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Friday, February 23, 2007

Oven Roasted Habaneros

30 medium habanero peppers
2 T garlic powder
2 T olive oil
1 tsp sea salt
2 tsp brown sugar
1 T smoke flavoring

Slie peppers in half. Always wear gloves when working with habanero peppers. Toss in a bowl with garlic powder, olive oil, sea salt,brown sugar and smoke flavor. Let sit in the fridge for an hour. Lay peppers on a cookie sheet. Bake in a 200 degree oven for one hour or until the peppers take on a raisin like appearance. Store in an an airtight container or in a jar with Balsamic vinegar. They are great chopped in salads or blended in soups and hot sauces.

Recipe courtesy Demetria Dixon ©2006

Tuesday, February 20, 2007

Thyme & Basil Hot Water Cornbread

2 C Corn Meal
1 tsp salt
1 egg
1 C boiling water
1 tsp fresh basil chopped
1 tsp fresh thyme chopped
zest of 1 lemon
1 tsp vegetable or canola oil
3 C vegetable oil

Place Meal and salt in a bowl. Add hot water and the egg. Stir, completely incorporating the egg. Add basil, thyme, zest and oil. Heat remaining oil in large cast iron skillet to about 300 - 325. Place a heaping tablespoon of the batter into the hot oil. Fry until golden brown. Drain on paper towels.

For extra added flavor crumble fried bacon or pancetta to the batter before frying.

Recipe courtesy of Demetria Dixon ©2006

Dark Chocolate Sabayon w/ Rum &Triple Sec

6 egg yolks
½ Cup sugar
¼ Cup Dark Rum
¼ Cup Triple Sec
½ C melted dark chocolate

Dark Chocolate Ganache
¼ C El Rey Dark Chocolate (chopped) – You may use any dark chocolate you prefer
¼ C cream

In a small sauce pan, heat the cream on a low flame. Watch the cream very carefully. Place the chopped chocolate in a bowl. Once the cream is heated through pour over chocolate. Whisk until the mixture is thoroughly combined and glossy. Set aside.

In a large (heat safe) glass bowl whisk egg yolks, sugar, rum and triple sec until incorporated. Now if you prefer you can transfer this to a double boiler. I simply take the bowl and rest it atop a pan of simmering water. Don’t let the pan touch the water. Whisk continuously until the mixture thickens. This can take anywhere from 7 to 10 minutes. Remove from heat and set bowl atop a bowl of ice to immediately stop the cooking process. Fold in cooled dark chocolate ganache until completely incorporated. At this point the sabayon is ready to eat. It is delicious served over fresh fruit.

Suggested serving:
For a quick delicious dessert, buy a store bought pound cake, cube and drizzle with rum or orange juice. Serve in a beautiful dessert cup topped with Sabayon and fresh fruit.

Recipe courtesy of Demetria Dixon ©2007

Wednesday, February 07, 2007

Habanero Caramel Cookies

This is a recipe I created a couple of years ago. I love working with peppers and I wanted to do a dessert with Habanero peppers. I tried doing ice cream but the peppers were so hot that it would not freeze. It did make quite an exciting malted. Because of my long history with Habanero peppers, I implore you to please wear gloves. I can not stress this enough. These peppers will burn the skin and you really do not want to accidentally rub your eye with Habanero juice fingers. That said, this is a fun recipe which always gets a great reaction when I bake them.

2 ¼ C self-rising flour
¼ tsp salt
½ C butter (unsalted) ¾ C granulated sugar
¼ C brown sugar
1 ½ tsp vanilla extract 2 large eggs
½ C homemade caramel w/chopped habaneros
Optional ingredients, ½ C Ghirardelli Dark Chocolate Chips, ½ C chopped pecans or toasted almonds.

Preheat oven to 350º

In a sauce pan add 1 C sugar and enough water to wet to dampen the sugar. Heat pan until sugar and water melts and begins to turn amber. Turn off heat and add 1 C cream slowly stirring continuously. Once caramel is the desired consistency, add habanero peppers.

Cream sugar, brown sugar and butter together until creamy and the sugar has dissolved. Beat eggs thoroughly (none of that barely beaten egg stuff, I despise the taste of egg in baked goods.) and add to butter and sugar mixture. Add salt. Slowly incorporate flour to the mixture. Add ¾ of the caramel to the dough. Fold caramel into dough, just until caramel can be seen through out the dough. Using hands seems to work best; however because of the heat of the habanero pepper, I highly recommend wearing gloves. If you are using optional ingredients please add them now. Use a plastic spoon to drop a teaspoon of dough of a greased cookie sheet. To each cookie press a dab of caramel on top. Bake 10 - 12 minutes.

Recipe courtesy of Demetria Dixon ©2005

Saturday, February 03, 2007

February's Featured Cookbook

Good Southern comfort food. Sticks to your ribs, warms you on cold nights, comforts you when things go wrong. My featured selection for February is by Paula Deen. Paula is that wonderful combination of down-home Southern charm, gentility and mad skills in the kitchen. If you tried her Chicken Salad recipe or had the pleasure of visiting one of her restaurants, then you know what I'm talking about. She just makes you feel welcome in her kitchen, like you can sit a spell and do some good eating and it's okay. I know everyone is preoccupied with New Year's Resolutions and hitting the gym, but we all need a treat every now and then. So treat yourself.

Find this book and more at Books for Cooks and More.

Saturday, January 27, 2007

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Fresh Banana Nut Ice Cream

Puree 2 ripe bananas
1 tsp lemon juice
2 Tbsp brown sugar
¾ C Sugar
2 ½ C Cream
2 eggs
2 oz sour cream or crème fraiche
½ cup of chopped, toasted pecans or walnuts

1. Add bananas, lemon juice and brown sugar to a blender or food processor. Puree/Process bananas and set aside.

2. Combine sugar, cream and crème fraiche and heat (on low) until sugar dissolves. Remove from heat.

3. In a separate bowl whisk together the eggs. Temper the eggs by slowly adding some of the hot cream mixture to the eggs while whisking continuously. Once the egg mixture is thoroughly combined and the bowl is warm to the touch, whisk eggs back into the hot cream. Add banana puree.

4. Stir continuously until thickened. Mixture should coat the back of a metal spoon. This should take about 10 – 12 minutes.

5. Remove from heat and allow mixture to cool completely. At this point you can start the ice cream maker; however, I prefer to age the mixture first. This is done by putting the liquid in an airtight container and placing it in the refrigerator for at least 24 hours. This aging process allows the different ingredients to marry up and increases the depth of flavor. After aging, chill in ice cream maker. Incorporate toasted nuts to the chilled ice cream before freezing.

Recipe yields a little less than a quart.

Recipe courtesy of Demetria Dixon ©2004

Saturday, January 13, 2007

Lazy Flat Bread

Below is my Lazy Flat Bread recipe. I created it one evening when I refused to leave the house to go to the store to pick up a loaf of bread. Since then it has become a family favorite. It’s great with soups, stews, dips or even for sandwiches. Enjoy

2 C Flour
2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp sea salt
1/8 C sugar
2 Tbsp granulated garlic
2 Tbsp oil
¼ C milk - If the dough is too wet, add more flour.
½ C butter or margarine - melted
½ tsp sea salt

In a bowl sift together the dry ingredients. Add oil and stir together with a fork until the flour has the appearance of coarse meal. Add milk and incorporate until a loose dough forms. If dough is sticky, add more flour. Roll out to about 1/8 of an inch on a floured cookie sheet or silicon baking sheet. Bake until golden brown and edges are crisp.

Remove from oven and brush with melted butter or margarine and sprinkle with salt. The butter and salt are both optional. Sprinkle with grated cheese for a great snack or add fresh chopped herbs for a great accompaniment to a variety of dishes.

Whole wheat flour works great in this recipe.

Recipe courtesy of Demetria Dixon ©2007

Friday, January 12, 2007

Ginger Peach Tea Ice Cream

I owned a small ice cream business for a while and this was one of my most popular flavors. Try it out and let me know what you think.

¾ C Sugar
1 T Flour
1 C ½ & ½
½ t Fresh Ginger (chopped)
Tea Infusion
1 T – loose Ginger Peach Tea –
½ T Fresh Sliced Ginger
¼ C Sugar
½ C Peach Nectar
½ tsp Lemon Zest
½ C Water

3 eggs

In a double boiler add sugar and ½ & ½ make a slurry out of the flour and small amount of the ½ & ½. Stir the mixture until it thickens. Remove from heat.

Next create the Tea Infusion. Combine the water, peach nectar, sliced ginger, lemon zest, sugar. Bring the liquid to a rolling boil. Turn off heat and add the tea. I prefer to add the tea loose and strain but a tea ball or tea bag works just as well. Steep for 10 to 15 minutes and strain. Add the ½ & ½ mixture to the tea infusion and return to medium-low heat.

In a separate bowl whisk together the eggs. temper the eggs by slowly adding some of the hot liquid to the eggs while whisking continuously. Once the egg mixture is thoroughly combined and the bowl is warm to the touch, whisk the eggs and ½ & ½ mixture back into the hot liquid. Stir continuously until the temperature of the mixture reaches 141º.

Remove from heat and allow mixture to cool completely. At this point you can start the ice cream maker or you can age the mixture first. This is done by putting the liquid in an airtight container and placing it in the refrigerator or at least 24 hours. This aging process allows the different ingredients to marry up and increases the depth of flavor. After aging, add to your ice cream maker. This recipe yields slightly les than a quart.

Slurry – A slurry is created when you mix flour or any other binding agent with a small amount of liquid (usually water) before adding it to the recipe. This acts as a thickener.

Temper – Tempering is done to moderate the difference between two ingredients. In this case, to temper the eggs is to add some of the hot liquid to the eggs and stir in order to bring the eggs up to the temperature of the liquid. This keeps the eggs from scrambling when they are introduced into the hot liquid.

Recipe courtesy of Demetria Dixon ©2004

Thursday, January 11, 2007

Green Bean Saute

This my favorite recipe for a quick delicious recipe because it offers opportunities for infinite creativity. Forget about green beans swimming in flavorless liquid of unknown origin. This recipe creates a delicious side dish or if I'm feeling incredibly lazy, a tasty entree. For the purist using the term saute here is slightly misleading but what the hey. It's more like a saute/steam. It's a staute.

Ingredient list:

2 Tbsp Olive Oil
1/2 C slivered almonds (toasted or raw)--optional
3 cloves of garlic (chopped fine)
1/2 yellow onion sliced fine
1/2 tsp sea salt
1 tsp seasoned salt
2 C frozen or fresh green beans. (Under no circumstances are you to use canned green beans.)
If using fresh green beans use a 1/4 C water or chicken broth.

Place a skillet or saute pan on low to medium heat. Add oil. To the oil add the almonds, garlic and onions. Please be careful to avoid burning the garlic. cook until onions start to become translucent. I like using frozen long green beans, preferably Birds Eye, because as they thaw in the heated pan they steam very nicely.

Add the green beans and stir to ensure that they are coated thoroughly with the almond and seasoning mixture. Add a lid and allow the beans to steam. Stir occasionally to ensure all beans are seasoned thoroughly. When done, the beans should be tender but not mushy.

I like this recipe because you can use any fat you want. I prefer Olive Oil but if you've got butter or margarine in the fridge that works just as well. Be careful not to burn your butter. Also if you are not a fan of almonds, you can add whatever nut you like. I've only tried almonds but my friend doesn't like almonds( I know, blasphemy!!!!) so she tried pecans and she assures me that it was "the bomb" in a good way.

Prep Time: 5 min
Cooking time:10 to 15 min

Recipe courtesy of Demetria Dixon ©2006

January's Featured Cook Book

From the first time I saw Alton Brown, I have been fascinated with his humorus and incredibly appealing approach to the science and fun of cooking. His latest dish doesn't disappoint.

Wednesday, January 03, 2007

Recipe Exchange

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