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Alongside fire-roasted chestnuts, Boiled Chinese Peanuts are sold as cheap street food in China. It’s a cold-weather thing, and I know I’m posting this recipe in the dead heat of the summer, but I am missing real Chinese food….a little nostalgic for humble eats.

Raw peanuts are boiled in water with cinnamon sticks, star anise, garlic cloves and a little salt. Even though there’s no sugar in the mix, you’ll get a molasses-like sweetness just from boiling the peanuts (even if you add NO spices!)

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Star Anise and cinnamon will add complex flavors, liquorice-like (though please don’t let that scare you – it is NOTHING like black liquorice), rich and sweet-smelling. If you’re a chile-nut, go ahead and add a couple of dried red chiles into the pot.

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3 sticks of cinnamon, 3 star anise, 3 cloves of garlic, 3 tablespoons of kosher salt. If you’ve got really good quality cinnamon sticks, just use one or two. I had to use 3 sticks, well….because I’m cheap and bought a lower quality of cassia bark.

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There are 4 ways you can cook this:

  • No soak + pressure cooker for 60 minutes
  • No soak + slow cooker all day
  • No soak + boil on stove for 4 hours
  • Overnight soak + boil on stove 1 hour

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How to cook Chinese Boiled Peanuts

Step 1: Wash the raw peanuts
Give them a good rinse. Pick out any peanuts that just don’t look right, twigs, roots, etc.

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Step 2: Add in seasonings & water

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Step 3: Weigh down the peanuts
Raw peanuts float to the top of the water, so to make sure that they cook evenly, I like to add a plate into the pot to submerge the peanuts.

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Step 4: Cook
I am using a pressure cooker (60 minutes under high pressure), but you can use a slow cooker (high for 6-8 hours) or boil on stove (bring to boil, cover and simmer on low for 3-4 hours)

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Servings: 8 Prep Time: 5 minutes Cook Time: varies
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Make sure you buy RAW PEANUTS. If you don't have star anise or cinnamon stick, just use 1 teaspoon of Chinese 5-spice powder instead.

Ingredients:

1 pound raw peanuts (also called green peanuts)
3 cloves garlic, peeled
3 star anise
1-3 cinnamon sticks
3 tablespoons of kosher or sea salt

Directions:

Wash the peanuts. In a large pot, add in all of the ingredients. Fill pot with water, enough to cover the peanuts by 3" when submerged. Optional - use a plate to submerge the peanuts in the water.

FOR PRESSURE COOKER:
Cook under pressure 60 minutes high (it will take time to get up to pressure as well as cool-off period to release steam). Follow manufacturer's instructions.

FOR SLOW COOKER:
Cook high for 6-8 hours

FOR STOVETOP:
Bring to boil, cover and set heat to low. Simmer for 3-4 hours or until desired tenderness.

Alternatively, you can soak the peanuts overnight in cool water. The next day, simmer on stovetop for 1 hour or until desired tenderness.

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It’s been a loooong time since I’ve made home made pho – much too long! Normally I make beef pho the long and slow way – either in the slow cooker or barely bubbling on the stovetop:

Slow Cooker Vietnamese Pho Recipe
Vietnamese Beef Pho Recipe
Chicken Pho Recipe (Pho Ga)

But a very persistent reader has been emailing me about creating a Pressure Cooker Vietnamese Pho recipe for the past 2 years. If you can make awesome Pho in the slow cooker, why not a pressure cooker?

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The only limitation of using a slow cooker or pressure cooker is space. Both appliances aren’t that big, and if I’m going to take the time to make Vietnamese Pho, I want to make a BIG BATCH of it! Well, enough to serve 4 people and some broth for the freezer too (freeze in quart containers or bags to make the best “instant noodle” broth ever.)

My solution for Pressure Cooker Pho is to treat the pressure cooker as a “pho broth concentrator” – the ingredients in the recipe are sufficient enough to create such a rich pho broth concentrate. You can add water to adjust after the broth is complete.

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Paleo Friendly Vietnamese Pho!

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Here’s a bonus. The recipe is Paleo friendly.

Big thanks to Nom Nom Paleo Food for Humans Cookbook by my friends Michelle Tam and Henry Fong for another stellar recipe. LOVE this cookbook, I can’t recommend it enough and have purchased copies for my friends.

If you’re non-Paleo, don’t worry. I’m creating notes for Paleo and non-Paleo recipe the Vietnamese Beef Pho using the pressure cooker.

 

 

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Cauliflower Fried Rice Recipe – > – Paleo Friendly

Non-Paleo Notes: Vietnamese Pho is generally Paleo friendly, as-is. The only ingredient substitution is the type of oil and noodles. Paleo grain-free “noodles” can be Shirotaki noodles (slippery little noodles made from Asian mountain potatoes – found in refrigerated section next to tofu at the store), Zucchini noodles (watch my video reviewing different gadgets to cut zucchini noodles), Kelp noodles made from seaweed.

Traditional Vietnamese Pho Ingredients

If you’re regular eatin’ folk, the traditional Vietnamese Pho noodles are rice noodles. You can find fresh rice noodles at Asian markets or you can get dried rice noodles at your grocery store. They come in different widths, just get one that you like. Generally, I can easily find the 1/4″ thick noodles very easily.

Dried rice noodles cook differently from the regular wheat-based Italian style pasta that you’re used to. The great news its that it’s faster! Dried rice noodles cook in as quickly as 1-3 minutes! If you overcook the noodles, they become mushy and pretty much inedible.

Here’s the best way to cook the dried rice noodles:

  1. Soak the dried noodles in hot water (not boiling water, just hot water from tap) for about 10 minutes. This will soften up the rice noodles. Drain.
  2. Bring a small pot of water to a simmer. You don’t really need a ton of water (like you do for pasta) – just enough so that all the noodles can be submerged in the hot water. Turn off heat.
  3. Add drained rice noodles to the hot water. Let it sit for 1 minute. Very thin noodles will be ready after 1 minute. Thicker rice noodles will need a couple of minutes. Drain.

Cooking noodles in the Pho broth?

I know you’re gonna ask me: why not cook the noodles directly in the Pho broth? I never do this. Here’s why:

  1. Because the rice noodles cook so darn quickly, it’s so easy to over cook them. I don’t want to ruin a batch of hard-earned broth with overcooked noodles!
  2. Cooking any type of noodles releases starch. For example, when you cook noodles, the water becomes cloudy from the extra flour. I don’t want that in my Pho broth!
  3. Related to #1 is that because the rice noodles can get mushy if submerged in boiling water too long, I add the noodles to each personal bowl first. When everyone is ready to eat (at the table, all staring at me, impatiently tapping their chopsticks on the table) – I will pour the Pho broth INTO the bowls one by one and serve immediately. Basically, I make the bowls to-serve.

No Pressure Cooker? No problem!

Just follow all instructions and simmer the broth for 4 hours on your stovetop. Put all ingredients into a large pot. Fill with 2-1/2 quarts of water. Bring to a boil, reduce heat so that the water is BARELY simmering – just tiny bubbles here and there. Simmer slightly covered for 3-4 hours. Skim surface of fats and stuff that floats frequently.

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Servings: 6 Prep Time: 15 minutes Cook Time: 2 hours
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Adapted from Nom Nom Paleo Cookbook by Henry Fong and Michelle Tam. This recipe makes a Vietnamese Pho Soup concentrate.

A tip for the Beef Eye of Round. The key to this is to very thinly slice. These slices will be added to each person's bowl RAW. When you pour the simmering hot pho broth into each bowl, it will cook the beef perfectly! To slice very thin, space the Eye of Round roast into the freezer for 20 minutes. This will firm up the roast and make it easier to slice very thin.

OR - sometimes you can find already-sliced beef at your grocery store. My store sells pre-sliced beef that you use for cheesesteak sandwiches. Even if it's not eye-of-round roast, just use what they are selling pre-sliced!

Ingredients:

3 whole star anise
2 tablespoons whole coriander seeds
1 cinnamon stick
3 whole cloves
1 green cardamom pod
2 tablespoons butter, divided (Non-Paleo version: cooking oil)
8 slices fresh ginger, unpeeled, 1/2 inch thick
1/2 large yellow onion, peeled
2 pound beef cross shanks, 1-1/2 inches thick
1-1/2 pound oxtails
1-1/2 pound beef brisket
3-1/2 tablespoons fish sauce
1 pound beef eye of round roast, very thinly sliced (keep refrigerated until ready to serve)
8 cups shirotaki noodles (Non-Paleo version: dried rice noodles)FOR THE TABLE:2 limes, cut into wedges
2 jalapeño peppers, sliced
1 bunch fresh cilantro
1 bunch fresh Thai basil (or regular Italian basil)
1 bunch fresh mint
2 cups bean sprouts
Sriracha sauce (store bought or 20 Minute Sriracha Recipe)

Directions:

1. In a large saucepan over medium-high heat, add all spices and toast until they become fragrant. Take care not to burn them! Place them in a coffee filter or piece of cheesecloth and tie it up. Place the sachet into the pressure cooker pot.
2. In the same sauce pan over medium-high heat, add 1 tablespoon butter (or oil) and add onion and ginger pieces. Brown until there is a nice sear on them. Remove them from the pan and place them in the pressure cooker.
3. Sear the meat in batches: add the remaining tablespoon of butter to the pan and sear the shank, oxtail and brisket. You'll do this in batches, all in a single layer. Give everything plenty of space so that they SEAR and brown. Crowding the pan will not brown the meat. Sear each side, remove each meat from the pan and add them to the pressure cooker.

4. Cover the contents of the pressure cooker with water or up to the fill line. Set your pressure cooker to cook for 60 minutes. This means it will cook under pressure for 60 minutes. It will take time to build up pressure (usually 30 minutes) and additional time to release pressure after cooking (usually 30 minutes).
Approximately: 30 minutes to build up pressure + 60 minutes under pressure + 30 minutes to release pressure. Exact timing is really not that important - and also depends on your pressure cooker system. Follow manufacturer instructions.

5. Once finished cooking and safe to open, open the pressure cooker and using a fine mesh or ladle, remove the top layer of fatty liquid that has accumulated on the surface of the broth and discard (there will be lots of it.) Remove the onion, ginger and spice sachet and discard. Remove the meat to your cutting board. Shred the brisket using two forks. Remove any other meat from bone.

6. The resulting broth is a concentrate. Dilute the pho concentrate with 4-6 cups of water. Season the Pho broth with fish sauce. Taste and add additional fish sauce if needed. Bring to a simmer on stovetop right before you are ready to serve.

Assemble the Pho Bowls:
Serve to order. In a large bowl for each person, add shirotaki noodles and meat (including the sliced eye of round). Pour the just-simmering hot broth into each bowl. Hot broth will cook the sliced eye of round. Serve with the remaining sides a la carte so each person can add whatever they'd like to their soup.

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Lebanese Roasted Stuffed Onions http://steamykitchen.com/25722-lebanese-roasted-stuffed-onions-recipe-video.html http://steamykitchen.com/25722-lebanese-roasted-stuffed-onions-recipe-video.html#comments Fri, 19 Apr 2013 16:59:02 +0000 http://steamykitchen.com/?p=25722 At the beginning of our Winter growing season, we planted a short row of onions in the raised bed. I’ve been using the long stalks as “green onions”, just clipping what I need. Some of the stalks grew over 3 feet long, and so we had green onions galore so far all year. They taste the same! Since I use ...

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Lebanese Roasted Stuffed Onions Recipe

At the beginning of our Winter growing season, we planted a short row of onions in the raised bed. I’ve been using the long stalks as “green onions”, just clipping what I need. Some of the stalks grew over 3 feet long, and so we had green onions galore so far all year. They taste the same!

Lebanese Roasted Stuffed Onions Recipe

Since I use green onions (or scallions, as some say) almost every day in my cooking, it’s so convenient to go outside and cut a single long leaf  to use in a dish. In fact, I had forgotten that the plant was actually developing a sweet onion underneath the soil until my a few days ago. My parents have been visiting us, and when Dad went out into the garden, he came back with several onions the size of baseballs.

Lebanese Roasted Stuffed Onions Recipe

The garden onions have been used all week long – Mom has been cooking every day and we’ve had Chinese Fried Rice, Vegetable Soup with Papaya, Firm Tofu with Preserved Radish, Lemongrass Pork, Chinese Sausage and Boiled Chicken with Garlic and Ginger Sauce. My house smells very “Chinese”!

Lebanese Roasted Stuffed Onions Recipe

I’ll be posting some homestyle Chinese recipes from Mom soon. In the meantime, I’ve got a recipe for Lebanese Roasted Stuffed Onions from a book called, The Food and Cooking of the Middle East. The onion is boiled for a few minutes until the layers are soft and pliable. The layers are gently taken apart, stuffed with ground meat (try ground lamb!), warming spices like allspice, cinnamon and coriander, basmati rice and then then roasted. What a nice surprise to open up a rolled onion to find a savory, meaty filling!

Lebanese Roasted Stuffed Onions Recipe

What I loved about this dish was that each “stuffed” onion just uses a single layer of onion and that the presentation was so beautiful.

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Servings: 10 stuffed onions Prep Time: 5 minutes Cook Time: 45 minutes
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Try buying the largest onions you can find. It will be easier to peel apart the layers. As you can see in the video, my onion was rather large! This recipe comes from The Food and Cooking of the Middle East cookbook by Ghillie Basan.

Ingredients:

2 extra-large onions (or 3 large onions)
1 cup white rice
1 tablespoon tomato paste
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1 teaspoon allspice
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1 teaspoon ground coriander
1 1/2 teaspoons kosher or sea salt
freshly ground black pepper
3 tablespoons minced fresh cilantro or parsley (reserve some for garnish)
1 pound ground meat of your choice (original recipe uses lamb)
2 tablespoons white wine vinegar or cider vinegar
3 pinches of sugar
2 tablespoons olive oil

Directions:

The first step is to soak your rice in a bowl cool water. The rice will absorb some of the water -- we'll drain off the water in a later step.

Fill a pot with water (enough to cover a whole onion by 1" and bring to a boil. Cut off the very top and bottom of each onion. Make a cut down one side of each of the onions, cutting into the center from top to bottom. This helps the onion layers cook evenly and make it easier to peel. Add the onions, and let them cook for 10 minutes or until the layers soften and separate easily.

Drain the rice completely. In a large mixing bowl, add the drained rice, tomato paste, cinnamon, allspice, cumin, coriander, salt, pepper, cilantro or parsley and ground meat. Mix well.

When the onions have finished cooking, remove and drain from the boiling water. Let cool and separate out the layers individually and place 1 heaping tablespoon of the filling, wrap onion around filling, but not too tightly to allow rice to expand during cooking.

In a large, oven-safe saute pan over medium-high heat, swirl in the olive oil. When pan is hot, place the onions seam-side down. Let cook for 2 minutes until the bottoms have browned slightly. Add vinegar to the pan and sprinkle the tops of the onions with sugar. Cover the pan and turn the heat to low. Cook for 20 minutes or until the meat and rice are fully cooked, rotating the onions halfway during cooking.


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Kofta Meatballs with Sweet and Sour Cherry Sauce http://steamykitchen.com/25044-kofta-meatballs-with-sweet-and-sour-cherry-sauce-recipe-video.html http://steamykitchen.com/25044-kofta-meatballs-with-sweet-and-sour-cherry-sauce-recipe-video.html#comments Mon, 18 Mar 2013 18:35:08 +0000 http://steamykitchen.com/?p=25044 Last week, the boys were on spring break (does anyone remember when spring break was actually in Spring?) and we decided as a family to staycation the week instead of braving the crowds at Disney or spending money on traveling. With 5 acres, 2 dogs, 10 chickens, 150 koi fish, it costs us more than just the flight + hotel to ...

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Last week, the boys were on spring break (does anyone remember when spring break was actually in Spring?) and we decided as a family to staycation the week instead of braving the crowds at Disney or spending money on traveling. With 5 acres, 2 dogs, 10 chickens, 150 koi fish, it costs us more than just the flight + hotel to travel somewhere. We gotta pay someone responsible to watch over the compound when we’re gone. Plus, this year, we’re toying with the idea of taking the boys to Hong Kong/Laos/Cambodia and a summer trip to see Redwood National Park in California.

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Plus, Scott and I are headed to Pebble Beach Wine Festival, IACP in San Francisco in a few weeks. Oh and BlogHer Food in Austin, BlogHer in Chicago, Food Blogger Connect in London. This, all before August.

Kofta Meatballs with Sweet and Sour Cherry Sauce Recipe

So, home we were last week….and it was a week of indulging in the kitchen. We had guests over for grilled lobsters, steamed mussels, skirt steak and meatballs. All different meals, of course! Scott’s birthday party potluck was thrown in there somewhere too. All I know is that last Friday, on recycle pick-up day, our bin overfloweth and I was quite embarrassed to put out SO MANY empties –  so I divided the bottles into two piles, one for last week and one for this week’s pick-up.

Kofta Meatballs with Sweet and Sour Cherry Sauce Recipe

One of the recipes we tried for the party was an Arabian dish – Kofta, or Meatballs with Sweet and Sour Cherry Sauce. It’s from a cookbook called “Modern Flavors of Arabia” by Suzanne Husseini, one of most popular cooking show personalities in the Middle East. The sweet and sour cherry sauce complemented the rich lamb meatballs (though of course you could use ground pork/beef/chicken/turkey instead).

Kofta Meatballs with Sweet and Sour Cherry Sauce Recipe

I rehydrated dried cherries in honey and lemon (also – ahem, I may or may not have added a little splash of Brandy). The sauce simmers quietly while the meatballs cook in the oven or on the stove.

Kofta Meatballs with Sweet and Sour Cherry Sauce Recipe

It’s a fabulous party food – skewer each meatball with a cute pick.

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Servings: 8-10 Prep Time: 5 minutes Cook Time: 20 minutes
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Feel free to sub the lamb with ground meat of your choice.

Ingredients:

FOR THE CHERRY SAUCE

1 tablespoon olive oil
1 shallot, chopped (or 2 tablespoons diced red onion)
1 cup dried cherries
3 teaspoons honey
splash of Brandy (optional)
1/2 lemon, juiced
1/2 cup water
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1 tablespoon minced fresh mintsalt and freshly ground black pepper, to tasteFor the Meatballs

1 pound ground lamb
1/4 cup sparkling water
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 tablespoons minced fresh parsley
1/2 teaspoon cloves
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon cumin
1/2 teaspoon allspice
salt and pepper to taste
3 tablespoons olive oil

Directions:

To make the Cherry Sauce

In a small saucepan over medium-high heat, add the olive oil and shallot and saute until tender. Add the cherries, honey, lemon juice, water and cinnamon and bring mixture to a boil. Lower the heat and allow to simmer for 5 minutes or until the sauce has thickened. Add salt and pepper to taste. Stir in the mint.

To make the Meatballs
Preheat oven to 375F.

In a large mixing bowl, add the ground lamb, sparkling water, garlic, cloves, cinnamon, cumin, allspice, salt and pepper. Mix lightly to incorporate all ingredients. Form mixture into small meatballs.

In a large frying pan over medium high, add olive oil. Add meatballs and fry, turning often to brown all over, about 5-7 minutes. You might have to cook meatballs in batches if your pan is too small. After browning all the meatballs, place meatballs on a baking sheet and bake in oven for 10 minutes to cook through. Drizzle with the cherry sauce just before serving.

 


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How to roast pumpkin recipe

This week is time to celebrate. For the first time since March, I can open the doors and windows of my house without the outside blowing in hot, humid, furnace-like air. In the mornings and late at night, it actually feels like we don’t live in the jungle.

Other reasons to celebrate, Trader Joe’s Pumpkin Spice Coffee + Keurig + Eco Brew reusable capsule thingy so that I can use my own coffee.

How to roast pumpkin recipe

That makes my morning!

Despite the weather being manageable in the early morning and late night, it’s still unbearably hot the rest of the time. Which means no carved pumpkins for us South Floridians – the pumpkins MELT in the heat. If we carve it, there’s only a window of about 3 days that the pumpkin can stay outside without looking like a sad jack-o-puddle.

We roast ’em. It’s a great side dish for the Fall (this will be part of my Thanksgiving dinner!)

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Servings: 4 Prep Time: 10 minutes Cook Time: 20 minutes
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Same technique can be used for butternut squash or any other type of large, hard squash.

Ingredients:

1 small pumpkin or 1/4 large pumpkin
1 tablespoon olive oil
sea salt
ground clove
ground cinnamon
ground nutmeg
1 tablespoon packed brown sugar

Directions:

Heat oven to 400F. Using a large metal spoon, scoop out the seeds and insides of the pumpkin. Save the seeds for roasting. Use a sharp chef's knife to cut slices of pumpkin, about 1-inch thick.

Place pumpkin slices on baking sheet. Drizzle with olive oil and rub on both sides of pumpkin. Season with salt, spices and brown sugar. Roast for 20-25 minutes, depending on thickness of pumpkin slices.

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Apple Cinnamon Bourekas http://steamykitchen.com/19860-apple-bourekas-recipe.html http://steamykitchen.com/19860-apple-bourekas-recipe.html#comments Mon, 26 Dec 2011 18:47:13 +0000 http://steamykitchen.com/?p=19860 Try serving these Apple Cinnamon Bourekas fresh from the oven with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.

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Every couple of months I get an email from Janis Donnaud asking if I’d chat with one of her potential clients and give a bit of advice or direction.

Janis is my literary agent, she’s one of the very best out there, also repping the Neeley’s, Paula Deen, as well as friends Melissa Clark and Sara Kate from The Kitchn. I recently intro’d dynamic duo Stephanie Stiavetti (hey check out her shiny new blog design!) and Garrett of Vanilla Garlic to Janis — who sold their upcoming book proposal what seemed like just a few days!

(Read Garrett’s interview with Janis on Epicurious)

Earlier this year, Janis asked if I’d have some time at the BlogHer conference in San Diego to meet Tori Avey, The Shiksa in the Kitchen.

First, I had to look up what shiksa meant — then, “oh heck yeah!” when I found out she was a culinary anthropologist and a convert to Judaism through her marriage.

Tori and I met over wine and talked non-stop about food blogging, cooking, photography and book writing. She’s gorgeous. Inside and out.

I can’t wait for the world to discover her! I’ve asked her to come on by and introduce herself and a recipe for super-simple Apple Boureka using pre-made filo dough. Enjoy! ~Jaden

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I am so thrilled to be guest posting for Jaden here at Steamy Kitchen! I met Jaden at the BlogHer conference in San Diego this past summer and we became fast friends. Jaden and her website are an inspiration to many of us in the food blogging community. It’s a treat to be able to share one of my recipes with you!

I realize some of you may not be familiar with my website, so here’s a little background for you. My blog The Shiksa in the Kitchen explores the history of Jewish cuisine as well as other historical culinary topics. I am fascinated by the story behind the food– why we eat what we eat, how cultural foods have evolved, and how yesterday’s food can inspire us in the kitchen today.

I’d like to introduce you to the boureka—a delicious Middle Eastern hand pie. These baked, stuffed pastries are popular in Israel and throughout the Middle East. They originated in Asia as a deep-fried filled dumpling known as a burga. When the Turks of central Asia moved to what is now the country of Turkey, they brought their stuffed burga dumplings with them. Over time, the dumpling evolved into a variety of stuffed, layered pastries known as börek. Sephardic Jews who settled in Turkey adopted the pastry, merging it with their version of the same dish (empanada) and adapting it to make it kosher. Börek + empanada = boureka. The boureka was born!

Today bourekas are usually made savory, with fillings like meat or cheese. Recently, I wondered what it might be like to stuff them with sweet pie-like fillings. The experiment paid off; I ended up with Apple Cinnamon Bourekas, a delicate, flaky dessert just perfect for winter. With the holidays approaching, these sweet little baked bourekas are a seasonal treat. They’d make a great addition to a holiday buffet. Now that you know the history behind the dish, perhaps you’ll enjoy them even more!

How to make Apple Cinnamon Bourekas

2 hours before you begin, take your filo dough out of the freezer and let it defrost. You can also let it defrost overnight in the refrigerator, if you prefer.

Preheat your oven to 325 degrees F. Cut the cored, peeled apples into very thin slices.

Place the slices in a mixing bowl along with the brown sugar, vanilla, ½ tsp of cinnamon, and salt. Toss all ingredients with a spoon till the apple slices are evenly coated. Let them macerate for a few minutes so the apples become juicy and the sugar begins to dissolve.

Lightly dampen a kitchen towel (don’t soak it!), and keep it with you as you work with the filo dough. Unroll your dough. Filo sheets come in different sizes, so you may need to cut your sheets to size get the size you need. For each boureka, you want to create a double layer of filo dough that is about 4 inches wide and 14 inches long.

Folding a smaller filo sheet (8×14) in half lengthwise is the easiest way to form this double layer.

If your filo sheets are larger, use scissors to cut the sheet in half lengthwise to make two rectangular pieces.

Then, fold each piece in half lengthwise to create the double layer of filo you need.

Keep the unused filo sheets under the damp towel as you work to keep them from drying out. Filo is very delicate and prone to ripping, so if you’ve never worked with it before, be patient… rips will happen. It takes some time to get a feel for it.

Use a pastry brush to pain a thin layer of melted butter onto the surface of the double layer filo rectangle.

Place a few slices of the apple filling in the lower left corner of the filo rectangle, following the left edge of the filo and fanning downward in a triangular shape.

Fold the lower left corner of the rectangle up and over the apple filling to form a triangle of dough.

Take the upper left and corner and fold it up and over, maintaining the triangular shape.

Continue folding the filo in the same way you would fold a flag, till the entire strip is used up and a neat triangle pastry is formed.

Place the folded boureka on an ungreased baking sheet.

Repeat process until all the filling is used up. You should end up with around 14-15 bourekas. You may need two baking sheets to fit all of the bourekas.

Brush each boureka with another thin layer of melted butter. Don’t brush it on too heavy, or the bourekas will become very greasy. Just a light layer will do it.

In a small bowl, mix together 2 tbsp of sugar and ½ tsp of cinnamon. Sprinkle the cinnamon sugar over the top of the buttered bourekas.

Place the bourekas on the middle rack of your preheated oven. Let them bake for 20-25 minutes till filo turns golden brown and the filling begins to bubble out in places. Serve warm.

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Apple Cinnamon Bourekas

Servings: Makes 14-15 bourekas Prep Time: 2 hours 15 minutes Cook Time: 7 minutes
Apple Cinnamon Bourekas Recipe

Try serving these Apple Cinnamon Bourekas, from Tori Avey, fresh from the oven with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. The light, crispy filo shell and tender, piping hot apple filling pair perfectly with ice cream. They’ll keep at room temperature for 2-3 days; before serving, reheat them in the oven at 325 degrees for 5-7 minutes till warmed through.

Kosher Key: Dairy

Ingredients:

1 lb. baking apples (Golden Delicious, Gravenstein or Fuji), cored and peeled
¼ cup brown sugar
1 tsp vanilla
1 tsp cinnamon, divided
1/8 tsp salt
1 package filo dough
½ cup unsalted butter, melted
2 tbsp sugar

Directions:

1) 2 hours before you begin, take your filo dough out of the freezer and let it defrost. You can also let it defrost overnight in the refrigerator, if you prefer.
2) Preheat your oven to 325F. Cut the cored, peeled apples into very thin slices.
3) Place the slices in a mixing bowl along with the brown sugar, vanilla, ½ tsp of cinnamon, and salt. Toss all ingredients with a spoon till the apple slices are evenly coated. Let them macerate for a few minutes so the apples become juicy and the sugar begins to dissolve.
4) Lightly dampen a kitchen towel (don’t soak it!), and keep it with you as you work with the filo dough. Unroll your dough. Filo sheets come in different sizes, so you may need to cut your sheets to size get the size you need. For each boureka, you want to create a double layer of filo dough that is about 4 inches wide and 14 inches long.
5) Folding a smaller filo sheet (8x14) in half lengthwise is the easiest way to form this double layer.
If your filo sheets are larger, use scissors to cut the sheet in half lengthwise to make two rectangular pieces.
6) Then, fold each piece in half lengthwise to create the double layer of filo you need.
7) Keep the unused filo sheets under the damp towel as you work to keep them from drying out. Filo is very delicate and prone to ripping, so if you’ve never worked with it before, be patient… rips will happen. It takes some time to get a feel for it.
8) Use a pastry brush to pain a thin layer of melted butter onto the surface of the double layer filo rectangle.
9) Place a few slices of the apple filling in the lower left corner of the filo rectangle, following the left edge of the filo and fanning downward in a triangular shape.
10) Fold the lower left corner of the rectangle up and over the apple filling to form a triangle of dough.
11) Take the upper left and corner and fold it up and over, maintaining the triangular shape.
12) Continue folding the filo in the same way you would fold a flag, till the entire strip is used up and a neat triangle pastry is formed.
13) Place the folded boureka on an ungreased baking sheet.
14) Repeat process until all the filling is used up. You should end up with around 14-15 bourekas. You may need two baking sheets to fit all of the bourekas.
15) Brush each boureka with another thin layer of melted butter. Don’t brush it on too heavy, or the bourekas will become very greasy. Just a light layer will do it.
16) In a small bowl, mix together 2 tbsp of sugar and ½ tsp of cinnamon. Sprinkle the cinnamon sugar over the top of the buttered bourekas.
17) Place the bourekas on the middle rack of your preheated oven. Let them bake for 20-25 minutes till filo turns golden brown and the filling begins to bubble out in places. Serve warm.

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Chicken Vindaloo http://steamykitchen.com/16512-chicken-vindaloo.html http://steamykitchen.com/16512-chicken-vindaloo.html#comments Sun, 26 Jun 2011 19:47:13 +0000 http://steamykitchen.com/?p=16512 *waving hello!* Hey guys! I’m still in the middle of getting the new house ready and packing boxes in our old house. We’re almost done painting every single wall, baseboard and ceiling trays. Three more days until the big move! I’ll post some photos later today. Lots of love, Jaden We are so thrilled to introduce you to Prerna, from Indian Simmer. ...

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*waving hello!* Hey guys! I’m still in the middle of getting the new house ready and packing boxes in our old house. We’re almost done painting every single wall, baseboard and ceiling trays. Three more days until the big move! I’ll post some photos later today. Lots of love, Jaden

We are so thrilled to introduce you to Prerna, from Indian Simmer. Today, she is sharing her recipe for Chicken Vindaloo, one of our absolute favorites, packed with flavor from chilies, garlic, cardamon, cinnamon and more. We know you will love Prerna and her blog, with photography that inspires, charged with brilliant and bold colors, and recipes from the heart, like Chicken Tikka Masala and Cumin scented Green Peas Pulao or Matar Paneer. Enjoy! – adam and joanne

A few weeks back I got a message from someone with the email address jaden at steamykitchen.com and it said will you “guest post for me?” My first reaction was to check whether that it was really written to me. Why?  Because never in my wildest dreams would I expect that JADEN from STEAMY KITCHEN would ask little me to guest post on her blog. And even when I found out that it was actually Jaden, I was in complete disbelief! Just like millions of other bloggers and food lovers, I have always been inspired by Jaden. It is an honor to be featured on Steamy Kitchen and thanks so much Jaden for the opportunity!

When asked about what I should be cooking for her, Jaden said she loves Chicken Vindaloo and would love to share its recipe with her readers. So Chicken Vindaloo it is! It is a dish which, if not most popular, must be one of the most popular Indian dishes in the world. Vindaloo is a popular curry that hails from a tiny little state of Goa in India. Portuguese had their colony in Goa for decades and so the state has a great influence from Portuguese culture. It is believed that the name Vindaloo was also derived from Portuguese dish where “vinho” means wine and “alhos” is garlic. Usually the recipe asks for pork and wine along with garlic. In course of time Vindaloo evolved and cooks started making it with chicken or lamb and wine was substituted with vinegar.

I am sure you will always notice that the Chicken Vindaloos served in restaurants have potatoes in them. Aloo in hindi means potatoes and since Vind- aloo has aloo in it, I assumed that potatoes are a must in the dish. But after doing a little bit of a research I found that potatoes are not really an essential ingredient. A traditional Vindaloo just asks for meat, garlic, wine or vinegar and lots of chilies in it. So the potatoes you see in the Vindaloo they serve at your favorite Indian restaurant are probably because they either want to make the gravy thicker or increase the volume but definitely not because the recipe asks for it!

Most important part of a Vindaloo masala (spice mix) is the chilies in it. The dish is mostly fiery hot because Vindaloo masala is a chili based preparation and that is where it gets all its flavors. In my recipe I used the dry whole red chilies found at Indian markets. You can make it milder to your taste and use Kasmiri Mirch (a mild form of red chili). This will help make the curry red and pretty but still not very hot.

So here’s the recipe for Chicken Vindaloo. Again, you can tweak the amount of spices and heat according to your taste. Also if you want, you can add diced boiled potatoes in the curry but if you do so, do it right after the chicken is almost cooked and you are giving it a final boil.

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Chicken Vindaloo Recipe

Servings: serves 4 Prep Time: 1 hour 30 minutes Cook Time: 20 minutes
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Ingredients:

1 ½ lb chicken thighs (cut into cubes)
1 cup diced onions
4-5 whole red chilies
6-7 cloves of garlic
1 inch ginger
¼ cup white wine vinegar (add more if you like)
For dry spice mix:
1 teaspoon cloves
3-4 whole cardamoms
1 teaspoon cinammon powder
1/2 tablespoon peppercorns
1 tablespoon cumin
1 teaspoon turmeric powder
1 1/2 teaspoons mustard seeds
2 cups diced potatoes (optional)
4 tablespoons olive oil
Salt

Directions:

1) Soak whole chilies, garlic cloves and ginger in the white wine vinegar for about half an hour. Grind and make a paste of it.
2) Marinate chicken in the chili paste and let it sit in a refrigerator for at least an hour.
3) For the dry spice: mix cloves, cumin, cardamom, cinnamon, turmeric and peppercorn. Grind them in a spice or coffee grinder. Set aside.
4) Heat oil in a thick bottom pan, add mustard seeds.
5) Once they start to pop, add onions and fry them in oil until they turn light golden brown.
6) Add marinated chicken with all the juices and stir fry for a few minutes.
7) Add dry spices along with salt, mix it all together and cover the pan with a lid.
8) Let it simmer and cook until the chicken is done and curry is thick (stirring in between from time to time).
9) Garnish with chopped cilantro and serve hot with rice or your choice of bread.

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Cayenne Cinnamon Ribs with Maple Glaze http://steamykitchen.com/15377-cayenne-cinnamon-baby-backribs-with-maple-glaze.html http://steamykitchen.com/15377-cayenne-cinnamon-baby-backribs-with-maple-glaze.html#comments Fri, 06 May 2011 17:48:02 +0000 http://steamykitchen.com/?p=15377 Sticky, sweet, salty, spicy ribs that are so crazy simple to make (the only cooking equipment you need is tin foil and an oven!) We normally enjoy our baby backs fall off the bone – they are so tender that when you lift up the bone, the meat really does fall off. But I remember chatting with Dr. BBQ a ...

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Sticky, sweet, salty, spicy ribs that are so crazy simple to make (the only cooking equipment you need is tin foil and an oven!)

We normally enjoy our baby backs fall off the bone – they are so tender that when you lift up the bone, the meat really does fall off. But I remember chatting with Dr. BBQ a couple of years ago when he came over to our house and he said that he likes a little “bite” and “chew” when it comes to ribs.

And yeah, okay, I can see the satisfaction of having to pulling the meat off the rib bones with a slight tug….something about that must be deep deep deeeeeep inside our veins that brings us back to Man. Cave. Hunt. Meat.

Instead of the usual 4 hour low-and-slow roasting of the baby back ribs, these ribs bake at a higher temperature (375F) and for only 1 hour.

Yes, they were BETTER than fall-off-the-bone – it must be the cave-girl inside me.

Cayanne-Cinnamon Baby Back Ribs with Maple Glaze

The ingredients for the rub is simple:

Brown sugar, garlic powder, cayenne, paprika and cinnamon.

One of the most important things you’ll want to do before putting on the rub is to remove the thick, chewy membrane that’s on the underside of the ribs.

Removing the membrane makes for more tender ribs.

 

 

 

Turn the ribs over.

Stick a butter knife right under that membrane. Sometimes, the membrane is really thin, even see-through. Sometimes on a fat pig, it’s thick and fatty like this one.

Wedge the butter knife in between membrane and meat/bone.

Pull membrane off.

Pull!

Okay, now rub the spice rub on both sides of the ribs.

Cover completely and then bake for 1 hour.

After 1 hour, remove from oven, carefully (hot steam!) open up the foil.

 

Brush the baby back ribs with maple syrup.

Put back into oven (uncovered) to let the sugar caramelize.

Enjoy the baby back ribs!

About Paprika

I’m part of the McCormick Gourmet team, bringing you in-depth information about everyday spices. From McCormick Gourmet’s Enspicelopedia:

BOTANICALLY SPEAKING

From the sweeter, milder branch of the fiery Capsicum annuum family comes paprika, cousin to chili and bell peppers. Prized for its orange red color, it is made from the dried, ground fruits of the plant. Although it is available in several varieties that are very hot, paprika is most often used in its sweet or smoked incarnations. Although most paprika is without heat and is used for its vibrant color and mild sweet flavor, there are several varieties which are hot.

YUM FACTOR

Sweet paprika is mild, and often appears in seasoning blends for barbeque and chili or to dress pale dishes like deviled eggs. Hungarians love to use this spice in recipes like goulash and chicken paprikás, where the color alone is enough to warm the heart. But it is also popular in Indian, Moroccan and Middle Eastern cooking. Smoked paprika brings a toasty hint of the grill, and makes a wonderful rub for pork and chicken when combined with dashes of cinnamon, sugar and salt.

GLOBETROTTER’S GUIDE

Like all Capsicum species, paprika is a New World spice, native to the Caribbean and Central America. It didn’t take hold in Europe until it was introduced there by Bulgarians and Turks in the 1600s. Today, paprika is primarily produced in Spain, Peru, South Africa, Israel, and the United States.

BELIEVE IT…OR NOT

Did you know that, pound for pound, paprika has more vitamin C than citrus fruit? This discovery won, Albert Szent-Györgyi, a Hungarian scientist the Nobel Prize for Research in 1937.

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Cayenne Cinnamon Baby Back Ribs with Maple Glaze Recipe

Servings: 4 Prep Time: 10 minutes Cook Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
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Adapted from McCormick

You can use other rib cuts if you wish, I like St. Louis rib cut.

Ingredients:

1/3 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1 tablespoon garlic powder
1 tablespoon paprika
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon cayenne powder (or crushed red pepper flakes)
1 teaspoon sea salt (or 1/2 teaspoon table salt)
3 pounds pork baby back ribs
1/4 cup maple syrup

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 375F (or prepare your grill). Remove the tough membrane from the underside of the ribs.

2. In a small bowl, mix together the brown sugar, garlic powder, paprika, ground cinnamon, cayenne and salt.. Place ribs on a double layer of tin foil (large enough to wrap around ribs) and season the ribs on both sides with the rub. Fold over foil and completely cover ribs. Place ribs on baking sheet or roasting pan.

3. Bake 1 hour or until meat starts to pull away from bones.

4. Turn broiler on to high and move rack to upper-mid position. Carefully open foil. Brush ribs with maple syrup. Broil ribs 3-4 minutes until browned. Take care not to burn the ribs!

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Smoky Sweet Spicy Wings http://steamykitchen.com/13565-chipotle-cinnamon-wings-recipe.html http://steamykitchen.com/13565-chipotle-cinnamon-wings-recipe.html#comments Fri, 21 Jan 2011 11:12:42 +0000 http://steamykitchen.com/?p=13565 A couple of weeks ago, I headed over to Baltimore Maryland to get school on spices, along with my buds Jenny, Shauna and Nicole. What do you do at spice school? We eat, of course! Their amazing culinary team fed us every couple of hours, in fact, our meeting space was inside McCormick’s Asian kitchen (built-in wok!) and our “class” ...

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Chipotle Cinnamon Grilled Wings RecipeA couple of weeks ago, I headed over to Baltimore Maryland to get school on spices, along with my buds Jenny, Shauna and Nicole. What do you do at spice school? We eat, of course!

Their amazing culinary team fed us every couple of hours, in fact, our meeting space was inside McCormick’s Asian kitchen (built-in wok!) and our “class” was no more than 3 steps left of the kitchen.

Of the dozens of food and drinks that we sampled, my favorite were these Chipotle Chinnamon Baby Back Ribs. See that plate? I polished off half of that myself.

A lot of recipe developers and chef talk about “balancing flavors” – and these ribs are a perfect example of playing with the powerful punch of spice – sort of like the soundtrack to “The Perfect Storm”

::sweet (brown sugar) :: spicy & smoky (chipotle) :: warm (cinnamon and cocoa) :: salty (garlic salt) :: tangy (tomato paste)::

So I’ve re-created those flavors into the form of wings. We even threw them on the grill for more smokiness, but you can bake and broil for same effect.

About Chipotle Chile Pepper

What is Chipotle Chile Pepper? From McCormick’s Enspicelopedia:

BOTANICALLY SPEAKING

When green, this Capsicum annum is called jalapeño, a chile with distinctive sweet and acidic notes, along with a moderate level of heat. But when the pod is dried and smoked, it becomes a different animal altogether and is called chipotle. With a strong, smoky aroma and a deep brown color, chipotle pepper is available ground.

YUM FACTOR

Chipotle pepper is the quick way to put a hit of smoky, spicy, “Howdy Pardner!” flavor into anything from prepared mayonnaise, salsa and rubs to cornbread, bean dips, chili con carne and butter for glazing vegetables. Pair it with chili powder and cinnamon as a rub for the most memorable baby back ribs you’re likely to taste.

GLOBETROTTER’S GUIDE

Named for its hometown Jalapa in the Mexican state of Veracruz, jalapeño peppers are the raw materials from which chipotle pepper is made.

HOT OR NOT?

In the United States, the heat of chilies is measured in Scoville Heat Units. Sweet bell peppers score zero on the scale, while jalapenos hit the 2,500 – 4,000 range. Habaneros are reputedly one of the hottest peppers, reaching 100,000 to 300,000 Scoville Units. Some say, however, that certain varieties of African chilies are even hotter, most especially the tiny green gems known as bird’s eye peppers.

How to Easily Cut Chicken Wings

To easily cut a chicken wing, here’s my method — no wrestling needed.

Prop the wing with the backside facing you. Hold it up so that it forms a “V” on that first joint.  Now take your knife and cut straight down that “V”

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If you cut straight down the “V” you shouldn’t meet much resistance at all. It should go through pretty darn smoothly.

Same thing for the wing tip. Hold the wing to form V and cut straight down the middle.

Throw the flappers and the drumsticks in a bag, save the tips for stock. Pour marinade in bag.

Close it up, but keep air in the bag so that the wings can move around. Now SHAKE SHAKE SHAKE! It’s a good flabby arm workout. After the wings are all coated, open just a crack of the bag up, squeeze all the air out and seal.

Like this bowl? It’s Fire King Jadeite and if you’re not an eBay addict yet, this baby will surely make you one.

Chipotle Cinnamon Grilled Wings Recipe

A recipe so easy, that even Andrew made it on television last week. That’s him right there at the Daytime studio, standing on a box with host Cyndi.

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Smoky Sweet Spicy Wings Recipe

Servings: 6 as appetizer Prep Time: 5 Cook Time: 30 minutes
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a.k.a Warm Sweet & Spicy Wings. If you're interested in using the same McCormick Gourmet Collection spices, here's what I used: McCormick Gourmet Collection Garlic Salt, McCormick Gourmet Collection Chile Pepper, Chipotle, McCormick Gourmet Collection Cinnamon, Saigon

Ingredients:

1/4 cup apple juice
1 tablespoon tomato paste
2 tablespoons firmly packed brown sugar
1 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder
1 teaspoon garlic salt
3/4 teaspoon chipotle powder
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
3 pounds chicken wings, separated, wing tips saved for another use

Directions:

In a bowl, mix together all of the ingredients to form a thick marinade. Place wings and marinade into large sealable plastic bag. Toss to coat evenly. Marinate in refrigerator for 45 minutes up to overnight.

To cook on grill: Preheat grill, Turn one side of the grill to high heat, the other side on medium-low heat. Grill wings on high heat until the wings starts to caramelize and you get some
black grill marks, flip the wings and repeat. Move them to the cool
side of the grill, cover and cook for 20 minutes until the wings are cooked through.

To cook in oven: In oven: Preheat oven to 400F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper
or tin foil (this is an important step unless you want to spend an hour
scrubbing your pan after cooking). Lay wings on parchment paper or tin foil. Bake for 15
minutes, flip the wings and bake for another 15 minutes.

If you want, you can move rack near 8-inches to top and broil the wings for 2 minutes to caramelize even further. Just keep an eye on them to make sure they don't burn.

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I hope you enjoyed the video I produced with Betty Crocker and Good Bite!

One part of the video that was left out on the editing room floor….er….computer virtual trash….was that “Cousin Donna” isn’t *my* cousin. I’ve never even met her! But it’s my good friend Sue Ann Ciccone’s cousin…and this recipe is from her.

When we first moved into our new neighborhood almost 8 years ago, the gals got together every holiday season for a cookie swap. Well, truthfully, it was really about getting together for wine, cheese and other goodies. The cookie swap was just excuse that we’d give to our husbands 😉

Sue Ann brought these super-light, almost melt in your mouth almond cookies, a recipe she got from her Cousin Donna. I’ve made them every year since, normally tripling the batch because they are so popular at my house and amongst friends.

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Cousin Donna's Almond Cookies

Servings: 32 Cookies Prep Time: 45 Cook Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
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Recipe courtesy of my friend Sue Ann Ciccone.

Ingredients:

1 cup butter, softened
1/3 cup sugar
2/3 cup ground roasted almonds (use spice grinder to grind into powder form)
1-2/3 cups Gold Medal® all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/2 cup powdered sugar

Directions:

1. Heat oven to 325°F.

2. In large bowl, beat butter, sugar and ground almonds with electric mixer on medium speed until smooth. In another bowl, stir together flour and salt. With electric mixer on low speed, add flour mixture to butter mixture.

3. Shape dough into tablespoon-size balls. Place on ungreased cookie sheets.

4. Bake 10 to 15 minutes or until the bottoms have browned (the tops of the cookies will remain a light color.) Remove to cooling rack. Cool completely, about 30 minutes.

5. Mix cinnamon, nutmeg and powdered sugar. Dip tops of cookies into mixture.

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