Monday, October 6, 2014

My Sis's Old World Apple Cake



We went apple picking this weekend. It was Dr. Food's company gathering. So we drank cider, and ate cider doughnuts, and we picked lots of apples.

Oh, and I ate a carmel apple. We took a couple of them home. It was raining. Not fun eating a carmel apple in the rain. We took them home.



So, this is what I did with the apples. I also took the peels and cores and started apple cider vinegar out of them. I will let you know how this pans out. Hope it isn't as pathetic as the soy sauce experiment. Dr. Food wasn't happy with that one at all. I digress... My sis's recipe for this apple cake taste just like our grandmothers apple pie. I love it so so much and my sis was nice enough to let me post the recipe. You should make it. It is really good.


Joyce's Old World Apple Cake that Tastes like Pie

Filling:
3lbs Cooking Apples (I used a variety of kinds)
1/3 C sugar
1/2 C water
2 slices of lemon

Pastry:
2 C flour
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1 1/2C sugar
2/3 C butter
2 egg yolks

Peel, core and slice apples. Cook with sugar, water and lemon until tender - not mushy. Remove lemon.

Mix flour, 1 1/4C sugar, and the baking powder. Cut in 1/2C butter till crumbly. Mix in egg yolks. Reserve 1 C of this mixture for topping.

Pat remainder on bottom and sides of greased 9" spring form pan (dough only goes up a little on sides). Fill with apples. Sprinkle reserved mixture on top. Dot with remaining butter and sprinkle with remaining sugar (1 tbl). Bake 350 for 1 hour.

There you have it. We had a slice and then I sent the rest to Dr. Food's work. It was so good I didn't want to eat the whole thing myself.

I will keep you posted about the apple cider vinegar thing....

Monday, June 30, 2014

You asked for it!



You all answered my question of what to make this weekend. I took a poll and you answered.




Ok, so only a few of you answered but the "others" are going to be sorry because the few who read this blog will find out how good this recipe is.





Grilled Korean BBQ Short Rib Dogs + Spicy Korean Slaw... Can we talk? I opted out of the sweet peach relish that was suppose to go along with this. Did I ever tell you how much I detest hot fruit? ESPECIALLY fruit with meat. Ew. Ok, but the rest of this dish was amazing.



I could have eaten the whole bowl of slaw. Shut up... I didn't.



Here it is! Yum. I kinda bought hamburger buns instead of hotdog buns. I mean I don't know why this happened. I think I was trying to remember lyrics to a song and picked up hotdog instead of hamburger buns. So I guess this was a Korean BBQ Short Rib Burger.



Grilled Korean BBQ Short Rib Dogs w/Sweet Peach Relish + Spicy Korean Slaw
Half Baked Harvest

Grilled Korean BBQ Short Rib Dogs

5 pounds bone in short ribs
3/4 cup brown sugar
1 cup soy sauce + 3 tablespoons, divided
1/2 cup water
1/3 cup mirin (rice wine vinegar)
4 green onions, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced or grated
1 /2 tablespoons fresh ginger, grated
2 tablespoons toasted sesame oil
1/2 teaspoon pepper
6 tablespoons gojujang (Korean chile paste)
1/2 cup ketchup
4-6 of your favorite buns, warmed (I used whole wheat hoggie buns)
4-6 ounces swiss cheese, shredded
2-4 ounces queso fresco, cotija or feta cheese, crumbled
Spicy Korean Chile Slaw
3 cups green cabbage, finely shredded
1 cup carrot sticks
1/2 cup fresh cilantro, chopped
2 green onions, chopped
1 lime, juiced
2 tablespoons soy sauce
1 tablespoon mirin (rice wine vinegar)
1-2 tablespoons gojujang (Korean chile paste)
1 tablespoon toasted sesame oil
2 tablespoons toasted sesame seeds
Sweet Peach Relish
2 peaches, chopped
1 jalapeño, seeded + chopped (optional)
1/4 cup cilantro, chopped
1 lime, juiced


Add the ribs to a gallon size ziplock bag.

In a large glass measuring cup or bowl combine the brown sugar, 1 cup soy sauce, water, mirin, green onions, garlic, ginger, toasted sesame oil and pepper. Pour the marinade over the ribs and seal the bag. Place the ribs in the fridge and marinate 4 hours or overnight.

The next morning, preheat the oven to 325 degrees F.

Add the ribs and the marinade to a large roasting pan. Cover the pan tightly with foil and bake the ribs for 2 to 2 1/2 hours or until the ribs are tender.

Meanwhile make the slaw


Remove the ribs from the roasting pan and strain the remaining liquid through a fine mesh strainer and right into a sauce pot. To the pot add the gojujang and ketchup. Bring the sauce to a boil and simmer over medium heat until the sauce has reduced by half and thickened, about 10 minutes. Remove the BBQ sauce from the heat.

Preheat the grill to medium high heat.

Brush the ribs all over with the BBQ sauce and grill the ribs for about 7-8 minutes per side. Be careful when flipping as the ribs will be tender. Remove the ribs and allow to cool 5 minutes. Shred the meat with two forks. Stuff the meat inside the buns, top with swiss cheese, peach relish (below) and the Korean Slaw. Sprinkle with cotija cheese.

Korean Chili Slaw
Add the cabbage, carrots, cilantro and green onions to a large bowl. In another small bowl whisk together the lime juice, soy sauce, gojujang , oil and sesame seeds. Pour the dressing over the cabbage and toss well. Cover and place in the fridge until ready to serve.

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Let me try sumpthin new...






So, I have to admit that I miss you guys. I mean, I don't really miss you because you are not you until you read this. Wow... That was heavy. Anyhow I just think it would be fun to take a poll and she where it takes me. I am starting off easy to challenge myself and I will ramp it up. I think it will be fun. Lets go.

Which of these should I make this weekend?
  
pollcode.com free polls 

I will give this poll until Friday. Then I will post what I did with your choice. Lets see if I can not bore the crap out of you.

Sunday, May 4, 2014

Shoooosh Kabab






I am posting. See? A post. I am doing this because I want this recipe to be in my files.
It was that good. You know simple is best.

Janis's Mind: You are boring the crap out of your readers"

Janis: What readers?

Janis's Mind: The ones who get here by accident.

Janis: FU.

We were missing the Shish Kabab's that we use to have delivered to our door in California. Here delivery is either Pizza, Chinese, or Brazilian Food. We wanted Kababs. Easy enough to make. Dr. Food made these and he even delivered.



Shish Kabab
Adapted from Mark Bittman - The Best Recipes in the World

2 large onions, peeled
1 C Yogurt (We didn't use the yogurt because we don't like the slime it adds to the meat. We used olive oil)
2 Tbl olive oil (we also added about 1/4 C to replace slimy yogurt)
Juice of 1 lemon
1 Tbl minced garlic
1 Tbl ground cumin (do not use less!)
Salt and black pepper to taste
1/4 tsp cayenne
2lbs boneless lamb shoulder or leg cut into chunks (We used beef)


Put all the marinade in baggy and add meat. Marinade as long as you want. Grill.

What? You don't like my shorthand for this recipe? Too bad. You get what you pay for. Not only that but I just had surgery and I am weak.

Ok, there is a post for you. Aren't you glad that you woke me out of my stupor to write this?

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Ok ok here is the recipe that everyone has been asking for!!



Janis's head: You know I keep telling them that I didn't invent this recipe or nothin. I just made it and it might be the best thing I ever tasted. It is a recipe from the blog "A Beautiful Bite". Pretty pretty blog.

Janis: Ok, well you told them it wasn't your recipe.

Janis's head: I did but they keep acting like I didn't tell them that.

Janis: Ok ok...shut up.

Ok, so here is the recipe that I promised to post. It was so very good. I mean it. It might have been close to one of the best things I have ever made.

Janis's head: The best thing you ever made? I think you are overstating again.

Totally worth making.

French Country Short Rib Stew
Adapted from A Beautiful Bite

4 lbs beef short ribs
Kosher salt and fresh ground black pepper (to taste)
1 cup all purpose flour
1/4 cup olive oil + 1 Tbl
1 large onion, diced + 4 Onions thinly sliced
2 carrots, peeled and diced
4 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
1 cup red wine
1 14oz can diced tomatoes
4 cups beef broth
1 Tbsp fresh rosemary, minced
2 Tbsp fresh thyme, minced
1 French baguette, cubed and toasted
8oz Gruyere, shredded



Preheat oven to 325º. Season short ribs with salt and pepper. Dredge in flour.

Heat olive oil in a large Dutch oven over medium high heat. Cook short ribs in the oil until golden brown and crusty. About four minutes per side. Remove from oil and put on plate. Set aside.

Reduce heat to medium and cook onions and carrots in leftover fat from ribs. Cook for five minutes. Add garlic, red wine, tomatoes, broth, herbs and short ribs. Cover with lid and place in oven. Cook for two and a half hours or until meat falls off the bones.

Remove meat and place on a dish. Shred the beef.

Using a strainer, separate the solids from the liquids. (i.e. the veggies) Skim the fat off of the strained liquid using a spoon or a fat separator.

Once the fat is separated, add the veggies back to the liquid.

Heat pan over med heat and add 1 Tbl butter or olive oil. Sautee onions until carmelized (about 10 minutes)until golden brown.

Add the beef and carmelized onions and back to liquid and stir. Portion into oven safe bowls. Top with bread cubes and Gruyere.

Bake in a 450º oven until brown and bubbly.

And as an added bonus and because I promised my pal Sharon.... here is another recipe that was very very good that we made during the week. Perfect for a cold night.


Mexican Chicken Stew
Adapted from The Birthday Dinner

4 chicken legs (thigh and drumstick), separated

3 tablespoons of olive oil

1 red onion, sliced

3 cloves of garlic, chopped

1 dried ancho chilli pepper (optional, but way better)

1 jalapeño, sliced and seeded

1 teaspoon of dried cumin

1 teaspoon of ground coriander

2 bay leaves

1 bunch of cilantro

2 cups of chicken stock

1 large can of tomatoes

1 avocado

1 small can of white pinto beans

salt and pepper

Use a heavy pot and medium-high flame.  Add 1 tablespoon of the oil and place half your chicken in the pot.  You are going to want to do this in two batches. You are looking to get good color on all sides of the chicken. This takes about 3 minutes each side. Remove the chicken and set side. 

Turn the heat down to medium, add onions to the pot and season.  Cook the onions for about 10 minutes.  Caramelize them slowly.  Add garlic and jalapeño.  Cook for 3 more minutes.  While the onions are cooking, add dried ancho chilli to a food processor with a cup of hot/boiling water.  Let it steep for a couple minutes and then chop it up.  It should be close to pureed. 

Add the chicken back to the pot, and all the spices.  Cut the stalks off of the cilantro and tie them with string (for easy removal later). Reserve the tops for a garnish.  Add the cilantro stalks and the ancho chilli mixture to the pot. 

Deglaze the pot with the chicken stock and scrape the bottom. Bring to a simmer and reduce the stock by half, about 10 minutes, and then add the tomatoes.  Season and bring to a simmer.  Cook for another 30-40 minutes. 

Add pinto beans to pot about 10 minutes before you want to eat. Garnish with avocado and cilantro.





I know it doesn't look pretty. I wasn't planning on blogging any of this. My hordes of fans (read: 2) asked for these recipes and being the giving person I am I obliged.

Ok, I will go back into hiding now. Call my agent if you need me.




Tuesday, January 7, 2014

New Best Chicken Ever Recipe



Janis's mind: Really? How many times can you call a chicken recipe "the best"?

Janis: I am entitled to change my mind.

Janis's mind: Pardon?

Janis: Nevermind...

So, I found a chicken recipe that I am crazy about. Before I share chicken stuff I want to share something better than chicken.

Ok. So this recipe is from the blog Feasting at Home What a beautiful blog. I bet she doesn't have to argue with her own brain. I bet she is MASTER over her own brain. I bet that people don't roll their eyes at her as if to say "just ignore her, she is harmless, just annoying". I bet her house is clean and everything matches. I bet she has cute things in her house like repurposed windows for decorations, and old farm ladders. I bet all her shit is perfect. I bet she isn't crass enough to say (let alone blog) the word shit...

Her chicken looks like THIS

Mine looks like...



I digress...

Before you get the recipe here are some pictures of what I have been doing the last couple of months. New Orleans (we love you Nik, thanks for being the best tour guide ever), L.A. Oakland. Babies. Yay!


fun a video by janis33 on Flickr.



Portuguese Chicken and Potatoes
by Sylvia Fountaine


1 Whole Chicken ( 3-4 lbs)
1 ½ lbs potatoes ( yukon or reds), thinly sliced

Marinade:
2 Dried Ancho Chilies-re hydrated
2 T smoked paprika
6 cloves garlic
1 T kosher salt
1 tsp coriander
1/4 C plus 1 T sherry vinegar or red wine vinegar
1/4 C plus 1 T Olive Oil
1/2 tsp pepper

Cilantro Sauce:
1 C plain yogurt
1 bunch Cilantro- finely chopped
1/2 tsp kosher Salt
½ tsp coriander
Cracked pepper
1 T lemon juice

1 T olive oil



Preheat oven to 425F

Rehydrate dried chile's in small pot of boiling water on the stove for 20 minutes.

Butterfly chicken: Rinse inside and out, removing innards. Pat dry. Place on a cutting board, breast down. Using sharp kitchen scissors, cut along both sides of the spine, remove and discard. Turn the chicken over, and placing your hand on the breast bone, press down hard with the palm of your hand, to flatten. 

Make the marinade by blending the marinate ingredients into a paste with a blender or food processor. Brush a layer of marinade on the bottom of your baking pan. Place the thinly sliced potatoes on top of the marinade and sprinkle with a generous pinch of kosher salt. Brush all sides and crevasses of the chicken with the marinade, coating fairly heavily. ( You will add more marinade during cooking, so be sure to save the remaining.)

Place chicken, skin side down on the potatoes and place in the oven. Turn chicken over after 15 minutes, and place back in the oven. After 10-15 minutes, brush more marinade all over the chicken on the skin side, really lathering it up. Return to the oven and bake until cooked through another 15-20 minutes, or until leg/ thigh reaches internal temperature of 180 F.  To crisp the skin and get it deeply brown, broil for a few minutes. Remove chicken when done and let rest 5-10 minutes before serving.

While chicken is roasting, combine Cilantro Sauce ingredients together, either in a bowl- mixing by hand, or in a food processor. 








Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Hey Coco's mom! Manchego Cheese Custard - Natillas de Queso Manchego

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Ok, yes... I could communicate directly with Coco's mom. However, I am in a mad rush to get things going for Thanksgiving. I haven't even shopped yet. I also have 2 trips in the works and a guests for dinner next weekend. Oh wait! I also have a Xmas party to go to in there somewhere. So, I promised this recipe to Coco's mom (yes, I DO know her name but she is Coco's mom to me). I love Coco. Did I ever tell you that? You should see the ears on this pooch. I digress.

This dessert is wonderfully rich and really tasty. It did call for doing it in a mold and unmolding it but I laugh in the face of instructions. The following are my instructions. They are better than the original (so there!)

Manchego Cheese Custard - Natillas de Queso Manchego
adapted from La Tienda's website

1/3 lb ripe Manchego cheese, grated
1/2 cup sugar
4 eggs
1/2 liter cream
1/2 cup sugar to make the caramel
1 dozen walnuts

Preparation:
Place the sugar in the pan, sprinkle with water and caramelize over a hot flame. Coat the walls of ramekins with the caramel.

Beat the eggs with the sugar, add the very finely grated cheese and the cream. Beat together well and pour into the ramekins. Place in a dish of hot water and bake in a moderate oven for 30-40 minutes until, when a needle is inserted in the center, it comes out clean. Decorate with the walnut halves.

Oh wait! This salad was really good too but no one ate it.

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and lookie here, we made our own lobster stock with these roasted lobster sells.

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Okay okay I will go and get started on Thanksgiving...