Saturday, February 21, 2009

Gorgonzola Chicken

Renzo Sciortino
Renzo's Restaurant, Boca Raton, Florida
Serves 2

4 pieces of chicken breast pounded thin
flour to dust
2 T butter
4 ounces mushrooms, sliced
pinch salt
pinch black pepper
pinch parsley
6 ounces heavy cream
6ounces Gorgonzola chunks

Dust chicken in flour.
Melt butter in sauté pan on high heat.
Sauté breasts about 2 minutes until they start to turn golden on both sides.
Add mushrooms, salt, pepper, parsley.
Add cream and Gorgonzola, and allow to melt and serve.

Saturday, February 14, 2009

The Best Waffles

For those of you who came over this Saturday morning for breakfast ...
(and for those who didn't)

In one bowl mix together
* 1 Cup Flour
* 1 teaspoon Baking Powder
* 1/2 teaspoon Salt

In another bowl pour in 1 cup milk then add 1 egg and then mix with a whisk until you see nice froth

Add the milk/egg mixture to the flour mixture and mix by hand until the flour is just incorporated. Don't over mix.

Add 2 tablespoons melted butter and mix into waffle mixture. Let the waffle mix rest for 5-10 minutes before cooking.

For Saturday, I did 6 times this recipe for the group. Make sure you use a cooking spray each time cook waffles.


Friday, February 13, 2009

California Strawberry Salad

Please believe me when I tell you this is good !! Andrea and I have made this for many occasions and it always gets good reviews.

Take some fresh strawberries and cut them up.
Add to this the following ingredients:
* Blue Cheese
* Shredded Mozzarella Cheese
* Pecan Halves
* 1 Tablespoon Sugar (or to taste) >> The sugar will help the strawberries to get juicier
* Drizzle in some Girards Raspberry Dressing

Mix this up. Andrea and I call this the compote !! Let this set for a 10 to 15 minutes.

Make a bed of fresh greens. Spoon the compote over the greens and then sprinkle with shredded Parmesan and Mozzarella Cheese. Drizzle with just a little more dressing.

For an added twist, take some chicken (either grilled or roasted) and put on top of the greens before you put the compote.


Thursday, February 12, 2009

Do you want the best recipe for homemade Caramel Sauce??

This recipe is courtesy of Paula Deen !!!

Here's the quick (and best) recipe for homemade Caramel Sauce:

Melt 1 stick of butter
Add 1/4 cup Evaporated Milk
Add 1 cup Light Brown Sugar

On Medium High Heat, bring to a boil, stirring constantly and let bubble 2 to 3 minutes

Remove from heat and add 1/2 teaspoon vanilla

Serve over Ice Cream, Brownies or any other sweet item you can imagine with caramel.


Sunday, February 8, 2009

Valentine's Day Appetizer -- Baked Caprese Salad

This recipe is courtesy of Giada De Laurentiis

Prep Time: 20 min
Cook Time: 10 min
Level: Easy
Serves: 8 to 12 appetizer servings
1 loaf baguette, cut into 1/2-inch thick slices (about 30 to 36 slices)
1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
5 Roma tomatoes, sliced
1 1/4 pounds fresh mozzarella, sliced
1 bunch fresh basil leaves, stemmed
Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F.
Arrange the sliced baguette bread on a baking sheet. Brush with some of the olive oil and sprinkle with salt. Bake until the bread is pale golden and crisp, about 5 minutes. Remove from the oven. Top each slice of bread with a slice of tomato and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Top each slice of tomato with a slice of mozzarella and sprinkle with salt. Return the baking sheet to the oven until the cheese and tomato are warmed, about 5 minutes.
Arrange the toasts on a serving platter. Top each toast with a basil leaf. Using the brush, drizzle the remaining olive oil over the basil. Sprinkle with salt and pepper, and serve.

Saturday, February 7, 2009

Are you ready for Valentine's Day ??

Valentine's Day is a wonderful time to enjoy some great food. I enjoy making various types of food, so for this upcoming Valentine's Day I will be posting various recipes that are special for the occasion yet easy and delicious.

SO ... start looking tomorrow to see some fun recipes and Valentine's Day ideas !!