Category Archives: Eating At Home

KAF’s Herb and Garlic Bubble Loaf

I got a King Arthur Flour Catalog a few weeks back, and on the cover was this LUSCIOUS looking loaf of bread, they called it a “tear & share”.
For the first time in our entire marriage, my husband actually read this food magazine (I get several) and brought it over to me.

DH: Look at this! Can you make this for us? This looks really good, I love homemade bread!
Me: Sure! It does look good, doesn’t it!

http://www.kingarthurflour.com/recipes/herb-and-garlic-bubble-loaf-recipe

I gathered all of the ingredients, re-read the recipe; I even did TWO “live chats” with KAF’s Baker’s Hotline with a few follow questions that weren’t clear to me.
I followed the recipe as well as the helpful information that I received on the chat line… 5 hours later (I took my time and didn’t rush the process) we sat down a dinner to what looked and smelled heavenly!

The Bubble Loaf was cracker-like on one side and the inside was very doughy and unappealing.

That goodness the Chicken Cacciatore over Rigatoni was outstanding.

After everything was cleaned up for the evening, my husband gives me a big hug and says, “Well, ok that was a no-go, what new recipe are we going to try next?”
AWW! He’s such a love!

Crispy Home Fries With Peppers And Onions

I don’t know about you, but I follow Serious Eats on Face Book.  I haven’t tried any of their recipes until now.  I saw this post about trying to find “… those perfect, crisp home fries …”; I thought I’d give them a go.

Now, normally I don’t buy small New Potatoes or Fingerlings either, I go for Yukon Gold or Baby Dutch Yellow Potatoes, but I went for it and got a small pound and a half bag of Baby Red Potatoes.  In addition, rather than use Poblano Peppers, I used up the last of my Mini Sweet Peppers and some Sweet White Onions.  Oh and one more deviation from the original recipe, sorry Kenji, but rather than heating the pan with Vegetable Oil, I used some of my rendered Bacon fat, I mean come on man, what doesn’t taste better than anything cooked in Bacon fat, I ask ya?!  I always have a small container of Bacon fat in the refrigerator, I even made one up for my Mother.

I got a jump start on our Sunday Brunch by par-boiling the potatoes on Saturday, quartering them and tossing them in some neutral oil.  Once they were cooled, I wrapped the bowl and stash them in the `fridge over night.

This past Sunday’s Brunch was easy-peasy.  I had some leftover Bacon (WHAT?!)  that I reheated in the microwave oven, got some toast goin’ on as well as poached eggs and then I finished off the `taters.

Meh, they were okay I suppose, but I really prefer Home Fries prepared my way better.  These were not as creamy on the inside as my par-baked  and then chilled (over night) Yukon Gold or Baby Dutch suds.  Maybe I’ll give this technique one more chance with my tuber of choice.

Brats & Tots

We have a new favorite item from Trader Joe’s, Soft Pretzel Sticks, but we talked about that a coupla times already.  I was thinking of other ways that we could enjoy these, well, I’m calling them rolls.  When I was at Sprout’s awhile back, I was perusing the meat case and spied some gorgeous Bratwurst.  Now wouldn’t that be great on those rolls, topped with TJ’s Sauerkraut, some Mustard and TJ’s Potato Tots on the side?  I really like this Sauerkraut, it hasn’t got that over whelming Vinegar bite to it; it tastes more like homemade.

I preheated the oven to 400⁰

I lined a pan with parchment paper, laid the sausages down and with a sharp knife, gave each a good stab or two so that they wouldn’t burst open in the oven and then go dry.  They baked for about 20-25 minutes, until the internal temperature reached 160⁰.

At the same time, I baked the Tots following the directions on the back panel.

For the last maybe 10 minutes or so of cooking, I threw in the rolls to heat through.

Let’s assemble our plates.  I split open each Soft Pretzel Stick and got started.

DH likes just Spicy Brown Mustard on his share, as well Ketchup to dip his Tots in.

For myself, its Dijon Mustard and Sauerkraut on my Brat; I made a small dish of Tartar Sauce to dunk my Potato Tots in.  Oh and what’s Brats & Tots without a brew?

ENJOY!

Buttermilk Pancakes With Melted Butter And Real Maple Syrup

I think that Pancakes are simply a vehicle in which to shovel as much melted Butter and Real  Maple Syrup into you mouth as possible…

Eat more Pancakes!

Gluten & Dairy Free Cauliflower Crust Mini Quiches

Gluten-free and Dairy-free dishes have been coming to the forefront in recent times.  Some folks choose to be GF and DF for health reasons and others just do.  My Friend, Missus Dear Friend is now GF/DF and Vegetraian for a little more than a year now.  This has nudged me onto that culinary path and researching recipes has been very eye opening.  I made this dish for our Easter Brunch Potluck (yeah, I know I’m behind, but what can I say, we’ve been busy).

GF/DF Cauliflower Crust Mini Quiches

1 head of Cauliflower

1 tsp. Salt

1 Tbsp. Olive Oil

1 tsp. Granulated Garlic

1/3 C. diced Sweet White Onion

½ C. Dairy-free grated Parmesan Cheese

Salt & Pepper to taste

6 Eggs, separated

Preheat the oven to 375⁰

*Rice the Cauliflower by either using a large holed Box Grater or whiz it up in a Food Processor fitted with its Metal Blade.

 

Place Cauliflower in a Microwave safe dish; stir in well the Salt and cook on high for 5 minutes.  Set aside to cool until you can handle it.  Transfer the now steamed Riced Cauliflower to a large piece of Cheesecloth, and wring as much of the water out as you can (this will take a lot of upper body strength, believe me!)

In a large bowl, whisk 2 of the Eggs; add the Cauliflower, Olive Oil, Granulated Garlic, Onion, Parm and S&P to taste, remembering that the steamed riced Cauliflower already has 1 teaspoon of Salt.  Combine well.  Spray a Muffin Tin well  and divide the Cauliflower mixture evenly in the cups.

I used a small round, flat bottomed glass to press the Cauliflower into each cup, pressing firmly, but you could just use your fingers, making sure to push the mixture up the side of each cup.  So what you’re doing is forming the crust on the bottom and side as evenly as possible.

Bake for 20-30 minutes until golden brown and set firm.

Whisk the remaining 4 Eggs and pour evenly between all of the cups.

 

Here’s where you can show your personality.  Add in any fillings (or not, plain is good too) that you like in a Quiche.  I chose leftover steamed Rapini with Garlic and Olive Oil, leftover sautéed Crimini Mushrooms with Olive Oil and Garlic, diced Tomatoes, freeze dried Chives and topped each with more DF Parm.  Bake 15-20 minutes or til the Eggs are set.

Allow to cool slightly before removing, using a plastic-disposable knife is best.

Serving Suggestion above, either warm or at room temp.

*Cooks Note: For convenience, just buy a bag of already Riced Cauliflower, also they stick like a son-of-a-gun!  Be sure to spray non-stick-spray liberally just before putting in the Cauliflower mixture.

Also, Mrs. DF later tried this recipe as well and used a silicone Muffin pan, works even better!

This was a lovely Easter Potluck Brunch, what a schpread!

(You’ll note that the only  Meat, Dairy or Gluten ((those are GF Crackers and Chips there)) is the Ham and Cheese Sandwich Platter meant for DH)

Hawaiian-Style Lunch For Two At Home In The Middle Of The Desert

Yup, that’s right.

My husband made a request the other day, he said that he was really ono (hungry for) for some Poke and Sushi.  Well, I was out and about and stopped into my favorite green grocer.  HEH! They’ve got a Sushi Counter, ya know the kind were they make it right in front of you to take home, complete with Wasabi, Pickled Ginger and a small packet of Shoyu (they had chopsticks and forks too 😉 ).

Also in the fresh fish case they had Ahi fillets, CHEAP…I love this place.

DING DING DING!!!  LUNCH!  YUM!

When I got home, I made up a batch of Shoyu Ahi Poke with a beautiful half pound Ahi steak and served that with the Unagi (Fresh Water Eel) Nigiri Sushi.

What a treat!

Trader Joe’s Soft Pretzel Sandwiches

A few days back, I was telling you about a new find I discovered at Trader Joe’s,  Soft Pretzel Sticks.

YUM!

WELL!  On my most recent journey to one of my favorite places to shop for food, I grabbed a bunch of these culinary delights and stashed them in the deep freeze for later.  I was looking for something for lunch a coupla days later and thought THAT  would make a terrific sandwich!

TJ's Soft Pretzel Ham & Cheese Sandwich

DING DING DING!  We have a winner folks.

I heated the rolls, split them open, slathered them in some Spicy Brown Mustard and lastly layered on Ham and Swiss Cheese.  DE~LI~CIOUS!!!

Me: So how’s that tastin’ ?

DH: MMM [garbled mouth-full mumbles] Where did you get this, this is really good!

Me: Trader Joe’s

DH: Can you make this again?

Me: YUP, you betcha.  😉