Roasted Garlic Souffle-France

It's STILL 100+ degrees so I'm just unable to get into the fall cooking spirit. And I'm definitely out of the summer cooking mood. So most nights I just don't cook at all.

So what I've been doing is thinking about fall/winter dishes. And in doing that I realized there are a lot of countries that aren't represented on this blog. So I'm coming up with a game plan to remedy that. My first foray will be into Indian food. I know people are wondering why it hasn't made an appearance here and the fact is I'm not a fan based on the Indian food I've had. Indian cuisine is so diverse I can't imagine I wouldn't like something.

I'd also like to try my hand at Japanese and Korean food. So when it finally cools down things will get interesting in my kitchen. I hope.

Now on to the souffle. I've never made one and it seems like it should be something in every good cook's repertoire. I love garlic. I love cheese. So this looked like the perfect souffle for me. It's a bit labor intensive but I got my garlic roasted the night before and set up my mis-en-place in the morning.

My big fear was the dreaded fallen souffle. Mine puffed up quite nicely then deflated a bit as I was setting up for my picture. No worries though as the end result was delicious. And very garlicky. No vampires will visit me tonight.


Roasted-Garlic Souffle
Gourmet | March 2008
Paul Grimes

3 large heads garlic, left whole, plus 3 garlic cloves, smashed
1 tablespoon olive oil
2 1/2 cups whole milk
1 medium onion, sliced
3 large thyme sprigs plus 1 teaspoon thyme leaves
1 California bay leaf or 2 Turkish
1 whole clove
1/8 teaspoon black peppercorns
7 tablespoons unsalted butter, divided
1 1/2 tablespoons fine dry bread crumbs
5 tablespoons all-purpose flour
4 large eggs, separated, plus 4 additional egg whites
1 1/2 cups grated Parmigiano-Reggiano (3 ounces)
1/4 teaspoon grated nutmeg
3/4 cup grated Gruyère (2 ounces)

Preheat oven to 400°F with rack in middle.

Trim 1/4 inch from tops of whole heads of garlic, then put heads on a large sheet
of foil and drizzle each with 1 teaspoon oil. Wrap heads together in foil and roast until very tender, 50 minutes to 1 hour. Cool to warm, then squeeze garlic from skins.

Meanwhile, bring milk, smashed garlic cloves, onion, thyme sprigs, bay leaf, clove, and peppercorns just to a boil in a medium saucepan, then remove from heat and cover.
Let steep 30 minutes.

Butter a 12-inch oval (2-quart) gratin dish with 1 tablespoon butter, then sprinkle bottom and side with bread crumbs and chill until ready to use.

Melt remaining 6 tablespoons butter in a heavy medium saucepan and whisk in flour.
Cook roux over low heat, whisking constantly, 5 minutes.

Strain milk mixture through a fine-mesh sieve, then add to roux, whisking until smooth.

Bring to a boil, whisking, then simmer béchamel, whisking, 3 minutes. Remove from heat and vigorously whisk in yolks 1 at a time. Whisk in roasted garlic, parmesan, nutmeg, 3/4 teaspoon salt, and 1/4 teaspoon pepper and transfer to a bowl.

Beat egg whites with a pinch of salt using an electric mixer until they just hold stiff peaks, then stir one third of egg whites into yolk mixture.
Fold in Gruyère, then remaining whites. Transfer mixture to gratin dish, smoothing top, and sprinkle with thyme leaves.

Bake soufflé until set and browned on top, 20 to 25 minutes.

Cooks' notes:
•Garlic heads can be roasted 2 days ahead, then chilled in foil. Squeeze from skins just before using.
•Béchamel can be made 1 day ahead and chilled, its surface covered with buttered wax paper. Reheat (uncovered) before proceeding with recipe.

Roast Chicken with Pears shallots and Walnuts and Crash Hot Potatoes

It's still hot here but I was craving roast chicken. Especially after seeing this recipe in September 2008's Cooking Light Magazine. Pears are one of my favorite fall fruits. I especially love them in savory dishes.

To save money I did make a couple of modifications. I didn't add the walnut oil to the sauce. It's $10 and the last bottle I had went rancid before I could use it all. I didn't use any oil in the sauce and it was fine. Cut fat and calories too. I'll also save you another $10 and tell you champagne vinegar tastes a lot like white wine vinegar which is half the price and something every cook already has in the pantry.

On the side I served Crash Hot Potatoes from The Pioneer Woman Cooks Blog. She got it from a reader in Australia and it is now my favorite red potato recipe. I love how they get so crispy. The green beans are steamed with a little lemon juice, salt and pepper.



Recipe for Roast Chicken with Pears and Shallots HERE

Tempeh Lettuce Tomato Sandwich

Once again I was sucked in by an amazing blog photo. This time it was 101 Cookbooks. Seriously go look at her photo and see.

I've been traveling so I wanted something easy and filling until I do my big grocery run tomorrow. For this I only had to buy the romaine, tomatoes and avocado.

Heidi says this is her most requested sandwich and I can see why. The smokiness of the adobo, the nuttiness of the tempeh, sweet roasted tomatoes and cool avocado are a fantabulous combination. And it's filling!


Recipe HERE

Thai Beef Rolls with Sweet Chili Sauce

Sorry no picture. I realized too late the batteries in my camera were dead. Normally I wouldn't post without a picture but this was too good not to share.

But I assure you that mine looked every bit as scrumptious as the photo on Serious Eats.

It was THIS PHOTO that enticed me to make the recipe.

It was also so incredibly easy! I did have one roll break apart on the grill but the upside of that was I could see how done they were. I'm paranoid about ground beef with all the recalls.

The rolls were very very tasty. I loved the grilled basil/mint/chili combo. I only used 4 chilis and chopped them very fine in my mini-chopper.

The word sweet really shouldn't be in the description of the sauce. There's a little bit of sweet and a whole lotta spicy!!

These are definitely going on my rotation and I'd like to try it with ground pork or chicken.

Do 36 hrs & sea salt = the perfect Chocolate Chip Cookie?

There's a lot of buzz about these chocolate chip cookies that appeared in the NY Times Dining In section about creating the perfect chocolate chip cookie (as the article notes, perfecting the chocolate chip cookie is to a baker what the perfecting the omelet is to a chef)

I'm not a dessert person but I LOVE chocolate chip cookies, whether they're Toll House or that $250 Neiman Marcus recipe.

These are as easy as the Toll House. The hard part was letting cookie dough sit unmolested in my refrigerator for 36 hours.

The end result was definitely worth the wait. The cookies do stay nice and soft and I liked the taste of salt on the outside and the sweetness on the inside.

I followed some other bloggers suggestion to measure the ingredients by weight instead of using measuring cups. It seems that everyone got better results that way. I let the dough sit for a while before scooping as it was hard as a rock when I took it out of the refrigerator. I also used an ice cream scoop to make the very large cookies. I couldn't find the Valrhona fèves so I used Guittard Super Cookie Chips which are my new favorite chips! I don't have a stand mixer so I used my hand mixer for the dough and stirred in the chips by hand.




New York Times July 9, 2008
Chocolate Chip Cookies
Adapted from Jacques Torres

Time: 45 minutes (for 1 6-cookie batch), plus at least 24 hours’ chilling

2 cups minus 2 tablespoons (8 1/2 ounces) cake flour
1 2/3 cups (8 1/2 ounces) bread flour
1 1/4 teaspoons baking soda
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1 1/2 teaspoons coarse salt
2 1/2 sticks (1 1/4 cups) unsalted butter
1 1/4 cups (10 ounces) light brown sugar
1 cup plus 2 tablespoons (8 ounces) granulated sugar
2 large eggs
2 teaspoons natural vanilla extract
1 1/4 pounds bittersweet chocolate disks or fèves, at least 60 percent cacao content (see note)
Sea salt.

1. Sift flours, baking soda, baking powder and salt into a bowl. Set aside.

2. Using a mixer fitted with paddle attachment, cream butter and sugars together until very light, about 5 minutes. Add eggs, one at a time, mixing well after each addition. Stir in the vanilla. Reduce speed to low, add dry ingredients and mix until just combined, 5 to 10 seconds. Drop chocolate pieces in and incorporate them without breaking them. Press plastic wrap against dough and refrigerate for 24 to 36 hours. Dough may be used in batches, and can be refrigerated for up to 72 hours.

3. When ready to bake, preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a nonstick baking mat. Set aside.

4. Scoop 6 3 1/2-ounce mounds of dough (the size of generous golf balls) onto baking sheet, making sure to turn horizontally any chocolate pieces that are poking up; it will make for a more attractive cookie. Sprinkle lightly with sea salt and bake until golden brown but still soft, 18 to 20 minutes. Transfer sheet to a wire rack for 10 minutes, then slip cookies onto another rack to cool a bit more. Repeat with remaining dough, or reserve dough, refrigerated, for baking remaining batches the next day. Eat warm, with a big napkin.

Yield: 1 1/2 dozen 5-inch cookies.

Note: Disks are sold at Jacques Torres Chocolate; Valrhona fèves, oval-shaped chocolate pieces, are at Whole Foods.

Rosemary Garlic Steaks with Arugula Tomatoes and Parmigiano Reggiano and Potato Salad Fra Diavolo

Yeah hell froze over. I sat through an entire episode of Rachel Ray's 30 Minute Meals. Is it me or is she less irritating these days? Anyway, my boyfriend saw the same episode and requested I make this for Labor Day. You can use any cut of meat. I bought grass fed ribeyes.

The steak was amazing. I loved the rosemary crust and the salad on top of the steak. The potato salad concerned because I am not a fennel fan. But with all the other spices and the mild pepper rings it was quite good. I may scale the chili powder back if I serve it for a crowd as it was pretty spicy.

And if you're wondering the meal really would have taken 30 minutes to make if I din't clean as I cook.


Rosemary Garlic Steaks with Arugula Tomatoes and Parmigiano Reggiano
Rachel Ray's 30 Minute Meals Summer Simplicity

4 sirloin steaks, 1-inch thick, about 10 to 12-ounces each
2 cloves garlic, cracked from skin and halved
Extra-virgin olive oil, for drizzling, plus 2 tablespoons
4 sprigs rosemary very finely chopped
Salt and freshly ground black pepper or grill seasoning, if desired
4 cups arugula leaves
1 pint multi-color, yellow or red cherry heirloom tomatoes or 2 medium vine-ripe tomatoes, cut into bite-size pieces
1 lemon
Parmigiano-Reggiano, for grating

Heat grill or grill pan to medium-high to high.

Rub room temperature meat with cut garlic. Drizzle the meat with olive oil, rub with rosemary and season liberally with salt and pepper or grill seasoning. Cook steaks 4 minutes on each side for medium, let rest 5 minutes then slice.

Dress greens and halved or chopped tomatoes with the juice of 1 lemon, 2 tablespoons olive oil and salt and pepper. Pile salad on top of sliced steak and garnish with long grates of cheese made with vegetable peeler.

Potato Salad Fra Diavolo
Rachel Ray's 30 Minute Meals Summer Simplicity

This salad is as red as the Devil, very spicy but flavorful.

2 1/2 pounds baby Yukon gold potatoes, halved
1 tablespoon ground fennel
1 tablespoon smoked sweet paprika
2 tablespoons chili powder
1 tablespoon grill seasoning or coarse salt and pepper
2 tablespoons grainy mustard
2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
1/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil
1 small red onion, chopped
3 to 4 ribs celery with leafy greens, finely chopped
A generous handful fresh flat-leaf parsley, coarsely chopped
3 tablespoons chopped yellow hot pepper rings

Place potatoes in pot, cover with water, bring to a boil then salt the water. Cook potatoes 12 to 15 minutes until tender.

While potatoes cook, combine spices and mustard with vinegar, whisk in EVOO and add the onions, celery and parsley to the bowl. Drain potatoes and toss them in dressing while they're still hot, they'll absorb more dressing and flavor. Garnish salad with chopped hot peppers.