Wednesday, December 24, 2008
Sunday, December 21, 2008
1/4 c. lukewarm milk or water
1 whole egg
A pinch of salt
2 or 3 drops vailla extract
1 2/3 c. flour, plus more if necessary
Oil for deep-frying - **cringe**
Apricot, red-currant, or raspberry jam
1/4 cup of flour
salt and pepper
In a food processor, grate the onions and potatoes together, using the grating blade. If you are deficient in nice kitchen appliances, use a hand grater.
Split Pea Soup with Flanken
3/4 pound of flanken bones
3 stalks of celery, diced
1 medium onion, diced
3 carrots, diced
2 cups of split peas
8-10 cups of water
Wednesday, December 17, 2008
2 sticks of butter - softened
1/4 tsp. salt
1 cup of walnut pieces
3/4 cup of chocolate chips - semisweet
1/4 cup of light brown sugar
Raspberry Jam - I used seedless
I love my mini cuisinart. It's petite,adorable, and cute. It was sitting lost and lonely in a cabinet behind my giant cuisinart. It should have a permanent place on my counter, but I dislike the clutter.
Starting with the wide edge, roll up each wedge. Put the rolled up rugelach on to a baking sheet lined with parchement paper or a silpat.
Chill for 30 minutes.
Monday, December 15, 2008
1 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 cup oil
2 cups sugar
2 tsp. vanilla
3/4 cup applesauce
1.5 cups chopped pecans or walnuts (I can't eat nuts, but prefer pecans - tradition is walnuts - I think)
Ingredients:8 oz. of cream cheese, room temperature
2 cups of confectioners sugar
5 tbsp. butter
Tuesday, December 9, 2008
One of my favorite Thai dishes is Pad Thai. It's truly comfort food, when done right. I finally built up the nerve to cook it. I was amazed that it wasn't that hard to prepare.
Thin Flat Rice Stick Noodles
Eggs - a couple
Tofu - diced small, extra firm
Another protein (optional)
Garlic - chopped
Ground Peanuts - crushed, roasted
Beansprouts - I didn't have any and didn't see any good ones in the store
Sugar - when done right, you should use palm sugar - I didn't have any
sriracha or chili paste
fish sauce - sometimes available kosher from koshergourmetmart - if vegetarian, use extra soy sauce
Vegetable Oil - non fragrant oil is important, peanut or canola works well
lime wedges - very important player in this dish
The trick is to have everything read to go, before you heat up your wok.
Get your sauce ready. For 2-3 servings, I used 2 tablespoons of tamarind, 2 tablespoons of fish sauce, 2 tablespoons of soy sauce, 2 tablespoons of sugar, 2 teaspoons of chili paste.
Cut up your tofu and let it dry on papertowels.
Chop up veggies and/meat
Cook the rice noodles. Pour boiling water over noodles in a bowl and let sit for 10 minutes. Do not overcook them. Very important.
Ready to get down to business now. Heat up a large wok with 2 tablespoons of oil. Add in your garlic and tofu. Fry a bit. Move the garlic and tofu to the side. If using meat, this is when you would cook it. Crack in your eggs and scramble. Let it set a bit.
Toss in your noodles. Toss in the sauce and mix. Throw in the beansprouts and any other veggies you might be adding. Mix up and stir fry a few minutes.
Serve on to a plate. Sprinkle over some chopped peanuts. Serve with a lime wedge to squeeze over. The lime juice is essential and very yummy in this dish.
This meal turned out to be a hit tonight. Feel free to play with ingredients a bit. Add more or less of sauce ingredients to meet your taste. I will probably add more heat (chili paste) next time as well as more lime juice squeezed on. I was very happy with this meal and will make again. Very easy quick dinner night meal.
Monday, December 8, 2008
1 Brisket - should have some good marbling on it
2 red potatoes, cubed
3 stalks celery, sliced
3-4 carrots, sliced
1 Bottle of Beer
Cover and transfer the meat to the oven. Cook for a few hours until done.
3 c self-rising flour (poured loosely into measuring cup)
1/2 c sugar (do not decrease or substitute) - I will experiment with less next time
1/4 t baking powder (probably optional)
12oz can/bottle beer - not Corona, I don't know why...just don't use the Corona. I used Heineken.
3 T butter, melted - do not use margarine or any other substitute
Preheat oven to 375.
Mix together the flour, sugar, and baking powder.
Add the beer. Mix a few strokes until everything is mostly incorporated. Do not overmix. Do not knead. The dough mixture with be sticky, wet, and lumpy.
Pour into a loaf pan. Pour the butter over the top. Please remember that the butter is very essential.
Bake at 375 for 45-55 minutes., until the top is brown and crispy. This bread top is essential. It is the best part of this bread. Let cool, a little. Dig in!
If G-d forbid you don't finish the bread on the same day, store in a ziplock bag. The bread is pretty good when toasted.
2 carrots, sliced
1 large pasrnip, sliced
1 onion, cut up
1 turnip, cut up
1 sweet potato, cut up
2-3 shallots, chopped
6 cloves of garlic, chopped
Maple Syrup - approx. 1/4 cup
Dijon Mustard - 2-3 tbsp.
Olive Oil - 1/4 cup
Ginger Paste - 2-3 tbsp.
Fresh Rosemary and Thyme, chopped
1 Lemon, juiced if using chicken portions, cut in half, when using a whole chicken