Tuesday, January 29, 2013
It is hard to believe that this Sunday will be the Super Bowl. It's also hard to believe that today's high in Chicago is over 60 degrees. What's not hard? This recipe that will be a boon to your Super Bowl gathering. It's from The Essential New York Times Cookbook by Amanda Hesser. I will later post about why this cookbook is essential to add to your collection but for now I give you a delicious, and easy, recipe.
Makes about 30, and can be prepared eight hours in advance
30 olives, I used home-cured Barouni, pitted
3/4 c flour
2 eggs, beaten
1 c Panko bread crumbs, these are my default for bread crumbs
Approximately 2 quarts of Mild oil for deep frying, I used a mix of
olive and grape seed
Stuff the olives with the almonds.
Set up a small bowl and place your flour in it. Then use another small bowl for your eggs. Finally, a third bowl should house the Panko. Next,designate one hand for your dry ingredients and the other hand for the eggs. Using your designated "dry hand", coat an olive in flour. Second, drop the flour-coated olive into the egg, and roll it in the egg with your designated "wet hand". Finally, roll the coated egg, with your " dry hand" in the Panko. Set aside on a plate and repeat with the remaining olives. You can fry them now or set them aside in the fridge, covered with plastic wrap until you are ready to fry them.
Heat 2 inches of oil in a medium sauce pan over medium high heat. The oil will be hot enough once it reaches 375°. Add a handful of olives at a time to the pan but please don't crowd the pan. Watch carefully, fry the olives until golden brown; this won't take very long. Remove the olives with a slotted spoon and drain on a paper towel-lined plate.
This year, like last year, it's all about the food at the party and not the teams if you are a Bears' fan, but then again the $64,000 question is whether Beyonce will sing or lip-sync her half-time performance?
Monday, December 24, 2012
Thursday, May 31, 2012
On this wet and cold day, it is amazing to think just how fantastic the tomato is. It is a fruit. Although our legal system has deemed it a vegetable. Now comes word that this fruit's genome has been decoded.
The tomato, whose genome has just now been decoded, turns out to be one well-endowed vegetable, possessing 31,760 genes. This rich legacy, possibly a reflection of the disaster that killed off the dinosaurs, is some 7,000 more than that of a person, and presents a complex puzzle to scientists who hope to understand its secrets.The tomato has also been called everything from sweet to tart, and even meaty. Is it any wonder that this fruit has been mischaracterized by mere mortals?
Monday, May 7, 2012
Wednesday, April 4, 2012
The Overnight low is back in the 30’s but it is never too early to plan ahead.
Thursday, March 22, 2012
Right now, the sun is beaming here in Chicago and we've just set another record day for high temperatures. My car Indicated it was in the 80's today. All of the talk here has turned to the weather, so much so that you would think we were Brits, but we aren't.
Here are some of the weather-comments I've heard and seen:
I'm worried about a hard freeze.
I'm worried about global warming.
I'm too hot!
With comments like the one's above you would think we weren't the same folks who managed just fine during Snowpocalypse 2011.
Folks, the USDA hardiness zone changes make the odds of a freeze about as likely as the odds that I will win tomorrow's Megamillions $290 Million alone. Can it happen? Of course it can. But right now, stop fretting about this delightful, not the least bit frightful, weather and just plant already!
Monday, February 13, 2012
We had pancakes and eggs all weekend, and then my husband sent me this article today
about over-eating and memory loss.
Excessive calorie intake isn't only making us fat.
A new study from the Mayo Clinic found that people over 70 who ate higher-calorie diets had an increased risk of mild cognitive impairment (MCI), a stage of memory loss that often precedes dementia (via Time Healthland).
Researchers divided 1,233 participants—163 who had symptoms of MCI—aged 70 to 89 into three groups based on the amount of the calories they consumed each day.
The group who ate the highest amount of calories (between 2,143 to 6,000 calories per day) were twice as likely to have MCI compared to those who consumed the lowest amount of calories (between 600 to 1,526 per day).
“Not only did each category show differences, but we also saw a dose-response trend,” study author Dr. Yonas Geda told Loren Grush of FoxNews.com. “This means that if you keep increasing and increasing caloric intake, then the risk of developing MCI keeps increasing. So we looked at each category separately, and then we looked at [and observed] a trend overall.”
So we still have to eat and I love food too much to not have something delicious, but who says great tasting food can’t be good for you?
So I had an idea, that combined the delicious honeybell tangerines I shipped from FL, it’s the end of the citrus season there, pomegranate, just-shelled pistachios, and home-cured olives. But when I put those ingredients together, no ordinary salad dressing would do, a drop of rose water was essential.
8 c. of torn romaine
1 honeybell tangerine, peeled and chopped
¼ c of olives, pitted and chopped
1/3 c. of just-shelled pistachios, chopped
½ c of pomegranate arils
¼ c of thinly sliced red onion
5 ¾ T water
¼ t of rose water
¼ c. of EVOO
3T Champagne wine vinegar
2 t Dijon Mustard
Salt and Pepper to taste
Toss ingredients and then add 3 T. vinaigrette and serve.