Magic Custard Cake

Ingredients:

  • 4 eggs, separated, at room temp
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 stick butter, melted
  • 3/4 cup all purpose flour
  • 2 cups milk, lukewarm
  • powdered sugar for dusting cake

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 325.
  2. Grease and line 8 inch x 8 inch baking dish with parchment.
  3. Separate eggs.
  4. Add the egg whites to a mixer and to stiff peaks and set aside.
  5. Beat the egg yolks and sugar until light.
  6. Add butter and vanilla and beat for two mins.
  7. Add the flour and mix it in until fully incorporated.
  8. Slowly start adding the milk and beat until everything is well mixed.
  9. Add the egg whites, a third at a time, gently folding them in using a spatula.
  10. Pour batter into baking dish and bake for approx 60 minutes or until the top is lightly golden.
  11. Cool and dust heavily with powdered sugar.

Source:  http://hugsandcookiesxoxo.com/2014/04/magic-custard-cake.html

Applesauce

Ingredients:

  • 2 pounds apples (I use whatever kind I have on hand)
  • 1 1/3 cups apple juice (you can use water as well)
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon (optional, to taste)
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger (optional, to taste)

Directions:

  1. Peel and core your apples then chop them into pieces.
  2. Combine the juice, vanilla, sugar, honey and spices in a bowl and mix until disolved (as best you can).
  3. Combine the apples and liquid mixture in a large pot.
  4. Cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally, for 25 minutes or until the apples get mushy and the liquid is reduced.
  5. Use a blender to puree the applesauce to the desired consistency being careful not to overfill the blender carafe. A stick blender would work well, too.

Source: My kitchen as inspired by my grandmother

Easter Cheese

Ingredients:

  • 12 eggs
  • 1/2 gallon whole milk*
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

Directions:

  1. Prepare a strainer with a large layer of cheese cloth or clean dish towel.
  2. Add eggs to a large pot.
  3. Whisk to break up yolks.
  4. Add the milk, salt and vanilla.
  5. Cook over medium heat, stirring frequently.
  6. When curds and whey have separated, pour them through the strainer.
  7. Let drain well.
  8. Transfer to clean cheese cloth or towel.
  9. Twist into a ball and let hang for about a day.

Source: Elek family recipe (Traditional Slovenian Easter cheese)

*Most recipes I’ve seen on the web call for only a quart of milk.  We’ve always had better luck with a half gallon.  You can definitely start with a quart and if it seems like there aren’t enough curds, you can add in additional milk.

Brine for Pork

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1 cup apple juice
  • 2 cups water
  • 1/4 salt
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 4 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon pepper

Directions:

  1. Combine all ingreients in a bowl and mix until everything disolves.
  2. Pour over your meat.
  3. Let marinate a few hours to overnight.
  4. Cook meat as desired.

Source: Our home kitchen

Pickled Beets

Ingredients:

  • 6 roasted beets, thinly sliced*
  • 1 large red onion, sliced
  • 2 cups apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon Kosher salt
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 cups water
  • 2 tablespoons pickling spices
  • Pinch red pepper flakes (optional)
  • 2 teaspoon black peppercorns

Directions:

  1. I sterilized my jars and lids. I used a large stock pot and filled it with water. I boiled the jars while the beets were roasting. I let the jars cool in the water while I prepared the beets and pickling liquid.
  2. Remove the skin from the beets. The easiest way to do this is by using an old, but clean, nubby towel. Rub the beets in the towel. You will ruin the towel (though bleach might bring it back).
  3. In a small pot boil the rest of the ingredients (Boiling vinegar fumes can be nasty for those with respiratory problems, use your range hood).
  4. Arrange beets in the sterilized 1-quart jars alternating layers with the onion.
  5. After the liquid has boiled a few minutes, strain.
  6. Pour over the beets.
  7. Tightly lid the jars and place in the refrigerator for 3 to 7 days before serving.

*Roasted Beets:
6 medium beets, cleaned but not peeled
A small onion
A garlic clove, chopped
Sprinkling of Italian seasoning
2-3 teaspoons olive oil

Preheat oven to 400. In a large bowl toss all of the ingredients. Place into a foil pouch and roast in the oven for 45 minutes.

Adapted from: http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/alton-brown/pickled-beets-recipe.html

Strawberry Pie

Ingredients:

  • 1 (9 inch) pie crust, baked and cooled
  • 1 quart fresh strawberries,sliced
  • 3 Tablespoons brandy (or your favorite liquor), optional
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 4 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 3/4 cup water

Directions:

  1. Macerate berries in sugar (amount depends on how sweet the berries are) and brandy for a couple hours to overnight.
  2. Drain the berries, reserving the liquid.
  3. Blend the remaining berries (I use a stick blender, but a regular one should work) and combine them with the sugar and the reserved juice in a medium saucepan.
  4. Place saucepan over medium heat and bring to a boil, stirring frequently.
  5. Allow the liquid to reduce slightly.
  6. In a small bowl, whisk together cornstarch and water.
  7. Gradually stir cornstarch mixture into boiling strawberry mixture.
  8. Reduce heat and simmer mixture until thickened, about 10 minutes, stirring constantly. It will turn out like a glaze.
  9. Let the resulting glaze (it will be similar to the stuff you can buy in the produce department, though not clear) chill.
  10. Spread a small amount of your strawberry glaze in the baked pie shell.
  11. Combine the rest of the strawberries with the rest of the glaze and pour into the pie shell.
  12. Chill for several hours before serving.
  13. Serve with whipped cream.

Adapted from: http://allrecipes.com/recipe/strawberry-pie-ii/

Dinner Menu – Week of April 13, 2014

Sunday:  Grilled beef roast, Whipped potatoes, Corn, French bread, Strawberry pie

Monday:  BBQ short ribs, Italian potato salad, Green salad

Tuesday:  Bourbon chicken, Fried rice, Egg rolls

Wednesday:  Reuben sandwiches, Macaroni salad, Pickled beets

Thursday:  Pepper steak, Rice, Egg rolls

Friday:   Eat at local fish fry

Saturday:  Leftovers

Bourbon Chicken

Ingredients:

  • 2 lbs boneless chicken breasts, cut into bite-size pieces
  • 1-2 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 garlic clove, crushed
  • 1/4 teaspoon ginger
  • 3/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1/4 cup apple juice
  • 1/3 cup light brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons ketchup
  • 1 tablespoon cider vinegar
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/3 cup soy sauce

Directions:

  1. Heat oil in a large skillet.
  2. Add chicken pieces and cook until lightly browned.
  3. Remove chicken.
  4. Add remaining ingredients, heating over medium heat until well mixed and dissolved.
  5. Add chicken and bring to a hard boil.
  6. Reduce heat and simmer for 20 minutes.
  7. Serve over hot rice.

Source: http://www.food.com/recipe/bourbon-chicken-45809

Olive Oil Cake

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 1/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 1/4 cup whole milk
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 1/2 tablespoon grated orange zest
  • 1/4 cup fresh orange juice
  • 1/4 cup Grand Marnier

Directions:

  1. Heat oven to 350 and spray a 9-inch cake pan that is at least 2 inches deep with cooking spray and line the bottom with parchment paper.
  2. In a bowl, whisk the flour, sugar, salt, baking soda and powder.
  3. In another bowl, whisk the olive oil, milk, eggs, orange zest and juice and Grand Marnier.
  4. Add the dry ingredients; whisk until just combined.
  5. Pour the batter into the prepared pan and bake for 1 hour, until the top is golden and a cake tester comes out clean.
  6. Transfer the cake to a rack and let cool for 30 minutes.
  7. Run a knife around the edge of the pan, invert the cake onto the rack and let cool completely, 2 hours.

Source:  http://food52.com/recipes/26709-maialino-s-olive-oil-cake

Dinner Menu – Week of April 6, 2014

Sunday:  Chicken cordon bleu, Asparagus, Rice with mushrooms and water chestnuts, Sour cream apple pie

Monday:  Tacos with all the fixings, Refried beans, Cheesy Mexi-dip

Tuesday:  Pasta, Sausage, Peperoni bread

Wednesday:  Garlic knockers, Sauerkraut, Mashed potatoes, Corn

Thursday: Chicken patty sandwiches, Tomato herb soup

Friday:  Parmesan broiled tilapia, Mac and cheese, Pickled beets

Saturday:  Take-out