Friday, March 16, 2012

Homemade Butter

If you have never tried homemade butter, you have to make it. I never was a fan of butter until I made it myself. It could not be easier.

1 pint of heavy cream
mixer with a wire whisk
plastic wrap, you will see why
pinch of salt

All you do add the heavy cream to the mixer and mix on high until you get butter. You may want to put some plastic wrap around the mixer because when the liquid separates it goes everywhere. It takes about 15 minutes or so. I add a pinch of salt at the very end and whisk it for another minute. This usually gives me whipped butter, which I love. I tried to take some pictures as I went along. I hope it helps.

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Tomato, ham, egg, and cheese

Take a tomato, cut the top off and remove all the seeds.
Beat one egg.
Add some cut up ham and your favorite cheese to the egg.
Pour the mixture into the tomato and bake until brown.


Not chicken fingers, ham fingers

Take the same ham only cut the patties into fingers. Dip the ham in some egg wash and bread the same way. Instead of frying them, bake them at 350 for 25 minutes or until brown.


So, you have heard of the hamburger. I made a ham-burger that was fantastic.

-Take a ham patty, I used Hormel because it is gluten free. Bread the ham with some gluten free breadcrumbs. I seasoned the breadcrumbs with dried onion, thyme, paprika, and pepper.
-Fry the ham in a little bit of olive oil until brown.
-Top with cheese, tomato, lettuce, onion, what ever you can think of.

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Bacon and Cheese Crepes

I wrote a crepe recipe a while back, but I just got this Le Creuset crepe pan so I had to try it out. Needless to say I was not disappointed. This was so much fun.

Basic ingredients:
2 while eggs
1 tablespoon water
salt and pepper
1/2 to 1 tablespoon butter before making each crepe
Hormel bacon bits
Swiss cheese

Chicken Salad on Boston Lettuce

1 whole small chicken
3 tablespoons of juice that will come out of the chicken while cooking
6 tablespoons light mayo
6 tablespoons plain Greek yogurt
1/2 to 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard, more or less on your taste
1 teaspoon onion powder
1 teaspoon paprika
1 teaspoon dried chives
salt and pepper
Boston Lettuce or any lettuce you can find
-Roast your chicken until it is done.
-Once cool enough to touch, shred the meat with your hands in a bowl.
-Add all the ingredients to the slightly warm chicken. These are the list of ingredients I added. If you like more or less then you add what you like.
-Refrigerate the chicken for a couple of hours. If it becomes a little too dry add some more of the chicken juice or yogurt or mayo. All of this is what you prefer.
-Serve the chicken salad on the lettuce. Add any topping you like. I added tomatoes this time. Bacon is good, cheese, caramelized onions, red peppers or just plain chicken salad is very good.


Monday, March 12, 2012

Flourless Chocolate Cookies

I found this recipe on twitter the other morning. I am not going to post the recipe because I cannot remember who wrote it. The basic ingredients are eggs, chocolate chips, cocoa powder.

Blueberry Balsamic Chicken Meatballs-Salad

Here is the salad I had with the chicken meatballs. I used honey mustard dressing and it went really well together. This salad consisted of lettuce, steamed broccoli, steamed green beans, cabbage, feta cheese, and honey mustard dressing.

Chicken and Kielbasa

I made this a while ago so I will do my best to remember what I added.

1 boneless skinless chicken breast cut into bite size pieces
1 whole kielbasa sliced
1 small can of tomatoes with jalapeno, you can find near the tacos at the store
1 tablespoon dried onion
1 tablespoon dried garlic or 1 garlic glove minced
2 tablespoons Smart Balance butter
1/2 pound elbow macaroni

-Cook the macaroni until almost done.
-Brown the chicken and remove, then brown the kielbasa. Once browned add the chicken back to the kielbasa and add the rest of the ingredients, except the butter.
-Once the pasta is just about done, add it to the chicken and kielbasa. Cook for about 5 to 7 minutes.
-Add the butter and serve with some Parmesan cheese if you would like.

Blueberry Balsamic Chicken Meatballs

1/2 pound ground chicken
1 teaspoon dried onion
1 teaspoon dried garlic
1 teaspoon dried parsley
1 egg
salt and pepper
1 tablespoon  plus 1/4 cup blueberry balsamic vinegar

-Combine everything except the 1/4 cup blueberry balsamic vinegar and brown in a frying pain.
-Once brown on all sides add the 1/4 cup of balsamic vinegar and simmer for 5 to 8 minutes on medium. If you find the vinegar is evaporating too much, just add more.
-Once the chicken is cooked and most of the blueberry balsamic vinegar is is absorbed in the chicken and evaporated, serve on rice or lettuce. This is also very good in salad with a little feta cheese.


No recipe here. I just wanted to post these berries because there are so beautiful and fresh. I actually added some to my red wine. For breakfast I had them with some yogurt. Nothing like fresh berries.