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Honey Dijon Pork Marinade

In Yummmm...Food! on March 29, 2011 at 8:55 am

The following is a recipe that a client shared with me.

It’s delicious; thought I’d pass it on!

1/4 cup honey

1 tsp Dijon mustard

2 tbsp soy sauce

2 tbsp lemon juice

Mix together. Marinate pork chops for 1 hour.

Cook Pork in sauce at 375 degrees uncovered for 30 minutes.

Enjoy! :  )

Oreo Stuffed Chocolate Chip Cookies!

In New England Winter, Yummmm...Food! on February 2, 2011 at 7:47 am

If you’re in the mood for a VERY decadent treat, you may enjoy the recipe below.  The cookie is fabulous, and was relatively easy to make.  Very hands on though, I must prepare you!

The necessities:

  • 2 sticks softened butter
  • 3/4 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 tablespoon pure vanilla
  • 3 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 10 oz bag chocolate chips
  • 1 pkg. Oreo cookies

The operation:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Cream butter and sugars together with a mixer until well combined.  Beat in eggs and vanilla.

In a separate bowl mix the flour, salt and baking soda.  Slowly add to wet ingredients along with chocolate chips until just combined.  Using a cookie scoop take one scoop of cookie dough and place on top of an Oreo Cookie.  Take another scoop of dough and place on bottom of Oreo cookie.  Seal edges together by pressing and cupping in hand until Oreo cookie is enclosed with dough.  Place onto a parchment or silpat lined baking sheet and bake cookies 9-13 minutes or until golden brown. Let cool for 5 minutes before transferring to cooling rack.

Makes about 2 dozen VERY LARGE cookies.
**This is rather accurate!  We had about 21-22 cookies in total; our first few were a little TOO large.  Try placing a clump of dough on the top, one on the bottom, and really squashing them thin.  The result of a “fatter” cookie?  Our photo above with the dough over the side.

 

Jenny Flake, thanks for the treat!  Enjoy!

 
 
 
 

 

Tonight’s Meal To Go!

In Community Events, East Hampton, Support Local Business!, Yummmm...Food! on January 11, 2011 at 10:07 pm

Don’t forget to have Angelico’s Lakehouse prepare your family’s Tuesday night dinner!  Make sure you order by noon today!

Friend them on Facebook & follow them on Twitter @ANGELICOSlake

10 Heart-Healthy Foods

In Yummmm...Food! on January 5, 2011 at 10:33 pm

Want to keep those life insurance premiums down?  Stay healthy!   :  )

The Huffington Post reported 10 foods that are good for your heart & I thought I’d share.

  1. Oatmeal– Start your day with a steaming bowl of oats, which are full of omega-3 fatty acids, folate, and potassium. This fiber-rich superfood can lower levels of LDL (or bad) cholesterol and help keep arteries clear. Opt for coarse or steel-cut oats over instant varieties — which contain more fiber — and top your bowl off with a banana for another four grams of fiber.
  2. Salmon– Super-rich in omega-3 fatty acids, salmon can effectively reduce blood pressure and keep clotting at bay. Aim for two servings per week, which may reduce your risk of dying of a heart attack by up to one-third. “Salmon contains the carotenoid astaxanthin, which is a very powerful antioxidant,” says cardiologist  Stephen T. Sinatra, M.D., the author of “Lower Your Blood Pressure In Eight Weeks”.  Not a fan of salmon? Other oily fish like mackerel, tuna, herring, and sardines will give your heart the same boost.
  3. Avocado– Add a bit of avocado to a sandwich or spinach salad to up the amount of heart-healthy fats in your diet. Packed with monounsaturated fat, avocados can help lower LDL levels while raising the amount of HDL cholesterol in your body.
  4. Olive Oil– Full of monounsaturated fats, olive oil lowers bad LDL cholesterol and reduces your risk of developing heart disease.  Look for extra-virgin or virgin varieties — they’re the least processed — and use them instead of butter when cooking.
  5. Nuts– Walnuts are full of omega-3 fatty acids and, along with almonds and macadamia nuts, are loaded with mono- and polyunsaturated fat.  Plus, nuts increase fiber in the diet, says Dr. Sinatra. “And like olive oil, they are a great source of healthy fat.”
  6. Berries– Blueberries, raspberries, strawberries — whatever berry you like best — are full of anti-inflammatories, which reduce your risk of heart disease and cancer. 

”Blackberries and blueberries are especially great,” says Sinatra. “But all berries are great for your vascular health.”
  7. Legumes– Fill up on fiber with lentils, chickpeas, and black and kidney beans. They’re packed with omega-3 fatty acids, calcium, and soluble fiber.
  8. Spinach– Spinach can help keep your ticker in top shape thanks to its stores of lutein, folate, potassium, and fiber. 

But upping your servings of any veggies is sure to give your heart a boost.
  9. Flaxseed– Full of fiber and omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids, a little sprinkling of flaxseed can go a long way for your heart. Top a bowl of oatmeal or whole-grain cereal with a smidgen of ground flaxseed for the ultimate heart-healthy breakfast.
  10. Soy– Soy may lower cholesterol, and since it is low in saturated fat, it’s still a great source of lean protein in a heart-healthy diet. 

 Look for natural sources of soy, like edamame, tempeh, or organic silken tofu. And soy milk is a great addition to a bowl of oatmeal or whole-grain cereal. But watch the amount of salt in your soy: some processed varieties like soy dogs can contain added sodium, which boosts blood pressure.

Tuesday Dinners To-Go

In East Hampton, Support Local Business!, Yummmm...Food! on January 4, 2011 at 11:48 am

 

Don’t forget to have Angelico’s Lakehouse prepare your family’s Tuesday night dinner!  Make sure you order by noon on Tuesday!

Don’t forget to friend them on Facebook & follow them on Twitter @ANGELICOSlake

 

 

 

Tuesday Night Dinner To-Go for 4..only $19.99

In Community Events, Support Local Business!, Yummmm...Food! on December 21, 2010 at 11:29 pm

Angelico’s Lakehouse in East Hampton, Angelico’s on the Boulevard in Glastonbury, and Angelico’s of New Britain are offering great deals on Tuesday nights, I had to share! 

$19.99 Tuesday Night Dinner To-Go for 4!!!

  • Includes Chef prepared salad
  • Chicken Parmigiana over penne pasta 
  • 6 warm dinner rolls

The meal is packed hot and ready to-go!   Angelico’s is featuring a different dinner each week…yum.  Give yourself a break tonight and let Angelico’s do the cooking for your family. Simply order yours by Noon on Tuesday at the Angelico’s Restaurant nearest you and let us do the work!

Remember, a different meal each week….let Angelico’s cook for you every Tuesday for less than $5 a person!

Call now! Lakehouse: 860-267-1276, Boulevard:  860-659-9300 , New Britain: 860-224-3811

A Taste of Connecticut?

In Yummmm...Food! on December 8, 2010 at 11:05 pm

Today, MSN ran an article on “giving” a taste of home.  For each of the states, MSN selected a food item that to gift that would give the recipient a “taste” of their home state.

Whether you’re shopping for cookbooks, gift baskets, sweets, or sauces, chances are one of the 50 states has something for you.

The post:

Connecticut

Copps Island & Cedar Point Oysters
Give the gift of Connecticut’s State Shellfish: the oyster. Norm Bloom & Sons will ship (via Next Day Federal Express) fresh oysters caught daily from the New England Sound. And if you prefer clams or lobsters, they ship them too! (normbloomandson.net, $15/dozen)

While I love oysters, I would not consider Oysters to be a “Taste of Connecticut.”  Apple cider, egg nog, maybe apple pie?  I get it, the oysters are local…but I still wouldn’t consider them a signature “Connecticut” food item.

I want to know!  Which food item do you think would be a good “Taste of Connecticut” gift?

Turducken

In Holiday, Yummmm...Food! on November 29, 2010 at 9:47 pm

Straight from Sugaryum.com:

Turducken (n.)- A deboned turkey that’s stuffed with a deboned duck that’s stuffed with a deboned chicken. The cavity of the chicken is usually filled with sausage, breadcrumbs, or stuffing. Born in the South in the 1980s, it can be braised, roasted, grilled, or barbecued.

Of course, everyone loves to share their favorite Thanksgiving recipe, but I had to share this interesting hybrid-bird-creature that spiced up our Thanksgiving!  Naturally, I thought the whole thing was a joke when I heard that a turducken would be the highlight of our holiday meal.

Above is a photo of the bird(s) once it (they) had been cut in half.  The half turducken fed nine adults!  You can see the different layers, complete with a spinach and cornbread stuffing.  Sugaryum.com, I don’t love the word “cavity” in the definition of anything that I’m eating…but the spinach stuffing was incredible.

I must say, it was delicious…but definitely an interesting addition to the traditional Thanksgiving meal. Hope everyone enjoyed their holiday! 🙂