Recipe of the Month

The cooks at our schools aren't the only members of the Opaa! family with culinary flair. In fact, each month we feature frequently requested, unique and tasty recipes submitted by fellow Opaa! employees. We hope you enjoy this month's selection:

IngredientsCaprese Salad Skewers Photo

  • Cherry tomatoes
  • Mozzarella balls
  • Fresh Basil
  • Olive Oil
  • 1 cup balsamic vinegar
  • salt and pepper


  1. Assemble, tomatoes, basil (roll from one end to the other), and mozzarella balls on medium-sized toothpicks. Drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper.
  2. To make balsamic glaze, add one cup of balsamic vinegar to a sauce pan over medium heat. Once it comes to a boil, set on simmer for about 10-15 minutes until it reduces to a syrup consistency. You can check by dipping a spoon in the balsamic and if it covers the back of it, it's done. As it cools, it will thicken a bit more then drizzle on top of caprese salad skewers.


  • 2 cups all-purpose flourLemon Crinkle Cookies Photo
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 10 Tbsp unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 cup + 2 Tbsp granulated sugar
  • 1 Tbsp lemon zest (from about 2 medium lemons)
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 large egg yolk
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • 3/4 tsp lemon extract
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 5 drops yellow food coloring (optional)
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a mixing bowl whisk together flour, baking powder and salt.
  • In the bowl of an electric stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, whip together butter, sugar and lemon zest until pale and fluffy (occasionally scrape down bowl throughout entire mixing process if not using a paddle attachment that constantly scrapes bowl). Mix in egg then blend in egg yolk. Add lemon juice, lemon extract, vanilla extract and optional yellow food coloring and mix until combined. With mixer set on low speed, slowly add in dry ingredients and mix just until combined.
  • Pour powdered sugar into a small bowl. Scoop dough out about 1 1/2 Tbsp at a time (25g each) and shape into a ball, then drop in powdered sugar and roll to evenly coat. Transfer to a parchment paper or Silpat lined baking sheet, repeat with remaining dough and space cookies 2-inches apart on baking sheet. Bake in preheated oven 10 - 13 minutes. Cool on baking sheet several minutes then transfer to a wire rack to cool. Store in an airtight container. 


  • 1 ½ oz semi-sweet chocolate chipsHot Chocolate Photo
  • 1 1/3 cups whole milk
  • 1/8 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 tsp sugar


  1. Place the chocolate chips in your favorite heatproof mug or glass
  2. Put the milk, vanilla, and sugar in a small saucepan over medium heat and heat until just boiling, then whisk until foamy
  3. Pour the hot milk over the chocolate chips and stir until the chocolate has melted
  4. Top with whipped cream or marshmallows

Tomato Soup Photo


  • (6 – 8 servings)
  • 3 lbs roma tomatoes
  • 4 Tbsp. olive oil, divided
  • 2 tsp. dried Herbs de Provence
  • 10 (or more!) garlic cloves, peeled
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 1/2 cup dry white wine
  • 4 – 6 cups chicken or vegetable stock
  • 1/4 cup tomato paste
  • 2 tsp. balsamic vinegar
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  • Pre heat the oven to 350 degrees. Spray a large rimmed sheet pan with cooking spray.
  • Cut tomatoes in half and place on the sheet pan, cut side up. Add the garlic cloves.
  • Drizzle tomatoes and garlic with 3 Tbsp. of olive oil and the herbs de Provence. Season with salt and pepper.
  • Toss tomatoes and garlic until they are coated with the oil and seasonings.
  • Roast in the oven for 30 minutes until the tomatoes and garlic are soft.
  • Remove from oven and let cool.
  • In a large stockpot, heat the remaining 1 Tbsp. of olive oil over medium heat. Add the onions and cook for about 5 – 7 minutes or until the onion is softened and translucent.
  • Add the white wine and increase the heat to high. Bring to a boil, scraping up any browned bits on the bottom of the pan.
  • Add the stock and the tomatoes and garlic. Bring mixture to a boil. Reduce heat to low. Add the balsamic vinegar and stir in the tomato paste.
  • Simmer, covered for 30 minutes.
  • Let soup cool. Using an immersion blender, food processor or a blender, blend in short bursts until you have a chunky puree. Taste and adjust seasonings.

Serves 24 – makes a 13 x 9 pan                          

IngredientsCranberry Bar Photo



2.5 C AP Flour
1 C Sugar
0.5 C Slivered almonds, ground
1 t Baking Powder
0.25 t Salt
1 C Butter, COLD
0.25 t Cinnamon
1 ea. Eggs



4 C Cranberries, fresh or frozen
1 C Sugar
1.25 TBSP Orange juice
1 TBSP Cornstarch
1 t Vanilla



  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Grease/spray a 13x9 pan
  2. In a large bowl, mix flour, 1 C sugar, almonds, baking powder & salt. Cut in butter using two knives until mixture looks like coarse crumbs. Stir in eggs.
  3. Press 2 ½ cups of the crumb mixture in bottom of pan. Stir in Cinnamon into remaining crumb mixture and set aside.
  4. In a medium bowl, mix all filling ingredients. Spoon evenly over crust. Spoon reserved crumb mixture evenly over filing.
  5. Bake approx. 45 minutes or until top is a light golden brown. Store tightly covered in refrigerator.