Monday, October 1, 2018

Pumpkin Muffins

1½ C flour
1/2 C sugar, plus extra for topping
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1/2 C milk
1/2 C pumpkin
1/2 C butter or margarine, melted or canola oil
1 egg
1/2 C raisins

Mix all ingredients by hand just until flour is moistened. Batter should be lumpy. Fill greased muffin cups 2/3 full. Sprinkle 1/4 teaspoon sugar over batter in each cup. Bake at 400° for 17 to 19 minutes, or until a toothpick, inserted in the center, comes out clean. Immediately remove from pan.
Yield: 12 pumpkin muffins

Hint: These muffins are equally delicious with fresh or canned pumpkin. They freeze well.

Saturday, September 15, 2018

Basil and Spinach Salad

© "So Easy, So Delicious"
6 C spinach leaves
1½ C basil leaves
1/4 C olive oil
3 cloves garlic, crushed
1/3 C pine nuts (pignoli)
Salt and pepper, to taste
1/3 to 1/2 C fresh Parmesan cheese, grated

Toss the spinach and basil together in a large bowl. Heat the oil in a skillet and add garlic and pine nuts. Sauté until the nuts begin to brown slightly. Pour oil mixture over the greens and sprinkle with Parmesan cheese. Toss immediately and season to taste with salt and pepper.

Saturday, September 1, 2018

Peach Kuchen

© "From Ellie's Kitchen to Yours"
2 C flour
1/4 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1 C sugar (reserve 2 T)
1/2 C butter or margarine
12 peach halves (fresh or canned)
1 tsp cinnamon
2 egg yolks
1 C sour cream

Sift together flour, baking powder, salt and 2 tablespoons sugar. With a pastry blender or food processor, blend in butter or margarine until it resembles cornmeal. Pile into an ungreased 8-inch square pan or springform pan and pat an even layer of crumbs on bottom and half way up sides of pan. Place peach halves on pastry. Combine sugar and cinnamon and sprinkle over peaches. Bake at 400° for 15 minutes. Combine egg yolks with sour cream and pour over kuchen and bake 30 minutes longer. Cool on a wire rack.

Hint: This is especially delicious during peach season when you can use fresh peaches. It's very impressive looking, but so simple to make.

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Spaghetti Salad

© "From Ellie's Kitchen to Yours"


8 oz spaghetti, cooked and drained
4 medium tomatoes, cut in chunks
1 cucumber, peeled and cut in chunks
1 onion, chopped
1/4 C parsley, chopped
1/3 to 1/2 Ib Feta cheese, crumbled


1/4 C olive oil
2 T fresh lemon juice
3 T wine vinegar
1 T sugar
1 T fresh basil, finely chopped or 1 tsp dried basil
1/4 tsp pepper
Dash Tabasco sauce

Combine ingredients for dressing and refrigerate for several hours or up to a few days ahead. Cook spaghetti and drain. Transfer to a large bowl. While spaghetti is still hot, mix with Feta cheese. Add tomatoes, cucumber, onion and parsley. Add dressing and toss.

Hint: If you find that Feta cheese is too salty, try the imported Feta from France. It is much creamier in texture and a lot less salty than domestic Feta. You may substitute 1 heaping tablespoon of dried parsley for the fresh parsley. The ratio between fresh to dried herbs is 3:1. You need three times as much of the fresh as dried. This salad is fantastic in late summer when fresh basil and native tomatoes are at their peak!

Wednesday, August 1, 2018


© "From Ellie's Kitchen to Yours"
6 very ripe tomatoes, peeled and chopped
1 medium cucumber, peeled, seeded and chopped
1 small onion, finely chopped
1 small green pepper, finely chopped
1 clove garlic, minced
1½ C tomato juice
3 T olive or canola oil
2 T red wine vinegar
1 tsp salt, or to taste
Black pepper, to taste
2 to 3 drops Tabasco sauce
Croutons (for garnish)

Purée all ingredients, except croutons, in a blender or food processor. Serve in chilled soup bowls or mugs. Garnish with croutons.

Hint: To peel tomatoes, place them in boiling water for about 30 to 40 seconds. Remove and immediately plunge them into ice cold water. Using a sharp paring knife, peel off skins. Gazpacho is a very refreshing soup that I first tasted in Spain many years ago. It is very low in calories and fat and is a great way to use any surplus vegetables you may have from your garden.

Tuesday, July 24, 2018

Chicopee Library

Sunday, July 15, 2018

Grilled Lemon Mustard Chicken

© "From Ellie's Kitchen to Yours"
2 lbs boneless chicken breasts, halved
1/4 C fresh herbs such as basil, parsley,
  oregano or rosemary, chopped
1/4 C Dijon mustard
1/2 C fresh lemon juice
Rind of one lemon, chopped
1/4 tsp black pepper

In a small bowl combine all ingredients, except chicken, to make the marinade. Place chicken in a nonaluminum pan and pour marinade over it. Marinate for 2 to 4 hours in the refrigerator. Grease grids of grill with oil or spray with nonstick spray. Grill chicken for 6 to 9 minutes per side, or until cooked through. Check carefully for doneness so that the chicken will not get overcooked and dry.

Hint: This is a wonderful fat free marinade that has an intense lemon flavor. If not overcooked, it tastes very moist and juicy.

Sunday, July 1, 2018

Flag Pizza

1 lb pizza dough
Approx. 2 C pizza sauce or thick spaghetti sauce
Black olives, sliced or cut into star shapes
8 to 12 oz Mozzarella cheese, shredded
1/4 lb pepperoni slices
1 red pepper, cut into 1/2-inch dice
15 to 20 cherry or grape tomatoes, cut in half
Few T flour for rolling out dough
Oregano, for sprinkling on top
Few tsp olive oil for pan and for sprinkling or spraying on top
Cornmeal for sprinkling on pan

On a lightly floured surface, roll out pizza dough and place on an oiled 10½-x15½-inch pizza pan or cookie sheet. Sprinkle with cornmeal. Spread pizza sauce thinly over entire surface. Mark off a portion in upper left corner of dough to reserve for sliced or star-shaped olives. Make “red” horizontal stripes, using pepperoni, then a white stripe using Mozzarella, then red stripe using diced red pepper, then Mozzarella, then sliced tomatoes, etc. Sprinkle top of pizza with oregano and a little olive oil. Bake at 450° for about 15 minutes, or until golden, and top crust starts to get golden around the edges. Fold up a piece of the bottom crust to look for patches of golden brown and feel for stiffness of dough to see if done. When done, remove from oven and cool for at least 5 minutes and then cut into squares.

Friday, June 15, 2018

Strawberries Romanoff

© "From Ellie's Kitchen to Yours"
1 qt strawberries
Sugar, to taste
1/2 pt vanilla ice cream, softened
1/2 C whipping cream
2 to 3 T cherry (Kirsch) or orange liqueur
Mint sprigs, for garnish

Wash, hull, slice and sugar berries. Add liqueur and refrigerate for a few hours. Whip cream and fold together with softened ice cream. Lightly fold in the berries and refrigerate until serving time, at least one hour. Garnish with fresh mint, if desired.

Hint: This is a simple, delicious and beautiful dessert. If served in champagne glasses, it is especially elegant.

Friday, June 1, 2018

Pork Tenderloin with Cherry Sauce

12 to 16 oz pork tenderloin
Freshly ground pepper
1 T olive oil

Cherry Sauce

6 T cherry jam
1½ T red wine vinegar
1 T brown sugar
1/8 tsp cinnamon
1 Pinch allspice

Remove excess fat and silver skin from tenderloin. Sprinkle meat with salt and pepper. Heat olive oil in a fry pan over medium-high heat. Sear tenderloin on all sides, about 6 to 8 minutes total. Transfer the tenderloin to a roasting pan and roast at 350° for 15 to 20 minutes, or until an instant read thermometer or meat thermometer registers 145° to 150° when inserted in the thickest part of the meat. While tenderloin is roasting, prepare cherry sauce. In a small saucepan, combine jam, vinegar, brown sugar, cinnamon and allspice. Bring to a simmer and cook for about 6 to 7 minutes, stirring occasionally. When tenderloin has reached desired temperature, let rest for 5 minutes before slicing. Serve with warm cherry sauce.

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Chocolate Chunk and Cherry Cookies

1½ C flour
1 C cocoa
1 tsp baking soda
½ tsp salt
1 C unsalted butter
¾ C granulated sugar
1¼ C dark brown sugar, firmly packed
2 eggs
2 tsp vanilla
1½ C chopped bittersweet chocolate
1½ C dried cherries, chopped

In a medium bowl, combine flour, cocoa, baking soda and salt. In a large bowl, beat the butter and both sugars together until fluffy. Beat in the eggs, one at a time, and then add vanilla. Reduce mixer speed to low and gradually add flour mixture just until combined. Stir in chopped chocolate and cherries. Shape 1 tablespoon dough into rough balls, press lightly and place 2 inches apart on parchment-lined cookie sheets. Bake at 350° for 9 to 10 minutes, or until cookies seem done. Cool cookies on pan for about 2 minutes and then transfer to a wire rack until completely cooled.
Yield: 3 to 4 dozen cookies

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Spicy Hoisin Salmon

2 T hoisin sauce
1 T soy sauce (reduced sodium, preferred)
2 tsp rice vinegar
1/4 tsp ginger
1/8 tsp red pepper flakes
12 to 16 oz salmon filet
1 scallion, sliced

In a small bowl, whisk together hoisin sauce, soy sauce, vinegar, ginger and red pepper flakes. Place salmon in a greased or sprayed baking pan. Spread or brush half of hoisin mixture over fish. Bake at 450° for 10 minutes. Spread or brush remaining hoisin mixture over the salmon and top with scallion. Bake for another 5 to 7 minutes, or until fish flakes.

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!