Sunday, July 28, 2013

California Turkey Chili w/Dried Cranberries

1 Lb Ground Turkey
1/2 cp Green Onion, chopped
1 Clove Garlic, chopped
15 oz can Kidney Beans, drained
15 oz can Black Beans, drained
15 oz Fresh or Frozen Whole Corn Kernels
15 oz can Diced Tomatoes
1 can Tomato Paste
4 Tbls Fresh Cilantro, chopped
1 tbls Brown Sugar
3-4 Chipotle Peppers, diced
1 3/4 cp Chicken Broth
Salt & Pepper to taste
Dried Cranberries

Sautee green onion, garlic and turkey in olive oil until cooked.  
Add the rest of the ingredients (excluding cranberries) and simmer. 
Serve with dried cranberries on the side.

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Agua de Jamaica - Hibiscus Flower Tea

I brewed a large batch of this refreshing Hibiscus Flower Tea recipe for a bridal shower this past weekend. Everyone really loved my added touches of cinnamon and brown sugar.
16 cps Water

1 cp Flor de Jamaica or
Dried Hibiscus Flowers
1 cp Brown Sugar
1 cp Baker's or White Sugar
2 cinnamon sticks
2 tbls lime juice (opt.)

Boil 8 cups of water in a large pot. When bubbly, immerse dry flowers in water. Leave for 5 minutes. Add sugars and cinnamon and place on simmer for 15 minutes. Remove from stove and let tea simmer and cool down.

Add 8 cups of cold water or ice cubes. Serve in tall glass with ice and lime slice.

Makes One Gallon

Monday, May 28, 2012

Pineapple Upside Down Cake

Cake Mix
2 1/4 cp Flour
1 1/2 cp Sugar
1/2 cp Butter
3/4 cp Milk
1/2 cp Crema Mexicana or Creme Fraiche 
3 Eggs
2 1/2 tsp Baking Powder
1 tsp Salt
2 tbls Pure Maple Syrup

Pineapple Topping
1/2 cp Butter
1 cp Brown Sugar
1 cp Crushed Pineapple
3/4 cp Sliced Almonds or Chopped Pecans (opt)

Preheat oven to 375 degrees
Grease a 10" spring form pan. May substitute a 9"x13" baking dish or 10" bundt pan.

Place all of the cake mix ingredients in a large mixing bowl and blend until smooth with no lumps. Set aside. Mix pineapple topping ingredients in a medium sauce pan just until butter is melted. Pour half of the mixture into bottom of pan and spread evenly. Pour cake mix over pineapple mixture and bake 30-40 minutes or until toothpick inserted into cake comes out clean. Baking times will need to be adjusted depending on the pan size used and your own oven.

Continue to cook the rest of the pineapple mixture on stove top over medium heat until mixture bubbles and slightly thickens. Pour warm mixture over top of cake before serving.  May be served with ice cream. Make additional pineapple coating to pour over ice cream if desired.

Saturday, May 26, 2012

Bah to Basic Burgers!

Here are some ideas to liven up your next home-made burger.

Hamburger Buns (Sesame Seed, Onion, Honey Wheat), Bagels, Sour Dough, French Roll, Ciabatta Roll, Bolillo, Jalapeño Cheddar Cheese Roll 

Mayonaise, Ketchup, Mustard (yellow & brown),BBQ Sauce, Hot Sauce, Dressings (thousand Island, Bleu Cheese, Ranch, etc..), Pizza Sauce, Pickles, Relish, Salsa, Chipotle Mayo 

Sliced Tomatoes, Lettuce (Iceberg & Spinach), Avocados, Jalapeños, Pineapple Slices, Ortega Chilies, Sauteed Mushrooms, Roasted Peppers, Onion Rings, Bacon Slices, Ham, Fresh or Grilled Onion Slices (Red, White), Cole Slaw, Onion Shoe Strings, Apple Slices, Fried Egg 

Cheddar, Monterey or Pepper Jack, Swiss, Blue Cheese, Manchego, Brie, Provolone, Gouda, Queso Fresco 

French or Sweet Potato Fries, Baked Beans, Chips, Onion Rings, Cole Slaw, Potato Salad, Fruit, Green Salad, Corn 

Ground Turkey, Chicken Breast, Veggie or Soy burgers, Seafood Patties (Fish, Shrimp, Crab), Portabello Mushroom & more

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Apple Cranberry Capirotada (Mexican Bread Pudding)

This is not your Mama's Capirotada expect an unexpected burst of orange flavor mixed with cinnamon, cranberries and apples

1 1/2 cps. Brown Sugar
3/4 cp Water
3/4 cp Orange Juice
1/2 cp Butter
1/2 tsp Ground Cinnamon or 1 Cinnamon Stick
1/2 tsp Orange Extract
1/2 lb Queso Fresco or Monterey Jack, cubed
2 cps - Golden Delicious Apples, sliced
1/2 cp Dried Cranberries
1/2 cp Pecans, whole or chopped
1/2 Loaf of French or Sweet Bread or 3-4 Bolillos, sliced
Vanilla or Toffee Ice Cream

In a sauce pan add brown sugar, water, orange juice, butter and cinnamon and bring to a boil while mixing. Reduce heat then simmer for about 5 minutes or until slightly thickened. Discard cinnamon stick if used. Cut bread into 1/2 inch slices and place unlayered on a cookie sheet. Toast in oven until lightly brown.

In a baking dish with cover, place a layer of bread, sprinkle 1/3 each of apples, dried cranberries, pecans and cheese. Pour 1/3 cinnamon syrup on top. Repeat layers and top with remaining syrup. Cover and bake in a 350 oven for about 15 minutes or until heated thoroughly. Uncover for last 5 minutes.

Serve 1/2 cup or more of warm pudding on an individual plate or bowl topped with fresh whipped cream or scoop of ice cream.

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Chocolate Raspberry Tamale

Chocolate Raspberry Tamale
I made up this recipe on the fly at my last Tamale Making Workshop and it came out pretty darn good if I say so myself!

7 cps Prepared Masa
2 cps Instant or Ground Mexican Hot Chocolate (Ibarra or Abuelita)
1 cp Sugar
1/2 cp Water or Milk
1 tbsp Vanilla
Raspberry Preserves
Chocolate Chips
Pecans (optional)
24 - 36 Corn Husks, washed & soaked for 2 hours

Beat masa, hot chocolate, sugar and water together in a large mixing bowl until smooth.  Spread masa onto a corn husk in a square. Leave two inches clear on the narrow end of the husk and a minimum of one inch on the widest side of the husk. Spoon raspberry preserves down the middle and sprinkle chocolate chips on top keeping the fillings in the middle section. Add 2-3 pecans if desired. Fold husk over so the masa covers the fillings. Use the top of the corn husk to push the masa back, then roll it to close. Fold up the narrow end of the tamale. Place open side up in steamer for 25-35mins or until masa pulls from husk.

Serve warm with whipped cream or by itself
Makes 2-3 dozen tamales