Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Cannoli,quick style!

A quick dessert for this evening!

I had a package of the mini-chips......decided to cap them off with chocolate.

Adding a touch of fresh whipping cream and mint from the mint pot outside! Never stick mint in the ground....it takes off and keeps growing everywhere!

This is such a simple and delicious recipe! It is so light!

2 cups of ricotta cheese
3/4 C. of powdered sugar
1 t. of cinnamon
1/4 c. of whipping cream
1/4 c. of mini-chocolate chips
zest of 1 lemon, lightly scraped
1t. vanilla

Combine the cheese, sugar and cinnamon. Add the vanilla. Mix well, add vanilla and zest of lemon. Sprinkle in the chocolate chips. Gently combine.

In a separate bowl, beat the whipping cream until it hold soft peaks. It's not very much to beat, so it doesn't take long. Scrape and gently fold the whipping cream into cheese mixture. Pipe the cheese mixture into the tubes, which I purchased from the grocery store. Sprinkle additional chips on both ends of cannoli. Chill for three hours. I can only imagine how freshly made ones would have tasted. I will try that next time,when I have more time and have the molds!

Saturday, April 27, 2013

Bananaleines from any Banana Bread Recipe!

My version of Madeleines~ a gift for one of my husbands friends who just had a knee operation.

I thought I did a rather fairly nice job decorating and packing these little scrumptious goodies into a basket,which by the way,was filled with beefsteak tomatoes when I received it from my dear friend, Leslie. My other dear friend, my husband, a Marine, was taking these to another Marine friend, the one that just had the knee operation, and just told me, "I can't deliver these like Little Red Riding Hood to another Marine.....what would he think as he saw me carrying this little darling basket into his house?? I looked at him directly and told him what I thought......."deliver the goods! Leave the basket in the car and have his wife get them".... "Yes, Mam".....we both had a good chuckle... found out later, wife was not at home!!!
I received a wonderful thank you from this great Marine. He did not comment about the foo-foo-ness of the basket, I did not expect any comments about that, but he certainly enjoyed his muffins!
I suppose its just a girl thing!

I baked these according to one of my favorite banana bread recipes. I am sure we all have a favorite! Just another way to bake it! 

Have a great weekend!

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Seared Scallops with Steamed potatoes

Saint - Jacques Aux Pommes Vapeur

When I walk into my office and glance over at the cookbooks lined up on the bookcase, I do feel guilty at times for neglecting to read these works of art. It is so easy to go on line today and search for a recipe....but there is just something so gratifying about opening a book, flipping the pages and searching for just the right recipe for a future meal.Yesterday was one of those days. I had some extra time and I also had all of the ingredients at my fingertips. ( It really ticks me off when I find something delicious to make and  I don't have all the ingredients. I try so hard not to make unnecessary runs to the grocery store.) So, I grabbed The French Market written by JoAnne Harris & Fran Warde and trotted off to the kitchen to whip up and re-created this rustic regional specialty. Using ones imagination,  there could be many variations to this recipe.

Serves 6
1 1/2 pd of small boiling potatoes. You can use white or red skinned.
7 oz. of thick bacon. I used half the package.Tear into thick strips after it has cooked.
1 T. of white vinegar.
A bunch of fresh tarragon, leaves chopped. I sprinkled a tad of dried tarragon for finishing touch.
3 T. olive oil.
Sea salt, to taste.
Freshly ground pepper, to taste.
18 medium sea scallops. I used 5 really large ones.
3 T. of unsalted butter.

Steam the potatoes until tender. Meanwhile, heat 1T. of the oil in a large skillet over medium high-heat. Add the bacon and cook until crisp, about 6 minutes. Transfer the bacon to paper towels to drain. When the potatoes are tender, cool until easy to handle and slice them into thick rounds. Mix the sliced potatoes, bacon, the remaining 2 T. of oil,vinegar and tarragon (reserve a bit for the garnish in a bowl) and season with salt and pepper.

Rinse the scallops and pat dry on paper towels. Heat the butter in a very large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the scallops and cook until golden, about 1 minute on each side. Divide the warm salad among 6 dinner plates. Top each with three scallops, sprinkle with reserved tarragon. Serve immediately.