Thursday, November 28, 2013

Spicy Red Beans and Rice


3 TBS olive oil
1/2 cup celery, chopped fine
1/2 sweet onion, chopped fine
3 cloves garlic, chopped
1/8 tsp crushed red pepper flakes
1/4 cup red wine
1 can  Dei Fratelli crushed tomatoes
1/4 cup beef broth
1 can red kidney beans
3 large basil leaves, chopped
4 TBS fresh parsley, chopped
3 TBS grated cheese
4 cups cooked white rice


1.  In large skillet, heat oil.
2.  Add celery and onion.  Sautee until soft.
3.  Add garlic and red pepper flakes, stir and cook for 2 mins.
4.  Deglaze with red wine
5.  Add tomatoes and broth, stir
6.  Add beans, herbs and grated cheese.  Stir and simmer for 20 mins.
7.  Serve in bowl with white rice.

Serve 4-6

Mini Apple Brie Pies

2 1/2 cups flour (I use my gluten free flour blend) (see recipe below)
1 tsp sugar
1 tsp salt
2 sticks cold butter (cut into 1 TBS pieces)
8 TBS very cold water
1 can Lucky Leaf Apple Pie filling
4 ozs brie cheese, cut into 1/2 tsp chunks
1 cup confectioner's sugar
1 TBS vanilla
chopped walnuts for topping


1.  Cut up butter and place in bowl or dish.  Place in freezer to get really cold.
2.  In bowl combine flour, sugar and salt.  Mix well.
3.  In food processor blend together flour and butter.  Pulse 1 TBS of butter at a time.  Add water, 1 TBS at a time.  Pulse until fully blended.  Remove and knead on floured, clean surface for 5 mins.  (or add dough to kitchen aide to knead).
4.  Wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate for min. of 1 hour.
5.  Roll dough out and cut approx. 4 inch rounds using cookie cutter.  Place 1 TBS of apple filling and brie cheese chunk into center of each dough round.  Fold over and seal ends.
6.  Bake in preheated 350 degree oven on greased cookie sheet for approx. 30 mins.  Let cool.
7.  In bowl add confectioner's sugar and vanilla.  Add milk, little at a time until thin enough to drizzling.  Drizzle icing across each mini pie.  Top with walnuts before icing dries. 

Gluten Free Flour Blend:
4 cups Rice Flour
1 1/3 cup potato starch or corn starch
2/3 cup tapioca flour
2 tsp xanthan gum

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Super Moist Cheddar Corn Casserole

1 cup flour (for gluten free, use GF flour)
1/2 cup sugar (adjust more or less to your liking)
1 tsp salt
3 1/2 tsp baking powder
1 egg, beaten
1/2 cup sour cream
3 Tbs butter, melted
1/3 cup vegetable oil
16 ozs creamed corn
16 ozs sweet corn
1 small red bell pepper, chopped fine
8 ozs shredded cheddar cheese
cooking spray

1.  Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Lightly grease large cast iron skillet
2.  In large mixing bowl add dry ingredients (flour, sugar, salt and baking powder)
3.  In separate bowl add egg, beat.  Add sour cream, butter, oil and creamed corn. Mix well.
4.  Add remaining corn and bell pepper.  Mix well.  Fold in Cheese.
5.  Pour into greased cast iron.  Bake for approx. 20-25 mins.

Note:  Casserole will be wet and moist, but slightly browned on top
Jalapenos may be added for heat.

Monday, November 25, 2013

Italian Sausage Lentil Soup

My Italian Sausage Lentil Soup
with lemon oil and basil oil

Soup Ingredients:
4 TBS olive oil
3 Italian Sausage links
1 cup celery, chopped
1 cup onion, chopped
3 large garlic cloves, chopped
2 cups red lentil beans
1/8 tsp crushed red pepper flakes
1/4 dry sherry
32 ozs chicken broth
1/4 cup fresh parsley
1/4 cup fresh basil
2 Bay leaves
1/4 cup grated cheese
salt, to taste
1 cup water

1.  In large skillet, add oil heat on medium heat.
2.  Add sausage links.  Cook until brown.  Remove from pan and slice.
3.  Add celery, onion, garlic and sauté until soft
4.  Add lentils and red pepper flakes stir.  Sautee for 5 mins.
5.  Add sherry to deglaze. Stir
6.  Add broth and spices.  Simmer for approx. 25 mins. 
7.  Add grated cheese, stir. 
8.  Add water if too thick.
9.  Remove bay leaves
10.Serve in bowl with drizzle of lemon oil and basil oil.  Add additional cheese, if desire.

Lemon Oil:
zest from one lemon, with juice
4 TBS olive oil
Puree together until smooth.  Add additional oil, if needed

Basil Oil:
6 large basil leaves
5 TBS olive oil
Puree together until smooth.  Add additional oil, if needed