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Ranch Dressing

1/4 cup mayonnaise
1/4 cup yogurt
1/4 cup buttermilk (or regular)
2 tablespoons celery, grated
1 tablespoon fresh dill, chopped
1 tablespoon parsley, fresh or dry
1 tablespoon fresh cilantro, chopped (or a dash of coriander)
1 tablespoon onion, grated
1 clove garlic, grated
1/2 teaspoon Dijon mustard
1 teaspoon lemon juice
1 teaspoon vinegar
1 teaspoon sugar
dash of garlic powder
dash of chili powder
salt and pepper to taste

Put all ingredients in a lidded jar and shake well to combine

Chill and serve

This recipe is very flexible. All herbs and seasonings are optional; use which ever are your favorites. And it’s nothing like store-bought, which is a big seller for me.

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June 29, 2011 at 4:52 pm Leave a comment

Pan-Fried Noodles – A small batch

2 ounces rice or wheat noodles, prepared as instructed, drained and coat with sesame oil
8 ounces protein, sliced (chicken, shrimp, beef, tofu)
3 cups assorted vegetables, chopped
1 teaspoon ginger, grated
1 clove garlic, grated

Sauce
1 tablespoon soy sauce
1 tablespoon oyster sauce
1 teaspoon sesame oil
1 tablespoon water
1 teaspoon chili sauce
1 teaspoon sugar
oil for frying

Prepare the sauce and set aside

Fry tofu and set aside

Fry noodles and set aside

Stir fry veggies with garlic and ginger
return tofu to pan
add sauce and cook down

Thicken with cornstarch and water slurry, or add more water if necessary

Pour over noodles and serve

Hot and sour variation
1 tablespoon soy sauce
1 tablespoon vinegar
1 teaspoon sesame oil
1 teaspoon hot chili sauce
1 tablespoon sweet chili sauce (or ketchup)
1 tablespoon water
1 teaspoon fish sauce

June 21, 2011 at 9:58 pm Leave a comment

Potato Latkes – A small batch

latkes

2 large potatoes, peeled (if russets are used) and grated
1/4 onion, grated
1 egg, lightly beaten
1 heaping tablespoon flour
salt and pepper to taste
oil for shallow frying

Spread grated potatoes and onion on a kitchen towel,
then rolling it to absorb some of the moisture
transfer potato/onions to a bowl and stir in egg, flour, salt and pepper

Heat 1/4 cup oil in a large skillet over high heat until hot but not smoking
spoon 2 tablespoons potato mixture per latke into skillet, spreading to thin
cook until undersides are browned, about 5 minutes
turn latkes over and cook until undersides are browned, about 5 minutes more
transfer to paper towels to drain

Serve with sour cream or applesauce

Update: For a variation I used 1 sweet potato and 1 russet.

June 20, 2011 at 10:46 am Leave a comment

Quiche – A small batch

For Two

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2  5-inch pie plates
a double batch of this small-batch pie dough recipe
2/3 cup milk
2 eggs
1/4 cup onions, diced (cooked if you like)
1/4 cup meat, cooked and diced (ham, bacon, even pepperoni)
1/4 cup cheese, shredded (Swiss, mozzarella, or cheddar)
1/2 cup vegetable, cooked and chopped (frozen broccoli or spinach work perfectly)
salt, pepper, and nutmeg to taste

Preheat oven to 350°

Mix all the ingredients together
pour batter into dough-line pie pans

Place them on a cookie sheet, just in case
bake at 350° for approximately 30 minutes or until center is set

For One

quiche for one

This version is crustless just because I was lazy, didn’t have any left over in the fridge, and couldn’t be bothered to make some.

1/3 cup milk
1 egg
1/4 cup onions, diced (cooked if you like)
1/4 cup meat, cooked and diced (ham, bacon, even pepperoni)
1/4 cup cheese, shredded (Swiss, mozzarella, or cheddar)
1/2 cup vegetable, cooked and chopped (frozen broccoli or spinach work perfectly)
salt, pepper, and nutmeg to taste

Preheat oven to 350°

Mix all the ingredients together
pour into a greased oven-safe dish of suitable size

Bake at 350° for approximately 30 minutes or until center is set

June 17, 2011 at 11:51 am Leave a comment

Cheaters Sangria – A small batch

1 cup dry wine, red or white
1/2 cup fruit juice
1/2 cup sliced assorted fruit
a squeeze of lemon

Mix well, let rest in refrigerator, and serve over ice.
Or, serve immediately if you’re so inclined.

June 16, 2011 at 3:07 pm 1 comment

Kimchi Bokkeumbap – A small batch

aka Kimchi Fried Rice

1/2 cup rice, cooked and left-over
1/4 cup kimchi, diced
1/4 cup ham, diced
1/2 teaspoon sesame oil
1 teaspoon soy sauce
1 egg, fried
1/4 cup vegetable, diced (optional)
oil for sautéing

Fry egg, sunny side up, and set aside
sauté ham until somewhat browned
push ham to one side and add the kimchi, heat through
add the rice and mix thoroughly
add sesame oil and soy sauce

Add diced veggies if you want, I do.

For a vegetarian version confirm the kimchi is free of fish product, omit egg and ham, and replace the ham with firm diced tofu.

June 15, 2011 at 3:43 pm Leave a comment

Crème Caramel – A small batch

creme-caramel

1/4 cup + 1/3 cup sugar, divided
1 tablespoon water
1 egg
1 cup milk
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
4  4-ounce ramekins

Preheat oven to 350°

Caramel
In a heavy-bottom saucepan heat 1/3 cup sugar and water over medium until melted and a light caramel colored, swirling pan occasionally
immediately pour caramel into ramekins and set aside

Custard
Whisk together eggs, and remaining 1/4 cup sugar until well blended
whisk in milk and vanilla
pour custard mixture into ramekins

Place filled ramekins into hot-water-filled roasting pan
bake 35-40 minutes or until center of custard is just set
remove ramekins from water/roasting pan and cool completely
cover with plastic wrap
refrigerate 4 hours or until custard is well chilled

Loosen the custard from the ramekin with a small spatula, paring, or butter knife run along the edge
invert onto a plate and serve

These are great made in small mason jars for brown bag meals as well.

June 14, 2011 at 1:03 pm Leave a comment

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