Back to School with Chef Christopher Dobrowolski

Schoolhouse Journals November 2013
By Chef Christopher Dobrowolski

Christopher DobrowolskiI really hate to be the one that brings this up and the best way I know how to explain is by mentioning Walmart…. You guessed it, you know it is almost Christmas when the Thanksgiving decoration is up and they have taken the Halloween decorations down before the day even arrives (I know you are laughing with me because it is so very true). We are going to talk a little bit about the world’s favorite cookie addiction; you guessed it again, the Oreo…

Right around this time the shelves of most stores are being filled with their awesome little cream filled disks with all sorts of holiday flare , double fudge, mint and my favorite, the mega stuffed fudge dipped, OMG those are great… Oreo was launched in 1898 by Nation Biscuit Company (Nibisco) and was named after the color of its packaging as it was gold and in French Oreo is pretty close to meaning gold. Boy were they right with 362 Billion sold in the 20th century alone they absolutely hit the jackpot making it the bestselling cookie EVER!! In 1975 the Double Stuff was released, 1987 Fudge covered was released, 1991 Halloween addition was released and now the reason I mentioned, Christmas 1995 the Christmas addition was released. Oreo cookie now has 25 versions some specific for every country.

.Ok ok, now to get to the “favorite little addiction part”. In a recent study done by Christian Science at Connecticut College among trial rats Oreos were found to be more addictive the Cocaine! This is no joke but it is very funny, no you aren’t going to turn into George Jung from The Real Life and blow moving pallets of Oreos from coast to coast for the reinvented disco era, but you may find yourself sneaking back upstairs for a couple more of those cream filled chocolate disks.

Holiday recipe time!!

We at Schoolhouse know how much work there is during the holiday season, that’s why we provide low cost parties for families and businesses around the Verde Valley. If you are like me you don’t mind throwing on a pretty pink/frilly apron, pulling your hair back and getting a little dirty (if you know me you are laughing hysterically right now). Ok here it is KISS recipe (keep it simple silly).

Schoolhouse Cobbler


  • 20 oz can crushed pineapple, undrained
  • 2 pounds frozen or fresh fruit, (cherries, plums, peaches, etc)
  • 1 box yellow cake mix
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 pound butter, melted
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans
  • Vanilla Ice Cream to top ( Optional)


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • In 9×13 ungreased pan, layer ingredients in this specific order:

entire can of pineapple
half of the peaches
box of cake mix
other half of peaches
chopped pecans
melted butter
Bake for 35-45 minutes or until golden brown.
Let stand until just warm. Serve with fresh whipped cream or Ben Jerry’s(yum)

Upcoming Special  Events at the Schoolhouse Restaurant

  • Thanksgiving BrunchThanksgiving Brunch
    Saturday, November 30th, 2013 at 10:00am
  • 5 Course Wine Dinner
    Saturday, December 14, 2013 at 7:00pm
  • 5 Course Wine Dinner
    Saturday, December 14, 2013 at 7:00pm
  • New Years Eve Dinner Party
    Tuesday, December 31, 2013

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