Kitchen Hack – # 2 Chocolate Curls

From the website of Frugalhausfrau if an excellent kitchen hack for making chocolate curls. The cheesecake recipe is worth trying and is out of this world.

Take a wide straight edge spatula and run from the top of the pan to the bottom. You will see how easy it is to make curls.

French Dip Sandwiches with Mediterranean Salad

The Best Slow cooker French Dip Sandwiches says it all.  Check out for the full recipe.  This recipe combines the flavors of beef consomme, soy sauce, garlic powder , oregano, thyme coke, onions. with chuck roast in a slow cooker.  The flavors are a delicious combination. It still tasted a little like a roast to me but it does melt in your mouth.  Next time I may try round steak or rib eye.

The chuck roast simmer in the delicious broth and is cut into thin slices. Cook a little while longer in the juice.

Mix together romaine and arugula lettuce, washed and dried.

Rinse and dry artichokes and chop into pieces.

Halve Kalamata olives and add to salad.

    Mix together ingredients for dressing:
    White wine vinegar
    Minced garlic clove
    Olive oil
    Asiago cheese



Kitchen Hacks – #1 Clean UP

My kitchen often looks like this after cooking. My spouse is willing to clean up but I try to make it easier for him.

If you would like your kitchen counter to look more like this after cooking. The trick is to wash as you cook. During those down times when the food is cooking start washing the dishes or loading the dishwasher. It makes clean up so much easier.

Napa Cabbage with Dried Shrimp -All Under Heaven cookbook

A recent acquisition from a drawing with Wok Wednesdays – All Under Heaven: Recipes from the 35 Cuisines of China    by Carolyn Phillips. This cookbook contains recipes from the 35 cuisines of China. My goal is to try several of the recipes from each of the regions.

My first attempt was Napa Cabbage with Dried Shrimp from the North and Manchurian Northeast region. Ingredients included:  Dried Shrimp, Napa Cabbage, Green onions, Soy sauce, Rice Vinegar, Minced ginger.  I could not find dried shrimp so I used fresh.  I also added white pepper.  While the dried shrimp may give it a different flavor, I thought the fresh shrimp was good too.

A quick and easy, weeknight meal.