Monday, June 27, 2011
Here I am again with my easy to prepare meals. During most of my cooking life I've prepared numereous dishes from different cultures and traditions. I've concluded that no matter what type of food one prepares the common denominator is its taste. Obviously, taste varies from culture to culture and person to person. My other observation is that the people who consume the food are usually unaware of the preparation and efforts that goes into creating a complex delectable dish. They are only concerned with its taste and presentation (unless they're chefs themselves). So with that, I embraced the short and sweet way of cooking using the ingredients that are already in my pantry, refrigerator or freezer. It is important to me not to sacrifice the taste, quality and appearance of the food I prepare. No, I didn't give up my efforts to create new and complicated dishes; I save them for holidays and special occasions.
Ingredients (for two):
Thursday, June 23, 2011
Tuesday, June 21, 2011
1 chopped red onion
5-6 Sliced "Portabello Mushrooms"
Wednesday, June 15, 2011
1/2 Cup (1 stick) + 6 tbsp butter, softened
3/4 cup firmly packed brown sugar (I used light brown sugar)
1/2 Cup granulated sugar
1 Tsp vanilla
1-1/2 Cups all purpose flour
1 Tsp. baking soda
1 Tsp. ground cinnamon
1/2 Tsp salt (optional)
3 Cups regular or quick oats, uncooked
1 Cup dried cranberries
Heat oven to 350 degrees. In a large bowl, beat butter and sugars until creamy. Add eggs and vanilla, beat well. Add flour, baking soda and cinnamon, mix well. Add oats and cranberries and mix until everything is well incorporated. Drop dough by rounded tablespoonfuls unto ungreased cookie sheets. Bake 8-10 minutes or until golden brown. Cool and enjoy. Store tightly covered.
Monday, June 13, 2011
Last night my husband wanted to help me in the kitchen. "What shall I do to help you" he asked? I gave him the peeler and asked him to peel the potatoes. He said it was a cinch. He had done it so many times in the Navy. " Good" I said, "you've got a head start". As he peeled the potatoes, I told him that I'll get the mandolin. The look on his face was priceless. "Since when do you have a mandolin?" he asked. When I showed him my kitchen mandolin we both laughed. Then I told him that he had to learn how to use it. Well, needless to say he had more fun with it then I thought he would. So we came up with our potato pie.