Thursday, December 30, 2010

Best Recipes of 2010 from Kitchen Parade

My favorite recipes from 2010, just 12 of the best recipes of the year. Made without processed food, these are everyday recipes, ones to make again and again. They are recipes that express the hallmarks of the Kitchen Parade style, 'fresh' and 'easy' and 'flavor-forward' and 'seasonal'.

A selection of Kitchen Parade recipes from 2010

Earlier this month, I received a letter from Patricia, a Kitchen Parade reader. She wrote, "At this time of the year, especially as we become older, it is important to count our blessings and tell those who have touched/and are touching our lives." She went on to thank me for making her life better. (Wow. Yes, I cried.)

But honestly, Kitchen Parade may come from my heart but without readers like Patricia -- without YOU as a reader -- and without your encouragement whether in comments, Facebooks "likes" or an e-mail subscription, this website would be a much lesser place, it might not exist at all.

So let ME thank you, for reading, for your encouragement, for your trust, for your curiosity, for the privilege of sharing kitchens.

Happy New Year's to all!

My Favorite Recipes from 2010

(hover for a description, click a photo for a recipe)
January - Savory Cornmeal Muffins February - Fast Roast Chicken March - Twice-Smoked Ham
April - Chocolate Cream Puffs Stuffed with Strawberries & Cream May - Homemade Egg McMuffin Cooked in the Microwave June - Lifetime Pancakes
July - First-Prize Peach Pie with Lattice Crust August - Summer Seafood Chowder September - Healthy Waldorf Salad
October - Moroccan Onions November - Perfect Whole Wheat Pumpkin Muffins December - Breakfast Casserole with Sausage, Apples & Caramelized Onions

More 'Best of the Year' Favorite Recipes from Kitchen Parade




Kitchen Parade is written by second-generation food columnist Alanna Kellogg and features fresh, seasonal dishes for every-day healthful eating and occasional indulgences. Do you have a favorite recipe that other Kitchen Parade readers might like? Just send me a quick e-mail via recipes@kitchen-parade.com. How to print a Kitchen Parade recipe. Never miss a recipe! If you like this recipe, sign up for a free e-mail subscription. If you like Kitchen Parade, you're sure to like my food blog about vegetable recipes, too, A Veggie Venture. Follow Kitchen Parade on Facebook!

About the Photo Collage

In the center, the very first shot, straight out of the camera, no reading, no manual, of my much-loved Nikon D90 and its 35mm wide-angle lens. I'm still learning my way around the camera but my, how Nikon and I think alike. The recipe is Refried Bean Sauce with Eggs on Top.

From the top left corner, moving clockwise:

Best-Ever Caramel Cake, Cold-Brewed Coffee for Ice Coffee, First-Prize Peach Pie with Lattice Crust, Perfect Whole Wheat Pumpkin Muffins, Spicy Raisin Sauce for Ham, Deviled Eggs with Tomato & Herb Relish in tribute to my friend Linda, Pan de Muerto ('Bread of the Dead' Celebration Bread), Carrot & Zucchini Bread, Mexican Fruit Salad, Cold Shrimp in Creamy Dill Sauce with Capers, Fall Stew Baked in a Whole Pumpkin, Homemade Mayonnaise for BLTs, Snickers Cookies on Sticks or NOT, Grilled Steak with Summer Tomato Salad, Julia Child's Soubise (Onion & Rice Casserole), Cut-Out Spice Cookies.

A selection of Kitchen Parade recipes from 2010

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Top Twelve Vegetable Recipes of 2010
from A Veggie Venture

Healthy habits, they're good to hone, worthy of practice. And most of us (myself included) would benefit from eating more vegetables. Let me tempt you with the best vegetables recipes from A Veggie Venture in 2010. Not finding what you like here? Check A Veggie Venture's famous Alphabet of Vegetables!

Enjoy! ~ Alanna

(hover for a description, click a photo for a recipe)
January - Homemade Vegetable Bouillon February - Sweet Potato & Butternut Squash Tagine March - How to Roast Potatoes to Perfection
April - Tofu-Salad Sandwiches (Vegan 'Egg' Salad) May - Lemony Broccoli & Lemon Vinaigrette June - Chilled Green Bean Salad with Rosemary & Garlic Oil
July - Tossed Caprese Salad August - Grilled Corn with Chipotle-Lime Browned Butter September - Whole Roasted Cauliflower with Lemon Vinaigrette
October - Stuffed Pumpkin with Apple & Cranberry November - Savory Sweet Potato Casserole December - A Simple Dandelion Salad

More "Best & Favorite" Recipes

~ My Favorite One-Pot Supper Recipes ~
~ My Favorite Apple Recipes ~
from Kitchen Parade

~ Twelve Favorite Tomato Recipes ~
from A Veggie Venture, my vegetable food blog

More Vegetable Recipes

(from my fellow food bloggers, updated regularly)
(more recipes like this at Vegetablespotting)



Kitchen Parade is written by second-generation food columnist Alanna Kellogg and features fresh, seasonal dishes for every-day healthful eating and occasional indulgences. Do you have a favorite vegetable recipe that other Kitchen Parade readers might like? Just send me a quick e-mail via recipes@kitchen-parade.com. If you like Kitchen Parade, you're sure to like my food blog about vegetable recipes, too, A Veggie Venture. "Like" Kitchen Parade on Facebook!

Sunday, December 26, 2010

Homemade Hot Chocolate Mix

Cold wintry days, they're made for a steaming cup of hot cocoa. Here's how to make homemade hot chocolate mix, from scratch, the perfect quantity for conveniently serving hot chocolate for a crowd, with tips for serving outdoors. There's a home-size recipe too!

Homemade Hot Chocolate Mix, how to make hot chocolate mix from scratch, for a crowd, for gifts, for home.

So only a crazy man would cook a buffalo. (Yes. You. Read. That. Right.) Whole. (That means 875 pounds of bison on the hoof, 419 pounds dressed and butterflied.) Outdoors. On a spit. Over open flame. And invite 200 people to the party. At a place without walls or electricity. In the middle of De.CEM.Brrr. This would be the very definition of crazy.

So only a crazy woman in charge of everything at the party except the buffalo would decide to go easy on herself and make store-bought hot chocolate – but then check the ingredient list and change her mind. Now that’s crazy.

But it turns out, it wasn’t crazy at all. It was easy! I tested several hot chocolate recipes for one I loved, then adapted the recipe to conveniently serve a crowd.

In the warmth of my kitchen, I mixed the dry Hot Chocolate Mix in bags, just the right amount of mix for adding convenient gallon-size jugs of milk and water later. This made my homemade mix just as convenient as a commercial mix – but far less sweet and without all the processed ingredients.

We heated the hot chocolate in a 30-quart stockpot from an outdoor turkey fryer like this one – it heated up fast and kept the hot chocolate hot all afternoon long. Because a turkey fryer heats liquid so quickly, it took no time at all to mix a new batch when one ran out.

And let me assure you, chocolate-y less-sweet homemade hot chocolate hits the spot on what turned out to be a cold, blustery, gray but dry! December day!

So was Homemade Hot Chocolate for a crowd crazy? Maybe. But then again, maybe falling for the commercial food companies’ processed food is crazier still. Me, I’m sticking to my homemade hot chocolate. Maybe this recipe will make it easy for others to do so too.

ALANNA’s TIPS The Hot Chocolate Mix is rich enough, chocolate-y enough that I think you could easily double the water and milk for twice the volume without serving 'watery' hot chocolate. It’s hard to find hot-drink cups that are the right size – most are way too small or way too big. This matters because cup size makes a huge difference in estimating how many ‘servings’ a single batch will make. The bigger the cups, the more batches you’ll need. Even 'small' cups are 8.5 ounces big (a liquid cup is eight ounces). But many cups hold a full 16 ounces or two cups. I finally found six-ounce cups at a Wal-Mart Superstore. If you’d prefer to use evaporated milk instead of powdered milk, no problem. For the large batch, use eight 12-ounce cans, then add only 1 gallon of water. For the small batch, use two 12-ounce cans, then add only 4 cups of water. I had great luck with low-fat evaporated milk, another way to save a few calories.

HOMEMADE HOT CHOCOLATE MIX as GIFTS Make a batch of the dry mix and distribute among glass jars or another container. Add a label that reads: "HOMEMADE HOT CHOCOLATE MIX For a hot cup of homemade hot chocolate, add a spoonful or two to a microwave-safe mug. Add a splash of hot water and stir well until smooth. Fill the mug with milk and stir again. Heat in the microwave about 30 seconds at a time, until hot. Stir in a splash of vanilla and a few mini marshmallows (optional). Recipe from KitchenParade.com."

HOMEMADE HOT CHOCOLATE MIX

Hands-on time: 10 minutes
Time to table: 10 minutes
    LARGE BATCH for a CROWD
    (makes 40 cups hot chocolate)
    DRY MIX
  • 4 cups sugar (800g)
  • 4 cups unsweetened cocoa powder (300g)
  • 8 cups powdered milk (960g)
  • 1 teaspoon table salt
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1-1/2 gallons water
  • 1 gallon 2% milk
  • 1/2 cup vanilla
  • Mini marshmallows on the side, optional

    SMALL BATCH for HOME
    (makes 10 cups hot chocolate)

    DRY MIX
  • 1 cup sugar (200g)
  • 1 cup unsweetened cocoa powder (75g)
  • 2 cups powdered milk (240g)
  • 1/4 teaspoon table salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 6 cups water (1-1/2 quarts)
  • 4 cups 2% milk (1 quart)
  • 2 tablespoons vanilla

DRY MIX Stir together the dry ingredients. Can be done ahead of time, store in plastic bags. For the large batch, if using small garbage bags, double-bagging is recommended.

TO COMBINE Place the dry mix in a large pot. Add a cup or two of hot (if possible) water and stir well until the mixture becomes smooth and creamy. (Do take time to stir well at this stage.) Add the remaining water, the milk and vanilla and gently heat clear through, stirring often. Lower the heat to keep just hot. Throughout, stir the pot all the way through to the bottom so that the bottom doesn’t scorch.

TO SERVE Use a soup scoop to serve, topping each cup with a few marshmallows if desired.

NUTRITION INFORMATION
MIX ONLY Per Tablespoon with Slenda/Sugar: 31/50 Calories; 0g Tot Fat; 0g Sat Fat; 1mg Cholesterol; 76mg Sodium; 5/10g Carb; 1g Fiber; 4/9g Sugar; 3g Protein. Weight Watchers Old Points .5/1; Weight Watchers Points Plus 1
AS WRITTEN Made as written with Splenda/Sugar, per cup: 129/196 Calories; 1g Tot Fat; 0g Sat Fat; 6mg Cholesterol; 278mg Sodium; 18/38g Carb; 3g Fiber; 14/34g Sugar; 11g Protein. Weight Watchers Old Points 2/3.5; Weight Watchers Points Plus 3/5

    INDIVIDUAL SERVING of HOT CHOCOLATE
  • 1 – 4 tablespoons Hot Chocolate Mix
  • Splash of hot water
  • 1 cup milk
  • Splash of vanilla
  • Mini marshmallows, optional

Stir Hot Chocolate Mix and water well in a microwave-safe mug. Stir in the milk. In the microwave, heat the milk 30 seconds at a time until hot, stirring after each 30 seconds. Stir in vanilla and mini marshmallows, serve and savor.

NUTRITION INFORMATION Per Cup, when mix is made with Splenda/sugar and 1 cup 2% milk, my personal favorite: 165/184 Calories; 5g Tot Fat; 3g Sat Fat; 20mg Cholesterol; 176mg Sodium; 17/22g Carb; 1g Fiber; 16/22g Sugar; 11g Protein. Weight Watchers Old Points 3.5/4; Weight Watchers Points Plus 4/5

Kitchen Parade is written by second-generation food columnist Alanna Kellogg and features fresh, seasonal dishes for every-day healthful eating and occasional indulgences. Do you have a favorite recipe that other Kitchen Parade readers might like? Just send me a quick e-mail via recipes@kitchen-parade.com. How to print a Kitchen Parade recipe. Never miss a recipe! If you like this recipe, sign up for a free e-mail subscription. If you like Kitchen Parade, you're sure to like my food blog about vegetable recipes, too, A Veggie Venture. Follow Kitchen Parade on Facebook!

What Do You Think, Is It Crazy to Make Homemade Hot Chocolate for a Crowd?

Great Buffalo Roast of 2010

Help me keep it real. Let me know what you think in the comments!


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