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When a recipe calls for the juice of one lemon, figure on 2 to 3 tablespoons of juice.
When a recipe calls for lemon zest, figure on getting 1 tablespoon from an average-sized lemon.
Grater Cleanup Tip
Spray your grater with a nonstick spray before you use it. It will make the cleaning easier.
The Indispensible Onion
Hold the tear- no matter how you like your onions, there’s a flavor for you. Four shelf stable varieties to stock in your pantry (or another cool, dry, dark place) are red, white, yellow and sweet. The first three types are available year round. Sweet onions-including the popular Vidalia are in season from early spring through early fall. But any onion can complement just about every meal. Sliced and diced in salads and cooked dishes, sautéed into sauces, or as a Kabob component, the onion is a crowd pleaser.
Wishing all you “Wonderful” Chefs a Merry Christmas and a
Blessed and Happy New Year from Our Family to Yours.
Before you cut or grate a block of cheese, put the wedge in the freezer for about 20 minutes. This will prevent the cheese from clinging to the grater.
Wishing you and your family, the happiest of Thanksgiving, shared with family, friends and plenty of good food. I hope you try recipes you find on the website and of course, all our family favorites in the Cooking from the Heart cookbook. Don’t forget if you ever need me, I’m just an email away and I’d love to hear from you.
Start your Christmas shopping early and order Cooking from the Heart for your favorite family and friends for Christmas. ♥
For Fresher Cheese...
To prevent a chunk of cheese from getting moldy, place it in a zip-lock plastic bag along with one or two cubes of sugar (try to squeeze any excess air out of the bag). The cheese should stay fresh longer, and the sugar deters mold.
Hi Guys…with the 4th of July right around the corner, I just want to remind you to try the Flag Cake on page 112 in my cookbook …it makes a great show of the spirit of America and taste very yummy.
Have a happy and safe holiday… Debbie ♥
Thanksgiving is a day when we pause to give thanks for the things we have…Memorial Day is a day when we pause to give thanks to the people that fought for the things we have.
God Bless America and Our Troops
Gracie Allen's Classic Roast Beef Recipe I'm sending this to people who know who Gracie Allen was and to some who can simply appreciate a good recipe. Gracie Allen's Classic Recipe for Roast Beef 1 large Roast of beef 1 small Roast of beef
Take the two roasts and put them in the oven. When the little one burns, the big one is done.
Do you save your good silverware for a special holiday, well let’s perk up the week and enjoy. Re-arrange your utensil draw to use them every day. Why not? It’s lovely to look at and hold in your hand. If they were your Mom’s silverware that she passed to you, then think of how many times a day you’ll think of her and all the happy memories.
Try this quick Bruschetta recipe a friend served.
Red Pepper Pesto Bruschetta
3 whole tomatoes, diced
1 small onion, diced
1 cup of crushed pecans
1 bunch fresh basil, minced
4 cloves of garlic, minced
1 cup extra virgin olive oil
1 tsp. kosher salt and pepper
1 cup of fresh roasted red pepper, cut into strips
1 cup of grated romano or parmesan cheese
1 bag Tostitos Scoops Tortilla Chips
Mix all ingredients (except for the Tostitos Scoops Tortilla Chips) together in a bowl. Spoon mixture into Tortilla Chips and serve.
Here is a fun way to decorate my pound cake (page 116) for Easter
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If you having Easter company, here is a fun way to have place cards and a treat for your guests to take home
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Easter potholder with an initial pad and Palm
Try this simple biscuit recipe for dinner tonight
2 cups self-rising flour
1 cup whipping cream
Dash of salt
Preheat oven to 450 degrees
Combine flour, cream and salt in a mixing bowl, stirring just until blended. (The dough will be a little stiff) transfer dough to a lightly floured surface and knead 10 times. Roll into a ½ inch thickness and cut with a 2-inch cutter. (I use an upside down glass) Place biscuits close together on a lightly greased baking sheet and bake for 10 minutes. Will make approx. 12 biscuits
St. Joseph is the 'Adoptive' Father of Jesus and the Husband of the Virgin Mary. He is the Patron Saint of Carpenters, house buyers and sellers, fathers, confectioners, wheelwrights, working people and numerous countries and cities including Austria, Canada, Mexico, Sicily and Turin and Florence Italy.
The Feast of St. Joseph began in Sicily when during the middle ages the country was hit with drought and famine. The people of Sicily asked their Patron Saint, Joseph, to intervene. If he intervened and ended the drought the people of Sicily would have a feast honoring him. When the rain came and the crops grew the people of Italy saw that their prayers had been answered they began to prepare their feast in St. Joseph's honor.
The people of Sicily created an altar with three levels representing the Holy Trinity. The altar was draped in white and decorated with flowers. The tables were full of the food that had been harvested as a result of the rains along with seafood and wine. Once they were done preparing the altar, the people of Sicily invited the poor to share in the prayers and the food of the festival.
On March 19th each year, St. Joseph's Day Altars are erected to continue the homage and devotion for St. Joseph's intervention during the drought. As in the first feast, the Altar is set up in three tiers honoring the Holy Trinity, a statue of St. Joseph is placed on the top tier, surrounded by flowers and candles. Below his statue are a blanket of foods from pasta to olive oil to fava beans to Saint Joseph's Day baked goods. Symbolic St. Joseph's Dough Pastries filled with a fig mixture shaped as Monstrances, Hearts, Baskets, Fish and St. Joseph's staff, are also placed on the altar. No meats are placed on the altar as a result of St. Joseph's Day occurring during the Lenten season.
Once the Festival is about to begin a local Catholic priest comes to bless the altar and all of it's food. The Virgineddi or children portraying the Holy Family, are the first to taste all of the food on the altar. As each item is tasted by the Virgineddi, a drumroll is sounded and Viva San Giuseppe is shouted to cast away all of the evil spirits. As the festival ends the Virgineddi cut a blessed loaf of bread into pieces and give them to all who are in attendance. Legend has it that if you eat a piece of the bread you will have good fortune.
St. Joseph's Day is a day of feasting, happiness and the getting together of friends and family. I hoped you enjoyed this article on St. Joseph's Day. As they say at the St. Joseph's Day Feasts, May St. Joseph Always Smile Upon Us.
What a great Valentine’s Day gift this would be for anyone, filled with recipes from the heart ♥
Wishing you all The Happiest Day filled with Love
My youngest fan and future author of the “Cooking from the Heart” cookbook series J
Check this out, Yesterday I got an email that I thought was so cute I had to share this with you all. It was titled “If Men Baked Cookies” with an attached picture of their idea of a great cookie. Leave it to the imagination of men J
Today was candy making day… we have white chocolate and shredded coconut wreaths decorated with red candy to look like the holly berries, raisin and shredded coconut clusters, white and chocolate covered pretzels, peanut clusters and everyone’s favorite turtles. (I showed you the 4 steps making the turtles) I hope you have fun and enjoy these luscious holiday candies.
4 steps to make turtles
I made the sugar cookies today (pages 137-138) for my grand-daughters Christening party. After cooled I followed the recipe for the frosting, I then decorated the cookie with her name and polished her little toes. Be creative and have fun with this recipe.
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With Thanksgiving upon us let’s go over some safety tips.
Tips for storing leftover Turkey
Pack up your holiday leftovers within two hours of serving.
Use shallow containers so food can cool quickly in the refrigerator or freezer.
Keep refrigerated leftovers for only two days, so fill up those handy Ziploc bags and freeze it for another night’s welcome save-the-day dinner.
Remember to store the turkey and stuffing separately.
Freeze leftover turkey at 0 degrees at that temperature the leftovers should be good up to four months.
Keep leftovers free of freezer burn by squeezing the air out of the freezer bags before you seal them.
Refrigerate and freeze juicy foods in Ziploc storage containers to prevent the juice leaking on other foods.
Mark you Ziploc freezer containers with the contents and date you packed them.
Always defrost frozen food in the refrigerator to be safe.
HOW LONG CAN I KEEP LEFTOVERS
Turkey1-2 days4 months
Gravy2 days4 months
Stuffing2 days4 months
Potatoes 2 Days3-4 months
Breads3-4 days2-3 months
Fruit Pies2-3 days4 months
Wine, re-corked 1-2 days*try tip below
*Don’t waste wine just freeze small portions in Ziploc containers and use later in casseroles, stew’s and sauces.
My family and I hope you had the Best Thanksgiving ever and let the Christmas Shopping begin J
Here is a quick pasta dish for 2
Penne with pancetta, onion and tomato
8oz. penne pasta
¼ cup olive oil
1 small garlic clove, sliced thin
½ cup diced pancetta or bacon, cooked but not drained
½ cup thinly sliced onions
1 pinch chopped fresh rosemary
Salt and pepper to taste
1 pinch crushed red pepper
2 ½ cups crushed tomatoes
¼ cup chopped parsley
¼ cup grated Parmesan or Romano cheese
Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add penne pasta and cook until al dente, about 10 minutes and drain.
While pasta is cooking, heat the oil in a large sauté pan, add garlic and sauté until light golden in color. Add pancetta (or bacon) along with its juices and onions, sauté that for 3-4 minutes or until onions are soft. Add rosemary, salt, black pepper and crushed red pepper and stir for 30 seconds. Add tomatoes and simmer for 6-7 minutes. Swirl butter into sauce.
Add drained pasta to sauce and cook over low heat for 2 minutes or until your sauce is slightly absorbed by the pasta.
Sprinkle parsley and cheese. Toss together and serve.
Here is a quick and easy recipe to try J
2 garlic cloves
½ cup shelled pistachios
2 cups loosely packed fresh basil
½ tsp. salt
1/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil
¼ cup Pamigiano Reggiano cheese
Place garlic in food processor; pulse until chopped. Add pistachios, basil and salt; pulse until the nuts are finely chopped. Gradually add olive oil through food chute as pulsing until well combined. Add cheese and pulse 2 or 3 times. To have some on hand all winter, just prepare and freeze in ice cube trays. Stir a cube into soups, stews or pasta. Great with salads , chicken and fish.
For you novice cooks, I want to be here every step of the way for you…I check my email every day, so if you should come across anything that you’re not quite sure what I mean just drop me a quick note to Debbie@cookfromtheheart.com and I will get you an answer as soon as possible. Enjoy and have fun at the same time as you prepare another great dish for your family.
We were at a party yesterday and one of the guest brought this yummy treat…I had to get the recipe to share with you…I hope you like it as much as we did J
Ingredients: Preheat oven to 250 degrees
1 bag of Snyder’s butter snaps pretzels
1 bag of caramello candy
1 bag of walnuts, pecans, or your favorite
Place 1 pretzel on a baking sheet, take wrapping offcaramello and place in center of the pretzel and bake for about 5 to 10 minutes,(this is just to soften the caramello) remove from oven, place a nut in the center and refrigerate until set. When ready to serve transfer to a candy dish and enjoy.
OMG!!! Check this out….last weekend me and my husband went to Atlantic City for a Food and Wine Show. I got to meet some chefs, wine experts and authors from the Food Chanel. They were so friendly and seemed happy to receive my book and check out our website. We took pictures and had the best night…It felt like my 15 minutes of fame over and over… they had 3 open bars, the circumference of the ballroom displayed all the desserts and ending with a fantastic fashion show presented by Betsy Johnson. Here are a few pictures from the evening.
Harrah's Casino Hotel Entrance
A Cake Purse & My Baby
Chef Ann Burrell
Chefs Guy Fieri & Robert Irvine
Chef Sunny Anderson
Ohhh What A Night
Always use caution when working around the kitchen, stove and cutlery.