Archive for October, 2008

Simple Fudge


Recipe & picture courtesy of Better Homes & Gardens

Makes: about 2 pounds (64 pieces)
Prep: 10 minutes
Chill: 2 hours
Cook: 16 minutes

  • 1-1/2 cups sugar
  • 1 5-ounce can (2/3 cup) evaporated milk
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 2 cups tiny marshmallows
  • 1 cup semisweet chocolate pieces or chopped bittersweet chocolate
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  1. Line an 8x8x2-inch baking pan with foil, extending the foil over the edges of the pan. Butter the foil; set pan aside.
  2. Butter the sides of a 2-quart heavy saucepan. In saucepan combine sugar, evaporated milk, and butter. Cook and stir over medium-high heat until mixture boils (about 10 minutes). Reduce heat to medium; continue cooking, stirring constantly, for 6 minutes.
  3. Remove saucepan from heat. Add marshmallows, chocolate pieces, walnuts, and vanilla; stir until marshmallows and chocolate melt and mixture is combined. Beat by hand for 1 minute.
  4. Spread fudge evenly in the prepared pan. Score into squares while warm. Cover and chill for 2 to 3 hours or until firm. When fudge is firm, use foil to lift it out of pan. Cut fudge into squares. Store tightly covered in the refrigerator for up to 1 month. Makes about 2 pounds (64 pieces).
  5. Peanut Butter-Chocolate Fudge: Prepare as above, except substitute 1/2 cup peanut butter for the butter and, if desired, peanuts for the walnuts.
  6. Microwave Directions: In a 2-1/2-quart microwave-safe bowl microwave butter, uncovered, on 100 percent power (high) for 45 to 60 seconds (for 1,000- to 1,300-watt ovens) or 60 to 75 seconds (for 600- to 800-watt ovens) or until melted. Stir in the sugar and evaporated milk. Microwave, uncovered, on high for 7 minutes (for 1,000- to 1,300-watt ovens) or 10 minutes (for 600- to 800-watt ovens), stirring every 3 minutes. Carefully remove bowl from microwave oven. Add marshmallows, chocolate pieces, nuts, and vanilla, stirring until marshmallows and chocolate are melted and mixture is combined. Beat by hand for 1 minute. Pour into prepared pan; continue as above.

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Roasted Cauliflower


Recipe & picture courtesy of Good Housekeeping

Serves 4
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total time 45 minutes

  • 1 head (2-pound) cauliflower, trimmed and separated into 1-inch florets
  • 1 medium onion, coarsely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons reduced-sodium soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 clove garlic, crushed with press
  • Fresh chives, for garnish
  1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees F. In large bowl, toss cauliflower florets, chopped onion, soy sauce, olive oil, and crushed garlic until evenly mixed. Spread cauliflower mixture in 15 1/2″ by 10 1/2″ jelly-roll pan or large cookie pan.
  2. Roast cauliflower about 35 minutes or until tender and browned, stirring occasionally.
  3. To serve, spoon cauliflower into serving bowl; garnish with chives.

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Ginger-Spice Snaps

Recipe courtesy of Family Circle

Makes: 30 cookies
Bake: 12 minutes
Prep: 15 minutes

  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon cocoa powder
  • 1 tablespoon pumpkin pie spice
  • 2 tablespoons ground ginger
  • 1-3/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground white pepper
  • 1 tube (16-1/2 ounces) refrigerated sugar cookie dough
  • 1 tablespoon milk
  • 1/3 cup coarse white decorating sugar
  1. Heat oven to 350°F.
  2. In a small bowl, whisk flour,cocoa powder, pumpkin pie spice, ginger, baking soda and white pepper.
  3. On a well-floured surface, knead cookie dough and flour mixture. Add 1 tablespoon milk and continue to knead until smooth.
  4. Using level tablespoons of dough, form into 1-inch disks and coat in the coarse sugar. Place 2-inches apart on ungreased baking sheets.
  5. Bake at 350°F for 12 minutes. Let cool on baking sheet for 2 minutes. Remove to wire rack to cool.

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Chocolate-Raspberry Turnovers


Recipe & picture courtesy of Family Circle

Makes: 8 servings
Prep: 20 minutes
Bake: 11 minutes

  • 1 package (6 ounces) fresh raspberries (about 1 cup)
  • 3/4 cup bittersweet or semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1/3 cup seedless raspberry jam
  • 2 tubes (8 ounces each) refrigerated crescent dough
  • 1 egg whisked together with 1 tablespoon water
  1. Heat oven to 375°F. Line a large baking sheet with nonstick foil. In a medium-size bowl, combine raspberries, chocolate chips and jam. Stir to combine, breaking up raspberries slightly.
  2. On a lightly floured surface, unroll one tube crescent dough and separate into four rectangles. Pinch together any perforations or holes in dough. Spoon two slightly heaping tablespoons filling onto one half of a rectangle.
  3. Brush edges of dough with egg-water mixture. Fold dough over filling to enclose, then seal edges and crimp with a fork. Transfer to prepared sheet. Pierce turnover center once or twice to vent. Brush top with egg wash. Repeat with remaining dough and filling.
  4. Bake at 375°F for 11 minutes until golden brown. Cool slightly on wire rack. Serve warm.

**Personal Review:  I put it in the oven for 11 minutes, checked on them, and then let them sit for about another five until they turned brown. These did come out awesome though! I’ll be making them again!**

Apple Dumplings


Recipe & picture courtesy of Rachael Ray

FOUR SERVINGS
Prep Time: 15 min
Bake Time: 30 min

  • Flour, for dusting
  • One 8-ounce can crescent rolls
  • 1 granny smith apple-peeled, cored and cut into 8 wedges
  • 1 stick (4 ounces) butter
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 3/4 cup Mountain Dew
  1. Preheat the oven to 350°. On a surface dusted with flour, unfold the rolls. Place an apple wedge on the wide edge of each piece of dough and roll up; place the dumplings in an 8-inch square baking dish.
  2. In a saucepan, melt the butter with the sugar and cinnamon over medium heat; stir in the Mountain Dew. Pour the mixture on the dumplings. Cover with foil and bake for 15 minutes; remove the foil and bake 15 minutes longer.

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Japanese Chicken Fingers


Recipe & picture courtesy of Rachael Ray

SIX SERVINGS
Prep Time: 30 min
Bake Time: 12 min

  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 1 pound shiitake mushrooms, stems discarded and caps finely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon fresh thyme leaves, finely chopped
  • Salt
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 cup panko (Japanese bread crumbs)
  • 1 pound chicken cutlets
  1. Preheat the oven to 450°. In a large skillet, melt the butter over medium heat. Add the mushrooms and thyme and season with salt. Cook, stirring frequently, until the mushrooms are browned and their juices cooked off, about 10 minutes. Set aside to cool.
  2. Place a cooling rack on top of a baking sheet and set aside. Place the eggs and flour in separate shallow bowls; lightly beat the eggs. In another shallow bowl, combine the mushroom mixture with the panko.
  3. On a work surface, pound the chicken 1/2 inch thick and cut into 1-by-4-inch pieces. Sprinkle each piece with salt, then coat with flour and pat off the excess; dip into the egg and roll in the mushroom mixture. Place the chicken fingers on the prepared baking sheet and bake until golden and cooked through, 10 to 12 minutes.

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Lemon Cream Chicken with Champagne Risotto and Asparagus


Recipe & picture courtesy of Rachael Ray

TWO SERVINGS

  • 3 cups chicken broth
  • 5 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil (EVOO)
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1 cup arborio rice
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 split champagne or sparkling wine
  • 3/4 cup heavy cream
  • One 3-inch piece peel and juice of 1 lemon
  • 1 pinch cayenne pepper
  • 2 skinless, boneless chicken breast halves
  • 1/8 pound sliced pancetta, chopped
  • 1 small bunch asparagus, cut on an angle into 1-inch pieces
  • 1 large shallot, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 cup grated parmigiano-reggiano cheese
  • 3 to 4 sprigs thyme, leaves stripped and chopped
  1. In a medium saucepan, heat the chicken broth over low heat. In a medium skillet, heat 2 tablespoons EVOO, 2 turns of the pan, over medium-high heat. Add the onion and garlic to the skillet and cook until softened, 3 to 4 minutes. Add the rice and toss to coat; season with salt and pepper. Stir in the champagne and boil to evaporate slightly, about 2 minutes.
  2. Stir a couple of ladlefuls of warm chicken broth into the rice and cook, stirring occasionally, until the liquid evaporates. Add more broth, a few ladlefuls at a time, reserving 1/2 cup. Cook until creamy, stirring occasionally, about 18 minutes.
  3. While the risotto cooks, in a small saucepan, cook the cream, lemon peel and cayenne over medium-low heat until slightly reduced, about 15 minutes.
  4. Meanwhile, season the chicken breasts with salt and pepper. In a nonstick skillet, heat 2 tablespoons EVOO , 2 turns of the pan, over medium-high heat. Add the chicken and cook for about 6 minutes on each side. Transfer to a cutting board (reserving the skillet); add the reserved 1/2 cup chicken broth to the pan juices in the skillet and stir. Stir this liquid into the risotto as it cooks.
  5. In the nonstick skillet, heat the remaining 1 tablespoon EVOO , 1 turn of the pan, over mediumhigh heat. Add the pancetta and cook for about 3 minutes. Add the asparagus and shallot and cook, stirring, for 3 more minutes.
  6. To serve, stir the cheese and thyme into the risotto and spoon generous portions onto plates. Slice the chicken breasts on an angle and fan out over the risotto. Discard the lemon peel from the reduced cream; spoon over the chicken. Pour the lemon juice over the asparagus and toss; spoon around the risotto.

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