Indian Tandoori Chicken

June 13, 2010 § Leave a comment

Indian Tandoori Chicken

Ingredients

  • 2 pounds chicken, cut into pieces
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 lemon, juiced
  • 1 1/4 cups plain yogurt
  • 1/2 onion, finely chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon grated fresh ginger root
  • 2 teaspoons garam masala
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 teaspoon yellow food coloring
  • 1 teaspoon red food coloring
  • 2 teaspoons finely chopped cilantro
  • 1 lemon, cut into wedges

Directions

  1. Remove skin from chicken pieces, and cut slits into them lengthwise. Place in a shallow dish. Sprinkle both sides of chicken with salt and lemon juice. Set aside 20 minutes.
  2. In a medium bowl, combine yogurt, onion, garlic, ginger, garam masala, and cayenne pepper. Mix until smooth. Stir in yellow and red food coloring. Spread yogurt mixture over chicken. Cover, and refrigerate for 6 to 24 hours (the longer the better).
  3. Preheat an outdoor grill for medium high heat, and lightly oil grate.
  4. Cook chicken on grill until no longer pink and juices run clear. Garnish with cilantro and lemon wedges.

Easy Blueberry-Lemon Parfait

June 11, 2010 § Leave a comment

Easy Blueberry-Lemon Parfait

Ingredients

  • 2 cups fresh or thawed frozen blueberries
  • 2 (8 ounce) cartons non-fat lemon yogurt
  • 10 gingersnaps, crumbled

Directions

  1. In each of four parfait glasses or tall wineglasses, put 1/2 cup blueberries, followed by 1/2 cup yogurt, then crumbled gingersnaps.

Coconut-Lime Cheesecake with Mango Coulis

June 10, 2010 § Leave a comment

Coconut-Lime Cheesecake with Mango Coulis

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup sweetened flaked coconut
  • 3/4 cup crushed gingersnap cookies
  • 3 tablespoons melted butter
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  • 2 (8 ounce) packages cream cheese, softened
  • 1 (10 ounce) can sweetened condensed milk
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tablespoon lime zest
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice
  • 1 tablespoon coconut extract
  • 2 cups cubed fresh mango
  • 1 teaspoon white sugar, or more to taste

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C). Lightly grease a 9-inch springform pan.
  2. Combine the coconut, gingersnap cookies, and melted butter in a bowl; mix until evenly moistened. Press the cookie mixture into the bottom and slightly up the sides of the prepared pan.
  3. Bake the crust in the preheated oven until browned and set, about 10 minutes. Set aside to cool.
  4. Reduce oven heat to 300 degrees F (150 degrees C).
  5. Beat the softened cream cheese in mixer bowl until smooth. With beater set to medium-low, slowly pour the condensed milk into the bowl, mixing only until just blended, stopping to scrape the sides of the bowl as necessary. Add the eggs, individually, allowing the first to blend into the mixture before adding the second; again, scrape the sides of the bowl as necessary.
  6. Pour about half of the cream cheese batter into a separate bowl. Stir the lime juice and lime zest into the portion in the new bowl; pour the batter over the crust in the springform pan, smoothing into an even layer.
  7. Stir the coconut extract through the remaining cream cheese batter; pour over the lime-flavored batter in the springfom pan, smoothing into an even layer.
  8. Bake in the preheated oven until the top of the cheesecake springs back when gently pressed, about 45 minutes. Turn oven heat off, but leave cheesecake inside with oven door slightly ajar until the oven cools completely. Refrigerate until completely chilled.
  9. Prepare mango coulis by pureeing the mango with sugar until smooth. If too thick, add a teaspoon of water at a time, using just enough to make pourable. Drizzle over cheesecake when plated.

Extreme Chocolate Cake

June 7, 2010 § Leave a comment

Extreme Chocolate Cake

Ingredients

  • 2 cups white sugar
  • 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 cup boiling water
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  • 3/4 cup butter
  • 1 1/2 cups unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 5 1/3 cups confectioners’ sugar
  • 2/3 cup milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease and flour two 9 inch cake pans.
  2. Use the first set of ingredients to make the cake. In a medium bowl, stir together the sugar, flour, cocoa, baking soda, baking powder and salt. Add the eggs, milk, oil and vanilla, mix for 3 minutes with an electric mixer. Stir in the boiling water by hand. Pour evenly into the two prepared pans.
  3. Bake for 30 to 35 minutes in the preheated oven, until a toothpick inserted comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pans to cool completely.
  4. To make the frosting, use the second set of ingredients. Cream butter until light and fluffy. Stir in the cocoa and confectioners’ sugar alternately with the milk and vanilla. Beat to a spreading consistency.
  5. Split the layers of cooled cake horizontally, cover the top of each layer with frosting, then stack them onto a serving plate. Frost the outside of the cake.

Macaroni Gratinee

June 6, 2010 § Leave a comment

Macaroni Gratinee

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 pounds ground beef
  • 1 small onion, finely chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 (6 ounce) can tomato paste
  • 1 (16 ounce) can crushed tomatoes
  • 1 1/3 (16 ounce) packages elbow macaroni
  • 1 pound sharp Cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese

Directions

  1. Heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat, and stir in the ground beef until crumbly and no longer pink, about 5 minutes. Stir in the onion, garlic, Italian seasoning, cayenne pepper, and salt; continue cooking until the onion has softened and turned translucent, about 5 minutes more. Drain off the excess grease, and add the tomato paste and crushed tomatoes. Bring to a simmer, then reduce heat to medium-low, cover, and simmer 1 hour.
  2. Preheat the oven’s broiler and set the oven rack at about 6 inches from the heat source.
  3. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add pasta and cook for 8 to 10 minutes or until al dente; drain. Stir the cooked macaroni into the meat sauce until combined, then spread into a 9×13 inch baking dish. Sprinkle with Cheddar and Parmesan cheeses.
  4. Broil in preheated oven until the cheese is bubbly and golden, about 5 minutes.

Lasagna Roll Ups

June 5, 2010 § Leave a comment

Lasagna Roll Ups

Ingredients

  • 1 (16 ounce) package uncooked lasagna noodles
  • 1 pound mozzarella cheese, shredded
  • 1 (15 ounce) container ricotta cheese
  • 1 pound firm tofu
  • 1 (10 ounce) package frozen chopped spinach – thawed, drained and squeezed dry
  • 2 cups grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 (28 ounce) jar pasta sauce

Directions

  1. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Cook lasagna noodles for 5 to 8 minutes, or until just slightly underdone; drain and rinse.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, mix together grated cheese, ricotta cheese, tofu, frozen spinach, and 1 cup Parmesan cheese.
  3. Lay out a noodle. Spread a layer of the cheese mixture on the noodle, then add a thin layer of sauce. Roll the noodle up, and place seam side down in a 13×9 pan. Repeat for other noodles. Top with remaining sauce and Parmesan cheese.
  4. Bake in a preheated 350 degree F (175 degree C) oven for 30 min, or until hot and bubbly.

Extreme Chocolate Cake

June 4, 2010 § Leave a comment

Extreme Chocolate Cake

Ingredients

  • 2 cups white sugar
  • 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 cup boiling water
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  • 3/4 cup butter
  • 1 1/2 cups unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 5 1/3 cups confectioners’ sugar
  • 2/3 cup milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease and flour two 9 inch cake pans.
  2. Use the first set of ingredients to make the cake. In a medium bowl, stir together the sugar, flour, cocoa, baking soda, baking powder and salt. Add the eggs, milk, oil and vanilla, mix for 3 minutes with an electric mixer. Stir in the boiling water by hand. Pour evenly into the two prepared pans.
  3. Bake for 30 to 35 minutes in the preheated oven, until a toothpick inserted comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pans to cool completely.
  4. To make the frosting, use the second set of ingredients. Cream butter until light and fluffy. Stir in the cocoa and confectioners’ sugar alternately with the milk and vanilla. Beat to a spreading consistency.
  5. Split the layers of cooled cake horizontally, cover the top of each layer with frosting, then stack them onto a serving plate. Frost the outside of the cake.

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