Homemade Onion Rings « Straight from the Farm February 23, 2010 at 10:28 pm Jennie Oh the humble onion. How often I have overlooked thee in my winter local food stores. You might ramp up the flavor in a soup or an omelet, nevertheless I just wasn’t thinking about what you might do as the star of the show. But as we enter the “leanest month” – March – for locavores, I gave you a piercing stare as you hung there in your little mesh bags from a peg in my dry cool dark basement where you hold up indefinitely without a peep of complaint. Caramelized onions or French onion soup would perhaps be more predictable fates for a large stash of onions like that leftover from my plentiful onion harvest in the garden last summer. I love onion rings with that crispy salty outside and that soft sweet onion on the inside. Unfortunately I don’t have the physique to get away with eating fried foods in any great quantity. Besides burning the first batch, I declare these a solid success! Homemade Onion RingsA Straight from the Farm Original (serve 6)
Avocado Fries Oh dear. I never should have done this. This may be one of my biggest mistakes all year. Can’t take it back now. So we’re totally enjoying our grilled avocados, but my husband innocently asks “What else can you do with avocados?” Sigh…. At a buck fifty a pop (at least around here), avocados can easily run up quite a tab on the grocery bill. So, consider yourself warned. Avocado Fries Printable RecipeRecipe Adapted from Sunset Magazine Canola oil for frying1/4 cup flour1 tsp kosher salt2 large eggs, beaten to blend 1 1/4 cups panko (Japanese bread crumbs) 2 firm-ripe medium avocados, pitted, peeled, and sliced into 1/2-in. wedges Grated parmesan for serving (optional) 1. 2. 3. 3.
Go ahead, take a shot of salad dressing. | DesignHER Momma I got my first taste of this salad dressing when a dear friend brought it over with a meal she had made for my crew right after Nola was born. From the moment the heavenly concoction hit my lips, I wanted to drink it right out of it’s re-purposed glass bottle. Since asking begging her for the recipe, I’ve probably made it weekly. And I make it for everyone I know. If I love you, I will bring you this dressing. It’s been proven. So it’s time. What you will need: 2-3 garlic cloves, grated. 1/2 tsp. dry mustard 1/2 tsp. ground pepper 1 tsp. sea salt 1/2 lemon, squeezed (I use this squeezer 2 tablespoons tarragon wine vinegar 1/2 cup olive oil Freshly grated Parmesan cheese Mash the salt n’ peppa! Then, whisk in the tarragon white wine vinegar, lemon and oil: Take a good ole’ shot of the heavenly mixture (go state!) And store it in a salad dressing shaker , in your refrigerator for up to 2 weeks. You guys, I’ve just given you a gift. Comments comments
Flour Tortillas When I was growing up in South Texas we had this neighbor who would, on Saturday afternoons, make her tortillas for the week. Believe me, I made friends with her children so I could make myself available for tortilla day. I think she enjoyed my enthusiasm and always had a few extra tortillas for me to take home. They were sublime! Eventually we moved to North Texas and that ended my weekly tortilla gorge. I had quite a bit of culinary know-how, and I had the internet which would surely hold the key to delicious tortillas, right? You would be surprised! I tested a number of recipes for tortillas with all manner of ingredients. I discovered pretty early that all-purpose was the flour to use. I despaired that I would never find what I was looking for when, while looking at the shortening shelf at the grocery store, I remembered one thing from the Saturday's at my neighbors. Flour Tortillas Makes 12 Combine the dry ingredients in a bowl. Cover and let rest 30 minutes. Enjoy!
Greek Orzo Pasta Salad If you saw Ole’s Greek burger post, you may have been left wondering what kind of summer salad you’d pair that with. (I know you were.) It’s not like a regular, ol’ creamy coleslaw would do the trick there. And something about putting tzatziki sauce on your burger doesn’t scream potato salad. It screams pasta salad, naturally. THIS pasta salad. Now, you may ask yourself why thinly slice the peppers and the onions instead of dicing them like everything else? And some of my favorite cheese. Add the kalamata olives in there too. For the dressing we’re looking at equal parts extra virgin olive oil and red wine vinegar. Joining the party will be oregano, basil, salt and pepper. Now, your pasta should be close to cool by now. Add your dressing and give it a stir. And enjoy with your Greek burgers, your cheese-filled burgers, a hot dog, with a piece of grilled chicken, on its own, on a fork – or a spoon – in your mouth.
A Cozy Kitchen » Portobello Fries Not sure if you all recall, but a few months ago a reporter asked Kate Moss what one of her favorite quotes was. She replied with: “Nothing tastes as good as skinny feels.” Umm…isn’t that hilarious…and sorta sad? I mean, I’m grateful for her honesty. Thank heavens she’s not that skinny while scarfing down hamburgers and fries on a daily basis. I’m glad she came clean about depriving herself of all things awesome.When I’m really super bored, I sometimes dream about what I would feed her. Print this recipe!
Classic Biscuit Recipe: Butter Dips | Apartment Therapy The Kitchn This week we're turning away from all the holiday sweets to cook up some classic winter comfort food — food that is a little indulgent, perhaps, but nourishing nonetheless. And I couldn't let the week go by without looking back at one of my favorite biscuit-y breads from childhood: Butter dips! Have you ever made these ultra-quick, ultra-easy biscuits? They're cloudlike and fluffy, with golden bottoms from baking in a pool of butter. Heavenly! Butter dips are an old Betty Crocker classic. The wet, butter-less dough produces an incredibly light and spongy biscuit; like Shirley Corriher's Touch-of-Grace biscuits, the very wet dough means that the biscuits rise fast and stay light. Of course, the resulting dough is quite wet; you have to roll it in a bit of flour to get it to hang together. So here, without further ado, are butter dips. Previous image Next image Butter DipsAdapted from Betty Crocker. Heat the oven to 450°F. Sprinkle some flour over a large cutting board or pastry mat.
Green Bean Fries A couple of weeks ago I was emailed by a reader to try Green Bean Fries, like the ones at T.G.I. Friday’s. So I went to the source and tried them. They were good, but mine might have been sitting around for a while as they were a little mushy. So I got home, plugged in the deep fryer and started to experiment. I served the green bean fries with a side of ranch dressing. Green Bean Fries 1 pound green beans1 cup flour1 egg1/2 cup milk2 cups panko bread crumbs2 tsp garlic powder2 tsp Hungarian paprika1 tsp onion powderKosher saltpepper Rinse and then trim off the ends of the green beans by snapping the ends off. Fill a medium/large pan with a couple of inches of water and place the pan over high heat on the stove . When the time is up drain the beans and place them into a bowl of ice cold water. Next set up three dishes for the breading process. In the first dish add the flour, garlic powder, onion powder, paprika and a pinch of salt and pepper. Preheat your deep fryer to 350 degrees.
Cheeky Kitchen » How To Make Butterflake Rolls if You’re Not Martha Stewart Try as I might, I can’t make things perfect. I can make one cupcake in a batch look pretty dang awesome. From time to time my junk drawer has all of the pens in the same slot. I’ve attempted gardening until my dirt is a soft mixture of home-recycled compost, but somewhere between good intentions and real life, I discover that I don’t have enough patience to hand-craft pansies from gumpaste. Nor do I have what it takes to handpaint my own murals on antique dresser handles. Apparently, I don’t have what it takes to make photo-worthy Butterflake Rolls, either. No worries. The floor will get messy. Toss a bit of butter into your muffin tins. Mix together your basic ingredients until a soft, luscious dough forms. The real trick to making Butterflake Rolls is layer after layer after layer of butter kneaded into layer after layer after layer of dough. Bound to get ugly before it gets beautiful. Oh, who am I kidding.
Baked Mashed Potatoes with a Creamy Gruyere Topping My friend Donna Natale Mason…what can I say other than that Texas is not nearly as colorful without her? She is a vibrant, loud, gorgeous bit of Texas stomping through the snow in Indiana in red cowboy boots. We were debutantes together in Wichita Falls and she keeps threatening to come back to Texas and have a get together where we all wear our (very small sized yet shockingly poufy) deb dresses and eat lots of food and tell raunchy jokes. In the meantime she has given me a very decadent, yet simple recipe that is dear to her heart. You know I have a soft spot for recipes that are truly an embodiment of love. This is part of the note that Donna sent to me: “My sweet Momma made these for me when I was pregnant with my daughter, Molly in 2005. Hence, I call these Donna’s Good Luck Potatoes. My only other comment on mashed potatoes is that it is important to mash in the butter before you add the milk. Scrub the potatoes and poke several holes in each with a fork. Notes: In closing:
Cheesy Florentine Biscuit Cups March 22, 2011 1:37 pm · Posted by Lauren G I looove refrigerated Pillsbury biscuits, mostly because I like popping open the can, but they're also delicious and easy to make. I wanted something different than just your everyday biscuit, so I looked up some recipes on the Pillsbury website. I had most of the ingredients on hand (with a few substitutions) so I chose this one. 2 tablespoons unsalted or salted butter 1 box (9 oz) frozen chopped spinach 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/4 teaspoon pepper 1 can (16.3 oz) Pillsbury® Grands! 4 oz thick-cut slices Canadian bacon, cut into 1/4-inch cubes (I used ham lunchmeat) 4 eggs 2 cups shredded mild Cheddar cheese (8 oz) Heat oven to 350°F. In 10-inch skillet, melt butter over medium heat. Separate dough into 12 biscuits by peeling apart the layers. Break eggs into bowl and beat with a fork to mix whites and yolks evenly. Bake 15-20 minutes or centers feel firm when touched and biscuits are golden brown.
Homemade Pork Buns! « I made that! Dear Pork, We meet again. This time things got intense. As per usual I was dabbling in vegetarianism, reading books like “Animal Factory” and “Eating Animals” and having thoughts like “I just can’t keep eating meat”. Then I bought a groupon for Barnes and Noble. Dammit, I blame it on them. First I marinated you in a magical sauce with all kinds of delicousness: five spice powder, hoisin sauce, honey, soy sauce and much more. Then I laid you on a rack to go in the oven. And roasted you until you were all glossy and charred and happy looking. From there I took it a step further. While you waited patiently, I made a dough, a dough not too different from my favorite hamburger bun dough. And then I encased you in that dough, giggling with every pleat. You made adorable dumplings. I let your dough rise until soft, and then I roasted you again. PORK BUNS RECIPE (Andrea Nguyen): Char Siu Pork: 1 lb bonelss pork shoulder 1 big clove garlic 1 1/2 TBSP sugar 1/4 + 1/8 tsp five spice powder 1 1/2 TBSP honey