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Light Zucchini Souffle

Wed Apr 13, 2016 8:05 am
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This recipe is a lot of work to make but is well worth the effort. Makes a nice summer meal with a salad & fresh fruit.


  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 1 1/3 cups milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • pepper
  • 1-2 tablespoons minced onion
  • 1 1/4 cups grated zucchini
  • 5 eggs separated
  • 1 tablespoon cream on tartar
  • 1/2 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese


Cut 2 pieces of foil to fit around a 1 1/2 quart souffle dish allowing for 1 inch overlap. Fold foil lengthwise into thirds. Lightly butter one side of foil & bottom of dish. Wrap the foil around the dish allowing it to extend about 3 inches above, set aside.

Melt butter in a saucepan over low heat, add flour stirring until smooth. Cook 1 minute stirring & gradually add milk. Cook over medium heat until mixture is thickened & bubbly. Stir in salt & pepper & onion, remove from heat & let cool. Squeeze grated zucchini to remove liquid & stir into sauce.

Beat egg yolk until thick & lemon colored, add to mixture & stir well. Beat egg whites & cream of tartar until stiff & fold into mixture. Pour into dish & bake in a 350 oven for 1 hour & 5 minutes. Sprinkle with cheese and bake another 5 minutes.

Beef Chili with Homemade Mexican Adobo Sauce

Wed Apr 13, 2016 1:33 am
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Servings: 6
Total Cost: $16.18
Cost Per Serving: $2.70
Total Calories: 4,395
Calories/Serving: 733
Beef Chuck Blade Roast * 2.00 Pounds $10.06 3,125
Salt, Kosher 1 Tablespoon 14.40 Grams $0.03 0
Onion, Yellow Diced 1 1/2 Cup 240.00 Grams $0.53 101
Bell Pepper, Red (2 peppers) * 240.00 Grams $2.02 61
Pepper, Ancho, Dried (6 peppers) * 30.00 Grams $0.41 85
Peppers, Pasilla, Dried (~ 6 peppers) * 30.00 Grams $0.64 103
Vinegar, Champagne 6 Tablespoons 90.00 Grams $0.36 60
Brown Sugar, Packed 1/3 Cup 72.60 Grams $0.21 274
Tomato Paste 1/4 Cup 66.00 Grams $0.25 50
Cumin, Ground 2 Tablespoons 12.60 Grams $0.89 48
Franks Hot Sauce 2 Tablespoons 30.00 Grams $0.22 10
Oil, Vegetable, Organic 4 Tablespoons 56.00 Grams $0.56 480

Adobo Sauce

Authentic Mexican Adobo Sauce is easy to make and allows you to create any flavor you want. In most supermarkets and grocery stores there are ethnic isles that have many different types of dried chili peppers. They range from hot to mild. You can choose any combination to create the heat you need for your guests.

adobo sauce

To make an adobo sauce is pretty straight forward. Chop up about 10 - 12 dried peppers (we like using a lot for a stronger flavor) and heat them up in a cast iron pan with a tablespoon of vegetable oil for a few minutes. We removed the seeds and stems. You will begin to smell the strong flavor soon.

Plunge the hot oily peppers into a small bowl of water (~ 2 cups) and wait a few minutes for the flavor to penetrate the water. Use another plate to keep the peppers under water if necessary.

In a blender add the peppers and water, then pulse. Then add the vinegar, brown sugar (you could use white but the molases adds flavor), cumin, salt and some hot sauce. Blend until smooth. Taste and see if it needs any more sugar. You will find that the taste will not be too sweet, but more vinegar should come through. Flavor really begins to develop over the slow cooking process.

Slow Cooked Beef Chuck in Adobo Sauce

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To make the dish cut up the chuck (or bottom round) into cubes and brown them in some oil or bacon fat. Then add the onions, sautee and then add the tomato paste. Stir until combined, then add the adobo sauce. If you want you can add other ingredients. We added fresh red peppers to the dish at this point.

Put the lid on to the dutch oven and let cook in the oven at ~ 300 degrees F for about 2 hours.

We actually made this dish on an outdoor charcol grill so we checked the dutch oven every 15 - 20 minutes to make sure nothing was burning. When using a charcol grill make sure not to have too many coals making it too hot, you want to slow cook the dish. 

Associated Glossary Terms & Concepts

Creamy Red Beet Salad (Rödbetssallad)

Wed Apr 13, 2016 1:09 am
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Red beet salad is a traditional dish around Christmas in Sweden and northern Europe. Itred_beet_salad goes great with meatballs, ham or turkey and is always a staple on the julbord (or smorgasbord around christmas).

Red beet salad is actually ridiculously easy to make and you can mix some together in just a few minutes. We usually use canned red beets because it’s tradition and it’s easy. You don’t really have to bother peeling and cooking your own beets, canned ones work fine. White onion and apple provides some good crunch to go with the sweet beets and sour cream and mayonnaise make it nice and creamy. Try this on a sandwich with some Swedish meatballs, it’s a little different, very tasty and makes great picnic food.

4 servings (side dish)
  • 2 cups of canned red beats, chopped
  • ½ white onion, chopped
  • ½ apple (crisp like granny smith), chopped
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • ½ cup sour cream
  • 2 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • Salt and pepper


Mix all the ingredients together. Adjust the sour cream/mayonnaise content to your taste and add some salt and pepper. Preferably let rest in the fridge for a few minutes before serving.

Food Network Kitchens Chocolate Pound Cake

Wed Apr 13, 2016 1:05 am
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Servings: 10
Total Cost: $8.76
Cost Per Serving: $0.88
Total Calories: 8,381
Calories/Serving: 838
Flour, White Unbleached All Purpose 2 1/2 Cups 10.63 Ounces $0.35 1,138
Cocoa Powder, Dutch Processed, Unsweetened 3/4 Cups 64.80 Grams $1.24 144
Salt, Table 1/2 Teaspoon 3.00 Grams $0.00 0
Egg Yolks (2 egg yolks) * 34.00 Grams $0.33 110
Extract, Vanilla Pure 1 Tablespoon 13.00 Grams $0.63 38
Coffee, Instant, Regular, Powder 2 Teaspoons 1.80 Grams $0.06 4
Butter, Unsalted (3 sticks) * 12.00 Ounces $1.52 2,430
Sugar, White Granulated 2 1/2 Cups 500.00 Grams $0.66 1,935
Eggs, Chicken (8 eggs) 3 Cups 407.61 Grams $1.36 636
Chocolate. Bitter Sweet * 6.00 Ounces $1.47 972
Chocolate Chips, Semi Sweet * 6.00 Ounces $0.95 907
Butter, Unsalted (1 stick) 8 Smidgens 1.16 Grams $0.01 8
Honey 1 Tablespoon 21.00 Grams $0.19 60
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 cup Dutch processed cocoa powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
8 large eggs, at room temperature
2 egg large yolks, at room temperature
1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
2 teaspoons instant espresso powder
12 ounces unsalted butter (3 sticks), room temperature
2 1/2 cups sugar
6 ounces bittersweet chocolate, roughly chopped

Chocolate Glaze:
6 ounces bittersweet or semisweet chocolate, finely chopped
8 tablespoons unsalted butter (1 stick)
1 tablespoon honey

10 servings

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Alton Brown's Corn Dogs

Wed Apr 13, 2016 1:00 am
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This dish, however quite labor intensive is affordable to make as well as reasonable in calorie content. All the ingredients are quite cheap, with the hot dogs being the largest cost contributor.


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Servings: 8
Total Cost: $6.68
Cost Per Serving: $0.84
Total Calories: 3,042
Calories/Serving: 380
Corn Meal, Yellow 1 Cup 160.00 Grams $0.18 587
Flour, White Unbleached All Purpose 1 Cup 4.25 Ounces $0.14 455
Salt, Kosher 2 Teaspoons 9.60 Grams $0.02 0
Baking Powder, Clabber Girl 1 Teaspoon 4.80 Grams $0.03 0
Baking Soda, Generic 1/4 Teaspoon 1.20 Grams $0.00 0
Cayenne Pepper 1/2 Teaspoon 0.88 Gram $0.02 3
Peppers, Jalapeno (1 large) 2 Tablespoons 11.25 Grams $0.03 3
Corn, Canned * 8.50 Ounces $0.31 154
Onion, Yellow Diced 1/3 Cup 52.80 Grams $0.12 22
Buttermilk 1 1/2 Cup 360.00 Grams $0.60 180
Corn Starch 4 Tablespoons 40.00 Grams $0.18 140
Hot Dogs * 1.00 Pound $5.05 1,498
1 cup yellow cornmeal
1 cup all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons kosher salt
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
2 tablespoons (approximately 1 large) jalapeno pepper, seeded and finely minced
1 (8.5-ounce) can cream-style corn
1/3 cup finely grated onion
1 1/2 cups buttermilk
4 tablespoons cornstarch, for dredging
8 beef hot dogs

8 dogs

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