Posts Tagged ‘Allrecipes.com’

Dec
20


 

I love having company over for Friday nite dinner. I have been entertaining on a regular basis since 1990 and it’s always a pleasure to share a meal with my friends, or new neighbors and even people who are new to Toronto and I barely know!! Lately I’ve been sending my guests the menu in advance to make sure that they like everything and have no allergies to anything I’m going to serve.

My rule of thumb these days: One main course and three side dishes. (and dessert, of course)

Last Friday night, the meal I served consisted of:

Phyllo Wrapped Halibut in a Lemon Cream Sauce (see recipe below – courtesy of Allrecipes.com)

You will look like a rock star if you make this dish!!

Tzatziki: (sorry no official recipe except to combine cucumber slices, crushed local garlic, (I used garlic from Stone Soup Farms) greek yoghurt, and dill in a bowl) ps local garlic makes ALL the difference.

Parmesan Celery Salad (courtesy of Cookbooks 101) ps. click on the link for the recipe!

Jicama with chipotle seasoning and lime juice.

Here’s the recipe for the fish dish. Hope you get a chance to try it.

Phllyo Wrapped Halibut in a Lemon Cream Sauce

Original recipe makes 2 servings
INGREDIENTS:
  • 2 tablespoons melted butter
  • 4 sheets phyllo dough
  • 2 (5 ounce) halibut fillets
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 teaspoons chopped fresh dill
  • 3 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup whipping cream
  • 2 green onions, finely chopped
 Directions
  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F
  2. Lightly butter 1 sheet of phyllo dough. Lay another sheet directly on top of the first sheet, and lightly butter it. Repeat with remaining 2 sheets of phyllo. Cut sheets in half.
  3. Season halibut fillets with salt and pepper. Place a fillet near the bottom edge of one of the halved sheets of phyllo. Sprinkle with dill. Fold in the sides of the phyllo, then roll the fillet. Place on a baking sheet, and lightly brush with butter. Repeat with remaining fillet.
  4. Bake in a preheated oven until pastry is puffed and golden brown, about 12 to 15 minutes.
  5. Meanwhile, bring lemon juice to a boil in a small saucepan over high heat. Boil until almost evaporated. Reduce heat to medium, and stir in cream. Simmer until the cream thickens somewhat. Stir in green onions, and season with salt and pepper. Serve halibut on a pool of sauce.

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Aug
07


Blueberries were on sale (3 containers for $5) so I decided to test out three different blueberry muffin recipes.

Three Muffins from Three Different Recipes

One recipe has a crunchy topping on it, one recipe has freshly grated nutmeg and lemon zest in it, and one recipe is traditional. I think that all three recipes produced three tasty muffins and I would certainly make all three recipes again without hesitation. I don’t know about you but I l love anything with blueberries in it. Blueberry crisp is another one of my favorites. The blueberries turn all gooey when they are baking and make a lovely goo-ey filling.

I also wanted to share a little trick I learned when making muffins.  Try spraying the paper liners with Pam. You will notice that the liners peel off nicely from the muffins when you use Pam. Wish I knew where I learned this trick from but it’s a good one.

Recipe #1: To Die for Blueberry Muffins (taken from AllRecipes.com)

This is the recipe that has the crunchy topping on it.  Please pay attention to step #2. I almost goofed this part up.

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup white sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 egg
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • 1 cup fresh blueberries
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup butter, cubed
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C). Grease muffin tin or line with liners (and spray with Pam)
  2. Combine 1 1/2 cups flour, 3/4 cup sugar, salt and baking powder. Place vegetable oil into a 1 cup measuring cup; add the egg and enough milk to fill the cup. Mix this with flour mixture. Fold in blueberries. Fill muffin cups right to the top, and sprinkle with crumb topping mixture.
  3. To Make Crumb Topping: Mix together 1/2 cup sugar, 1/3 cup flour, 1/4 cup butter, and 1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon. Mix with fork, and sprinkle over muffins before baking.
  4. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes in the preheated oven, or until done.

FINAL RESULT

If you like crumb-y topping ..then you will like this recipe

Recipe #2: Blueberry Muffins (taken from Canadian Living)

Super easy to make with super results.

Ingredients

  • 2 cups (500 mL) all-purpose flour
  • 2 tsp (10 mL) baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp (1 mL) salt
  • 1/2 cup (125 mL) butter, softened
  • 1 cup (250 mL) granulated sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 3/4 cup (175 mL) milk
  • 1-1/2 cups (375 mL) blueberries

Preparation

In bowl, combine flour, baking powder and salt. In separate bowl, cream butter with sugar; beat in eggs one at a time. Gradually stir in milk (mixture may appear curdled). Make a well in centre of dry ingredients; pour in liquid and stir just until moistened. Gently fold in blueberries.

Spoon into large paper-lined or well-greased muffin cups, filling to top. Bake in 375°F (190°C) oven for 25 to 30 minutes or until tops are firm to the touch.

FINAL RESULT:

Easy (to make) and Tasty (to eat). Not a bad combo

Recipe #3: Blueberry Muffins (taken from the Food Network)

I actually bought a fresh nutmeg for this recipe!!

Ingredients

  • 2 1/2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup sugar (white or light brown) plus more for sprinkling on top of the muffins (I didn’t sprinkle any on my muffins)
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon fine salt
  • Freshly grated nutmeg…(ha..I did this step)
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter
  • 1 cup whole milk (had skim milk in the fridge and the recipe still worked)
  • 2 large eggs, at room temperature
  • 1 tablespoon finely grated lemon zest
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups fresh blueberries, rinsed and dried

Directions

Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F. Line a 12-muffin tin with cupcake liners and set aside.

Whisk the flour, sugar, baking powder, salt, and nutmeg together in a medium bowl; set aside.

Put the butter in a microwaveable-safe dish or measuring cup. Cover with plastic wrap and microwave until melted, about 30 seconds. (Alternatively melt the butter in a saucepan.) Whisk the milk, eggs, lemon zest, and vanilla with the butter.

Make a small well in the center of the dry ingredients. Pour wet ingredients into the well, then stir with a wooden spoon until the dry ingredients are moistened but still lumpy. Do not overmix the batter or your muffins will be dense. Gently stir in the blueberries. Divide the batter evenly into the muffin tin and sprinkle the tops generously with sugar.

Put the muffins in the oven and immediately reduce oven temperature to 375 degrees F. Bake until golden brown, about 25 minutes, rotating the pan halfway through the cooking. (Insert a toothpick into the center of a muffin to check if it is done. Toothpick should come out clean). Cool muffins in the pan on a rack for a couple minutes. Turn the muffins out of the pan and cool on the rack. Serve warm or at room temperature.

PS Don’t forget that the Wild Blueberry Festival is taking place at Evergreen Brickworks on Saturday Aug 3 from 8 a.m to 3 p.m. If you like blueberries…this will be the place to be!!

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