Saturday, November 29, 2008
Friday, November 28, 2008
Tuesday, November 25, 2008
1/4 cup (1/2 stick) butter or margarine
1 small onion, chopped
1 clove garlic, finely chopped
2 teaspoons packed brown sugar
1 can (14 1/2 fluid ounces) chicken broth
1/2 cup water
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
1 can (15 ounces)pureed Pumpkin
1 can (12 fluid ounces) evaporated Milk
1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon
MELT butter in large saucepan over medium heat. Add onion, garlic and sugar; cook for 1 to 2 minutes or until soft. Add broth, water, salt and pepper; bring to a boil, stirring occasionally. Reduce heat to low; cook, stirring occasionally, for 15 minutes. Stir in pumpkin, evaporated milk and cinnamon. Cook, stirring occasionally, for 5 minutes. Remove from heat.
TRANSFER mixture to food processor or blender (in batches, if necessary); process until smooth. Return to saucepan. Serve warm.
Monday, November 24, 2008
Saturday, November 22, 2008
Wednesday, November 19, 2008
Tuesday, November 18, 2008
I found several different recipes for them. Most using the traditional combination of sugar and cornstarch. Others using gelatin. I decided to try both. Because I don't have any rosewater (the traditional flavor of turkish delights) I decided to make orange, lemon, and mint flavor. I made the orange ones using the recipe that used gelatin. And made the mint and lemon flavor with the traditional ingrediants. Well in the end the orange flavored ones ended up tasting like
candy orange slices. And as for the mint and lemon ones. . . excellent flavor, the girls thought they were yummy, but they never set properly. And they didn't ever get that chewy texture. Instead, Robert said it felt like he had just eaten a piece of flubber. . . he just said that cause it was green. Oh well. I guess the next time that I want some Turkish Delight, I will just tell myself to suck it up. But if I get a taste for orange slices. . . well then I'll whip up this recipes.
Monday, November 17, 2008
I had such a blast! We'll definately have to come again. Maybe next time, we'll bring the girls. . . I bet they'd love all the things that were going on. Hey! It's not like they KNOW what's in a margarita.
Thursday, November 13, 2008
Tuesday, November 11, 2008
Not to be outdone, Leila later showed that she too has great deductive reasoning abilities. She had been wanting a snack, and kept asking us for one even though we kept saying 'no.' Finally she asked if she could go wash her hands. I said "sure, of course you can." After all, I'm all for good hygiene. Well she proceeded to the bathroom where she washed her hands, dried them off, turned off the light to the bathroom, closed the door and made her way to the table where she got up in her seat and said once more "snack please." What???? Well we gathered that her thinking was "we always make her go wash her hands when it's time to eat, so if she washes her hands then it will be time to eat." There's logic for ya.
Monday, November 10, 2008
Saturday, November 8, 2008
1 box jiffy
6 tbsp butter, softened or melted
1/4 c sugar
1/4 c water
1 can creamed corn
2 tbsp half & half
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 tsp baking powder
Combine jiffy, butter, sugar and water in mixing bowl and mix with electric mixer until smooth. Add rest of ingrediants and mix until smooth. Pour into an 8 inch square baking dish and cover with aluminum foil. Place dish over saucepan of boiling water and steam for 50 minutes to an hour. Scoop out in spoonfuls.
Thursday, November 6, 2008
4 boneless chicken breasts
1/2 lb high quality ham, thinly sliced
1/2 lb swiss cheese, thinly sliced
flour for dusting
2 eggs, beaten
1 c. Panko bread crumbs, seasoned with salt, pepper, garlic powder, & parsley
oil for frying
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Place each chicken breast in between two layers of plastic wrap. Pound until 1/4 inch thick. Layer chicken breast with ham and cheese, and roll up like an eggroll. Heat oil over high heat in heavy skillet. Dust each roll in flour, dip in eggs, roll in panko crumbs to cover, and place in hot oil. Fry each piece on all sides until each side is brown. Then place entire pan in oven for 25 - 30 min. Enjoy!
P.S. -- Thanks to my honey for this super great picture. I'd eat it! Hee hee hee!
Tuesday, November 4, 2008
Sunday, November 2, 2008
Then, I made conch fritters. It was more by necessity than choice though because the conch was just sitting in the fridge and really needed to be cooked. For those wondering where I got conch in the first place. . . why the Chinese grocery store of course! If you're ever feeling culinary adventurous you should visit the Chinese grocery store as you'll find some of the most interesting, unusualy, and dare I say gross things there. Anyway, so I made the fritters but they turned out to be a complete and utter failure. Burnt on the outside, not cooked on the inside, and all together gross. They even smelled kinda weird. Eeeeew! The whole batch ended up in the trash, which pretty much put me in a foul mood for the rest of the afternoon. Guess I should stay away from the Bahamian cuisine.
At least dinner turned out well though! I made ribs in the slow cooker. I kind of turned the slow cooker into a smoker though, by wrapping wood chips in parchment paper and putting them on the bottom of the slow cooker. Then I rested the ribs on top of them and they slowly cooked/smoked for four hours. They were moist, tender, and falling of the bones! Truly decadent. And even though I'm not much of a dry rib person myself, I ate my share without any sauce. The only mistake I made regarding the ribs was that I didn't make enough! Apparently the girls REALLY, REALLY like ribs. But then who doesn't right? Redemption at last, hopefully tomorrow the cooking fairies will sprinkle some fairy dust on me.