Sunday, July 26, 2015

Power Chicken Enchilladas

Coming home from Poland, my first thought goes to Mexican food.  Fresno is the motherland of Mexican food and seriously......nothing else will do!  My dear friend decided to cheer me out of my Mexican food blues by taking me to the "Tia Juana" in Warsaw.  Let's just say......I was lucky it didn't effect me like my meal from a street vendor in Cabo!  When in Poland - eat Polish food.  
Enough said.

I digress.......ok so I was inspired and made th is mostly organic chicken enchiladas.  They are super easy and fill the bill for those of us who have Mexican food withdrawal.

4 cooked chicken breasts, chopped
4 c. power greens (kale, chard, etc.)
2 c. (or 2 cans) green enchilada sauce*
12 oz. bag of shredded Mexican cheese
1/2 round of queso fresco*
16 small flour tortillas (you may need more or less)
A few shakes of hot sauce, salt and pepper to taste
Non stick spray

Cook the power greens till tender.  Toss with chopped chicken, crumbled queso fresco, 8 oz of shredded cheese, salt, pepper, hot sauce, and about a 1/4 cup of the enchillada sauce.  Pour a little sauce on the bottom of the pan (which has been sprayed with Pam or a non stick spray.). Add a few tablespoons of chicken mixture in to a tortilla, roll and place in the pan.  When pan filled, top with remaining cheese and pour remaining sauce on top.  It should make two 9x13 pans....more or less if you don't roll them tightly.  Bake at 350  for about 30 minutes or until bubbly.  Photo forthcoming.... Enjoy!

*not organic


 

Saturday, July 25, 2015

I'm Baaaaaaaccccckkkkkk!

Well.... It's been a while (sarcastic understatement) during which I completed my dissertation (which I foolishly thought would be a bunch of 30 page weekend papers HA) and had a lovely restful 10 pound gain trip to Europe . I am back and ready to tackle new, exciting food adventures!! God bless my sister who dragged my sorry rear to the Fresno    Food Expo.... I was inspired!  So get ready Fresno. I'm BACK. Get ready to EAT fresh and local!!

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Back in to the "holiday" land of the living

So... Did ya miss me? I can say I was too busy with school to blog but I have not been too busy to eat. Having a husband who MUST eat all Non-GMO and organic has made some of our meal choices more adventurous. Many intersting choices and a few epic fails. I thought I would comment on a recent experiment. I am posting the link to a recipe and want to note I did organic spinach, jalapeño and cheddar rather than cauliflower, mushroom and goat cheese. Substitute accordingly :-)

See http://nourishnetwork.com/2014/03/21/broccoli-cheddar-quiche-quinoa-crust/

So... My crust was strange. I thought it was good but Wojtek called it "interesting".  Worth a try for those of you trying to go gluten free!

Friday, July 4, 2014

Plum Custard Gallette (Willey Test Kitchen) - Happy 4th

Between Mizuno Farms and T&D Willey Farms, I am flush with plums.  For anyone who knows me well....I was "traumatized" as a grade schooler and won't eat plums raw (let's just say, it's Adam and Eve all over....complete with a snake!)

Thanks to denesse and their "test kitchen" my plums have a beautiful purpose!  This recipe is a keeper.

1 single pie crust
4 oz cream cheeses
1/2 c sugar
1 to 1 1/2 c sliced plums
2 small organic eggs
1/2 c organic half and half
1/2 tsp good quality vanilla

Prepare pie crust (or buy one like I did....but it has to be the roll kind). Place crust in greased 9 inch pan.  Do not flute and leave a 1 to 2 inch overhang.  Preheat oven to 425.  In a mixer or food processor, beat cream until smooth, add sugar and continue to beast.  Add eggs one at a time then beat in the half and half plus the vanilla.  Arrange plums on the bottom of the pie pan.
 Be careful not to over fill the fruit or there won't be room for all the custard.  This is where I went a little nuts....oh well.  Place pie pan a baking sheet.  Carefully pour the custard over the fruit then gently fold over the crust.  
Pinch together if necessary .  Brush with half and half. Then sprinkle with sugar.  Bake 10 minutes at 425 then reduce to 350 and bake until custard is set and plumbs are juicy (about 40 minutes total.  Transfer to rack and cool.


Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Stone Fruit Strudel (in honor of the start of World Cup)

Let it not be said that I would pass up an opportunity to be uber Croatian!  Tomorrow is the opening game for World Cup Soccer and my favorite team plays Brazil. Naturally, I am talking about my wild eyed temperamental Croatian team! I won't watch just any old soccer team.... It's got to be THIS team. 

So.... I found out this fan thing is in my blood.  See http://www.likecroatia.com/news-tips/top-ten-reasons-to-date-a-croatian/. Turns out this is what WE DO (the rest of the article is pretty spot on too).  That takes us to food.... We COOK anything!

So here is a batch of stone fruit strudel. A little time consuming in the beginning but the flavor is better with the long term cooking:

8 Santa Rosa plumbs, cut in cubes. Thank you Kevin and Greg Mizuno (Mizuno Farms) for the outstanding fruit!
1/2 organic sugar
1 crockpot....place the above in the crock pot on low for 3.5 hours, stirring occasionally to cook this down to a roasted jam like consistency.

Next:
1 sleeve of frozen FILO dough thawed
4 large peaches, cut in bite size pieces
1 T slivovica, loza or good brandy
2 cubes of butter melted
Powdered sugar 

Add sliced peaches to the cooled and cooked plumb mixture, toss to coat.  Add slivo or brandy and toss again. If it looks more juice than fruit... Add more fruit. Next batch I will add a little lemon zest.

Take 10 sheets and layer them and dot with butter.  Spoon fruit along the long side of the FILO and roll up jelly roll style. Place on greased cookie sheet. Repeat as this should make 3 rolls. Bake for about 20 minutes at 350 and top with powdered sugar when cool. Cut in to 2 inch slices and serve.

Monday, May 26, 2014

"Magic Cake" (a fast version of kremsnita)

Marcie (who I worked with) noticed I haven't been blogging recently. Perhaps it was because I was deathly afraid I would add an APA citation and a few footnotes since 99% of what I have been writing lately has been related to my dissertation .... So for Marcie and for all of you who think I may have dropped off the planet, I am blogging my latest find: magic cake (which tastes similar to kremsnita.... A very tasty cake from Northern Croatia)

4 eggs separated at room temp 
3/4 c sugar
1 stick of butter melted (1/2 c)
1 tsp good vanilla
3/4 c all purpose flour
2 c lukewarm milk
Powdered sugar

Preheat oven to 325. Beat egg whites until stiff and set aside.  In a separate bowl, beat yolks with sugar. Add melted butter and flour. Beat until mixed.
Slowly add milk and continue to mix.  Add in vanilla .... Be sure to use really good vanilla (thank you Anita for that wonderful bottle of vanilla).
Fold in half of the whites, a third at a time.  Fold in the batter, a third at a time and mix gently.  Pour in to greased 8x8 pan. Bake for 40 minutes and until golden brown on top.
Cool and dust with powders sugar. Delish with sliced fruit on top.

Friday, April 18, 2014

Easter Bread (Sirnica) - The Sequel!

There are many, many obligations in my life now and, sad to say, I don't blog like I used to....we can all thank the doctoral program in educational leadership at Fresno State!  However, there are just some things that MUST go to the top of the list.....like going to Stations of the Cross and heading home to make Sirnica.

Well....I was missing my grandmothers (Grammie and Baba) when I dragged out the family recipe so I decided to toast them both (with that homemade slivovica from Boris poured in to two of Grammie's glasses: one for the Bakas and one for me). I then headed outside to talk to the dog and dress us alike for the occasion (note the bright pink bandanas).  Bissou was not impressed but it lifted my melancholy .

I left him outside to chase the ducks and went to work on my bread.

This year's bread is a bit different.  I "strayed" from the Jerkovič recipe and chose to use my Mom's from the now out of print family cookbook (long painful story about my short lived career as a publisher LOL).  I have separated the steps in the ingredients....like my Mom does.

Next, turn on some Oliver (or go to You Tube and play one of his older pop songs. Oliver is sort of like the Cro version of Sinatra).  Turn it up.  You'll suddenly get the urge to talk with your hands and swear about the underwear of saints (another long story).  Next step, walk over and shut the windows and doors .....cause you don't want any Propuh in the house......

Now...get baking!

Sretan Uskrs!

(#1)
1/2 c warm water
1/4 c sugar
1 tsp salt
3 packages of fresh yeast (old stuff will kill ya!)
1/2 c flour

(#2)
1 1/2 cubes of butter
1/2 c regular milk
1 c sugar
6 oz evaporated milk

(#3)
3 whole eggs (organic is best)
1 egg separated (save whites for brushing tops)
Zest of one orange
Juice of one orange
1/2 lemon zested
1 T anise flavoring
1/2 c sugar
4 oz slivovica (or high quality booze that is lighter colored, like a brandy.  NO vodka or gin. Yuck!  If also used some tangello from my pal Robyn)
2 1/2 c flour (to start....more like 5 c all together)

Take top section and place in a bowl and mix to a batter.  Place batter in a quiet warm spot (you may have to move a sleeping Croatian.....they like those spots for naps. Mom says try the oven (which should be off!)

Move to group two and place them in a sauce pan and mix and warm till butter is melted.  Keep on low and don't boil.

Take all of the final group (#3) BUT the flour and mix them in a very large bowl.  Slowly mix in the sauce pan stuff alternating with sifted flour.  Should be a batter at this point.  Mix in the batter next to the sleeping Croatian guy ...the stuff in the off oven).  Mix well and add flour until it makes a soft dough.  Fold on to a floured surface and kneed for 8 to 10 minutes.  Place dough in greased bowl and let raise for about an hour.

Punch down and shape in to round loaves.  I put mine in cereal bowls or those tin foil baking pans. Let ire to double their size while preheating oven to 350.  Bake in preheated oven for about 45 minutes or until golden brown.  Note: about 10 minutes before complete, brush with egg whites and sprinkle with granulated sugar.

Heaven when toasted.  Dobar tek!