Friday, February 27, 2015

Best of the Month January 2015

A recap of my most popular posts from last month (January 2015)



Last year's most viewed of January:

Chocolate Pound Cake


Chocolate Pound Cake:  A rich, chocolaty, dense cake in loaf form.  A great dessert, or have a slice with your morning coffee.

A rich, chocolaty, dense cake in loaf form.  A great dessert, or have a slice with your morning coffee.  Now has 914 views and 84 +1s

Now this January's most viewed:

Cucumber Finger Sandwiches


Cucumber Finger Sandwiches:  Simple and delicious finger sandwiches made with cucumbers sandwiched between creamy cheese and soft bread. An easy afternoon snack or an elegant party food.

Simple and delicious finger sandwiches made with cucumbers sandwiched between creamy cheese and soft bread. An easy afternoon snack or an elegant party food. 371 views and 55 +1s.

Patta Gobhi Mattar (Cabbage and Peas)


Patta Gobhi Mattar (Cabbage and Peas):  A spicy, vegetarian Indian dish of cabbage, peas (I added some carrots to the mix), and warm spices.

A spicy, vegetarian, Indian dish of cabbage, peas (I added some carrots to the mix), and warm spices. 286 views and 38 +1s.

15 Super Dips for Super Bowl 2015


15 Super Dips for Super Bowl 2015:  A roundup of 15 dips, salsas, and spreads to make any Super Bowl party super.  I sure love dips.

A roundup of 15 dips, salsas, and spreads to make any Super Bowl party super.  I sure love dips.  224 views and 81 +1s.

Larb (Minced Meat Salad)


Larb:  A Laotion/Thai minced meat salad made with ground pork (or chicken), fish sauce, lime juice, toasted ground rice, and fresh herbs/vegetables.

A Laotian/Thai minced meat salad made with ground pork (or chicken), fish sauce, lime juice, toasted ground rice, and fresh herbs/vegetables. 223 views and 74 +1s.

Mushroom and Wild Rice Soup


Mushroom and Wild Rice Soup:  A creamy, meatless, soup with mushrooms and wild rice.  It's warm comfort food for a cold night.

A creamy, meatless, soup with mushrooms and wild rice. It's warm comfort food for a cold night. 221 views and 49 +1s.

Check out last year's best of January:

Best of the Month January 2014

Enjoy.

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Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Great Idea Thursdays 67

Welcome everyone.  Krista, from A Handful of Everything, and I would like to bring you:



We will be pinning every entry to pinterest.  Follow our board.



Here's what I've been doing since last time:


Now for my features from last week...in no specific order (I also share these on GooglePlus, facebook, and twitter. Make sure you check out Krista's page too.  She had different features.

Be Smart Drink Bone Broth from Intoxicated on Life
Irish Colcannon Soup from Upstate Ramblings
Cauliflower Chowder from Grammie Time
White Bean and Pasta Soup from Simple Recipes Club

Most Viewed:


Southern Style Lima Beans from Florassippi Girl
Pumpkin Potato & Pear Soup from Nanna's Wisdom
The Secret to Blogging from Girl on the Move

On to the link party.  Here are the usual rules.

*Please follow your host and co-host on any or all social media 

Host:  Krista from- 
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Co-Host:  Me Joybee--









*Grab a party button and put it somewhere on your blog (or text link back to us).

Joybee, What's for Dinner?

*Click on at least two other links and please leave a comment (I know I love getting comments).

*Remember to link directly to your blog post not just your home page.

Now lets party.

Enjoy.




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Monday, February 23, 2015

Rye Yeast Rolls

Soft and fluffy yeast rolls made with rye flour, onions, and caraway seeds.


Rye Yeast Rolls:  Soft and fluffy yeast rolls made with rye flour, onions, and caraway seeds.



What goes better with corned beef than rye bread?  How about rye rolls?  I've recently found a new love for yeast rolls.  I guess I can credit my not so great oven with this new development.  My oven doesn't maintain even temperature while baking so my usual baking methods don't always work .  I started baking breads on an airbake pan and that seems to work (it helps to distribute the heat more evenly).  It doesn't work as well with crusty rustic breads but for soft breads and rolls it's perfect.  Another of yeast rolls' perks is that they are relatively quick for yeasted bread.  You use about double the amount of yeast than for other breads and the rise time is half (or less).  Not only are yeast rolls quick but they are super soft and delicious.  These rolls are no different.  I added some onion and caraway seeds so they have the same amazing flavor as my favorite deli rye.  I served these along side corned beef and cabbage but they would also be great for sandwiches or sliders.

Rye Yeast Rolls:  Soft and fluffy yeast rolls made with rye flour, onions, and caraway seeds.


Rye Yeast Rolls


Ingredients:

320 grams water (luke warm)
11 grams active dry yeast
48 grams dark brown sugar
267 grams bread flour
266 grams rye flour
53 grams butter (room temperature)
5 grams salt
*40 grams dried minced onion re-hydrated in 40 grams water
3 grams caraway seeds (about 1 tsp)

Rye Yeast Rolls:  Soft and fluffy yeast rolls made with rye flour, onions, and caraway seeds.

*You can let the onions re-hydrate over night, Or I used boiling water and let it cool for a few hours or once re-hydrated put in the fridge to speed the cooling process (the onions should be room temperature to luke warm when you add them to the dough)

Mix sugar and water in the bowl of a stand mixer.  Sprinkle the yeast on top of the water and swirl to mix.  Cover with a towel and let stand for 15 minutes.

(After 15 minutes the mixture should be foamy if not your yeast might be dead--start over with new yeast.  If using instant yeast skip this step and just add the yeast with the flour.)  Add the rest of the ingredients and stir with the paddle attachment until all of the flour is hydrated and a ball forms.

Switch to the dough hook and knead for about 8 minutes until the dough is smooth, elastic, and very tacky.  It should pull from the sides of the bowl but stick to the bottom.

Lightly oil the same bowl.  Roll the dough around in it to coat all sides with oil, cover with plastic wrap, and allow to rise for 15 minutes up to an hour until dough has doubled in size.

Divide dough into about 20 pieces of about 50 grams each.  Roll each piece into a ball and place on a(n airbake) cookie sheet.  Place each dough ball fairly close together.  Cover with plastic wrap and allow to rise another 15-30 minutes until they have risen almost double and grown into each other.

Bake in a preheated oven at 400F.  Bake for 15-20 minutes until dark golden brown.  Allow to cool until able to handle, pull apart, and enjoy warm. (they are also great reheated for a few seconds in the microwave or cold)

If you don't eat all of the rolls the first day they keep best frozen.  Just pull out of the freezer about 1-2 hours before you want to eat them.

Enjoy.

Rye Yeast Rolls:  Soft and fluffy yeast rolls made with rye flour, onions, and caraway seeds.



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Friday, February 20, 2015

Greek Nachos

Nachos with a Greek twist.  Pita chips topped with lamb, olives, tomatoes, and feta.


Greek Nachos:  Nachos with a Greek twist.  Pita chips topped with lamb, olives, tomatoes, and feta.



I've had this idea in the back of my mind for a while.  When I cooked Herb Roasted Leg of Lamb and had so much left over I finally had the most important component of this dish.  The goal was to make this as much like regular nachos as possible but with a Greek or Mediterranean twist.  Instead of tortilla chips I used pita chips.  Instead of cheddar or Mexican blend cheese I used feta (and a little monterey jack cheese to hold things together). I used lamb, red onions, tomatoes, and olives and topped it all with a dollop of Tzatziki instead of sour cream or guacamole.  It was fantastic.  If you like Greek/Mediterranean dishes this is a different take on nachos that you will love.  These nachos make a great snack or dinner.

Greek Nachos


Ingredients:

Pita chips
Monterey jack cheese
Herb Roasted Leg of Lamb, chopped (or any kind of lamb)
Red onion, sliced
Tomatoes, seeded and chopped
Olive slices
Feta crumbles
Tzatziki

Greek Nachos:  Nachos with a Greek twist.  Pita chips topped with lamb, olives, tomatoes, and feta.


Spread a single layer of chips on the bottom of a baking pan.

Top the chips with a thin layer of monterey jack cheese.  Then add  some lamb, onions, tomatoes, and olives.  Top with feta and another layer of chips.  Repeat this step once or twice.

Bake the nachos at 300F for 15-20 minutes then broil until the top layer of cheese is melted (feta doesn't melt but the monterey does).

Remove from oven and top with a large dollop of Tzatzikki.

Enjoy.

Greek Nachos:  Nachos with a Greek twist.  Pita chips topped with lamb, olives, tomatoes, and feta.



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