Tuesday, 28 February 2017

Cheddar Biscuits

Today is Mardi Gras and the recipe I’m about to share with you is a popular staple in the southern United States… biscuits!

I am sure you have been to the famous seafood restaurant chain called Red Lobster®. It was one of my favorite “chain restaurants” back in the late 80s’. As soon as you sat at your table, they would bring you a basket of warm biscuits. Oh My! I loved them! I’m not sure if my taste buds changed or the quality of the food did but I eventually stopped going there.

During the Holidays I decided to make Southern Gravy and Biscuits for breakfast. As much as it is absolutely delicious, this breakfast is quite heavy and we only have it twice a year at the most. Anyway, today is not about the gravy but the biscuits.

Although in the southern part of United States they love their biscuits and gravy, these biscuits can be served along with most any main course. They taste amazing plus they are not as heavy as most people think. They are very easy to make and if you enjoyed them at Red Lobster, you will definitely love mine. Could I have called them a copycat of theirs? I’m not sure but I know they taste pretty incredible. It’s up to you to give them a try and make your own judgment.
Bon Appétit!

 

For ingredient amounts and much more, visit http://clubfoody.com/recipe/cheddar-biscuits/


Thursday, 23 February 2017

Stuffed Baguettes

There are many meals we grew up with that we continue enjoying as adults. We also like to share these meals with our partners, kids and friends. This is like sharing a special part of us with loved ones and often this is how “new” traditions start!

There are also meals that we could’ve had just a couple times as a youngster and they had an impact on us. Perhaps your mother or father forgot all about, but you still remember it like it was a meal served often. This happened to me with my mother…

I remember a particular dish that she made just a couple of times and it was delish! It wasn’t anything fancy but it was “yummy in my tummy”! I asked her about this dish and after a few “I don’t’ remember!” – “Are you sure I made it?” – “When did I make it?” – I finally got an ‘OH YEAH, I remember now…!”. What a relief it was because I thought for a second that it could’ve been my imagination! But even my imagination couldn’t come up with something so simple with so many flavors at such a young age.

After my mother dug into her recipe notes – that’s a scary place to go… there’s no binder, just a couple of note books plus a stack of yellowish paper with her hand writing and somehow she can find her way through this mess…oh my! – she finally found it! This piece of paper had an “unidentified” stain on it but there it was that simple dish she made over 40 years ago that I still recall clearly… well clear enough anyway.

So after she gave me the recipe, I made it but after all these years of experimenting with new spices and flavors, this dish was slightly disappointing! As you guys should know me by now, I recreated this recipe to meet my “adulthood standard” (is it such a thing?) and today I’m proud to share with you a simple recipe that delivers deliciously! This is a great dish for either lunch or dinner with a nice salad on the side.
Bon Appétit!

 

For ingredient amounts and much more, visit http://clubfoody.com/recipe/stuffed-baguettes/


Tuesday, 21 February 2017

Ooey-Gooey Cinnamon Buns

There are certain recipes that you know just from the title that they will taste awesome! Sometimes you have to scroll down to see the list of ingredients to confirm that it will be something amazing. In this case today, I think the title speaks for itself!

Who doesn’t like cinnamon buns? I’m sure there is someone out there who doesn’t like them but in general, these little spiral cinnamon guys are pretty tasty for most of us! On the calorie side, they’re very dangerous… lol!

Most of you will go buy them from the bakery or enjoy one at Cinnabon®. Actually you don’t have to buy them anymore. Making cinnamon buns is actually pretty easy especially if you have a bread machine at home. For those of you who don’t own a bread machine, this recipe is still super easy especially if you own a stand mixer. Now for those of you who don’t own either one, put it on your Christmas list… it’s something every household should own and it makes life a lot easier!

In this video I could’ve shown you how to make it without a stand mixer but I didn’t because I felt lazy – it happens once in a while! Whichever method you chose, making cinnamon buns is really not difficult. Mix, let the dough rise a couple times and that’s about it. As many may think it’s hard to make cinnamon buns, it is, in fact, a super-easy recipe. If you have little ones at home, this is a great recipe they can participate in.
Bon Appétit!

 

For ingredient amounts and much more, visit http://clubfoody.com/recipe/ooey-gooey-cinnamon-buns/


Thursday, 16 February 2017

Potato Gnocchi

Wasting food is not in my vocabulary. I set a priority to use all the ingredients and leftovers in my refrigerator by making new and old recipes. Is that from my catholic background and the way I was raised? Maybe… but I’m pretty sure that the cost of living is the main factor of my “no-waste food” attitude.

Although I make an effort of not throwing out food, I sometimes have to. One food item I never really gave any thought to until I created this cooking website is mashed potato leftovers. Yes I have made some potato pancakes from the leftovers in the past which I should eventually share with you – they are very good – but besides that, I never made anything from them until recently.

I had a ton of leftovers from my Mixed Mashed Potato recipe and I didn’t want to waste any but didn’t want to eat potato pancakes for breakfast the entire week either. This is when the idea of making Potato Gnocchi came up! It is such an easy recipe and you can turn your mashed into a delicious meal! Of course this recipe is made with another recipe so if you want the full experience, I recommend you try my Mixed Mashed Potato recipe by clicking on this link: http://clubfoody.com/recipe/mixed-mashed-potato/ 



 Bon Appétit!

 

For ingredient amounts and much more, visit http://clubfoody.com/recipe/potato-gnocchi/

Tuesday, 14 February 2017

Chocolate Lava Cake with Caramel

Chocolate Lava Cake with Caramel Sauce
 
Love is in the air and it has a date; February 14th for most of us! Restaurants will be busy from lunch to closing time. When there’s a special event like this one and places are packed, many prefer to either celebrate a few days before or a few days later. As I mentioned in my Hawai`ian Ham Bacon Pizza blog, David and I started dating on February 9th so because Valentine’s Day is so close to our anniversary, we’ve decided to combine those two together and "kiss" (not hit) two birds at the same time! WHAT? That’s cute... c'mon! It’s Valentines’ after all… lol!


 If you prefer to keep things on a more intimate/privacy level, you’ll probably make a nice dinner at home with candle lights, a nice bottle of wine and perhaps a box of chocolate OR you can make an amazing dessert that takes no time to make and the results are phenomenal! You want to go an extra mile to please your sweetie, right?

In this episode, I’ll share with you how to make my Chocolate Lava Cake with… Caramel! That’s right! The combination of chocolate and caramel makes everyone go “mmmm!” It’s a match made in heaven! Your only concern is to make sure that your loved one has a sweet tooth too and the rest is a piece of cake… literally!

Although it is super cute to serve this Lava Cake to your babe, this elegant dessert can be a hit for any special occasion! It requires about 30 minutes of your time and it’s ready! When hosting a dinner, after pouring the chocolate batter into the ramekins, you can transfer them in the refrigerator until you’re ready to bake them.

Either for your special someone or for a group of people, this dessert is so scrumptious you can use it to your advantage… there’s nothing wrong with that, is there?
Bon Appétit!

 

For ingredient amounts and much more, visit http://clubfoody.com/recipe/chocolate-lava-cake-with-caramel/



 
 



Thursday, 9 February 2017

Hawai`ian Ham Bacon Pizza

Overall I’m a pretty positive person. I don’t feel down that often but I can be nostalgic especially when I think about Hawai`i. I wish I was living there a few months a year. The Hawai`ian scenery is so breath taking and the people are just beautiful! There’s an incredible energy you get as soon as you get there.

Although we’ll go back soon, I couldn’t take my mind off Hawai`i so I’ve decided to create a dish that commemorates it but just before making it, I made a big “foody” discovery…

Did you know that there’s such a thing as National Pizza Day? Yeah… how cool is that! But it’s even more hip the fact that it falls on February 9th. You probably thinking “okay, so?” but this particular date has a strong meaning for me. First this is my brother Daniel’s birthday. He’s older than me of 8 years…. Fine okay, I’m the oldest one! Another reason why this day is so special to me is it’s the day when David and I started dating. Also, this video recipe is Episode 100! Wow 100 recipes already and much more to come! Now with this discovery, it basically put the cherry on top of the sundae or the cheese on top of the pizza… which ever one you prefer.

So taking all of these together (brother, partner, pizza, Hawai`i, ham & bacon, National Pizza Day, and the fact that this is the 100th Club Foody recipe), this pie is very special on my menu.
Bon Appétit and Happy Pizza Day!

 

For ingredient amounts and much more, visit http://clubfoody.com/recipe/hawaiian-ham-bacon-pizza/


Tuesday, 7 February 2017

Prawn Saganaki

A few years ago, I was approached by an American cooking website to be a food-recipe analyst. I accepted the position with enthusiasm and while I no longer work with them, it was a great experience. It was an opportunity for me to try something different. Once, I received a box filled with jarred sauce, seasonings and other food items along with recipes to try. One recipe in particular intrigued me and sure enough, it was delicious!

After, I made it several times it became a regular item on our menu. Although there were no preservatives in the jarred sauce, I had a problem with it… I had to buy the jar each time I wanted to make it. The solution was to make my own sauce recipe!

I found out that this recipe is a staple in Greece and it is a popular appetizer they like to serve. I prefer to enjoy it as a main course. It is light, amazingly flavorful, easy to make and served with crusty bread, this meal is very satisfying! You won’t feel “stuffed” after eating it – you’ll feel just right!

This dish is one of my favorite summer recipes although I make it all year round. I like to sip a nice crisp Sauvignon Blanc with it and truly savor every bite…!
Bon Appétit!

 

 

For ingredient amounts and much more, visit http://clubfoody.com/recipe/prawn-saganaki/


Thursday, 2 February 2017

Six Layer Chip Dip

In exactly 3 days, all the Super Bowl fans will be glued to their TV screens as this is a very big event in North America. Many of us will be gathering together with friends and family either at home, a bar or at a tailgate party. If you end up at a bar with your buddies, there are no worries about what food to make that day… just open the menu and order! For the rest of us who will probably be entertaining, we have to figure out what to make.

If you really want to be cute and fancy, you can make hors d’oeuvres and canapés but here’s a little tip… guys don’t care much about them especially during a sporting event. What they want is FOOD, more specifically finger food, greasy food and messy food – food that guys enjoy at the ball park… that type of food.

Now for us females, we don’t totally enjoy that type of food so to create some sort of compromise, here’s a dish that both guys and gals should enjoy… Six Layer Chip Dip! It falls into both the finger and messy food section.
Bon Appétit!

For ingredient amounts and much more, visit http://clubfoody.com/recipe/six-layer-chip-dip/