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Reading Recipes

Carrot Salad with Tahini, Crisped Chickpeas and Salted Pistachios
1 3/4 cups cooked chickpeas, or 1 15-ounce can, drained and patted dry on paper towels 1 tablespoon olive oil 1/2 teaspoon coarse sea salt 1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
1 pound carrots, peeled and coarsely grated
1/4 cup coarsely chopped parsley
1/4 cup shelled, salted pistachios, coarsely chopped
1 medium garlic clove, minced
1/4 cup lemon juice
3 tablespoons well-stirred tahini
2 tablespoons water, plus more if needed
2 tablespoons olive oil
Salt and red pepper flakes to taste

Roast chickpeas: Heat oven to 425 degrees F. Toss chickpeas with one tablespoon olive oil, salt and cumin until they’re all coated. Spread them on a baking sheet or pan and roast them in the oven until they’re browned and crisp. This can take anywhere from 15 to 20 minutes, depending on the size and firmness of your chickpeas. Toss them occasionally to make sure they’re toasting evenly. Set aside until needed.
Make dressing: Whisk all ingredients together until smooth, adding more water if needed to thin the dressing slightly. Taste and adjust seasoning; don’t worry if it tastes a little sharp on the lemon, it will marry perfectly with the sweet grated carrots.
Assemble salad: Place grated carrots in large bowl and toss with parsley. Mix in 2/3 of the dressing, adding more if desired. Add more salt and pepper if needed. Sprinkle with a large handful of chickpeas.

Fourth grade studied suffixes in order to discuss cucumber sandwiches. Why? The new word is "crustless", which refers to bread without a crust. Other words are:

help helpless helpful
care careless careful

Another new word is hors d'ouevre

irrigate, irrigation
conserve, conservation, conservatory

Please, water the grass. (water is used as a verb)
The water is filtered. (water is used as a noun)
The watery sauce needs more cilantro. (adjective)


  1. The first two weeks have been spent going over procedures and guidelines for working together. We learned the Food Adventurers' Oath:
    "I promise,
    As a Recipe for Success Chef,
    To be a Food Adventurer,
    To try everything I make, And to never use extinct words like 'yuck'! or 'gross!'"

  2. So far, so good on the promise keepers.

    1. "I promise,
      As a Recipe for Success Chef,
      To be a Food Adventurer,
      To try everything I make, And to never use extinct words like 'yuck'! or 'gross! unless it is a black olive

  3. Today we looked at the word "to freeze"/ We used the word for different purposes. A silly sentence: I refreeze the frozen cherry freeze.