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Quaranteen Recipes Needed!

Submitted by Leizel Case on Tue, 05/26/2020 - 11:00 AM
Photo Collage of Chocolate Chip Cookies, a chef, cut vegetables and a grilled cheese sandwich

While staying at home, did you discover that you love to cook/bake or did you create a new, healthy dish while under quarantine? San Jose Public Library is putting together a collection of favorite recipes all submitted by teens. It can be anything from a simple snack to a full on, complex, Master Chef-level submission. To enter your recipe, fill out this Quaranteen Recipes Form and send an optional photo of the dish to

Featured recipes >will be published in a Quaranteen cookbook in BiblioBoard and may be highlighted on TeenHQ's social media. Below are two example submissions from SJPL librarians to inspire the chef in you!  Let us know in the comments if you try either recipe.  We can't wait to see what you make!

We will be collecting recipes until June 30, 2020.


Closeup of baked sweet potato fries
Submitted by Leizel, Librarian at TeenHQ

Sweet Potato Fries

Why Make This?

Are you missing sweet potato fries from your favorite boba tea shop?  You can make your own version at home in the oven!  Sweet potatoes are super nutritious, and these fries are very easy to make.  I love these fries, and they are quite versatile.  I make them with salt and pepper, so I can eat them with different sauces (ketchup, thai sweet chili sauce, ranch, etc.); but you can experiment using all sorts of seasonings!  You can toss them with taco seasoning, italian, cajun, or everything but the bagel.  You can even use pumpkin pie spice or cinnamon with brown sugar to make them sweet.

This recipe serves 1-2 people, and makes a great snack or side dish.  


  • 1 sweet potato, cut into ¼ fries or rounds
  • 1 tablespoon oil (I like extra virgin olive oil, but you can use canola, vegetable or coconut instead)
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  1. Preheat Oven to 450 degrees.
  2. In a large bowl, toss the sweet potatoes with the olive oil and salt and pepper until evenly coated.  I use two pinches of salt and 4 or 5 dashes of pepper.
  3. Place the sweet potatoes on an even layer on a cookie sheet, and bake for 15 minutes.
  4. Take the cookie sheet out, and turn the fries over.  Bake for 5 more minutes or until desired crispiness.
  5. Remove from oven, and serve with your favorite sauce.

Optional:  If you’d like the fries to be crispier, soak the cut sweet potato for at least 30 minutes in cold water to remove starch.  Drain and dry the sweet potato with a paper towel or clean tea towel before tossing with oil.


Photo collage of uncooked popcorn ingredients, microwave, and finished popcorn
Submitted by Melissa, librarian at Educational Park

Microwave Popcorn

Why Make This?

Make microwave popcorn without buying the pre-packaged, pre-seasoned stuff!


  • 1/4 cup popcorn kernels


  1. Put popcorn kernels in a large glass or ceramic bowl. DO NOT USE A PLASTIC BOWL as the hot kernels may stick to it.
  2. Add any flavorings you may want or keep it super clean and add nothing. Cover the top of the bowl with a towel or plate.
  3. Put the bowl covered in the microwave for about 3 minutes. Stay near the microwave and stop it if the kernels quit popping before the 3 minutes is over.
  4. The bowl will be extremely hot when it is done. DO NOT TOUCH THE BOWL WITH YOUR HANDS.
  5. Your popcorn is ready to eat.
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