I always try to eat delicious food. Unfortunately I don't have that much money, so I have to cook a lot of it at home. But thats OK because I love cooking and I love eating at home with my wife. This is a website with my favorite recipes and a little bit of commentary.

Monday, November 28, 2005

A few more recipes we have made lately

We have made a few more dishes lately that I have been too busy to post. The macaroni and cheese and the coleslaw are all time standards and we make those recipes all the time.

Teriyaki Pork Chops

1/2 cup soy sauce
1/2 cup brown sugar
2 T garlic, minced
2 T fresh ginger, minced
2 T apple cider vinegar
2 T sesame oil
1 T ketchup
1/2 t red pepper flakes

Combine ingredients and pour over your chops. Marinate for at least 2 hours. I marinated mine for 24 hours. Grill the chops and use the marinade to brush them as they grill.

Macaroni and Cheese ala Koko

Boil enough macaroni to fill a 9X9 inch baking dish. Drain the macaroni when it is cooked and save 1/4 cup of the pasta water. Put the macaroni and pasta water in the buttered baking dish.

Make cheese sauce by melting 1 T butter in a sauce pan. Add 1 T flour and a few red pepper flakes. Stir for a few minutes to make a roux.

To the roux add:
1 cup cream
1/2 cup milk
4 ounces velveta
1 t salt
freshly ground black pepper

Bring mixture to a boil stirring constantly. Add 1 t Dijon mustard. Simmer until velveta melts. Add 1 cup finely shredded extra sharp cheddar cheese. Pour sauce over macaroni and stir. It will seem kind of soupy.

Make a topping by crushing a few Saltine crackers. Melt 2 T butter and combine with the crackers. Add 1/2 cup finely shredded extra sharp cheddar.

Bake in the oven at 400 degrees for 20 to 25 minutes, until the top is browning and bubbly. You can also make this in a Dutch Oven, like I did.

Muriel's Coleslaw

My grandmother makes great coleslaw. I quizzed her about the recipe recently. What she does is take a head of cabbage and shred it. She adds a diced tomato and a diced green pepper and pours the following dressing over the top:

Cole Slaw Dressing from Vedie’s Kitchen

½ c. sugar (seems excessive, I use ¼ cup)
1 tsp. salt
dash of pepper

Add to:
½ c. Miracle Whip

Mix together:
1 ½ T Kraft’s salad vinegar
2 T cream

Put into the above mixture and store in the refrigerator. Recipe by Shirley Reece.

Chocolate Guinness Cake

From the New York Times, December 2004

Heat the following ingredients together in a sauce pan until the butter melts:

1 c Guinness Stout
10 T butter
¾ c cocoa
2 c powdered sugar

Add to the following ingredients slowly in a mixer:

¾ cup sour cream
2 eggs
1 T vanilla
2 c flour
2 ½ t baking soda

Place into a springform pan and bake at 350 until done. A toothpick inserted in the center should come out clean.

For the icing combine:

1 ¼ c powdered sugar
8 oz cream cheese at room temp
½ c heavy whipping cream