Sunday, February 21, 2010

Cornmeal Whole Wheat Waffles

This recipe has been retooled from it's original form as I found it on the internet. I reduced the sugar, used whole wheat flour and used cracked cornmeal from Bob's Red Mill. The lemon zest could easily be omitted but I can't believe how fresh it made them taste! We ate them with butter and maple syrup but a compote of blueberries, cinnamon and nutmeg is in the fridge ready to be used this week for quick breakfasts. Two dozen golden delicious waffles are in my freezer. Well worth the work.

Cornmeal Whole Wheat Waffles

1 1/2c. whole wheat flour
1 1/2c. cornmeal
5 t. baking powder - yes this is correct, you need this much to give them the fluffy texture
2c. buttermilk
4 eggs
4 T. brown sugar
1/4c. melted butter
zest of one lemon

Whisk together the buttermilk, eggs, brown sugar, butter and lemon zest. In a large bowl, combine the flour, cornmeal and baking powder. Fold in the wet ingredients. Let sit for 5 minutes while the waffle iron heats up. The more the batter rises, the fluffier the final waffles will be. Cook for 3 min or until golden brown.
Makes 12

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Double Fudge Brownies or I Love Paula Deen

Paula Deen needs to be related to me. I don't think any television cook has ever made me as happy as she has. The recipes in her magazines never fail to delight my guests and are so easy! Even her layer cakes are, well, a piece of cake.

Anyway, before I drool all over the keyboard, here is the recipe for my 'go to' brownie. I made a little icing for them - the recipe included below. But honestly, if you let the brownies cool and sit overnight, they really don't need icing. The flavors will have deepened and the fudgy texture develops. Or, like Josh, you just might need your brownies to have icing.

Double Fudge Brownies
Paula Deen Holiday Baking 2007

1c. sugar
3/4c. firmly packed brown sugar
3/4c. unsweetened cocoa powder
1/4c. Swiss Mocha flavored instant coffee mix
1 1/4c. all purpose flour
3/4c. chocolate chips
1 c. butter, softened
4 large eggs

1. Preheat oven to 350. Lightly grease a 13x9" baking pan.

2. In a large bowl, beat all ingredients except chocolate chipson medium speed until smooth. Fold in chocolate chips.

3. Spread batter evenly into prepared pan. Bake for 30 min.

Combine 1c. powdered sugar, 1/4c. cocoa, 1 t. vanilla and 1/4c. milk. Add extra powdered sugar until spreadable consistency.

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Meatball Loaves with Tomato Gravy & Smashed Potatoes

I was home today and Seth was willing to sit in his highchair for a while so I managed to whip up a yummy comforting dinner.

This recipe came together so easily. Maybe a little more time consuming than some recipes I have made but I can't believe how easy the mashed potatoes were. For some reason they turned out so creamy but I never took out my handmixer which is always such a pain.

It made enough for four people but will be so delicious tomorrow for hot lunches. That's the best kind of dinner!

Meatball Loaves with Tomato Gravy & Smashed Potatoes
Rachael Ray Magazine

4 large potatoes, peeled and cubed - I used yellow flesh organic
1/2lb each ground pork, veal and beef - I used extra lean beef
1 1/2c. freshly grated Pecorino Romano cheese - I used grated parmesan
1/2 to 3/4c. Italian breadcrumbs - I used plain crumbs and a teaspoon of Italian seasoning
1/3c. heavy cream
1 large egg, beaten
4 cloves garlic, finely chopped
1 T. Worcestershire sauce
1/4t. allspice
ground black pepper
1/4c. olive oil
1 carrot, finely chopped
1/2 onion, finely chopped
1 bay leaf
2T. chopped fresh rosemary
3T. tomato paste
2 1/2 c. beef broth

1. Preheat the oven to 425. Place the potatoes in a pot, cover with cold water and cover the pot with a lid. Bring to a boil, then salt the water and cook the potatoes until tender, 12 to 15 min. Drain the potatoes and add them back to the pot.

2. While the potatoes are cooking, in a large bowl, combine the ground meats with 1/2c. cheese, 1/2c. bread crumbs, a splash of cream, the egg, half the chopped garlic, the Worcestershire sauce and allspice; season with salt and pepper. Drizzle 1T. olive oil onto a baking sheet, form the meat mixture into 4 loaves about 1 to 1 1/2" thick and place on the baking sheet. Drizzle with 1 T. olive oil. Bake for 20 min.

3. While the meatloaves bake, in a large skillet, heat the remaining 2T. olive oil over med. heat. Add the remaining garlic, the carrot, onion and bay leaf and cook until tender, 7 to 8 min.; season with salt and pepper and rosemary. Stir in the tomato paste, and cook for 1 min. Whisk in the broth and simmer until thickened. Discard the bay leaf.

4. Add the remaining 1/3c. cream and 1c. cheese to the potatoes and season with salt. Smash to desired consistency. Divide the potatoes among 4 plates and make a small well in the center. Remove the meatloaves from the oven, turn in the sauce and set alongside the potatoes. Spoon extra sauce into the wells and over the loaves.

Friday, February 5, 2010

Spicy Caponata Caviar

I wanted to post this recipe before I lost it. We served it at a dinner party and it was a big hit. Definitely a bit on the spicy side but something different rather than the same old same old bruschetta and spinach dip routine. Serve with a really buttery cracker, toasted baguette rounds or melba toasts. I used my Cuisinart mini chop to make sure the pieces of veggies were uniform.

If I had to describe the taste, it would be similar to a jarred antipasto but completely vegetarian.

Spicy Caponata Caviar
Everyday with Rachael Ray Magazine

1 large eggplant
2 T. olive oil
4 cloves garlic, finely minced
2 pinches crushed red pepper - I omitted this
2 ribs celery, finely chopped
1 small onion, finely chopped
1 cubanelle pepper, stemmed, seeded and finely chopped - I used a couple jarred pepperoncini
1 roasted red pepper, finely chopped
6 black olives, finely chopped - I used 12
6 green olives, finely chopped - I used 12
1 T. capers, drained - I used 2 T.
flat leafed parsley, finely chopped - I omitted this b/c Josh hates parsley

1. Preheat the oven to 450. Prick the eggplant with a fork and roast until soft, about 25 min.

2. While the eggplant is working, in a skillet, heat the oil over medium heat. Add the garlic, crushed red pepper, celery, onion, and Cubanelle pepper. Cook for 7 min. Stir in the roasted red peppers, olives, capers, and parsley. Transfer to a large bowl.

3. Carefully peel the roasted eggplant. In a food processor, puree the eggplant into a smooth paste; season with salt and pepper. Stir into the veggies.