Protein Hot Chocolate

What could be better than delicious, rich hot chocolate that actually helps your muscles recover from a tough workout? This protein hot chocolate is filling, sugar free, and healthful, but tastes very decadent. It is a great wintertime alternative to a cold protein shake or smoothie. The warm richness keeps you full for quite a while, so it is also a great liquid meal. Even though this protein hot chocolate is made from scratch it is rather simple to prepare. If you like, you can mix up the dry ingredients in a large quantity and store them in an airtight container in your kitchen for even quicker prep. The recipe makes one serving so if you want to mix a large quantity just multiply the ingredients by 6 or 12 and you'll have enough for that many servings. This protein hot chocolate is a great way to enjoy a delicious chocolate indulgence that is sugar free, nutritious and satisfying! My kids love this hot chocolate too and they have no idea it is actually good for them! This is a recipe your whole family can enjoy!
December 2nd, 2016|Eating Enchanted|0 Comments

The Best Roasted Turkey

Roasted turkey is something most people only make once a year. We rely on our mothers, grandmothers and friends to help us. My mother and I have been roasting a beautiful turkey together for as long as I can remember. We've been roasting the Thanksgiving turkey the same way for many years and it is consistently juicy and delicious. The only variables are whether to brine the turkey or not and the cooking time will vary based on the size of the turkey. You will want to plan for about 20 minutes per pound of turkey based on a 350 degree F oven. However the high and fast method described in this recipe will shorten this time a bit, so it is essential that you monitor the temperature of the bird during the cooking process. Brining the turkey is personal preference. If you like it, do it. If not, don't. Brining is a process of soaking the turkey in a seasoned salt solution to impart flavor and moisture to the turkey. It is done at least one day in advance of roasting the turkey. Personally, I do not think it is necessary to brine the turkey, but please do whatever you prefer. Part of the success of the roasted turkey is the bird itself. I always choose the highest quality turkey I can find. Fresh, local, free range and or organic if possible. The process described in this recipe is good for any kind of whole turkey that is fresh or completely defrosted. The only special supplies you will need are a large heavy duty roasting pan with a rack, a probe thermometer and some kitchen twine. I know it can seem a bit daunting to cook an entire Thanksgiving turkey, but really this process makes it much faster and easier with consistently great results. The recipe is based on a 15-16 pound turkey. If yours is smaller of larger just follow the 20 minutes per pound guidelines and you should be on track. Make sure you use a thermometer to check the temperature while it is cooking to insure a cooked but not overdone turkey. Please see the notes section of the recipe for a link to turkey tips from The Culinary Institute of America. Happy Thanksgiving!
November 20th, 2016|Celebration Food|0 Comments

Halibut in Tomato Water with Sautéed Kale

This Halibut in Tomato Water with Sautéed Kale is rather simple to prepare! It is a great dish for any eventing, but is especially great for entertaining. You can, and are encouraged to, make the tomato water ahead of time, so that it can develop flavor in the refrigerator. What is tomato water? It is essentially the liquid from very ripe tomatoes that is then seasoned to your liking. It can be used as a sauce itself or used as the base of many things, such as, salad dressing, soup, stew etc. It is surprisingly simple to prepare and packs a lot of flavor. Paired with the Halibut and the sautéed kale this dish in not only nutritious, it is delicious and will impress those to which you serve it. I hope you love this dish as much as I do! Enjoy!
April 18th, 2016|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Restaurant Style Salmon

Many people are very intimidated by the idea of cooking fish at home. They are not sure how to cook it so they don't even try. I'm here to show you how easy it is to prepare a beautiful fish dinner at home. The first step is to find the right fish. For this dish I chose wild caught Alaskan king salmon. This restaurant style salmon is seared and then finished in the oven which produces a delicious piece of fish with relatively little effort. Once you learn this technique used in the finest restaurants, you will confidently be cooking fish at home. This technique is best for thicker filets of fish and is best with skin on fish. The fat gets fully rendered in the cooking process so the skin becomes crunchy and delicious. Just like bacon from the sea! This restaurant style salmon is served with stir fried veggies, but feel free to pair it with any veggie or starch options you choose. To learn more about sourcing great fish visit seafood watch the link is in the notes section of the recipe. Happy cooking!
March 7th, 2016|Uncategorized|0 Comments