Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Black Quinoa with Grilled Vegetables, Basil & Feta

This is on my list of recipes to make. Probably delicious hot or cold. You could even oven roast the veggies if you did not feel like grilling. If you make this before I do, please post your comments. 

Sunday, May 15, 2011

The Best Peanut Butter Cookies
Adapted from Second Helpings from Union Square Cafe

6 tablespoons butter, softened
1/2 c. corn oil
1/3 c. smooth peanut butter
1/2 c. dark brown sugar, packed
1 egg
2 tsp. vanilla
1 3/4 c. flour
1 c. powdered sugar
1/4 tsp. salt
1 tsp. baking soda
1 c. dry roasted unsalted peanuts, coarsely chopped

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. 
2. Mix oil, butter, peanut butter and brown sugar on medium speed for 2-3 minutes. Add egg and vanilla. Increase speed and beat for another 2-3 minutes. Set aside.
3. Sift together flour, powdered sugar, salt and baking soda. Add this dry mix and peanuts to the mixing bowl all at once. Incorporate on low speed for about 20 seconds. Finish blending by hand to make sure peanuts are evenly distributed.
4. Using a measuring tablespoon, dipped in water to prevent sticking, scoop out batter to form mounds on a prepared cookie sheet––that is either lightly buttered or lined with parchment or a silpat. With moistened fingers, flatten each mound to a 2 inch disk.
5. Bake cookies 15-20 minutes until deep golden brown. Let cool until crisp.

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Asian Cabbage Rolls with Spicy Pork
Recipe from The Kitchn

A new twist on traditional eastern European cabbage rolls. Crunchy cabbage mixed with ground pork, ginger, sesame, shitake mushrooms and sriracha make for a delicious meal in a roll. Note: They did take a bit longer to make than I had hoped (best to make on the weekend, rather than after work!). The recipe does say they can be made 24 hours ahead and even frozen

Monday, May 9, 2011

Cherry Tomato Pizza Margherita
Recipe from Bon Apétit

We make a lot of pizzas on the grill and this one is especially good. The recipe calls for a tube of refrigerated pizza dough, instead make your own using our favorite pizza dough recipe from the Food Network.