Tuesday, February 23, 2016

TWD~BCM ~ Hot Chocolate Panna Cotta

TWD ~ BCM ~ Hot Chocolate Panna Cotta

It's time again for Tuesdays with Dorie, Baking Chez Moi! This month it has been all about chocolate. I know I've missed quite a few picks in the last few months, but I am gradually getting back into baking along again! A slow start, but I will be back to full speed soon!  I decided to make the Hot Chocolate Panna Cotta for Valentines Day.  I'm so glad I did!  It was a delectable dessert, and mega hit with my Valentine!
Dories version is deep, rich and chocolaty in flavor. However, with only 3 tablespoons of sugar, not very sweet. The recipe calls for heavy cream, milk, sugar, unsweetened cocoa powder (only 2 tablespoons) 4 oz. bittersweet chocolate (finely chopped) and a packet of Knox unflavored gelatin. Hard to believe these few simple ingredients can transform into such a luscious dessert. Truth be told, I still have a soft spot for the traditional Panna Cotta.

Absolutely luscious!

Dorie tells us, the first time she made this version of Chocolate Panna Cotta, it reminded her of hot chocolate. It's been bitterly cold here, so I didn't quite get the hot feeling, but it was a fabulous Valentine's dessert. I love her idea of adding cinnamon and other spices to cheesecloth and simmering it with the milk. Something I look forward to trying in the future!
I decided to serve mine with an Amaretto whipped cream, and it was luscious!

These were so good...a perfect end to a lovely Valentine's Day

This recipe participates with Tuesdays with Dorie. The recipe can be found in Doris latest cookbook, "Baking Chez Moi". To see what the other bakers did, check it out here.
Here is a similar recipe at Epicurious for Chocolate Panna Cotta.

 Bon Appétit 

Friday, February 19, 2016

Steak with Mustard Butter and French Fries~My Paris Kitchen

Steak with Mustard Butter and French Fries ~ My Paris Kitchen

Today, I'm posting my second recipe for CooktheBookFridays. Our group is cooking it's way through David Lebovitz' new cookbook, "My Paris Kitchen". This week our pick was for Steak with mustard butter and French Fries.

I don't cook steak very often. I try to stay away from too much red meat. My husband however, would eat steak seven days a week if I cooked it. He was quite happy with our pick! Did anyone notice how expensive beef is? Is that only in my neck of the woods? When did this happen? I haven't bought a steak since last summer. I can't believe it went up that much! My husband called me from the grocery and asked, "Do you know how much a Rib Eye steak is?" He continued to tell me $15.99 a pound! That's when I said, "Then it's good we only need one pound". And it was! Although, it was on sale, I don't consider $14.99 a sale price. That said it was delicious! 

An absolutely fabulous Valentine's Day dinner!

David's recipe is really a non-recipe! Early in the day, I cut up the potatoes. I used one sweet and several white potatoes, placed them in a bowl of cold, salted water, and refrigerated them until it was time to put them in the oven. I then patted them dry with a towel, gave them a good sprinkle of olive oil, some fresh herbs, salt and pepper, and popped them into a 400° oven, for about 45 minutes.

The Mustard butter added an abundance of flavor to the steak. I loved it! This is something I will use again and again. For the butter, I mixed two tablespoons of butter, some dry mustard, and a good teaspoon of Dijon. I then formed the butter into two balls, and refrigerated them until the steak was done.  The steak was seasoned with salt, pepper, a touch of chili powder, and placed in the fridge until ready to cook. The steak only takes about 5-8 minutes to finish, if you want it rare. When everything else was ready to serve, I gave the steak a good sear on both sides, in my cast iron skillet. A word of warning, it triggered my smoke alarm!

This was a wonderfully delicious, Valentines Day meal! It certainly rated quite high with my Valentine! Happy Friday everyone!

This recipe can be found in David Lebovitz' cookbook, "My Paris Kitchen", or here where it has been previously posted.  It participates with CookTheBookFridays. If you don't have a copy, do yourself a favor and get one! And maybe you'd like to join our group and cook along! Check out all our posts on CookTheBookFridays!

Ready for the oven
The fries were perfect...I love roasting potatoes
Bon Appétit


Friday, February 5, 2016

Winter Salad~My Paris Kitchen~CookTheBookFridays

The wonderful Winter Salad from My Paris Kitchen

Little did I know, that less than a year after my NYC visit to the DeGustibus School, for a demonstration by David Lebovitz with several of my Dorista friends, I would start cooking through his amazing new cookbook, "A Paris Kitchen".  The group is called CookTheBookFridays, and today is our inaugural post. We will be posting twice a month.  For the first time since our French Fridays ended, our group of Doristas will be cooking together again! 
Loved this salad...the blue cheese went so well with the pear.

Our first pick is for David's Winter Salad. Wonderfully easy, and quite elegant! This is a terrific salad! David calls for Belgian endive however; my grocery store did not cooperate. They certainly had endive, but it was the saddest looking endive I've ever seen. I made a few executive decisions, starting with a different winter green. I chose a mix of butter lettuce, which looked quite healthy. David suggested some variations that also worked for me. I added a pear and some pecans. The dressing was a mix of Blue Cheese (my store didn't have Roquefort), Greek yogurt, fresh chives, fresh lemon juice, salt and pepper. A great salad to enjoy anytime! I certainly did! 

A lovely salad for a winter day...enjoy!
Here's a funny little story about our trip to Manhattan. I met Cher, early in the day in NYC. Tricia and Nana would be meeting us around four at Macy's. I was a bit hungry, so we stopped at a Starbucks to enjoy a quick snack, and take a slow stroll to our meet-up with Tricia and Nana. When we finally met them, we decided we should eat some dinner before we went into the demonstration. Unfortunately, we ate a bit hardy! When we left for the demo, we were all quite full. As we stood in line, people were excitedly talking about David, and what he would be cooking. How cool...we could actually watch David prepare a few of his dishes. When they finally let us in, we realized they had tables set up for us to eat. We were all so full, but we're talking David Lebovitz's food! The wine flowed with each course! We started out with Fig and Black Olive Tapenade, delicious! More wine...sure! Merguez Meatballs with Harissa Mayo...wonderful! Just a little more wine...OK! Parisian Gnocchi with Béchamel...oh wow! I think I'll pass on the wine...well maybe just a tad more! That wasn't even the main course! Are you ready for Chicken with Mustard served with Green Beans with Garlic Butter? I couldn't eat another bite..Could I?  Then came the dessert. How could you not eat the Chocolate-Caramel Mousse, which was totally amazing! A great night was had by all, and I am sure, we all skipped our lunch the next day! Happy Friday everyone!! It's been too long!

Here we are after eating that wonderful meal and getting our books signed...joy!
This post participates with CookTheBookFridays, as we cook through David Lebovitz's new cookbook, "My Paris Kitchen". We will not be posting the recipes, unless they have been previously posted, and then I will leave a link.  Do yourself a favor and buy this wonderful cookbook. You will not regret it!! You might even want to join us in the cooking fun! Check out all our posts on CookTheBookFridays!