Saturday, March 30, 2013


 I made these little yummies last weekend and thought what a perfect breakfast delight for special occasions like Easter morning!!  I loved the parchment paper presentation and it was really easy to do!

Frittatas are basically a quiche without the crust so you are cutting the carbs!  I love either but since I am a carb girl (not a good thing), I like when I can cut out some calories and carbs too!

I love green onions, sweet onions, yellow onions, scallions....I think you get the idea.  But I had never cooked with leeks.  They look like a big, fat green onion.  My son is going to culinary school and his professor was saying that leeks were similar to a green onion but with a milder flavor.  I found this recipe on a blog called
In Sock Monkey Slippers.  She wrote that she had a 2-1/2 year old daughter who was a picky eater but loved these little frittatas.  I am mentioning this because it might be tempting just to use green onions in place of the leeks but for a picky eater, it might just be the difference between liking the recipe or not. 

Leeks tend to be sandy so they have to be washed thoroughly.  I found it to be very easy to wash them and the pictures below will show you how to get them clean!

I could only get 7 little frittatas out of this recipe so you might want to double it, depending on your needs.  I probably could have gotten 8 but the recipe said to leave a space between each cup and I did not want to start another pan.  I kind of followed that advice but I did squeeze that 7th one in there to keep from using another pan.  Also, I am not a huge portion eater (does that make sense) so I ate 2 with some fruit.  I tried a new recipe, a blueberry streusel,  that day but I didn't care for it which is what I wanted to serve with it.  It would make a perfect little breakfast....Individual frittatas, blueberry streusel or other sweet breakfast item...cinnamon rolls for example...with a cup of fruit.

I may try this recipe again with different ingredients....bacon, pancetta, ground sausage, mushrooms, many choices.

I'm thinking you could make these in the mini muffin tin without using the parchment paper and these would be perfect to bring to a little brunch. 


2 cups Leeks, washed and chopped (about 2 cups)
1 teaspoon Extra Virgin Olive Oil
1 teaspoon Butter
3/4 teaspoon Sea Salt
4 Eggs
3/4 cup Milk
3/4 cup Parmesan Cheese, shredded (I used a blend of pre-packaged Italian Cheeses because I had them handy)
1/2 cup Canadian Bacon, chopped (about 6 slices)
1/4 teaspoon Freshly Ground Black Pepper
pinch of Freshly Grated Nutmeg
Parchment Paper
Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
Slice the root ends off the 2 Large Leeks.
Making a cut at the dark green leaves, cut the tops off.
Slice the leeks down the center vertically, exposing the ribs.

While running the inside of leeks under water, fan your fingers across the inside of the leeks to loosen and rinse any sand away.
Cut the Leeks into 1/4 inch crescents to measure 2 cups.
Over medium-low heat, heat the 1 teaspoon olive oil and melt 1 teaspoon butter. 
Add the leeks and 1/2 teaspoon sea salt.  Stir.
Saute for 5-10 minutes, until the leeks become soft.  Turn off heat.
In a large bowl, whisk the 4 eggs and 3/4 cup milk thoroughly.
Chop the 6 slices (1/2 cup) Canadian bacon into cubes.
To the egg and milk mixture, add the Canadian bacon, leeks, 3/4 cup cheese, 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper, the remaining 1/4 teaspoon of salt, and a pinch of freshly grated nutmeg.

If you do not have one of these little must get one!  They make using fresh nutmeg, cheese, and grating citrus a snap!
Stir to combine.
Cut 5" X 5" squares of parchment paper.
  Place parchment squares in a muffin tin, leaving a space between each cup.  (I think next time I will put a parchment square in each cup because I don't know what the relevance is of this step.  Maybe because this recipe only makes half of a pan so it spaces them out for even baking)
Fill parchment cups with the egg and leek mixture.
NOTE:  I poured little bit of water in each empty muffin space.  However, I googled why I would do this and it says...if you are using a tin muffin pan, it keeps the pan from warping.  If your pan warps it is a sign of a low-quality pan so get rid of it...don't kill the messenger, I am just relaying information but it does make sense.  I love to use this Pampered Chef ceramic muffin baker.  It cooks and browns evenly. 
Place in oven for 25 minutes.
Remove the frittatas from the muffin tin and allow to cook slightly before eating.



Wednesday, March 27, 2013


Let me just start by saying that I am not a huge parsley fan.  I know...what is wrong with me?  Even though the main ingredient of this dipping oil/salad dressing is parsley, I can't stop eating it!
The wonderful thing about this recipe is that it is so versatile.  All the flavors meld pretty quickly so you can make this 30 minutes before serving and it is amazing!!
I use it for a dipping oil for bread or toasties, like pictured above.  I use it for my dressing on my salad.  It is wonderful drizzled over any beans, broccoli, asparagus, potatoes, etc.  We have even drizzled it over my mashed potatoes. 
I never measure for this recipe.  I did measure in the beginning, but those measurements went something like this...2 big handfuls of parsley, sprinkle with red pepper flakes until the top in covered, start with 1-1/2 cups of olive oil and then add more...soooo it wasn't really an accurate recipe.  However, now I just eye the ingredients and then tweak until I get the flavor and consistency that I want.  However, I did my best to measure accurately so that you can have a good base to go by.  You may not want as much Red Pepper Flakes since it does make it pretty spicy or as much fresh garlic.   I am a garlic-lover!!!  The good thing about this recipe is that you can adjust your ingredients to your liking. 
My friend Kelly introduced me to this divine dipping oil a few years back and I love using it when I want something besides butter on my bread or heavy dressings on my salads. 
It is inexpensive to make and it lasts a week or two in the fridge.  I wish I could be more accurate about how long it lasts but it never lasts very long...maybe a week at my house.
I would suggest the next time you fix an Italian meal or a steak dinner that you make this and drizzle it over your salad or serve it in little, individual dishes for a dipping oil for bread.  Or, buy a baguette and slice it in approximately 1/2" thick slices and toast in a 350 degree oven until crispy on one side, then flip and crisp on the other side.  Serve in a basket and have a cruet of this dressing for people to drizzle over the bread toasties.  Yummmm!!!!
1 cup Curly Parsley, chopped
4 large cloves Garlic, minced
1 to 1-1/2 teaspoons Crushed Red Pepper
1-1/2 cups Extra-Light Tasting or Delicate Tasting Olive Oil
1 teaspoon Salt, or to your liking.
Chop enough parsley to measure 1 cup.

Pour in 1-1/2 cups of Olive Oil...I use Bertolli Extra Light, Delicate Taste Olive Oil.  You may want to add more after all the ingredients are combined.  You want it to be more like a dipping oil.

Mince 4 large Garlic Cloves and add to the mixture.

Sprinkle in 1 to 1-1/2 teaspoon Red Pepper Flakes.  As you can see, I like a lot but you may want to start with half the amount, allow to sit for about 30 minutes, taste and then add more if you like. (I know this is a different bowl than the one's from a different meal.  I told you I like to make this a lot! Ha!
Add 1 teaspoon of salt or whatever pleases your palate.  I am a salt-a-holic...I know that is not a good thing but it is what it is!
I like this picture because you can see how all of the ingredients stick to the parsley which is why this is such a good recipe.  By the ingredients having something to adhere to, you get a taste of all of the flavors at once...this is making me want to go make some right now and it is 10:30 in the morning! 

Tuesday, March 26, 2013


I do not know where I got this recipe from but I had copied it down on a piece of notebook paper and had stuffed it in my recipe book.    I never tried it until this weekend.  My son Chris was coming in from Austin to visit our new little family addition, Alex, so I wanted to cook for everyone. 
I made my Pressure Cooker Pot Roast, along with rice, steamed asparagus with lemon and topped with bacon (I will blog this later), rolls and this new recipe for creamed corn.  It was a hit!
I am so glad to have found such a versatile veggie recipe.  It will basically go with any menu.  Annnnd....this would be perfect for an Easter Lunch or Dinner. 
Super easy....Super good!  You have got to try it...I think you will make it a regular on your table!
NOTE:  I could not find a block of Parmesan Cheese at my local grocery store so I bought a bag of Kraft Italian was really good so I may use it everytime!  Also, I think some crumbled bacon would be excellent in this dish.  Just FYI.
2-1/2 lbs. Frozen Corn
1 cup Heavy Whipping Cream
1 cup Whole Milk
1 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons Sugar
Dash of Cayenne Pepper
1/2 stick Butter
3 tablespoons Flour
1/4 cup Shredded Parmesan (or blend of Italian Cheeses)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Combine all ingredients except butter and flour.  Bring to a boil.
Pour the frozen corn into a large saucepot.
Add 1 cup of heavy whipping cream and 1 cup of whole milk

Add 1 teaspoon salt and 2 tablespoons sugar
Add a dash (I add more) of cayenne pepper.
Reduce heat and simmer 5 minutes.

Blend 1/2 stick of butter with 3 tablespoons of flour
Stir until well blended and smooth.
Add roux to corn and mix well.  Remove from heat.
Pour into a 9 X 9 casserole dish.
Sprinkle with 1/4 cup of shredded parmesan cheese or Italian cheeses.
Bake for 20-25 minutes or until bubbly and top is light brown.

Saturday, March 23, 2013


I always cook a dinner and dessert for my kids for their birthdays.  This year, my daughter Holly was 8 months pregnant with my little grandson on her birthday and was craving donuts!  Now, I have never made donuts and I just don't think mine would have compared with Southern Maid or Happy Donuts, so I was not wanting to attempt to make them.  My son was in from Austin and he suggested Beignets which I have never made either! Even though I was not 100% convinced that they would turn out like something even remotely like a beignet...I was definitely up for the challenge.

I looked on the internet for different recipes and I decided on this particular one because it had so many great reviews.  It comes from a weblog called Nola Cuisine.  I want to try more of their recipes because this one was very well explained and since it was so good, I am betting that the others will be good, as well.

I did not take pictures until the end...sorry!  But, it was a very busy day and I did not know how they were going to turn out so I didn't want to waste time taking pictures.  I really wish I would've taken pictures of my son, Christopher, helping me cook these.  He is a great cook and he is enrolled in Le Cordon Bleu in Austin.  I really enjoyed spending time with him in the kitchen and he is such a big help!  I will definitely be making these again so when I do, I will add more pictures!

If you follow the directions exactly, you will end up with some amazing tasting little bundles of heaven!  They are absolutely divine!

Here is the recipe...and Happy Birthday Holly!!


1 Envelope Active Dry Yeast
3/4 Cup Water (110 degrees F)
1/4 Cup Granulated Sugar
1/2 Teaspoon Salt
1 Beaten Egg
1/2 Cup Evaporated Milk
3-1/2 to 3-3/4 Cups All Purpose Flour
1/8 Cup Shortening
Vegetable Oil for Frying
Powdered Sugar in a shaker or sifter

Combine the Yeast, Water, and Sugar in the work bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a dough hook. You could also make this in a food processor, or the old fashioned way, by hand.  Let this sit until frothy, about 5 minutes, then add the Salt, Egg, and Evaporated Milk. Mix on low speed, then add half of the flour until it starts to come together, then add the shortening.  When the shortening is incorporated, start adding the remaining flour, a little at a time until most of it is incorporated.  At this time, I always turn the dough onto a floured bench to finish by hand, just like when I make bread; it's a touch thing.  Place the dough into a large oiled bowl, loosely cover and let rise.  The person writing this made theirs the night before and let it rise overnight in the refrigerator.  I placed a pan of hot water on the bottom rack of my oven.  Then I put the covered bowl with the dough in it above the pan of water and let it rise for approximately 2 hours.  Either way I am sure is fine but I cannot speak for the refrigerator method since I have not tried it.

After the dough has doubled in bulk, punch it down and turn it onto a floured surface and roll out into a rectangle that is about 1/2" thick.  With a very sharp knife working at a diagonal to the rectangle, cut into 2" wide strips.  Now cut into diamond shapes by making diagonal cuts in the opposite direction.  Place the Beignets on a floured baking sheet to let rise about 40 minutes in a warm place.  (I was actually in a hurry so I skipped this step and they turned out fine but next time I will let it rise the second time because they might be even more light and fluffy).

When the Beignets have risen, heat 2-3 inches of vegetable oil in a large saucepan to 350-360 degrees.   Place a few beignets into the hot oil, being careful not to smash or deflate them.  When they are golden brown, flip them over until golden brown on the other side.  (They go pretty quickly so start checking them right after they go into the oil). 

Remove to paper towel lined plates to drain.  Serve hot and sprinkle with plenty of powdered sugar (because the dough doesn't contain much sugar, you will want a lot).

Makes approximately 2 dozen.