Thursday, August 27, 2015

Spaghetti with a Savory Onion Sauce


Each week, I skim through the pages and each week, there is a recipe that I stop for, this Spaghetti with a Savory Onion Sauce.  Then I continue, to check the ingredients and keep on turning pages.  The reason is that this calls for anchovies and I don't want to use anchovies and it seems to me that would be a major ingredient with all the flavor it brings to a dish.  In trying to be true to this recipe and others that call for anchovies, I have lost the opportunity to enjoy them,

I looked online for a similar recipe by Hazan and I found it here.  This makes a larger quantity and does NOT have anchovies.  Otherwise with minor exceptions, the recipes are almost the same.  Since the ingredients are the same, I decided to make the one from the book without the anchovies.

There are differences in the steps to the final dish, the reason most likely being the thirty- minute guideline.  The one on Food.com has the onions sauteing for almost 45 minutes; the book called for 15.  The fat to fry the onions in on Food.com was a combination of butter and olive oil and the book called for olive oil.  Both used parsley, white wine, Parmesan, black peper and salt.

The end result was a solid dish I was proud to put on the table.  I love the caramelized onion in the mix and it was a refreshing change from a tomato sauce.

I can't wait to see what  Kayte, Margaret, Peggy, Glennis have made this week.

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Mulled Cider Sweet Potatoes



Before I fill you in on this recipe, I must share these were supposed to be mashed.  I wasn't in the mood for sweet mashed potatoes and I knew the flavor would be the same, so I left the potatoes in chunks.

These mulled cider sweet potatoes were selected by Peggy and they are too easy to make and delicious.  I guess the hardest part was peeling the potatoes.  Added to the potatoes were butter (it was optional and I opted out.) maple syrup and spices.

You can probably imagine the taste.  Of course, I think you almost can't go wrong with any sweet potato recipe.

Do check out EwE page and see what the other cooks have made.  We do  not print the recipes from our group and we think that you would like having this book, Weeknight Wonders in your own  home.


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Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Pumpkin,(Squash) Caramelized Onion, and Feta Gratin



In the Jun/Jul 2015 Donna Hay Magazine on page 32, you will find a recipe for Pumpkin, Caramelized Onion, and Feta Gratin.  This week, Gaye selected this intriguing recipe for our group, WwDH to make.  When I first saw it, I was quite happy about the choice and already knew, I would use butternut squash.

My problem was, in this case, I felt I needed a photo and since I did not have the magazine, I only had a copy of the printed word.  The recipe called for chopped squash or pumpkin, but I had no idea what the size was.  Was it more diced like chop or a bigger one?  I guessed and easily lived with the decision.  I can't wait to check out everyone else and see how they interpreted this if they also did not have the magazine.

Also caramelized onion relish was called for (store bought) and I have never seen that in any of the stores.  I simply caramelized the onions and ended up burning some, in the process.

The recipe called for flaked almonds, another product, I have no knowledge of.  I used sliver almonds guessing this was the same item.  I also don't know what pouring cream is and used some heavy cream.

There was also feta cheese and this is the first time, I noted feta melting.  That may be because I usually use feta in cold salads.

I think, I stayed true to the recipe despite my confusion over some of the ingredients.  The final dish was good, but I would have liked it better with a teaspoon of honey in it.   It missed the sweet element.

Please do take a look at our page and see what the others have done with this recipe.  Feel free to cook with us at any time.  Just add your link to the page.

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Mashed Potato Love

Memories of childhood have lots to do with mashed potatoes. If I did not feel well, I got mashed potatoes and I felt better or so I told myself. I don't have strong memories of food and my childhood but oh how I remember potatoes. I still like almost any kind of potato but it is the mashed that bring back the memories.

I guess, I sat on the sofa and ate them, when unwell. I can picture cuddling on one end of the sofa with a bowl in my hand, filled with those wonderful potatoes.

So, here I am remembering and making mashed potatoes. These are light and tender.

Memories are funny.  Some are vivid, some are dim and others are gone which means they are not memories.  My hubby and I have different times that we remember clearly.  I assume this is related to the importance of the incidents to each of us.



Ingredients



2 1/2 pounds potatoes, peeled and cubed



1 tablespoon butter

1 tablespoon chopped onion

8 ounces reduced-fat ricotta cheese

1 cup reduced-fat sour cream

1/8 teaspoon garlic powder

1/2 teaspoon dried rosemary, crushed

1/4 teaspoon pepper

1 egg

2 tablespoons Panko or Cornflake crumbs

Method:

Place potatoes in a saucepan and cover with water; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and cook for 20-25 minutes or until tender. Drain.


Mash potatoes with butter and onion until small lumps of potato remain; set aside.


In a mixing bowl, beat ricotta cheese, sour cream, garlic powder, rosemary and pepper until smooth.


Fold egg into cheese mixture. 

Fold into potato mixture.

Generously coat muffin cups with nonstick spray; evenly sprinkle muffin cups with  crumbs. Fill with potato mixture; smooth tops.


Bake, uncovered, at 425 degrees F for 27-30 minutes or until edges of potatoes are lightly browned. 

Cool for 15 minutes. 

Loosen potato from sides of muffins cups; invert onto a baking sheet to remove.

Eat and enjoy.

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Thursday, August 20, 2015

Tagliatelle with Peas -- Thirty Minute Pasta

Melting Goat Cheese

 I  have found that I like to add vegetables or different cheeses to Hazan's recipes.  I find his dishes simplistic but they have the flavor and texture.  I just, at times, want  a little more, maybe a tomato, zucchini, Ricotta or Feta.  As I go through the book, I take advantage  of his flexible recipes and make them more intact with my family.

You can see the original recipe here.

Tagliatelle with Peas adapted from Giuliano Hazan’s Thirty Minute Pasta

Ingredients:

 1 tablespoon olive oil
1 cup frozen peas  
1/2 orange pepper, sliced
2 tablespoons Parmesan
2 ounces goat cheese, chopped
Salt
Freshly ground black pepper
8 ounces left over small pastas (using up pasta in house)

Method:

Fill a pot for the pasta with about  4 quarts of water, place over high heat, and bring to a boil.

In a skillet, add peas and bell pepper to the olive oil and season generously with salt and pepper. Stir the peas and bell pepper well, then add about 1/2 cup water. Cook over medium heat until the peas are tender, adding water if it evaporates completely before they are done. It should take 15 to 20 minutes for the peas to become tender. 

When the peas are tender, remove from the heat, take out about half the peas and puree them.  I use my mini food processor.

Put the pureed peas back in the pan with the whole peas.

Add about 2 tablespoons salt to the boiling pasta water, add the tagliatelle, and stir until all the strands are submerged. Cook until al dente.

After the pasta has cooked for about 2 minutes, add 3/4 cup of the pasta water to the pan with the peas and stir well.When the pasta is done, drain well, toss with the sauce, and serve at once. 


I topped this with Parmesan and sliced some goat cheese and microwaved for 90 seconds to melt the goat cheese.

Eat and Enjoy.

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Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Two Minute Mango Coconut Sorbet


I am proud of myself.  I selected this week's recipe for Eating with Ellie (EwE).  I loved this and it could not be easier.  Two minutes is really two minutes.  It is called Two-Minute Mango Coconut Sorbet.

The recipe has four simple ingredients, frozen mango (I am sure fresh mango can be used), honey, basil and coconut milk.  Into the blender and zap, you have a frosty refreshing scrumptious dessert, breakfast, snack or whatever you want whenever you want it.  I could sit down to these, particularly in the hot weather at any time.

I made mine while the mango was still partially frozen so it came out icy cold but it can be frozen or it can be put in the refrigerator.  In my opinion, icy is better.

I liked this more than I have liked any dessert in a long time and that includes chocolate.  I am sure, you could make this with any fruit if you are not a mango fan.  Peaches to blueberries should work.

Only a little honey is used and I would guess this changes with the fruit of choice.  This had just the right sweetness, not cloying but subtle and present.

To see what others thought of this and how their' s turned out, check our page.   I love Ellie.  We are using her book, Weeknight Wonders and most of these dishes are just that.

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Sunday, August 16, 2015

Peanut Butter Brownie Squares

The proof that this was a yummy dessert is that it disappeared quickly.  Do people like peanut butter as much as chocolate?

Peanut butter is an interesting spread.  I put some on a cracker for my granddaughter who pushed it away.  Then, I gave her a spoonful of peanut butter which she loved and wanted more.  I happen to agree with her.  There is nothing like a spoonful of peanut butter, rich and creamy and delicious.

I grew up on cream cheese and jelly sandwiches but I have a feeling others went the peanut butter and jelly route.  Did I miss out?

Childhood memories of strange and delicious foods.  I used to take a sandwich maker which was a metal mold on the end of a long pole that you put in a sandwich and hold over the fire.  I used to put apple sauce between two pieces of white bread and "cook" it and it was out of this world.  Who would have thought....?


Peanut Butter Brownie Squares  A Duncan Hines recipe


Ingredients:


1 package Brownie Mix or your own recipe for fudgy brownies

Water, oil and eggs called for on brownie mix package (for cake-like brownies)
1½ cups confectioners' sugar
⅓ cup creamy peanut butter
¼ cup plus 2 tablespoons rice milk
3 tablespoons softened butter, divided
⅓ cup semi-sweet chocolate chips

Method:

Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease 13x9-inch baking pan.

Combine brownie mix, water, oil and eggs in large bowl with wooden spoon until blended. 


Spread into prepared pan.



Bake 21 to 23 minutes or until toothpick inserted 1-inch from edge comes out clean.


Cool 10 minutes on wire rack.

Combine confectioner’s sugar, peanut butter, milk and 2 tablespoons butter in medium bowl. 

Beat with an electric mixer at medium speed 2 minutes or until light and fluffy. 

Spread evenly over warm brownies.



Place chocolate chips and remaining 1 tablespoon butter in microwave-safe bowl. 

Microwave on High 1 minute or until melted; stir until smooth. 

Drizzle over peanut butter. Chill in refrigerator until chocolate is set.

Eat and enjoy.

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Friday, August 14, 2015

Morning Egg Bake


I bought the Kitchn cookbook after being impressed with the site, The Kitchn.  I did not get far into the recipe pages when two dishes jumped out at me, Sweet Potato and Caramelized Onion Hash with Baked Eggs and Morning Egg Bake with Turkey, Red Peppers and Spinach.

I do not like the name of either recipe - much too long and specific but they did get my attention.  I think, in general, cooks have started listing too many ingredients in the titles of recipes, and that includes me.

I made the latter without the turkey and had a pretty and tasty dish in front of me. I also cut the recipe way back to accommodate my needs.


Morning Egg Bake

Ingredients:

olive oil
3 eggs
1/3 cup of milk
salt to taste
freshly ground black pepper
1/3 cup Parmesan
1 1/2 ounces goat cheese
2 ounces chopped baby spinach
1/2 red pepper, chopped


Method:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Spray a 6 inch square pan.

In a medium sized bowl, beat eggs and add in milk, salt and black pepper.

Mix Parmesan and goat cheese into egg mixture.

Spread spinach in prepared pan.

Sprinkle red pepper pieces over spinach.

Pour egg  mixture into spinach and sprinkle a little additional Parmesan on top.

Spray olive oil on top.

Bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes.  It should be puffed and golden and dry when a sharp knife is inserted.

Eat and enjoy.

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Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Spirals wiith Sausage and Zucchini - Hazan


I found the recipe online so I am posting it this week.  This is from Guiliani Hazan't book, Thirty Minute Pasta which a few of us cook from weekly. The more I am using this book, I am finding its strengths and weaknesses.  For me, the book is a challenge because so many recipes are not kosher.  They either use pork or bacon or ham or there is a milk product and meat in a recipe.  When I remove or replace the item, the recipe, in some cases becomes a duplicate of another recipe in the book.  In fact, this recipe is made with ricotta, elsewhere in the book.  There are still plenty of recipes to make and then, there are those I modify to make the recipe work for us.  

In fact, in this one, I removed Parmesan which I could not use with the sausage in the recipe.  I also did not use the pork sausage which was called for.  The other ingredients worked so I am paralleling the recipe - "almost."

Fusilli alla Salsiccia e Zucchini adapted from Cookstr
Ingredients:

½ medium yellow onion
3 tablespoons olive oil
8 ounces plain chicken or beef sausage 
12 ounces zucchini
Salt
1 pound fresh tomatoes
1 pound fusilli 

Method:

 Fill a large pot with water and cook it until boiling.  Drop in pasta and cook according to package directions.

Peel and chop the onion. 
Put the olive oil in a 12-inch skillet, add the chopped onion, and place over medium-high heat. 

Sauté until the onion just begins to turn a rich, golden color, about 5 minutes.



While the onion is sautéing, remove the casing from the sausage and break it up into pieces. 

When the onion is ready, add the sausage to the pan. 

Break the sausage up into small pieces with a wooden spoon and cook, stirring often, until the sausage is lightly browned, about 2 to 3 minutes.


While the sausage is cooking, wash the zucchini. 

Remove the ends, cut into quarters lengthwise, and then cut across into ½-inch chunks. 

When the sausage has lightly browned, add the zucchini. 

Season lightly with salt and cook until the zucchini begins to brown and is mostly tender, 6 to 8 minutes.

While the zucchini is cooking, peel the tomatoes and coarsely chop them. 

When the zucchini is ready, add the tomatoes, season lightly with salt, and cook until most of the liquid the tomatoes release has evaporated, 8 to 10 minutes.

Add hot pasta to zucchini-tomato mixture.

If anything is not hot, cook for a minute or two and then serve.

Eat and enjoy.

.To see what the other ladies made check out KayteMargaretPeggyGlennis.

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Corn and Quinoa with Sausage


This week, in Eating with Ellie, Margaret selected Corn and Quinoa with Sausage found on page 158 in Weeknight Wonders.  I was thrilled when I saw this on our list.  Corn and sausage always appeal to me and quinoa is not far behind.  All three sounded like a winning recipe and in fact, it was.

The procedures went quickly although, you do have to prepare by cooking the quinoa and frying up the sausage and vegetables.  I did both at the same time to speed the process and the whole thing, did not take long.  Quinoa cooks much more quickly than rice which is why I have been choosing it for recipes above the brown rice, I used to cook, so much of the time.

The sausage gives this a great flavor as does the cilantro.  I expected this to be a favorite and I was not disappointed.

Let's find out what the other ladies did with this recipe at our site.


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