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Oatmeal Cookies with White or Semi-sweet Chocolate and Pecans

Oatmeal cookies

Last week my students made oatmeal cookies and I will have to say they were fantastic!  If you have ever made cookies from scratch you know it is so easy to mess them up!  It makes it doubly hard to keep everything straight when there are five  to six students working on the same recipe.  As the instructor, I step back and watch.  I’m not the type to get in the kitchen with them.  Mistakes are great tools for learning!  Questions like these will be floating through the classroom as they are busy in their kitchens:

  • Did you measure the soda?
  • How much sugar do we add?
  • Do we use all purpose flour or self rising?
  • Hey, I don’t think you packed the brown sugar!
  • Do we cook these at 325?

Of course they all have a recipe in front of them and a planning sheet that should have  their specific jobs listed.  Plus two days before I have shown them how to make the cookies and use all of the equipment.  How did they do?  Out of 24 kitchens only 2 groups made some kind of mistake with their recipe which resulted in very flat cookies and another group  had pale clumps that did not spread at all.  For me, that is a very good baking day!

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Oatmeal-Raisin Muffins

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

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Cranberry-Apple Crisp

 

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! 

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Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies with Walnuts

 

This Tuesday Winston Jones from the Douglasville Sentinel which is our local newspaper came to my second block class just to spend a little time and find out exactly what goes on in Nutrition and Wellness.  It just so happened to be the first episode of a short unit on cookies.  My students were excited about making cookies and were very attentive.  Winston took several pictures and lots of notes.  He left loaded down with cookies and me wondering what kind of impression I made. 

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