Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Antipasto Salad

Antipasto Salad
Served as a first course before gnocchi in tomato cream sauce. A variety of bottled dressings were offered for individual use.
red leaf lettuce
iceberg lettuce
cucumber, peeled and sliced lengthwise
radish, sliced
ripe Kalamata olives
feta cheese, crumbled
green onions, sliced on the diagonal
The platter was chilled before assembling. Tear the lettuces into bite-size pieces. Arrange the other ingredients on top of the bed of lettuce as suggested in the photo.

Monday, May 28, 2012

Quick and Easy Pinto Beans and Rice

Devised and first prepared May 27, 2012.
3/4 c medium-grain Mexican rice
1 t salt
3/4 c water
1 20-oz can charro beans (La CosteƱa™ is good)
3 T olive oil, divided
In a tall microwavable container add the rice, salt, and 1 T of oil. Mix, cover loosely, and heat on high (1250W) for 1 minute. Add the water and the entire can of beans. Stir to combine, cover, and microwave on high until mixtures boils and most water is absorbed, about 10 minutes. Stir, cook loosely covered on #3 power for 15 minutes. Drizzle on the remaining olive oil and gently combine. Serves 6.

Monday, May 21, 2012

Cuban Sandwich

Recorded May 21, 2012.
sliced baked ham
sliced garlicy roast pork
sliced dill pickles
provolone, Swiss, or cheddar cheese
yellow mustard, and softened butter for the outside
crusty French or Cuban bread
Cuban Sandwich Ingredients
Slice loaf lengthwise. Spread mustard on both inside surfaces, butter on the outside. Layer ham, roast pork, cheese, and pickle slices on bottom of loaf and cover with top. Press down. Grill under a heavy cover or panini press until toasty and cheese has melted. Slice diagonally into sections for serving.

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Hint: Making Perfect Gravy from a Mix

Recorded May 9, 2012. Perfected over many trials.
1 package gravy mix, any variety (to make 1 to 1-1/4 c gravy)
water according to package directions
Measure the required amount of water into a plastic measuring cup. Pour about 1 oz (30 ml) of this water into a tall 20 oz (300 ml) plastic container. Layer the gravy mix on top of the water, letting it become moistened, and then stir until smooth. Now, heat the remaining water in the microwave, add to the gravy mix, and whisk until smooth. Microwave about 90 seconds more, in short intervals, stopping to stir when gravy threatens to bubble over.