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Rainbow Quiche

Rainbow Quiche

Ingredients
Pastry for single-crust pie (9 inches)
1-1/2 cups chopped fresh broccoli florets
1 small onion, finely chopped
1 cup sliced fresh mushrooms
1 each small green, sweet red and orange peppers, finely chopped
2 tablespoons butter
1 cup chopped fresh spinach
1 cup (4 ounces) shredded Mexican cheese blend
6 Eggland’s Best® Eggland’s Best Eggs, lightly beaten
1-3/4 cups 2% milk
1/2 teaspoon salt

Directions
Preheat oven to 350°. Line a 9-in. deep-dish pie plate with pastry; trim and flute edges. In a large skillet, saute broccoli, onion, mushrooms and peppers in butter until tender. Stir in spinach. Spoon into prepared crust; sprinkle with cheese. In a large bowl, whisk eggs, milk and salt; pour over cheese.

Bake 45-55 minutes or until a knife inserted near center comes out clean. Let stand 10 minutes before cutting. Yield: 8 servings.

Editor’s Note: You may also use this recipe to fill two frozen 9-in. deep-dish pie shells. Bake the quiches for 40-45 minutes. Each yields six servings.

Recipe found here: Rainbow Quiche

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Sunshine Sponge Cake

Sunshine Sponge Cake

Ingredients
9 eggs, separated
1/4 cup water
1 tablespoon minced fresh lemon verbena leaves
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1-1/2 cups sugar, divided
1-1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon cream of tartar
1/2 teaspoon salt
LEMON BUTTER FROSTING:
4-1/2 cups confectioners’ sugar
1/3 cup butter, softened
1/4 cup lemon juice
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon lemon extract
Daisies and additional lemon verbena leaves, optional

Directions
In a bowl, beat the egg yolks on high until thickened and lemon-colored. Add water, lemon verbena and vanilla. Gradually beat in 1 cup sugar. Beat for 4-5 minutes or until mixture doubles in volume.

Combine flour and baking powder; sprinkle 1/4 cupful over batter and fold in until combined. Repeat with remaining flour mixture; set aside.

In another bowl, beat the egg whites, cream of tartar and salt until soft peaks form. Add remaining sugar, 1 tablespoon at a time, beating until stiff peaks form. Gently fold into batter. Pour into an ungreased 10-in. tube pan. Bake at 350° for 45-50 minutes or until top springs back when lightly touched. Immediately invert the pan; cool completely. Run a knife around sides of pan and remove cake to a serving plate.

In a bowl, cream 2 cups sugar, butter, lemon juice and extracts. Slowly add remaining sugar. If needed, beat in a small amount of water until the frosting reaches desired spreading consistency. Frost cake.

Garnish with daisies and lemon verbena if desired. Yield: 14 servings.

Editor’s Note: Verify that flowers are edible and have not been treated with chemicals.

Recipe found here: Sunshine Sponge Cake

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Three-Cheese Souffles

Three-Cheese Souffles

Ingredients
1/3 cup butter, cubed
1/3 cup all-purpose flour
2 cups whole milk
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
1/4 teaspoon salt
Dash hot pepper sauce
1-1/2 cups (6 ounces) shredded Swiss cheese
1 cup (4 ounces) shredded cheddar cheese
1/4 cup shredded Parmesan cheese
6 Eggland’s Best Eggs
1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar

Directions
In a small saucepan, melt butter over medium heat. Stir in flour until smooth; cook 1 minute. Gradually whisk in milk, mustard, salt and pepper sauce. Bring to a boil, stirring constantly; cook and stir 1-2 minutes or until thickened. Reduce heat to medium-low; stir in cheeses until melted. Transfer to a large bowl.

Separate eggs. Place egg whites in a medium bowl; stand at room temperature 30 minutes. Meanwhile, in a small bowl, beat egg yolks until thick and lemon-colored, about 4 minutes. Stir in 1/3 cup hot cheese mixture; return all to remaining cheese mixture, stirring constantly. Cool completely, about 30 minutes.

Preheat oven to 325°. Place eight ungreased 8-oz. ramekins in a baking pan.

With clean beaters, beat egg whites with cream of tartar on high speed until stiff but not dry. With a rubber spatula, gently stir a fourth of the egg whites into cheese mixture. Fold in remaining whites.

Transfer to prepared ramekins. Add 1 in. of hot water to baking pan. Bake 40-45 minutes or until tops are golden brown. Serve immediately. Yield: 8 servings.

Freeze option: Securely wrap unbaked soufflés with foil and freeze. To use, preheat oven to 325°. Remove foil and place frozen soufflés in a baking pan; add 1 in. warm water to larger pan. Bake 60-65 minutes or until heated through and tops are golden brown.

Recipe found here: Three-Cheese Souffle

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Cannoli Cupcakes

Cannoli Cupcakes

Ingredients
1 package white cake mix (regular size)
3/4 cup heavy whipping cream, divided
1 cup ricotta cheese
1 cup confectioners’ sugar
1/2 cup Mascarpone cheese
1/4 teaspoon almond extract
1/2 cup chopped pistachios
4 ounces white baking chocolate, chopped
White chocolate curls

Directions
Prepare cake mix batter according to package directions. Fill paper-lined jumbo muffin cups three-fourths full. Bake according to package directions for 24-28 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pans to wire racks to cool completely.

In a small bowl, beat 1/2 cup cream until stiff peaks form; set aside. In a large bowl, combine the ricotta cheese, confectioners’ sugar, Mascarpone cheese and extract until smooth. Fold in pistachios and the whipped cream.

Cut the top off each cupcake. Spread or pipe cupcakes with cheese mixture; replace tops. In a small saucepan, melt white baking chocolate with remaining cream over low heat; stir until smooth. Remove from the heat. Cool to room temperature. Spoon over cupcakes; sprinkle with chocolate curls. Refrigerate leftovers. Yield: 8 cupcakes.

Recipe found here: Cannoli Cupcakes

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Kung Pao Pastrami

Kung Pao Pastrami

INGREDIENTS

SALTED CHILI PASTE
10 dried Tianjin chiles or chiles de árbol
10 red jalapeños or Fresno chiles, stemmed, with seeds, chopped
1 tablespoon fish sauce (such as nam pla or nuoc nam)
1 tablespoon kosher salt
10 garlic cloves, smashed
1 1-inch piece peeled ginger, chopped
1 tablespoon Shaoxing wine

PASTRAMI STIR-FRY
1/2 cup peanut oil
1 cup diced (about 1/4-inch pieces) peeled Yukon Gold potatoes
1 tablespoon Sichuan peppercorns
10 dried Tianjin chiles or chiles de árbol
1 pound sliced pastrami (about 1/4-inch thick), cut into 1-inch pieces
1 cup unsalted, dry-roasted peanuts, divided
2 celery stalks, cut into 1/4-inch slices
1/2 cup thinly sliced serrano chiles (about 4 chiles)
1 tablespoon broad-bean paste
1 tablespoon low-salt chicken broth
1 teaspoon sugar
1 tablespoon (or more) soy sauce
2 tablespoons chopped fresh chives t
Chili oil (optional)

SALTED CHILI PASTE
Toast dried chiles in a small dry skillet over medium heat, stirring often, until slightly puffed, about 1 minute. Let cool. Pulse jalapeños, fish sauce, and salt in a food processor. Pulse until finely chopped. Add garlic, ginger, and wine; crumble in toasted chiles and process until smooth. DO AHEAD: Can be made 2 weeks ahead. Cover and chill.

PASTRAMI STIR-FRY
Set a fine-mesh sieve over a heatproof bowl. Heat oil in a wok or a large deep heavy skillet over high heat. Add potatoes and fry, stirring and shaking wok often, until light golden brown, 7–9 minutes (5 minutes, if using a skillet). Strain oil through prepared sieve. Transfer potatoes to a paper towel-lined plate.

Return strained oil to wok; heat over medium heat. Add peppercorns and stir-fry until fragrant, about 10 seconds. Add dried chiles and sauté for 10 seconds. Add pastrami, 3/4 cup peanuts, celery, serrano chiles, bean paste, broth, sugar, and potatoes; stir constantly until well combined and pastrami is glazed with sauce, about 3 minutes. Stir in 1 Tbsp. salted chili paste and 1 Tbsp. soy sauce. Season with more chili paste and soy sauce, if desired, and transfer to a serving dish. Garnish with remaining 1/4 cup peanuts and chives. Drizzle with chili oil, if desired.

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Pork Quesadillas

Pork Quesadillas with Fresh Salsa

Ingredients
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 each small green, sweet red and orange peppers, sliced
1 medium red onion, sliced
3/4 pound thinly sliced cooked pork (about 3 cups)
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon pepper

SALSA:
2 medium tomatoes, seeded and chopped
1 tablespoon chopped red onion
1 tablespoon minced fresh cilantro
2 teaspoons olive oil
1 to 2 teaspoons chopped seeded jalapeno pepper
1 teaspoon cider vinegar
1/8 teaspoon salt
Dash pepper

QUESADILLLAS:
4 flour tortillas (10 inches)
1-1/2 cups (6 ounces) shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese

Directions
In a large skillet, heat oil over medium-high heat. Add peppers and onion; cook 4-5 minutes or until tender, stirring occasionally. Stir in pork, salt and pepper; heat through. Meanwhile, in a small bowl, combine salsa ingredients.

Place tortillas on a griddle. Layer one half of each tortilla with 1/4 cup cheese, 1 cup pork mixture and 2 tablespoons cheese; fold other half over filling.

Cook over medium heat 1-2 minutes on each side or until golden brown and cheese is melted. Cut into wedges. Serve with salsa. Yield: 4 servings (3/4 cup salsa).
Recipe found here: Pork Quesadillas with Fresh Salsa

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Red Lobster's Cheese Biscuit loaf

Red Lobster’s Cheese Biscuits

Ingredients
3 cups flour
1 Tablespoon baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1/8 teaspoon black pepper
4 ounces cheddar cheese, cut into 1/4 inch cubes
1 1/4 cups milk
3/4 cup sour cream
3 Tablespoons of butter, melted
1 egg, lightly beaten

Directions
Heat oven to 350 degrees.

Grease a 9×5 loaf pan with oil.

In a bowl, whisk together the first 5 ingredients. Carefully stir in cheese cubes until covered in flour mixture, this will help prevent your cheese sinking to the bottom of your loaf of bread.

In a different bowl, whisk together the remaining ingredients. Fold the wet mixture into the flour and cheese mixture, stir until just combined, do not over stir. Spread the mixture into the loaf pan.

Bake for 45-50 minutes. Let cool 10 minutes and then remove from pan. Allow to cool for one hour before slicing and serving.

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