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:


  • 2 Quarts Chopped Tomato
  • 1 Cup Chopped Celery
  • 1 Cup Chopped Onion
  • ¼ Cup Chopped Green Peppers
  • 2 Tbsp. Chicken Base
  • 2 Tbsp. Margarine
  • 1 tsp. crushed dried Basil leaves (do not use ground basil)
  • ½ t. parsley flakes
  • ½ tsp. cracked pepper
  • 2 cups milk
  • 2 Tbsp. Cornstarch
  • Salt to taste

Sauté celery, onions, and pepper in margarine until soft. In large soup pot, add shopped tomatoes, sautéed vegetables, chicken base, and seasonings. Simmer over low heat at least 1 hour. Remove from heat, add milk and cornstarch. Return to heat and whisk until thickened. Do not boil.

Garnish each bowl with 1 Tbsp. fresh chopped tomatoes and a sprig of fresh parsley.

Submitted by: This recipe is a favorite Opaa! Staff Special!
This is a favorite Holiday Treat!


  • 10 oz. Mini Pretzels
  • 5 C. Cheerios
  • 5 C. Corn Chex
  • 2 Cups Mixed Nuts
  • 1 lb. M&M's
  • 24 oz. White Chocolate
  • 3 Tablespoons Oil

In a large bowl combine the first 5 ingredients; set aside. In microwave-safe bowl heat chips and oil on medium high for 2 minutes, stirring once. Microwave on high for 10 more seconds. Stir until smooth. Pour over cereal mixture; mix well. Spread onto waxed paper lined baking sheets.

Cool; break apart. Serve or store in air tight containers.

Yields approx. 20 cups of mix.

Submitted by: This recipe is a favorite Opaa! Staff Special!


  • 2 Cups Flour
  • 2 Cups Sugar
  • ½ t. salt
  • 1 Stick Oleo
  • ½ Cup Oil
  • 1 Cup Water
  • 4 Tablespoons Cocoa
  • ½ Cup Buttermilk
  • ½ t. Baking Soda
  • 2 Eggs
  • 1 teaspoon Vanilla

Sift together and mix flour, sugar, and salt. Bring to boil oleo, oil, water, and cocoa. Add to flour mixture. Mix together buttermilk and baking soda. Add to flour mixture with eggs and vanilla. Mix Well. Grease and flour 9x13 cake pan. Bake at 375 degrees until toothpick inserted in the center of the cake comes out clean.

Hot Fudge Icing

  • 4 Tbsp. Cocoa
  • 1 Stick Margarine
  • 6 Tbsp. Buttermilk
  • 1 Cup Chopped Nuts
  • 1 t. Vanilla
  • 1 - l pound box confectioners sugar
  • 1 Cup miniature marshmallows

Bring to rolling boil cocoa, oleo, and buttermilk. Add nuts, vanilla, powdered sugar, and marshmallows. Pour onto the top of cake while cake is warm. Serve with a scoop of vanilla ice cream while cake is warm

Submitted by: This recipe is a favorite Opaa! Staff Special!


  • 4 Cups Flour
  • 1 Cup Sugar
  • 2 T. baking powder
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 Cup melted butter
  • 16 ounces sour cream
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract

Streusel Topping

  • 2/3 cup granulated sugar
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/3 cup butter or margarine
  • 1/3 cup nuts
  • 1/3 cup oats

Heat oven to 400 degrees. In a large bowl, sift together the flour, sugar, and baking powder. In another bowl, lightly beat the egg. Add the melted butter, sour cream and vanilla extract. Combine well. Add the sour cream mixture to the flour mixture and mix just until the ingredients are combined. Fill greased muffin tins with batter.

To make streusel topping, mix sugar and cinnamon together. Cut in the butter with a fork or pastry blender. Stir in the nuts and oats. Sprinkle the topping over the batter. Bake 15-20 minutes. Yield - 24 muffins.

Submitted by: This recipe is a favorite Opaa! Staff Special!


  • 2 Cups uncooked quick-cooking oats
  • ½ cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup. Raisins
  • ¼ Cup Chopped nuts (walnuts, almonds, or pecans will work)
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder


  • 1 ½ cup fat-free milk
  • ½ cup applesauce
  • 1 Tablespoon butter
  • 1 large egg, beaten

Preheat overn to 375 degrees. Combine the first five ingredients in a medium bowl. Combine the milk, applesauce, butter and egg. Add milk mixture to oat mixture; stir well. Pour oat mixture into an 8" square baking dish coated with cooking spray. Bake at 375 degrees for 20 minutes. Cool slightly and cut into bars. Serve warm with a cup of your favorite yogurt.

Submitted by: This recipe is a favorite Opaa! Staff Special!