Monday, June 29, 2009

soul food Sunday part I


There is a tradition on Sundays at our house, it started one day when I was looking for inspiration in my vast collection of cookbooks. I came across two that I have overlooked for quite some time. One is called "The Black Family Reunion Cookbook" and the other, "Healthy Soul Food". I started making a few dishes inspired by the books every Sunday and now the recipes have been incorporated into my collection. I am going to share with you a new soul food staple each week most likely on Mondays... today it's my southern Grandmother's biscuit recipe.

*it took me MANY attempts to get this PERFECT pat attention to my notes!
4 cups flour
1 tsp salt
8 tsp baking powder (make sure it's fresh-date on bottom of can)
1 tsp cream of tartar (don't omit)
2 tbs sugar
1 cup veg. shortening
1 cup milk
Combine all the DRY ingredients into a bowl, cut the shortening into the flour with two knives or a pastry blender.Add the milk and stir JUST UNTIL the mixture forms a ball. Place in fridge 20min. Preheat oven 425. Turn the dough onto a floured surface and knead it ONLY 14 times. Pat out 1" thick.( thick is the key here)Cut with a 2" biscuit cutter.
Place on cookie sheet (I put parchment on mine) 1" apart.
BRUSH THE TOPS WITH LOTS OF MELTED BUTTER! (yum)
Bake 15-20 min. Keep an eye on em though...sometimes mine bake quick. ENJOY!

Friday, June 26, 2009

bruchetta

This is a great substitute for salad if you're short on lettuce. My husband is always asking me to make it. Here's how:
take a bunch of fresh basil, roughly chopped
1 med ripe tomato (diced)
1/4-1/2 cup mozzarella cheese (diced)
2tbs good quality olive oil (no substitutions)
2 tbs italian seasoning
1 tsp KOSHER salt (reg salt? ok, but not as good with this) If you have a salt grinder, that's excellent. Just reg salt doesn't do the trick
Mix it all together and put it in the fridge for 20 min to marry the flavors. I try for 20, but the hubby always gets into it. I serve mine with garlic bread or toast points.

Thursday, June 25, 2009

oatmeal peanut butter chip bars

This is not what we had for dinner last night, but it was dessert. We had spinach stuffed flank steak, I just didn't want to be redundant with the spinach thing. (sorry, Popeye)

For this you'll need:

1 stick melted butter

1 1/2 c white sugar

1 c brown sugar

4 eggs

1 tsp salt

1 1/2 c flour

1 c oats

6oz peanut butter chips

Super easy! Just combine all ingredients in the order listed and spread into a 9x13 (nonstick) pan. Bake at 350 for 35min. Enjoy.

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

spinach stuffed chicken breasts

These are my spinach stuffed chicken breasts... It's not an exact recipe, but I will tell ya how I make them:
appx 1cup thawed and draines frozen chopped spinach
1tsp or so kosher salt
1 egg
1/2 c bread crumbs
1/2 c shreddded cheese
garlic, pepper, basil, any other seasonings ya like..
mix everything in a bowl, stuff into chicken breasts that have been cut so there's a nice pocket. (kinda like a pita)
wrap it with cotton kitchen twine. Bake at 350 for 35-40 min, or until chicken is cooked through. Depends on how thick the breasts are, ya know! enjoy! (I serve mine with brown rice...)