Thursday, November 29, 2007
Greek pizza with feta cheese, olives, pine nuts and fresh oregano.
Pizza with leeks, onions, artichoke hearts and parmesan.
Pizza with tomatoes, mozarella and fresh basil.
Tuesday, November 27, 2007
(stuffing, pounded turkey breast, rolled up breast with the stuffing inside, baked turkey, dinner, dessert)
This we had for breakfast the next day: I can't remember the name, so maybe Anna will put it in the comments. But it's basically mini french toasts with a fruit salad.
The first one I designed by myself in a bead store and it's reversible!
This one is on a silk cord. It's a natural stone, but I can't remember the name.
Wednesday, November 21, 2007
This year I'm going to visit Anna in Des Moines for Thanksgiving and wanted to make chocolate pecan pie. Anna did not like this idea, but she did find a recipe from America's Test Kitchen (email me if you are interested).
I decided to leave work a bit earlier today and make the pie :)
You basically melt some butter, add in corn syrup, a bit of salt, eggs, and vanilla. Warm the mixture in a bowl over simmering water, mix in toasted pecans.
You then pour this mixture in a pie crust (I used a premade graham cracker crust) and cover it with chocolate chips (unlike the recipe, which called for semisweet, milk and white chocolate, I used combination of semisweet and dark chocolate).
You then bake the pie at 275 for about an hour and let it cool for 4 hours. I could only wait 3 hours :) Okay, Jenny's and Cindy's desserts were definitely better, but I'm pretty pleased with
the way this one turned out. It might have too much chocolate, but overall it's rather good!
Tuesday, November 20, 2007
I have been mad at myself for quite some time for only getting one pair and when I went back to the store a few months ago, the store no longer had my red shoes. Instead, I bought a pair of black ones.
The problem? I still wanted a new pair of my red shoes because the ones that I have are scuffed and I really would not wear them anywhere other than grocery shopping and maybe on the way dancing.
Anyway, today at lunch when I went shopping with Stacey, she found my red shoes in my right size! I think they were the only one pair in the store. So without a second thought I bought them.
Yay. Shoe Happiness!
This Thanksgiving I'll be travelling to visit Anna in Des Moines, so that takes care of one of the things on the list. We'll be doing plenty of cooking and eating out, so that takes care of the food requirement.
Last night, together with more than a hundred people, I joined Washington DC Jewish Community Center for Everything But the Turkey event. I really enjoy cooking for others and it makes me thankful for everything that I have. We provided a hearty Thanksgiving Day meal for the 2,000 residents of the Community for Creative Non-Violence (C.C.N.V.) homeless shelter, the largest in the country. In addition to supplying food to C.C.N.V., DC Central Kitchen will distribute the remaining meals to local homeless shelters, transitional housing facilities and community kitchens in DC.
For anyone who might be reading this and lives in DC area, I would encourage you to check out Washington DCJCC's December 25 Community Service Day. The details should be posted soon on a variety of projects you can get involved in to help those in need.
Sunday, November 18, 2007
Saturday, November 17, 2007
Friday, November 16, 2007
Of course, I rarely follow a recipe to the letter. This time, I decided to half the recipe, but keep the amount of garlic, olives and roasted pepper the same as in the full recipe. I also bought jalapeno cornbread and left out red pepper flakes.
Patience is not my strongest virtue. I was supposed to keep the strata in the refrigerator for 4 hours or overnight before baking it. However, I wanted to eat it tonight: I ended up keeping it in the fridge for just an hour and then baking it. The timer just went off! Can't wait to try it! I will post pictures and let you all know what I thought of the final product after I taste it :)
put dollops of ricotta cheese over the mixture
pour milk and egg mixture over the cornbread, vegetables and ricotta cheese and then sprinkle Gruyère on top
after baking for an hour
the final product!
1) definitely buy broccoli rabe and not plain broccoli: completely different taste!
2) I would add more vegetables!
3) When mixing eggs with milk, put the mixture through a sieve in order to have a smooth custard (I actually did it)
4) This would be absolutely amazing for brunch! Wonder how it tastes cold...
5) Overall, I really enjoyed it. And there are so many adjustments and variations for this one recipe.
Wednesday, November 14, 2007
1 can of black beans, drained
2 roasted peppers, cut into thin strips
3 small sweet potatoes cut into small cubes, microwaved for 7 min and then quickly pan-fried
garlic, salt, cumin, olive oil, red wine vinegar
*In a salad bowl combine one large garlic clove finely minced (I used a microplane), some olive oil, red wine vinegar, salt and a few pinches of cumin
*Add beans, potatoes, peppers and finely chopped parsley. Combine and enjoy!
Monday, November 12, 2007
Cook ground beef with an onion and some spices. Mix with tomato sauce and layer on top of pre-cooked lasagna noodles (make sure to cook them a few minutes short of what you'd normally do for pasta you'd eat right away).
On top of the ground beef mixture, layer roasted peppers.
Top off with ricotta cheese mixture (ricotta cheese, an egg, some fresh thyme) and sprinkle with mozzarella cheese. Repeat with lasagna noodles, ground beef, peppers, etc. The top two layers are ricotta cheese mixture and mozzarella. Bake in an oven for 30-40 min at 350 degrees (Note: I put the Pyrex container on top of a cookie sheet in case there would be some bubblilng over (there was!)).
Her is the final product. It was really hard to wait 10-15 minutes to cut into lasagna after I took it out of the oven (you wait so that everything settles in). It was still a bit soupy, but oh my gosh, it was SO good! Can't wait to have leftovers for lunch today.
Things to think about: you can make this with ground turkey or chicken or no meat at all. You can use any other vegetables (zucchini, eggplant, mushrooms, etc). You can use any other type of cheese you like. This is really just a template to follow.
Came home and decided to roast them (after calling Anna for advice). Here is what you do: wash the peppers, take the stickers off, rub with some olive oil, salt and pepper. Roast in a pre-heated oven at 450 for 40 minutes, turning half-way through.
Don't they look gorgeous? I used some in my lasagna (see the post above) and also made home-made hummus using one of the red peppers: delicious!
These will also be good in salads, on sandwiches or pasta. Such a great buy!
Fresh pomegranate season is from September to November in North America. (Wikipedia)
Sunday, November 11, 2007
Good thing I read the recipe the night before: turns out you have to let the dough sit in the fridge over night. I ended up buying the ingredients and doing the prep work the night before.
this is what the dough looked like after I added the rest of the ingredients....something went wrong....but what!?
I realized the recipe was missing a step (adding the rest of the water with the flour). Problem solved: now it actually looks like a proper dough
after almost two hours covered in a warm place, the dough doubled in size!!!
after a night in the fridge, the dough somewhat dried out and I totally panicked. When Jenn and Paige came over, we ended up adding some water and kneading it again. The result is on the right side of the picture: another crisis averted