Thursday, January 10, 2019

Crab Cakes

Servings: Makes 6 crab cakes, enough to serve 3 adults as a main course 

Recipe FOUND HERE 

Oma J.

CRAB CAKES
2 large eggs
2-1/2 Tablespoons mayonnaise, best quality such as Hellmann's
1-1/2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
1 teaspoon Old Bay seasoning
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup finely diced celery, from one stalk
2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh parsley
1 pound lump crab meat (see note below)
1/2 cup panko
Vegetable oil, for cooking

TARTAR SAUCE
1 cup mayonnaise, best quality such as Hellmann's
1-1/2 Tablespoons sweet pickle relish
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
1 tablespoon minced red onion
1-2 tablespoons lemon juice, to taste
Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste


INSTRUCTIONS FOR THE CRAB CAKES
Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil for easy clean-up. Combine the eggs, mayonnaise, Dijon mustard, Worcestershire, Old Bay, salt, celery, and parsley in a large bowl and mix well. Add the crab meat (be sure to check the meat for any hard and sharp cartilage) and panko; using a rubber spatula, gently fold the mixture together until just combined, being careful not to shred the crab meat.

Shape into 6 crab cakes (each about ½ cup) and place on the prepared baking sheet. Cover and refrigerate for at least 1 hour. This helps them set.

 Preheat a large nonstick pan to medium heat and coat with canola oil. When the oil is hot, place the crab cakes in the pan and cook until golden brown, 3 to 5 minutes per side. Be careful as oil may splatter. Serve immediately with tartar sauce or a squeeze of lemon.

FOR THE QUICK TARTAR SAUCE
Mix all ingredients together in a small bowl. Cover and chill until ready to serve.

Note: If you can only find jumbo lump crab meat, you may need to break the pieces up a bit. If the clumps are too large, the crab cakes won't hold together well.

Sunday, December 30, 2018

Turkey Nacho Skillet

Recipe Found HERE (changed to turkey)

Heather E.

1 tablespoon olive oil
1 lb of ground Turkey
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 onion, diced
1 cup basmati rice 1 (10-ounce can)
Rotel, Mild Diced Tomatoes & Green Chilies
1 cup corn kernels, frozen
1/4 teaspoon chili powder
1/4 teaspoon cumin
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
1 (12-ounce) jar roasted red peppers, drained and chopped
1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese
1/2 cup shredded Monterey Jack cheese
1/4 cup crushed tortilla chips
1 Roma tomato, diced
2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro leaves (optional)

Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium high heat. Add ground turkey, garlic and onion. Cook until turkey has browned, about 5-7 minutes, making sure to crumble the turkey as it cooks; drain excess fat. Stir in rice until toasted, about 2 minutes. Stir in Rotel and 1 1/2 cups water, and bring to a simmer, about 2 minutes. Stir in corn, chili powder and cumin; season with salt and pepper, to taste. Bring to a boil; cover, reduce heat and simmer until rice is cooked through, about 13-16 minutes. Stir in red peppers until heated through, about 1 minute. Remove from heat and top with cheeses. Cover until cheeses have melted, about 2 minutes. Serve immediately, garnished with tortilla chips, tomato and cilantro, if desired.

Fluffy Belgian Waffles

Recipe Found HERE

2 cups flour
4 teaspoons baking powder
1⁄2 teaspoon salt
1⁄4 cup sugar
2 eggs
1⁄2 cup vegetable oil
2 cups milk
1 teaspoon vanilla

Sift the dry ingredients together in a large bowl. In separate bowl, separate egg whites and beat until stiff peaks form. In another separate bowl, mix together the egg yolks, milk, oil, and vanilla, stir slightly. Add to dry ingredients and mix well.

Fold in egg whites. Gently! Fold a few times, it's okay to still see some of the eggs whites.

Oil the waffle maker. Cook in waffle iron on medium-high heat for around 5 minutes. Serve hot with butter and maple syrup.

Friday, December 21, 2018

Mascarpone Stuffed Dates

Recipe Found Here

4 ounces mascarpone cheese, softened to room temperature
1 Tablespoon honey
1/2 teaspoon orange zest
1 Tablespoon roasted, salted pistachios, chopped
pinch of salt
16-18 large medjool dates
1-2 Tablespoons pomegranate arils, for garnish
flaky sea salt for garnish

Instructions Preheat oven to 375℉. Remove the pits from the dates, leaving one side intact so you can stuff them.

In a medium bowl, mix together the mascarpone, honey, orange zest, pistachios, and salt until smooth and combined. Using a small spoon, stuff the dates with the mascarpone mixture (about a couple teaspoons per date depending on the size of your dates).

Place on a plate and put them in the freezer for 10 minutes. (This prevents the filling from oozing out when you bake them!)

Place dates on a baking sheet and bake for 3-4 minutes, until dates are just warmed through. Garnish with pomegranate arils and a sprinkle of flaky sea salt. Serve immediately!

Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Bon Appetit Salted Butter and Chocolate Chunk Shortbread

Loni P.

Recipe Found HERE

1 cup plus 2 tablespoons (2¼ sticks) cold salted butter, cut into ½-inch pieces
½ cup granulated sugar
¼ cup (packed) light brown sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2¼ cups all-purpose flour
6 ounces semisweet or bittersweet dark chocolate, chopped (but not too fine, you want chunks, not thin shards of chocolate)
1 large egg, beaten to blend
Demerara sugar (for rolling)
Flaky sea salt

Using an electric mixer and a medium bowl or a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat butter, granulated sugar, brown sugar, and vanilla on medium-high speed until super light and fluffy, 3–5 minutes.

Using a spatula, scrape down sides of bowl. With mixer on low speed, slowly add flour, followed by chocolate chunks, and beat just to blend.

Divide dough in half, then place each half on a large piece of plastic wrap. Fold plastic over to cover dough and protect your hands from getting all sticky. Using your hands (just like you’re playing with clay), form dough into a log shape; rolling it on the counter will help you smooth it out, but don’t worry about getting it totally perfect. Each half should form logs that are 2–2¼" in diameter. Chill until firm, about 2 hours.

Preheat oven to 350°. Line a rimmed baking sheet (two, if you’ve got 'em) with parchment paper. Brush outside of logs with egg wash. Roll logs in demerara sugar (this is for those really delicious crispy edges).

Slice each log into ½"-thick rounds. Arrange on prepared baking sheet about 1" apart (they won’t spread much). Sprinkle with sea salt. Bake cookies until edges are just beginning to brown, 12–15 minutes. Let cool slightly before eating them all.

Do Ahead: Cookie dough can be made 1 week ahead. Tightly wrap in plastic and chill, or freeze up to 1 month. Cookies can be baked 5 days ahead. Store in plastic wrap or an airtight container.

Thursday, November 15, 2018

P.H.A.T Sandwich

Heather C.

Pesto
Hummus (your choice of flavor)
Avocado, sliced
Tomato, sliced
Whole Grain Bread (Dave's Killer Bread 21 Whole Grains and Seeds)

Toast the bread. Spread pesto on one slice and hummus on the other slice. Add sliced avocado and tomato to the middle and enjoy!



Heather's Breakfast Oatmeal

Heather C.

Steel Cut Oats or Old Fashioned Oats
Bonne Maman Blueberry Preserves (or other flavor jam)
Chobani Vanilla Greek yogurt

Prepare oats according to package directions. Add a spoonful of jam to top the oats. Then add a dollop of yogurt. Enjoy!