BBQ chicken pizza

BBQ chicken pizza

Another recipe from my teaching days. I taught this during the leavening agents unit – specifically, yeast. It was a hit because California Pizza Kitchen was attracting a lot of attention at the nearby King of Prussia Mall, and my students were familiar as this pizza was one of their best sellers. It’s actually...

Oven Quesadillas

Oven Quesadillas

This was one of our recipes in level one cooking; we taught it in the dairy unit. It was novel for me because the quesadillas are cooked in the oven, whereas I’d been making them stovetop my whole life. What’s the difference? It’s less messy, it’s hands-off, and the tortilla, instead of being flat...

Granola Bark

Granola Bark

I love granola; I know that it’s not “light” but now that there are three kids to bake for, its exactly the kind of stuff I want them eating. I said this to my friend the other day but when your kids are hungry, why on earth do you think a bag of Pirate’s...

Sweet Potato Fries with Creamy Avocado Dip

Sweet Potato Fries with Creamy Avocado Dip

Another recipe from my class. The students were thrilled that we were making “fries” and I was thrilled they were willing to try such a healthy veggie, tossed in an interesting spice blend and dunked in a complex dip. I remember they liked this dip so much that they begged me to save their...

Oven-Baked Chicken Nuggets

Oven-Baked Chicken Nuggets

Another crowd-pleaser from my teaching days. We made these, of course, in the protein unit. The kids loved them and many made for their families at home. I’ve never bought the frozen chicken nuggets from the store, but my daughter had some at a friend’s house the other night and I felt bad, like...

Fish Tacos

Fish Tacos

I’d like to get props for teaching my students how to make fish tacos over ten years ago; they’re a mainstream menu item now but it wasn’t the case then. These fish tacos have remained in my memory in such a way that I won’t order the dish off a menu; these are the...

Whole Wheat Chocolate Chip Waffles

Whole Wheat Chocolate Chip Waffles

As I look back on my recipes from 2011 its pretty much cringe-city. The photos are terrible with a capital T and my writing… well, have you ever found an old diary you wrote as a teenager? It’s like that. The recipes, however, remain in my memory as tasty and well-tested. If the high...

Microwaved Mini Chocolate Cakes

Microwaved Mini Chocolate Cakes

For Tessa’s 8th birthday we hosted her third annual “sleep-under”, in which the girls come in their pjs, we eat cinnamon rolls and bacon, they have a dance party, and then they go home to their parents to sleep, all sugared up. This year we asked for books as gifts, and our favorite was...

Pizza Dip

Pizza Dip

You know I love America’s Test Kitchen, so it was a weird moment when I saw their recipe for “pizza dip” come across my Instagram. Don’t get me wrong – the moment was great, it was just surprising. ATK tends to stick to the classics – appetizers like authentic hummus or classic cheese puffs....