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Strawberry Galette

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What’s not to love about strawberries… well, unless you’re allergic, then yeah, not so much.

I happen to be living in a strawberry region and loving it! I’m taking full advantage of the copious amounts of fresh, ripe, and reasonably priced berries.

1 pie crust (I admit to using store-bought *hangs head in shame*)
1 quart strawberries, hulled and quartered
1/3 to 1/2 cup sugar, plus extra for sanding the crust just before baking
3 tablespoons starch (tapioca, corn, or potato)
2 tablespoons strawberry or apricot jam
1 egg, beaten

Preheat oven to 425°F

In a bowl, whisk together sugar and starch
add the berries and toss to coat with the dry mixture

Line a sheet pan with parchment
place the rolled out dough sheet on top
pile the strawberry mixture in the center, leaving a border of dough
fold the overhang back up around the fruit, encasing it on all sides
folding and crimp into rustic pleats to gather up the excess
chill the galette in the fridge for 30 minutes

Remove the galette from the fridge
brush the dough with egg wash and sprinkle with sugar
place the in the oven and bake for 20 minutes
reduce the temp to 350°F
rotate galette and bake for 20 additional minutes
the crust should be golden brown and the filling is bubbling all over

Remove from the oven
microwave the jam for 30 seconds
brush over the berries
allow the galette to cool completely before serving

I’m seriously considering gilding this lily by drizzling it with melted chocolate.

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May 29, 2016 at 7:04 pm Leave a comment

Kung Pao Chicken – A small batch

1 chicken breasts, boneless and skinless, cut into 1/2 inch cubes 1 cup broccoli florets 1 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes 1/3 cup peanuts 1 clove garlic, minced oil for sauteing Marinade: 1 tea…

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May 22, 2016 at 1:54 pm Leave a comment

Moussaka – A small batch

This is best described as Greek lasagna, replacing the noodles with slices of roasted eggplant. This isn’t traditional, in that I don’t use Béchamel sauce or lamb, but still damn tasty. 1 pound gro…

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May 12, 2016 at 5:57 pm Leave a comment

Mapo Tofu – A small batch

aka Mabo Dofu A spicy Szechuan dish that is traditionally made with a chili paste called doubanjuang. I’m sure I could have hunted it down in an Asian grocery, but I went the simpler route and used…

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May 10, 2016 at 1:25 am Leave a comment

Homemade Margarita Mix

Do you find the idea of drinking the neon-green stuff from a plastic jug a little off putting? If so, I think you’ll like this recipe. The margarita mix 1/2 cup sugar 1 cup water 1 cup fresh squeez…

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May 5, 2016 at 9:23 pm 1 comment

Stuffed Mushrooms – A small batch

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10-12 medium-sized Cremini mushrooms
2-3 ounces sausage (or any ground meat)
1/4 cup finely chopped onions
1 clove garlic, minced
a good handful baby spinach
1 tablespoon tomato paste
2 tablespoon stock
2 tablespoons Parmesan cheese
1/4 cup cheddar cheese, grated
1/4 teaspoon paprika
salt and pepper
oil for sauteing

Preheat oven to 350°F

Remove the stems from mushrooms
set the caps aside and chop the stems

Heat oil in skillet
add chopped mushroom stems
add onions, garlic, and paprika
add meat, tomato paste, and stock
add spinach and cook until completely wilted
add Parmesan
salt and pepper to taste

Place mushroom caps on lined baking sheet
fill each cap with stuffing
sprinkle with grated cheese

Bake for 15-20 minutes

I’ll let you in on a secret, these were baked in a toaster oven.

One mushroom = 2.5 carbs

May 4, 2016 at 7:14 pm 1 comment

Chicken Tikka Masala – A small batch

This recipe has been reworked to shorten the ingredients list, to simplify the steps, as well as reduce the carbs without changing the flavor. Chicken 2 chicken breast, boneless and skinless, cut i…

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May 3, 2016 at 9:56 pm Leave a comment


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