Thursday, May 30, 2013

Croque Monsieur The National Sandwich of France

One of the first things I eat when arriving back in France is their most popular of all sandwiches the Croque Monsieur.  If you don't know it....basically its an extravagant version of a regular old ham and cheese.  Extravagant because you need to make a nice Gruyere Bechamel sauce and who in the world has time to do that!  NOT me!
So after much experimenting I finally came up with a viable alternative sauce that is quick, easy and delicious!
Here goes just watch the video and you too can have a Croque Monsieur on you plate in no time at all!

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Savory Sausage & Lentil Soup

Still cold in your area?  Looking for something to warm you up that's also easy enough to be put together quickly? How about a main dish that your kids will LOVE and you know is healthy?
Savory Sausage & Lentil Soup is just the ticket!!!!
Just watch the short video and you'll be on the way into the kitchen for sure!

Monday, May 27, 2013

Caroline's Chocolate Tart

This is a chocolate tart I have been making for years!  Never could find out the origin of exactly why it is called Caroline's Chocolate Tart but whoever Caroline is; Thank You Ever So Much!
Watch the short how to video for the directions!

Tarte au Chocolate de Caroline
Just the moistest, richest chocolate tarte you will ever have!
·         200 grams Dark Chocolate/ 7 ounces
·         180 Grams Powdered Sugar/ 6.5 ounces
·         175 Grams Butter/ 6.2 ounces
·         3 T. Flour
·         4 Eggs
·         Pinch of Salt
·          Butter & Cocoa Powder for the baking dish
1.       Preheat oven to 325
2.       Chop Chocolate & melt over simmering water
3.       Add butter & sugar; mix together
4.       Add 1 egg & 3 yolks
5.       Add the flour
6.       Beat egg whites with a pinch of salt until stiff
7.       Gently fold into the chocolate mixture
8.       Butter and cocoa powder the baking pan

9.       Bake 45-50 minutes

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Memorial Day Rocking Rooster Burgers

I’m having loads of fun exploring burgers for Memorial Day Weekend and actually, so is my husband Filippo!  Today we’re using chicken.   I wanted to create a hearty burger that would satisfy a big manly appetite or even a teenage boy who loves his big meaty burgers.
So after some experimenting I settled on a ground chicken burger stuffed with a mixture of fresh rosemary, sundried tomatoes and mozzarella cheese.  I can guarantee this burger will satisfy even the pickiest beef burger lover.  It’s hearty like beef, not at all dainty in flavor and pairs perfectly with a chill beer.

Ingredients for 3 burgers:
1 pound ground chicken
4 burger buns of choice
3 Sundried Tomatoes finely Chopped
¼ cup shredded mozzarella cheese
1 T. Non Fat Greek Yogurt
3 T. Fresh Chopped Rosemary
1 cup baby spinach
Mustard Red Onion Sauce
Ingredients for Mustard Red Onion Sauce:
½ cup Non Fat Greek Yogurt
¼ cup Grated Red Onion with juice
1 T. Dijon Mustard
¼ t. salt
Pinch pepper
½ t. lemon juice
1.     Mix all sauce ingredients together and set aside
2.     Divide chicken into 6 thin patties
3.     Mix together sundried tomatoes, yogurt, mozzarella and rosemary
4.     Spread cheese mixture in center three of the patties
5.     Top with remaining patties gently squeezing edges together
6.     Heat sauté or grill pan and coat with non stick spray
7.     Sauté patties for about 15 minutes on medium turning once.
8.     Spread Sauce on top and bottom of buns, add the spinach and patty.

If you wanted, these chicken patties could be served as a main dish with a salad or veggies on the side.  Definitely serve the onion mustard sauce on the side or topping the patties; it really adds another dimension of flavor!

Monday, May 20, 2013

Memorial Day Burger Madness!

Italian Lolli-Burgers
Is there anything more festive than finger foods?  Memorial Day is the perfect time to give your gathering a fun boost with burgers on a stick!
Scallions, brandy and fresh oregano combine to create a depth of flavor that will make your taste buds sing! In Italy I’ve seen similar dishes served with roasted eggplant on the side but my family prefers a fresh arugula and tomato salad instead!  Give these a try; you’ll find the dinner table conversation kicked up a notch when everyone is holding an Italian Lolli-Burger in their hand!
Ingredients for 4 servings:
1 Pound Ground Sirloin
1/3 Pound Ground Pork
12 slices Pancetta or 6 Slices Bacon
1 Tablespoon Brandy or Apple Juice
3 Scallions Chopped
2 Tablespoons Fresh Oregano Chopped
¼ Cup Grated Parmesan
¼ Cup Italian bread crumbs
Salt & Pepper
Olive Oil
12 Bamboo Skewers soaked in water for 20 minutes
Pre heat oven to 375
Mix together all ingredients except olive oil and pancetta.
Form 12 sausages and place a skewer from bottom to top in each one.
Wrap with one slice each of pancetta or ½ slice each of bacon.
Give them a light spray or drizzle of olive oil.
Place on parchment paper lined baking sheet.
Roast for 20 minutes until nicely browned and cooked through.