Thursday, May 27, 2010

BLT FTW!!!

i was craving a BLT today & came up with this tasty combo...

















super awesome BLT:
2 slices of artisan bread (i used pi zano bread from new pioneer co-op)
3 slices extra thick applewood smoked bacon, cooked to your liking
2 pieces butter lettuce
1 thick slice of tomato
1 Tbsp homemade basil mayo (recipe to follow)

build & eat!

homemade basil mayo:
2 large egg yolks
2 Tbsp lemon juice
1/4 tsp sea salt
pinch of black pepper
1 cup olive oil
1 tsp fresh basil leaves, mashed into a paste with mortar & pestle

place yolks, lemon juice, salt, pepper, & mashed basil into a bowl & gently whisk until light & smooth - DO NOT WHIP THE EGGS
whisk the oil, a few drops at a time, into the mixture.
make sure the mixture is smooth & well integrated before adding more oil.
whisking will suspend the oil in the yolk mixture & adding the oil a little at a time will keep the mixture in a state of emulsion - which is what you want.
after about 1/3 of the oil has been whisked in, you can speed up the pouring a bit. 
make sure the mixture is back in emulsion before pouring any more oil.
once all the oil has been whisked in, you have mayonnaise.
if it looks a little thin, place in fridge, covered, for about 10-15 minutes before using.
whatever you don't use immediately, put it in a jar & refrigerate. it should last up to a week.

Monday, April 26, 2010

improv everywhere...

my plan tonight was to make a green bean soup recipe i'd found online, only to discover my bag of green beans had rotted.  time to improv!  luckily ryan had just gone to the store, so we had a decent selection in the house.  here's what we came up with...

creamy lemon & chive pasta soup:
1/2 c butter
1 medium onion, chopped
handful of fresh chives, chopped
1 clove of garlic, chopped
juice of 1 lemon
1/2 lb angelhair pasta, broken up
4 c chicken stock
1 c heavy cream\
1 Tbsp fresh chives, chopped

over medium heat, saute onions in butter until translucent.
add garlic, chives, lemon juice, & pasta.  sautee pasta for 2 minutes.
add chicken stock & bring to boil.  reduce to simmer & cook until pasta is tender. **add hot water as needed if pasta absorbs too much of the stock**
remove from heat for about 5 minutes, then add heavy cream.
sprinkle a pinch of chopped chives on top of each serving.


mini burgers:
1 lb ground beef
1 tsp seasoning salt
2 tsp italian seasoning
1 Tbsp milk

mix ingredients together.
form into 3 inch patties.
cook over medium heat to your liking.
eat & enjoy!

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

it's alive!!!

so i've created a monster...& it's delicious.  i'm a huge fan of enchiladas.  9 times out of 10, that's what i'll order when going out for tex-mex.  my roommate, karen, makes an amazing lasagna.  so i've found a way to meld the two into one amazing dish.  ladies & gents, i give you...













enchilasagna:
2 lbs meat of your choice
2 Tbsp veggie oil
1 med-lg onion, diced
8 oz diced green chiles
1 Tbsp cumin
1 Tbsp chipotle chili powder
2 tsp cayenne pepper
1 Tbsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp salt
8 oz cream cheese
6 large flour tortillas, each cut in half
15 oz can of enchilada sauce
8 oz shredded cheese

preheat oven to 350'.  in a large pan, over medium-high heat, brown meat with oil.  drain fat.
add onions, green chiles, & spices.  cook until most of the juices have cooked off.
remove from heat & add cream cheese.  mix until all of the cream cheese has melted.
pour a small amount of enchilada sauce in the bottom of a 9x13 pyrex pan.
layer 4 tortilla halves to cover the bottom of the pan.  pour half of meat mix on top of tortillas.
repeat this again.  layer last 4 tortilla halves on top, then pour remainder of sauce on top of that.
bake for 20 mins.  top with shredded cheese & bake 10 more minutes.

enjoy!!!

Monday, February 22, 2010

omg best curry ever

the local branch of walden books went out of business recently.  ryan & i decided to take advantage of the sale & picked up a couple of amazing cookbooks...the best-ever curry cookbook and momofuku.  tonight ryan & i decided to try some of the recipes from the curry book & we couldn't be happier...they were DELICIOUS.  due to copyright, i can't post them here, but i can list the recipes we made.
tandoori chicken
cauliflower in coconut sauce
saffron rice

we'll be trying some recipes from momofuku soon & i'll be sure to post the results :)

Sunday, February 14, 2010

fastest way to a man's heart...

just so you know, i hate valentines day.  i don't want society & hallmark to tell when i have to be romantic.  i want to be so spontaneously.  i don't want to have to pay extra for something because i'm told that i should.  that's just dumb.

now that i've gotten that out of my system, on with the food!

tonight i teamed up with my boy & roommates and made some tasty deliciousness.  i have my coworker liz to thank for the burger topping idea.
























liz burgers:
1 medium onion, sliced
1 Tbsp canola oil

2 lbs ground beef
1 c italian bread crumbs
2 eggs
1 tsp sea salt
1 tsp canola oil

saute onions with oil in large skillet over medium-low heat until translucent and starting to carmelize
set aside in bowl

combine in mixing bowl
form into 6 patties
grill in pan with oil over medium heat until done to your liking

top burgers with onions & mild horseradish sauce

serve with home fries (i will post my roommates recipe when i remember to ask her for it) & cheesy broccoli...enjoy!!!

Friday, February 12, 2010

it's all in the layers

ok, so this is by no means super original, but it is super delicious...because everyone loves parfaits

wille's parfait:
1 glass
9 nilla wafers
1/2 c cool whip
1/2 chocolate pudding

layer in glass as follows:
2 nilla wafers, crushed
1/4 c chocolate pudding
1/4 c cool whip
3 nilla wafers, broken
1/4 c chocolate pudding
1/4 c cool whip
top with 1 whole nilla wafer

eat & enjoy!

Monday, December 14, 2009

what's for dinner...steak?

ok seriously, who doesn't love steak??? i'm generally very very picky when it comes to steak marinades because they're usually way too salty &, in my opinion, ruin the flavor of the steak. i like my steak to be steak-flavored, you know? but i must say, after trying this one, i'm never marinating my steaks in anything else.


















red wine balsamic steak marinade:
1/2 c vegetable oil
1/2 c ketchup
1/4 c red wine
1 Tbsp fresh parsley, chopped
3 Tbsp balsamic vinegar
4 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp black pepper

mix/chop ingredients in blender.
marinade steaks in a ziploc bag for 4-8 hrs (overnight is best)
cook steaks however you like. best served with home fries and asparagus.