Posts Tagged ‘food’

Cheddar Biscuits

In Comfort Food on October 16, 2010 at 11:59 pm

 

All Ready to be Served!

 

Well, you were promised, the good, bad, and ugly, these we, well not so good. They were also not as easy and low maintenance as I thought they would be. The recipe I followed was from the Food Network, because let’s be honest I LOVE the Food Network! I found the recipe for these, Almost-Famous Cheddar Biscuits while I was looking through their comfort food recipes. I was super excited about what I thought was going to be a yummy fall afternoon treat.

I ran into a few issues with these, the first being, I don’t have a food processor. I tried executing this recipe using a normal mixing bowl and a hand mixer, and made a super floury mess in my kitchen.

 

Dry Ingredients Before Shortening and Butter were added

 

Also, since the butter was supposed to be added while still cold, it was a challenge blending it with the shortening and other dry ingredients. Once, the shortening and butter were blended, I added the milk, which limited the floury fallout. I was very happy with how the hand mixer was working on this, until I went to knead the dough. It was much stickier than I had originally anticipated, and I ended up with a lot of it on my hands that was not easy to get off. I normally would have added some flour to this, but the recipe advised against this. In the end, I ended up with 12 biscuits ready to go into the oven.

 

Ready for the Oven

 

The recipe suggest baking for 15-20 minutes, my biscuits were more than a little brown and burned on the bottom after 13 minutes, so I recommend checking them sooner rather than later. Once they were in the oven, I moved on to the making the garlic butter mixture. This was super easy, and since I love garlic I added an extra clove. I once again experienced some technical difficulties here however. I wasn’t able to smash the garlic as well as I would have liked, owing to the fact that I don’t have a pestle and mortar. I definitely intend on acquiring a pestle and mortar soon, and certainly before I get a food processor. All in all it wasn’t a total loss, as the biscuits were fairly tasty, but next time there are several other things I would try, in addition to the notes above, I would add more cheddar cheese. I love cheese!

 

Garlic Butter

 

Let me know what you think. Changes? Anyone know a good way to crush garlic cloves?

In the meantime…bon appetit!

A Little Comfort Food on a Cool Fall Evening

In Comfort Food on October 3, 2010 at 5:30 pm

There’s nothing like comfort food on a cool, crisp, fall day!

And that is exactly what my friends and I made this evening. Mom’s Meatloaf and mashed sweet potatoes. AMAZING! Let’s start with the recipe:

Mom’s Meatloaf
1 lb. of cropped meat
1/2 cup of breadcrumbs
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
1 large egg
1/3 cup of finely diced onion (I prefer red onion)
2 packets of ranch dip mix
1 tbsp mustard
1 tbsp barbecue sauce

  1. Preheat the oven to 350° F
  2. Combine egg, cropped meat, and 2 packets of ranch dip mix, in a large bowl
  3. Add breadcrumbs, cheese, onion, mustard and barbeque sauce
  4. Shape into an oval/ball, and place in baking pan
  5. Cover with barbeque sauce
  6. Add water to coat the bottom of the pan
  7. Bake for 40 minutes
  8. Check the middle to make sure it is cooked all the way through, if it is no longer pink…SERVE

Mashed Sweet Potatoes
3 large sweet potatoes
Half stick of butter
A little milk

  1. Peel sweet potatoes
  2. Cut into 1 inch wide pieces
  3. Boil water in a large pot
  4. Once water has come to a boil, add sweet potatoes
  5. Boil potatoes until they are soft
  6. Drain water
  7. Add butter and a little milk to sweet potatoes
  8. Mash…..SERVE!

Overall it was a GREAT meal that took about an hour start to finish to prepare. Next time I plan to add more breadcrumbs, since the meatloaf crumbled very easily. We’ll see what the next round brings. The meatloaf had a lot of flavor, but I may try adding a bit of garlic next time. There are a lot of ways to make a meatloaf, you can always take my Dad’s approach and add everything except the kitchen sink. He likes to use a packet of French onion dip mix instead of the ranch, and adds French’s French fried onions. It has a lot of flavor! I highly recommend Dad’s meatloaf too!

I loved the smell of all the food cooking in my apartment, and how much it warmed it up on this cool Sunday evening. I love comfort food in the fall, any ideas for next week?

I definitely think a baking adventure is in order sooner rather than later! Stay tuned!

Benvenuto! Bienvenue! Boa Vinda! Welcome!

In Welcome! on October 3, 2010 at 5:56 am

Hello all and welcome! My name is Erin and I will be your culinary cruise director. Wait. Scratch that. I will be your fellow foodie experimenter. I love food, I love trying new recipes, and creating my own. More than that I love a new adventure, which just about every cooking experiment ends up being. I refer to my cooking as an experiment, not because it’s a science project (though sometimes it has turned out looking like one), but because it’s always something new. I love feedback, and am always tweaking. This blog will chronicle my adventures in cooking, the good, bad, and knowing me the messy.

Welcome and I hope you enjoy this foodie adventure into culinary experimentation.