Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Real World Wednesday - Avocado & Cucumber Salad

Remember those Quesaninis I made a while back that were inspired by a friend? Well she struck gold again with this delicious salad she made for dinner on the night of our choir practice. I ended up making a dressing out of pureed avocados, which while quite yummy, didn't quite pair as well with this particular salad as the simple vinaigrette that my friend used. Experiment with a dressing of your choice, I promise you won't be disappointed!

Avocados, sliced
cucumbers, sliced
dressing of choice

Toss all ingredients together and serve!

A friend

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Real World Wednesday - Bacon & Spinach Beans

This is a delicious side dish that my grandma used to make. I wasn't sure if it would be too spicy for Michaela, but at a friends house earlier that week she had become addicted to salsa so I thought it was worth a try. Apparently she takes after her mama because she loved it!

4 c Pinto Beans, cooked
1/2 c Onions, diced
1/2 package Bacon
2 c Spinach, steamed
1 T Red Chile Powder

Fry the bacon until crispy, then drain it, crumble it and set aside. Reserve 2 tablespoons of the drippings. Saute the onion in the drippings, then add spinach, chile, and beans, mixing together. Sprinkle the top with bacon and serve.

Family Recipe

Monday, June 21, 2010

Blackberry & Strawberry Cobbler

I had my sister over for dinner last week and had wanted to make an apple pie or cobbler for dessert. I didn't have any apples and didn't have time to go to the store so I used the fruit I already had in my refrigerator. I topped it off with homemade whipped cream, but this would be great with ice cream too. This was super quick to make and so amazingly delicious! I ended up taking the leftovers to my Picnic themed Cooking Club the next day, otherwise I knew I would have finished off the whole thing myself!

1 c flour
2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 c sugar
1 c milk
1 stick butter (1/2 c)
1 c blackberries
1 c strawberries, sliced

Put the stick of butter in a 8x8 baking dish or a 10 inch pie plate. Put the dish in a 350 degree oven until melted. Meanwhile mix together the flour, baking powder, salt, sugar and milk to create a slightly lumpy batter. Pour the batter over the melted butter and top with berries. Return dish to oven and bake for 30-45 minutes or until the top is browned and the edges are started to pull away from the dish.

Adapted from Mommy's Kitchen

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Lemon & Sun Dried Tomato Pasta

This is a light pasta dish, perfect for summer. It would pair well with chicken or steak and a light side salad. This is quite lemony, so if you want a more subtle flavor, add the lemon juice to taste (or none at all).

1/4 c garlic, lemon and basil infused olive oil
1/2 box spaghetti, cooked according to package directions
1/2 c sun dried tomatoes, julienned
juice from 1 lemon (optional)
parmesan cheese (optional)

Combine all ingredients and serve.

Inspired by The Entertaining Kitchen

Saturday, June 19, 2010

Lemon, Garlic, and Basil Infused Olive Oil

This is a wonderful way to add an extra depth of flavor to olive oil. I have so many variations on this recipe tumbling around in my head!

1 c oil
4 cloves garlic
1 lemon skin
handfull of basil

Combine all ingredients in a saucepan over high heat. Once it starts boiling, turn heat off and let sit for 1 hour. At this point it is ready to be used or stored.

The Entertaining Kitchen

Friday, June 18, 2010

Chicken Piccata

I've been wanting to experiment with the "classic" Italian methods of cooking chicken, and I figured this would be a good one to start with. It's simple, quick, and the light breading makes it look like chicken nuggets, which never hurts when you are trying to get kids to eat.

2-4 Chicken breast cutlets
2 Tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
1/3 c flour
salt & pepper
4 Tablespoons olive oil
4 Tablespoons butter, divided
1/2 cup white wine (can substitute chicken broth)
3 Tablespoon lemon juice
1/4 cup brined capers
1/4 cup fresh parsley, chopped

If cutlets are too thick, place them between 2 layers of plastic wrap and pound with meat hammer (or rolling pin in my case) until they reach 1/4 inch thickness. Dredge chicken in a bowl filled with the combined flour, Parmesan, and salt and pepper. Prepare a skillet by heating olive oil and 2 tablespoons of the butter over medium high heat. When thoroughly heated add the chicken and cook until browned, about 3 minutes per side. Remove the chicken and add wine, lemon juice and capers to the pan, scraping up the brown bits from the chicken. Reduce the sauce by half, then whisk in the remaining 2 tablespoons of butter. Serve the sauce over the chicken and top with chopped parsley.

Simply Recipes