Friday, March 29, 2013

Friday Foodday

Happy Friday lovebugs! And a very Happy Birthday to my Dad! I'm looking forward to spending the weekend with him and the rest of my family this weekend for Easter.

Silver Fizz
c/o Art of Drink
1½ oz Gin
1 oz Lemon Juice
1 tsp Sugar 
1 egg white
Top Soda Water


In a cocktail shaker combine gin, lemon juice, sugar and egg white. Shake vigorously and then add ice. Shake again. Strain shaker into an ice filled glass and fill with club soda.
Shaking the egg white with the other ingredients, before adding the ice, helps to emulsify the egg white better, making a more stable foam. What makes the Silver Fizz interesting is that it is substantially smoother than something like a Gin Fizz or Tom Collins. The egg white provides a subtle viscosity that makes the drink feel smooth as it flows across your tongue. It also takes the edge off the acid and alcohol. If people weren’t so dam squimish about raw egg whites this could very well be a popular drink and also a transition drink into other, more flavourful cocktails.

Southwestern Egg Rolls
2 cups frozen corn, thawed
1 (15 oz) can black beans, drained and rinsed
2 cups reduced fat shredded Mexican cheese blend (I used Weight Watchers brand)
1 (10 oz) package frozen chopped spinach, thawed and squeezed dry
4 scallions (green onions), chopped
1 (4 oz) can of green chiles, drained
1 t ground cumin
½ t chili powder
1 t salt
½ t black pepper
¼ t cayenne pepper
24 egg roll wrappers (1 package)
1.    Preheat the oven to 425. Lightly mist two baking sheets with cooking spray and set aside.
2.    In a large bowl, combine all of the ingredients except the egg roll wrappers and stir to thoroughly combine.
3.    Pour some water into a small dish and set aside. On a flat surface, place an egg roll wrapper, corner facing toward you (like a diamond) and put ¼ cup of the mixture from the bowl on the center of the wrapper. Spread the mixture in a horizontal line from the left corner to the right corner of the wonton wrapper, leaving ½ inch or so of space on each side. Fold the bottom corner closest to you up over the ingredients and give it a 90 degree roll. Fold the side corners in and tuck them as you give the filled section another 90 degree roll. Dip your finger in the dish or reserved water and lightly wet the edges of the remaining top corner of the wrapper. Finish rolling the filled egg roll over the wet corner so that it adheres. Place wrapped egg roll onto the prepared baking sheet. Repeat with remaining ingredients.
4.    When all of the egg rolls are wrapped and on the baking sheets, lightly mist the tops with cooking spray. Bake for 14-15 minutes, flipping once halfway through, until the wrappers are golden brown. Serve with salsa for dipping.

World Peace Cookies
    •    1 1/4 cups all purpose flour
    •    1/3 cup natural unsweetened cocoa powder
    •    1/2 teaspoon baking soda
    •    11 tablespoons (1 stick plus 3 tablespoons) unsalted butter, room temperature
    •    2/3 cup (packed) golden brown sugar
    •    1/4 cup sugar
    •    1 teaspoon vanilla extract
    •    1/4 teaspoon fine sea salt
    •    5 ounces extra-bittersweet chocolate

    •    Sift flour, cocoa, and baking soda into medium bowl. Using electric mixer, beat butter in large bowl until smooth but not fluffy. Add both sugars, vanilla, and sea salt; beat until fluffy, about 2 minutes. Add flour mixture; beat just until blended (mixture may be crumbly). Add chopped chocolate; mix just to distribute (if dough doesn't come together, knead lightly in bowl to form ball). Divide dough in half. Place each half on sheet of plastic wrap. Form each into 1 1/2-inch-diameter log. Wrap each in plastic; chill until firm, about 3 hours. DO AHEAD Can be made 3 days ahead. Keep chilled.

    •    Preheat oven to 325°F. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper. Using thin sharp knife, cut logs crosswise into 1/2-inch-thick rounds. Space 1 inch apart on prepared sheets. Bake 1 sheet at a time until cookies appear dry (cookies will not be firm or golden at edges), 11 to 12 minutes. Transfer to rack; cool. DO AHEAD Can be made 1 day ahead. Store airtight at room temperature.

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