|June 12: National Peanut Butter Cookie Day|
|June 12: National Peanut Butter Cookie Day|
|Korean Style Beef Short Ribs (Kalbi)|
|Flanken Cut Beef Short Ribs purchased from the Asian Market.|
|Beef Short Ribs for Kalbi|
|Thin Slices of Beef Short Ribs cut Flanken Style|
|Beef Short Ribs in English Cut Fashion|
|Untoasted Sesame Seeds|
|Toasted sesame seeds for garnishing your kalbi. Note the darker color of the toasted sesame seeds.|
Because these short ribs are quite thin, it doesn't take long for them to fully cook so be sure to not overcook them, yet you also don't want them to be rare. Even though they can get overdone quickly, these short ribs are, as mentioned earlier, rather forgiving. Sometimes you like to get a nice carmelized char on the surface because the burnt edges of the meat give you an added flavor. I know I do.
|Marinating your kalbi for a few hours.|
- I like to add toasted and crushed (in a mortar and pestle) sesame seeds to the marinade.
- Save some uncrushed toasted sesame seeds to go along with the green onions as garnish.
- I like to use a kiwi if I don't have an Asian pear available. The kiwi or pear adds a little bit of sweetness to what is otherwise a savory dish.
1. Toast sesame seeds on a skillet until golden in color and fragrant. Crush 2 tablespoons of the sesame seeds in a mortar and pestle and set aside.
2. Sprinkle brown sugar over beef and mix well to evenly coat. Let sit at room temperature for 10 minutes while preparing marinade. In a bowl, whisk together remaining ingredients [including the crushed sesame seeds]. Transfer beef into a large sealable freezer bag or container. Add marinade, press out excess air from bags, and seal. Turn bag over several times to ensure beef is evenly coated. Refrigerate for at least 4 hours but preferably overnight.
3. Heat gas or charcoal grill to medium-hot. Drain excess marinade off beef. Grill short ribs, turning once, to desired doneness, about 3 to 4 minutes per side. Garnish with thinly sliced green onions [and the teaspoon of toasted sesame seeds], if desired. Serve whole pieces as a main course or cut into smaller pieces, using kitchen shears, for a starter or party nibble.
|Video: Judiaann Woo shows Bobby Flay how to make Korean beef short ribs called kalbi|
|Green Peas: Healthy and Good for You|
|America's Test Kitchen Memphis Barbecued Ribs sliced|
|Dry Rub for America's Test Kitchen Memphis Style BBQ Ribs|
|Just added dry rub on your ribs.|
When you remove the ribs from the oven, your ribs should have a nice crisp bark on the outside while still being moist and tender on the inside due to the long smoking process on low heat. The bark on the surface and the juicy inside give a nice contrast to your ribs. No one likes tough ribs or any tough meat for that matter. In general it is quite easy to overcook meat, but luckily if you follow the steps from America's Test Kitchen you can achieve tender fall off the bone ribs for your outdoor party.
|Memphis Style BBQ Ribs ready to be sliced and eaten.|
- You don't need an expensive smoker to make this recipe. All you need is a regular Weber kettle grill and an oven.
- I like to use smoked paprika instead of sweet paprika because I like the additional smokiness of the smoked paprika better.
- Be sure to remember to remove the membrane of the ribs before applying the dry rub. Look up how to remove it if you don't know how.
1. Combine the dry rub ingredients in a ball. Place the racks on a rimmed baking sheet; firs, remove the thin membrane on the bottom side of the ribs and sprinkle the rub on both sides of each rack, rubbing and pressing to adhere. Set the racks aside while preparing the grill.
2. Soak the wood chips in water for 30 mins and drain. Combine the vineger and apple juice in a bowl; set aside. Open the top and bottom vents halfway and arrange 15 unlit charcoal briquettes evenly on one side of the grill. Place a 9x13in disposable aluminum pan filled with 1 inch of water on the other side of the grill. Light a large chimney starter filled one-third with charcoal (about 33 briquettes) and allow to burn until the coals are half coated with a thin layer of ash, about 15 min. Empty the coals into the grill on top of the unlit briquettes to cover half of the grill. Sprinkle the soaked wood chips over the coals. Set the cooking grate over the coals, cover the grill, and heat the grate until hot, about 5 min. Use a grill brush to scrape the cooking grate clean.
3. Place the ribs, meat side down, on the grate over the water pan. Cover the grill, positioning the top vent over the ribs to draw smoke through the grill. Cook the ribs 45 min, adjusting the vents to keep the temperature inside the grill around 250-275 degrees. Flip the ribs meat side up, turn 180 degrees, and switch their positions so that the rack that was nearest the fire is on the outside. Brush each rack with 2 tbsp of the apple juice mixture; cover the grill and cook another 45 min. About 15 mins before removing the ribs from the grill, adjust an oven rack to the middle position and heat the oven to 300 degrees.
4. Transfer the ribs, meat side up, to a wire rack set over a rimmed baking sheet; pour 1.5 cups water into the bottom of the baking sheet. Brush the top of each rack with 2 tbsp more apple juice mixture; roast 1 hr. Brush the ribs with remaining apple juice mixture and continue to roast until the meat is tender but not falling off the bone and the thickest part of the roast registers 195-200 degrees on a food thermometer. Transfer the ribs to a carving board, tent loosely with foil, and let rest 15 min. Cut the ribs between the bones to separate and serve.
|Video: Bridget Lancaster shows Chris Kimball how to properly make traditional Memphis style Barbecue Ribs on America's Test Kitchen|
|A typical Caesar salad you would see at home or at a restaurant|
|America's Test Kitchen Broiled Salmon with Mustard and Crisp Dilled Crust|
|Sockey salmon from Trader Joe's|
|Salmon seasoned with salt and pepper before adding the mustard, potato chip, and herb crust.|
|The crust to be added to your salmon: a mixture of potato chips, dill, toasted breadcrumbs|
|Broiled salmon meal with asparagus and white rice.|
- Use Sea Salt Kettle Chips and Grey Poupon Dijon mustard.
- Run your fingers along the edge of the fillet to find any bones to be removed.
- Depending on the size of your fillet, adjust the amount of time in the oven since you don't want your salmon to overcook and dry out.
- When your salmon is under the broiler, keep an eye on it to make sure the dill/mustard crust doesn't get burned.
- I cut the mustard from 3 tablespoons to 2 tablespoons.
1. Adjust one oven rack to the top position (about 3 in from the heat source) and the second rack to the upper-position; heat the oven to 400 degrees.
2. Pulse the bread in a food processor to fairly even 1/4 in. pieces about the size of Grape-Nuts cereal (about 1 cup), about ten pulses. Spread the crumbs evenly on a rimmed baking sheet; toast on the lower rack, shaking the pan once or twice, until golden brown and crisp, 4-5 min. Toss the dill, crushed potato chips, and bread crumbs together in a bowl and set aside.
3. Change the oven setting to broil. Cut a piece of heavy-duty foil 6 in. longer than the fillet. Fold the foil lengthwise in thirds and place lengthwise on a rimmed baking sheet; position the salmon lengthwise on the foil, allowing the excess foil to overhang the baking sheet. Rub the fillet evenly with the olive oil; sprinkle with pepper and salt. Broil the salmon on the upper rack until the surface is spotty brown and the outer half inch of the thick end is opaque when gently flaked with a paring knife, 9-11 min. [11 mins seemed to overcook the fish while 9-10 minutes seemed more appropriate]. Remove the baking sheet from the oven, spread the fish evenly with the Dijon mustard, and press the bread-crumb mixture onto the fish. Return the baking sheet to the lower oven rack and continue broiling until the crust is deep golden brown, about 1 min. longer.
4. Grasping the ends of the foil sling, lift the salmon, sling and all, onto a platter. Slide on offset spatula under the thick end. Grasp the foil, press the spatula against the foil, and slide it under the fish down to the thin end, loosening the entire side of fish. Grasp the foil again, hold the spatula perpendicular to the fish to stabilize it, and pull the foil out from under the fish. Wipe the platter clean with a damp paper towel. Serve salmon immediately. [All I do from this step is lift the sling/salmon and place them on the serving tray with the foil when serving to family (they don't mind the presentation)]
|Video: Julia Collin Davison shows Chris Kimball how to make Broiled Salmon with Mustard and Crisp Dilled Crust on America's Test Kitchen|
|Chocolate Chip Cookie Made from Scratch|
I know everyone has their favorite chocolate chip cookie recipe, and I'm not going to say that one is better than the other. In fact, there are just so many good recipes for chocolate chip cookies that it's nearly impossible to determine which one is the best. I personally like the thick and chewy chocolate chip cookie recipe from America's Test Kitchen (season 1, episode 10: Cookie Jar Classics) which is surprisingly similar to Jaay Dunlap's Best Ever Chocolate Chip Cookie recipe which appeared on JustBaking.net in November of 2006. With Valentine's Day about a week away, you can bake a batch of these thick and chewy chocolate chip cookies for your significant other. I know that's what I'd do for her. You can put them in a nice tin, tie a red ribbon or bow around it, and give it to her after your date night. I doubt shaping them into heart shaped cookies will work, so just shape them the way you normally would.
|Enjoy your freshly baked chocolate chip cookie with a glass of milk.|
|ATK Thick and Chewy (L) and Tollhouse frozen dough (R) baked under the same conditions.|
Now I've been baking for awhile now and I've made banana nut bread, apple turnovers, blueberry muffins, blueberry scones, focaccia bread, lemon bars, and chocolate cake, but I've never made cookies. Making the cookie dough is probably the easiest dough you'll ever have to make - you just mix everything together using a stand mixer. Sometimes I like to use 1 cup of bread flour and 1 cup of AP flour because the extra protein found in bread flour helps to develop more gluten which would make for an even chewier cookie. Experiment between using different ratios of all purpose and bread flour and see the differences and determine which works best for you.
|Use a stand or hand mixer to mix your cookie dough.|
|Your cookie dough should be very thick in texture.|
When you add the chocolate chips, don't mix it too much using the mixer. The mixer paddle will break up some of the chips, so just use the mixer for only a few seconds when incorporating the chocolate chips and mix the rest by hand. I also like adding a cup to a 2 cups of chopped walnuts to the cookie dough. The nuts tempers the sweetness from the sugar and chocolate chips.
I use a #16 (2.75 oz) scoop from Sur La Table (they have various sizes of scoops) and I level it off meaning that I only use enough cookie dough per cookie that would fit inside the actual ice cream scoop - nothing more. What you have is a half sphere of dough. I then shape it into a sphere. Most people at this point would place the ball of dough on the cookie sheet, but I don't. I squish the dough ball so that I have a disk of dough about a half inch thick (this method usually produces 2 dozen cookies that are about 3 inches in diameter from this recipe). What you get is a better shaped cookie that is consistently thick and even throughout the cookie. I find that cookies that come from a dough ball tend to be very "mound like" - very thick in the center and quite thin at the edges which causes uneven cooking in the oven.
|Use an ice cream scoop for uniform size cookies.|
|Most people form dough balls to make cookies.|
|But I prefer forming dough disks instead of balls when making chocolate chip cookies.|
Sometimes, I'll make the dough a day before baking and leave it in the refrigerator overnight (or sometimes anywhere from 24-36 hours) because a chilled dough will prevent a cookie from thinning out too much. That and it allows the flavors of the dough to come together and develop a more complex flavor profile. I also like using a pizza pan to bake the cookies because pizza pans tend to be very thin and heat up quickly. If you're using a thick baking sheet, it will take forever for the bottom and inside of the cookie to bake such that the top will be overdone before the center and bottom gets done.
|Chocolate Chip Cookies hot out of the oven and being cooled.|
Now I know it's very tempting to eat a cookie right out of the oven, but I implore you to avoid doing so. You have to let it cool. The reasons are twofold: first, the cookie will break apart. You have to allow the cookie to set which it will do in time. But even more importantly, you have to let it cool down to really enjoy your cookie. This sounds rather counter intuitive since it tastes the best when warm and fresh out of the oven right? Yes they do, BUT.......all chocolate chip cookies do - even the awful ones. When you eat a cookie right out of the oven, it's almost as if your taste buds are biased. The true test of the flavor of a chocolate chip cookie comes when it is cool. A really good cookie will still taste good when not warm. And a REALLY good chocolate chip cookie will still taste good a day after it's baked.
- Use Guittard or Ghirardelli (Guittard is better) semisweet chocolate chips. Please don't use M&M's...I cringe every time I see a chocolate chip cookie with M&M's instead of chocolate chips.
- Use a #2 scoop to portion out your dough and shape them into disks instead of spheres.
- A cup to 2 cups of chopped walnuts is optional and is added along with the flour.
- I use 1 tablespoon of vanilla instead of 2 teaspoons.
- I use dark brown sugar instead of light. Dark brown sugar gives a greater depth of flavor than light brown sugar and supposedly it makes for a chewier cookie.
- Use a thin cookie sheet. Don't use anything too thick since it'll take longer to heat up and for your cookies to properly bake.
- Enjoy these cookies with a tall glass of milk or perhaps coffee with dessert.
|Cook up some romance on Valentine's Day with these chocolate chip cookies...Enjoy!|
1. Adjust the oven racks to the lower-middle and upper-middle positions and preheat the oven to 325°F. Line 2 large baking sheets with parchment paper.
2. Whisk the baking soda, salt, and flour in a bowl and set aside. [I sift these ingredients]
3. In a standing mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat the (melted) butter and sugars at medium speed until smooth, about 1 min. Add the vanilla, egg, and egg yolk and beat on medium to low speed until fully incorporated, about 30 seconds, scraping down the bowl and beater as needed with a rubber spatula. Add the dry ingredients (and chopped walnuts) and mix on low until combined, about 30 seconds. Mix in the chocolate chips until just incorporated.
4. Divide the dough into 18 portions, each about half a cup, and roll them between your hands into balls. Holding one dough ball with your fingers, pull the dough apart into 2 equal halves. Rotate the halves 90 degrees and, with the jagged surfaces facing up, join the halves together at their base, again forming a single ball, being careful not to smooth the dough's uneven surface. Place the cookies on the baking sheets, spacing them about 2.5 inches apart.
5. Bake until the cookies are light golden brown and the edges start to harden but the centers are puffy and still soft, 15-18 mins [every oven is different but it took me 18 mins], switching and rotating the baking sheets halfway through the baking time. Allow the cookies to cool.
|Video: America's Test Kitchen version of a Thick and Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookie|
|The Symbol of Seattle: the Very Iconic Space Needle|
|Seattle's Famous Pike Place Market|
|Pike Place Fish Co. known for hurling fish|
|Pike Place Market in Seattle|
|The Ghost Tour takes you through Pike Place Market after closing.|
|The very first Starbucks in Seattle. Note the different logo of the mermaid.|
|The inside of the original Starbucks that started it all.|
|A souvenir from the first Starbucks.||A sign from when the first Starbucks opened (Museum of History and Industry)|
|Fans walking to CenturyLink Field to watch the Seahawks play the New Orleans Saints in the NFC Divisional Playoffs.|
|Seattle's Monorail built in 1962 for the World's Fair|
|Buffalo Wings is to the Super Bowl as Turkey is to Thanksgiving|
Now, let's be realistic, buffalo wings aren't exactly the healthiest food you can eat and I never really understood why carrot and celery sticks were always paired with buffalo wings. Is it just for decoration? I don't know. This is a Super Bowl party. We're eating wings, pizza, fries, nachos, and anything that is remotely unhealthy, so there's no room in my stomach for veggies unless it's guacamole, salsa, or onion rings. If you need vegetables to help you feel less guilty, then by all means include them. I always discard the celery and carrot sticks whenever I order buffalo wings at a restaurant anyway, so I don't even bother serving them whenever I make these wings for my guests. I do, however, make the blue cheese dressing though. I find that the dairy goes well with the spiciness of the buffalo wings when you use it as a dipping sauce for your wings - the dressing really does complement the wings. I've used the dressing as a condiment for chicken nuggets, fries, and even as a spread for a burger or sandwich. The recipe for that is below as well. If you don't feel like making the blue cheese dipping sauce, I sometimes use ranch dressing. You can just use a bottle of your favorite store bought ranch dressing as a dipping sauce instead of the blue cheese. Or better yet, you can give your guests a variety of dipping sauces to choose from: blue cheese, ranch, ketchup, and even honey mustard.
- I don't bother serving the buffalo wings with celery and carrots. I do, however, like making the blue cheese dressing as a dipping sauce for the wings or use any store bought ranch dressing instead.
- If you don't have Frank's RedHot Hot Sauce, you can always use Crystal Hot Sauce which tastes the same to me.
- Adjust the amount of heat by the amount of Tobasco you use in the buffalo wing sauce. I like my wings on the milder side (unlike Wingstop's Atomic chicken wings) but with a little bit of heat enough to make your nose run a little but not to the point where your chugging a glass of water for every wing eaten.
- Feel free to use the blue cheese dressing for other food like French fries, chicken nuggets, or as a spread for your sandwich or hamburger.
- Have plenty of paper towels for your guests because these buffalo wings are finger-licking good! This is definitely a worthwhile Super Bowl recipe for your gameday party.
1. For the Sauce: Melt butter in small saucepan over low heat. Whisk in vineger, brown sugars, and hot sauces until combined. Remove from heat and set aside.
2. For the Wings: Preheat oven to 200 degrees. Line baking sheet with paper towels. Heat 2 1/2 inches of oil in large Dutch oven [dutch oven is good because it holds heat really well] over medium-high heat to 360 degrees. While oil heats, mix together salt, black pepper, cayenne, salt, and cornstarch in small bowl. Dry chicken with paper towels and place pieces in large mixing bowl. Sprinkle spice mixture over wings and toss with rubber spatula until evenly coated. Fry half of chicken wings until golden and crisp, 10 to 15 mins. With slotted spoon, transfer fried chicken wings to baking sheet. Keep first batch of chicken warm in oven while frying remaining wings.
3. For the Creamy Blue Cheese Dressing and Vegetables: Mash blue cheese and buttermilk in small bowl with fork until mixture resembles cottage cheese with small curds. Stir in cider vinegar, mayo, and sour cream. Taste and adjust seasoning with pepper and salt. Can be covered and refrigerated up to 4 days.
4. To Serve: Pour sauce mixture into large bowl, add chicken wings, and toss until wings are evenly coated. Serve immediately with the celery and carrot sticks [I didn't bother including the vegetables] and blue cheese dressing on side.
5. To Make Ahead: The fried, unsauced wings can be kept warm in the oven for up to 1 1/2 hrs. Toss them with the sauce just before serving.
|Video: America's Test Kitchen Buffalo Wings for your Super Bowl party|
|America's Test Kitchen Beef Empanadas out of the oven|
Also, in regards to the dough, you can easily find the masa harina at your local grocery store. I've never heard of it prior to making this recipe, so I thought I had to go to some specialty store to buy some until I found it in the baking aisle next to all the other flours at my local store. You may also be able to find it in the international aisle of your local grocery store. I think it's common enough that you can find it mostly anywhere and you don't have to go out of your way looking for it.
What also makes this recipe easy is the fact that you don't have to deep fry it. Don't get me wrong...frying it in oil definitely makes it taste good, but baking it in the oven is healthier. Furthermore, frying it does take more work and it can get messy as well. Popping it in the oven does make it easier though and less greasy. When I decide to make these empanadas either as an appetizer or tapas, I like to make smaller empanadas. Instead of making a dozen empanadas, sometimes I'll just make 18 smaller ones.
|Beef Empanadas crimped with roped edges.|
1. FOR THE FILLING: Process bread and 2 tbsp chicken broth in food processor until paste forms, about 5 seconds, scraping down sides of bowl as necessary. Add beef, ½ tsp pepper, and ¾ tsp salt and pulse until mixture is well combined, six to eight 1-second pulses.
2. Heat oil in 12-inch nonstick skillet over medium-high heat until shimmering. Add onions and cook, stirring frequently, until beginning to brown, about 5 min. Stir in cloves, garlic, cayenne, cumin; cook until fragrant, about 1 min. Add beef mixture and cook, breaking meat into 1-inch pieces with wooden spoon, until browned, about 7 min. Add remaining ½ cup chicken broth and simmer until mixture is moist but not wet, 3 to 5 min. Transfer mixture to bowl and cool 10 min. Stir in eggs, vineger, olives, raisins, and cilantro [I left out the raisins and olives]. Season with pepper and salt to taste and refrigerate until cool, about 1 hr. (Filling can be refrigerated for up to 2 days.)
3. FOR THE DOUGH: Process masa harina, 1 cup flour, salt, and sugar in food processor until combined, about two 1-second pulses. Add butter and process until homogeneous and dough resembles wet sand, about 10 seconds. Add remaining 2 cups flour and pulse until mixture is evenly distributed around bowl, 4 to 6 quick pulses. Empty mixture into large bowl.
4. Sprinkle tequila or vodka and water over mixture. Using hands, mix dough until it forms tacky mass that sticks together. Divide dough in half, then divide each half into 6 equal pieces. Transfer dough pieces to plate, cover with plastic wrap, and refrigerate until firm, about 45 minutes or up to 2 days.
5. TO ASSEMBLE: Adjust oven racks to upper- and lower-middle positions, place 1 baking sheet on each rack, and heat oven to 425 degrees. While baking sheets are preheating, remove dough from refrigerator. Roll each dough piece out on lightly floured work surface into 6-in circle about ⅛ inch thick, covering each dough round with plastic wrap while rolling remaining dough. Place about 1/3 cup filling in center of each dough round. Brush edges of dough with water and fold dough over filling. Trim any ragged edges. Press edges to seal. Crimp edges of empanadas using fork.
6. TO BAKE: Drizzle 2 tbsp oil over surface of each hot baking sheet, then return to oven for 2 minutes. Brush empanadas with remaining tbsp oil. Carefully place 6 empanadas on each baking sheet and cook until well browned and crisp, 25 to 30 min, rotating baking sheets front to back and top to bottom halfway through baking. Cool empanadas on wire rack 10 min and serve.
|Video: watch how to make the recipe for Beef Empanadas|
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