Sunday, April 15, 2018

Farroto with Peas and Parmesan

1 T olive oil
½ C chopped onion
1 C farro
4 C chicken broth
1 T butter
1 C finely grated Parmesan cheese
1 C fresh or frozen peas

Place oil in a large saucepan on medium heat. Add onion and stir for about 3 minutes, or until tender. Add farro and stir for about 5 minutes, or until toasted. Add chicken broth, about ½ cup at a time. Cook and stir after each addition, until broth is absorbed. Continue adding broth, stirring often, until farro is tender, but not mushy. (The process takes about 40 minutes.) Stir in the butter, Parmesan and peas. Cook and stir until heated through.

Hint: Cooking farro this way is like making risotto, but farro contains more antioxidants and fiber than rice and is therefore healthier.

Sunday, April 1, 2018

Lemon Meringue Cookies

© "From Ellie's Kitchen to Yours"
3 egg whites
½ tsp cream of tartar
1 C sugar
1 T lemon rind, grated
Nonstick cooking spray

Beat egg whites until foamy and add cream of tartar. Gradually beat in sugar, 2 tablespoons at a time, until stiff glossy peaks form. Fold in lemon rind. Drop by teaspoon onto baking sheets that have been sprayed with nonstick cooking spray. Bake at 275° for 20 to 25 minutes. Cool on wire rack.
Yield: 5 to 6 dozen

Hint: These delicious cookies have no fat or cholesterol and contain approximately 35 calories each. The lemon imparts a wonderful flavor. These make a wonderful gift for someone who is on a very restricted low fat or fat free diet. To achieve maximum volume from the egg whites, they should be at room temperature when beaten.

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Mandarin Salad

© "From Ellie's Kitchen to Yours"
½ C sliced almonds
3 T sugar
½ head iceberg lettuce
½ head Romaine lettuce
1 C celery, chopped
2 scallions, chopped
11 oz can mandarin oranges, drained

½ tsp salt
¼ C olive or canola oil
2 T sugar chips
2 T cider vinegar
Dash Tabasco sauce

In a small pan over medium heat cook almonds and sugar; stir constantly until almonds are coated and sugar is dissolved. Cool and store in an airtight container. Combine all dressing ingredients and chill. Tear lettuce into bite-size pieces and place in a large bowl. Add celery, scallions and oranges. Just before serving, add almonds and dressing and then toss

Hint: When heating almonds and sugar, watch constantly so that they don't burn. The almonds may be caramelized several days in advance and stored in a tin. The only problem is that they are so delicious that there may not be any left when you go to serve the salad! This salad has gotten rave reviews at many of my cooking classes and dinner parties!

Sunday, March 4, 2018

Contemporary Passover Recipes Cooking Class

Temple B'nai Torah, Sudbury, MA

Thursday, March 1, 2018

Raspberry Orange Sauce

© "From Ellie's Kitchen to Yours"
10 oz pkg frozen raspberries, defrosted
11 oz can mandarin oranges, drained
¼ C orange liqueur

Combine all ingredients and place in a tightly covered container and marinate in the refrigerator for at least 24 hours. Serve over vanilla ice cream or frozen yogurt.

Hint: To make this fancier, place ice cream on a slice of pound cake or on a meringue glacée and pour topping over it.

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Sunday, February 18, 2018

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Chicken with Hoisin Sauce

© "From Ellie's Kitchen to Yours"
1 lb boneless chicken breasts cut into 1" cubes
1 T soy sauce
1 T sugar
1 T cornstarch
½ can water chestnuts, sliced
2 T hoisin sauce
1 C mushrooms, sliced
¼ lb pea pods
1 red or green pepper, cut into 1" cubes
½ C cashews, salt rinsed off
2 to 3 T peanut or canola oil

Combine soy sauce, sugar and cornstarch and marinate chicken cubes in this mixture for at least ½ hour in the refrigerator. Heat wok and add 1 to 2 tablespoons oil. Stir-fry chicken until it turns white. Remove. Add 1 tablespoon oil to hot wok. Stir-fry vegetables until slightly cooked (still crisp). Add reserved chicken, cashews and hoisin sauce. Stir until heated through. Serve with white rice or fried rice.

Hint: This is one of the easiest and most delicious stir-fry dishes. You can substitute peanuts for the cashews. Organization is the key to preparing any stir-fry dish. Everything should be cut up before you begin cooking. You can do this several hours in advance. The chicken may be marinated for several hours or overnight. Once the wok is hot, toss everything together, as directed. Also, if you don't have a wok, an electric frying pan or Dutch oven will work well for stir-frying. The reason a wok is so beneficial is because you only need a small amount of oil to cook in it. The sloping sides allow the same small amount of oil to be tossed around, whereas a flat bottomed vessel seems to "eat up the oil" and you constantly have to add more to it.

Thursday, February 1, 2018

Kahlua Brownie Heart

© "From Ellie's Kitchen to Yours"
2 squares unsweetened chocolate
1 stick butter or margarine
2 eggs
1 C sugar
1 tsp baking powder
½ tsp instant coffee or espresso powder
1 C flour
3 T coffee liqueur (Kahlua)
Confectioners' sugar for sprinkling on top (optional)
Whipped cream, for garnish
Raspberries or strawberries, for garnish

Melt chocolate and butter or margarine over a double boiler or in a microwave on medium power for 2 to 2½ minutes. Whisk in eggs. Beat in remaining ingredients. Pour into a greased and floured 9-inch heart-shaped pan. Bake at 350° for approximately 18 to 20 minutes or until toothpick, inserted in center, comes out clean. Do not overbake; cake should be fudgey and moist. Cool on wire rack and turn out onto a platter. Sprinkle with confectioners' sugar and decorate border with whipped cream. Garnish cream with fresh raspberries or strawberries.

Hint: If you are making this for Valentine's Day garnish with heart-shaped candies. You can also make this recipe as Kahlua Brownies in a 9-inch square pan or make 6 or 7 mini-hearts in 3-inch heart-shaped pans. Fill these pans halfway with batter and bake at 350° for 10 to 12 minutes or until toothpick, inserted in center, comes out clean.

Monday, January 15, 2018

Italian Ground Beef Sub

© "From Ellie's Kitchen to Yours"
16 oz loaf Italian bread
1 lb lean ground beef
1 onion, chopped
1 C spaghetti sauce
1 tsp oregano
1 to 1½ C Mozzarella or Cheddar cheese, shredded

Cut loaf of bread in half lengthwise. Remove bread from inside of bottom half so that only the shell remains. Sauté beef and onion on top of stove until meat is no longer pink. Drain off fat. Add spaghetti sauce and oregano to meat. Place meat mixture in hollowed-out bread and sprinkle with shredded cheese. Cover with top half of bread. Bake at 350° for 15 minutes, or until cheese melts. Let rest for about 5 minutes before slicing. Cut into large slices and serve.

Microwave: Beef may also be cooked in the microwave by placing it in a plastic colander in a deep microwave bowl. (This allows any fat from meat to drain.) Cook on high for 3 to 5 minutes, or until beef is no longer pink. Stir halfway through cooking.

Hint: This has also been called a Superbowl sandwich for it is great to serve while watching the Superbowl or any football game. It's even good when you're not watching TV.

Monday, January 1, 2018

Quick Corn Chowder

© "From Ellie's Kitchen to Yours"
16 oz can cream style corn
16 oz milk
1 large potato, diced
1 green or red pepper, diced
1 medium onion, diced
1 T butter or margarine
Salt and pepper, to taste

Boil diced potato until almost tender and set aside. Melt butter or margarine in a 2-quart saucepan. Add onion and pepper and sauté until tender. Add corn, milk, potato that has been cooked and drained, salt and pepper. Stir and bring to a boil. Immediately reduce to a simmer and cook for 15 to 20 minutes or until potato is tender. Adjust seasoning
Yield: 4 servings

Hint: Since I've gotten this recipe, I always keep a can of creamed corn handy. The other ingredients are usually staples in my house so I use this as an emergency dish on a cold fall or winter evening. It's a real comfort food that everyone enjoys. This even tastes good with skim milk!

Friday, December 15, 2017

Roasted Peppers on Bruschetta

© "So Easy, So Delicious"
2 very ripe bananas
Scant 1/2 C canola oil
2 eggs
Scant 1 C sugar
1/4 C walnuts, chopped
1/4 C mini-chocolate chips
1 tsp vanilla
1¼ C flour
1 tsp baking soda

Mash bananas in a large bowl or food processor. Add oil, eggs, sugar, nuts, chocolate chips and vanilla. Using a wooden spoon or spatula, mix well. Fold in flour and baking soda until blended. Pour into a greased 9"x5" loaf pan and bake at 350° for 45 to 55 minutes, or until a toothpick, inserted in the center, comes out clean. If you prefer, bake in (2) 3"x6" mini-loaf pans. However, reduce the baking time to 38 to 42 minutes.

Sunday, December 3, 2017

Hanukkah Delights Cooking Class

"Thanks so much for such a great cooking class yesterday. Everyone who came had a wonderful time and all of the food we prepared was delicious.”
Amy S., Temple B'nai Torah, Sudbury, MA

Friday, December 1, 2017

Short Cut Spinach Lasagna

© "From Ellie's Kitchen to Yours"
2 C (1 lb) low fat or nonfat cottage cheese
2 C (1/2 lb) part skim shredded Mozzarella cheese, divided
1 egg or egg substitute
10 oz pkg frozen chopped spinach
1 tsp oregano
Salt and pepper, to taste
29 to 32 oz spaghetti sauce
9 lasagna noodles (1/2 lb), uncooked
1 C water

Thaw and drain spinach. In large bowl combine cottage cheese, 1 cup of the Mozzarella, egg, spinach, salt, oregano and pepper. In greased 9"x13" baking dish, layer 1 cup sauce, third of noodles and half the cheese mixture. Repeat. Top with remaining noodles, then remaining sauce. Sprinkle with remaining 1 cup Mozzarella. Pour water around edges. Cover tightly with foil. Bake at 350° for one hour and 15 minutes or until bubbly. Let stand 15 minutes before serving.

Hint: This is a wonderful low cholesterol, low fat pasta dish that appeals to people of all ages. It is especially appealing to the cook, because it is so quick and easy to make! You don't even have to cook the lasagna first, which saves both time and mess. This may be made up to 2 days in advance. It also freezes very well.

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Baked Brie Cheese with Apples and Honey

Nonstick spray
1 lb round Brie cheese
1 to 2 T honey, or to taste
1 apple, finely diced
1 tsp fresh lemon juice, or to taste
3 to 4 T slivered or sliced almonds

Spray pie plate or other decorative oven-proof pan with nonstick spray. Place brie in middle of pan. Spread a thin coat of honey on top of the Brie. Combine diced apple and lemon juice and sprinkle over honey. Top with almonds. Bake at 350° for about 15 to 17 minutes, or until cheese is hot. Serve with chunks of crusty bread or crackers.

Hint: Camembert cheese may be substituted for Brie.