Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Crockpots and Crackbread.

It was cold today. I loved it! This is my absolute favorite time of year. I love sweaters and dirty chais and hats and all things cozy.

So tonight I whipped out the ole' crockpot. It's an oldy, but a goody. I bought it used, so just think of all the delicious meals cooked in that baby over the years. I wasn't prepared for this soup craving so tonight turned into my most favorite experiment...throw in whatever the hell I got in my kichen and see what happens.

You can throw aaaanything in a crockpot and it'll be delish.

Pasta+Milk+Cheese= Lazy Mac and Cheese
Fruit+Brown Sugar+Oatmeal=Lazy Cobbler
You can make Souffle!
Pot Roast!
And so much Soup. So easy. So healthy. So good.

I also made another batch of the most amazing cornbread. I made it for Barb and Sunil yesterday. It's a Shaker recipe and sweet baby Jesus is it good. I had to give it away today--which is fair because I guess they did pay for it. But tonight I made us some and it is ALL ours. Brian will eat it all though. He's selfish. I kid.

Happy End of September Soup
2 Leeks
1 Onion
4 Carrots
3 Staks of Celery
1/2 small head of Cabbage
Handful of Mushrooms
1 can of White Kidney Beans
1 can of diced Tomatoes
Bay leaf
Palm full of both Tarragon and Savory
S & P
2 Chicken Stock Cubes
3 cans of Water

Chop the chopables.
Throw it in your crockpot.
Turn on crockpot.

Go to Target.
Come home.
Eat Soup with....

Shaker Corn Bread
1/4 cup of Flour
1 cup of Corn Meal
1 TLBS Baking Powder
1 tsp Salt
2 TLBS of FRESH Dill
1 cup of fresh Corn(about two ears-- frozen works)

1 and 1/2 cups of Buttamilk(the recipe call for 2%, but I scoff at 2% when you can use Buttamilk!)
1/2 up of Egg Substitute(I highly doubt the Shakers used egg substitute...2 real eggs would work too.)
2 TLBS Honey(Spray the TLBS with cooking spray first. The honey'll slide right off...)
3 TLBS melted Butta

Pre-heat oven to 375
Combine dry ingredients.

In a separate bowl whisk wet together.
Make a well in the center of the dry and pour in wet.

Mix gently. Don't over mix. That takes away the fluff factor. And it's all about corn fluff people.
Pour in muffin tins or a cake pan. I've now made it both ways and it works great in either.
Bake for about 35 minutes. Watch the muffins though. Cooking time will be quicker on those little babies.


Top soup with Parm cheese if you like.

Now have a crazy party in your mouth. Make your belly happy and warm your soul. It's that time of year.

Thursday, September 25, 2008

The Frittata of Dreams

Frittatas are like sooooo totally underrated. Wikipedia calls them Italian omelets. I like to think of them more as quiche without the crust! But many have argued with me on that. Namely, Braden LuBell. Frittatas are perfect. They're one of those dishes that'll really impress, but is so easy peasy. Oooo a Frittata with peas would be delish...

This particular Frittata has a bit of a Mexican flavor. But you could fancy it up in any style. Soy sauce and water chestnuts for an Asian delight. Feta and spinach for something Greeky.Do it up, yo.

Them Gredients:
5 whole eggs (Egg whites work perfectly fine as well.)
Splash of milk
One medium onion sliced and diced
One red bell pepper chopped and slopped
1/2 cups of corn (Fire roasted from Trader Joe's is the BEST!)
1/2 cup black beans
1-2 links of Chicken sausage.
One packet of SAZON!:The magical Mexican spice.
Pepper(You may or may not need more salt. SAZON!is pretty salt-a-licious.)
CHEEEEESE! (Any cheese really, I used cheddar.)

Chop everything chopable to about the same size. Throw the onions, peps, and sausage into a med-high pan with a bit of oil to start a brownin'.Once the onions start to caramelize add the corn and beans and SAZON! Let it cook for few minutes more to let the flavours combine.

Pre-heat the oven to 350.

Crack the eggies and whisk in a bowl with the milk.Pour mixture into the pan and let it cook until the edges begin to set. DO NOT STIR. This is key to make your Frittata a Frittata of Dreams!

Look at that creepy egg bubble.

So, if your saute pan has a plastic handle just wrap it in tin foil before you put it in the oven. Alton Brown taught me this at The School of the Food Network. He's a super genius. Now let the pan hang in the oven for about 10 minutes.

Slice and dice the cheese into a lovely little pile like this one. If your pile does not look exactly like this. Then obviously you have failed and you should hang up your chefs hat(Do you have a hat? I do. Jealous?)forever.

Top your Frittata of Dreams with cheese and switch the oven to broil. Keep an eye on it until the cheese is all melty.

Tada! Serve with something carb-a-licious. Toast? English Muffin? Bagel or Bran Muffin. Pancake!!Corn cake... Mmm, did I miss any breakfast carb? Croissant! Scone!Kolache!Yeah,Kolache.

Eat good my kittens, eat good.