This dinner used brats and beer. I used Miller 64 in the recipe because the idea of cooking with three Boulevard Oktoberfest beers just about gave my husband a heart attack. The salad was meant to counteract the butter and brat.
So, September got away from me a little there, but here’s the wrap up:
Thailand: Take out pad thai with a ton of chopped peanuts on the side. It was delicious!
France: Brie on a multi grain baguette with red wine! Can’t get more French than that, right?
Delicious month! Can’t complain about a reason to eat cheese 🙂
Ok the real question is why are the French not fat. This was the real deal – heart attack on a plate – and the yummiest thing I’ve made in years. We all decided that for the rest of the week we’ll be eating salads. But – it was worth it!
The Barefoot Contessa Steak with Bearnaise – http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/ina-garten/steak-with-bernaise-recipe/index.html
Easy French Food – Garlic Mashed Potatoes – http://www.easy-french-food.com/garlic-mashed-potato-recipe.html#.Ukjle4ZOOSo
The Barefoot Contessa String Beans with Shallots – http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/ina-garten/string-beans-with-shallots-recipe/index.html
~ Nana Morena
This was a hard one for a girl in Idaho. I couldn’t find tamarind pulp or oriental radish in our stores. I don’t know how much they would have changed the dish. This one I’d say is just OK. It was a little sweet for me. I’m not familiar with Thai food, so maybe that is what it was supposed to be like. I’m sure it would help to live somewhere with an oriental grocery store.
This recipe was from allrecipes.com
~ Nana Moreno (Grandmother to the cutest grand-baby)
I got both of these recipes from the Food Network. They were both just as good as you would expect. Ryan would love the steak. (I did!) The sauce is well worth the effort.
Argentina – Steak Gaucho-Style with Argentinian Chimichurri Sauce – http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/the-surreal-gourmet/steak-gaucho-style-with-argentinian-chimichurri-sauce-recipe/index.html
Emeril’s Perfect French Fries – http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/emeril-lagasse/perfect-french-fries-recipe/index.html
~ Nana Morena
I made this Sabih which was billed as “The Best Pita Ever!” I don’t know if it is the best pita I’ve ever had, but it may be the best one I’ve ever made. The only drawback is the eggplant. I do love eggplant, but it really soaks up the oil when you fry it. That made the dish higher in calories than I’d like. I honestly think you wouldn’t miss it if you left it out. Then it wouldn’t be a Sabih, though. I think all the recipes I found had eggplant. Does anyone know how to fry eggplant so that it doesn’t soak up all the oil?
This meal definitely needs a good red wine!
Cassoulet (recipe adapted from http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Easy-and-Delicious-Slow-Cooker-Cassoulet/Detail.aspx)
5 ounces smoked sausage (1/3 off a big ring), cut into little rounds and then into fourths
4 slices bacon
2 chicken breasts, diced into small pieces
1 red onion, finely chopped
2 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp bay leaf flakes
1/2 tsp black pepper
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 cup tomato paste
1 cup water
1 can diced tomatoes
2 cans Great Northern Beans
Six hours before dinner (or the night before). Fry bacon until crispy. Set aside for later. Add onion to pan. Cook until soft. Add chicken. Cook until browned. Add sausage, garlic powder, bay leaves, pepper, and salt. Stir in water, tomato paste, and diced tomatoes. Dump entire mix in crock pot. Turn on low.
One hour before dinner, add beans and crumbled bacon to the pot. Stir. Serve when beans are heated through.
Peasant Bread (not my recipe, but I don’t remember where it came from!)
For the Poolish:
1/4 tsp yeast
1/4 cup warm water (not hot! You don’t want to kill the yeast!)
3/8 cup flour
For the Dough:
1 1/4 cups warm water
1/4 tsp yeast
3 cups flour
1 tbsp salt
The night before, mix poolish ingredients until completely combined. Cover and store in the fridge.
Bring poolish to room temperature. Place in bread maker pan. Add dough ingredients in the following order: water, yeast, salt, flour. Cook on french bread setting.