Sunday, October 30, 2011

Quick Beer Bread

Need a hearty bread to make with a warm, comforting stew this Fall?  Try a quick beer bread!!

Beer bread is commonly known as "3-ingredient" beer bread, but mine is not.  It could be, if I had some self-rising flour, but I don't; I made do by adding a leavening agent (baking powder).

Quick Beer Bread
Beer bread is soooo easy.  You can use any type of beer you like.  I used a Coors Banquet Beer because it's what I had in the house.  Wanna give it a go?  Here's what you'll need:

Quick Beer Bread
3 C flour**
3t baking powder**
1 1/2  t salt**
3 T sugar
12 oz beer (1 can)

**You can replace these ingredients with 3 cups self-rising flour if you have it in your pantry**

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Mix dry ingredients, add beer.
Combine well.
Bake in a bread pan for approximately 50 minutes.

Monday, October 24, 2011

Beef Barbacoa

Oh. My. Yum.  I looooove, love, love, love this Mexican style beef barbecue!!  Through slow cooking the beef with all the earthy seasonings, these bad boys are full in flavor, and in HEAT!

I'm a big fan of the beef barbacoa at Chipotle, so I just knew I had to try making it at home.  After perusing the internet for a few weeks hours, I decided to play with the flavors that most beef barbacoa recipes tend to have.  This is my second time making it, so I made a few slight changes to my liking (or to what I had in my kitchen!!)

Trust me when I say, YOU  MUST MAKE THESE NOW!!  
Beef Barbacoa (Source)
I found most recipes required you to slow cook your beef in a cast iron pot, turning once every hour.  I took my chances and cooked it in a slow cooker like a pot roast, and ta-da!!!  I served mine on a bed of rice and black beans with fire roasted tomatoes.
Beef Barbacoa
Yuh-um!  Here's what you'll need:

Beef Barbacoa
1/3 C Apple Cider Vinegar
4 T fresh lime juice
1 small yellow onion, peeled and quartered
6 cloves garlic, peeled
3T + 1t cumin
2t oregano
1 1/2 t salt
1 t black pepper
3 chipotle peppers in adobo sauce
3-4 T canola oil
3 lbs beef roast (I used chuck)
2 cups chicken broth

Happy Sunday Monday Funday!!

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Frangelico Cream

This neat, rich dessert is a favorite of mine.  I follow the recipe provided from an amazing restaurant called Tippecanoe Place.  I don't know why, but for some reason mine is even richer than theirs, even though it is their recipe.  It's deliciously rich.  I would recommend you serve it with a cup of black coffee after dinner...


Frangelico Cream

Frangelico Cream
1 1/2 cups superfine baker's sugar
3 egg yolks
1 t pure vanilla extract
24 oz cream cheese, room temperature
1 pint (16oz) heavy whipping cream

Beat the sugar, egg yolks and vanilla until light and fluffy.
(Save the egg whites for a healthy breakfast!)
Sugar + Yolks + Vanilla

Blend in softened cream cheese and Frangelico
Cream Cheese Mixture

In a separate bowl, beat whipping cream until stiff.
Fold whipping cream into the cream cheese mixture
Whipping Cream and Cream Cheese Mixture Before Folding
Spoon into dessert cups or martini glasses and chill for
3 or more hours.

Happy Sunday Funday!!

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Butternut Squash Soup with Sweet Italian Sausage

Today was a simple Sunday Funday!  One of my best gal pals and fellow foodie, Kellie, sent me a picture of a butternut squash soup that she and I had been talking about for a couple weeks.  Like myself, Kellie has been trying new recipes with ingredients she doesn't usually cook with, and has been especially interested in soups, too!  (Must be the cold weather in these midwest states!!)

In previous discussions about soup recipes, Kel and I have been trying to come up with ways to thicken our soups without adding all the fat and calories.  I've pureed rice in soup, added a small amount of flour and lowfat milk, or simply pureed an entire soup.  In approaching this recipe, Kellie decided to completely eliminate the original recipe's request of heavy cream and just enjoy her soup with a thinner texture.  I haven't personally tried this soup, but if Kellie made it and raved about it's delicious flavors, I believe her!!  I can't wait to make this one myself!!

Kellie's Butternut Squash Soup with Sweet Italian Sausage

Butternut Squash Soup with Sweet Italian Sausage

1 large butternut squash, about 3 pounds, halved, seeds removed
2 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
1/2 teaspoon salt
Freshly ground black pepper
1/2 pound sweet Italian sausage, removed from casings
1 large onion, chopped
6 cloves garlic, minced
1 tablespoon chopped fresh sage, plus 12 whole leaves
1 teaspoon dried marjoram
6 cups chicken stock
1 teaspoon cider vinegar
2 tablespoons butter


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