Monday, January 23, 2012

Coffee Time-Creamed Potatoes

Well I will have to tell you.. My coffee choice has changed. For years Folgers Black Silk has been my coffee of choice. Now it is Jacobs. Somehow Folgers has changed their formula, or maybe it is my taste buds. However My husband has said the same thing. so I do not think it is my Taste buds.

Jacobs is a German coffee. With coffee prices increasing here, the cost is about the same as imports.
So as I have my Jacobs roast with caramel and buckwheat honey, top with a little half n half, I will share a recipe.

Over the weekend I grabbed a old cook book from the 1800's. One in my library, from generations gone by. Did not change this one a bit. Thought I would just stay true to the recipe. Sometimes the taste of old brings back fond memories. This one did just that, my Mother used to make it. So easy to make and so delicious.

Creamed Potatoes( Circa 1800's)
Prep time about 75 minutes
cook time about 45 minutes

you will need:
4 medium potatoes, cleaned and peeled.
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 cups all purpose flour
1/3 cup cold butter
3 tablespoon finely chopped Yellow onion
2 cups Heavy Cream

Preparing the Potatoes:
using a madoline slice the potatoes into 1/8 slices
Place in a bath of salted water for 1 hour.( I use about 1 tablespoon of kosher salt per 1 quart of water)

Preparing to bake:
Butter a 2quart casserole dish.
turn oven on perheat to 350 F.
Mix flour and salt together set aside.
Cut butter into small pieces-set aside

Layering ingredients:
Drain potatoes well, pat dry.
First layer.... 1/4 Sliced Potatoes on bottom of prepared casserole dish. top with 1/4 of the flour mix and 1/4 of the onion and 1/4 of the butter.
Continue this layering three times. Making four layers.
Now pour heavy cream over the Final layer.

Baking Time:
Cover with foil( or casserole ovenproof top. and bake at 350F for 45 minutes
Uncover and continue to bake for 15 minute or until top is lightly browned.

Make 6-8 servings.

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Around the Table- Meals for less

A new year and folks are looking to make Meals with less Calories. Meals with 250 calories, Can it be done? I think so. Here are some suggestions.... 1 cup of soup, top with a couple tablespoon of Greek yogurt.
Chicken quarter, baked with herbs.

1 medium Lemon and 1 medium white onion both sliced, fresh thyme, rosemary both whole.
put on bottom of roaster pan,
Brush 4 chicken quarters with olive oil, salt and pepper. Place on top of lemon and herbs mixture.
Put in a 450 Fahrenheit oven uncovered for 15 min then turn down to 375 F for 25 minutes.

How about a sweet potato top with a tuna salad and cheese..

*1/2 baked sweet potato
*Tuna mixed with 1 tablespoon Greek yogurt, 1 teaspoon sweet pickles, 1 teaspoon diced onion, salt and pepper to taste.
*top with a little crumbled feta cheese.

Put under broiler until cheese is melted (about 2 minutes).

Well that's a few ideas for you.
Do you have any you would like to share? Leave them in the comments, I will try them and if I like it will post it with your blog link.