Saturday, June 25, 2011

Ginger Lemon Cremes

This is one of my favorite cookies.  They are the perfect combination of spicy, sweet, and tart.  They can be made without the ammonium bicarbonate, which can be bought from specialty cooking stores, or the internet, but they will not be as snappy and you need to roll them quite thin.  You can also substitute baking powder if you handle it well.

A note about ammonium bicarbonate:  It smells awful… terrible! Like ammonia, because it is… but it dissipates once it is baked and makes a wonderful crispy cookie.  This means you should not taste your dough before it is cooked, even though it is totally food safe, it just doesn’t taste very good.  Also, you have to make sure it is tightly covered when stored or it will literally just evaporate into the air.

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Chicken Française

This is another of my favorites dishes growing up.  It originally had white wine added, however, since wine is made with yeast, this recipe forgoes the wine for sparkling cider. It is still just as tasty! I made this one with a cranberry apple cider and it had a great wine-like flavor.
Wonderful served with pasta of any sort and a fresh salad.

Saturday, June 11, 2011


S.O.S is not the prettiest dish (which is how it got its name) but it  can be made fast, is fairly easy, and quite delicious. Usually you can use a can of cream of mushroom soup, which really cuts down the prep time, but in case you cannot find any, the recipe below is easy enough.

This can also be made with ground turkey or chicken.

Always great served on a baked potato or egg noodles!

Saturday, June 4, 2011

Carrot and Feta Salad

This is great for summer picnics.  Light and crisp and tangy!

3 large carrots, peeled
¼ cup crumbled feta cheese
1 tablespoon maple syrup
2 teaspoons canola oil
1 tablespoon fresh dill
Salt and pepper to taste

Place a medium pot, half filled with water, over medium heat to bring  to a simmer.
Slice carrots into wafer thin medallions and place in simmering water with a generous pinch of salt.
Simmer carrots for 5 minutes or until slightly tender but not mushy.
Shock carrots by placing cooked carrot slices in ice water for a few moments, until cooled.
In a medium bowl, whisk together maple syrup, canola oil, dill, salt and pepper.
Add cooled carrots and feta to maple dill dressing and toss to coat.
Store refrigerated in a covered container and serve chilled or room temperature.