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Feb 12, 2008 03:07 PM

Snacks for Teachers' Lounge

Next week is my week to provide snacks for the teachers at my daughter's elementary school. Here are the parameters:
-I need to be able to drop it off in the morning and leave it all day.
-I need to leave about 3 dozen items.
-It is the dead of winter where I live.

A lot of people do bagels and cream cheese, doughnuts, etc. Any interesting ideas out there? Sweet or savory is fine.

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  1. How about scones? Here's a recipe for whole grain cranberry apple scones that looked good that I'm thinking about trying for my co-workers.

    I made some with rosemary and polenta to take on a limo trip with some friends recently - those were definitely on the savory side and were a big hit. If I can find the recipe I'll post it.

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    1. re: farmersdaughter

      I was thinking about scones. They would be a little different than the norm, I'm sure.

      1. re: shannoninstlouis

        I'll second the scones! At my wife's school (she teaches the Gr. 1/2 kiddoes) the teachers rotate bringing treats, and I usually bake up a couple of batches of scones (e.g. cheddar, chocolate chip/orange, rosemary, etc.) and it seems to be a nice change from the bagels/cream cheese. Not many baking types on her staff, so the homemade stuff is usually appreciated! :) You probably have a recipe already, but in case you don't (or are looking to compare notes) let me know. In any case, no matter what recipe I use I always add a bit of plain yogurt to make the scones nice and moist--this allows me to make them the night before without drying out too much by morning.

        In any case, whatever you make/bring I'm sure will be great.

        Oh, and I also recommend Suzy Q's fruit suggestion, if it's not too inconvenient for you to transport.

      2. re: farmersdaughter

        We have a new bakery in town that does terrific parmesan and pesto scones...I am trying to figure out a recipe that imitates these so I can bring them for my turn at 'snack' time in the office (but we only do this on Fridays-your fellow teachers must have great self-restraint!)

      3. How about a bowl of whole fresh fruit or some sausage and cheese biscuit balls?

        1. These are pretty sweet but good for the sweet-and-salty crowd. Large pretzel rods spread about two-thirds up with melted chocolate (semi-sweet chips work fine), then rolled in a mixture of mini M&M's, raisins, chopped cashews, and sunflower seeds. Lay on waxed paper to set up. By the time you get everything stuck on, these are very hefty. Perfect at room temp.

          On a slightly healthier note, bags of granola (maybe about 1/2 cup measures) and individual cups of yoghurt (if you have fridge capability). They can make their own parfaits.

          Unpeeled pears, apples and bananas and a several jars of Nutella. Maybe some plastic knives and spoons and plates. They'll figure it out!

          1. I've been snacking all week on a batch of jelly-donut cupcakes I made this weekend. They're from Veganomicon, but you can do non-vegan ones easily. The key is twofold: make sure you use a good grating of fresh nutmeg, and let the muffins sit overnight somewhere cool so the top gets dry and crackly.

            Sprinkle with confectioner's sugar and they'll be lovely and tasty all day.

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            1. re: corgette

              Corgette, your post reminds me of muffins my mom used to make when I was a girl. They were called Peanut Butter and Jelly muffins - if I recall, the batter was sweet and had crushed Frosted Flakes cereal, and there was a dollop of PB and jelly baked into the center of the muffin. Sounds atrocious, doesn't it? It was really good though!

              Another good idea might be applesauce muffins. They're good in the morning or afternoon, with coffee or tea. If I can find my mom's recipe, I'll post that, but in the meantime, this recipe for applesauce cake sounds really similar.

            2. i'm all about the savory, so i'd suggest one of the following:

              -bacon, cheddar, onion and chive muffins
              -savory tomato roll (like a cinnamon roll, but w/ tomato, cheese and herbs in lieu of the cinnamon, sugar and icing)
              -crescent rolls stuffed w/ ham, tomato, mozzarella, and basil
              -vegetable spring rolls (w/ bean threads, carrots, tofu, mushrooms and onions)