Friday, November 09, 2007
So. I've never made any gnocchi before, and I made these without a recipe. I used only one sweet potato because that's all I had, but I think next time I would use two for more of a sweet potato flavor. This is a recipe that is still in the works.
1 T Maple Syrup
1. Quarter and steam sweet potato until cooked through. Take off skin and mash the potato in a bowl until smooth. Add ginger and cinnamon to taste, and maple syrup.
2. Once potato is at room temp, and egg and mix through. Start adding flour a little at a time until it becomes a soft, dough-like consistency that you can pick up and roll into a ball.
3. Flour hands and surface. Take one third of dough and roll it into a one inch thick log. Cut pieces off log that are 1/2" thick. If you want, press these pieces with a fork for texture to hold sauce.
4. Boil water.
5. Add dough pieces to water. When they float to the top let them simmer for an extra thirty seconds. Then they're done. Drain from water.
6. While pasta is cooking heat 2T butter, 1/4c. white wine, and 1 t chopped fresh sage is a small saucepan. Toss with gnocchi. Enjoy.
Monday, September 24, 2007
I was at the farmer's market and had already paid for my goodies, when someone asked, into the air, "Does anyone know how to make fried green tomatoes?" No one answered, so I said, "No, but I bet you could find a recipe online." But then this idea stuck with me. I've never had or seen or tasted a fried green tomato but it now sounded so good, so I found a green tomato about the size of my fist, went home, flipped through some old copies of Bon Appetit and after some research I made up this recipe, which was also my lunch.
1 green tomato
1/2 c. plain (non fat) yogurt
1 heaping t. mayo
5 drops of tabasco sauce
1/2 c. flour
1/4 c. cornmeal
1 T. butter
2 T. olive oil
1. Whisk together yogurt, mayo, tabasco in a bowl. Season with salt, garlic powder, paprika, and thyme to taste.
2. In a second bowl, whisk together the egg with a little bit of milk.
3. In a third bowl, mix together the flour and cornmeal. Season with garlic powder and salt.
4. Cut tomato in 1/2 inch slices. Dip in yogurt mixture first, coating. Then dip in egg mixture, coating. Finally the flour mixture, coating all sides. Do this to all slices.
5. Heat butter and oil over medium heat in a skillet. Add the tomato slices and let cook until browned on one side, about two minutes, then turn. Let cook another 2 to three minutes.
6. Remove from skillet, put on plate. Top with some of the yogurt mixture. Enjoy.
Saturday, September 15, 2007
This pastry dough recipe was totally grabbed from a Martha Stewart magazine, but the rest of the recipe is my own.
Makes 4 mini tarts
1/2 c. flour, +more for later
1/4 t. sugar
3 T. butter, cut into pieces
1/4 T. vinegar
1/16 c. ice water
1. Pulse flour, sugar in food processor. Add butter. Pulse until mixture resembles coarse meal. Add vinegar. Pulse. Add water. Pulse until just combined. Form into disc, cover in plastic wrap and put in fridge for at least one hour.
2. Roll out dough on floured surface to 1/8" thickness. Cut into quarters and fit into muffin tins. Cut off excess dough. Poke with fork.
1/2 large ripe peach
1 black plum
1/2 t. fresh grated ginger
1/4 c. sugar
1/2 t. fresh lemon juice
1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
2. Cheek and dice 1/2 a large peach and 1 black plum into 1 cm squares. Leave skins on. Put in bowl.
3. Add ginger and lemon, toss through. Add sugar and mix through. Let sit for 15 minutes.
4. Spoon fruit into pastry cups. Put in oven to bake for about 20 minutes or until pastry shell is cooked through. Let cool for 10 minutes before removing from muffin tin. Enjoy!
1 demi baguette
1/8 lb prosciutto, sliced paper thin
1. Cut baguette in two, then in half. Spread mayo on both sides. Sprinkle top side with garlic powder.
2. On bottom half layer prosciutto, cheese (sliced thin), and thin slices of avocado, ending with prosciutto again.
This is an adaptation of a Bill Granger recipe.
6 king prawns, cleans and deveined, tails on
1 large clove of garlic, finely minced
1/4 c. olive oil
2 medium basic leaves, chopped
salt and pepper
1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees F. Rinse prawns and slice down the back.
2. Heat oil over medium heat in a small ovenproof saucepan. Add 1/2 garlic- let simmer. When garlic starts to change, place prawns in single layer in saucepan. Sprinkle with remaining garlic, salt, and pepper. Put in oven for 5 to 10 minutes (until prawns are pink). Let stand 5 minutes. Sprinkle with basil.
3. Serve hot or at room temp. Mine were at room temp for the picnic and were quite good.
This is my own take on tabbouleh, which my dad really liked.
1/2 c. bulgar wheat
1/2 c. water
1/8. c. olive oil, +2T
1/4 c. diced cucumber
1 finely grated carrot
dill weed, pinch
celery seed, pinch
salt, to taste
1/2 t. brown sugar
1/2 clove garlic, minced
garlic powder, to taste
1/4 c. scallions, chopped
1/2 lemon, juiced
1. Mix bulgar wheat, 1/2 c. water, 1/8 c. olive oil, and lemon juice together in a bowl. Let stand at least one hour or until liquid is fully absorbed. Fluff with fork.
2. Add more lemon juice, 2 T. olive oil and mix. Mix in dill weed, celery seed, salt, garlic powder, and brown sugar. Then mix in the grated carrot. After that, fold in the cucumber, scallions, and garlic. Season to taste. Enjoy.
This is a nice, refreshing alternative to iced tea.
10 thin slices of lemon
10 thin slices of cucumber
10 small leaves of basil, ripped
3-4 cups of water
Put in fridge and let stand for at least 1 hour.
Saturday, September 01, 2007
Day 4, dog-sitting, Dinner
I can't believe this. What to eat when there is nothing in the house to cook with? No bread, no veggies... this morning I got excited because I thought I'd found strawberries in the fridge, but they were moldy. I'm not that inventive. But they do have potatoes. So for dinner I made a twice baked potato with what I could find in the fridge and it was really good. Plus, I think it's a version my mom (who can't do sour cream) can eat and would like a lot.
1 small potato
1/2 T. butter, cut up small, room temp
1 large teaspoon cream cheese
1/4 (approx) shredded Gouda cheese
Mrs. Dash original
1. Bake potato at 400 degrees F for 1 hour (or until cooked) on a baking sheet. Let cool about 10 minutes.
2. Mix butter and cream cheese with fork. Cut potato in half, length-wise. Scoop out most of insides, leaving some so that the skins can stand on their own and be "cups".
3. Mix potato with cream cheese/butter until smooth with a fork. Add chili powder, Mrs. Dash, garlic powder, onion powder, and salt to taste.
4. Stir 2/3 of the Gouda cheese into the potato mixture. Spoon potato mixture into the potato cups. Put remaining Gouda on top of cups.
5. Put cups on a baking sheet. Bake at 400 degrees F for 10 to 15 minutes or until cheese is melted and potatoes are warmed through.
Friday, August 31, 2007
Day 3, beverage with a buzz
I need a drink.
Okay, the dogs have been crazy all day, I've not had any time to think, read, write, or eat. It is now time for MY dinner and oh, hm, what is this? There is no meat. And while there are eggs, they were due to be thrown out two and a half weeks ago. Lovely. No protein for me. And the dogs STILL won't stop, with no meat, no eggs, no fruit, and barely any veggies, all I can come up with right now is this:
a sweet-ass drink with alcohol that will hopefully make me chill the hell out even if they don't.
Here we go.
Two parts Chambord
One part vanilla ice cream
Three parts Sprite
my drink was a small one, I used a very heaping teaspoon of ice cream, to give you an idea.
Pour Chambord into glass first, then mix ice cream in until it melts, then add in Sprite and mix. Serve over ice if you want. I didn't.
ps. this was pretty good and I was excited because I've never made up a drink before.
Thursday, August 30, 2007
Dinner, Day 2.
What happened to day 1, you ask? I was lazy/busy and I ended up having a corn muffin for dinner, as you do sometimes. Or at least, as I do sometimes.
Anyway, I poked around the kitchen and found some frozen cheese tortellini, Sarabeth's Cranberry Relish, a red onion, cream cheese, and some walnuts. I can work with this. Here's what I came up with:
1/3 c. tortellini
1 1/2 T. red onion, chopped
2 1/2 T. olive oil
2 heaping teaspoons of cranberry relish*
1 heaping teaspoon cream cheese
small handful of walnuts, pieces
1. Put water on to boil.
2. Heat up olive oil in small sauce pan over med-low to low heat. Add onion. Let cook until starting to get translucent. Add cranberry relish, stir with wooden spoon. Add a pinch of garlic powder, salt, and tarragon. Stir. Don't let mixture bubble.
3. When water boils, put tortellini in for directed time. Add walnuts to cranberry mixture and stir.
4. Take sauce pan off heat. Add cream cheese. Stir until melted and incorporated. When tortellinis are finished, strain them from water with a slotted spoon and put them directly into the cranberry mixture. Stir until they are covered.
5. Transfer to a bowl and enjoy.
*Sarabeth's Cranberry Relish lists cranberries, orange, and sugar as the ingredients, so you could probably use a homemade cranberry sauce and just add some orange zest.
You gotta love Presto Pasta Nights at Once Upon A Feast. They have me cooking pasta at the end of the week without even realizing I'm doing it.
Tuesday, August 28, 2007
I have been eying the zucchini plant-- yes the one surviving zucchini plant-- I gave my mother for months now. I'm amazing that it's living and that it has actually produced food, which in my family is incredible. However I have been stalking the blossoms. I keep hearing that squash blossoms are the IT food and I have been wanting to make some, but every time I come over the blossoms are too small or dying or some creature has beaten me to the punch and eaten them already. But today! At last, one lone male flower had clearly pollinated the females, and it was ready to pick! Yay!
Now, of course, I have NO IDEA what I'm doing, and as I tried to untwist and stuff the thing I tore it at least once (dammit!) and kept wishing I'd been born an elf or something else with nimble fingers. Apparently there are few things in this world that make you feel as oafish and clumsy as stuffing squash blossoms, and that includes walking into a room of fifteen year old fashion models. Squash blossoms have those waifish girls beat.
So here follows my adventure/recipe in making ONE stuffed squash blossom, which actually was pretty tasty. I really would like to make it again and try other fillings too. As long as I was alone in my kitchen when I did it. And maybe next time I'd wear heels.
1 zucchini blossom
1-2 T. olive oil
1/4 t. garlic, minced
salt and pepper
1. Rinse off blossom and pat dry gently. Open blossom CAREFULLY and drop in a few crumblings of chevre and a little
(1/2t?) pesto. Wind blossom closed.
2. Heat up olive oil and garlic in a frying pan over medium heat.
3. Put blossom in pan, turning in direction you twisted the petals when you turn the flower. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Cook until it seems done (2-3 minutes-ish).
4. Remove from pan. Enjoy the few bites!
Sunday, August 26, 2007
After seeing the ingredients in my fridge I really wanted to make a little calzone or something so I grabbed the recipe for the pastry from Martha Stewart (dot com, I suppose, though I took it from a magazine clipping), which is really good, and I recommend (nice and buttery and flakey!), sort of adjusted it to my needs and what I had, and then made these little pasties for dinner. And then had frozen berries with sugar for dessert. Because that is the sort of thing you can have for dinner when you are on your own, without a salad or anything to make other people think you're civilized. I just made pastry dough from scratch, for god's sake. I am civilized!
makes 4 little (2 1/2") pasties or 2 4" pasties
1/2 c. flour (plus more for later for rolling out)
1/4 t. sugar
1/4 t. salt
3 T. cold butter, cut into pieces (Martha says unsalted, but I say SALTED, and that's what i had and used and it was salty but
that's how i like it with a savory stuffing)
1/4 T. distilled white vinegar
1/16 c. ice water
2 slices genoa salami, sliced thin
3 heaping tablespoons fresh ricotta cheese
1. Pulse flour, sugar, and salt in food processor (mini. or you can just mix all this by hand). Add butter. Pulse (or squish with fork) until mixture resembles coarse meal. Pour in vinegar, then water, little by little, pulsing a little bit after every add. After all water is added, pulse until dough comes together. Add more water a few drops at a time if still dry.
2. Form dough into small disk, wrap in plastic, refrigerate at least one hour and up to one day.
3. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
4. Clean out food processor. Rip 2 slices of salami in half and place in (mini) processor. Pulse until mostly shredded. Add ricotta and pulse until combined. Add a pinch or garlic powder and salt. Pulse twice. Put in bowl and set aside.
5. Take dough out of fridge and let it warm up a little in your hands by squishing it a little. Should be workable and not break apart, but not too warm. Sprinkle flour on a work space, on the dough, and on a rolling pin. Roll out dough to be about 1/8" thick. Cut out as many little pie shapes as you can. (App. 4, 3" round). You may have to take the scraps and re-roll them to get as many pies as possible.
6. In each three inch round, place approximately 1 teaspoon of filling. Bring sides up and pinch closed around the edges. Place on a baking sheet. Poke holes with a fork on the side facing up on the baking sheet.
or ... in each rectangular pasty, put as much filling as you can, fold over and pinch the sides down with a fork. Poke holes with a fork on the side facing up on the baking sheet.
7. Let bake for 25 minutes.
8. Let cook for 5 minutes.
Friday, August 24, 2007
As much as I want to deny, deny, deny, it is late August. And while I may pretend that the summer will go on and on my basil won't buy it so I thought I'd better make some pesto. I like mine cheesy and with walnuts, not pinenuts, so... here is my muggy summer night pasta recipe:
1/2 c whole wheat penne pasta
for PESTO: (you will have pesto left over- yay!)
1 1/2 c fresh basil leaves (I used a mix of sweet basil and Italian flat leaf basil)
1 clove fresh garlic
1/4 c. walnuts
1/4 c. fresh grated parmesan cheese
juice of 1/4 lemon
1/4 c. olive oil
salt and pepper to taste
5 grape tomatoes
2 t. lemon juice
1/2 t. minced garlic
1 1/2 T. olive oil
1/4 t. dijon mustard
salt and pepper to taste
3 heaping T. ricotta cheese
1. Put basil, garlic, and walnuts in food processor (preferably mini). Pulse until coarsely chopped. Add lemon juice and parmesan. Pulse until combined. Add olive oil while processor is mixing in a steady stream. Add salt and pepper to taste. Set aside in separate bowl.
2. Rinse out processor. Put tomatoes, garlic, and lemon juice in processor. Pulse until tomato is very coarsely chopped. Add olive oil, mustard, and salt and pepper. Pulse again, just until mixed. Set aside in separate bowl.
3. Make pasta.
4. When pasta is done, put it in a bowl and mix 1/4 c. pesto (or to taste) and 3 heaping tablespoons of ricotta cheese though it. Top with tomato mixture. Enjoy.
I love Presto Pasta Night. You can see it here at: Once Upon A Feast
Monday, August 20, 2007
1/2 stick (1/4 c.) salted butter, soft at room temperature
juice from half a lime
1 1/2 T. fresh mint, chopped
Put butter in a small, nice looking bowl. Mix lime juice and mint into butter with a whisk. Put in refrigerator and let solidify. Serve whenever you please.
Alright, so dog-sitting is over, and here is breakdown:
Number of new dishes made: 5
They were: Scrambled Eggs with Cottage Cheese and Pineapple, Grilled Cheeses with Apple, Hummingbird Waffles, Fresh Summer Vegetable Tortellini, and Ham, Egg, and Cheese with Summer Veggie Toasts
Things the puppy ate besides dog food: a worm, ants, leaves, dirt
Things the puppy tried to eat but I stopped it in time: rocks, glass, a cicada (EW!!!)
Close encounters with deer: 5
Hummingbird sightings: 2
Saturday, August 18, 2007
- Hard boil egg.
- While egg is boiling, heat oil in pan over med-low to low heat. Add onion, let cook for a minute, then add summer squash. Stir with wooden spoon. Add a pinch of garlic salt and celery seed. After a few minutes, when veggies seem almost done, add orange juice. Stir. Let cook for another minute. Set aside.
- Toast bread. Put ham, then cheese on toast. Put in oven at 300 degrees F for 3 minutes or until cheese melts.
- Peel egg. Slice off ends. Feed to dogs (optional). Slice into four rounds, lengthwise.
- Remove toast with ham and cheese from oven. Cut into quarters. Place an egg round on each one. Put a spoonful of squash mixture on top.
Friday, August 17, 2007
Day 3, Dog Sitting, Lunch:
Okay I cheated. Just a little! And only kind of. There weren't any veggies in the house, but I had noticed on my recent trip to get gas that there is a farm with a stand right down the road. So this morning I went and spent a whole fifty cents on these babies:
And that's not really cheating it, is it? Fifty cents?
All the rest of the ingredients were things they had here. And I'm glad I got the veggies too, because my lunch was great.
1/4 small onion, diced
1 clove of garlic, minced
1 small tomato, chopped, seeds taken out
1/3 c. coarsely grated light green summer squash
1/4 c. coarsely grated bright orange summer squash
1 1/2 T olive oil
3/4 c. small frozen cheese tortellini
- Heat olive oil in a frying pan over med-low to low heat. Start bringing some water to a boil.
- When oil heats up first add onions and garlic. Let cook for about one minute.
- Add squash first, stirring for about thirty seconds, then tomatoes. Add salt to flavor and a pinch of dill. Let cook, gently, until onions are translucent.
- When the water comes to a boil add the tortellini and cook according to directions. (I would use fresh tortellini here normally but the frozen were surprisingly good). Do not wait for the tortellini to cook to take the veggies off heat. Take them off the heat when the onions are cooked.
- When tortellini are done, drain them and add them to the pan with the veggies, tossing them all together for about a minute over low heat.
- Transfer to a bowl and enjoy.
**I'm trying something different today and letting the people at Presto Pasta Night know about my recipe. You can check out Presto Pasta Nights here
Thursday, August 16, 2007
Day 2, Dog-Sitting, Brunch:
Outside the window of the the room where I'm using the computer there is a butterfly feeder that as far as I have seen serves only hornets. Until this morning. When out of the corner of my eye I saw something bigger and I turned really fast and saw a little hummingbird who was there just for an instant and then zipped away into the trees. I felt as if I'd seen a fairy. I didn't even think we had hummingbirds around here. Now I'm hyper-sensitive, keeping an eye out for another one and consequently have seen every wasp and fly that has come near the baubled thing.
After that odd and unexpected event I wanted something sweet for breakfast, something nectar-ish, with a Puckish combination of "what the hell?!" ingredients that would nonetheless taste good together.
1/4 small onion, sliced
1T olive oil
1/2 t sugar
1 plum, cheeked
1/2 banana, sliced
1/3 c. mango juice*
1 T. cream cheese
1 t. vidalia onion dressing
1 frozen waffle
*Apple and Eve Mango Passion
- Heat butter and olive oil in a small non-stick sauce pan over med-low heat. Add onion and sugar. Stir occasionally until onions are caramelized.
- Remove onions from saucepan with slotted spoon. Keep liquid in saucepan. Add plum cheeks, flesh side down to sauce pan. Remove after a minute or two. Set aside.
- Add banana slices to sauce pan. Let brown on one side, then flip. Let brown on other side, then remove and set aside.
- Put mango juice in sauce pan and turn heat up to medium. Mix the contents of the saucepan together, let reduce down to a syrup. Should take about five minutes.
- While this is happening, mix cream cheese with vidalia dressing. Also toast waffle.
- Put waffle on plate, spread with flavored cream cheese. Pour syrup over. Top with caramelized onions, bananas, and extra syrup. Serve with the cheeked plums.
Wednesday, August 15, 2007
- Preheat oven to 300 degrees F.
- Lay two slices of American cheese out to cover a slice of bread. Lay apple slices on top. Put two slices of provolone on top of apple slices.
- Spread creamy honey and then vidalia dressing on one side of the other piece of bread. Place that side against the cheese.
- Heat up some oil in a pan. When it gets hot enough put sandwich in pan. When one side is lightly golden, flip the sandwich over, give it a minute, then place it in the oven.
- Let bake in the oven for 5 to 10 minutes, or until the cheese is fully melted.
Day 1, Dog-Sitting, Breakfast:
Seems like a weird combination, I know. But it's really very good. The pineapple is not a dominant flavor, it just adds a little something. I came up with this while I was house sitting.
splash of milk
1/2 the cottage cheese and pineapple topping of a Breakstone's Cottage Doubles
1/3c. cottage cheese with pineapple
pinch of garlic salt
pinch of dill
pinch of dried chives (fresh would be better, just 2-3 chopped fine)
- Crack eggs in bowl, whisk with milk.
- Heat butter in skillet on low heat. When butter is melted add egg mixture. Stir regularly with wooden spoon or silicon spatula.
- When eggs are almost done add cottage cheese and pineapple. Mix through. Let heat through, allowing eggs to continue cooking, excess moisture to evaporate from cheese, and curds to melt.
- After a few minutes add garlic salt, dill, and chives. Mix.
- When the eggs are done to your liking, remove from heat and serve with toast.
Here are my helpers:
Wish me luck.
Tuesday, August 14, 2007
I'm not sure what this is called, technically. It's sort of a bread salad, but it's heated through. It's kind of a bread pudding but it's not soggy and there's no egg involved. It's closest to stuffing I guess, and it could be used as a side dish. But I ate it outside on a mild August day for lunch. So maybe I was just feeling cubist and wanted to deconstruct the sandwich. I don't know. I do know it was pretty tasty.
serves 1 (as meal) or 2 (as side)
country roll (should be appx side of fist and fairly dense)
1/2 c. to 3/4 c. shredded mozzarella cheese
2-3 slices deli turkey
2-3 slices deli ham
1/3 c. sliced almonds
2 large fresh basil leaves
3 T. olive oil
1/2t. dijon mustard
1 T. Newman's Own Lite Lime Vinaigrette Dressing OR the juice of half a lime
1. Preheat oven (or toaster oven) to 350 degrees F.
2. Grease a two cup ramekin or other small oven proof dish with butter.
3. Cut roll into 1/2 inch cubes, put in a bowl. Shred turkey and ham into small pieces (just with your hands) and toss in with the bread. Put cheese and almonds in same bowl. Toss until well mixed.
4. Tear basil into small pieces and toss into bowl. Mix.
5. Add olive oil, mustard, and lime to the bowl. Stir until well mixed.
6. Add salt, pepper, and garlic powder to taste. Mix.
7. Transfer bread mixture into the ramekin. Let bake for appx. 10 minutes or until heated through and cheese it melted.
8. Serve in ramekin on a cool plate. Enjoy!
Monday, August 13, 2007
This is not a sauce, it's a topping to go on TOP of the pasta after it's cooked.
This is a recipe for one. But you all know how to multiply :)
1 dipping strip red bell pepper
1 clove garlic
2T olive oil
1/2t- 1t brown sugar
1. Finely mince pepper, garlic, and onion (food processor works well)
2. Heat up olive oil in small non-stick pan, add pepper/garlic/onion mixture, pinch of salt, a sprinkling of thyme, 1/2 t. of cinnamon. Start heat on pasta at this time. Let saute over medium/low heat until water boils.
3. When water boils add brown sugar to mix. Let mixture saute until FRESH pasta is finished cooking (2-3 minutes).
4. Drain pasta, spoon topping on pasta, (if making for more than one, put pasta on individual plates and spoon topping individually).
Tuesday, June 26, 2007
1 1" thick 1/2 lb piece of sirloin steak
1/3 c. olive oil
1/3 c. white wine
1 T. balsamic vinegar
2 cloves of garlic
3 T fresh basil, chopped
2 T fresh sage, chopped
1. Chop garlic fine, add salt to it and crush until it becomes like a paste. Combine olive oil, wine, and vinegar in a bowl. Add the garlic, basil and sage to the bowl. Add the cleaned steak to the bowl with the marinade and let sit, covered, 2 to 3 hours. If the steak is cold let this be time for it to come to room temperature.
2. Heat a large skillet to a medium/high heat. Take steak out of the marinade. Sprinkle one side with salt and pepper. Put that side down on the skillet and let cook. Sprinkle the side that is up with salt and pepper. Turn steak over. Cook the steak to your desired degree of "done".
3. Remove steak from skillet, let stand for five minutes, then serve.