Sunday, August 31, 2008
This week we (whenever I say "we", I mean me) decided to go fancy on the pancakes. I saw this recipe this past week over at The Sister's Cafe. I have to tell you that it was fabulously delicious. The lemon zest in the batter had me sniffing and drooling. And the pancakes themselves were amazing, despite my stove's inability to heat to anything but scorching. So, my picture is the LEAST burned of the bunch. The burned ones were still good. My girls each ate THREE. I had (gulp!) five.
Banana Sour Cream Pancakes
1.5 c flour
3 T sugar
2 tsp baking powder
1.5 tsp salt
1/2 c sour cream
3/4 c plus 2T milk
2 large eggs
1 tsp vanilla
1 tsp lemon zest
2-3 ripe bananas, diced
Stir together flour, sugar, baking powder & salt in a medium bowl. In another larger bowl, whisk together the sour cream, milk, eggs, vanilla and lemon zest. Add the dry ingredients to wet and mix only until combined.
Once you've poured your pancake (3-4 inch) into your heated, buttered skillet, add about 1 T of diced banana to each pancake. When the bubbles have mostly popped, flip your pancake. Serve with warm maple syrup, and extra bananas.
Saturday, August 30, 2008
I'm still at a loss with what to do with unused yolks. I just toss them, but I'm sure there's something I can do, right?
Mushroom, Pepper and Sausage Frittata
adapted from Baking Bites
1/2 tbsp butter or veg. oil
1/2 cup diced red peppers
1/2 cup chopped green onion
1 cup sliced [cremini] mushrooms
1 medium-large sausage, sliced
2 large eggs
2 large egg whites
salt and pepper
Fresh Grated Parmesan Cheese
Heat an 8-in oven-proof skillet over medium heat. Melt butter or oil, then add in red peppers, green onions and mushrooms. Saute for 2-3 minutes, then add in sliced sausage and cook until sausage is browned. Drain excess grease, if you are using a fatty sausage.
In a medium bowl, whisk together eggs, egg whites, salt and pepper (estimate - you know your tastes better than I do!). Pour into skillet over filling. Add parmesan cheese on top.
Meanwhile, preheat the broiler.
Cook frittata on the stove until the top edges have begun to set, about 5 minutes. Transfer skillet to broiler and cook for 3-5 minutes, until set and lightly browned.
Slide onto a plate for serving and slicing.
I'm sure I'll be adding other frittata recipes as this blog goes on, because I like the versatility of the frittata, and there are so many enticing recipes out there. Stay tuned.
Friday, August 29, 2008
From: The Pioneer Woman
1 med. onion
4-5 small zucchini, quartered longways and chopped
1 pint cherry or grape tomatoes, halved
3 cloves garlic, minced
2/3 cup white wine or chicken broth (I used wine)
1/2-3/4 cup heavy cream (I used 1/2 and wished I used 3/4)
1+ Tbs. Arrowroot/Cornstarch
1 lb. Farfalle, cooked
Fresh Basil, Thyme, chives- chopped
Shredded Parmesan Cheese
Heat a couple tablespoons of oil over med-high heat. When hot, throw in 1/2 of the zucchini and sprinkle some salt over top. I probably used 1/2 tsp. Stir the zucchini around until it is browned. Don't overcook it. You want it to be crisp tender. Remove from pan and repeat with other half of the zucchini. Add more oil and throw in the onions and garlic. Reduce heat to med/med-low. Throw the tomatoes on top. Toss. Add 1/3 cup white wine. Whist up browned bits from the bottom of the pan. Place 1/3 cup white wine in a small bowl and add in 1-1 1/2 Tbs. cornstarch or arrowroot. Stir to combine. Add to pan and gently stir. Immediately add cream. Now add in zucchini and gently stir to combine, turning off the heat. (Add water from your pasta is the sauce is too thick). Season with salt and pepper. Place pasta in a bowl and top with fresh herbs. Pour zucchini mixture over top. Toss. Top with Parmesan cheese.
Thursday, August 28, 2008
I've had this salad several times, but never before made it. As we had Jenny's Cornbread Chicken last night for dinner, I needed a side to go with it. And I'll admit that this was strictly for Matt & I. The kids weren't big fans of the tomatoes, though they loved the cheese. My favorite part was the fact that I got to pull the basil off the lovely plant sitting in the windowsill of my kitchen. I just wish I had homegrown tomatoes. Good thing Florida has two growing seasons, I'll be planting some stuff come October. You're jealous, I know.
At any rate, this salad was super simple and thrown together VERY quickly (5 minutes.)
2 large tomatoes
8 oz fresh mozzarella
Freshly ground black pepper
Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Slice tomatoes and mozzarella thinly. Layer alternately around your plate. Roughly tear your basil leaves and sprinkle on top of the tomatoes/mozzarella. Sprinkle salt and pepper over all, to taste. Drizzle a Tablespoon or 2 of olive oil over everything. Eat.
Wednesday, August 27, 2008
Oven "Fried Parm Chicken Finger w/ Honey Mustard Sauce
1 clove crushed garlic
1/4 lb. butter, melted
1 cup Italian bread crumbs
1/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese
2 Tbs. chopped fresh parsley
1 tsp. salt
1/8 tsp. ground black pepper
3 chicken breasts, cut into strips
For Honey Mustard Sauce
2 Tbs. cornstarch
1 cup water, divided
1/2 cup honey
1/4 cup prepared mustard (I think it works out best with spicy brown)
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. In a small bowl, combine crushed garlic with melted butter. In another small bowl, mix together the bread crumbs, cheese, parsley, salt and pepper. Dip chicken strips into garlic butter, then into crumb mixture to coat. Place coated chicken pieces into a lightly greased 9x13 pan. Drizzle with remaining garlic butter and bake uncovered for 35-40 minutes, or until chicken is cooked through and juices run clear.
While chicken is in the oven, dissolve the cornstarch in 1 tablespoon of water in a saucepan over low heat. Add honey and mustard, mix well. Add remaining water and bring to a boil over medium heat. Boil for 1 minute, stirring constantly. Serve with chicken for dipping.
Tuesday, August 26, 2008
This is actually one of Jenny's recipes that my mom made for me when she was visiting after I has Lucas. However, I couldn't remember if it was good. So, I threw caution to the wind and made it anyway. I have to admit that dishes like this, well... it's difficult to make them look incredibly appetizing. But this is! It's very filling, too!
1 lb ground beef
1/2 medium onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, chopped
1- 10oz can Red Enchilada Sauce
1/2 can corn
1/4 c sliced black olives
1 tsp salt
1.5 c corn meal
1 c water
3/4 c evaporated milk (I used one 5oz can)
1 tsp salt
1- 4oz can diced green chilis
1/2 c colby jack cheese
Brown the ground beef with the onion and garlic. Drain off the fat. Add enchilada sauce, corn, olives and salt until heated through.
Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Grease 9" pie plate (could also use a 8x8 glass pan). In a saucepan, combine the corn meal, water, evaporated milk, and salt. Cook over medium heat until thickened (about 5-7 minutes). Add green chilis. Set aside 1 cup of the corn meal mixture. Spread the rest as a crust in the bottom & sides of your pan. Bake for 10 min. Cool slightly. Spoon beef mixture onto the crust. Top with the set aside corn meal mixture. Bake for 15 minutes. Add the colby jack cheese and cook an additional 5 minutes. Yum.
Monday, August 25, 2008
I call them muffin mans because that is what Tab, my 3 year old calls them. If I were to call it banana bread he would whine that he doesn't want banana bread, but that he wants muffin mans. Ever since he first heard the "Do you know the muffin man?" song, he has called them this. So I obligingly make them into muffins and a loaf, which to get him to eat we call muffin man bread. My kid is weird.
Buttermilk Banana "Muffin Mans"
From: Seattle Bon Vivant
2 large eggs
3/4 cup sugar
1 cup mashed ripe bananas (about 2)
1/3 cup buttermilk
1 Tbs. canola oil
1 Tbs. vanilla
1 3.4 flour
2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt
2 Tbs. butter
1/4 cup honey
Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Butter loaf pan and lightly dust with flour.
In mixer bowl beat eggs with sugar on med-high until thick and light, about 5 minutes. Add mashed bananas, buttermilk, honey, oil, remaining butter and vanilla.
Add flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt to the wet ingredients and beat just until combined. Transfer batter to prepared pan and bake about 1 hour.
Sunday, August 24, 2008
1. They weren't always this great. Not entirely true. Anna and Miles have always been fabulous about eating whatever they happen to get. Abbie, on the other hand, was a horribly picky eater as a child. And it was awful. But one day, I just decided that I wasn't going to be her short-order cook anymore.
2. My kids don't get a lot of snacks (don't I sound mean!?). I mean, they get snacks, but I don't fill them till they're full at snacktime. Snacktime is usually some string cheese and a handful of crackers or the like. I don't keep feeding them till they burst. If they complain that they're still hungry, I remind them that dinner is in a couple hours (usually 2-3 hours) and if they're thirsty they can have some water. So, basically, I make sure they're good and hungry for dinner.
3. Again, I'm not a short-order cook. My oldest daughter picked up this saying from preschool and we have LOVED it here, "You get what you get and you don't throw a fit" (said in a sing-songy voice, of course). Basically, this is what's for dinner. I worked hard on it and (generally speaking) it tastes good! Eat up!
4. If you finish your dinner, there MAY be dessert. Not every night. Even if the kids finish their dinner, we don't do dessert every night. And my kids are either weird or deprived. Sometimes dessert is something as simple as 5 Skittles, or a plum, or even some honey-roasted peanuts once. But dessert isn't guaranteed if you finish your dinner, but if you don't... well, the chances of me giving dessert to the other kids who did eat it, are infinitely more likely. Yeah, I told you I was mean.
I have to admit that I have 3 wonderful eaters. I like to think it's my fault, but I'm guessing it's more a product of my husband. That man will eat anything. And somehow, he convinces them to try it. They eat sushi, shrimp, oysters, octopus, curry. All things I can't stand.
Sidenote -- Something you probably didn't know about me: I hate seafood. I like fish, but detest shrimp. So, this blog will NEVER contain seafood recipes (Jenny hates seafood AND fish). If you were looking for some seafood recipes, you'll have to try another food blog. Good luck.
The moral of the story for me is that my kids aren't picky eaters because it's not an option.
Saturday, August 23, 2008
boneless, skinless chicken breast
1 box Jiffy cornbread mix
1 Pkg. ranch dressing mix
Slice chicken breasts into strips. Combine cornbread mix and ranch dressing mix. Dip chicken in water and coat in in cornbread mixture. Place on foil lined baking sheet. Bake at 350 degrees for 25 minutes. Voila.
Friday, August 22, 2008
Little Italy Chicken Wraps
1 pound (about 2) cooked* chicken breasts, diced
2 T balsamic vinegar
1.5 T extra virgin olive oil
1 clove garlic, minced
1 T chopped sun-dried tomatoes
1/4 tsp black pepper
1 medium tomato, diced
1/4 c fresh basil, thinly sliced
1/2 c grated parmesan cheese
2 c mixed baby greens
Combine balsamic vinegar, olive oil, garlic, sun-dried tomatoes and black pepper in a medium bowl. Add the chicken, tomatoes, basil and parmesan cheese. Toss till combined. Line a tortilla with a handful of baby greens, spoon the chicken mixture on top and roll it on up. You can thank me later.
And sorry Sheri, still no nutritional information.
*My favorite way to cook my chicken breasts is this. Preheat your oven to 350. Place your thawed chicken breasts in a glass pan (8x8, 9x9, 9x13, pie pan, whatever) and put foil over it. Put it in the oven for 25 minutes. Voila. It's the easiest way ever and your chicken comes out super moist!
Wednesday, August 20, 2008
Tomato Basil Pizza (adapted from Pioneer Woman)
1 tube refrigerated pizza dough
1/2 c of prepared pesto (I used about half of a 10z jar, and it was a little too much)
2-3 medium tomatoes, sliced thin
8 oz fresh mozzarella
Spray cookie sheet lightly with non-stick spray. Spread pizza dough out on cookie sheet. Spread pesto thinly over crust, layer with mozzarella, and finally with tomato slices. Cook according to dough directions.
I have a basil plant in my kitchen that is thriving beyond what I could have thought possible, so next time I'm gonna make my own pesto. I make no promises about the pizza dough, however.
Tuesday, August 19, 2008
2 Tbs. olive oil
Monday, August 18, 2008
Crockpot Southwestern Chicken from The Sisters' Cafe
1 small bag frozen corn
1 can rinsed, drained black beans
2-3 large chicken breasts
1- 16 oz jar of medium salsa
Pour corn in the bottom of the crockpot. Place chicken on top. Cover with black beans and then pour the salsa on. Cook on high for 1 hour and low for 4 hours*. Shred chicken. Serve with toppings**.
*I forgot to throw this in the crockpot before church, so instead after we got home at 2p, I put it all in on HIGH for 4 hours. Turned out great.
** I had the stuff, so I made up a guacamole/pico de gallo mix using avocado, red onion, tomato, garlic, salt, lime juice and some cilantro. My husband LOVED it and I will definitely be making it again.
Sunday, August 17, 2008
1 Cup milk
1 can cream of cocunut
1 1/2 Cups heavy cream
1 1/2 Cups sweetened flaked coconut (optional, I didn't use, I hate the texture)
Add the milk and cream of coconut in a food processor or blender and mix thoroughly. Stir in cream and flaked cocunut. Pour into the container of an ice cream maker and freeze according to manufacturer's directions.
Saturday, August 16, 2008
Big Crumb Coffeecake with Rhubarb
From: New York Times
1/2 lb. rhubarb, trimmed
1/4 Cup sugar
2 tsp. cornstarch
1/2 tsp. ground ginger
For the Crumbs:
1/3 Cup dark brown sugar
1/3 Cup granulated sugar
1 tsp. ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp. ground ginger
1/8 tsp. salt
1/2 Cup melted butter
1 3/4 Cup cake flour (I used all-purpose)
For the Cake:
1/3 Cup sour cream
1 large egg
1 large egg yolk
2 tsp. vanilla extract
1 Cup cake flour (I used all-purpose)
1/2 Cup sugar
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/4 tsp. salt
6 Tbs. softened butter, cut into 8 pieces
Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Grease an 8 inch baking dish. For filling, slice rhubarb 1/2 inch thick and toss with sugar, cornstarch and ginger. Set aside.
To make crumbs, in a lg. bowl, whisk together sugars, spices, salt and butter until smooth. Stir in flour with a spatula. It will look like a solid dough.
To prepare cake, in a small bowl, stir together the sour cream, egg, egg yolk and vanilla. Using a mixer with a paddle attachment, mix together flour, sugar, baking soda, baking powder and salt. Add butter and a spoonful of the sour cream mixture and mix on medium speed until flour is moistened. Increase speed and beat for 30 seconds. Add remaining sour cream mixture in two batches, beating for 20 seconds after each addition, scraping down the side of the bowl with a spatula. Scoop out 1/2 cup batter and set aside.
Scrape remaining batter into prepared pan. Spoon rhubarb over batter. Dollop set-aside batter over rhubarb, it does not have to be even.
Using your fingers, break topping mixture into big crumbs. They don't have to be uniform, but try to keep them about the same size (1/2- 3/4"). Sprinkle over the cake. Bake cake until toothpick inserted comes out clean of batter (it will be moist from the rhubarb), about 45-55 minutes. It says to cool completely before serving but I don't believe in that. I think it is best hot. And this would be great served with a side of homemade vanilla ice cream. YUMMY!
Thursday, August 14, 2008
Pork & Green Bean Stir-Fry
* 1 (about 3/4 pound) pork tenderloin, trimmed of excess fat
* Coarse salt
* 2 tablespoons soy sauce
* 1 tablespoon rice vinegar
* 1 teaspoon sugar
* 3 teaspoons vegetable oil
* 1 tablespoon minced, peeled fresh ginger
* 1/8 to 1/4 teaspoon red-pepper flakes
* 1 pound green beans, trimmed and cut crosswise into 2-inch pieces
* 1 cup fresh broccoli florets
* 1 red bell pepper, ribs and seeds removed, cut into thin strips
* 1/3 cup dry-roasted peanuts, chopped
* Cooked white rice, for serving (optional)
Cut pork diagonally into 1/4-inch thick slices. In order to cut the pork thin enough, I stuck it in the freezer for about 20 minutes before slicing it up. Cut each slice lengthwise in half. Season with 1/2 teaspoon salt. In a small bowl, mix soy sauce, vinegar, and sugar; set sauce aside.
Heat 1 teaspoon oil in a large skillet over medium-high. Add half the ginger, pepper flakes, and pork; cook, stirring, until pork is no longer pink, about 3-5 minutes. Transfer to a plate. Repeat, cooking remaining ginger, pepper flakes, and pork in another teaspoon oil; transfer to plate. (I did all the pork, etc at once... worked for me!)
Meanwhile, cook green beans in a medium pot of boiling salted water until crisp-tender, about 4 minutes. Drain; dry with paper towels.
Add remaining teaspoon oil to the skillet. Add beans, bell pepper, broccoli and 2 tablespoons water;(oops! unintentionally missed the water) cook over high heat, stirring often, until peppers are tender, about 2 minutes.
Add peanuts, pork mixture, and reserved sauce. Cook, stirring, until pork is coated, about 1 minute. Serve immediately, over rice, if desired.
We did serve it over rice. My kids LOVE rice.
Coming up later. Expect a post from me on how on earth I get my kids to eat all this food.
Wednesday, August 13, 2008
Lemon Rosemary Chicken with Herbed Couscous
From: Back of the Near East Couscous box
1 Cup italian seasoned bread crumbs
1 lb. boneless skinless chicken breasts, thinly sliced
1 Tbs. olive oil
1 Cup thin asparagus, tips only
1/4 cup + 1 Tbs. Lemon juice, divided
3 Tbs. white cooking wine
2 tsp. dried rosemary, divided
1-1/2 cups water
1 pkg. Near East Couscous Herbed Chicken
Toss chicken breasts in seasoned bread crumbs and set aside.
Heat olive oil in a large skillet. Add breaded chicken, asparagus, 1/4 cup lemon juice, cooking wine and 1 tsp. rosemary. Cook for about 5-8 minutes or until inside of chicken is no longer pink.
Prepare couscous accoding to package directions, except add 1 tsp. rosemary and 1 Tbs. lemon juice when adding contents of spice sack. Serve chicken mixture over a bed of couscous.
Notes: If you can't get the herbed couscous, just buy the regular kind. Cook the couscous in a can of chicken broth rather than water. I added about 1/2-1 tsp. of each of the following spices (and could probably have added more): garlic salt, onion powder, turmeric, and parsley. I also chopped up some fresh basil and threw it in. The basil was divine. Next time I might throw it a bit of fresh grated parmesan also.
Tuesday, August 12, 2008
Orecciette with Salsa Cruda and Ricotta
1 medium shallot, minced
2 small garlic cloves, minced
2 Tbs. extra virgin olive oil
1 1/2 lbs. tomatoes, chopped
1/4 tsp. hot red pepper flakes (I left this out and I think it was likely better for it. I think it
would have ruined the fresh taste)
1/3 Cup coarsely chopped basil
1 lb. dried orecchiette (I couldn't find this so I used shells)
3/4 cup ricotta
Stir together all ingredients expect for the pasta and ricotta in a large bowl with 3/4 tsp. salt and 1/2 tsp. pepper. Let stand, stirring occasionally, 20 minutes.
Meanwhile, cook pasta in a pot of boiling salted water until al dente. Drain pasta and toss with tomato salsa. Season with additional salt and pepper if desired. (I didn't. It was salty enough). Place dollops of ricotta on top.
Monday, August 11, 2008
From Smitten Kitchen
1 Bunch green onions, thinly sliced
1 Cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
2 Tbs. flour
1 Tbs. chopped fresh thyme
1 1/2 tsp salt
3/4 tsp. ground black pepper
2 lbs. Yukon Gold potatoes, peeled, cut into 1/8-inch-thick rounds
12 oz. yellow crookneck squash or regular yellow summer squash, cut into 1/8-inch-thick rounds
6 tsp. olive oil
Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Butter two 8-inch-diameter cake pans. Set aside 1/4 cup sliced green onions. Toss remaining green onions, cheese, flour, thyme, salt and pepper in medium bowl to blend.
Place a layer of potatoes in concentric circles in bottom of each prepared pan, overlapping slightly. Place a layer of squash in concentric circles atop potatoes. Drizzle with 1 tsp. oil. Sprinkle with some of the cheese mixture. Repeat layer of potatoes, then squash and 1 tsp. oil. Sprinkle with some of the cheese mixture. Continue layers until pan is full or you run out of veggies. Press gently to flatten.
Cover pans with foil. Bake until potatoes are almost tender, about 40 minutes. Remove foil; bake uncovered until tortes begin to brown and potatoes are tender, about 25 minutes longer.
Cut each torte into wedges. Sprinkle wedges with 1/4 cup green onions; serve.
This can be made 6 hours ahead. Cool. Cover with foil and chill. Rewarm, covered with foil, in 350°F oven until heated through, about 30 minutes.
Pineapple Chicken Salad Pitas
from Cooking Light
2 1/2 cups chopped cooked chicken breast (about 1 pound)
1/2 cup matchstick-cut carrots
1/3 cup sliced almonds, toasted
1/3 cup light mayonnaise
1/4 cup finely chopped green onions
1/4 cup finely chopped celery
1/4 cup plain fat-free yogurt
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1 (8-ounce) can crushed pineapple in juice, drained
6 (6-inch) whole wheat pitas, each cut in half
Romaine lettuce leaves
Combine first 11 ingredients in a large bowl, stirring well. Line each pita half with lettuce leaves; fill each half with 1/3 cup chicken mixture.
Yield: 4ish servings (serving size: 2 stuffed pita halves)
Sunday, August 10, 2008
Nectarine and Mascarpone Tart in a Gingersnap Crust
From Smitten Kitchen
3 1/4 cups gingersnap cookies, coarsely broken
6 Tbs. unsalted butter melted (I needed 8 Tbs.)
1 8-oz. container mascarpone cheese
6 oz. cream cheese, room temperature
1/4 Cup sour cream
1/4 Cup sugar
1 tsp. grated lemon peel
1/4 tsp. vanilla extract
1 Tbs. finely chopped crystallized ginger (the recipe says it is optional, but I don't think so)
4 to 5 small nectarines, cut into thin slices
1/4 Cup peach jam, warmed
2 Tbs. finely chopped crystallized ginger (the recipe says it is optional, I didn't put it in here)
Preheat oven to 350 Degrees. Finely grind gingersnaps in processor. Add butter and blend until crumbs are evenly moistened. Press mixture over bottom and up sides of a 9 inch tart pan with a removable bottom. Bake crust until color darkens, pressing sides with the back of a spoon if it begins to creep down in the pan, about 8 minutes. Cool completely.
Beat first 6 ingredients in a medium bowl until smooth. Beat in crystallized ginger. Spread filling into crust. Cover loosely and refrigerate at least 2 hours and up to 1 day.
Overlap nectarine slices on top of the filling in concentric circles. Brush with warm jam. Sprinkle with crystallized ginger. Serve or refrigerate up to 6 hours.
Mmm... These were SO good. And the best part about them is that they could work for any meal. Breakfast? check. Lunch? You betcha. Dinner? Definitely.
4 corn tortillas
1/3 c shredded cheddar cheese
Goya's Black Bean Soup
Brown one side of tortilla in a oiled pan (think grilled cheese temperature). Flip. Add cheese, melt. Crack egg on top of the cheese. Season with salt & pepper. When the white of the egg is just barely starting to set up, flip it again. Cook until done. Top with Black Bean Soup, Salsa and Sour Cream.
My Salsa Fresca (aka Fresh Salsa):
2 medium tomatoes, diced
1/2 jalapeno, deseeded, diced
1/4 c finely diced red onion
1 T lime juice
1/4 c chopped cilantro
dash of salt, pepper
Friday, August 8, 2008
That's one thing you'll see rather quickly. I love limes. In all their various incarnations. Including the color.
So tonight, I was finally able to make these cookies that I'd been drooling over for a couple of weeks.
Lime, White Chocolate and Macadamia Nut Cookies
2/3 cup butter, room temperature
1 cup white sugar
2 large eggs
1 tbsp lime zest (1 large lime)
2 1/4 cups all purpose flour
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
3/4 cup white chocolate chips
3/4 cup chopped, toasted macadamia nuts
Preheat oven to 350F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
In a large bowl, cream together butter and sugar until creamy. Beat in eggs, one at a time, followed by lime zest.
In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Stir flour mixture into the butter mixture, mixing only until no streaks of flour remain. Stir in white chocolate chips and macadamia nuts.
Drop dough by tablespoonfuls onto prepared baking sheet, making approximately 1-inch balls and leaving some room for the cookies to spread.
Bake for 10-12 minutes, until cookies begin to brown slightly around the edges.
Cool for 5 minutes on baking sheet and remove to a wire rack to cool completely before storing.
Makes about 3 1/2 dozen cookies.
Notes: I only wish the recipe was larger so I could use ALL of my bags of white chocolate chips and macadamia nuts. Instead, I have to put back half bags of stuff and HOPE I remember to make these again before my nuts go rancid. I guess I could have made a double batch, but let's be honest about who is going to eat all of these cookies...
Also, I wish the lime was a tad bit stronger. I contemplated adding some straight up lime juice in a very small amount, and if/when I do get around to making them again, I think I will.
Papas Con Chorizo
1 Tbs. olive oil
1 Cup minced onion
4 cloves garlic, minced
5 Oz. chorizo, thinly sliced (I use 3 mild italian sausages)
2 Cups peeled and diced potatoes (I use a lot more than this because it stretches the meal and
potatoes are cheap)
Dash chili powder
1/4 cup tomato sauce (I use the whole can as I use extra potatoes.
4 thin slices french bread
Additional olive oil
Chopped fresh parsley
Heat 1 Tbs. olive oil over medium heat in a large skillet. Add the onion; saute until soft. Add garlic and chorizo slices. Cook, stirring constntly, until chorizo begins to render some fat.
Add potatoes, salt and pepper to taste, and chili powder. Stir to coat. Saute for about 5 min. Add tomato sauce and 2 Tbs. water. Cover slightly; reduce heat to med-low. Cook, stirring occasionally, for about 20 min. or until potatoes are tender.
Meanwhile, brush bread with additional olive oil; toast in oven until crispy, sprinkle with parsley. Serve with potatoes.
Thursday, August 7, 2008
The sauce really adds just the right kick. It is just perfect to blend the flavors of the chicken with the baby greens.Hazelnut Crusted Chicken with Raspberry Sauce
From: EpicuriousRaspberry Sauce:
3/4 Cup lightly packed fresh raspberries
3 Tbs. white wine vinegar
1 Tbs. sugar
1/2 cup safflower oil
3 to 6 tsp. water
1 Cup chopped hazelnuts (if you are me you substitute macademia nuts because you can't find these until the day after you make this..grr)
3/4 cup pank0 (Japanese breadcrumbs) or plain breadcrumbs work too
1 Tbs. plus 1 tsp. kosher salt
3 tsp. coarsely ground black pepper, divided
1/3 cup honey mustard
1/3 cup finely chopped fresh mint leaves ( I thought it needed more because the flavor was too
1/4 cup mayo
1 Tbs. dijon Mustard
4 lg. boneless skinless chicken breast halved, butterflied (I just cut mine into strips)
4 Tbs. unsalted butter
3 Tbs. peanut oil
4 cups baby salad greens (this is crutial)
1/2 cup fresh raspberries
Puree raspberries, vinegar, and sugar in blender until smooth. With blender still running, gradually add in the safflower oil. And water by the teaspoonful as needed to thin to desired consistency. Season raspberry sauce to taste with salt and pepper.
Preheat over to 375 degrees. Mix hazelnuts, bread crumbs, 1 Tbs. kosher salt, and 2 tsp. pepper into a shallow bowl.
Mix honey mustard, mint, mayo, dijon mustard, 1 tsp. kosher salt, and 1 tsp. pepper in a bowl. Add chicken and coat.
Dip chicken pieces, 1 at a time in the crumb/nut mixture. Make sure to coat both sides pressing so that the nuts adhere. Transfer coated chicken to baking sheet. Divide equal amounts of butter and peanut oil between 2 large nonstick skillets, heat over med-high heat. Add chicken to skillet, reduce heat to med. and cook until light brown, about 4 minutes per side. Place chicken on baking sheet and transfer to overn. Bake until cooked through, about 15 minutes.
Divide salad greens among 4 plates and top with chicken. Garnish with fresh raspberries and serve raspberry sauce alongside.