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Cranberries and their Use

Thanksgiving is fast approaching and the day after there are usually so many leftovers that you don’t know what to do with them.  The Turkey is easy – it makes great sandwiches and even the Potatoes are not too difficult.  They go with anything.  But what happens to that Cranberry?  Cranberries unlike most Berries are not sweet – they are usually tart and sugar must be added to them to make them palatable.  But Cranberries do make a wonderful sauce that complements the Turkey and even the Ham.

 

So, what if you have Cranberry Sauce left over and no one wants to eat it anymore?  Help is around the corner or literally just up above in the recipe section of this blog.  You can make Cranberry Sauce Cornbread or Biscuits.

 

What if you just have Cranberries that haven’t been used.  Many people are probably like me and buy the big bag just because it is more practical.  I buy the big bag because Cranberries are not usually available all year long and I like to have them on hand, so I keep the excess in the Freezer.  One dish, using whole Cranberries is one that my whole loves.  It is Cranberry Chicken – Chicken made with the whole Cranberry and then there is Cranberry/Pineapple Chicken.  Whichever you decide to make, they are both delicious.  But right now, let’s get back to the leftover Cranberry Sauce.

 

First on the Agenda is the Cranberry Corn Bread- so just up above to the recipe section and click on baked goods and then click on breads and then on the Cranberry Cornbread.  In that same section is the Cranberry Sauce Biscuit Recipe (only all that reads in the index is Cranberry Sauce) – just click on that and it will take you to the Biscuit Recipe.

 

Cranberry Cornbreadcranberry-cornbread

The Baked Cranberry Bread with cut edge exposed

The Baked Cranberry Bread with cut edge exposed

 

Cranberry Sauce Biscuits –  cranberry-sauce-biscuits

 

Cranberries can also be used for Fruit Muffins or Bread          breads/fruit-muffins

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Posted by Admin Test - 2014/11/23 at 10:11 PM

Categories: Baking, Bread, Condiments, Dinner Ideas, Holiday Meals, Leftovers, Main   Tags: , , , , , , ,

GINGERBREAD HOUSE WORKSHOP

The December Holidays are coming up very fast and what better way to help celebrate them than to build a Gingerbread House.  It really help to have a little expertise, someone who has built many over the years and has overcome all the pitfalls that hinder the novice. I have been teaching people (Adults and Parent/Child Teams) how to make Gingerbread Houses for the last 26 years.  This year I am going to be teaching my Gingerbread House at the Academy of Culinary Education in Woodland Hills.  You will learn how to make the Dough, how to make house templates and how to cut out the house parts from the dough in an efficient manner.

 

After the House parts are baked and after lunch and a short demo, each team or participant will build and then decorate their house according to their own specifications.  Not only will the class be fun and enjoyable, but you will learn skills that you will be able to use throughout your lifetime.

Come to our Gingerbread House Class at the Academy of Culinary Education in Woodland Hills.on December 6th – this is an all-day class starting at 10:30 and ending at 5 with a lunch break in-between.

For photos of Gingerbread houses please go to https://www.flickr.com/photos/sylveeeskitchen/sets/

The class is open to singles or pairs – parent/child or spouses or partners or an older sibling with a younger one.

 

To sign up for the class go to http://www.academyofculinaryeducation.com/singleclasses.html

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Posted by Admin Test - 2014/11/19 at 3:02 PM

Categories: Food as Gifts, Holiday Ideas, Main   Tags: , , , , ,

THANKSGIVING LEFTOVERS

Thanksgiving is one of those Holidays that we celebrate with food and usually with an abundance of food – more food at the table than can possibly be eaten.  Ah- but those leftovers are probably some of the best leftovers of the year.   Just think:

Turkey Sandwiches with Cranberry Sauce and maybe Hot Gravy.

Mashed Potatoes – are good for Breakfast, Lunch or Dinner.  For Breakfast yo can turn those                                     Mashed Potatoes into Pancakes or Waffles.  For Lunch just eat them with                                                     the leftover Turkey and Gravy and for Dinner turn them into Potato Bread                                                   or more Turkey Sandwiches.

Leftover Mashed Potatoes

Leftover Mashed Potatoes

Cranberry Sauce –   Use to make Fruit Bread or Biscuits or eat them with your Mashed                                   Potato Pancakes or Waffles.

 

Cranberry Sauce

Cranberry Sauce

Sweet Potatoes   –   Eat as is or again make Pancakes or Waffles.  Sweet Potato Waffles for                                         Dinner with Creamed Gravy on top.  Yummy!

 

Sweet Potato Waffles

Use your imagination and come up with your own ideas to use those Thanksgiving leftovers or try my recipes below:

 

Turkey Frittata:                  turkey-frittata

Turkey Croquettes:            turkey-croquettes

Turkey Pot Pie:                 dinner/turkey-pot-pie

Cranberry Biscuits:          cranberry-sauce-biscuits

Potato Bread:                   breads/potato-bread/

Cranberry Cornbread:    cranberry-cornbread/

 

 

 

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Posted by Admin Test - 2014/11/12 at 8:14 PM

Categories: Baking, Dinner Ideas, Holiday Ideas, Leftovers, Main   Tags: , , , ,

USES FOR LEFTOVER PIZZA DOUGH

 

IF YOU MAKE YOUR OWN PIZZA YOU MAY TEND, LIKE I DO, TO HAVE EXCESS DOUGH.  THERE ARE 3 WAYS IN WHICH I LIKE TO USE THE EXCESS DOUGH AND AM GOING TO SHARE THEM HERE.

A. BREAD

Unless your Pizza Dough is made with a lot of Olive oIl, the Bread made form it may be somewhat chewy. For those that like that kind of Bread, then there is no problem. Personally, I love my Bread to be chewy. However, if you want it to be softer, work some Olive Oil or softened Butter into the Dough before shaping it.

To make Bread from your leftover Pizza Dough just shape it into a round or oblong loaf. If you have a Bread Shaping Basket you can sprinkle that with flour and place your Bread in it to rise. If not, place it in a greased loaf pan or on a greased and corn-meal sprinkled baking sheet. However, the problem with using a large baking sheet is that the Bread will tend to spread out rather than raise up, thereby making it sort of flat.

Cover the shaped Bread with a clean Dish Towel or Plastic Wrap and place in a warm spot to raise. When it has risen to twice its size, brush with a Beaten Egg and sprinkle with Sesame or Poppy Seeds and/or some Coarse Sea Salt. Bake on the bottom shelf of a 400 degree oven for approximately 25 minutes or until the top is Golden Brown and the bottom sounds hollow when tapped on.

If your Bread has risen in a Basket, gently turn it over (to release it) onto a greased Baking Pan and bake as in the paragraph directly above.

B.  FRIED DOUGH

Roll you Dough out as thinly as possible, then cut into 4″squares.  

Add Peanut or Vegetable Oil to a depth of 3″ and heat to 350 degrees.  (Test with a Deep Fat Thermometer or a Laser Thermometer.

Fry no more than 4 pieces of Dough at a time;  when they are golden brown remove with a spider or tongs and drain on a cooling rack placed over a jelly roll pan or on paper towels.

Sprinkle with Powdered or Cinnamon Sugar or serve with Whipped Cream and sliced Fruit.

C.  FOCCACIA

My favorite use for leftover PIZZA DOUGH is Foccacia.  Foccacia is a popular flat bread and is simple to make.  You do need to have a decent amount of Dough left over (at least half a pound).

Roll the Dough out to a thickness of at least 1″.  Place on a greased baking sheet and then make indentations with your fingers.  Brush with Olive Oil and then sprinkle with shredded Parmesan Cheese.  If desired, dress with sliced Olives and/or Sun-dried Tomatoes.  (The featured photo shows a Foccacia with an Olive Salad on it)

Bake on the lower shelf of a 400 degree oven for 20-25 minutes or until golden brown on both the top and bottom.

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Posted by Admin Test - 2014/11/05 at 7:04 PM

Categories: Baking, Bread, Cooking for Everyone, Leftovers, Main   Tags: , , , , , , ,

NATIONAL PEANUT BUTTER MONTH

November is ‘National Peanut Butter Month‘. Peanut Butter as we probably all know is made from grinding Peanuts.  Now, technically Peanuts are not actually nuts.  The Peanut does not grow on a tree but rather from plants that are much like Vegetables. Peanuts are also known as ground nuts because of this reason.  But to repeat, Peanuts are not actually nuts;  they are  legumes. Unlike legumes, Peanuts are not usually cooked as a vegetable or even as a main dish.  Instead, they are treated much like the tree nuts – they are roasted and salted and eaten out of hand.  They are chopped up and added to baked goods.  But probably the most popular use for Peanuts is that rich spread we all know as ‘Peanut Butter’.

Peanut Butter has long been a favorite of kids and adults alike.  Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwiches not withstanding, how many different ways can you think to use Peanut Butter?

My favorites are Peanut Butter Cookies, Thai Peanut Sauce (made with Peanut Butter) and Reese’s Pieces.  There is Peanut Butter Fudge and Peanut Butter Brownies just to name a few.  So to observe ‘National Peanut Butter Month‘ I am going to share with you a couple of my favorite recipes.  If you have any favorite recipes using Peanut Butter please feel free to share them with my readers.

/One of my very favorite things is the Peanut Butter Sauce served with Chicken and Beef Satay in Thai Restaurants.  Technically, Satay is an Indonesian Dish but it has become a popular mainstay in Thai Cuisine.  And it is the sauce that really makes the dish!  Try this recipe – if you don’t like Chicken you can always substitute Beef or Pork or even Lamb!     chicken-satay-with-peanut-butter-sauce/

 

For lunch today I made a Salad with leftover Shrimp Taco Ingredients.  The salad consisted of shredded Lettuce, diced Tomatoes, Cilantro with a squeeze of Lime and Dressed with Spicy Thai Peanut Dressing.  Very delicious and taste bud pleasing.

 

Shrimp Salad with Peanut Dressing

Shrimp Salad with Peanut Dressing

Growing up, Peanut Butter Cookies were always a favorite in our household.  Probably the most intriguing thing about Peanut Butter Cookies is those ‘Criss-Cross’ marks made with a fork.  Why, I don’t know but if the cookie does not have them, there is definitely something missing!  It is those tell-tale marks that tell us that the cookie is a Peanut Butter Cookie.  I know of very few other cookies that use this decoration.  Instead of plain Peanut Butter Cookies, try this recipe that mimics that childhood favorite – the Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwich.  cookies/peanut-butter-jelly-cookies/

Everybody loves Rice Krispy Marshmallow treats and what better than Rice Kirspy Marshmallow treats with Peanut Butter added to them!  Try it for yourself or your kids and you will never make them without the Peanut Butter again!  /peanut-butter-rice-krispy-candies/

In Hong Kong there is a favorite street food known as Hong Kong Waffles.  They are soft waffle that can be rolled up.  Before they are rolled they are usually spread with Nutella or Peanut Butter.  They are quite delicious and not at all hard to make if you have a waffle iron.  deserts/hongkong-style-waffles/

Last but not least there is Chocolate/Peanut Butter Fudge.  This contains two favorites – Chocolate and of course Peanut Butter.  This is a really simple fool/proof fudge recipe that anyone can make in a very short amount of time.  So if you are a Chocolate and Peanut Butter Lover, be sure and try this recipe.  candy/peanutbutter-chocolate-fudge/

Then there are the items that we don’t need recipes for.  Celery stuffed with Peanut Butter, Crackers with Peanut Butter, Peanut Butter and Jelly or Honey Sandwiches, etc.

All in all, enjoy ‘National Peanut Butter Month’ and see which ways you come up with to enjoy this all time favorite.

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Posted by sylveee - 2014/11/05 at 1:35 PM

Categories: Baking, Cooking for Everyone, Cooking for Kids, Dessert Ideas, Dinner Ideas, Family Fun, Lunch Ideas, Main, National Food Days   Tags: , , , , , , , ,