Thursday, December 2, 2010

Beth's French Silk Pie

One of my girlfriends brought this to Thanksgiving dinner.  It is absolutely divine!

1 baked pie crust, cooled


3 oz.  unsweetened chocolate
¾ cup butter, softened
1 cup sugar
1 ½ tsp. vanilla
3 eggs

In small saucepan, melt chocolate; cool.  In large bowl cream butter; gradually add sugar, beating until light and fluffy.  Blend in chocolate and vanilla.  Add eggs one at a time, beating at medium speed 5 minutes after each addition.  Pour into cooled pie crust.  Refrigerate at least 2 hours before serving.  Garnish with whipped cream and chocolate curls.

Friday, November 5, 2010

Spaghetti Carbinari

Spaghetti to serve 4-6 people
1/2 cube margerine or butter
1 cup diced ham (or less if you want)
1/2 chopped onion
2 eggs
1/4 cup milk or silk

Start boiling the spaghetti. Saute ham and onion in 1/4 cup butter/margerine until the onion is tender. Beat the eggs and add to the ham and onion mixture.
Drain the spaghetti when it's ready. Add the rest of the butter/margerine and milk. Immediately stir the spaghetti into the meat mixture. Sprinkle with parmesan cheese or parsley.  Best while hot. Serves 4-6.

Chicken-Ham Italiano

Quick, easy, and tasty!

1/2 pound boned chicken, cut in strips
2 tablespoons cooking oil
5 ounces boiled ham, cut in strips (1 cup)
2 cups sliced mushrooms (can replace with carrots)
1 onion, chopped
1 medium red or green pepper, diced
1 cup chicken  broth*
1/2 cup white wine
1 1/2 cups dry Instant Rice (any kind of parboiled rice*)
1/2 cups grated Parmesan cheese (optional)
1 tablespoon dried parsley, or 1/2 cup chopped fresh parsley
*Or use 1 1/2 cups chicken broth

Brown chicken in oil. Add ham and vegetables; saute until vegetables are crisp-tender (about 3 minutes.) Add broth and wine. Bring to boil. Stir in rice. Cover; remove from heat. Let stand 5 minutes. Add cheese and parsley and fluff with fork. Makes 4 large servings.

* If you only have regular rice, you can cook the rice separately according to package directions and combine with the other ingredients the last 5 minutes, decreasing the broth to about 1 cup.

Saturday, September 18, 2010

Salmon Caprese

Our new flat is right next to some great local shops, including a fish monger. Since I grew up in Utah, a very land locked state, I don't have much experience cooking fish. I asked Amy if she had any good recipes, and this is what she sent me. It was an instant hit at our house so I thought I would pass it on.

Salmon Caprese
1 lbs boneless, skinless wild salmon filet
3 tablespoons pesto sauce
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
8 ounces fresh mozzarella, cut into 4 slices
4 ripe roma tomatoes, sliced thin

Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Combine pesto and lemon juice in a small bowl. Set aside 2 tablespoons of the mixture in a separate container. Cut salmon into 4 equal portions and transfer to a non-stick sheet pan. Brush each piece of salmon with the remaining tablespoon of pesto mixture. Top each with a slice of fresh mozzarella and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Bake in oven for 15 minutes.
Meanwhile, arrange tomato slices on four plates, fanning or tiling them into a tight circle in the center of each plate. Sprinkle with salt and pepper, then drizzle each with pesto mixture allowing it to drip onto the places. Top each with apiece of baked salmon, making sure to include any of the gooey and crispy bits of cheesy goodness. Can be topped with fresh basil leaves if you have some.

I served this with a side of pasta, but it would probably be great with rice, or on it's own. Happy dining!

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Garden Vegetable Casserole

1 large baking potato, scrubbed and sliced
1 small or 1 1/2 large eggplant, sliced
2 small or 1 1/2 large zucchini or yellow squash, sliced
1 1/2 tsp. salt
3 cloves garlic, minced (abt. 3 tsps.)
2 medium onions, sliced (or one large)
2 medium green peppers, seeded and sliced in rings
1/2 tsp. marjoram
3 firm, ripe medium tomatoes, sliced
1/2 tsp. dill weed or 1/4 tsp. dill seeds (or 1/4 cup fresh dill, chopped)
Olive oil

 Butter a 3-quart casserole dish. Layer sliced potatoes, eggplant, and zucchini in casserole, sprinkling each layer with salt, garlic, olive oil and oregano.  Layer onions and green peppers, sprinkling with salt, garlic, oil and marjoram.  Cover and bake in a 350 degree oven or until vegetables are tender.  Remove cover from casserole; arrange tomatoes on top. Sprinkle with dill weed. Bake, uncovered, for 10 minutes.  Yield: 8 servings

Zucchini Casserole

 1-1/2 lb. ground beef or lamb (opt.)
1 onion, chopped
1 clove garlic, minced (1 tsp. garlic)
28 oz. can tomatoes (or about 3-4 cups diced tomatoes)
1 green pepper, cut in strips
5-6 small zucchini
2 Tblps. flour
1/2 tsp. each basil, oregano, sugar
1 tsp. salt
1 can (2 1/4 oz.) sliced olives
3/4 cup shredded Cheddar cheese
1 1/2 cups croutons (a flavor you like--opt.)
Parmesan Cheese
Paprika sprinkled atop

Saute meat with onion and garlic in skillet until brown and crumbly. (If you don't use meat, just saute the onion in 1 Tblspn. olive oil.) Drain off fat. Drain tomatoes and reserve liquid. (If using fresh tomatoes, skip this step.)
Cut tomatoes into small chunks. If using fresh tomatoes, start cooking them down with the onions for about 6 minutes. Add meat with green pepper strips and zucchini cut into 3/4 inch slices.
Combine a small amount of the reserved liquid with flour and stir to make a smooth paste. (If using fresh tomatoes, just stir the flour into the mixture to make a paste that way.) Add seasonings, remaining liquid, sliced olives and cheese. Pour over meat mixture and cook, stirring until smooth and thickened. Spoon into a 3-quart casserole or use same skillet, if it can be put in the oven. Sprinkle atop with croutons if desired. If you omit croutons, loosely cover the casserole with foil while it cooks.
Bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese and paprika if you like. Bake an additional 15 minutes.  Yield: 8 servings.  P.S. Dad loved this!!!

Friday, July 30, 2010

Eggplant Pizzas

1 medium eggplant (about 1 1/4 pounds) peeled and sliced 1/2 " thick. Sprinkle with salt and let the eggplant sweat on cooling racks about 20 minutes. (optional step)
Olive Oil cooking spray
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 large onion, chopped
1 green bell pepper, chopped
2 cups chopped tomatoes
1 clove garlic (about. 1/2 tsp.)
1 1/2 tsp. Italian Seasoning*  (I just use whatever spices I have on hand that are Italian.)

Italian Seasoning: 2T. Basil, 1 T. Marjoram, 1T. Oregano, 1 1/2 tsp. Rosemary, 1 1/2 tsp. Savory, 1 1/2 tsp. Thyme, 1 scant tsp. Sage

 Preheat the Oven to 350 degrees. Line a baking sheet with wax or parchment paper. Mist both sides of each eggplant slice with the cooking spray. Arrange slices on the prepared baking sheet. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes, or until tender.

 Heat the oil in a skillet over medium heat.  Add the onion, pepper, tomatoes, and seasoning and cook for 15 minutes, or until the vegetables are soft. Stir in the garlic.  Place a heaping teaspoonful on each eggplant slice. Bake for 10 minutes or until heated through.  Makes 4 small servings.

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Grandma Oram's "Meltaway" Cookies

Do not make these cookies. They will MELT the moment they touch your tongue...

1.) Mix together until well-blended:
  • 8 oz. melted butter
  • 3/4 cup sifted corn starch
  • 1/3 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 cup flour
2.) Roll dough into small, 1-inch balls (this will be a sticky situation). Bake at 170° C for 10-12 minutes. Whatever you do, don't allow the cookies to brown; the idea is to leave them nice and melty.

3.) Blend well to make icing:
  • 3 oz. cream cheese
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 1 cup powdered sugar

Allow cookies to cool, then top each with icing. I like to refrigerate the cookies when they're all done, for optimal melt-in-your-mouth results.

Makes about 4 or 5 dozen bite-sized morsels of delight!

(Photo nicked from, and featuring different frosting.)