Monday, March 31, 2014

Spring warm up ,Tetrazzini, and cold wasps.

Yesterday we had snow.
Today is in the fifties and sunny.
What is happening today up on Red Oak Ridge?

Dinner is Chicken Tetrazzini.  Sunday's dinner was a whole roasted chicken.  Which I was to share with my dear Mother.  Snowed out!
So today I cleaned off the bones of said chicken.  Some to use,some to freeze, some for soup.

As I was preparing the Tetrazzini, one of my cats learned a valuable lesson.  To not eat wasps.  They are not tasty treats!  They are angry and sting the tender mouth.  

On with the recipe, after rescuing the cat and killing the wasp.
1/4 butter plus some for the mushrooms
1/4 cup all purpose flour
1 can of chicken broth
1 cup of evaporated milk
small onion minced
1 cup of mushrooms sliced
1 small clove of garlic minced
1 8 oz box of spaghetti
1/2 grated Parmesan cheese
salt and pepper to taste
1 and 1/2 cup of cooked chicken, chopped.
* if you want to add to the sauce once the sauce is made add and heat through.
1/2 cup dry white wine
You may add peas and parsley also but I didn't.

Heat your oven to 350 degrees
 prepare a casserole with some butter, greasing the bottom and sides.

Now:  Put a pot of water on to boil your spaghetti, bring to a boil and salt the water well.  Place the dried spaghetti in the water and cook until done 8-12 minutes should do it.

In a saucepan heat over mid-high and melt a 1/4 cup butter, when melted add 1/4 cup all purpose flour stir until incorporated.  To not let it brown.   Stir in 8 oz of chicken broth and bring to a gentle bubble.  Add the evaporated milk about 1 cup.  Heat through.  season with salt and pepper to taste.
 In a saute pan melt a teaspoon of butter,  saute 1 cup of mushrooms,(I used portabello).  add the mince onion 1/2cup, and 1 minced clove of garlic at the end.
 Add to the sauce with the chopped up cooked chicken.

The spaghetti is drain and pour into the prepared dish and pour the sauce with the mushrooms and chicken.   Grate 1/2 cup of Assiago cheese and top.  Bake for 30 minutes until golden brown and bubbly.   Serve with your favorite side and crusty bread or garlic toast and enjoy.  We are having ours with Broccoli and garlic toast today.
The cat is fine he is having a nap.  Tomorrow brings warmer temperatures.  I love it!!


Sunday, March 23, 2014

To help a family.

Some of my items listed for the Fundraiser.

https://www.etsy.com/shop/LeavesofOak 
 My Etsy shop will have featured item for sale to help raise money for the Thurstons.  

Please visit her blog and find out more about the family and their journey.  Help their dream come true.  



Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Another Snowstorm on the Ridge

From my front porch earlier,the snow had just started.
We have settled in and wait to see if we will get the foot of snow forecast for our area.  
I have an order packed and ready to be shipped.   Hopefully, I will get to the Post Office next week.

My Granddaughter has a birthday on the 15th of the month.  We had her cake and presents earlier,because of weather and other commitments.    I will be knitting her something extra.   I few Christmases ago, I bought her and her little sister American Girl dolls.  The oldest got the traditional doll,and the younger received the baby doll.  So, I am knitting the eldest one a scarf,hat and mitt set for her doll.  The youngest has requested a Elephant.  In the picture the scarf is finished and the hat is on the needles.   I figure with the snowstorm I will have plenty of time to knit the pieces.  The patterns for the American Girl accessories can be found on Ravelry, I love Ravelry
Miss Julia with her cake,her Dad is photo bombing her.
scarf and hat for Miss Julia's American Girl doll


Thursday, January 16, 2014

Pancakes from scratch on a cold January morning

The temperature when I woke up was a crisp 19 degrees.

As I poured my coffee, I thought about breakfast. What to make on a cold morning?  I thought about making a quick cinnamon bread.  Then my growling stomach sent a thought to my brain,Pancakes.

Some people stir away from homemade Pancakes.   I have a wonderful recipe that produces fluffy pancake with little time or effort.  I am sharing. You may thank me between syrupy good mouthfuls.  :)

Coffee and pancake from scratch this cold morning. Slices of bacon along side. yummy! Making my list and doing calls today. Shopping with Mom this weekend for her Vegas trip. Sean's case manager is schedule for a home visit on the 21st. More Snow in the forecast. Love ya'll






Pancake Recipe
Ingredients 
recipe makes 8 servings
 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
 3 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
 1 teaspoon salt
 1 tablespoon white sugar
 1 1/4 cups milk
 1 egg
 3 tablespoons butter, melted

Directions

In a large bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder, salt and sugar. Make a well in the center and pour in the milk, egg and melted butter; mix until smooth.
Heat a lightly oiled griddle or frying pan over medium high heat. Pour or scoop the batter onto the griddle, using approximately 1/4 cup for each pancake. Brown on both sides and serve hot.

I had mine with maple syrup and sweet Irish butter on top!

Monday, December 30, 2013

Casual New Year Eve Menu

Last minute prep work and grocery run has been done.
My gathering will be casual with family members stopping over for a bite.

The menu is simple
 Hot Cheesy Spinach Artichoke
Sliders and Fries
Savory Anise Shrimp
Desert and Midnight Champagne.  (Bubbly Cider) Kid and Non Alcoholic
Espresso To stay awake

Hot Cheesy Spinach Artichoke Dip

Ingredients
2 (10-ounce) boxes chopped frozen spinach
1 box frozen artichoke hearts
3 tablespoons butter
4 cloves garlic, chopped
3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1 cup chicken stock
1 cup milk
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
Pinch ground nutmeg, or to taste
1 cup Gorgonzola crumbles
1 1/2 cups shredded (a little larger than grated, available in tubs) Asiago or Parmigiano-Reggiano
Thick sesame bread sticks, for dipping
Celery hearts, trimmed for dipping
Pita crisps with Parmesan and herbs (recommended: Stacy's)
Directions
Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.

Defrost spinach 10 minutes on defrost setting in microwave then drain well by wringing out in dish towel. Defrost artichokes as well, 6 minutes on defrost in microwave then wring out and finely chop.

Heat a sauce pot with butter over medium to medium-high heat. Add garlic to melted butter and stir 1 to 2 minutes, then sprinkle in flour and combine 1 minute more. Whisk in stock and milk and season with salt, pepper and nutmeg. Thicken 2 minutes then remove from heat and melt in Gorgonzola. Stir in spinach and artichokes and half the shredded cheese then transfer to a small casserole and top with remaining cheese. Brown and bubble in the oven for 10 to 12 minutes.
The dip will be served with assorted crackers and toasted crusty bread.
 Gorgonzola, Arugula,golden raisins, prosciutto,asiago or mozzarella,cremini and porcini mushrooms,and cherry tomatoes...

Sliders and Fries


8 slices thick cut bacon
3 pounds ground sirloin
1/2 cup Worcestershire sauce
1/2 cup chopped parsley leaves
24 mini burger rolls, such as small dinner rolls, split
2 cups baby arugula
6 plum tomatoes, trim top and bottom, cut into 1/4-inch slices
1 small red onion, quartered lengthwise, sliced 1/4-inch thick
1/2 cup steak sauce (recommended: A1)
1/2 cup beer mustard

Arrange the bacon on slotted broiler pan and bake until crisp, about 12 minutes then cut each strip into thirds, (24 pieces). Set aside.

Coat a 9 by 12-inch rimmed baking sheet (they sell disposable pans this size if you do not have one) with 1 tablespoon olive oil. Season the meat with Worcestershire sauce, 3 tablespoons grill seasoning and parsley. Spread meat into pan in 1/2-inch layer all the way to corners of pan. Coat the top of meat with 1 tablespoon olive oil and bake at 400 degrees F for 12 to 15 minutes until firm but a little pink at center. Rest meat 5 minutes then cut into 24 square mini burgers.

Place burgers on mini roll bottoms and top with arugula, tomato, bacon, red onion. Mix steak sauce with mustard and dot bun tops, set in place. Serve potatoes alongside.


Thick Potato Fries
8 Yukon gold potatoes
3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
2 tablespoons Italian Seasoning
2 tablespoons finely chopped rosemary leaves


Heat the oven to 500 degrees F.

Put the potatoes in the oven first, then bacon and meat 10 minutes later.

Cut potatoes into thin wedges (6 per potato). Coat the potatoes with 1/4 cup olive oil and season with 2 tablespoons of grill seasoning and rosemary Mix well and place on baking pan.

. Bake 10 minutes or until golden brown, then reduce heat to 400 degrees F when you add bacon and meat to oven.

Savory Anise Shrimp

Ingredients
24 colossal size shrimp - tails on,cleaned
2 teaspoons anise seed
1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
2 lemons, zest and juice
4 cloves garlic, grated
1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
Directions
Place shrimp in a bowl and season with anise,red pepper flakes, lots of salt and pepper, the zest of 2 lemons. Add garlic and oil and use your hands to coat shrimp evenly. Heat a skillet to medium-high and cook shrimp until pink and firm, douse pan with the juice of 2 lemons and serve immediately.

Mini Lava Chocolate Cakes with Mocha Sauce
Make ahead 


INGREDIENTS
4 ounces dark or bittersweet chocolate, (60-75% cacao), coarsely chopped
2 tablespoons unsalted butter, cut into chunks
1 tablespoon granulated sugar
1 1/2 tablespoons light cream
2 teaspoons instant espresso powder, or granules dissolved in 1 tablespoon hot water, divided
1 tablespoon light corn syrup
1 large egg
2 tablespoons canola oil
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/8 teaspoon salt
5 tablespoons confectioners' sugar
3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon unsweetened Dutch-process cocoa powder
1-3 teaspoons very hot water
PREPARATION
Position rack in center of oven; preheat to 350°F. Generously coat the mini muffin pan with cooking spray.
Place chocolate and butter in a medium microwave-safe bowl.  Microwave on High for 1 minute. Stir well, then continue microwaving on Medium, stirring every 20 seconds, until the remaining chocolate melts completely.
To prepare filling: Stir together granulated sugar, cream and half the espresso mixture in a small microwave-safe bowl. Microwave on High just to steaming, 20 to 40 seconds. (Alternatively, combine in a small saucepan and heat over medium-low heat until just steaming.) Stir until the sugar dissolves. Add corn syrup and half the melted chocolate (reserve the other half for the batter); stir until completely smooth. Cover and transfer to the freezer until cold and firm, about 30 minutes.
To prepare batter: When the filling has been chilling for 20 minutes, whisk egg, oil, vanilla, salt and the remaining espresso mixture in a medium bowl until very smooth. Return the remaining chocolate mixture to the microwave. Microwave on Medium, stirring every 20 seconds, until just warm again (do not overheat). In two batches, whisk the egg mixture into the warm chocolate until well blended. Sift confectioners' sugar, flour and cocoa over the batter and whisk in just until smoothly incorporated.
To assemble cakes: Remove the filling from the freezer. Spoon half the batter into the mini muffin cups, about 1 rounded teaspoon per cup. Spoon 1/2 teaspoon filling onto the center of each (reserve the rest for the sauce). Divide the remaining batter evenly among the muffin cups, about 1 rounded teaspoon per cake. Smooth out the batter to cover the filling.
Bake the cakes on the middle rack until the edges look dry and puffed but the centers still look very underdone and pudding like, 6 to 9 minutes. Let cool on a wire rack until firm, about 2 minutes. Place a cutting board on top of the pan and invert the mini cakes out onto it. If the cakes are stuck to the pan, run a knife around and under them to loosen.
To prepare sauce & serve: Thoroughly stir very hot water into the reserved filling, 1 teaspoon at a time, until very smooth and slightly fluid. Serve the warm cakes drizzled with the sauce.

*Make Ahead Tip: Prepare through Step 5, cover and refrigerate for up to 2 days. After baking (Step 6), the cakes will keep in the pan, tightly covered with foil, for up to 1 day. The sauce (Step 7) will keep, covered, in the refrigerator for up to 5 days. To serve, reheat the cakes in the covered pan at 350°F for 10-12 minutes. Reheat the sauce in a microwave on Medium for about 20 seconds.

Have a Wonderful New Years Eve and a Happy New Year Day.  

Friday, December 27, 2013

Sunny Winter Day on the Ridge

I was thinking about what to cook for dinner..

I was going to make a pot of beans and cornbread.  I will save those for later.
Today I felt like Country fried steak and mashed potatoes.
Sean can use the calories, even if I don't.

Recipe for my Country fried steak is below.

The day was sunny and in the mid 40's.  After the sun went down the cold air has brought down into the 20's.  Chilly!

Country Fried Steak
 2 good sized pieces of cubed steak.
1/2 cup self rising flour
1 teaspoon salt and 1/2 teaspoon pepper

Place the flour in a bag,(I use a freezer bag) add the seasonings.  Shake

Place a skillet with 2 tablespoons of oil over medium high heat.  Watch for the oil to get shimmery.  When this happens you can put the floured steak in.
Cook about 5-8 minutes on each side.  When the steak is done, place on a plate and cover to keep warm.
Pour most of the oil off,keeping about a tablespoon of oil in the bottom.  Up the heat a little and add 1/2 cup of self rising flour and make a rue.  I added a couple of tablespoons of butter if the flour stays white and doesn't brown.  Stir in half water/ half milk.  I use 1 cup each.  (Sean and I are lactose intolerant) I use a lactose free milk.  I was worried about the taste and texture,but I find no change or very little in my recipes.  Yes, I use butter over margarine:  The small amount used hasn't bothered us.   We both have weakness for cheese. Okay, back to the recipe.  Add the milk mixture in increments as the gravy thickens.  On the last addition let it bubble first then cut the heat to low or simmer.  Season the gravy to taste. (I use more pepper, cause we both are rather fond of it.)  I add the meat back in to coat, or you can cover the meat on the plate.  I leave the steak in for at least 3-5 minute to heat through.

Serve with homemade mashed potatoes,green beans,and biscuits.  Smack your Mamaw! Good!
Sean, seems happy with his dinner!



Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Christmas Day on the Ridge


Today we are taking it easy.
I played Santa.

Sean is playing one of his new PS3 games... Madden25 (he loves it)
I am cooking goodies.

I put in the cocktail wieners in the slow cooker before lunch.  I forgot the grape jelly,so I used homemade cherry jelly with the BBQ sauce.  It smells delish.

I mixed up the pumpkin pie filling and it is a pie now.   As soon as the metal bowl and whisk are chilled I will make whipped cream.

Pepperoni Stromboli are for dinner and the dough is raising for a couple of hours.

Visitors are promised today, but so far just my brother playing Santa around lunchtime.

Movies and snacks this Evening, with hot cocoa and marshmallows.

Recipes in the section for them.  Take a look around for them.  MERRY CHRISTMAS and HAPPY NEW YEARS