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Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Comfy Cuisine: Pupusas - Stuffed Corn Tortillas

Comfy Cuisine: Pupusas - Stuffed Corn Tortillas: Pupusas are a traditional dish from El Salvador. Corn tortillas with a filling usually cheese, beans and/or Salvadoran-style   chicharr...

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Mini Cheesecakes


  • 2 (8 oz) cream cheese
  • 2 eggs beaten
  • 1 tsp vanilla powder
  • 3/4 c. sugar
  • 1 tbsp orange curacao
  • 1 tsp orange peel
  • 18 vanilla wafers
  • 18 tsp. graham cracker crumbs
  • cherry pie filling (Clearbrook Farms Cherry Fruit Tart)
  • 1-2 Tablespoons melted butter to line cups.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Beat cream cheese, eggs, vanilla, sugar, orange peel and orange curacao. Butter each cup. Place a vanilla wafer in the bottom of each muffin cup. Top each wafer with 1 teaspoon graham cracker crumbs.  Pour batter into cups, bake 20 minutes. Let cool, and then refrigerate for a couple of hours. Top with cherry tart filling.


I used silicon muffin cups in a muffin pan with good results.

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Food in Thailand

Food in Thailand by Doryce
Food in Thailand, a photo by Doryce on Flickr.

So little time!

Ginger Chicken

Food by NickNguyen
Food, a photo by NickNguyen on Flickr.

2 tablespoons plus 2 teaspoons sugar
1/3 cup plus 1/4 cup hot water
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
2 Thai red chilies, chopped, or 1 teaspoon crushed red pepper
1 garlic clove, minced
One 4-inch piece of fresh ginger, peeled and cut into slivers
1 pound skinless, boneless chicken thighs, cut into 3-by-1-inch pieces
1 1/2 tablespoons Asian fish sauce
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 small onion, cut into thin wedges
2 scallions, cut into 2-inch lengths
6 cilantro sprigs, cut into 1-inch lengths

In a small saucepan, heat 2 tablespoons of the sugar over moderate heat until bubbling and beginning to brown around the edges, 4 minutes. Gradually stir in 1/3 cup of the hot water and simmer for 3 minutes to dissolve the caramel. Remove from the heat.
Heat the oil in a medium pot or in a casserole. Add the chilies, garlic and half of the ginger and stir-fry over moderate heat about 20 seconds. Add the chicken, fish sauce, salt and the remaining 2 teaspoons of sugar and stir until the chicken turns white, 3 to 4 minutes. Add the onion wedges, the remaining 1/4 cup of hot water and the caramel sauce and bring to a boil. Cover, reduce the heat to low and simmer until the chicken is cooked through and the sauce is slightly thickened, about 8 minutes. Add the scallions and cook for 3 minutes longer. Stir in the remaining ginger and remove the pot from the heat. Garnish with the cilantro and serve.

Sunday, December 30, 2012

Baked French Toast


1/4 cup melted butter
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon
7 slices sourdough
2 eggs
1 cup milk
1 teaspoon vanilla
Powdered sugar for sprinkling


1. Melt butter in microwave & add brown sugar and cinnamon, stirring until mixed.
2. Pour butter/sugar mix into bottom of 8 x 11 pan....spread around
3. Beat eggs, milk, & vanilla
4. Cover pan with a single layer of bread
5. Pour 1/2 of egg mixture on bread layer
6. Add 2nd layer of bread
7. Spoon on remaining egg mixture
8. Cover & chill in fridge overnight
9. Bake at 350 for 45
10. Sprinkle with powdered sugar if desired

- Top should be crusty, middle should be soft & moist, & bottom syrupy. The extra crunch from the sourdough with lots of holes was divine