Sundried Tomatoes

Dec 21, 2014 by

There are three ways you can dry them, by, the sun, by the oven or the dehydrator. We all call them the same it doesn’t matter how you dry them, you still call them Sundried tomatoes.

Ingredients
  • Roma Tomatoes
  • salt optional
Instructions
  1. Wash and clean the Roma Tomatoes cut them in half and take the seeds out. Don’t forget to take out the seam in the middle to.
  2. You can add salt to the tomatoes which will draw out the liquid or do it without. Spread them out on the screens of the dehydrator and turn it on. It took me 2 days. Next time I will try to do it in the oven. Store them in a container in your refrigerator.

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There are three ways you can dry them, by, the sun, by the oven or the dehydrator. We all call them the same it doesn't matter how you dry them you still call them Sundried tomatoes.
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Recipe type: Vegetable
Cuisine: Universal
Ingredients
  • Roma Tomatoes
  • salt optional
Instructions
  1. Wash and clean the Roma Tomatoes cut them in half and take the seeds out. Don't forget to take out the seam in the middle to.
  2. You can add salt to the tomatoes which will draw out the liquid or do it without. Spread them out on the screens of the dehydrator and turn it on. It took me 2 days. Next time I will try to do it in the oven. Store them in a container in your refrigerator.

 

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Chicken Curry Ragout

Dec 21, 2014 by

Chicken Curry Ragout was and still is one of my favorite child hood dishes, my mother used to make for us. It’s easy to make, and you can eat it on rice or puff pastry shells. Either way it’s delicious.

Ingredients
  • Chicken breast
  • 1 bouillon cube
  • 1 onion
  • 1 stick butter
  • 3 tbsp all purpose flour
  • 3 cups of chicken broth (that’s the liquid you cooked the chicken in )
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp curry
  • cooked rice or puff pastry shells
Instructions
  1. Put the chicken in cold water and add the bouillon cube simmer for about 1 hour. If you want to eat it with rice, put 1¾ cup of water in a pan bring to a boil and add 1 cup of rice. Simmer for 20 minutes. Take the chicken out and shred the chicken, put the chicken aside. Cut up the onion. In a skillet add the butter and the cutup onion, when the onion is translucent add the 3 tbsp flour, stir well. Then add the 3 cups of chicken broth.
  2. Now it’s time to add the seasonings, pepper, salt, curry and the shredded chicken.
  3. You can eat the curry chicken on rice or the puff pastry shells. How to bake the puff pastry shells follow the instructions on the puff pastry box.

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Chicken Curry was and still is one of my favorite child hood dishes. It's easy to make, you can eat it on rice or puff pastry. Either way it's delicious.
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Recipe type: Dinner
Cuisine: Dutch
Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • Chicken breast
  • 1 bouillon cube
  • 1 onion
  • 1 stick butter
  • 3 tbsp all purpose flour
  • 3 cups of chicken broth (that's the liquid you cooked the chicken in )
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp curry
  • cooked rice or puff pastry shells
Instructions
  1. Put the chicken in cold water and add the bouillon cube simmer for about 1 hour. If you want to eat it with rice, put 1¾ cup of water in a pan bring to a boil and add 1 cup of rice. Simmer for 20 minutes. Take the chicken out and shred the chicken, put the chicken aside. Cut up the onion. In a skillet add the butter and the cutup onion, when the onion is translucent add the 3 tbsp flour, stir well. Then add the 3 cups of chicken broth.
  2. Now it's time to add the seasonings, pepper, salt, curry and the shredded chicken.
  3. Eat the curry chicken on the cooked rice or the puff pastry shells. Follow the instructions on the puff pastry box.

 

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Baked Buffalo Hot Wings

Dec 14, 2014 by

This is an oven-baked version of the classic fried finger food buffalo wings. No grease smell in your house and I am sure way more healthier then the fried version. Found this recipe on Yahoo news and didn’t change a bit of it except the hot sauce mixture.

Ingredients
  • 1½ cups hot sauce of your choice
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • chicken wings, separated into 2 pieces and wing tips discarded
  • 2 tbsp butter (1/2 stick), melted
  • ½ cup of honey
  • 1 tsp vinegar
  • Celery sticks
  • Carrots
  • Ranch Dressing
Instructions
  1. If you have bought the whole wings then you need to cut them up in pieces and discard the tips.
  2. Place 1 cup hot sauce and 1 cup of buttermilk and the garlic powder in a large resealable plastic bag,stir to combine. Add the wings; seal the bag, pressing out any excess air; and turn the bag to coat the wings evenly. Marinate in the refrigerator, turning occasionally, for at least 2 hours or overnight.
  3. Heat the broiler to high and arrange a rack in the middle of the oven. Cover a baking sheet with aluminum foil and place a wire rack on it. Remove the wings from the marinade, letting any excess drip off, and arrange in a single layer on the rack. Discard the marinade and broil the wings until the meat starts to pull away from the bones and the skin is deep golden brown, bubbling, and crisped, 12-15 minutes. Remove from the oven and turn the wings over using tongs. Return wings to the oven and continue broiling until the skin is deep golden brown, bubbling, and crisped on the second side, about 12-15 minutes more.
  4. Meanwhile, combine remaining ½ cup hot sauce and melted butter, honey and vinegar in a pot and cook till bubbly.
  5. Add cooked wings and toss to coat. Serve immediately with ranch dressing, celery sticks and carrots.

 

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This is an oven-baked version of the classic fried finger food buffalo wings. No grease smell in your house and I am sure way more healthier then the fried version.
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Recipe type: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
Serves: 20
Ingredients
  • 1½ cups hot sauce of your choice
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • chicken wings, separated into 2 pieces and wing tips discarded
  • 2 tbsp butter (1/2 stick), melted
  • ½ cup of honey
  • 1 tsp vinegar
  • Celery sticks
  • Carrots
  • Ranch Dressing
Instructions
  1. If you have bought the whole wings then you need to cut them up in pieces and discard the tips. Place 1 cup hot sauce and 1 cup of buttermilk and the garlic powder in a large resealable plastic bag,stir to combine. Add the wings; seal the bag, pressing out any excess air; and turn the bag to coat the wings evenly. Marinate in the refrigerator, turning occasionally, for at least 2 hours or overnight.
  2. Heat the broiler to high and arrange a rack in the middle of the oven. Cover a baking sheet with aluminum foil and place a wire rack on it. Remove the wings from the marinade, letting any excess drip off, and arrange in a single layer on the rack. Discard the marinade and broil the wings until the meat starts to pull away from the bones and the skin is deep golden brown, bubbling, and crisped, 12-15 minutes. Remove from the oven and turn the wings over using tongs. Return wings to the oven and continue broiling until the skin is deep golden brown, bubbling, and crisped on the second side, about 12-15 minutes more.
  3. Meanwhile, combine remaining ½ cup hot sauce and melted butter, vinegar and ½ cup of honey in a pot and cook till bubbly.
  4. Add cooked wings and toss to coat. Serve with ranch dressing, celery sticks and carrots.

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Oreo Cookie Cake

Dec 1, 2014 by

Ingredients

  • 28 Oreo cookies
  • 6 tbsp butter melted
  • 2 cups cool whip
  • 4 cups milk
  • 1 (8oz) cream cheese
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 (4oz) instant vanilla pudding

Instructions

  1. Crush cookies with rolling pin or use your food processor.
  2. Melt the butter and pour over the crushed cookies. Mix 1 cup of cool whip and the sugar with the cream cheese spread over the crushed cookies.
  3. Mix the pudding and milk and spread on top of the cream cheese mixture. Top it off with the remaining cool whip. Freeze and take out of the freezer 1 hour before use.

 

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Recipe type: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Serves: 10
Ingredients
  • 28 oreo cookies
  • 6 tbsp butter melted
  • 2 cups cool whip
  • 4 cups milk
  • 1 (8oz) cream cheese
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 (4oz) instant vanilla pudding
Instructions
  1. Crush cookies with rolling pin or use your food processor.
  2. Melt the butter and pour over the crushed cookies.
  3. Mix 1 cup of cool whip and the sugar with the cream cheese spread over the crushed cookies.
  4. Mix the pudding and milk and spread on top of the cream cheese mixture.
  5. Top it off with the remaining cool whip. Freeze and take out of the freezer 1 hour before use.

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VegiRoni Salad

Jul 13, 2014 by

 

One thing led to another. I was making a simple macaroni salad and then I had some leftover Pico de Gallo and I thought to my self hmm. How would that taste if I add that to the macaroni salad. And I was right it’s delicious. VegiRoni Salad is one of my favorite salads now. You don’t have to add the Pico de Gallo you can eat it without it to. Your choice.

Ingredients

1/2 lb elbow macaroni, cooked ala dente (7min) that’s a half box.
1/2 cup white vinegar
1/2 cup sugar
1 cup finely chopped bell pepper
1 tbsp celery seed
1/2 tbsp of black pepper
1 cup of Hellmans mayo
1 cup of prepared pico de gallo
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 Anaheim pepper
1/2 tsp pepper
1/8 tsp salt
2 tbsp lemon juice

Instructions

  1. Heat the vinegar and sugar until sugar is disolved.
  2. Cook the macaroni for 7 minutes drain and rinse in cold water. Put the cooled off macaroni in a freezer bag and add the vinegar sugar mixture to the macaroni. refridgerate in freezer bags for several hours to allow it to set or put it in the freezer for 1 hour. After soaking its possible that there is too much sugar/vinegar mixture, if you find it to be very liquidy you can toss it into a collander for a minute to drain some off.
  3. Chop the bell pepper of your choice you can use the green, yellow or red. Or make a mixture of all the bell peppers. Add to the macaroni. Then add 1 tbsp celery seeds and 1/2 tbsp black pepper. Add mayo to taste, I use 1 cup. And add 1 cup of prepared pico de gallo.
  4. To make the pico de gallo 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.

 

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One thing led to another. I was making a simple macaroni salad and then I had some leftover Pico de Gallo and I thought to my self hmm. How would that taste if I add that to the macaroni salad. And I was right it's delicious. VegiRoni Salad is one of my favorite salads now. You don't have to add the Pico de Gallo you can eat it without it to. Your choice.
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Recipe type: Salad
Cuisine: American
Serves: 8
Ingredients
  • ½ lb elbow macaroni, cooked al dente (7min)
  • ½ cup white vinegar
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 1 cup finely chopped bell pepper
  • 1 tbsp celery seed
  • ½ tbsp of black pepper
  • 1 cup of Hellmans mayo
  • 1 cup of prepared pico de gallo
For the pice 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 Anaheim pepper
  • ½ tsp pepper
  • ⅛ tsp salt
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
Instructions
  1. Heat the vinegar and sugar until sugar is disolved.
  2. Cook the macaroni for 7 minutes drain and rinse in cold water. Put the cooled off macaroni in a freezer bag and add the
  3. vinegar sugar mixture to the macaroni. refridgerate in freezer bags for several hours to allow it to set or put it in the freezer for 1 hour. After soaking its possible that there is too much sugar/vinegar mixture, if you find it to be very liquidy you can toss it into a collander for a minute to drain some off.
  4. Chop the bell pepper of your choice you can use the green, yellow or red. Or make a mixture of all the bell peppers. Add to the macaroni. Then add 1 tbsp celery seeds and ½ tbsp black pepper. Add mayo to taste, I use 1 cup. And add 1 cup of prepared pico de gallo.
  5. To make the pico de gallo 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.

 

 

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Stuffed Eggplant

Jul 13, 2014 by

 

Ingredients

  • 1 large eggplants
  • 1/2 cup olive oil for frying
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 2 tomatoes, chopped
  • 1/2 green bell pepper and 1/2 yellow bell pepper, seeded and chopped
  • 1 tbsp chopped fresh parsley
  • 1/2 tsp curry powder
  • 1/2 tsp paprika
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 cup dry bread crumbs
  • 1/2 cup crumbled feta cheese

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Slice the eggplant in half. Carefully scoop out the centers of the eggplants, leaving a half-inch shell so they resemble ‘canoes’. Cut the center portion into small pieces, and set aside.
  2. Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the onions and garlic, and saute for a few minutes, until tender. Add the eggplant pieces, and cook until soft, about 5 minutes. Then, stir in the tomato, green pepper, and parsley. Simmer for about 10 minutes.
  3. Remove from the heat, and transfer to a large bowl. Stir in the bread crumbs until evenly blended. Divide the mixture evenly between the two eggplant shells. Sprinkle feta cheese over the top. Place the eggplant halves on a baking sheet.
  4. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes in the preheated oven, until the tops are browned.

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Serves: 2
Ingredients
  • 1 large eggplants
  • ½ cup olive oil for frying
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 2 tomatoes, chopped
  • ½ green bell pepper and ½ yellow bell pepper, seeded and chopped
  • 1 tbsp chopped fresh parsley
  • ½ tsp curry powder
  • ½ tsp paprika
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 cup dry bread crumbs
  • ½ cup crumbled feta cheese
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Slice the eggplant in half. Carefully scoop out the centers of the eggplants, leaving a half-inch shell so they resemble 'canoes'. Cut the center portion into small pieces, and set aside.
  3. Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the onions and garlic, and saute for a few minutes, until tender. Add the eggplant pieces, and cook until soft, about 5 minutes. Then, stir in the tomato, green pepper, and parsley. Simmer for about 10 minutes.
  4. Remove from the heat, and transfer to a large bowl. Stir in the bread crumbs until evenly blended. Divide the mixture evenly between the two eggplant shells. Sprinkle feta cheese over the top. Place the eggplant halves on a baking sheet.
  5. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes in the preheated oven, until the tops are browned.

 

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Strawberry Haägen Dazs Ice Cream CopyCat

Jun 17, 2014 by

My favorite Ice cream is Strawberry Haägen Dazs. I never knew it would be that easy to make this copy of strawberry Haägen Daz Ice Cream. I was looking at the ice cream box and the only ingredients they use were cream, milk, sugar, strawberries and egg yolk. Just had to figure out how much of each ingredient. I did not use the egg yolk in my opinion there was no need for it. I did added vanilla. What is very important that you use the sweetest ripe strawberries y0u can buy.

A litle bit why the name Haägen Dazs was chosen. Reuben Mattus noticed that the popular ice cream brands of the time sacrificed quality ingredients and manufacturing for a lower price tag. He decided to create an ice cream that would outshine the rest by using quality ingredients, no preservatives and a higher butterfat content – the secret to creamy, rich ice cream. Reuben also insisted, given his and Rose’s Jewish backgrounds, that the product must be certified kosher. Once the ice cream was ready to market, a question arose – what would Rose and Reuben name their new gourmet brand of ice cream? In an interview with Joan Nathan, Reuben explained the Danish-sounding name they settled on: “The only country which saved the Jews during World War II was Denmark, so he put together a totally fictitious Danish name and had it registered. Häagen-Dazs it doesn’t mean anything. [But] it would attract attention, especially with the umlaut.” It is interesting to note that the umlaut is not actually used in Danish – it was simply added because the couple felt it enhanced the brand name’s exotic quality. Reuben and Rose took a gamble in choosing a made-up, foreign-sounding name for their ice cream, but it certainly paid off. Häagen-Dazs originally sold for 75 cents a pint, quite a jump from the standard 52 cents other brands sold for. In the company’s infancy, Rose would visit stores in person to offer free samples of their product. Soon it could be found in gourmet shops throughout Manhattan. The brand eventually spread to grocery stores across the nation.

Ingredients

2 cups heavy cream
1/2 cup milk
1 tsp vanilla
3/4 cup sugar
1 cup diced strawberries

Instructions

1.  Clean and cutup the strawberries, add the sugar to the strawberries. Set aside
2.  Measure the heavy cream, milk and vanilla add to a pitcher.
3.  Turn your kitchenaid machine on (this is important, do not put the liquid into the ice-maker first)and pour the strawberry mixture into the ice-maker. This takes about 15-20 minutes.  When the kitchen aid machine starts making a clicking sound the ice cream is done. Put the ice cream into a container and freeze.

 

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My favorite Ice cream is Strawberry Haägen Dazs. I never knew it would be that easy to make this copy of strawberry Haägen Daz Ice Cream. I was looking at the ice cream box and the only ingredients they use were cream, milk, sugar, strawberries and egg yolk. Just had to figure out how much of each ingredient. I did not use the egg yolk in my opinion there was no need for it. I did added vanilla. What is very important that you use the sweetest ripe strawberries y0u can buy.
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Recipe type: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Ingredients
  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • ½ cup milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • 1 cup diced strawberries
Instructions
  1. Clean and cutup the strawberries, add the sugar to the strawberries. Set aside
  2. Measure the heavy cream, milk and vanilla add to a pitcher.
  3. Turn your kitchenaid machine on and pour the strawberry mixture into the ice maker. This takes about 15-20 minutes. When the kitchen aid machine starts making a clicking sound the ice cream is done. Put into a container and freeze.

 

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Baked Ziti

May 28, 2014 by

Baked Ziti another easy casserole dish perfect for through the week. This is a very basic one, feel free to add some vegetables such as mushrooms, onions, and peppers. Ziti also tends to keep very well, making it possible to prepare the dish the day before, store in a refrigerator, then heat up the following day if necessary.

Ingredients

2 cups ziti
1 package (4 0z) pancetta
1 sm onion
1 tbsp crushed garlic
1 tray hot Italian Sausage
1 tray ground beef (93%)
1 cup left over wine
1 tsp Red Pepper flakes
1 tbsp Italian Herbs
2 tsp salt divided
1 can (28 oz) can crushed  tomatoes
1 tub ricotta cheese
3 cups shredded mozarella
1/2 cup Parmesan cheese

Instructions

1. Boil water in a large pan add 1 tsp salt, cook the Ziti noodles 8 minutes then drain and set aside.

2. Cut up the Pancetta and fry in a hot skillet, add the minced onion and crushed garlic.

3. When the onion is translucent add the hot Italian Sausage. When the Italian Sausage is done add the ground beef. Add 1 cup of leftover wine, 1 tsp red pepper flakes, 1 tbsp Italian Herbs, 1 tsp salt. Mix well then add the can of tomatoes.


4. In a separate bowl mix the ricotta cheese and 1 cup of mozzarella cheese with the cooked Ziti.

5. Spray some olive oil in the baking pan put the ziti mix in first then top off with the meat mixture. Sprinkle with the Parmesan cheese and the rest of the mozzarella. Spray the foil with some olive oil that will prevent the cheese to stick to the foil. Bake in 350F oven for 20 minutes.


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Serves: 8
Ingredients
  • 2 cups ziti
  • 1 package (40z) pancetta
  • 1 sm onion
  • 1 tbsp crushed garlic
  • 1 tray hot Italian Sausage
  • 1 tray ground beef (93%)
  • 1 cup left over wine
  • 1 tsp Red Pepper flakes
  • 1 tbsp Italian Herbs
  • 2 tsp salt divided
  • 1 can (28 oz) can tomatoes
  • 1 tub ricotta cheese
  • 3 cups shredded mozarella
  • ½ cup Parmesan cheese
Instructions
  1. Boil water in a large pan add 1 tsp salt cook the Ziti 8 minutes then drain and set aside.
  2. Cut up the Pancetta and fry in a hot skillet, add the minced onion and crushed garlic.
  3. When the onion is translucent add the hot Italian Sausage. When the Italian Sausage is done add the ground beef, 1 cup of leftover wine, 1 tsp red pepper flakes, 1 tbsp Italian Herbs, and 1 tsp salt. Mix well then add the can of tomatoes.
  4. in a separate bowl mix the ricotta cheese and 1 cup of mozzarella cheese with the cooked ziti.
  5. Spray some olive oil in the baking pan put the Ziti mix in first then top off with the meat mixture. Sprinkle with the Parmesan cheese and the rest of the mozzarella. Spray the foil with some olive oil that will prevent the cheese from sticking to the foil. Bake in 350F oven for 20 minutes.

 

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Balsamic Vinaigrette

May 25, 2014 by

Ingredients

1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
1 tbsp honey
1 tsp Dijon mustard
1 large crushed garlic
1/4 tsp pepper

Instructions

1.   This is a very basic Balsamic Vinaigrette, you can add different things to it like strawberries, blackberries you name it.  Combine all the ingredients for the balsamic vinaigrette in a small jar and shake it. You can keep this for a while


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Recipe type: Sauce
Cuisine: Universal
Ingredients
  • ¼ cup extra virgin olive oil
  • ¼ cup balasamic vinegar
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • 1 tsp dijon mustard
  • 1 large crushed garlic
  • ¼ tsp pepper
Instructions
  1. This is a very basic Balsamic Vinaigrette, you can add different things to it like strawberries, blackberries you name it. Combine all the ingredients for the balsamic vinegarette in a small jar and shake it. You can keep this for a while

 

 

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Goat Cheese Salad

May 25, 2014 by

This Goat Cheese Salad Recipe I got from my sister Martha. Simple and tasty.

Ingredients

For the Balsamic Vinaigrettes
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
1/4 cup balasamic vinegar
1 tbsp honey
1 tsp dijon mustard
1 large crushed garlic
1/4 tsp pepper
For the Bacon Wrapped Goat Cheese
Goat Cheese
Bacon strips
For the salad
In this case I used Spinach but you can use any you like, like Arugula
boiled eggs
Roma tomatoes
Pine Nuts or Walnuts

Instructions

1.   Combine all the ingredients for the balsamic vinegarette in a small jar and shake it. You can keep this for a while

2.   In a hot skillet put the pine nuts and toast them. Keep stirring otherwise they will burn. And there is nothing worse then some burned nuts.

3.    Wrap the bacon around the goat cheese and fry in the skillet till the bacon is done.

4.    Boil the water,  with a needle poke a small hole in the egg and when the water boils add the eggs to the water, boil for 7 minutes. Run under cold water and peel.
Put the salad greens on the plates top with the bacon wrapped goat cheese, sliced boiled eggs, roma tomatoes and the toasted Pine Nuts. Pour the Balsamic Vinaigrette over the salad.

 

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Recipe type: salad
Serves: 2
Ingredients
For the Balsamic Vinaigrettes
  • ¼ cup extra virgin olive oil
  • ¼ cup balasamic vinegar
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • 1 tsp dijon mustard
  • 1 large crushed garlic
  • ¼ tsp pepper
For the Bacon Wrapped Goat Cheese
  • Goat Cheese
  • Bacon strips
For the salad
  • In this case I used Spinach but you can use any you like, like Arugula
  • boiled eggs
  • Roma tomatoes
  • Pine Nuts or Walnuts
Instructions
  1. Combine all the ingredients for the balsamic vinaigrette in a small jar and shake it. You can keep this for a while
  2. In a hot skillet put the pine nuts and toast them. Keep stirring otherwise they will burn. And there is nothing worse then some burned nuts.
  3. Wrap the bacon around the goat cheese and fry in the skillet till the bacon is done.
  4. Boil the water, with a needle poke a small hole in the egg and when the water boils add the eggs to the water, boil for 7 minutes. Run under cold water and peel.
  5. Put the salad greens on the plates top with the bacon wrapped goat cheese, sliced boiled eggs, Roma tomatoes and the toasted Pine Nuts. Pour the Balsamic Vinaigrette over the salad.

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Coconut Cake

May 24, 2014 by

I’ve never been a big fan of a coconut cake until now. Have you ever heard of the phrase “you better leave well enough alone”. Well that applies to this recipe. I didn’t change a thing. Okay maybe one thing I added Dr. Oetker stabilizer.  I found this recipe out of our local newspaper, as I was reading this recipe I just knew I had to make it. The only downside or maybe not downside is it takes two days to make it.  According to our newspaper this is a recipe  from Kim Ode.

Ingredients

For the cake layers
8 eggs, separated
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon coconut extract
1 cup cake flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar
1 1/4 cups sugar
2 cups coconut flakes or chips, sweetened or unsweetened
 For the Coconut Custard Makes about 3 cups (enough for a 4-layer cake)
4 egg yolks
1/3 cup cornstarch
3/4 cup sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 (13.5- to 14-oz.) can coconut milk (not low-fat or lite)
1 1/4 cup milk, or enough to equal 3 cups with the coconut milk
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
For the Whipped Cream Frosting Makes about 5 cups (enough for 2-layer cake)
2 cups heavy whipping cream
1/4 cup powdered sugar
1 package Dr.Oetker stabilizer

 

Instructions

1.  Preheat oven to 325 degrees and place rack in center position. Using 2 (8- or 9-inch) round pans, cut and fit 2 rounds of parchment paper. Spray paper with cooking spray.

2.  Separate the 8 eggs, placing all the whites in a large bowl and placing 4 yolks each in two small bowls. Set 1 bowl of yolks aside for the custard. As you can see on the pic below some of the yolk got in the whites. I could have started all over but I didn’t. I didn’t wanted to waste all those eggs. And I have to tell you the cake came out just fine.

3.  Add vanilla and coconut extracts to remaining bowl of yolks and whisk together. Set aside. In another bowl, whisk together the flour and salt until airy and free of lumps. (You can also use a sieve, which I did.) Set aside.

4.  With a mixer, beat together egg whites and cream of tartar on medium speed until frothy, then slowly begin adding the sugar, a spoonful at a time. Increase the speed and beat until the whites hold a soft peak when beaters are lifted. With a spatula, fold the egg yolks into the whites, then fold in the flour, scraping and lifting from the bottom of the bowl, being careful to deflate the whites as little as possible, until no streaks of dry flour remain.

5. Divide batter among the 2 pans. Bake for 28 to 30 minutes, or until cake springs back when pressed gently in the center.


6.  Place pans on wire rack to cool completely. The cakes will shrink a bit as they cool. While oven still is hot, spread coconut on a rimmed pan and toast until golden, watching carefully and stirring occasionally. This will take about 5 minutes for chips, 10 to 15 minutes for flakes. Pour toasted coconut into a bowl and set aside.

COCONUT CUSTARD:

7.  While the cake is cooling off make the custard.  In a small bowl, whisk together the egg yolks; set aside. In a medium saucepan, stir together the cornstarch, sugar and salt. Open the can of coconut milk pour into a 4-cup measure and whisk to recombine the liquids and solids. Add milk to equal 3 cups and whisk together.

8. Whisk the milk mixture into the cornstarch and, stirring constantly, bring to a boil over medium heat and boil for 1 minute. Remove from heat. Tip about ½ cup of the hot mixture into the yolks, whisking briskly so the eggs warm without forming lumps. Return the saucepan to the heat and whisk in the yolk mixture, stirring at a boil for another minute. Remove from heat, stir in the vanilla extract, then pour into a bowl. Let cool for 10 minutes, then stir. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate until cool.

WHIPPED CREAM FROSTING:

9.  Add a package of Dr Oetker stabilizer to the heavy cream and sugar.  Whip the cream to stiff peaks. Don’t whip it too long otherwise you will get butter.

10.  To assemble the cake: Remove cooled cakes from pans and peel off parchment paper. Turn right side up and, with tooth floss or a long serrated knife, carefully split each cake into 2 even layers. Now these cake layers would have been much higher had I not dropped that egg yolk in the egg white.  Mental note for the next time don’t crack the egg over the bowl with the egg white ;). Place one layer on a serving plate and cover with a third of the custard (about ¾ cup). Repeat with the remaining cake layers and custard. Spread any remaining custard over the top of the cake. Wrap the outside and top of the cake with plastic wrap, pulling it firmly against the sides, and refrigerate overnight, or for up to two days. Up to within 24 hours of serving, whip the cream, stabilizer and powdered sugar and spread over the top and sides of the cake, then cover generously with the toasted coconut. Return the cake, uncovered, to the refrigerator until serving time. Slice with a serrated knife.


Coconut Cake
 
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Recipe type: Dessert
Ingredients
For the cake layers
  • 8 eggs, separated
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon coconut extract
  • 1 cup cake flour
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 1¼ cups sugar
  • 2 cups coconut flakes or chips, sweetened or unsweetened
For the Coconut Custard Makes about 3 cups (enough for a 4-layer cake)
  • 4 egg yolks
  • ⅓ cup cornstarch
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1 (13.5- to 14-oz.) can coconut milk (not low-fat or lite)
  • 1¼ cup milk, or enough to equal 3 cups with the coconut milk
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla
For the Whipped Cream Frosting Makes about 5 cups (enough for 2-layer cake)
  • 2 cups heavy whipping cream
  • ¼ cup powdered sugar
  • 1 package Dr.Oetker stabilizer
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees and place rack in center position. Using 2 (8- or 9-inch) round pans, cut and fit 2 rounds of parchment paper. Spray paper with cooking spray.
  2. Separate the 8 eggs, placing all the whites in a large bowl and placing 4 yolks each in two small bowls. Set 1 bowl of yolks aside for the custard. As you can see on the pic below some of the yolk got in the whites. I could have started all over but I didn’t. I didn’t wanted to waste all those eggs. And I have to tell you the cake came out just fine.
  3. Add vanilla and coconut extracts to remaining bowl of yolks and whisk together. Set aside. In another bowl, whisk together the flour and salt until airy and free of lumps. (You can also use a sieve, which I did.) Set aside.
  4. With a mixer, beat together egg whites and cream of tartar on medium speed until frothy, then slowly begin adding the sugar, a spoonful at a time. Increase the speed and beat until the whites hold a soft peak when beaters are lifted. With a spatula, fold the egg yolks into the whites, then fold in the flour, scraping and lifting from the bottom of the bowl, being careful to deflate the whites as little as possible, until no streaks of dry flour remain.
  5. Divide batter among the 2 pans. Bake for 28 to 30 minutes, or until cake springs back when pressed gently in the center.
  6. Place pans on wire rack to cool completely. The cakes will shrink a bit as they cool. While oven still is hot, spread coconut on a rimmed pan and toast until golden, watching carefully and stirring occasionally. This will take about 5 minutes for chips, 10 to 15 minutes for flakes. Pour toasted coconut into a bowl and set aside.
  7. COCONUT CUSTARD:
  8. While the cake is cooling off make the custard. In a small bowl, whisk together the egg yolks; set aside. In a medium saucepan, stir together the cornstarch, sugar and salt. Open the can of coconut milk pour into a 4-cup measure and whisk to recombine the liquids and solids. Add milk to equal 3 cups and whisk together.
  9. Whisk the milk mixture into the cornstarch and, stirring constantly, bring to a boil over medium heat and boil for 1 minute. Remove from heat. Tip about ½ cup of the hot mixture into the yolks, whisking briskly so the eggs warm without forming lumps. Return the saucepan to the heat and whisk in the yolk mixture, stirring at a boil for another minute. Remove from heat, stir in the vanilla extract, then pour into a bowl. Let cool for 10 minutes, then stir. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate until cool.
  10. WHIPPED CREAM FROSTING:
  11. Add a package of Dr Oetker stabilizer to the heavy cream and sugar. Whip the cream to stiff peaks. Don’t whip it too long otherwise you will get butter.
  12. To assemble the cake: Remove cooled cakes from pans and peel off parchment paper. Turn right side up and, with tooth floss or a long serrated knife, carefully split each cake into 2 even layers. Now these cake layers would have been much higher had I not dropped that egg yolk in the egg white. Mental note for the next time don’t crack the egg over the bowl with the egg white ;). Place one layer on a serving plate and cover with a third of the custard (about ¾ cup). Repeat with the remaining cake layers and custard. Spread any remaining custard over the top of the cake. Wrap the outside and top of the cake with plastic wrap, pulling it firmly against the sides, and refrigerate overnight, or for up to two days. Up to within 24 hours of serving, whip the cream, stabilizer and powdered sugar and spread over the top and sides of the cake, then cover generously with the toasted coconut. Return the cake, uncovered, to the refrigerator until serving time. Slice with a serrated knife.

 

 

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Fiesta Bean Salad

May 2, 2014 by

Fiesta Bean Salad

Fiesta Bean Salad is an easy cheap and colorful salad. When you make this one it’s best to make it a day ahead so it gives it some time to marinate.

Ingredients

  • 1 (15 oz) black beans
  • 1 (15 oz) can kidney beans
  • 1 (15 oz) white beans
  • 1 (15 oz) corn
  • 1 green bell pepper
  • 1 red onion
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1/2 cup red wine vinegar
  • 2 tbsp fresh lime juice
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 clove garlic crushed
  • 1/4 cup chopped cilantro
  • 1/2 tbsp cumin
  • 1/2 tbsp black pepper
  • 1 dash hot sauce
  • 1/2 tsp chili powder

Instructions

  1. In a large bowl whisk together the olive oil, vinegar, lime juice, lemon juice, sugar, salt, garlic, cilantro, cumin, black pepper, hot sauce, and chili powder.fiesta bean marinadefiesta bean marinade
  2. Open the cans of beans and corn. Rinse well. Add to the large bowl.fiesta bean salad storyboard1
  3. Cut up the vegetables and add to the beans.storyboard fiesta beanfiesta beans salad storyboard5
  4. Mix well and chill.
Fiesta Bean Salad
 
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Fiesta Bean Salad is an easy cheap and colorful salad. When you make this one it's best to make it a day ahead so it gives it some time to marinate.
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Recipe type: Salad
Cuisine: American
Ingredients
  • 1 (15 oz) black beans
  • 1 (15 oz) can kidney beans
  • 1 (15 oz) white beans
  • 1 (15 oz) corn
  • 1 green bell pepper
  • 1 red onion
  • ½ cup olive oil
  • ½ cup red wine vinegar
  • 2 tbsp fresh lime juice
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 clove garlic crushed
  • ¼ cup chopped cilantro
  • ½ tbsp cumin
  • ½ tbsp black pepper
  • 1 dash hot sauce
  • ½ tsp chili powder
Instructions
  1. In a large bowl whisk together the olive oil, vinegar, lime juice, lemon juice, sugar, salt, garlic, cilantro, cumin, black pepper, hot sauce, and chili powder.
  2. Open the cans of beans and corn. Rinse well. Add to the large bowl.
  3. Cut up the vegetables and add to the beans.
  4. Mix well and chill.
Notes
Fiesta Bean Salad is one of those dishes that taste better the day after. So my suggestion to you is make it a day ahead.
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