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.

Fideo = Mexican Spaghetti

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 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 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