Thursday, July 29, 2010

Tea Time

This is Day 16 of no Diet Coke

Trying different teas has become my latest thing

Jenn from Rook No. 17 recommended Harney & Sons

I was very excited this past Saturday
when I discovered that Williams Sonoma
carries Harney & Sons Teas
I admit I bought Paris for the name
but also because
 it's a black tea
with vanilla, fruit & citrus flavors

I discovered True Brew tea at Kroger

I do not typically like bottled teas, but this one is very good

I need caffeine to get going in the morning
So these are perfect when I do not have time to brew my own

What makes it even cooler
This company is based here locally
in Plano Texas

Whole Foods recently opened this store
in Dallas
off Park Lane & Central Expressway

I cannot wait to try out the these teas

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Heath Bar German Chocolate Cake

Heath Bar German Chocolate Cake

1 box german chocolate cake
1 can sweetened condense milk
1 bottle or jar caramel sauce
1 tub cool whip
4-5 Heath or Skor Bars (chopped)

Bake cake per directions on the box
Cool 5 minutes
Poke holes in the cake
Combine sweetened condense milk and caramel sauce in a separate bowl
Pour over cake
Refrigerate until cool
Cover with cool whip
Top with chopped heath or skor bars

Monday, July 26, 2010

Dallas Farmers Market - Jorge Cruz's Recipes

Here are the recipes I promised from my earlier post

Pan Fried Cornmeal Crusted Deviled Eggs


1 dozen eggs
1 cup yellow cornmeal
1/2 cup flour
1/2 cup buttermilk
1 cup Texas Olive Oil


Boil eggs for 15 minutes, drain, cool  and remove shells
Combine cornmeal and flour in a bowl
Place buttermilk in a separate bowl

Pass eggs through the buttermilk, then the cornmeal/flour mixture
place on a flat pan with parchment paper until ready to cook

Heat olive oil in a saute pan to medium hot temperature
Gently place eggs in oil & turn to brown
(about 3 minutes)
Cut in half, garnish, and serve

Roasted Jalapeno Aioli

1 cup mayonnaise
1 tblsp fresh lime juice
1 large roasted jalapeno
1 tblsp chopped cilantro
Salt & Pepper

Combine all ingredients in a food processor until smooth
Salt & pepper to taste

Citrus Pickled Red Onion

1 large red onion, julienne cut
2 cups red wine vinegar
1 fresh  lime cut in wedges
1 fresh lemon cut in wedges
1 fresh orange cut in wedges

Bring vinegar to a boil in a stock pan & add onions
Cook until translucent and done
Remove from heat and allow onions to sit in vinegar
until cool and ready to use
Drain the vinegar and discard
Combine onions with citrus
Add salt & pepper to taste

Lamb Chop "Lollipops"

1 pound Domestic Rack of Lamb
1 ounce Texas Olive Oil
Salt & Pepper

Heat saute pan to medium hot temperature
Pan sear lamb 3 minutes on each side (for rare to medium rare)
Salt & Pepper to taste

Texas Chimichurri Sauce

1/2 cup Texas Olive Oil
1 tsp chopped fresh rosemary
1 tsp chopped fresh thyme
1 tsp chopped fresh parsley
1 tsp chopped fresh garlic
Salt & Pepper to taste

Combine all ingredients in a large mixing bowl

Fresh Blackeyed Pea Relish

1 pound fresh blackeyed peas
1 tblsp chopped fresh red bell pepper
1 tblsp chopped red onion
1 tblsp chopped cilantro
2 tblsp Texas Olive Oil
2 tblsp fresh lime juice
Salt & Pepper to taste

Cook peas in boiling water with salt for 15 to 20 minutes until done
Drain and chill
Combine with remaining ingredients

Dallas Farmers Market Chef @ the Market Cooking Demo

Dallas Farmers Market started hosting free cooking demos
 in May featuring chefs from local restaurants

They are on Saturdays in Shed #2

1st Demo @ 10am
2nd Demo @ 11:30am

This past Saturday,  Jorge Cruz from Hector's on Henderson
was the featured chef


Within 30 minutes, Chef Jorge prepared 2 awesome dishes

"Killer Eggs"
Pan Fried Cornmeal Crusted Deviled Eggs
with  Roasted Jalapeno Aioli
Citrus Pickled Red Onion

"Lamb Chop Lollipops"
Pan Seared Rack of Lamb "Lollipops"
on a bed of Fresh Farm Blackeyed Pea Relish
topped with Texas Olive Oil Chimichurri

Hector Garcia, the owner of Hector's On Henderson
 was there as well
This is a restaurant I've been really wanting to try
so I was very excited
to meet both Hector and Jorge

Hector's on Henderson will be participating in Restaurant Week
kicking off on August 13th

I totally recommend the cooking demos at DFM
Saturday, July 31st - they are featuring James Johnston from Spiral Diner
(If you are a vegan, or interested in vegan food - check this one out)

I will be posting the recipes to the above dishes in a separate post later today!

Cinnamon + Sugar Brioche Toast