Friday, April 27, 2012

CEiMB - Zucchini and Potato Cakes


I chose this week's CEiMB's pick for the Ellie Krieger group.  I thought these potato cakes looked crispy and delicious.  To be completely honest, I guess I prefer fried potato cakes even though they are not the best for you.  These are certainly more healthy.  Maybe it was the mix of zucchini in them or just that they lacked a bit of flavor.  These were good though especially if you are watching your fried foods!  I'm curious to hear what you thought as we all have different likes and dislikes.

The recipe is found in Ellie's new cookbook Comfort Food Fix.  Ellie has lots of great recipes that are good for you and they are all pretty easy to prepare.  I will share the recipe with you here:

Crispy Baked Zucchini Potato Pancakes
Page 236 of Comfort Food Fix - Krieger

Olive oil cooking spray
2 tsp. olive oil
1 small onion, thinly sliced
1 medium russet potato unpeeled
1 medium zucchini unpeeled, ends removed
2 large eggs
2 large egg whites
1 tsp. fresh lemon juice
1/4 cup all purpose flour
1/2 ts. salt
1/4 tsp. freshly ground black pepper

Preheat oven to 400.  coat a baking sheet with cooking spray.
Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium heat.  Add the onion and cook, stirring, until softened and golden, about 5 minutes.  Remove from the heat and allow to cool completely.
Grate the potato and zucchini on the large holes of a box grater.  Place the grated potato and zucchini in a kitchen towel or cheesecloth and twist over the sink to squeeze out as much liquid as possible.  Transfer the zucchini and potato to a bowl.  In small bowl, beat together the eggs and egg whites to combine.  Add the eggs, lemon juice, flour salt, and pepper to the potato mixture and stir until well combined.
Heat the prepared baking sheet in the oven for 3 -5 minutes until hot but before the oil begins to smoke.  Remove the baking sheet and immediately begin to make the pancakes.  Place them on the tray.  Use about 2 T. of batter for each, forming it into a flat, 2 inch pancake.  You should wind up with about 16 pancakes.
bake until the edges begin to crisp.  7-8 minutes.  remove from oven and spray the tops of the pancakes with cooking spray and flip the pancakes.  Bake until browned and crisp, about 5 minutes more.  
Makes 4 servings.

Monday, April 23, 2012

Craving Chocolate? how about a PIE!!!

I needed a quick dessert for Friday night.  Chan is not a huge fan of chocolate, but I remembered my mom's "water" pie she made so often.  I have never made a  chocolate pie - believe it or not!  I could not find my mom's recipe, but I took a recipe I had and changed it to make it my own.  It got rave reviews and was so easy to prepare!

I used a purchased pie crust and cooked the specified time in the oven.  Let cool.

Stir together 2/3 cup sugar, 1/3 cup cornstarch and 1/2 tsp. salt.     Using a whisk, beat 4 egg yolks with 2 cups of milk and one cup of heavy cream.  Gradually blend milk mixture in with dry ingredients in a glass bowl.  Cook in microwave (this is how I cook all my cream pies) and stir every minute and a half with the wire whisk until mixture has thickened.  (Usually takes about 8-10 minutes depending on your microwave).  Add 1 T. vanilla extract, 2 T. butter and 1 1/2 cups chocolate chips (I used Ghiradelli's semi-sweet).  Stir until chips are melted and pour into crust.  Put plastic wrap on top of pie and chill for 8 hours.  Then top with whipped topping.

So creamy and delicious!!  I'll be making this time and time again.

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Carla Vavalos FOFF

Well I finally got around to cooking something this week. . .. .

Had a dental appointment this morning - how I have grown to hate going to the dentist.  Just the thought of it gives me goosebumps.  I used to love getting my teeth cleaned but now it is painful.  And something new every time I go.  This time my dentist was on leave so I saw Dr. Marta.  No one can pronounce her last name so we call her Dr. Marta.

In Carla Vavalas book Fusion of Food and Friends I made the roasted asparagus.  What's so special about that you might ask?  Well the fresh asparagus roasted is great of course, but Carla tops her off with a delicious sauce made of butter, balsamic vinegar and soy sauce.  It was so delicious that we had grilled chicken with it and the sauce was wonderful making its way across the plate and bumping into the chicken!  Loved it.

Buy her book on Amazon for just $10 or email me for the recipe.  So easy and delicious.

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Back from my trip!

I never meant to take a blogging break - honestly I did not!  But it has been a couple of weeks since I posted.  Things have been crazy here in Alabama.  My husband had a very special birthday last week and it seems we celebrated the entire week!  Ending the week with a fabulous trip to Dallas to visit my son, daughter-in-law and sweet grandbaby for Easter.  We had a wonderful time and ate wonderful food while we were there.  Took a trip to the Dallas Zoo and saw all the beautiful animals and rode the monorail.  Ate at Patrizio's for Chandler's birthday.  He loves anything Italian and it was really really good.  Thank you Cameron and Meredith for treating us!

I'm ready to start cooking again so stick around for new recipes coming!  Have a wonderful week.  I'm so happy spring is here (although it is chilly today).