November 16, 2009

Beets salad

Beets salad

2 medium size beet root, 2 cloves of garlic, 1/4 cup mayo, salt, 1/4 chopped walnuts, 1/4 cup chopped prunes.

If using fresh beets: Remove leaves, leaving about an inch of stem, and don't cut the taproot. Wash gently (don't break the skin), and place in a pot of cold water to cover. Bring to a boil and cook until done (firm but cooked, about 40-50 minutes). Drain the beets, cool under running cold water, and remove skin with fingers.
Finely Shred. Combine all ingridients and toss. Add salt and pepper to taste, and refrigerate covered for several hours before serving.

Салат из красной свеклы.

2 шт свеклы среднего размера, 2 зубчика чеснока, 1/4 чашки майонеза, соль,
1/4 чашки мелко нарезанных грецких орех, 1/4 чашки мелко нарезанного чернослива

Свеклу вымыть (не очищать), завернуть каждую в фольгу и запечь в духовке при температуре ~180° ~60-80 минут (в зависимости от размера свеклы) или отварить до готовности. Вареную свеклу очистить и натереть на крупной терке.
Чеснок пропустить через чесночный пресс. Смешать все ингридиенты

November 09, 2009

Frosted Apple Squares

Frosted Apple Squares
1/2 cup (4 ounces) lukewarm milk
2 large eggs
2 teaspoons instant yeast
4 cups (17 ounces) King Arthur Unbleached All-Purpose Flour
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup (2 sticks, 8 ounces) unsalted butter

3/4 cup (5 1/4 ounces) granulated sugar
1/4 cup (1 ounce) cornstarch
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons cinnamon
8 cups (about 3 pounds before peeling) apples, peeled, cored, and very thinly sliced

1 cup (4 ounces) confectioners’ sugar
2 tablespoons (1 ounce) milk or cream
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
For the dough: Beat the eggs and milk together, and set aside. Combine the yeast, flour, and salt in a medium bowl, and cut in the butter with a pastry blender until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Add the egg/milk mixture, stirring until a soft dough forms. Divide the dough in half and chill for about 30 minutes.

Lightly grease a half-sheet pan (13" x 18"). On a piece of parchment paper, or on a lightly floured surface, roll half the dough into a 12" x 17" rectangle; the dough will be quite thin. Transfer the dough to the prepared pan. If you used parchment, this is easily done by flipping it over into the pan and gently peeling the parchment off, then smoothing the dough where it needs it. If you didn’t use parchment, transfer the dough by rolling it onto the rolling pin, then lifting the pin above the pan, centering it and unrolling the dough. Smooth out the corners. You may find a giant spatula helpful to transfer the dough.

For the filling: Whisk together the sugar, cornstarch, salt, and cinnamon. Spread the apples over the dough, and sprinkle with the sugar mixture. Roll out the remaining dough and place it over the apples. Pinch the edges together. Cut steam vents in the top. Cover with greased plastic wrap or a proof cover, and let rise in a cool place for about 1 hour. After 30 minutes, preheat the oven to 350°F.

Bake the pastry for 25 to 30 minutes, until it’s golden brown. Remove it from the oven and cool on a rack for 20 minutes.

For the glaze: Mix the sugar, milk, and vanilla until smooth. Drizzle it over the bars. Cool completely. Cut into 3 ½" squares if you want to serve it as dessert (topped with ice cream, of course!), or 2" x 3" bars. Refrigerate any leftovers.
Yield: 3 dozen bars.

Variation: For added color and flavor, spread a layer of dried cranberries atop the apples before adding the top crust.
Recipe from King Arthur Flour

November 04, 2009

Shrimp Scampi with Pasta

Shrimp Scampi with Pasta
- serves 2 -
Adapted from Tyler Florence.

1/2 pound pasta, 2 tablespoons butter, 2 tablespoons extra virigin olive oil, 1/2 large shallot, finely diced,3 cloves garlic, sliced, 1/2 pound shrimp, peeled, Salt and pepper, 1/4 cup dry white wine, Juice of half a lemon, Handful of parsley, chopped

1. Bring a large pot of water to a boil. And a couple tablespoons of salt, then add the pasta. Cook according to the instructions on the pasta box. Drain when done.

2. Meanwhile, drop one tablespoon of the oil and one tablespoon of the butter into a large skillet. Melt the butter of medium-high heat. Add the shallots and garlic.
Cook until the shallots are translucent, about 2-3 minutes.

3. Add the shrimp and cook for about 3 minutes, turning halfway through. Remove the shrimp when pink, and set aside. Add the wine and lemon juice to the skillet, and bring to a boil. Add the rest of the butter and oil. Stir the sauce and let cook for 30 seconds to combine.

4. Return the shrimp to the skillet, season with salt and pepper, then add the drained pasta. Toss to combine everything. Add a little pasta water if the mixture is too dry. Serve with a sprinkle of parsley.

Креветки "Scampi" со шпагетти
На 2 порции.

250 грамм сухих шпагетти, 2 столовых ложки сливочного масла, 2 столовых ложки оливкового масла, 1/2 головки мелко нарезанного лука, 3 зубца мелко нарезанного чеснока, 250 грамм свежих почищенных креветок, соль, перец по вкусу, 1/4 чашки белого вина, сок половины лимона, мелко нерезанная петрушка

1. Закипятить воду, посолить и добавить шпагетти. Варить до полной готовности, отцедить воду.

2. Тем временем положить 1 столовую ложку сливочного масла и 1 столовую ложку оливкового масла на сковороду. Через 2-3 минуты добавить лук и чеснок. Жарить 2-3 минуты до того, что лук будет прозрачным.

3. Добавить креветки на сковороду и жарить 3 минуты. ВЫнуть из сковороды розовые креветки. Добавить в соус вино и лимонный сок. Добавить еще по одной столовой ложке сливочного и оливкового масла. Дать покипеть 30 секунд.

4. Переложить креветки в сковороду, поперчить, посолить. Добавить шпагетти и все перемешать. Перед подачей на стол украсить мелко нарезанной петрушкой.

Recipe from Serious Eats

November 03, 2009

Cranberry-Walnut Sweet Potatoes

4 large sweet potatoes
1/4 cup finely chopped onion
1 tablespoon butter
1 cup fresh or frozen cranberries
1/3 cup maple syrup
1/4 cup water
1/4 cup cranberry juice
1/4 teaspoon salt, divided
1/2 cup chopped walnuts, toasted
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
1/4 teaspoon pepper
2 tablespoons minced chives
Scrub and pierce sweet potatoes. Bake at 400° for 1 hour or until tender.
In a small saucepan, saute onion in butter until tender. Add the cranberries, syrup, water, cranberry juice and 1/8 teaspoon salt. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 10-15 minutes or until berries pop, stirring occasionally. Stir in walnuts and mustard; heat through.
Cut potatoes in half lengthwise; sprinkle with pepper and remaining salt. Top each with 2 tablespoons cranberry mixture; sprinkle with chives. Yield: 8 servings.

Recipe from Taste of Home