I think the blog will go something like this: One Chef per month and I am going to try to do 2 entrees, 2 appetizers and 2 deserts for the that one chef. This does not mean it will not have more than this but hopefully never less. The recipes will not always be exactly from the chef themselves but will be a starting point for interpretation. I just want the blog to be fun for anyone who enjoys sharing food with friends and family.

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Liege Belgian Waffles

We had a great fireside with the youth tonight and needed something we could let rise while we were gone. This a perfect recipe for a dinner breakfast. The little bits of sugar melt when you cook the waffles in the waffle iron. Here is a link to the recipe. http://allrecipes.com/recipe/liege-belgian-waffles-with-pearl-sugar/

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Halloween Chili Tradition

Our family has a tradition to make Chili on Halloween night along with a bread. Since we have moved from Utah we carry on this tradition. I usually make one traditional Chili and one original. This years original Chili is The Amazing Chili. It is a hot wing chili. I used the Wingers Amazing sauce.

Amazing White Bean Chili

3 Chicken Breasts Cubed
Wingers Amazing Sauce or favorite buffalo wing sauce

1 quart chicken broth
1 packet hidden valley ranch
2.5 pound carrots sliced or carrot strings
4 stalks of celery cubed
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp onion salt
2 cups buttermilk
1 tbs vegetable oil
3 cans Great Northern Beans

Marinate cubed chicken in wing sauce for at least two hours. Brown chicken in skillet with vegetable oil. Combine chicken stock and buttermilk, add onion salt and garlic powder. Whisk the liquids and seasonings together and add remainder of ingredients. Add about 2 tbs of wing sauce. Simmer for 30 minutes or until carrots and celery are to your liking.

Friday, April 8, 2011

Somoas Cheescake

This was an experiment for a co-worker. I love the samoas girl scout cookies and thought it would make a good cheescake. I will post the recipe later if anyone would like it.

Saturday, February 19, 2011

Bavarian Cream Phyllo Tubes with Truffles and Cream Cheese Dipping Sauce

The winner of the challenge was a neighbor here in Williams for both accounts, the recipe and the tasting. Rolled phylo dough with a fake bavarian cream and a simple cream cheese and sugar dipping sauce.

Snowy Daze Treat Race

It's a bit snowy outside today and I am in the mood to do some cooking. I am looking for someone to suggest a food that would be a great snowy daze treat. The rules are as follows:

1. Has to be a dessert
2. You have to post a comment on the blog with a suggestion
3. First person to post a comment your dessert will be made and featured on the blog.
4. First person to post a comment in William, AZ area will get to partake on the dessert. If you are the first person to post and in Williams it will be your choice
5. Post must be within the next hour.

Happy Eating.

Friday, February 11, 2011

Red Velvet Cheescake Cups

This is a play on a few favorites of mine and my sweethearts favorites for Valentines Day. It has a cheescake mouse in the bottom and red velvet squares topped with raspberry or chocolate sauce.
Red Velvet Pound Cake

2 sticks butter
3 c. sugar
6 lg. eggs
3 1/4 c. flour
1 tsp. vanilla
1 tsp. baking powder
3 tbsp. cocoa
1 c. buttermilk
1 oz. red food color

Cream butter and sugar with mixer. Add eggs one at a time, beating after each addition. Add flour, baking powder and cocoa alternately with buttermilk and red food color. Add vanilla. Pour into greased and floured 10-inch tube pan and bake at 300 degrees for 1 hour and 20 minutes or until

Cool cake. Cut into 3/4 inch cubes.
Cheesecake Mousse

2 (8oz) cream cheese, softened
1 cup sugar
3 tsp vanilla
2 cups heavy whipping cream

Whip whipping cream until it forms stiff peaks. In another bowl whip soft cream cheese and sugar together adding the vanilla when the cream cheese and sugar are smooth. Fold cream cheese mixture into whipped cream until smooth
Chocolate Sauce

½ cup dark chocolate chips
½ cup heavy whipping cream

Pour chips into bowl. Heat cream just until hot (Do not Boil). Pour hot cream over chips and let sit about 3 minutes. Mix cream and chocolate together until smooth.

Place Cheesecake mousse in the bottom of a cup, add cubed cake on top of the mousse and top with chocolate sauce.

Raspberry Sauce

1 pint fresh raspberries
1/4 cup white sugar
2 tablespoons orange juice
2 tablespoons cornstarch
1 cup cold water

Combine the raspberries, sugar, and orange juice in a saucepan. Whisk the cornstarch into the cold water until smooth. Add the mixture to the saucepan and bring to a boil.
Simmer for about 5 minutes, stirring constantly, until the desired consistency is reached. The sauce will thicken further as it cools.
Puree the sauce in a blender or with a handheld immersion blender and strain it through a fine sieve. Serve warm or cold. The sauce will keep in the refrigerator for up to two weeks.
This turned out good and if you want an easy substitute do the following.
Buy a red velvet box cake and cook in a sheet pan. Watch the time
Make the following mouse from eaglebrand.com
1 box instant pudding (cheesecake flavor is what I used)
1 cup cold water
1 can sweetened condensed milk
1 8 oz whipped topping
Mix 1 box pudding with sweetened condensed mile until smooth and cold water and chill until looks like pudding. Fold in whipped topping and chill until ready to serve.
Buy your favorite flaver of topping fromt he store to pour on top. Hope this one is good.

Saturday, January 8, 2011

My Wife's choice Birthday Dinner

Desert First: Cupcake Trio 1. Red Velvet with Cream Cheese Frosting 2. Chocolate Chocolate Chocolate with Peanut Butter Frosting 3. Orange Pound with Lime Dark Chocolate Ganache.

Classic Chicken Cordon Bleu with Swiss Cheese and Ham. Homemaded Fettuccine and Broccoli

Chicken Cordon Bleu Egg Rolls with Swiss Cheese Dipping Sauce

It is tradition in our family that the birthday boy or girl gets to choose his or her birthday dinner. This year Jessie wanted chicken cordon bleu with homemade pasta. I took the liberty to deviate and make an original appetizer. The recipes for the food follow.
Cordon Bleu Eggroll
1 pacakge egg roll wrappers
2 chicken breasts
4 slices of virinia ham (1/4 inch thick) chopped I had the deli at Walmart slice it for me
2 cups shredded napa cabbage
1/4 cup tangy bbq sauce
2 tbs olive oil
Canola oil for frying
Dice (1/4 inch cubes) chicken and season with salt and pepper. Cook diced chicken in olive oil. Once the chicken is browned add the ham. Cook together until ham has a good color. Add bbg sauce and simmer for five minutes. Toss the the nappa cabbage in and set aside. Place about 1/4 cup of filling in the wontons. Brush egdes of wrapper with egg wash ( 1 egg and 1/4 cup water). Roll egg rolls according to package. Heat Oil to 350 Degrees. Fry until golden brown. If you want to bake the egg rolls, brush with olive oil and cook on cookie sheet with a cooling rack in the bottom. Cook until brown.
Dipping Sauce (Alfredo Swiss Sauce)
2 tbs of butter
2 tbs of flour
1/2 tsp garlic salt
1/8 tsp black pepper
dash of cayenne pepper
1/2 cup cream
1 cup of milk
1 cup swiss cheese
Melt butter over medium heat in a sauce pan. Sprinkle flour over butter and combine until butter and flour are like a foam. Add cream and 1/2 of the milk and whisk until thick. Melt the cheese into the mixture. Once the mixture begins to smooth add remaining milk to desired consistency.
We used this sauce on top of our noodles as well if you want a classic alfredo sauce use parmigian instead of swiss. My wife says the sauce would be good with a white sharp cheddar like dubliner.
Chicken Cordon Bleu
Amounts vary on amount of eaters
Chicken Breasts
1/4 inch thick strips of ham
1/4 inch thick strips of swiss
Italian bread crumbs
1 cup flour
ancho chili powers
Pound chicken breast with cooking mallet, rolling pin, or whatever is in your kitchen that is safe. Breast should be about 1/4 inch thick. Place ham and swiss on top of each other in the middle of the chicken with the skin side down. Fold in the ends of the chicken and roll just like you would make a burrito. I use tooth picks to hold everything together. Season flour in on dish, beath eggs in one dish and pour breading into another dish. I always remeber Dry, Wet, Dry when I am bredding things to fry. Roll the chicken in the floor then the eggs and then the breading. Place the Chicken on a cookie sheet and remove the toothpicks. Cook for 20 minutes at 375 degrees. Serve with your choice of sauce.
Cupcake Trio
Red Velvet Cupcake:
Orange Cupcake:
Use the same recipe above without the cocoa powder, vinegar, and food coloring. Add in a 1/2 orange juice concentrate.
Chocolate Ganache:
1/2 cup chocolate chips (dark or milk your Choice)
1/2 cup heavy cream
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 tbs lime juice
Heat cream to just before boiling and pour over chocolate. Let sit for about a minute. Add remaining ingredients and whisk until smooth. Dip cupcakes in ganache.
Chocolate Chocolate Chocolate.
¾ c. sour cream (light can be used)
4 eggs
½ c. water
½ c. oil (Rachelle uses applesauce instead and says it tastes better)
1 chocolate cake mix
1 small box instant chocolate pudding
1 c. semi-sweet chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350. Beat sour cream, eggs, water and oil together in a large bowl until thoroughly mixed. Add cake mix and pudding mix. Stir in chocolate chips. It will be a thick batter. Place in a greased and floured bundt pan. Bake 45 to 55 minutes until a toothpick comes out clean. While still hot (wait 2-5 minutes), invert cake on a platter. When cool, sift powdered sugar over the top (you can make designs with templates like stars). We change the recipe and put it into cupcakes.

1 cup confectioners' sugar
1 cup creamy peanut butter
5 tablespoons unsalted butter, at room temperature
3/4 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
1/3 cup heavy cream
Place the confectioners' sugar, peanut butter, butter, vanilla, and salt in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with a paddle attachment. Mix on medium-low speed until creamy, scraping down the bowl with a rubber spatula as you work. Add the cream and beat on high speed until the mixture is light and smooth.
This was a fun meal to cook. If there are any suggestions that people would like to see I am always up for something. You can all post your favorite birthday dinners or desserts as well.