Sunday, July 24, 2011

Norwegian Krumkake






Norwegian Krumkake is a thin Norwegian waffle cookie that is often rolled in to a cone and filled with cream or fruit. It is popular any time of the year, but it is most traditionally known as a Christmas dish. These cookies are not only popular in Norway, but around the world where Norwegians have migrated to.

In Norway, krum means “bent,” while kake means “cake.” So I made a bent cake! Even though it is more of a cookie or crisp waffle.

Norwegian Krumkake is made in a decorative two-sided iron griddle. I got mine from NordicWare, and ordered it right off of their website www.nordicware.com

Now there are a ton of varied recipes online, but I used the one that came with my griddle. They turned out great!

Norwegian Krumkake Recipe

INGREDIENTS

2 eggs
1 cup sugar
½ cup softened butter
1 teaspoon of cardamom
1-1/2 cup flour
1 scant cup of milk

PROCESS
Beat eggs well, add sugar, butter and cardamom,
Beat well
Then add milk and flour alternating and beat until smooth
Heat Griddle over medium heat on your stovetop
Add about 1 Tablespoon of batter to hot griddle and close.
Hold griddle closed for about 10-18 seconds
Then flip griddle over
Remove from griddle after a golden brown is achieved.
Roll with your rolling cone and let cool.
Fill or not fill – it’s up you!

NOTE: I subbed Vanilla for cardamom and only made a ½ batch for my first attempt.

My family absolutely loved this! Your will too!

Get your Griddle at
NordicWare
www.nordicware.com

Thursday, March 31, 2011

SodaStream



In the last month I have started a series of DYI projects. I have started growing mushrooms in my basement. I have a batch of home-made wine brewing. I am starting a garden and have many others in store for you. Over this period of time, we have made a concise decision to make healthier choices in our everyday eating. Now don't get me wrong, we still enjoy all the great comfort food that you have seen me make on this site, but we do that more on the weekends and try to eat a little healthier during the week. My latest DYI adventure is to make homemade sodas and flavored waters. Well I found a great little kit from the folks at SodaStream. We recently got the JET model soda maker from SodaStream. This has been a great addition to our kitchen. If you looking for a long tedious project this is not for you. If you are looking for an easy, inexpensive way to made homemade sodas and flavored waters for you family, this is is! It is FAST - EASY AND FUN!

The SodaStream is a great investment in your families health. You can make great tasting sodas with less sugar and additive than the store bought colas and at just a portion of the cost. Now I know what you are thinking. Your thinking it won't taste as good. Your right it taste better! My kids love the taste, I have actually set a bottle of a major brand cola and a bottle of the SodaStream cola next to each other on the table and told them to pick which one they wanted a glass of - and they picked the SodaStream! We have not bought pop at the store in over a month! The nice thing is they like it and it is better for them!

Now many people like the very distinct taste of the brand of cola they have been drinking for years. SodaStream has many flavors with comparable taste. In fact it is noted on the bottle of the mixes. You can get over a dozen different flavor of soda, plus tea's, tea's, tonic water, seltzer and energy drinks. They also have a series of flavored waters, that have a great light taste!

OK - now your thinking this is going to be a really expensive project. Wrong again! Number 1 - Chef Dad lives on a tight budget, so if this was going to be an expensive toy, I would not have it! Number two I ran the numbers! Say you buy a 1 liter bottle of name brand cola at the store, every week for 2 years and it cost you about $1.79 per bottle. Over a 2 year period it will cost you a total of $186.16. If you purchase a SodaStream kit for about $79 and make a two half liters every week for 2 years! It will cost you about $146 for 2 years worth of soda. That includes the cost of your machine, your flavor mix and carbonation! Then your saving will grow even further after the cost of the machine is absorbed! With the state of the economy these days, I love to find products like the SodaStream, I want to save money and provide healthier, tastier food for my family!

Now let me tell you how easy this is, all you need to make these great drinks at home is - a SodaStream fountain, cold tap water, SodaStream flavor mix and 45 seconds! To see just how easy this is. check out this video!

Unlike the national brands that come in liter bottles and often go flat before you finish them. The SodaStream is made in a 1/2 liter bottle and you can make any flavor you want in a smaller batch! My kids love the Rootbeer, my wife likes the flavored waters and I have on of the Energy Drinks before every workout! 3 small bottles, 3 flavors and no waste! I highly recommend this to all families!

So how do you get one? You can order one online right from SodaStream at www.sodastreamusa.com. You can get them nationally at Bed Bath and Beyond, they have had them in their ad lately! For all my folks here in Omaha, you can get them at the Afternoon Stores! We ever you go - Tell them Chef Dad Omaha sent you!
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Saturday, March 19, 2011

Dark Chocolate Covered Coffee Beans

I like my coffee! and if I am going to eat chocolate, its got to be dark chocolate.
Several years ago I bought some chocolate covered coffee beans from a candy vendor that stopped in to my office. These things were awesome! I chowed that bag down in a few days. Well shortly after that I left that job and was not able to track down that candy vendor.
So after getting a bag of some Eight O'Clock Bokar Coffee Beans, I decided to try and make my own. So I did! Well they didn't look as pretty as the one's I got from the candy vendor, but they tasted even better!

INGREDIENTS
1 Cup of your favorite roasted coffee bean (I used Eight O'Clock Bokar Beans)
1 Cup of dark chocolate chips
3 Tablespoons of butter
1 Tablespoon of powdered sugar

PROCESS
Using a double boiler melt the dark chocolate chips and butter. Make sure to mix through out the melting. Once the mixture starts to get good and melted add the powdered sugar and mix well. Once the mixture is completely melted, add the beans and mix well.
Then remove from the heat.
Immediately spoon the mixture on to a paper sack or sheet of wax paper. Make sure to separate in to bite size pieces.
Once that is done put them in to the refrigerator for 2 hours. Then it is time to eat!

This makes a small batch, so try them out and I am sure you will like them!

Sunday, March 13, 2011

St. Patrick's Day



This Thursday is St. Patrick's Day. In this area you have a ton of great places to drink green beer and eat corned beef and cabbage! I would like to share with you a great place that I have gone for my corned beef lunch or dinner for years. Not only do they have some of the best corned beef in town but they are a wonderful group that does incredible things in the community. This corned beef dinner is hosted by the Tangiers Shriners here in Omaha.

The Tangier Shrine is a Chapter of the Shriners International.

"Shriners International is a fraternity based on fun, fellowship and the Masonic principles of brotherly love, relief and truth. There are approximately 340,000 members from 193 temples (chapters) in the U.S., Canada, Mexico, the Philippines, Puerto Rico and the Republic of Panama.

Shriners International supports Shriners Hospitals for Children®, a health care system of 22 hospitals dedicated to improving the lives of children by providing pediatric specialty care, innovative research, and outstanding teaching programs for medical professionals. Children up to age 18 with orthopaedic conditions, burns, spinal cord injuries, and cleft lip and palate are eligible for care and receive all services in a family-centered environment, regardless of the patients’ ability to pay."

So if you are looking for a GREAT corned beef dinner with all the fixin's and have the proceeds go to help an organization that helps so many children in Omaha and across the country, check out the Corned Beef Dinner at Tangier Shrine!

TANGIER SHRINE
2823 SOUTH 84TH STREET
OMAHA NEBRASKA
http://www.tangiershrine.com/

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

King Cake Recipe

King Cake is a tradition Mardi Gras treat. I made this for my family Monday night and we enjoyed it on Fat Tuesday with our Dirty Rice!

Check out Wikipedia for the history of the King Cake http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/King_cake

INGREDIENTS
2 envelopes active dry yeast or 4-1/2 teaspoons of dry active yeast
1/2 cup sugar
1-1/2 sticks melted butter
1 cup warm milk for dough
3 tablespoons of milk for icing
5 large egg yolks
2 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon nutmeg
1 cup of brown sugar
4 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon 7up
1 teaspoon vegetable oil
4 packages of soft Cream Cheese
3 cups powdered sugar
3 tablespoons vanilla extract
Colored Sugars Purple, green, and gold are traditional King Cake colors (but I subbed pink for purple because my daughters love pink)

PROCESS
I used my stand up Kitchen-aid mixer
Combine the yeast and sugar in the bowl mix with well with paddle attachment. Add the melted butter and warm milk. Beat at low for about a minute. With the mixer running, add the egg yolks, then beat for on low for about a minute. Then I changed to the dough hook then add the flour, salt, nutmeg, and 7up mix well. Increase the speed and mix until dough pulls away from the sides of the bowl, forms a ball.
Place dough in a larger oiled bowl and cover with saran wrap and let rise for 2 hours in a warm dry place.

For the filling combine the cream cheese and brown sugar. Whip with a mixer until mixture is nice and creamy

After your dough rises roll your dough out into a long, narrow piece about 8” x 24”

Spread your filling onto your dough – evenly all across the dough. Then roll you dough up like a jelly roll. The take you ring and form a circle and neatly attached the ends to for a circle

Cover the ring with saran wrap and rise again for about 30-45 minutes.

Set oven for 350 and bake for 30 minutes

Let cool completely!!! - no seriously if you don’t let it cool completely you icing will melt off.

ICING. Combine 3 cups powdered sugar, 3 tablespoons milk, and the vanilla in a mixing bowl. Mix well with a whisk or electric mixer. Spread icing over you cooled cake. Sprinkle colored sugars – alternating the colors in 3 inch strips around the cake.

Cut and enjoy

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Knox Blocks or Jello Jigglers

Ingredients
2 packages of your favorite flavor jello
2 packages of knox unflavored gelatin
3 cups of boiling water



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Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Tuna Guac Sliders

This is a Recipe I entered in the Ritz Cracker Recipe Challenge on Super Bowl Sunday

INGREDIENTS video
  • For Guacamole Spread
  • 3 Fresh Avocado's
  • 1 Tablespoon of Garlic
  • 2 Tablespoons of Rotel peppers and tomatoes
  • 1/4 cup of Sour Cream
  • 1/4 cup of Mayo
  • 1/4 teaspoon of salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon of pepper
  • 1/2 Tablespoon of cilantro
  • 1/2 Tablespoon of cumin
  • Couple dashes of hot sauce
  • For Mini Tuna Slider
  • 3 Cans of Tuna
  • 1 Egg - Beaten
  • 1/2 Cup of bread crumbs
  • 1/4 teaspoon of salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon of pepper
  • 1/2 Tablespoon of parsley
  • 1 Tablespoon of minced garlic
  • 1 teaspoon of dijon mustard
  • 1 cup of ground Ritz crackers or bread crumbs
  • 1/2 stick of butter
  • Additional Ingredients
  • 40 Ritz Crackers Whole
  • 3 green onions cut up into 1/4 inch pieces
  • Optional: Louisiana-style hot sauce
PROCESS video

For the Guacamole Spread

Place all ingredients in a chilled bowl

Mix well with a spatula

Then Chill for 30 Minutes

Mini Tuna Sliders

Place all ingredients in a metal mixing bowl except for the 1 cup of ground Ritz Crackers and the butter. Everything else mix together well

take a Tablespoon of the mixture and form a small patty (about the size of a Ritz cracker)

Make up 20 patties.

Then lightly coat the patties in the ground Ritz crackers.

Preheat your griddle to 300 degrees

Then lightly butter your griddle and place patties on the buttered spots. Cook each side until a golden brown is reached.

Once your patties are nice and golden brown it's time to assemble.

Assembly video

Place mini tuna slider on a Ritz cracker.

Then top you slider with a Tablespoon of Guacamole spread. Then place 2 pieces of green onion on the Guacamole spread. At this point you have the option of placing a couple dashes of a Louisiana-style hot sauce. To finish place another Ritz cracker on the top!