Posts tagged cooking

I am so over store bought salsa.

I have had this feeling for a while now and try to make my own salsa whenever possible, but finally the other night, I bought enough ingredients to use with dinner and to have a full jar of homemade salsa to enjoy later. I suppose it’s more of a pico de gallo because I love chunky salsa (and guacamole for that matter too!) so there was no use of a food processor- just a lot of chopping! If you like it a little less chunky, a pulse or two in the food processor would be perfect.

  • 6 tomatoes
  • 3 jalapenos (warning: hot)
  • 1 medium white onion
  • 1/2 a medium red onion
  • 1 cup cilantro (I’m a fiend- so a little less if you aren’t)
  • 5 cloves garlic
  • 3 limes juice (hell, I even threw in some of the pulp)
  • 1 tbsp cumin
  • 1 tsp sea salt (More can always be added but not taken away!)
  • 1 tsp chili powder

Optional/Seasonal:

  • 1 cup (2-3 ears) of grilled/pan fried corn. If pan frying it, try putting in 3 tbsps of pineapple juice and 2 tbsp EVOO. Since you are using pans now, I would probably add the garlic, salt, 1/2 the cilantro, cumin and chili powder now.
  • Sweeten it up with some diced fruit of your choice- pineapple, mango, peach etc.

On April 29th, 2011, I woke up at 5am to watch the much anticipated royal wedding. I have the tendency to need to multitask whenever I’m doing just about anything so, there couldn’t have been a better time to make English muffins for the first time! I shopped around the internet for the perfect recipe and when I came across Alton Brown’s, I was quite pleased by the reviews. They were, if I do say so myself, perfect.

Ingredients

 1/2 cup non-fat powdered milk

  1 tablespoon sugar

 1 teaspoon salt

• 1 tablespoon shortening

 1 cup hot water

• 1 envelope dry yeast

 1/8 teaspoon sugar

 1/3 cup warm water

 2 cups all-purpose flour, sifted

 Non-stick vegetable spray

* Special equipment: 3-inch metal rings (or a small tuna can with tops and bottoms removed!)

Directions

 In a bowl combine the powdered milk, 1 tablespoon of sugar, 1/2 teaspoon of salt, shortening, and hot water, stir until the sugar and salt are dissolved. Let cool. In a separate bowl combine the yeast and 1/8 teaspoon of sugar in 1/3 cup of warm water and rest until yeast has dissolved. Add this to the dry milk mixture. Add the sifted flour and beat thoroughly with wooden spoon. Cover the bowl and let it rest in a warm spot for 30 minutes.

Preheat the griddle to 300 degrees F.

Add the remaining 1/2 teaspoon of salt to mixture and beat thoroughly. Place metal rings onto the griddle and coat lightly with vegetable spray. Using #20 ice cream scoop, place 2 scoops into each ring and cover with a pot lid or cookie sheet and cook for 5 to 6 minutes. Remove the lid and flip rings using tongs. Cover with the lid and cook for another 5 to 6 minutes or until golden brown. Place on a cooling rack, remove rings and cool. Split with fork and serve.

Turkey, Pesto, Pepper Jack Cheese, Red Onions and Tomato on Ciabatta!  
You know when you have a sandwich on your mind and you must make it? A few nights ago, I realized I had a bag of basil in my freezer that I had trimmed from my plant last fall. I had meant to make pesto from it shortly after but all of a sudden it was April. So the other night I whipped up some fresh pesto and concocted this delicious sandwich.

Turkey, Pesto, Pepper Jack Cheese, Red Onions and Tomato on Ciabatta!  

You know when you have a sandwich on your mind and you must make it? A few nights ago, I realized I had a bag of basil in my freezer that I had trimmed from my plant last fall. I had meant to make pesto from it shortly after but all of a sudden it was April. So the other night I whipped up some fresh pesto and concocted this delicious sandwich.

Pasta with peas! I’ve had this combo on my mind for a while. I love a meal that not only tastes good but looks good! Farfalle, peas, cherry tomatoes, a light cream sauce and a heavy sprinkle of fresh parmesan. 

Pasta with peas! I’ve had this combo on my mind for a while. I love a meal that not only tastes good but looks good! Farfalle, peas, cherry tomatoes, a light cream sauce and a heavy sprinkle of fresh parmesan. 

Next up, Jumbo Banana Nut Muffins.

Next up, Jumbo Banana Nut Muffins.

Amateur adventures in the kitchen:

For some time now I have had it in my head that I really wanted to make homemade raviolis. Wouldn’t it be great to make a variety of fillings and even start freezing them for the future? Since I don’t have a $300 Kitchen Aid mixer and the $150 pasta maker attachement, I resorted to buying a $25 Ravioli Mold from Williams-Sonoma. Let’s discuss the challenges here- making pasta dough is unlike anything I have done thus far in the kitchen. It’s basically 3 ingredients: flour, egg, and a little oil. I have made a few doughs in my day and been quite successful but this was a whole new animal. This is the most dense ball of dough you can imagine. After kneading and kneading I finally started to see signs of what might become pasta but what I didn’t realize was the real challenge: HAND ROLLING this heavy-weight ball out into “dime-thin” sheets. I don’t recommend this. After a few hours of labor intensive work, I managed to get the dough into MAYBE a sheet that was 2-3 times the thinness of a dime. I just went for it because a girls got to eat. The outcome was actually pretty amazing and rewarding but I will not be going into the ravioli business anytime soon and absolutely need to buy a pasta roller before the next adventure in the kitchen. Amen.