Saturday, September 29, 2018

CHOCOLATE MOUSSE

Rich, delicious, elegant, and easy to make. Two- or three-ounce servings are sufficient. Can be made in a food processor, but it makes cleaning up difficult.




Chocolate Mousse
Serves 6 to 8


8 ounces semisweet chocolate chips
1 cup whipping cream
Pinch of salt
4 egg yolks

1. Place chocolate chips in blender container.
3. Heat whipping cream to boiling point and then pour into blender container.
4. Blend for 1 minute.
5. Add salt.
6. Add egg yolks, one at a time, blending after each addition. Blend for 30 seconds.
7. Divide mixture among six to eight demitasse glasses and refrigerate until firm.
8. Remove from the refrigerator about 15 minutes before serving. A garnish of a mint leaf, chocolate shavings, or whipped cream may be added.

Saturday, March 31, 2018

HOT ARTICHOKE DIP

There is not much nutritionally redeeming in this recipe. However, it's still a good recipe to have in one's repertoire.


HOT  ARTICHOKE  DIP




8 ounces cream cheese

1/2 cup mayonnaise

2 cloves garlic, minced

1/2 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce

1/4 teaspoon hot sauce

4 ounces mozzarella cheese, shredded

1 cup grated Parmesan cheese

8.5 ounces (drained weight) canned, but not marinated, artichoke hearts, 
drained and chopped



1. In medium-sized mixing bowl, beat cream cheese.

2. Beat in mayonnaise, garlic, Worcestershire sauce, and hot sauce.

3. Stir in mozzarella cheese, Parmesan cheese, and artichoke hearts.

4. Turn into shallow baking dish.

5. Bake about 20 minutes in 350°F. oven until bubbly.



NOTE: Serve hot with bagel or pita chips. Can be baked for 30 to 45 minutes in small Crock-Pot insert and then inserted in warmed Crock-Pot for serving. Some add a drained small can of diced green chiles in Step 3.

Monday, February 19, 2018

POTATO GRATIN

I've been searching for a great gratin for a few years, and I finally found it. The original recipe calls for quarter-inch-thick potato slices, but I cut mine with a European cheese slicer, which I also used to peel the potatoes, and the slices were about an eighth of an inch thick. One more thing, be sure to let gratin rest for 10 minutes after removing it from the oven.




Potato  Gratin
Serves 9


2 ½ cups whipping cream
¾ cup finely chopped shallots
1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh rosemary
2 teaspoons salt
¾ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
4 pounds russet potatoes, peeled, cut into ¼-inch or thinner slices                                                                             
8 ounces sharp white cheddar cheese, coarsely grated


1. Whisk together cream, shallots, rosemary, salt, and pepper in medium bowl.
2. Place half of potatoes in buttered 13x9x2-inch glass baking dish, distributing them evenly.
3. Spread with about ¾ packed cup cheese.
4. Top with second half of potatoes, distributing them evenly.
5. Pour cream mixture over potatoes.
6. Sprinkle remaining cheese over top of potatoes.
7. Cover gratin with aluminum foil and bake at 375°F. oven for 1 hour.
8. Uncover and bake until top is golden brown and potatoes are tender, about 45 minutes longer. May be broiled for a few minutes if necessary to get top golden brown.

9. Remove from oven and let rest 10 minutes before serving.

Thursday, July 13, 2017

APRICOT BARS

Candy-like topping over delicious shortbread crust—gotta love it! These store well and are better eight or more hours after baking.





Apricot  Bars
Makes 16

2/3 cup dried apricots
1 1/3 cups all-purpose flour, divided
1/4 cup fine granulated sugar
1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
1/8 teaspoon salt
2 eggs at room temperature
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup chopped walnuts
1/2 cup shredded coconut

1. Butter 8x8-inch baking pan.
2. Rinse apricots, cover with water, and boil 10 minutes. Drain, cool, and chop.
3. Combine 1 cup flour and granulated sugar. Blend in butter until crumbly, using fork or pastry blender. Press mixture into bottom of prepared pan.
4. Bake crust at 350°F. until lightly browned, about 18 minutes.
5. Beat eggs and vanilla, and then gradually beat in brown sugar.
6. Sift remaining 1/3 cup flour with baking powder and salt.
7. Blend flour mixture into egg mixture.
8. Stir in walnuts, coconut, and apricots. Spread over baked crust.
9. Bake in 350°F. oven for 30 to 35 minutes.

10. Cool completely before cutting into 16 bars.
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