Authentic Tiramisu

24 Apr

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Get ready I just went to Italy for a week and took cooking classes.

WOW!!!

What a blast.

I ate all week and lost weight.

My theory about eating non processed food has been proven.

If you eat good food you will not gain weight so put down those chips and hot dogs.

This tiramisu was whipped up in ten minutes and was delicious.

This makes enough for four to six people.

4 eggs

4 tablespoons sugar

1/2 teaspoon vanilla extraxt

10 to 12 biscuit cookies or lady fingers

One cup of strong coffee

4 Tablespoons mascarpone

Cocoa powder

You can use sweetened or unsweetened but I use the unsweetened baking cocoa.

One to two tablespoons Amaretto liquor

Take out four to six pretty glasses or any other 3 ounce dish

Separate the egg yolk from the egg white

Whip the whites till they are firm and set aside.

In a separate bowl whip the egg yolks till they are light yellow

Add the sugar and whip till the sugar has completely dissolved and the yolks are like satin.

Add the vanilla

Whip in the mascarpone till everything is smooth

Fold in the whipped egg whites.

Mix the Amaretto and coffee together

Now it is just an assembly process.

Put some of the egg yolk mixture in the bottom of the glass

Dip the biscuit in the coffee mixture and place over the egg mixture

Sprinkle with the cocoa

Repeat the process till everything is used up ending with the egg mixture and then the cocoa.

Cover and place in the refrig for a couple of hours.

Thats it!

I like small dishes because it is a rich dessert but you can make a huge bowl and just serve it with a spoon.

This should be made the same day it is served.

Thank you Alessandros’ Mom.

 

 

 

 

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Tenderloin Wrap

12 Apr

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I started trimming my own beef tenderloin several years ago.

You may ask, “Why is she doing that”?

If you didn’t ask, I’ll tell you anyway.

The beautiful trimmed tenderloin was $14.99 a pound and the untrimmed tenderloin was on sale for $6.99 a pound.

It takes about thirty minutes to trim the roast.

There is one skinny piece of meat that I take off and set aside.

This is what I use to make these sandwiches.

Season the meat with salt and pepper and grill or pan fry just till it is medium rare.

Place it on a pita bread with some hummus, greek yogurt sauce and scallions.

I usually get two nice sandwiches from the thin piece of meat.

The scrapes from the tenderloin I cut up into small pieces and cook them for my dog.

What can be better?

I have a gorgeous roast for $6.99 a pound.

I had a delicious sandwich and the most important thing…

My dog is happy

 

 

Farro With Chicken Sausage and Apples

11 Apr

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Trader Joe’s has this ten minute farro that I love.

It’s an 8.8 ounce blue bag.

It is great for a salad or soup without having a ton leftover.

One bag of farro cooked according to the bag directions.

One pound of cooked and crumbled chicken sausage.

Two tablespoons butter

One cup diced onions

2 cloves minced garlic

2 diced medium apples keep the skin on

Salt and black pepper

Two tablespoons maple syrup

Melt the butter

Add the onions and garlic.

Cook till soft and take out of the pan

Add the sausage to the pan, cook well done and crumble into small pieces.

Add the apples and cook for a couple of minutes.

Take off the heat and add the farro, onions and garlic

Mix well

Add diced fresh parsley

Serve warm or cold

 

Naked Mini Meatball Sandwich

9 Apr

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I was making mini meatballs for my grandchildren and started to get hungry.

One of the best treats in the whole world is a meatball right out of the oven.

Since I didn’t have any tomato sauce I had to improvise.

One potato roll

Hummus

meatballs

Spring mix

diced scallions

Put everything together and take the best bite in your life.

My grandchildren didn’t even realize I ate some of their meatballs…

Doughboys

6 Apr

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This is something right out of my childhood.

You know the way people always had white bread in their houses? Well in my grandma’s house they always had bread or pizza dough.

If my grandma wasn’t baking bread, she would be making something with the pizza dough.

I think I grew up thinking a calzone was a half a sandwich.

When we sleep over grandma’s house she always made us doughboys for breakfast.

Separate your one pound of dough into six  pieces.

Flatten and stretch it out till you have a 5 inch circle.

Heat 3 tablespoons of oil in a frying pan.

Add one piece of dough at a time.

Let it lightly brown on one side then flip it over and cook till that is light brown.

Never leave the stove because they burn in seconds. Drain on a paper towel.

Sprinkle with  either granulated sugar, powdered sugar, maple syrup or if you want tomato sauce.

Feel free to put an egg on top.

These are easier than toast.

 

Stick with Me Chocolates

28 Mar

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My daughter always finds the best chocolates.

This year she gave me the Stick with Me artisanal chocolates from New York.

OMG they are gorgeous.

Almost too good to eat but that won’t stop me.

These bon bons come in  all different flavors.

I got the following;

Raspberry Rose

Wild Strawberry

New York New York with peanuts

Mint Chocolate Cookie

Black Sesame & Passion Mango

House Praline

Toasted Coconut

Black and White

Liquid Salted Caramel

House Dark

Malted Milk Chocolate

Banana Foster

Macadamin Rice Puff

Cup of Joe

Dulce DeLeche

When my children visit we will take a sharp knife and split all of them and pick our favorite.

In the meantime I will stare at them and admire how beautiful they are.

Thanks Rachel

 

 

 

 

 

Miso Soup

27 Mar

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This is a take off from a recipe I found in the newspaper and I made it my way.

I am a miso soup novice and this is my first try.

Since I do nothing without garlic and onion this is it.

One tablespoon of canola oil

One very large diced onion

Two inch piece of peeled and fine diced fresh ginger

6 cloves diced garlic

6 cups water

4 teaspoons mild miso paste

1 tablespoon soy sauce

2 tablespoons lime juice

One cup sugar snap peas or pea pods

6 cups thinly sliced bok choy

One cup thin sliced carrots

Chopped scallions

optional add ins:

sliced mushrooms

hot peppers

basil

tofu

rice noodles

Heat the oil and add the onion, ginger and garlic

Cook till the onions are soft but not brown

Add the water and bring to a boil for five minutes

Stir in the miso paste and simmer for ten minutes

Add the soy sauce and lime juice

Make sure the broth is seasoned to your liking now so adjust the soy sauce and miso.

Add the carrots, bok choy and sugar snaps

Do not boil again just let it simmer for ten minutes

The sugar snaps should still be crunchy

I am going to double the broth next time and freeze a container without the vegetables.