Friday, March 11, 2016

Pesto Potatoes ~ adapted from Carlsbad Cravings


2 lb red potatoes, cubed
1/4 c prepared pesto
1 T olive oil
1 T dry ranch dip mix
1/4 t onion powder
1/4 t garlic powder
1/2 t kosher salt, more or less to taste
bacon bits, optional

Preheat oven to 400°. Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.

Place potatoes in large mixing bowl. Add remaining ingredients, except bacon bits, and toss to combine. Place in single layer on prepared baking sheet. Roast 40 minutes, stirring once halfway through cooking, or until golden brown. Top with bacon bits if desired, serve immediately. Serves 6 as a side dish.

Chef's Note: To reheat leftover potatoes, heat 1 t olive oil in non stick skillet over medium high heat. Add potatoes and sauté until warmed through, approximately 3 minutes, stirring constantly. Sprinkle with kosher salt and bacon bits (potatoes will have absorbed all the salt from cooking when cooled, additional salt will be needed after reheating).

Thursday, March 10, 2016

Thai Peanut Pasta ~ adapted from Dinner Then Dessert



1 lb whole wheat thin spaghetti
3 T sesame oil, divided
1 head napa cabbage, shredded and divided
2-3 large carrots, trimmed and grated
5 cloves garlic, minced fine
1 T fresh ginger, peeled and minced fine
1/4 c natural peanut butter
1/4 c honey
1/4 c soy sauce
3 T rice vinegar (unseasoned)
1 1/2 T Sriracha sauce, more or lest to taste
1/4 c dry roasted unsalted peanuts
fresh cilantro, for garnish

Heat large pot of water to boiling. Add 1/2 t salt and pasta. Cook until al dente, approximately 9 minutes. Drain pasta and place in large bowl. Toss with 2 T of the sesame oil and set aside.

Return pot to stove and add remaining 1 T sesame oil, carrots, half shredded cabbage, garlic, and ginger. Sauté over medium heat until cabbage begins to wilt and garlic becomes fragrant, approximately 3 minutes. Add peanut butter and stir until melted. Add honey, soy sauce, vinegar, and Sriracha. Stir until incorporated. Return pasta to pot and toss to coat.

Top with peanuts and cilantro. Serves 6.

Chef's Note: Serve over additional half head of cabbage instead of pasta for a delicious low carb meal.


Thursday, January 21, 2016

Crock Pot Chicken and Dumplings



1 whole chicken, quartered and skinned
2~14 oz cans chicken broth, recommended: Swanson's
1~ 10 oz can cream of chicken soup
1/2 t sea salt
1/4 t freshly ground black pepper
1 t poultry seasoning*
1/2 lb carrots, sliced
4 ribs celery with leaves, sliced
1/2 one white onion
Dumpling recipe:
1 1/2 c unbleached flour 
1 1/2 t baking powder
1/2 t salt
1/2 t fresh flat leaf parsley, chopped
6 T cold butter
3/4 t sugar
2/3 c milk

Place chicken in crock pot, season with chicken seasoning, salt and pepper. Place carrots, celery, and onion on top of chicken. Whisk together broth and cream of chicken soup and pour over chicken and vegetables. Cook on high 3-4 hours or on low 6-8 hours. 

Remove chicken from crock pot, replace lid.  Shred and debone chicken, return to crock pot. Set temperature to high (if on low). 

Prepare dumplings by combining dry ingredients in medium bowl. Cut in butter until fine crumbs form. Add milk and stir just until incorporated.  

Drop dumplings by spoonful into crock pot. Return lid and cook dumplings with chicken additional 20 minutes. Serves 8.


Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Candied Ginger Scones ~ adapted from Williams Sonoma


2 c unbleached wheat flour
1/4 c sugar
3 t baking powder
1/2 c butter (one stick), very cold
1/3 c candied ginger, chopped
1 egg
1/2 c heavy cream

Preheat oven to 350. Line large baking sheet with parchment and set aside. 

In food processor, add flour, sugar, and baking powder. Pulse several times to combine. Cut cold butter into chunks and add to flour mixture. Pulse several times until coarse crumbs form. 

Transfer flour and butter to large mixing bowl, add ginger and stir gently. In separate bowl or measuring cup, add egg to cream and whisk well. Add wet ingredients to flour and butter and mix just until combined. 

Turn dough out onto lightly floured work surface. Pat into a disk, about 1/4" thick, using lightly floured hands if nessecary. Using biscuit or cookie cutter, cut out approximately 15 scones and place on prepared baking sheet.

Bake in center of oven 25 minutes or until lightly browned. Remove from baking sheet and cool on rack. Serve warm with butter or lemon curd. Yield 15 scones. 




Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Peanut Butter and Chocolate Covered Pretzel Nice Cream




2 frozen bananas
2 T natural peanut butter
2 t chocolate chips, melted
1/2 t vanilla
6-8 mini pretzel twists

Peel frozen bananas and chop into chunks. Add to food processor along with vanilla and whip until completely smooth. Add peanut butter, melted chocolate, and pretzels. Pulse just to combine and pretzels are roughly chopped. Spoon into bowls and top with additional pretzels if desired. Serve immediately or place in freezer in airtight container. Microwave 15 seconds to soften.

Yield 2 servings.


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