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Jordan, Emily, Natalie, and Zachary

Archive for January, 2009

Gorgonzola and Porcini Mushroom Risotto

Fri ,30/01/2009

We found this recipe on Food Networks site.  It’s a recipe from Giada de Laurentis.  We’ve made it several times now and it always needs more shicken stock that what it calls for and usually more time than what it says.  It’s really good, especially if you like strong cheeses.  Emily wants me to make it for her all the time.

Ingredients
• 4 cups low-sodium chicken stock
• 1 1/2 ounces dried porcini mushrooms
• 3 tablespoons butter
• 1 medium onion, diced
• 1 1/2 cups Arborio rice
• 1/2 cup dry white wine
• 1/2 cup grated Parmesan
• 3/4 cup (3 ounces) Gorgonzola, crumbled
• 1/4 cup chopped fresh chives
• 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
• 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
Directions
In a medium saucepan, bring the stock to a boil over medium-high heat. Add the porcini mushrooms. Remove the pan from the heat and set aside for 30 minutes until the mushrooms are tender. Using a slotted spoon, remove the mushrooms and set aside.
Reheat the stock to a simmer and keep warm over low heat.
In a large, heavy saucepan, melt 2 tablespoons of the butter over medium-high heat. Add the onion and mushrooms and cook until the onions are tender but not brown, about 3 minutes. Add the rice and stir to coat with the butter. Add the wine and simmer until the wine has almost evaporated, about 3 minutes. Add 1/2 cup of warm stock and stir until almost completely absorbed, about 2 minutes. Continue with remaining stock, adding 1/2 cup at a time, and allowing each addition to be absorbed, until the rice is tender to the bite and the mixture is creamy, about 20 to 25 minutes. Remove the pan from the heat. Stir in the Parmesan, Gorgonzola, chives, salt and pepper. Transfer the risotto to a serving bowl. Serve immediately.

Ham and Potato Casserole

Thu ,29/01/2009

We made this recipe last week and will definitely make it again.  For the potatoes, we just used some hashbrowns that we boiled for a couple of minutes in water.

• 2 T butter
• 1 cup chopped onion
• 2 T flour
• 1 1/2 cup milk
• 1/2 cup sour cream
• 2 cups cheese
• 1 T parsley
• 1/2 t salt
• 1/2 t paprika
• 2 or 3 drops Tabasco sauce
• Freshly ground pepper to taste
• 5 cups sliced cooked potatos
• 1 cup cubed cooked ham
• 2 hard-cooked eggs, sliced
• 2 tomatoes thinly sliced

Preheat oven to 350F. In a saucepan over medium heat, melt butter. Add onion
And saute until tender, about 5 minutes. Add flour and stir until bubbly. Add
Milk and stir until thickened, about 2 minutes. Add sour cream, 1 cup cheese, parsley,
Salt, paprika, Tabasco, and pepper and mix well.
In a 2 1/2 quart casserole lightly coated with coated with cooking spray or oil, place
Potatoes and ham. Add cheese cause and mix. Top with egg and tomato slices. Sprinkle
With remaining cheese. Bake uncovered, until bubbly, about 40 minutes.

Arches

Wed ,28/01/2009

Emily and I went to Arches the 17th through the 18th of this month.  It was a lot of fun.  We drove down there after working in the temple on Saturday.  We found a really cool campsite and went on a short hike before it got dark.  That night the sky was absolutely clear.  No moon or artificial lights to mess up our view of the sky.  We could see everything!  Shooting starts, galaxies, etc.  It was so beautiful.  On Sunday we went on a bunch of hikes, including right up to Delicate Arch.  It was kind of scary because the ledge was covered in ice.  We didn’t hike Devil’s Garden or whatever it’s called so we want to go back to hike it because Nicole and Justin both recommended it.  Anyway, check out the pictures.  There is a lot of them so you might want to go to our picture albums and view them that way.

Broiled Grapefruit with Vanilla Ginger sauce

Tue ,27/01/2009

I made this recipe for Christmas morning.  Everyone was pleasantly surprised and it tasted really good.  You can search on how to make crystallized ginger on the web.  It was easy. This recipe came from foodnetworks website.

Ingredients
• 1/3 cup sugar
• 3 tablespoons chopped crystallized ginger
• 3/4 teaspoon vanilla
• 6 large pink grapefruits
Directions
Preheat broiler.
In an electric coffee/spice grinder combine sugar, ginger, and vanilla and grind fine. Halve each grapefruit crosswise and run knife around each section to loosen membranes. Arrange grapefruits, cut sides-up, in a flameproof baking dish or baking pan just large enough to hold them in one layer and sprinkle with sugar mixture. Broil grapefruits about 1 1/2 inches from heat until sugar melts and tops begin to brown, 10 to 15 minutes.
Serve grapefruits at room temperature.

Fudge

Mon ,26/01/2009

This fudge was fantastic.  It was really smooth and just melted in your mouth.  I made it over Christmas break.  It comes from Paula Dean on the foodnetwork website.

Ingredients
• 3 cups sugar
• 4 heaping tablespoons cocoa
• 3 tablespoons light corn syrup
• 1 cup evaporated milk
• 6 tablespoons butter, plus extra for buttering dish
• 1 cup chopped pecans
• 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
Directions
Mix sugar and cocoa; add syrup and milk. Cook in saucepan over medium heat until a small drop forms a soft ball in cold water (234 to 240 degrees F on a candy thermometer). Remove from heat. Add butter, pecans, and vanilla. Beat with mixer or by hand. Pour into a slightly buttered oblong glass dish and cut into squares. Work fast, as mixture thickens quickly.

Creme de Menthe Brownies

Sun ,25/01/2009

One of the best brownies I’ve ever had. I made them over Christmas break.

Ingredients
• 1 cups (2 sticks) butter, softened
• 2 cups sugar
• 4 large eggs
• 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
• 11/4 cup all-purpose flour
• 3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa
• 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
• 1 (10-ounce) package Creme de Menthe baking chips (recommended: Andes)
• Shaved Creme de Menthe thins (recommended: Andes)
• Chocolate frosting
Frosting:
• 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, melted
• 1/3 cup cocoa
• 2 cups sifted confectioners’ sugar
• 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
• 2 tablespoons milk
Directions
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a 13 by 9 by 2-inch pan.
Using an electric mixer, combine butter and sugar in a large mixing bowl; beat at medium speed until creamy. Add eggs, 1 at a time, beating well after each addition. Add vanilla, mixing well.
In a separate bowl, combine flour, cocoa, and baking powder. Gradually stir into butter mixture. Fold in mint chips. Spoon into greased pan. Bake for 35 minutes.
While brownies are baking, prepare frosting. Combine butter, cocoa, confectioners’ sugar, vanilla and milk in a large mixing bowl; beat at medium speed with an electric mixer until dry ingredients are moistened. Beat at high speed until spreading consistency.
Remove pan from the oven and allow brownies to cool in pan on wire rack. Spread with chocolate frosting. Top with shaved mint thins.

Day’s events

Sat ,24/01/2009

Today we babysitting Forester, Ronan, and Aspen.  We were surprised to see Ronan using the bathroom while we were there.  Actually, he used it multiple times.  He couldn’t quite turn on the light by himself though.  :)  Emily sewed a skirt for herself; I’m sure she’ll put a photo on soon.  Then we went and saw Madagascar 2.  It was pretty funny.  Emily fell asleep a little.  I took a nap while she sewed so I wasn’t so tired.

Boondocks with Nicole and Nathan

Sat ,24/01/2009

Emily’s parents gave us 50$ in gift cards last year for her birthday.  We finally went up last Monday when we had the day off.  We brought Nicole and Nathan along with us.  We played a couple games of minature golf, Then we played a game of laser tag.   There was this short fat girl who was really annoying because she would stand like 1 foot away from you and shoot you repeatedly.   Not fair at all. After that we played some arcade games.  Emily won a whole bunch of tickets and we actually got a nice deck of cards (plus some candy) with the tickets.  Then we went gokarting which was quite the experience because it was SOOOOO cold.  All our hands were burning from the cold for a while afterwards.  Also a funny story was that Nicole paid 50 cents to get a locker to put all our stuff in.  Then Emily realized that she forgot our tickets inside so we had to open the locker which would have meant paying another 50 cents.  So we gave up and put all the stuff in the car.

After boondocks, we went to Ikea and Nicole and Nathan were very patient with Emily and I.  We ended up buying a few little things for the kitchen as well as a nice black coffee table for our living room.  I’ve been fighting against getting one for a while but now that we have one, I like it.  We’ll put a picture of it later.  Below are the pictures from the trip.

Jamie’s Coconut Cake

Sat ,24/01/2009

This is a pretty good coconut cake. I made it over Christmas break. It comes from Paula Dean on foodnetwork’s website.

Ingredients
Basic 1-2-3-4 Cake

with coconut milk:
• 2 sticks butter, at room temperature
• 2 cups sugar
• 4 eggs
• 3 cups sifted self-rising flour
• 1 cup coconut milk
• 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
Filling:
• 3/4 cup sugar
• 1 cup sour cream
• 4 tablespoons milk
• 1/2 cup flaked, sweetened coconut
7-Minute Frosting:
• 1 1/2 cups sugar
• 1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar or 1 tablespoon white corn syrup
• 1/8 teaspoon salt
• 1/3 cup water
• 2 egg whites
• 1 1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
• 2 to 3 cups coconut, flaked and sweetened
• Artificial holly, optional garnish
Cake:
Directions
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease and flour 3 (9-inch) cake pans.
Using an electric mixer, cream butter until fluffy. Add sugar and continue to cream well for 6 to 8 minutes. Add eggs, 1 at a time, beating well after each addition. Add flour and coconut milk alternately to creamed mixture, beginning and ending with flour. Add vanilla and continue to beat until just mixed. Divide batter equally among prepared pans. Level batter in each pan by holding pan 3 or 4-inches above counter, then dropping it flat onto counter. Do this several times to release air bubbles and assure you of a more level cake. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes or until done. Cool in pans 5 to 10 minutes. Invert cakes onto cooling racks.
Filling:
Stir together sugar, sour cream, milk, and coconut in a bowl until well blended. Add first cake layer onto pedestal. Using the wrong end of a wooden spoon, poke holes approximately 1-inch apart until entire cake has been poked. Spread a third of filling mixture on cake layer. Top with second layer, repeat process. Top with last layer and repeat process again.
Cook’s Note: As each layer is stacked, stick them with toothpicks to prevent cake from shifting.
Frosting:
Place sugar, cream of tartar or corn syrup, salt, water, and egg whites in the top of a double boiler. Beat with a handheld electric mixer for 1 minute. Place pan over boiling water, being sure that boiling water does not touch the bottom of the top pan. Beat constantly on high speed with electric mixer for 7 minutes. Beat in vanilla. Frost the top and sides of the cake. Sprinkle top and sides of cake with coconut. Garnish with artificial holly, if desired.

Christmas 2008

Fri ,23/01/2009

We had a great Christmas this year. Jordan and I celebrated Christmas with my family on the 19th. Grandma Linn came from California to spend the week before Christmas before with my family. Every year my family has a gift exchange, this year I had my dad and Jordan had Ashley (again!). I got Dad the second and third pirates movies and Jordan got Ashley some earrings and some clothes ( I made her a skirt and apron and Jordan helped pick out a shirt and undershirt to go with the skirt). Jared and Jordan and got him another xbox controller, so now we have 4. Ashley got me a picture frame.

The next day we left for Orofino. We drove up with Justin and Julie. The drive was long and the roads weren’t very good, but it was still fun. After the 13 hour drive, we got to Orofino. (Now written by Jordan). Still fun? Ha! Well, it really wasn’t as bad as I thought it would be. Mom and Dad were nice to pay for the gas to get up there so we didn’t have to pay anything.

The week was so much fun. The pictures tell it all. I did most of the cooking during the week. I gained ten pounds. I’m posting a bunch of the recipes online. It was a fun week because we just hung around a lot and it was really relaxed. Emily and I had the bridal suite again. Everyone is jealous but I guess that is what we get for not having any kids yet! :) Robin and her family came down for a few days as well which added a little more craziness to the motel. There wasn’t many guests at all during the week which was fun because we were able to spend more time with Mom and Dad. Jason unfortunately wasn’t able to come at all because he only had Christmas Eve and Christmas Day off of work.

We had planned on coming home on Sunday; however some parts of the interstate were closed and the roads weren’t very good because of the weather. We left Monday instead and the roads were great. The drive home went much faster than the ride up it seemed.