Friday, May 27, 2011

Red Onion Pickled in Lime Juice

Give it a try. It is very simple recipe and it goes well with meat, on tacos, or in a salad.
1 red onion, thinly sliced
1/2 cup lime juice
1/2 tablespoon salt
chopped cilantro (optional)

Put onion into a non-reactive bowl.
Cover with hot water for about 10 seconds. Strain.
Put onions back into the bowl. Add lime juice and salt. Mix well.
Refrigerate for at least 1 hour.
Sprinkle chopped cilantro on top (optional).

Note: If you skip the blanching you need to refrigerate the pickled onions longer (leave them in the refrigerator for at least 3 hours).

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Monday, May 23, 2011

Cream Puffs with Vanilla Cream

This is how my mom makes the cream puffs. They are fluffy and delicious and so much fun to make.

Anita B - all rights reservedIngredients:
1 cup water
100 g unsalted butter, cut into small pieces
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup flour
4 large eggs
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100 g unsalted butter (1 stick)
100 g margarine (1 stick)
2 vanilla sugar
2 vanilla pudding
4 cups milk
(sugar if needed)


Preheat oven at 425F.
In a heavy saucepan over medium-high heat, combine the water and butter. Bring mixture to a full rolling boil. When the butter is melted, remove pan from heat an add the flour. Mix well until smooth.Reduce heat to medium and return pan to heat. Continue stirring until the mixture leaves the sides of the pan and forms a ball.
Remove from heat and transfer the dough to the bowl of a mixer. With the paddle attachment, mix at low speed until the dough has cooled slightly.At medium speed, add in the eggs, one at a time. Mix until eggs are completely absorbed before adding another one.
The dough should be soft and a little sticky, but be able to hold its shape.
Using 2 tablespoon scoop the dough on a tray lined with ungreased parchement paper. Take dough with one spoon and push it onto the tray with the other spoon. Place mounds about 2 inches apart.
Bake for about 20-25 minutes, until golden brown. After baking is finished, turn off the oven, crack the door open and let stand in the oven for about an hour. This prevents them from sagging!
Remove from the oven and let puffs cool completely on the baking sheet on a wire rack before filling.

To prepare the filling:
Mix the vanilla sugar with pudding mixture and add 1 cup of milk. Bring the rest of the milk to a boil and add the pudding mixture to the boiling milk. Using a wisk stir vigurously until the vanilla pudding is smooth and thick.(if the pudding is sweet you don't have to add extra sugar). Let it cool.
Turn mixer on lowest speed and whip the butter and the margarine until fluffy. Gradually add the vanilla pudding.

Cut the puffs in half and fill with the cream. Sprinkle with vanilla sugar or powdered sugar.

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Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Breaded Baked Zucchini Chips


2 medium zucchini, cut into 1/4 inch slices
1/2 cup seasoned dry bread crumbs
1/2 cup flour
1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper
1/8 teaspoon garlic powder
1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
2 eggs


Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F.
Put flour in a small bowl
Beat eggs in a small bowl. Add black pepper and garlic powder.
Grate Parmesan cheese and mix with bread crumbs in a separate bowl.
Coat zucchini with flour, place in egg mixture and than cover with bread crumbs.
Place them on a greased baking sheet.
Bake for 10 minutes in the preheated oven, then turn over and bake for another 10 minutes, until browned and crispy.

You can make this using panko, or bread crumbs, add celery salt, onion powder, serve it with marinara sauce as an appetizer or as a side dish. They are delicious and are a great low fat alternative to fried zucchini.

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Sunday, May 15, 2011

Canned Tuna Cakes


2 cans tuna (5 oz), drained well
2 green onion, chopped
1/2 celery stalk, chopped
1 tablespoon chopped parsley
1/2 cup panko or bread crumbs
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
1 large egg
black pepper