November 26, 2010
1 cup French lentils (packaged from Trader Joes)
1 small red onion, chopped finely
1 carrot, chopped finely
1 stalk celery, choped finely
2 cloves garlic, chopped
2-3 tsp. curry powder
1 tsp. cumin
1 tsp. thyme
3 cups organic chicken stock
1 Tbsp. olive oil
1 green scallion, sliced
1 lemon, cut into wedges
1. Heat oil in a large pot over medium heat. Add onion, carrot, celery and fry until onion is translucent, stirring to prevent sticking. Add garlic, cumin and thyme and fry for another 5 minutes. Stir in curry powder and fry for another minute, stir in stock (add more water/stock to thin to desired consistency)
2. Stir in curry powder, cumin and thyme and fry until fragrant. Add in the lentil and stock, salt and pepper to pot. Increase heat and bring to a boil, then simmer until lentils are tender. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
3.Serve warm with scallions onions, lemon wedges and crusty bread.
November 25, 2010
1 (8-ounce) package cream cheese, softened
2 cups canned pumpkin, mashed
1 cup sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 egg plus 2 egg yolks, slightly beaten
1 cup half-and-half
¼ cup melted butter
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
½ tsp. ground cinnamon
¼ tsp. ground ginger, optional
¼ tsp. ground allspice
1 piece pre-made pie dough
1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
2. Put the thawed pie crust onto the pie pan and pinch the edges to form a decorative pattern. Put the pie shell into the freezer for an hour to firm up. Remove and put a piece of aluminum foil to cover the inside of the shell and fill up with dried beans or pie weights.
3. Bake for 10 minutes, remove foil and pie weights and return to bake for another 10 minutes until crust is dried out and turn slightly brown.
4. In a large bowl, beat cream cheese until soft. Add the pumpkin and beat until combined, then add sugar and beat until mixture is combined. Add the eggs, half-and-half, and melted butter, and beat until well. Lastly add in the vanilla, cinnamon, allspice and ginger, if using, and beat until incorporated.
5. Pour the filling into the warm prepared pie crust and bake for about an hour, or until the center is set and not wobbly. Place pie on a wire rack and cool to room temperature. Cut into slices and serve with whipped cream.
3 sticks celery, chopped into cubes
1 cloves garlic, minced finely
1 cup chestnuts, chopped
2-3 uncooked sausage, chopped
salt and pepper
1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease a casserole dish or baking pan with melted butter. In a large skillet, brown sausage meat until cooked through and starts to brown. Drain excess fat and transfer sausage to a bowl.
2. Melt butter in skillet over medium heat, add onions and garlic, fennel, celery and cook in butter until tender, stirring occasionally. Add in apples and cook for another minute, then add in the cranberries, chestnuts, raisins and bread stuffing and stir to mix. Stir in sausage, broth and season to taste with salt and pepper. (add more water or broth if you like a moister stuffing)
3. Transfer to baking dish, cover with lid or tent with aluminum foil. Bake for about 20-35 minutes. Remove lids or foil and bake for another 15 minutes until thermometer reads 165°F and is lighty browned.
November 22, 2010
Ingredients: (4 servings)
2 Cornish Game hens, cut into halves
2 large orange
¾ cup Port
4 Tbsps. red currant jelly
3 tsp. Dijon mustard
3 tsp. red wine vinegar
salt and pepper
1 baking tray
1. Preheat oven to 450°F. Slice enough peel from one orange with a vegetable peeler. Slice the other orange into half and slice into thin slices. Squeeze juice from remaining oranges to measure ½ cup, set aside.
2. In a small saucepan, combine Port, jelly and orange juice and peel. Bring mixture to a boil over medium-heat, stirring with a wooden spoon until jelly melts. Reduce heat to low and simmer for about 5-8 minutes. Remove from heat and whisk in mustard and vinegar. Set aside to cool.
3. Wash and pat hen dry and insert slices of orange under the skin of each halves of hen. Season with salt and pepper on both sides. Arrange on baking tray and roast for about 15-20 minutes.
4. Brush the hen pieces with half of the sauce and continue to roast until the hen are cooked through and the skin is golden brown for another 20-30 minutes Note: Juice should run clear when pierced with a small knife and/or test with a cooking thermometer)
5. Remove and cover to keep warm. When cool enough to handle, cut into quarters and transfer pieces to individual warmed plates. Scrape drippings from pan and add into remaining sauce. Gently reheat sauce and spoon over hen pieces. Serve with fresh orange slices and other complimentary side dishes for the occasion.
November 21, 2010
¾ lb Brussels sprouts, trimmed and cut in half
1 small squash, cubed
½ cup sliced pancetta or bacon, diced
1 small red onion, sliced
½ cup dried cranberries
pepper to taste
2 Tbsp. olive oil
¼ cup Vinaigrette dressing of your choice
1. Preheat oven to 425°F.
2. In a skillet, heat some oil over medium heat and fry pancetta or bacon until crisp and golden brown. Drain on kitchen towel. Add some more oil, and fry the onions until soft and slightly brown. Toss in Brussels sprouts and mix to combine for about 5 minutes, then add in the squash. Stir to mix.
3. Roast the vegetables until they are cooked through and golden.
November 20, 2010
4 cups whole nuts (pecans, walnuts, cashew or almonds)
1 egg whites, mix with 2 tsp. water
1/2 cup sugar (or maple syrup)
1 tsp. chili powder (½ tsp. for less spicy)
2 tsp. thyme
2 tsp. tarragon
1 tsp. ground allspice
1 tsp. cumin
1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Beat egg whites until white and frothy. Mix sugar, rest of spices ingredients in a large mixing bowl. Stir in egg white and nuts, mix well to coat nuts. Spread nuts evenly on a baking sheet(s).
November 14, 2010
Ingredients: (makes about 50)
6 oz cream cheese, soften at room temperature
2 sticks or 1 cup unsalted butter, soften
2½ cups all-purpose flour
¼ cup raspberry preserve (or any of your favorite preserve)
1 cup raisins or currants
½ cup ground walnuts or pecans
November 13, 2010
1½ tsp. vanilla extract
1½ tsp. orange extract
1 stick unsalted butter, softened
¾ cup sugar
3 eggs, beaten
1 egg white, beaten
2 Tbsp. light corn syrup
3 cups flour
1½ cup walnuts, or pistachios (toasted and chop coarsely)
2 Tbsp. instant coffee powder
¾ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
2½ tsp. baking powder
pinch of salt
handful of chocolate chips
1) Preheat oven to 350°F. Lightly coat cookie sheet with non-stick cooking spray if not using a non-stick cookie sheet.
2) Dissolve coffee in vanilla extracts. Beat butter and sugar in a mixing bowl until fluffy. Stir in eggs and egg white gently one at a time, beating on medium speed. Add in coffee mixture and corn syrup. Fold in the flour, cocoa, baking powder and salt on low speed until mixture is well mixed, stir in the nuts and chocolate chips.
3) Divide dough into quarters on a clean floured board. Roll each portion into a log about 8-10" long and about 1½ inches wide. Place them on cookie sheet 2-inch. apart. Bake for ½ hour. Remove and transfer to cool on wire rack. When it is cool enough to handle, cut each log crosswise and diagonally in ½-inch thickness. Lay each slices flat on cookie sheet.
4) Return to oven to bake further for another 10-15 minutes until the pieces is firm when pressed. Remove and cool completely on wire racks. Store in airtight containers or freeze for up to 2 months.
2 skinless chicken breast, cut into cubes
½ fennel bulb, diced
3 stalks celery, diced
1 small red onion, diced
1 carrot, diced
¼ cup butter
1¾ tsp. curry powder (2 Tbsp. for spicy)
5 cups chicken broth
1 apple, cored and diced
¼ cup barley, or ¼ cup white rice (rinse with water and drain)
1 bay leaf
pinch of thyme, tarragon
1 tsp. cumin
½ tsp. turmeric
1 tsp. cumin
salt and pepper
1. In a large pan, melt butter over medium heat. Saute onions until soft, add in carrots, celery, fennel and fry for about 5 minutes. Add in curry powder, bay leaf, thyme, tarragon, dried spices, barley or rice, chicken and stock. Stir to and bring to a boil for about 5 minutes. Lower heat and simmer for about ½ hour.
2. Add in apples and continue to simmer for another 20-25 minutes until rice or barley is cooked. Serve warm.
2-3 lbs sweet potatoes or yam, scrubbed clean
2 tsp. coriander seeds
1 tsp. fennel seeds
1 tsp. dried oregano
1-2 tsp. paprika (use 1 tsp. for less spicy)
1½ tsp. sea salt
pepper to taste
3½ Tbsp. olive oil
1. Preheat oven to 425°F. Coarsely grind corander and fennel seeds in a coffee grinder. Pour into a bowl and mix in the rest of the spices.
3. Dry the potatoes and cut them lengthwise into 1-inch wedges. Put into a large baking tray and toss potatoes wedges with oil and spices until well mixed.
4. Roast in the middle of the oven for about 15-20 minutes. Remove and turn wedges once or twice to cook through for another 15-20 minutes until tender and golden in color. Remove and serve warm.
November 7, 2010
1 pear, washed and thinly sliced lengthwise
handful of dried cranberries or raisins (optional)
¼ cup sugar
1 tsp. ground cloves
1. In a meduium saucepan combine apple and orange juice, sugar and spices to a boil.