Adventures in Flatbreads…

May 25th, 2010


I had mushrooms in the fridge… a little mozzarella… I remembered the two different types of mushroom flatbread that I tried at Sable and the Wit with @chicagobites… both were quite delicious…  so I thought I would try my own…

I sauteed mushrooms and two sliced garlic cloves in a little olive oil, mixed about 1 teaspoon of thyme, 1/4 teaspoon of crushed red peppers and some salt. I made thin crust pizza dough and spread on some Bechamel Sauce in which I had melted about 1 cup of shredded mozzarella, spread the mushrooms and some more mozzarella.  Baked at 475 for about 12 minutes until the cheese was all melted.  It was very good… next time… wild mushrooms…

With the other half of the pizza dough, I made a Balsamic Onion and Artichoke Pizza. I spread Bechamel sauce, topped with balsamic onions, artichokes and mozzarella… another success!

Happy 10,000th day birthday!

May 23rd, 2010


Last fall, Juan sent me an email that his 10,000th day birthday is May 21, 2010 and mine is December 28, 2011… I love randomness and celebrating quirky days (we did celebrate Valentine’s on Flag Day last year) so I put the dates on my calendar…

of course, as the date got closer I did not know what to do… luckily, I was in town but Juan had been saying how he was sick of sweets (yes, he’s odd) so no cupcakes… He loves my quiches though so I made little breakfast “cupcake” quiches.  I couldn’t find the cupcake holders anywhere…hence the improvisation but they tasted good and Juan loved them…


but that was just the beginning of my plan (can you tell I’ve had a lot of time on my hands since school ended?)… while Juan was at work, I hung this awesome half-homemade banner… and I made dinner…

Now, I would have made this dinner regardless of any special occasion. I have this very elaborate idea for a dinner party but it involves some techniques that I have not mastered… such as handrolling pasta…

My first pasta attempt was not very successful (hence, it never made it up here) but this time I used this pasta recipe and was very pleased with the results.  I couldn’t find the rolling pin (it isn’t my kitchen and sometimes it is hard to find things!) so instead I used a SIGG.  It worked great and, of course, I promptly found the rolling pin after I finished.

I let the pasta dry for about an hour and put it in the fridge until dinner time.  I served it with Sun-dried Tomatoes Pesto with Slow Roasted Tomatoes.  I added some more garlic to the pesto and a few of the slow roasted tomatoes.  It was really good… Juan said the best part was the pasta…

So, yes, it was a very successful 10,000th day birthday celebration… plus, I feel more comfortable with my pasta technique… next, mastering Carolina BBQ…

Pineapple Upside Down Chicken…

May 16th, 2010


well, I’m finished with year two of law school! yea! celebrate! It has been a few days now since my last exam… I’m down in NC visiting my family before I start my job next week!

I’m slowly getting back my desire to cook but until then… I give you another Culinary Mad Lib dish. Rachana suggested pineapple, chicken and cinnamon, which led to the creation of Pineapple Upside Down Chicken. I loved it!

The one with cornbread was my favorite.  However, it needs some tweeking to perfect it.  Even though the chicken was cut thin, it did not cook as quickly as the cornbread/rice, which made it a little on the dry-side.  Next time, I would cook the chicken for about 15-20 minutes and then top it with the cornbread/rice before finishing the baking.  Also, adding a little of the marinade would make a little more sauce.  Thanks Rachana for the inspiration!

Pineapple Upside Down Chicken

Southern-style Chicken
1 chicken breast, cut into two think slices
1 teaspoon cajun seasoning
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1 tablespoon olive oil
1/2 batch of corn bread (I didn’t have corn/thyme but it would have probably worked!)
2 pineapple rings
2 teaspoons brown sugar

1. Marinade the chicken overnight with the cajun seasoning, cinnamon, and olive oil.
2. Grease two cup ramekins.
3. Place a pineapple ring in the bottom of the ramekins.
4. Sprinkle teaspoon brown sugar over the pineapple.
5. Place on of the chicken breast on top of the brown sugar.
6. Fill the rest of the ramekin with cornbread batter.
7. Bake at 350 for about 30 minutes until the chicken is cooked through.
8. Let cool for about 5 minutes and then flip onto a plate. Enjoy!

Indian-style Chicken
1 chicken breast
1 teaspoon curry seasoning
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 cup rice (with a little chopped onions)
2 pineapple rings
2 teaspoons brown sugar

1. Marinade the chicken overnight with the curry seasoning, cinnamon, and olive oil.
2. Grease two cup ramekins.
3. Place a pineapple ring in the bottom of the ramekins.
4. Sprinkle teaspoon brown sugar over the pineapple.
5. Place on of the chicken breast on top of the brown sugar.
6. Fill the rest of the ramekin with rice.
7. Bake at 350 for about 30 minutes until the chicken is cooked through.
8. Let cool for about 5 minutes and then flip onto a plate. Enjoy!