Showing posts with label food. Show all posts
Showing posts with label food. Show all posts

Thursday, November 03, 2016

TBT- 2005 My Mom and Youngest Making Noodles for Nonny's Chicken and Noodle Soup

Part of life while we were all small was eating my Grandmother's chicken noodle soup.  She took the day to mix up and roll out a very large batch of her egg noodles.  She would dry them on everything in the kitchen from chair backs to cereal boxes.
One day, late November, my Mom decided to show our youngest her Mother's egg noodle recipe from start to finish.  They had a great time.  In 2005 Tameryn was only five and totally grooving on getting her hands in the dough creating an end result that she could eat.

The recipe is simple; dump cake flour on the table, add enough eggs to make a pliable dough that does not stick to the table or rolling pin and add eggs or flour as needed to achieve this.

Nonny is what my brother and I called my Mom's Mom :)  She served her soup in a way that I have never seen anyone else do with the broth, chicken and noodles all separate.  After the whole chicken was cooked in the stock pot all day it was taken out on to a platter whole, not deboned and then the noodles were left in the colander.  This way all of the prepared additions, when building your bowl, kept their flavors.  This was wonderful for when they would finally come together in the bowl your steaming hot serving of soup not only fed our bodies but, our souls.  

Sooo incredibly satisfying.  My additions to this bowl were fresh spinach, mashed potatoes and grated aged provolone with a drizzle of olive oil.  Yes, we enjoyed every single bite and had a sense of nostalgia for this special time in our lives.

Monday, November 17, 2014

List Monday

Sizerville State Park Fall Festival 2014 on a beautiful afternoon through the pine needles

 List Monday-

  1.   Earrings Every Day Hoot, hoot!!
  2. How many fab items can be made with paper?  
  3. Let it go with Tiny Buddha
  4. Christmas CANDY recipes
  5. Hand lettering is a favorite of mine
  6. Scarf knotting 2014
  7. The Ultimate Beer Lover's Happy Hour, a veggie delight
  8. Warming up with some Mexican Hot Chocolate
  9. Men all in line Mimi Kirchner
  10. Surviving the Holidays SIMPLY


Beauty in the simple things

Tuesday, November 04, 2014

Simple Recipes- No Knead Bread

For anyone that follows me on Instagram or Facebook photos of bread have been prominent in my feeds and wall for this beautiful crusty bread.
taken with a my cell back in August-  look at that amazing crust
When my oldest daughter tried out a no knead bread recipe,  I immediately started a searching out what this fab sounding bread was all about online.
The first hit of course led me to the Mark Bittman video with Jim Lahey from Sullivan Street Bakery demonstrating his wonderfully easy process for baking no knead bread.

Mark Bittman, the Minimalist, and Jim Lahey owner of Sullivan Street Bakery

We regularly bought Wegman's Garlic Tuscan Bread with it's delicious flavor and crust along with it being such a substantial heavy loaf it was a favorite for us.  
Well let me tell ya :) after the first loaf came out of the oven no other loaf was going to satisfy.  
I have made of course the white along with wheat, oatmeal, rosemary/garlic, just garlic, rye and seed breads.  

It is so incredibly easy and this is the way I will write out the recipe for you.  (the dough you are looking at was double the recipe on card below, so 6 cups flour was used)

4 ingredients

mixed into a wet dough

simply covered to let rise for 12+ hours, here the rising takes place under a small fluorescent for added warmth during cooler weather all night long.

After 14 hours I have a beautiful gooey bowl of stringy dough.  At this stage treat it carefully while scraping onto the board as not to destroy the long stringy pockets of air now developed after all those hours.

Seeds will line the wooden proofing baskets along with cornmeal and AP flour.  Here you see sesame, chia and flaxseed.

the dough scraped from the large bowl onto a heavily floured bread board.
baskets sprayed with PAM and dusted with seeds, cornmeal and AP flour so the dough will not stick

After the dough was cut in half with scraper, each piece was folded a few times to form balls for putting in the prepared baskets.

proofing for 1 hour while dutchoven and oven are preheating 
plop in the bottom of a HOT flour dusted dutchoven

2nd loaf
first loaf

Sooo good!

We are eating the bread with German Bologna spread and Cheesy Broccoli soup tonight.  Youngest daughter is going vegetarian and won't be liking the sandwich part.... The vegetarian journey of Tameryn will be another post at some point, lol.

*Let me know if you decide to make this super easy, super superb bread and the variations you come up with.


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Friday, July 25, 2014

Simple recipes- Home-made Ketchup

Making something tasty does not have to be an ordeal. Being able to throw a few ingredients together, we already have on hand, for America's 2nd most popular condiment with mayonnaise ranking one and soy sauce coming in 3rd---- is pretty terrific.  

Wee piles of spices, starting at the top:   cloves, allspice, cinnamon, cayenne and dry mustard.  Yellow dried dates are a good source of calcium, vitamin C and  fiber with also adding a deep almost caramel note to your recipe.

Using the Vitamix is perfect for pulverizing dried yellow dates, if you don't have a good blender omit the dates.

taste tasted :-)
This recipe can be a base for other variations such as a jalapeno ketchup, mango ketchup with thyme, Chipotle ketchup, Masala ketchup, sun-dried tomato ketchup with basil and also Molasses, of course....wait for it- KETCHUP.
Dried herbs, different mustard, sugars, vinegar, dried fruits such as raisins or figs thrown in to mix it up or to treat it as a specific meat accompaniment for pork, beef and chicken.  

Well that was fun!  Thanks for taking a look at my adventures in ketchup this summer!  Next I put garlic, herbs and lemon juice under the knife.

Monday, January 06, 2014

Simple recipes- New England Clam Chowder-esque

Traditionally Christmas Eve dinner includes a pot of New England Style Clam Chowder around our table no matter what theme or menu I make, this is a mainstay in the box of Distler traditions.  Now it is not a traditional recipe but, what I create.
My Dad always did a combination of Manhattan and New England which included a quart of his canned tomatoes in a huge pot of sauteed slab bacon, carrots, celery, potatoes, clams, clam broth, thyme and parsley. He put a lot of clams, purchasing a quart of broth and a quart of clams from Thompson's Meat and Deli of St. Marys Pa.  It was more in tune with a big pot of clam vegetable soup to be honest, but truly heart warming and delicious.  My version is more on the white side and I use less clams and broth with 2-6 oz. of clams in their own juices, not an extra quart of broth.  His pot was also a 16 quart, where mine is 1/2 that size.

Here is what we start with:

  • 1/2 lb. slab bacon
  • 3 medium onions
  • 3-4 ribs celery
  • 1 stick of unsalted butter
  • 3/4 c. all purpose flour
  • water
  • chicken broth
  • 5 medium white potatoes
  • 2 can clams or more save broth
  • reserved clam broth 
  • fresh parsley
  • fresh thyme

  1. dice slab bacon,  saute in pot until done, then add the diced onions, celery ribs to the bacon and it's rendered fat until translucent in a large stock pot.
  2. put in stick of unsalted butter then make a roux from the rendered bacon fat and butter by adding the flour to the pot stirring until all the flour is mixed in.  Now it is time to pour in the water and chicken broth on top of the roux.
  3. depending on size of pot will determine how much water and broth you pour in, usually a 3 to 1 ratio. Fill the pot 2/3 with water, the small amount of reserved clam broth and then add 1/3 of the stock...  NOW I am not saying all the way to the top with the liquids, for potatoes will need to be added at some point, clams and perhaps cream or milk if you desire.  
  4. let this simmer for a decent amount of time, perhaps an hour, no more than 2 is needed.
  5. start preparing your potatoes with peeling and dicing in medium size pieces
  6. after the allotted simmering time, toss in potatoes, cooking until just about finished for the pot will be reheated perhaps different times during the evening and will also continue cooking when the pot is turned off.  
  7. when potatoes are done, add the drained  clams, fresh parsley and thyme.
  8. TASTE, do you need more clam flavor?  This year unbeknownst to my guests, I needed to add more flavor and thought about what I could do.. Fish Sauce was my solution along with a teaspoon of sugar for clams tend to add a sweetness to the pot.  
This makes a very tasty bowl of Chowder.  
You can also add croutons, snipped fresh herbs and milk or cream when ladled as pictured above.
Bummer, I should have poured in a swirl of cream to the bowl adding some great contrast to the shot..... 

Saturday, September 07, 2013

in a hurry for sushi

So much in a hurry that I just grabbed what I had including organic carrots, cucumber & pepper from the garden and cream cheese.   The simplified California roll was born.  A little this and that all came together with light soy, pickled ginger, toasted sesame, fresh mint & basil and a sauce from sour cream, hoisin sauce and sesame oil. 
A small rice cooker makes enough sushi rice for 4 rolls.  I don't like them as thick cutting them to half the thickness, spreading them out on a large plate and then a good shake of toasted sesame seeds. 
California roll lunch
2 rolls that day and then the next and yes, I smile through the morning coffee thinking about another big plate of seaweedy, sesame, fresh, creamy, layered goodness bite after bite on day two.  It is not perfect but, certainly does fill that need in a hurry!
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