Saturday, March 2, 2019

Sweet Corn Tamale Cakes

Sweet Corn Tamale Cakes – Cheesecake Factory Copycat
Serves 8-10

For the Salsa Verde:
6 Tomatillos
3 can diced green chilies
3 green onion
½ bunch fresh cilantro
4 ½ teaspoon sugar
¾ teaspoon cumin
¾ t salt
½ t ground pepper
Pulse in food processor, not too thin and not too chunky

For the Pico De Gallo:
4 Large Roma Tomatos diced
4 T Red onion diced
4 T Fresh Cilantro
2 t lime juice
Salt and pepper to taste
You can chop or pulse in food processor

For the Southwestern Sauce:
1 ½ C Mayonnaise
3 t white or applecider vinegar
3 t water
1 ½ t sugar
1 ½ t chili powder
¾ t paprika
¼ - ½ t cayenne pepper
¾ t onion powder
½ t garlic powder
Blend together in blender and put in fridge/squeeze bottle

Sauce for the Chicken:
3 T. chili powder
3 T. ground cinnamon
3 T brown sugar
3 t. cocoa powder
1 1/2 t. salt
3/4 t course black pepper
6 T olive oil
3 T balsamic vinegar
2 packages chicken tenderloins
Season chicken with Sniders or your favorite chicken seasoning.  Cook on medium and brush sauce on chicken as you cook.  Save chicken for assembly

For the Corn Cakes:
4 ½ c frozen sweet corn
1 ½ c butter softened to room temp
9 T sugar
½ t salt
1 ½ C Corn Masa Harina Flour
6 T all purpose flour

Sour Cream
Avocado, diced
Fresh Cilantro

1.    Add 3 Cups frozen corn to food processor until it couarsely pureed.  In a medium bowl add the pureed corn, softened butter, sugar and salt, mix till combined. 
2.    Add masa and flour and mix until no flour streaks remain.  Add the remaining ½ cup frozen corn kernals and mix till evenly distributed/ ( I forgot to add the whole corn)
3.    Measure ½ cup portions of the mixture and use your hands to form them into 3 inch wide patties.  I put them on wax paper on a cookie sheet and made them in advance and kept them in the fridge covered with plastic.
4.    Add olive oil to a large skillet and preheat over medium low. Add patties to the skillet and cook until golden brown, about 5-8 min and then flip and cook the other side until golden brown another 5-8 minutes.

To Assemble

Heat the Salsa Verde in a sauce pan.

Add Salsa Verde to your plate, spread it evenly. Place the corn cakes on top of the warmed salsa verde, next add chicken, and evenly distribute the pico and southwestern sauce on top.  Dollop with sour cream and garnish with avocado and cilantro.

Southwester Chicken Salad with 2 dressings

Southwestern Chicken Salad

For the chicken:
2 medium chicken breasts ( I used a pack of chicken tenders)
1 T Taco Seasoning
½ t cumin
¼ t salt
Juice of ½ lime
1 T of olive oil

For the Salad
Diced tomato
Black beans
Garbonzo beans
Marinate chicken in zip lock bag for at least 30 minutes to overnight.  Cook chicken in skillet.  
Top with Cilantro lime vinaigrette or Creamy tomatillo or both.

Café Rio Cilantro Lime Vinaigrette
2 tomatillos
½ bunch cilantro
2 cloves garlic
½ jalapeno, deseeded
Juice of 2 limes
1 Tablespoons sugar
1 C Balsamic vinaigrette salad dressing ( I used Newmans Own)

Put all ingredients in a blender and blend together, no need to chop.  Refridgerate for at least 2 hours before serving.  Overnight is best.

Café Rio Style Creamy Tomatillo Salad Dressing
2 Cups mayonnaise, not light
2 cups sour cream
½ bunch cilantro
2 Tomatillos
2 green onions, green parts only
1 clove garlic
1 jalapeno, deseeded
Juice of 2 limes
About 1 teaspoon salt…to taste
*Blend together and refrigerate

Cooking Club Feb 2019 Guacamole's

Pear Guacamole
4 Avocados
1 jalapeno, serrano or habenaro
Half squeezed lime
½ cup onion
Garlic salt and salt to taste
1 pear sliced and saute’d in butter
Gargonzola cheese

Strawberry Guacamole
4 Avocados
1 jalapeno, serrano or habenaro
Half squeezed lime
½ cup onion
Garlic salt and salt to taste
Gargonzola cheese
6-8 strawberries cut small
Balsamic glaze drizzled on top

Sopapilla Cheesecake Dessert

Sopapilla Cheesecake Dessert

3 (8oz) packages cream cheese, softened
1 ½ c white sugar
1 ½ t vanilla extract
2 (8ox) cans crescent rolls dough
½ c melted butter
½ c white sugar
1 t cinnamon
¼ c sliced almonds

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Beat cream cheese with 1 ½ cups sugar and vanilla until smooth.  Unroll the cans of crescent roll dough into a 9x13 inch baking dish.  Even spread cream cheese misture into baking dish, then cover with remaining crescent dough.

Drizzle melted butter evening over the top of the cheesecake, stir the remaining ½ c sugar and cinnamon in a small bowl and sprinkle over the top along with the almonds. Bake for 45 min and golden brown. 

Friday, April 22, 2016

Heather’s White Sheet Cake

1 ½ boxes golden vanilla cake mix  (I use yellow)
1 white chocolate pudding mix (3 oz.)
6 eggs
¾ cup water
¾ cup oil
1 ½ cups sour cream
· Mix all the ingredients together
· Pour on greased cookie sheet
· Bake at 350º for 25-30 minutes or until golden brown.  Let cool completely.

2 ½ cups whipping cream
¼ cup sugar
1 tsp. vanilla
1 cup milk
1 white chocolate pudding mix (3 oz.)

Begin whipping cream and as that is whipping, whisk together milk with pudding until it is just mixed and pour into the cream that is whipping.  Add sugar and vanilla.  Mix until thick.  Can serve with fresh fruit.

Fruit Salad

§  1 cup Sugar
§  1 cup Water
§  Juice Of 1 Orange
§  Zest Of 1 Orange
§  2 whole Vanilla Beans, Caviar Scraped Out (or 2 Teaspoons Vanilla Extract)
§  4 pints Strawberries, Hulled And Halved
§  2 pints Blueberries
§  2 cups Red Grapes, Halved
§  2 cups Green Grapes, Havled
§  Mint Leaves

Place the sugar, water, orange juice and orange zest into a small saucepan and stir to combine. Bring to a boil, then turn the heat to low and simmer for 15-20 to thicken slightly. Set aside to cool, then store in the fridge until cold.

Mix together all the fruit in a large bowl and pour the syrup over the top, tossing gently. Garnish with mint leaves and serve.