While I was in high school one of our neighbors made this cake about every two months and I could not wait to have a big chunk. It was delicious. After all this time I finally made it myself. So here is a blast from my past.
I can always expect there to be much excitement in the air when the time comes for the first lab of the semester. Wearing aprons for the first time, working in the kitchen with a group of people you may not have known two weeks ago, anxiously awaiting to see what the teacher has to say about the food, actually sitting at a table , using a napkin, and carrying on table conversation. This is one of my favorite times of the school year. Continue reading
Usually side dishes that are on the sweet side do not interest me at all, but this particular one has passed my lips and made me a very happy person. I love it for the holiday season and have made it numerous times thanks to my sister-in-law who shared the recipe. The fresh cranberries make this a tart dish yet the apples and sugar tame down the cranberries. As I type the word tart it makes me smile. My students ask me all the time, “Why do use such large and unfamiliar words?” I really don’t think that I do. “What should I say instead of tart?” I asked. “Sour will work just fine.” They make me laugh!
I cannot begin to tell you the excitement that was in the air in my classroom for the second lab of the semester! I have not seen such interest in a long time. Most students were in the classroom early washing hands, getting out equipment, and measuring ingredients. All groups worked well together trying not to ask me as many questions as this lab. There was a calmness in the air as if everyone knew exactly what they were doing. The students were much more confident washing dishes, setting the table, and eating with their group. All of them were working against the clock. Class members had to be ready to serve in 45 minutes. I have done this lab many times in a 55 minute class period so I knew from past experience that it could be done. Since the classes are 90 minutes long they sometimes will drag activities out needlessly. All groups I am happy to report were seated in less than forty minutes. Continue reading
Pancakes are a favorite around our house. I usually stick with the same recipe. This is my absolute favorite recipe for pancakes and to me these beat those made from scratch every time. Now that’s just my opinion. But, what am I to do? I can’t keep blogging about the same recipe every semester. I have to reach beyond my comfort zone. Here’s what I did this time around. I demonstrated this Oatmeal-Brown Sugar Pancake recipe found on the Betty Crocker site. I liked it. The brown sugar and oatmeal give this pancake a great flavor.