Monday, March 31, 2008
Sunday, March 30, 2008
Saturday, March 29, 2008
This was my very first recipe that I "made up" years ago and people always want me to make it above all the other complicated dessets.
Saute' one medium onion( small dice) with 2 teaspoons of chopped garlic, 1/4 c chopped red bell pepper and one tablespoon of olive oil until caramelized. Roast 2 poblanos with a pinch of kosher salt and a tablespoon of olive oil in the oven, until skins are blistered. Peel off the blackened skin, remove vein and seeds and set aside. Cut kernels of 3 ears of corn off the cob and add to onions and saute' further until corn is tender or you can use corn in the can. Blend a small can of creamed corn and add to this mixture as well.( this will thicken soup). Season with kosher salt to taste and then add about 1 cup of water or chicken stock and simmer for another 10 mins. Add the roasted poblanos and a bit of chopped cilantro and cook for another 10 mins. If you think the soup is too thick, then just add some more water.
I took the whole green chillies ( jalapenos) in the can and stuffed them with a sauteed mixture of panko, garlic, chopped red bell peppers, green onions.and chopped cilantro. Cool this panko mixture, add grated pepper jack and then stuff the chillies and close with tooth picks. Dust with some potato starch or flour, dip in beaten egg and then roll into corn meal or panko and shallow fry. These chillies would serve as the "croutons."
Garnish with chopped fresh tomato and a sprinkling of kosher salt.
For a gluten-free version: Use gluten-free breadcrumbs or crushed cornflakes instead of panko.
Friday, March 28, 2008
Thursday, March 27, 2008
Tuesday, March 25, 2008
There is something about Florida and the whole Disney thing that just makes a guy goofy especially when you are from Colorado. I'll say it now, like I said it way back then that skiing is not my thing. On the other hand, the sun, surf, the swamp and not forgetting those real-life cartoons makes you feel uninhibited. So give me a break if I cannot wait for the bathroom! So little time, so much to see, makes a kid like me just wanna be freeee!
Monday, March 24, 2008
Thursday, March 20, 2008
Wednesday, March 19, 2008
Tuesday, March 18, 2008
Makowitch------- 3 c organic white bread flour.
½ teasp. Kosher salt
2 tablespoons Bakers sugar ( fine sugar)
2 pkts. Active dry Fleischmann’s yeast
½ c lukewarm milk + ¼ c lukewarm milk
1 egg lightly beaten
¼ c melted unsalted butter.
For the filling: 1 can ready poppy seed filling (bought at Target)
¼ c butter
½ c raisins
1 pkt sunmaid fruit bits
½ c ground almonds
½ teasp ground cinnamon
For the icing 1 c powdered sugar
1 tables. Lemon juice fresh
3 teasp. H2O
Method: cream the yeast by mixing with the lukewarm milk and the 1 tablesp. bakers sugar and let sit until you see the bubbles and frothy mixture. Sift flour, salt and place in the kitchen aid, add the remaining 1 tablesp. Bakers sugar, and mix on low with dough hook. add egg and melted butter, and the add the yeast mixture. I normally knead right in the kitchen aid for 10 mins with the dough hook of course. Let rise for 1- 11/2 until double in a lightly oiled bowl. Cover with clear oiled film and a cloth. Meanwhile for the filling dump the poppy seed filling, the butter into a saucepan and cook 2 mins. until loose consistency, remove from heat and add the rest of ingredients and then cool. Knock back dough and roll out into big rectangle on a floured surface. Spread the filling onto dough within ¾ inch of the edges. Roll up the dough, starting by the long edge, tucking in the edges to seal. Place seam side down onto lightly greased baking sheet. Cover and leave to rise for 30 mins.or until double. Bake in preheat. Oven 375 degrees for 30 mins or until golden. Warm the ingredients of the icing gently and decorate like I did in the picture.
From the unbaked pie to the baked cheesy gooey messy sauce and crispy crust. I make this with whole wheat flour and cake flour or A p flour and the sauce with good tomatoes, spices and herbs. As you can see from the pictures, the crust has an abundance of herbs in it as well and unlike other pizza crusts which are sometimes half eaten, mine are fought over and devoured up until the last crumb. The' pizza rolls' has the same sauce and grilled chicken on the inside. I decided to just put the mozzarella on the top of the rolls. ( It was a culinary error and I just' rolled' with it ever since.
Friday, March 14, 2008
Monday, March 10, 2008
"Goats milk and honey" bar is my favorite soap because I love the oats which does double duty ie: it exfoliates and makes the skin soft. This bar is loaded with shea butter, cocoa butter, honey, almond oil and goats milk.
Did Cleopatra really bathe in milk?