Sunday, April 25, 2010


Do you eat steamed clams? Or Steamers as we locals call them..usually with a wicked accent. Here is a quick and easy and wicked awesome recipe for them...and warning...they aren't pretty.
Get yourself a couple of pounds of steamed clams...and as with anything you eat...the fresher the better. In a large skillet pour one can of beer...yes, you heard If you don't have a beer..water will do. Chop up a pound of Chorizo and an onion and add them and the clams to the beer.Cover and bring to a boil and in about 5 minutes their done....the clams will be open.
Now get yourself all set up. Put the clams, onions and chorizo in a big serving bowl...get another bowl for the  empty shells. Now take the broth that you boiled the clams in and put that in a small, melt a stick of butter. Here's the fun part...
Take the clam out of the shell and take the slimy neck off the clam...gross I know. Dip the clam in the broth to clean off any sand...dip in the hot butter and eat! Get yourself a big piece of french bread to sop up the broth, onion and chorizo....heaven!

Not my best photography as my  hands were covered in all this deliciousness!!!

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

The New Pancake King

I'm the new Pancake king in the used to be Steve. I really can't take the credit though...that needs to go to Stonewall Kitchen. And at 10 bucks a pop they better deliver.
Don't you love my little rooster measuring cups? Steve brought them home for me from my favorite store ever..Anthropologie. Love
So, although this isn't my own recipe..thought I'd share our favorite pancakes!

Friday, April 16, 2010

Friday Night Pizza and Calzones

In honor of Friday Family Pizza/Movie night I thought I'd share Steve's pizza and calzone recipe. We've been doing Friday pizza night for a long time...I love to sit at the counter while Steve makes dinner. We have a glass of wine together and talk. We have music going and it's just a nice way to start our weekends.

Here's the Dough recipe...I make it during the day or during the week and freeze it. This makes enough for 4 pizza's. (The recipe was adapted from an OLD Woman's Day Cookbook that I bought in 1995!)

1 1/4 cups of warm water
1 envelope = 1 TBS active dry yeast
1 tsp sugar
5 cups flour...(all purpose or bread)
2 eggs
2 tsp salt
olive oil

Mix water, yeast and sugar and let stand until foamy..about 10 min.
In a large bowl combine the yeast and eggs. Mix in 5 cups of flour and the salt..stir until dough pulls away from the sides. Place dough on floured surface and knead until smooth.
Place dough in large oiled bowl..turn to coat. Cover with a clean dishtowl and let rise in a warm place for about an hour.
Punch down dough and divide into 4 pieces. Shape into balls and cover with kitchen towl and let rest for 30 min.

For the Pizza and Calzones:

Roll out a ball of dough..brush with olive oil. Top with sauce and cheese (we generally use store bought pizza blend but sometimes use fresh mozzarella)

On Pizza we like carmelized onions (saute large yellow onion on the stove for about 20 min. until golden brown), chopped artichokes and olives and a sprinkling of feta...YUM!

On the kids Calzones we put cheese and pepperoni...fold in half and crimp the edges. Brush with a bit of olive oil.

Bake in 400 until done (for us it's usually about 12- 15 min.)

Thursday, April 8, 2010

The Best Chicken Fingers Ever

I've tried a bunch of chicken finger recipes...and I think the key is the breadcrumbs. We've tried them with regular breadcrumbs, corn flakes...and the kids love them the best with Panko breadcrumbs. This is super easy...Will eats them dipped in ketchup...Stephen puts his over salad...Steve drowns his in hot sauce. Hope  you like them too!

Stuff You Need:
1 Egg
1/3 cup Buttermilk
Chicken breasts cut into strips
Panko breadcrumbs..about 1 1/2 cups
chopped parsley...if your kids don't mind GREEN stuff in their food

What To Do:
Whisk egg and buttermilk and soak the chicken for a few minutes. In a separate bowl mix panko, seasonings. Roll the chicken pieces around in the love to help out with this part!
Brown in oil on both sides...transfer to oven to continue cooking if needed.