pad thai recipe Recipe: pim’s pad thai Did you have as lovely a weekend as I did? I hope so! Even if you don’t celebrate the Fourth of July (let’s say, because you are British) I hope the weekend treated you well. even the yard had red (paintbrush), white (yarrow), and blue (blue flax) We hiked in the mountains, got a little work done, ran a few errands, ate some great food, and saw brilliant, spectacular, thrilling fireworks! boom! You can see more of the fireworks photographs on my photo blog. So I am finally posting about a recipe that took me years to tackle. rice noodles soaking in water salted turnip If I don’t have a knock-em-out recipe, then I feel like I’m wasting time making something I won’t be satisfied with. brown sugar, chili powder, tamarind concentrate, fish sauce the sauce and eggs It took me over two years to finally attempt Pim’s recipe even though I knew it was the winner just from reading it, just from the conviction in her writing. sautéing the chicken It was fan-freaking-tastic.
Petite Lasagnas recipe slightly adapted from Hungry Girl (makes 12) 12 oz raw ground turkey ¼ tsp salt, divided ¼ tsp pepper 1 cup chopped onion ½ cup chopped mushrooms 14.5 oz can crushed tomatoes, or tomato sauce 2 cloves garlic, minced 3 tsp dried oregano, divided ½ tsp dried basil 1 ½ cups part skim ricotta cheese 24 small square wonton wrappers (the kind near the tofu in the refrigerated section of the produce dept) 1 1/2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese Preheat oven to 375ºF. Add the crushed tomatoes and 2 tsp of oregano. In a large bowl, combine the ricotta, a pinch of salt and pepper, the remaining teaspoon of oregano, and the basil. Coat a 12-cup muffin tin with nonstick cooking spray. Using half of the ricotta mixture, divide it among the 12 muffin cups. Gently press another wonton wrapper on top of the mozzarella layer. Repeat the process by distributing the remaining ricotta, then the remaining tomato sauce, and finally the rest of the shredded mozzarella. Nutrition Info for 1 petite lasagna:
Orange Chicken Recipe Today I’m back with yet another Chinese-American dish – Orange Chicken. It seems as though you can find orange chicken almost anywhere you want to eat these days. It is most commonly found at fast food restaurants, but don’t worry, this is so much better than anything you will find there. What really makes this recipe stand out is the combination of both orange and lemon juice. Ingredients:Chicken- 2 lbs boneless skinless chicken breasts (cut into 1-1/2” cubes) 1 ½ cups all purpose flour 1 eggs (beaten) ¼ teaspoon salt ¼ teaspoon pepper Oil (for frying)Orange Sauce- 1 ½ cups water 2 tablespoons orange juice ¼ cup lemon juice 1/3 cup rice vinegar 2 ½ tablespoons soy sauce 1 tablespoon orange zest (grated) 1 cup packed brown sugar ½ teaspoon ginger root (minced) ½ teaspoon garlic (minced) 2 tablespoons green onion (chopped) ¼ teaspoon red pepper flakes 3 tablespoons cornstarch 2 tablespoons water Cooking Instructions: Step 1: Combine flour, salt, and pepper.
idaho sunrise (baked eggs and bacon in potato bowls) I probably should have poured a nice stiff drink recipe for you all on this loveliest of lovely tax days. Especially for my fellow small business owners who just gave half of their revenue back to the government. Good grief, I won’t even go there. Instead though, I thought I’d offer my idea of a more comforting alternative. Pasta. When life is good, and when life gets crazy, I turn to pasta. And just as it has for years, this one hit the spot. Read more This past Friday night was meant for celebrating. The weather was sit-out-on-the-deck-in-the-cool-evening-breeze perfection. And a very special birthday girl turned the big 3-0. Friends, meet Stacey. Read more TGIF, friends. Hope that you all have had a lovely week, and that a relaxing weekend lies ahead. Read more Ever since my friends and I met for a tapas happy hour at our neighborhood Spanish restaurant a few weeks ago, I’ve had sangria on my mind. Read more Read more I’ve always said that I like a good balance of cooking and baking in my life.
One-Bite Wonders I have been saving this recipe in my arsenal for the next time I throw a baby shower. I do that fairly often. I see a recipe and think, "that would be perfect for a (fill in the blank with your choice of occasion - baby shower, Super Bowl party, cocktail hour, you name it). I am constantly researching new recipes and sometimes I see things that may not be right at the moment but will be one day. To me, these little treats seemed like the perfect snack to adorn a table full of miniature treats geared toward women's palates. Since I had tons of leftover baked ham from New Year's Day, I figured this would be the perfect time to test drive this recipe. Mini Frittatas with Ham and CheeseAdapted from Cooking Light December 2001 Yield 8 servings (serving size: 3 frittatas) Preparation Preheat oven to 350°. Heat a large nonstick skillet coated with cooking spray over medium-high heat. Add ham; sauté about 3 minutes. Remove from heat; let cool while you combine the other ingredients.
Sichuan Wontons, plus 20 Recipe Ideas for Chinese New Year If you've never had Sichuan wontons before, and you're a big fan of spicy food, this is one dish that will surely go on regular rotation after you try it once. This is one of my favorite Sichuan dishes of all time, with a deliciously savory, tangy, and spicy sauce that is positively addictive. Unlike with Cantonese wontons, which usually goes into a soup with or without noodles, you just boil the wontons and drizzle a chili oil mixture over them. I adore this sauce: chili oil (store-bought or homemade), dark or balsamic vinegar, soy sauce, sugar, Sichuan pepper, and garlic, just mixed together. It's spicy and numbing and tart and sweet. And the folding is pretty easy once you get the hang of it. In Sichuan, I've seen the wontons folded two ways.
Unfettered F-U-N . . . Rainbow Jelly Shooter! Rainbow Jelly Shooter Its been a whirlwind at the test kitchen. The book is progressing (crossing fingers that it is going to press in early December!), we have been working on a little something (three little somethings, actually) for Saveur.com, and about a million more actions items cropping up here and there, many of which have not received appropriate attention and are currently housed in a bin marked "anxiety provoking". One of the highlights of our week was a lovely chat with Erin over at Tablespoon.com, who mentioned that they were hosting a Double Rainbow Week, which sounded like such fun! (And it IS - featured items include double rainbow . . . donuts! So, when the weekend rolled around, rather than trolling cocktail books for jelly shot inspiration, we decided it was high time for a bit of unfettered f-u-n . . . I love the "rainbow" gelatin technique - borrowed from the popular recipe for kids' finger gelatin. Cheers, Michelle Rainbow Jelly Shooter Yield: about 45 jelly shots
A Two Bite Breakfast: Bacon & Eggs in Toast Cups * Updated post from archive: Originally posted March 29, 2009 If you where to ask me what is my favorite meal of the day without a thought my response would be breakfast! I love breakfast! I love brunch! I love bacon! I love breggs! These little goodies are all of the above in a little two bite package. The other day I was scanning through my copy of William & Sonoma’s: Tools and Techniques. And, they are crazy easy to make. Pre-heat the oven to 400 degrees. Trim the crust and the corners off the bread, making wonky looking circles. Line a sheet pan with parchment paper and lay the bacon strips on it. Shape the cooled bacon into the toast cups, with the meaty side out. Also, if you aren’t a fan of creamy delicious runny eggs you can beat 4 eggs with a bit of milk, season and spoon into the cups. Lower the temperature of the oven down to 350 degrees. Run a knife along the edges and use a small spoon to pop them out. For the love of eggs, bacon and toast! Ingredients 6 slices of bread 6 eggs
Egg Drop New categories for me. I’m filing this under ‘kids‘ and ‘breakfast‘. Not because it’s a specific food for children, but because my baby loves to eat this (will I ever stop calling him my baby? I somehow doubt it). This is by far his favorite breakfast -not to mention he loves to ‘help‘ me cook it – which makes it a fun thing for the both of us. It’s just a little break from the traditional way of cooking eggs and it’s actually a pretty decent start of the day, nutritionally speaking. It’s not just fun to make but they’re also great to serve because they’re oh-so simple, but look oh-so good, and not just for kids! Ingredients: drop of olive oil 1/2 small onion grated cheese 1 tomato 2oz ham 2 eggs pepper salt Directions: Preheat your oven to 350 (175c) This was a breakfast for two, so if you need more just double (or triple) the amounts. I’ve used fresh and vibrant organic/biological tomatoes for this and I must say, there’s definitely a noticeable difference in flavor. The egg saga.
Chicken Enchiladas aka the best enchiladas ever! Thank you so much to Laura, at Tide and Thyme, for introducing me to this recipe. Seriously - they were so so good I can't even tell you. So good in fact, that the leftovers are really calling my name, and I'm trying so hard to resist.... OK so on to the recipe. Seriously, make these ASAP! Chicken Enchiladas with Red Chile Sauceadapted from Tide and Thyme, orginally from America's Test Kitchen 1 medium onion, chopped fine2 jalapenos, seeded and chopped fine1 teaspoon canola oil3 medim cloves garlic, minced3 Tablespoons chili powder2 teaspoons ground cumin3 teaspoons sugar1 15-oz can tomato sauce1 cup water1 large beefsteak tomato, seeded and chopped1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breasts (2 large breasts)1 cup extra sharp white cheddar, shredded1 cup monterey jack cheese, shredded1/2 cup minced fresh cilantro12 (6-inch) soft corn tortillascooking spraysalt and ground black pepperPreheat oven to 425. Nestle the chicken into the sauce. Reduce heat to 400.