Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Cucumber, Mustard & Dill Salad -- Yum!


* 2 teaspoons white-wine vinegar
* 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
* 1/2 teaspoon salt, or to taste
* 1 1/2 teaspoons sugar
* 1 tablespoon mild olive oil
* 1 large seedless cucumber (usually plastic-wrapped; 1 lb), peeled
(you can use 2 regular cucumbers, peeled and seeded)
* 2 tablespoons chopped fresh dill


whisk together vinegar, mustard, salt, and sugar in a bowl, then add oil in a slow stream, whisking.

halve cucumber lengthwise and remove seeds with a small spoon, then cut halves crosswise into 1/8-inch-thick slices.

add cucumber and dill to vinaigrette, tossing to coat.

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Pretzel Crusted Chicken with Spicy Mustard Sauce

This recipe comes from
A Perfect Dose of Life
-- Kristina is one of those people you just like from the word 'go' -- plus, how can you pass up checking out a recipe called "Pretzel Crusted Chicken with Spicy Mustard Sauce" -- seriously, my husband began salivating at the mere mention of it! LOL BUT, there's one condition...if you make this recipe, you have to promise to include the chopped pickles and onions, Kristina said it really makes the dish! :)

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Anyone else a Top Chef fan? Yummmmmy!

I keep looking for an excuse to make these -- but my hips keep telling me NO! :)

Pretzel & Potato Chip Shortbread Cookie with Salted Caramel Chocolate Ganache

Prep Time: 45 Minutes
Total Time: Under 1 Hour
Skill Level: Moderate
Cost: Inexpensive

From: Chef Dale Talde
Top Chef, Season 8, Episode 10, Quickfire Challenge, Winner


* 2 bags potato chips
* 2 bags pretzels
* 3 ounces flour
* 2 pounds butter, melted
* 10 ounces sugar

Chocolate Ganache:

* 1 pound chocolate, chopped
* 10 ounces sugar
* 2 quarts cream



1. In a food processor, crush potato chips and pretzels.

2. In a mixing bowl, add chips and pretzels with flour, butter, and sugar.

3. In a sheet tray, add the mixture and bake in 350 degree oven for 10 minutes.

Chocolate Ganache:

1. Add sugar to pot and caramelize. Add cream and bring to a boil.

2. Whisk in chocolate.


1. Cool potato chip and pretzel mixture than brush with ganache. Cut out with ring mold