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Mon, 2012-01-16 09:05 | by Caroline
I had dinner at my parents' tonight and they served the most delicious dessert. I was thrilled to find out that it was dairy free and low in fat and calories! I thought I would share the recipe with you. A BIG thank you to Anna for always passing along her amazing recipes!
3 large egg whites, at room temperature
Pinch of salt
1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar
3/4 cup sugar
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1 teaspoon bourbon
3 tablespoons cocoa nibs (see Note)
1 ounce bittersweet chocolate, melted
2 cups raspberries
- Preheat the oven to 300° and position a rack in the center of the oven. Draw an 8-inch circle on a sheet of parchment paper and invert it on a baking sheet.
- In the bowl of a standing electric mixer fitted with the whisk, beat the egg whites, salt and cream of tartar at medium-high speed until soft peaks form. Gradually beat in the sugar at high speed until the whites are stiff and glossy, 3 minutes. Beat in the vanilla and bourbon. Add the cocoa nibs and beat until just incorporated. Spread the meringue on the paper in an 8-inch round.
- Bake for 1 hour and 10 minutes, until the surface is dry and lightly browned and the center is still a bit soft. Let cool completely on the baking sheet, 30 minutes.
- Transfer the Pavlova to a board. Drizzle with the chocolate and top with the raspberries. Cut the Pavlova into 8 wedges and serve.
Nutritional Information: One serving: 139 cal, 3 gm fat, 1.3 gm sat fat, 26 gm carb, 4 gm fiber, 2 gm protein.
Recipe and image courtesy of Food and Wine.
Mon, 2011-11-28 16:35 | by Caroline
My husband and I were in New York on our own this Thanksgiving and I decided to tackle the Thanksgiving feast for the first time. After two days of preparation, our meal tasted amazing!!! Below are the recipes for what I cooked up for us and a few of our close friends. Enjoy!
Roast Turkey with Rosemary and Lemon
1 whole turkey (about 12 pounds), thawed if frozen, neck and giblets removed, and rinsed and patted dry
3/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
2 tablespoons fresh rosemary leaves, minced
1 garlic clove, minced
7 wide strips lemon zest (from 1 large lemon)
Coarse salt and ground pepper
4 cups of Stuffing – I used cornbread stuffing.
1 large yellow onion, cut into 8 wedges
1.The night before you plan on serving the turkey, make sure you brine the bird for at least 8-12 hours. (Whole Foods and William Sonoma both make great brining kits).
2. Let turkey sit at room temperature 30 minutes. Preheat oven to 400 degrees, with rack in lower third. In a small saucepan, heat oil, rosemary, garlic, and lemon zest. Bring to a simmer over medium-high and cook until garlic is soft and lemon is slightly shriveled, 1 minute. Remove rosemary-lemon oil from heat and let cool.
3. Tuck wing tips underneath body of turkey. Season inside of turkey with salt and pepper. Loosely fill large cavity and neck cavity with stuffing; fold neck skin over opening. Tie legs together with kitchen twine. Brush turkey all over with 1/2 cup rosemary-lemon oil and season with salt and pepper.
4. Place onion in a heavy-bottomed roasting pan. Set a roasting rack over onion and place turkey on top. Roast until turkey is golden brown, 45 minutes to 1 hour. Reduce heat to 375 degrees, add 1 cup water to pan, and roast, brushing turkey with remaining rosemary oil every 30 minutes, until an instant-read thermometer inserted in thickest part of a thigh reads 165 degrees, 1 1/2 to 2 hours (add some water if pan becomes dry).
5. Transfer turkey to a platter or cutting board and loosely tent with foil; let rest 30 minutes. Reserve pan with drippings for gravy. To serve, scoop out stuffing and carve turkey.
Cornbread — an 8x8-inch pan’s worth, dried out over the course of one night
2 to 2.5 cups of dried breadcrumbs
1 to 1.5 cups diced onion
1 cup diced celery
½ cup of carrots diced
2 or 3 minced cloves of garlic
1 tbs fresh chopped thyme
1 tbs fresh chopped sage
2 large eggs
3 cups chicken broth
¼ cup of olive oil or ¼ of butter melted.
1. Plan ahead and bake one 8x8-inch pan of cornbread and let it sit out overnight to dry out a bit. You'll also need 2 to 2.5 cups of dried breadcrumbs.
2. Preheat oven to 400 degrees
3. Melt ¼ of unsalted butter or olive oil in a heavy-bottomed pan on the stovetop and add about 1 to 1.5 cups diced onion and 1 cup diced celery and carrots, 2 or 3 minced cloves of garlic and about 1 tbs each of fresh chopped thyme and fresh chopped sage, and cook those to soften.
4. While you're keeping your eye on that, crumble the cornbread into a large mixing bowl and then toss that with the dried breadcrumbs.
5. Once you're happy with the celery and onions, add those to the bowl with the breadcrumbs. Add a little sprinkling of cayenne pepper, a little salt and black pepper to taste, and add 2 large eggs to the mix and fold everything to combine.
6. Add 3 cups of chicken broth and toss that together until the broth is all absorbed. Add a little more broth if you think it needs it, and then transfer that to a 9x13-inch buttered baking dish and place it on the center rack of the oven and baake for 30-35 minutes. It will be lightly browned on top and slightly firm to the touch when it's done.
2 pounds fresh spinach, washed and tough stems removed
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
1/2 cup finely chopped shallots
1 teaspoon minced garlic
3/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
1/2 cup heavy cream
Bring a pot of salted water to a boil over high heat. Add the spinach and cook for 2 minutes. Drain in a fine mesh strainer, pressing with a large spoon to release as much water as possible. Finely chop and set aside.
Melt the butter in medium saute pan over medium-high heat. Add the shallots and garlic and cook, stirring, until soft and fragrant, about 2 minutes. Add the spinach and cook, stirring, just until the liquid is released. Add the cream, salt, pepper, and nutmeg, and cook until the cream is reduced by half, about 4 minutes. Remove from the heat and serve immediately.
Sweet Potatoes with Marshmallows
2lbs of red sweet potatoes or yams
2 tablespoons of butter
2 tablespoons of freshly grated ginger
salt and pepper to taste
1 Bag of small marshmallows
Pre-heat the oven to 375 degrees and place potatoes on middle rack and let bake until a fork easily goes into them on all sides. I like to poke them with a fork before I put them in the oven to speed up the process. Once baked, remove the sweet potatoes from the oven and let cool. Remove the skin and mash the sweet potatoes in a mixing bowl. Once mashed stir in the butter and ginger. Stir in the nutmeg (I only like a little) and cinnamon (I like a lot) as well as the salt and pepper. Spread the mashed sweet potatoes into a baking dish and cover with small marshmallows. Return to oven heated at 375 degrees for 30 minutes or until marshmallows begin to brown.
softened butter for greasing pans
1 1/2 cups flour
3/4 teaspoon kosher salt
3 extra-large eggs, at room temperature
1 1/2 cups milk, at room temperature
Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F.
Generously grease aluminum popover pans or Pyrex custard cups with softened butter. You'll need enough pans to make 12 popovers. Place the pans in the oven for exactly 2 minutes to preheat. Meanwhile, whisk together the flour, salt, eggs, and milk. The batter will be thin. Fill the popover pans less than half full and bake for exactly 30 minutes. Do not peek.
Recipe Credits: The Turkey and Sweet Potatoes were recipes that I either came up with by myself or altered from other recipes.
Cornbread Stuffing I found the Wednesday before Thanksgiving while watching NY1-Link Here to Recipe
Creamed Spinach is courtesy of Emeril Lagasse and you can find it here.
Popovers are courtesy of Barefoot Contessa Parties! and you can find it here.
Fri, 2011-10-07 17:03 | by Caroline
One of my mother-in-law's friends recently gave me two of the Loaves and Fishes cookbooks and I am totally hooked. Much like the Barefoot Contessa Books, these cookbooks are easy to follow, great for entertaining large groups, and always seem to turn out a great meal.
Last night Nick and I had some of his family over for dinner and I decided to make Chicken Breast with Apple Curry Sauce. I am always a bit hesitant to try new recipes on anyone other than my husband but I decided to give it a shot. This recipes states that it serves 6 and takes 30 minutes but in fact it took me a bit longer and we had plenty of left-overs! My biggest suggestion to executing any recipe successfully is to measure out all the ingredients before hand.
1/4 cup of clarified butter
6 chicken breasts, skinned, boned, and halved
4 tablespoons of butter (1/2 stick)
1 1/2 cups of peeled and finely chopped onion
2 cloves of garlic, peeled and minced
1 1/2 cups of peeled, cored, and finely chopped tart apples
3 tablespoons of unbleached white flour
1 1/2 tablespoons curry powder
1/2 teaspoon ground cardamom
1 teaspoon ground coriander
3/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
3 cups of chicken stock
2 teaspoons of grated lime rind
1 tablespoon lime juice
1/2 cup mango chutney, finely chopped
Preheat the oven to 200 degrees F.
Heat the clarified butter (I just used regular butter here) in a large saute pan and saute the chicken breasts on both sides until browned. Cover the pan. Heat the chicken breasts over low heat for 5 minutes. Transfer to a platter. Keep warm in the oven while you make the sauce.
To make the sauce, melt the butter in the saute pan. Add the onion and saute over low heat until transparent. Add the garlic and apples and saute for 2 minutes. Add the flour, curry powder, cardamom, coriander, salt, and pepper. Stir to mix well. Add the chicken stock, lime rind, lime juice, and chutney. Bring the sauce to a boil, stirring constantly. Pour around the chicken and serve.
Next time I am going to serve with shaved peanuts and coconut on the side. I wish I had taken a better picture because it was so delicious!!!
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