Banana Chocolate Chip Cookies

Banana Chocolate Chip Cookies by Brittney Carden

Media Production I by Alice Thane

Brittney Carden demonstrates how to make one of her favorite recipes, banana chocolate chip cookies. She also talks about her passion for baking and gives some tips and advice for other people to follow.

Ingredients

  • 1 egg
  • 1 medium ripe banana
  • 1/3 cup peanut butter
  • 1 tbsp melted butter
  • 3 tbsp sugar
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/3 cup flour
  • 1/3 cup chocolate chips

Directions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (176 C). In a large bowl whisk the egg. Add the banana to the bowl and mash. Then add peanut butter, melted butter, sugar, vanilla extract, baking powder, and whisk to combine.

After, add the flour and mix with a wooden spoon. Next, add the chocolate chips and stir again.

Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Drop cookies onto the paper but make sure to leave enough room in between each one. Bake for 15 minutes or until the cookies are slightly golden brown.

Let rest on baking sheet for a few minutes until cool.

Enjoy!

Chef John’s Pumpkin Pie

Chef John’s Pumpkin Pie by Sydney Jara Barrio
Videography and Production by Michaelangelo Betancourt

The Chef in this video is Sydney Jara Barrio, a Junior Computer Science Major at St Mary’s University. She is a kind, honest, and fun foodie and it was a pleasure to make this pie with her.

Ingredients

  • 1 can (15 ounce) pumpkin
  • 1 large egg
  • 3 egg yolks
  • 1 can (14 ounce) sweetened condensed milk
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly, and very finely ground nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/8 teaspoon Chinese 5-spice
  • 1/2 teaspoon fine salt

Directions

Preheat your oven to 425F and then separate three egg yolks and whisk to combine with one whole egg. Add a 14oz can of condensed milk to your mixture along with your 15oz can of puree and whisk to combine once more. Add your seasonings (Chinese five spice, ground nutmeg, ground ginger, and salt and whisk once more before pouring it into your pie crust. Put it in the oven for 15 minutes before lowering the temperature to 350F for an additional 30 to 40 minutes. The recipe for this pie comes from chef John at FoodWishes.com

Flan De Queso

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Flan de Queso
Story and photos by Holly Basaldu

Johanna Magee, a child of both Mexico and New York, shares with us her favorite dishes, some imprinted cooking experiences and an insight into why cooking is a part of her identity. A sophomore international relations and political science double-major at St. Mary’s University, Magee embraces cooking as a way to feel at home.

Studying far from home, Magee explains her aunt’s friend, an alumnus of St. Mary’s, recommended her to the university’s English program to assist her in bridging the gap between English and Spanish.

She also loves the home environment that St. Mary’s provides. Geography plays into another big part being close to Mexico—she’s never too far from her Mother.

“My mom’s food led me into the kitchen…I wouldn’t like the way she cooked something so I would end up going into the kitchen to see if I could redo it my own way,” she says.

My mother “is my inspiration. She is why I started into the kitchen in the first place,” Magee explains.

Influenced by the Italian family environment, Magee’s favorite type of dishes are pasta-dependent, which include lasagna and Penne de Vodka—a penne pasta with a tomato vodka sauce that has a creamy, rich taste.

Cooking helps her distress and results in having a delicious treat in the end. Enjoying time in the kitchen, she shows how to make Flan.

“This is the dish my mom taught me when I was young, and this is my favorite dessert,” she says.

 

Tools

Aluminum Foil

Baking Pan 9″x9″

Blender

Can Opener

Knife

Measuring Cups (½ cup)

Oven Mitten

Wisk

Ingredients

Condensed Milk- 1 Can (14oz)

Cream Cheese- 1 Bar (4oz)

Eggs- 4 (large)

Evaporated Milk- 1 Can (12oz)

Extra Virgin Olive Oil- 2tsp or Non-stick cooking spray

Milk- ½ Cup

Sugar- ½ Cup

Instructions
Pre-heat oven to 350°F .Drizzle EVOO (Extra Virgin Olive Oil) or spray with non-stick cooking spray and Sugar on the bottom of the Baking Pan. Heat the pan over the stove top on medium (this makes a sugary glaze on top) or put into oven for 3-5 minutes (till golden brown). Combine the rest of the ingredients into the blender and blend on high till you get a thick consistency. Pour the mixture into the pan over the sugary glaze. Cover the pan with Aluminum Foil. Bake at 350°F for 35m-45m, till golden brown (it will puff up and rise during the baking). Let cool at room temperature for 35m. Carefully in a knife along the edges, then flip the Pan onto a serving plate.

Chocolate Cupcakes

Chocolate Cupcakes by Isabela Vasquez
Videography and Production by Sara Jauregui

Isabela Vasquez, freshman at St. Mary’s University, shows how she made Chocolate Cupcakes perfect for Halloween. Her interest in cooking and baking has allowed her to push her limits and try making cupcakes, a new method of baking for her. Isabela discusses how baking is easy as long as you know how to follow a simple recipe and add your own creative twist to it.

Ingredients

  • 2 cups white sugar
  • 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • Frosting
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 cup boiling water

Directions

Begin by preheating your oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) and line cupcake pans. In a large bowl, stir together all of the dry ingredients: the sugar, flour, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Next add the eggs, milk, oil and vanilla, mix for 2 minutes. Stir in the boiling water last. Batter will be very thin. Pour evenly into the lined cupcake pans. Bake 30 to 35 minutes in the preheated oven, until the cupcakes test done with a toothpick. Cool in the pans for 10 minutes, then remove to cool completely. Decorate when cupcakes are completely cool.

Recipe makes 18 small cupcakes or 12 large cupcakes.

 

Chocolate Chip Cookies

Chocolate Chip Cookies by Natalie Magloyoan
Videography and Production by Brian Magloyoan

For Natalie Magloyoan, a freshman exercise and sports science major at St. Mary’s University, baking cookies is something she enjoys doing. Magloyoan goes through the process of making these delicious treats as she explains why chocolate chip cookies are her favorite.

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter
  • 3/4 cup packed dark brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 (12-ounce) bag semisweet chocolate chips, or chunks.
  • 2 ¼ cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon fine salt

Directions

First, preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Then prepare the mix by placing the butter in a microwave safe bowl and microwaving it until it is melted. When finished, whisk it together with the sugars, eggs, butter and vanilla until it is smooth.

In another bowl, mix the flour, baking soda and salt. Then stir the dry ingredients with the wet ingredients with a wooden spoon. Once that is complete, add the chocolate chips and stir.

Scoop tablespoons of the dough and place them about two inches apart from one another on the pan. Bake until the cookies are golden, roughly about 12-16 minutes. Once finished, remove the cookies with a spatula and put it on a rack to cool. Serves about 30 cookies.

 

 

 

Turon: Banana Lumpia

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Turon: Banana Lumpia by Kirsten Acosta
Story and photos by Nick Canedo

While appetizers and the main course is savory, what people remember most about a three-course meal is the last thing to hit their tongue—the dessert! For St. Mary’s senior biology major Kirsten Acosta, there is not dessert better than one that comes from her Filipino roots.

While cooking is a hobby, Acosta’s true passion is dentistry.

“I’ve always been fascinated with teeth. When choosing a college, I didn’t want to leave my San Antonio, since it’s always been my home. When I found out St. Mary’s could put me on the track to dental school, I knew this place would be a good fit,” Acosta says.

Living at home while attending college, Acosta enjoys the home cooked dinner she gets after a long day at school.

“While I love the Mexican food that San Antonio has to offer, my favorite will always be Filipino because it’s my heritage.”

Acosta’s family has a tradition of the entire household contributing to dinner once they become teenagers. When she first started helping her family, she had a tough time meeting her parent’s cooking standards.

“At first, both my mother and father would yell at me that something wasn’t right. I was discouraged at first, but I wanted to be like the rest of my family and cook traditional Filipino dishes,” she says.

The first dish Acosta made by herself for her family was turon, a popular Filipino desert.

“My mom said it was the easiest thing to make, so she trusted me to do it.”

Also known as banana lumpia, turon is a popular street food among Filipinos.

“We used to eat it by itself, but it was my idea to eat it with ice cream. Now, turon and vanilla ice cream is pretty much the tradition for deserts in my household,” Acosta says.

Ingredients

For 10 turons:

  • Five bananans
  • Bowl full of water
  • ½ c of golden brown sugar
  • ½ c of white sugar
  • 10 spring roll wrappings
  • Paper towel
  • Plate

Directions
Create quarter long bananas by cutting them in half, then cutting them lengthwise. Dip each one in water, then mix a little golden brown sugar and white sugar together and sprinkle over top wet bananas. Wrap two quarter long bananas in each spring roll wrapping, then tap some water on spring roll and sprinkle sugar mixture over top (this will create “clean” but sugary tops).  Deep-fry the wrappings until golden and transfer to paper towel on a plate to absorb oil.

Hershey’s Chocolate Cake

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Hershey’s Chocolate cake  by Kimberly Quintanilla
Story and Photos by Danielle Torres 

Balancing baking and book work is never easy, but baking has always been part of Junior Health Administration major Kimberly Quintanilla’s life. She grew up watching her mom bake all the time. She enjoys cooking when she is bored, for fun and to relax. She chose to bake a Hershey’s chocolate cake because it is one of her favorite pastries.

Quintanilla says she loves attending St. Mary’s because the atmosphere is so friendly. “I love all my professors and the hospitality here is amazing,” she says.

Quintanilla enjoys eating pasta along with hot Cheetos and cream cheese. Her favorite kind of food to make is chicken pasta, even though she doesn’t get to make it much here at school because of her busy schedule.

Choosing to share this recipe wasn’t hard, especially with the new installation of ovens in every residence hall on campus this year.

In particular, she enjoys cake and chocolate so she had no problem combining the two to make one sweet pastry.

Some tips Quintanilla offers when preparing this are to “make sure to pre heat the oven, don’t be afraid to use lots of Choco powder and even if it might not look pretty it still will taste great.”

Cake Ingredients 

  • 2 c sugar
  • 1-3/4 c all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 c HERSHEY’S Cocoa
  • 1-1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1-1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 c milk
  • 1/2 c vegetable oil
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 c boiling water

Frosting

  • 1/2 c (1 stick) butter or margarine
  •  2/3 c HERSHEY’S Cocoa
  •  3 c powdered sugar
  • 1/3 c milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

Directions 

Preheat the oven to 350°F. Get all the ingredients and mix them in a large bowl later pour in the boiling water to help make it easier to sir. Sir until lumps are gone. Take two 9-inch pans with oil and flour so that when the cake bakes, it won’t stick to the pan. Stick both pans in the oven and bake for 30-35 minutes. Take them out and let them sit for about ten minutes to cool. While the cakes are in the oven,  start making the frosting. The first thing to do is melt butter in a bowl. Then stir in cocoa. Alternately add powdered sugar and milk, beating to spreading consistency. After that is done add small amounts of additional milk, if needed. Stir in vanilla after the milk is poured. When completed, the cake feeds up to 20 servings.