my photos on tastespotting
Secret Recipe Club
The Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap 2012
This area does not yet contain any content.

Entries in Secret Recipe Club (41)


Lemon & Goat Cheese Ravioli

First of all, I apologize for the lack of photo. We did take one, and it looked nice, but then we rented a camera and the memory card was formatted for that camera and all of the photos already on the memory card disappeared. Secondly, today is a bittersweet day. It is my last Secret Recipe Club reveal day. I began participating with the club back in October 2011, and throughout the last few years, I have enjoyed getting to know so many bloggers and eating so much delicious food. I truly have enjoyed my time. However, life has a habit of getting in the way sometimes. I've become increasingly more busy, often times waiting until the last minute to make a recipe, and that isn't the way I wanted to participate. Also, in the next few weeks, we are working on changing things up around the blog. So, when things have settled down and my schedule has cleared up, I hope to be back. In the meantime, please keep in touch. I love to hear from all of you! And with all that out of the way, onto the food...

I truly lucked out when I was assigned to Sue's blog, Couscous & Consciousness, for this month's Secret Recipe Club reveal day! I get so excited when I am paired with people so far from my home. In fact, Sue is half a world away from me, all the way in New Zealand! Sue is also a yoga instructor, which is something I admire, as I've been getting back into my yoga practice this past year. Sue states in her bio that her yoga practice has led her to a growing awareness of the need to live and eat more mindfully and consciously. I absolutely love that. I aspire to do that, as well. Making the conscious effort to buy locally sourced ingredients that have been humanely and ethically treated not only helps your community, but also makes you feel better mentally and physically. Sue has been sharing so many amazing recipes since 2009, many of which are made of just a few simple ingredients. I'm sure you can understand how difficult it was to pare them down! I decided on this ravioli because I had just purchased a log of herbed goat cheese from a local vendor at our farmers' market and was wondering what to do with it. It most definitely made a delicious filling for this ravioli. I had borrowed my mom's pasta machine, but on the day that I made this dish, I wasn't feeling particularly interested in reading the directions to figure out how it worked, so I opted to roll out the dough by hand. It was a little thicker than it probably should have been, but it was very easy to work with! We had an unexpected friend pop in for dinner that night and everybody enjoyed the ravioli so much! Thank you for the recipe, Sue, and for the reminder to live a little more consciously!  

For the Pasta Dough
3 1/2 cups Flour, plus more for kneading and rolling
5 Eggs 
1/4 teaspoon Turmeric
Zest of 3 Lemons

Mix the flour, turmeric, and lemon zest in the bowl of a food processor or stand mixer fitted with the dough hook attachment, Lightly whisk together the eggs in a separate small bowl, then slowly add them to the flour as the processor/mixer is running. Mix until the dough forms a ball (*I had to add about 1 tablespoon of water in order for my dough to come together). Remove the ball from the bowl and place it on a lightly floured counter. Knead the dough by hand for 10 minutes, dusting with extra flour as necessary. The dough will be elastic and silky. Wrap the dough in plastic and rest it at room temperature for 30 minutes.

For the Filling
11 ounces Goat Cheese
Sea Salt
Pinch of Chili Flakes
Fresh Ground Black Pepper

In a bowl, mix all of the ingredients together, adding additional salt, pepper, or chili flakes to your tastes.

For Assembly
2 teaspoons Pink Peppercorns, lightly crushed
Fresh Tarragon, roughly chopped (I omitted)
1 Lemon, juiced and zested
Olive Oil 

When the dough has rested, divide it into 6 pieces. Using either a pasta machine or rolling pin, roll out the dough as thin as you can. Lay out one strip of pasta dough flat, then place teaspoons of the filling about 1 inch apart on one side of the strip. Brush the long edge, as well as between each spoonful of filling, with water, then fold the other side of the dough over the top. Lightly press against the edges of the dough and cut between each to make individual ravioli. Leave the ravioli to dry on a cloth that has been lightly dusted with flour for about 10-15 minutes, while making the remaining ravioli. At this point, you can freeze the ravioli. To cook, bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add the ravioli and cook until al dente, about 3 minutes. Drain the ravioli and arrange on a serving plate. Sprinkle with the lemon zest, tarragon, and peppercorns. Drizzle with olive oil and a squeeze of lemon juice and serve. 

SOURCE: Couscous & Consciousness


Baked Beet Chips


It's finally summer! Once again, with the end of the month comes another installment of Secret Recipe Club reveal day! This month, I was assigned to Natural Noshing, a blog written by Nora. Nora lives in Montana with her hubby and dog. Back in 2012, they opened a frozen yogurt store, and I think that is the coolest thing ever! Nora eats gluten free, and has cut back on her refined sugar, so her recipes are all relatively healthy! Of course, there are a few guilty pleasures, like Ice Cream Cake Ball Bombes and Peanut Butter Bliss Ice Cream, which were two of my top contenders. But, I've been doing Beachbody's 21 Day Fix, and unforthunately neither of those two recipes fit into my meal plans, so I decided to make these beet chips! I'm not a huge potato chp fan, but if they are in front of me, I will munch on them until the bowl is empty, so if I'm going to snack, I may as well snack on something healthy, that also counts as a serving of vegetables! While these beet chips took a little longer than expected, the end result was delicious! A snack that you don't have to feel guilty about eating. Just as healthy as kale chips, but prettier! Just do yourelf a favor, don't overlap them on the baking sheet or they willl never cook! That may have something to do with the cook time issue I had! If you are looking for an earthy and healthy snack, look no further than these chips! Thanks for the recipe, Nora! I had a great time getting to know you this month!

1 Beet, peeled
Olive Oil
Sea Salt, to taste (optional)

Using a mandoline slicer, thinly slice the peeled beet. Toss the beet slices in olive oil and spread them in a single layer onto a baking sheet that has been lined with parchment paper. Sprinkle with sea salt and bake at 325 for 20-30 minutes, or until crispy. Cool slightly and serve.  

SOURCE: Natural Noshing


Coconut Vanilla Tapioca with Mango Sauce


Wow, has it really been a month since my last post? I apologize! It's been a busier month than expected. School is almost out and the track season is just about over, so I'll have more time to cook when it is still light enough to get some decent pictures.

It's Secret Recipe Club Reveal Day! This month, I was assigned to Chocolate & Chillies, written by my neighbor to the north Asiya. Asiya lives in Toronto, which is a favorite city of ours, and is only about 2 hours away from our house. Asiya is a stay at home mom to 2 boys. Her family is from India and her husband is Pakistani, so she has some amazing recipes to choose from, including Chicken Biryani, Falooda, and Muhammara Pasta just to name a few. As you can imagine, it was pretty difficult to choose just one. But, as soon as I saw Asiya's recipe for tapioca, I was sold! When it comes to dessert, pudding is usually pretty low on my list of preferences. Generally, I'll pass if given the option. However, tapioca pudding has always been a favorite of mine. While we didn't eat dessert often growing up, there was always a box of instant tapioca pudding in the cabinet ready to be made whenever the craving hit. Since I have grown up and moved out, I don't have that constant box of tapioca in the pantry, although after trying this recipe, I very well might! The coconut milk gave the pudding such a delicously rich flavor, and the flecks of vanilla bean were so pretty. The mango puree gave the pudding just the right amount of sweetness. Thank you for the delicious dessert recipe, Asiya!! I had a great time getting to know you this month!

For the Pudding:
1/3 cup Small Pearl Tapicoa
1 can Coconut Milk
3/4 cup Milk
1 Egg Yolk
1/3 cup Sugar
1/4 teaspoon Salt
1/2 tablespoon Vanilla Bean Paste (or 1/2 inch piece of Vanilla Bean, scraped)

Pour the milk and coconut milk into a medium saucepan and add the tapioca pearls. Soak for about 30 minutes. Whisk in the egg yolk, sugar, salt, and vanilla and place the saucepan over medium heat until the mixture comes to a simmer. Reduce the heat to low and cook until thickened, stirring often. Pour the mixture into pudding cups and chill in the fridge overnight.

For the Mango Puree:
1 Mango, peeled, pitted, and chopped
2 teaspoons Sugar

Place the mango and sugar in a food processor and process until smooth. Store in the fridge. To assemble, spoon some of the puree over the top of the pudding. Enjoy!

SOURCE: Chocolate & Chillies


Pineapple Jam

Pineapple jam

Today is Secret Recipe Club reveal day! SRC is such a great way to get to know bloggers from all over the world. Case in point, this month, I was assigned to Shirley’s blog, Enriching Your Kid. Shirley blogs from India! Even though she is half a world away form me geographically, it is so cool to be able to click a button and get to know her as if she was right next door! Shirley is a clinical psychologist turned stay at home mom of two children. I felt an instant connection when I saw that her son and my husband share a name! Shirley’s blog is filled with amazing dishes that have been passed down to her from her mom, as well as her own creations. There were several recipes that I was immediately drawn to, such as beetroot paratha, homemade paneer, and paneer burji, and I definitely will be revisiting those recipes soon to give them a try. While all of those were savory recipes, I had a hankering for something sweet this month, so I ultimately made this pineapple jam. A simple recipe of 3 ingredients makes for such a versatile jam that can be used in many ways. To me, it seemed to have the consistency of applesauce, and while I suppose you can eat it as is or use it on a sandwich as you would any other jam, I found that it makes a delicious topping for an ice cream sundae! I also stirred a bit into my morning oatmeal, along with sliced banana and mango. It was as delicious as it was easy! Shirley, thanks for such a delightful recipe! I look forward to giving many others a try, too! 

1 Pineapple, cut, cleaned, and cored
2/3 cup Sugar
3 Cardamom Pods, crushed

Chop the pineapple into small pieces and place them in a saucepan. Add the sugar and cook over medium heat for about 10 minutes, stirring often. Cool the mixture and pour into a blender. Puree the mixture, then pour it back into the saucepan and place back over medium heat. Cook, stirring often, until it reaches the consistency of applesauce, about 10-15 minutes. Add the cardamom and remove from the heat. Allow the jam to cool before placing it in a covered container and putting it in the fridge. 

SOURCE: Enriching Your Kid



French Style Rolls

French style rolls

It’s the first Secret Recipe Club reveal day of spring! This month, I was assigned to Bewitching Kitchen, written by Sally. Sally is a biochemist who was born and raised in Brazil, and has lived in Paris and California before settling in Kansas. She describes a little bit about her research in bacteria on her Science page. It sounds so interesting. I love to get a glimpse into what other people do for a living!  Because of Sally's background, she has a whole section of Brazilian recipes, which all looked so delicious! She also has a section all about sous vide cooking, which is super cool! We do not have a sous vide, but after experiencing food cooked that way at a restaurant we both love, Joel has been wanting to get one pretty badly. I will most definitely revisit that section of Sally’s blog when we finally do get one. We started out the month trying to challenge ourselves with Meatless March. Because of that, I was limited by what I could choose. Don’t get me wrong, Sally has plenty of non-meat based recipes to choose from so it was not difficult by any means, but there were so many amazing looking recipes that included meat that I could not make. Long story short, the challenge fizzled and meat was quickly back in some of the foods we ate this month. But, by that time, I had already settled on making these French-style rolls, so I didn’t stray from my plan, and I’m glad I didn’t. These rolls were amazing. While Joel is typically the bread-baker in our house, I’ve made a few recipes before that have either been too dense or too chewy, but this one had the perfect consistency; a nice crunchy crust with a fluffy interior that was great for both sopping up sauce and for making sandwiches! Thanks for letting me into your kitchen this month, Sally. I can’t wait to stop back and try some more of your recipes! 

1/2 cup Warm Water
2 1/4 teaspoons Active Dry Yeast (this is the same as the amount in 1 envelope)
1 cup Cold Water
4 cups Bread Flour
2 teaspoons Salt

In a small bowl, sprinkle the yeast over the warm water and set aside. To the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the dough hook attachment (or alternately, in a food processor), add the flour and salt, mixing to combine. Add the cold water to the yeast mixture, then pour it into the bowl with the flour. Mix until the dough starts to form a ball. Adjust with additional flour if the consistency is too sticky or water if the consistency is to dry. Knead the dough (either with the dough hook or by hand) then place it into a bowl that has been lightly oiled. Cover and place the bowl in a warm spot to rise until doubled in size, about 1-3 hours depending not he temperature in your kitchen. When the dough has risen, shape it into either 12 rolls or 2 loaves and place them on a baking sheet to rise again until doubled in size, about 1 hour. Make a deep cross cut on the top of the rolls using kitchen scissors, or slash the top of the loaves with the blade of a sharp knife. Bake at 450 degrees for 20 minutes if you are making rolls or for 40 minutes if you are making loaves. 

SOURCE: Bewitching Kitchen