Tuesday, February 8, 2011

eat at home

tonight's dinner is sponsored by what we already had in the fridge and a couple of items from trader joes.   making food at home is not only MUCH more affordable but you also get tasty leftovers (there's only 2 of us) for the next day's lunch.  first up:

3 Cheese Pear Onion Focaccia
1 package whole wheat pizza dough (trader joes)
1 apple, cut in thin slices
1 yellow onion, thinly sliced
aprox 1 1/2 c. sharp cheese (you could use one, two, three...whatever floats your boat.)
         *i used a combo of sheep feta, drunken goat and aged english cheddar...leftover from superbowl
3 T. olive oil
chili flakes to taste
3 in. sprig of fresh thyme (growing on my balcony)

-oil a large baking sheet with 1 T. of olive oil and spread around with hands until totally covered.
-with hands, work pizza dough into about a 12-in. circle
-saute onions with remaining olive oil until onions are caramelized and light brown
-arranged sliced apples on dough, add onions evenly, distribute cheese and top with chili flakes and thyme leaves
-bake in a pre-heated 450* oven for 20 min


 next up:

"Cream" of Broccoli Soup
this recipe has been floating around my house since i was a kid.  always a go-to winner and perfect for a fall/winter night when it's cold and broccoli is in season.  i've altered it a bit to make it a bit more waist friendly.  
1 lg head of organic broccoli, chopped into pieces
1/2 white onion
3 c. vegetable stock (i prefer to use better than bouillon if i don't have homemade)
1 t. curry powder
1/2 t. fresh ground pepper
1/4 t. mustard powder
1/2 c. milk (whole, low-fat....just no non-fat)
1T. flour
1 T. butter
lemon wedges

-in a large saucepan, cook the broccoli, onion and vegetable stock until broccoli is fork tender.
-removed from heat and blend with a hand held blender (LOVE mine) or in your classic blender. *be careful since contents are hot.  do not over fill your blender as hot liquid will blow out)
-return contents to saucepan and add spices and butter.  bring back to a simmer
-in a small jar with a lid (or a bowl with a fork) mix the milk and flour well.
-add milk/flour mixture and cook on low for about another 5 min, stirring often.

wa-la!  serve with a squeeze of lemon and you have yourself a fine meal.

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