Thursday, November 29, 2012

My favorite American appetizers to cook

I cooked deviled eggs and stuffed mushrooms for Thanksgiving for our guests. They are easy to cook and most people love them. I used mushroom stems for stuffed mushrooms. They are delicious. 
Here are how I made deviled eggs and stuffed mushrooms.
12 Stuffed mushrooms
12 white or brown mushrooms
1 TBSP Vegetable oil
Quarter onion minced
1 clove of garlic minced
Sun Dried tomatoes in oil chopped into small pieces.
1/4 cup Parmesan cheese grated
Take stem off the mushroom and chopped the stems into small pieces
Preheat oven to 375 degree
Heat oil and sauté minced onion, garlic and the mushroom stems until wilted.
Combine Parmesan cheese and sun dried tomatoes with the sautéed mixture to make stuffing.
Stuff the mushroom caps and bake them for 15 minutes or more until mushroom caps are cooked. 
They taste better to be served warm.  
6 Deviled eggs
6 eggs (Use at least 3 days old eggs. Very fresh eggs are hard to peel.)
2-3 Table spoon mayonnaise( Add more or less for your taste)
Parsley chopped for garnish
In a pot, fill cold water to cover the eggs and put the lid on the pot.
Boil the water with eggs over medium heat.
Turn off the heat as soon as the water boils.
Leave the eggs in pot with the lid closed for 12 minutes,
Drain the water and cool the eggs under running cold water.
Peel the eggs in water.
Clean the shell and cut vertically half with sharp knife
Take egg yolk out carefully and clean the egg white.
Mix egg yolk with the mayonnaise
Stuff the mayonnaise mixture in the plastic bag.
Cut the corner of the bag and pipe the egg yolk mixture in the egg whites.
Dish up the eggs and garnish with parsley.

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Food art class for toddler with parent

A regular instructor of food art class got sick and I was asked to teach "Edible Messy Beginnings!Ages 14 month-2 Years with adult". Today I taught the first class out of 4 classes.
It was messy but little students had fun and tasty snack. If you are looking for fun activity with your baby and don't care making mess, this activity is for you. You need custard pudding and food coloring to make colorful paste and dry rice paper which you can purchase at Asian grocery store.  Have fun!
Rice paper can be used to make salad rolls by dipping into warm water to soften and fill your favorite vegetable and meat filling.

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Pizza cooking on 2012 Election Day

My husband and I met two people and cooked Pizza at Prune Kitchen on 2012 Election Day. I prepared dough and tomato sauce ahead. Pizza was the perfect food to cook fast. They are members of my cooking meetup. I was disappointed only two signed up. But it turned out to be very pleasant night. We enjoyed freshly baked pizza and conversation. It was a great way to spend on the Election Day. 

I made pizza dough using Bread machine Pizza dough recipe from Rombauer and Becker version of Joy of cooking book. This is one of my favorite recipe book.
In case that you decided to buy a bread machine to make the pizza dough, here is the simple version of the recipe:
Set Dough cycle on the machine:
Add the flowing ingredients and start the cycle:
2 ½ (3 ¾) Cups of bread flour
½ ( ¾) teaspoon salt
1(1 ½) teaspoon active yeast or ¾ (1) teaspoon quick rising yeast
2(3) teaspoons Olive oil
1 (1 ½) cups water
(Large dough)

Have fun baking pizza.