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Pressure Cooker Thai Chicken Thighs

Ingredients

  • 2 lbs boneless, skinless chicken thighs
  • 1/2 cup chicken broth
  • 1/4 cup peanut butter
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon freeze dried cilantro
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice
  • Red pepper flakes (to taste)
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch dissolved in 2 tablespoons water
  • 1/4 cup chopped peanuts

Method

  1. Turn Instant Pot to saute. Addbroth, peanut butter, soy sauce, cilantro, lime juice, red pepper flakes, and ginger. Stir until peanut butter dissolves.
  2. Add chicken thighs, pressure cook for 15-20 minutes. Quick release pressure.
  3. Remove chicken with slotted spoon and shred. Turn Instant Pot to saute, bring to a boil, add cornstarch mixture to thicken.
  4. Serve over rice.
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Baked Pasta with Broccoli Rabe and Sausage

Ingredients

  • 1 lb chunky pasta
  • 1 bundle broccoli rabe, cut into 1″ segments
  • 1 lb ground Italian sausage
  • 1/2 cup and 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 9 ounces mozzarella (cubed or shredded)
  • 3 cups whole milk
  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • Ground black peper
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • Dash nutmeg

Method

  1. Preheat oven to 400F.
  2. Cook pasta in large pot. 5 minutes before completion, add broccoli rabe. Drain together and set aside in large bowl.
  3. Brown sausage, put in bowl.
  4. In same pan, make bechamel sauce:
    1. Melt butter, add flour and whisk smooth.
    2. Drizzle in milk.
    3. Add salt, garlic, nutmeg, black pepper.
    4. Simmer 10 minutes.
  5. Add sausage and sauce to bowl. Mix thoroughly.
  6. Add 1/2 cup Parmesan and mozzarella, mix thoroughly.
  7. Put in 11″x13″ baking dish, top with remaining cheese.
  8. Bake for 20-30 minutes, until edges are bronzed.

Beef and Broccoli Ramen

  • Peanut oil
  • 1 lb steak, sliced thinly
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 1 tablespoon low sodium soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon rice win vinegar
  • 3 cups broccoli
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 3 packets ramen noodles, seasoning packet discarded (3 ounces each)

Sauce

  • 1/4 cup water
  • 3/4 cup low sodium beef broth (low sodium important)
  • 1 tablespoon ground ginger, minced
  • 2 teaspoons sesame oil
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 6 tablespoons oyster sauce
  • 6 tablespoons low sodium soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons rice win vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • Hot sauce

Method

  1. Add steak, 1 tablespoon soy sauce and 1 tablespoon rice wine vinegar to a medium bowl. Marinate minimum of one hour.
  2. Mix all sauce ingredients in a medium bowl.
  3. Cook ramen and set aside
  4. Saute beef, onion, and garlic in wok.
  5. Add broccoli and sauce. Stir and simmer until broccoli is cooked and sauce is thickened.
  6. Toss in noodles and stir to coat.

French Bread Pizzas

Well, there isn’t much to this recipe, since you can pretty much use whatever sounds good for making these little pizzas, but I figure it helps to keep track of how to cook them anyway.

Ingredients:

The Basics:

  • Sub Rolls
  • Pizza sauce
  • Fresh Mozzarella
  • Shredded Mozzarella

Possible toppings:

  • Fresh Basil
  • Pepperoni
  • Plum tomato
  • Black olives
  • Sausage
  • Bacon
  • Spinach

Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 375 F. Line a cookie sheet with foil
  2. Cut sub rolls in half and put them on the pan
  3. Top with sauce
  4. Top with everything else
  5. Put the pan in the oven and bake for 8-10 minutes.
  6. Then, increase the temperature to 425 F and move the pizzas to the top of the oven. Continue baking until cheese is bubbly and turning golden.

 

Asian Lettuce Wraps

Ingredients

  • Bibb lettuce
  • 1 lb ground beef
  • Large onion (chopped)
  • 1/4 cup hoisin sauce
  • 2 cloves fresh garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon rice wine vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons minced pickled ginger
  • Chile pepper sauce (to taste)
  • 1 bunch green onions (chopped)
  • 2 teaspoons sesame oil

Method

  1. Brown ground beef. Drain and set aside.
  2. Dash peanut oil in a hot pan, saute onion until tender.
  3. Stir hoisin sauce, garlic, soy sauce, vinegar, ginger, and pepper sauce into onions.
  4. Add green onions, sesame oil, and booked beef. Cook and stire until green onions begin to wilt.
  5. Serve over lettuce. Add stick carrots if desired.
  6. Note: Does not do well over rice. Serve rice on the side.

Cookies and Cream cake

Rob fell in love with an Oreo cake sold at Stop and Shop. The cake is light and fluffy, and the icing has little crushed up Oreos in it. Even I have to admit, it’s a damn good cake for a grocery store cake. But, it is a grocery store cake, and I set out on a personal mission to make a better one. This is definitely it. The recipe is only slightly modified from this one over at HonestandTasty.com. Its super easy to make and well worth the effort!

Total hands on time: 1-1:30 hours

Ingredients:

For the Cake:

  • 1 ¾ cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 ¾ cups white sugar
  • 1 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • ½ cup sunflower oil
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1 cup water
FOR THE FROSTING:
  • 2.5 sticks  Unsalted Butter, softened
  • 2.5 tsp Pure Vanilla Extract
  • 9  TBSP Heavy Cream
  • 30 oz Powdered Sugar
  • 18-20 Newman O’s + a few extra for decorating the top of the cake
INSTRUCTIONS
FOR THE CAKE:
  1. Preheat oven to 350º F.
  2. Spray 2, 9 inch round springform pans with Baking Pam, then top with 9 inch round Parchment circles. Respray with Pam. Wrap the bottom of the springform pans with aluminum foil to protect against drips.
  3. In a medium bowl, combine flour, sugar, cocoa powder, salt, baking soda, and baking powder. Sift together into another bowl or onto a large paper plate.
  4. In the bowl of the stand mixer add oil, buttermilk, eggs, and vanilla. Mix to combine.
  5. Add the sifted dry ingredients, combine and mix on low speed. Don’t over mix.
  6. Add water and mix again to combine it all together. Don’t over mix.
  7. Pour the batter into the pans and bake for 28-30 minutes or just until a toothpick/fork poked into the center comes out clean.
  8. Cool for 10 minutes before removing the outside of the springform. Once cool, flip cakes onto a sheet of parchment and remove the bottom of the springform and parchment paper.
FOR THE FROSTING:
  1. Place Newman O’s into a sealed plastic bag, and crush them up with mallet or rolling pin. Set aside.
  2. In the stand mixer combine butter, vanilla extract, heavy cream.  Mix to combine.
  3. Add in the powdered sugar and mix for 3-5 minutes to whip it well.
  4. Add crushed cookies into frosting and mix in.
  5. Frost the cake, then devour!

Lemon Cake

The perfect spring cake recipe. I ran across this on Pinterest and it actually turned out perfectly.

Ingredients:

For the cake

  • 2 1/4 cups cake flour
  • 1 TBSP baking powder
  • 1/2 tSP kosher salt
  • 1 1/4 cups low-fat buttermilk
  • 4 large egg whites
  • 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
  • 2 tsp grated lemon zest
  • 8 TBSP unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1/2 tsp pure lemon extract

For the icing

  • 8 oz cream cheese, softened
  • 8 TBSP unsalted butter, softened
  • 2 3/4 cups powdered sugar, sifted
  • 1 TBSP freshly squeezed lemon juice, (from about 1/2 a large lemon), plus 1 TBSP if needed
  • 1 TBSP freshly grated lemon zest
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1/8 tsp kosher salt

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 F

  • Grease two 9 inch round springform pans, parchment paper is not needed.
  • In a medium bowl, sift together Cake Flour, Baking Powder, and Salt
  • In a separate medium bowl whisk together the Buttermilk and Egg Whites
  • In the bowl of the stand mixer, add Lemon Zest and Sugar. Using your fingers, rub the lemon zest into the sugar until sugar is moist and well combined.
  • Add the Butter to the mixing bowl and mix on medium speed for a minimum of 3 minutes, until the mixture is light and fluffy.
  • Mix in the Lemon Extract.
  • Add in 1/3 of the Flour Mixture, then beat on medium speed until combined.
  • Continue on medium speed and add in 1/2 of the Buttermilk Mixture.
  • Add another 1/3 of the Flour Mixture, then add the remaining Buttermilk Mixture. Beat until smooth.
  • Stir in the remaining Flour Mixture, then continue mixing on medium speed for at least 2 more minutes until well combined and very airy.
  • Divide the batter evenly between the two pans and use a spatula to level off the tops.
  • Bake for 35-40 mins until springy and a toothpick comes out clean.
  • Allow to cool for 10 mins before removing the springform pan. Then remove the cakes from the bottom pan, and allow them to cool on a wire rack.

Prepare the icing:

  • Use the stand mixer with the paddle attachment.
  • Mix the Cream Cheese and Butter on medium speed for at least 3 minutes until well combined and smooth.
  • Reduce to stirring speed and add in the Powdered Sugar, Lemon Juice, Lemon Zest, Vanilla, and Salt. Once the sugar begins to incorporate increase the speed to medium.
  • Mix on medium speed for at least 3 minutes until the ingredients are well combined and frosting is light and fluffy.  May add additional Lemon Juice if needed to thin.
  • You may need to put the cake in the refrigerator for an hour or so to set the icing.