Wednesday, April 21, 2010

d.licious cooking

wellness day ³ april 22nd, 2010

run by:

deanna abbondola and nicole inserra

Omelet in the Oven


· 1/4 pound good thick-cut bacon

· 1 tablespoon unsalted butter

· 2 cups roasted potatoes

· 1 cup chopped yellow onion

· 12 extra-large eggs

· 4 tablespoons milk or cream

· 1 teaspoon kosher salt

· 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

· 1/2 cup chopped scallions, white and green parts

· 10 ounces extra-sharp Cheddar


Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

Cut the bacon crosswise in 1-inch slices. Cook the bacon in an 8-inch ovenproof saute pan over medium-low heat for 5 to 7 minutes, stirring occasionally, until browned. Alternatively, cook in the microwave. Drain the bacon on paper towels and discard the fat from the pan. Add the butter to the pan, and then add the onions. Cook over medium-low heat for about 5 minutes, tossing occasionally, until the onion starts to brown. Then add the roasted potatoes and cook for 2 more minutes.

Meanwhile, in a medium bowl, beat the eggs, milk, salt, and pepper together with a fork. Stir in the scallions and diced Cheddar. When the potato is cooked, add the bacon to the pan and pour over the egg mixture. Place the pan in the oven for 15 to 20 minutes, until the omelet puffs and the eggs are almost cooked in the center. Sprinkle with a handful of grated Cheddar and bake for another minute. Serve hot directly from the pan.

Easy Cheese Danish Ingredients :

  • 8 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 2 extra-large egg yolks, at room temperature
  • 2 tablespoons ricotta cheese
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 tablespoon grated lemon zest (2 lemons)
  • 2 sheets (1 box) frozen puff pastry, defrosted
  • 1 egg beaten with 1 tablespoon water, for egg wash

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Line a sheet pan with parchment paper.

Place the cream cheese and sugar in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with a paddle attachment and cream them together on low speed until smooth. With the mixer still on low, add the egg yolks, ricotta, vanilla, salt, and lemon zest and mix until just combined. Don't whip!

Unfold 1 sheet of puff pastry onto a lightly floured board and roll it slightly with a floured rolling pin until it's a 10 by 10-inch square. Cut the sheet into quarters with a sharp knife. Place a heaping tablespoon of cheese filling into the middle of each of the 4 squares. Brush the border of each pastry with egg wash and fold 2 opposite corners to the center, brushing and overlapping the corners of each pastry so they firmly stick together. Brush the top of the pastries with egg wash. Place the pastries on the prepared sheet pan. Repeat with the second sheet of puff pastry and refrigerate the filled Danish for 15 minutes.

Bake the pastries for about 20 minutes, rotating the pan once during baking, until puffed and brown. Serve warm.

Ham and Cheese in Puff Pastry Ingredients:

  • 1 package (2 sheets) frozen puff pastry, defrosted (recommended: Pepperidge Farm)
  • 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
  • 1/4 pound black forest ham, sliced
  • 1/2 pound Swiss Gruyere cheese, sliced
  • 1 egg, beaten with 1 tablespoon water, for egg wash

Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F. Place a piece of parchment paper on a sheet pan.

Lay 1 sheet of puff pastry on a floured board and carefully roll it out to 10 by 12 inches. Place it on a sheet pan and brush the center with the mustard, leaving a 1-inch border around the edge. Place a layer first of ham and then cheese, also leaving a 1-inch border. Brush the border with the egg wash.

Place the second sheet of puff pastry on the floured board and roll it out to 10 by 12inches. Place the second sheet on top of the filled pastry, lining up the edges. Cut the edges straight with a small, sharp knife and press together lightly. Brush the top with egg wash and cut a few slits in the top to allow steam to escape.

Bake for 20 to 25 minutes, until puffed and golden brown. Allow to cool for a few minutes and serve hot or warm.

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Danny's Birthday Cupcakes

It's a little blurry because I took it on my phone... but these are the cupcakes Jenn, Kait and I made for Danny's birthday. Better late than never.

Saturday, April 3, 2010

Easter Cake

I've set a new record for myself... two in one day. This one came with a LOT of help from Caroline, she made about half of the eggs... And also Brandon again did most of the coloring of the fondant. I've taught myself a new skill on the roses... and I think they look pretty cool. We'll see how this triple decker chocolate cake tastes tomorrow...

Brooke's Birthday Cake

Made this today for my friend Brooke's birthday. Brandon and Alex both helped and I think it came out pretty well. The buns and burger are yellow cake and everything else but the white chocolate sesame seeds are fondant.

Friday, April 2, 2010

Chris's Birthday Cake

(created March 2010)

This cake was for my cousin's 20th birthday. His parents' requested the suit and I think it actually came out pretty well!

Italy 2010 Reunion Cake

After traveling to Sicily and Southern Italy in February of this year, my friend and I decided to make a cake for our trip reunion. The stars mark the places that we traveled on the trip.

Brandon's Birthday Cake

(created February 2010)

This one is probably the best one so far. It took a long time, but was well worth it. The apps are made of white chocolate that we painted and iced to look like the real thing. This was also the first cake I ever did with fondant, and I don' think I'll ever go back to the way I used to do it. Even though Brandon has a blackberry... this iPhone was awesome! Also, Jenn and Caroline helped a TON with the apps.. and they came out amazing!!!

Michael's Birthday Cake (round 2)

(created November 2009)

This one was definitely a fun one... The windows are outlined in black licorice and the ladders are made out of white chocolate that I melted and then piped. But my favorite part is definitely the jolly rancher lights.

Caroline's Birthday Cake

(created September 2009)

This I can't take credit for even though I wish I could. It came from Woman's Day Magazine and it was really cool. There is a jell-o pool in the back and the beach towels are made from fruit roll ups.

Michael's Birthday Cake

(created November 2008)

Not a great picture, but this was one the first cakes that I attempted. It was of my friends dog Cody and took about 5 bottles of food coloring to get the icing "black" (or dark purple, which is what it really was...)