If you consider yourself “pie crust challenged”, this recipe is your new best friend. I first saw this pie over at Lisa’s blog and I knew I had to give it a try, it looked delicious. While I have no problem making pie crust, so manypeople have had bad experiences making pie crust from scratch andhave just given up. It does take practice. This recipe was intriguing as it uses refrigerated pie crust. I normally do not like the texture of refrigerated pie crust as opposed to homemade but a homemade pie crust is unnecessary here. This pie is absolutely fantastic and after the hubby and I ate our share, we both agreed we prefer this apple pie to regular apple pie any day. We are just done with regular apple pie…can you believe it? Make this, make this, make this for Thanksgiving, you will save yourself a million hours and can concentrate on otherdesserts you want to serve. Coat a deep-dish pie plate with nonstick cooking spray and line it with parchment paper. Here’s a side shot.
Foodbuzz 24, 24, 24: Chinese Buffet at HomeIt is no secret that I have an obsession with Chinese cuisine. The place that started it all was a local Chinese buffet here in Michigan. After frequent visits to the buffet over the years, I finally decided to take a stab at cooking my own Chinese dishes at home. In this article I will explain how to create your own Chinese buffet at home. The Menu:Main course- Sesame Chicken Orange Chicken Kung Pao Chicken Meat on a Stick (Chicken Skewers)Appetizers- Crab Rangoons Egg RollsSide Dishes- Garlic Green Beans Fried Rice Egg Drop SoupDessert- Buffet Style Doughnuts The Recipes: Sesame Chicken- Cooking Instructions: Step 1: Cut chicken breasts into 1” chunks and in a glass bowl combine all of the marinade ingredients and mix well. Orange Chicken- Step 1: Combine flour, salt, and pepper. Kung Pao Chicken- Step 1: combine the chicken and cornstarch in a small bowl and toss to coat. Meat on a Stick (Chicken Skewers)- Step 1: Cut chicken breasts into long strips. Cooking Instructions: Egg Rolls-
7 Romantic Meals For $10 Or LessCreating a romantic meal at home is a somewhat bigger challenge than your standard Monday-night fare. Especially if you haven’t yet cooked for this significant other — or, if you’re in a long-term relationship, haven’t cooked for them often. And especially when the occasion in question is Valentine’s Day. Luckily, there are plenty of ways to up to romance factor, either overtly (like aphrodisiac ingredients and candles on the table) or covertly (that valentine’s favorite dish). Frugal Foodie recommends sticking to what you know, and what you know your sweetheart will like. We talked to chefs, home cooks and other relationship experts about their go-to date meals. There are appetizers, main courses, desserts and even a next-day breakfast, all for under $10 to prepare. Oyster with Spicy Vinaigrette and Apples Cost: $8.37 for half a dozen oysters, or $1.40 apiece. Strawberry-Tangerine Salad Cost: $5.36, or $2.68 per serving. No need to load up on aphrodisiacs. Chicken Madeira Intimidating?
How to Decorate Cookies with Royal IcingWelcome to the first in what I plan to be a recurring “How-To” series here on Brown Eyed Baker. While recipes are all well and good, there are some techniques that are best explained in a step-by-step method, with pictures included (at least this is how I learn best). As I was decorating my Stanley Cup Playoffs cookies last week I thought that doing a tutorial on how to decorate cookies with royal icing would be a great first How-To post. I was always very good at baking snowmen, Christmas trees, angels and the like in December, slapping on some buttercream, a few sprinkles and calling it a day. Step 1: Find a Good Sugar Cookie Recipe This might seem obvious, but not all sugar cookie recipes stand up well to heavy-duty decorating. Step 2: Cool Cookies Completely Again, maybe elementary, but we’re going step-by-step here. Step 3: The Equipment ♦ 12″ disposable pastry bags . ♦ Decorating tips . ♦ Couplers . ♦ Squeeze Bottles. ♦ Small bowls or Tupperware (to color your icing) ♦ Toothpicks.
Delicious Meliscious - a cooking blog by Melissa: Cheesecake Stuffed StrawberriesNot being a fan of chocolate covered strawberries, I was happy to find these CHEESECAKE stuffed strawberries on The Novice Chef. You only need a few ingredients to put these together and they turn out to be quite impressive. Try them - you won't be disappointed! Ingredients:2 quarts of fresh Strawberries1 box Jello No Bake Cheesecake (I used this box mix and it came with the graham cracker crumbs. Directions:Wash the berries and hollow out the centers.
Nectarine-Blackberry Crisp Recipe at Epicuriousphoto by Gentl & Hyers yield Makes 12 servings A crème fraîche custard is folded into the mixed-fruit filling of this elegant crisp. Topping: 1 cup all purpose flour 6 tablespoons (packed) golden brown sugar 1 teaspoon finely grated lemon peel 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, melted 1 teaspoon vanilla extract Filling: 2 large eggs 1 cup crème fraîche or sour cream 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 1 tablespoon plus 1/2 cup all purpose flour 3 cups blackberries (two 5.6- to 6-ounce packages) 4 medium nectarines (about 18 ounces total), pitted, cut into 11/2-inch cubes 1/4 cup sugar Vanilla ice cream Preparation For topping: Whisk flour, golden brown sugar, lemon peel, and salt in medium bowl to blend. For filling: Whisk eggs in large bowl to blend. Preheat oven to 375°F. Bake crisp until custard is set and topping is golden brown, about 55 minutes. Scoop crisp into bowls.
The Finger Test to Check the Doneness of MeatPrint Photography Credit: Elise Bauer There are two basic methods to test for how done your meat is while you are cooking it—use a meat thermometer, or press on the meat with your fingertips. The problem with the meat thermometer approach is that when you poke a hole into the meat with a thermometer, it can let juices escape, juices that you would rather have stay in the meat. For this reason, most experienced cooks rely on a “finger test” method, especially on steaks (whole roasts are better tested with a thermometer). My mother has been trying to get me to test meat with my fingertips for years, and for years, being somewhat of a scaredy cat (won’t it burn my fingers?) Then my friend David showed me up. Now the point of this story is not to embarrass David (though that would be fun, if it were even possible) but to encourage you, if like me, you’ve been shying away from trying this approach. This is one of those things that gets easier with practice. MethodHide Photos Hello!
The Infamous Jacques Torres Chocolate Chip CookiesNow, I have a chocolate chip cookie recipe that I swear by. I love it, I think it is incredible, and I haven’t changed my mind about that. However, as much as it pains me to say it, these chocolate chip cookies by Jacques Torres are absolutely, without a doubt, the best chocolate chip cookies that I have ever made or tasted in my entire life. I guess that’s why they call him Mr. Either way, I made these and everyone that tried them went nuts. Edit: For more Jacques Torres deliciousness, check out my Jacques Torres Chocolate Mudslide Cookies! Your ingredients. Whisk together the cake flour, bread flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt. Beat together the butter and sugars, until light and fluffy, at least 3 minutes. Beat in the eggs, one at a time, followed by the vanilla. Add in the flour mixture, very gradually, until just moistened. Fold in your chocolate. Milk is, in fact, an essential component to enjoying these amazing cookies. The Infamous Jacques Torres Chocolate Chip Cookies
Pie | Joe PastryI have to admit, these Melton Mowbray-style pork pies aren’t just something you throw together, but for the serious pork pie enthusiast they are well worth the time and effort. To make them the old-fashioned way you’ll need an old-fashioned piece of equipment called a pie dolly plus some rendered leaf lard, for without good quality lard the side walls of the pie won’t stand up in the oven. Oh yes friends, these pies are baked free-standing, didn’t you know? Forms are for sissies. At least they are in Melton Mowbray. That said you absolutely can adapt this recipe to more conventional ingredients and equipment. On day one you’ll need to make your hot water dough and let it chill for at least four hours or overnight (which is better). When you’re ready to shape, make your filling. Pulse until the meat is chopped well, but no further. Produce your pie dolly and a round cutter (from a cutter set) that’s a bit larger than the circumference of the dolly. They look good to me! Cheers!