Sunday, October 30, 2011

Fried Green Tomatoes

With the weather here in Seattle deciding to skip fall and head striaght into winter our little garden has suffered the affects. The heirloom tomatoes we planted late this spring were well on their way to becoming big and juicy but once the cold front hit this past week we realized they were not going to make it much longer. My husband (who secretly is a great cook) decided to salvage the big green tomatoes and do what he does best, whip up something from nothing. So a few ingredients later out from our kitchen emerged these. When I bit into it is was crispy and juicy with a little bit of a kick, so delicious! I knew instantly this recipe had to be shared. The tricky part was getting him to write down an actual recipe as he just likes to throw things together. So I had him walk me back through it step by step and I was able to get something down in writing. Enjoy these little bites of golden crispy goodness (I know I did).

Tomatoes dredged in flour, eggs, then flour ready for the deep fryer
Fried for 2-3 minutes until golden brown and crispy


Fried Green Tomatoes

Serves 4


4 green tomatoes cut into ¼ inch rings
1 cup all purpose flour
1 cup Italian breadcrumbs
½ teaspoon cayenne pepper
Pinch of dried cilantro
Kosher salt and pepper to taste
3 eggs
3 tablespoons of milk
Ranch Dressing (for dipping sauce)

1. Preheat deep fryer oil to 350 degrees F.
2. Combine flour, breadcrumbs, and seasonings together and place in a shallow dish.
3. Beat together eggs and milk and place in another shallow dish.
4. Dredge tomatoes through flour mixture, then through the eggs, then back into the flour mixture until well coated. Repeat with the other slices.
5. Add a few pieces to the deep fryer at a time and cook for about 2-3 minutes.

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Pumpkin Oatmeal Cookies

(Please excuse photo quality, shot from my iPad)

Fall is my favorite time of year. The leaves are changing, the air feels cool, boots return to the wardrobe, but most importantly pumpkin is back in season! Pumpkin is easily one of my most liked flavors. Just the smell brings so many warm memories to mind. So in the spirit of the launch of my new blog I thought I would start off with a favorite fall (and pumpkin) recipes: Pumpkin Oatmeal Cookies with Dried Cherries and White Chocolate Chips. While the combination of ingredients may sound odd, these cookies are to die for! My husband who is not the biggest fan of anything pumpkin flavored (I married him anyways) absolutely loved these and was highly disappointed when I brought these to work and came home with no leftovers. A crowd pleaser and must try for the fall season!

Pumpkin Oatmeal Cookies

Adapted from My Baking Addiction
Yields 48
2 cups all purpose flour
1 ½ cups old-fashioned oats
1 teaspoon baking soda

1 ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon

1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice

½ teaspoon kosher salt

1 cup (2 sticks) butter; softened

1 cup packed light brown sugar

1 cup granulated sugar

1 cup pure pumpkin puree

1 large egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 cup white chocolate chips

1 cup dried cherries; roughly chopped

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line your baking sheet with a silicone mat or parchment paper.

2. Combine flour, oats, baking soda, cinnamon, pumpkin pie spice and salt in medium bowl. Beat butter, brown sugar and granulated sugar in large mixer bowl until light and fluffy.

3. Add pumpkin, egg and vanilla extract; mix well. Add flour mixture; combine until all ingredients are incorporated. Fold in white chocolate chips and dried cherries.

4. Drop by rounded tablespoons onto prepared baking sheets.

5. Bake for 12-14 minutes or until cookies are lightly browned. Cool on baking sheets for 2 minutes; remove to wire racks to cool completely.
 TIP: Add in anything you would like in place of the white chocolate chips or dried cherries, I have used walnuts, almonds, raisons, dark chocolate, hazelnuts, pomegranates, etc

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