30 April 2009

Recipe: Richard Blais’ 14-Hour Brisket

Richard Blais!Image of Richard Blais! by bionicgrrrl via Flickr



From Denny: Can I tell you that brisket is a huge favorite in the South? Definitely it is in Louisiana as it feeds a lot of people inexpensively, often employed for football season in the fall yet enjoyed for family reunions and summer barbeques too. With the global economy the way it is currently this is a great recipe to share with your friends in many countries!

While it is a dish that is slow-cooked for hours it is not labor intensive, one of those "wrap it up to cook and forget it" situations - my favorite! This recipe comes from the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

From John Kessler: Here’s a version of the brisket that won Richard Blais high marks on “Top Chef.” For garnish, you may want to forgo the star anise mashed potatoes his teammate served alongside and instead opt for some plain boiled new potatoes or noodles to soak up the ample sauce. Also, a vinegary pickle or salad would be welcome with this sweet dish.

You’ll need to find a brisket untrimmed of its fat, which bathes it during the slow braise. Your best bet is to find a butcher who will unwrap a fresh whole brisket and cut you a lengthwise half, which makes for a beautiful presentation.

Richard Blais’ 14-Hour Brisket

Hands on time: 30 minutes

Total time: 14 hours and 30 minutes

Serves: 8

Ingredients:

1/2 of a whole untrimmed brisket, cut lengthwise (about 6 pounds)

3 tablespoons Cajun seasonings

1 tablespoon salt

1 cup spicy brown mustard (such as Gulden’s)

3 cups dark brown sugar, lightly packed

Instructions:

Coat the brisket liberally with the Cajun seasonings and salt. Fire up a grill and grill the surface of the brisket aggressively, searing it well on each side for maximum flavor. Place the brisket, fat side up, on a large length of heavy-duty aluminum foil. Preheat oven to 225 degrees.

Combine the mustard and sugar and slather it well over (and under) the brisket. Close it tightly in the foil and then double wrap in a second piece of foil. Place in a roasting pan with sides at least 1 inch high. Place in the oven.

After 12 hours, carefully unwrap and check the brisket. While some clear molten fat will have collected in the pan, the sauce should be trapped inside the foil. If the brisket isn’t fall-apart tender, then return to the oven for 1 or 2 hours. Slice and serve with the pooled sauce.

Notes: Total time includes 12-plus hours of oven time.

Nutrition:

Per serving:
877 calories (percent of calories from fat, 28), 73 grams protein, 85 grams carbohydrates, 1 gram fiber, 28 grams fat (9 grams saturated), 211 milligrams cholesterol, 1,751 milligrams sodium.





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29 April 2009

Recipe: Low-Fat Lemon Bundt Cake



From Denny: Looks like I will be exploring and downright plundering this wonderful recipe database over at PastryWiz.com! Wonderful array of recipes over here at this extensive database.

Repeat after me: Louisiana LOVES lemon! Louisiana people LOVE lemon recipes! We even planted a lemon tree in our back yard a couple of years ago. Of course, we named "him": Lemoncello (how original)

This lower fat version of a Lemon Bundt Cake sounded really good. OK, I'll probably not go for the margarine which I find a revolting taste but at least those with special diets who adjusted their tastebuds could enjoy this recipe. I'll just use clarified butter (or ghee when I can find it on the grocery shelves).

Cooking spray: substitute your own like placing canola oil in a spray bottle to get the same "less is more" effect. Canola oil is a thinner oil than most and can be sprayed.

By using egg whites they eliminate the extra fat and calories, same with using skim milk over low fat or whole milk.

And icing, well, I'd probably use half to none at all as I've never been a huge fan of sugar icing (now chocolate ganache is another matter...).

Better yet I would prefer to serve the icing as a puddle on the side of the sliced cake so you could dip a piece of cake in it or take your fork and lightly drizzle the icing over your slice of cake.

Louisiana people LOVE their sugar icings and call them "Cream Cakes" when used like the one below.

Lemon Cream Cheese Streusel BundtLemon Cream Cheese Streusel Bundt Cake Image by pirate johnny via Flickr - why couldn't they put a recipe with this yummy photo? :)Of course, this is the fattening version. That's why it looks so appealing, right?! All right, everyone, get your eyes peeled back on to the prize goal: low calorie for today! ;)



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Low Fat Lemon Bundt Cake

From: PastryWiz.com

Yield: Serves 14

Ingredients for the Cake:

Butter flavored cooking spray

8 oz. plain nonfat yogurt

1/2 cup light corn syrup

3 cups sugar

1 tsp. vanilla extract

8 egg whites

2 Tbs. fresh lemon juice

rind from 1/2 lemon, grated

3 cups flour

1/3 cup powdered sugar

1/2 tsp. baking powder

1 tsp. salt


Ingredients for the Icing:

1 Tbs. fat-free margarine

2 Tbs. fresh lemon juice

rind from 1/2 lemon, grated

1/2 tsp. vanilla extract

1/8 tsp. salt

2 cups powdered sugar

1 Tbs. skim milk


Directions: Preheat oven to 300 degrees F. Spray a bundt pan with cooking spray.

In a large bowl, combine yogurt, corn syrup, sugar, vanilla, egg whites, lemon juice, and lemon rind and mix well. In a medium bowl, combine flour, powdered sugar, baking powder, and salt. Mix well.

Add a the dry mixture to the wet mixture and mix well. Pour batter into pan. Bake for about 1 hour and 20 minutes.

Let cake cool for about 10 minutes before removing from pan. Remove cake from pan and cool in the refrigerator for about 15 minutes before icing.

Combine icing ingredients and mix well. Pour or spread icing over cake until it's completely covered. Cool completely before serving.

Nutritional Info:
Cal: 386
Fat: less than 1 gram


Following are some more lemon cake recipes to enjoy!



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28 April 2009

Recipe: Hot, Crusty Buttermilk Biscuits

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From Denny: OK, yum! We Southerners love our biscuits which to the uninitiated or folks in Britain, Australia, India and the like, these are little breads not the sweet cookies you call biscuits. What a confusion! :)

Usually, they are basically a baking powder-risen (though some versions are risen by yeast) quick bread cut into 3-inch rounds. They are a close cousin of the scone and can take anything on them but most often it is butter and jam of choice. At our house we even enjoy them with lemon curd!

Southern biscuits are the stuff of legends in many an eatery across the Southeast of America. Few homes make them any more so most people go out to eat them at breakfast with a side of ham or sausage and over-easy fried eggs.

Well, I do know how to make them and quite well. No one else in the family ever got the hang of it. This recipe is a bit different than what I use because I don't use lard but rather clarified butter or canola oil for the cholesterol benefit. But lard, well, it tastes divine and you ought to try the original version at least once in your life! :)

When I make them I often pop the unbaked extras into the freezer. They live to feed us the Divine for another day, baking up beautifully from freezer to oven!

The bonus in this recipe too is that it teaches how to make your own baking powder - which is a first for me, cool!

Kneading Note from Denny: Since he does not mention here, and I rarely see it in biscuit recipes, is a trick I learned a long time ago. When making this bread you don't want it to be too tough but rather light and fluffy. To achieve that, when kneading the dough, slowly and carefully flipping it over, gathering it up and folding down onto itself, make sure you don't allow but a sprinkle of flour to be found inside that fold.

Many people put too much flour into the fold and then wonder why their biscuits are hard as rocks and tasteless. Less is definitely more! I don't use a rolling pin either, too much work, just use my hands like most cooks as it gives you that tactile awareness of how the dough is developing and when to stop working the dough.

From the Atlanta Journal-Constitution they offer a version closer to the historical. Here's Scott Peacock's comments from the article: "Biscuits are the stuff of legend. The mere mention of them conjures images of hearth and home, kindly grandmothers and good-smelling kitchens. A particularly well-made biscuit has been known to inspire proposals of marriage.

People love eating biscuits. They love talking about biscuits.
But when it comes to making them, the sad truth is that many people, even Southerners, are often too afraid to try ...
Experience has taught me that, in the end, a good biscuit really boils down to a few basics: mainly a hot oven, cold fat and a gentle but knowing hand.

But it’s the details that make a great biscuit, and simple as they are, they are important and should be followed closely.
To my taste, a biscuit should be crusty and golden brown on the top — and even lightly browned on the bottom — with an interior that is soft, light and tender but not too fluffy. It should be slightly moist, but not so moist that it becomes gummy when you eat it, and dry enough to absorb a pat of good butter as it melts. It should be flavorful and well-seasoned, with a slight buttermilk tang, pleasing on its own but an excellent vehicle for other flavors as well.

Ratio of crusty exterior to soft interior is important, and I’m no fan of those big, Hollywood-pumped-up-on-steroids-looking biscuits. I prefer a biscuit no larger than three inches or so in diameter and not much more than an inch in height."

Hot, Crusty Buttermilk Biscuits

From: Scott Peacock

Hands on time: 10 minutes

Total time: 22 minutes

Serves: 15

Ingredients:

5 cups sifted White Lily flour (measured after sifting)

1 tablespoon plus 1 1/2 teaspoons homemade baking powder (recipe follows)

1 tablespoon kosher salt

1/2 cup packed lard, chilled

1 3/4 cups chilled buttermilk, plus a few tablespoons more if needed

3 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted

Instructions:

Preheat over to 500 degrees. Put the flour, homemade baking powder and salt in a mixing bowl. Whisk well to thoroughly blend. Add the lard and, working quickly, coat in flour and rub between your fingertips until about half the lard is coarsely blended and the other half remains in large pieces about 1/2 inch in size.

Make a well in the flour mixture and pour in the buttermilk. Stir quickly, just until the dough is blended and begins to mass. The dough should be soft and a bit sticky and there should not be large amounts of unincorporated flour in the bowl. If dough is too dry, add a few tablespoons more buttermilk.

Turn the dough immediately onto a generously floured surface, and with floured hands knead briskly 8 to 10 times until a cohesive dough is formed.

Gently flatten the dough with your hands so it is of an even thickness. Then, using a floured rolling pin, roll it out to a uniform thickness of 1/2 inch. (If the dough begins to stick to your rolling pin, dust the pin — not the dough — with flour. Flouring the dough at this point will result in dusty-looking biscuits.) With a dinner fork dipped in flour, pierce the dough completely through at 1/2-inch intervals.

Lightly flour a 2 1/2- or 3-inch biscuit cutter and stamp out rounds. (Do not twist the cutter when stamping out biscuits.) Cut the biscuits from the dough as close together as you can for a maximum yield. Arrange cut biscuits on a heavy, ungreased or parchment-lined baking sheet so that they almost touch. Do not re-roll the scraps. Just bake as is and enjoy as a treat.

Bake in upper third of the oven for 8 to 12 minutes until crusty golden brown. (Check about 6 minutes into baking and rotate the pan if needed to ensure even cooking.) Remove from the oven and brush with melted butter. Serve hot.

Notes:

Homemade baking powder recipe: Sift together three times 1/4 cup cream of tartar and 2 tablespoons baking soda. Transfer to a clean, dry, tight-sealing jar. Store at room temperature, away from direct sunlight, for up to four weeks. Use in any recipe calling for commercial baking powder.

Nutrition:

Per biscuit:
234 calories (percent of calories from fat, 38), 5 grams protein, 31 grams carbohydrates, 1 gram fiber, 10 grams fat (4 grams saturated), 14 milligrams cholesterol, 553 milligrams sodium.

Yet another easy version of the famous humble biscuit:





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27 April 2009

Slap That Cold Silly with Food as Medicine



Slap That Cold Silly with Food as Medicine: "Utilize spices in your food to give healing support to that cold or flu. Here’s an easy exotic and delicious soup recipe when you are feeling miserable. Soup recipe included."

By Denny Lyon @ HubPages

From Denny: This is a popular article. While it may be almost early summer and hot here in Louisiana it sure isn't in other parts of the country and world! After all it snowed in Colorado this month. On the news is the latest about a new outbreak of flu.

What is good about this article and soup recipe is that it gives real information about the properties of food and how they can benefit a situation with a cold, flu or allergy symptoms. Lentils and beans both act as astringents, pulling excess water out of the body. For that reason alone this is a good and practical read! :) We all know the miseries of a stuffy and runny nose.

Spices are another forgotten food in our modern culture and contain many healthful properties waiting to be rediscovered by us today!

Written by Denny Lyon 2 HubPages
Photo of paprika peppers by meaduva @ flickr

26 April 2009

4 Health Articles You Might Enjoy



From Denny: I'm always finding the most interesting articles about the latest health study. Too bad there wasn't more research devoted to orphan diseases, ones that afflict a small percentage of the population. Read that as the drug companies believe they can't make big money by searching for cures for these diseases - so they do nothing. Maybe it's the role of international governments to get into the act to help the suffering sectors of humanity? What do you think?

Health is a large area to cover so if you have some suggestions of anything I might be overlooking and you want to throw out at me, please do! You can also email me: warriorspearl@gmail.com too if you like. Yes, I actually answer my own email and am not too full of myself - well, not yet, anyway...! :) (There goes that cheeky side escaping again...)

Here are a few articles you might find an interesting read:

Drink Coffee: Lower Risk of Uterine Cancer

Broccoli Sprouts May Be Germ Fighters

The Pill and Gaining Muscle

Popping a Zit Can Kill You?

Photo by left-hand @ flickr



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25 April 2009

4 Science Articles You Might Enjoy



From Denny: Since I have too many interests I've parked them on other blogs in addition to this one. Apparently, most people start a blog, lose interest, abandon the first one to start another blog. Not me. I just keep expanding to ADD more blogs! (totally crazy, I suppose - but hey! I'm happy...)

Anyway, articles about how the brain works, astronomy, psychology, some math and physics on basic levels is what I park over at the blog The Soul Calendar. It keeps climbing in the traffic rankings quite nicely and I happily write about whatever catches my interest for the week! Life is good!

I'm still poking around the web for children's resources for parents and science projects readers might find interesting. If you know of any sites or projects, speak up and shoot me an email at warriorspearl@gmail.com, much appreciated!

Here are a few posts you might find an interesting read:

Is My Brain Making Me Buy Things I Don't Need?

Double Amputees Shed Light on Brain's Flexibility

Robolegs Help People Walk

Hurricane-Killing, Space-Based Power Plants

NASA Photo by Image Editor @ flickr

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24 April 2009

Recipe: Sweet Potato Soup with Matchstick Fries and Frizzled Leeks



From Denny: We love our sweet potatoes here in Louisiana! From Canada.com comes yet another way to enjoy our beloved sweet potato in a gourmet soup. There is a recipe converter link listed after the posting area on this blog in case you are not familiar with the Canadian version of measurements.

Sweet Potato Soup with Matchstick Fries and Frizzled Leeks

This recipe comes from Chuck's Day Off show.

Makes 6 to 8 servings

The Sweet Potato Soup

3 large sweet potatoes, cut in chunks

3 leeks, roughly chopped

Pinch of sea salt and fresh ground black pepper

Nub of butter

6 cups (1.5 L) chicken stock

1 big knuckle of fresh ginger (about 1 tablespoon / 15 mL) peeled and grated)

2 cups water (500 mL)

Peel and quarter the sweet potatoes.

Wash leeks well and drain, remove any damaged outside peel, remove the hairy white tips from the end, and cut leeks into one-inch slices (leave one three-inch section aside to be fried later for the garnish).

Soften leeks in a large pot with a nub of butter, the salt and pepper. Do not brown.

Add six cups of stock or water

Add sweet potatoes and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium and boil until cooked through - just softer than fork tender. Using an immersion blender, purée the ingredients until they are thoroughly blended.

Add the grated ginger, and test for consistency. If too thick, add a bit more water. Taste for seasoning, adding more salt or pepper as needed. Place in a bowl and garnish with a mound of hot crispy matchstick potatoes and frizzled leeks.


Matchstick Fries and Frizzled Leeks

2 large Yukon Gold potatoes (or another medium-starch potato)

Canola oil for frying

A sprinkle of salt, pepper

3-inch (8-cm) piece of leek, julienned

A dusting of potato starch

Peel and cut potatoes into matchstick slices.

Rinse them under cold water in a strainer to remove excess starch. Let drain well. Pat dry. In a deep fryer set at 350 degrees F (180C), fry for three to five minutes submerged in canola oil until a nice, deep golden brown. Drain on a paper towel or absorbent cloth. Hit them with a sprinkle of salt and pepper right away.

Cut strips of leek into julienne slices similar to potato. In a small bowl, place two tablespoons of starch and lightly dust the leek pieces in it to help prevent burning. Fry the three-inch strips of leek in same oil until they are just golden - about one minute, to make "frizzled leeks."

Add to your bowl of matchstick fries. Mix them together. Garnish in a little mound on top of the soup.

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Chuck's Day Off airs on the Food Network on Mondays at 7:30 p.m. For more information on Chuck Hughes's TV show and for more recipes, go to: www.foodtv.ca/chucksdayoff

For previous columns and recipes, go to www.montrealgazette.com/life and click on Food & Wine

© Copyright (c) Canwest News Service

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23 April 2009

Recipe: Cajun Ya Ya Salmon



From Denny: Found at EveningEdge.com is this wonderful Cajun styled fish recipe! I'm a huge fan of wild-raised salmon like you can get over at Whole Foods. Soy sauce, sesame oil and garlic are all perfect flavors for salmon cooking. The unusual dressing sounds unique to go with the fish. Give it a try!

Ya Ya Salmon

From:
Gumbeaux's Cajun Cafe in Douglasville, Georgia

"Ya Ya Salmon is the creation of chef Richard Paul-Dennis, has been featured on TV cooking shows. Incidentally, Ya Ya in Cajun means a young, aspiring artist. In the old days, young tap dancers were called Ya Yas. It is also the chef's nickname."

Hands on time: 20 minutes

Total time: 50 minutes

Serves: 4

Ingredients:

1/2 teaspoon red pepper

1/2 teaspoon black pepper

1/2 teaspoon creole seasoning

1/2 teaspoon paprika

1/2 teaspoon onion powder

1/2 teaspoon garlic powder

1/4 cup granulated sugar

4 (7- or 8-ounce) boneless salmon steaks (about 1 1/2 inches thick)

For the Red Hot Sesame Onion Dressing:

1 cup light brown sugar

1/2 cup chopped green onion

1/2 cup chopped red onion

1/2 cup chopped yellow onion

2 tablespoons red vinegar

3 tablespoons teriyaki sauce

1 tablespoon soy sauce

3 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce

1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes

1/2 teaspoon black pepper

3 tablespoons dark sesame oil

4 teaspoons black (or white) sesame seeds

Instructions:

Mix red pepper, black pepper, creole seasoning, paprika, onion powder, garlic powder and sugar. Coat salmon fillets with the spice mixture and set aside.

To make the Red Hot Sesame Onion Dressing: In the bowl of a food processor, place brown sugar, green, red and yellow onions, vinegar, teriyaki sauce, soy sauce, Worcestershire sauce, red pepper flakes and black pepper. Process 3 to 4 minutes. With the motor running, slowly add sesame oil.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Prepare grill. Grill salmon long enough (about 5 minutes) to leave grill marks. Transfer salmon to an ovenproof pan. Pour 1 1/2 cups onion dressing over salmon and sprinkle with sesame seeds. Bake in oven 25 to 30 minutes, or until onion dressing bubbles and thickens.

Notes:

Recipe tester Sara Levy notes that though it might seem that there is a lot of pepper and hot spices in this recipe, the sugar in the rub and sauce tempers it to the point where it has just enough bite without being overwhelmed by heat. She says that it is "very flavorful."

Nutrition:

Per serving: 526 calories, 41 grams protein, 19 grams fat (percent calories from fat, 33), 46 grams carbohydrates, 109 milligrams cholesterol, 539 milligrams sodium, 1 gram fiber.


From Denny: Since grilling season is almost upon us here is a wonderful post and recipe from a lady who is used to doing ahead and making in bulk! AND she has some great organizing ideas on all kinds of unusual subjects you might not have thought about - until now.




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22 April 2009

Passed 100th post milestone!



From Denny: Well, I hear we blogger types are supposed to jump up and brag about reaching the 100th post milestone. ;) You can tell I'm really "great" about some anniversaries as I've already passed that milestone with now 140 posts. Oh, well, so much for showing off!

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Recipes: Super snacks from the South



From Denny: Found these outstanding recipes over at Canada.com. They were featured as Southern-style snacks for the Super Bowl game. The Canadians have a good pulse on Southern food, what a pleasant surprise!

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Baked Peel-and-Eat Shrimp With Tequila and Lime
(In Louisiana we call them Oven Barbeque Shrimp and this looks like a good Florida style version.)

You could put all the ingredients for the flavoured butter into the pot, and set the shrimp in the baking dish an hour or two before serving and keep them in the fridge. When ready to serve, melt the butter as described in the recipe, pour over the shrimp and bake.

Preparation time: 10 minutes

Cooking time: 10-12 minutes

Makes: 6 (4 shrimp or prawn) servings

1/4 cup butter

2 oz. tequila

2 garlic cloves, crushed

2 tsp grated lime zest

2 Tbsp fresh lime juice

1 Tbsp honey

1-2 tsp hot pepper sauce, such as Tabasco

24 large shrimp or prawns, shell on

salt to taste

lime slices for garnish (optional)

Place the first 7 ingredients in a small pot and set over medium heat. Cook until the butter is melted and well combined with the other ingredients. Set the shrimp or prawns in a single layer in a baking dish. Pour the butter mixture over them. Preheat the oven to 425* F. Let the shrimp or prawns marinate in the butter mixture at room temperature 10 minutes. Bake for 10-12 minutes, or until just cooked through. Arrange on a serving plate, sprinkle with salt, garnish with lime slices, if desired, and serve.

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Chimichurri Wings

Be sure to serve these finger-licking good wings with plenty of napkins.

Preparation time: 10 minutes, plus marinating time

Cooking time: 25-25 minutes

Makes: 24 wings

1 cup packed fresh parsley sprigs

1/2 medium onion, thinly sliced

2 garlic cloves, sliced

1/4 cup olive oil

2 Tbsp fresh lime juice

2 Tbsp red wine vinegar

1/2 tsp freshly ground black pepper

1 Tbsp granulated sugar

1-2 tsp hot pepper sauce, such as Tabasco

24 chicken wingettes or drumettes, or a mix of both (see Note)

salt to taste

lime slices for garnish (optional)

Place the first 9 ingredients in a food processor and pulse until sauce-like.

Spoon the mixture into a medium-sized bowl. Add the wings and toss to coat. Cover and marinate the wings in the fridge for 4 hours, or overnight.

Preheat the oven to 425* F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Arrange the wings on the baking sheet in a single layer. Using a teaspoon, spoon the chimichurri mixture left in the bowl over the wings.

Season each wing with salt. Bake 25-30 minutes, depending on the size of the wing, or until cooked through. Arrange the wings on a serving plate, garnish with lime slices, if desired, and serve.

Note: Chicken wingettes are the thin portion of the wing before the tip.

Drumettes are the meatier portion that attach to the breast. You'll find chicken wings in these forms at most supermarkets. If you can't, you'll have to split the wings yourself.

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Chicken and Poblano Chili Pizzas

You can make these pizzas oven-ready early in the day. Refridgerate and bake when needed. Deep- green coloured, poblano peppers are mildly spicy and have a richer flavour than green bell peppers.

Preparation time: 15 minutes

Cooking time: 8-10 minutes (per tray of pizza)

Makes: 6-8 servings, 1/2 or 3/4 pizza servings

4 pocketless, Greek-style pita

3/4 cup barbecue sauce

2 cups grated Monterey jack cheese

1/2 store-bought rotisserie chicken, skin removed, meat pulled into shreds

1 small, fresh poblano chili, finely diced

Preheat the oven to 425* F. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment. Set 2 pita bread on each baking sheet. Spread the top of the pita with the barbecue sauce. Top the pizzas with the cheese. Arrange the chicken on top of the cheese; sprinkle with the diced poblano peppers. Bake the pizzas, one tray at a time, 8-10 minutes, or until the cheese is melted and the bottom of the pizza is crispy. Cut pizzas into small wedges and serve.

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21 April 2009

Recipes: Culinary Salute To Spring

From Denny: More comfort food on a $35 budget from a famous chef! Does life get any better? This is the first I've heard of a hanger steak as explained below in the food facts. It's no wonder most of us have never heard of it; turns out most butchers kept this intensely flavorful cut all to themselves. Now it's become quite popular in upscale restaurants. I guess butchers and chefs decided to "share" with the public finally - for a hefty price. :)

Rhubarb is a wonderful Spring tonic as it is a diuretic. Make sure you DO NOT cook or eat raw the leaves as they are toxic! The stalks are perfectly fine to eat and cook up nicely with a lot of brown sugar, some clarified butter, a little salt as a morning porridge or to slather on your toast. That's how we used to eat it at our house when we lived in Maine for a time. We grew our own rhubarb just outside the kitchen door like a little kitchen garden. As a kid I used to love to go pick the long stalks and the huge prehistoric leaves waved at me. It was like they knew they were going to be breakfast without regret. The mind of a child...

Featured here are the recipes of executive chef Kerry Heffernan of the South Gate Restaurant at New York's Essex House Hotel which overlooks Central Park.

Note: If for any reason this video does not display properly or CBS disables it you can click on the title link to take you to the page where the article and video are both located.




FOOD FACTS from CBS:

Gemelli: A type of pasta. The name derives from the Italian word for twins. Gemelli aren't twin tubes twisted around one another, as they may appear to be, but rather are a single, "S"-shaped strand twisted into a spiral. It's similar to fusilli.

Hanger Steak: Hanger steak is so-named because it's part of the diaphragm muscle that hangs between the loin and the ribs. Like skirt steak, hanger steak is a grainy, fatty cut that turns out beautifully if it's well-marinated before cooking. But it can be tough if it's prepared incorrectly. Hanger steak is nicknamed "butcher's tenderloin" because butchers traditionally kept this full-flavored, odd-shaped cut for themselves. It's become very popular now at both high-end and lower-priced restaurants. If you can't find hanger steak, you may use skirt steak or even flank steak.

Rhubarb: Rhubarb can be eaten raw with a little sugar sprinkled over it, but is generally cooked with other ingredients to produce a fruit dish of some type. Rhubarb can be used nicely to enhance the flavor of other fruits, such as pairing it with strawberries in baked sauces or beverages. Rhubarb stalks vary from red to pink and may also appear speckled or green. This color variation has little or no impact on the ripeness of the rhubarb. When selecting, choose stalks that are fresh looking, crisp and blemish-free.

Cardamom: Cardamom is the ground seed of a tropical fruit in the ginger family known as Elettaria cardamomum. The seeds are found in ovalshaped fruit pods that are between 1/4 and one-inch long. Cardamom has an intense, pungent, sweet flavor. In India, Cardamom is traditionally used in curry blends, and in Scandinavian countries, it's commonly added to breads; however, most of the world's Cardamom crop is used in Arabic countries as a flavoring for coffee.


Gemelli Pasta with Spring Peas

INGREDIENTS:


12 ounces pasta (gemelli or fusilli)

1 pound fresh or 8 ounces frozen peas

1 bunch fresh tarragon, picked and coarsely chopped

1 half pint heavy cream

3 ounces grapeseed or canola oil if for salad

2 ounces dried mushrooms

1 shallot, minced

2 gloves garlic, minced


METHOD:

Bring 4 quarts water to the boil in a large pot.

Shuck, blanch and shock peas if fresh; allow peas to defrost if frozen.

In a broad 4 quart saucepan, bring cream to a boil, season with salt and pepper add dried mushrooms and allow to infuse for 7 minutes. Add Pasta to salted boiling water.

Bring cream back to a boil, and add peas, check seasoning, add ½ tarragon, shallots and garlic and bring to a boil. Once it reaches a boil remove from heat and reserve.

Check pasta and cook to desired stage. Drain Pasta and toss in cream mixture, serve with remaining chopped tarragon.

Grilled Hanger Steak with Fresh Asparagus and Sweet Onions

INGREDIENTS:

1 pound cleaned Hanger steak

1 pound pencil asparagus, trimmed 2 inches from bottom

1 pound spring onions, peeled and sliced horizontally into ½ inch rounds

1 bunch scallions trimmed of roots and washed

1 bunch parsley, stems removed

1 bunch Sage, stems removed

2 ounces canola oil

Zest of ¼ of an orange

2 cloves garlic, finely minced

1 teaspoon chili flakes


METHOD:

Heat grill to medium/high.

Make a quick herb puree, by blending first garlic, orange rind parsley and canola oil in blender (not food processor) with salt and pepper and blending at progressively higher speeds until bright green but still slightly rough. Taste, correct seasoning and add sage and blend further at high speed until well chopped and combined. Reserve.

Season onions, scallions and asparagus well with salt pepper and canola oil
Cook vegetables on grill, in this order, onions first then asparagus and scallions, until well marked and just about cooked (they will continue to cook off the grill). Reserve on an attractive platter.

Turn grill up to high, clean off any remaining bits of vegetables. Season steak very will on each side and grill steak to desired doneness, remove from grill and allow to "rest" at least 7 minutes so that the juices can recede back into the flesh.

Slice meat and arrange over and around vegetables and serve sauce on the side.


Vanilla Ice Cream with Homemade Rhubarb Syrup and Crumbled Butter Cookies

INGREDIENTS:

1 pound fresh rhubarb

1 tablespoon vanilla extract

4 pods green cardamom

1/2 cup Sugar

1/4 cup water

Pinch salt

1 pint ice cream

4 butter cookies (such as Pepperidge farms Bordeaux) roughly crumbled


METHOD:

Wash and trim rhubarb into 3 inch lengths in a sauce pan large enough to accommodate rhubarb in one layer. Bring sugar, water, salt, and cardamom pods to a boil, simmer one minute then add Rhubarb, and vanilla (if you prefer you can do it in 2 batches but it should not exceed one even layer on the bottom surface area).

Cook over medium heat until just before rhubarb is tender (it will go to mush very quickly!), remove from heat and set aside to cool.

Scoop Ice Cream into glasses and layer in poached rhubarb and some of its syrup and crumbled butter cookies over top.

So, how did Heffernan do with our $35 budget?

Gemelli Pasta

pasta $1.19
peas $1.99
tarragon $1.49
heavy cream $1.19
grapeseed oil $3.99
mushrooms $1.99
garlic $.39
shallot $.16
total $12.39

Hanger Steak

hanger steak $4.29
asparagus $1.69
spring onions $1.49
scallions $.69
parsley $.99
sage $1.49
orange zest $.39
chilies $.16
total $11.19

Rhubarb Ice Cream

rhubarb $2.99
Cardamom $4.69
butter cookies $2.00
ice cream $.99
total $10.67

Total: $34.25

Top Three so far in our "How Low Can You Go" competition:

1. Scott Peacock $32.60
Watershed Restaurant

2. Patrick Connolly $33.32
Bobo Restaurant

3. Bill Poirier $33.35
Sonsie Restaurant




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20 April 2009

Recipes: Spring Comfort Food on a Budget From Former Ballerina

Strawberry shortcakeImage via Wikipedia

From Denny: Louisiana has always been about two things - food at an affordable price and French cooking!

Patricia Williams is a former ballerina who retired at age 30. She followed her passion and became a chef, studying in France. She answered the CBS Morning Show's challenge of a meal for a family of four on $35 or less.

Seriously mouth-watering is this comfort food! She lines the meatloaf pan with smokey bacon and it adheres while it is baking in the pan. To serve, take it out of the pan, flip it over so the bacon is now on top: awesome!

Chef Williams shows you how easy it is to make your own fresh Green Goddess salad dressing and finally, a small bite version of Strawberry Shortcake. A lot of nutritional and taste value for reasonable money definitely qualifies as great comfort food in my book!



Recipes from CBS:

Arugula Salad

Serves 4


INGREDIENTS:

1 pound Arugula

16 asparagus green stalks, standard size

2 tablespoons olive oil

2 teaspoons lemon juice

Salt and pepper

METHOD:

Wash and dry the arugula. Cut the woody stems off the asparagus; peel the asparagus and save for the salad. Blanch the asparagus in salted water then shock in ice water.

To assemble the salad, place a large dollop of green goddess dressing on the plate. Place the arugula and the asparagus shavings in a bowl. Season with salt and pepper; add the olive oil and the lemon juice and toss. Place 4 asparagus on each plate (2 green and 2 white) and top with arugula.

Green Goddess Dressing

Serves 4


INGREDIENTS:

2 egg yolks

2 cups extra virgin olive oil

2.5 cups parsley leaves

2 cups arugula leaves

4 tablespoons tarragon

6 tablespoons minced chives

2 cloves garlic, chopped

4 white anchovies

Juice of 2 lemons

3 tablespoons white wine vinegar

1 ripe avocado

METHOD:

Slice the herbs and arugula thinly and puree with anchovies, garlic, lemon juice, avocado with ½ cup extra virgin olive oil.

To make the mayonnaise, blend the egg yolks and white wine vinegar and slowly add 2 cups extra virgin olive oil; combine and season with salt and pepper.

Bacon and Beef Meatloaf

Serves 4


INGREDIENTS:

1 small onion, diced

2 cloves of garlic, minced

3 tablespoons ketchup

1 tablespoon mustard

2 ounces breadcrumbs

1 tablespoon chopped parsley

1 egg slightly beaten

2 pounds ground beef

1.5 ounces heavy cream

1 tablespoon tabasco sauce

2 teaspoon kosher slat

1 piece of diced bacon

1 pound fresh green beans, cleaned & blanched

METHOD:

Sauté the bacon and add the onions and the garlic; let cool. Mix the remaining ingredients and combine everything with the beef; do not over mix. Place in a 1-pound loaf pan and bake at 320°F for 30 minutes.

Drain the oil that has accumulated during cooking. Remove from the mold and serve with spicy ketchup sauce and green beans.

Spicy Ketchup Sauce

Serves 4


INGREDIENTS:

1.5 cups ketchup

1 cup soy sauce

1 cup red wine vinegar

2 sticks butter

Tabasco to taste

METHOD:

Combine all ingredients and puree in a blender; season to taste with Tabasco and serve with the meatloaf.


Strawberry Shortcake

Serves 4


INGREDIENTS:

Topping:

1 pint strawberries - washed, hulled and sliced

1 cup heavy cream

2 tablespoons powdered sugar

METHOD:

Topping:
Whip the heavy cream and add the powdered sugar. Set aside until ready to serve.

INGREDIENTS:

Shortcake:


2 cups flour

1.5 teaspoons baking powder

2 tablespoons sugar

Pinch of salt

3.2 ounces butter

4.8 ounces heavy cream

2 eggs

3 tablespoons flour for the surface

1 tablespoon cream for tops

1 tablespoon sugar for the tops

METHOD:

Shortcake:
Cut the butter in small pieces. Place the flour, baking powder, salt and sugar in the bowl of the mixer. With the paddle, beat the butter into the flour mixture; do not over mix.

Beat the eggs and combine with the heavy cream and add to the flour mixture.

Lightly flour the surface and roll the dough into 1 inch height and cut with a 3-inch cookie ring.

Brush with heavy cream and top with sugar. Bake in a preheated 300°F. oven for 20 minutes or until lightly golden.


So, how did Williams do with our $35 budget?

Arugula Salad:

arugula $4.50
asparagus $1.75
parsley $.69
tarragon $1.49
chives $1.69
garlic $.39
anchovies $.99
lemons $.98
avocado $2.00

total $14.48

Meatloaf:

onion $.52
ketchup $.99
mustard $.89
breadcrumbs $.99
ground beef $4.58
heavy cream $1.19
bacon $1.00
green beans $1.99
soy sauce $1.39
butter $1.79
tobasco $1.39

total $16.72

Strawberry Shortcake

strawberries $2.49
heavy cream $1.19

total $3.68

Grand total: $34.88

Leader chefs so far this year in "How Low Can You Go?":

1. Scott Peacock $32.60
Watershed Restaurant

2. Joey Campanaro $33.27
The Little Owl

3. Patrick Connolly $33.32
Bobo Restaurant







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19 April 2009

Drink: Concord Berry Sparkle




From Denny: From the folks over at Welsh's comes this non-alcoholic drink that would be just perfect for a Sunday gathering if you wanted something that was just a bit special. It sounds so refreshing! If you wanted to make it alcoholic just add a light white wine.

It's the seltzer that makes it so refreshing. Seltzer is a flavorless effervescent water. Originally, it came from the town of Nieder Selters, located in the Weisbaden region of Germany. Most of us are familiar with seltzer as soda water that is actually injected with carbon dioxide to mimic the one from Germany. Today, soda water as we know it began back in the late 1700's. We still use this basic technology in our soda drinks. Amazing, huh!?


Concord Berry Sparkle

From:
Welch’s

Yield: Serves 1

Ingredients:


3 blueberries or 3 red grapes

4 ozs. Welch’s 100% Grape Juice made from Concord grapes

1/2 oz. seltzer water or club soda

1 wedge fresh lime

1 sprig fresh mint


Directions:

1. In a glass, muddle blueberries or red grapes.

2. Add ice to glass. Pour in grape juice and seltzer.

3. Stir to blend fruit juices and sparkling water. Squeeze a little lime in, slosh the glass around and garnish with mint. Serve immediately.

Note: You can make a berry skewer to fancy up the drink for a party or guests.

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18 April 2009

Appetizer: Warm Pepperoni Pizza Olives




From Denny: This sure looks like a yummy idea for grazing during any sports afternoon and full of protein like olives, cheese and pepperoni. What is so interesting is that it is cooked briefly to infuse the garlic in the oil, olives and pepperoni.

I'm a big fan of Lindsay's large pitted black olives. My husband prefers green olives stuffed with the milder pimento. We usually compromise when it comes to a pizza and do it half and half. Both olive types would be equally good in this recipe, especially if you don't like the spicy jalapeno. And I'd add 2 more garlic cloves as we love garlic in our house!

Suggested is an amber ale beer as a good complement - now the men in the family would agree with that! :)
Louisiana's own Abita Amber would be a good choice.


Warm Pepperoni Pizza Olives

From:
Lindsay Olives

Yield: Makes about 3 cups

Ingredients:

1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil

1 (4.5-oz.) jar Lindsay Jalapeño Stuffed Spanish Olives, drained

1 (6-oz.) can Lindsay Ripe Pitted Olives, drained

1 cup cubed pepperoni (5 ozs.)

2 garlic cloves, minced

2 tsps. dried oregano leaves

1/2 cup sun-dried tomatoes, roughly chopped

1 cup cubed Romano cheese, about 4 ozs.


Directions:

1. Put oil, olives, pepperoni, garlic, oregano and sun-dried tomatoes in small saucepan. Cook over medium-high heat until garlic is fragrant and oil is hot, about 5 minutes.

2. Remove from heat and leave in saucepan for a few minutes. Add cheese cubes and place in a serving bowl.

Drink tip: A good all-around amber ale is a perfect match to the pizza olives.









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17 April 2009

New Orleans Restaurant Review: Boucherie

Don't forget the Soy sauce!Image by marcp_dmoz via Flickr

From Country Roads Magazine: "In a city where good times often equate to good food, the joy of finding a terrific restaurant where you can wine and dine really well on extraordinary food and libations, at extremely reasonable prices, can produce a near-reverential response.

Boucherie, the new eatery that occupies the former Iris restaurant site just off Carrollton Avenue near New Orleans’ Riverbend, fulfills that need for those who want to enjoy the excitement of dining out on exceptional cuisine in a carefree, lighthearted environment. The kicker is that none of the food items cost more than $15…not even the specials."

For the full review, go here.

Recipes from Boucherie: These guys sure don't lack for imagination in their food offerings!

Oyster and Sweet Potato Soup with Grilled Fennel

From: Boucherie

18 oysters, shucked, reserving liquid
2 Tbsp butter
1 Vidalia onion
1 stalk celery
1 carrot
1 head garlic
2 sweet potatoes
1 Idaho potato
2 sprigs thyme
2 bay leaves
1 qt veggie stock
1 bulb fennel
1 tsp fennel seed

Sweat onion, celery, carrot, and garlic in butter, add peeled and chopped potatoes. Add liquid, thyme, and bay leaves and slowly cook until potatoes are tender. Quickly purée in blender until smooth. Season with salt, pepper, soy sauce, and thyme. Blanche fennel bulbs in water with fennel seeds until tender. Grill until almost charred. Bring soup up to a boil and drop in oysters.

Serve immediately.

***

Vietnamese Braised Pork Belly with Stir-Fried Rapini

From: Boucherie

(Serves 15- 20)

1 whole pork belly
2 cups fish sauce
2 stalks lemongrass, bruised
1 head garlic
1 bunch scallions
½ cup ginger
2 Tbsp grated palm sugar
Water to cover
3 bunches cleaned rapini
1 Tbsp minced garlic
1 Tbsp minced ginger
2 Tbps soy sauce
1/4 cup lime juice

Combine first eight ingredients and slowly bring belly up to a simmer and cook for about 2 hours, or until tender. Lay in a casserole dish and cover with cooking liquid. Press with weights, and cool overnight. Slice into 3 ounce portions and sear the skin until crispy. Stir fry rapini with ginger and garlic, add soy and lime juice.

***

Drunken Red Wine Sausage

From: Boucherie

(makes 20 sausages) to be served with Creamy White Beans, or on Bread

5 lbs diced pork butt
1/4 cup salt
2 Tbsp freshly ground black pepper
1/4 cup minced garlic
1 tsp cayenne pepper
1 cup strong red wine (cabernet or shiraz)
10 feet hog casing

Season pork and bring to near freezing, while freezing grinder parts. Finely grind pork and mix in chilled red wine until emulsified. Refrigerate and set up sausage stuffing attachment. Pipe into casing, twisting sausages between each link. Let sit in fridge for at least 1 hour uncovered to allow pellicle to form. Slowly smoke to 150 degrees internal temperature. Grill over high heat and serve immediately.

***

Bacon Brownies

From: Boucherie

(Makes 10-12)

3 oz bittersweet chocolate
1 oz unsweetened chocolate
6 Tbsp bacon fat
3/4 cup sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 eggs
1/2 cup all purpose flour
1/2 cup dark chocolate chips
1/4 cup finely chopped bacon (preferably cured and smoked)

Melt bittersweet and unsweetened chocolate with bacon fat over a bain-marie. Cool to lukewarm. Cream sugar and eggs together and slowly add melted chocolate. Stir in flour, chocolate chips, and bacon pieces. Line pan and bake at 350 degrees until brownies are set.

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16 April 2009

Video: New Trend on Grocery Savings - Grocery Auctions!

From Denny: Now I've heard it all! But it does make sense. Grocery Auctions are gaining in popularity as food prices are the highest they have been in twenty years. It does make sense to bid for items you use every day and in great quantity. Just keep in mind these bulk items are offered because they are grocery store left-overs, often close to the expiration date. But hey! If you have a house full of hungry teen-aged boys the expiraton date won't matter at all! :)



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From Denny: Sunday, Monday and Tuesday have been difficult times to try and post anything. Not sure why. Could be global internet traffic is highest on Tuesdays and Wednesdays (Monday and Tuesday in American time zone). Could be the computer worm going around driving servers insane courtesy of hacker jerks that are probably mostly comprised of intelligence community guys from countries all over the world.

What I have managed to post has gotten scrambled from time to time. Sorry for the inconvenience. I always go back to proof read and catch the errors, usually within minutes of posting. Lightning storms in my area haven't helped that process and have been delayed. If you see something I didn't catch within a day or two, please feel free to let me know as it would be much appreciated!

Fun photo by gidibao @ flickr

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15 April 2009

Video: Unexpected Twists On Comfort Foods

From Denny: Exuberant and creative Chef George Duran does low-fat panko crumb baked chicken that tastes like fried chicken without all the calories, a wonderful stuffing that you can also serve as a corn muffin and a tiramisu done with, drum roll please, twinkies! Really. Apparently, he dialed back on the sugar in other areas for the recipe since we all know the twinkies carry a lot of sugar. Chef thought this was an easy intro to making tirimisu for those who unfamiliar and intimidated by it. Using a familiar ingredient is a great way to bridge the gap in culture.

Recipes are from CBS and follow the video. Enjoy!



GUILTLESS OVEN-FRIED CHICKEN


Prep: 10 minutes

Bake: 20 minutes

Yield: 4 servings


Ingredients:

1 cup low-fat mayonnaise

1 Tbsp garlic powder

1 Tbsp paprika

1 tsp chili powder

3 Tbsp water

Kosher salt or table salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste

4 chicken thighs, skin removed

Nonstick cooking spray

2 cups panko (Japanese-style bread crumbs)

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. In a large bowl combine the mayonnaise, garlic powder, paprika and chili powder. Mix with water, 1 tablespoon at a time, to make it the consistency of whipping cream; season with salt and pepper. Add the chicken pieces; coat well with the mayonnaise mixture.

Lightly coat a nonstick baking sheet with cooking spray. Pour the panko onto a plate. Toss the chicken thighs, one at a time, in the crumbs to completely coat. Place the chicken on the baking sheet; coat with cooking spray. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes or until the chicken is browned and cooked through, turning once.

ROSEMARY-GARLIC MASHED POTATOES

Prep: 15 minutes

Cook: 20 minutes

Roast: 45 minutes

Yield: 8 to 10 servings


Ingredients:

1 bulb garlic

1-1/2 teaspoons extra virgin olive oil

3 pounds russet potatoes, peeled and cubed

Kosher salt or table salt

1-1/2 cups whipping cream

3 sprigs fresh rosemary

1/2 cup butter (1 stick), at room temperature

Freshly ground black pepper

Snipped fresh rosemary (optional)

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Cut the top off the garlic; wrap the bulb in foil, leaving the top cut edge exposed. Drizzle with the olive oil. Roast for 45 minutes or until the garlic is soft and caramelized. Set aside to cool.

Meanwhile, in a medium pan cover the potatoes with water and add a big pinch of salt. Bring to a boil over high heat. Lower the heat to medium and simmer about 20 minutes or until the potatoes are tender; drain well.

While the potatoes are cooking, warm the cream and rosemary in a small pan over low heat. Strain out the rosemary.

Put the hot potatoes through a ricer into a large bowl. Squeeze in the roasted garlic and add some of the warm cream. Mix well. Add the butter; mix again. Add more cream if necessary. Season with salt and pepper. If desired, garnish with snipped rosemary. Serve immediately.

CORN BREAD MUFFIN STUFFING

Prep: 15 minutes

Cook: 15 minutes

Bake: 45 minutes

Yield: 8 to 10 servings


Ingredients:

2 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil

2 (4-ounce) hot Italian sausages, casings removed

1 cup chopped carrot

1 cup chopped celery (2 stalks)

1 cup chopped onion (1 large)

Kosher salt or table salt and freshly ground black pepper

1/2 cup snipped fresh sage

4 (4-ounce) corn muffins

3 eggs

1/2 cup chicken stock or broth

Nonstick cooking spray

Directions:

Heat the oven to 350 degrees F. In a skillet heat 1 tablespoon of the oil over medium-high heat. Add the sausage; cook about 5 minutes or until browned and cooked through, breaking the meat into small pieces with a wooden spoon. Drain on a plate lined with paper towels; set aside to cool. Wipe excess fat from the pan with paper towels.

In the same skillet heat the remaining 1 tablespoon oil over medium-high heat. Add the carrot, celery, and onion. Season with salt and pepper; add the sage. Cook about 10 minutes or until the vegetables are soft. Set aside.

Crumble the corn muffins into a large bowl. Add the cooled sausage and the vegetables. Add the eggs and ¼ cup of the chicken stock. Using your hands, mix well, adding more stock if the stuffing is too dry. Coat a 2-quart ovenproof baking dish with nonstick cooking spray. Put the stuffing in the dish and bake for 45 minutes to 1 hour or until the top is browned and crispy.

TWINKIE TIRAMISU

Prep: 15 minutes

Chill: 2 Hours

Yield: 6 to 8 servings

Ingredients:

8 cream-filled sponge cakes (recommended: Twinkies)

1 cup unsweetened brewed espresso or strong coffee

1-1/2 cups whipping cream

1/3 cup sugar

2 (8.75-ounce) packages mascarpone cheese, at room temperature

10 vanilla water cookies, crushed, and 5 chocolate wafer cookies, crushed (optional)

Directions:

Cut the sponge cakes in half lengthwise and fit the bottom halves into an 11*7*1 ½ -inch pan. Drizzle with ½ cup of the coffee.

Whip the cream and sugar to soft peaks. In a large bowl, whisk the mascarpone a bit to loosen it; fold in the whipped cream. Pour half the mixture over the sponge cakes; drizzle with the remaining coffee. Spread mascarpone mixture evenly over the sponge cakes.

Sprinkle crushed vanilla wafer cookies over mascarpone mixture. Or, if desired, gently place several different sized round cookie cutters on the surface of the mascarpone mixture. Carefully sprinkle the crushed vanilla wafers into a few of the cookie cutters and the crushed chocolate wafers into the remaining cutters. Gently remove cookies cutters. Lightly cover and refrigerate at least 2 hours before serving.









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14 April 2009

Video: FancyFrench Toast

From Denny: Who does like French Toast? At our house we like it with lots of cinnamon, some cloves and vanilla extract in the batter. We use French bread cut thick here in Louisiana, sometimes other artisan breads.

This lady uses a shot of whiskey in her batter in place of the vanilla extract. She also suggest many different kinds of toppings like candied apples or rhubarb. She uses challah bread instead of traditional French bread. Take a look!

For the recipes on their site, go here.


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