Showing posts from January, 2009

TFF Chicken Satay

This is another Tyler Florence Fridays (TFF), cooking day. I love being apart of this cooking group. I like being able to chose the recipes and not stressing if I miss a week or two... I found this recipe on-line and couldn't wait to try it. The peanut sauce was awesome! We have been enjoying the leftovers on all kinds of things! I served this with toasted Bulgar, peas and eggs. I am just now discovering different grains to use in cooking beside my typical brown rice and couscous side dish. We all liked the nuttiness that toasting gave to the Bulgar.
Chicken Satay with Peanut Sauce
Recipe courtesy Tyler Florence
Prep Time:
25 min
Inactive Prep Time:
2 hr 0 min
Cook Time:
10 min
20 skewers

1 cup plain yogurt
1 teaspoon freshly grated ginger
1 teaspoon minced garlic
1 tablespoon curry powder
1 1/2 pounds skinless, boneless chicken breasts, cut into strips
20 wooden skewers, soaked in water 30 minutes
Vegetable oil, for grilling
Butter lettuce leaves
Fresh cilan…

Another Snow Day and Brownies

Today we used our last snow day of the year. The kids were a little sad that there was no school. I was also a little sad (for them of course). It was an uneventful day except for chasing our dog around the neighborhood in a foot of snow and having him bark the entire day at everything and everyone!!! By mid-afternoon we were all a little stir crazy and a little nuts from all the noise coming from the dog. I made brownies to cheer us up. I have always heard that chocolate cures everything : -) I halved the batter and made them two ways. My husband loves simple brownies with no frills. The boxed brownies are some of his favorite. He will rate my brownie recipes according to how close they taste to the boxed kind. These ones rated right at the top! I on the other hand love lots of goodies in my brownies. The more chocolate they have, the better they are. I bought some chocolate peppermint shavings from Williams-Sonoma and mixed them into my half. They were so good. I also used my mini s…

Barefoot Contessa Sticky Buns Round 2

I am a little late in posting my Barefoot Bloggers recipe. I have had a secret obsession with reading a new series lately. Melissa at Made By Melissa chose Ina's Easy Sticky Buns from her Barefoot ContessaBack to Basics cookbook (page 240). I was excited to try these sticky buns. They were one of the first recipes that I made out of the new cookbook. It is our tradition to have cinnamon rolls for Christmas morning after presents. I made these and failed miserably. When Melissa chose this recipe I was ready for round 2. I halved the recipe and still they came out a little different then I had imagined. I cut the cooking time down to 25 minutes and yet they were on the verge of being overdone when I got them out of the oven. I also tasted too much butter. I don't know if it was a problem with the puff pastry or the melted butter mixture in the bottom of the pan. The kids did enjoy them warm from the oven but I won't try these for the third time. I should have reduced the amo…

Warm Chocolate Chip cookies and cold weather.....

The helpers!

How much cookie dough will Mom let us eat?

This week went so quickly. I can't believe it has been an entire week since I last posted. We have had such cold weather here. The high was -12 when we got up this morning. They canceled school today because of the cold weather. I didn't think Ohio usually got this cold. It feels like Great Falls, Mt. We braved the cold this morning and headed to the gym but only after promising the kids that we could make something fun together when we got home. I decided to try this recipe for Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies from Tyler Florence. They were a success! I liked that they were so chewy and held up great when cooled. Now I have 3 favorite recipes for Chocolate Chip cookies. I have learned that cookie dough freezes well and we will eat all the cookies that I make. It is best to bake a few at a time for portion control : )
My Big, Fat Chocolate Chip Cookies
Prep Time:
30 min
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour 1 teaspoon baking soda 1 teaspoo…

Perfect Roast Pork and Apple Reduction

This was a great recipe from Tyler Florence. I love his recipes and this one didn't let me down. I have never brined anything before. It is a very interesting process! I soaked the pork loin overnight in the brine and then roasted in the oven along with carrots and garlic. I liked the apple reduction too. It turned out good and our family enjoyed this warm meal after the kids basketball practice tonight. I also made cheesy potatoes (true comfort food). I found a recipe from my Cuisine at Home magazine for Double Chocolate Chip cookies. I made a batch for dessert. They were so good after cooling down. We enjoy them warm from the oven but there were so much chocolate that it was oozing everywhere! Here is the recipe for the roast and cookies. You can check out this group at Tyler Florence Fridays right here at the TFF site.
Bone-In Pork Roast with Apple Reduction
Adapted from Tyler Florence
1 center-cut, bone-in pork roast, about 5 pounds* 1 cup kosher salt 1 cup brown sugar 1 gallon wate…

If you give some kids a Pancake....

Karen of Something Sweet by Karen chose the this weeks recipe for Barefoot Bloggers. We all love pancakes in our house. I love to try variations to my favorite breakfast food! Breakfast for dinner is one of our favorite quick meals. My husband was working late the other night so I whipped these up for the kids. They were so good! I had bananas in the freezer (ready for banana bread)so I mashed them up and added to the batter instead of dicing them on top of each pancake. The kids ate all of them. They decided they were as good as my "Famous Saturday Morning Pancakes". They both thought they tasted allot like banana bread. I should have done eggs and bacon along with but the kids were very satisfied with there pancakes, syrup and PB for Jonathan. Here is the recipe! Banana Sour Cream Pancakes (Barefoot Contessa Family Style) 1 1/2 cups flour 3 Tbls sugar 2 tsp baking powder 1 1/2 tsp kosher salt 1/2 cup sour cream 3/4 cup plus 1 Tbls milk 2 extra-large eggs (I used large eggs as tha…

French Pear Tart

This is a New Year with many resolutions for me. I am happy to say I started off the week with making this tart. I am glad I pushed myself to make it since I am not very fond of tarts or so I thought. This was the most amazing dessert. The crust, almond cream and pears together were so awesome! The only change that I made was to add more chopped almonds and caramel to the top! We all ate this and my husband even had seconds. It was so simple yet the flavours were wonderful together. Now I understand why people are RAVING over this recipe! Tuesdays with Dorie has been a fun group to join. I have had some failures but also some successes. I have made many things that I would normally skip in a cookbook. Dorie herself chose this week's recipe; check out her blog for the recipe and more tips on how to add variations to this recipe.