Monday, August 4, 2014

What's For Dinner?--- Easy Tuna Casserole

What's for Dinner is a new category for this Cook Book Site.  These recipes will be old time favorites with fewer calories and a little twist on taste.
This one is a Tuna Casserole, takes about 45 minutes to make and some of can be made ahead. Making it an easy dinner for the busy person. The cook time is only 25 minutes.  So, you can come home, turn the oven on preheat to 375 Fahrenheit and pop in the oven. Each serving is about 200 calories, you can eat more and still be under the 500  calorie per meal.

I made it very easy so and prep area is almost no clean up. All the ingredients can be purchased at the supermarket easily. The Brands I use are in parenthesis.

Auntie E's Easy Tuna Bake.

2 Cups Mini Penne uncooked pasta ( Berilla brand)
A 15oz jar of  Light Alfredo Sauce (Bertolli)
Creole seasoning ( Zatarains)
An 11 oz Chunk Light Tuna  packed in water ( Starkist)
Salt and pepper
Panko Bread Crumbs ( Progresso)
1 Tablespoon cold Goat Butter, you can use unsalted regular cold butter.

A lightly buttered  8 x 11 x 2 baking pan ( about a 2.5 quart casserole dish)

1. Cook noodles in Salted boiling water for 5 minutes { i use about 1 Tablespoon salt per 8 cups water)
2. Pour  the jar of Alfredo sauce in a  small sauce pan, add 3/4 teaspoon of the Creole Seasoning. Stir well, heat over medium low heat. heat for about 3 minutes until just warm. Add the tuna and stir well, remove for heat.
3. drain noodles and add the sauce to the noddles. add 1/2 teaspoon Creole seasoning and some cracked pepper to taste.   should not need salt, but you can add a little at this point if your taste buds need more. the salt in the pasta and the Creole seasoning is really enough.
Place mixture into baking dish.

**If you want to make this ahead then; put the pasta mixture in the butter dish cover with plastic wrap, make sure the plastic wrap is on top of the noddles. This keeps the pasta from drying out on top. Put in the Refrigerator.

4. Put 1/2 cup of Panko crumbs in a large bowl, with a pastry cutter, cut in 1 tablespoon of Goat butter. Sprinkle  evenly on top of the noddles

Bake in preheated oven (375 F) for 25 minutes

**if you are taking it from the refrigerator; take out and leave on counter while oven is preheating,  remove plastic wrap and discard.  Sprinkle the Panko mixture on top and cook for 25 minutes.

serves 6 people a generous serving ( see photo )

copyright 2014 by "Auntie E Cookbook/M Dubros"  

Monday, June 23, 2014

Kitchen Aid Recipe: The Easiest Pizza Dough Ever!

 We are featuring the Kitchen Aid Mixer the Week.  I have two Kitchen Aid mixers. one it a tilt back and the other is a professional lift.  The recipes in the kitchen Aid sections are easy and in most part do not require other kitchen items.

Have you wanted to make pizza dough but find it too time consuming ? This is the Easiest  pizza dough to make.

Deep Dish Pizza Style Dough.

1. Put two packages of yeast in a 2 cup glass container with 1/2 cup of warm water around 110 degrees Fahrenheit  and 2 teaspoon sugar.  Stir and set on top of  the stove in the back by the vents.. Let the yeast rise, this take about 5 minutes.    You want to make sure the yeast is active, it should be rising in the glass container.
2. Heat oven to 150 degrees and when it reaches it turn it off.  By the time the oven is up to the temperature  the yeast will be ready.
3. Put 4 cups of White Whole Wheat flour  in the Kitchen Aid  large bowl. Add 1 teaspoon fine sea salt. stir together with a whisk ( this is called poor man sifting). make a well in center. Pour 1/4 cup of Olive oil and 1 cup of warm (110 F) water. and the prepared yeast mixture. Attach the bowl to the Kitchen Aid base and put the dough hook on . Turn on setting 2. let mix and knead for 6 minutes. (That is all you need to do, no  stirring or scraping on your part. Just let the machine do all the work.)

Remove  dough from Bowl and place in a lightly oiled oven proof large bowl. Cover with a dish towel and put in the warmed oven ( make sure it has been turned off for at least  6 minutes). let rise about 45 minutes. You want it to rise about double the size you put in. I found 35 to 45 minutes was all I needed.
Take it out of oven and turn oven on to 450 degrees Fahrenheit. if you have a pizza stone put it in while the oven is heating. 

 while oven is heating, Turn dough out on a floured surface and roll out into a 17 inch circle , you can use a little flour if need to keep the rolling pin from sticking.

place a little cornmeal in  the bottom a deep dish pizza pan. place the dough in the pan and press the dough against the sides.

brush with some Olive oil

and put your favorite toppings on.
  Let it sit for 30 minutes. ( this will make for a  wonderful crust.). Now put in preheated oven (on the stone if you had one) and cook for 25 minutes. Let cool a little and cut into slices. enjoy.

copyright 2014 by "Auntie E Cookbook/M Dubros"   
Now there are several ways you can use this. recipes:
For a thin crust. it will make two 12 inch. preheat oven to 500 Fahrenheit  and cook on preheated pizza stone for 10 to15 minutes. Be sure to put your favorite sauce and topping on it before you cook it.

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

In the Kitchen with Auntie E-GoatMilk Biscuits

Let's talk  about goat milk. Did you know that goat milk is better for you? You probably heard it, but couldn't tell someone why. Sometime ago I wanted to make a difference in the amount of carbohydrates and type of Fats that I consume. Looking for easy digestible proteins and Fats. Things that would not contribute to health issues.
So many children are lactose intolerant, taking Cows milk out of the picture. Many diary companies are trying to make their products Lactose Free. But in doing so add other ingredients to the Milk. Goats milk is naturally Lactose free.  As far as adding anything to the Goats Milk, no need.

Goats Milk has more niacin (B3) and B6 , vitamin A, calcium, phosphorous, potassium, iron, copper, Magnesium and substantially more manganese. It also contains selenium  which is proven to be an antioxidant component. Allowing more antioxidant activity, giving one a boost to ward off illness.  Goats milk has the same levels of Sodium and Zinc as Cow's milk.

The Goats Milk is lower in Carbohydrates. also lower in  folic acid (B9) and B12. However is  higher in Protein and essential amino acids. It is also Naturally Homogenized. Will not separate after sitting like non homogenized milk. There is a process the Cow diaries use to Homogenize their cow milk. No need for that with Goats Milk.  Even though goats milk  has some higher caloric numbers and fat, the type of fat allow the body to digest the milk faster and not to spike the glucose levels. which is one reason that folks have problems with cows milk items. Overall Goats milk is a better choice. I like to use it in cooking, have found that things are creamier and have a fuller taste, as well as  satisfying when eating less.

Now that you know a little more about Goats Milk, try this recipe for Biscuits. There are so good and filling. You will find that one biscuit is enough and that alone will help you with weight control.

Goats Milk Breakfast Biscuits 

Preheat oven to 450 degrees Fahrenheit.
2 Cups unbleached All Purpose flour
1 Tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon Baking Powder
1 Tablespoon Sugar
1/2 teaspoon Salt

Mix these dry ingredients together with a whisk. We call this poor man sifting.

Put 3 Tablespoon of Cold Butter in Dry mixture and cut in with a pastry cutter.  You want to have various sized of butter in the mixture.  So cut in easy , I only cut in for about 35 seconds. Just enough to incorporate the butter in the flour.

Add 10 oz of Goats Milk and stir with a wooden spoon til all the flour is mixed in.

turn out onto a lightly floured pastry cloth (or you can use a clean linen towel -smooth not a dish towel). knead 10 times, folding and turning the dough. Roll out in about a 9 inch round 1/2  inch thick. using a 2 inch round cutter, cut out biscuits and sat aside on cloth. you can lightly knead any remaining dough and cut out the rest. It should make about 11 or 12 biscuits.

Place  Biscuits on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper. I find this method great cause you do not need to grease  and they come out brown on bottom. (Using a silicon liner didn't work out because they do not brown and the silicon tends to hold the moisture on the liner pad. ).

place in a  preheated 450 degree Fahrenheit oven  for about 12-15 minutes.  Until they are lightly browned on top ( see Photo above).

enjoy, these will become your favorite biscuit recipe to make.

copyright 2014 by "Auntie E Cookbook/M Dubros"