Wednesday, November 1, 2017
Caprese Zucchini Noodle Salad
Original recipe by KitchenAid Recipes
If you have a KitchenAid Stand Mixer buy the KitchenAid Spiralizer Attachment with Peel, Core & Slice. It will make the job of spiraling fast and easy. If you do not have a KitchenAid Stand Mixer don't worry, because your grocery store should sale zucchini noodles. This is a great salad and everyone will love it!
1- 2 large zucchini, at least 1 1/2 inches thick, spiral cut into noodles
1 pint grape tomatoes, halved
4 ounces fresh mozzarella, cut into 1/2 - inch cubes
2 tablespoons thinly sliced fresh basil
2 teaspoons red wine vinegar
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
2 tablespoons olive oil
Bring 3 to 4 quarts of water to boil in large pot over high heat. Add 2 to 3 tablespoons salt. Fill separate large bowl with ice water and set aside. Cook zucchini noodles in salted water, 45 seconds. Drain and place in ice water to stop cooking. When chilled, drain zucchini noodles.
Combine zucchini, tomatoes, mozzarella and basil in a large bowl. In a separate small bowl, combine vinegar, salt, pepper and then whisk in olive oil. Add dressing to salad and toss to coat.
Divide evenly onto 4 salad plates and serve.
New York Style Cheesecake
Original recipe by Emeril Lagasse (adapted by Frank Hays)
1 3/4 cup graham cracker crumbs
8 tablespoons ( 1/2 cup) unsalted butter
1 1/2 tablespoons sugar
2 1/2 (8 ounce) packages cream cheese, softened
1 1/2 cups sugar
1 lemon, zested
1 orange, zested
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
2 egg yolks
1/2 cup sour cream
Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
Butter the bottom and sides of a 9-inch springform pan. In a mixing bowl, combine graham cracker crumbs, butter and sugar and mix well. Press onto bottom of springform pan and bake until golden, about 8 minutes. Set aside to cool.
Increase oven temperature to 500 degrees.
In a large mixing bowl with an electric mixer, combine cream cheese, sugar, zests and vanilla and beat until light and creamy.
Add the flour, then the eggs and yolks 1 at a time, mixing well after each addition. Add sour cream and mix until smooth.
Pour mixture into prepared pan and bake for 12 minutes. Reduce oven temperature to 200 degrees and bake for 1 hour more.
Transfer cake to a cooling rack and let cool completely. Refrigerate cake overnight before serving.
To serve, slice with a knife dipped in hot water and wiped with a clean cloth, and serve.
Yield: 8 to 10 servings
Wednesday, October 25, 2017
Rum Glazed Pumpkin Cake
Original recipe by Taste of Home
1/2 cup chopped pecans
1 can (15 ounce) solid-pack pumpkin
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup canola oil
4 large eggs
1/4 cup water
1 package yellow cake mix (regular size)
1 - 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup butter, cubed
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
Dash ground cloves
1/2 cup rum
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease and flour a 10-inch fluted tube pan; sprinkle pecans onto bottom of pan.
In a large bowl, beat pumpkin, sugar, oil, eggs and water until well blended. In another bowl, whisk cake mix and spices; gradually beat into pumpkin mixture. Transfer to prepared pan.
Bake 55 - 60 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in pan 10 minutes before removing to a wire rack.
In a small saucepan, combine sugar, butter, cinnamon and cloves; cook and stir over medium heat until butter is melted. Remove from heat. Stir in rum; cook and stir 2 - 3 minutes longer or until sugar is dissolved.
Gradually brush glaze onto warm cake, about 1/4 cup at a time, allowing glaze to soak into cake before adding more. Cool completely.
Yield: 12 servings
Hint: To remove cakes easily, use solid shortening to grease plain and fluted pans.
Sunday, October 1, 2017
Oringinal recipe by NYT Cooking
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
1 cup unbleached flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
Pinch of salt
24 halves pitted purple plums
Heat oven to 350 degrees
Cream the sugar and softened butter together in a bowl. Add the flour, baking powder, salt and eggs and beat well.
Lightly coat an 8-inch springform pan with non-stick spray and spoon the batter into the springform pan. Place the plum halves skin side up on top of the batter.
Sprinkle lightly with sugar and lemon juice, depending on the sweetness of the fruit. Sprinkle with about 1 teaspoon of cinnamon.
Bake 1 hour, approximately. Once cooled, serve plain or with whipped cream.
You can freeze your plum torte if desired. Double-wrap the torte in foil and place in a plastic bag and seal. To serve a torte that has been frozen, simply defrost and reheat it briefly at 300 degrees.
Sunday, August 20, 2017
Italian Country Ribs
Original recipe by allrecipes.com
Homemade spaghetti sauce is easy to make and it will make this dish delicious. Here's the link to my homemade spaghetti sauce.
All Time Favorite Tomato Sauce
3 pounds country style pork ribs
1 (32 ounce) jar spaghetti sauce
1/2 cup water
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 (12 ounce) box of spaghetti
Shredded Parmesan cheese
Heat the oil in a extra-large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the ribs and brown on all sides.
Once the ribs have been browned, pour the spaghetti sauce over the ribs and stir in the water. Reduce the heat and simmer, covered for 1 hour. Turn the ribs after 1/2 hour of cooking. If the sauce gets too thick, add a little more water.
Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add the pasta and cook for 8 to 11 minutes or until al dente; drain.
Place the country ribs over the spaghetti noodles and smother with sauce. Garnish with Parmesan cheese. Serve with salad and bread.
|Italian Country Ribs|
Wednesday, August 16, 2017
Italian Deli Sandwich
4 Ciabatta sandwich rolls or 1 loaf (12 ounces) focaccia bread
1/4 cup prepared pesto
1/4 pound sliced deli ham
1/4 pound sliced deli smoked turkey
1/4 pound sliced deli pastrami
Provolone cheese, 4 - 6 slices
1 small onion, thinly sliced
1 small tomato, sliced
1/2 teaspoon Italian seasoning
I use the ciabatta sandwich (square) rolls for this Italian deli sandwich recipe. Which ever bread you choose, cut horizontally in half.
Spread the pesto over cut sides. On bread bottom, layer the ham, turkey, pastrami, cheese, onion and tomato. Sprinkle with Italian seasoning. Replace the bread top and wrap sandwich rolls or loaf in aluminum foil. Place on a baking sheet.
Bake at 350 degrees for 20 -25 minutes or until heated through. Let stand for 10 minutes. Cut into wedges.
Interested in making your own pesto sauce? If yes, here's the recipe.
Monday, July 24, 2017
Blackened Steak Salad
Original recipe by Epicurious
Hands down, this is the best dinner salad ever!
1 tablespoon paprika
2 teaspoons ground black pepper
1 1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
1/4 cup olive oil
2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
6 cups (packed) mixed baby greens
1/2 green bell pepper, thinly sliced
1/2 cup thinly sliced red onion
2 (6 ounce) beef tenderloin steaks, each about 1/2-inch thick
3 tablespoons butter, melted
6 tablespoons crumbled blue cheese (about 3 ounces)
1 tomato, quartered
Mix all ingredients in a small bowl. (Can be made 1 week ahead. Store airtight at room temperature.)
Whisk oil, vinegar and mustard in large bowl to blend. Season with salt and pepper. Add greens, bell pepper and onion and toss to coat. Divide salad between 2 plates.
Spread spice mixture on plate. Coat both sides of steaks with spice mixture. Dip both sides of steaks into melted butter. Heat heavy large skillet over high heat until very hot. Add steaks and cook to desired doneness, about 2 minutes per side for medium-rare. Transfer to cutting board; let stand 2 minutes. Thinly slice steaks crosswise. Arrange slices atop salads. Sprinkle with cheese. Garnish with tomato and serve.