Posts Tagged With: Fund-raiser

Cast Iron Cookie

I had one of the kids come in and ask me if I could cook a huge cookie in a frying pan. Well of course I can, I told him.  I checked the dry storage and we were out of chocolate chips. But we were in luck, one of the kids had some World’s Finest Chocolate bars for a fundraiser. So we bought two bars and got after it. I grabbed an 8″ skillet and melted a stick of butter. Next I stirred in 1/2 cup each, of white and brown sugar. After the sugar was melted in I added 1 1/2 teaspoons of vanilla. We pulled the skillet off the stove. This is where you have to be careful, you can’t add the egg to soon. If you do you will cook the eggs. That is why you cant get the skillet to hot. Cast iron holds heat, so if you get it to hot it will take a while to cool it off. While the skillet was cooling, I chopped a World’s Finest Chocolate Bar into pieces. We had the chocolate and almond bar and that worked great. Then we sifted 1 1/2 cups of flour, 1/4 teaspoon of salt and 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda and mixed them together.. Next I whisked one egg into the sugar and butter. Then the flour was poured into the skillet to form the dough. Once the flour was incorporated totally I pressed the dough out evenly across the skillet. I then scattered the chocolate across the dough and placed it in the oven. The cookie was baked for 20 minutes at 350 and it came out a beautiful  golden brown. Now the best way to serve it, I believe, is with a few scoops of ice cream on top. We had no ice cream so we cut it up and found a little milk to drink with it. On a whim it was an excellent dessert and a great lesson for the kids to experience. Now if I was going to make a few of these I think I would make the dough and add it to a warm skillet. A much easier and faster way to cook these excellent cookies.

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Spaghetti, Spaghetti and more Spaghetti

I think 500 plates of spaghetti would qualify for allot. I finished the week up prepping 140 lbs of spaghetti and 30 gallons of sauce. In preparation for a fund-raiser for the band. We par cooked the pasta for 10 minutes and then dropped it into a pot of ice water to stop the cooking. The meat was browned, sautéed the onions, bell pepper and mushrooms. Everything was cooled off and put in the cooler. Saturday morning started early, with pots of water started to boil and the sauce began heating up. Around 9:00 help arrived, we got the steam table going, to go plates ready, garlic bread heating up and the salad washed and ready to go. Just before 11:00 people started showing up and we had plates ready to go. It does not take long to cook the pasta so things can move real fast. The par cooked pasta is dropped in boiling water it only has to stay for about 3:00 minutes and it is done. After straining it went straight to the steam table to be plated. We had plenty of help and everything went real smooth. The band boosters were happy and so were th customers. The students in my class learned allot and the band boosters made some money for their kids. All in all an excellent day.

Pots of boiling water waiting on the pasta

Plating up

Adding the salad

A happy customer

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