Herbes de provence

Ingredients

2 tbsp dried thyme
2 tbsp dried summer savory
2 tbsp dried basil
1 tbsp fennel seed
1/2 tsp dried lavender

How to prepare

Use only whole dried herbs, no ground or powdered herbs. Dried lavender may be found in shops which sell soaps and body lotions. Combine the ingredients in a small bowl. Store in an airtight container.

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Ritz – carlton carrot cake

Ingredients

3 cups grated carrots (1 lb.)
2 cups flour
2 cups sugar
2 tsp cinnamon
2 tsp baking power
2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt

1 1/2 cups vegetable oil
4 eggs (large)
3/4 cup nuts

How to prepare

In a large mixing bowl add flour, sugar, cinnamon, baking soda, baking powder, salt, oil. Add eggs. Blend spoon stir carrots in. Pour into 2 greased – floured 9 -” layer pans bake in a 350 f. Oven 40 minutes.
Frosting soften 1 stick of butter or margarine 8 oz. Cream cheese 1 tsp vanilla 1 lb. Package confection sugar

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Karithopita spiced walnut cake

Ingredients

6 eggs
2 1/2 cup bisquick
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp -salt
1/2 tsp ground cloves
3/4 tsp baking powder
2 cup sugar

2 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
1 1/2 cup milk
1 1/2 cup vegetable oil
3/4 cup sugar
1/2 cup -water
12″ strip orange peel
12″ strip lemon peel

1/2 cinnamon stick
1/4 cup honey
1/2 lemon; juiced
1/4 cup walnuts
1 tsp ground cinnamon

How to prepare

In a large mixing bowl place the eggs, bisquick, 1/2 tsp cinnamon, salt, cloves, baking powder, the 2 cups of sugar, the 2 1/2 cups of chopped walnuts, milk, and oil. Blend them together with an electric mixer for 5 minutes.
Turn the mixer on high and beat the batter for 15 seconds. Preheat the oven to 375 f. Pour the batter into a baking pan that is 10 x 14″, and 2 1/2″ deep. Bake the cake for 45 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean. Remove the cake and let it sit for 2 hours.
In a medium saucepan place the 3/4 cup of sugar, water, orange peel, lemon peel, and cinnamon stick. Bring the ingredients to a boil and then simmer them for 5 minutes. Add the honey and bring the mixture to a boil. Remove the pan from the heat and add the lemon juice. Stir the ingredients together and let the syrup cool.
Remove the orange and lemon peels, and the cinnamon stick. Spread the syrup over the cake. Sprinkle on the 1/4 cup of chopped walnuts and the ground cinnamon.

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Mediterranean lemon and garlic dressing

Ingredients

1/2 garlic clove, crushed and coarsely chopped
1 tsp fine sea salt
1 tbsp fresh lemon juice
3 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
freshly ground black pepper to taste

How to prepare

In clean dry salad bowl mash garlic and salt together with spoon to make smooth paste. Add lemon juice, stir until salt is dissolved, then add olive oil and pepper. Mix dressing well. Toss with or drizzle over greens just before serving.

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Empanadas

Ingredients

1/4 lb unsalted butter
2 cup all purpose flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt (or to taste)
2 yolks of lg eggs
1/4 cup chilled water
1/2 lb ground lean beef
1/2 cup chopped white onions
2 tbsp seedless raisins
2 tbsp chopped black or green -olives
1/2 tsp ground red pepper (cayenne)
1/2 tsp oregano
1/2 tsp salt

How to prepare

1 cut the butter into 1/4″ cubes
2 place the flour, baking powder, salt, and butter In a mixing bowl combine the ingredients with a pastry cutter (or with the steel Blade in a food processor)
3 beat the egg yolks mix half of them into the flour Mixture reserve the remainder for step 12
4 incorporate the water slowly into the Flour mixture until the dough becomes a cohesive and semifirm mass
5 shape the Sough into two balls wrap them in plastic wrap and refrigerate them for 15 minutes
6 preheat the oven to 375

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Pear hazelnut sour cream pie

Ingredients

1 cup hazelnuts
2 tbsp unsalted butter
2 1/2 lb (about 5 medium sized) fresh pears, peeled, cored and sliced
1/2 vanilla bean or 1 tsp vanilla ext.
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/4 cup all purpose flour

1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp freshly ground nutmeg
1 large egg
1 cup sour cream
pinch of salt
1/2 cup brown sugar, packed
1/2 tsp vanilla extract

1 tbsp lemon zest
1 pie shell

How to prepare

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees f.
2. Spread whole hazelnuts in a single layer on a baking sheet and bake until toasted, up to 20 minutes, turning nuts after every 5 minutes. Cool slightly, then place nuts in a clean tea towel, fold towel to enclose nuts, and rub between your hands to remove as much of the nut skins as possible. Chop nuts coarsely and set aside.
3. In a heavy 10 or 12″ skillet, melt butter. Add pears and vanilla bean (or vanilla extract). Pour granulated sugar over pears and saut

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Spanish steak roll w/ saut

Ingredients

1 1/2 lb boneless beef top sirloin steak, cut 1″ thick
1 tsp garlic powder, divided
1/4 tsp freshly ground black pepper
1 red and green bell pepper, cut lengthwise into strips
1 sm white onion, thinly sliced
1 cup sliced fresh mushrooms
1 tbsp sour cream or low-fat yogurt
1/3 cup chopped walnuts
1/4 tsp chili powder
1 4 oz can chopped green chilies
Lemon slices
Cilantro sprigs

How to prepare

Cut top sirloin steak to about 1/4″ thickness sprinkle with 1/2 tsp garlic powder and pepper heat 1 tsp oil and butter in 12″ heavy frying pan over medium-high heat until hot pan-fry steak 5-7 mins for medium- rare doneness, turning once remove steak to heated platter, sprinkle with 1/2 tsp salt keep arm add remaining 1 tsp oil to frying pan add red and green peppers, onions, mushrooms, and walnuts cook 2 mins, stirring frequently spread steak with sour cream, top with chilies starting at long side, roll up steak jelly- roll fashion, secure with 6 wooden picks spoon vegetables around steak roll, garnish with lemon slices and cilantro sprigs to serve, carve steak roll between wooden picks, remove and discard wooden picks.

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Ginger ice cream

Ingredients

Ginger puree:
1 1/2 oz fresh ginger, peeled and sliced
1/4 tsp lemon zest, chopped
1/4 cup granulated sugar
2 tbsp water

Ice cream:
1 cup heavy cream
1 cup half-and-half
1/3 cup granulated sugar
1/8 tsp salt
1/4 tsp bourbon or vanilla extract

How to prepare

Place ginger, lemon zest, and sugar in food processor; puree.
Place puree in non reactive pan over medium heat; bring to a simmer until puree becomes a paste (about 8 minutes- this will stop ginger from curdling milk or cream).
Remove from stove; cool completely.
Pass through a strainer to remove largest pieces of ginger; transfer to clean container; cover; cool to 40 degrees; reserve in refrigerator.

Combine all ingredients and ginger puree in non reactive bowl; stir well; cover; cool to 40 degrees.
Transfer to ice cream freezer; process according to manufacturer’s instructions; transfer to clean, non reactive container; cover; reserve in freezer at least 6 hours (use within 24 hours to ensure peak ginger flavor). For about 1 pt.

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Fantastic Hot Fudge Sauce

Ingredients

1 1/2 cups corn syrup
3/4 cup cocoa
1/4 tsp salt
2/3 cup butter
1 tsp Vanilla

How to prepare

In a saucepan, combine corn syrup, cocoa and salt. Stir constantly over med heat until mixture begins to boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 3 minutes. Remove pan from heat and stir in butter and vanilla. Makes 2 cups of sauce. Keeps well in the fridge and can be re-heated. Great with vanilla ice cream.

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Peanut brittle

Ingredients

1 cup corn syrup, dark or light
1 cup sugar
1/4 cup, water
2 tsp margarine
1 1/2 cup peanuts, salted
1 tsp baking soda

How to prepare

Grease a baking sheet well mix the karo, sugar, water, and margarine in a heavy 2- Quart saucepan cook over med heat, stirring constantly, until the sugar is Dissolved and mixture boils continue cooking until the mixture registers 280

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