cheese


This month’s chef of the month is Diana Henry.  When we were cooking with her starting  October 2014 (for the next 6 months) I didn’t get to do many of her recipes.  I saw lots of yummy dishes through the other members of IHCC.  One of them was this dish which looks so tasty.

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Spaghetti with Bacon, Egg, and Smoked Cheese.

This would be a great brunch dish.  A warm gooey egg drizzling down over spaghetti tossed with bacon and cheese.  It was comforting.  It was full of flavor.  It was delicious.  I understand how it got rave reviews from the members who made it.  I will definitely make it again.  The egg mixed with the melty cheese and crunchy bacon. 

The only change I would make would be to use less pasta.  2 ounces was really way too much for a single serving.  I didn’t realize it until I saw all that goodness piled on the plate and I knew I could not eat all of it.

    6 oz spaghetti
    3 tbsp olive oil
    4 oz bacon
    2 large eggs
    salt and pepper
    2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
    1 tbsp coarsely chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley (use about 1/2 cup chopped cilantro)
    2 oz smoked cheese, grated {I used Smoked Gruyere.}

Cook the spaghetti until al dente. Drain and set aside.
Heat 1 tbsp of the olive oil {I actually didn’t use this for the bacon}in a large frying pan and cook the bacon until crispu and brown. Set aside.
Fry the eggs sunny side up. {If you used the rest of the olive oil, which I didn’t spoon the warm oil up over the top of the eggs to cook the yolks.} Season with salt and pepper.
Drain the pasta and put into the saucepan. Add the extra virgin olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Add in the bacon and parsley and toss.
Divide between two plates, sprinkle on the cheese, and top each serving with a fried egg. Serve immediately.

The recipe is from Henry’s Cook Simple:  Effortless Cooking Every Day.  You can find it HERE.  You should try this one.

For more from Diana Henry visit I Heart Cooking Clubs .

Three potato, four.  Remember that old round we used as kids to out somebody from the circle?  It still plays in my head even tho’ I haven’t used it in 60+ years.  My grands use it.  My kids used it.  It will never die. Ad it came into my head when I had to pick a theme for this week’s Eating with Ellie.AND you can never go wrong with a good potato recipe – especially when it has lots of cheese, herbs, and sauce.

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Scalloped Potatoes au Gratin

This is one dish that is always a hit at the dinner table but usually it has tons of cream and butter involved.  Not with Ellie’s recipe.  Low fat milk, Gruyère cheese, garlic and thyme make this dish tasty but also much lower in calories.  Only 280 a serving rather than 380.  

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Using a little flour to thicken the low fat milk  results in lots of creamy sauce and room for lots of cheese.  And since it’s Gruyère there is already tons of flavor.

The recipe is from Ellie’s comfort food fix (page 221). but also on FoodTv.  I made 1/2 of the recipe and it was more than enough for 4 healthy servings.

More potatoes on Eating with Ellie.  The themes through the end of September are posted.  Why don’t you join us.  Just cook, blog, and leave a link to the Ellie page.  Easy Peasy!

Ooey, gooey, melty cheese!  What’s not to love?  And in this simple dish from Donna Hay it all comes together.

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Zucchini, Cheese, and Pasta Slice

This was so good.  Very soft and melty just out of the oven.  Just as good at room temp.  The only seasoning is just salt and pepper but the ricotta really adds a lot of flavor.  The result is a creamy grown-up mac and cheese.  

    1½ CUPS (135G) SMALL PASTA
    3 MEDIUM ZUCCHINI, GRATED
    1 CUP (200G) RICOTTA
    1 CUP (120G) GRATED CHEDDAR
    ¼ CUP (60ML) VEGETABLE OIL
    4 EGGS
    1 CUP (150G) SELF-RAISING FLOUR
    SEA SALT AND CRACKED BLACK PEPPER
    ¼ CUP (30G) GRATED CHEDDAR, EXTRA, FOR SPRINKLING

Cook the pasta {I used elbow macaroni.} until al dente.  Mix all the ingredients together in a bowl.  Turn out into a lightly greased 8″ x 12″ dish. Bake for 30 – 40 minutes at 350°F until the cheese is melted and slightly browned. Let cool {or not….} and slice into squares.

The recipe is from Donna Hay’s website.

Visit Wednesdays with Donna Hay for more Cheesy Delights! which was the theme this week.

I figured if I’m going to the Indy I am going in style.  Maybe a box seat!  Maybe the camper in the pits.  I’m going to need that because my lunchbox had a rather messy meal in it.

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Ellie’s Open-Face PHILLY Cheese Steak Sandwich

When ever I try out a new place for lunch, if they have the Philly, I will try it.  I’ve had one from about 20 different places.  Most are good.  Some not so much.  The one from The Huddle House isn’t bad.  Neither is the one at IHOP.  I haven’t found one that blows me away yet.  Guess I will just have to keep trying.

Meanwhile Ellie’s will do nicely for a make-at-home Philly.  A toasted whole whet Italian roll (I used a WW English muffin instead) covered with nicely browned beef, sauteed onions and bells (Ellie said red and green but I am not a fan of green so I used orange instead.  Great Color!), and a lovely cheese sauce made with REAL cheese – extra sharp cheddar.  It was quite tasty, but quite messy as well.  Which is just fine with me.  Definitely a repeat, maybe NOT for the INDY, but any other lunch.

The recipe is from Ellie’s Comfort Food Fix (page 112) .  I also found it on my friend Tracy’s blog.

Check out what else is our Lunchboxes.

 

It’s time for another recipe from Curtis Stone  This week the IHCC theme is snacks or Something to eat on the Sofa..  I suppose anything can be a snack but when you look at a recipe and the beginning line is, “This is a great snack…”, it kinda solves a problem for you right off the bat.

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How about a sandwich made with slices of mozzarella and basil leaves between think slices of eggplant and then DEEP FRIED!!!  Curtis named these Deep-Fried Eggplant and Mozzarella with Basil.  Yeah, it is as good as it sounds.  And even better…

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…served with warm marinara sauce.  I think I am in heaven!  The melty cheese with the lovely flavor of basil.  YES!!!  YES!!!  YES!!! It was like having a mini pizza without the crust.  Well, if you like eggplant on your pizza which may now be a new thing in this house!

Make sure you slice your eggplant really thin.  Mine was a little thick so they began to limp-out on me after a few minutes.  They really would be better crispy.  But don’t skimp on the cheese.  You want all that melty flavory goodness.

I found this recipe in Curtis’ Cooking with Curtis  {page 49}and also on Take Home Chef.  

Check out more snacks on the I Heart Cooking Club 

 

This was our last week to cook ‘with’ Ellie Krieger for I Heart Cooking Clubs.  She has been our Chef since October.  It has been fun using her recipes.  This is not the first time I have cooked with Ellie.  There have been several groups who follow her and use her recipes year round.  (Like Eating with Ellie)

This week needed to be something special.  I still have several of her recipes marked in the cookbooks I have on the shelf.  This one has been marked for ages.

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Chicken Parmesan

Imagine chicken breasts ‘fried’ in the oven with a spicy crusty coating then covered with a marinara sauce and then topped with melty mozzarella and Parmesan cheese. HEAVEN!!

I used some of the marinara sauce I made last year from our tomatoes (YUM!) and it was so good.  Lots of chunks of fresh tomatoes and just the right amount of seasoning (with less salt).  I did increase the amount of cheese because – why not?

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I served it with a simple of side of buttered garlic noodles which mixed nicely with the ‘extra’ sauce on the plate.

Oh! Yeah!  Ellie was right, it did scream “you want me”.  And all that loveliness with only 390 calories (compared to the usual 630).

The recipe is on page 163 of Ellie’s Comfort Food Fix.

We will miss cooking with Ellie but you can see how the other members of I Heart Cooking Clubs said goodby.

Next month begins 6 months with Curtis Stone. Got my books and I’m ready to go.

There are several soups I order when we eat out.  A local cream of shrimp from The Cottage Restaurant.  The Queen’s Soup (wide rice and chicken)  from Atwood’s Bakery.  And Broccoli-Cheddar Soup from Panera. I don’t think they make any better soups anywhere than those three.  That being said, I have the shrimp soup recipe.  I’m working on the rice soup.  There are ton’s of copycats for the Panera soup.  But I needed to make something quick and didn’t have time to scan all of those recipes.  Lucky for me Chaya’s theme this week for Eating with Ellie was Cheesy Delights and some Broccoli-Cheddar soup was JUST what I wanted.

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I thought it would be hard to make but it is super simple and super quick.

Saute some onions.  Add garlic and nutmeg.  Add broccoli and chicken broth.  Cook.  Mix milk and flour.  Mix in cheddar cheese.  Add to the broccoli mix.  BINGO! Soup!

While many of the soups you find in restaurants are high in calories, this one is only 320/serving.  Win/Win!

The recipe is on page 95 of Ellie’s comfort food fix.  Also ONLINE.

There are more cheesy delights over at Eating with Ellie. Click on over.

Because this has been an out of town week I am going to cheat just a little and also submit this to I Heart Cooking Clubs for the theme – Bowled Over!

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