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What do you get when you mix together bell peppers, onions, spices and tomatoes? A rich savory sauce. What do you get when you crack an egg in the middle and let it cook to a nice runny yolk> SHAKSHUKA! Ellie says it’s the Middle Eastern version of ‘eggs in purgatory’. David Lebovitz says it has North African origins. It is spicy and can be quite hot if you use enough crushed red pepper. It will definitely wake you up if you eat if for breakfast. Which is what I did.

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The spices include cumin, coriander, crushed red pepper and paprika whichcombine to provide a rich, flavorful dish. And as if that wasn’t enough – goat cheese {I used an herb-y one} is sprinkled on top.

This week’s pick was from Chaya and it was definitely a breakfast I could get used to.

What did the other’s think? Check out the Eating with Ellie Webpage and see.

The recipe is on page 277 of Ellie’s Weeknight Wonders. And if you would like to join us just cook, blog, and leave your link. We’d love to have you.

It’s summer. Officially. Although, here in the deep south our summer started about 2 weeks ago when the rains FINALLY stopped and the sun came out. Talk about HUMIDITY!!

Summer means lots of cold drinks, cool salads, BBQ-ing, and Strawberries. And if you have strawberries then you absolutely HAVE to make Strawberry Shortcakes. I mean, its like a law or something…..

In the US this means using those little round sponge cakes that soak up all the juices. Or using a sweet biscuit. But the star of the show is always the berries. Sweet. Red. Juicy – if you are lucky enough to find them. It doesn’t matter what you serve them on. This weekthe Doristas are using Lady Finger cookie disks. It’s different.

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But different can be good. As these French style sweet treats were. Dorie says we should call the Ladyfinger Disks Indies: Celebrate Independence Day in the US and Bastille Day in France. I’m just gonna call them DELISH!!

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Layers of Indies with sweet berries and sweet cream. Cannot beat that on a hot day in the Deep South.

Check out the other Shortcakes on the Tuesdays with Dorie website where we leave our links for this week’s “assignment”.

The recipe is on page 338 of Dorie’s Baking Chez Moi.

When I think of strudel I think fruit, sweet, crunchy, dessert.
When Ellie thinks of strudel she thinks basil, spinach, cheese, tomatoes.
Guess we don’t think alike.
But I like her thoughts.

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I think it was darn delicious.

Simple whole wheat pizza dough {she listed frozen but I made my own using Bittman’s no-knead WW dough} wrapped around lots of good stuff including ricotta cheese, mozzarella cheese, tomatoes, basil, spinach, and sundried tomatoes. SO GOOD! Definitely a repeat.

I have to say, though, I would use less ricotta but then it’s not my fave. And now that i’ve made it I can see it with black olives or green olives or mushrooms.

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Yes, indeed!

The recipe is on page 222 of Ellie’s Weeknight Wonders and it was my pick for this week. I hope the other Eaters liked it as well. Check on our website and see.

And if you would like to join in with our healthy eating the upcoming recipes are listed there. Just cook, blog, and leave comment. Love to have you.

Today was a fun day in the kitchen. My son is in town and he likes to cook so we made this week’s ‘assignment’ together.

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Chicken breasts are poached in a brown sugar, soy sauce, cinnamon, star anise, and rice wine mixture. Then fried to crispyness. Thus the name, “twice-cooked”. This was good. I served it as Donna suggested with some steamed greens and jasmine rice. Donna listed chicken breasts with skin but I never buy them so went with the skinless. It was still nice and crispy because of the sugar in the poaching sauce. The sauce thickened quite a bit so I thinned it with a little extra soy sauce and drizzled some over the chicken and steamed bok choy.

The recipe is on page 120 of Donna’s off the shelf.

If you would like to join us just check the recipes on Wednesdays with Donna Hay and leave a comment there. We would love to have you. No commitment. Just fun.

And to see how the other members liked the chicken – WWDH.

In case you hadn’t noticed, this week’s theme for I Heart Cooking Clubs is CHEESE!! Any kind of cheese in any kind of dish just as long as it is from Jacques Pepin’scollection of recipes. And believe me, there are plenty to choose from.

Fulfilling this week’s theme…

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    Gruyère Cheese Soufflé

I made just 1/2 of the recipe because I wasn’t sure if The Man would like it. What I ended up with was three ramekins of deliciousness.

    1 1/2 tablespoons unsalted butter, plus more for greasing
    1 tablespoons freshly grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese
    1 3/4 tablespoons all-purpose flour
    1/2 cup cold whole milk
    3 large eggs, separated
    1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
    1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
    1 1/2 ounces Gruyère cheese, shredded (1/2 cup) {I used a smoked Gruyère.}
    1 tablespoons chopped chives
    1 slices of yellow American cheese, each cut into 6 strips

Preheat the oven to 400°. Grease 3 4″ ramekins with butter and dust with the Parmigiano. Put in the fridge until ready to fill.
Melt the butter over moderate heat then whisk in the flour and cook, whisking, for 1 minute. Add in the milk, bring to a boil and cook, whisking, until thickened, 1 minute.
Remove the béchamel from the heat, then whisk in 2 egg yolks along with the salt and pepper.
Beat the whites until firm peaks form. Whisk one-third of the whites into the béchamel. Gently fold in the rest of the whites. <font color="green"}I have found that if you just need a small amount of whipped whites my small electric chopper works very well and so much easier than pulling out a mixer.}</font}
Fold in the Gruyère and chives; scrape into the prepared dishes.
Top each ramekin with a small piece of American Cheese.
Bake for 23 – 25 minutes, until puffed and golden. Serve. Original Recipe from Food and Wine

Had to photograph this one quickly because Soufflés collapse very quickly. But the collapse doesn’t affect the taste. Creamy. Cheesy. So much flavor. Now I wish I had the whole recipe. Even The Man liked it, kinda…..

For the rest of the cheesy dishes visit IHCC.

If I crave anything it is usually Pizza. I don’t know why. Maybe because I don’t get to have it very often. But I do love it. Usually it is full of sauce and cheese and lots and lots of calories. But then Bittman gets into the act and suddenly I can have a nice healthy pizza anytime I want.

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What we have here is a No-Work Mostly Whole Wheat Pizza Dough
Chewy! Lots of healthy toppings. Chewy! I love a chewy crust and I really don’t care for lots of tomato sauce so I simply left it off. Call it the “artisan” in me but you get so much more flavor when there is no sauce.

    2 cups whole wheat flour
    1 cup AP or Bread Flour
    1/2 tsp instant yeast
    1 tsp salt
    2 or 3 tsp Italian seasoning
    2 Tbl olive oil, plus more for greasing.

Mix together the flours, yeast, Italian seasoning, and salt in a large bowl. Stir in l 1/2 – 1 3/4 cups water.
You will have a relatively sticky and wet dough, like biscuit batter. If it’s two dry you can add a little more water {which is why I put a range of water}.
Scrape down the sides of the bowl, cover, and put it in a warm spot for at least 6 hours but up to 12 hours. {More hours = more complex flavor.}
Heat the oven to 500C. Generously oil a baking sheet or large ovenproof skillet. Dust your hands with a little white flour and lightly fold the dough over in the bowl a few times. It will be sticky, but resist the urge to use too much flour; dust your hands again only when absolutely necessary. You can make one large pizza or divide the dough into 1/2 or quarters for smaller ones. Gently, you don’t want to tear the dough, Press the dough into an oven proof skillet or baking sheet;.
Brush or drizzle the top of the pizza or pizzas with 2 tablespoons oil, cover, and let sit while you get the toppings together, but no more than 60 minutes or so. Toppings can be just about anything you want.
Mine:

    mushrooms
    roasted red pepper
    spinach
    black olives
    Mozzarella Cheese

So Colorful!!

The addition of the Italian seasoning added more flavor to the pizza since there was no sauce where the seasoning usually is. (Does that make sense?) The amount of the fillings are up to your tastes. You caould also add goat cheese or ricotta. Anchovies or Sardines. Broccoli or cauliflower. It’s your choice.

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The recipe is from Bittman’s The Food Matters Cookbook on page 533.

For more Potluck dishes visit I Heart Cooking Club

Fajitas became a regular part of our menu several years ago and I love finding new ways to make them. When Glennis chose this recipe for us this week I was excited to have just one more recipe for fajitas.

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What the recipe calls for is steak, onion, red and yellow peppers, and garlic that is seasoned with generous amounts of cumin, coriander, and cayenne. ‘Nuff said. The recipe also called for lime {no, thanks}, avocado {DEFINITELY NO, thanks} and Greek Yogurt {not this time, thanks}. So I added some of OUR faves for fajitas:

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    …Fiesta cheese mix and ‘shrooms…

I changed the recipe just a tad to fit our tastes, did the others? Check out their posts from our Website – Eating with Ellie.

And if you liked to join us we are ONLY cooking from Weeknight Wonders right now and all the recipes are posted on the right. Just cook/bake blog and leave a comment. We’d like to see you at the table with us.

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