Aug 10 | Vegetarian, Vegan, Baked Goods, Dessert | 0 Comments
Peach Crisp2 lbs. Fresh Frozen Peaches, skinned and sliced
½ C Sugar
1 Lemon, juiced
3 tbsp. Cornstarch
1 stick Butter, cubed
½ C Brown Sugar
½ C Flour
½ C Oats
Pre heat oven to 375 F and butter an 8-inch baking dish with 1 tablespoon of butter. Mix the peaches with the sugar, lemon juice and cornstarch and place into the baking dish. Mix the butter, brown sugar, flour and oats together until a crumble if formed. Place the crumble over the peaches, lightly top with foil and bake for 40-50 minutes or until golden brown.
Jul 29 | Spices and Seasonings, Techniques, Chicken | 0 Comments
Kung Pao Chicken1 lb. Chicken, small dice
1 tsp. Salt
1/2 tsp. Pepper
1 tbsp. Cornstarch
1.5 C Onion, small dice
1.5 C Peppers, small dice
1/3 C Peanuts/Cashews
2 tbsp. Veg or Olive Oil1 tbsp. Veg or Olive Oil
2 tbsp. Garlic, minced
1 tbsp. Ginger, minced
1/2 - 1 tsp. Red Chili Flakes
3 tbsp. Soy Sauce
3 tbsp. Rice Wine Vinegar
1.5 tbsp. Sugar
Place the chicken in a bowl and toss with the salt, pepper and cornstarch. Pre heat a large skillet over medium heat, add the 1 tablespoon of oil to the pan, when it smokes add the chicken in a single layer. Cook the chicken for 3 minutes. Turn the chicken and cook for 3 minutes to brown on all sides and cook through, then remove the chicken from the pan.
Add 1 tablespoon of oil to the pan, when it smokes add the onions and peppers. Toss the veggies, cook for 2-3 minutes until lightly browned, then remove from the pan.
Add 1 tablespoon of oil to the pan, then add the garlic, ginger and chili flakes. Cook this for 15 seconds and then add the soy sauce, rice wine vinegar and sugar. Cook for 15 - 30 seconds, then add the chicken and vegetables back to the pan. Toss the mixture to cover in the sauce and cook until thick, about 2 minutes. Toss in the peanuts and serve immediately.
Jul 28 | Techniques, Vegetarian, Vegan, Baked Goods, Dessert | 0 Comments
Summer time is the right time for fantastic fruit flavored desserts. Pies, tarts and crumbles are some of my favorite hot weather desserts, but the French galette is a true crowd pleaser and you dont have to be a pro baker to make it. A galette is like a pie without a pan, filled with a fruit filling and topped with ice cream, whipped cream or powdered sugar. I like to make this dessert because the prep is easy and the outcome is wicked awesome!
You can make the dough from scratch or use store bought pie dough, crescent dough and puff pastry. The fruit filling can be made from all types of berries, and other summer fruits like cherries, peaches, plums and even rhubarb. And remember if you can't get fresh fruit, frozen will work great too.
Blueberry Galette (Pan Less Pie)1 Pie Dough
3 C Blueberry Filling
1/4 C Flour
2 tbsp. Milk
1 tbsp. Sugar
Pre heat the oven to 425 F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. The parchment will keep your baking sheet clean and make the surface non stick.
Remove the dough from the fridge and place on a surface dusted with flour. Roll the dough out into a large circle about 13 inches wide, don't worry about creating a perfect circle. Place the blueberry filling in the middle of the dough, and leave a 2 inch border. Carefully fold the dough up and around the blueberry filling to create crust, overlapping the dough is all good.
Brush the edges of the galette with the milk and then sprinkle with sugar. Bake for 35 minutes or until golden brown, turning halfway through cooking. Remove front he oven and let cool until serving.
Pie Dough1.25 C Flour
1/2 tsp. Salt
1 tbsp. Sugar
1 stick Cold Butter, small dice
2 tbsp. Ice Water
Place the flour, salt and sugar in a bowl and toss to combine. Place the butter chunks into the mixture and press into the flour with your hands until the mixture is crumbly. Mix in the ice water and press the flour mixture into a ball of dough, the mixture will be crumbly. Wrap the dough ball tightly in plastic and flatten to form a disk. Place in fridge and chill for 2 hour or until very firm.
Blueberry Filling3 C Blueberries, washed and dried
1/3 C Sugar
2 tbsp. Cornstarch
1 tsp. Vanilla
2 tbsp. Lemon Juice
1 tbsp. Lemon Zest
Place all of the ingredients into a bowl and toss to combine.
Jul 27 | Casseroles, Chicken, Salads and Salsas | 0 Comments
Chicken Enchiladas w/ Green Sauce
Enchiladas are a classic baked tortilla dish that is usually filled with cheese, meat, veggies or beans and topped with a red, tomato/chili based sauce. This recipe uses chicken, a mixture of veggies and cheese, and is baked in a green tomatillo sauce.
I like to use rotisserie chicken or leftover baked chicken and then throw in any cooked veggies I have on hand. Start out with onions and peppers and then add anything you like including zucchini, carrots, sweet potatoes, broccoli, spinach, kale, peas, beans, tofu, seitan. You can make this all veggie style with veggies and beans, or super meaty style with a mixture of chopped or shredded beef and pork. You can also add a mixture of cheeses like cheddar, pepper jack, goat or feta, and use fresh or store bought red enchilada sauce or green salsa verde.
Enchilada Filling1.5 lbs. Chicken, cooked and chopped
1 C Onion, small dice
1/2 C Bell Pepper, small dice
1/2 C Corn, fresh, frozen or canned
3/4 C Sour Cream
1 C Cheddar Cheese, Shredded
1 tsp. Salt and Pepper
1 tsp. Cumin
1 tsp. Chili Powder15 Corn and Flour Tortillas, small size
3 C Green Sauce or Salsa Verde
1 C Cheddar or Jack Cheese, shredded
Pre heat the oven to 400 F and lightly oil a large casserole dish. Place the first 9 ingredients into a bowl and mix to combine. Place the tortillas on a flat surface, place 1/3 - 1/2 cup of filling in the middle and then roll tightly. Place the rolled tortilla into a large casserole dish, then continue to roll the tortillas with filling and pack tightly in the dish.
Pour the green sauce over the enchiladas, top with cheese, cover tightly with foil and bake for 45 minutes. Remove the foil from the dish and cook for 15 minutes or until golden brown. Serve the hot enchiladas with sour cream and fresh pico de gallo.
Tomatillo - Green Sauce2 tbsp. Veg or Olive Oil
1 C Onion, small dice
2 Garlic Cloves, chopped
1 tbsp. Jalapeño, chopped
1.5 C Tomatillos, chopped
2 C Chicken Stock, no salt
1 tsp. Cumin
1 tsp. Dried Oregano
1 tsp. Salt and Pepper
Place a small pot over medium heat. Add the oil to the pot, and when it smokes, add the onions, garlic and jalapeño. Cook for 5 minutes, then add the tomatillos, chicken stock and seasonings. Stir the mixture and simmer the sauce for 15 minutes. Remove the sauce from the heat and carefully use a hand blender to pulse until smooth. If you do not have a hand blender, place 1 cup of the sauce into a blender at a time, top lightly with a towel and pulse on low power until smooth. Repeat with the rest of the sauce.
Jul 6 | Seafood, Healthy Eating Tips, Kitchen Basics 101 | 0 Comments
I created this recipe while performing a demo at the Baltimore Farmers Market and Bazaar. I arrive early to set up my gear and the farmers bring me the bounty of the day. Usually in the summer months I am rolling in squash, greens and berries. Today was a treat when I greeted with a pile of fresh ripe peaches sweet corn and mint. I figured this would make a great salsa to top the seared tilapia that I was prepped to make. With a little love from the crowd, we prepared a great dish, bursting with colors, flavors, textures and nutrition.
Tilapia with Peach and Corn Salsa2 tbsp. Olive Oil
4 Tilapia, filets
1 tsp. Salt and Pepper
Place a skillet over medium heat and add the oil to the pan. Dry the tilapia filets with a paper towel and season with the salt and pepper on both sides. When the oil smokes, place the filet into the pan and cook for 3-4 minutes. DO NOT TOUCH THE FISH!!!
When the fish has cooked up the sides, very carefully flip the filets. Cook for 3-4 minutes or until the fish flakes apart easily when touched with a fork.
Serve the tilapia on a platter and serve with a scoop of the peach and corn salsa. 3 Peaches, small dice
2 Corn, cut off the cob
1/3 C Onion, small dice
1 Bell Pepper, small dice
1/4 C Fresh Mint, chopped
1 tbsp. Olive Oil
1 Lemon, juiced
1 pinch Salt and Pepper
Place all of the ingredients into bowl and mix to combine. Season with salt and pepper and store in the fridge until service.
You can throw just about any summer fresh veggies into this mix and have great results. I like to add fresh chopped yellow squash or zucchini, plums, edamame, apple or pears, blueberries and black beans.
Now Get Crackin'!
Jul 1 | Spices and Seasonings, Techniques, Vegetarian, Vegan, Sandwiches, Side Dishes | 0 Comments
Falafel is a staple street food in Middle Eastern countries and throughout Europe. A good falafel is made by stuffing a big pita with fried chickpea fritters, seasoned with warm spices like, cumin, paprika and coriander. These crispy fritters are then topped with salads made from fresh chopped tomato, onions and cucumber as well as a parsley and bulgar wheat salad called tabouleh. A falafel is then finished off with a drizzle of tahini (sesame seed paste) and dollop of greek yogurt tzadziki. If your lucky, some places will top the whole thing off with French fries.
This sandwich is inexpensive to make, has all of the food groups, is vegetarian and bursting with fresh flavors and textures.
Middle Eastern Falafel - Chickpea Fritters16 oz. Canned Chickpeas, drained
½ Onion, minced
½ C Bread Crumbs
¼ C Parsley, chopped
¼ C Vegetable Oil
Place the first 8 ingredients into a quart sized freezer bag, seal tightly and smash with hands to combine. You can also pulse the all of the ingredients in a food processor until combined. Form 4-8 equal sized balls and then press into patty. Place a large skillet over medium heat and add the oil. When the oil starts to smoke lightly, carefully add the patties to the pan. Fry the patties on one side for 2 minutes and then turn, continue to cook the other side until golden brown. Drain the falafel well on paper towels and season with salt and pepper.
You can serve you falafel on pita bread or any middle easter or greek flat bread. Top your falafel with chopped tomato, cucumber, pickles, greek yogurt, hummus, tabouleh, tahini and even french fries.
Jun 11 | Beef | 0 Comments
Asian Sriracha and Honey Beef1 tbsp. Oil
1 lb. Beef, sliced thin - Flank, Sirloin, London Broil, Skirt
1/2 tsp. Salt and Pepper
1 tbsp. Garlic
2 tbsp. Soy Sauce
1 tbsp. Honey
1 tbsp. Sriracha
Garnish with sliced jalapeño, green onions, limes and fresh cilantro or basil.
Place a large pan over medium heat. Dry the beef very well using paper towels. Season the beef with salt, pepper and garlic. When the oil smokes, place the beef into the pan in a single layer, do not over lap. Cook the beef until browned on one side, about 3 minutes. Turn the beef and cook for another 3 minutes. You can remove the first round of beef and repeat the process with the rest, working in small batches.
At this point the beef should be almost cooked through and browned an all sides. Add the soy sauce, honey and Sriracha to the pan, and toss with the beef until the sauce is thick. Garnish the beef with fresh greens and herbs and serve immediately!
Jun 8 | Events | 0 Comments
Chef Egg - June 2015 Schedule of Events
Healthy Cooking Demo @ Tutties Wellness Festival
Saturday June 13th, 1:30p, Cost – Free, Info at http://tuttiesplace.org/np/our-events/ Chef Egg Cooking Demo @ Baltimore Farmers Market and Bazaar
Sunday June 14th & 21st, 9:30a, Cost – FreeChef Egg Cooking Demo @ The Baltimore Wine Festival
Saturday June 20th, Time – TBD, Tickets and Info at http://ow.ly/NVJhx Hands On Knife Skills Class @ Station North Tool Library
Tuesday June 23rd, 6:30p, Cost $35, Tickets and Info at http://ow.ly/NVJQL Kids Cooking Class @ While Foods Market Rockville
June 30th, 4:00 pm, Cost - Free
Tuesday Half Pints Club - Make Your Own Ice Cream Party Chef Egg Live – Taco Takeover @ Blue Moon Café
Wednesday July 1st, 7:15p. Cost – $15, Tickets and Info at http://ow.ly/NVSyu
Menu: Homemade Corn Tortillas, Cuban Pork Mojo, Quick Pickled Veggies, Mango Chili and Avocado Salsa
Jun 8 | Techniques, Vegetables, Vegetarian, Vegan, Side Dishes | 0 Comments
Crispy Summer Squash Pancakes1 tbsp. Olive Oil
5 C Yellow Squash or Zucchini, small dice
1/2 C Onion, small dice
1/2 C Red Bell Pepper, small dice
1/2 tsp. Salt and Pepper
1.25 C Saltine Crackers, crushed or Bread Crumbs
1/3 C Parmesan Cheese
1/4 tsp. Red Chili Flakes
1 C Cornmeal or Polenta
1/4 C Oil
Place a large skillet over medium heat. Add the oil, when it smokes, place the squash, onion and bell pepper into the pan. Cook until soft, about 10 minutes. Season with squash with salt/pepper then place the mixture into a sieve, strainer or colander. Place the sieve into a bowl, and let this drain for 1 hour in the fridge. The goal is to drain as much of the liquid from the veggies as possible while cooling it down.
Place the squash mixture into a bowl and smash together with the crushed crackers, eggs, cheese and chili flakes, until a chunky batter forms. Place this mixture into the freezer for 30 minutes to firm up. Remove the squash from the freezer, drain off any water that has come to the top.
Place a large heavy skillet over medium heat and add the oil to the pan. Form the pancakes by scooping 1/4 C of the mixture, form a patty and lightly dredge in the cornmeal. The batter will be loose, so don't worry about making a mess or that your pancakes are not perfectly shaped. When the oil smokes very lightly, carefully place the pancakes into the pan and cook for 3 minutes. Use a spatula to flip the pancakes once and cook for 3-5 minutes or until golden brown. Remove the pancakes from the pan and place on paper towels to drain well.
Season with salt and pepper and serve hot. You can also cool/freeze these for later use. Just place them into the oven or toaster oven at 400 F or until crispy. I like to serve these with chicken and fish for a dinner or lunch and fried eggs for breakfast.
May 22 | Techniques, Vegetables, Vegetarian, Vegan, Snacks | 0 Comments
Homemade potato chips are truly a special treat! This recipe for fresh thick cut kettle style chips will satisfy your munchies like no other. You can toss in the classic Maryland style seasoning, Old Bay or cover in your favorite seasonings. Try salt and vinegar, bbq seasoning, cheddar cheese powder, dry ranch or italian dressing seasonings.
Old Bay Potato Chips2 lbs. Russet Potatoes, sliced 1/8 inch
¼ C Vinegar
1.5 - 2 qts. Peanut Oil
2 tbsp. Old Bay
Pre heat a large, heavy cast iron pot over medium/heat heat. Add the oil to the pot and heat to 375 F. We use peanut oil for its clean flavor and high smoke point. Next, slice the potatoes to 1/8 inch. You can hand cut the chips or using a mandolin or food processor.
Bring a large pot of water spiked with the vinegar to a boil. Cook the sliced potatoes for 2 minutes and carefully remove using a slotted spoon, tongs or bamboo wire strainer/skimmer. Drain the potatoes and dry them well on paper towels. Cooking the potatoes in "vinegarized" water will do 3 things. First, it will quickly remove the extra starch. Second, it will pre cook the potatoes, decreasing the frying time. Last, the addition of the vinegar will make sure the potatoes will not over brown when cooked.
If you do not want to boil the potatoes, you can soak them in cold water over night, Changing the water several times or until the water runs clear.
When the sliced potatoes are as dry as possible, carefully place them into the oil and cook for 5-7 minutes or until golden brown and crispy. Move the chips around to cook evenly. Remove the chips using a slotted spoon or tongs, place on paper towels to drain. Pale the chip into a large bowl and toss lightly with the old bay seasoning. Serve hot!