[sticky entry] Sticky: things to try

Feb. 21st, 2014 09:05 pm
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Baked Saffron Risotto With Mozzarella and Crispy Topping
http://www.seriouseats.com/recipes/2014/11/baked-risotto-saffron-mozzarella-italian-recipe.html

Rich and Creamy Saffron Arancini With Mozzarella
http://www.seriouseats.com/recipes/2014/10/arancini-rice-balls-recipe.html

Baked Ziti With Two Mozzarellas and Parmesan Cream Sauce
http://www.seriouseats.com/recipes/2014/09/best-baked-ziti-parmesan-cream-recipe.html

Roasted Potato Peels
http://www.thekitchn.com/heres-why-you-should-never-throw-out-potato-peelings-tips-from-the-kitchn-212565

Thai-Style Spicy Chicken, Banana Blossom, and Herb Salad (With Lots of Fried Things)
http://www.seriouseats.com/recipes/2014/08/thai-style-spicy-chicken-banana-blossom-herb-salad-recipe.html

Stir-Fried Beef with Snap Peas
http://www.seriouseats.com/recipes/2014/07/stir-fried-beef-skirt-steak-snap-peas-oyster-sauce-recipe.html

Ice Cream Bread
http://www.tasteofhome.com/recipes/ice-cream-bread

Creamy Corn Chowder With Pancetta and Chives
http://www.seriouseats.com/recipes/2014/06/corn-chowder-pancetta-chives-recipe.html

Easy Fingerling Potato Salad with Creamy Dill Dressing
http://www.seriouseats.com/recipes/2014/06/easy-fingerling-potato-salad-recipe.html

Tropical Pineapple, Mango, and Coconut Fools
http://www.seriouseats.com/recipes/2014/07/tropical-pineapple-mango-coconut-fools-recipe.html

Blackberry Icebox Pie
http://www.seriouseats.com/recipes/2014/07/blackberry-icebox-pie-from-fruitful.html

Orange Creamsicle Frozen Yogurt
http://www.seriouseats.com/recipes/2014/06/orange-creamsicle-frozen-yogurt-recipe.html

Gin Daisy
http://www.seriouseats.com/recipes/2014/06/old-tom-gin-daisy-cocktail-sour-refreshing-drink-for-summer-recipe.html

Sesame Noodles with Shredded Chicken
http://www.seriouseats.com/recipes/2014/02/cold-sesame-noodle-salad-shredded-chicken-easy-recipe.html

Roasted Cauliflower Pasta
http://www.myrecipes.com/recipe/roasted-cauliflower-pasta-10000002012805/

Creamy Butternut, Blue Cheese, and Walnut Cavatappi
http://www.myrecipes.com/recipe/butternut-blue-cheese-cavatappi-50400000125424/

Linguine with Spinach-Herb Pesto
http://www.myrecipes.com/recipe/linguine-spinach-herb-pesto-50400000126263/

Browned Butter Gnocchi with Broccoli and Nuts
http://www.myrecipes.com/recipe/browned-butter-gnocchi-50400000125661/
add garlic & cannellini beans

Summer Veggie Rice Bowl
http://www.myrecipes.com/recipe/summer-veggie-rice-bowl-50400000122094/
a good stir-fry base

Ultra-Crispy New Potatoes With Garlic, Herbs, and Lemon
http://www.seriouseats.com/2013/11/food-lab-thanksgiving-ultra-crispy-new-potatoes-with-garlic-herbs-and-lemon.html

Black Bean Soup With Chorizo and Braised Chicken
http://www.seriouseats.com/recipes/2014/01/the-food-lab-black-bean-chicken-soup-recipe.html

Spinach & Goat Cheese Frittata Ham Cups
http://www.alwaysorderdessert.com/2012/04/spinach-goat-cheese-frittata-ham-cups.html

Chickpea and Green Bean Salad With Aioli
http://www.nytimes.com/2012/07/05/health/nutrition/warm-chickpea-and-green-bean-salad-with-aioli-recipes-for-health.html

Maybe try again once we have a food processor. And I can't believe I'm saying this, but use less garlic (2 cloves).

Baking

Kugelhopf
http://www.joepastry.com/2014/making-kugelhopf/
http://www.joepastry.com/2014/kugelhopf-recipe/

Gluten-Free Peanut Butter Cookies
http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Gluten-free-Peanut-Butter-Cookies/Detail.aspx?evt19=1

Honey Roasted Cinnamon Chickpeas
http://www.fitsugar.com/Roasted-Honey-Cinnamon-Chickpeas-27908653

Lemon Chiffon Cake
http://www.seriouseats.com/recipes/2013/06/lemon-chiffon-cake-recipe.html

Italian Lemon Drop Cookies
http://www.seriouseats.com/recipes/2013/12/anginetti-italian-lemon-drop-cookies.html

How to Make Foolproof Blitz Puff Pastry
http://www.seriouseats.com/2014/06/how-to-make-easy-blitz-puff-pastry.html

Traditional Flapjack Recipe
http://britishfood.about.com/od/eorecipes/r/flapjack.htm
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Started with this recipe, tweaked it further a whole bunch to reflect my tastes.

* 6 cups Rice Krispies
* 6 tablespoons butter
* 1 10-oz bag of marshmallows (use the minis, they melt easier)
* 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
* 1/4 teaspoon fine kosher salt
* Kosher salt flakes

Lightly grease, with butter, a 9x9 square pan and set aside. (You will be moving quickly once the marshmallow melts, and want it set out and greased ahead of time.)

Using a large pot or enameled Dutch oven -- something light-colored where you can see the color of the butter -- warm the butter on medium-low until it starts bubbling and begins to brown, stirring with a rubber spatula. (I am a wimp about browning butter and always take it off the heat too quickly, but you're aiming for a nutty color + smell.) Turn off the heat. (If you're using a cast-iron enameled Dutch oven, take it off the burner, too; otherwise leaving it on the burner is okay.) Add salt and vanilla extract (in that order); the vanilla will make the butter bubble and froth, so stir quickly once you do.

Dump half the bag of marshmallows in the pot; stir so that the hot butter coats them. Dump the other half of the bag into the pot as soon as the first half is pretty well coated. Continue stirring until the marshmallow is melted (with no lumps) and begins to get thicker/stickier. Dump in the Rice Krispies in stages, about 2c at a time, stirring thoroughly and using the spatula to 'fold' the bottom up onto the top; this results in the best and most even Rice Krispie dispersal.

Press the resulting mixture firmly into the greased pan and sprinkle salt on top. (Optional, if you like salty/sweet as much as I do: Press half the mixture into the greased pan; sprinkle a layer of salt flakes; add the other half of the mixture; add more salt flakes on top. This gives you a better chance of getting flecks of salt in any given bite.)

Let cool for at least an hour (or else there will be structural integrity failure when you try to eat it); cut into bars; inhale.
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I've been watching too much of the Great British Bake-Off. Recipe assembled as a consensus from about seven or eight different sources.

Turnovers on baking sheet

Pastry:
250 grams bread flour
2 sticks butter, room temperature but not soft
1 teaspoon fine sea salt
Between 1/2 and 2/3 cup very cold water (fridge temp is fine, but don't use room temp)

Raspberry filling:
6 oz fresh raspberries
1/3 c sugar
1.5 tablespoons corn starch
1 tablespoon water

For tops of turnovers:
Milk (for brushing)
Sugar (for sprinkling)

Instructions )
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Because I will be baking this in another few hours and wanted to have the recipe with my changes readily at hand.

Adapted from Stephanie Cooks, who adapted it from Taste of Home.

Ingredients:
3 cups all-purpose flour
4.5 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt *
1 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese
1/4 cup sugar
1 tsp. garlic powder
1 Tbsp The Spice and Tea Exchange's Herb Sesame Spice Blend, divided **
1.5 cups milk
1/4 cup vegetable oil
1 egg

(* Last time I made this, I did not include salt, but the result was really deficient in salt to the point where I was sprinkling kosher salt over each slice -- I think it was because the Stephanie Cooks version used all-purpose flour while the Taste of Home used self-rising flour, and self-rising flour includes baking powder and salt. Stephanie added back in the baking powder, but not the salt. The internet is fairly divided as to whether self-rising flour is 1/4tsp or 1/2tsp of salt per cup of self-rising flour; I'm splitting the difference for this next attempt and will report back.)

(Reporting back: yeah, a teaspoon of salt is about right.)

(** The Herb Sesame Spice Blend: sesame seed, garlic, onion, basil, parsley, oregano, paprika, thyme, dill, white pepper, cayenne pepper. Original recipe called for "Italian seasoning" instead, but this worked just as well.)

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 350*.

2. Combine flour, baking powder, salt, cheese, sugar, garlic powder, and 1/2 of the spice blend in a bowl; mix thoroughly.

3. In separate bowl, combine milk, oil, and egg. Mix thoroughly, then stir into dry ingredients until just combined. (Batter will still be lumpy.)

4. Pour into a greased loaf pan. Top with other 1/2 of the spice blend.

5. Bake for 55-60 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the middle comes out clean.

6. Cool in pan for 10 minutes, then transfer to wire rack to finish cooling.
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Cavatelli pasta (~4 oz per person)
Olive oil
Garlic (3 cloves, roughly chopped)
Broccoli
1/2 cup chicken broth
Parmesan reggiano, for serving

Bring a large pot of salted water to boil, and cook the pasta until al dente (9 mins for the Rao's brand that I used, but taste it as you go).

Meanwhile, cut the broccoli into bite sized florets. Steam in a pot with steamer insert (or microwave) for a couple minutes, until bright green. Drain.

In a medium saute pan, heat olive oil (medium-high), and saute the garlic until tender. Add broccoli, chicken broth, salt, and pepper, and simmer for 4-5 minutes.

Drain pasta and return to pot over medium heat. Add broccoli mixture and toss for a minute until well mixed. Serve with grated cheese.


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olive oil
1/2 pound raw shrimp, peeled & deveined
1 bunch asparagus, ends trimmed and each stalk cut into 2-3" pieces
salt, to taste
1 tsp minced ginger (which I didn't have, so I used a dash of ginger powder)
1 tsp minced garlic

For the lemon sauce:
⅔ cup chicken stock
1 Tbsp cornstarch (or arrowroot powder)
1 Tbsp soy sauce (I used tamari, which is GF)
¼ cup lemon juice
1 tsp lemon zest

In a small bowl, whisk together all of the lemon sauce ingredients and set aside.

In a large frying pan, heat 2 tablespoons olive oil over medium-high heat. Add shrimp to pan and stir fry for 2-3 minutes, seasoning with a bit of salt. Remove when turning pink and opaque, but still underdone.

In same frying pan, heat another 2 tablespoons of oil over medium-high heat. Add asparagus and cook for 4-5 minutes, or until nearly the way you like it (I go for tender, but still with a snap to it, and vivid green). Add salt, ginger, and garlic and cook for 1 minute more.

Pour in lemon sauce, and add shrimp back to the pan. Simmer for about a minute, until shrimp are fully cooked and sauce starts to thicken (it will thicken more upon standing).

Remove from heat and serve, preferably over something to soak up the sauce. Shown with cauliflower rice and a side of sauteed mushrooms and onions.

From Home Cooking Memories.
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Note the hyphen: this is not so much a pancake as it is a cake-in-a-pan. Very luscious, its texture reminds me of a souffle. Definitely need to make this one again, especially as it's quick enough to toss together after a meal.




For the Batter:
1/3 cup gluten-free oat or sorghum flour (45g)
1/3 cup gluten-free brown rice flour (45g)
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp salt
4 eggs
4 Tbsp milk (at least)
2 Tbsp butter, melted and cooled
2 tsp vanilla extract

For the Apples:
1/4 cup sugar (55g)
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp nutmeg
4 Tbsp butter
1 apple, peeled, cored, and sliced (We've used granny smith, Honeycrisp, and Macintosh, and all were good.)

For the Batter: Preheat oven to 425 °F. Whisk together flours, baking powder, salt, and cinnamon in medium bowl. In a small bowl, whisk together eggs, milk, melted butter, and vanilla. Pour egg mixture over dry ingredients. Whisk until smooth. Batter should be thin; if not, add additional milk one tablespoon at a time. Allow batter to stand for ten minutes.

For the Apples: mix together sugar, cinnamon, and nutmeg in a small bowl. Set aside. Melt butter in a 10-inch oven-safe skillet (I used a 9-inch cast iron pan and it worked fine) over medium heat. Sprinkle sugar mixture over melted butter. Stir and cook until sugar begins to bubble up. Reduce heat to medium-low and arrange apple slices. Cook about three minutes.

Slowly pour batter evenly into the pan. Some of the apple pieces might float and move. Transfer pan to the preheated oven. Bake until pancake puffs and is golden brown, about 15 minutes.

Remove pan from oven and serve warm.

From Serious Eats.
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Flank steak with tamari sauce, garlic green beans, and baked potatoes.
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Sometimes you just want a pot of cheese for dinner.

* Several semi-soft cheeses, in equal measure, about half a pound of cheese per person. Good choices: fontina, butterkase, emmanthaler, gouda. Avoid harder cheeses like parmesan and manchego, and cheeses that don't play well with others, such as cheddar.

* One cup (8oz) of white wine per pound or so of cheese. It's not exact. You can also use beer, but the wine works better. (If using beer: double the lemon juice.)

* About a tablespoon or so of lemon juice, but keep the container on the table in case you need to perform emergency rescue proceedings.

* More flour than you think you need. Usually about a third of a cup per pound of cheese.

* A few cloves of garlic, minced

* A dash or two of nutmeg (I have never measured a spice in my entire life). Sometimes I toss in some ginger, too. Experiment.

* Salt and pepper to taste

Grate the cheeses together into a mixing bowl or other repository. Every now and then, sprinkle some more of the flour on top of the grated cheese and mix it around with your hands until the cheese is evenly coated and doesn't stick together at all.

In your fondue pot over 'warm' (if you have an electric fondue pot) or in a double boiler with the heat set to low (if you don't), pour in the wine and the lemon juice and let it warm until it's just thinking about simmering. Toss in the garlic and let it cook for about three to five minutes, then toss in the nutmeg. (Adding it here gets it more evenly incorporated than adding at the end!)

Add the grated cheese, a handful or so at a time, stirring constantly and waiting until the cheese you just added is melted before adding the next handful. Salt and pepper to taste; serve with whatever you want for dipping.

Failure modes: if the fondue is too thick, add a bit more wine; if it's too grainy, add a dash of lemon juice and a pinch of flour; if it's too liquid or you've added too much lemon juice and it's too tart, add more cheese.
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Haven't cooked shrimp since I moved in with D ten years ago. But when she's asleep in the evenings, I make seafood for dinner. If you need a primer on how to prep shrimp, I found this tutorial from Gordon Ramsay quite helpful.

2 Tbsp cooking oil (I used coconut)
1 red bell pepper, cut into strips
1/2 fresh red chile , sliced (I skipped this.)
2 Tbsp Thai red curry paste
1/2 lb shrimp, peeled & deveined
1 can coconut milk
1 Tbsp fish sauce
1 cup snow peas (I skipped these, because the ones at the store looked crummy.)
Cilantro
Lime juice, to taste (about a Tbsp)




Slice up the red pepper and chile. Rinse and remove stems from the cilantro leaves.

Heat skillet over medium heat, then add the cooking oil. Sautee the red pepper and chile for 2-3 minutes.

Add the curry paste. Stir and cook for about a minute. Add the coconut milk and fish sauce, and mix well.




Add shrimp and snow peas, and cook for 3 minutes. Shrimp are easily overcooked, so don't leave this on the heat too long -- remove the pan from the burner as soon as the shrimp pink up.

Stir in cilantro, and lime juice to taste. Serve over rice/noodles/cauliflower rice.



Pictured with cauliflower rice

From Vikalinka.
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I've been experimenting with some grain-free dishes. I only cooked cauliflower from fresh for the first time a few months back. I'm really digging the taste and versatility. A food processor is recommended for this recipe.

1 head cauliflower, cored & trimmed into florets
1 shallot, minced
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 Tbsp olive oil
1 tsp sea salt




Mince up your aromatics.

In two batches, pulse the cauliflower in a food processor to rice-like grains (about the size of couscous). If you don't have a food processor, you can grate it using a box grater.

Heat a skillet over medium-high heat, then add the olive oil. Sautee the shallots and garlic for a minute until tender.




Reduce heat to medium and add the cauliflower and salt. Cook for about 5 minutes, stirring constantly, until it reaches your preferred tenderness.



Pictured with red curry shrimp

From Cool Hunting.
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My new favorite quick breakfast is a scramble of eggs and whatever veg, meat, and cheese I have on hand. This one is eggs, red peppers, spinach, and goat cheese crumbles. Took less that ten minutes, including slicing the peppers.

Start by sauteeing the peppers in a little fat for a couple minutes (I used coconut oil). Remove from pan into your serving bowl. Then cook the scrambled eggs. A minute or two before the eggs are done to your liking (i.e. still a little too wet), add in the spinach and stir until wilted. Add back the red peppers and mix. Serve with blue cheese crumbles.
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Since you've got all those egg whites left over from making the creme brulee, let's make some meringues!

1 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup water
5 egg whites (from large eggs), at room temperature
1/2 tsp cream of tartar (or a bit of lemon juice -- something acidic to set the egg whites)

Preheat oven to 200° F (95° C), and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

In a small saucepan, combine the sugar and water. Heat over high heat, stirring occasionally but gently (you don't want it to splash up the sides and solidify). Cook until the syrup hits 240° F (115° C).

Meanwhile, combine the egg whites and cream of tartar. You can be awesome and do this the traditional way with a whisk and a lot of elbow grease, but I cheat and use a stand mixer. Mix until you have soft peaks (about 3 mins on medium speed).

With the mixer running on low, slowly drizzle in the hot sugar syrup. I recommend a gravy spoon or a ladle, rather than trying to handle a hot pot over a moving appliance. Increase speed to high and whip until it's nicely thickened.

Now, you can do these the pretty way, with a piping bag and fancy tips, or you can do it the ugly-but-still-delicious way with a ziplock bag with the corner snipped off (as seen in the photo below). Doesn't matter! Just spoon your meringue into the bag, and portion out onto the baking sheet. These don't really spread while baking, not like your usual cookies.

In my oven, I bake at 200° F for two hours, until they're slightly golden, then I turn off the oven and leave them in there for another hour. I've seen recipes that say bake for 45 mins, then leave in the warm oven for two more hours, but I find they're still a little gooey in the middle when I do that. Depends on the oven! If you try one, and it's sticking to the parchment paper, or it's still chewy inside, then turn the oven back on and give it more time.




Meringue recipe from Serious Eats, and a concordance of baking times and temps from all over the interwebs.
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Steak (I used 1lb flank steak for 3 people)
Bell peppers (tricolor is very pretty!)
Onion (I used 3/4 of a large Spanish onion)
Fajita seasoning (I used the pre-mixed McCormick packet)
Rice or fajitas
Toppings, such as shredded cheese, sour cream, pico de gallo

If serving over rice, get your rice cooker set up and going in advance.

Prepare the steak. I cooked it sous vide at 130 F for 45 minutes, then sliced into strips. Alternatively, slice first and stir fry in a pan with a tablespoon of oil.

Set aside the steak. In a large skillet, heat a tablespoon of oil, and sautee the onions and peppers for 3-5 minutes. Add the steak, seasoning, and about 1/4 c. of water. Stir and simmer for 3-5 minutes.

Serve over rice, or in tortillas. Top with cheese, sour cream, and salsas.


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160g egg yolks (10-12 yolks)
90g granulated sugar, plus more for dusting
1/2 tsp salt
600g heavy cream
Berries for garnish (optional)

Equipment:
Sous vide setup
Wide mouth canning jars
Blowtorch
Fine-mesh strainer

Heat water bath to 176° F (80° C).

Combine yolks, sugar, and salt. Whisk until smooth.

In a pot on the stove, heat cream to 158° F (70° C). Then slowly (very slowly: a thin drizzle) whisk this into the egg mixture. Pour too fast, and you'll curdle the eggs.

Strain the mixture, then allow to rest for 20-30 minutes so that most of the bubbles dissipate. Gently skim away any remaining bubbles with a spoon.

Cast ~150g of mixture into each jar, pouring in a slow, low, steady stream to avoid creating more bubbles. I used these 4 oz Ball jelly jars, and filled them nearly full (a couple cm of space at the top, where the threads are). Note: you may want to pre-warm the jars with a dip in some hot water to reduce the chance of cracking in the sous vide.

Close with lids and bands, but only finger-tip tight: place the lid on top of the jar, then twist the band to tighten using just your fingertips. When you begin to feel resistance, twist once in the opposite direction, then once more to tighten. (This is necessary to let the trapped air escape when submerged, otherwise the air will crack the jars as it expands.)

Sous vide for an hour. If you are using an Anova circulator, turn it off while you are placing the jars in the pot: this will keep them from jostling before they settle.

After removing the jars, let them sit on a trivet for 10-15 minutes to cool a bit, then place into an ice bath to chill completely. (If you go straight from the sous vide to the ice bath, the jars may crack.) Once the jars are cold they will last up to a week, sealed, in the refrigerator.

When ready to serve, let them warm a few minutes, then remove the lid from the jar. If condensation has pooled on the surface of the custard, gently dab with the corner of a paper towel to remove.

Using a small sieve or your fingers, dust a layer of sugar over the surface of the custard. The more sugar you use, the more crunchy and caramelized your top layer will be.

Set blowtorch to a low gas-release setting. Holding the torch in your dominant hand, and the jar in the other, focus the flame on the custard, while rotating the jar. Once you have achieved the color you want, allow the sugar to set for five minutes.

Top with berries, mint leaves, or whatever you desire. Then lick clean.

from Chef Steps


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1 butternut squash
1 Tbsp butter
2 Tbsp maple syrup
salt & pepper

Preheat the over to 400 F. Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil, and lightly coat with cooking spray.

Halve the squash lengthwise, scooping out the strings and seeds with a spoon. Place cut side down and bake for 45-55 min (until a skewer goes through easily).

Meanwhile, melt butter in a small pot or pan, and stir in maple syrup, salt, and pepper. Turn off the heat.

When squash is done, turn over so the cut sides are facing up, and spoon on the butter/syrup mixture. Return to the oven for about 5 minutes, to set the glaze.

from Jack Bishop's Vegetables Every Day




Photo also includes our chicken francese.
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Rosemary-marinated chicken breasts, cooked sous vide @ 150° for an hour, then pan-seared in a little butter for browning;

Oven-roasted potatoes (butter, salt, garlic powder, thyme, & oregano, @ 400° for 1.5 hours, stirring occasionally);

Asparagus, tossed with kosher salt and pan-seared in olive oil for about five minutes (sub lima beans for D).


Latkes

Feb. 1st, 2015 10:20 pm
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This is the second time we've made these, but I had two additional pieces of kitchen gear that made it much easier this time around: a food processor, and a cast-iron skillet.

For 12-15 small/medium latkes:

3 good sized russet potatoes, washed and peeled
2 cups diced onion (about 2 medium onions)
2 eggs
1/2 to 3/4 cup matzo ball mix
salt to taste (several tsp -- more than you'd think)
applesauce and/or sour cream, for serving

Shred the potatoes using the grater disc of a food processor. Dump the shredded potatoes in a piece of cheesecloth, folded over twice. Tie the corners around a wooden spoon and twist the bundle to wring out as much moisture as you can over a very large bowl. Get the potato as dry as possible.

Set the potato aside, and let the bowl of potato water sit undisturbed while you dice up the onion. Then carefully pour off the water (which will be red-brown), leaving the off-white potato starch in the bottom of the bowl.

In the cast-iron skillet, heat 1/2 inch of vegetable oil over medium-high heat.

Dump in the shredded potato and diced onion, and mix well with the starch (you could use a spoon, but it's easier if you get your hands dirty). Add an egg, followed by 1/4 c. of matzo mix, then the other egg, then another 1/4 c. of matzo mix, mixing after each addition. If necessary, add some more matzo mix, until the consistency is such that it all holds together when you make a patty. Add salt.

When the frying oil is hot, make a small test latke (about the volume of a golf ball), and use a spatula to slide it into the hot oil and press flat. Fry a few minutes on each side, until golden brown. Put several layers of paper towel on a plate to pat dry. Taste to see if it needs more seasoning, and repeat if necessary.

In a 12" skillet, you can fry up 3-4 latkes at a time, if they're smallish (about the volume of a kiwi fruit). Best served hot, topped with applesauce or sour cream (but not both in the same bite ;).

Adapted from Serious Eats; see this post for more latke tips.
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I think this is an NYC-area regional dish. Never heard of it, except in restaurants up there and within D's north-Jersey family. When I asked the butcher (here in Baltimore) to pound the chicken breasts thin for Chicken Francese, he gave me a blank look and said, "Oh, you're making chicken scallopini." Similar, but not quite the same.

I've done this with the chicken prepared differently, depending on the butcher: either fat breasts sliced thin (into 3-4 pancake-like pieces), or a fat breast sliced in half, then pounded thin (~1/4 inch). Pounded thin seems traditional for this dish, but both have turned out delicious. A pound of chicken will give you 4 larger or 6-8 smaller cutlets, depending on preparation.

1 lb chicken (sliced/pounded into thin pieces, as above)
Salt & pepper
4 Tbsp butter
4 Tbsp oil
4 Tbsp chicken broth
4 Tbsp lemon juice
4 Tbsp dry white wine (optional)
Lemon slices (optional garnish)

In a 10- or 12-inch pan, over medium-high heat, heat the cooking fats (butter & oil) until sizzling. You can cook 2-3 cutlets at a time.

Season the chicken with salt and pepper. Prepare two deep dishes, one with flour and one with 2 lightly beaten eggs. Dredge a chicken slice in the flour, pressing down to coat it heavily. Dredge in egg, then back through the flour again.

Place in pan, and fry 2-3 minutes per side, turning once.

When all cutlets are cooked, deglaze the pan with the chicken broth, lemon juice, and white wine. Reduce to taste: should be golden brown and slightly thickened. Pour over cutlets and serve. Garnish with lemon slices, if you're feeling particularly fancy.

source: The Food Maven
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* spatchcocked turkey
14lbs, from Eddie's. Forgot to ask for the backbone for gravy, so cut off the wing tips and used those. Turkey was perfect, and gravy was spectacular.
* Parker House rolls
* Hasselback potato gratin
* sweet potato casserole, using Kenji's mashed sweet potatoes as the base, and Grandmom C's pecan topping
* stuffing, from D's mom's recipe, but prepared in the slow cooker
* roasted cauliflower with pine nuts & raisins (omitted capers)
* canned cranberry sauce
* Fordhook lima beans
* corn

appetizers included Arie's stuffed mushrooms, a cheese platter with figs, and a veg platter with these three dips:
* green goddess, subbing fish sauce for the anchovies
* ranch
* blue cheese dip

waffles

Nov. 9th, 2014 12:03 pm
sarah: (whip it)
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A light & crisp recipe, but the batter was thin and thus so were the waffles. Great flavor, though. Original recipe calls for 1:1 dry:wet ingredient ratio; increase this to 3:2 next time.

3-1/2 oz. (3/4 cup) all-purpose flour
1 oz. (1/4 cup) cornstarch
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/4 tsp. baking soda
1 cup milk (or 3/4 c. buttermilk and 1/4 c. milk)
6 Tbsp. vegetable oil
1 large egg, separated
1 Tbsp. sugar
1/2 tsp. vanilla extract

Heat the oven to 200°F and heat the waffle iron. Mix the flour, cornstarch, salt, baking powder, and baking soda in a medium bowl. Measure the milk and vegetable oil in a Pyrex measuring cup; mix in the egg yolk and set aside.

In another bowl, beat the egg white almost to soft peaks. Sprinkle in the sugar and continue to beat until the peaks are firm and glossy. Beat in the vanilla.

Pour the buttermilk mixture into the dry ingredients and whisk until just mixed. Drop the whipped egg white onto the batter in dollops and fold in with a spatula until just incorporated.

Pour the batter onto the hot waffle iron and cook. Repeat with the remaining batter, holding the waffles in the oven, directly on the oven rack (don't stack them) until ready to serve.

Makes 4 waffles (not counting the first sacrificial one).

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