Month: October 2007

  • Cilantro brown rice

    2 C brown rice 3-1/2 C water 2 T olive oil 2 T lime juice 1 t grated lime rind, or 1/2 t Key Lime oil 2 t sugar 1 t salt 1 C cilantro, chopped In a pressure cooker, bring the water to a boil and add the rice. Bring to pressure and cook…

  • Creole chicken breasts

    1/4 C onion, diced fine 1/4 C red or green bell pepper, diced fine 3 cloves garlic, minced 14 oz can diced tomatoes, not drained 2 t Worcestershire sauce 2 t apple cider vinegar 2 t oregano 1/4 t salt 1/4 t black pepper 1/4 t hot pepper sauce 4 chicken breast halves 1 T…

  • Savory stuffed pork chops

    Serves 4-6. 6 thick pork chops 2 C Progresso seasoned bread crumbs 1/2 C celery, finely diced 1/2 C onion, finely diced 3/4 t poultry seasoning 3/4 t salt 1/8 t fresh-ground black pepper 1/2 – 1 C water Cut a pocket into each pork chop. In a mixing bowl, combine the remaining ingredients except…

  • Sparkling pear cupcakes

    Makes 12 moist, scrumptious cupcakes. 1/4 lb butter 1 C sugar 2 eggs 1-1/3 C flour 3/4 t baking soda Dash salt 1 C club soda, 7-up, or champagne (anything clear and sparkling) 1 tsp vanilla 3 medium pears, cored and grated or diced fine Preheat oven to 350F. In a large bowl, cream the…

  • Miso soup

    The ingredients for this can be found in a Japanese grocery store. Serves 4-6. 4 C cold water 4 small (1-1/2-inch long) dried fish 1/2 C bonito flakes (dried fish flakes) 1/3 to /2 C light miso 3 to 4 T C dark miso 4 to 6 oz soft tofu (such as Mori-Nu Silken), cut…

  • Roasted eggplant with dried apricots

    These came out awfully dry — in the future, I plan to simply roast the eggplant with olive oil and then serve it with some sort of apricot, lemon, and chicken stock-based sauce. 1 lb Chinese eggplants (the long, skinny purple ones) 1/2 lb dried apricots Salt and pepper 1/4 C boiling water 1 bouillon…

  • Pear Smoothie

    For those times when all the pears ripen at the same time, and you’re out of fresh milk and yogurt. Makes two large servings, or four small ones. 4 ripe pears 1 C water 1/4 C instant powdered milk 1 T vanilla soy powder 2 T frozen orange-pineapple juice concentrate 3-4 ice cubes To prepare…

  • A few of my favorite things, part two

    I recently wrote about my favorite kitchen gadgets, the small ones (see A few of my favorite things, part one). The following short list has my favorite big things, the ones that don’t fit into a drawer. One reason they’re favorites is because they all come with great stories. Some have multiple uses. For instance,…

  • Icebox Cookies

    1 C butter, at room temperature 1 C sugar 1 C brown sugar 1 egg 2-1/2 C flour 1 t baking soda 1/2 t salt 1/2 C chopped walnuts 1 t vanilla Combine flour, baking soda, and salt. In a large bowl, cream the butter, sugar, and brown sugar together. Stir in the egg and…

  • Pear and almond tart

    This is an alternative to an upside-down cake…it’s a “rightside-up” cake. 3/4 C butter, softened 1/2 C sugar 3 eggs 1 C ground almonds 1/4 C flour 4 medium pears, perfectly ripe To prepare the pears, peel them and remove the stems. Cut each pear in half from the top down. Using a grapefruit spoon…