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Potato skins

17 Oct

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Whenever I make potatoes I do this now.

It is my guilty treat for spending all this time in the kitchen.

Wash your potatoes well about eight white potatoes

You can use whatever kind you like even sweet potatoes but I do put a little brown sugar and cayenne pepper on those.

Use your knife and take about 1/4 inch of skin and potato to make a nice slice.

Put all the pieces on a baking dish and sprinkle with salt and pepper and two to three tablespoons olive oil.

Do not overlap the potatoes or else they won’t crisp up.

Bake in a preheated 450 degree oven for about fifteen minutes till they are crisp and brown.

These are so good .

Serve with sour cream, ketchup, yogurt or make potato skin nachos.

I LOVE these.


Ricotta and Pesto Naan

22 Aug

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So you know how I am always saying waste nothing?

This is a great example.

I bought a package of Naan and realized I didn’t use it.

I also had about a cup and a  half of ricotta cheese in the refrigerator.


Such a surprising lunch.

Take the Naan out of the package.

Mix 1 1/2 cups of ricotta cheese with 1/2 cup pesto

Spread the cheese mixture on the Naan.

Cover with a good handful of shredded mozzarella cheese.

Bake in a 400 degree oven till the cheese is melted. About five minutes.

Top with a handful of arugula tossed in some lemon juice, olive oil and salt.

Garnish with olives.

You would easily pay ten dollars in a restaurant for this.


Scallion Pancakes

10 Jul

I have always loved scallion pancakes but never made them.

Last week I made them twice.

Don’t get excited. They are easy but time consuming.

Plus I had to make a double batch and could have used a triple batch.

This is a recipe for a single batch which make six pancakes.

2 cups all purpose flour

1 cup boiling water

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/4 cup sesame seed oil for painting and more for frying

2 cups diced green scallions

Canola oil for frying

Take out your food processor

Add the flour, salt and boiling water

Pulse till the dough forms a ball

If too wet add more flour

Take the ball out of the bowl and wrap in plastic wrap

Refrigerate till cool

Cut into 6 equal pieces

I use my pasta machine to get the dough thin

Start with #1 and progress to #3

You should have a 8 to 9 inch piece of dough

Paint with a thin layer of sesame oil and fold in half

Repeat this 2 times

After that paint with the sesame oil again and add 1/6 of the scallions

Now this is a little different

Take one end of the pancake and roll it so it looks like a finger then roll the dough around like a cinnamon bun.

Flatten with your hand and using your rollin pin, roll till it is about 6 inches in diameter

Repeat with the remaining dough

Heat a skillet with three tablespoons canola oil and one teaspoon sesame oil

When the oil is hot add the pancake and cook till it is brown on one side then flip over for another minute

Drain on a paper towel

Continue cooking the rest of the pancakes

Put the pancakes on a moist paper towel and microwave for 12 to 20 seconds to heat them up

I used them to make gyro

I grilled lamb and shredded it

Smeared tsatziki sauce on the pancake, placed a good handful of meat, one grape leaf and a ton of lemon salad with feta cheese.

OMG I will make this over and over again.





Cheesecake Factory Brown Bread

25 Jan


This is the closest to the cheesecake factory bread that I have tried

First you have to watch a video on folding dough like when you are making a baguette.

This is important when you have to roll out the loaves.

Then make sure you exercise for at least one hour so you can eat the bread without guilt.

One package of instant yeast or 2 1/2 teaspoons

One tablespoon sugar

1 1/2 cups warm water

1 3/4 cups whole wheat flour

1 tablespoon cocoa powder

2 cups bread flour

2 teaspoons expresso coffee powder

1 1/2 teaspoon salt

2 tablespoons soft butter

1/4 cup honey

1  tablespoon brown sugar

2 tablespoons molasses

One teaspoon instant oatmeal for every loaf top

Mix the yeast, warm water and sugar together.

Set aside for five minutes to make sure the yeast starts to bubble.

Mix the flours, expresso, cocoa,salt and brown sugar.

Add the yeast mixture, honey, molasses and butter

Mix everything together with a dough hook in the mixer for about 8 minutes

Very lightly flour your board.

Turn the dough on to the board and knead for another 8 minutes.

Lightly oil a bowl and place the dough inside the bowl.

Cover with plastic wrap and set inside your oven. That is the warmest place in my kitchen.

Make sure the oven is off.

Let the dough rise till it has doubled.

This takes about 2 1/2 hours.

Take the dough out of the bowl and separate into six pieces.

Roll the dough into six  8 inch baguettes

Place three loaves onto each baking sheet that is covered with a silpac or parchment paper.

Make sure the seam of the loaf is facing down

Wet the top of each loaf with water and sprinkle the teaspoon of oatmeal on each loaf.

Spray all the loaves with Pam and cover with plastic wrap

Put in a warm spot and let the loaves double in size.

This should take about 45 minutes

Heat the oven to 350 degrees and bake 25 to 30 minutes

Mine were finished at 25 minutes

Go buy sweet whipped butter, slather it on and enjoy every bite.

This is very similar to a squaw bread recipe my Mom had about 5o years ago.

Stuffed Portabella mushroom

14 Sep


Portabella mushrooms can be an appetizer, main corse or side dish.

I like to use them as a main dish because I load them up with anything

6 portabella mushrooms

I do wash the mushrooms because everyone in the store has been touching them.

Dry them well on a paper towel

Take out the stems and mix them with the filling

You can also scrape the brown underside and mix it with the filling

Sometimes I do this and sometimes I don’t

One pound of sweet Italian sausage , crumbled and taken out of the casing

One large diced onion

Two cups of cooked anci de pepe pasta, cooked rice, quinoa or potatoes. Whatever you have leftover.

1/2 cup fresh parsley

Two cups fresh spinach

Place the mushrooms on a baking pan sprinkled with seasoned breadcrumbs

The mushrooms ooze when baked and the bread crumbs absorb the liquid

Season the mushrooms with salt and pepper

Brown the sausage and onion in a pan till it is brown and cooked threw

Drain any excess oil out of the pan

Take off the heat and add the fresh parsley, pasta and spinach

Place one slice of any cheese  on top of each mushroom

Separate the filling equally among the mushrooms

They will be really stuffed

Top with three to four tablespoons of the white garlic pizza sauce

Bake at 400 degrees for 15 to 20 minutes

Serve with a huge salad

Baked Crispy Cauliflower

4 May


One head of cauliflower cut into florets

1/2 cup flour

One teaspoon salt

One teaspoon black pepper

1/2 teaspoon onion powder

Two large eggs , beaten

Three tablespoons oil

Two tablespoons lemon juice

1/2 teaspoon garlic powder

One cup seasoned spicy Panko bread crumbs

1/2 cup seasoned Italian bread crumbs

1/4 cup Parmesan cheese

Grease a 9×13 cookie sheet with canola oil

Mix the flour, salt, pepper and onion powder together

Dredge the cauliflower till it is well coated. Shake off the excess.

Mix the eggs with the oil, lemon juice and garlic powder.

Dip the flowered cauliflower in the egg mixture.

Mix the breadcrumbs, Panko and cheese together.

Coat the egged cauliflower in the breadcrumb mixture.

Place on the baking sheet

Try not to make the cauliflower touch.

Pour the leftover egg and breadcrumb mixtures over the cauliflower

Roast at 450 degrees for 12 to 15 minutes or until golden brown

Serve with any dipping sauce you like

I use ketchup, blue cheese, hot sauce or melted cheese.

Sometimes I make two cauliflowers and they disappear.



Orange Poppy Seed Bread

28 Apr

Orange Poppy Seed Cake

This is a takeoff from the Pillsbury Orange-sicle Cake Mix.

I have made it a dozen times and it never lasts long.

One package of Pillsbury Orange-sicle Cake Mix.

One 6 once container of orange flavored yogurt

2 eggs

One tablespoon orange zest

1/2 cup vegetable oil

1/2 cup orange juice

2 teaspoon poppy seeds

Preheat the oven to 325 degrees

Grease a 9 x 5 pan with  a non stick cooking spray

Mix everything together and beat for about two to three minutes.

Pour into a pan and bake for 60 minutes until the center is baked.

May need another five minutes depending on your oven.

You can frost this with orange frosting but I prefer it plain.

This is almost the same recipe that is on the back of the Pillsbury box but I use this as a flavored bread instead of a cake.

I like having different kinds of bread especially when I serve a salad for lunch. I serve lemon, pumpkin, carrot pineapple, zucchini and now orange poppy seed.

It freezes great.