Monday, December 31, 2012

Macaroni and Cheese

our classic mac and cheese





16 oz. bag of elbow macaroni (or cavatappi) pasta
1 ½ sticks of butter (you can definitely do less!)
~ 1 tablespoon of vegetable oil
6 tbps. flour
~ 2 cups milk
Cheddar & American cheeses - shredded (approx. ½ lb. each)

Cook pasta according to directions on package, put aside

Melt butter and oil in medium heat in large saucepan or pot
add 6 tablespoons flour gradually (to make roux) or more – make it thick and pasty, avoid lumps as much as possible
Gradually add milk stirring constantly
When sauce gets thicker (after a few minutes), turn up heat a little
After 5 minutes, if sauce is not at your desired consistency, add more milk or flour as needed
Then slowly add and mix in shredded cheese

Add cheese sauce to pasta

If cheese gets oily and separates, call Lauren (add more milk!)

Sunday, December 23, 2012

Chocolate Chip Cookies II

Killer Cookies fell flat last time.  Delicious, but oddly flat.  I threw out all of my baking powder and baking soda and bought new, just in case.  This recipe comes from allrecipes with a very high rating, so we're giving these a shot for Christmas Eve.

Ingredients
- 2 sticks butter (1c)
- 1 c white sugar
- 1 c brown sugar
- 2 eggs
- 2 tsp vanilla
- 1 tsp baking soda, dissolved in 2 tsp hot water
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 3 c flour
- 2 c chocolate chips

Cream together butter and sugars until smooth
Beat in eggs one at a time
Add in vanilla
Add in dissolved baking soda, salt
Add in flour, chocolate chips
Drop in spoonfuls onto ungreased pan
(optional: refrigerate for an hour or two)
Bake at 350 for approx 10 minutes, until edges are just browned

Half-recipe:
- 1 stick softened butter
- .5c white sugar
- .5c brown sugar
- 1 egg
- 1 tsp vanilla
- .5 tsp baking soda, dissolved in 1 tsp hot water
- pinch salt
- 1.5c flour
- 1c chocolate chips


Thursday, December 13, 2012

Alfredo Sauce


Easy, delicious, indulgent cream sauce!

1/4 stick butter
1c cream
1 clove garlic, crushed
1.5c finely grated parmesan
Salt, pepper

Melt butter on stovetop over medium heat
Add crushed garlic
Add 1c cream, simmer and stir for about 5+ minutes
Remove from heat, add almost all of parmesan (reserve some as garnish)
Season with salt and pepper

Sunday, December 2, 2012

S'mores Cake





S'mores Cake/Cucpakes courtesy of Smitten Kitchen (cookbook)

Ingredients

Cake:
- 2 sticks unsalted butter, softened
- 2c flour
- 2c graham cracker crumbs, finely ground (about 14 sheets)
- 2 tsp baking powder
- 3/4 tsp baking soda
- 3/4 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- 2/3c sugar
- 1c dark brown sugar
- 4 large eggs room temp
- 2c buttermilk, well-shaken

Filling:
- 1/2 pound milk choc chopped
- 3/4c heavy cream
- 2 pinches salt

Frosting:
- 4 large egg whites
- 1c sugar
- 1/4 tsp cream of tartar
- 1 tsp vanilla

Preheat oven to 350, parchment/spray 2 9-inch cake pans
Medium bowl - whisk together flour, graham cracker, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon
Large bowl - cream butter and sugars until fluffy, add eggs 1 at a time
Add a third of dry ingredients, half buttermilk, dry, milk, etc. - scrape down and mix again
Bake 35min, invert on rack (for mini cupcakes bake 15 minutes)

Simmer cream and salt, pour over chocolate, let sit one minute, whisk until smooth, cool in fridge evenly (stirring often)

Egg whites, sugar, tartar into stand mixer bowl over simmering water - whisk until warm (3 min)
Beat in stand mixer w whisk at low speed, increasing to high, until stiff peaks form, add vanilla, mix
Use large frosting tip to pipe dollops, wet finger to press down points, brown with torch