Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Ice Cream

1 cup whole milk
¾ cup granulated sugar
pinch salt
2 cups heavy cream
1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract

Mix all ingredients together, add to frozen ice cream maker, let churn for at least 20 minutes

Suggestion: add a few drops of peppermint extract (err on conservative side, let churn 1 min, add more as needed) and crushed oreo cookies.  


This recipe is infinitely adaptable - swap in different kinds of cheeses (or leave out mozzarella altogether) or substitute different greens.  Spice it up with salt, pepper, and even nutmeg!  See more ideas at BrokeAss!

To buy:
- frozen spinach
- feta cheese
- mozzarella cheese
- dill
- eggs
- cottage cheese
- filo dough

11x13 pan - brush pan with veg oil
1 pack filo dough - defrosted in advance (preferably in fridge overnight, but on counter for a few hours works too).  Whole wheat filo works great too.

Mix spinach mixture:
2 or 3 packs of frozen spinach, cooked, drained well to remove as much moisture as possible
Large container of feta cheese, crumbled
Cottage cheese - medium container
6 eggs
Dill - medium sizes bunch
Mozzarella cheese - shredded - about 1 or 2 cups
Salt, pepper as desired

Quick Version: Lay down about 6 sheets of filo dough in bottom of pan - brush each sheet with butter/veg oil before adding the next
Add spinach mixture all at once

Fancy Version: Layer sheets just a few at a time, putting a thin layer of spinach mixture before adding the next few layers of filo. 

Add final layers of dough on top (again, brushing each with butter/oil) - about 4 to 6 more layers
Bake at 350 for about 45 minutes with a piece of aluminum foil loosely on top, then remove foil and bake for another 40 minutes or so
Let it set for at least 15 minutes after baking

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Belgian Waffles

Makes 3-4 waffles

2 c. flour

1 tsp salt (or less)

4 tsp baking powder

2 tbsp sugar

2 eggs, separated

1.5c warm milk

5.5 tbsp butter, melted 

1 tsp vanilla

  1. In a large bowl, sift together flour, salt, baking powder and sugar; mix.
  2. Preheat waffle iron to desired temperature.
  3. In a separate bowl, mix egg yolks, milk, butter and vanilla. Pour the milk mixture into the flour mixture; beat until blended.
  4. Fold in egg whites
  5. Ladle the batter into a preheated waffle iron. Cook the waffles until golden and crisp. Serve immediately.

Saturday, July 14, 2012

ice cream cone cupcakes

2 packages cake mix (one chocolate, one vanilla/yellow)
24+ ice cream cones
(water, oil, eggs for mix)

Cover cupcake pan with tin foil, cut X's into foil to hold cones upright
Fill ice cream cones with cake mix, about 2/3 - 3/4 of the way full
Preheat oven to 350 degrees
Bake 15 to 20 minutes

Pour remaining batter into mini cupcake tins, bake for closer to 10 minutes (watch carefully)

Allow all to cool, assemble by topping ice cream cone with the mini cupcake (to add height) - attach together using frosting.

Buttercream Frosting:

4c powdered sugar
.5c butter, softened
1 tsp vanilla
3 tbsp milk


Whipped Cream Frosting:

2c cold heavy cream
6 tbsp powdered sugar
1-2 tsp vanilla

Thursday, July 12, 2012

cheesecake with cherries

Another serious winner from smitten kitchen.  


15 sheets of graham cracker, finely ground
1 stick melted butter
.5 c sugar
1/4 tsp salt

5 packages (8oz) philadelphia cream cheese, softened
1 3/4c sugar
3 tbsp flour
1 tsp lemon zest
1 tsp orange zest 
5 eggs
2 yolks
.5 tsp vanilla

Cherry sauce
10 ounces cherries, pitted
2 tbsp lemon juice
1/4 c sugar
1 tbsp cornstarch
.5 c water

Buttered 9.5in springform pan, set in baking pan to catch drips

- mix all ingredients together, press into bottom of springform pan, and sides, stopping 1" from top
- freeze while making filling

- preheat oven to 550
- beat cream cheese, sugar, flour, zest in mixer until smooth
- add vanilla, then eggs and yolks one at a time, scraping frequently
- pour into pan in baking dish until completely full
- bake 10-12 minutes until puffed, just browning
- lower temp, bake 1 hour+ at 200 degrees (middle will still be vaguely wobbly)
- remove from oven, run knife around cake, cool on rack and then chill in fridge loosely covered for 6 hours 

- mix all ingredients in saucepan, bring to boil
- cook 1-2 min, then cool completely

Cheesecake will keep for up to 2 weeks covered in fridge

Monday, July 9, 2012


1 container cherry tomatoes, halved
1-2 cloves minced garlic
High quality olive oil (1/4 c)
8 or so basil leaves, chopped
Dash of balsamic vinegar
Salt, pepper
Burrata cheese

Broil 3/4" slices of baguette, drizzled with olive oil, for just a few minutes
Remove from oven, top with tomato mixture and burrata cheese, broil again for a few minutes

Tuesday, July 3, 2012


2 lbs beef (or ground turkey)
1 lb shredded sharp cheddar cheese
1 can pitted black olives
1 onion
1 jar enchilada sauce (trader joe's)
15-20 tortillas (corn preferable)
taco seasonings (either a packet or a mix of chile powder/flakes, cumin, salt/pepper, garlic, onion, paprika, oregano)

Chop onions, mix taco seasonings, sautee in medium heat with beef until cooked through
Put thin layer of enchilada sauce in bottom of pan, put cooked beef and an ounce or two of cheddar in each tortilla, roll and place seam-side down, top with lots of leftover cheddar and sliced black olives and leftover enchilada sauce
Bake for about 20 minutes at 350 degrees

To make a meal . . .
- add a side dish of spanish rice (using a mix is legit but you can also just add salsa, onion and broth to white rice)
- make guacamole - 2 avocados, 1 jalapeno, 1/2 c diced onion, 2 limes' juice, 3 cloves garlic, 1 roma tomato, dash of salt . . . dice and mix all ingredients
- serve with sour cream
- add black beans and chips and make nachos - top layer of chips in baking dish with beans, leftover beef filling, cheese, olives, bake for about 10 min at around 400 degrees.  Top with salsa, guac, and sour cream for super nachos.