Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Whirlwind of Wedding Weekends.....

So as you read in my last post we traveled to St Louis, MO for a cousin wedding last weekend and this weekend went to one in Newport, RI. I didn't have then opportunity to cook much over the weekend. So I promised a pumpkin bread pudding and was prepared to make it this weekend until I got to the supermarket and the whole shelf for pumpkin was empty... Apparently a big seller this weekend! So I had to improvise and decided to make a Blueberry Bread Pudding instead. No regrets here thats for such. It came out yummy. Here is the original recipe allrecipes.com http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Blueberry-Bread-Pudding/Detail.aspx?prop31=2

and my adapted recipe

BlueBerry Bread Pudding

Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  • 8 slices Chalah (braided Jewish sweet bread)in honor of Rosh Hashana
  • 4 egg yolks
  • 1 c light cream, plus 1/2 c- 3/4c
  • 3/4 c milk
  • 1/2 c sugar
  • 1/2 butter, melted
  • 1 T vanilla extract
  • pinch of cinnamon
  • 2 c blueberries, fresh or frozen ( I used fresh)
  • confectioners sugar
  • Cut bread into cube, and place into a greased pan or ramekins as I did
  • In bowl combine egg yolk, cream, milk, butter, vanilla, and cinnamon
  • Stir in Blueberries and pour over bread
  • Refrigerate for 30 minutes
  • Transfer to baking dish or ramekins
  • Bake uncovered for 30 minutes or until brown on edges and a knife inserted in middle comes out clean
  • Sprinkle with confectioners sugar and serve warm

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Back to reality...

So we have finally returned from our road trip and already I wish I was back out there. You don't realize it until you are on the road what a beautiful country we live in. OK so Illinois and Indiana were some what of a bore, but Pennsylvania and New York were gorgeous. As we drove to Cooperstown down these winding roads and hilly pastures, I decided that this was a place that I wanted to spend more time in. Unfortunately we only had the afternoon so we had to make the best of it. We walked along the beautiful main street of Cooperstown of course named Main St and stopped along the way at several shops and then went to the Baseball Hall of Fame. Which if you haven't been is a must visit, especially if you are a baseball fan like me and the hubby.

I won't bore you with the details but I will tell you that we stopped down the street at the Doubleday Cafe.. Abner Doubleday was thought to have invented baseball, so there is a lot named after him in town. The restaurant was very casual and served mostly sandwiches on the suggestion of our waitress we went with the Philly Cheese steak sandwich. It was served with sauteed onions and peppers and lots of cheese just the way I like it. It was yummy!!
But I must say the best part of our meal was the desert, pumpkin bread pudding with a bourbon sauce. Can I just say that it just went on my top 10 desert list!!

So now I am on the hunt for a recipe for this amazing dish. Stay tuned for this and some of my Rosh Hashanah recipes soon!!

Saturday, September 12, 2009

On the Road.....

My husband and I are on the road.. traveling to St Louis, MO for a family wedding. We decided to drive, we live in Massachusetts so this wasn't an easy ride, but we love it. It is an opportunity for us to see the United States and places that we might never travel to otherwise. For our honeymoon, we took 28 days and drove south to Florida, west to New Orleans, North to Tennessee and then east back home with numerous stops along the way. We got to see people and places we wouldn't have if we had flown. We walked around today seeing some of the sights in St Louis, the arch of course being the most popular where there was a gathering, Lawn Apolloza a street fair of sorts, they were serving various fair food, hot dogs hamburgers, french fries and of course some St Louis BBQ So we went for the Pulled Chicken Sandwiches, very good but a tad spicy. They use a lot more pepper in there sauce then in other BBQ areas. But it was yummy, it was served with a BBQ beans dish made with black,baked and red beans and some cole slaw. Which was also different then we've had down south in Tennessee for BBQ. The cole slaw was made with more of a ranch type dressing than a sweet one. Tonight we are going to the wedding so I will try to post tomorrow, we start the drive back tomorrow with a stop in Cooperstown , NY and the Baseball hall of Fame!!

Sunday, September 6, 2009

BBQ Chicken Pizza

On a busy night who doesn't love to just order a pizza? And how easy is it to dial that number.. Just as easy as it is to make this quick and delicious pizza at home. I did have intentions of grilling up some chicken for my pizza but time was not on my side. My hubby was getting home early so I had to think quick. I wanted to make a homemade version of my favorite pizza so I stopped at the market and picked up a rotisserie chicken and Pillsbury Pizza dough.

Shosh's BBQ Chicken Pizza

Preheat oven to 415
  • Can Pillsbury Pizza Dough
  • 1 Rotisserie Chicken
  • BBQ sauce, your choice I use Sweet Baby Ray's
  • Shallot, sliced
  • Shredded 4 blend cheese

  • Take all white meat off of chicken and shred put in bowl with 2 tbsp. BBQ sauce
  • Roll out pizza dough on a pizza stone and prebake dough for 5 minutes
  • Squeeze BBQ sauce in a diagonal on pizza dough and spread chicken evenly over pizza dough
  • Cover with cheese as much or little as you like and bake for 12-14 minutes until bubbly and yummy.

Its a square pizza so cut into squares and dig in!!

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Chicken , with Capers and Cream Sauce

I was wrestling with what to make for dinner the other night , I felt like I was in a rut. The same old thing every week, so I hit the internet and looked for a new chicken dish. I was looking for something quick, elegant, and in the comfort food range. I didn't think that was too much to ask....was it?? I came across this at allrecipes.com a recipe for Chicken Breasts in Caper Cream Sauce.


It sounded right up my alley I just need to change things up a bit as I am known to do, so here is my version of their recipe.

I do not really care for dill so I omitted that, since I had read a few of the reviews and some people subbed-out tarragon for the dill, and I would have too but I plum forgot to add it to the sauce. I have a tendency to do that....

Chicken and Capers with a Cream Sauce
  • 5 Chicken Breasts, pounded thin
  • 1 8oz. carton of cream
  • 1 sml shallot, diced
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • lemon juice to taste
  • 1-2 tsp capers
  • butter
  • olive oil
  • Melt 1 tbsp butter with 1 tsp olive oil
  • Saute shallots until opaque then transfer to a plate
  • Saute chicken in the shallot flavored butter/oil mixture 4-5 minutes each side and they are nicely browned, add a squeeze of lemon juice to taste
  • Add carton of cream and simmer on low for another 5 minutes until chicken is cooked thoroughly, and add capers
  • I finished it off with a swirl of honey to add a touch of sweetness

I served it with a traditional greenbean casserole ( yum) and two kinds of sweet potato. One sweet and one savory. I used a cinnamon chipotle seasoning blend I had for one and brown sugar and maple syrup for the other. All I can say is YUMMY!!!



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