Melissa's Cuisine: February 2008

Saturday, February 16, 2008

French Bread

French Bread (2/15/08)

This bread is delicious and only has 5 ingredients!!!

You will need:
2 packages (or 4.5 tsp) dry yeast
2-1/2 cups warm (105-120 degree) water
1 tsp sugar
6 cups all purpose flour
1-1/2 tsp salt

For garlic butter:
1 stick butter
3 TBSP garlic powder
2 tsp garlic salt

1. Pour warm water into a large bowl. Add yeast and sugar. Stir until yeast is completely dissolved. Let it sit for 5 minutes.
2. Mix in 2 cups flour and salt. Cover and let rise for 30 minutes.
3. Add in remaining flour gradually to form a soft dough. Knead for 10 minutes.
4. Spray dough with non-stick cooking spray. Cover and let rise for 2 hours, until doubled in size.
5. Divide dough into 2 equal parts. Form into long "sticks" of bread.
6. Place on greased cookie sheet. Let it rise (again) for 1 hour.
7. Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
8. Spray bread with plain butter (or spread it on). Using a knife, make a few diagonal slashes across the top.
9. Bake for 25-30 minutes, until golden brown.
10. Mix together ingredients for garlic butter. Amount of garlic can be adjusted to preference. Fresh garlic may also be used.
11. Slice the bread to desired thickness. Spread butter on slices.


Lasagna (2/15/08)

This is a fantastic recipe for Lasagna...from start to finish!

You will need:
1 lb lean ground beef
1 onion
5-6 large mushrooms
2 6oz cans of tomato paste
1 large (anywhere from 14-22 oz or so) can of diced tomatoes
2 cups water
1 TBSP dried oregano
2 tsp garlic powder
2 tsp basil
1 tsp salt
1/4 tsp black pepper
1 TBSP sugar

12 oz cottage cheese
1 egg
1/2 cup parmesan cheese

9 lasagna noodles
lots of mozzerella cheese

1. Brown the meat in a large frying pan. Drain off excess fat
2. Mix together the diced onion, chopped mushrooms, tomato paste, diced tomatoes, water, and spices (you can add other spices or adjust the amounts to your preference) in a large sauce pan. Bring to a boil. Cover and simmer for an hour. I added the browned beef in after 45 minutes.
3. Mix together cottage cheese, egg, and parmesan cheese in a bowl.
4. Bring a large pan of water to a rolling boil. Cook lasagna noodles until al dente, about 8 minutes.
5. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
6. You can do your layers however you choose, but here's how I did mine. Cover bottom of 9x13 pan with a layer of the tomato sauce. Cover with 3 noodles. Spread cheese mixture on top of noodles. Add a small amount of sauce. Cover with 3 noodles. Spread remaining sauce over noodles. Cover with the last 3 noodles.
7. Bake for 30 minutes. Spread mozzerella cheese on top of noodles, bake 10 minutes more or until cheese is all melted.

Browning meat and beginning sauce.

Slicing mushrooms for sauce


Almost done!!!

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Marbled Chocolate Treats

Marbled Chocolate Treats (11/28/07)

I found this recipe in a recent Food and Family magazine, and it looked really good, so I thought I'd make it. It takes less than 10 minutes to make and they are really good! I did modify the recipe a bit, so if you look it up, it will be different than what I post :)

Marbled Chocolate Treats
-at least 8 graham crackers
-1 cup chocolate (I used milk chocolate, but you can use semi-sweet) chips
-1 cup white chocolate chips
-1/2 cup peanut butter

Melt the chocolate chips and peanut butter in the microwave. It needs about 2 minutes, stirring every 30 seconds. Line the bottom of a 9x13 pan with graham crackers. Some might need to be broken or cut to fully cover bottom. Pour melted chocolate mixture over crackers and smooth out. Melt white chocolate chips following same method as before. Drop by the spoonful on top of the chocolate covered crackers. Immediately use a knife to cut thru to make swirls. Refrigerate for 1 hour or until chocolate is firm. Cut into bars. Store leftovers in fridge. Enjoy!!!

Chocolate Filled Crescent Rolls

Chocolate Filled Crescent Rolls (11/09/07)

Sorry, I need to work on my presentation for pictures, how about some nice glass plates rather than an old cookie sheet?!?! :)

This is such an easy recipe and it's yumm-o!

1 package regular (not butter) Crescent Rolls
1 package milk chocolate chocolate chips

Grease cookie sheet

Get ready to roll up crescent rolls, but before you do, put a pile of chocolate chips on the widest end (the amount of chocolate is up to you!).
Then roll the crescent rolls like normal.
Bake as directed on package.
Sprinkle with powdered sugar after they've been out of the oven about 5 minutes (this way they're cool enough the sugar doesn't melt, but warm enough it sticks)
These are delicious with a cup of hot chocolate!


Gourmet Caramel Apples

Gourmet Caramel Apples (11/09/07)

These are so easy and fun to make, and they're delicious!!!!

Unwrap one bag of caramels

Put in a saucepan over medium heat. Stir constantly. (Sometimes, the directions on the bag of caramels tells you to add some water to the caramels, this is fine if you are going to eat your apples right away. If not, the water causes the caramel to "melt" off the apple while it's in the fridge or on the counter.)

Poke a wooden stick in the top of each apple (I removed mine later, for a cooler look)

Dip apple into the caramel, you may need to use a spoon to spread the caramel evenly.

Then you can dip the apple into melted chocolate, peanuts, or whatever you desire!

Let the caramel harden (works best in the fridge)


The new beginning!

Welcome to Melissa's Cuisine....
You may have already seen some of my baking and cooking at my other blog, but this blog is going to be dedicated specifically to "culinary arts".
I don't know how I'm going to set this up, so for some recipes, you might just see a picture of the end result, for others, you might see step by step photos. It depends on how hard the recipe is, and what kind of mood I'm in.
I hope that you enjoy my recipes, and that you let me know if you have any questions or suggestions!
Bon appetite!
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