Homemade Kit Kat Bars

October 3rd, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Ingredients

75 club crackers
½ pound (2 sticks) unsalted butter
2 cups graham cracker crumbs
1 cup firmly packed dark brown sugar
½ cup milk
13 cup granulated sugar
23 cup creamy peanut butter
½ cup semisweet chocolate chips
½ cup butterscotch chips

Directions

Line 9-by-13-inch rectangular baking pan with one later of Club crackers (you may need to break some to fit). Melt butter in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add graham cracker crumbs, dark brown sugar, milk, and granulated sugar. Bring to a boil. Boil for five minutes, stirring constantly. Remove pan from heat. Pour half of butter mixture over crackers in pan. Smooth surface with spatula. Arrange another layer of Club crackers over butter mixture. Pour remaining butter mixture over surface. Smooth surface with spatula. Arrange a third layer of crackers over top. Combine peanut butter, chocolate chips, and butterscotch chips in small saucepan. Melt over medium-low heat, stirring constantly. Spread evenly over crackers. Cool to room temperature, then cover and refrigerate two hours. Cut into 2-inch bars. Bars will keep for two weeks, stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator.

Kale & Apple Sausage Pot Pie with Apple Parmesan Whole-Wheat Phyllo “Beggars Purses”

November 22nd, 2010 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 1 Casserole Size Pie

Here is a great seasonal family meal, filled with nutrition and fit for a fancy potluch. Don’t be frightened by the beggar’s purses either – they’re a cinch.

INGREDIENTS

For the Pies

1-2 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 medium yellow onion, chopped
1 pound or about 3-4 links of turkey or chicken apple sausage
2 medium tart apples, cored and chopped
3 cups purple kale, chopped coarsley
1 teaspoon freshly ground nutmeg
1 cup fresh apple cider
1 cup chicken broth
Salt/pepper

For the Beggar’s Purses

8 sheets phyllo dough
1 stick butter, melted
½ cup parmesan cheese
1 tart apple, peeled cored, and chopped fine
8 fresh chives, blanched

PREPARATION

In a large sauté pan, over medium high heat, add oil. Sauté onions, stirring occasionally, until translucent, 7 minutes. Add sausage, apples, and kale, cook until sausage is cooked through and greens are wilted. Add apple cider, chicken broth and season with salt and pepper. Reduce heat to medium and simmer until sauce is reduced by half. Set aside.

Cut each phyllo sheet in half to equal 16 squares in total. Make sure to cover phyllo that you’re not using with a damp cloth or paper towel.

On a flat surface, place one phyllo sheet, and brush entire surface (especially the edges) with melted butter. Place a second sheet on top in the opposite direction, creating an “X” pattern. Brush with butter again; repeat with 2 more sheets – which will equal 4 sheets in total.

In the center of the top sheet, place 1 tablespoon of apples on top, and sprinkle with parmesan cheese. Pull all the sides of the phyllo up towards the center to make a purse. Tie the top with a blanched chive. Brush outside with more melted butter. Continue until 8 purses are assembled.

Place purses on top of casserole, and bake.

Kale and Apple Salad with Walnut-Herb Dressing

April 6th, 2012 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 6


This is an amazing take on the classic waldorf salad, its modern and sassy and showcases the earthy flavors of kale!


Ingredients


3 cups raw kale (purple or lacinato), jullianned
½ cup celery, sliced thin
2 tart apples, cored and chopped small
½ cup walnuts, toasted and chopped coarse, plus 2 tablespoons chopped fine
¼ cup raisins
1 shallot, chopped superfine
½ cup mayonnaise
2 tablespoon thyme
2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
2 tablespoons lemon juice
1-2 tablespoons honey
½ teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon cracked black pepper


Directions


Toss together the kale, celery, apples, ½ cup walnuts and raisins in a large bowl until well mixed. In a smaller bowl whisk together the shallot, mayonnaise, thyme, vinegar, lemon juice and honey. Make sure to whisk until the dressing is smooth and creamy. Season with salt and pepper and add more honey for a greater sweetness. Pour the dressing over the salad and toss together until well mixed.

Kale Pesto

September 2nd, 2015 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 2-3 cups pesto

Ingredients

2 cups chopped fresh kale leaves, stems removed
¼ cup water
3 cloves garlic
2 teaspoons lemon zest (optional)
juice of 1 lemon
¼ cup chopped yellow onion
2/3 -1 cup extra virgin olive oil
chopped fresh red chili (options for heat lovers)
2 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon fresh black pepper

Directions

Place the kale leaves and the water in a large bowl and massage for a few minutes.  Let the kale sit in the water for a few minutes to absorb and become softer.   Place the kales leaves and water, garlic, lemon zest/juice and yellow onion in a blender and pulse until the mixture starts to get chopped up and turns into a chunky paste.  Add the olive oil about ¼ cup at a time and blend until a smooth consistency is formed. Season with salt and pepper, adding more if necessary.

*Toss over pasta or use as a marinade for grilled chicken. Add some to your vinaigrettes or atop steamed fish and vegetables!

Keftedes

November 11th, 2009 § 0 comments § permalink

A meatball of Middle Eastern style and influence made of bulgur, and a mixture of lamb and beef, spiced according to region but always including fresh mint and coriander leaves.

Makes 2½ cups

 

INGREDIENTS

½ lb ground lamb
½ lb ground beef
½ cup cooked bulgur
6 cloves garlic, minced fine
1/3 cup fresh mint, chopped fine
1/3 cup fresh parsley, chopped fine
1/3 cup fresh cilantro, chopped fine
1/3 cup fresh oregano, chopped fine
1 teaspoon cumin
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 tablespoon dried oregano
1 cup ouzo
3 eggs, beaten
Salt and pepper
Pinch of red chili flakes
Olive oil

PREPARATION

In a large mixing bowl mix together all ingredients, except the eggs and ouzo, with your hands until well mixed. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Add the ouzo and mix well again. Add the eggs and gently mix together until all moisture is distributed evenly.

Shape into 1½ inch even balls and refrigerate for at least half an hour and up to an hour.

Heat oil in a large frying pan and place a pinch of chili flakes in the oil. Fry meatballs on medium high heat rolling around to ensure even cooking on all sides. Drain on paper towels.

Kelp Noodles Pad Thai and Almond Sauce

July 4th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 2-4

Ingredients

Pad Thai mixture

1 carrot, julienne
1 red pepper, filled, julienne
½ red cabbage, thinly sliced or mandolin
¼ cup snow peas, cut thinly on diagonal
1 spring onion, sliced thin
2 tablespoons lime juice
2 tablespoons tamari
1 shallot, sliced thin
1 small red chili, minced
2 tablespoons coconut nectar
2 tablespoons tamarind paste
1 cup mung bean sprouts
½ cup kelp noodles, soak in hot water 10 minutes
10 leaves of basil, chiffonade
1 small handful cilantro, roughly chopped
10 mint leaves, chiffonade

Sauce for kelp noodles

½ tablespoon almond butter
1 tablespoon tamari
½ teaspoon of sesame oil

The almond ginger sauce

3 tablespoon almond butter
1 tablespoon coconut nectar
2 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
2 teaspoon tamari
½ cm ginger, minced
1 clove garlic, minced
A pinch of cayenne

Directions

Take Phad Thai ingredients except the kelp noodles, put in a medium size bowl and mix, set aside.
Mix all together in a bowl almond butter, tamari and sesame oil. Once mixed together put the drained kelp noodles in the bowl of sauce and massage thoroughly with hands. Let sit for 10 minutes.
Take part the almond sauce blend all the ingredients in a high speed blender until smooth.
Take the pad thai mixture and the kelp noodles with it’s sauce and mix together, put a good amount on a plate drizzle almond sauce around and over pad thai.

Garnish with mint, chiffonade, cilantro leaves and finely chopped almonds.

© Kristin Slaby All rights reserved

Key Lime Macarons

February 13th, 2012 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes about 2 dozen

Ingredients

215 grams (7½ ounces) confectioners’ sugar
100 grams (3½ ounces) egg whites (about 3 large) at room temperature
140 grams (5 ounces) almond flour or sliced almonds
25 grams (2 tablespoons) castor or superfine granulated sugar
Pinch salt
Green food coloring (preferably paste)
2 teaspoons very finely grated key lime rind

Directions

Line cookie sheets with parchment paper adhering them to the sheets with a little butter.
If sliced, grind the almonds very fine in a food processor with about half the confectioners’ sugar, scraping regularly. Add the remaining confectioners’ sugar and process until homogenous. Pass through a medium-coarse sieve and regrind the remaining almond bits if necessary. If using almond flour, sift together with the confectioners’ sugar.
Beat the whites and salt with an electric mixer until soft peaks form. Add the granulated sugar and beat until stiff and shiny. Add coloring and beat until homogenous. Using a wooden spoon or rubber spatula fold in the almond mixture in two additions until just homogenous. The mixture will deflate. Gently fold in the lime rind.
Fit a piping bag with a 38-inch (1 cm) round tip. Pipe the batter onto the baking sheets in circles about 1 inch in diameter. Let the macarons dry about 20 minutes (a little longer is OK if you need to cook them in two batches) so a little skin forms on the outside.
Preheat oven to 425°F.
Set the macarons in the center of the oven and immediately lower the temperature to 350°F. Prop the door sligthly ajar with a wooden spoon or something similar. For small macarons, bake about 10 minutes, larger ones will take about 15. They are done when shiny and hard on the outside. When you pry one apart it should be a little moist in the middle. Set on a cooling rack and cool briefly. Remove from the macarons from parchment while still warm. Cool on cooling racks.
Sandwich the macarons with 1-2 teaspoons of buttercream. Set in an air-tight container and refrigerate overnight.

Lime Buttercream

Makes about 1 cup

Ingredients

125 grams (4½ ounces or 1 stick + 1 tablespoon) unsalted butter, softened
70 grams (2½ ounces or 5 tablespoons) granulated sugar
2 tablespoons water
3 egg yolk at room temperature
2 teaspoons key lime juice
1 teaspoon key lime rind
Green food coloring (preferably paste)

Directions

Beat the butter until smooth.
In a separate bowl, beat the egg yolks with an electric mixer until thick and foamy.
Combine the sugar and water in a small saucepan and boil to the soft ball stage (238°F). Very gradually add the syrup to the egg mixture in a thin stream, beating rapidly between each addition. Beat with an electric mixer until thick and fluffy and room temperature. Beat in the butter, a tablespoon at a time. If the mixture looks curdled keep beating at high speed. If it gets soupy, refrigerate for about 15 minutes and beat again. Finally beat in the food coloring, then the lime juice a drop at a time and finally stir in the lime rind. Refrigerate until firm enough to pipe.

Recipe Copyright by Michael Krondl

Khichdi

August 10th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 6

Ingredient

1 cup small split yellow dal, pre-soak for 30 minutes
1 cup of rice
2 tablespoon ghee (clarified butter)
1 tablespoon of cumin seeds
½ teaspoon of asafetida (Kayam) powder (found at specialty Indian store)
1 teaspoon turmeric powder
1 small piece of ginger, grated
2 green chilies, chopped
2 cloves garlic, chopped
4 whole black peppercorns
4 whole cloves
1 red potato, small dice
1 medium onion, small dice
½ cup of green Indian peas or frozen green peas
4 cups of water
Salt to taste

Directions

Wash and soak the split yellow gram and rice together for 15 minutes. Drain till water is clear. Heat the water until it is boiling and keep aside. On medium heat, add ghee in a large heavy pot (cast iron will work) until the hot. Add the cumin seeds and let them splutter. Add the asafetida, turmeric, ginger, peppercorns and cloves. Stir for a minute or till fragrant. Be careful not to burn the mixture. Add potatoes and onion with salt. Cook until onions become translucent. Add the split yellow gram and rice, mix well. Add peas at the very end. Add the hot water to this and bring to a boil. Cover and keep on low heat for 25 minutes or till the mixture is slightly mushy. Taste to make sure dal is cooked all the way.

Khichdi is traditionally cooked in a pressure cooker which is much faster. If you happen to have one, in the last step after adding all the ingredients, cover and bring to maximum pressure on high heat. Pressure cook on high heat for 4 whistles. Put off the flame and set aside till all the steam escapes.

*Recipe Property of Palak Patel

King’s Country Buck

October 13th, 2010 § 0 comments § permalink

INGREDIENTS

Fresh ginger
Fresh basil
¾ oz lime juice
1½ oz dark rum
¾ oz Madeira
Ginger beer
Lime wheels, for garnish

PREPARATION

In a mixing glass, muddle a thin strip of fresh ginger and 3 leaves of fresh basil with lime juice. Next, add rum, Madeira and icem and shake vigorously. Strain over ice into rocks glass and top with ginger beer. Garnish with a basil leaf and a lime wheel and serve.

© Recipe courtesy of Justin Briggs

King's Country Buck

Kottbullar

November 6th, 2009 § 0 comments § permalink

Kottbullar, Swedish meatballs are one of the best known of all the Swedish delicacies. A ground beef and sometimes ground beef and ground veal or reindeer combo with finely chopped yellow onions, breadcrumbs and fresh and dried spices, typically served in gravy of heavy cream over new potatoes with loganberry jam for a condiment.

INGREDIENTS

½ cup bread crumbs
¼ cup dill chopped fine
¼ cup parsley chopped fine
¼ cup tarragon chopped fine
1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1 teaspoon celery salt
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon cumin
1 teaspoon dried dill
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon onion powder
½ cup yellow onion chopped fine
1 egg, beaten
1 pound ground beef
Olive oil
2 Tablespoons butter
1 cup heavy cream
Fresh ground black pepper
Fresh dill for garnish

PREPARATION

In a large mixing bowl combine breadcrumbs, fresh herbs, and all spices, mix well. Add the Yellow onion, the egg and the ground beef and again gently mix with wooden spoon (hands and fingers work even better) until all ingredients are well mixed. Shape the meat mixture into 1-inch meatballs. In a large skillet, melt the butter with the olive oil. Add the meatballs and cook over moderately high heat, turning occasionally, until browned and cooked through, about 8-10 minutes; reduce the heat to moderately low if the meatballs begin to brown too quickly. Drain on paper towels. Spoon off any excess fat from the pan and add the heavy cream to the skillet, scraping the browned bits from the bottom of the pan gently with a wooden spoon. Mix well and place heat to very low, add the meatballs back to the skillet and simmer on low uncovered for about 2-4 minutes. Serve over steamed potatoes and garnish with fresh chopped dill or parsley.

Kumquat Cilantro Chicken

October 21st, 2009 § 0 comments § permalink

INGREDIENTS

2 chopped chicken breasts
1 medium yellow onion
1 cup of chopped kumquats
¼ cup of cilantro
2 tablespoons of curry powder
½ cup of chicken stock
½ cup of plain yogurt

PREPARATION

Sauté two chopped chicken breasts, one medium yellow onion, one cup of chopped kumquats and ¼ cup of cilantro with two tablespoons of curry powder. After sautéing, add ½ cup of chicken stock and cook until all ingredients are done. Mix in ½ cup of plain yogurt and mix well.

SPRING SORREL & KIWI GRANITA

April 16th, 2012 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 6
Ingredients
1 cup water
1 cup sugar
1 tablespoon lemon zest
½ cup lemon juice
1 large bunch fresh sorrel leaves
4 kiwis, pureed
Directions

Combine water, sugar, lemon zest and lemon juice in a medium saucepan and bring to a boil. Reduce the temperature to low and simmer for about 5 minutes. Allow the mixture to cool. . Add fresh sorrel leaves (about 15-20 leaves only, no stems). Blend the mixture in a blender until ultra smooth and strain through a fine mesh strainer or cheese cloth. Add the kiwi puree and mix well. Pour into a metal baking pan (shallow) and freeze, scarping with a fork every 10 minutes. Scrape with fork to serve and garnish with a kiwi or lemon wheel.

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