Easy to Make Crispy Tortilla Salad Strips

Easy to make crispy tortilla strips that add crunch to favorite salads.

Ingredients

6 6 inch corn tortillas

1 – 1 1/2 C canola oil

Salt optional

Directions

Layered paper towels on cutting board. Candy thermometer

Cut corn tortillas in half and then in about 1/8 inch strips. Cut the strips in half or thirds

In large skillet add 1 1/2 inches of canola oil to large skillet. Heat oil to 375º F.

Fry in three batches for about two minutes each.

Remove from fry pan and place on a layer of absorbent paper towel.

Season with salt if desired

Serve as salad topping.

Simple Bread Dough Recipe

An easy to make bread recipe that is delcious right out of the oven. It also make good mini grilled cheese sandwiches or French toast. This recipe makes two loaves but the first was immediately eaten. I made french toast and garlic toast with this recipe and it is delicious.

Ingredients

2 1/2 t active dry yeast

2 C water 100-110º F

1 T sugar

1 T Salt

5 1/2 C  bread flour plus 1/2 C for kneading

Directions

Preheat oven to 425º F. Line two French loaf pans with parchment paper.

In medium sized bowl add water, salt, and sugar and mix. Add yeast and let sit for a 2-3 minutes. Add flour and combine until dough pulls away from sides of bowl.

Turn dough onto lightly floured board and knead and rotate dough in 90º turns for two minutes adding flour as needed to prevent sticking.

Return dough to oiled bowl and turn so dough is oiled top and bottom. Cover with towel or plastic wrap and let rest until dough doubles in size. Ususally in about 1 1/2 hours.

Gently deflate the dough and cut in half.¹ Shape into two French style loaves and place in prepared pans. Cover with cloth or parchment paper and let rise until puffy, about 35-45 minutes.

Slash tops of loaves three times diagonally¹ and place in middle of preheated oven. Add pan of water to lower shelf.

Bake until crust is golden brown about 30 minutes. To get extra crusty loaf, let stand in oven that is turned off. Remove from oven and cool on rack.

Note

1 I oil my knife prior to cutting the dough in half and before diagonally slashing the loaves. The knife blade doesn’t pull or tear the dough.

Heirloom Tomato Soup

An easy to make delicious summer soup packed full of tomato goodness.

Ingredients

2 pounds heirloom tomatoes peeled and seeded¹

2 T butter

1 T olive oil

1 medium sweet onion diced

3 cloves garlic minced

1 t sugar

1 T salt

1/4 C  packed rough chopped basil

1 jalapeno diced

1 t tomato paste

2 C chicken or vegetable broth

3/4 C cream or half and half

Directions

Heat butter and olive oil into a 2 3/4 quart or size 20 Le Creuset® until melted. Add onions and saute until tender or about 10-15 minutes.

Add garlic and jalapeño and saute until fragrant.

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Add tomatoes, sugar, basil, salt, broth and stir. Bring ingredients to boil than simmer for about 30 minutes.

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Remove from heat  and puree using immersion blender.

Serve with cream on the side.

Notes

1 I blanch the tomatoes in boiling water for about a minute or two. Pull them out using slotted spoon and immerse in iced water. Peel and then cut tomatoes in half to deseed. I used heirloom tomatoes but any fresh tomatoes will yield similar results.

Holiday Spice Blend

An easy to make ahead store purchased pumpkin pie spice substitution made with existing spices in your cabinet.
Direct replacement for pumpkin pie spice used in holiday cooking.

Ingredients

2 T cinnamon

1 T ginger

1 t nutmeg

1 t allspice

1/2 t mace

1/2 t cloves

Directions

Add all ingredients in small bowl. Combine.

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Place combined ingredients in storage container.

Use in place of pumpkin pie spice for pumpkin muffins,cookies, pies,and breads.

Use as direct substitute for purchased pumpkin pie spice spice blend.

Store in air tight container.

Baked King Crab Artichoke Dip

Alaskan king crab is a versatile seafood. So delicious served with melted butter, in a crab cake, cold dip, or one of my favorites is a baked dip. Baked crab dip is an easy to make decadent appetizer that is irresitable to stop eating.

Ingredients

1 C King Crab shredded(about 1 to 1 1/2 large legs)¹

1 C mayonaise

1 C artichoke hearts chopped

1 C Parmesan grated cheese

3/4 C sliced onions

Directions

Heat oven to 400ºF

Combine all ingredients in small bowl.

Pour combined ingredients into small ovenproof casserole dish.

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Place in oven and bake 15-20 minutes.

Remove and serve hot with sliced baguette.

Notes

1. I use Alaskan red king crab legs. They have a firm rich but sweet meat.

Cauliflower Cheddar Cheese Chowder

Chunky caulifower cheddar cheese soup that is a favorite on cool fall evenings.

Ingredients

1 carrot chopped

1 medium onion minced

2 garlic cloves minced

2 T olive oil

1 medium cauliflower

4 C vegetable broth

2 T butter

2 T flour

2 C milk

2 C shedded cheddar cheese

Salt and pepper

Directions

Serves 4-6

Cut cauliflower in half and decore. Coarse chop florets and set aside in medium bowl

Add olive oil to large sauce pan over medium high heat.

Add carrots and onion and saute for two minutes, Add garlic and cook until fragrant.

Add chopped cauliflower and broth and bring to boil and then cover and simmer for 20 minutes.

Remove about 1/3 of the caulifower mixture to bowl and puree using immersion blender and then add back to large saucepan.

Melt butter in medium size skillet and add flour and stir for 3 minutes. Add milk gradually while whisking and cook for 5 minutes.

Add cheese and mix until blended and simmer for 5 minutes.

Add into cauliflower mixture and stir until combined. Season to taste with salt and pepper

Simmer for 15-20 minutes and serve with green salad and crusty rustic bread.

NOTE:

Toppings such as chives, croutons, crispy onion flakes, sour cream, or popcorn can be added.

If you desire a thicker soup. Make the roux with 3 tablespoons of butter and flour.

If I have leftover soup, I cook pasta elbows* and add in the leftover soup. Pour into baking dish. Pour 1/2 cup shedded cheese on the top.  Cook in the oven at 350º F for 15 minutes. I serve this as a side dish.  * Amount of pasta depends on how much leftover soup.

 

 

Turkey Dumpling Stew

Comfort food for cool fall evenings. Delicious dumplings and stew made using leftover turkey.

Ingredients

Stew

2 T butter

2 T olive oil

2 shallots minced

2 garlic cloves minced

5 T all purpose flour

4 C chicken or turkey broth¹

2 carrots sliced

2 celery stalks diced

1 t thyme

1/2 t Herbes de Provence

1 C frozen peas

1 1/2 C leftover cooked turkey breast cut into 1/4 inch pieces

Salt and pepper

Dumplings

1 3/4 C all-purpose flour

2 t  baking powder

1/2 t baking soda

1 t salt

3 T chilled butter cubed

1/4 C chives minced

1/3 C parsley minced

1 large egg

3/4 C buttermilk

Directions

Preheat oven 350º F   Serves 4

Over medium high heat add butter and olive oil to 4 1/2 quart covered pot. Add shallots and cook for 2 minutes. Add garlic and cook until fragrant.  Add flour and cook for 3 minutes.

Whisk in liquid gradually until flour is combined and all lumps are gone.

Add carrots, celery, herbs, peas, turkey, broth and season to taste with salt and pepper. Bring to boil and then simmer covered for 10 minutes.

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Dumplings

Add flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt to medium bowl and combine.

Add egg and buttermilk into small bowl and whisk together

Cut chilled butter into flour mixture until coarse crumbs form.

Stir in mixed herbs to flour mixture.

Add in buttermilk mixture and stir until just combined.

Remove lid from pot and drop tablespoonfuls of dumpling batter into the stew.

Cover and move to preheated oven and cook for 20 minutes.

Serve with hearty bread and green salad.

Notes

¹I save leftover defatted turkey jus and use in place of or with broth to add more depth of flavor.

 

 

 

 

Fennel Cabbage Slaw

An easy to make flavorful slaw that captures in a single bite sweetness from the red cabbage, spiciness from the radishes, and anise from the fennel.

Ingresients

1 C finely sliced red cabbage

1 fennel bulb

8 radishes sliced

Lemon Galic DressingLemon Garlic Dressing

Salt and pepper

Directions

4 Servings

Remove stalks from fennel bulb and set aside.

Core the bulb and then fine slice and place in medium bowl.

Cut fronds from stalks and coarse chop. Add to bowl.

Add sliced cabbage and radishes to bowl.

Dress with lemon garlic dressing, Season to taste with salt and pepper

Serve.

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Greek Salad on Lavash with Tzatziki Sauce

A delicious combination of Greek inspired dishes served on a flatbread. It is bursting with flavor and texture from both the creamy, chunky tzatziki sauce and the salty, acidic Greek dressed salad.

Ingredients

Lavash

1 lavash(9 inches by 12 inches)

1 T olive oil

3/4 C Tzatziki Sauce

1/2 C feta cheese crumbled

Greek Salad Ingredients

1/2 C English cucumber diced

1/2 C tomato diced

1/3 C shallot or red onion sliced thin

½ C red or yellow pepper diced

1 T mint chopped

3 T Kalamata olives chopped

2 C baby romaine

1/3 C Greek salad dressing

Directions

Serves 2 or 4.

Preheat oven to 420º F. Line baking sheet with parchment paper.

Flatbread Prep

Place flatbread on baking sheet and paint both sides lightly with olive oil.

Transfer to oven and bake about 2 minutes per side and remove from oven and cool.

Salad

Combine all salad ingredients except romaine and toss with dressing and set aside to marinate.

Assemble the Lavash

Place the flatbread on large serving platter.

Spread tzatziki sauce onto lavash.

Combine the marinated salad vegetables with the romaine and toss to coat. Spread the salad over the tzatziki flatbread.

Sprinkle with feta and cut the lavash into two or four pieces.

Serve

Note:

This is a favorite luncheon dish. Easy to make. My cousin also said she uses whole wheat pitas in place of the whole wheat flatbread that I use.

 

 

Greek Salad Dressing

A traditional Greek dressing made with fresh herbs. Serve on a Greek salad or any salad, pasta, or dress a cold vegetable plate.

Ingredients

2 garlic cloves minced

2 t basil minced

1 T oregano minced

2 t Dijon mustard

3 T lemon juice

5 T red wine vinegar

1 t salt

1/2 t fresh ground black pepper

1/2 C extra virgin olive oil

Directions

Tools and ingredients

In a small bowl, combine together the garlic, herbs, mustard, lemon juice, vinegar, salt, and pepper.

Then slowly add the olive oil whisking until the dressing is emulsified. Transfer to salad dressing container.

Note:

I used fresh herbs and lemon from my garden for the dressing. I used about three more times fresh herbs than I would dried herbs.