Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Chicken Creole





Three cheers for Gaye!!!!

Gaye selected Shrimp Creole on page 184 on Weeknight Wonders. Shrimp, not being an option for a kosher cook, I substituted chunks of chicken. I was fortunate to find two cooked chicken breasts in my freezer and cut them up and we had a fabulous creole with them.


I cut the amount of canned tomatoes down also. I thought it would be a soup, if I used the recommended amount. Hubby commented on how much he liked it twice. That is a really good sign. I agree with him. It was tasty and had everything needed for a meal in the dish.


You can check what our other members made by going to Eating with Ellie website. Eating with Ellie is a group of cooks who enjoy Ellie's healthy and yummy recipes. There are no requirements to participate. Just link up the choice for the week. The book we are using, Weeknight Wonders, has a diversity of recipes and the real challenge is selecting with so many good choices.

Monday, May 18, 2015

Sugar Cookies in Minutes


My husband usually asks for cake or muffins.  Suddenly, he requests cookies and pies.  It will  be fun changing my style of cooking.  Today, I made simple sugar cookies.  I planned to make Pecan Sandies but had no pecans.  

I have made different sugar cookie recipes and this one is the most simple.  It took no time to put the ingredients together, mix and make balls.  These spread more than the average cookie and resulted in almost perfect circles.  

Hubby approved and I got of with a minimum of work.

Sugar Cookies in Minutes  (adapted from Allrecipes)

Ingredients :

2 3/4 cups gluten-free flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1 cup butter, softened
1 1/2 cups sugar
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Method:

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.


In a small bowl, stir together flour, baking soda, and baking powder. Set aside.

In a large bowl, cream together the butter and sugar until smooth.

Beat in egg and vanilla. 

Gradually add the dry ingredients. 

Form small rounded teaspoonfuls of dough into balls, and place onto parchment covered cookie sheets.  (These spread so leave about two inches between each cookie.)
Bake 8 to 10 minutes in the preheated oven, or until golden. 

Let stand on cookie sheet two minutes before removing to cool on wire racks.

Eat and Enjoy.

Menu Plan Monday

This week is particularly busy with Jewish holidays following on the heels of the Sabbath.  Report cards have to be written and I have to take a quick trip out of town.  There is not going to be much time for cooking.  I do want to get my dishes for Eating with Ellie and Wednesdays with Donna Hay done, as well.  I will check with you, at the end of the week and see how I have done. I wish, I was feeling more optimistic.

With all this, today, I decided to bake and made some yummy sugar cookies and a caramelized apple cheesecake.

Sunday - Stuffed Cabbage 

Monday -  Salad Night - Egg Salad, Cauliflower Salad and a tossed green salad                                                       
                         






  
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         




Tuesday - Salmon and Donna Hay's Hot Potato Mustard Dressing 


Wednesday - Vegetables Creole - Ellie Krieger

Thursday -  Sweet Potato Soup for Soup Night

Friday - Baked Chicken with Quinoa and Spinach Kugel

Stop over at Menu Plan Monday and check what others are cooking this week.


Friday, May 15, 2015

Creamy Goat Cheese Mac and Cheese


I don't remember goat cheese being popular a decade ago and certainly not twenty years ago.  Today, goat cheese seems to be a buzz word for yummy.  At least, it is for me.  I see goat cheese and I have a new recipe to make.  I made this Mac and Cheese and it proved me right.  The tangy flavor of the cheese and the creaminess it brought to a simple mac and cheese made all the difference.

I used to add some sour cream to mac and cheese recipes and it made the dish a lot creamier but it did not add the flavor, one gets from goat cheese.



Ingredients:

1⁄2 pound gluten-free macaroni (Elbows, Shells, Ziti)
2 tablespoons olive oil (or butter)
2 tablespoons brown rice flour or any other gluten-free flour of choice
2  cups milk
fresh ground black pepper
1⁄3 cup packed grated parmesan cheese
1⁄3 cup goat cheese

Method:
Cook pasta according to package directions.

In a medium saucepan, melt the butter over low heat. 

When the butter is melted and sizzling, stir in the flour to create a paste and cook 1 minute.

Slowly add the milk, to create a smooth sauce. 

Let cook about 5 minutes or until thick enough to coat pasta when you add it..

Remove the pan from the heat and slowly add the grated Parmesan and the goat cheese.

Season with salt and pepper to taste.

Place the drained macaroni in the dish and pour the cheese sauce on top, stirring gently to coat all the macaroni.

Eat and enjoy.

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Yummy Bok Choy Salad






As I explore new vegetables, I find that I like them. I don't quite understand this. How did I get through life without bok choy, kale, asparagus and purple carrots? There is a whole new world out there and as a great grandmother, I am now discovering it. " Better late than never," definitely fits.

OK, you guessed. I bought bok choy with no plans for it and I made this yummy salad. I definitely did not want a salad. I wanted cooked bok choy but I asked my hubby to get me a recipe and he brought me a salad. Being fair, I decided to make it. It turned out to be one of the best salads, I have made.

This is an Allrecipes.com dish which you can find here. Of course, I altered the recipe. It is much more fun to be creative when you cook. I do remember the days when each word of a recipe had tremendous meaning. Now, it is change in the middle of everything and make a completely different recipe, using one of the ingredients.

I did use the dressing in this recipe and we like it and I can see using it on broccoli, green beans, rice ...... use your imagination.

Yummy Bok Choy Salad

Ingredients
1/2 cup olive oil
1/4 cup white vinegar
1/3 cup white sugar
3 tablespoons soy sauce
2 bunches baby bok choy, cleaned and sliced
1 bunch green onions, chopped


2 cups shredded cabbage
1/2 orange pepper, chopped
1/8 cup slivered almonds

Method:

Mix together olive oil, white vinegar, sugar, and soy sauce. 

Combine the bok choy, green onions, almonds, bell pepper and cabbage in a salad bowl. Toss with dressing, and serve.

Eat and Enjoy.

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Zucchini Mozzarella Pizza - Ellie Krieger


Tonight was supposed to be an aspargus mozzarella pizza but knowing hubby's dislike of asparagus as well as his sportsmanship when I have served asparagus as a group recipe, I decided to use zucchini.  Granted, asparagus has a more distinct flavor but the zucchini picked up flavor of the other ingredients.  We loved it.  (Photo Above)

Thinking, it might need something more, I made another one with sauce and chopped zucchini instead of sliced and I think, I liked the plain one better but I loved the chopped zucchini in place of the spokes. (Photo Below)

Peggy selected the Asparagus and Mozzarella Pizza which is found on page 215 of Weeknight Wonders and I love Peggy for this.  I could see serving this regularly and using other vegetables as well.  Broccoli or cauliflower would work well.

Do check out our group page to see what others have done with this recipe.


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Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Humorous Spinach Ravioli

Usually, I have little to say about my weekly Donna Hay recipe for WwDH (Wednesdays with Donna Hay) except that the dish was yummy, easy to make and used available ingredients. This week is a different story, thanks to Gaye who selected the Spinach Ravioli with Basil Oil found in Donna's book, Seasons, on page 174.  It was not easy for me, nor did I have all the ingredients, nor did I think to use them, even when I did have them.  Great way to start.

Ravioli to me is an Italian dish with tomato sauce - boring probably but good. To make ravioli with Vietnamese paper rolls and lemon juice sounded out of kilter to me.  The cheeses were right (Oy vey, I forgot the Mozzarella).  Just another mistake in this recipe for me.   Give me credit, I did use Ricotta and Parmesan.  What's a little Mozzarella? 


I started off feeling lost and never caught up.  I didn't have the paper rolls so I used so I used rice paper which should have worked beautifully.  They certainly worked for Brittany, where you will find the correct recipe.  Note, she actuallty used the rice paper. I only thought I did.

I boiled the first one which was too large and promptly fell apart.  I could have predicted that.  I read what was on the packager of rice paper and it said to fry.  Out went the boiling water and in came the oil and frying pan.  Actually, the instructions said to deep fry and these would have turned out a lot better, if I had but I just can't seem to put food in all that oil so I simply fried and ended up with lots of gritty "ravioli", if you have a good imagination.

I made the basil oil but after frying these, there was no way to add more oil to this dish and it also went to the side.  

While all this is going on, I am glopping spoonfuls of the ricotta-spinach mixture both into the pan and on the stove top.  How silly of me?

You will be surprised that this has a happy ending; these were delicious, not at all like ravioli  but really good.

You will probably not be surprised that this also had an unhappy ending and my husband after eating three of these asked what these were made of  and I assured him, it was rice.  He mentioned reading the ingredients and seeing wheat in the list.  Another, "oy vey".  He was right and I am waiting for him to be feeling ill, later.  He is probably waiting also but I am hiding in under the sink, typing this at my special hidden away computer that he does not know about.  If you believe this last sentence, I will sell you the Brookly  Bridge.

Now, for the fabulous photos.  Do, please, check out the other members who I am sure will be less amusing but may have real food, for you to admire ............ please do come back again.  I will try to behave myself.
Boiled

Looking like an egg roll

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Monday, May 11, 2015

Cinnamon Roll Quick Bread




The aroma of cinnamon fills the house and I am happy. What is it about cinnamon that is relaxing and dreamy? I want to sit in my kitchen, sniffing the air and have pleasant dreams about cinnamon buns or this cinnamon roll quick bread.


I enjoy working in the kitchen but add on the warmth of brown sugar and/or cinnamon and the kitchen becomes a place for love and happiness.



Cinnamon Roll Quick Bread 

Ingredients:

2 cups gluten-free baking mixture
1 tablespoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup sugar
1 egg
1 cup coconut milk
1/3 cup Tofutti sour cream

swirl

1/3 cup sugar
2 teaspoons cinnamon
2 tablespoons water

icing
1/2 cup powdered sugar
2 tablespoons coconut milk 

Method: 

Preheat oven to 350 degree. Grease a 9in loaf pan. 

In a mixing bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder and salt. 

In a separate bowl, combine sugar, egg, milk and sour cream. Mix well. 

Add flour mixture and mix well. 

Pour batter into prepared pan.

In a small bowl, mix ingredients for cinnamon swirl. Spoon by tablespoon randomly into the batter. Swirl with a butter knife to create a marble pattern.

Bake for 40-45 minutes or until knife inserted comes out clean. 

Let cake cool for about 15 minutes before adding icing.

Mix ingredients for icing in a bowl. Drizzle over semi-cooled bread.

Eat and Enjoy.

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Cabbage Pancakes


I have discovered that using cabbage in unusual ways results in making delicious dishes.  I decided to look up recipes for cabbage pancakes and found many.  Two appealed to me, the one below and another that was a partial potato latke and a partial cabbage latke combined.  I hope to make it also.

These pancakes were delicious and served with a little soy sauce mixed with a bit of honey, even better.






Ingredients


Pancakes:
16 0unces shredded coleslaw
1 red onion, sliced
2 tablespoons gluten-free flour
4 large eggs
1 tablespoon reduced-sodium soy sauce
¼ teaspoon black pepper
1 tablespoon minced garlic
olive oil for frying

Method:


Heat a large skillet (I have a huge electric skillet, I used ).  Add olive oil.

Scoop the mixture into the griddle with an ice cream scoop . 

Flatten with a spatula.

Cook 3-4 minutes on each side, until browned on both sides. 

Eat and enjoy.

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Menu Plan Monday

This week, I got most of my recipes from Taste of Home Comfort Food.  Taste of Home is great, particularly when you want good simple food with limited time to make it.  Their food looks good and usually is a success.  This week is a busy one (like every other week isn"t?) and I decided to fill in the meals to make using the Comfort Food book.  Tuesday night is for Donna Hay and Wednesday is for Ellie Krieger.  

We have our soup night, breakfast night, pasta night and chicken night.  This week, I am missing an evening for salmon which is unusual.

Do check out what others plan to eat this week at Menu Plan Monday.   A happy week of eating to you.

Sunday - Leftovers - meatloaf and cabbage pancakes
                                
Monday - Brunch Casserole

Tuesday - Spinach Ravioli with Basil Oil - Donna Hay
                                                                                                    
Wednesday - Zucchini and Mozzarella Pizza - Ellie Krieger
                                      
Thursday - Soup Night - Black Bean Corn Chowder
                                                  
Friday- Asian Chicken with Potatoes, Broccoli with Lemon Sauce
                                                                    
    Sabbath - Chulent