We’re trying something new this year – I bought 100lbs of oysters – we’ll try roasting or steaming a large portion of those but we’ll also attempt the snootier dish – oysters rockefeller – we’ll let you know how it goes and there will sure to be pics!
Archive for December, 2007
This was the first cooking adventure with the reunited hooligans. Fried Shrimp, Fried Trout (both fresh caught) baked potatos and spinach salad…YUM!
The big day is done and now the season calms a bit as we approach the new year. I had a great day as I hope you did and I got lots of gadgets you will be sure to read about soon including pasta attachments for the kitchen aid mixer (I blogged about that earlier) a mandoline which I am assured will not allow me to cut the tips of my fingers off and a small cuisinart food processor so I don’t have to lug the big one out for the small chop jobs…I am excited to try all of these things. I also got some nice salts and some interesting sauces so check back for success (I hope) stories as I explore the wonders of each of these new kitchen toys. With Mimi in town for the holidays, perhaps we will get to try some of them together! We’ll certainly post pics of any adventures.
Okay, maybe it isn’t the perfect roast chicken, but its pretty tasty and very easy. This is how I capped off my week of battling a cold, I roasted a chicken. Preheat roaster to 350 degrees. Salt and pepper inside and outside of chicken – in the cavity I added 4 cloves of garlic and good handful of fresh rosemary. I rubbed the outside of the chicken with olive oil and then put it in the oven for 1 1/2 hours. The skin was brown and crispy and the chicken was juicy and delicious. I served it alongside the spinach, rice, and feta pie I blogged about earlier. Delicious.
Tonight I made trout…our great neighbor brought us fresh caught trout and I breaded and fried the fillets. I salted and peppered the fillets, dredged in egg and then in bread crumbs with paprika and parmesan cheese. I served with steamed brocolli and steamed rice – the biscuit came from Publix bakery…a very tasty dinner indeed….Mimi, I saved some trout and some fresh shrimp he also brought over.
Friday dinner was excellent if I do say so myself. I roasted a hen – salt and pepper the outside and inside of the hen – in the cavity place 2 cloves of garlic and 2 spriges of rosemary. Bake at 350 degrees for approx. 45 minutes (depending on size of hen); quarter red potatoes – sprinkle with olive oil and rosemary and bake for 25 minutes (I put them in the oven about halfway through the cooking of the hen). Top off with green beans – boiled for 3 minutes then lightly salted and drizzled with olive oil.
Dev baked this loaf of bread today. Isn’t it gorgeous? It tastes kinda like a sourdough loaf, even though he didn’t use a sourdough starter. I will attempt to get the recipe out of him and post it here. The only bad part of the process was that it takes over 18 hours to completely finish it. I figure I’d rather knead for 10 minutes than have to wait 18 hours for a loaf of bread….
I didn’t get a picture, but tonight I made Chicken Parmesan. Its easy and delicious. Here’s the break-down on how I made it tonight (it varies each time). Pound out four boneless chicken breasts; salt and pepper each side and lightly flour; in a saute pan heat a tablespoon of olive oil and then add the chicken breast – allow to brown slightly on each side; Remove chicken from pan – slit about 1/2 way through each breast and fill with feta cheese. Barely coat a baking sheet with tomato sauce; layer chicken breast on top of sauce; pour sauce over the breast; cover breasts with mozarella cheese and then sprinkle with parmesan; (I also add red wine and garlic to the sauce – you can make it however you like); Cook in a 350 degree oven for about 20 minutes, until sauce bubbles. Serve over pasta a spinach salad and you have an easy and delicious Wednesday night supper.
I started holiday baking today, first with pound cake and then with Oatmeal Raisin Cookies.
1/2 pound (2 sticks of butter), softened
1 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 cups of all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon of baking soda
1 teaspoon of cinamon
pinch of salt
3 cups oats (not cooked)
1 cup raisins
Preheat oven to 350 – beat together butter and sugars until creamy; add eggs and vanilla and beat well; Add flour, baking soda, cinnamon and salt and mix well; mix in oats and raisins. Drop rounded circles on a cookie sheet and bake for 10-12 minutes. Cool on wire rack.
I took a salmon fillet and seasoned it with salt and pepper. I brushed some hoisin sauce on it and put it in a 350 degree oven for about 15 minutes.
I made some quinoa, then stirred in some fresh spinach, grape tomatoes, feta, scallions and greek dressing.
Voila! Very tasty……