Monday, October 29, 2012

Entertaining Menu


Honey Girl Kitchen Catering

…intentionally delightful


Entertaining Options for Pick up or Delivery
Call 214.532.3510 To Place Your Order
Grass Fed Beef Meatballs
$17 a pound (yields 16 meatballs)
3 pound minimum
 Smoked Gouda Pimiento Cheese
$25.00 per pound
2 pound minimum
 Cheese Platter 4 types (Manchego + Local Honey, Brie + Orange Marmalade, Smoked Gouda & Goat Cheese w/side of crackers + bread)
$120
Large serves 15-25 people
 Caprese on a Stick (Crostini, Tomato, Mozzarella, Fresh Basil)
$2.25 per stick
3 dozen minimum
Beef w/Horseradish on Grilled Crouton
$2.25 per crouton
3 dozen minimum

Anti Pasto Platter (Jimmy's Salami, Jimmy's Prociutto, Grilled Vegetables, Roasted Red and Yellow Peppers, Manchego Cheese, Kalamato Olives, Green Olives, Italian Breadsticks)
Large serves 15-25 people - $150.00
Small serves 10-15 people - $75
 Seasonal Fruit Salad with Poppy Seed Dressing
$3.25 per person
20 person minimum
 Shrimp Cocktail Platter w Honey Girl Kitchen Cocktail Sauce
$20 per pound
3 pound minimum

Cesar Salad with Honey Girl Kitchen Cesar Dressing
$3.50 per person
20 person minimum
 Peppercorn Beef Tenderloin with 36 Rolls & Blue Cheese Mayonnaise
$225.00
Serves 25
Peppercorn Pork Tenderloin with 36 Rolls & Jalapeno Jelly
$160
Serves 25
Smoked Salmon (Whole Side) Platter with Capers, Red Onion, Cream Cheese and Bagel Bites
$125
Serves 15-20

Smoked Salmon Creamy Deviled Eggs
$1.50 per deviled egg
3 dozen minimum
 Goat Cheese Stuffed Mushroom
$1.50 per mushroom
3 dozen minimum
 Chicken Curry Skewers
$2.25 per skewer
3 dozen minimum
Petite Brownies Delicately Frosted and Topped with a Raspberry
$18 per dozen
2 dozen minimum

 Petite Cupcakes Topped with Chocolate Art
$18 per dozen
2 dozen minimum

 Lemon Squares
Half sheet 13x18 - $75
Quarter sheet 13x9 - $40

 Fruit on a stick
$2.00 per stick
3 dozen minimum 

*Delivery Charge not included.  $25 delivery fee.
custom orders welcome

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Farm Animal Waffles

Waffles For The Week

Bebe, my 5 year old goes thru stages of loving one breakfast food then suddenly she's on to the next.  Breakfast is easy when she only wants Brown Cow...she prefers it as a smoothie.  Bebe recently finished the stage of  bagels + lox + red onion which lasted 2 1/2 weeks and now she's all about waffles (inspired by an episode of Bananas in Pajamas).  I love to wake up on a slow Saturday and just start creating in my kitchen.  Cooking, baking and creating is relaxing to me...hours pass like rapid seconds.

I normally will make my pancake & waffle mix, however since I discovered Pamela's Products  (gluten- free)  this is the only mix I have been using.  It's not instant, it  calls for egg, water and oil.  I like to embellish a straight forward recipe.
 
Bebe's Favorite Waffles
 
2 eggs, separated
1 1/2 cups Pamela's Mix
3/4 cup water/liquid...buttermilk/coconut milk/almond milk
1 T EVOO
1 t cinnamon
1 t vanilla
zest of 1 orange or lemon
melted ghee or oil to grease waffle iron

Whip the egg whites until stiff (you'll want to skip this but don't...makes for a light texture).  In a separate bowl add all the remaining ingredients, mix till smooth.  Fold in the egg whites.  Use batter immediately in a preheated, greased waffle iron.  I use a small silicone baster to grease iron.
Berries and maple syrup are a must.
 
Yields 12 farm animal waffles or 3-4 7inch round waffles.
 
Enjoy!

Friday, July 13, 2012

Planning: A Packed School Lunch

Bento School Lunch


My daughter will start Kindergarten this Fall and will be taking a packed lunch.  Honestly I have been thinking about this for years.  I like the idea of sending her off with a nice little bite that she will enjoy.  Currently I pack a lunch for her when she goes to swim camp for the day...I give her a couple choices:  tuna or turkey?  strawberries or raspberries?  chips, popcorn or carrots?.  Her choice is always the same:  tuna, raspberries & carrots with homemade ranch.  Excellent.  When I have sushi rice her choice will always be onigiri.  I really need to learn from her eating habits...on more than one occasion she has been given a choice of a cookie or apple and she will choose an apple.  Goody goody.

The idea of a bento lunch makes so much sense to me.  The portion size, the aesthetics, the variety...all of it excites me.  When Bebe was 2 I knew I would be packing a bento style lunch for her.  At that time I would walk to the coffee shop with my girlfriend, while she and I sipped our coffee Bebe was so happy with the peanut butter bento box I'd buy her...a tiny pb&j, raisins & shredded carrots.  It was packaged so pretty.  She would eat an entire item before she started on the next.  It was obvious to me and my friend that Bebe thought it was pretty to.

This week I ordered The Just Bento CookbookGeisha Bento Box, sauce containers, egg molds and veggie cutters.  The cookbook is fantastic, takes the 'what am I gonna pack for lunch' question a thing of the past.  The bento box looks tiny...I had to remind myself 'this is for a child'...it's so cute!  The sauce containers have 2 sizes, the smaller will be perfect for soy sauce and the next size up for salad dressing.  The cute bunny and bear egg molds are genius, once you peel the boiled egg (has to be warm/hot) set it in the mold and it comes out the exact shape.  The veggie cutters have not arrived but am looking forward to getting them.

ps...each element ordered rated 4+ stars.

Monday, June 11, 2012

Paletas...Mexican Ice Pops


Bebe gets her wish...


My Bebe girl has been asking and asking to make paletas.  One night before bed she said, "write your self a note to make popsicles with me so you don't forget"...I made myself a note.  We had the molds now I just needed a good recipe.  I enjoy and trust reviews so I read several before I decide on the book Paletas...I adore paletas de arroz (rice pops) and paletas de coco (coconut pops) this book had them and according to the reviews this was now the only ice pop book I was interested in.  So interested that I purchased 4 for friends/sister birthdays. 
Our first recipe to try was 'paletas de zarzamora'  (blackberry ice pops) BUT the only and most important ingredient, blackberry was absent from my fridge.  Not a problem we used what we had, strawberries + raspberries.


paleta in water glass mold

Fresa y Frambuesa Paletas
Raspberry + Strawberry Ice Pops

4 cups of organic berries (3 cups strawberry + 1 cup raspberry)
1 2/3 cups water
2/3 turbanado sugar (white sugar will work)
pinch of salt
2 t lemon juice, fresh

Puree all ingredients in blender.  Pour into molds.  Freeze for 4-5 hours.
note: this recipe made four large mold pops plus I used 3 water glasses (heat & freezer proof) for molds

the request...
Next we'll make the coconut paleta...I'm making it from a fresh coconut then toasting the grated flesh.  I'll let you know. 
May your Summer include fruit pops and for the adults 'boozy pops'.

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Date Night In...Steak + Lobster

This evening Honey Girl Kitchen conducted a cooking class for the Mother's Association.  Enjoy the recipes.  I'd love to hear from you when you make steak + lobster.

Lobster Cooking Time
For steaming a lobster

Lobster Weight
Cooking Time
1 - 1 ¼ lb.
10 - 12 minutes
1 ¼ - 2 lb.
12 - 18 minutes
2-3 lb.
18 - 25 minutes
3-6 lb.
25 - 40 minutes
6-7 lb.
40 - 60 minutes
8 lb. and over
7 minutes per pound


Rib Eye Steak
Marinate in EVOO + salt + pepper, marination can take place 1-2 hours or overnight.  Bring steak to room temperature before cooking.
Heat skillet and oil on high.  Once skillet starts to smoke add steak and cook for 3 minutes on each side.  Once cooked broil for 6-8 minutes.  Allow steak to rest.  Serve.
My favorite EVOO is one that is 'first cold pressed', this was extracted without the use of chemicals.

 Creamy Horseradish

1 cup sour cream
2 T horseradish

Basic Homemade Salad Dressing

3 parts oil

1 part acid: vinegar/lemon juice/lime juice

Salt + pepper

Add on:  garlic, jam, jelly, honey, maple syrup


Grilled Fresh Pineapple


Heat grill on medium high…stove top or outdoor grill.  Prepare pineapple in slices or wedges.

Add pineapple to hot grill and cook to desired texture.  Nice served w/ice cream or whipping cream.

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Party Ideas To Celebrate The Graduate


Martha Stewart Living, May 2012 'Entertaining'
Thanks to Martha Stewart Living, May 2012 issue I came across this paper scroll to resemble a diploma, guest write sweet wishes on sticky notes.  This scroll would then be rolled up and given to the guest of honor as a keepsake. 

This idea is great for every celebration:  birthdays, anniversaries, baby showers, wedding showers, first communions, baptisms, confirmations and of course graduations.

In the same article Martha also suggests:
  •  an 'open house' celebrations works best.  Guest can then come and go, as they can wish a toast to multiple classmates on this special day
  • an easy going menu:  a protein + a pasta salad + a green salad + a sweet
  • a signature punch drink:  2 parts juice of choice + 1 part ginger ale +  1 part seltzer + 1 part coconut water
How delightful. 

PS...MS forgive me if it's against rules/policy to snap a photo of your entertaining idea and post it to my blog.

Saturday, April 14, 2012

STAMA Cooking Demo

St. Thomas Aquinas Mothers' Association (STAMA) has a yearly Spring Boutique... a shopping extravaganza.  An average of 500 attendees shop + socialize + eat + more shopping.  This year I was asked if I would conduct a cooking demo..."why yes, my pleasure" was my response. 
I'm not sure why but I knew exactly what I'd be demoing:  a frittata and fideo (Mexican vermicelli dish).  I chose these two because 1) a frittata is the easiest & prettiest entertaining dish that always impresses guest and  2) fideo is baby food that grown ups enjoy too...this is what I call Mexican spaghetti.  Fideo was always a staple dish in my childhood home and now it is in my home.  Pure comfort food. This is the first pasta dish Mexican babies eat.  And, from the audience Cubans and other Latin cultures too.
Both dishes were welcomed and raved about.  Thank you.

Sun-dried Tomato + Artichoke + Goat Cheese Frittata

Sun-dried Tomato + Artichokes + Goat Cheese Frittata

12 Cage-free eggs, whisk
2 T canola oil
2 garlic cloves, minced
salt + pepper to taste
8 sun-dried tomatoes in oil or hydrated, cut in strips
4 artichokes in water/oil, quartered
1/2 cup goat cheese
2 T Parmesan cheese

Heat oven on broil.
Heat 10 inch skillet on high.  Whisk eggs, garlic, salt & pepper.  Once skillet is just about to smoke add egg mixture, lower heat to medium.  Pierce the bottom of the frittata to let the new runny egg get some direct heat, pierce 10 times.  Top the egg mixture with the last 4 ingredients.  Move to oven and broil for 6-8 minutes.  Let it rest for about 4-5 minutes it will tighten up a bit making it easy to slice.
Enjoy.

Fideo = Mexican Spaghetti
Fideo

1 1/2 cups of toasted vermicelli
2 T canola oil
1/2 pound hormone free ground beef
2 garlic cloves
1/4 t oregano
1/4 ground cumin
8 oz tomato sauce canned or fresh puree
3 cups water
salt + pepper to taste
1/4 cup chopped cilantro

Skillet method:
Heat skillet to medium high.  Add oil and vermicelli.  Toast pasta to a lightly caramel color.  Remove vermicelli from skillet, set aside.  Add ground beef to skillet, cook.  Add remaining ingredients except cilantro.  Bring to a boil.  Cover and cook for 10-15 minutes.  Pasta should be soft but not mushy.  Add cilantro.  Serve. 
If you would like it a bit soupy add more water.

Pressure cooking method:
Toast vermicelli in a skillet.  Cook beef directly in pressure cooker.  Add all ingredients except cilantro.  Lock the pressure cooker.  Pressure cook for 3 minutes.  Release pressure.  Add cilantro.  Serve.

Note: any tiny pasta works well.  Stars, wheels, orzo, alphabets etc....
*a 1/4 cup onion is also a good ingredient in this dish.  This dish is made a little different in each household.  A bit like chicken soup, everyone has their own recipe. 

Buen Provecho!

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Fruit Flies?

It's that time of year when fruit will be a part of every meal.  It's Spring...with the warm months approaching fruit flies are often an issue.  Even if it's one or two...they are still bothersome. 
A couple years ago when my father was dying of pancreatic cancer he was trying a natural healing remedy in which one of the ingredients was 'dried banana peels'.   Well you can imagine the fruit flies swarming.  My daughter and I were visiting for 10 days, it was a normal New Mexico Summer...hot...dry...cool nights.  Just gorgeous.  The fruit flies were a problem and I refused to let them ruin my stay.  I got online the 1st evening I was visiting and found several natural remedies.  I wished I could give credit to the site I found this concoction on.  I chose this one because I knew my parents would have the 2 ingredients needed.  This recipe works like a charm every time! 

ingredients to rid fruit flies naturally


How To Get Rid Of Fruit Flies
1 shallow glass or small glass bowl
1/4 cup of apple cider vinegar (does not have to be organic to work)
2 tsp of dish soap

Stir the ingredients together.  Set the glass somewhere no one will be curious to take a swig.
This remedy works because the apple cider vinegar smells like rotting fruit (fruit flies can't help themselves so they dive in) and the dish soap makes it a slippery slope.

Sunday, April 1, 2012

Paper Flowers

Tissue Paper Flower
A bow is a bow is a bow.  Tired of the bow?  I am.  I thought I'd try a paper flower for a butcher paper wrapped gift.  I love to wrap my gifts in all white, all pink...any solid color is a pretty and a simple look.  I remember making paper flowers as a child but I needed a refresher.  I googled paper flowers and up popped my favorite girl, Martha Stewart's  "paper pom poms".  I knew by her style I could just look at the photos and figure it out.  I was right.  Super easy with a casual 'homemade with love' look.
I can see into my future.....my home parties with huge paper flowers dangling from the ceiling of my dining room and living room.  Looking forward to it.
Butcher Paper Wrapped Gift with a Tissue Paper Flower

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Got Oatmeal?

Chocolate Peanut Butter Oatmeal Smoothie

This smoothie was inspired by my beautiful Mom.
The best way to feed 6 kids all getting ready at the same time for school in the morning is atole (Spanish for warm porridge). She would make atole de arroz (rice porridge) or atole de avena (oatmeal porridge) every morning. Once prepared my Mom would fill a blender cup 1/2 way with porridge, add one banana, a splash of vanilla, cup of coffee and fill it with water. Puree for 30 seconds and divide the portion into 6 coffee mugs. She would deliver them on a yellow tray. Such a special memory.
This morning I was in the mood to drink my breakfast vs eat, this is what I came up with. Super creamy...a drink with a little chew.
Chocolate Peanut Butter Oatmeal Smoothie
1 frozen banana
1 T organic peanut butter
2 T organic raw oatmeal
1 cup of almond milk
sprinkle of cinnamon
splash of vanilla
Add all ingredients to blender. Puree for 30 seconds. Enjoy

Monday, January 16, 2012

Greens + Ham Soup

European Greens and Ham Soup

Love greens:  kale, swiss chard, collard & mustard greens.  Normally when I prepare collard and mustard greens I make them with a southern flare.  This time I wanted soup with a European flair.  As I was sauteing my ham and onions I thought about all my French cookbooks that include egg in their soup.  Egg gives soup a depth so deep with not much effort.  I adore these type of soups.  I decided this would be the flare I'd give my greens.  I used the pressure cooker however this is easily done on the stove top in a dutch over/soup pot.

Greens + Ham Soup

1 lb ham steak
1 lg. onion, chopped
3 cloves garlic, minced
Salt + pepper to taste
3 lbs greens, finely chopped
32oz chicken stock/broth
48oz water
3 eggs, whisk
parmesean

In soup pot saute ham, upon caramelizing add onion, garlic, salt and pepper.  Saute 5 additional minutes.  Add greens mix well.  Saute 10 minutes, stirring every 3-4 minutes.  Add chicken stock and water.  At this point if your using a pressure cooker let it reach its peak for 3 minutes.  Turn flame off and allow steam to naturally release for 15-20 minutes.  Release pressure.  Let soup cool for 10 minutes.  Add a ladle of soup to the whisked eggs, stir...repeat this 4 times.  Add egg mixture to soup.  Stir.
Ladle soup in bowl, topped with shaved Parmesan and homemade croutons.
Makes 4 32oz containers.   Soup freezes well. 

Ezekiel Bread Croutons
Homemade Croutons
Cube up bread
Toss in EVOO with minced garlic, salt and pepper.  Toast in 400F oven till crispy, 5-6 minutes.

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Chicken Noodle Soup


Chicken Noodle Soup
 It's a soup kinda weather.  Made 3 (chicken noodle, broccoli cheese and greens + ham) this week and I promise to share all recipes with you. 
Last week I kept my baby girl home all week, she had strep.  She's much better now.  Even sick she was still in a sweet mood.  Monday night after I tucked her in she said, "thank you for taking care of me and making me soup"...she's 5, my heart melted.  Kissy kissy.  Here is what I made her on Monday morning.

Pressure Cooked Chicken Noodle Soup

2 lbs of bone in chicken (quarters or thighs)
5 quarts of water
1 organic celery stalk, thinly sliced
1 onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, crushed
1/2 teaspoon sage
Salt + pepper to taste
2 organic carrots, sliced
8 asparagus stalks, cut in one inch pcs
8oz of egg noodles
handful of chopped parsley
squeeze of lemon

Pressure Cooker Instructions:
Add first 7 ingredients pressure cook at peak for 18 minutes, release pressure.  Remove chicken and de-bone, discard skin.  Add chicken and the next 3 ingredients, once pressure cooker is at it's peak turn burner off...leave alone for 6 minutes...release pressure and add parsley.  Season to taste.

Stove Top or Slow Cooker Instructions:
Add all ingredients except noodles.  Cook till chicken is done.  Remove chicken and de-bone, discard skin.  Add chicken and noodles, cook till noodles are soft.  Season to taste.

Pressure cooking in my opinion does yield the best broth and flavor.  I so love my Fagor Futuro pressure cooker.  I use it 4-6 times a week, this week alone I made:  Salsa, Chicken Noodle Soup, Broccoli Cheese Soup, Marinara, 2 whole chickens for Chicken Pot Pie order...the week before gumbo.  So happy with the investment, the thrill is contagious.  Since I purchased my pressure cooker 2 of sisters have too, plus a few foodie friends...I've lost count but all report kitchen success.  May your meals always be ...intentionally delightful.

Friday, January 6, 2012

Ginger Tea

Feel a bit under the weather?  Maybe a cold?  Maybe the flu?  Want some quick natural relief? 

A couple years ago a dear friend of mine was going thru some personal and professional life trials.  We would talk on the phone several times a day and we'd see each other 4-5 times a week.  I did my best to support her, she's been like a sister to me.  During this time period every evening when I went over, to her home, she would have slices of fresh ginger slowly simmering in a pot of water.  We'd share a couple cups of ginger tea and I'd dry her little tears each evening.   Time passes and the good prevails.  Her life has bounced back and the sadness is only a faint memory. 

Now the ginger tea?  Unforgettable!  Fresh and spicy.  Not your normal dried tea (which I adore).  I longed for this tea.

Last winter I could not shake a cold and I thought about my friend...remembering that during a time that she would be the most vulnerable to catching and keeping a cold during such a trying period, she never once was ill.  I called her and shared my recollection...she said that a mutual friend of ours had shared how he drinks ginger tea quite often, it helps boost his immune system.  That sentence alone rung a bell...in 2006 I took 9 weeks of Indian Cooking Classes and remembered how the instructor went over all the benefits of each of the Indian spices.  From this point on when I feel super miserable, much like I did right after returning from New Mexico during Christmas, I have ginger tea.  I drank it for two days straight, each day I boiled & simmered a fresh pot, then poured it in my zojirushi thermal carafe...loved it.  I always have ginger on hand, I store it in the freezer...it's amazing how well it keeps, very fragrant and fresh.  Freezing makes it easier to cut up for recipes as well.


Ginger Tea

Homemade Ginger Tea

2 x 1 inches of ginger (wash well, no need to peel)
5 quarts water

Slice ginger into 8-10 pieces add to water.  Bring to a boil, lower heat and simmer for 20 minutes. 
This recipe is made to my taste, you can make a strong tea by adding more ginger or less water. 

Enjoy.  Wishing you great health.

Monday, January 2, 2012

"To Sir With Love"

An old love letter...

Good bye 2011 I am grateful for the lessons learned. 
My motto for 2012 is "To Sir With Love"...I love the song, I love the movie & I will use the phrase as a professional/personal motto. 
Sir = my clients + my followers + my family + my friends.

In 2012
  • I will adopt a gluten free lifestyle...gluten makes me sleepy & lethargic 
  • I will enjoy a daily afternoon tea...a moment to slow down & be grateful
  • I will write love letters to my husband...the best way to remind him 'I wouldn't trade you for a new kitchen' even though I've thought about it
  • I will go to the Y 5 days a week...physical activity will be a priority, it makes me happy
  • I will eat smaller portions...same delicious food (gluten free) just smaller portions
  • I will hold my 5 year old daughter more...may she never think she's 'too big or too old' to be held
  • I will seek out a catering mentor
  • I will patent an idea/kitchen item I've had in mind for years that will make every households life a bit easier in the kitchen
  • I will seek out resources to make this patent a reality
  • I will attend a "Make Mine A Million $ Business" this year...a entrepreneur women's conference.  Want to come?
  • I will blog twice a month
  • I will complete by cookbook by March 2013

These goals are attainable and I will keep a reminder in my Franklin, in my kitchen & at my bedside table.
Wishing you a healthy, prosperous and joyous 2012!