Showing posts with label recipes. Show all posts
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Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Around the World in 80 Meals - Diana Rubino, Author

Potatoes Croquettes

2 1/2 lb. russet potatoes
1/2 lb. mozzarella cheese
1/4 cup grated Parmesan
1 Tbsp. onion salt
1/2 Tsp. pepper
3 large eggs
1 cup breadcrumbs
2 1/2 cups olive oil

Peel and quarter potatoes.  Simmer 15 minutes in a large pot of salted water.  Drain potatoes when tender.  Let cool 45 minutes.  Chop mozzarella into small pieces.  Mash potatoes well.  Stir in cheeses, onion salt, parsley, pepper, and salt to taste.  Stir in 1 egg.  Shape 1/4 cup of mixture into a croquette.  Repeat until all the mixture is made into croquettes.  Lightly beat last 2 eggs in a shallow bowl.  Sprinkle breadcrumbs in a second bowl.  One at a time, dip croquettes into beaten eggs and roll in breadcrumbs until coated.  Heat oil in skillet on medium-high heat until oil shimmers.  Fry croquettes 5 minutes, turning occasionally.  When golden brown, place on paper towel to drain.  Serve hot.  Makes 6.

Around the World in 80 Meals - Review by Martha A. Cheves, Author of Stir, Laugh, Repeat; Think With Your Taste Buds; A Book and A Dish

Your 'virtual fantasy cruise' begins on the world famous Queen Mary 2.  You leave London's Waterloo station and enjoy a scenic train ride through the lush English countryside.  Transferring at Southampton you can only gap in astonishment at your first glimpse of this magnificent vessel.  You haven't felt this awestruck since your first breathtaking view of Egypt's pyramids.  Formalities over, you settle into your sumptuous stateroom, catch your breath and then eagerly explore form prow to stern.  As you reach the top deck you feel the faintest thrumming of high-powered engines beneath your feet and the ship begins to move.  You peer down at the distance passersby as they wave and cheer you off.  

After leaving its home port of Southampton Queen Mary 2 steams majestically through the Solent, past the Isle of Wight, and into the English Channel heading for the Atlantic Ocean.  That evening finds you sitting in the Britannia restaurant.  A white gloved waiter hands you a glorious full color menu that you'll treasure as a collector's item for years to come.

Welcome to the Britannia Restaurant:
Canyon Ranch Spa Club Selection:

Spinach and Pear Salad with Rosemary Vinaigrette
Stuffed Eggplant with Olive Vinaigrette, Roasted Artichokes, Cherry Tomoatoes & Pine Nuts
Berries with Lemon Curd

Appetizers and Soups:

Serving Caviar with Classical Garnish
Chilled Cantaloupe Melon Tartar, Citrus & Mint Marmalade, Basil Jelly
Steamed Black Mussels, Saffron Veloute
Shrimp Bisque with Corn Custard, Baby Shrimp
Chicken Consumme & Matzo Balls

And those are just 2 of the 5 courses you are able to chose from for your 1st day's meal.  You will feel like royalty before your trip is over.

I had the pleasure of taking a 4 night cruise once and I can tell you the menu was wonderful.  At each meal you have the pleasure of choosing from a list of items available for each course.  There were so many new dishes that I tried for the 1st time and would have given just about anything to have been able to get their recipes, but that wouldn't have been practical because they cook for so many and I doubt I could have scaled the recipes down to serving just 2.  But... Around the World in 80 Meals gives you some of those delicious recipes with smaller servings.  The one above - Potatoes Croquettes, is one of my favorite.  They are simple to make and so delicious.  They are a must try.

You'll also find recipes like North Atlantic Crab Soup, Prime Rib of Beef au Jus and Creamed Horseradish to serve with it, Chocolate Mousse, and one I can't wait to try - Fruit with a Rum and Coconut Sauce.

So take your own virtual cruise and enjoy some of those delicious dishes in your own kitchen.  Live like a Queen or King without leaving your house.  This is a very 'delicious' book to have.

Sunday, November 24, 2013

Food for Thought - Lorilyn Roberts, Author

(Great Recipe!)  

 1 lb. lean ground beef
2 tablespoons olive oil
3/ 4 cup chopped onion
 ½ bell pepper, diced
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 lb. can crushed tomatoes
2 6-ounce cans tomato paste
2 cups water
1 tablespoon chopped oregano
1 tablespoon chopped parsley
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon sugar
½ teaspoon black pepper
1 teaspoon garlic powder
 4 ounces lasagna noodles (buy the kind that requires no pre-cooking to save time)
1 lb. ricotta cheese
8 ounces shredded mozzarella cheese
1cup grated Parmesan cheese  

 In large saucepan, brown beef, onion, and bell pepper in oil. Add tomatoes, paste, water, parsley, salt, sugar, garlic, pepper, and oregano. Simmer uncovered, stirring occasionally, about 30 minutes.   In 13x9x2-inch baking pan, spread about 1 cup sauce. Then alternate layers of lasagna, sauce, ricotta, mozzarella and parmesan. Bake at 350 degrees for 40 to 50 minutes until lightly brown and bubbling. Allow to stand 15 minutes. Cut in squares to serve.  Serves 8


Quick & Easy Recipes for Homeschool Families - Review by Martha A. Cheves, Author of Stir, Laugh, Repeat; Think With Your Taste Buds; A Book and A Dish

Now and then I have the opportunity to do a review for another cookbook author.  This is especially fun because I get to see what others are cooking and try out some of their recipes.  Author Lorilyn Roberts has written a cookbook that she says is especially for home school moms but I have to disagree.  This book is great for everyone, not just those who home school their children. 

I had the pleasure of trying her Lasagna and couldn't believe how much better it was from a lot of the other Lasagna recipes I've tried over the years.  The blend of herbs and cheeses give it the perfect balance in taste.  Now I'm getting excited to try her Marshmallow and Apple Pie Salad which has Granny Smith apples, grapes, mandarin oranges, marshmallows and yogurt.  Then I want to make her Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup and her Spaghetti Casserole and....  my list goes on through the whole book!

So, if you're a home schooler or just a person who loves good food, this book is one you really need to consider having in your own kitchen! 


Monday, March 16, 2009

Stir, Laugh, Repeat - Martha A. Cheves, Author

Potato Soup

6 med. potatoes, cut into small cubes
6 cups water
salt and pepper to taste
1/2 - 3/4 cup instant potatoes
1 Tbl. dried minced onions
1 cup sour cream
1 cup shredded cheese
1 can Portobella mushrooms, drained
6-8 pieces cooked bacon, crumbled

Boil potatoes until almost done. To test, stick a fork in one of the potatoes and it should still feel slightly firm. Add instant potatoes and dried onions, cook on low until potatoes are done. If the liquid is too thin, add more instant potatoes. Add sour cream, cheese, mushrooms, and bacon. Stir over low heat until cheese is melted and sour cream is blended. Serves 8-10

Stir, Laugh, Repeat Review:

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Posted March 7, 2009, 11:05 PM EST: Martha A. Cheves has written a definitive cookbook for the ages. I started reading her book today - and could not put it down, except for running to the store for some much needed ingredients. The steak and potatoes recipe literally had my mouth watering. Recipes I had not tasted in years are reborn in Stir, Laugh, Repeat. I smiled when I saw the Banana Puddin' recipe. To have such a wonderful cook guide in these financially stressed times is a much needed; stress relief resource for all families. From Martha's Meaty Mashed Potatoes - to her Breakfast Pinwheels, this is by far one of the most exceptional cook guides that I have ever read. Young cooks just starting out can be guided to great meals by Martha's easy to read directions. SLR is similar to the red and white tablecloth cookbooks Betty Crocker use to sell; that we all spotted on our grandmother's kitchen table. Martha's book has old flavor and contemporary style suitable for meat lovers and vegetarians. I commend this book to all. Thanks Martha! - (Carol Denise Mitchell, Author of Rovella Starr)

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