Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Mulligatawny Soup

Every time I think about Mulligatawny Soup, I think about the "Soup Nazi" episode on Seinfeld, where Elaine starts reading off the recipe to the Soup Nazi.  I've had this recipe since college, and it's one of the first Indian-style recipes I learned to make.  When Mr. Devilish Dish and I were first married I made it often.  Somehow the recipe got tucked away and I hadn't made it in years.  In our attempt to make the Little Devil a well-rounded individual, we've been forcing her to watch some of our favorite movies and television shows before she goes off to college.  You know?  So she's "cultured".  So, we got out the good 'ol Seinfeld DVDs and the "Soup Nazi" episode reminded me that I hadn't made this rich, aromatic soup in a long time.  Thank for the reminder Elaine, it was delicious!
Soup for You!
Don't panic over the number of ingredients.
Everything is done in simple steps!
Brown bacon in a Dutch oven.
Add chicken pieces.
Remove chicken and bacon from the pot.
Pour off any fat.  Return to pot and add chicken broth.
Add in garlic, carrots,  and celery.
Don't forget the green apple!
Add curry powder, all-spice berries and bay leaf.
Season well with salt and pepper.
Heat to boiling.  Cover and simmer over low heat
about 30 minutes.
Remove chicken from pan.  Remove meat from bones
and set aside.  Combine flour and water
to create a slurry.  Combine with soup to thicken.
Add half and half.
Return reserved chicken to pot.
Ladle soup into bowls and top with a mound of rice.

Enjoy a Seinfeld re-run:

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Plaza Diner Green Chile

I'm sure you've heard me say it before:  Santa Fe, New Mexico is probably my favorite place on the entire planet.  Before my car accident, we made one or two trips out there each year.  To soak up the culture, stock up on green chiles, and pretty much just to pig out.  It's our favorite type of cuisine.  There is a little cafe in the plaza that has been there since 1905.  I read on their website (thefamousplazacafe.com) that they suffered a kitchen fire in 2010 and have been closed since for remodeling.  One of our favorite things to eat at the diner is their Green Chile.  It's a very simple, but delicious bowl of awesomeness, served with a big piece of Indian Fry Bread.  Since we haven't been able to make it to Santa Fe recently, and would have been disappointed to see the restaurant closed for remodeling anyway, we've come up with our own version at home.  It's not quite as good as eating on the square, but it helps hold us over between vacations! 
It's like New Mexico in a bowl!
The Line-Up
This is the green chile sauce we like to use
Heat the beans in a sauce pan.
Heat the green chile sauce in a separate pan.
Season the steak on both sides
with salt and pepper.
Cook until desired doneness.
Allow steak to rest before slicing.
Serve up with a big piece of Indian Fry Bread.
My recipe for that is
Pretend you're on the plaza in Santa Fe.

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Homemade Twix Bars

Every once in awhile, someone shares a recipe that becomes a staple at our house.  That's precisely what happened when Michaela, over at An Affair From The Heart gave me this recipe years ago.  It's been a regular at every tailgate, and made an appearance on every platter of Christmas goodies.  It's one of those sweet treats that everyone loves.  So when my Little Devil needed something sweet to sell as a fundraiser for a club at school, these bars immediately came to mind.  They go together quickly, with just a few ingredients we always have on hand.  She wrapped them up in cellophane and tied them with ribbon and sold out of them right away.  Try them for your next bake sale.  Or cookie platter.  Or midnight snack.  Thanks Michaela!

EVERYBODY loves these!
The ingredients
Line a 9x13-inch pan with Club Crackers.
Combine graham cracker crumbs, butter, sugar,
brown sugar and milk in a sauce pan.
Boil together for 5 minutes.
Pour boiled mixture over crackers.
Add another layer of crackers.
In another pan, melt together peanut butter
and chocolate chips
Spread over crackers.
Chill until set.
Wrap up and share (sell) to your friends,
OR eat them all yourself!

Sunday, April 8, 2012

Birthday Weekend Cocktails

I think I may have mentioned before that I have three very best friends from college that I love to get together with.  I recently celebrated a "milestone" birthday, so even though the four of us do not live in the same state, we really wanted to celebrate.  So we planned a little weekend trip to get away and have some laughs.  Not that we need any libations to have fun, but it was a good excuse to try out some ideas for upcoming summer parties.  Since it was my birthday, I totally was not thinking, "Hey I should take pictures of this for The Devilish Dish" so I don't have step by step pictures, but I did snap a quick pic with my phone.    It's only three ingredients so I think you'll get the idea without seeing all of the steps.  Not only was it yummy, it's a perfect drink for any girl's night, bunco night or summer party.  I'm thinking it may be my new signature summer cocktail.  Invite some of your friends over and enjoy.  And don't wait for a birthday as an excuse to get together!
My new favorite cocktail for summer!
I can't wait to make these again!

Monday, April 2, 2012

GIANT Chocolate Chip Cookies

Recently, Little Devil needed an idea for a fundraiser.  One of the clubs she belongs to at high school is raising money to attend a national event.  Obviously we thought of baking something.  Other kids might be washing cars or mowing lawns.  Little Devil headed straight for the kitchen.  I had seen the idea of making giant cookies and packaging them in CD envelopes before on the internet.  Since she's a marketing genius, we thought this cute packaging might make a delicious, home baked chocolate chip cookie seem even better.  We found the recipe and adorable packaging idea on the Intimate Weddings blog.  (How cute is that to give away cookies as a wedding favor???)  I've lost count on how many batches of these we have made to date.  They are a really good seller.  And it makes a damn good cookie dough.  Not that I've eaten any or anything.  Let's just say that one batch mysteriously made 17 cookies instead of 18 cookies.

It doesn't get any better than this!
The ingredient line-up
Sift together flour, baking soda and salt.
Set aside.
Cream together melted butter,
brown sugar and white sugar.
Add vanilla.
Add egg and egg yolk.
Beat until light and creamy.
Mix in dry ingredients just until blended.
Stir in chocolate chips by hand with a wooden spoon.
Use a 1/4 cup measuring cup to drop dough onto
lightly greased cookie sheets.
(6 per sheet)
Remove to wire racks to cool.
If you're going to package the
cookies in CD envelopes,
wrap each one well with plastic wrap.
(This helps keep the cookie fresh,
and prevents the envelope
from getting grease spots.)
Make a fun little label using sticker paper
and seal up the envelope.
Here's the finished product after Little Devil
wrapped and labeled them.
No wonder she raised so much money!  YUM!
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