Jan 142013
 


I wanted to make these biscuit for a while since I tasted in a local restaurant. I searched the internet for the recipes and ended up collecting lots of them. After reading a few of them, I decided to do my usual mix and match…

These biscuits are very simple to make, somehow bacon, cheddar and chives go very well together. In this recipe, I used the bacon bits that I had made and stored in the freezer, which is very practical. Actually I cut the bacon in small pieces and let it fry in medium-low heat at the stove attached to the BBQ.  It is convenient and I do not have the whole house smelling grease. Once the bacon bits are golden brown,  I scooped them to a paper towel, let the paper absorb the excessive fat and stored in an air tight container in the freezer. Every time  I want to enhance dishes or when the recipe calls for bacon bits, I am ready for it without much fuss.

Ingredients:

¼ cup of bacon bits
1¼ cup bread flour
½ tablespoon baking powder
½ teaspoon baking soda
1 stick of butter divided into 3 small pieces
¾ cup cheddar cheese
¼ cup of finely chopped chives
½ cup of buttermilk (½ tablespoon of lemon juice and milk enough to make ½ cup)
Pinch of salt

Method:

Pre-heat oven to 400F and prepare the baking sheet by lining the parchment paper or the silicone mat.

In the food processor, add the flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt and the butter. Pulse a few times until the butter incorporates into the flour but still in little chunks, kind of grainy.

Place the flour mix into a bowl and add the cheddar, bacon and chive. Mix gently, add the buttermilk. Mix until a ball forms.

Make small balls and bake in a pre-heated oven for approximately 20 minutes until golden brown. Remove from the oven and serve warm.

Curiosity Corner Jan 2013
Did you know that” biscuit” term can also be used as a baked product which is hard and crispy?

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Jul 092012
 

I hope you all had a great weekend. After celebrating July 4th with lots of BBQ I thought that sharing this simple dish would be appropriate 🙂

This is a simple recipe for a side dish that you can prepare…and in no time…I used a mandolin to slice the zucchini to have them like a ribbon. After that you just need 1 ingredient…bacon, or 3 if you count the salt and pepper 🙂

I took the freedom to add bacon to the zucchini…since zucchini is mild in flavor and is very low in calorie…good excuse to add bacon 😉

Ingredients:

2 zucchini
2 to 3 slices of bacon, cut into small pieces
Salt and pepper to taste

Method:

Wash the zucchini and cut both ends. Slice the zucchini with the mandolin into thin slice length-wise.
Sauteé the bacon in a medium heat, until crispy. Add the zucchini, mix gently until slightly soft, add pepper and salt to taste. I added very little salt since the bacon is pretty salty.
Ready to serve.

Curiosity Corner Jan 2013
Did you know that zucchini is a summer squash in spite of being found year round? Zucchini is very low in calorie and contain high levels of beta-carotene.

I could not leave this pictures out…the Mountain Resort at Chengde was amazing, the scenery was just breathtaking…I hope you enjoy the pictures.

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Feb 272012
 

Roasted Brussels sprouts

I was introduced to Brussels sprouts just recently. Since my husband did not like Brussels sprout I avoided buying them until I read many articles about the health benefit of this little cabbages look alike vegetable.

My husband had a “trauma” with Brussels sprouts because his mom forced him to eat them when he was little and he told me that he would hide the sprouts in his pockets when she was not looking…so just the words “Brussels sprout” will bring him chills…well, I came to the picture and insisted that he should give the sprouts another chance…and try it out again. But before serving the Brussels sprouts I even made him promise that if he did not like them I would not insist and that I would be very upset if I end up finding Brussels sprouts when doing laundry.

To make the long story short…he agreed to try and for my and his surprise, he liked it!!!! I started with this very simple and easy recipe since I did not want to spend too much effort and time until I find out what would be his response to it. Since then, I have made many different dishes by incorporating Brussels sprouts, but let’s start from this one…

Ingredients:

1 – 1 ½ lb Brussels sprouts washed and cut in half
1 small onion thinly sliced
2 – 3 garlic cloves, finely chopped
1 ½ tablespoon olive oil
Salt and pepper to taste
3 tablespoon of thinly cut toasted bacon

Method:

In a bowl add the Brussels sprouts, onion, garlic, olive oil salt and pepper. Toss gently and spread in a oven safe tray.

Bake the Brussels sprouts for 35 minutes at 375 degrees.

Toss the bacon bits and bake for another 5 minutes.

Remove from the oven and serve.

If you dislike Brussels sprout you may want to give this simple recipe a try.

You might want to check out this others side dish like Asian cucumber salad or sauteé spinach with or without bacon.

Curiosity Corner Jan 2013
Did you know that Brussels sprout when overcook releases a sulphurous odor (rotten egg)? One of the reason that many people dislike Brussels sprouts. Nevertheless they are rich in vitamin A, vitamin C and high in dietary fiber.

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Jul 252011
 

Pao de queijo with bacon

A while ago, I posted a recipe for “mochi cheese balls”, which uses only Parmesan cheese. I adapted the previous recipe by adding Muenster cheese, which give the cheese balls more color and a softer texture due to the melted Muenster cheese. Moreover, bacon bites were added, so you can imagine the taste of these cheese balls. This is a very easy and simple recipe, whenever you want to enjoy a tasty snack or complement a meal, just place these frozen cheese balls in a pre-heated oven for about 25 ~ 30 minutes at 275F and you are ready to receive compliments.

Ingredients:

1 ½ cup tapioca flour
1 ½ cup glutinous rice flour
4 eggs
1 cup water
½ cup vegetable oil
1 ½ teaspoon salt
1 ½ cup chopped Muenster cheese
½ cup Parmesan cheese
¾ cup bacon bits

Method:

In a small pan add water, oil and salt, bring to boil and carefully add to the tapioca and glutinous rice flour. Mix gently until you can manage with your hands (be careful it is very hot). Alternatively add the eggs, the Muenster cheese and the Parmesan cheese until a dough is formed. Add the bacon bits (check the recipe here) and mix until the bacon is well incorporated to the dough. Make small balls (you can freeze at this point if you desire), bake for 20 to 25 minutes at 275F. Serve warm. Makes approximately 50 to 60 cheese balls.

Curiosity Corner Jan 2013
Did you know that Muenster cheese was originally made by Benedictine monks in France? In US, this cheese in mainly used melted since it melts easily over low heat. Therefore used in grilled sandwich and hamburger.

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Sep 142009
 

Bacon? Who does not like bacon? Anyway, this easy and simple chicken dish is enriched with bacon flavor. Do not add any other oil, since the bacon contains enough oil for the cooking.

Ingredients:

5 chicken drumsticks
1 small onion chopped
2 slices of bacon cut in small pieces
2 garlic cloves
1 cup frozen mixed bell pepper
Salt and pepper to taste

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Method:

In a medium pan over medium heat fry the bacon, until crispy, add the onion and let it caramelized.

Add the chicken and let it brown both sides of the drumsticks.

Add ½ cup of water, salt, pepper and lower the heat. Let it cook for approximately 8 to 10 minutes, or until the water is around half of the initial volume (thick sauce).

Add the frozen mixed bell peppers and increase the heat.

Let it cook until the peppers are soft for another 3 to 4 minutes.

Serve over white rice.

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Jun 082009
 

This is a great for appetizer, it is simple and have a great presentation…your guests will love it! I do not add salt in the shrimp since the bacon is usually salty. It is a great combination of flavors.

Ingredients:

16 medium to large size shrimps, cleaned.
2 tablespoon green onion finely chopped
¼ teaspoon paprika
8 bacon strips cut in half

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Preparation:

In a bowl combine all the ingredients except for the bacon. Wrap shrimp with the bacon and use a toothpick to secure. Heat a fry pan and gently add the shrimps. Let it brown one side then gently flip to the other side until both sides are brown. Serve it hot or warm.

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Did you know that bacon bits can be made from soy? Bacon bits can be made from small pieces of bacon or from textures vegetable protein (also known as soy meat) with artificial flavor to mimic bacon.

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