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Party Fare—Fresh Spinach & Artichoke Filling in Crispy Wonton Cups Party Fare—Fresh Spinach & Artichoke Filling in Crispy Wonton Cups By Cooking with Barry & Meta 07/22/14 04:05 I love both the flavors + the crisp crunch paired with the creamy goodness of these yummy appetizers. Both the filling and cups can be made ahead. Just fill the wonton cups right before your guests arrive. Since the cups are crisp, they hold up well without...
You can’t believe how fast it disappears! — jazzabell . . . very spicy and incredible You can’t believe how fast it disappears! — jazzabell . . . very spicy and incredible By Cooking with Barry & Meta 07/20/14 17:07 Barry loves this sweet and spicy sauce. He first tasted it at a friend’s home and went on about it so much that she often makes a batch just for him. Research indicates that this sauce (also referred to as Jezebel) was a Southern staple back in the 50s...
Adding a few more layers of flavor to . . .Layered Dip + Barry's Home-fried Corn Chips Adding a few more layers of flavor to . . .Layered Dip + Barry's Home-fried Corn Chips By Cooking with Barry & Meta 07/19/14 07:27 A tomato rose garnishes this old favorite! There’s nothing new or mysterous about this old favorite that is always first to go at parties. However, I’ve made a few changes adding to the layers of flavor already included in this dip. First—I heat the beans...
Zucchini Quest continues w/ delicious cream of zucchini soup Zucchini Quest continues w/ delicious cream of zucchini soup By Cooking with Barry & Meta 07/13/14 21:30 Delicious! This is a simple soup that is full of flavor. I used fresh herbs for added flavor but dried herbs could also be used, or seasoning could be varied. We had the warm soup with a sandwich and sliced tomatoes for a light and very delicious lunch....
On a Zucchini Quest — Zucchini Lasagna On a Zucchini Quest — Zucchini Lasagna By Cooking with Barry & Meta 07/11/14 02:40 With loads of zucchini, I am on a zucchini quest. Today it is zucchini lasagna which I sliced thin (a mandoline is a must) and grilled in order to remove excess moisture. Using zucchini instead of noodles means that this dish is loaded with veggies and...
No-Knead Walnut-Rosemary Bread - easy, healthy No-Knead Walnut-Rosemary Bread - easy, healthy By Cooking with Barry & Meta 07/10/14 05:02 This is a variation of a no-knead, slow-rise, no-fuss bread created by Jim Lahey, founder of Sullivan Street Bakery in New York. His ideas about bread making toss traditional thinking aside, and have spawned a lots of variations and adaptations. Cool water,...
Pickled Cucumber Salad – it lasts all summer Pickled Cucumber Salad – it lasts all summer By Cooking with Barry & Meta 07/04/14 04:19 A summer salad that could last all summer! As the vegetables begin to diminish, add fresh ones to the pickling juice. Pickled Cucumber Salad Makes 1 quart 4 small to medium cucumbers, thinly sliced ½ of a large red onion or 1 small, thinly sliced 1 medium...
Sugar, spice, dried fruit and nuts — Sourdough Sweet ‘n Spicy Bread + Quick Overnight Sourdough Starter Sugar, spice, dried fruit and nuts — Sourdough Sweet ‘n Spicy Bread + Quick Overnight Sourdough Starter By Cooking with Barry & Meta 07/01/14 16:33 I always keep sourdough starter in the fridge (made from yeast – see recipe below), and usually make sourdough French bread. But every once in awhile, I make this breakfast bread which is great for toast. It is a recipe I adapted years ago and it remains...
Mediterranean Fish with tomatoes, olives & capers — tasty, healthy, simple & quick Mediterranean Fish with tomatoes, olives & capers — tasty, healthy, simple & quick By Cooking with Barry & Meta 06/30/14 16:37 Mediterranean flavors combine in a tasty, healthy, simple and quick sauce that is a perfect compliment to mild white fish. We served it over quinoa, but orzo or rice would also be great accompaniments. Mediterranean Fish with Tomatoes, Olives & Capers 3...
No soaking or precooking required! Crock Pot Red Beans and Rice No soaking or precooking required! Crock Pot Red Beans and Rice By Cooking with Barry & Meta 06/25/14 00:32 Add dry bean to the slow cooked and cook in water without soaking or even a quick cook! I couldn’t believe this would really work, but just check out the photos below! So easy—just dump and the crock pot really does the rest! The recipe below makes a really...
Sarah Mullins’ Reinventing Zucchini Bread from cook’s illustrated Sarah Mullins’ Reinventing Zucchini Bread from cook’s illustrated By Cooking with Barry & Meta 06/22/14 20:39 Ever since our July-August 2014 issue of COOK’S ILLUSTRATED arrived a couple of weeks ago I’ve been checking our zucchini plant. Finally, last evening Barry brought in our first crop . . . and I grabbed the magazine so I could try out Sarah Mullins’ Zucchini...
Petite Chick Pea Steaks (Falafel) served w/ Kale Salad & Cucumber Sauce Petite Chick Pea Steaks (Falafel) served w/ Kale Salad & Cucumber Sauce By Cooking with Barry & Meta 06/22/14 02:21 Crispy and delicious, this Middle Eastern dish traditionally referred to as Falafel, is made from chick peas (garbanzo beans) that are seasoned with lots of spices and lightly fried. Cucumber Sauce (Tzatziki) cools and refreshes the palate while providing...
French Toast Soufflé for 2 French Toast Soufflé for 2 By Cooking with Barry & Meta 06/19/14 06:14 French Toast Soufflé is something a little different for breakfast or brunch. I made it for two but, of course, you can double the recipe and make the soufflé for four if you prefer . . . or increase to serve six, or even eight. This recipe just happened...
Simple Bolognese Sauce Simple Bolognese Sauce By Cooking with Barry & Meta 06/18/14 01:20 Genuine ragù alla bolognese is a slowly cooked sauce, and its preparation involves several techniques, including sweating, sauéíng and braising. Traditional ingredients include a soffritto of onion, celery and carrot, different types of minced or finely...
Garden Kale goes into summer soup pot — Kale, Chicken & Orzo Soup Garden Kale goes into summer soup pot — Kale, Chicken & Orzo Soup By Cooking with Barry & Meta 06/16/14 00:18 Our row of garden-fresh kale was calling to me. Barry had a container of already sautéed onions and peppers in the fridge, and there was cooked chicken available as well . . . so I turned it all into . . . Kale, Chicken & Orzo Soup Olive oil ½ of an onion,...
Fried Chicken Salad on Pecan-Maple Waffles, or use to top crackers or Fried Chicken Salad on Pecan-Maple Waffles, or use to top crackers or By Cooking with Barry & Meta 06/13/14 01:25 Hmmm, what to do with two leftover fried chicken breasts? Yes, we like cold chicken but I was dying to try fried chicken salad, and even more intrigued to serve it on a waffle. I’ve yet to eat fried chicken and waffles so thought this was a chance to combine...
One of the best appetizers ever — Mushroom Sandwiches One of the best appetizers ever — Mushroom Sandwiches By Cooking with Barry & Meta 06/11/14 02:29 With an excess of mushrooms on hand, I dug out this old recipe that I hadn’t made for awhile. It’s a bit of work but since I opt for the Make Ahead section of the recipe, it means that I have Mushroom Sandwiches ready to heat and eat . . . at the drop of...
Dairy free, contains no wheat or soy - Double Dark Chocolate Granola Bar Cookies Dairy free, contains no wheat or soy - Double Dark Chocolate Granola Bar Cookies By Cooking with Barry & Meta 06/10/14 00:45 Finally, a homemade granola bar that actually sticks together! It’s also dairy free and contains no wheat or soy products. While the peanut butter, cocoa and chocolate chips do contain fat, there are no other added fats in this recipe. For those with a...
Root Beer—Really? Slow Cooker (Root Beer) Pork Root Beer—Really? Slow Cooker (Root Beer) Pork By Cooking with Barry & Meta 06/06/14 15:35 Arrived home to a wonderful aroma today. Thought Barry would grill or roast the lone pork tenderloin that we had thawed. Instead, on the advice of a friend, he slow cooked it in a can of root beer. Thought it a little odd at first . . . but it was delicious....
Kids in the Kitchen -- Fruit Palm Tree & Yummy Yogurt Dip Kids in the Kitchen -- Fruit Palm Tree & Yummy Yogurt Dip By Cooking with Barry & Meta 06/03/14 01:14 Today was the Kids in the Kitchen summer cooking class set up through Abilene Parks and Recreation. In addition to a variety of tortilla based dishes, the kids also played with their fruit -- their variation of the fruit palm tree is on the right. The original...
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