Saturday, March 12, 2011

Hmmm... this picture may look questionable, but if you are looking for a satisfying, low-calorie breakfast, this may be just the thing. 
What is in it? Well, turkey sausage bits, egg whites, 1 whole egg, and tomatoes and onions. How many calories? About 200 when you use non-stick cooking spray, like Pam. 

Ingredients:
1/4 cup chopped onion
1/4 cup chopped tomato
1 whole egg
1/2 cup egg whites
Milk, Salt, Pepper (optional)
1/3 cup pre-cooked turkey sausage bits 
Cooking oil
Fresh Thyme (optional)

Directions:
1. Saute the onions, and add tomatoes when they begin to brown.
2. Throw in the sausage and cook until heated. I also added thyme at this step because I had it laying around. 
3. Combine the egg and egg whites, and add milk, salt and pepper, if desired
4. Pour the eggs over the rest of the ingredients in the pan and cook until done.



Celebrating Holidays with Food II

This Upcoming Friday is Purim, a Jewish holiday which is celebrating with dressing up in costumes and making Hamantaschen. The recipe I used was actually really easy to use, and the results were better than anything store-bought! 
These are them before they went into the oven. I thought they looked pretty good, but in the first batch, the corners separated and they opened up. The second batch turned out much better because my friend showed me how to mercilessly pinch the corners of the cookies until you can't pinch anymore. 
The results were delicious! I used pre-made poppy seed filling in some and raspberry jam in others. There were also one or two we stuffed with chocolate chips, but that didn't work so well.
Here's the recipe, from the Food Network, for the Hamantaschen dough. 

Ingredients:
2 2/3 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup cold unsalted butter
2/3 cup sugar
1 egg
1 egg white
1/2 orange, zest grated

Equipment:
2 1/2 to 3-inch round cookie cutter

To make the Dough: Combine the flour, baking powder and salt in a food processor. Add the butter and pulse. In a small bowl, mix together the sugar, egg, egg white, and orange zest. Add it to the processor and pulse to mix, being careful not to over mix. (Or just mix it up and combine it with your hands, like I did.) Divide into 2 disks and chill 30 minutes.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

Roll out the dough on a floured work surface to 1/4-inch thick. Cut out 2 1/2 to 3-inch disks. (You can re-roll the scrapes to make more disks.) Place a disk of dough down and place 1 teaspoon of filling in the center. Pinch the disk in 3 places to form a triangular shape with the filling still showing in the center. They will look like 3 cornered hats. Place 2 inches apart on baking sheets. Continue until all the disks are made.

Bake for 12 to 14 minutes.




Celebrating Holidays with Food I

The months of February and March are filled with so many great holidays that are made better by homemade food. Valentine' s Day is one of my favorite occasions to cook and avoid the crowds, Purim is a great excuse to cook some of my favorite desserts, and St. Patrick's Day brings Irish Soda Bread and Scones. Easter is around the corner too, which means Cadbury Creme Eggs and Chocolate Bunnies. 
For a Valentine's Day at home, I used grape tomatoes, fresh mozzarella and basil to make these cute appetizers on colorful plastic swords. 
I cooked up some wild rice while I was preparing the appetizers. Then it was mixed with dried currants, dried apricots, craisins, toasted pecans, thyme, chopped celery and chopped onion.  
Next came the Cornish hens. I found them in Whole Foods, and they were all ready cleaned and prepared. All I had to do was unwrap them, stuff them with the wild rice, and brush a little melted butter on top. 
Voila! Beautiful Dinner for Two, with leftovers!

Monday, March 7, 2011

Grey Sole...

Recently, I read several reviews of New York City restaurants that served amazing Dover Sole. Naturally, I had to go to Balducci's and try this fish for myself. This was just Grey Sole broiled with lemon juice, salt and pepper. I also made a sauce, but it just tasted like lemon juice, and it wasn't necessary. I definitely would make this again.

Kentucky Down Home Cooking?



From a Chicken Stir-fry recipe in The Herb Garden Gourmet by Tim Haas and Jan Beane that I bought in Knoxville, Tennessee.

I've never used crystallized ginger before, but it was really easy to use. Those who tasted said it was a good mild-flavored dinner for every day. Plus, I got to use a wok!