Chef in my Kitchen











{May 8, 2009}   Broccoli Gratin

I rustled this up a couple of nights ago  – a recipe I found on the net, which is very simple to make, and tasted fantastic.   It turned out to very light and delicious and the kids wanted more.

BROCCOLI GRATIN
Simply in Season
by Mary Beth Lind, Cathleen Hockman-Wert

Serves 4-6

5-6 cups / 1.25-1.5 L (cut in chunks)
Steam broccoli just until crisp-tender, 6-8 minutes. Drain well and set aside.

1 onion (thinly sliced)
1 clove garlic (minced)
In small saucepan sauté in 2 tablespoons oil until fragrant and tender, about 5 minutes.

1/4 cup / 60 ml flour
Sprinkle on onions and garlic. Cook, stirring constantly, 3 minutes without browning.

2 cups / 500 ml milk
Whisk in and bring to a boil.

1 teaspoon salt or more to taste
1/4 teaspoon pepper
pinch each ground nutmeg and ground red pepper
Add and cook 5 minutes.

1 cup / 250 ml cheddar cheese (shredded)
Stir in and remove from heat. Combine with broccoli. Transfer to a glass-baking pan.

1 cup / 250 ml bread crumbs
1 tablespoon butter (melted)
1/4 cup / 60 ml Parmesan cheese (grated)
1 tablespoon dried parsley (or 2 tablespoons fresh, chopped)
Combine and sprinkle on top of broccoli mixture.
Bake in preheated oven at 350F / 180C until thoroughly heated, 20 minutes.

I am sending this recipe to Sowmya, of  Creative Saga, who is hosting SWC – Cooking with Greens. I have seen this event on My Recipes & Events.



{April 14, 2009}   Chicken and bow tie Pasta

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My children love pasta dishes but hate vegetables in them, so I adapted this recipe and they loved it.

INGREDIENTS

  • 4 boneless, skinless chicken breast halves
  • 1 (12 ounce) package farfalle (bow tie) pasta
  • 1 (14 ounce) can chicken broth
  • 2 tbsps vegetable oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 (8 ounce) containers chive and onion cream cheese
  • 1/4 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese

DIRECTIONS

  1. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add pasta, and cook for 8 to 10 minutes, or until al dente; drain.
  2. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat and sauté garlic.
  3. Add chicken and sauté on both sides. Season with salt and pepper and add chicken broth. Cover and simmer for 20 minutes. Add pasta and stir in cream cheese until smooth.
  4. Garnish with Parmesan cheese.


risotto

Don’t let the title of my blog mislead you.  I am by no way a Chef, just a wife and mom trying to please my family.

This is my first blog post and I was motivated to start blogging from Ivy, at Kopiaste.. to Greek Hospitality. I have been reading her blog for a while and recently joined BloggerAid.

Ivy, together with two other lovely ladies, Giz, at Equal Opportunity Kitchen and Val, at More than Burnt Toast created this Social Network to bring awareness about hunger.  They are also going to publish a Cookbook by the end of the year and all money will be going to School Meals, a programme of the World Food Programme.

I bookmarked this recipe from Ivy’s blog and my whole family and I have been enjoying it as I have made it more than once.

I saw some events going on at BloggerAid and decided to write my first post and participate at these events.

Risotto with Shrimps and Mushrooms

Recipe adapted from Ivy’s blog

Preparation time:  10 minutes

Cooking time:  25 minutes

Serves: 5

Ingredients:

  • 500 grams Arborio rice
  • 1 kilo frozen shrimps
  • 5 mushrooms, sliced
  • 4 ripe tomatoes grated
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 2 cloves of garlic, finely chopped
  • 5 tablespoons, olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons, balsamic vinegar
  • 1/2 cup white wine
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • Chicken stock (about 4 cups)

Directions:

1. In a large skillet heat the olive oil and sauté mushrooms.  Remove and set aside.

2.  Add onion and garlic and sauté until translucent.

3.  Add the rice and sauté for a few minutes.  Add the wine and vinegar and mix.

4.  Season with salt and pepper.

5.  Add the tomatoes and mix and start adding the chicken stock gradually.  When it is absorbed continue adding and mixing.

6.  Five minutes before the rice is ready, add the shrimps and the mushrooms and keep adding stock and mixing.

7.  Remove from the heat and serve while hot.

I am sending this recipe to Srivali, at Cooking 4 all Seasons, who is hosting the event Monthly Mingle 31, Kids’ Lunches, event started by Meeta.

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