Archive for October, 2013


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Ingredients:

1 lb. Tri-Color Pasta

2 cloves garlic (chopped)

4 tbs. olive oil

1/2 lb. broccoli (cut into pieces)

1 cup of sun dried tomatoes (in olive oil)

1/4 cup red onion (chopped) *optional

1 tsp. sea salt

1/2 tsp. black pepper

1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese

Directions:

1. In a pot of boiling water, boil broccoli for 5 minutes and drain well. Set to the side.

2. Begin to boil pasta to desired taste.

3. In a large skillet, add olive and garlic. Brown for a minute and add broccoli, red onion and sun dried tomatoes. Stir together. Cook for 5 minutes. Sprinkle with salt and pepper.

4. Drain pasta well.

5. In a large bowl, put pasta and broccoli mixture on top. Put parmesan cheese on top. Stir together and serve.

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Chocolate Witches Cake Cones

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*You can use any kind of  soft cake to stuff the cones. I used a regular pound cake.

Ingredients:

2 cups of flour (sifted)

2 tsp. baking powder

1 tsp. salt

4 eggs

1 1/2 sticks of butter

1 1/2 cups sugar

1 tbs. vanilla

1 can of dark chocolate fudge icing 

8 sugar ice cream cones  (get extra, sometimes they crack)

8 edible witch ornaments

* optional black and orange sprinkles

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

1. Grease a pound cake pan with butter. Sprinkle a little flour into pan. Shake flour around the entire pan and shake out any excess.

2. In a bowl, sift flour, baking powder and salt.

3. In a bowl, with a mixture, mix eggs, sugar and vanilla. Beat until creamy.

4. Slowly add in flour, a little at a time, to the butter mixture. Mix well until all flour is added and batter is creamy.

5. Pour batter into pound cake pan. Take a knife and even out the top.

6. Place in center of a hot oven. Bake for 60-70 minutes. Use a cake tester at 60 minutes to see if dry in the center. If cake tester is wet, return to oven for 10 more minutes. 

Note: Everyone’s oven is different, so it’s always good to check on cake occasionally.

 7. Let cake completely cool. 
 
8. Cut pound cake into small pieces and gently stuff into cones. You won’t get to much in, but enough where it will stand up.
 
9. Coat each cone with plenty of dark chocolate fudge icing.  Icing should be smooth, so cone stands up.
 
10. Attach edible witch on top. (use icing as glue) Let dry a little before serving.
 
11. You can make ahead and refrigerate. Take out of refrigerator for 30 minutes before serving. Keeps for 2-3 days.
 
*You can decorate the bottom with sprinkles if you like.

Fried Green Tomatoes

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Do you have any green tomatoes left over from your garden?

Ingredients:

3 green tomatoes (sliced)

1 cup panko bread crumbs

1 cup grated cheese

3 egg whites (beaten)

olive oil

sea salt

Directions:

1. Mix bread crumbs and grated cheese in a bowl. Put egg whites in a bowl.

2. Dip tomatoes in egg whites. Next, dip in bread crumbs mixture.

3. In a large skillet, put 4 tbs. of olive oil. Cook tomatoes on both sides until tender and crisp. Add more olive oil if needed while cooking.  Dry on paper towels.

4. Sprinkle with a little sea salt. 

*You can serve with a little marinara sauce if you like.

 

 

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Ingredients:

2 cups of flour (sifted)

2 tsp. baking powder

1 tsp. salt

4 eggs

1 1/2 sticks of butter

1 1/2 cups sugar

1 tbs. vanilla

vanilla fondant

2 cups chocolate morsels

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

1. Grease a pound cake pan with butter. Sprinkle a little flour into pan. Shake flour around the entire pan and shake out any excess.

2. In a bowl, sift flour, baking powder and salt.

3. In a bowl, with a mixture, mix eggs, sugar and vanilla. Beat until creamy.

4. Slowly add in flour, a little at a time, to the butter mixture. Mix well until all flour is added and batter is creamy.

5. Pour batter into pound cake pan. Take a knife and even out the top.

6. Place in center of a hot oven. Bake for 60-70 minutes. Use a cake tester at 60 minutes to see if dry in the center. If cake tester is wet, return to oven for 10 more minutes. 

Note: Everyone’s oven is different, so it’s always good to check on cake occasionally.

7. Let pound cake cool. Cut cake into different size rectangles. (see photo)

8. Wrap vanilla fondant around each piece.

9. Melt chocolate morsels in microwave. Put in a Ziploc bag.

10. Put wax paper on a baking pan. Draw eyes and a mouth for each ghost. Put in a freezer. When they dry attach to fondant. (see photo)

*Be creative, when decorating. 

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This “flashback” is not to long ago when I was invited to meet “Sex and the City’s” Kim Cattrall. She is one of the nicest people I’ve met. 

Sirloin Steak With Mushrooms and Asparagus

 

 

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Ingredients:

4 ( 1/2 lb.) pieces of sirloin steak

1 lb. asparagus (ends trimmed off)

1 lb. mushrooms (sliced) *Your choice of mushrooms.

2 cloves of garlic (chopped)

olive oil

sea salt

black pepper

Directions:

1. Boil asparagus in boiling water for about 5 minutes and drain well. 

2. In a large skillet, put 2 tbs. of olive oil. Add garlic and mushroom. Cook until tender. Remove from stove and set to the side with asparagus.

3. In a large skillet, cook steak to desired taste. 2 minutes before done, add asparagus and mushrooms. Sprinkle with sea salt and black pepper. Heat through for 2 more minutes and serve. 

Serve hot.

 

Marble Cake

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Ingredients:

2 1/2 cups all purpose flour

3/4 cup butter (softened)

1 1/2 cups sugar

3 eggs

1 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract

1/4 tsp. baking soda

3/4 cup milk

2 tsp. baking powder

1/2 cup chocolate syrup 

Directions:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

1. In a large bowl, beat together the butter, sugar, eggs and vanilla with an electric mixer, until smooth and creamy. Add a little bit of milk at a time and keep beating.

2. in another bowl, stir together the flour and baking powder. Add to the milk mixture  and beat until everything is combined.

3. Grease a large bundt pan and pour about 2/3 of the batter into the pan.

4. Add the chocolate syrup and the baking soda into the remaining batter, and beat with the mixer until blended.

5. Spoon the chocolate batter into the pan over the white batter.

6. Using a spatula or knife, gently swirl the two batters together to give a marble look.

7. Bake for 60 to 75 minutes, until a toothpick stuck into the the cake comes out clean.

8. Allow the cake to cool for about half an hour before removing  from the pan.

Apple Strudel

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Ingredients:

2 lbs. Granny Smith Apples (peeled, cored and cut into pieces)

1 cup brown sugar

1 cup raisins (optional)

1 sheet of frozen puff pastry (thawed)

1 egg (beaten)

1/4  cup milk

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.  Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Place apples in a large bowl. Stir in brown sugar and golden raisins. Place puff pastry on baking sheet. Roll gently with a rolling pin. Put apple filling down the middle of the pastry lengthwise. Fold the pastry lengthwise around the mixture. Seal edges of pastry by using  your fingers. Whisk egg and milk together, and brush onto  pastry.
  3. Bake for 30 to 35 minutes, or until golden brown.

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When I got invited to meet with Christopher Walken years back, I didn’t know what to expect.  It turned out to be a good time, talking with a very nice man.

Swedish Meatballs

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Ingredients:

1 large yellow onion peeled, grated (through a cheese grater)

2 tbsp butter

2/3 cup milk

4 slices of bread, crusts removed, bread cut into pieces

2 eggs

2 lbs. ground beef

2 tsp. sea salt

2 tsp. black pepper

Sauce Ingredients:

6 tbs. butter

1/3 cup flour

1 quart beef stock

 3/4 cup sour cream

1 tsp. sea salt

Directions:

1. Sauté the grated onion in 2 tbs. of butter, over a medium-high heat, until the onions soften and turn translucent. (about 3-4 minutes) Remove from heat and let cool. 

2. In a bowl, mix the bread pieces with the milk. Set aside for 20 minutes, or until the bread soaks up all the milk. When it does, chop the bread in a food processor and put it into a large bowl.

3. Add the onions to the bowl of milk and bread. Add the eggs, ground beef, sea salt and pepper. Using your (clean) hands, mix well for about 2 minutes until the ingredients are well combined. 

4. Use a tablespoon to measure out the meat for the meatballs. As you form the meatballs, put on a greased ( a little butter) baking sheet pan. You should get about 30 meatballs.

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

5.  Bake in oven for 18 minutes and then remove.

6. In a large skillet, put  6 tbs. butter, flour, beef stock, sour cream, and sea salt. Whisk in skillet. When it starts to boil, add meatballs. 

7. Cook at a medium heat for about 10 minutes and serve.

Serve hot.