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*All recipes on this blog (unless otherwise noted) are Martha Stewart's from the Everyday Food Cookbooks here and here, they are not my own. If other than this I will post links to the recipes or indicate that they are originals*

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Corn and Chili

This meal was a play on the usual corn bread and chili combo.
I've been wanting to make these corn fritters all summer, and I finally got around to it once the weather turned cold and the leaves started falling off the trees. 
They definitely didn't disappoint, I thought they were pretty tasty. 
Logan wasn't that impressed, he says he doesn't LOVE corn so therefore he doesn't LOVE these.
Well I for one LOVE corn and I loved these, and maybe you would to.
So try them, corn is on sale everywhere now.

P.S. Sorry about the lack of pics, I had to throw these together really quick.

Corn Fritters
3 ears corn, husks and silk removed
1/3 cup milk 
1 large egg
1 tsp sugar
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 cup cornmeal
1/4 cup flour
2 T vegetable oil
sour cream for serving (optional)

Preheat the oven to 200 (if you have to do these in batches and need to keep them warm before serving.
To remove the kernals, cut off the tip of each cob, stand it up in a wide shallow bowl.  With a sharp knife, slice downward.
To the bowl, add the milk, egg, sugar, baking powder, 1/2 tsp salt and 1/4 tsp pepper; mix.  Fold in the corn meal and flour.
Line a rimmed baking sheet with paper towels.  In a large nonstick skillet, heat 1 T of the oil over med heat.  Working in two batches , drop the batter into the pan by heaping tablespoonfuls.
Fry until golden brown, about 2 min per side.  Transfer to the prepared baking sheet.  Sprinkle with salt; place in the oven.  Repeat.  Keep warm in oven for up to 30 min.  Serve with sour cream, if desired.


Sunday, October 16, 2011

Roasting weather

The time has come, finally, that I can turn on the oven without feeling guilty and going outside to take breaks from the ridiculous heat coming from my kitchen. 
In my house, I call this Roasting weather. 
From now until probably May I will be running my oven on about a daily basis. 
This time of year makes me happy! 
Because with cold weather comes amazing food, roasted, baked, broiled, etc.
So I started off this season with some Cornish game hens.
Aren't they adorable? 
I'm not really sure what they are, but they are so tiny, I love tiny things!
They were perfect little personal size birds and I served them with some garlic mashed potatoes.
And while the grapes were odd, they were so delicious, added a great sweet flavor to this otherwise savory recipe.  Loved it!  It was delicious, and very Fall like.
So turn on your ovens and get to roasting!

Roasted Cornish Hens with Grapes
1 1/2 lbs mixed red and green seedless grapes
8 shallots, root end intact halved if large (i diced mine, whoops)
6 sprigs thyme, plus additional leaves for hens
2 T olive oil
4 cornish game hens (1- 1/4 lbs each)

Preheat oven to 450.  On a rimmed baking sheet, toss grapes and shallots with the thyme, olive oil, 1 tsp salt and 1/4 tsp pepper. 
Tie the legs with kitchen twine (i did not do this), nestle hens among the grapes on the baking sheet, breast side up.  Season the hens generously with S&P, sprinkle with thyme leaves.
Roast, basting the hens occasionally with the pan juices, until a thermometer reads 160 degrees, about 35 minutes.  
Serves 4.

Logan Rating: ***

Saturday, October 15, 2011

New Feature!!

It is now easier than ever to browse my blog!
I have taken hours and hours to go through all my posts and tag them with labels.
Therefor you can now click on "desserts" under the labels tab and all the posts that are about desserts come up, and then same with all the labels! 
I think it is a HUGE improvement!
Hope you enjoy!

Some serious comfort food

I would have to say that there is nothing I love more than curling up with a big bowl of pasta.
Some people may like books, I like pasta, so what? Sue me!
And although this one is served on a plate (in an attempt to make it pretty for ya'll)
I prefer my pasta in a bowl, so I can swirl it around and get a nice big fork full before shoving it in my mouth.
This pasta didn't disappoint, man was it delicious.
The shrimp was a different addition, but I loved it. 
I used probably one of the last harvests of tomatoes from the garden to really make this pasta extra special.
The basil is an absolute necessity, it really gives it that extra pop, don't leave it out or you'll be sorry!
The sauce was a little runny for my liking, but it was soaked up well by the noodles and shrimp, so I guess it really wasn't a big deal, but next time I might add a little less water to the pot.
Try this one!

Shrimp, Tomato and Basil Pasta
1 1/2 lbs medium shrimp peeled and deveined
6 tsp olive oil
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 can (14.5oz) diced tomatoes in juice
1 pint cherry or grape tomatoes, halved
1/2 lb linguine 
1 1/2 cups lightly packed fresh basil leaves, torn into small pieces

Season the shrimp with S&P.  In a large skillet, heat 4 T of the oil over high heat.  Add the shrimp; cook until opaque throughout, turning occasionally, about 3min.  Transfer to a bowl, set aside.
Make the sauce:  To the same skillet add the remaining 2 tsp oil and garlic, cook over med heat until fragrant about 30 seconds.  Add the canned tomatoes and their juice, along with 2 cups water (less if desired); bring to a boil.  Reduce the heat; simmer stirring occasionally until the tomatoes have softened and are saucy, about 15 min. 
Remove sauce from heat and stir in the cherry tomatoes.
Meanwhile, in a large pot of boiling salted water, cook pasta until al dente.  Drain; return the pasta to the pot. Add the tomato sauce, shrimp and basil; season with salt and pepper, and toss.  Serve immediately garnished with more basil leaves if desired. 


Thursday, October 13, 2011

Corn Soup, NOT COLD

This is corn soup, it is not cold and it was absolutely delicious.
Logan was not sold, but I seriously sipped it all up and then licked the bowl afterwards. 
It was so simple and yet that's what made it so delicious, it really highlighted the bright natural flavor of corn.
I paired it with BBQ chicken and some sliced and pan fried potatoes. Can't get any better than this. 
Do you like that BBQ sauce smear on the plate? 
That's how fancy I am.   Well only with my plate, because that's the one I photograph.
Logan's plate usually just looks like one large pile of food. I never claimed to be perfect. :)
I added some Chile powder to this recipe, gave it a nice extra bite, loved it.
Top this with scallions and scoop it up with tortilla chips, you will thank me with every bite that you take!

Creamy Corn Soup
16 ears yellow corn
4 T butter, cut into small pieces
salt (I used pepper and chile powder as well)
tortilla chips
lime wedges

Remove the husks and silks from the corn. 
Holding the ears in a large bowl, slice off the kernals.
In two batches puree the kernals and accumulated juices with a total of 2 cups water until chunky.
In a large saucepan over medium heat, cook the pureed corn, butter and 4 cups water and 1 T salt until butter is melted and soup is heated through, about 5 min.
Serve hot with suggested garnishes as desired.  Or you can let it cool and freeze it in individual servings; reheat over med-low or in the microwave.
Serves 8.
YUM BBQ Chicken!


Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Cold Soup

It looks beautiful doesn't it??
Well...I just couldn't do it.
Cold soup
Its just not my thang.
The flavor was amazing, but I couldn't get myself to eat an entire bowl of cold soup.
Which is a bummer, because Gazpacho is something that I've always wanted to try.
I ended up passing the rest of the gazpacho onto a friend who loved it!
So I guess that's the next best thing :)
Logan didn't get a chance to try it, he was out on a fire.
I don't think he's too bummed about it.
Ok more recipes coming soon I promise!

Shrimp Gazpacho
1 T olive oil
1 lb med shrimp, peeled and deveined, tails removed
6 plum tomatoes chopped
1/2 small red onion, chopped
2 garlic cloves, chopped
1/2 cucumber peeled and chopped
1/2 cup finely chopped jarred roasted bell peppers
1 1/2 cups tomato juice
2 T red wine vinegar

In a large nonstick skillet heat the oil over high heat, swirling to coat the bottom of the pan.  Season the shrimp with salt and pepper.  Add half the shrimp cook until browned on both sides and opaque in the center, 3-4 min.  Transfer to a plate; repeat with the remaining shrimp.
In a food processor, combine the tomatoes, onion, garlic, cucumber and half the roasted peppers.
Process until smooth, season with S&P.
To serve, divide the tomato mixture among the bowls; top with the shri*mp and the remaining roasted peppers.
Serves 4.


Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Introducing my new LOVE...

I am totally obsessed with this healthy, sort of crunchy, cool looking, tiny circular grain!
I may replace every other grain in my diet with this...ok that might be a tad brash. 
Well anyway you get my point...I love it. 
So I've been making it, a lot. 
Here is an example of one of the meals I made.
You can find the simplified recipe here.
I added fresh veggies from our garden...
as well as some roasted bell peppers and red pepper flakes.
In fact...I'm going to go have a bowl. 

Bad Blogger

The last few weeks have been hectic to say the least.
I started a new job, made 2 trips to MN, have been wedding planning, knitting and cooking, but I have NOT been BLOGGING.
And I'm so sorry for that. 
I took a little break from the blog, made some stuff from other cookbooks and websites.
It was divine, I must say.  To cook from any recipe and without the constant  click click of my camera. 
As much as I love these 2 cookbooks...I feel stifled sometimes, smothered by my commitment to finishing my challenge. 
But I am re energized and have begun to slowly but surely ease back into food photography and blogging.
SO SORRY about my absence and PLEASE continue to follow my adventure! 

Here is a delicious healthy baked mac n cheese recipe that I made the other week.
It was heavenly, and low fat....amazing.