Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Sweet Cornbread Recipe

Last night I was in the mood for a sweet moist cornbread. My usual cornbread is the rather dry and not too sweet version on the back of the Quaker Yellow Cornmeal box. That version works well for breakfast with syrup, but isn't great for a side of chili. I threw a pot of chicken chili on the stove to simmer and started searching the internet for a recipe. The recipe I found on Allrecipes.com Grandmothers Buttermilk Cornbread Recipe  was perfect. It has a sweet corn flavor and is very moist.  It's almost like a cake and certainly would be too sweet with syrup.

Grandmother's Buttermilk Cornbread Recipe
1/2 cup Butter (2 sticks, unsalted)
2/3 cup Sugar (granulated, white)
2 Large Eggs
1 cup Buttermilk
1/2 teaspoon Baking Soda
1 cup Cornmeal
1 cup all-purpose Flour
1/2 teaspoon Salt (I used Sea Salt, which is a bit less intense than regular salt)

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
Grease an 8 x 11.5 pan (original recipe calls for an 8x8).

Melt butter. Whisk together butter, sugar, eggs, buttermilk, and baking soda.
Sift together cornmeal, flour, and salt.  Add dry and wet ingredients and mix well. The batter will be pretty runny. Pour it into the prepared pan.

Bake 25-30 minutes (30-40 min if 8x8 pan used) until slightly browned on top and toothpick comes out clean. Serve warm or cooled.

Monday, April 4, 2011

Veggie Wrap Recipe

Who doesn't hate dieting? I find it impossible. And I greatly regret having to talk about it on a food blog! So, let's focus on the positive, I do love veggies.  Let's hope today's veggie wrap gets the numbers on the scale going in the right direction!!!

FriendlyFork Veggie Wrap Recipe
1 large Tortilla (I use spinach tortillas)
1 Tablespoon Hummus
2 slices Tomato, sliced and halved
3 Mushrooms, sliced
1 sliver of Sweet Onion
5 Greek Olives, pitted and chopped coarsely
2-3 fresh Basil leaves
2 sprigs Cilantro
1 Roasted Red Pepper, sliced
1 large handful of fresh Spinach, Arugula, or Lettuce
drizzle of your favorite Vinagrette dressing
a few drops of Siracha or Tabasco (optional)
Black Pepper

Spread hummus down the center of the tortilla leaving about 2 inches free on one end to fold up later.  layer the ingredients in the order listed making sure to leave 2 inches on the end free and one side of the tortilla clean as well. Start wrapping by turning of the 2inches at the end, then grip the full side of the tortilla and roll it toward the clean side of the tortilla. Place seem side down until ready to eat.


Picadillo Recipe

Last night's picadillo got rave reviews from the family.  Here's the recipe:

FriendlyFork Cuban Picadillo Recipe
1 1/2 lb. Ground Round Beef
1/4 medium Sweet Onion, diced
1/4 Green Bell Pepper, diced
2 cloves Garlic, minced
2 teaspoons Ground Cumin
1/2 teaspoon Oregano
1 Bay Leaf
1/2 cup Tomato Sauce
1 Tablespoon Cider Vinegar
1 pinch Sugar
Water, beer, or beef stock

1-2 Tablespoons Capers
1/4 cup Raisins
1/4 cup Green Olives, sliced in rings, or chopped (optional)
1 extra large Beef Bouillon cube (or replace water with 1 cup of beef broth)
2 Tablespoons Cilantro, minced

Brown ground beef in dry skillet over medium high heat. Do not drain. Push meat to the side, turn heat to medium, and add the onions to the empty side of the pan. After about 1 minute, add diced pepper. Cook until pepper is soft and onions are translucent. Add minced garlic and cook for a minute. Then mix the meat and veggies together in the pan.

Add cumin, oregano, bay leaf, tomato sauce, vinegar, and sugar. Add water, beer, or beef stock to the level of the beef (so everything is moist, in the liquid, but it is not soupy). It should be about a cup, but will depend on your pan. Add capers, raisins, olives, and bouillon. Cover and simmer on medium for 10-15 minutes. Add salt and pepper to taste. Stir in cilantro.

Serve over white rice with a side of sweet plantains and a salad.