kimchi meatloaf

January 30, 2015

makes 8 servings       prep time: 20 minutes       cook time: about an hour       total: 1 hr. 20 minutes

meatloaf ingredients
2 lbs. ground beef (or half ground beef and half ground pork)
1 cup kimchi, finely chopped
6 T milk
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 T ginger, grated
1/2 yellow onion, chopped or if preferred, grated
1 1/2 c panko crumbs
1 large egg, lightly beaten
3 T cornstarch
1 T soy sauce
1 tsp fish sauce (or 1 tsp salt)
2 tsp sesame oil
1/4 tsp black pepper, freshly ground

glaze
2 T gochujang (or sriracha or chili-garlic paste)
2 T ketchup
2 T maple syrup or brown sugar
1 T yellow mustard
1 T sesame oil

  1. preheat oven to 450 degrees.
  2. place all of the meatloaf ingredients in a large bowl and mix together with your hands. using your hands is particularly good for working out any clumps of cornstarch.
  3. make sure everything is thoroughly combined. on a piece of foil-lined baking sheet, spray some pam and form the mixture into a loaf shape.
  4. place all of the glaze ingredients into a medium bowl and whisk until smooth.
  5. brush half of the glaze over the meatloaf, covering all exposed areas.
  6. bake the meatloaf for 10 minutes, then reduce the oven temperature to 400 degrees and bake for 30 minutes.
  7. remove the meatloaf from the over and brush the remaining glaze over the entire loaf.
  8. return the meatloaf to the oven and bake another 10-20 minutes until the internal temperature reads a minimum of 160 degrees with a meat thermometer.
  9. take the meatloaf out of the oven and let it rest for 10 minutes.
  10. make extra glaze to serve alongside the meatloaf if you are a fan of the sauce.

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prep time: 20 minutes     bake time: 65 minutes      total: 85 minutes

ingredients
3-4 ears of corn, shucked (or 1 15 oz. can of corn, save some of the liquid)
1 1/4 c buttermilk (milk with vinegar/lemon juice can be substituted)
3 eggs
1/2 c maple syrup
2 c cornmeal
1 c all purpose flour
4 tsp baking powder
pinch of salt
1/2 c cold unsalted butter, cut in 1/2-inch cubes
for berry compote
1 pint berries of your choice (blackberries, blueberries, strawberries, etc.)
4 T honey (or maple syrup can be substituted)
zest of 1 lemon
1/2 c water (can add more if needed)

directions

  1. preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  2. in a large bowl, whisk together the buttermilk, eggs, and maple syrup.
  3. in a food processor or blender, combine the cornmeal, flour, baking powder, and salt, pulsing a few times to mix.
  4. add the butter and corn kernels and pulse until corn and butter are coarsely chopped.
  5. stir this dry mixture into the wet mixture and transfer to a lightly oiled baking dish.
  6. bake for (45 minutes for 9×9 pan, 19 minutes for 9×13 pan)  until golden and a toothpick comes out clean. rest 20 minutes before cutting.

for berry compote: combine all of the ingredients in a small sauce pot, and bring to a boil. simmer for 10 minutes, just until berries begin to break down slightly.

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cook time: 10 minutes     makes 1.75 cups (14 oz.)

ingredients
1/2 c minced onion
1/2 c peanut oil
1/3 c rice vinegar
2 T water
2 T minced fresh ginger
2 T minced celery
2 T ketchup
4 tsp soy sauce
2 tsp sugar
2 tsp lemon juice
1/2 tsp minced garlic
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp ground black pepper

directions

  1. combine all ingredients in a blender.
  2. blend on high speed for about 30 seconds or until all of the ginger is pureed.
  3. chill and serve over salad.

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strawberry cake cookies

March 18, 2014

prep time: 20 minutes       bake time: 12 minutes       total time: 35 minutes       makes about 50 cookies

ingredients
1 box of strawberry cake mix (or red velvet, if you prefer)
1 box of 8 oz. cream cheese, softened
1 stick of butter, softened
1 egg
1 tsp vanilla
6-7 tsp powdered sugar

directions

  1. mix cream cheese and butter until well blended.
  2. beat in the egg.
  3. add vanilla and cake mix.
  4. cover and chill for 2 hours (or put them in the freezer for about 20 minutes).
  5. roll into 1 1/4 inch balls, then roll in powdered sugar.
  6. place on cookie sheet about 1 inch apart. (they will spread, the bigger you make the balls.)
  7. bake at 350 degrees for 12 minutes. (don’t worry, they will be soft – that’s what makes them good !)

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arroz con pollo

March 18, 2014

prep time: 20 minutes       cook time: 30 minutes       total: 50 minutes       makes 6 servings

ingredients
3.5-4 lbs of chicken (cut into 8 pieces)
extra virgin olive oil
salt
pepper
1 onion, chopped
1 bell pepper, chopped
cauliflower
3 garlic cloves
1 tsp paprika
2 T tomato paste (or 1 can crushed or stewed tomatoes)
2 1/2 c jasmine rice
1/2 white wine
2 c chicken stock
1-2 tsp saffron
1 dried bay leaf
chopped parsley

directions

  1. heat a pan over medium-high heat with a few tablespoons of olive oil. season the chicken liberally with salt and pepper on all sides. cook until golden on all sides, about 10 minutes. remove from pan to a plate.
  2. combine the onion, pepper, and garlic in pan with more oil as needed. season with salt. cook for 3-4 minutes until soft and slightly caramelized. season with paprika.
  3. add tomato paste (or crushed/stewed tomatoes) and allow to cook until darkened. once tomato paste is dark plum colored, add white rice and toast for 2 minutes.
  4. deglaze pan with white wine, then pour in chicken stock. stir in the saffron and bay leaf. bring to a boil then reduce to a simmer. cover and cook for 15-20 minutes until rice is cooked, but al dente. halfway through cooking the rice, add chicken to the pan and let cook for at least 8-10 minutes.
  5. serve arroz con pollo warm with parsley and cilantro.

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