Gooey Butter Cake
My hometown of St. Louis Missouri is famous for lots of food items, but one of my favorite St Louis classics is Gooey Butter Cake.
Rachel Ray and Bobby Flay
As many of you may know Rachael Ray is from the Saratoga Springs area, at least from some where around Saratoga Springs.
Apple Curry Chicken
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Monday, February 27, 2012
Sunday, February 19, 2012
I usually spend Saturdays running errands and this past Saturday was no different. My husband and I decided that we would treat ourselves to a Greek lunch while out shopping so we headed over to one of our favorite Greek/diner restaurants called Grecian Gardens. There we both had a lunch of salad, fries and gyros. But I was surprised to see that Avgolemono (Greek chicken and rice soup with lemon) wasn't on the menu and I really was looking forward to a nice, warming bowl of soup to go with my gyro.
I can try to make it myself, I thought. How hard could it be? I had homemade broth that was cooked all day in the crock pot. I had left over chicken from the night before, and I had plenty of eggs and a whole bottle of lemon juice. All I needed was a recipe.
I did an internet search and came across a recipe on about.com and it was very simple.
This soup can be made quickly (if you have instant rice and the broth on hand) or it can take all day if you first cook the chicken to make the broth as in the original recipe. I'll give you the short version.
To make Greek Chicken and Rice Soup this is what you'll need:
12 cups of broth
1 cup of instant rice
3 large eggs (at room temperature)
1/2 cup lemon juice (or the juice of 2 large lemons)
cooked chicken (in the original recipe the chicken isn't added to the soup. They suggest serving it on the side.)
Pour the broth into a large stock pot. Heat to boil. Add the rice, turn off the heat and cook 5 minutes. Meanwhile take the cooked chicken and season with salt, pepper and dried oregano. Beat the whole eggs into a separate bowl and add the lemon juice. Whisk until frothy. Once the rice is cooked ladle out about a cup of the broth into a separate cup, then pour the broth very slowly into the egg/lemon juice mixture, whisking the entire time. This will temper the eggs so that they don't scramble when you add them to the soup.
Pour the broth/egg/lemon mixture into the soup pot, whisking. Stir in the cooked, seasoned chicken if using. Check the soup for seasoning and add salt and pepper if needed.
Simple 5 ingredient Greek Chicken Rice Soup warm and filling. Serve it by itself or with a sandwich or Greek salad.
<TIP> If you make your own broth be sure to skim off any of the fat that might be on the top. You don't want greasy soup
<TIP> I used only a 1/4 cup of lemon juice and I think it could have used a little more. You might want to start with a 1/4 cup especially if your lemons are fresh.
<TIP> Be sure to be careful with the seasoning. My broth was homemade so it needed salt. Most canned broths are pretty salty, so taste before adding any more.
Wednesday, February 15, 2012
I like to make a special meal for my sweetie on Valentine's day. This year it included spinach salad with hard boiled eggs, bacon and mushrooms with a hot bacon dressing, poutine (A Canadian favorite) which is fries with cheese curds and gravy, asparagus with hollandaise (which broke, but that's another blog post) and T-bone steaks with compound butter.
I wanted to make the compound butter, not because I thought the T-bones needed more flavor but because it looks impressive but couldn't be easier. Compound butters are just that -- butter that has flavorful ingredients added to it. It can be used on meats, fish and even vegetables.
I chose to add garlic and parsley to my butter along with a little salt and pepper. But you can add just about any herb you'd like to your butter.
If you're going to use a compound butter I would suggest seasoning your meat, fish or vegetables very simply so that it doesn't fight the flavors of the butter.
I made extra of the butter so that we would have some leftover. It would be delicious in scrambled eggs.
To make compound butter this is what you'll need:
1 stick unsalted butter
herbs (fresh or dried) of your choice.
Let the butter come to room temperature so that your ingredients can be mixed into it easily.
For the butter I served I used 2 large cloves of garlic that I grated into the butter. I prefer to grate the garlic since then you're not biting into a huge piece of garlic and it gives a more pronounced garlic flavor. I also added about 1/2 teaspoon or a liberal sprinkling of dried parsley. Season lightly with salt and pepper.
This can be made a day ahead of time. Once the steaks were cooked to our liking then we topped each one with the butter that melted all over the delicious meat. HEAVENLY!
Compound butters can be made for sweet things too. Like taking butter and cinnamon and a little sugar to top off french toast or pancakes. Or using a compound butter to stuff inside a hollowed out apple then baked in the oven.
Compound butter is versatile and delicious. You can easily add tons of flavor to almost anything! So give it a try.
Have favorite compound butter combination? I'd love to hear it -- leave it in the comments below!
Thursday, February 9, 2012
Spice Cake topped with Apples
Chocolate Cupcakes with Cherries and Almonds
French Vanilla Cupcakes Topped with Homemade Lemon Curd and Candied Lemon Peel
To make lemon curd you’ll need
To make the candied lemon peel
Monday, February 6, 2012
It’s true, Skylar was just a mutt from a kill shelter in Tennessee. True that she was scruffy and not well bred. But it’s also true that she captured our hearts with her quirky ways and her funny habits. I hope that this story doesn’t stop anyone from adopting a needy animal from a shelter. That you don’t think twice about giving your heart to a puppy that will give you all of themselves and enrich your life. In a case like that I think it’s okay for your emotions to guide you. Fall in love, I did and I don’t regret it, not one bit.