Saturday, September 9, 2017

Lemon Garlic Pork with Bulgur Wheat

I cannot recall a time when my youngest child (now the only one left at home) said, "That was good Mom," when he left the dinner table. But this dish made that happen. Needless to say, I want to make it every week for the rest of the year. Poor thing, he once told me he liked a turkey sandwich and it's the only thing he gets for lunch every weekday. At the very least, this dish is going into heavy rotation.

1 1/4 cups water
3/4 cup uncooked bulgur
1 1/4 teaspoons kosher salt, divided
1 tablespoon olive oil, divided
2 cups small broccoli florets
1 (1-pound) pork tenderloin, cut into 3/4-inch pieces
1 tablespoon cornstarch
3 tablespoons unsalted butter, divided
5 garlic cloves, minced
1/2 cup unsalted chicken stock
1 1/2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1 teaspoon honey
3 tablespoons chopped fresh basil

Bring water, bulgur, and 1/4 t. salt to boil in a saucepan, reduce heat cover, and cook for 12 minutes

Heat a bit of oil in a saute pan and cook the broccoli, remove from the pan (about 3 minutes)
Combine pork and cornstarch in a bowl, toss well
Add 1T of butter to the pan, and cook pork until browned on all sides.
Add garlic, 1/4 t. salt, chicken stock, lemon juice and honey to the pork
Heat until the sauce thickens
Stir in remaining salt, pork and basil
Top bulgur with pork mixture and serve.

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Honey Soy Salmon

Easy and fast to make. Perfect week night dinner. Not everyone was a fan, but in the spirit of getting my children to eat more fish, I'm putting this on the blog for future reference.

2 Salmon Steaks
Olive Oil
2 T. Butter
3 T. Honey
3 T. Soy Sauce
2 limes

Heat the oil over medium/high heat, when oil is hot, put the salmon skin side down in pan for 5 minutes. Flip over and cook for an additional 2 minutes. When salmon is done cooking, remove to a clean plate.

Add butter, honey, juice from two limes, and soy sauce to the pan and simmer until the glaze begins to thicken. When the glaze gets to the desired consistency return the salmon to the pan and spoon glaze over the fish.

Sunday, May 28, 2017

Peppery Napa Cabbage Slaw

The neighbors invited us over for a Memorial Day picnic and I wanted to make a side dish that would feed a crowd. I found the recipe for Napa Cabbage Slaw on the Simply Recipes site. I've never used Napa Cabbage before, but this is great -- I especially like the peppery flavors, and the dressing was delicious. I think the fact that I had "hot" sesame oil added to the heat -- next time I might try it with just regular...

1/3 cup slivered almonds
4 cups (1/2 lb) coarsely shredded napa cabbage
6 ounces snow peas, sliced into half-inch slices on the diagonal
2/3 cup thinly sliced radishes
2/3 cup thinly sliced green onions (including greens)
2/3 cup lightly packed chopped cilantro

1 Tbsp plus 1 1/2 teaspoons rice vinegar (seasoned or unseasoned)
1 Tbsp sugar
1 Tbsp soy sauce
1/2 clove peeled and minced garlic (about 1/2 teaspoon)
1/4 teaspoon toasted sesame oil
1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
1/8 teaspoon cayenne powder
1/2 cup mayonnaise


Pad Thai

Everyone is home from college and all of a sudden it's hard to feed everyone again. I have no idea who suggested we try to make Pad Thai (or why, we never eat Thai food as a family) -- but I did, and it worked out really well. This recipe was adapted from The Gourmet Cookbook. This was such a hit that we didn't even have leftovers!

4T. Oyster Sauce
7 oz dried flat rice noodles
2 T. vegetable oil
2 large egg, lightly beaten
6 garlic cloves, finely chopped
3 small shallots, coarsely chopped
1 chicken breast, cut into bite sized pieces
1 package of baked tofu (rinsed, patted dry and cut into cubes)
1 bunch scallions chopped
4 T crushed roasted peanuts
1 1/2 t. red pepper flakes

Boil a big pot of water, add the noodles, remove from heat and let soak for 8 minutes
Meanwhile, add oil to a wok and heat, then scramble the eggs, remove from wok
Add more oil to the wok and cook garlic and shallots, add chicken and cook through. When chicken is cooked, add tofu for about 1 minute. Transfer everything to the bowl with the eggs.
Put noodles in the wok, add oyster sauce, add eggs and chicken, toss in scallions, peanuts and red pepper flakes, toss to combine. Serve with lime wedges.

Monday, January 16, 2017

Surprise! You are hosting dinner for 9 in three hours

All the kids were home from college and we had big plans to go ice skating and meet friends for dinner. It was Kate's last night at home,so we wanted to be sure we went someplace she liked. Long story short ... Plans changed on a dime and it was decided that we'd have dinner at home.

We ran to the grocery store and threw together a shopping list on the fly. Tenderloin was on sale, so I purchased that, Kate loves a red wine reduction sauce, and goat cheese mashed potatoes are becoming kind a traditional last-night-before-returning-to-college side dish.

Pre-heat oven to 425 degrees
Rub roast with live oil
Place in roasting pan over heavy baking sheet
Sprinkle with salt and pepper to taste
Cook for 30 minutes or until themometer reads 135 or so
Let stand at least 15 minutes before serving

Red Wine Reduction Sauce
1/2 diced shallot
1/2 c red wine
1/2 c beef stock
1T cold butter
1T Dijon mustard
1T parsley

Sautée shallots in olive oil, be careful not to burn them. Add red wine and reduce by half. Add beef stock and reduce by half. Add butter and mustard, mix well to incorporate. Sprinkle with chopped parsley and serve with the tenderloin.

Goat cheese mashed potatoes

Yukon gold potatoes (I usually do one per guest)
4 cloves of garlic, peeled
8 oz goat cheese
4 T. Butter
1/2 c. Milk
1 1/2 c. Sour cream
Parmesan cheese, grated

Boil potatoes and garlic for 25 minutes. When they are soft, drain and rice potatoes and garlic into a large bowl. Add goat cheese, butter, milk, and sour cream. Turn that mixture into abating dish and sprinkle. With Parmesan cheese. Bake at 375 for 30-40 minutes.

Monday, December 26, 2016

Christmas Food

I've been asked to contribute to my sister's Christmas feast -- here's what I decided to bring

Crab Puffs
6 oz lump crabmeat
1c. Shredded mild Cheddar cheese
3 oz cream cheese
2 chopped green onions
2 tsp. Worcestershire sauce

Combine the ingredients in a gallon bag, pipe into baked puff pastry cups. Bake at 350 degrees for 12 to 15 minutes.

I heated the extra filling in a ramekin, and served with crackers.

Beaver Pond Cheese Spread

Tiramisu Chocolate Cake
2 c. granulated sugar
1 3/4 c. unbleached flour
3/4 c. unsweetened cocoa powder
1 1/2 t. baking powder
1 t. salt
2 large eggs
1 c. whole milk
1/2 c. vegetable oil
2 t. vanilla extract
1 c boiling water

Brushing Liquid
3/4 c. brewed espresso
1/4 c. Kahlua

Mascarpone filling
2 1/2 c. mascarpone cheese
1/4 c. of brushing liquid
1/2 c. granulated sugar
1/4 c. heavy cream
1/4 t. ground cinnamon

For Dusting
1/2 c. unsweetened cocoa powder
1 c. confectioner's sugar

Combine sugar, flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, and salt.
Stir in eggs, milk, oil, and vanilla. Mix for 2 minutes on medium speed. Stir in boiling water and mix another 2 minutes. Pour into 9 inch pans, bake at 350 degrees, for 30 to 35 minutes until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.

Cool for 10 minutes on a wire rack, then remove cakes from pan. Let cool completely

Split each layer in half horizontally, place one layer in a plastic lined spring form pan
Brush with brushing liquid
Top with mascarpone filling
Add another layer
Brush with liquid (liberally)
Top with filling
Repeat with all layers -- end with filling
Before serving, dust with powder/confectioner's sugar combination

Poinsettia Punch
38 oz. cranberry juice
28 oz. ginger ale
12 oz. frozen lemonade
12 oz. bourbon

Saturday, August 27, 2016

Sautéed Cabbage with Bacon

1small head of red cabbage, cored and sliced thin
1 red onion halved and sliced thin
1 T. Cider vinegar
2 t. Brown sugar
4 slices of bacon

Place cabbage in large bowl and cover with cold water;let stand for 3 minutes. Drain well and set aside.
Cook bacon in skillet over medium heat until crisp, reserve fat
Cook onion in bacon fat until tender, about 6 minutes
Whisk cider vinegar and brown sugar in a medium bowl, add onions
Add cabbage to the skillet, sprinkle with 1/2 t. Salt and 1/4 t. pepper. Cover and cook without stirring until cabbage is wilted and lightly browned on the bottom (around 3 minutes)
Stir and continue to cook, uncovered, until cabbage is crisp tender and lightly browned, about 4 minutes longer.
Add onion mixture and crumbled bacon and serve