27 November 2008

Ruth Enas's Pesto Green Beans

For Lindsay :)

1 c. (8 oz. container) heavy cream
1 7 oz. container pesto
3 cans green beans
1/2 c. parmesan cheese
1/2 c. toasted pine nuts

1. Mix cream and pesto in saucepan. Bring to a simmer and cook for 5 min.

2. Stir in green beans, cheese and nuts. Heat through and serve. Serves 8.

20 November 2008

Napa Cabbage Salad

This is soooooooo yummy, one of my faves. If you're going to make a huge main-dish salad for several people, double the dressing recipe.

1/2 c. oil (olive is good)
1/2 c. sugar
1/4 c. white vinegar (I like to use rice vinegar)
1 1/2 Tbsp. soy sauce
1/2 tsp. salt

Shake all ingredients together in a screw-top jar.

Napa cabbage (or regular cabbage, romaine lettuce, iceberg lettuce - whatever is crunchy)
toasted almonds
toasted sesame seeds (I do these two together on the tray in my toaster oven)
uncooked ramen noodles, crunched up
dried cranberries
mandarin orange segments (from a can or fresh, although that's more work)
green or red onion
feta cheese (I know it sounds weird, but it is good)

Add some chicken and crumbled bacon and it's not vegetarian anymore, but it's sooo good.

Blackstrap Molasses

I learned something new, from experience. Blackstrap molasses is Really Strong! I made the Joy of Cooking gingerbread recipe, but used blackstrap, and all you can taste is... Blackstrap.

Yep, even with that tablespoon of ginger in there.


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18 November 2008

Justin's Favorite Elegant Chicken

I am guessing Justin likes this dish because it is not one, not two, but Three kinds of meat. If you are wondering what beef chips are, I have no idea and neither does Moi. Ha! But this sounds DE-licious!

4 whole boneless chicken breasts
4 oz. dried chipped beef, cut into about 1 inch pieces
1/2 pint sour cream
8 slices bacon
1 can cream of chicken, mushroom, or celery soup

Cut the breasts in half and wrap them in bacon. Rinse chipped beef
to remove some of the salt. Place 1/2 of the chipped beef in bottom
of 9x13 inch baking pan. Lay chicken breast halves on top. Layer
rest of chipped beef over chicken. Blend sour cream and soup and
pour over layers. Sprinkle with paprika. Cover with foil. Bake at
275 degrees for 3 hours or at 350 for 1 hour. It's best when slow-cooked,
but can be baked in 1 hour. You can also put it together ahead of time
and store in refrigerator until baking.

15 November 2008

Gluten-Free Cornbread

For Mom and whoever else.....

2 Tbsp. shortening
2 c. corn meal
2 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. soda
1 tsp salt
2 Tbsp. honey (optional)
1 egg
1 3/4 c. buttermilk (I used soy milk and a little lemon juice for a dairy-free version)

1. Put shortening in cast iron skillet in 400 oven.

2. Mix corn meal, baking powder, soda, salt, & honey (if using). Add egg and buttermilk (or soy milk). Add heated shortening to batter and put batter into heated skillet. Bake at 400 for 25-35 minutes or until brown.