Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Great Idea Thursday 52

Welcome everyone.  Krista, from A Handful of Everything, and I would like to bring you:


Starts: Wednesday @ 6:00pm EST  Ends: Sunday @ 11:59pm 

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Here's what I've been doing since last time:


Now for my features from last week...in no specific order (I also share these on GooglePlus, facebook, and twitter. Make sure you check out Krista's page too.  She has different features.

How to Make a Simple Lemon Pie from Living Frugal with Erica (Most viewed)


25 Mouthwatering Oreo Recipes from TitiCrafty


Super Simple Chocolate Truffles from Little House Living


Select Your Salsa from Keep it Simple Sweetie


Easy Easter Truffles-20 Delicious Flavors from Eliza Ellis



On to the link party.  Here are the usual rules.

*Please follow your host and co-host on any or all social media 

Host:  Krista from- 
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*Remember to link directly to your blog post not just your home page.

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Monday, April 21, 2014

Veal Scallopini

Thin veal cutlets served with tomatoes, mushrooms, and spinach in a white wine sauce.


Veal Scallopini:  thin veal cutlets with tomatoes, mushrooms, and spinach in a white wine sauce.

I've never cooked veal scallopini before.  I don't seek out veal to buy, but I always check the discount bin at our grocery store (so does my husband).  Any food or meat that is close to it's expiration date or just isn't popular is usually 30-50% off.  It's a great way to eat good cuts of meat for pretty inexpensively you just have to cook it or freeze it that day.  Shopping this way has definitely broadened my cooking.  There are lots of meats and food I would normally never buy, because I'm not familiar with it or it's just too expensive, that come home when 50% off.  My husband has great faith in me, I still pass by some that I don't know how to cook, but he always says "you'll figure out something".  I think he was actually the one who brought the veal scallopini home.

Veal Scallopini:  thin veal cutlets with tomatoes, mushrooms, and spinach in a white wine sauce.

As with anything I'm unfamiliar with I searched on line for "how to cook veal scallopini".  The internet is so great I almost never pick up a cookbook any more and I'm able to find so many recipes from so many cuisines with just the push of a button.  So I sifted through a few recipes until I found something that used ingredients I had or could easily find and seemed relatively simple.  I settled on Adam Siegel's Veal Scallopini.

Veal Scallopini:  thin veal cutlets with tomatoes, mushrooms, and spinach in a white wine sauce.

Veal Scallopini

Slightly modified from Adam Siegel's Veal Scallopini

Ingredients:

4 veal cutlets also called scallopini
salt and pepper to taste
flour
olive oil
2 Tbsp butter
1/2 pound spinach
1/2 cup sliced caremini mushrooms
1/2 cup white wine
Juice of 1/2 lemon
1/2 cup chicken broth
1/2 cup halved grape tomatoes

Veal Scallopini:  thin veal cutlets with tomatoes, mushrooms, and spinach in a white wine sauce.

Pound the veal cutlets, with the smooth side of a meat mallet (or bottom of a heavy fry pan) until about 1/8 of an inch thick.

Make sure you have all of the ingredients out and ready (this cooks quick).

Season both sides of the veal and dredge in flour (shake off excess).  Heat a large skillet over medium high heat (I used cast iron).  Pour in about 1 Tbsp oil and cook the veal, one at a time, about 2 minutes per side, until cooked through and browned (it's thin so it doesn't take long, add more oil as needed).  Remove the veal from the pan and set aside on a plate, cover or put in a warm oven to keep warm.  Pour out oil.

In the same pan, over medium high heat, melt a bit (about 1/2 Tbsp) of the butter.  Toss in the spinach and cook just until wilted (I cooked mine too long, it was still good just didn't look as pretty) then remove from pan and place on serving tray or plates and keep warm.

Again place the same pan back over medium high heat.  Melt 1/2 Tbsp butter and saute the mushrooms in it until they are softened.  Pour in the wine and reduce by half.

Add the lemon juice and the chicken broth and again reduce by half.  Add the tomatoes and the last of the butter (about 1 Tbsp).  Remove from the heat when the butter is thoroughly incorporated.

You can place the veal back in the sauce to reheat it if necessary.  Place 2 cutlets on top of the spinach and pour the sauce over the top.  Serve immediately.

Makes 2 servings.

Enjoy.

Veal Scallopini:  thin veal cutlets with tomatoes, mushrooms, and spinach in a white wine sauce.

Linked to:  Much Ado, The Yuck Stops Here, Two Cup Tuesday, See Ya in the Gumbo, Tasty Tuesday, LouLou Girls, Brag About It, Whimsy Wednesday, Wednesday Roundup


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Friday, April 18, 2014

Dark Mocha Cheesecake

A dark chocolate cheesecake with coffee flavor.


Dark Mocha Cheesecake:  A dark chocolate cheesecake with coffee flavor.

Every year for my husband's birthday I make him the same cake, Chocolate Cheesecake.  It's his favorite and he always requests it so I make the birthday boy happy.

Dark Mocha Cheesecake:  A dark chocolate cheesecake with coffee flavor.

Making the birthday boy happy often leaves me bored.  I like to try new and different recipes and I also need new recipes for my blog so making the same thing all the time is boring.  Granted this cake is only a once a year treat so I'm not making it all the time but I still like to experiment.

Dark Mocha Cheesecake:  A dark chocolate cheesecake with coffee flavor.

I was very pleased and excited when my husband liked my idea of adding coffee to the cheesecake for a mocha flavor.  He likes coffee so why not add some to the cheesecake.  My original plan was to add some espresso powder to the batter but he suggested I use finely ground coffee because the Maui Mocha that we have on hand tastes so much better.  I'm not one to disappoint the birthday boy so that's what I did.

Dark Mocha Cheesecake:  A dark chocolate cheesecake with coffee flavor.

I also found these great local graham crackers that were Kona coffee flavored (Kona is Hawaiian coffee and it tastes great) so I made a coffee graham cracker crust.  To finish off this Mocha Cheesecake I used a dark chocolate drizzle and tossed on some Maui Mocha coffee beans (they are so cute and tiny).  The coffee beans added more coffee punch and a little bit of crunch in every slice.

Dark Mocha Cheesecake:  A dark chocolate cheesecake with coffee flavor.

Dark Mocha Cheesecake



Dark Mocha Cheesecake:  A dark chocolate cheesecake with coffee flavor.

Ingredients:

*Graham cracker crust
3 8oz packs of cream cheese, softened
1-1/4 cups sugar
8 oz sour cream
2 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 cup cocoa (I use hershey's special dark)
1 tsp finely ground coffee or instant espresso powder
2 Tbsp flour
3 eggs
*Dark chocolate drizzle
Coffee beans for garnish, optional

Dark Mocha Cheesecake:  A dark chocolate cheesecake with coffee flavor.

* Graham cracker crust:  Mix together 1 cup of graham cracker crumbs and 3/4 of a stick of butter (melted).  Press into the bottom of a 9 inch spring form pan and heat in a 450F oven for 5 minutes.

* Dark chocolate drizzle:  melt together 1/2 cup of dark chocolate pieces and 2 tsp shortening.

In a very large bowl (I use my stand mixer) beat together cream cheese and sugar until smooth.

Add the sour cream and vanilla mixing well to thoroughly combine.  Then add cocoa powder, coffee, and four.  Mix until combined (make sure to scrape down the sides of the bowl).

Lastly add the eggs, one at a time, and stir gently until just blended (do not over mix after adding the eggs).

Pour over *crumb crust and bake at 450F for 10 minutes then reduce the heat to 250F and continue baking for about 40 minutes.  Cake is done when set but for a 3 inch jiggly bit at the center.

Remove from the oven and gently loosen the cake sides from the pan using a knife.  Allow to cool completely before removing the pan sides.

Drizzle on the *chocolate drizzle, add some coffee beans, and refrigerate overnight.

Makes about 12 servings.

Enjoy.

Dark Mocha Cheesecake:  A dark chocolate cheesecake with coffee flavor.





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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Great Idea Thursdays 51

Welcome everyone.  Krista, from A Handful of Everything, and I would like to bring you:


Starts: Wednesday @ 6:00pm EST  Ends: Sunday @ 11:59pm 

We will be pinning every entry to pinterest.  Follow our board.



Here's what I've been doing since last time:


Check out my first Great Idea Roundup Your post(s) may be featured:

21 Great Ideas Using Citrus

Now for my features from last week...in no specific order (I also share these on GooglePlus, facebook, and twitter. Make sure you check out Krista's page too.  She has different features.

Cherry Chocolate Cake from Beauty Through Imperfection (co-most viewed)


DIY Garden Container~Construction from 3 Little Greenwoods (co-most viewed)


Silk Tie Dyed Easter Eggs from The Happy Creations


How to Make Bacon Bowls from Mamas Blog Central



On to the link party.  Here are the usual rules.

*Please follow your host and co-host on any or all social media 

Host:  Krista from- 
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Co-Host:  Me Joybee--









*Grab a party button and put it somewhere on your blog (or text link back to us).

Joybee, What's for Dinner?

*Click on at least two other links and please leave a comment (I know I love getting comments).

*Remember to link directly to your blog post not just your home page.

Now lets party.  Enjoy.





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