Sweet and Sour Chicken

Jan 22, 2012 by

Ingredients

  • 1 tray of Chicken breast
  • 1 onion
  • 1 green bell pepper
  • 1 tray of mushrooms
  • 1 clove of garlic
  • 1 small can of pineapple
  • 1 jar of la Choy of sweet and sour sauce
  • 3 tbsp cornstarch
  • 2 tbsp soya sauce
  • Season all seasoning to your taste

Instructions

  1. Cut the meat up and season with pepper, all season salt and chopped garlic. Add the cornstarch and soya sauce. Mix it all up
  2. In another skillet cook the vegetables, till done.
  3. Put in the skillet 2 tbsp olive oil, fry the chicken till done on all sides. Add the cooked vegetables to the skillet with the fried chicken. Then add the sweet and sour sauce, cook for about 15 min. The last thing you add is the pineapple and cook for another 10 min.

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Ingredients
  • 1 tray of Chicken breast
  • 1 onion
  • 1 green bell pepper
  • 1 tray of mushrooms
  • 1 clove of garlic
  • 1 small can of pineapple
  • 1 jar of la Choy of sweet and sour sauce
  • 3 tbsp cornstarch
  • 2 tbsp soya sauce
  • Season all seasoning to your taste
Instructions
  1. Cut the meat up and season with pepper, all season salt and chopped garlic. Add the cornstarch and soya sauce. Mix it all up
  2. In another skillet cook the vegetables, till done.
  3. Put in the skillet 2 tbsp olive oil, fry the chicken till done on all sides. Add the cooked vegetables to the skillet with the fried chicken. Then add the sweet and sour sauce, cook for about 15 min. The last thing you add is the pineapple and cook for another 10 min.

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Crack Rotel

Jan 22, 2012 by


We all heard of the Velveeta Rotel dip, in my opinion this one is way better then the Velveeta Rotel dip. My niece Karlesha told me what was in her crack rotel dip. I made it similar like hers but added pico de gallo. Once you taste this dip you will understand the name:) It is that good you can’t stop eating it. Someone said it was like crack, they couldn’t stop eating it…hence the name:). You can eat it cold or hot.

Ingredients

2 blocks of cream cheese
1/4 cup cooked jimmy dean breakfast sausage
1/4 cup salsa
For the Pico de Gallo
1 mango
1/3 cup chopped cilantro (if you don’t like cilantro use parsley)
2 green onions
1/2 small onion minced
2 chopped tomatoes
1 Annaheim pepper
1/2 tsp pepper
1/8 tsp salt
2 tbsp lemon juice.

Instructions

  1. First we need to make the Pico de Gallo. Chop up all the vegetables and fruit, add the lemon juice, pepper and salt. Put that in the refrigerator so it can marinate for at least an hour.
  2. Put the 2 cream cheese blocks in a bowl, microwave for 1 1/2 minute. Add 1/4 chunky salsa and 1/4 cup cooked Jimmy Dean. Mix it all up and top it off with the Pico de Gallo. Eat with brown bean tortilla chips. If you like to eat this dip warm put all in a crock pot.

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We all heard of the Velveeta Rotel dip, in my opinion this one is way better then the Velveeta Rotel dip. My niece Karlesha told me what was in her crack rotel dip. I made it similar like hers but added pico de gallo. Once you taste this dip you will understand the name:) It is that good you can't stop eating it. Someone said it was like crack, they couldn't stop eating it...hence the name:). You can eat it cold or hot.
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Recipe type: Appetizer/Snack
Cuisine: American
Ingredients
  • 2 blocks of cream cheese
  • ¼ cup cooked jimmy dean breakfast sausage
  • ¼ cup salsa
For the Pico de Gallo
  • 1 mango
  • ⅓ cup chopped cilantro (if you don't like cilantro use parsley)
  • 2 green onions
  • ½ small onion minced
  • 2 chopped tomatoes
  • 1 Annaheim pepper
  • ½ tsp pepper
  • ⅛ tsp salt
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice.
Instructions
  1. First we need to make the Pico de Gallo. Chop up all the vegetables and fruit, add the lemon juice, pepper and salt. Put that in the refrigerator so it can marinate for at least an hour.
  2. Put the 2 cream cheese blocks in a bowl, microwave for 1½ minute. Add ¼ chunky salsa and ¼ cup cooked Jimmy Dean. Mix it all up and top it off with the Pico de Gallo. Eat with brown bean tortilla chips. If you like to eat this dip warm put all in a crock pot.

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Pico de Gallo

Jan 21, 2012 by

Pico de gallo can be used in much the same way as other Mexican salsas, Kenyan Kachumbari or Indian chutneys, but since it contains less liquid, it can also be used as a main ingredient in dishes such as tacos and fajitas.

In some regions of Mexico, a fruit salad (watermelon, orange, jicama, cucumber and sometimes melon and papaya) tossed in lime juice and hot sauce or chamoy and sprinkled with a salty chili powder is also known as pico de gallo; it is a popular snack and usually sold outside schools, while the tomato-based condiment is better known as salsa picada, which means minced or chopped sauce, salsa bandera or salsa mexicana, because the colors red (tomato), white (onion), and green (chili) are the colors of the Mexican flag.

One of the sources for the name “rooster’s beak” could be the beak-like shape and the red color of the chilis used to make it. According to food writer Sharon Tyler Herbst,it is so called because originally it was eaten with the thumb and forefinger, and retrieving and eating the condiment resembled the actions of a pecking rooster.

Another suggested etymology is that pico is derived from the verb picar, which has two meanings: 1) to mince or chop, and 2) to bite, sting or peck. The rooster, gallo in Spanish, is a common metaphor for the hyper-masculine (“macho”) male in Mexican culture. One example of such machismo is taking pride in withstanding the spicy burn of chilis.

However, neither theory can be considered definite, as they assume the use of hot chilis. In many regions of Mexico the term “pico de gallo” refers to any of a variety of salads, condiments or fillings made with sweet fruits, tomatoes, tomatillos, avocado or mild chilis — not necessarily with hot chilis, or any chilis at all. Thus, the name could be a simple allusion to the bird feed-like minced texture and appearance of the sauce.

The source of this article is wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

Ingredients

1 mango
1/3 cup chopped cilantro (if you don’t like cilantro use parsley)
2 green onions
1/2 small onion minced
2 chopped tomatoes
1 Anaheim pepper
1/2 tsp pepper
1/8 tsp salt
2 tbsp lemon juice

Instructions

1.   Chop up all the vegetables and fruit, add the lemon juice, pepper and salt. Put in the refrigerator so it can marinate for at least an hour. You can add this to your taco’s fajita’s or eat it like a dip.

 

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Recipe type: Snack/Appetizer
Cuisine: TexMex
Ingredients
  • 1 mango
  • ⅓ cup chopped cilantro (if you don't like cilantro use parsley)
  • 2 green onions
  • ½ small onion minced
  • 2 chopped tomatoes
  • 1 Anaheim pepper
  • ½ tsp pepper
  • ⅛ tsp salt
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
Instructions
  1. Chop up all the vegetables and fruit, add the lemon juice, pepper and salt. Put in the refrigerator so it can marinate for at least an hour. You can add this to your taco's fajita's or eat it like a dip.

 

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Goulash

Jan 20, 2012 by

This thick, hearty dish was (and still is) a very popular dish among herdsmen in Hungary. This peasant dish got on the table only towards the end of the 19th century. Restaurants started to put goulash on their menus to. By the second half of the 20th century the soup became the number one dish of Hungary. It got this name because the herdsman of Hungary often travelled far from home on horseback with their sheep to find better pastures on the Hungarian plains. At nightfall the herdsman’s would build a fire, slaughter an animal and then cook it for several hours in a large pot hanging over the fire known as a bográc.

There are many different ways of making goulash, as it is with every dish. Goulash can be served with potatoes, dumplings, spatzle, or just as a stand-alone dish with bread.

Ingredients

  • 2 lb beef (I used chuck blade steak)
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 large onion
  • 2 tbsp crushed garlic
  • 1 tray of mushrooms
  • 1/2 green bell pepper
  • 1/2 red bell pepper
  • 2 tbsp Hungarian Paprika (that is a must)
  • 2 tsp caraway seeds
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 16 oz tomato sauce
  • 4 cups chicken broth
  • sour cream

Instructions

  1. In a large pan saute the onion in the olive oil, add 1 tbsp of sugar to caramelize the onion. Then add the caraway seeds, the Hungarian paprika, bay leaves and the tomato sauce.
  2. Add the chicken or beef broth. It’s just my personal preference to use chicken broth. Add the cut up beef to the pot and add the salt and pepper. Simmer for about 2 hours. In a skillet cook the mushrooms and bell peppers add the cooked veggies to the pot right before serving. . If you like your soup thick add some diluted cornstarch. And top it off with a tbsp of sour cream.

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Recipe type: Soup
Cuisine: Hungarian
Ingredients
  • 2 lb beef (I used chuck blade steak)
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 large onion
  • 2 tbsp crushed garlic
  • 1 tray of mushrooms
  • ½ green bell pepper
  • ½ red bell pepper
  • 2 tbsp Hungarian Paprika (that is a must)
  • 2 tsp caraway seeds
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 16 oz tomato sauce
  • 4 cups chicken broth
  • sour cream
Instructions
  1. In a large pan saute the onion in the olive oil, add 1 tbsp of sugar to caramelize the onion. Then add the caraway seeds, the Hungarian paprika, bay leaves and the tomato sauce.
  2. Add the chicken or beef broth. It's just my personal preference to use chicken broth. Add the cut up beef to the pot and add the salt and pepper. Simmer for about 2 hours. In a skillet cook the mushrooms and bell peppers add the cooked veggies to the pot right before serving. . If you like your soup thick add some diluted cornstarch. And top it off with a tbsp of sour cream.

 

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Banana Pudding (not yo mama’s)

Jan 18, 2012 by

Banana pudding has a long history dating back to the 19 century, there isn’t much information available. What I did find is that bananas began to be marketed in the United States around the 19th century. Cooks were fascinated by this exotic fruit and began using them in existing recipes of cooked puddings and baked custards topped with meringue. A 1902 cookbook contains recipes for fried bananas, baked bananas, banana pudding, and banana cake in a section called Hawaiian recipes.

In 1901 Nabisco began marketing vanilla wafers. No one seems to know which cook was the first to line the pudding dish with vanilla wafers but it caught on quickly, especially after Nabisco began printing the recipe on their vanilla wafer package. Banana pudding is a dessert common in the Southern United States.

I personally do not care for the vanilla wafers so I use chessman cookies.

Ingredients

  • 2 pkgs. Pepperidge Farm Chessmen Cookies
  • 5 Bananas
  • 1/2 can condensed milk
  • 1 pkg. softened cream cheese
  • 1/2 tub cool whip
  • 1 pkg. instant vanilla pudding
  • 3 cup milk

Instructions

  1. Use a 9×11 pan. Put one layer of cookies on the bottom of the dish. And add the sliced bananas. Mix the milk with the instant pudding and put to the side. Next mix the softened cream cheese and the condensed milk. Combine the cream cheese/condensed milk mixture with the instant pudding. Then, fold the cool whip into that mixture. Pour the entire mixture over the bananas. Add another layer of cookies on top of pudding. Let chill 30 minutes before serving.

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  • 2 pkgs. Pepperidge Farm Chessmen Cookies
  • 5 Bananas
  • ½ can condensed milk
  • 1 pkg. softened cream cheese
  • ½ tub cool whip
  • 1 pkg. instant vanilla pudding
  • 3 cup milk
Instructions
  1. Use a 9x11 pan. Put one layer of cookies on the bottom of the dish. And add the sliced bananas. Mix the milk with the instant pudding and put to the side. Next mix the softened cream cheese and the condensed milk. Combine the cream cheese/condensed milk mixture with the instant pudding. Then, fold the cool whip into that mixture. Pour the entire mixture over the bananas. Add another layer of cookies on top of pudding. Let chill 30 minutes before serving.

 

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Spanish Rice

Jan 16, 2012 by

Spanish food is quite different from that of many other European countries in that it makes heavy use of rice; a staple that is more commonly associated with Asian countries. In order to understand exactly why the Spanish use rice so much in their cuisine it is beneficial to recount the history of Spanish rice. Spain was ruled by the Moors, who in turn were heavily influenced by the cuisine and culture of Muslim Arabs form the Middle East. It is widely believed that it was the Moors who laid the foundation stone in the history of Spanish rice by introducing it to the local population. By the time the Moors were expelled from Spain more than 700 years after they first arrived, rice had already developed a long established history among the Spanish people who were not prepared to abandon it.

The fact that rice came to the Spanish from the Moors is supported with linguistic evidence. The Spanish word for rice is ‘arroz’ which seems to come directly from the Arabic word for rice which is ‘al- ruzz’.

Spanish Rice Today

Today the term Spanish rice is often used to denote a specific dish that is served as a side dish made from white rice, tomatoes, garlic, onions, parsley, cilantro as well as a few other ingredients. One common cooking method for Spanish rice is to saute the rice until golden brown and cook it in chicken broth. Vegetables including carrots and peas or corn may also be used depending on the recipe.

Spanish rice is a popular dish in the Southwest of the United States, where it often features liberal portions of grilled and stewed vegetables. The version of Spanish rice cooked throughout South America tends to be more standardized, often with just enough tomato and chili to provide the characteristic reddish orange color and a smoky, garlic and onion taste. It is frequently served as a side dish alongside other Venezuelan and other South American Cuisine. The source of this article is from http://www.kwintessential.co.uk/

Ingredients

  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/2 cup minced onion
  • 1 tbsp garlic
  • 1/2 cup chunky salsa
  • 1 cups chicken broth
  • 3/4 cup rice
  • 1/2 cup frozen sweet peas (optional)

Instructions

  1. Put 2 tbsp olive oil in the pot, then add the minced onion and garlic. Keep stirring till translucent. Then add the rice to the onion garlic mixture. Keep stirring do not burn the rice, when the rice gets light brown add the chicken broth and salsa. This is the basic version, if you like add 1/2 cup frozen peas. Put the lid on it and simmer for 20 minutes.

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Recipe type: Side Dish
Cuisine: Spanish
Ingredients
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • ½ cup minced onion
  • 1 tbsp garlic
  • ½ cup chunky salsa
  • 1 cups chicken broth
  • ¾ cup rice
  • ½ cup frozen sweet peas (optional)
Instructions
  1. Put 2 tbsp olive oil in the pot, then add the minced onion and garlic. Keep stirring till translucent. Then add the rice to the onion garlic mixture. Keep stirring do not burn the rice, when the rice gets light brown add the chicken broth and salsa. This is the basic version, if you like add ½ cup frozen peas. Put the lid on it and simmer for 20 minutes.

 

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Dutch Apple Cake

Jan 15, 2012 by

My sisters came to visit me last year and my sister Martha made this Dutch Apple Cake  for us. She gave me her recipe and I made a few changes to the ingredients, just added cinnamon, vanilla and lemon extract.

Ingredients

4 small apples (you need 3 1/2 but you can eat the rest)
1 cup sugar plus 3 tbsp
2/3 cup unsalted melted butter
4 eggs
2 cups cake flour
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 tsp lemon extract
1 tbsp lemon juice
3 tbsp apricot jelly

Instructions

1. Put parchment paper underneath the circle of the spring form and draw a circle. Cut out the circle and spray the springform with Pam. Put the parchment circle on it and spray it again with Pam. so the cake won’t stick to the bottom.

2. Peel the apples and take the core out. Cut the apples up in 4. Add 1 tbsp of lemon juice, 3 tbsp of sugar and 1 tbsp of cinnamon to the apples. Mix it up and set aside.

3. Add the melted butter to the sugar and mix well. Add one egg to the butter sugar mix, alternate with 1/2 cup of cake flour. When you used up all the flour and the eggs, add the vanilla and lemon extract.

4. Pour in the prepared spring form and top it off with the apples. Cook in a preheated oven of 300F oven for 1 1/2 hour. The last 10 min top the cake with the apricot jelly and cook 10 min more. Take the cake out of the oven and put on a wired rack, let it cool for about 10 min then you should be able to take the cake out of the spring form.

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My sisters came to visit me last year and my sister Martha made this for us. She gave me her recipe and I made a few changes to the ingredients, just added cinnamon, vanilla and lemon extract.
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Cuisine: Dutch
Ingredients
  • 4 small apples (you need 3½ but you can eat the rest)
  • 1 cup sugar plus 3 tbsp
  • ⅔ cup unsalted melted butter
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 cups cake flour
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract
  • ½ tsp lemon extract
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 3 tbsp apricot jelly
Instructions
  1. Put parchment paper underneath the circle of the spring form and draw a circle. Cut out the circle and spray the springform with Pam. Put the parchment circle on it and spray it again with Pam. so the cake won't stick to the bottom.
  2. Peel the apples and take the core out. Cut the apples up in 4. Add 1 tbsp of lemon juice, 3 tbsp of sugar and 1 tbsp of cinnamon to the apples. Mix it up and set aside.
  3. Add the melted butter to the sugar and mix well. Add one egg to the butter sugar mix, alternate with ½ cup of cake flour. When you used up all the flour and the eggs, add the vanilla and lemon extract.
  4. Pour in the prepared spring form and top it off with the apples. Cook in a preheated oven of 300F oven for 1½ hour. The last 10 min top the cake with the apricot jelly and cook 10 min more. Take the cake out of the oven and put on a wired rack, let it cool for about 10 min then you should be able to take the cake out of the spring form.

 

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Dutch Apple Pie

Jan 15, 2012 by

Recipes for Dutch apple pie go back centuries. There exists a painting from the Dutch Golden Age, dated 1626, featuring such a pie.

The basis of Dutch apple pie is a crust on the bottom and around the edges. This is then filled with pieces or slices of apple, usually a crisp and mildly tart variety such as Goudreinet or Elstar. Cinnamon and sugar are generally mixed in with the apple filling, and lemon juice is often added. The filling can be sprinkled with liqueur for taste. Atop the filling, strands of dough cover the pie in a lattice, holding the filling in place but keeping it visible. Though it can be eaten cold, most people crave for the warm version, with a dash of whipped cream or vanilla ice cream.

Ingredients

For the crust:
300 gram self rising flour
200 gram unsalted butter
150 gram sugar
1 egg
For the filling:
1 kg tart apples (Jona)
50 gram vanilla sugar (Dr Oetker)
100 gram raisins
1-2 tsp cinnamon
breadcrumbs
1 beaten egg to glaze
Parchment paper

Instructions

1.  Well the raisins in water or rum Put all the ingredients for the crust in the kitchen aid machine, and mix till the dough is a ball. Take the dough out and put in the refrigerator (needs to be cold to make the crust).
2. Peel the apples and use the mandolin to make even slices of the apples. Combine with the vanilla sugar, raisins and cinnamon. Sprinkle with some lemon juice, that way the apples won’t turn brown. Add the cinnamon ( I forgot the pic of that one but you get the idea).

3. Circle with a pencil around the spring form on parchment paper, cut the circle out. Grease the spring form add the cut out parchment paper and add the breadcrumbs, that will absorb the moisture.

4.Roll 1/2 the dough out and put the crust in the spring form, don’t make it too thick. Add the apple mixture to it and roll the left over dough in strips and make a lattice pattern. Brush the lattice with the beaten egg. Bake in a preheated oven of 300F and bake for about 1hr and 10 min. According to mom’s recipe it should be 175C which is 340F. If you have bigger slices of apple you need to cook it longer.

 

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The basis of Dutch apple pie is a crust on the bottom and around the edges. This is then filled with pieces or slices of apple, usually a crisp and mildly tart variety such as Goudreinet or Elstar. Cinnamon and sugar are generally mixed in with the apple filling, and lemon juice is often added. The filling can be sprinkled with liqueur for taste. Atop the filling, strands of dough cover the pie in a lattice, holding the filling in place but keeping it visible. Though it can be eaten cold, most people crave for the warm version, with a dash of whipped cream or vanilla ice cream.
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Recipe type: Dessert
Cuisine: Dutch
Ingredients
For the crust:
  • 300 gram self rising flour
  • 200 gram unsalted butter
  • 150 gram sugar
  • 1 egg
For the filling:
  • 1 kg tart apples (Jona)
  • 50 gram vanilla sugar (Dr Oetker)
  • 100 gram raisins
  • 1-2 tsp cinnamon
  • breadcrumbs
  • 1 beaten egg to glaze
  • Parchment paper
Instructions
  1. Well the raisins in water or rum Put all the ingredients for the crust in the kitchen aid machine, and mix till the dough is a ball. Take the dough out and put in the refrigerator (needs to be cold to make the crust).
  2. Peel the apples and use the mandolin to make even slices of the apples. Combine with the vanilla sugar, raisins and cinnamon. Sprinkle with some lemon juice, that way the apples won't turn brown. Add the cinnamon ( I forgot the pic of that one but you get the idea).
  3. Circle with a pencil around the springform on parchment paper, cut the circle out. Grease the spring form add the cut out parchment paper and add the breadcrumbs, that will absorb the moisture.
  4. Roll ½ the dough out and put the crust in the spring form, don't make it too thick. Add the apple mixture to it and roll the left over dough in strips and make a lattice pattern. Brush the lattice with the beaten egg. Bake in a preheated oven of 300F and bake for about 1hr and 10 min. According to mom's recipe it should be 175C which is 340F. If you have bigger slices of apple you need to cook it longer.

 

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Meatballs gehaktbal

Jan 14, 2012 by

“Woensdag, gehaktdag!” (“Wednesday, minced meat day!”That is how it used to be up until the 1960s: on Wednesdays, virtually every Dutch housewife would serve minced meat for dinner. Even today, more traditional families and elderly people eat minced meat on Wednesday. Now why would a whole country eat the same food on the same day?

That has to do with the fact that butchers used to slaughter the animals themselves. They usually did so on Monday. On Tuesday, they would process the meat into high quality steaks, chops and the like. Finally, on Wednesday, the butcher would take the leftovers and turn them into minced meat that he would sell at a special low price.

The slogan “Woensdag, gehaktdag!” was introduced by the butcher association to promote their products and industry. The slogan took on and is still known today. Along the way, it even got new meanings. Today it is also used to refer to the third Wednesday in May. On this day, the Dutch Minister of Finance presents and defends the State expenses over the last year in parliament. If the defense is flawed or the State has spent her money unwisely, the Parliament will “make minced meat” of the minister (figuratively spoken of course).

In 2007, a very controversial book was published in the Netherlands with the title “Woensdag, Gehaktdag”. It was written by the convicted killer Richard Klinkhamer and in it, he describes how he fantasized about killing his wife and how he ultimately lived his fantasy in 1991.

Personally I prefer the original meaning: simply eating some nice meat balls on Wednesday (or any other day for that matter).

Information of the origin of the Dutch Gehaktbal found on Dutch Ancestory Magazine

Ingredients

2 slices of bread
1 tray of ground beef (preferably 97% or 93%)
1 egg
1/2 cup of bread crumbs
1 small onion, minced
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp curry powder
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1/2 tsp chili paste or pepper
fresh parsley.

Instructions

1.   Break up the bread, add enough milk to saturate the bread. Squeeze some milk out of the bread, put 1 egg, 1/2 cup of bread crumbs, minced onion and seasonings to the ground beef, if you have some fresh parsley available, add it to the ground beef. Mix all together and make some meatballs. I use the ice cream scooper, so I get uniform size balls, and they won’t be too big.

2. Heat the skillet on high, then add one stick of margarine to the skillet. Wait till the margarine turn slightly brown. Add the meatballs and brown on both sides. Put the lid on the skillet and simmer for 20 min. Then take out the meatballs and add 1 cup of water or some broth. If you don’t have broth add 1 tbsp of beef base. Then add some diluted cornstarch to the gravy to make it thick.


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Ingredients
  • 2 slices of bread
  • 1 tray of ground beef (preferably 97% or 93%)
  • 1 egg
  • ½ cup of bread crumbs
  • 1 small onion, minced
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp curry powder
  • ½ tsp nutmeg
  • ½ tsp chili paste or pepper
  • fresh parsley.
Instructions
  1. Break up the bread, add enough milk to saturate the bread. Squeeze some milk out of the bread, put 1 egg, ½ cup of bread crumbs, minced onion and seasonings to the ground beef, if you have some fresh parsley available, add it to the ground beef. Mix all together and make some meatballs. I use the ice cream scooper, so I get uniform size balls, and they won't be too big.
  2. Heat the skillet on high, then add one stick of margarine to the skillet. Wait till the margarine turn slightly brown. Add the meatballs and brown on both sides. Put the lid on the skillet and simmer for 20 min. Then take out the meatballs and add 1 cup of water or some broth. If you don't have broth add 1 tbsp of beef base. Then add some diluted cornstarch to the gravy to make it thick.

 

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Gumbo

Jan 13, 2012 by

Gumbo is one of those dishes you will find that numerous people claim to have the perfect recipes. (and I am one of them 🙂 No matter what ingredients you put into a gumbo you’re going to get a little bit of the four cultures living in Louisiana: Cajun, Creole, Indian, and African. Louisiana’s Creole cooking came from a European blend of its French founders and the Spanish who took over the territory from France. The French contributed classic techniques like roux, and the Spanish introduced tomatoes, peppers and garlic that were commonly used in their cooking. Cajuns were French, Acadians exiled from Nova Scotia. They were simple country folks who cooked with what was cheap and available. Slaves named the dish “gumbo” after the African word okra, used as it thickener. The native Choctaw Indians added file, their own thickener made from sassafras leaves.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup of olive oil and 2 cups of flour to make the roux you need. For this recipe you need a
  • 1/2 cup of the dark roux
  • 1/2 Cup of onion
  • 1/2 cup of green pepper
  • 1/2 cup of celery
  • 2 cup roma tomatoes
  • 2 cups okra
  • 1tsp black pepper
  • 1 tsp white pepper
  • chicken broth
  • cooked chicken
  • 1 polish sausage
  • cooked rice

Instructions

  1. When you make your gumbo you need to know what differences there are in roux. There are three classic kinds of roux, named for their color -white, blond and brown.
  2. White Roux: is cooked for just a few min. long enough to get rid of the floury taste. It’s used for cream soups and bechamel sauces (cream sauces).
  3. Blond Roux: Cook the white roux a little longer, and it takes on a straw color. This blond roux has a hint of flavor and adds a warm color to veloute sauces (sauces made with chicken, fish or veal stock).
  4. Brown Roux: A brown roux has a nutty aroma and a rich, chocolate color that works well in dark soups and demi-glace (brown) sauces.
  5. Dark Brown Roux: Is a deeper mahogany, almost black, color roux that is used more for its nutty flavor than its thickening capabilities. White and blond roux use butter as fat. Use Olive oil in the darker roux because it produces a better color.
  6. Now we got that out of the way lets start. In this case I want a dark roux for a gumbo without fish. Use 1 cup olive oil, 2 cups flour
  7. I make the roux ahead of time. Roux can be made up to two weeks in advance and stored in the refrigerator. Make a bigger batch of roux helps control the quality with less chance of burning.
  8. The trick to making a dark roux is to brown it without burning it. That means you’ve got to keep stirring.
  9. To make chicken sausage gumbo I am using the dark brown roux. Turn the stove on medium high heat. Add to your cast iron skillet the oil then add the flour. Keep stirring stirring till the desired color, in this case I want it to be dark brown. This will take about 20 minutes. You can, and I suggest to make the roux ahead of time so it won’t take you that long to make the Gumbo.
  10. Now for this Gumbo I need 1/2 cup of the dark brown roux. so put the stove on medium high and add the following to the pot: 1/2 cup of dark brown roux, 1/2 cup of onion, diced, 1/2 cup of green pepper, diced, 1/2 cup of celery, diced. Cook for 5 minutes, then add the 2 cups Roma tomatoes, diced, 6 cups chicken broth (you can use the kind out of the box if you like).
  11. Add the 2 cups of sliced okra and the black and white pepper. Simmer for 20 minutes, the vegetables should be done. In the meantime saute in 1 tbsp of oil 1 cup of polish sausage sliced(the original gumbo is with Andouille sausage but I prefer the polish sausage), and 2 cups of shredded cooked chicken. Brown the meat on medium high for 5 minutes. Add this all to the pot with the roux and bring to a boil. Simmer for 5 minutes. Remove from heat and serve in a bowl with rice and a dash of the file powder.

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Gumbo is one of those dishes you will find that numerous people claim to have the perfect recipes. (and I am one of them 🙂 No matter what ingredients you put into a gumbo you're going to get a little bit of the four cultures living in Louisiana: Cajun, Creole, Indian, and African. Louisiana's Creole cooking came from a European blend of its French founders and the Spanish who took over the territory from France. The French contributed classic techniques like roux, and the Spanish introduced tomatoes, peppers and garlic that were commonly used in their cooking. Cajuns were French, Acadians exiled from Nova Scotia. They were simple country folks who cooked with what was cheap and available. Slaves named the dish "gumbo" after the African word okra, used as it thickener. The native Choctaw Indians added file, their own thickener made from sassafras leaves.
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Recipe type: Soup
Cuisine: American
Ingredients
  • 1 cup of olive oil and 2 cups of flour to make the roux you need. For this recipe you need a
  • ½ cup of the dark roux
  • ½ Cup of onion
  • ½ cup of green pepper
  • ½ cup of celery
  • 2 cup roma tomatoes
  • 2 cups okra
  • 1tsp black pepper
  • 1 tsp white pepper
  • chicken broth
  • cooked chicken
  • 1 polish sausage
  • cooked rice
Instructions
  1. When you make your gumbo you need to know what differences there are in roux. There are three classic kinds of roux, named for their color -white, blond and brown.
  2. White Roux: is cooked for just a few min. long enough to get rid of the floury taste. It's used for cream soups and bechamel sauces (cream sauces).
  3. Blond Roux: Cook the white roux a little longer, and it takes on a straw color. This blond roux has a hint of flavor and adds a warm color to veloute sauces (sauces made with chicken, fish or veal stock).
  4. Brown Roux: A brown roux has a nutty aroma and a rich, chocolate color that works well in dark soups and demi-glace (brown) sauces.
  5. Dark Brown Roux: Is a deeper mahogany, almost black, color roux that is used more for its nutty flavor than its thickening capabilities. White and blond roux use butter as fat. Use Olive oil in the darker roux because it produces a better color.
  6. Now we got that out of the way lets start. In this case I want a dark roux for a gumbo without fish. Use 1 cup olive oil, 2 cups flour
  7. I make the roux ahead of time. Roux can be made up to two weeks in advance and stored in the refrigerator. Make a bigger batch of roux helps control the quality with less chance of burning.
  8. The trick to making a dark roux is to brown it without burning it. That means you've got to keep stirring.
  9. To make chicken sausage gumbo I am using the dark brown roux. Turn the stove on medium high heat. Add to your cast iron skillet the oil then add the flour. Keep stirring stirring till the desired color, in this case I want it to be dark brown. This will take about 20 minutes. You can, and I suggest to make the roux ahead of time so it won’t take you that long to make the Gumbo.
  10. Now for this Gumbo I need ½ cup of the dark brown roux. so put the stove on medium high and add the following to the pot: ½ cup of dark brown roux, ½ cup of onion, diced, ½ cup of green pepper, diced, ½ cup of celery, diced. Cook for 5 minutes, then add the 2 cups Roma tomatoes, diced, 6 cups chicken broth (you can use the kind out of the box if you like).
  11. Add the 2 cups of sliced okra and the black and white pepper. Simmer for 20 minutes, the vegetables should be done. In the meantime saute in 1 tbsp of oil 1 cup of polish sausage sliced(the original gumbo is with Andouille sausage but I prefer the polish sausage), and 2 cups of shredded cooked chicken. Brown the meat on medium high for 5 minutes. Add this all to the pot with the roux and bring to a boil. Simmer for 5 minutes. Remove from heat and serve in a bowl with rice and a dash of the file powder.

 

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Shoarma

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The problem with making shoarma, shwarma or donner kebab at home (and the word can be also spelled schwarma or shawrama) is that the original versions are all made on a vertical spit that turns in front of an open gas or charcoal generated flame. A secondary problem is that the average skewer used is almost 1.5 cm. thick and holds between 8 – 10 kilos of meat. Cooking at home requires a different method and, of course, smaller amounts of meat.

Here, after a great deal of both rewarding and not all that rewarding experimentation, is the very best I can come up with. It may not be quite “the real thing”, but it will satisfy in many of the same ways.

Ingredients

Boneless lamb if you can’t get that use porkloin or chicken breast
Pita Bread
Shredded lettuce
1 small bunch of parsley
For the shoarma seasoning mix:
2tbsp, cumin
2 tbsp, coriander
1 tbsp cinnamon
1 tsp nutmeg
2 tsp paprika
1 tsp pepper
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp curry
1/2tsp salt
1/2 tsp accent
For the garlic sauce
1 cup kraft light mayo
1/2 cup sour cream
1 tbsp dill weed
1 tbsp crushed garlic
For the poesta sauce:
If you can’t buy curry ketchup you have to make it yourself with the following ingredients:
1/4 cup minced onion
1 tbsp butter
1 tsp curry
1 tsp paprika
pinch of cayenne
1 cup of ketchup
1/2 cup of water
1 tbsp sambal
1/2 minced onion

Instructions

1.   Cut meat (preferably lamb, if you don’t have that available use pork-loin or chicken breast in small pieces, use 1 tbsp shoarma seasoning mix per lb. Add the parsley. Marinade for at least 1 hour, better would be overnight. Put 1 tbsp olive oil in a hot skillet and fry the meat in the skillet till done.

2. The garlic sauce you make the following way: Combine 1 cup sour cream, 1/2 cup Kraft mayonnaise light, dill weed, garlic. To dilute the sauce use a little milk.
3. Poesta sauce:If you can’t buy the curry ketchup you just have to make it yourself the following way: Cook 1/4 cup of minced onion in a saucepan with 1 tbsp butter until soft. Add 1 tsp curry powder, 1 tsp paprika, and a pinch of cayenne. Cook about 1 minute. Add 1 cup of ketchup and 1/2 cup of water. Simmer until thick that should take about 25 minutes. then add the sambal and 1/2 cut minced onion.

4. Cut the pita bread in half, make it slightly wet and put in the bread toaster. Put the garlic sauce in the pita bread top with lettuce then the meat. Add sauce to your liking.

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The problem with making shoarma, shwarma or donner kebab at home (and the word can be also spelled schwarma or shawrama) is that the original versions are all made on a vertical spit that turns in front of an open gas or charcoal generated flame. A secondary problem is that the average skewer used is almost 1.5 cm. thick and holds between 8 – 10 kilos of meat. Cooking at home requires a different method and, of course, smaller amounts of meat. Here, after a great deal of both rewarding and not all that rewarding experimentation, is the very best I can come up with. It may not be quite “the real thing”, but it will satisfy in many of the same ways.
Author:
Recipe type: Dinner
Cuisine: Middle Eastern
Ingredients
  • Boneless lamb if you can't get that use porkloin or chicken breast
  • Pita Bread
  • Shredded lettuce
  • 1 small bunch of parsley
For the shoarma seasoning mix;
  • 2tbsp, cumin
  • 2 tbsp, coriander
  • 1 tbsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp nutmeg
  • 2 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp pepper
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp curry
  • ½tsp salt
  • ½ tsp accent
For the garlic sauce:
  • 1 cup kraft light mayo
  • ½ cup sour cream
  • 1 tbsp dill weed
  • 1 tbsp crushed garlic
For the poesta sauce:
  • If you can't buy curry ketchup you have to make it yourself with the following ingredients:
  • ¼ cup minced onion
  • 1 tbsp butter
  • 1 tsp curry
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • pinch of cayenne
  • 1 cup of ketchup
  • ½ cup of water
  • 1 tbsp sambal
  • ½ minced onion
Instructions
  1. Cut meat (preferably lamb, if you don't have that available use pork-loin or chicken breast in small pieces, use 1 tbsp shoarma seasoning mix per lb. Add the parsley. Marinade for at least 1 hour, better would be overnight. Put 1 tbsp olive oil in a hot skillet and fry the meat in the skillet till done.
  2. The garlic sauce you make the following way: Combine 1 cup sour cream, ½ cup Kraft mayonnaise light, dill weed, garlic. To dilute the sauce use a little milk.
  3. Poesta sauce:If you can't buy the curry ketchup you just have to make it yourself the following way: Cook ¼ cup of minced onion in a saucepan with 1 tbsp butter until soft. Add 1 tsp curry powder, 1 tsp paprika, and a pinch of cayenne. Cook about 1 minute. Add 1 cup of ketchup and ½ cup of water. Simmer until thick that should take about 25 minutes. then add the sambal and ½ cut minced onion.
  4. Cut the pita bread in half, make it slightly wet and put in the bread toaster. Put the garlic sauce in the pita bread top with lettuce then the meat. Add sauce to your liking.

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Lasagna

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Lasagna, also lasagne, is both a form of pasta in sheets (often rippled in North America and other countries, though seldom so in Italy) and also a dish, sometimes named Lasagne al forno (meaning “Lasagne in the oven”) made with alternate layers of pasta, cheese, and sometimes ragu (a meat sauce). While it is traditionally believed to have originated in Italy, evidence has come to light suggesting that a very similar meal known as “loseyns” (pronounced ‘lasan’) was eaten in the court of King Richard II of England in the 14th Century. The word “lasagna” is derived from the Greek word “lasanon” meaning chamber pot. The word was later borrowed by the Romans as “lasanum” to mean cooking pot. The Italians then used the word to refer to the dish in which what is now known as lasagna is made. The word lasagna or lasagne (plural) now simply applies to the food itself. The British (and Italians) generally use the plural “lasagne” to mean both the dish and the pasta while the Americans commonly use the singular “lasagna”

Ingredients

  • 1 large jar of spaghetti sauce
  • 4 hot Italian sausages
  • 1/2 tray of ground beef
  • 15 oz ricotta cheese
  • 1 egg
  • 5 oz Parmesan cheese
  • 2 cups mozzarella cheese
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1 tsp pepper
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 sprig of basil
  • 2 sprigs of oregano if you can’t get the fresh herbs, use 1 tbsp of Italian seasonings
  • 9 lasagna noodles

Instructions

  1. Cut up the 2 sprigs oregano, 1 sprig basil. Brown the ground beef and Italian sausage. If you don’t want to use Italian sausage then use 1 tray of ground beef. Add 1/2 tsp salt, 1 tsp pepper, and the cutup fresh basil and oregano. Then add the spaghetti sauce, my preference is Prego.
  2. Mix the Ricotta cheese with the egg, sugar and Parmesan cheese. Put on the 1stlayer the meat sauce, the 2nd layer the lasagna noodles, layer 3 the ricotta cheese sauce, sprinkle with some mozzarella and Parmesan cheese. Start the process all over again till all the sauce is used up. Cover and bake in 350F oven for 30 min then take the foil off and bake for another 10 min. Let it stand for half an hour then eat.

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Serves: 8
Ingredients
  • 1 large jar of spaghetti sauce
  • 4 hot Italian sausages
  • ½ tray of ground beef
  • 15 oz ricotta cheese
  • 1 egg
  • 5 oz Parmesan cheese
  • 2 cups mozzarella cheese
  • ⅓ cup sugar
  • 1 tsp pepper
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1 sprig of basil
  • 2 sprigs of oregano if you can't get the fresh herbs, use 1 tbsp of Italian seasonings
  • 9 lasagna noodles
Instructions
  1. Cut up the 2 sprigs oregano, 1 sprig basil. Brown the ground beef and italian sausage. If you don't want to use Italian sausage then use 1 tray of ground beef. Add ½ tsp salt, 1 tsp pepper, and the cutup fresh basil and oregano. Then add the spaghetti sauce, my preference is Prego.
  2. Mix the Ricotta cheese with the egg, sugar and Parmesan cheese. Put on the 1stlayer the meat sauce, the 2nd layer the lasagna noodles, layer 3 the ricotta cheese sauce, sprinkle with some mozzarella and Parmesan cheese. Start the process all over again till all the sauce is used up. Cover and bake in 350F oven for 30 min then take the foil off and bake for another 10 min. Let it stand for half an hour then eat.

 

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