February 2008 - Posts
Take 2 large peppers (green, yellow etc.) cut in half lengthwise, remove seeds and membranes. Place in boiling water for 1 minute, drain.
In large frying pan, mix 1 1/2 cups cooked brown rice (I used the ready made microwave bag!), 1/2 c diced onion, 1/4 c chicken broth, 1 T orange rind and a little pepper. Cook over medium heat for 3 minutes. Add 6 oz ground turkey breast. Break up meat and cook till no pink is left. Stir in 1 shredded carrot, 1 egg white, 3 cloves minced garlic and 1 t dijon mustard. Remove from heat. Fill up the pepper boats, and place in a baking dish. Pour 1/2" water in dish and bake at 375 degrees for 15 minutes. Garnish with (recipe says fat free sour cream with 1/2 t dill, but I used...) Strained lowfat yogurt with 1/2 t dill. VERY YUMMY! Even the kids liked them. They are not soggy or mushy and have a great flavor with the orange and mustard!!!
Well, I hope this one does not ruin my, ahem, reputation... ; ) But it is soooooooo good! Mix together a box of cake mix (yellow, vanilla, something like that) a box of instant pudding (vanilla usually, I made one today with a pumpkin spice flavor!) 4 eggs, 1/2 c. oil, 1/2 c. water and 1/2 c. rum. Pour into greased and floured bundt pan and bake for 50-60 minutes at 325 degrees. As for the rum (But why is the rum gone???) yes, the alcohol cooks out... yes, you can use the cheap stuff. I used to, but found a better quality WILL taste better. My personal choice: Captain Morgan Tattoo. It's smooth and has great flavor. In the cake... yeah, the cake. ; ) Back to the recipe!!!! Cool in pan slightly (10-15 minutes) remove from pan. EASY GLAZE: Melt 1/2 container vanilla frosting in pan, remove from heat and add 2 T. rum. Spoon and brush over cake, wrap in plastic and refrigerate. MORE COMPLICATED BUT YUMMIER GLAZE: Melt a stick of butter in pan. Add 1/4 c. water and 1 c. sugar. Boil and stir about 5 minutes. Remove from heat, add 1/2 c. rum. Spoon and brush over cake. I do this with the cake sitting on plastic wrap on top of a plate. Then you wrap it up (sitting on the plate) so all the glaze soaks in. Refrigerate. The longer it sits, the more... uh... flavor!!!! Yeah. Flavor. Enjoy!!
Ok, I know the "Big Game" is this weekend, and I have not really posted any ideas for food. Truth is, the plans for the menu were just finalized yesterday! So here is the rundown... Since none of us (me, my husband, kids, or my parents) can really throw FULL support behind any one team... we're kinda Giants fans by default... We decided to swing toward better food!! The Artichoke DIp (see previous post) with blue corn chips, veggies and homemade dip. My Mom is fixing some various assorted bruschetta toppings to top some yummy bread, and beef and barley soup (YUM!) Also, there will be gougeres (french cheese puffs) and cake! So there you have it. Will we miss the chips and dip and cheese fries??? Possibly... Will we miss the "Oh I ate too much" feeling?? Nope! So what is on everyone's menu?