1: To Robert and Carmen Merry Christmas 2010 Love, Jessica
2: "There is no love sincerer than the love of food." ~George Bernard Shaw | Robert | Fish Tacos | Batter: 2 cups cold beer, 2 cups flour, 2 tsp baking powder, 1/2 tsp garlic salt and 1/8 tsp cayenne pepper. Mayo Sauce: 1/4 cup mayonnaise, 1/4 cup sour cream and 1 garlic clove. Thinned down with heavy cream. Salt to taste Chili Sauce: 8 oz. can tomato sauce, 3 cloves garlic, 8 roasted Japanese or arbol chilis and salt to taste.
3: "All happiness depends on a leisurely breakfast." ~John Gunther
4: Carmen | Green Enchiladas | Ingredients: 1 lb. can ortega chiles with juice, 2-13 oz cans mexican green tomatoes (tomatillos), 1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro, coarse salt and freshly ground pepper, 4 eggs (lightly beaten), 2 cups half & half, 24 corn tortillas, 1 chicken (boiled, deboned and diced), 8 oz cream cheese and grated monterey jack& cheddar cheeses. | 12
5: Directions: Combine the chiles, green tomatoes, cilantro and salt & pepper in a blender with enough liquid from the tomatoes to make a thick puree. Mix the eggs with the half & half and add to the puree. Combine chicken and cream cheese and moisten with some of the sauce. Soften the tortillas either by frying in oil then dipping in the sauce or by dipping in the sauce only. Spread tortilla with chicken mixture, add a little bit of monterey & cheddar cheese, roll up, and place in an ovenproof dish. Bring remaining sauce to a boil, pour over enchiladas, sprinkle with cheese and bake about 15 minutes in a hot oven.
6: Marta's Flan | Ingredients: 1 cup milk, 1 1/2 cups sugar, 1 can evaporated milk, 8 oz cream cheese, 5 eggs, 1 tsp vanilla and 1 pinch salt. Directions: Caramel: Melt 1/2 cup sugar in a frying pan, taking care not to burn it. When it is melted, pour into a mold and let it cool. Flan: Mix all of the ingredients in a blender. Out it in the molds, Double boil in the over at 350 degrees for one hour or until a toothpick inserted into the flan comes out clean. Let it cool and put into the refrigerator for at least two hours. When it is going to be served, run a knife around the edge of the mold and turn over onto a plate. Bon appetit!
8: Daniel | Linguine with Clams | Ingredients: 1 shallot, 4 cloves garlic, 2 c white wine, 2 c | heavy cream, 2 cans chopped clams with juice, 2 lbs littleneck | clams, 1/2 c olive oil, 1/2 c butter, 1 pkg linguine, Italian | parsley. | Directions: Finely chop the shallots and add to olive oil. Cook until transparent, about 5-6 mins.. Add crushed garlic and cook 1-2 | mins. Add wine and clam juice and let reduce. Add half of butter and clams in shell and cook until open, then remove clams. Add | cream slowly, stirring constantly until thick. Add pepper to taste. Add rest of butter and canned clams and cook for 5 mins.
9: "When baking, follow directions. When cooking, go by your own taste." ~Laiko Bahrs | (cont'd) Add shelled clams to sauce with cooked linguine. Serve with chopped parsley on top.
10: Ingredients: 1 pkg puff pastry, 16 oz guava paste or marmalade, 8 oz cream cheese, 1/4 c granulated sugar + 2 tbsp granulated sugar. Directions: Set out the puff pastry and cream cheese about half hour before preparing. Put cream cheese in a bowl and beat with hand mixer until creamy. Add 1/4 cup sugar and continue to mix until all the sugar is well incorporated. Set aside. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line two cookie sheets with parchment paper. Take one sheet of puff pastry and place on a floured surface. Cut the pastry into equal squares. Add 1 teaspoonful cream cheese to the middle of the puff pastry. Add 1 teaspoonful of guava paste or marmalade on top of the cream cheese. Fold the puff pastry in half and crimp the edges with a fork. Sprinkle with sugar and lay on the cookie sheet. Bake until golden. | Pastelito de Guyaba
13: "There is no love sincerer than the love of food." ~George Bernard Shaw | Ingredients: 2-15 oz cans black beans, 2 cups white rice, 1 cup water, 1 chopped onion, 1 chopped red bell pepper, 6 slices bacon (chopped), 1/2 cup sherry/vino seco, 1/4 cup olive oil, 6 cloves garlic, 1-3 bay leaves, 1/4 tsp. oregano, cumin & pepper, 1 tsp tobasco, 1 tsp salt and 1 tbsp red wine vinegar. Directions: Bake in 300 degree oven covered for 1 1/2 hours. Uncover and raise oven to 400 degrees. Cook approximately 1 hour. | Robert & Carmen | Congri | 300
14: Ingredients: 3 tbsp olive oil, 1 large fennel bulb thinly sliced, 1 onion chopped, 3 large shallots chopped, 2 tsp salt, 8 large garlic cloves finely chopped, 4 chili arbol, 1/4 cup tomato paste, 28-ounce san marzano canned tomatoes, 1 1/2 cups dry white wine, 3 cups clam juice, 2 cups chicken broth, 6 fresh tomatoes, 1 bay leaf, 1/2 tsp saffron, 2 1/2 lb mixed seafood, 1 lb shrimp, 2 lb king crab legs. | Cioppino | 300 | Carmen
15: Directions: Heat the oil in a very large pot over medium heat. Add the fennel, onion, shallots, and salt and saute until the onion is translucent, about 10 mins. Add the garlic and chili arbol, and saute 2 mins. Stir in the tomato paste. Add tomatoes with their juices, wine, clam juice, chicken broth, and bay leaf. Cover and bring to a simmer. Reduce the heat to medium-low. Cover and simmer until the flavors blend, about 30 minutes. Add the mixed seafood to the cooking liquid. Cover and cook until the clams and mussels begin to open, about 5 mins. Add the shrimp and crab legs. Simmer gently until the shrimp are just cooked through, and the clams are completely open, stirring gently, about 5 mins longer. Season the soup to taste, with more salt and red pepper flakes. Top with basil, fennerl and parmesan cheese.
17: Daniel's Chocolate Chip Cookies | Ingredients: 2 1/4 c flour, 1 tsp baking soda, 1 tsp salt, 1 c butter softened, 3/4 c granulated sugar, 3/4 c brown sugar, 1 tsp vanilla extract, 2 eggs, 2 cups Nestle Toll House semi-sweet chocolate morsels, pinch of salt. Directions: Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Combine flour, baking soda and salt in small bowl. Beat butter, granulated sugar, brown sugar, salt, and vanilla extract in bowl until creamy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Gradually beat in flour mixture. Stir in morsels. Drop by rounded tablespoon onto ungreased baing sheets. Bake for 9 to 11 minutes, or until golden brown. Cool on baking sheets for 2 minutes.
18: Croquetas de Jamón Ingredients: 1/2 c chicken broth, 8 tbsp olive oil, 3/4 c flour, 1 1/2 c milk, 1/2 tsp nutmeg, dash of ground pepper, 1/2 c finely minced ham, 2 eggs (lightly beaten with 2 tsp water), bread crumbs for coating, olive oil for frying.
19: Directions: | Heat the 8 tbsp olive oil in a small saucepan on medium heat. Add the flour and cook for 3 min, stirring constantly. Gradually add the milk and chicken broth, stirring without stopping. Add nutmeg, salt and pepper to taste. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until the sauce is thickened and smooth. Add the minced ham and continue to cook for about 2-3 min on low heat. Remove from heat. Allow to cool for 5-10 min and refrigerate at least 3 hours until mixture is cold. Pour the bread crumbs into a small, wide bowl. Beat the eggs with water in a small bowl. Cover your hands in flour, then divide mixture into 1-inch balls and set on a plate. Pour enough olive oil in a medium to large frying pan to cover 1/2 inch deep. Heat the olive oil for frying about 355 degrees. Dip the croquettes in the beaten egg and coat with crumbs by rolling in bowl. Place the croquettes in the hot oil and fry quickly, turning several times, until golden. Remove the croquettes with a slotted spoon and set on a paper towel to absorb excess oil.