This sauce is so good over some penne pasta. Heat up some water for the penne, and when it is boiling add some salt and the penne. After you have done that, add some butter to a frying pan (about half a stick, or half a cup, for four people) and throw in one onion, chopped (you should have chopped the onion before heating up the butter; best thing is to chop up the onion before you even add the penne to the water). One medium to large onion should be enough for four people. You might need to add some more butter if it doesn’t look like you have enough. Cook the onion, moving it around occasionally, until the penne is done and has been drained. The onions should be lightly golden. Mix the pasta with the sauce, add some parmesan cheese and enjoy! This goes great with the spinach salad recipe I posted in my last post.
August 29, 2009
August 16, 2009
I love the Food Network, and their latest star, Melissa d’Arabian, has as good of recipes as any of their other chefs. I don’t usually make my own dressing, but I’m not a fan of store bought dressing either because it’s usually not very healthy. So today I decided to make her “Parisian Cafe Green Salad” vinaigrette, and mm. So glad she shared her little secret ingredient with us.
The recipe can be seen here.
I also made her Applesauce Granita with Maple Yogurt, it’s not done yet but it looks so good. And the maple yogurt (actually, I substituted honey for maple syrup since I didn’t have any) tasted soo good. I couldn’t resist trying a little before the Applesauce Granita was done 😉 Here’s the recipe.
August 8, 2009
I am a HUGE fan of chocolate flourless tortes. One of my absolute favorite things. I discovered this caramel recipe, and I decided I had to make it (it was fantastic, by the way). The only question was: what to make it with? After a little bit of thinking I decided that of course I must make a chocolate flourless torte, here is the recipe. It was very fluffy, and chocolate-y. I didn’t have any semi-sweet chocolate so I used cocoa. No idea how much I added (especially since my boyfriend snuck in some more when I was out in the garden getting some tomatoes and basil for the pizza I was making), but just add however much you’d like.
While searching for a perfume that smells like vanilla and rose, my two favorite scents (which, by the way, seems impossible to find so I will be making my own), I happened to stumble across this. It looks simply perfect. As soon as I find some rose water I will be making it. I’ll of course let you know how it goes.
Mm, healthy and delicious. Not to mention quick and cheap!
Rice (I got some from a sushi restaurant, makes it even faster and it is best not to use freshly made rice since it sticks together)
Everything else is optional (well, besides something to fry it in, I prefer using butter)! Here is what I used:
Salt & freshly ground pepper
Add your oil or butter to a pan, heat up. When the butter is melted or the oil is hot, add rice. Add whatever else you want to use, most commonly vegetables are used, though if you are a meat eater you may want to add some meat (I’d recommend doing this before you add the rice since meat needs to cook throughly). First I added my egg, to do this make a “rice bowl” (meaning you push all the rice to the side of the pan to form a circle), then crack the egg in the middle. Let it cook a little bit, then mix it with the rice. I then added my carrots and my onion, and some soy sauce and salt and pepper. I also added some cayenne pepper to spice it up a lot. Cook throughly, then enjoy!
Got the recipe for this from How to Cook Everything. They were so good; crunchy on the outside, yet savory and sweet on the inside. Recipe is for 4 servings.
1 cup flour + extra
1 tsp baking powder
3/4 cup beer or sparkling water
Oil for frying
Optional: Add some cinnamon, sugar, vanilla, or powdered sugar to batter
In a deep pan, add at least 2 inches of oil (I used vegetable oil). As oil heats up, prepare the batter and slice the apples into slices resembling fries (I did this before I heated the oil). Roll or dip the slices into flour, then dip in batter. Add to oil, and cook until golden brown. The book said to not overcrowd the fries, and to make batches, but I didn’t have a lot of time so I cooked them all together and it was fine. However, I only made two servings.
August 6, 2009
So I bought some Gimme Lean beef recently, and I’ve been using it a lot. You can use it for anything, seriously. Meatballs, burgers, pasta sauce, lasagna.. I decided to make some burgers. I took some of the vegetarian beef and put it in a bowl, then added salt, pressed garlic, pepper, random spices that I felt like adding (whatever you like, really), some soy sauce, and vinegar. You can add whatever you want to flavor the beef, it’s also fine on it’s own. I then flattened it into a nice patty and fried it in some olive oil (butter works too). When it’s nicely brown on both sides it’s done. It’s especially good with some vegetarian bacon and cheese on top (I love Havarti cheese with caraway seeds, so GOOD!).
I also made some fries (cut up a potato into strips, fry in some olive oil and salt until nice and golden), and a chocolate milkshake (put milk, chocolate powder or syrup, and some vanilla ice cream in a blender, then enjoy in a tall glass with a straw). Yum.
French toast is one of my favorite things. The only downfall is that every now and then you get egg-y tasting french toast, and I really don’t like the taste of eggs. Because of this, I usually shy away from making it myself because I’m always worried it’ll taste too much of eggs. Tonight though, I was craving it so I decided to make some.. and mm it was delicious.
I whisked together some milk, one egg, and a little bit of orange juice in a bowl. Then I added some vanilla and cinnamon, and a tiny bit of all spice. I dipped two pieces of bread in the mixture, then put them in some hot butter on a frying pan and fried them, flipping every now and then until they were a nice golden brown color. Put them on a plate, added some butter, powdered sugar, and maple syrup.. yum. Enjoyed it with some floral black tea.
August 2, 2009
Spaghetti with Oil and Garlic.. mm. Very quick and easy, as well as delicious.
Olive Oil (I use enough to cover the bottom and then some of the pan I’m using, about 1/3 cup I’d say)
1-2 cloves of minced Garlic
Crushed Red Peppers (Not sure how much I use, but I like it spicy. Just throw in however much you think you want)
Herbs (optional): Basil and Oregano are my top choices
Boil up some spaghetti, and when it is almost done, or when it’s draining, heat up your oil over medium heat. Add the garlic and cook until it’s starting to change color (be careful so it doesn’t turn brown and bitter), then add the red pepper flakes, salt, pepper, and herbs if you are using them. Stir, then pour over the spaghetti once it has been put on a plate, and stir again. Add some parmesan or greated Romano cheese.
August 1, 2009
I was recently on vacation when I stumbled upon a five dollar or less cookbook sale. I ended up getting Baked from the Heart by Stephanie Greenleigh for $2.50. I love baking and cooking for others, so I was (and am) pretty excited about it. The first two things that inspired me to bake (birthday scones for a friend and heart shaped cookies for my boyfriend) are followed here.
Birthday Scones with Orange Glaze (not a recipe from the book, but it was inspired by a scone recipe that was in there). The scones recipe I used is here (and the title really says it all).
Follow the recipe from the link listed above (although I just made plain scones, I did not add currants or raisins nor did I make the egg wash), but add 1/2 tsp each of vanilla extract (I used vanilla sugar, but I haven’t seen that in grocery stores in the U.S., mine is from Sweden. It may be available at Scandinavian stores and Ikea) and cinnamon for a little bit more flavor. When they have been baked and cooled, whisk together some orange juice and powdered sugar (don’t know the measurements here because I didn’t use any, just mix powdered sugar with a wee bit of orange juice until it has the right sticky texture and tastes the way you want it) and drizzle on scones. If you want you can add some chopped up cranberries or nuts on top as well.
Heart Shaped Sugar Cookies (taken from the book named above)
1 3/4 flour
2 tsp baking powder
3/4 tsp ground cinnamon
Pinch of salt
1/2 cup unsalted butter (if you just have salted, use that but leave out the pinch of salt)
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 large egg, room temperature
1 tsp vanilla extract (once again, I used vanilla sugar here)
1 tsp finely grated orange zest (optional, I didn’t add it in)
The following preparation procedure is not followed exactly as the book says, but the way I made it which worked just fine:
Heat oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit. Butter a pan (to start with, I actually had to use three pans because there were so many cookies) and set aside. Mix flour, baking powder, cinnamon, and salt in a bowl and set aside. Using an electric mixer set on medium speed, cream the butter and sugars in another bowl until light and fluffy. Then beat in the egg, vanilla, and orange zest if you are using it. Then mix in the dry ingredients with the electric mixer set on low speed until everything is well combined. Roll out the dough, and using a heart shaped cookie cutter cut out shapes (I used a small one instead of a larger one, but either one works). Put them on the pan and bake for 12-15 minutes, or until the edges are lightly browned. Then let them cool.
Here is the icing recipe that I used (there was another one in the book, but I decided to make my own). Add the ingredients to your own liking.
Vanilla Sugar or Extract
1/2 tsp Cocoa Powder
Mix the powdered sugar with a little bit of water (it should be pretty stiff). Then add some orange juice and the vanilla and cocoa until the mixture is of right consistency. Spread the icing on the cooled cookies, and add some sprinkles if you want (I added some red ones to complement the heart shape). My boyfriend and his family loved them!