Sunday, June 29, 2008

French toast, Eggs And homemade Buttermilk Syrup, breakfast of the Champions!

I Love breakfast!! It's the reason I get up in the morning, it's the reason I have a hard time starting diets. It's just delightful to me. There's nothing like getting up after a long nights sleep (yeah right) and eating something yummy to start your day off. My kids love french toast, especially if it's covered in the "white syrup" aka: Buttermilk Syrup. My mother inlaw gave me this recipe and I love it, I also made a switch to almond extract, it just takes it to the next level, you can eat it by the spoonfuls... And it's it's great on everything, I should try it on veggies, maybe my kids would finally eat them! But really, oatmeal, icecream,pancakes, bread pudding, malt o meal, pretty much anything breakfast or dessert like. Now the eggs, Iam not really an egg girl but I saw a show of the "barefoot Contessa" and she did her's differently with baked eggs but using the same herbs and boy, what a difference it made. They tasted so fancy. My son has become a little egg coniseur telling me the last time I made them, "they were good but, there was just a little too much basil!" For heavens sakes, everyone's a critic. This french toast is really good with thick yummy texas toast or french bread too, cooking time will just be longer. I made up the whole bag, and saved leftovers in the fridge and toasted them up in the toaster oven for the kids the next day, and they were as good as new plus, the house smelled so good, like I was making them fresh from the griddle. I have pictured some coconut syrup that was brought back to us from Hawaii from a friend, sooo yummy. I'm working on my own version, because I know this bottle won't last here too much longer!
The Recipe
French Toast with Herbed Scrambled Eggs & Buttermilk Syrup
1 Loaf Favorite Bread ( I used grandma sycomores white)
6 eggs beaten
2 Tbs. Vanilla
1 c. heavy cream
1/4 c. orange juice
1/4 tsp. salt
2 Tbs. cinnamon and sugar mixture
Mix all ingrediants. Heat griddle to 350 cook until browned.
Herbed Eggs
6 eggs beatened
2 Tbs. milk
1/4 tsp. basil
1/4 tsp. thyme
1/4 tsp. rosemary
1/4 tsp. salt
Beat all together (for fluffier eggs, which I didn't do in pic, beat with electic beater until frothy.) Cook on med-low heat. The slower the better.
Buttermilk Syrup
1 cube Butter
1 c. sugar
1/2 c. buttermilk
2 tbs. karo syrup
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. Almond or vanilla extract ( I prefer Almond!)
Mix first 5 ingrediants in sauce pan. Cook 5 mins, remove from heat add extract. Enjoy!

Thursday, June 26, 2008

Gooey Caramel Corn

Oh, ooey gooey caramel corn, how we love you!! This is one of my favorite desserts. But it has to be gooey, not crunchy, this is very impotant!!! And the great thing about this recipe, it tastes great even after it's been sitting out all night! A few things though, don't mistake evaporated milk for sweetened condensed milk!! Sometimes this is a common mistake, you want the gooey milk. Also, get buttery microwave popcorn, the butterier (is that a word?) the better in my opinion. And make sure most importantly, don't let in kernals sneak into the batch!! There is nothing worse then biting into caramel corn laden with kernals, it's annoying and you might break a tooth, if this happens, I do know a good dentist... I want to give credit where credit is due, I got this amazing recipe out of our UOP cookbook when we were in dental school. The wives put this together and I love it, I hope you do too!
The Recipe
Gooey Caramel Corn
Mix In pan over low heat:
1 lbs. brown sugar
1 c. light karo syrup
Add 1 cube butter and 1 can sweetened condensed milk, and bring to a boil. Turn down heat and slowly bring mixture to a softball stage with your candy thermometer. Pour over about 3 bags of microwave popcorn( or 2-3 gallons of popcorn) Stir and mix as you pour over corn. I do this one bag at a time, so my bowl doesn't overflow. If you must have a crunchy caramel corn you can add 1/2 bag of mini marshmallows to ingrediants.

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

More to come....

This week I have some great recipes for you.....
A request for gooey caramel corn...
Easy healthy Salmon dinner...
Yummy french toast with buttermilk syrup and herbed scrambled eggs
Fall off the bone BBQ pork spare ribs...

Keep you posted!!!

Sunday, June 22, 2008

Summertime Pasta Salad with a kick!

For memorial Day, we had another family come over for a little BBQ. I had made this the week before without the corn and artichokes, that is what is pictured here. But when I made it for the second time, I was lacking some ingrediants so I threw in artichokes,corn and I think black beans too. It was really good both ways! Make sure you try the dressing before putting it on, to check for spiciness, I like mine more spicy so I added crushed red pepper to it! Be creative it's a pasta salad anything goes! Make sure you taste it then salt it before serving.
Spicy Southwestern Pasta Salad
The Recipe
1 lbs. Pasta cooked in salted water drained and cooled do not rinse
1 cup chopped broccoli
1 can fire roasted diced tomatoes drained
1 handful mushrooms quartered
1 pkt. ranch dressing mixed according to directions chilled in fridge
1 avacado diced
2 tbs. bacon crumbles
1 can artichoke hearts drained and chopped
1/2 c. frozen sweet corn
1 can black beans drained (optional)
crushed red pepper
1 sm can green chili verde sauce
1 bunch fresh cilantro chopped
Combine ranch dressing with green chili verde sauce. Combine rest of ingrediants together except for avocado and bacon. Toss thoroughly, add dressing to your liking. Mix. Top with Avocado, and bacon crumbles.

Who Needs A Panini Press?

Father's day came and went by so fast! I didn't get a chance to make breakfast in bed for Bart so we made him lunch in bed! When I was at Walmart the day before I picked up some "Sundried Tomato dipping oil, with balsamic vinegar" I thought this would give my mayo a nice touch so I mied a bit in to give it a little zest, much better then plain ol' mayo! I don't have a panini press, and I don't plan on getting one. My cast iron grill pan works great! Just add some weight of another pan on top and voila! Panini press! We served his linch with some of his favorites too, Doritos, Coke Zero, and a tea cup of milk for dipping his Oreo's!Homemade panini press!
So yummy, my kids wanted one too!
The recipe
Turkey Panini with Sun dried tomato mayo!
1 crusty french roll cut lenghtwise
2-3 Tbs. Mayo
1 Tbs. Sundried tomato oil
sliced Sharp cheddar cheese
3 -4 thin slices sundried tomato turkey
2 tsp. honey mustard
3 slices dried salami
banana peppers
1 tsp. bacon crumbles
sliced avocado
sliced tomato
Heat cast iron grill pan to med heat. Assemble sandwich to your liking. Spray heated grill with Pam. Place on heated grill and place a heavy pan on top of sandwich. Squish down. Cook for a min. or two then carefully turn over with tongs. Cook 2 mins. Or use a panini press if you have one!