Sunday, October 23, 2011

Chocolate Sour Cream Frosting



If you are looking for a frosting that has a good chocolate taste and is thick and creamy without being overly sweet, this is a good bet.  The only slight drawback is that it is so thick it can be hard to spread.  To solve that problem, warm the frosting slightly in the microwave.

Friday, October 7, 2011

Coconut Curry Chicken Casserole



Thai coconut curries are easy to like--not too spicy, and with the mild sweetness of coconut milk.  This is a recipe from Everyday Food, a Martha Stewart publication, so it has been adapted for the American market.  If you wished to be more Asian with this dish, you could use different vegetables such as a can of baby corn or straw mushrooms or water chestnuts.

You can also substitute tofu or fish for the chicken, if you like.

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Pumpkin Pie with a Wheat Crust


I've tried a variety of pumpkin pie recipes and the one I always return to is the one on the back of the can of Libby's pumpkin.  The only modification I make is that I use less of the evaporated milk.  Otherwise, I think it's pretty perfect as it is.

A homemade crust is nice, and this one is simple and quick.  No chilling, no cutting butter into tiny bits and freezing it, in fact--no butter at all!  The recipe makes enough for a one-crust pie.  Enjoy!

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Linguine with Parmesan-Clam Sauce



My son, Weston, is looking for simple recipes to make for weeknight dinners. He found one that required four pounds of littleneck clams.  Not easy to find in Minnesota!

I pulled this recipe out from the depths of my recipe binder.  I hadn't made it in a while, but I remembered that it relied on canned clams (cheaper! easier to keep on hand!) and made a copy for him.  Easy enough for an eleven-year old to make for a family dinner, and tasty too!