One of the many fun things about working for ACH Food Companies was being able to “play” in the research & development kitchen. I just love “inventorizing” recipes for different occasions. I created this recipe just for my boss at the time, Fulya Eren, and used it not only as a dip but also as a pizza sauce. If you don’t have a food processor, you can also use a blender.
1 15 ounce can garbanzo or cannellini beans, drained & rinsed
½ lemon, freshly squeezed, or 1 tablespoon lemon juice
1/3 cup tahini
2 cloves fresh garlic
1 7 ounce jar roasted red peppers, drained
½ tsp. salt
½ tsp. lemon pepper
½ tsp. ground cumin
2 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
Place all ingredients in bowl of a food processor, blend until well combined, about 1-2 minutes. Serve with crackers, chips or with fresh vegetables.
One of my favorite appetizers is Caprese Salad Skewers. These delightful little gems are so easy to make and so yummy to eat.
1 large container of Marinated Cilegine Salad, or Cilegine Mozzarella
1 large container of Cherry Tomatoes
Salt & Pepper
Balsamic Glaze (can be purchased in grocery store)
Skewer with one mozzarella ball and one cherry tomato. Repeat with remaining cheese and tomatoes. Place skewers on a serving platter, drizzle with balsamic glaze, chopped fresh basil, salt & pepper.
It has been a long time since I posted anything on my blog. Thanks to one of my blog followers that was at a “Gail’s Pizza Parties” last week who told me she really liked my blog posts and misses them, I am now dedicated to returning to blogging and adding new recipes weekly!
I thought I would share my recipes from “Cookin’ For A Livin'”, a cookbook developed by myself, my boss at the time, Pete Friedman, and an amazing photographer, Jon Hunter.
Baked Olives & Grilled Bread is one of my favorite recipes that I developed in the lab/kitchen. Not only is it an easy dish to prepare, it is also very colorful and healthy!
“Eat More Chicken”…..so who doesn’t these days???? This recipe is not only quick and easy to make but moist and delicious. Prepare some rice (Near East Rice Pilaf is our favorite), a salad or veggie and you have a healthy meal in under 60 minutes.
First you will want to “pound your chicken” out, to about ½” thickness. There are several ways to do this, some people like to use a plastic zip lock bag, my preferred method is to place the chicken on a cutting board, put a piece of parchment paper (or plastic wrap) over the chicken and then use a meat mallet to pound the chicken. Don’t have a meat mallet? No problem, the back of a small sauce pan works just as good.
Then you will need three bowls, dry (flour), wet (egg mixture), and dry (breadcrumb cheese mixture). This is known as 3-piece breading.
After you have breaded the chicken, place on a plate and refrigerator 30 minutes.
Preheat oven to 375°F. Add butter to a baking pan, place in preheated oven until butter is melted.
Remove pan from oven and add the prepared chicken breasts.
Bake according the recipe directions turning the chicken half way through the cooking time.
Place chicken on a clean cutting board, let rest 5 minutes covered, slice thinly and serve. If you would like a little sauce on this, while the chicken is resting, scrap the pan drippings into a small sauce pan and cook over medium heat. Add ¼ cup white wine or chicken stock and bring to a boil, spoon over sliced chicken.
Oven Baked Cheddar Chicken
Prep time: 15 minutes
Rest time: 30 minutes
Bake time: 20-25 minutes
2 skinless, boneless chicken breasts
½ cup all-purpose flour
½ teaspoon garlic salt
¼ teaspoon garlic pepper
1 tablespoon Franks Hot Buffalo Wing Sauce, optional
1 tablespoon milk
¼ cup Italian seasoned bread crumbs
¼ cup panko bread crumbs
1 cup sharp shredded Cheddar cheese
Pound chicken breasts to a ½” thickness (http://www.wikihow.com/Pound-Chicken-Into-Cutlets).
In a bowl, mix flour, garlic salt, and garlic pepper. In a separate bowl, beat together the egg, hot sauce (optional), and milk. In a third bowl, mix the bread crumbs, pankos, and cheddar cheese. Dredge chicken pieces in the flour mixture, dip in the egg mixture, then press into the breadcrumb mixture. Place prepared chicken on a large plate. Continue with remaining breasts. Cover chicken with plastic wrap and refrigerator 30 minutes (this prevents coating from falling off).
Preheat oven to 375°F. Coat a baking dish with ¼ cup butter. Place dish in the preheated oven until butter is melted. Remove from oven and add prepared chicken breasts into the dish. Bake 15 minutes, remove from oven and flip chicken pieces over. Place back into the oven and bake until chicken temperature reaches 160°F, about another 15-20 minutes. Remove chicken from oven and let rest 5 minutes before serving.
It’s that time of the year again, time to attack all that great basil and tomatoes from your vegetable garden (or your favorite vegetable stand). Below are two of my favorites. The 1st is what I call “Pesto Butter”. This little bundle of deliciousness goes with so many great dishes, sauces, breads, etc. You are only limited by your imagination when it comes to this butter…..the other is my oven roasted tomato sauce. My friend Amy always provides me a nice sample of tomatoes from her very large garden. Usually I have already “canned” my tomatoes, so I have found that the oven roasting is perfect, delicious and ohhhh so easy!
1-2 cups fresh basil removed from stems
3-4 cloves garlic
2-3 stick of butter (no margarine ever!), softened
Place your basil in a salad spinner, run under cold water and spin to dry. In the bowl of a food process add 3-4 (more or less if desired) cloves garlic.
Process until garlic is chopped. Add basil leaves and continue to process until basil is chopped. Scrape down the bowl with a rubber spatula, add softened butter (2 sticks) and continue to process until smooth. If the color is too green, add another stick of butter and repeat. Using a small scoop, scoop pesto butter onto a sheet pan lined with parchment paper (easy clean up).
Place pan of pesto butter into the freezer. Come back an hour later (or more), remove frozen butter and place into a zip lock bag. Return butter to your freezer and use as desired…..will freeze for 12 months.
Oven Roasted Tomato Sauce
5-8 lbs fresh tomatoes, quartered, cored and seeded
2-3 teaspoons salt
1-2 teaspoons black pepper
¼-½ teaspoons chipotle peppers (optional)
¼ cup extra virgin olive oil
1 bunch fresh herbs, thyme, rosemary, oregano, basil (or 1 teaspoon of each dried)
3-4 cloves garlic, sliced
Preheat oven to 225°F.
Combine all ingredients in a large mixing bowl, toss gently to coat. Place tomatoes in a 9×13″ baking dish. Roast 2 hours or until tomatoes are slightly browned and soft.
Cool tomato sauce, place in a zip lock bag and freeze for future use. Use for spaghetti, over fish, pizza, bruschetta…..YUM!!!!
I love being a mom-in-law! Today my beautiful daughter (in-law) sent me a text asking for a recipe for her office (she’s a wonderful dentist) “Cinco de Mayo” party next week. I guess you can say she knows where to turn when looking for a recipe. I immediately thought of one that I wrote for a cookbook several years ago, however that recipe never made the final cut. Here’s the recipe…
|1 can (15 ounces) black beans, rinsed and drained|
|1 cup tomato salsa|
|2 tablespoons Weber Gourmet Burger Seasoning|
|2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce|
|1 to 2 tablespoons canned chipotle peppers in adobo sauce, or to taste1 to 2 tablespoons adobo sauce from canned chipotle in adobo|
|1 teaspoon Spice Islands Ground Cumin|
|2 tablespoons Mazola Extra Virgin Olive Oil|
|½ to 1 cup shredded Monterrey Jack or Queso Fresco cheese|
|Tortilla chips for dipping
Place bean mixture in a two-quart casserole dish. Top mixture with shredded cheese. Bake in a preheated 375 degree oven for 15-20 minutes or until slightly golden and bubbly. Serve with chips for dipping.
Note: Tonight when I made this dip I was out of canned chipotle peppers, so I substituted 1 tablespoon Chipotle Pepper Seasoning and 1 teaspoon of liquid smoke! It rocked!!!
Kinta’s Famous House Margarita
1.5 ounces Tequila (Reposado)
1.5 ounces Triple Sec
1.5 ounces freshly squeezed lime juice (about 3 limes)
1 cup Ice
Rub the outside of 1 glass with cut lime. Dip into a plate of Kosher salt.
Combine the Tequila, Triple Sec and lime juice and ice into a cocktail shaker, shake well
and pour into prepared glass…..
Recipe courtesy of Kristopher Wallenta
This one is for all my gluten free and vegetarian friends…an easy and very flavorful side dish, or even as a main meal.
Spaghetti squash (also called vegetable spaghetti, noodle squash, vegetable marrow, spaghetti marrow, and squaghetti) is a group of cultivars of Cucurbita pepo subsp. pepo. The fruit can range either from ivory to yellow or orange in color. The orange varieties have a higher carotene content. Its center contains many large seeds. Its flesh is bright yellow or orange. When raw, the flesh is solid and similar to other raw squash; when cooked, the flesh falls away from the fruit in ribbons or strands like spaghetti.
You will need:
1 2lb. spaghetti squash
1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil, plus additional oil for drizzling over squash
½ onion, finely chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
salt & freshly ground black pepper
red pepper, to taste
2 tablespoons fresh parsley, chopped
1 tablespoon fresh basil, chopped
¼ cup parmesan cheese
1 14.5 ounce can petite diced tomatoes, strained & rinsed
2 tablespoons Panko Breadcrumbs
Using a sharp knife, cut the squash in half, lengthwise, scoop out and discard the seeds from center of the squash. Place squash cut side down in a microwavable pan. Add 1 inch of water to the pan. Cover the squash with plastic wrap, microwave for 10 minutes.
Meanwhile, in a small skillet over medium heat, add olive oil. When oil is hot add chopped onion, garlic, salt, pepper and red pepper flakes (to taste), cook over medium low heat until onion is soft, about 5 minutes.
Add chopped parsley, basil, parmesan cheese, tomatoes, salt and freshly ground black pepper to spaghetti squash. Mix until combined. Fill each squash skin with mixture, divided evenly.
Top each half with 1 tablespoon Panko bread crumbs. Drizzle with extra virgin olive oil (if desired). Place squash in a preheated 350° oven, bake for 15-20 minutes or until squash is golden brown. Buon Appetito!!!