Posts for December 4th 2009
A couple of weeks ago, I made sparkling pomegranate cocktails; since then, I've been looking for ways to use the elderflower liqueur known as St. Germain. I came across this fresh sounding recipe that combines the floral spirit with simple syrup, lemon juice, and gin.
I know many of you aren't fans of gin, but since tomorrow is repeal day and everyone (gin and vodka drinkers) should be celebrating, I took the liberty of performing an impromptu taste test. I made two drinks — one with Hendrick's gin and the other with Grey Goose vodka.
Six people blind tasted both cocktails. While everyone agreed the gin one tasted better, the vodka one wasn't bad. The moral of the story? This cocktail is smooth, refreshing, and wildly good made with vodka or gin! Get the recipe and read more
Roasted Tomato and Chickpea Curry
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
1 medium onion, finely chopped
1 garlic clove, finely chopped
3/4 pound ground turkey or chicken
2 tablespoons curry powder, preferably Madras
2 teaspoons ground coriander
1 tablespoon ground cumin
2½ cups roasted tomatoes, coarsely chopped
Two 15-ounce cans chickpeas, drained
1 cup chicken broth
Salt and freshly ground pepper
Zest of ½ lemon (about 2 teaspoons), optional
1½ cups plain yogurt
Pita bread or rice, for serving
- In a large skillet, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add the onion and garlic and cook until softened, about 4 minutes. Move the onion to the side of the pan, add the ground turkey, curry powder, coriander and cumin and cook over medium-high heat until the turkey is browned and cooked through, about 6 minutes. Add the roasted tomatoes, chickpeas, chicken broth, 1 teaspoon of salt, 1/4 teaspoon of pepper and the lemon zest. Cook the curry over medium-low heat for 10 minutes more, stirring occasionally.
- Reduce the heat to low and stir in the yogurt, cooking until just heated through. Season the curry to taste with salt and pepper. Serve in pita bread, or with rice.
Whole Grain Pasta With Chickpeas and Escarole
2 cups whole-grain penne
1 head escarole, roughly chopped
4 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, plus more to taste
1/4 cup capers, drained and patted dry (optional)
5 cloves garlic, sliced
1/2 cup roughly chopped fresh parsley
1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
1 28-ounce can whole peeled tomatoes, crushed slightly, liquid reserved
1 15.5-ounce can chickpeas, drained, rinsed and patted dry
Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper
2 bay leaves
1/2 cup freshly grated parmesan cheese, plus more for garnish
- Cook the pasta according to the package directions; add the escarole during the last 2 minutes, cover and do not stir. Remove the escarole with tongs; set aside. Drain the pasta, reserving 1/2 cup cooking liquid. Meanwhile, if you're using capers, heat 1 tablespoon olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the capers and fry until crisp, about 2 minutes. Transfer to a paper-towel-lined plate.
- Add the remaining 3 tablespoons oil to the skillet. Cook the garlic, parsley and red pepper flakes until the garlic toasts slightly, 1 minute. Add the tomatoes, chickpeas, a pinch of salt and the bay leaves. Cook until the tomatoes and chickpeas brown, about 6 minutes. Add the escarole and reserved tomato juice and cook until the sauce thickens slightly, about 4 more minutes. Remove and discard the bay leaves.
- Add the cooked pasta to the skillet and toss with the sauce; season with salt and pepper. (If the sauce is thick, add some reserved pasta water.) Stir in the cheese and top with fried capers, if using, and more cheese.
Nutritional information per serving: Calories 540; Total Fat 19 g; (Sat Fat 4 g, Mono Fat 11 g, Poly Fat 2.6 g); Protein 21 g; Carb 79 g; Fiber 15 g; Cholesterol 9 mg; Sodium 800 mg
Ultimate Oatmeal Cookie: Hazelnut Chocolate Chip
1/2 cup (1 stick) plus 6 tablespoons butter, softened
3/4 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon (optional)
1/2 teaspoon salt
3 cups Oats (quick or old fashioned, uncooked)
3/4 cup hazelnuts, roasted, finely chopped
3/4 cup Guittard Semi Sweet Chocolate chips
1/4 cup Scharffen Berger Cacao Nibs
- Heat oven to 350°F. On a foil lined cookie sheet, roast the hazelnuts for 10-15 minutes until very fragrant. Let cool slightly, place the nuts in a clean hand towel and gently rub to remove the skin. Finely chop.
- In large bowl, beat butter and sugars on medium speed of electric mixer until creamy. Add eggs and vanilla; beat well.
- Add oats, flour, baking soda, cinnamon and salt, mix well.
- Add nuts, chocolate chip and cocao nibs, mix well.
- Drop dough by rounded tablespoonfuls onto ungreased cookie sheets.
- Bake 8 to 10 minutes or until light golden brown. Cool 1 minute on cookie sheets; remove to wire rack. Cool completely. Store tightly covered.
Makes about 3 dozen.
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12 Days of Holiday Giveaways – YumSugar’s Win A KitchenAid Professional Stand Mixer and Attachments from Williams-Sonoma Rules
12 Days of Holiday Giveaways – YumSugar’s Win A KitchenAid Professional Stand Mixer and Attachments from Williams-Sonoma Rules
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Mondays make people sad, and frowns are a leading cause of wrinkles. So before we all reach our golden years way before ever hitting our prime, we think it’s high time to take that sad, droopy Monday and turn it upside down with a Makeover Monday contest.
That’s the fun of it! Take our depressed little day and turn it into the sexy weekday diva it was meant to be by accessorizing it in fun. So visit RefreshYourFun.OnSugar.com and check out the details for your chance to win a Makeover Monday prize pack courtesy of Arbor Mist!