8 oz. Rich whip (heavy whipping cream)
8 oz. softened cream cheese
1 cup of pumpkin puree
1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp ground ginger
1/4 tsp. ground cloves
1/4 tsp. ground nutmeg
1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
1 cup of confectioners sugar (powdered sugar)
Whip the whipping cream then set aside. Combine cream cheese and pumpkin. Add spices and vanilla extract. Add the confectioners sugar. Mix well. Fold in whipped cream and combine. Serve in shot glasses with whipped cream and candied pecans. You can top it with cranberry sauce. (recipe below) You can also layer the pumpkin cheesecake with whipped cream or layer it with the cranberry sauce and top with whipped cream. Makes about 25 to 30 shot glasses. (if you fill it up halfway with the pumpkin) You can also put it in a chocolate graham cracker crust and top with whipped cream. (this would also taste great layered between baked puff pastry sheets!)
12 oz. fresh cranberries
1 cup of water
1/2 cup of honey
2 tablespoons sugar
Combine cranberries, water and honey in a large pot. Let it cook on medium heat until it starts to thicken. (about 30 minutes) Lower the flame once the water has started to reduce and let it simmer it until you have reached the desired consistency. Stir so the sauce does not burn or stick to the pot. Allow sauce to cool off. Add the sugar and blend well. At this point you can serve it as whole berry cranberry sauce OR you can blend it in a blender or food processor until smooth and have a jellied cranberry sauce.
Optional, for serving:
In a large mixing bowl, combine the flour, sugar, baking powder and salt. Mix in the milk and eggs until well combined and smooth. Add the pumpkin puree and cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg and cloves. Combine well. Heat a lightly oiled skillet or frying pan over medium heat. Using a 1/4 cup measuring cup (or an ice cream scooper!) scoop the pancake batter onto the griddle. When pancake is golden brown, flip to cook other side. Brown both sides and serve hot with whipped cream, syrup and candied pecans!
* Makes about 27 pancakes if using an ice cream scooper
1 sweet onion, diced
1 tablespoon olive oil
3 cloves garlic, diced
1 cup of frozen spinach
1 lb. ground beef
1/2 cup bread crumbs
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. montreal steak seasoning
Saute onion and garlic in oil until tender. Add spinach and saute until cooked through. Remove from heat and combine with beef in large mixing bowl. Add eggs, bread crumbs and spices to beef mixture. Using wet hands, form 1 inch balls using a tablespoon scooper. Place in oven on greased baking sheet on 400’ for 20 minutes until slightly browned. Once cooked, serve over quinoa or rice with Pomegranate Glaze. You can serve this as the main dish or as an appetizer by sticking a toothpick in each meatball and placing pomegranate glaze on the side for dipping.
1 cup pomegranate juice
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
1 tsp. corn starch + 1 tsp. water
Bring ingredients to a boil then simmer and stir until a glaze forms and thickens. Serve over meatballs.
4 Rock Cornish Game Hens cut in half and dried with a paper towel
salt and pepper
1/2 jar of duck sauce
1/4 cup spicy mustard
6 cloves chopped fresh garlic
1/4 cup ketchup
1/4 cup soy sauce
2 big squirts of honey
these amounts can be varied according to your tastes.
Place all Cornish hen pieces in a roaster that is sprayed with Pam. Mix all sauce ingredients and pour over Cornish hens. Roast uncovered for 50 minutes- 1 hour 350- 375 degrees till golden brown and caramelized. Sprinkle chopped parsley on top and serve with a fruited rice on the side. You can also use chicken cut in eight pieces for this recipe.
When I first moved to the United States with my family, we settled in Stamford, Connecticut. My mother insisted we buy that particular house because of the massive apple tree in the back yard, complete with a swing tied onto a low branch. At the time, apples in Thailand (my native country) typically sold for close to $50 a pound, as they were considered “exotic” fruits. Naturally, my mother’s excitement over the prospect of unlimited apples in her own back yard got the best of her. Consequently, I learned how to make apple pie. Lots and lots of apple pie.
This pie worked out perfectly fine for me, until one day my fiancé requested one. It was then that the curve ball came. “I like it with crumbs on top,” he said. My eyebrow raised as my eyes widened. Crumbs on top? What matter of silliness is this? Then I thought, the guy gave me this huge diamond ring, the least I can do is give him a crumby pie. So I set to work, revamping my cherished apple filling to compliment and withstand a Dutch crumb topping.
This is what I came up with, and I must say, Eric might be onto something with these silly crumbs. Any way you slice it, it’s a great way to end a meal, not to mention a perfect way to start out the new year. L’shanah tova!
Your favorite pie crust (an all-butter crust seems to work the best here)
3 lbs Baking Apples (approximately 6 apples total, see note), sliced to about 1/8″ thickness
1/4 to 1/2 C Medium Brown Sugar, to taste
1/2 tsp to1 tsp Kosher Salt, to taste
1 to 2 tsp Saigon Cinnamon, to taste
2 tsp Corn Starch
Juice of half a lemon
3/4 C Rolled Oats
3/4 C All-Purpose Flour
1/2 tsp Saigon Cinnamon
1/2 C Brown Sugar
1/2 C Unsalted Butter
1/4 tsp Salt
Preheat oven to 400F. Roll out dough to fit into a standard 9 1/2″ pie pan. Place pie crust into freezer. If you are not using an all-butter dough, brush the bottom of the pie crust with a beaten egg white before baking. While crust is in the freezer, combine sliced apples, brown sugar, salt and cinnamon. Taste frequently to make sure you have the seasonings right. This variation depends on how naturally sweet, spicy or juicy the apples naturally are. After well seasoned, add lemon juice, sprinkle corn starch over the apples and combine. If the apples are particularly juicy, you may need to add an extra teaspoon of corn starch. Remove the pie crust from the freezer. The crust should be very cold, but not frozen. Pour apples into the pie crust and spread evenly. Place pie into preheated oven and bake for about 10 minutes, to dehydrate the apples. While pie is in the oven, make streusel topping by combining the dry ingredients and incorporating the butter with your fingers or a pastry cutter. Alternatively, you may use a food processor. Process/work the ingredients until you get crumbs. Remove pie from the oven and reduce the heat to 375F. Spread crumb topping evenly over the apples and return to oven. Bake for 30 to 35 minutes more. Pie is done when filling is bubbling and slightly thickened. It will probably smell pretty good too. Allow pie to cool a bit and serve. If you can’t wait that long, ice cream helps a lot. Enjoy!