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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!




Filed under Biscuits, Cheese, Cooking, easy, quick, Recipes

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


Happy cooking,

The Teacher Cooks


Filed under Biscuits, Cheese, Cooking, easy, Recipes

Cajun Pork Roast

Low calorie, easy and delicious!

Low calorie, easy and delicious!

Another day at home with little water.  I am clean though.  Just took a bath in about 2 inches of water.  Brought me back to the  days of  staying  at my grandmother’s farm with no running water.  It was fun when I was 5 years old , but now you could say I am spoiled!  The news is that it could be into next week before our water is back to normal.  It could be worse.

I usually grill pork tenderloin , but with all the rain I pulled out an old recipe from  pork The Other White Meat.   Pork is so versatile.  I serve this with Hashbrown Casserole ( I will share the recipe later ) or a baked potato and something  green like asparagus, broccoli, or green salad.  All of this is quick and easy to do.  Here is the recipe.


Cajun Pork Roast

  • 2 lb. boneless pork loin roast
  • cooking oil
  • 3 Tbs. paprika
  • 1/2 tsp. red pepper
  • 1 Tbs. garlic powder
  • 2 tsp. oregano
  • 2 tsp. thyme
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. white pepper
  • 1/2 tsp. cumin
  • 1/4 tsp. nutmeg
Combine all the seasonings

Combine all the seasonings

Brush the roast with oil

Brush the roast with oil using Le Creuset silicone brush

Rub seasoning over roast

Rub seasoning over roast

Place in pan and roast 350 degrees

Place in pan and roast 350 degrees

Roast until internal tempt. is 155 degrees

Roast until internal tempt. is 155 degrees

Your prep time  is only about 5 minutes and the oven does the rest.  After taking out of the oven let it rest for about 10 minutes.  This serves  6 at 196 calories each.  ENJOY!!

The Teacher Cooks


Filed under Cooking, Pork Roast, Pork tenderloin, Recipes

Muffins – Bright Day Banana Muffins

Bright Day Banana Muffins

Bright Day Banana Muffins

What a great way to end the week. These muffins are so tasty.  I promised my students that I would make muffins from scratch so here is what I did.  This recipe came from an old Pillsbury cookbook.  My students loved it.  Hope that you love it too.  Try them they are  so easy and healthy.

Bright Day Banana Muffins

  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • ¾ cup whole wheat flour
  •  1/2 cup sugar
  •   2 teaspoons baking powder
  •  1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  •  1/2 cup (1 medium) mashed ripe banana
  •  1/2 cup milk
  • 1/3 cup oil
  •  1 egg, slightly beaten
  • Topping
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 Tablespoons butter melted                                                           

Heat oven to 400F.  Grease bottoms of 12 muffin cups or line with paper baking cups.  Combine all dry ingredients; stir in remaining muffin ingredients until dry particles are moistened.  Fill 2/3 full.

Bake at 400F. for 18 to 22 minutes or until golden brown.  Immediately remove from pan.  In small bowl, combine ¼ cup sugar and cinnamon.  Brush tops of hot muffins with melted  butterand dip in sugar-cinnamon mixture.  Serve warm.

To brush the tops of the muffins I used a Le Creuset pastry brush with a silicone brush.  I LOVE it.  It will withstand high heat and can go directly into the dishwasher.  It is perfect.

About nutrition:  These muffins have 210 calories, 3 g protein and 2g fiber.  Better than most.  Freeze these babies and just pull them out and microwave for 30 seconds.  Pair with a cold glass of milk and you have the perfect breakfast.

Happy Cooking,

The Teacher Cooks


Filed under Cooking, Recipes