Laurie's Kitchen

A cooking blog of some of my favorites

Basic Risotto (Gluten Free) January 23, 2013

Filed under: Cheese,Dinner,Fall,Sea Food,Side Dish,Vegetarian Optional,Winter — laurms15 @ 6:40 am

BASIC RISOTTO

4 to 5 cups of Chicken broth
3/4 cup of white wine
small shallot (I use shallots because I find them not as strong as regular onions)
1 tb. olive oil or butter (I used a little more)
1 cup of Arborio Rice
1/2 cup of Parmigiano cheese (I used a little more)

1. In a pot heat the Chicken Broth
2.  Chop shallots small and sautee in the butter or oil with a little salt in a large saute pan(I use butter to give it more flavor)
3. Add the rice and stir until coated about 1 minute.
4. Add about a ladleful of liquid slowly and stir until it is gone (Turn heat to low but not simmer)
5. Keep adding liquid and stirring slowly.
6. You can add the wine at any time now and stir. (I alternate with the broth and wine 1/4 cup of wine at a time)
7. About 2/3 of the way through, add the shrimp.
(I usually sautee the shrimp first in a separate pan, so they are cooked when I put them in the rice. Put them in whole or you cut the in pieces your choice)
8. Keep adding liquid and stirring (make sure liquid is dry before adding more.
9. When the rice is cooked (soft on the outside and still a little al dente on the inside) add the Parmigiano and mix well.
10. Serve.

I used the same basic recipe for the vegetable one as well and sautee the vegetables in some butter separately so that it has a nice flavor,
Add them towards the end of the cooking also. I generally mix veggies and shrimp. Peas, broccoli, and carrots are my favorites to put in.

 

Three Cheese Garden Pizza April 1, 2012

Filed under: Cheese,Dinner,Pizza,Recipe Swap,Vegetarian Optional — laurms15 @ 7:28 pm

I’ve started up again with my recipe swap ladies and I was excited that this weeks theme was “fast and easy”. Work has been crazy so “fast and easy” is about all I can cook right now. Plus it was meat free and perfect for a Friday during Lent.

I was assigned Three Cheese Garden Pizza from Lauren check out the recipe on her blog here: Lauren’s Kitchen.

This recipe was a hit with my husband and I would absolutely make it again. The other plus to this is that you can vary the veggies based on whats in the fridge and I always love a way to use up veggies at the end of the week!

Ingredients

  • 1 package refrigerated pizza crust
  • 1 small onion, sliced into rings
  • 1 medium zucchini, sliced
  • 2 plum tomatoes, sliced
  • 1 cup asparagus tips
  • 2 garlic cloves, pressed
  • 1 cup shredded mozzarella
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar
  • 1/4 cup grated parmesan
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning

Lauren’s recipe called for 1 cup of mushrooms, sliced. I skipped that part in favor of asparagus tips because I’m not a fan of mushrooms but you could do both mushrooms and asparagus if you like them both!

1. Preheat oven to 400°F. Using lightly floured roller, roll pizza crust into a 14-inch circle on large round stone. Bake crust 7 minutes. Remove from oven; place on cooling rack.

2. Using a mandolin slicer fitted with v-shaped blade, slice onion, zucchini and tomatoes. If you don’t have a slicer just cut them very thinly so they will cook evenly.

3. Using a garlic press, press garlic over crust; spread evenly. Sprinkle mozzarella and cheddar cheeses evenly over crust; top evenly with onion, zucchini, mushrooms and tomatoes. Grate Parmesan cheese over vegetables. Sprinkle with seasoning mix. Bake 15-18 minutes or until crust is golden brown; remove from oven. Cut into wedges.

 

Perogies December 27, 2011

Filed under: Appetizer,Cheese,Side Dish — laurms15 @ 10:17 am

Dough:

5 cups of flour

2 cups of milk

1 teaspoon of salt.

Heat milk to lukewarm and add salt then add to flour mixture a little at a time until dough is soft. It should be flexible and not too sticky.

Roll the dough out VERY thin. I used a glass to cut the dough.

Then I filled it with Farmers Cheese I didn’t add sugar to my cheese but my husband’s uncle does so I will probably add just a touch of sugar to it next time.

I put them in the fridge then fried them later in canola oil though at my husbands request I will probably fry the rest of the batch in butter and canola oil.

There are many other fillings for perogies next time I may do potato and cheese but this is the kind that was traditional for my husbands family so I started there.

 

Farmers Cheese

Filed under: Cheese — laurms15 @ 10:07 am

I made this to stuff in perogies.

Makes 1 Cup of Fresh Farmer’s Cheese

Ingredients:

  • 2 quarts whole milk (use pasteurized, instead of ultra-pasteurized, if available)
  • 2 cup buttermilk
  • 1 tablespoon white vinegar
  • 1 1/2 tsp salt
  • cheesecloth

Preparation:

In a heavy-bottomed pot, over low heat, slowly heat the milk up, stirring often, until it is just about to simmer (about 180 degrees F). Stir in the buttermilk, and then the vinegar, and turn off the heat. Very slowly stir until you see the milk separating into curds (the solids) and whey (the liquid). Leave undisturbed for 10 minutes.

Line a large strainer with 2 layers of cheesecloth, and place over a stockpot to catch the whey. After the 10 minutes, ladle the curds into the cheesecloth, and allow the whey to drain for 10 minutes. Gather up the edges of the cheesecloth, and tie a string around the top to form bundle. Tie the string to a wooden spoon or dowel, and hang the cheese curds over the stockpot and continue draining for 30 minutes.

After draining, remove the cheese from the cloth, and transfer into a container. Stir in the salt and refrigerate. This fresh cheese can be used for up to 5 days. Use as a spread, or as you would use cream cheese, or cottage cheese.