Sunday, April 4, 2010

Sunday Breakfast, 4/4/10

Smoked ham and asparagus strata, blueberry coffeecake muffins, and sweet potato hash.

Sunday, March 28, 2010

Sunday Breakfast, 3/28/10

Menu: Lemon-cranberry scones, quiche Lorraine, fresh strawberries.

The Best Tomato Sauce

I'm pretty sure it was Ina Garten who inspired me to create this sauce. I had made her Roasted Tomatoes and served them over risotto and they were amazing. I made them a second time, without the sugar and balsamic, then put them through a sieve. One taste and the heavens opened up. Pretty sure I heard angels kidding. Then when my son, who doesn't like sauce on his pasta, practically licked his plate I knew I was on to something. Here is a step-by-step. Enjoy! Oh, and you will never, ever eat marinara from a jar again.

I happened to use on-the-vine tomatoes for this because they were on sale, but I've used those anemic-looking Roma tomatoes too with great results. In fact, if you want a thicker sauce, use Roma tomatoes and remove the seeds with your thumbs after cutting in half. I can't wait to try this with home-grown tomatoes!

1. Cut the tomatoes in half and place on an oiled cookie sheet with a rim. Brush with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Roast at 425 for at least an hour, possible longer.

You'll know they're done when the juices have caramelized and they look like this.

2. Scrape all of the tomatoes into a food mill placed over a bowl. Use some wine or grape juice to deglaze the pan and scrape all the caramelized bits into the food mill too.

3. Process all of the tomatoes, then discard the seeds and skins that have collected inside the food mill.

4. Mince one whole shallot and saute until translucent. Add the tomato pulp and bring to a gentle simmer. Add salt, pepper, and fresh herbs. I used parsley and basil. Oregano would be good too. If I'm making pizza sauce, I use Penzey's Pizza Seasoning. (it's amazing)

5. The sauce needs nothing more and is ready to serve over pasta, spread on pizza dough or make chicken cacciatore. That's what I'm making for dinner tonight!

We just finished was yummy!

Saturday, March 27, 2010

Lemon-Cranberry Scones, Gluten-Free

Wheat-free, gluten-free lemon-cranberry scones for the hubby. Here's the recipe:
  • 1 cup brown rice flour
  • 0.25 cup quinoa flour
  • 3.5 T tapioca flour
  • 3 t xanthan gum
  • 1 t salt
  • 3 T sugar
  • 0.5 cup cold butter (1 stick)
  • 2 eggs
  • 0.5 cup plain yogurt
  • zest of 1 lemon
  • 0.5 cup dried cranberries (or blueberries)
Preheat oven to 475 degrees. Mix the dry ingredients together. Then, on the large holes of a box grater, grate the entire stick of butter into the dry ingredients. Add the cranberries and stir gently. In another bowl, beat the eggs with a fork, then add the plain yogurt and lemon zest. Pour wet ingredients into dry and stir until incorporated. Pat out dough on a counter sprinkled with rice flour. Form a circle and cut into 6 wedges. Place scones on parchment paper-lined baking sheet and bake for 11 minutes or until lightly browned.