Welcome to One Little Corner of the World. I share with you new recipes, some family recipes, and the antics of my kids. Enjoy reading!

Monday, October 27, 2008

Taste and Create - Tuna Chili Mac

I feel horrible. I have been so busy with school, my new writing gig, and life at home that I completely forgot about this month’s Taste and Create. As soon as I remembered, I looked through my partner, Stephanie from Fun Foods on a Budget’s; recipes and she has quite a few interesting ones, but I was limited to recipes where I had all the ingredients. Luckily I found Tuna Chili Mac. Not only did I have all the ingredients, but I love tuna, chili, and noodles. This was a quick easy recipe for me to make tonight. I used a rigatoni noodle and didn’t put in the lentils, because I didn’t have any in my pantry. I put the pasta in front of the kids and the verdict: Yummy!!!!!

The only change I would make is to put more seasonings in it to give it a more chili taste. I am really glad that I had to scour my cabinets as this is one dish I will definitely make again. Thanks Stephanie for an easy dinner fix!

Tuna Chili Mac
8 oz. elbow macaroni
1 can cream of mushroom soup
1 can tuna, undrained
1 can diced tomatoes, partially drained (leave some of the juice with the tomatoes)
1/2 cup cooked lentils (or canned corn, drained)
1 tsp. each chili powder, cumin
1/2 tsp. each garlic powder, onion powder
1/4 cup french fried onions
2-3 oz. shredded cheese

Cook macaroni according to package directions. Drain, then return to pan. Add soup, tuna, tomatoes, lentils, and seasonings. Heat through. Sprinkle with french fried onions and shredded cheese. Cover and heat until cheese melts. Great served with tortilla chips (or crackers).

Saturday, October 25, 2008

Dinner on Foodbuzz

Last week I had the opportunity to have dinner with some foodies at a restaurant in Clayton, MO, which is right outside St. Louis. The dinner was organized by Foodbuzz – a fabulous foodie website. Kelly from Sounding my Barbaric Gulp, Stef from the Cupcake Project and I were the foodies in attendance. We went to the Crossing, a contemporary restaurant that serves the freshest food St. Louis has to offer.

All of us chose to have one of the tasting menus offered by the restaurant. There are two tasting menus offered; The Crossing Tasting Menu and the Premium Tasting Menu. I chose the Premium Tasting Menu. For my first course I sampled the beef tartare with a farm fresh egg. It reminded me somewhat of my childhood as my mother loved tartare.

For my second course I tried the pan seared sea scallops; Stef’s husband also tried them. We both thought they were somewhat overcooked. The staff was extremely pleasant about correcting the order and the chef even came out to make sure we were happy with our corrected order. The scallops were very tender and the truffle oil was excellent.

For my third course, I chose the beef tenderloin with pomme puree and bleu cheese. The bleu cheese was a quite different touch for me and it added a sharp zing to the dish. While the tenderloin was small, the flavor was wonderful and the meat very tender.

For my dessert I chose the warm chocolate torte but with Ice Cream. It was probably one of the best desserts I have eaten, and I actually ate every bite.

Even though I don’t know what kind of wine I had, I enjoyed it. I liked the wine service too – they serve the wine in a small decanter with a large wine glass. It is the way wine is supposed to be served. I really enjoyed my dinner and truly enjoyed meeting some of the people whose blogs I read. It is great to put a personality and a face with the blogs I enjoy.

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Pumpkin Muffins and Kids

So I am sitting here with a can of pumpkin and no pie shells – I am awful at making pie shells so that is out. Anyway, after looking through cookbooks and online, I found a pumpkin muffin recipe at Cooks.com. Benny helped me make them – he put the muffin cups in the pan and turned the mixer off and on for me. I couldn’t have done it without him. So far, Sam has eaten about 10 and Benny around 5. I made them two days ago. I love it when I make something they actually like. So often, I bake and they like it…..a little. Not that I am keeping records, but so far, they really like my pumpkin muffins and friendship bread the best. Oh yea, the cookies I made a few weeks ago went over well too.

Sunday, October 19, 2008

Herbs, Family, and Authors

Sometimes it gets really busy; life can be hectic. These past couple of weeks have been hectic for me. Not only did I go to Canada for a weekend with my family, I got to go to Illinois State University to see Elie Wiesel – a Holocaust survivor, humanitarian, Nobel Peace Prize winner, and author. He wrote Night, an account of his time in Auschwitz during WWII. I teach it to my sophomores every year. It was great to be able to hear him talk – probably one of my best days.

Anyway, I haven’t had much of a chance to work on my blog. Not that I have made anything new – I made pesto for my son. I wanted to share it with you all because on Saturday the boys and I went to my friend’s house for a play date. We ate pizza and drank wine – the boys drank juice. My friend has a very nice herb garden and gave us basil, mint, rosemary, tarragon, thyme, and sage. It all smelled so good. I used the basil tonight for my pesto. I also bought spedini meat, fresh mozzarella, and prosciutto on the hill. I rolled the prosciutto and cheese in the spedini meat seasoned with salt and pepper and olive oil. Dinner was at the table with the family. Those are the best times – sharing with family and friends.

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Soft Shell Crab for Sunday Dinner

I am always looking for interesting items to cook. When we were on vacation before the boys were born, Hubby and I took a vacation out east. Not only did we go to Williamsburg, we also went to the Outer Banks in North Carolina. That was one of the first times we had soft shell crab. It was really, really good. I thought about that dinner when I saw the soft shell crab on sale at the grocery store.

Having never cooked crab before, I had to search on the internet to find a video that showed how to clean soft shell crab. I must admit that I felt pretty silly in the kitchen, cleaning crab, watching a video, cleaning crab – you get the picture. Anyway, I also looked up recipes for crab and decided on frying. Next time I will try a different way.

Anyway, I found that most people did the same thing when frying soft shell crab. The crab is cleaned – see video – then soaked in buttermilk with crab boil seasoning, kosher salt, and pepper. Soak for one hour in the refrigerator. Take out of refrigerator, drain excess milk and dredge in flour heavily seasoned with kosher salt and pepper. Fry in a large shallow skillet three minutes on each side. Drain on a paper towel.

I served my crab with salad. For my salad, I used romaine lettuce, hard boiled eggs, pancetta, tomatoes, feta cheese, and ranch dressing – I was getting a little lazy by this time, so I just used my store bought dressing. I had planned on making green goddess dressing from scratch, but scrapped the idea and took the easy way out. The crab was wonderful – I will definitely make it again.

Saturday, October 4, 2008

Gravlax with Mustard Sauce

I saw Ina's episode of Barefoot Contessa where she made Gravlax with Mustard Sauce quite a while ago. I decided that I really wanted to try to make it myself. Gravlax is a Scandinavian style of preparing fish. The fish is cured for three days in its own juices, salt, sugar, pepper, fennel, and dill. Not being a difficult dish to make, I decided to try it. This post will take a couple of days - I will add to the post each day that I check my salmon. More to come tomorrow! See ya then!!

Put a smaller pan over the salmon and weight with heavy cans

Place other piece of salmon over the first, skin side up

Step 3 - Put seasoning evenly over salmon and dill

Put a large bunch of dill over salmon
Take one 3 pound piece of salmon and cut in half. Put on half in deep pan skin side down