Posted by: DancingQueen | July 25, 2010

Zucchini and Ricotta Galette

Deb @ Smitten Kitchen knows her stuff!  And this pastry recipe and zucchini galette is fantastic!!

Smitten Kitchen’s Zucchini and Ricotta Galette

Zucchini Galette

Zucchini Galette

It didn’t last long:

Zucchini Galette Cut

Zucchini Galette Cut

The rest of the zucchini’s purchased became Elise’s Roasted Zucchini with Garlic (and Herbs de Provence)

Posted by: DancingQueen | July 23, 2010

Golden Brown Crusted Scallops in Keylime Garlic Sauce

So very simple and so very delicious!  Pan searing scallops takes only two minutes on each side, making them a great idea for a weeknight dinner!  I love scallops and have been fearful of making them at home…fear no more!  I tried Use Real Butter’s Pan-seared Scallops recipe and they turned out perfect!  The only changes I made were to use 1/4 cup of water mixed with 1/4 cup of keylime juice and a tsp of garlic.  I found 5-6 per person to be a good serving size (and for under $3.00 per person…that’s fantastic!!)

Truffle Cake from Chocolate Fashion in Coral Gables, FL

Truffle Cake from Chocolate Fashion in Coral Gables, FL

Layers of chocolate cake and chocolate mousse covered in chocolate ganache with a thumbprint sized gold leaf accent wrapped in ribbon…I’m spoiled.

Posted by: DancingQueen | July 12, 2010

Baked Macaroni & Cheese w/ Thick Cut Bacon and Peas

Macaroni & Cheese with Bacon and Peas!

Macaroni & Cheese with Bacon and Peas!

The Pioneer Woman’s Baked Macaroni & Cheese

4 cups Dried Macaroni

1 whole Egg Beaten

¼ cups (1/2 Stick Or 4 Tablespoons) Butter, unsalted

¼ cups All-purpose Flour

2-½ cups Whole Milk (i used 2% just fine)

2 teaspoons Dry Mustard (I skipped this one – didn’t have any on hand)

1 pound Cheese, Grated (sharp cheddar cheese + Parmesan)

½ teaspoons Kosher Salt

½ teaspoons Ground Black Pepper

½ teaspoons Cayenne Pepper

½ teaspoons Ground Paprika

½ teaspoons Thyme

2/3 package of thick cut bacon, crisped and crumbled in

1 cup of frozen peas, warmed and tossed in

((don’t crumb the top – makes the rest gritty))

I made two versions of this recipe – one with a shake of cinnamon and walnuts and one without, both were delicious!!!  Doesn’t yield too many brownies tho 😦  Maybe 9-12 normal sized ones.  They didn’t last long enough for photos, but were easier to cut when chilled!

Fudgy Cocoa Brownies (by way of Smitten Kitchen who adapted from Alice Mendrich’s Bittersweet) ((Also on FoodBeam))

10 tablespoons (1 1/4 sticks, 5 ounces or 141 grams) unsalted butter
1 1/4 cups (9 7/8 ounces, 280 grams) sugar (i used organic cane sugar)
3/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons (2 7/8 ounces, 82 grams) unsweetened cocoa powder (natural or Dutch-process) (i used Ghiradelli)
1/4 teaspoon salt (i used Kosher salt)
1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
2 large eggs, cold
1/2 cup (66 grams, 2 3/8 ounces) all-purpose flour (i used unbleached)
2/3 cup walnut pieces (optional)

PREP: Measure all ingredients and set oven to 325°F with the wrack on the second lowest setting.  As the oven is preheating, foil a square baking pan.

1. warm butter in the microwave for 30 to 60 seconds until melted

2.  mix sugar, cocoa, and salt in a bowl

3. pour in the melted butter, stir, the result should be gritty

4. add eggs, one at a time, and stir to combine after each

5. add vanilla, then flour, until all is combined (then go in the nut, if using)

6. coax into pan with spatula and scrape down the sides

7. bake for 30 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean!

Posted by: DancingQueen | July 6, 2010

100 Chinese Foods To Try Before You Die

46/100 Not too shabby for living in a town without a Chinatown!

100 Chinese Foods To Try Before You Die

  1. Almond milk
  2. Ants Climbing a Tree (poetic, not literal, name)
  3. Asian pear
  4. Baby bok choy
  5. Baijiu
  6. Beef brisket
  7. Beggar’s Chicken
  8. Bingtang hulu
  9. Bitter melon
  10. Bubble tea
  11. Buddha’s Delight
  12. Cantonese roast duck
  13. Century egg, or thousand-year egg
  14. Cha siu (Cantonese roast pork)
  15. Char kway teow
  16. Chicken feet
  17. Chinese sausage
  18. Chow mein
  19. Chrysanthemum tea
  20. Claypot rice
  21. Congee
  22. Conpoy (dried scallops)
  23. Crab rangoon
  24. Dan Dan noodles
  25. Dragonfruit
  26. Dragon’s Beard candy
  27. Dried cuttlefish
  28. Drunken chicken
  29. Dry-fried green beans
  30. Egg drop soup
  31. Egg rolls
  32. Egg tart, Cantonese or Macanese
  33. Fresh bamboo shoots
  34. Fortune cookies
  35. Fried milk
  36. Fried rice
  37. Gai lan (Chinese broccoli)
  38. General Tso’s Chicken
  39. Gobi Manchurian
  40. Goji berries (Chinese wolfberries)
  41. Grass jelly
  42. Hainan chicken rice
  43. Hand-pulled noodles
  44. Har gau (steamed shrimp dumplings in translucent wrappers)
  45. Haw flakes
  46. Hibiscus tea
  47. Hong Kong-style Milk Tea
  48. Hot and sour soup
  49. Hot Coca-Cola with Ginger
  50. Hot Pot
  51. Iron Goddess tea (Tieguanyin)
  52. Jellyfish
  53. Kosher Chinese food
  54. Kung Pao Chicken
  55. Lamb skewers (yangrou chua’r)
  56. Lion’s Head meatballs
  57. Lomo Saltado
  58. Longan fruit
  59. Lychee
  60. Macaroni in soup with Spam
  61. Malatang
  62. Mantou, especially if fried and dipped in sweetened condensed milk
  63. Mapo Tofu
  64. Mock meat
  65. Mooncake (bonus points for the snow-skin variety)
  66. Nor mai gai (chicken and sticky rice in lotus leaf)
  67. Pan-fried jiaozi
  68. Peking duck
  69. Pineapple bun
  70. Prawn crackers
  71. Pu’er tea
  72. Rambutan
  73. Red bean in dessert form
  74. Red bayberry
  75. Red cooked pork
  76. Roast pigeon
  77. Rose tea
  78. Roujiamo
  79. Scallion pancake
  80. Shaved ice dessert
  81. Sesame chicken
  82. Sichuan pepper in any dish
  83. Sichuan preserved vegetable (zhacai)
  84. Silken tofu
  85. Soy milk, freshly made
  86. Steamed egg custard
  87. Stinky tofu
  88. Sugar cane juice
  89. Sweet and sour pork, chicken, or shrimp
  90. Taro
  91. Tea eggs
  92. Tea-smoked duck
  93. Turnip cake (law bok gau)
  94. Twice-cooked pork
  95. Water chestnut cake (mati gau)
  96. Wonton noodle soup
  97. Wood ear
  98. Xiaolongbao (soup dumplings)
  99. Yuanyang (half coffee, half tea, Hong Kong style)
  100. Yunnan goat cheese
Posted by: DancingQueen | July 5, 2010

Instructions For Dancing vs The Omnivore’s Hundred

I came across The Omnivore’s Hundred and below are my results.

((From their website: Here’s a chance for a little interactivity for all the bloggers out there. Below is a list of 100 things that I think every good omnivore should have tried at least once in their life. The list includes fine food, strange food, everyday food and even some pretty bad food – but a good omnivore should really try it all. Don’t worry if you haven’t, mind you; neither have I, though I’ll be sure to work on it. Don’t worry if you don’t recognise everything in the hundred, either; Wikipedia has the answers.

Here’s what I want you to do:

1) Copy this list into your blog or journal, including these instructions.
2) Bold all the items you’ve eaten.
3) Cross out any items that you would never consider eating.
4) Optional extra: Post a comment here at linking to your results.))

The VGT Omnivore’s Hundred:

1. Venison
2. Nettle tea
3. Huevos rancheros
4. Steak tartare
5. Crocodile
6. Black pudding
7. Cheese fondue
8. Carp
9. Borscht
10. Baba ghanoush
11. Calamari
12. Pho
13. PB&J sandwich
14. Aloo gobi
15. Hot dog from a street cart
16. Epoisses
17. Black truffle
18. Fruit wine made from something other than grapes (such as Plum Wine for me)
19. Steamed pork buns
20. Pistachio ice cream
21. Heirloom tomatoes
22. Fresh wild berries
23. Foie gras
24. Rice and beans
25. Brawn, or head cheese
26. Raw Scotch Bonnet pepper
27. Dulce de leche
28. Oysters
29. Baklava
30. Bagna cauda
31. Wasabi peas
32. Clam chowder in a sourdough bowl
33. Salted lassi
34. Sauerkraut
35. Root beer float
36. Cognac with a fat cigar (i veto Cigar as it is not a food.)
37. Clotted cream tea
38. Vodka jelly/Jell-O
39. Gumbo
40. Oxtail
41. Curried goat
42. Whole insects
43. Phaal
44. Goat’s milk
45. Malt whisky from a bottle worth £60/$120 or more
46. Fugu
47. Chicken tikka masala
48. Eel
49. Krispy Kreme original glazed doughnut
50. Sea urchin
51. Prickly pear
52. Umeboshi
53. Abalone
54. Paneer
55. McDonald’s Big Mac Meal
56. Spaetzle
57. Dirty gin martini
58. Beer above 8% ABV
59. Poutine
60. Carob chips
61. S’mores
62. Sweetbreads
63. Kaolin
64. Currywurst
65. Durian
66. Frogs’ legs
67. Beignets, churros, elephant ears or funnel cake
68. Haggis
69. Fried plantain
70. Chitterlings, or andouillette
71. Gazpacho
72. Caviar and blini
73. Louche absinthe
74. Gjetost, or brunost
75. Roadkill
76. Baijiu
77. Hostess Fruit Pie
78. Snail
79. Lapsang souchong
80. Bellini
81. Tom yum
82. Eggs Benedict
83. Pocky
84. Tasting menu at a three-Michelin-star restaurant.
85. Kobe beef
86. Hare
87. Goulash
88. Flowers
89. Horse
90. Criollo chocolate
91. Spam
92. Soft shell crab
93. Rose harissa
94. Catfish
95. Mole poblano
96. Bagel and lox
97. Lobster Thermidor
98. Polenta
99. Jamaican Blue Mountain coffee
100. Snake

Posted by: DancingQueen | June 24, 2010

Girl Scout Cookies: “Slim” Mints for a Thin Girl

Just made’s Slim Mint Cookies!  We used a peppermint oil / sunflower oil mix which wasn’t strong enough and the cookies were a bit soft, but when frozen pretty good.  Higher chocolate to cookie ratio, but the Girl Scout Thin Mints are still better.

Recipe for Slim Mints

How to for the Cookies

Posted by: DancingQueen | June 15, 2010

Salmon with Coriander, Leeks, and Tangerine

250 degrees F for 30 minutes = one tasty fillet!  Over a bed of tangerine slices and leeks.  Salt, Pepper, Coriander, Olive Oil.  Served with leek + onion fragrant basmati rice.

Based on Steamy Kitchen’s Low Cooked Salmon Recipe.







Posted by: DancingQueen | June 9, 2010

Whole Wheat Bread

Crunchy outside, warm soft center.



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