Archive | October, 2014

Shanghai or Peking Salad

31 Oct

Shanghai or Peking Salad

This is a salad I had at my friends party.

She had it catered from Holten Brandi in Boston.

Everyone loved it and I found the recipe on a television program.

This was before computers and I had to mail away for the recipe…

Imagine that!

That was 35 years ago and I have been making it ever since.

I have added a couple of things but it is still very similar.

3  diced scallions

1/4 pound of blanched sugar snap peas

One head of shredded iceberg lettuce

Three handfuls of baby spinach

Three stalks of diced bok chow or celery.

One can of drained baby corn

One sliced red pepper

1/2 pound baby carrots

One can of drained, sliced water chestnuts

3 tablespoons toasted sesame seeds

8 ounces of fried chinese noodles

Dressing

1/4 cup rice vinegar

1/4 cup sugar or honey

2 Tablespoons soy sauce

2 teaspoons salt

One tablespoon sesame oil

1/2 cup peanut oil

Mix all the dressing ingredients and shake well.

Set aside.

This is a sweet dressing but very good on the salad.

It also makes a delicious marinade for chicken or pork.

Start assembling the salad.

Mix the spinach and lettuce together.

Place this on the bottom of the tray.

Decorate the top with the remaining ingredients except the sesame seeds and noodles.

I can now make the entire salad ahead of time. Wrap it well and keep in the refrigerator till it is time to serve. Take off the wrap and add the noodles , sesame seeds and dressing.

You can also add two pounds of shrimp or cooked chicken.

When I serve this as a lunch I may add the protein but in a buffet I usually leave the protein out.

Thank you Creativity in Catering and W.B.Z. T.V.

 

 

 

 

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Coconut cod fish sandwich

29 Oct

Coconut Cod Fish Sandwich

Go to the fish store and buy two coconut cod fillets.

Place on a cookie sheet and bake for 20 minutes at 375 degrees.

I like mine really crispy so sometimes it cooks longer.

4 croissants

Handful of arugula

2  chopped scallions

One slice of Hoffman cheddar cheese for every sandwich

siracha mayo, regular mayonaise  or tartar sauce

ketchup

Pickles on the side.

Bake the fish and cut each fillet in half.

Slice the bread

Spread half with tartar sauce and the other half with ketchup

Place the fillet on the bread

Put the cheese on the fish

Top with arugula, scallions and the other half of the bread.

Sometimes I add cole slaw, avacado and hot sauce on the sandwich.

Who needs a fillet of fish from McDonalds?

Brocolli with garlic and oil

28 Oct

Broccoli with garlic and oil

Make a lot of this because it goes fast.

This is probably enough for four people but not at my house.

One large head of broccoli or six cups of stems and flowers.

Six big cloves of sliced garlic

3/4 teaspoon garlic salt

1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes

1/3 cup olive oil

Steam the broccoli in the microwave till it is bright green and still crunchy

Brown the garlic in the oil.

Add the garlic salt and take it off the heat

Add the red pepper

Toss the drained cooked broccoli with the oil and garlic.

Make sure everything is evenly coated with the oil.

Adjust the salt to you’re liking.

The soft brown garlic is almost better then the broccoli.

If you have any leftover you can add pasta and Parmesan cheese or make a delicious omelet with cheese.

I have also thrown the leftovers in a stir fry.

 

Chocolate dipped meringue cookies

27 Oct

Chocolate Dipped lemon meringue

These cookies were my second choice.

I started to make french macaroons and nothing was going right.

The egg whites whipped weird, I forgot to add the sugar, the batter was like water.

I threw everything out and left the kitchen.

I still needed a cookie to bring to a baby shower.

I bought two bags of cappuccino meringue cookies, dipped them in melted dark chocolate and sprinkled them with blue sugar.

This took me about twenty minutes.

Let them dry uncovered overnight and put them in a pretty container.

I will try the macaroons another day…

Chocolate Coconut Seltzer

24 Oct

I am not much of a drinker.

Not even water.

Occasionally I do enjoy a good glass of wine or a cold beer but that is about it.

So this is a non alcoholic drink I love.

Polar soda company has a ton of different flavored seltzers.

I drink a bottle a day and love most of the flavors.

The other night I was craving something sweet. This is not unusual.

The plain seltzer wasn’t doing it.

So I took a bottle of the toasted coconut cream seltzer and mixed it with four tablespoons of chocolate syrup.

Tastes just like a mounds bar or a chocolate soda.

Thank you Polar.

 

Fire Cider Salad Dressing

22 Oct

Fire Cider Salad Dressing

I had a terrible cold and my friend Tammy said to try fire cider.

I didn’t know what it was so I looked it up on the computer.

It is a combination of spices and cider vinegar.

You are supposed to sip it or rub it on your body to get rid of a cold, aches and pains or whatever else ails you.

I made up a batch, liked it and so this is the beginning of  a salad dressing.

I tested it out on my family and they loved it.

Now it is a keeper.

3/4 cup of apple cider vinegar

One cup of olive oil

3 cloves of garlic

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper

2 tablespoons grated fresh ginger

2 tablespoons grated fresh horseradish

1/4 teaspoon onion powder

One tablespoon brown sugar

One teaspoon honey

Mix the salt and garlic in the magic bullet till it is pureed.

Put everything else in the jar and blend till it is smooth.

Serve with a green salad of arugula, romaine lettuce, cucumbers, red peppers and vidalla onions. Also makes a great dressing for cole slaw.

Just a different dressing that  can cure whatever.

Maybe I should call it the old wives tale dressing.

 

Patty’s Cheese Squares

21 Oct

Cheese Squares

My sister Patty would make these squares and bring them to our Moms. They would disappear.

The great thing about them is that you can use broccoli, spinach, asparagus or whatever other vegetable you like.

Today I decided to use broccoli because I had a lot leftover.

One pound of  cooked , chopped broccoli

One pound of cottage cheese

1/2 pound of  cheddar cheese

1/4 pound muenster

1/2 pound mozzarella cheese

1/4 pound american cheese

1/8 cup flour

1/2 teaspoon black pepper

1/4 teaspoon garlic powder

6 well beaten eggs

Mix everything together.

Grease a deep dish 9 x 9 pan

Place the filling inside.

Bake at 400 degrees for  at least a 1/2 hour or until it is set in the middle.

This is a great recipe for using leftovers like chopped steak or pork.

I have sautéed onion and peppers with the vegetables or meat.

Just keep the basic egg, cheese, flour and condiments and you can add anything you want.

If you are using spinach make sure it is squeezed dry.

These can also be made in mini or regular muffin tins just adjust the time.

Use muffin tin liners to avoid a messy clean up.

If you want to really go wild, use crispy bacon, cooked sausage or diced ham.

Very forgiving recipe.

These freeze nicely.