Monday, June 21, 2010

Chefs all think a like.....sort of


Nice post on plate online...not sure if you will see it.
If someone can comment if they can or can not see it..please. I will copy and paste if you can't....I responded too...which is the most important thing of course!!!

Why can't I have a cannoli cookie for breakfast? It has dairy in it!

I swear I rather just let the 14 year old have a cookie in the morning than hear him whine all day that he is hungry cause that is all he wanted for breakfast and by 10am he is still hungry but unwilling to eat "normal" food.

This is besides the fact he is a human garbage pail and can eat anything without it affecting his body weight. Unlike his dear old mama who looks sideways at a cookie and it costs her 5

But they are sooo delish.

From Food Network Mag...Ted Allen


For the Cookies:

  • 2 sticks unsalted butter, cut into pieces and at room temperature
  • 2/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 3 tablespoons whole milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking  soda
  • 1/2 cup mini semisweet chocolate chips

For the Filling:

  • 1 1/2 cups chopped roasted unsalted pistachios
  • 1 1/2 cups (12 ounces) mascarpone cheese
  • 3/4 cup ricotta cheese
  • 1 1/2 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt


Make the cookies: Beat the butter and both sugars with a mixer until creamy. Beat in the milk and vanilla until combined. In a medium bowl, whisk the flour, cocoa, salt and baking soda. With the mixer on low speed, slowly add the dry ingredients to the butter mixture and beat until combined. Stir in the chocolate chips, if desired. Scoop the dough onto a sheet of wax paper
and shape into a 2-inch-thick log. Wrap in the wax paper and refrigerate at least 2 hours or overnight.

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Slice the dough into 1/3-inch-thick rounds with a sharp knife. Place on the prepared baking sheet and bake 10 minutes. Cool the cookies for a few minutes on the baking sheet, then transfer to a rack to cool completely.

Meanwhile, make the filling: Combine 3/4 cup pistachios, the mascarpone, ricotta, confectioners' sugar, vanilla and salt with a mixer on low speed until just blended; do not overmix or the filling will be too thick. (It can be prepared a day ahead and refrigerated.)

To assemble, sandwich about 1/2 inch filling between 2 cookies. Repeat with the remaining cookies and filling. Roll the edges in the remaining 3/4 cup pistachios.

I predict you will not be able to stop at one.

My son ate 4 with a glass of milk  without even that BOY!!

Porno for Chefs

mmmmmmmm wolf: the oven....not the other stuff around it.


And VIKING Ranges.....soooooo purrrrrtttty.



Suppport Suppport SUPPPORT!!!

It's all about the support.

CSA is a great thing. Whether you do it as a group or just your self, supporting your local farmers is the way to go. It isn't just about organic food or eating fresh picked...both of which are still great and valid reasons. But by supporting local farmers of vegetables, fruits,meats and other goods you're supporting your local economy and neighbors.

I am lucky to have a farmers market literally right outside my door(pictures to be coming soon) and can go there and others around my area almost everyday for fresh products, even beef,bison and chicken.

I do wish though we had a whole foods/trader Joe's type of places. The best we have off season is Wegmans ,though the one near me is lacking. The biggest surprise is that my town ,while full of tree hugging organic types, there IS a lack of a market like Trader Joe's. But we are a small town with Amish as neighbors and farmers as other.

Logically also fresh produce should be cheap depending on the season no matter where it is grown. So why am I still paying a butt load for strawberries and lettuce.

Something needs to happen in order for people to provide their families and themselves with fresh products to help keep obesity down. But instead of that,at least here in New York State( love you dumb ass David Patterson...thank you for leaving early not that I have anymore hope for the next guy/girl who thinks they can "turn things around"...annex NYC...that would save us around 100million a year) there is talk of a sin tax.

WTF? Soda and junk food don't make people fat....I can get fat on a vegetarian diet just as easily as on a regular meat diet. Why don't give discounts on fresh produce or vouchers to people to go to farmers markets. And encourage companies to allow people to exercise by offering discounts to gyms and dietitians consultation or even free membership to curves and WW to those in need of permanent weight loss.

Don't get me started on sustainability.....