Sunday, April 19, 2015

upcoming week's menu

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Baked Oatmeal

Our favorite 'working' coffee shop serves a baked oatmeal/cake thing for breakfast that I love. It's not what I normally think of as 'baked oatmeal' (which would just be oatmeal that's cooked via baking) - it's way better. And I say this as someone who loves oatmeal. They serve it with fresh fruit on top and a dollop of Greek yogurt.

My dad and step-mother are in town right now, so I auditioned a version of this dish for them (we'll probably end up serving it at a big potluck brunch in a few weeks). I started with this recipe, but made some modifications. Chances are good I'll make it with a layer of bananas on the bottom next time (inspired by the coffee shop version).

Baked Oatmeal
  • 4 C rolled oats
  • .5 C oat bran
  • 1 C brown sugar
  • 1 Tbsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 Tbsp baking powder
  • 1.5 tsp salt (I used homemade lemon salt)
  • 1.5 C milk (I used skim) - if you don't warm it, your butter will congeal. your call.
  • .75 C / 6 oz melted butter
  • 3 beaten eggs
  • 1 Tbsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 C dried currants
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease a 9 x 13 baking dish.

Mix oats, oat bran, brown sugar, cinnamon, baking powder, and salt in a small bowl. In a larger bowl, mix together the milk, butter, eggs, and vanilla extract. Mix in the currants. Pour into the prepared baking dish.

Bake until slightly brown around the edges and pretty dry, about 40 minutes.
serves 8

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Broiled Yogurt-Marinated Chicken (and Broccoli)

We started with this recipe, adding more garlic and probably a tad more honey. Marinated for three hours, and then broiled in the Breville (using an oiled broiler pan): broiler set to 500F, middle rack, about 6 minutes/side. (Two packs of chicken thighs fit in the Breville's broiler pan; V would like me to note that the broiler pan cleanup was 'not bad.')

We steamed the broccoli for a while, and then mashed it up with some butter, salt, and pepper.

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

the trifecta

Healthy, easy, and delicious:

I have a feeling we'll be eating quite a bit of this over the next month or so.

Saturday, December 27, 2014

a few things

Adapted this lemon marshmallow recipe to make orange marshmallows (gifted with cocoa mix)

I keep meaning to make extra soffritto or mirepoix when I make some for a soup so that I can freeze the remainder. Actually managed to do it once; having it on hand made this lentil soup recipe into a super-fast after work thing. Very tasty.

Sunday, October 12, 2014

shredding chicken

I've had this pulled chicken recipe bookmarked for ages, but hadn't made it because I loathe shredding chicken (or any other meat). Is there a more tedious, thankless kitchen task? I even hate it more than I hate trimming brussels sprouts.  

However. A comment on the recipe mentioned using a Kitchen Aid to shred the breasts. That comment led me to this life-changing blog post. I haven't tried it on other meats yet, but I think pulled pork will be my next experiment - it works astonishingly well on warm chicken breasts, and I suspect freshly-cooked pork will be even easier.

Also the pulled chicken recipe is fantastic (I use this delicious local BBQ sauce instead of making my own).