Archive for September, 2012

Risotto Style Rice with Mushrooms

Home Made Cooking

Risotto is a delicious dish made from rice and extras. The extras can be seafood, vegetables, mushrooms or basically anything you think you’d like to add.

The rice used to prepare the risotto is short grain rice called Arborio and the reason it is used in this dish is because it absorbs fluids more easily than the regular long grain rice. By absorbing more fluids, naturally this rice dish is a kind of soft and stickier rice but it is so good! It melts in your mouth and you don’t need anything else to accompany this dish, it’s perfect on its own. It was a cool evening and I wanted to make something warm and filling, and so I decided to make Risotto style rice with mushrooms by using the only rice I had at home, the Basmati rice. Although it took longer to make than it would a traditional rice dish, but it was so worth it.

Risotto Style Rice with Mushrooms
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Recipe type: Main, Entree
 
Up until now i thought I'll need to buy that special kind of rice for this but guess what, I didn't. Risotto style rice from regular rice - that's right!
Ingredients
For mushroom mix:
  • 2 cups Sliced Mushrooms
  • ½ cup Vegetable Broth
  • Salt and black pepper
  • 3 tbsp Oil
  • 1 tbsp Butter
For Rice:
  • 1 tbsp Butter
  • ¼ cup Oil
  • 1½ cup Basmati (or any long grain) rice
  • 2 Carrots – chopped
  • 4 cups Vegetable Broth
  • 1 Onion – chopped
  • ¼ cup White Wine
  • ¾ cup Grated Parmesan Cheese
  • Salt and pepper
Instructions
Mushroom mix:
  1. Heat the oil and butter in a skillet over medium heat an add the mushrooms.
  2. Sauté the mushrooms until they soften (about 4 minutes).
  3. Add the broth and mix well. Let boil in the skillet for about a minute and turn heat off. Set aside.
Rice:
  1. In a pot, sauté the carrots, onion and rice on the oil and the butter. Stir for about 3-4 minutes.
  2. Add the white wine and stir until wine evaporates.
  3. Add the vegetable broth gradually while mixing the rice and cook over medium-low heat while stirring for about 35-40 minutes.
  4. Once the rice mix is soft and sticky, add the mushrooms and mix them in.
  5. Remove from heat and add in the cheese and stir it in until combined and melted.

Risotto is a delicious dish made from rice and extras. The extras can be seafood, vegetables, mushrooms or basically anything you think you’d like to add. The rice used to prepare the risotto is short grain rice called Arborio and the reason it is used in this dish is because it absorbs fluids more easily […]

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Eggs in the Nest – A Creative Breakfast

Home Made Cooking

When I was about 10 or 11 I got my first cooking book. I remember being so excited because I really liked the thought I could make my own food. Of course, the recipes in the book were designed for kids, and so they were mainly recipes for cookies, sandwiches, hot cocoa and breakfast. One of the breakfast serving tips there actually stuck with me and to this day, I still serve that breakfast exactly like in the book. It’s called “Eggs in the nest” and the reason for this name is the shape and preparation method of this breakfast egg. All in all it’s a sunny side up 🙂 but when you make it with the butter fried bread around it, it turns into a royal breakfast. I’m an adult now, so for me it’s a nice breakfast with some sweet memories on the side, but the kids adored the idea; especially after I redesigned it for them 🙂

Eggs in the Nest - A Creative Breakfast
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Recipe type: Breakfast
Serves: 1 Person
 
A creative and delicious way to serve breakfast. Kids and adults will like it a lot!
Ingredients
  • 1 egg
  • 1 slice of bread
  • 1 tbsp butter
Instructions
  1. Using a glass or cookie cutter, cut a circle in the middle of the bread slice.
  2. Melt the butter in a skillet over medium heat.
  3. Place the bread on the melted butter for about 3-4 minutes until the bottom of it is brown and nicely fried.
  4. Turn the bread slice to the other side and pour the egg into the whole you pre- cut in the middle.
  5. Let it fry for about 3-4 minutes until the egg is ready and the egg white is solid white.
  6. Remove from skillet, decorate and serve.

When I was about 10 or 11 I got my first cooking book. I remember being so excited because I really liked the thought I could make my own food. Of course, the recipes in the book were designed for kids, and so they were mainly recipes for cookies, sandwiches, hot cocoa and breakfast. One […]

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Double Chocolate Muffins with White Chocolate Chips

Cakes and Cookies

Who doesn’t like chocolate muffins? We all do! But what would you say about a double chocolate muffin? A muffin with chocolaty flavor and some white chocolate chips in it. This was so easy to make. I made it with the kids and they loved it. Of course, the muffins didn’t survive long. I added icing on top and sprinkles all over and the muffins looked even more festive.

 

 

Double Chocolate Muffins with White Chocolate Chips
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Recipe type: Dessert
 
The muffins are sweet, very soft and can be kept in a sealed container for about 5 days which is an added bonus.
Ingredients
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1½ cups sugar
  • ½ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • ¼ Cup Whipping Cream
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tbsp vegetable oil
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 cup white chocolate chips
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350F (175C).
  2. Grease muffin cups or line with paper muffin liners.
  3. In medium bowl, mix together flour, sugar, cocoa powder, baking powder, and baking soda. Add the milk, egg, whipping cream, oil and vanilla extract and mix well together until fully combined into an even smooth batter.
  4. Add the chocolate chips and stir well.
  5. Fill the muffin cups ¾ full
  6. Place in preheated oven and bake for 20 minutes, or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.

 

Who doesn’t like chocolate muffins? We all do! But what would you say about a double chocolate muffin? A muffin with chocolaty flavor and some white chocolate chips in it. This was so easy to make. I made it with the kids and they loved it. Of course, the muffins didn’t survive long. I added […]

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Sweet Onion Quiche

Baked Goodies | Home Made Cooking

Last week I had no idea what I should make for dinner, nothing! My brain was empty and my creativity was just too tired. So I asked my husband if he has an idea for dinner. Luckily he had a great idea – Onion Quiche! I was thrilled, because there is nothing easier. I mean, I always have onion in the house and spices, what else do I need?

Sweet Onion Quiche
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Recipe type: Quiche, Vegetarian, Main
 
This quiche is very flavorful and tender. The onion gives it sweetness and it tasted even better the next day.
Ingredients
  • 3 tbsp Butter
  • 3 Onions – Chopped into small but not tiny pieces
  • 6 tbsp All Purpose Flour
  • ½ tsp Baking Powder
  • ¼ tsp Baking Soda
  • ½ Cup Whipping Cream
  • ¼ Cup Milk
  • 2 Eggs
  • ¼ Cup Grated Cheese
  • 1 tsp Garlic Powder
  • ½ tsp Salt
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350F (175C)
  2. Melt the butter in a skillet and sauté the chopped onions over medium heat. Stir occasionally until soft and transparent.
  3. In a bowl, combine the other ingredients and mix well until fully combined.
  4. Add the sautéed onions and stir in until fully combined and coated with the mix.
  5. Place in preheated oven for 30-40 minutes until the quiche is nice a tanned.
  6. Wait 10 minutes before serving to allow the quiche to set in.

Last week I had no idea what I should make for dinner, nothing! My brain was empty and my creativity was just too tired. So I asked my husband if he has an idea for dinner. Luckily he had a great idea – Onion Quiche! I was thrilled, because there is nothing easier. I mean, […]

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Chicken With Oranges

Home Made Cooking

Citrus fruits always remind me of winter. Growing in Israel I remember going with my dad to the orange orchard and picking oranges, putting them in my sweater and carrying them home. I love the taste, the smell, the orange blossom. I also think that citrus fruits always give any dish a sort of lightness and freshness. So I figured, why not use it on our Friday dinner?

 

Chicken With Oranges
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Recipe type: Main, Entree
 
I had some chicken thighs and really didn’t feel like spending too much time in the kitchen. I also had ½ orange in the fridge, leftovers from the kids’ school snack, and that’s how this dish was born 🙂
Ingredients
  • 6 Chicken Thighs – Boneless and Skinless
  • 1 tbsp Soy Sauce
  • ½ tbsp Mustard
  • 2 tbsp Water
  • 1 Garlic Clove – Minced
  • ½ Orange – Peeled and Cubed
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400F (200C)
  2. In a small bowl, mix the soy sauce, mustard, water and garlic.
  3. Cut the chicken thighs into cubes.
  4. Place the chicken in a small Pyrex (heat resistant) dish or in a deep baking pan.
  5. Pour the soy mix over the chicken and add the oranges. Stir the oranges in.
  6. Cover with foil and place in preheated oven for 20 minutes.
  7. Remove the foil while still in the oven and keep on cooking for additional 10-15 minutes.

 

Citrus fruits always remind me of winter. Growing in Israel I remember going with my dad to the orange orchard and picking oranges, putting them in my sweater and carrying them home. I love the taste, the smell, the orange blossom. I also think that citrus fruits always give any dish a sort of lightness […]

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Pineapple Muffins

Cakes and Cookies

We bought a fresh Pineapple about 2 weeks ago and placed it in the fridge to avoid the annoying fruit flies. It didn’t prevent the fruit flies from coming into my kitchen, but it did make us forget about the existence of the poor pineapple. Read More

We bought a fresh Pineapple about 2 weeks ago and placed it in the fridge to avoid the annoying fruit flies. It didn’t prevent the fruit flies from coming into my kitchen, but it did make us forget about the existence of the poor pineapple.

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