Thursday, July 3, 2014

Ricotta Dip

from Southern Living

1 c. cream
1.5 c. buttermilk
3 c. whole milk

heat until steamy (180-degrees)
stir until (190-degree)
stand 30 mins
chill 4 hrs

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Swedish Rice Pudding/ris a la Malta

Swedish Rice Pudding/ris a la Malta

8 cups of Milk
4 cups of Medium grain rice
2 cups of sugar
2 teaspoons salt
2 eggs
4 cups heavy whipping cream
2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

In a large sauce pan add the first four ingredients.  Cook for 1 hour 10 minutes or until thick at medium heat, just below boiling. Be sure to consistently stir with a flat, wooden spoon or heat tolerant silicone. (at this point it is rice porridge, and is delicious)

Turn off heat. Take room temperature eggs and whisk them thoroughly adding a some of the hot pudding mixture to the eggs to temper the mixture. slowly incorporate the eggs back into the pudding.Return the pudding to the medium heat and slowly stir as you bring the pudding back to a boil. (

Take pan off heat. put pudding in glass bowl cover with saran wrap and cool for 6-24 hours.

Whip 4 cups of heavy whipping cream and 2 tsp. of pure vanilla extract.

Fold the whipped cream to the cooled mixture until it is fully enveloped.

Keep pudding refrigerated, it lasts about 1 week.

Different Flavors:
Amaretto rice pudding
omit vanilla extract and instead add 2 ts. of almond flavoring

Chocolate rice pudding 
In a microwave melt 1 cup of milk chocolate chips with 1/2 cup of heavy cream for 2 minutes. Whisk until shiny and add to the cooled pudding before adding the vanilla whipped cream.

Raspberry rice pudding
Add a bag of frozen raspberries and mix into the pudding fully incorparating and then fold in the vanilla whipped cream.

This recipe makes a whole bunch of rice pudding and can easily be halved.

Zatarain's Jazzed Up Jambalaya (Mardi Gras meal)

Zatarain's Jazzed up Jambalaya

1- 8 oz box Zatarain's Jambalaya
2 1/4 cup water (I substitute some of water with one can of rotel)
4 oz bacon
12 ounces smoked pork sausages, cut into moon's (I use 2 Kielbasa)
12 ounces boneless chicken thighs, cut into bite size pieces
4 ounces creole seasoning (I used less, just sprinkled it on the chicken)
1 onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic (I use 6)
1 stalk celery, chopped
1 bell pepper, chopped (I used red and green)
1/4 cup green onions
(I also added shrimp, right at the end)

In a medium sized pot, fry down bacon until cooked, remove bacon (leave drippings.). Add smoked sausage, cook until it starts to get brown, then remove.

Rub chicken thighs with creole seasoning. Add chicken thighs to the pot and cook till pieces are starting to brown. When finished add back the sausage and bacon with the vegetables. Cook for around 5 minutes.

Add water and bring to a boil. Add the Jambalaya Mix and stir and cover.

Bring back to a boil and reduce heat to a simmer and cook for around 20 minutes (or until most of the water is gone) stirring occasionally. When done turn off heat, uncover, stir in green onions, recover and let stand for 5 minutes. Serve and Enjoy.