Thursday, October 23, 2014

Bearnaise Sauce {Great topping on Steak}

In order to be great, steak needs a good sauce. It's not as hard as one would think!

1/4c white wine vinegar
 1/4c dry white wine
 3 tbsp minced shallots 
1 tbsp chopped fresh tarragon
 2-3 tbsp water 
 4 egg yolks 
 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, melted 
 juice of half a lemon 
white pepper 
cayenne pepper

Bring vinegar, wine, shallots, and tarragon to boil in a small saucepan over medium-high heat. Boil until most of the liquid evaporates, about 5 minutes.
Off heat, add water, then whisk in egg yolks until frothy.

Gradually drizzle in butter, whisking constantly to incorporate. Sauce should be thick, but thin it with a little water if needed. If it's too thin, return it to low heat and whisk constantly until thickened.

Strain through a medium-mesh strainer into a heatproof cup. Season with lemon juice, salt, white pepper, and cayenne.


Thursday, October 16, 2014

Sage Butter Sauce {Great On Chicken}

Upscale your chicken with a rich butter sauce!

3 tbsp minced shallot
 1/2c dry white wine
 1/2c heavy cream
 1/2c low-sodium chicken broth
 1 tsp lemon juice
 4 tbsp (1/2 stick) cold unsalted buter, cubed
 1-2 tsp minced fresh sage
 white pepper 
cayenne pepper

Saute shallot in butter in a small saucepan over medium heat just until soft, 2-3 minutes. 
Add wine, cream, broth and lemon juice. 
Simmer until liquid is reduced by half, 8-10 minutes. 
Whisk in butter, 1 tbsp at a time, stirring constantly.  Do not add more butter until previous addition has melted completely.
Stir sage, salt, white pepper, and cayenne into sauce. Keep warm until ready to serve.Photobucket

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Oven-Roasted Tomato Sauce

4 lb Roma tomatoes quartered (8cups)
 1cup chopped onion
 4 cloves garlic (whole)
 2 tsp kosher salt
 1 tsp red pepper flakes
 1 tsp sugar 
1/2c olive oil 
1/2c snipped fresh basil

Preheat oven to 450.
Combine tomatoes, onion, garlic cloves, salt, pepper flakes, and sugar in a large casserole dish. 
Toss tomato mixutre with olive oil; roast 35-40 minutes until tomatoes have softened. 
Remove from oven and mash with a potato masher, keeping timatoes a bit chunky.
Stir in basil.


Monday, October 6, 2014

Banana Bread


  • 1 3/4 cup flour
  •  2/3 cup sugar
  •  1/2 tsp baking soda
  •  2 tsp baking powder
  •  1/4 tsp salt
  •  3 mashed bananas (after they are soft and just start to turn brown)
  •  1/2 cup butter
  •  2 tbls milk


  • Combine 1 cup flour with sugar, baking soda, baking powder and salt. 
  • Add bananas, butter and milk. 
  • Beat on low until blended. Beat high for 2 minutes. 
  • Add 2 eggs and 3/4 cup flour. 
  • Bake at 350 for 1 hour.
  • Cool about 10-15 minutes.