Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Tortilla Chips







I had a TON of leftover corn tortillas from making chicken enchiladas for Sunday dinner, so I thought I'd try out homemade tortilla chips to go with my salsa. They're easier than I thought, but deadly good.

Tortilla Chips

Corn tortillas cut into wedges
1/2" oil for frying
salt
sugar/cinnamon mixture

Heat oil in a fry pan until it reaches roughly 375 degrees. Carefully drop tortilla wedges into the oil. I let mine go for about 45 seconds on each side and then removed with a slotted spoon. Allow to dry on a sheet pan lined with paper towels. Immediately sprinkle with salt or cinnamon/sugar mixture.


Guacamole


Let me preface this post by saying that this is my year to try new things. In kindergarten, my student teacher brought in guacamole one day as she was talking to us about Mexico. I tried it, didn't like it, and have found all sorts of disgusting things to compare it to. Don't worry, I'll spare you the gross details of the comparissons. Not too long ago, I had guacamole in something....don't remember what....and liked it. Tonight, I'm making my chicken enchiladas and salsa for someone and he requested guacamole. If I don't like a food, I don't make it or even know how to make it. Period. End of story. But Susie Homemaker that I am decided to try her hand at guacamole, especially now that I like the stuff. Guacamole is quite possibly the easiest thing to make. My local grocery store had ripe avocados on sale so I hit up the store without the foggiest of ideas about what exactly goes into guacamole. Here's what I came up with!


Guacamole

1 ripe avocado, cut into 1/2" pieces
1/2 roma tomato, chopped
1 small clove of garlic, finely minced
1/2 jalapeno, chopped
2 T red onion, chopped
2 T cilantro, chopped
squeeze of lime juice
pinch of coarse salt

Combine avocado, garlic, jalapeno, onion, and cilantro in a bowl. Mash together (I used a whisk) without completely obliterating the avocado. Once everything is combined, with a rubber scraper, fold in tomatoes, lime juice, and salt to taste. The lime juice well keep the avocado from darkening from air exposure, but I recommend serving this promptly after making it.

Monday, August 9, 2010

The Gateway Cookie


Most girls have been told, at one time or another, that the way to a man's heart is through his stomach. Well, I'm getting older, I'm a darn good cook, and I haven't snagged a man yet. So I'm starting to doubt the validity of that statement. Recently, a man told me the truth. "The way to a man's heart is through a good chocolate chip cookie recipe." So, here is the recipe. I'm calling them The Gateway Cookie. Enjoy
The Gateway Cookie
1 cup salted butter--softened
1/2 cup white sugar
1 1/2 cup brown sugar
2 eggs
2 tsp vanilla extract
1 1/2 cup flour (for higher altitudes, add an extra 1/4 c.)
1 cup instant vanilla pudding mix
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp baking soda
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
2 1/4 cup milk chocolate chips
Preheat oven to 360 degrees.
Cream butter and sugars, until nice and fluffy, about 3 minutes.
Add eggs, vanilla extract, and beat for another 2 minutes.
Add baking soda, baking powder, salt, pudding mix, and flour, and mix until dough comes together.
Stir in chocolate chips.
Line cookie sheet with parchment paper. Spoon dough onto cookie sheet. Bake for 11 minutes.
Original recipe courtesy of Geoff Dyer.