Sunday, May 29, 2011

curry powder

I got a spice jar full of curry powder. It's awesome.  It turns every food into the mutant ninja version of itself. Lentil soup becomes lentil curry.  Macaroni and cheese becomes macaroni and cheese curry.  Mashed potatoes becomes potatoes curry. Plain rice becomes curried rice over rice. You can't lose!
Also, I have maple syrup of you want to try the Canadian version of various foods. And thyme if you want to try the Doctor Who version.

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Flourless PB Cookies

I thought this would be a good GFCF treat to make when we're all together

From Make and Takes

Reese’s Pieces Flourless Peanut Butter Cookies

1 cup creamy peanut butter
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup white sugar
1 large egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 cup Reese’s Pieces candy

1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat. Set aside.
2. Mix the peanut butter and sugars together until creamy and smooth.
3. Add in the egg and vanilla extract. Mix until well combined.
4. Stir in the salt, baking soda, and Reese’s Pieces candy.
5. Spoon dough into balls, about 1 Tablespoon of dough for each cookie. Place them on the baking sheet, about 2 inches apart. Lightly flatten dough balls with the palm of your hand.
6. Bake cookies for 10-12 minutes, or until cookies are slightly golden brown around the edges. The cookies will still be soft. They will set up while cooling. Remove from oven and let cool on baking sheet for 2 minutes. Transfer to a cooling rack.

Makes about 3 dozen cookies

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Banana Bread

adapted from Flour Bakery's recipe
  • 1 C all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 C white whole wheat flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 1/4 C sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 C oil
  • 3-4 bananas, roughly mashed
  • 1/4 C buttermilk (or 2 TBSP sour cream)
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 2/3 C chocolate chips (or walnuts)
Preheat oven to 335°F.
Sift together first four ingredients.
Beat sugar and eggs with a whisk until light and fluffy. At least 3 min, if not more.
Drizzle in oil.
Add bananas (make sure they're not pureed- some good chunks of banana are part of what make this bread so good), buttermilk, and vanilla.
Fold in flour mixture and chocolate chips/nuts.
Pour batter into a greased 9" x 4" loaf pan and bake for 45-50 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Or in 4 mini loaf pans for 35-40 min

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Aquarium Chicken Salad

Sam and I went to the New England Aquarium for our cousin, Crystal Stay Farrell's, wedding reception. They served salmon. It was really weird eating salmon in an aquarium.

BUT! They also served this delicious chicken salad. It was the best thing we ate all night. So, I tried to recreate it when I got home and came pretty close. I didn't measure anything, but it's easy enough to add stuff until you get the right proportions.

Mix together:
  • Chopped cooked chicken (I think I used rotisserie chicken)
  • Thinly sliced red onion
  • Thinly sliced celery
  • Craisins
  • Chopped pecans
Add enough real mayonnaise to make it all stick together, then add a little bit more.

Season with
  • Dill (this is essential. do not skip it.)
  • salt
  • freshly ground pepper
  • maybe a little bit of sugar? I didn't add this, but now that I'm thinking about it, it would have been appropriate.
Serve on oven-warmed croissants with a slice of lettuce.