Monthly Archives: November 2012

Sweet Potato Casserole

I love sweet potatoes ! Period .. unfortunately they come only during the holidays .. i wish we can have more sweet potatoes even during regular days . I am more into sweet potato than regular potatoes . This particular recipe , almost tastes like a dessert than a side dish . I think it’s because of the pecan brown sugar topping , although without the topping i can eat it just fine !!

Direction : 

3 large sweet potatoes , about 4-5 cups of cubed sweet potatoes

Add water and bring to boil , until it’s all cooked , and soft enough to be mashed . Once it’s done , drain and mash . Then add :

2 large eggs

1/2 cup of sugar

4 tbsp. of softened butter , unsalted

1/2 tsp. of salt

1/2 cup of milk

1/2 tsp. of vanilla extract

Mix them all well , pour into casserole dish . Then add the topping :

1/2 cup of brown sugar

1/3 cup of flour

3 tbsp. butter , softened

1/2 cup of chopped pecans

Mix flour and brown sugar , then mix the butter , and add the pecans . Mixture should be crumbly , sprinkle on top of the casserole , bake at 350 F for 30 minutes .

Green beans w/ Caramelized Onion

This is my favourite way to cook  green beans during special occasion . Because it has a really yummy flavor , i would love to make this more than just for special occasion !! They’re super easy , the key is to blanch your green beans and not to overcook it , or it will lose it’s crunchiness and all the good stuff in it . Then caranelized the onion slowly , and don’t forget to add the bacon .. for the extra flavor .

Direction : 

1 lb of green beans , ends removed , washed and drained

Bring water to boil , then blanch the green beans for 5-6 minutes , remove and rinsed with cold water to stop the cooking process

1 red bell pepper , cut in strips

1 onion , sliced thin

3-4 slices of bacon

1. Cook bacon in a skillet , until it’s half way done , then add the onion , cook slowly with the bacon , until onion is started to caramelized , and then add the red bell pepper and green beans in .

2. Add the seasonings , 3 tbsp. of soy sauce , 1 tbsp of mirin , and 3-4 tbsp. of brown sugar and 1 tbsp. of butter Toss to combine .

Parker house rolls

This is super easy , yummy , sweet dinner rolls that everyone should make !! Esp. when you have bread machine , this is super easy to make . Just put all ingredients together into the bread machine and let the machine does the job to make the dough . After it’s done making the dough for you , you can take it out and shape it to whatever you want , bake in preheated oven 375 F for about 10-12 minutes . And brush it with melted butter when it’s done .

Direction : 

1/2 cup of warm milk ( about 100 F )

1/2 cup of warm water

1/3 cup of softened butter

1 egg

1 tsp. of salt

1/3 cup of sugar

Almost 3 3/4 cup of flour

2 1/4 tsp. of active dry yeast

1. Put water , milk , egg , butter , salt into the bread machine . Then add flour and sugar , make a well in the center , add your yeast . Select dough cycle . Once it’s done , take it out , shape it however you want , let it rise in warm place for another hour , then bake at 375 F for about 10-12 minutes .

Pumpkin Pie

Years ago , to be exact , it was my wedding rehearsal night , and one of our family brought some pumpkin pie . It was about a week before thanksgiving anyway so anything with pumpkin is in ! It was my very first time trying pumpkin pie , i was always an adventurous eater , i don’t mind trying everything and i am always up to try anything !! Including pumpkin pie .. i took a bite and i said , i do not like this pie . I’d take the crust but not the filling . Everyone from my husband’s side family was laughing .. and they thought it was cute .

Now , 12 years later , i decided to give it another try . I thought what’s in the ingredients anyway that i don’t like ? I like cinnamon , i like ginger , as well as i like nutmeg and cloves . All the ingredients that i would use in zucchini bread or apple pie , and on top of that i like pumpkin . I eat pumpkin doughnuts , pumpkin bread .. and anything pumpkin . So why not giving another try ..

So there i was yesterday , a day before thanksgiving , busy making my own pie crust , because when i make dessert , i don’t do it half way . I am making it home made , and it’s home made all the way . Including the pie crust .. pie crust isn’t hard to make anyway . I got that done and made the filling for the pie  .It is easy to make , an an hour and 15 minutes later , my pie was done .

The recipe was adapted from Eagle Brand recipe , with a slight changes .

Direction for the pie crust : 

1 1/4 cup of all purpose flour

a pinch of salt

1 stick of cold unsalted butter

1 tsp. of sugar

3 tbsp. of ice cold water

1. Pulse flour , sugar and salt in a food processor . Then add cubed cold butter into the mixture , pulse until the texture becomes like a pea sizes , and then add ice cold water 1 tbsp  at a time . If it’s too try after 1 tbsp. then add more , until the mixture comes together .

2. Take it out and shape into a ball , flatten into a disk , and refrigerate for at least an hour . Preheat oven to 400 F , and roll the crust into 9 inch pie pan , leaving 1 inch hanging , fold it under and shape the crust . Bake for 15 minutes .

Direction for the filling : 

1 can of pumpkin puree

1 1/2 tsp. of ground cinnamon

1/2 tsp. of ginger

1/2 tsp. of nutmeg

1/4 tsp. of ground cloves

1/2 tsp. of vanilla extract

2 eggs

1 can of sweetened condensed milk

1. In a small pan , heat up the puree and spices until bubbly . Remove and let it cool .

2, Then add beaten eggs and the condensed milk . Mix well , and pour the filling into the prebaked crust and bake at 325 F for an hour .

So , has my taste changed after all these years ? What do i think about pumpkin pie ?

I posted few pictures on the facebook of the pumpkin pie that was just out from the oven yesterday . My husband’s uncle , said to me that he hopes that i acquire the taste for the pie now , and to serve it with whipped cream or cool whipped . I told him , i will take his suggestion , and will let him know the next day .

Come turkey day .. after finishing our meal , my husband brought the pie plate to the dining room and started cutting him a slice of pie . He said ” I am going to try this pie .. ”

I laughed .. and i couldn’t wait !! Because he always has the best expression of something that whether he likes or not . He can never hide it .. i’ve done this with sweet potato with him ( he hates it )

He took a bite and he grinned and he said ” Hmm .. i can live with this .. ”

Oh so it’s a good thing ? He said it tastes good .

Now i couldn’t wait to finish up with my meal and have a slice of that pie on my own ..

When i finally finished my meal , i cut a slice of pie for myself and i took a bite ..and i LIKED it !! It’s just like sweet potato casserole .. they’re similar in taste . So yes i like pumpkin pie now and i am glad i made it !!!!!!!