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Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Baba Ghanoush Recipe

A yummy traditional Middle Eastern Side. Try making this for a cultural food evening.


Recipe for Middle Eastern Baba Ghanoush



Ingredients:

1 whole garlic bulb (roasted)
drizzle olive oil
2 eggplants, washed, ends trimmed, cut lengthwise, about 1/4 inch thick
1 red bell pepper, cleaned and cut into thick strips
1 lemon, juiced
1 Tbsp fresh basil, chopped
1 Tbsp olive oil
1 Tbsp black pepper


Directions:


To roast garlic: Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Slice top off a whole garlic bulb, exposing the cloves, place on a piece of foil (cut side up), drizzle exposed cloves with olive oil, wrap foil up around the garlic bulb, and put in oven. Roast for 15 to 20 minutes or until garlic cloves are soft.

Meanwhile, heat grill, brush prepared eggplant and red bell pepper with olive oil, then grill until golden brown, flipping over, and continue grilling until golden brown and soft. Remove and set aside to cool.
Remove roasted garlic from oven and let cool enough to handle.
Unwrap and give the bulb a squeeze over a bowl, pushing garlic cloves out.
Put garlic cloves into your food processor.
Put the grilled eggplant and red bell pepper in food processor.
Add the remaining ingredients to the food processor.
Pulse until all ingredients blend well and you get a smooth texture.
Taste and add salt and pepper if necessary.
Spoon mixture into a bowl and serve with bread, crackers, or strips of fresh vegetables such as cucumbers, bell peppers, celery, carrots, mushrooms, and cauliflower.


Here are more Middle Eastern Recipes 
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Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Go Ahead and Use that Day Old Bread

It can be frustrating buying a loaf of bread, only to find out that it is going stale. Instead of throwing it out, we have some ideas for you to use that day old loaf. Stores also clearance day old bread that you can get at a discount.

We aren't talking about bread that's growing mold, mind you, just bread that wasn't freshly made the same day.


12 Ideas for Using Day Old Bread

French toast 

No matter how dry the bread is, soak it in some eggs, milk and cinnamon and you have the makings for some killer French toast. This is even truer with breads that have hard outer crusts.
See these French Toast Recipes


Bread pudding

Cinnamon Butter Bread Pudding

8 tsp of butter, softened
1 tsp of ground cinnamon
8 slices of stale bread
4 eggs lightly beaten
2 Cups of milk
2 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 Cup honey
1/4 Cup dried apricots, chopped or other fruit
Place the butter into a small mixing bowl. Sprinkle the cinnamon into the butter
and stir until well combined. Spread each slice of the bread with the prepared
butter. Break the bread into 1 inch cubes. Mix together the eggs, milk, vanilla and
honey in a separate bowl. Light grease a casserole dish. Place half of the bread
into the bottom of the prepared dish. Sprinkle the bread with half of the dried
apricots. Pour half of the milk mixture over the bread. Repeat the layers again
ending with the remaining milk. Cover the casserole dish with foil and
bake at 350 degrees. Bake until tops of bread are golden brown and baked in the middle.

Egg in a nest

Make a small hole in the middle of a slice of bread. Add bread to a hot frying pan. Crack in an egg inside the hole and cook for one minute of until toasted. Flip and toast the other side.
Egg in a nest recipe

Panzanella 

This is an Italian bread salad, which makes use of cubes of day old bread.


Croutons 

Find the homemade crouton recipe here and top your salads or soups.


Breadcrumbs

Take your croutons and place them in a ziploc baggie. Smash them with a rolling pin or kitchen mallet to make breadcrumbs.

Toast

It is already lacking a little moisture, why not dry it out some more and put some butter and jelly on it? Good as gold.

Grilled cheese

Make a traditional grilled cheese sandwich of experiment with a Monte Cristo sandwich.


Cinnamon toast

Add a little butter, cinnamon and sugar to top your toasted bread.


Garlic bread

The all time use for left over French bread, but the idea can be applied to almost any other type of day old bread for a slight twist on an old classic. Easy Garlic Bread Recipe


Stratta

This is an egg and cubed bread dish that is baked in the oven. A close cousin to the quiche, strata is usually denser and can be made with any number of ingredients, try one with asparagus, mushrooms and goat cheese. Try this Egg Stratta Casserole Recipe.


Hamburgers or Meatballs

No, not as a hamburger bun, but chunk it up, slightly larger pieces than breadcrumbs and combine with the meat when you make your hamburgers. The bread will keep the burger light and juicy.
Meatball Recipes




Grab a loaf or two of day old bread from your local bakery and get creative. After all, it is extremely cheap and you can never have enough French toast.


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Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Homemade Croutons

Make this easy kids cooking idea to top your next salad or soup recipe.

Homemade Croutons

Break your bread into bite size pieces. Place on a cookie sheet. Coat the bread pieces with a light drizzle of olive oil and your favorite herbs (Italian seasoning or Basil taste great), place in the oven around 375 degrees for 15 minutes and you have the best croutons in the world.



A simple and easy way to get your kids cooking!


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