26 December 2008

Honey Mustard Dressing

If you are addicted to all things honey-mustard, like me, you Must try this salad dressing.

6 T. olive oil
2 T. honey
2 T. dijon mustard
2 T. white wine vinegar (I like to use TJ's white balsamic vinegar)
1 tsp. black pepper
dash of salt
dash of garlic
sesame seeds or poppy seeds (optional)

Mix all ingredients in medium bowl and whisk until emulsified. Chill until ready to serve. This is really good on a spinach salad with mushrooms, bacon and hardboiled eggs.

24 December 2008

Spanikopita Bake

I know that practically every recipe on here uses spinach and cheese, but I just can't help myself.

So here you go... no phyllo dough to mess with and so, so, so easy.

a little olive oil
1/2 medium onion, chopped (about a cup?)
1-2 cloves garlic, pressed
10 oz. fresh spinach, roughly chopped
6 oz. feta cheese, crumbled
1 egg
1 c. milk
1/4 c. flour
1/2 tsp. salt (use less if you decide to go overboard on the feta)
dash of dill (optional)

1. Saute onions in large non-stick skillet in a teeny bit of olive oil over medium low heat for about 5 minutes. Add garlic, saute 5-7 minutes more, or until onions are starting to look a little caramelized. Add spinach and cook until just wilted. Transfer mixture to 8x8 pan. Cover with crumbled feta cheese.

2. In a mixing bowl, beat egg and add milk, flour, salt and dill if desired. Pour this mixture over spinach/cheese.

3. Bake for 45-50 minutes at 350 or until set.

06 December 2008

Polenta Veggie Carne Asada Rachel Ray Knock Off Casserole

for Marie...

*by the way, this is gluten free, and one of my favorites. I kind of make it a lot - I'm so surprised it's not already on this blog that I actually just went and double-checked and wouldyabelieve, nope, it's not. So here you go!

1) Mix together in 2 qt. saucepan:
1 c. cornmeal
1/2 tsp. each salt & sage
1/4 tsp. black pepper

Stir in:
3 cups cold water

Cook, stirring constantly, until very thick. Pour into greased 9x13 baking dish. Bake at 425 for 20 minutes.

While polenta is baking, heat a large skillet over medium-high heat (no need to get your mis-en-place beforehand, just chop as you go). Add to skillet in this order:

2 Tbsp. olive oil
2 cups frozen corn kernals, defrosted (I like the roasted kind from TJ's) or a can of corn, drained
4 cloves garlic, pressed or chopped
1 green chile pepper or 2 jalapenos (how do you do an N with a ~ on a laptop??), seeded and chopped. Saute about 3 minutes.

Then add:

2 small zucchini, diced
1 large onion, chopped
salt and pepper to taste
2 tsp. chili powder

Cook 7-8 minutes.


1 14-oz. can stewed tomatoes or salsa,

and heat through.

When polenta comes out of oven, let it hang out for a while - 10 minutes? Then spread skillet mixture over polenta in baking dish. Top with:

2 c. shredded cheddar cheese

Bake for 10 minutes at 425. Optional but pretty: sprinkle finished dish with chopped green onions (about 1 T.) and cilantro (about 1 T.).

SO --> that is how you do the vegetarian version. To add carne asada, I think I just got a package of it from TJ's, not sure of the size, and sauteed it until brown in another skillet or maybe in the same skillet before I did the olive oil/corn/garlic/chile part, then set it aside and stirred it back in when I stirred in the tomatoes/salsa.

Have fun and let me know how it turns out if you try it!
By the way, this is a good one to bring to church potlucks. :)