Sunday, August 21, 2011

An Awesome Week of Food!

Some people eat to live and others live to eat. I'm more of the second.  I'm not going to say that I was born with innate cooking skills, but I was raised in a home where food mattered, and where my Mother was a great cook. I'm sure I picked up a lot just by watching her. I learned from her that when baking cookies, take them out of the oven, give them a minute, and then transfer them to a wire rack. They cool better that way and don't stick to the cookie sheet.  

I left for college with the standard Better Homes & Gardens Cook Book, and did enough to feed my roommates every once and a while and tried a few things like pies.  I got married and soon realized that I liked cooking for my husband. My specialty was Spaghetti Pie (which is basically noodles and sauce pressed into a 8X8 or 9X13 and baked). Once our first child came along and I became a stay at home mom, I had more time to find new recipes and try new things.  Somewhere, (I think my Mom had them at her house) I picked up a copy of Cook's Illustrated magazine. This is where my culinary world changed.  I found the "best recipes" for classic dishes and learned methods of cooking and baking that are like a mini cooking school at home.  

Last year for my Birthday my sweet husband gave me a dual gift. Something that benefited me, and him. I got The Best International Recipes   and The Best Italian Classics.   Can you tell what his favorite foods are??  Noodles anyone.   Last week I pulled out the International Recipes book and decided that I was going to pick 3 new recipes to try.  At almost 8 months pregnant food is sounding really good again and I want to be cooking, which I'm sure will change in a few more weeks.

So I picked home made cheese ravioli, empanadas, and kung Pao shrimp.  At the end of the week I ask my husband which one he liked best and he said there was no way to choose, they were all fabulous. 

I didn't get a picture of the ravioli, we scarfed it down to fast. I could have eaten more then there was.
 The empanadas were to die for. Who really wouldn't like pockets of meat baked in a soft dough, to golden perfection.   Pure delight.
Then Friday night we had home made Kung Pao Shrimp.  Much better then anything I've had locally, but then again we live in Utah and not China.  The best part is that it came together in about 30 minutes. 

To finish off the week I made Profiteroles filled with vanilla ice cream and chocolate sauce. 

You know you want them. Yes they were that good.  Best part is there is come chocolate sauce left, and you know I'm going to take the left over Ice Cream and go for it tomorrow.  Thank you Cook's Illustrated. You've taught me to be a better cook, and taught me to love to make really, really good food!
 The boys liked it too.

For all of you I'm giving you the Chocolate Sauce Recipe.  

3/4 cup heavy cream
3 tablespoons light corn syrup
3 tablespoons unsalted butter, cut into 3 pieces
Table salt to taste (about 1/4 teaspoon)
6 ounces bittersweet chocolate, chopped fine

Bring cream, corn syrup, butter and salt to a boil in small saucepan over medium-high heat.  Off heat, add chocolate and gently swirl.  Cover pan and let stand until chocolate is melted, about 5 minutes.  Uncover and whisk until combined.  Serve warm over Profiteroles or let cool to room temperature.  Place in an air tight container and refrigerate.  Use as desired.


Brys, Linz, and Kaleb said...

Is there anyway you'd email me the recipes to the home made cheese ravioli and the empanadas? I would be forever greatful:)

Anonymous said...

Everything looks so delish!!!