Friday, December 22, 2017

Herbs and Spices Mix a Lot


What is in those jars?

Bouquet Garni

a robust and flavorful mix for baked chicken or fish, pork, or pot roast. Just crumble between your fingers and sprinkle 1/2 tsp. per pound on fish or chicken breasts before baking, or rub onto the surface of roasts before cooking.
Hand-mixed from: savory, rosemary, thyme, Turkish oregano, basil, dill weed, marjoram, sage and tarragon.

Herbes De Provence
Salt Free
Herbes de Provence combines sweet French herbs and flowery lavender with Italian herbs and fennel. Excellent for roasting chicken or Cornish hens, beef or pork tenderloin, rub on 1/2 -1 tsp. per pound.

Hand-mixed from: rosemary, cracked fennel, thyme, savory, basil, French tarragon, dill weed, Turkish oregano, lavender, chervil and marjoram.

Fines Herbes
Salt Free
A light, sweet blend great for baked chicken or fish, soup, salads and sauteed vegetables.
Hand-mixed from: chervil, minced parsley flakes, chopped chives and French tarragon.

Parisien Bonnes Herbes

Salt Free
A fragrant all-purpose herbal blend from one of the cooking capitals of the world.
Hand-mixed from: chives, dill weed, French basil, French tarragon, chervil and white pepper.

Tuscan Sunset

Salt Free
Salt-free Italian-style seasoning. Perfect for veggies and pasta, salads, tomato sauce, chicken and fish. The rich sweet flavor of basil and oregano with the added zest of garlic, bell pepper and black pepper. Round it off with a touch of fennel, and who needs salt? Perfect for every vegetable, from asparagus to zucchini. We especially love it sprinkled on fresh tomatoes, corn on the cob, snap peas and green beans. Also makes a great salad dressing for green salads and hearty veggies on the grill, and use it to marinate fish fillets, lean pork, and boneless/skinless chicken as well!
Hand-mixed from: basil, oregano, red bell pepper, garlic, thyme, fennel, black pepper and anise. To make oil & vinegar salad dressing: Cover 1 TB. Tuscan Sunset Seasoning with 1 TB. water, let stand a few minutes. Add 1/3 cup olive oil and 1/4 cup balsami

Italian Herb Mix

Salt Free
One of the best flavor combinations around. All the sweet, flavorful herbs used in Italy--perfect for pizza and spaghetti sauce. Try Italian Herb on oven roasted potatoes--crumble on 1 tsp. Italian Herb per pound with a bit of olive oil, garlic, and salt. Roast at 350� for an hour, tossing every 15 minutes. Italian salad dressing: mix 2 tsp. with 1/3 cup vinegar and 1/2-/3 cup oil. Add garlic, pepper, salt, and sugar to taste.
Hand-mixed from: oregano, basil, marjoram, thyme and rosemary.

Mural Of Flavor

Salt Free
Inspired by the rich and mouth-watering flavors of the western Mediterranean, Mural of Flavor is wonderfully versatile. Try it on chicken, fish, pork and beef. Add it to soups, rice and potatoes. Shake it over sliced tomatoes, corn, popcorn and scrambled eggs.
Hand-mixed from: spices, shallots, onion, garlic, lemon peel, citric acid, chives and orange peel.

Bavarian Style Seasoning

Salt Free
 this seasoning is wonderful for the grill-one of our quick favorites is to rub boneless pork chops or turkey cutlets with a bit of vegetable oil, then sprinkle with 1-2 tsp. Bavarian Seasoning per pound. Also great on turkey breast, rub on 1-2 tsp. per lb. For added zest, sprinkle with lemon juice or salt.
Hand-mixed from: crushed brown mustard, rosemary, garlic, thyme, bay leaf and sage.
https://www.penzeys.com/online-catalog/bouquet-garni/c-24/p-31/pd-s

Monday, February 13, 2017

Quick Notes DYI Mustard & Noodles

Mustard Un

1/2 Cup Wine/Beer/Cider
1/2 Cup Vinegar
1/2 Cup Mustard Seeds (mixed)
+ tsp "ish" Salt

Mustard Deux
3/4 C Powder
1/4 C Seed
1/2 C H2O
3/4 C Beer
+ tsp "ish" Salt
+ 2 tsp Sugar / Honey
+ Wostercsire

Soak 2 days, Blend


Noodles 
2 Eggs + 1 C Flour + 1/2 tsp salt

Ravioli + Oil/Butter
Spaetzle + 3/4 Milk

Black Bean Burgers - The Pioneer Woman
2 x 14.5 OZ cans Black Beans (seasoned?)
 - drain do not rinse!  mash by hand
1 C seasoned breadcrumbs
1 Egg
1/4 C grated onion
1/2 tsp chili powder
S/P to taste
let sit 5 min

make patties and fry

http://thepioneerwoman.com/cooking/black-bean-burger/

  

Monday, June 27, 2016

T'aint Remoulade, but I like it

1 C Mayo
2 - 3  TBS ground Mustard or a blend
2 TBS Pickle Relish
1 TBS Siracha Chili sauce
1 TBS Sweet Paprika

optional
Hot Paprika
Horseradish
Wostershire

combine ingredients.
Not Sweet enough + Wostershire Sauce
Not Spicy enough + Siracha
Not Red enough + Sweet Paprika

Saturday, January 23, 2016

Roasting Vegetables 101

A reference guide with temperatures and times.

Potatoes 325 - 400 / 45 - 90 min 

(about 5 ounces or 150 grams each)
Roll in Olive Oil / Salt for a soft skin
Roll in Salt for a crisp skin 

45 minutes at 400 degrees F.
60 minutes at 350 degrees F.
90 minutes at 325 degrees F.

Place the potato directly on the oven rack in a preheated oven. Place a baking sheet (I put a piece of aluminum foil)on the lower rack (below the potatoes) to catch any drippings.


Squash  Acorn/ Butternut   400 / 30 min + 30-45 min
400 degree oven 1 hour - 1.25 Hour
Halve the squash and score diagonally on a baking sheet

Season with Butter / Sage / Thyme / chopped Shallots / smashed Garlic  / S&P

or OO & Essence 
or Brown Sugar / Maple Syrup / S&P


  • Pour 2 cups water in the bottom of the baking pan.
  • Cover with aluminum foil and bake for 30 minutes. Remove foil and bake an additional 30-45 minutes, or until squash is golden brown. 
  • In the last 5 minutes of baking, turn on the broiler and allow tops to get a little more brown and the butter/sugar mixture to bubble.       
  • (thanks Pioneer Woman)
Cauliflower   425 / 35 Minutes + 10 minutes
Cut into Florettes  &  Toss once during cooking 
Season with Olive Oil / Essence 

Olive Oil / Smashed Garlic / Onions / Bouquet Garni / Basalmic Vinegar / S&P
Olive Oil / crushed Garlic  / Onions / Thyme / S&P
grated cheese for last ten minutes
Olive Oil / Dijon Mustard / Bouquet Garni / S&P

grated cheese for last ten minutes

Carrots   400 / ~25 min
1.5 inch pieces / halved if thick $ Toss once during cooking 
Layer on a baking sheet lined with foil
Season with Olive Oil / Essence 
Olive Oil / Smashed Garlic / Onions / Bouquet Garni / Basalmic Vinegar / S&P


add grated cheese when done?


Mushrooms  450 / 20 min  or 375 / 35 min
Halve or Quarter layer on foil lined baking sheet Toss once during cooking 
Bacon Grease / Diced Bacon / Onions / Basalmic Vinegar / S&P
Olive Oil / crushed Garlic /  Thyme or Rosemary / Worcestershire / Dry Sherry / S&P 

grated cheese when done
Butter / White Wine / Thyme
Brussel Sprouts  400 / 15 - 20 minutes
Halve and layer on foil lined baking sheet Toss once during cooking 
Bacon Grease / Diced Bacon / Basalmic Vinegar / S&P
Bacon Grease / Diced Bacon / S&P  add grated cheese when done?

What is Bouquet Garni? 
Hand-mixed from: savory, rosemary, thyme, Turkish oregano, basil, dill weed, marjoram, sage and tarragon.  
https://www.penzeys.com/online-catalog/bouquet-garni/c-24/p-31/pd-s

What is Essence?  Emeril Lagrasse's Basic Cajun Spice make at home!

(3 TBS) tablespoons paprika Szeged (calls for 2.5 tablespoons salt  (calls for 2)
2 tablespoons garlic powder
1 tablespoon black pepper
1 tablespoon onion powder
1 tablespoon cayenne pepper (sub Szeged Hot Paprika)
1 tablespoon dried oregano
1 tablespoon dried thyme
http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/emeril-lagasse/emerils-essence-recipe.html

Saturday, January 16, 2016

Swedish Meatballs by Grandma Johnson

Swedish Meatballs by Grandma Johnson  (Kottbullar)

Mix well 2 eggs, 
3 lbs. ground beef, 
1 lb. ground pork, 
1 medium onion (fly 1/2 of onion), 
salt, pepper to taste, 
1/8 tsp. allspice.  

1/2 C Roll in flour first, 
1/4 C fry in butter.  

Bake @ 325 degrees for 10-15 minutes.

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Cold Asian Noodle Salad Dressing

Cold Asian Noodle Salad Dressing

1/4 C Soy
4-6 TBS Lime Juice
4 TBS Olive Oil
4 TBS Laxmi Garlic Ginger Paste
2 TBS Brown Sugar
2 TBS Sesame Oil
1/2 - 1 tsp Siracha

Whisk an serve over cold noodles


Add:

sesame seeds
sunflower seeds
raisins
mandarin oranges
peanuts
cashews
bean sprouts


cilantro 
basil

shredded cabbage
shredded broccoli
red peppers
grated carrots
radishes

Monday, March 2, 2015

Dough Recipes for Bread Machine Baguette and Kaiser Roll

Baguette (tested)

2 C Flour
2/3 C Water
1 tsp each salt, sugar, yeast
corn meal
1 egg white beaten with 2 TBS Water

Liquid in the bottom, then, salt, flour, sugar 
yeast in a depression in the flour
Run Dough cycle
After the dough cycle, kneed it into an oblong shape, fold over and pinch together.  
Dust the non stick baking sheet with corn meal, 
Place seam side down,  
Brush on egg white mixture.  
Slice at an angle every 2-3 inches.
allow to rise 45-60 minutes.
Brush on the egg white mixture.  
Bake at 400 for 18-20 minutes


Cross (kaiser?) Rolls (testing)

3 C Flour
3/4 C Water
1 Lg Egg
1.5 tsp yeast
1.5 tsp sugar
1.25 tsp salt
corn meal
1 egg white beaten with 2 TBS Water

combine egg & water

Liquid in the bottom, then, salt, flour, sugar 
yeast in a depression in the flour
Run dough cycle
After the dough cycle, kneed it into an oblong shape, 
Slice into 6-8 pieces, form into balls 
Dust the non stick baking sheet with corn meal,
Slice a cross or starfish
allow to rise 45-60 minutes.
Brush on the egg white mixture.  
Bake at 425 for 15-17 minutes