Holiday Meals

NATIONAL WAFFLE DAY TREATS

Today is ‘National Waffle Day’.  Here are some Waffle Treats for you to make for your friends and/or family.

 

Sweet Potato Waffles – a great way to use leftover Sweet Potatoes or just to use your Sweet Potatoes.  Good for Breakfast and or Dinner instead of Potatoes.

 

Sweet Potato Waffle

                                   Sweet Potato Waffle with Apples

 

 

Gingerbread Waffles – this is definitely a ‘makeover’ using leftover Gingerbread pieces.  This may not be appropriate for ‘National Waffle Day’ in August but keep it mind for your Winter Breakfasts or Desserts!

Gingerbread Waffles

 Gingerbread Waffles

 

Hong Kong Waffles – a favorite of mine – fun to make and fun to eat.  These Waffles are sold as ‘Street Food’ in Hong Kong but can easily be made with your Belgian Waffle Iron.

 

Hong Kong Egg Waffles

             Hong Kong Egg Waffles

 

 

 

 A Hong Kong Waffle spread with Peanut Butter and Sugar

A Hong Kong Waffle spread with    Peanut Butter and Sugar

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

More Waffles – just an overview of the types of Waffle Irons and recipes available today!

 

Try one or more of these today or for your weekend Brunch, Lunch or Supper

Berry Heart Waffle

 

 

5 of Hearts Waffle Iron

5 of Hearts Waffle Iron  

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Posted by Admin Test - 2016/08/05 at 10:35 AM

Categories: Cooking for Everyone, Cooking for Kids, Dessert Ideas, Family Fun, Holiday Meals, Leftovers, Main, National Food Days   Tags: , , , , , ,

NATIONAL SHRIMP DAY

 

May 10th is ‘National Shrimp Day’.  Shrimp are absolutely one of my favorite seafood in any form or style.  Below are a few recipes for you to try – one or all.  Enjoy preparing them and then enjoy eating them.  

 

 

Grilled Shrimp – marinated in Garlic, Basil, Lemon Juice and Olive Oil.  These shrimp are delicious as an appetizer, main dish or in a salad.  Good for any time, not just National Shrimp Day.

 

 

 

Grilled Shrimp

                                              Grilled Shrimp

 

 

 

 

Coconut Fried Shrimp – great for a Backyard Luau or any Summer/Spring Meal.  Served with an Orange-Lime Sauce.

 

 

Coconut-Shrimp

                                                Coconut-Shrimp

 

 

Shrimp Fritters – a delicious and different way to eat Shrimp.  For those of us who love Shrimp and who Fritters, this is the perfect dish.  Shrimp Fritters can be served as an appetizer with Cocktail Sauce or as a main dish with a salad and or vegetable.

 

 

 

 

Shrimp Fritters and Cocktail Sauce

                            Shrimp Fritters and Cocktail Sauce                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Enjoy your Shrimp today in whatever way you wish to prepare it, but remember that Shrimp are good any time and any place.  So try one or more of these recipes today and save one for another day or month!  ENJOY!!!                                                                                                                                                                                         

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Posted by Admin Test - 2016/05/10 at 10:13 AM

Categories: Condiments, Cooking for Everyone, Cooking for Kids, Dinner Ideas, Holiday Meals, Lunch Ideas, Main, Tropical, Tropical Food   Tags: , , , , , , ,

RECIPES FOR CINCO DE MAYO

Cinco de Mayo will be here in 2 hours or earlier for East Coasters.  Here are a few recipes you can use for your Celebrations tomorrow.

 

We will start with Appetizers including Salsas and conclude with Rice, Empanadas and Lemonade.

 

Mango Salsa which makes use of fresh Mangoes, Limes, Red Bell Peppers and Jalapenos if you wish.

Tacos w. Mango Salsa and Guacamole (3)

Tacos w. Mango Salsa and Guacamole

 

Nachos start with good quality chips, Cheese Sauce with Jalapenos (if desired) and serve with Salsa and Guacamole.

Nachos - Cheese Sauce on the Bottom - Salsa and Guacamole can go on top

Nachos – Cheese Sauce on the Bottom – Salsa and Guacamole can go on top

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Salsa Cruda

     Salsa Cruda

 

 

 

Salsa Cruda – incorporates diced fresh Tomatoes, Jalapenos or Serranos, Cilantro, Lime Juice and a little Salt.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Beef Empanadas are more traditionally an Argentine Dish but they can also be found in Mexican Cooking.  The Empanada can be filled with whatever you please – diced Steak or Chicken or Ground Beef along with Tomatoes, Onions, Cheese and maybe some Chilies.

 

 

Beef Empanadas...

Beef Empanadas…made in one of my classes.

 

 

Sparkling Lemonade – we first had this in Acapulco and I have been making Lemonade this way every since.  It is delicious, refreshing and a great accompaniment to any meal.

 

Sparkling Lemonade

        Sparkling Lemonade

 

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Posted by Admin Test - 2016/05/04 at 10:30 PM

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GINGERBREAD WAFFLES – A Culinary Makeover

 

Baking is one of my favorite things to do and during the Winter Holidays I make Gingerbread Houses and I teach other people how to make Gingerbread.  This past December, in addition to my classes I baked and built four different houses.  One for the Cancer Support Community’s Holiday Boutique, one for a sample for my class, one for home and one as a gift.  There are two ways to bake the houses – one is to cut out the pieces from the unbaked dough and the other is to bake the dough first before cutting out the pieces.  The advantage of the second method is that the pieces will all fit together without additional trimming after the baking process.  The disadvantage is that there are going to be a lot of sections of cookie that will not be big enough for any house, except for the chimney and how many of those do you need?  Now we do love to eat the leftovers but when there are a lot of leftovers, you can only so much.

 

As I said, Baking is one of my favorite things to do, but another one of my favorite culinary activities is to turn leftovers into new products and that is what I did with the leftover Gingerbread pieces.  I pulverized them to a fine crumb in my Food Processor and turned them into a Waffle Batter.  If you like Gingerbread, then you certainly will like Gingerbread Waffles.  Here is how I did it.

 

  • Break up the leftover Gingerbread pieces into sections that will fit in your Food Processor that has been fitted with the Chopping Blade.  Use the Pulse Button to break up the pieces into small pieces and then turn it on to finely chop the Gingerbread pieces.  You should end up with a medium to fine crumb.
  • Measure the Crumbs – 2 cups of Gingerbread Crumbs will make enough waffles for 3-4 people.

 

Gingerbread Crumbs

          Gingerbread Crumbs

  • Use your Food Processor (do not wash out the bowl) or a large mixing bowl.  Beat 3 Eggs until well mixed and then add 1 1/2 cups Buttermilk and blend together.
  • Combine the Gingerbread Crumbs with 1 1/2 cups of All-Purpose Flour, 1 tsp. Cinnamon, 1/2 tsp. Ground Ginger and 1/2 tsp. Baking Soda.  Add to the Buttermilk/Egg mixture and Pulse, just until mixed.  If doing in a bowl, with a whisk, just mix until the Ingredients are blended – DO NOT OVER-MIX!  (Over-mixing Waffle, Pancake or Muffin Batter will make the product tough.
  • Stir in 1/4 cup Melted Butter.
Gingerbread Waffle Batter

        Gingerbread Waffle Batter

 

  • Heat your Waffle Iron until the indicator light tells you the Iron is hot.  If necessary, lightly oil or spray the surface of the Iron.
  • Pour approximately 1/2 cup of Batter on each section of you Waffle Irons Grids (this will vary, depending on the size and shape of our Waffle Iron)

 

Batter on Grids

              Batter on Grids

  • Close and Bake until the steaming stops.  Keep the baked Waffles warm in a low oven until you are ready to serve them.
Baked Waffles

             Baked Waffles

  • Serve with Fruit Compote and or Maple Syrup and melted Butter.  The Waffles in the Feature Photo are served with crisply cooked bacon.
  • For the Fruit Compote,I melted about 2 Tbsps. of Butter along with Brown Sugar (2-4 Tbsps.).  I then added pitted and halved Cherries, Blackberries and fresh Pineapple pieces.  This will work with just about any fruit – Apples are great with Gingerbread as well as Bananas, Mango or Papaya.
Making Fruit Compote

     Making Fruit Compote

 

And this is how you use leftover Gingerbread to make Waffles!  As a convenience, I have also listed the ingredients below.

 

2 CUPS Gingerbread Crumbs

1 1/2 cups Flour

1 tsp. Cinnamon

1/2 tsp. ground Ginger

1/2 tsp. Baking Soda

3 Eggs

1 1/2 cups Buttermilk

1/4 cup melted Butter

 

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Posted by Admin Test - 2016/01/15 at 2:47 PM

Categories: Bread, Breakfast Ideas, Cooking for Kids, GINGERBREAD HOUSES, Holiday Meals, Main   Tags: , , , , , , , , , ,

ROASTING YOUR TURKEY

 

 Below are the directions for the common method of roasting your turkey.  Following is the overnight method.  I have done the overnight method for over 20 years and the turkey comes out juicy, tender and delicious.  An added benefit is that you don’t have to rush to get the turkey in the oven on Thanksgiving morning.  One note though,  this method is good if you are going to have an early dinner, say by 3 PM.  If your Thanksgiving Dinner is going to be in the evening, then follow the traditional method.

 

Also, most recipes will tell you to roast the turkey with the breast side up – if you do this whatever fat and juices (and there won’t be much) will drip down to the bottom of the bird and into the pan.  If you roast your turkey, breast side down, the juices from the dark meat (and there will be plenty) will drip into the breast.  Just turn it over 1 hour before completion to brown the skin.

  1. Remove giblets and wash turkey inside and out.
  2. Rub with Olive Oil or Butter and a combination of sage, white pepper and paprika (garlic optional), inside and out.
  3. Stuff if desired. Close the openings to keep stuffing from falling out.
  4. Truss turkey by tying together the legs and wings.
  5. Place on roasting rack in pan, breast side down.
  6. Roast at 325 degrees according to the time table on package.
  7. One hour before it should be done, remove from the oven and turn the turkey over, breast side up.
  8. Return to oven and continue roasting until the breast is brown and the turkey is done. (175 degrees on meat thermometer)
  9. Allow to sit at least half hour before carving. (This will set the juices)

 

OVERNIGHT METHOD

 

  1. Follow directions 1 through 5 above.
  2. Place in oven set to 200 degrees just before going to bed. (Preferably, not before midnight.
  3. About 1 ½ hours before serving time, increase the oven temperature to 350 degrees and follow steps 7 through 9 above.

TURKEY DRESSING

 

Mrs. Cubbison’s Stuffing Mix

Sauté all or some of the following in ¼ lb. Butter:

 

Diced Onion  (at least one)

Several ribs of celery, diced

Sliced Mushrooms

 

You can also add a peeled and chopped apple, a little curry powder (about 3 Tbsps.), raisins or nuts and a couple of beaten eggs.

 

Do not add any liquid as the dressing will absorb moisture from the vegetables and the turkey.

 

DO NOT PUT THE STUFFING IN THE TURKEY until you are just ready to cook it.

REMOVE ALL THE DRESSING FROM THE TURKEY AFTER IT IS ROASTED.  (If the dressing is left in the turkey, food poisoning can result)

 

 

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Posted by Admin Test - 2015/11/24 at 9:13 PM

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SAFE HANDLING OF POULTRY  

 

 Since Thanksgiving is almost here, most people are probably already purchasing their turkeys and storing them until the big dinner.  Here are some guidelines to help you prepare a safe Thanksgiving Meal.

 

  1. Wash your hands before and after handling raw Turkey.

 

  1. Keep raw turkey wrapped and separate from other foods to eliminate the possibility of cross contamination.

 

  1. Don’t return cooked turkey, or any food, to a plate or container that held raw turkey.

 

  1. When finished preparing turkey, clean all working surfaces with a solution of one part bleach to four parts water. Leave solution on surfaces for 5 seconds before rinsing well with cold water.

 

  1. Cook turkey until juices run clear when the meat is pierced with a fork.

 

  1. Cook turkey at 325ºF  until the internal temperature of the  thigh shows  185ºF on a meat thermometer.  The dark meat takes longer to cook than the white meat.

 

  1. Never leave cooked or raw turkey at room temperature for more than one hour. Refrigerate it promptly because bacteria that can make you sick grow quickly at room temperatures!

 

Note:  These guidelines apply to all poultry products

 

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Posted by Admin Test - 2015/11/21 at 10:04 AM

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PUMPKIN FOR THANKSGIVING!

Thanksgiving is right around the corner and while everyone is trying to think of ways to use the turkey leftover from the Holiday Dinner how about different ways in which to use Pumpkin.  Pumpkin itself, does not taste particularly good but when you add spices and sugar and cream and eggs it turns into something wonderful.  Here are a list of recipes featured in this blog that you can try for your own Thanksgiving Dinner or for Breakfast or Dessert on Thanksgiving Weekend.

 

When cooking or baking with Pumpkin be sure to use the Sugar Pie Variety.  The larger Pumpkins do not lend themselves to baked or cooked recipes.

 

DOUBLE DUTY  PUMPKIN WAFFLES

Making Pumpkin Waffles (26) Making Pumpkin Waffles (29)

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Pumpkin Muffins

Pumpkin Muffins

 

PUMPKIN MUFFINS made from the

Waffle Recipe

 

Easy to do, just add a little more flour.

 

 

 

 

 

 

breads/pumpkin-cornbread

 

Pumpkin Corn Bread

 

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Pumpkin Yeast Biscuits

Pumpkin Yeast Biscuits

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ravioli de Zucca

Ravioli de Zucca

pasta/ravioli-de-zucca

The Ravioli can be made with Pumpkin or Butternut Squash or any Squash of your choice.  The dark leaves on top of the Ravioli are Sage.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Pumpkin Pie in Pecan Crust

Pumpkin Pie in Pecan Crust

 The Pumpkin Pie in Pecan Crust looks dark, but it is actually not burned.  In this case, the oven was too high and it baked at a much faster pace than it should have.  Luckily I took it out before it was actually burned.  Everyone loved it and it was gone by the end of dessert time.

To make the Pumpkin Pie in a Pastry Crust, use the same filling recipe as the Pie in Pecan Crust.  Simply substitute a pastry crust of your choosing.

 

 

 

 

 

For the ultimate dessert try my pumpkin-cheesecake recipe

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Posted by Admin Test - 2015/11/21 at 9:23 AM

Categories: Baking, Holiday Ideas, Holiday Meals, Main, Pastry   Tags: , , ,

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

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APPLE VARIETIES – ‘NATIONAL APPLE MONTH’

 October is ‘National Apple Month and what better time to talk about, eat and use Apples in Desserts, Snacks and Meals.  Here is an Alphabetical list of some of the Apples available.  There are so many, it is almost impossible to be able to keep track of them all.  We all have our favorites but it may be fun to try a new one or two.  Keep on eye for some of the ones listed below.  There is at least one for every letter of the Alphabet except for the letter ‘X’.  If anyone knows of an Apple beginning with an ‘X’, please let me know.  At the end of this list are links to Apple Recipes in this Blog.

  • A      Ambrosia, Anna Apple
  • B      Beverly Hills, Burgundy
  • C      Crab Apples, Cameo, Captain Kidd, Candy Crisp
  • D      Delicious, Dawn, Davey, Dayton
  • E      Epicure
  • F      Fuji
  • G     Granny Smith, Gravenstein, Golden Delicious, Gala
  • H     Hayes, Hampshire, Hawaii
  • I       Irish Peach, Idared
  • J      jonathan, Jonagold, Jester, John, Jonadel
  • K     Kary, Kent, Katya, Keepsake
  • L      Lady, Liberty, Limelight
  • M     McIntosh, Maiden’s Blush, Macon
  • N     Nectar, Niagra, Norfolk
  • O     Oliver, Opal, Ontario
  • P     Pippin, Pink Lady, Pacific Rose, Pacific Beauty
  • Q     Quebec Bell, Queen Cox
  • R     Razor Russet, Red Delicious, Red Baron
  • S     Scarlet, Scarlet Surprise, Scarlet O’Hara
  • T     Taylor, Telstar, Tickled Pink
  • W    Winesap, Waltz, Wellington
  • X
  • Y    Yates, Yellow Transparent, York Imperial
  • Z    Zari, Zest
  •  

APPLE BREAD – http://www.sylveeeskitchen.com/recipes/baked-goods/breads/apple-bread/

APPLE COOKIES - http://www.sylveeeskitchen.com/recipes/baked-goods/cookies/apple-cookies/

CARAMEL APPLES - http://www.sylveeeskitchen.com/recipes/baked-goods/cookies/apple-cookies/

 

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Posted by sylveee - 2014/10/05 at 12:05 PM

Categories: Baking, Bread, Breakfast Ideas, Cooking for Everyone, Dessert Ideas, Family Fun, Halloween, Main, National Food Days, Pastry   Tags: , , , , ,

FOOD ODYSSEY – CONCLUSION

The Monday after our Mountain Trip we hit another spot on my son’s  Food List.  This was Hooter’s which recently opened up a Restaurant in our locale.  Again, Monti had made sure to be on their mailing list and had Birthday Coupons for Kratae and himself.  We indulged in 3 different kinds of Chicken Wings with Bleu Cheese and Ranch Dip.  Kratae had a Shrimp Sandwich which she said was delicious and it certainly looked like it was.

On the way home Monday Night, we stopped at the local deli and picked up some Pastrami, Corned Beef, Pickles and Rye Bread.  Once we got home, I made my special Potato Salad and Cole Slaw which Quinn had requested.

 

Pastrami and Cole Slaw

Pastrami and Cole Slaw

 

The next day was David’s Birthday and for it, I made Lasagna with Meat Sauce and Sausage (which Monti had requested) along with a big Salad.  For dessert we had Brownies and more Peanut Butter Fudge.

 

Vegetable Lasagna

Chocolate-Brownies -- before being Cut

Chocolate-Brownies — before being Cut

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Peanut Butter Fudge

Peanut Butter Fudge

 

 

On Wednesday, Monti, Kratae and Quinn took the Bus to the Valley and transferred to another bus (Kratae wanted to see what a bus ride was like here) and then transferred to the Subway which they took to Hollywood.  After making some purchases in Hollywood, they then re-boarded the Subway to Union Station.  From there they walked to Phillipe’s (a very old famous restaurant in downtown L.A.) and had Lamb Dip Sandwiches and Cole Slaw fbid=10151471226746122&set=a.10150683053886122.425502.294891686121&type=1

 

Next they took the bus to the Santa Monica Pier where David picked them up and took them to My Father’s Office, a well-known restaurant in West L.A.  where they had Hamburgers.  Again, they weren’t quite what they remembered.  http://www.yelp.com/biz/fathers-office-santa-monica

 

Thursday night the crew went to In & Out where they had Animal Fries and Ev and I went out for Chinese Food.

On Saturday, the 22nd we had a Family Birthday Party (3 Birthdays in March) for which I spent almost two whole days cooking for.  We had Roast Turkey Breast, Tri Tip with my special marinade along with Vegan (for Joel) Pasta Salad, homemade Baked Beans and White Bean Bruschetta.  I also made Ciabatta and Croissants.  For dessert it was a Giant Chocolate Chip Cookie and a Vanilla and Chocolate Genoise Cake with a Mocha Buttercream frosting.  Beverages were water, sodas and bubbly.  This event was attended by all the Riemans (except Joel who wasn’t feeling well) and lasted for about 10 hours.  Fortunately, I had engaged one of my TA’s who help with my cooking classes to help with this event.

 

Homemade Croissants and Ciabatta

Homemade Croissants and Ciabatta

 

Family Dinner

Family Dinner

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The next day was the last day that my out of the country family were going to be here.  They wanted to make one last trip to Jack in the Box (Kratae loves Breakfast Jacks) so we did that.  They also purchased Bacon Insider Burgers and Potato Wedges.  Somehow, we also managed to fit in the leftover Turkey and Tri Tip from the party the day before.

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Posted by sylveee - 2014/04/24 at 10:56 PM

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