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Skinny Chocolate Peppermint Cake Pops

Chocolate and peppermint are the perfect combination, and these cake pops are perfect if you need a last minute Holiday dessert!

After much success with my first attempt at a skinny cake pop[1], the flavor combinations and possibilities are endless. Here I used chocolate cake with Wilton’s peppermint white candy melts sold at Michaels.

The cake pop pan is made by Nordic Ware[2], it’s about $16 and makes perfect, easy cake balls every time.

For the full recipe go to Dash Recipes[3] where I contribute monthly skinny dessert recipes. Happy Holidays!

References

  1. ^  first attempt at a skinny cake pop (bit.ly)
  2. ^ Nordic Ware (www.amazon.com)
  3. ^ Dash Recipes (bit.ly)

Gordon Ramsay’s Mutton Stew

Gordon Ramsay made this stew for his viewers on Season One of the F Word[1]. It looks delicious and he took samples of the stew streets of England. Everyone who sampled the stew was very impressed, and several people even asked if they could have the rest of it!

According to Gordon Ramsay, Mutton is half the cost of lamb, and twice the flavor. It is also tougher, so the key to a great tasting mutton stew is in the cook time. Get this on the stove well before you start getting hungry, and you’ll have what looks to be a delicious and affordable stew ready for supper.

Gordon blazes through this recipe on the show, and doesn’t give exact measurements for anything, so bear with me as I do the best I can to break it down. Keep in mind, this is a stew, don’t finely slice anything. Cut everything into decent sized chunks, and feel free to increase or decrease any of the ingredient’s proportions to fit your taste.

Ingredients:

  • Around 1 1/2 lbs. Mutton (chopped into 1-1.5 inch cubes)
  • 1 Head of Garlic (skin on, cut in half)
  • 1 Large Onion (chopped)
  • 3 Large Carrots (chopped)
  • 5 Stalks of Celery (chopped)
  • Leek (I don’t know how much he used so I’m going to say… to taste)
  • 1 Large Sprig Rosemary (whole)
  • 3-4 Sprigs of Thyme (whole)
  • Flour
  • Salt
  • Small Handful of Peppercorn (lightly crushed)
  • Very Large Spoonful of Tomato Puree (or paste)
  • House Red Wine (he says half a something, but I could make it out even after playing it back five times. It looks like he uses about half a bottle, but it’s probably more like half a cup)
  • Cooking oil
  • Water

Directions:

Heat some cooking oil in a large skillet while you’re preparing your mutton. Lightly season mutton with salt, then coat it with flour, shaking off excess. Add to the hot oil and brown it thoroughly. Gordon lights the pan on fire a few times, but I wasn’t able to see how he went about doing it. Just make sure your mutton has good color. Color changes the meat and adds flavor. Once your meat is browned, place it into a colander to drain, and get to work on your stew base.

Chop all of your vegetables into large chunks. Add the onion to a very large stock pot over medium heat and stir in carrots. Cut a head of garlic in half so it looks like the picture on the right, and add it to the stew. Add celery, leeks, and your beautiful sprigs of fresh herbs. Take a small handful of peppercorns and lightly crush them on the counter with any large object you have. The bottom of a storage container, or a rolling pin will work just fine; add them to the stew. Spoon in your tomato base, and add the wine. Return your mutton to the pan, and stir it into the stew. Pour boiling hot water over the top of the stew until it completely covers all of the ingredients. You want your stew to look like a soup at this point, with a little extra liquid.

Bring everything to a boil, and reduce heat to low. Cover the pan with a tight fitting lid, and stew over low heat for 2 1/2 hours. Now you can watch a movie, go shopping, or whatever you enjoy for 2 1/2 hours. Come back after the stew has finished cooking and enjoy another F Word[2] favorite from Gordon Ramsay.

Feel free to leave your experiences, or any improvements in the comments section below.

»crosslinked«[3]

References

  1. ^ F Word (www.amazon.com)
  2. ^ F Word (www.amazon.com)
  3. ^ »crosslinked« (gordon-ramsay-recipe.com)

Creamy Cilantro Dressing

Creamy Cilantro Dressing

by Pam on December 10, 2012

I made a very simple tossed salad last night with romaine, grape tomatoes, avocado, green onion, pumpkin seeds, cotija cheese crumbles, and tortilla crisps on top. I didn’t want to use our regular vinaigrette[1] so I grabbed some cilantro and decided to make, instead of my usual Cilantro-Lime Vinaigrette[2], a creamy cilantro dressing. It turned out very flavorful and delicious and we all, except for my son, loved it.  I used lower fat buttermilk, mayonnaise, and sour cream but I am sure it would be tasty with the regular too. I recommend making it at least 30 minutes prior to serving so the flavors have time to mingle. I served this salad with the Black Bean Soup with Bacon[3] and they paired perfectly together.

Blend together the buttermilk, mayonnaise, sour cream, cilantro, jalapeno, green onion, minced garlic, lime juice, cumin, oregano, sea salt, and freshly cracked pepper, to taste, using an immersion blender until well combined and creamy.  Set aside to let the flavors mingle.

Place some chopped romaine in a serving bowl followed by grape tomatoes, diced avocado, green onion, pumpkin seeds, cotija cheese, and tortilla crisps.  Drizzle the salad with the creamy cilantro dressing then toss to coat evenly.  Serve immediately. Enjoy.



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Creamy Cilantro Dressing




Yield: 8-10

Prep Time: 10 min.

Cook Time: 30 min. for flavors to mingle

Total Time: 40 min.



Ingredients:

1/2 cup of buttermilk
1/4 cup of olive oil mayonnaise
1/4 cup of sour cream
1/4 cup of fresh cilantro, chopped
1 small jalapeno, seeds removed & chopped
1 green onion, chopped
1 clove of garlic, minced
Juice from 1/2 a lime
1/4 tsp cumin
1/4 tsp oregano
Sea salt and freshly cracked pepper, to taste

Directions:

Blend together the buttermilk, mayonnaise, sour cream, cilantro, jalapeno, green onion, minced garlic, lime juice, cumin, oregano, sea salt, and freshly cracked pepper, to taste, using an immersion blender until well combined and creamy. Set aside to let the flavors mingle.

Place some chopped romaine in a serving bowl followed by grape tomatoes, diced avocado, green onion, pumpkin seeds, cotija cheese, and tortilla crisps. Drizzle the salad with the creamy cilantro dressing then toss to coat evenly. Serve immediately. Enjoy.



Recipe and photos by For the Love of Cooking.net

References

  1. ^ regular vinaigrette (www.gordon-ramsay-recipe.com)
  2. ^ Cilantro-Lime Vinaigrette (www.gordon-ramsay-recipe.com)
  3. ^ Black Bean Soup with Bacon (www.gordon-ramsay-recipe.com)
  4. ^ Print Recipe (www.gordon-ramsay-recipe.com)
  5. ^ Save to ZipList Recipe Box (www.gordon-ramsay-recipe.com)

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