Wednesday, April 8, 2009

I Heart Toffee

My co-worker made this at Christmas and I looooooved it! She gave me the recipe but I haven't made it yet. I'm craving sweets though and I figure the next best thing to having them is sharing the recipe.

Almond Toffee Crunch
2 C. Butter (real butter is key)
2 2/3 C. Sugar
2 T. Light corn syrup
6 T. Water
1 1/2 C. Chopped Almonds
2 Packages of milk chocolate chips (9 oz.)

1. Melt butter, syrup, sugar and water in a large pan over medium heat and stir constantly until it reaches 300 degrees (hard crack stage--I don't know what that means, but maybe you do). A candy thermometer helps here.
2. Add 1 C. chopped almonds and stir to blend. Spread on an ungreased cookie sheet.
3. Sprinkle 1 bag of chocolate chips over the hot toffee. Wait about 2 minutes and spread the chocolate evenly over the toffee.
4. Sprinkle 1/4 C. chopped almonds over the chocolate.
5. When the toffee has cooled completely and the chocolate is set (you may want to refrigerate to help set faster), Release the toffee from the pan by twisting opposite corners of the cookie sheet.
6. Melt the second package of chocolate chips in the microwave at 30-second intervals,, stirring the chocolate as it melts. Do not overcook!
7. Turn the toffee over and spread the chocolate over the top. Sprinkle with 1/4 C. chopped almonds.
8. When the chocolate is set, break the toffee into pieces and enjoy.

Whew! I never knew toffee was so much work! If anyone tries this recipe and needs a tester, let me know.

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Yes, I'm a Fancy Lass: Rosemary Chicken with Orange-Maple Glaze

The economy's bad, I can't go out to eat. How many times do I have to tell myself this? Too many. So, the other night I decided if I can't go out then I will have friends in. I sent out the invite then settled down to find a recipe that would impress. Aha! Fancy chicken dish, done and done!

Rosemary Chicken with Orange-Maple Glaze
  • 1 cup orange juice
  • 1/2 cup dry white wine (substitute 1/2 cup apple juice & 2 T vinegar)
  • 1/2 cup maple flavored syrup
  • 2 teaspoons chopped fresh rosemary
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 4 skinless, boneless chicken breast halves
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil

  1. Bring orange juice and wine to a boil in a small saucepan. Reduce heat slightly, but keep high enough to continue a low boil for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Stir in maple syrup and continue boiling for another 5 to 6 minutes, stirring frequently, until glossy and just slightly thickened. Set aside.
  2. In a small bowl mix together the rosemary, salt and pepper. Rub mixture on both sides of chicken breasts, and set aside.
  3. Melt butter and olive oil in a large skillet over medium high heat. Add chicken breasts, cover skillet and saute for about 5 minutes on each side until lightly browned. Pour orange-maple mixture over chicken (mixture will boil and bubble). Reduce heat to simmer; cover and let cook for another 10 minutes, basting occasionally, until chicken is cooked through and sauce has turned into a rich, thick glaze.

The only change I will make next time is to use more orange and less maple, apparently this was very maple-y. I think I'll try adding some orange zest. I may have used more rosemary than called for--I refuse to measure chopped herbs. I don't know why.

Real Simple Lasagna--It really is!

I got this recipe out of March's Real Simple (one of my favorite mags). It's called Last Minute Lasagna. I made it the other night before going to the Jazz game with friends and it turned out delish! Plus, it really did only take few minutes to put together.

Last Minute Lasagna
  • 1 26-ounce jar pasta sauce
  • 2 30-ounce bags frozen large cheese ravioli, unthawed
  • 1 10-ounce box frozen chopped spinach, thawed and squeezed of excess water
  • 1 8-ounce bag shredded mozzarella
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan
NOTE: I used spinach cheese ravioli and left out the frozen, chopped spinach.

1. Heat oven to 350° F. Coat a 13-by-9-inch baking dish with cooking spray and spoon in a third of the sauce.

2. Arrange 12 ravioli on top and scatter the spinach over them. Top with half of each cheese. Cover with another layer of ravioli and the remaining sauce and cheese.

3. Cover with foil and bake 25 minutes. Uncover and bake 5 to 10 minutes more or until bubbly.

Monday, January 5, 2009

Fredrik's Pomegranite Avacado Dip

This is a delicious salsa-type dip that my friend, Fredrik, brought to work last week. He shared the recipe with me and now I'm sharing it with you. Enjoy!

Pomegranate Dip

Chop finely:
2 Avocados (they should be soft, but not mushy)
2 Tomatoes

1 seeded Pomegranate (easiest to seed in a collander under running water)
1/2 tsp Coriander
2 tsp Salt
1/4 tsp Cayenne Pepper
4 tsp Lemon Juice

Mix well.

Best to make a few hours before, to let the flavors mix. The avocados won't turn brown thanks to the lemon juice.

Crock Pot Enchiladas...Muy Bueno!

So I got a Crock Pot for Christmas (yay!) and I've been trying to find some good vegetarian recipes to make, besides chili. I found this enchilada recipe that I can't wait to try.

Vegetarian Enchilada Casserole

1 can crushed tomatoes in tomato puree -- (28-ounce)
1 can chunky salsa -- (14 1/2-ounce)
1 can tomato paste -- (6-ounce)
2 cans black beans -- (15-ounce) rinsed and drained
1 can whole kernel corn -- (15 1/4-ounce) drained
1 can diced green chiles -- (4-ounce)
1 1/2 tablespoons ground cumin
l/2 teaspoon garlic powder
5 corn tortillas
1 can sliced ripe olives -- (2 1/4-ounce) drained

In a large bowl, combine the tomatoes, salsa, tomato paste, beans, corn, green chiles, cumin, and garlic powder. Mix well.

Ladle about 1 cup of this mixture into the bottom of your slow cooker; spread evenly. Top with 1 l/2 tortillas, cutting to fit as necessary.

Spread on 1/3 of the remaining tomato mixture. Repeat these layers 2 more times, ending with the rest of the tomato mixture; spread evenly over the top. Sprinkle the sliced olives over all.

Cover and cook on the low heat setting about 5 hours. Serve hot.

If you have any good Crock Pot recipes, let me know!

I hope you have a delicious and wonderful New Year!

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

What's Christmas without cookies for Santa?

Whew! It's only December 3rd and already the holidays seem to be upon me. Every year, my Mom and I (and whoever else is interested) have a cookie day. We spend the day baking (and eating) all different types of cookies to share with friends, family and co-workers. This is a recipe we tried last year that I have made several times since and really like.

Andes Chocolate Mint Cookies

3/4 C. Butter
1 1/2 C. Brown sugar
2 T. Water
12 oz. Bag chocolate chips
2 Eggs
2 3/4 c. Flour
1/2 t. Salt
1 1/4 t. Soda
1 lb. Andes Mints

Melt together butter, brown sugar and water. Add chocolate chips and stir until melted. Let stand 10 minutes to cool. Add remaining ingredients.
Chill dough at least 1 hour. It gets very sticky, so I put it back in the fridge after I roll each batch.
Roll into balls and place on lightly greased cookie sheet. Bake at 350 degrees for 8 to 9 minutes. Remove from oven and place 1 Andes mint on top of each cookie. Swirl melted mint on top of cookie with a spoon.

This recipe makes a lot, about 5 dozen so it's great for holiday parties. Or, if you are like me, you give your co-workers cookies instead of gifts.

Happy holidays!

Friday, November 21, 2008

More Beans...Can There Ever Be Too Many? I Think Not!

I also recently received this recipe from Morgan for Mexican bean salad that sounds yummy and easy. Perhaps I can make Kelly's black bean soup and Morgan's Mexican bean salad and have a fiesta!

Mexican-style Bean Salad
1 can Black or kidney beans
1 can Romano beans
1 c. Corn kernels, cooked
1/2 c. Onion, thinly sliced
1/2 Sweet red pepper chopped
2 T. Cilantro or parsley, chopped
1/3 c. Fresh squeezed lemon juice
2 T. Olive oil
Pinch of salt and pinch of pepper
Drain and rinse beans and place in bowl. Add corn, onion, and red pepper. In a small bowl combine lemon juice, olive oil and salt and pepper. Pour over bean mixture and top with cilantro or parsley. Toss to coat.