Saturday, January 30, 2010

New Recipes


Here are a few Asian inspired dishes that look good to us.  If we weren’t  snowed in, I’d run to the store and make them tonight.

Pan Grilled chicken with Orange Ginger Sauce  page 102

cooking spray

1 tablespoon toasted sesame oil

4 boneless, skinless chicken breast halves

salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste


Orange ginger Sauce-

1 cup orange juice

2 tablespoons reduced-sodium soy sauce

1 tablespoon light brown sugar

1 tablespoon cornstarch

1 teaspoon peeled and finely grated fresh ginger


1. coat a stovetop grill pan with cooking spray and set over medium heat.

2. brush the sesame oil all over the chicken and season with salt and pepper.  Place on the hot pan and cook until cooked through, 3-5 minutes per side.

3. meanwhile, in a small saucepan, whisk together the sauce ingredients until blended.  Set the pan over medium-high heat and bring to a simmer.  Reduce the heat to medium and simmer until the sauce thickens, about 5 minutes.  Spoon the sauce of the chicken and serve.


Veggie Pot Stickers

2 teaspoons toasted sesame oil

1/2 cup shredded carrots

1/2 cup shredded red or green cabbage

1/4 cup chopped scallions (white and green parts)

1 tablespoon reduced-sodium

16 Wonton wrappers

1 tablespoon peanut or canola oil

1. heat the sesame oil in a large skillet over medium heat.  Add the carrots, cabbage, and scallions and cook, stirring, until the cabbage softens, and bout 3 minutes.  Add the soy sauce and cook until the liquid evaporates, about 1 minute.

2. arrange the wonton wrapper on a flat work surface.  Spoon 1 heaping teaspoon of the vegetable mixture onto the center of each wrapper.  Fold over the wrapper, making a triangle, and, using wet fingers (dip your fingers in a small bowl of water), press the edges together to seal.

3. Heat the peanut oil in a large skillet over medium heat.  Add the wontons, in the batches if necessary to prevent crowing, and cook until golden brown, about 3 minutes per side.  Serve warm.

Friday, January 29, 2010

Jacki’s Review of Chocolate Caramel Fondue

We both really liked this rich dessert.  I followed the recipe as directed except I only made a third of the recipe.  I could have cut it down to a 1/4 th.  It was very good and fun to eat.  I used what I had on hand – strawberries, bananas, hazelnuts, walnuts – but there are all sorts of food items that could be enjoyed with this dip.  My favorite was the banana.  Your kids are going to love this dessert!

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Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Jacki’s Chicken and Twice Baked Potatoes

I made  this meal a few nights ago and it turned out pretty good.  I followed the recipe for the roasted chicken breasts pretty closely except I used the lemon juice in a jar instead of fresh and lime zest instead of lemon zest because I had a lime I needed to use up.  I also used dried Thyme instead of fresh rosemary because that is what I had.  Oh, yes, I sprinkled it with lemon pepper instead of salt.  It tasted good but I agree with Leslee – it would be better marinated first.  I think Ingrid has suggested that for all meat and poultry.  I didn’t even think about it but I will likely make this dish again with the marinating.  The chicken was moist and tender.   I followed the Twice baked potatoes recipe exactly and I thought it was really good and made a good pairing with the chicken.  I have not made the dessert yet but I plan to make it tomorrow night.  It sounds really good. 

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Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Bison Burgers and Lime pie!!!

We had the burgers last week and it was a perfect meal for our crazy day!!! I use ground buffalo for my ground beef recipes.
At our home bison burgers is a must so this was not a very unusual meal for our family. The mesquite flavor was very good. I really loved using the sweet Maui onions. We grilled the burgers and I just sautéed the onions in a frying pan with a bit of good quality olive oil.
The black bean salad I am afraid was not so successful no one really cared for it including myself. I used the roasted frozen corn that we like since is very sweet and has a bit of a smoky flavor but still was not appreciated.
NOW the Key lime pie was gone in 20 minutes flat!!!! What an easy recipe and how delicious. I used low fat condensed milk, low fat cool whip and low fat graham cracker and boy what a guilt free desert that was!!!!

Monday, January 25, 2010

Salmon and Pears ... So good!!!

Finitely here is the final product!!!
I loved the risotto for this recipe I decided to cook the Salmon and also the cabbage since I didn’t have time to make those on another time. It was wonderful. My family really loves Salmon so that was a no brainner but the risotto was so creamy with all the mushroom (I doubled the amount) It was a perfect meal, definitely making this again.

The pears were amazingly easy to make and I loved the citrus taste versus the grape (wine recipe) I make. I decided to add a dollop of whipped cream on top for presentation. We ended up only having half of the pears since we were all stuffed from dinner. Can’t wait to make this in the summer!!!

Sunday, January 24, 2010

Roasted Chicken Breast with Twice Baked Potatoes

This meal was quite good and we both enjoyed it.  I followed the chicken recipe except for putting Italian Seasoning on instead of Rosemary, since that is what we had.  I wished I would have marinaded the chicken before hand to get extra flavor but I didn't think about it.  For the potatoes I just baked them in the microwave and then Sean helped me to dig out the insides.  The potoates we had were pretty small and it probably would have been easier with some bigger ones.  When mixing up the insides, I just added a bit of sourcream and cheese until it looked about right.  I didn't put any bacon on them.  Both things were very good but I liked the potatoes the best! We will have to try the dessert soon too!

(since the potatoes were small, I decided I need two:)

Friday, January 22, 2010

Jacki’s Review of Poached Pears

I almost felt like a gourmet chef making these with the simmering and reducing, the pear stem attached  etc.  We both thought they tasted good and it smelled heavenly while it was cooking with the orange and vanilla and cloves.  I didn’t have whole cloves so I just sprinkled some ground cloves in.  My pears were still a tad firm (not overly ripe)  so it was a little hard to cut while eating.  I ended up cooking it about 10 minutes longer that it said  to get the sauce reduced down.   Good flavor combination with the pear and orange and chocolate – yummy.

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Jacki’s Risotto

Last night I made the risotto and it was absolutely delicious!   In fact, after Rich ate his and wanted a second serving he asked “is this good for me? …..must not be if it tastes this good!”  I followed the recipe as written with asparagus and mushrooms etc.  I had never cooked a shallot before that I can remember.  It was time consuming with all the slicing and dicing prep work and then all the stirring but it was definitely worth it.  I did end up cooking it for about 30 minutes instead of the 20 Robin estimated.  I was worried the asparagus would not get cooked but it did.  I served it with pork chops and a fruit salad.   I really enjoyed making this dish.  We ate dinner rather late and I was too full to make the poached pears plus the pears I bought were not totally ripe so a day or so to soften will be good.  Maybe I will make the pear dessert tonight.  I hope the rest of you will get a chance to make the risotto because it is really good. 

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Thursday, January 21, 2010

Recipes for Next Week

We are going pretty simple this next week.  Here are my choices:

Roasted Chicken Breasts with Garlic, Rosemary & Lemon on page 107.

Cooking spray
4 boneless, skinless chicken breast halves
Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste'1 tablespoon olive oil
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1 tablespoon finely grated lemon zest
2 to 3 cloves garlic, to your taste, minced
2 tablespoons chopped fresh rosemary

1.  Preheat the oven to 400*F. Coat a roasting pan with cooking spray.
2. Season the chicken all over with salt and pepper and place in the prepared pan.  Brush the top of the chicken with the oil.  Drizzle over the lemon juice, then sprinkle with the lemon zest, garlic, and rosemary.  Roast until the chicken is golden brown and cooked through, 25-30 minutes. 

Twice-Baked Potatoes with Cheddar & Bacon p. 253

4 baking potatoes
4 slices bacon, cooked crisp and crumbled
1 cup sour cream
1/2 cup shredded Cheddar cheese
Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
2 tablespoons chopped fresh chives

1. Preheat the oven to 400*
2.  Place the potatoes in the oven and bake until tender, about 1 hour. (Or, you can microwave them on HIGH for 10 minutes.) Leave the oven at 400* F.
3. When cool enough to handle, cut each potato in half lengthwise, scoop out the flesh, leaving a 1/4 inch thick shell, and transfer the flesh to a large bowl.  Add the bacon , sour cream, and Cheddar and mix until blended.  Season with salt and pepper.  Spoon the mixture back into 4 of the shells and discard the remaining shells or save them for another day.
4. Arrange the stuffed potatoes on a baking sheet and bake until golden brown, about 20 minutes.

Chocolate-Caramel Fondue p. 300

1 16oz. bag chocolate chips
1/2 cup milk (not skim)
1 cup store bought caramel sauce

Assorted ingredients for dunking
bananas, apples peaches, cubed angel food cake, marshmallows, graham crackers, etc.

1. Melt chocolate in double boiler or microwave for a few minutes on HIGH stirring every minute.
Stir in the caramel sauce and milk until blended and smooth.
2. Remove from the heat and transfer to a serving bowl.  Arrange the fruit, cake and other goodies around the chocolate mixture and start dunking!

I hope these selections will make Beau very happy.  :-)

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Risotto Success

Last night Kelly and I tried out the risotto recipe with great success.  In order to accomodate all the different tastes we were cooking for we eliminated the mushrooms and asparagus.  I cooked it up in my electric skillet because I didn't have a good pan big enough to accomodate it all.  Kelly had made rissoto before and watched it being made on a cooking show so she knew the process and that you have to just keep adding all that liquid.  A few suggestions would be to not let the liquid totally absorb as the recipe states and to have some extra broth on hand because you might need more.  I made a little bit bigger batch but still used much more liquid than anticipated.  Don't be afraid to keep adding more!! We served it with Grilled Terriyaki Marinaded Tri-Tip Steak, fruit salad, and a green salad.  Everyone really liked it and it was well worth all that stirring and babysitting:) We will probably try the pear dessert tonight.

Saturday, January 16, 2010

Recipes for week of January 17 2009

I have been looking at these two recipes for quite some time, I am not sure most people enjoy risottos as much I do.
I sure hope you guys will enjoy this dish. I love risottos because you can have one delicious meal in one dish just add a salad and you are done. Here at home we love seafood risottos and also sausage and spinach so this is a new one for my list.
HMMMMMMMMMM…….. I LOVE POACHED PEARS usually I make it with Port wine and I serve it with pistachio gelato or vanilla ice cream, This one caught my attention when I saw the picture on page 106. Sounds sooooo good, served warm on a cold winter night.
Bom apetite!!!


Asparagus – Wild Mushroom Risotto with Parmesan Pg. 76

2 tsps Olive oil
2 shallots, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
6 cups sliced wild mushrooms (any combination of porcini, cremini, shitake, chanterelle, oyster, etc)
1 tsp dried thyme
1 cup Arborio (Short grain) rice
2 ½ to 3 cups reduced-sodium beef broth or more if needed
2 cups chopped fresh or frozen (no need to thaw) asparagus spears 91-inch pieces)
½ cup freshly ground black pepper to taste
2 tbsps chopped fresh parsley

1 – Heat the oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add the shallots and garlic and cook for 1 minute. Add the mushrooms and cook, stirring a few times, until they soften, about 5 minutes. Add the thyme and cook for 1 minute, untill fragant. Add the rice and cook, stirring, until translucent and coated with the oil, about 1 minute. Add a cup of the broth and the asparagus and let simmer, stirring, until liquid is almost entirely absorbed. Continue adding broth in ½ cup measurements, waiting until the liquid is almost entirely absorbed before adding the next ½ cup, until the rice is tender (about 20 minutes from start to finish).

2 stir the parmesan and cook until the cheese melts. Season with salt and pepper. Ladle the risotto into warm bowls. Top it with parsley and serve it immediately.

Orange Poached Pears with Fudge Sauce Pg. 294


1 cup Orange juice
1 orange, left unpeeled and cut into 14 inch thick rounds
¼ cup sugar
5 whole cloves
1 tsp vanilla extract
4 pears, peeled with stems intact
1 cup prepared fudge topping or sauce

1 - In a medium saucepan, combine the orange juice, sliced orange, sugar, cloves and vanilla. Set the pan over high heat and bring to a simmer. Add the pears, reduce the heat to low, cover and simmer for 15 minutes. Uncover and simmer until the liquid thickens and reduces and the pears are tender, about another 20 minutes.

2 – Warm the fudge topping in a small saucepan over low heat or in the microwave for 1 minute on high, until warm.

3 – Remove the pears from the liquid and transfer to shallow dessert bowls. Remove the cloves, from the poaching liquid and spoon the liquid over the pears. Spoon the warm fudge sauce over the top and serve immediately.

Friday, January 15, 2010

Jacki’s Review of Salmon and Red Cabbage/Mandarin Oranges

This meal was a big hit at our house.  Yes, you read right – a big hit.  Rich even said at the end of the meal “I have to admit I really liked everything about this meal”  The lemon pepper and balsamic vinegar were perfect with the salmon and the cabbage and mandarin oranges were absolutely delicious.  I followed both recipes exactly but I think I ended up cooking the cabbage and mandarin orange dish a little longer than recommended due to trying to get everything done at the last minute plus I added a 15 oz can of mandarins, not 11 oz since that is what I had. Both recipes were quick and easy to prepare.   I served  Saffron rice as a side dish.  Everything was healthy, delicious and nutritious.  I loved this meal!  Thanks Claudia.

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Thursday, January 14, 2010

Our Version of the Meal

Last night we enjoyed this delicious meal.  We aren't huge fish eaters so I just decided to use chicken instead of the salmon.  I followed the recipe and it was quite easy to cook up.  While that was was cooking I got out my new electric skillet to cook up the cabbage salad.  I didn't think any of my pans would contain it so the skillet worked out perfectly.  I let it cook a while longer then suggested before adding the remaining ingredients.  I didn't see the part about salt and pepper so it was just sweet.  I served these two with a baked potato and it made a nice meal.  Both Sean and I really enjoyed both dishes.  The salad was not like anything I have made before but it was very good and fun to try.  Excellent choices Claudia! Glad that you are able to join our little cooking group!

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

We finally did it!

Choosing the salmon was easy, because I knew how much Charles (my husband) enjoys it. Because it was only he and I, I decided to used only half of the ingredients in the recipe.

So we went to the market to pick up the ingredients, and we took some Chilean Salmon (I'm from Chile), and it was funny when we noticed that on the bag it read " Atlantic Salmon", when Chile is on the Pacific Ocean. Anyways, back to the recipe...

I'm not so used to the dolce-salato combination, but I thought the combination of Red Cabbage- Mandarin Orange was interesting , and I wanted to try for the very first time the lemon pepper seasoning.

I love how easy and tasty this recipe is!. The balsamic vinegar and lemon pepper gives the salmon a wonderful taste and appearance, and the cooking time she suggests is perfect. The only thing I might suggest would be some fresh lemon juice on top when served. We also enjoyed the red cabbage-Mandarin orange mix. It is pretty tasty and colorful. But you have to be careful with the cabbage juice, because it might stain. I followed the instructions, but for the next time I would prefer not using salt on the cabbage and just leave it sweet. And maybe use some fresh Mandarin oranges, to give the preparation some citric flavor.

But in general this is a great recipe, in fact my husband and I eat everything.

My husband took the picture.

Sunday, January 10, 2010

And for this week...

This is my choice for this week, hope we all like it.

5-Ingredient Lemon Pepper Salmon (pg. 236)

1 Tablespoon olive oil
4 Salmon fillets (about 5 ounces each)
Salt to taste
Lemon pepper seasoning to taste
1/4 Cup balsamic vinegar

Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Season both sides of the salmon with salt and lemon pepper. Add the salmon to the hot pan and cook until browned, about 2 minutes per side. Add the vinegar and cook until the fish is just cooked through and fork-tender and the liquid evaporated, about another 2 minutes.

Sautéed Red Cabbage with Mandarins (pg. 247)

2 Teaspoon olive oil
6 Cups cored and shredded red cabbage
One 11-ounce can mandarin oranges, drained
2 Tablespoons balsamic vinegar
1 Tablespoon sugar
Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the cabbage and cook until it wilts, about 3 minutes, stirring frequently. Add the mandarins, vinegar, and sugar and cook for 1 minute, until the liquid reduces and evaporates. Season with salt and pepper and serve.

Thursday, January 7, 2010

Jacki and Leslee's Meal

Last night my mom and I made the meal for ourselves, my dad and Summer. We had most of the ingriedents on hand but earlier in the day we picked up some steak and pre-mashed sweet potoates.  We defintely took the easy way with the potatoes but I have made them in the past and they turn out quite delicious.  Because they were already mashed up with a few things added we just heated them up and mixed in some of the chipotle peppers into half the potatoes.  We chose not to mix in the cilantro. 

We used a different cut of steak but followed the rest of the recipe and cooked them up in a grill pan. It took a while for them to cook through.

We completed the meal with a green salad and some corn.  Everything was very good and everyone liked it.  Summer didn't try the potatoes but enjoyed the steak.  Even my dad said, "I liked it." which was impressive.  I felt that the rub on the steak was a little strong for me but it had a nice flavor.  I do prefer to the homemade mashed sweet potatoes to the ones we got but that wasn't a big deal. 

On to Anita's Impossible Buttermilk Pie.  I mixed up to batches of this.  The first was made following the recipe exactly and poured into a pie tin for my parents.  Next  I made one with a gluten free baking mix instead of the bisquick for me but made it a smaller amount and put it into a smaller pan.  Mine turned out very tasty and moist.  I sprinkled a little powdered sugar as suggested and really enjoyed it.  It would also be good with some cut up fruit on top! Summer gobbled it up and asked for more! My parents' pie didn't quite turn out as well.  It took a very long time to cook (atleast an hour) and it still never firmed up in the middle. My mom reported that the outter part that cooked had a very nice flavor.  I am not sure if I filled the pan up too much or what was the problem. 

I will be trying these recipes again next week with a few minor changes when I get back to Utah for Sean.  I will let you know how they turn out!

Monday, January 4, 2010

Kelly's Burgers

The hamburgers were good! Everyone loved them, especially the grilled onion. I served them on toasted sourdough bread with assorted cheese, and a side of oven-fried seasoned potato fries. I did use the George Forman grill and cooked them 4 at a time until the inside temp was 160 degrees. I put them in a pan with foil over the top while I cooked the other patties and they continued to cook and stayed nice and juicy without being too rare. This was a good recipe for our family.
We ate them so fast I didn't even have a chance to snap a picture. Oh, I also weighed each patty before cooking to make sure they cooked evenly. Each one was around 4 oz.
Yum. Can't wait to try the pie tomorrow.

Sunday, January 3, 2010

January 4th-9th Recipes

Sean helped me pick out some might tasty looking recipes for this week. I am excited to give them a try! Our schedule says Claudia will be choosing, but she won't be able to do that this week so we will have her do it in the next few weeks.  If you have not made the recipes from last week I would definitely recommend them, especially the Frozen Key Lime Pie! I know lots of people were traveling or busy last week but we will look forward to some reviews when you get a chance to try them out.

Chili-Rubbed Steak

2 Tbsp of Chili Powder
1 tsp ground coriander
1/4 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp Salt
1/2 tsp freshly ground black pepper
4 boneless rib-eye steaks
1 Tbsp olive oil
1. In a shallow dish, combine the chili powder, coriander, salt, and pepper. Add the steaks and turn to coat both sides evenly, pressing the mixture into the meat.
2. Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the steaks and cook for 3 to 5 minutes perside for medium doneness. Remove from the heat and let rest for 5 minutes before serving.
Mashed Chipotle Sweet Potatoes with Lime

2 Large Sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into 2-inch chunks
1/4 cup of Sour Cream
2 tsp minced chipotle chiles in adobo sauce (canned)
2 Tbsp chopped fresh cilantro
Salt and Freshly ground black pepper to taste
1 Lime, cut into wedges

1. Place the sweet potatoes in a large saucepan and pour over enough water to cover. Set the pan over high heat, bring to a boil, and let boil until the potatoes are fork-tender, about 8 minutes.
2. Drain and return to the pan. Mash the potatoes with the sour cream and chipotle chiles until almost smooth (or smooth, if that's your preference). Stir in the cilantro and season with salt and pepper. Serve with the lime wedges on the side.
Anita's Impossible Buttermilk Pie

Cooking Spray
1 and 1/3 cups of sugar
1 cup buttermilk
1 cup Bisquick
1/3 cup unsalted butter, melted
1 tsp vanilla extract
3 large eggs
-Confectioners' sugar and/ or unsweetened cocoa powder (optional) "I like to dust the top with powdered sugar or cocoa".

1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Coat a 9-inch pie plate with cooking spray.
2. Combine the sugar, buttermilk, Bisquick, melted butter, vanilla, and eggs in a blender and process until smooth. Pour into the prepared pie plate and bake until browned and still a little Jiggly (30 to 40 minutes), yeah that's right, I just said until it is still a little JIGGLY, (the pie with set as it cools).
3. Let cool for 10 minutes before slicing into wedges. If desired, sift powdered sugar or cocoa (or a combo) over the wedges before serving

Jacki’s, Nika’s, Leslee’s Review of Burgers, Bean and Corn and Lime Pie

This is what we all thought of the recipes – Absolutely, clean-your-plate, delicious!!

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We had the above three families trying out the recipes this week at our house.  We made a New Years Day feast out of it and all three of the recipes were very well received. (Even by all the males!)  This whole menu would make a really good summer time meal.   Starting with the burgers – I mixed the mesquite in with the ground beef and formed the patties the day before.  I offered the option of the Provolone cheese or Pepper Jack cheese and served the usual condiments with it. I cooked them on a grill pan on the stove because it was VERY cold outside (and I don’t have a BBQ grill right now:).  Everyone thought they were delicious.  The corn, black bean and red pepper salad was also very good and made an appropriate side dish for the burgers.  We followed the recipe exactly but we decided that when we make it again we would use frozen corn as most of us prefer that to canned.    For dessert we had the Key Lime Pie and everyone agreed it was absolutely wonderful!  We just used regular limes though since that is what the store had.  It was very easy to prepare.  I really hope all of you get a chance to try out these recipes because I know you are going to love them!

Belle and Summer enjoying the feast.

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Yes, it tasted as good as it looks…

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A gluten free option….

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Key Lime Pie before serving… trust me, you will love it.

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