Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Macaroni and Four Cheeses

Onion cooking
1 lb. uncooked medium elbow macaroni
olive oil
1 onion, chopped
2 1/2 c. low-fat milk
2 bay leaves
1 oz. breadcrumbs
1/4 c. all-purpose flour
1 c. sharp cheddar cheese
1/2 c. shredded swiss 
1/2 c. grated parmesan
1/2 c. crumbled gorgonzola
3/4 tsp. salt
Milk simmering
1/4 tsp. pepper
1 oz. breadcrumbs
2 tsp. butter, melted
1/2 tsp. dried sage
cooking spray
Preheat oven to 400 F. Cook pasta in boiling water 5 minutes or until almost tender. Drain and rinse. Place in large bowl.Saute onion in olive oil for 5 minutes. Add to pasta. Bring milk and bay leaves to a simmer in a small saucepan. Remove from heat; cover and let stand 5 minutes. Discard leaves. Gradually add flour to milk, stirring until well-blended. Cook over medium heat until thick, stirring constantly. Remove from heat. Add cheeses, salt and pepper; stirring until cheeses melt. Pour cheese sauce over pasta; stir well. Spoon mixture into 13x9 in baking dish coated with cooking spray. Combine breadcrumbs, sage, and butter; toss with fork. Sprinkle over pasta. Bake for 20 minutes.

Mmm Mmm Good!

Monday, September 27, 2010

Won Ton Soup

Pork mixture
Won Tons:
1/2 lb. ground pork
2 Tbsp. green onions, chopped
1 Tbsp. hoisin sauce
2 tsp. soy sauce
3 garlic cloves (or more)
20-30 won ton wrappers

2 tsp. sesame oil
1/4 c. green onions, chopped
Pork mixture on the wrapper
2 Tbsp. fresh ginger, minced
3 c. water
salt and pepper to taste
2-3 c. chicken broth (or bouillon)

To Prepare Won Tons:
Soup without the won ton
Place first 5 ingredients in a food processor. Process until well-combined, scraping sides of bowl once. Working with 1 won ton wrapper at a time, spoon about 1 Tbsp pork mixture into center of each wrapper. Moisten edges of dough with water. Bring 2 opposite corners to center, pinching points to seal. Bring the remaining 2 corners to center, pinch 4 edges together to seal. Place the dumplings on a plate. Set aside. You may choose to cover them with a towel to keep them from drying out if you want.

Won tons

To Prepare Soup:
Heat oil over med-high heat until hot. Add green onions and ginger.  Saute for 3 minutes. Add the rest of the ingredients, and bring to a boil. Add won tons. Reduce heat, and simmer for 6-10 minutes. Serve.

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Black Bean Chili with Winter Squash and Beef

1 Tbsp olive oil
1 medium onion, chopped
Simmering chili
3 garlic cloves, minced
cilantro (however much you like)
1 can black beans, drained
2 c. beef broth
1 can diced tomatoes
1/4 tsp. chipotle Tabasco sauce
1/2 lb. ground beef
cumin (a lot!)
black pepper
1 medium winter squash

Heat oil in a large pot, over medium heat. Add onion, and cook until soft, stirring occasionally. Add garlic and cook, stirring 1 minute. Stir in cilantro, beans, broth, tomatoes, spices, chipotle sauce. Simmer covered, 10 minutes.

While the chili is simmering, cook the ground beef in a separate pan over medium heat. I add the same spices as I put in the chili.

Ready to serve
Uncover the chili, add the cooked beef, cook 10 more minutes. Uncovered.

Cut squash in half, lengthwise, scoop out and discard seeds, pierce with a fork a few times and put in a microwave-safe dish with 1/4 in water. Cover with plastic wrap; microwave on High 8 minutes or until tender. Let cool; peel with a small sharp knife, and cut into 1/2 in chunks. Stir squash into chili. Cook 5 minutes. Serve.

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Pseudo Stroganoff

1 medium onion
1/2 stick of butter
garlic powder
black pepper
1 c. water
1 cube beef bouillon
1 Tbsp. flour
2 Tbsp. sour cream

Meat mixture
1/2 lb beef
1 Tbsp. onion
2 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
1 tsp soy sauce
1 egg white
1 1/2 Tbsp. bread crumbs
1 tsp. garlic powder
1/2 tsp. basil
1/2 tsp. salt
1 tsp. black pepper

Pasta, cooked

To make the sauce:
Fry the onion in the butter over medium heat until the onion starts to turn brown. Add the spices to the onion while it's cooking. Add the water with the bouillon to the onion, bring to a boil. Turn down the heat, and add the flour. Stir the sauce until it thickens. Then add the sour cream and heat through (don't boil).

To make the meatballs:
Fry the onion and half of the garlic powder in butter. Remove from heat. Mix everything together in a small bowl. Shape into balls, and cook in butter over medium heat until cooked through.

Ready to eat
Serve sauce and meatballs over pasta.

Sauce recipe courtesy of Julie Bernstein

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Cake Balls

This is the easiest recipe ever.

1 box cake mix (whatever kind you want)
1-2 cans of frosting (whatever flavor goes with the cake mix you chose)
Toppings: chocolate, powdered sugar, sprinkles, coconut, whatever

Cake balls
Bake the cake according to box directions. Let the cake cool. Then shred cake using two forks. Mix in 1 can of frosting. I find, though, that one can is usually not enough to get the cake firm enough to sculpt, so I'll use a quarter to half of a second can. Add a little at a time to see how much you need. Then use a melon baller or something that will allow you to shape the mixture into balls. For toppings you can do whatever you wish. If I use funfetti, I like to roll the balls in powdered sugar. When I used German chocolate cake and frosting, I drizzled melted chocolate over the tops of the balls. You can also dip the balls into melted chocolate to totally cover them. If you do this, I would recommend putting the cake balls in the freezer for about 5-10 minutes to get them really firm for when you dip and roll them in the chocolate.
Shredded cake
Funfetti mixed into the cake