Monday, December 21, 2009

The Perfect Turkey

So cooking a turkey perfectly is an easy thing to do once you have the right steps. You want to pre-heat your oven to 350 C then take your stuffed turkey and put it in your roaster with the breast facing down. You then pop the turkey in the oven without the cover for 20 minutes once it has been nicely seared you want to take the roaster out and loosen the Turkey from the bottom of the roaster. You can use a flipper to do this. Then you want to put the turkey back in for a couple of hours. This you may want to look online how long to cook it but a good way to judge is if you pierce it in one of the meaty parts you should only see clear liquid coming out. After the bird is almost ready you want to remove the lid again and let it get nice and crispy.

You should lightly baste the turkey every 30 minutes or so

Enjoy and Happy Holidays!!!

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Chicken Parmensan

Chicken Parmesan

Nothing says Sunday night dinner like Chicken Parmesan. This is an easy meal that is sooo yummy! First you want to boil some water for your spaghetti. Then make your marina Sauce this should not take much time at all (Check previous posting)! Once your pasta has been cooked mix it into the sauce and leave on a low heat to simmer. Next prepare 3 bowls one with flour in it one with 2 eggs beaten in it and one with Italian bread crumbs in it. Heat a good glug of olive oil in a pan. Next take your skinless boneless chicken breast and fillet, then wrap in plastic wrap and hit it with a meat hammer, the fun part!!! Once your chicken is about ¼ inch thick, they are ready to dip into flour then eggs then bread crumbs and next put them in a pan. Allow to cook on both sides for about 4-7 minutes. After you are sure the chicken is cooked all the way through put a slice of Mozza on top and let melt, next put pasta on your plate and then the chicken on top and drown them in your parmesan cheese! Goes great with a nice glass of red wine! Enjoy!

Friday, November 20, 2009

Mexican night

Unfortunately for me, Meaghan is on a Mexican adventure whilst I am here in the cold...working away...Trying to make myself feel better I though why not whip up some is easy and quick and Delicious!

The first thing you need to make sure you have a ripe avocado. You want the outside to be black and you want them to be soft. If they are green on the outside STAY AWAY. They will be hard and make lumpy guacamole.

I usually use the rule, one avocado for every 2 people. This recipe is easily doubled and tripled.

1 ripe avocado
1 lime
1 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons of cilantro (fresh, dry will not work)
1 chili pepper diced up for those who like it hot!!!

Now for the fun part...

Scoop out the avocado with a metal spoon into a medium bowl. They have special avocado cutters which makes things easy, but a spoon works great! Take a potato masher and mash up all the avocado so it is nice and smooth, it is ok if it is a bit lumpy, it just depends what kind of texture you are craving. Squeeze the juice from the lime into the bowl, add the salt and cilantro. If you are using chili this is also the time to add it. Mix it up with a fork, you can also use this opportunity to get our any lumps if you are craving a silky smooth guacamole.

Sure with corn chips, I prefer the blue kind (adds great colour). Try not to get the kinds that have too much salt it takes away from the yummy guacamole. I like to serve this along side some sour cream, I think it really compliments it, but it is delish by itself too!


Friday, October 16, 2009

Friday Night Dinner Rush

Friday nights can be so hard because you are tired after a long week at work. The last thing you want to do is get home at 6 and start making a fancy meal. Our advice....keep it simple and make it fun. Get a nice bottle of wine or drink and choice and cook with your honey making simple yummy finger foods to have a date night and satisfying that craving for something different and fun on a Friday night.

One of the best easy couple things to make on Friday nights is Pizza.

Pizza Dough
1 1/2 cups flour
Pinch salt
3/4 teaspoon active dry yeast
1/2 cup lukewarm water
1 tablespoon olive oil

Stir together the flour, salt and yeast. Add the water and olive oil and stir until it resembles somewhat of a ball. Dump it out on a floured surface and kneed into a ball. It should only take a few minutes and don't be afraid to add flour as needed, but add it in small quantities so you do not end up with dried out dough.

Oil a bowl (some people like to use a spray or butter but oil is best for this) turn the dough in the oil to coat it and let stand covered in plastic wrap for an hour and a half.

Turn the dough out onto flour board and punch the air out of it in the centre of the ball. Shape the dough into a round disk and let stand under plastic wrap for 15 - 20 minutes.

Roll the dough out thin to cover your pan or pizza stone, you should flour or put cornmeal down before you put the dough on the pan or stone.

The toppings a really up to you. My favorite is the best can of diced tomatoes you can find (I use these instead of a pizza sauce, just spoon them out of the can), fresh basil, spicy pepperoni and fresh mozzarella cheese . Don't put too many toppings or sauce on the Pizza, it will just make the crust gooey.

Bake the pizza at 475 for about 10 minutes.

Tip: put any meat you like on top of the cheese instead of under it, the meat takes longer to cook then the cheese and this will allow the meat to cook more thoroughly.

Football Sunday Buffalo Wing's Heathly Style

So everyone loves Football Sunday and everyone loves wing's when they watch the big game. But not everyone loves the Calories. So here is a healthier alternative... with still the great taste just a pinch less fat.
First you will need a pound or 2 of skinless boneless chicken breast, cut this into thin strips roughly the length of a french fries and 1/2 and inch thick. put 1/2 cup of cooking oil in a skillet and turn on a medium heat. dip the chicken in milk first and then 2 cups of flour and a pinch of salt and pepper. Make sure they are nice and coated. Then in a separate bowl at 1/2 cup of your fav hot sauce franks is a great choice, and 2 Tablespoons of honey and 3Tablespoons of melted butter, whisk that around.
add the chicken to the oil and cook on each side for 3 minutes. dip the immediately into the hot sauce and give it a good stir.
I love to serve these with a nice blue cheese sauce or ranch dressing. yummmm

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Rotten Ronnie's Succulent Baby Back Ribs

There is nothing better than some nice juicy ribs and a beer on a hot summer afternoon.

My lovely father in law is the creator of these beauties and I have added a finishing touch.

So you want to start our with 1 or 2 racks of ribs, first you need to remove the film from the back of the ribs this should be easy to remove with a small paring knife. Removing this allows for all of the juices to distribute evenly while the meat is cooking and makes for some fall off the bones delicious ribs.

You then want to cut the ribs into pieces so that there is about 4 or 5 ribs still stuck together. Put them in a lasagne dish and cover with 2 part olive oil and 1 part apple cider vinegar. You should also add 2 cloves of garlic salt and pepper and if you want some steak spice to give it some more flavor, cover and let sit for at least 2 hours but preferably overnight.

Once they have sat and marinated for the night drain the liquid and cook covered at 250-300 for 2-3 hours. Preheat your BBQ to a medium heat. Cover the ribs in your favorite BBQ sauce homemade or store bought are both fine, and put the ribs on the BBQ for 15 to 20 minutes. Enjoy

Trust me you will be forever known as the master of the grill. These babies are amazing!!!

Delish Sweet Potato Casserole

Nothing Says Thanksgiving like Sweet potato casserole especially one that the whole family will enjoy.

Now I love sweet potatoes they are full of nutrients and are so sweet your kids will love them.
So you want to start out with
4 large sweet potatoes
1/2 cup softened butter
1 cup heavy cream
2 tablespoons vanilla extract
1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup maple syrup
1 cup chopped pecans
2 eggs, beaten
2 tablespoons maple syrup
1/4 cup chopped pecans

Preheat oven to 375 . Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil. Place sweet potatoes onto the prepared baking sheet, and bake in preheated oven until soft, 45 minutes to 1 hour. Remove from the oven and allow to cool slightly before peeling and placing into a large bowl. Preheat oven to 350. Butter a 2 quart casserole dish. Mash the warm potatoes along with butter, cream, vanilla extract, brown sugar, salt, 1/2 cup maple syrup, 1 cup chopped pecans, and eggs. Spread mashed sweet potato into the prepared baking dish, and sprinkle with the remaining 2 tablespoons of maple syrup, and 1/4 cup of pecans. I added more maple syrup to cover most of the top of the casserole and 2 tbsp wasn't enough.Bake sweet potatoes in preheated oven until thoroughly hot, 30 to 35 minutes.

Now some may find this a bit too sweet as sweet potatoes are so sweet to start with so you may want to add less Maple Syrup.

This makes quite a bit but believe me they will not last long!!! Enjoy! and Happy Thanksgiving!!!!

Monday, August 31, 2009

Eggplant Lasagne

This recipe can be alternated to have any type of filling in the lasagne, so feel free to experiment.

Now I know a lot of people that do not like eggplant and the biggest problem is most people just aren't sure how to cook it before preparing it. The big secret is to first slice the eggplant into 1/2 inch pieces and put them in a strainer and then sprinkle course sea salt over them for at least 1 hour before cooking them. You can then rinse them off and pat them dry. This helps get out all the acidity from the eggplant and will take away the not nice after taste that can come from that.

Now you will want to make a basic marinara sauce. for this you will need 3 cloves of garlic, a bunch of fresh basil ( dried is fine to but only a tsp if using dried) and a can of died tomatoes, a bottle of strained tomatoes (tomato puree) and a TBSP of tomato paste. and salt and pepper for taste.

So first you put a good glug of olive oil in a pan and let it heat then add your chopped garlic and your chopped basil (add dried basil after you put in the tomatoes) let cook for 2-3 minutes add all the tomatoes and let simmer, add a salt and pepper to taste and let simmer on low on your stove.

For pasta I find your best bet is the fresh pasta you can get, it is relatively inexpensive and you can get it at any Italian grocery store or even at the local supermarket. It is the quickest and easiest way to do it because you can just pop the whole thing in the oven and you don't need to pre cook the noodles!

Now for the eggplant... how I like to do it is add some olive oil maybe 1/4 cup and then fry the eggplant until its is brown on both sides, you will know when to flip when the olive oil has seeped through to the other side of the eggplant.

For cheese you will need 1 cup ricotta, 1 egg, and 1/2 cup parm, mix together

So add some sauce to the bottom of your lasagne pan, then add first layer of pasta, (depending how big your pan is will depend on how much pasta you need) then add more sauce and another layer of pasta, then add cheese mix and then another layer of pasta, you then add thin layer of sauce and you eggplant and then another layer of pasta. you can add lots of sauce to the top and top it all off with some fresh mozza grated or sliced and put on top. Baked at 350 for 35 minutes let sit for 3 minutes before serving!

Great with the Caesar salad!!!

You can also make ahead of time and freeze for an impromptu guest.

Chicken Chow Mein Night!

There is nothing I love more then a healthy and easy meal that is quick.

So Chicken chow mein is the right choice for me!

SOOO quick and easy.

You will need oyster sauce, hoisin Sauce, Soy sauce (low sodium), sesame seed oil, olive oil, sugar, cornstarch, chicken, chow mein noodles, and either frozen zen garden veggies (pre-cut and have the best veggies in them) or a selections of veggies, snow peas, water chestnut, baby corns, red pepper, yellow pepper, tomato, bean sprouts, green onion, and anything else that you should desire, just make sure they are sliced very thin.

(Also for the vegetarians out there, skip the oyster sauce and use Tofu instead of chicken still great!!)

First add 2 TBSP of Olive oil and 1tsp of sesame seed oil to pan. Slice your chicken in strips and fry until no longer pink, remove from pan and add one more glug of olive oil and a sprinkle of sesame seed oil. Add your green onion and all the veggies (frozen or other wise) cook for about 7-10 minutes or until they have reduced slightly.

Meanwhile prepare the sauce, now this is more of a judgement on how much sauce you would like. you may want to double the batch.

So add 1/4C soy sauce, 2 TBSP oyster sauce, 2TBSP hoisin sauce and a dash of cornstarch and sugar. whisk this all together and set aside.

Put a pot on to boil to cook the noodles, or you can leave them crispy and add to your pan after. However I prefer mine to be cooked. So once water is boiling cook noodles for about 2-3 minutes. Drain and add directly to the veggies.

Add the chicken to the veggies as well and then add the amount of sauce you like, give it a good stir, let it sit for about 2 minutes and serve.
This is great if you are having company!! Serves 4-5 people

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Caesar Salad the only way if should ever be made

I am putting a nix on all bottled Caesar salad dressings. It is easy to make and much healthier for you than the crap you buy plus it tastes 100% better.

You first finely chop or put in the food processor, 2-3 cloves of garlic and about 1/4 of extra virgin olive oil. Let that sit at least 30 minutes. After add the juice of a quart of a lemon, 1/4 cup of fresh grated parm, and just a 1/4 tsp of anchovy paste, and one egg. Salt and Pepper to taste. Blend together.

For your lettuce use Romain and never use the middle crunchy parts as it is very tart and will change the taste of the dressing. rip the lettuce (after it is cleaned) into small pieces, set aside to dry.

Croutons you can use the store brands, or just grab a baguette and broil until brown and rub with Garlic. After cut into squares. (but make yummy Garlic bread as well)

I like to add both chopped bacon and chopped anchovies. They give it a nice flavor.

Toss and enjoy!

If you would like to make it a meal add grilled chicken or shrimp.

Also great with a glass of Cabernet Sauvignon.

Let me introduce you to Pannekoeken

Because this is my first blog I thought what a better way to start my blog off than with one of my favorite breakfast's. Pannekoeken, or the Dutch pancake, or as my boyfriend Theo calls them Oma Pancakes. These thin pancakes, not as thin as a crepe but not as thick as a flapjack are a staple in any Dutch household. They are good with almost any filling you put in them, eggs and bacon, hash browns bacon and onion with sour cream on top ( the perogie Pannekoeken) or my favorite just rolled with Syrup and icing sugar.

you will have to make sure your skillet is very warm, and if the first one doesn't turn out beautiful don't get discouraged the first one is always a little ugly. Also the recipe is never exact as its been handed down from mother to child for a long time.

For 2 people

you will need one egg, 1 cup flour, 1 tbsp melted butter, and then 1 cup of Milk

you may not need all of the milk you just need it until the batter is a nice runny consistency.

You mix it all together and take a ladle and put in hot frying pan (Medium high) with some melted butter in it or oil, and cook for about 3 minutes per side.

Don't forget to add all of your favorite fruit or flavors to the breakfast, and enjoy.
This is a very easy and delish recipe if you are in the mood for a sunday breakfast on thursday morning.