This dish is the epitome of a simple Sunday supper. The recipe comes from my favorite little old lady, Miss Jackie’s family. She’s this adorable elderly woman that I cater for every once in awhile, and she insisted that I make this recipe when I was catering a brunch for her friends and family. Earlier this week, I invited our friend Joaquin over for dinner and he looked a little perplexed when I pulled the ramekins out of the oven. His face said “hmm, I thought you invited me over for dinner, not breakfast!” : ) But after one bite, he was in loooove.
Technically, they aren’t really souffles which are a little more complicated to make. But the results are almost identical which is why I still call them by that name. The baking powder makes them nice and fluffy while the cottage cheese adds an unbelievable richness. The best part though, is you can take this base recipe and add in whatever ingredients you like. Wild mushrooms, spinach, roasted peppers, ham, etc. all work great. Basically you can add in anything you like in an omelette. The sky is the limit!
I love serving these souffles with a salad for a light dinner. The other night I had some roasted asparagus on the side (since they’re in season right now) and some italian turkey sausages.
**If you’re serving a big crowd, just double the recipe and pour it into a 9×13 casserole dish and serve it family style. Add a few minutes onto the cooking time. Read more
Thanks for all the great comments on my first post! The good news is that my website should be up and running sooner than later, granted some major changes on it will happen over the next month or two. The anticipation is killing me!
This next recipe is one of the few that I can say is truly my own recipe. Normally I’ll get inspiration from a cookbook or magazine and then make a few tweaks to have it suit my tastebuds, but not this time. I first made this dish when we were in Mexico this winter. We had FINALLY moved into our little casa (see our blog www.casadeclack.com for more info on that gig) after three years of building. After spending the last few years holed up in a tiny RV kitchenette, I really wanted to make a special dinner to celebrate the first real meal in our new house. Keep in mind, our place is in the middle of nowhere basically with just the equivalent of a 7-11 to buy basic groceries like eggs, milk and cereal. So when we had to run into the big city, La Paz, for a trip to Home Depot, I stocked up on groceries there and found some good looking ribeyes. Without internet, I had to come up with my own recipe for what I had been craving: steak with a creamy mushroom sauce. Honestly, I probably would have been happy with anything that didn’t contain rice or beans though. : )
Here’s the recipe for the parmesan polenta I cooked up to go with my Balsamic Glazed Roast Chicken. Polenta couldn’t be easier to make which is why I love it so much. It even gives couscous a run for its money when it comes to simplifying a week-night dinner. Polenta happens to go especially well with tender braised beef too. I’m practically drooling just thinking about it. But on this particular night, I made it to pair with some roasted chicken and broccoli and it soaked up the juices perfectly.
Most of you who know me, even just a little bit, are probably well aware of my passion for food. It’s actually more of an obsession really. All day long, I dream and drool over my next meal, often while I’m still eating my first! Anyone who has ever worked with me can vouch for this. At long last I’m taking the steps to transform this food addiction into more than just a hobby. My hope is to have my website up and running within a month or two, granted it always takes longer than you anticipate. I don’t want to give away all my secrets quite yet though. But believe me, I’m going to pour my heart and soul into it and it will be great!
In the meantime Facebook will be my platform for spreading the word. So many people ask me what I’m cooking, whether it be for a Wednesday night or an upcoming party. I love being a source for either information and inspiration, and I want to nurture that as best I can. For now I’ll be posting regular notes on what I’m cooking with lots of stories and tips along the way.
Your feedback is essential to my success so I want to hear what you have to say. What topics do you want me to cover? What do you struggle with in the kitchen? If you have questions about any of my recipes, please ask me! I love talking about food so much it would make the average person sick. So if my recipe calls for cream of tartar and you don’t have that in your pantry, let me know and I’ll give you a good substitute that will work just as well.
Ok enough talking (or should I say, typing) and onto the food! I thought I’d start with one of the easiest recipes you could probably make. Don’t let this recipe fool you though. Even though you can whip it together without skipping a beat, it’s still worthy of being served to your toughest critics. Anyone with an oven can master this recipe. Read more