Mix Bisquick and cheese . Then add milk and stir until a soft dough forms

Place on baking pan and bake at 450 degrees for 8 to 10 minutes.

Mix 2 Tablespoons of melted butter with 1/4 teaspoon of garlic powder

Brush butter and garlic powder on warm biscuits

Enjoy!

Happy cooking,

The Teacher Cooks

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Cornbread Muffins with Cheese and Chilies- another Paula Deen recipe

Today was a great day at school!  Especially after yesterday.  I was not sure I wanted to return.  But, alas I did and have to say it was a fulfilling day at that.  There are a few little projects  needing  some work, if you know what I mean.   What would teachers do if every student was perfect?  Some of my fellow teachers might say , “A lot!”   But in the end it might be quite boring.

We visited the media center today to explore the world of blogging and how it related to Nutrition and Wellness class.   As I monitored the class work,  I glanced at the computer screen next to me and asked,  ” How did you do that?”   It really amazes me the computer skills that my students  have.  Now I am in the other seat.  The slow learner!!!  The student is so encouraging, ” Oh, Mrs. L  let me show you how to do it.  It is just a click here and that is it.”   Now I am the student and he is the teacher.   I feel excited about learning something new and it gave this kid a big smile.

Throughout the semester my class will be commenting on many of the  posts.  The instructions are different each time but always they are to use good writing skills.  If you read the comments you will see that some are very good.  Some on the other hand could use improvement.

Let’s get to the baby corn muffins.  This is Paula Dean’s recipe.  I just kicked it up a bit with some jalepeno peppers.  They are quite easy to put together.  I can’t lie and tell you that they are healthy, but it is all about the size of the portion.  These are extremely small,  just don’t eat twelve!

Depending what size pans you use you could possibly make 48.  Don’t worry they freeze really well.  To reheat just wrap in foil  and place in the oven for about 10 minutes.  They can be reheated in the microwave wrapped in paper towel.

Here’s how you make them.  Enjoy!

Gather all the ingredients

1 1/4 cups of cornmeal and 2 teaspoons baking powder

Add 1/2 teaspoon salt

Then add 1 cup of sharp grated cheese, 1 8 oz. can of creamed corn, 1 cup sour cream, 1 4 oz. can chopped green chilies and I added 1 chopped jalapeno to add some heat.

Chilies, sour cream, corn and cheddar cheese are added then mix lightly.

Beat slightly 2 eggs and 1/2 canola oil and stir until combined. Do not overmix.

Put in greased mini muffin pan

Bake for 18 to 20 minutes.   Just a note here about filling the pans.  The ones above are filled just a little too much.  It makes it very hard to get out of the pan.  At first I thought that I should put oil around the tops of the pan.  No!!  This did not help.  I did find that filling the pans 1/2 instead of 2/3 was the answer.  It just did not look as if it would be enough batter, but it will work  making them much easier to remove.

Enjoy!

Green Chili Corn Muffins

  • 1 1/4 cups  cornmeal
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 cup shredded sharp Cheddar cheese
  • 8 oz. can cream-style corn
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 4 oz. chopped green chilies
  • 1/2 cup canola oil
  • 2 eggs slightly beaten

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.  Grease miniature muffin tins wih vegetable oil or cooking spray.

In a small bowl combine the cornmeal, salt, and baking powder.  Add the cheese, corn, sour cream, and chilies.  ( I stirred in minced jalapeno).  Stir until lightly combined.  Add the oil and eggs and stir until eveything is just combined.  Do not overmix.  The batter will be very stiff.  Place about 1/2 tablespoon of batter into each muffin cup.  Bake for 18 to 20 minutes.

Make 48 miniature muffins

Happy Cooking,

The Teacher Cooks

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Cheese Biscuits – Quick Bread Lab

Almost perfect!!!

Almost perfect!!!

I love teaching!! No, I mean I really LOVE teaching! Today anyway. It makes my day when my students come into the classroom and can’t wait for me to call the roll because they are so eager to get busy with their assignment . There has to be a reason for this other than the fact that they are all starving.

I read something on Monday when I attended the Leonardo DiVinci exhibit that could be the reason for the eagerness . Di Vinci said, ” Study without desire spoils the memory, and it retains nothing that it takes in.” Could it be a spark of passion here that has created this excitement? I hope so.

 Cheese biscuits are the last of our quick bread labs and we go out with a perfect 10. As you look at the pictures you can see they did great! One group put the cheese in at the wrong time, but recovered very well. They learned from the first time not to add too much flour and surprisingly they were very good . We had a couple of equipment malfunctions. One oven was turned off by mistake and another did not heat properly.

 I now feel as if our lab is  a small reproduction of ” Top Chef” , because there is so much competition between the groups to be at the top of the post. It is quite comical. You would think that I am giving out money as an award. Competition is good, but I have to think of a way to tone this down before it ruins some friendships.

How do you prepare these little cheesy morsels? Check out Making Biscuits From Scratch and make one little change. Grate 1 1/2 cups of sharp cheddar cheese and add after cutting in the shortening.

Some information about grating cheese:

  • Use a food processor
  • Go ahead and grate a lot of it at one time
  • Freeze what you don’t use

 You might ask why not save time and use pre-grated cheese? I am not totally against it but, it is dry and not as flavorful. It is more expensive, too.

 Okay I have to get to the gym . I ate more than my usual taste of each biscuit today. They were just sooo good that I could not resist. Hopefully I can STEP some of these calories off before they attach to my body as fat.

Enjoy the Bake-off pictures!

Happy Cooking,

The Teacher Cooks

Very Good

Very Good

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