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.

Mexican Beef Salad

From Cooking Light 2007

The flavors of Mexico turn dinner time into a delicious and healthy meal.  

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Mexican Beef Salad
Prep Time 20-30 minutes
Cook Time 15- 30 minutes
Passive Time 30-60 minutes
Servings
servings
Ingredients
  • 1/2 pound boneless top round steaj
  • 1 Tbs, chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp. onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp. ground oregano
  • 1/2 tsp. ground cumin
  • 1/4 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp. ground red pepper
  • 2 tsp oil
  • 4 oz. low fat sour cream
  • 2 Tbs. canned chopped green chilies
  • 1 tsp. chili powder
  • 1/4 tsp. ground cumin
  • 1/8 tsp. garlic powder
  • 4 10 inch flour tortillas
  • 6 cups Romaine lettuce shredded
  • 2 tomatoes chopped
  • 1 15 oz. can red kidney beans drained
  • 1 cup frozen corn thawed
Prep Time 20-30 minutes
Cook Time 15- 30 minutes
Passive Time 30-60 minutes
Servings
servings
Ingredients
  • 1/2 pound boneless top round steaj
  • 1 Tbs, chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp. onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp. ground oregano
  • 1/2 tsp. ground cumin
  • 1/4 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp. ground red pepper
  • 2 tsp oil
  • 4 oz. low fat sour cream
  • 2 Tbs. canned chopped green chilies
  • 1 tsp. chili powder
  • 1/4 tsp. ground cumin
  • 1/8 tsp. garlic powder
  • 4 10 inch flour tortillas
  • 6 cups Romaine lettuce shredded
  • 2 tomatoes chopped
  • 1 15 oz. can red kidney beans drained
  • 1 cup frozen corn thawed
Instructions
  1. Combine chili powder, onion powder, ground oregano, ground oregano, ground cumin, garlic powder, red pepper and oil and rub evenly on the steak. Cover steak with plastic wrap and marinate in the refrigerator for 30 -60 minutes.
  2. Combine sour cream, green chilies, chili powder, cumin and garlic powder. Mix together well and let set in the refrigerator.
  3. To make the tortilla shell, press 1 tortilla shell into a medium bowl. Microwave for 1 1/2 to 2 minutes or until crisp. Repeat with other tortillas shells.
  4. Preheat the grill and place marinated steak on the grill. Grill steak until desired doneness.
  5. To assemble: Place tortilla shell on a plate. Add shredded lettuce, cilantro, and red tomatoes. Place drained beans and corn on top of lettuce and tomatoes.
  6. Slice steak across grain into thin strips. Place 4 oz. of steak on top of beans and corn. Place a dollop of sour cream on top.
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Blackberry Cobbler – Joy of Cooking

One of my favorite cookbooks but also one of my frustrating cookbooks is the Joy of Cooking. It has the reputation and longevity. However, I do find it frustrating having to jump between recipes when cooking. One of my favorite recipes is blackberry cobbler.

Page 693 gives a simple recipe for preparing the blackberries. Sugar, cornstarch and lime zest, mixed together and placed in a baking dish. Jump to page 639 for a simple rolled biscuit recipe which is cut into strips and placed criss-crossed on the blackberries. Bake at 375 for 45-50 minutes. Lots of other recipes and techniques are contained in this classic.

The Mediterranean Way of Eating

The Mediterranean way of eating has been around for thousands of years. The Mediterranean pyramid weighs heavily on fruits, vegetables, nuts, whole grains, cheese /yogurt, olive oil at the very top. Followed by fish, eggs, and poultry and red meat next.  Wine and sweets in moderation are at the very bottom of this way of life.  Eating a plant centered diet can help ward off heart disease, stroke, and increase the quality of life. The Mediterranean way of eating comes from many countries that make up the Mediterranean – Croatia, Cyprus, Greece, Morocco, Portugal, Southern Italy and Spain, Lebanon, southern France and Turkey.  This way of life substitutes fresh fruit for surgery desserts, olive oil instead of butter, yogurt instead of mayonnaise or sour cream,  whole wheat flour instead of white flour, crunchy fruits and vegetables instead of french fries and chips.  Most of all it provides flavor to the foods we eat.

Debbie Matenopoulos is a second generation Greek. Her parents immigrated from Greece and brought with them the flavors and recipes of Greek cooking. With lots of pictures and recipes Ms. Matenopoulos brings the flavors of Greece to the U.S.

 

Lightly Fried Zucchini is found on pg. 54 of It’s all Greek to Me. One mistake in this recipe is that you need something for the flour to adhere to. So either make sure the zucchini is still moist or dip it in egg white or milk before adding to the flour. These were great without the sauce but will make it next time.

The Mediterranean Table includes many recipes from the Mediterranean but few pictures. The cookbook includes an explanation of the Mediterranean way of eating along with some substitutes and stocking your Mediterranean pantry. Even without pictures the recipes sound delicious and represent the Mediterranean.