Saturday, August 27, 2016

Dinner Club Time - Tres Leche Cake



Last weekend was our dinner club dinner at our neighbors across the street.  It was a Fajita Fiesta night that also included a little pool party time to cool down from our run of 90 degree plus days. Our assignment was dessert.  And what betther way to cool down that a Tres Leches Cake that is light and refreshing.

Now I have never made this before and was a bit puzzled on the size of the platter needed to serve it on.  The cake was baked in a 10" pan and need to go on a platter with 1 inch sides to capture the "juices" of the 3 milks (Tres Leches) and Grand Marnier.  I could not find one and ended up using the casserole dish that was just a tad bit bigger than the cake pan.  Having now made this I know that I could use a different plate for presentation.

The recipe was also very approprate for me.  I work in the dairy industry and what better way to support it than a recipe which actually had 4 types of dairy products involved.  So, for a international flair and somthing that is refreshing and moist - give this recipe a try.


Tres Leches Cake

Ingredients

Nonstick cooking spray, for the cake pan
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for dusting the cake pan
1 tablespoon baking powder
4 large eggs, separated
1 1/2 cups sugar
1/2 cup whole milk
1 (14-ounce) can sweetened condensed milk
1 (12-ounce) can evaporated milk
2 cups heavy cream, divided
3 tablespoons orange liqueur (recommended: Grand Marnier)
1 tablespoon powdered sugar
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Directions


Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Spray and flour a 10-inch cake pan with 2-inch high sides and then line with parchment paper. Grease the parchment paper.

Mix the flour and baking powder in a medium bowl. Set aside.

In a large mixing bowl, using an electric mixer with the whisk attachment, whip the egg whites until frothy. With the mixer running, gradually add the sugar and beat to stiff peaks. Beat in the yolks, 1 at a time, blending well after each addition. Add the flour mixture in 3 additions, alternating with the whole milk in 2 additions.

Pour the batter into the prepared pan and bake until a tester inserted into the center comes out clean, about 30 minutes. Cool the cake slightly, about 10 minutes, then invert onto a platter with 1-inch high sides.

Pierce the top of the cake all over with a thick skewer. Mix the sweetened condensed milk, evaporated milk, 1 cup heavy cream and orange liqueur in a medium bowl. Pour the mixture over the cake while warm. Cover and refrigerate until cold, about 3 hours or overnight.

Combine the remaining 1 cup heavy cream and powdered sugar in a medium bowl. Using an electric mixer, beat the cream until soft peaks form. Spread the whipped cream onto top of the cake and sprinkle with the ground cinnamon.



Read more at: http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/marcela-valladolid/tres-leches-cake-recipe.html?oc=linkback

Monday, August 22, 2016

Healthy Beef Enchilada Pie

 

 
I remember a few years ago my hubby was at a training class and it was just the kids and me for dinner for about a week.  I didn't want to keep doing the same old, same old for dinner while he was away.  I wanted to try new recipes that would be easy and that the kids would enjoy.  So I found this recipe from Betty Crocker, made some tweaks and made it for dinner one night and they liked it.  But then it got forgotten in the big binder of recipes until a couple of weeks ago.  So I whipped that up for dinner.  Hubby must of liked it because there were no left overs.
 
I think my children enjoy our cooking and have a couple of favorite recipes each.  Now that our daughter has moved off campus this year I asked her what she plans on making for dinner and did she want some recipes.  Her reply was I will just look at your blog!  I am sure she will look for this one.
 

Healthy Beef Enchilada Pie

 

Ingredients

1 lb. lean  ground beef 
1 medium onion, chopped (1/2 cup) 
1 can (10 oz)  red enchilada sauce 
1/2 cup frozen corn, thawed, drained 
1 can (4.5 oz)  chopped green chiles, drained 
1 teaspoon ground cumin 
1 teaspoon chili powder 
5 flour tortillas for burritos (from 11 oz package) 
1 cup shredded reduced-fat Mexican cheese blend (4 oz) 
 sour cream and cilantro, if desired 



Directions



Heat oven to 350°F. In 12-inch nonstick skillet, cook beef and onion over medium-high heat 5 to 7 minutes, stirring occasionally, until thoroughly cooked; drain. Reserve 1/4 cup enchilada sauce; set aside. Add remaining enchilada sauce, corn and chiles to beef mixture. Stir in cumin and chili powder. Reduce heat to medium-low; simmer uncovered 5 minutes.

Spray 9-inch round (2-quart) glass baking dish with cooking spray. Place 1 tortilla in casserole; top with about 3/4 cup of the beef mixture and 3 tablespoons of the cheese. Repeat layers 3 times. Top with remaining tortilla, the reserved enchilada sauce and the remaining cheese.

Bake, uncovered, 30 to 40 minutes or until hot and cheese is melted. Cool 5 minutes. Serve with sour cream and cilantro sprigs.

Adapted from Betty Crocker

Friday, August 19, 2016

Chick Pea Summer Salad

 
What is more easier then just throwing together a quick summer salad that does not involve cooking ingredients like pasta or potatoes.  This is a super easy salad that we found a few years ago in Cooking Light.  The best part about this is that all of herbs are fresh from my little herb garden. 
 
 Our garden along the side of our house is back in business this year.  Last year we had some landscaping updated and some work done on the French drains and gas line so we could not  have a garden. I still maintained my herb garden because some of them are perennial, however, it took a beating.  It was out of the way of the work we were doing, but nonetheless we lost some plants.  This year the little vegetable garden is in  with tomatoes, peppers, jalape├▒os and radishes and the herbs are multiplying!  The thyme and the oregano have a mind of their own and sometimes overtake the other herbs in the garden.  For the rosemary, I put that in a clay pot outside my kitchen door.  I love the smell of thyme and rosemary and fresh herbs do make a difference when cooking.
 
 

Chickpea Salad with Proven├žal Herbs and Olives

 
 
1/4 cup red wine vinegar
1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
4 garlic cloves, minced
2 (15 1/2-ounce) cans chickpeas (garbanzo beans), drained
3/4 cup diced red onion
1/4 cup pitted Kalamata olives
1 tablespoon chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
1 teaspoon chopped fresh oregano
1 teaspoon chopped fresh rosemary
1 teaspoon chopped fresh thyme  
 
Combine the first 5 ingredients in a small bowl. Combine chickpeas and remaining ingredients in a large bowl. Pour vinegar mixture over salad, tossing gently.

Monday, August 8, 2016

Asian Chicken Thighs


This recipe was a Pinterest find that kept getting re-pinned.  So I had to try it and I am happy to say it was delicious!  The photo and the food pictured is my rendition of this original posting by the blogger Dam Delicious is mine and we really didn't do anything to the recipe other that cut the amount of chicken in half.  

Once I knew our daughter would be joining us for dinner, I made sure I had a chicken breast to grill for her.  She is not a fan of dark meat so we started up the grill for her and she stole a bit of the sauce from this recipe to season her dinner.  Love the sauce!  

So for a flavorful and easy dinner, give this recipe a try. 


Asian Chicken Thighs


INGREDIENTS:


2 tablespoons unsalted butter
8 bone-in, skin-on chicken thighs
1/4 cup peanuts, chopped
2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro leaves

FOR THE SAUCE


1/2 cup sweet chili sauce
2 tablespoons reduced sodium soy sauce
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 tablespoon fish sauce
1 tablespoon freshly grated ginger
Juice of 1 lime
1 teaspoon Sriracha, or more, to taste


DIRECTIONS:


Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.  To make the sauce, whisk together chili sauce, soy sauce, garlic, fish sauce, ginger, lime juice and Sriracha in a small bowl; set aside.

Melt butter in a large oven-proof skillet over medium high heat. Add chicken, skin-side down, and sear both sides until golden brown, about 2-3 minutes per side. Stir in chili sauce mixture.

Place into oven and roast until completely cooked through, reaching an internal temperature of 165 degrees F, about 25-30 minutes. Then broil for 2-3 minutes, or until caramelized and slightly charred.
Serve immediately, garnished with peanuts and cilantro, if desired.

Recipe from blog: DAMN DELICIOUS