Sunday, January 25, 2009

Light Cherry Cheesecake

Light Cherry Cheesecake
by Martha Stewart

* nonstick cooking spray
* 8 graham crackers (3-by-5 inch)
* 1 tablespoon vegetable oil, such as safflower
* 3 cups low-fat (1%) cottage cheese
* 8 ounces reduced-fat bar cream cheese, room temperature
* 3/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons sugar
* 1/2 cup reduced-fat sour cream
* 4 large eggs
* 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
* 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
* 1/2 teaspoon salt
* 2 bags (12 ounces each) frozen cherries

1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees, with rack set in lower third. Assemble a 9-inch springform
pan with the rimmed side of the pan facing down. Coat pan with cooking spray; line side
with a long strip of waxed or parchment paper.

2. In a food processor, grind graham crackers until fine crumbs form. Add oil, and pulse
to moisten. Transfer crumbs to prepared pan, and press firmly into the bottom.
Place pan on a rimmed baking sheet; bake until crust is lightly browned, about 15 minutes.

3. Meanwhile, wipe bowl and blade of food processor. Blend cottage cheese and cream
cheese until very smooth and glossy, scraping down bowl as necessary, 4 to 5 minutes.
Add 3/4 cup sugar, sour cream, eggs, flour, vanilla, and salt; blend just until filling is smooth.

4. Pour filling onto crust (crust can be hot or warm). Bake until barely set in center,
about 1 hour. Turn oven off; let cake cool in oven 1 hour. Transfer to a wire rack, and let
cool to room temperature, about 2 hours. Refrigerate until firm, at least 3 hours and up to 2 days.

5. Make topping: In a large skillet, combine cherries and remaining 2 tablespoons sugar.
Boil over high heat until liquid is thick and syrupy,
10 to 15 minutes. Cool, and refrigerate for at least 2 hours and up to 2 days.

6. To serve, unmold cheesecake (peel off and discard paper).
Transfer to a serving platter; top with cherry topping.

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Monday, January 12, 2009

Slow Cooking and Vitamin Loss

After a discussion about slow cooking and the topic of vitamin loss form overcooking I thought I'd post about it.

I don't always make the whole meal in there. I make the entree in there and serve steamed veg, etc on the side, etc.

Boiling the veggies and draining that water down the sink causes lots of nutrients to be lost, but if you are making a soup or stew doing the same method you are getting those minerals/vitamins with every bite! Steaming is a better option than boiling and stir-frying with non-stick cooking spray or a little olive oil.

Some vegetables actually need to be cooked slightly for you to get the most benefit from them-like tomatoes. The lycopene in them that is so beneficial isn't absorbed much unless the tomato has been heated slightly. Some veggies are harder to digest when raw-like broccoli. If you are sensitive to gas/bloat, you may want to cook it.

When I slow cook, I generally add stuff as I go, if I am home. And some things like carrots, even fresh green beans take a long time to cook in the slow cooker, so they don't get mushy.

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Tuscan Potatoes & Peppers

1 pound uncooked red potatoes, scrubbed and thinly sliced
1 medium yellow pepper, cut into thin strips
1 medium red onion, thinly sliced
2 medium garlic cloves, minced
1 tbsp rosemary, fresh, chopped
1 tbsp olive oil
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp black pepper

Heat oven or outdoor grill. Tear off four 12-inch long pieces of aluminum foil.
In a large bowl, combine all ingredients until mixed and coated.
Spread about 1 1/2 cups of vegetable mixture in a fairly even layer near 1 end of each piece of foil. Fold foil over to form packets; fold edges in to form a tight seal.
Grill packets, turning a few times, until potatoes are tender, about 20 to 25 minutes.
Or, add chicken breasts and cover with foil.


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Monday, January 5, 2009

Crock Pot Italian Chicken Florentine

Boneless Chicken
3 Tbs fat-free Italian dressing
1 10-oz. package frozen, chopped spinach
chopped shallot or small onion
1-2 clove(s) garlic, minced
1 Tbs snipped fresh basil leaves
2 Tbs grated Parmesean-Romano cheese
1 14 1/2-oz. can diced tomatoes
1/2 tsp dried Italian spices
1/2 tsp Kosher salt

In crock pot combine all ingredients and cook on high or low till done.
Serve over angel hair pasta.

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Sunday, January 4, 2009

Crock Pot French Beef Burgundy

1/4 C flour
1/2 tsp salt
2 lbs boneless beef chuck, cut into 1 -inch cubes
1/2 tsp pepper
1Tbs olive oil
1 onion, sliced
8 button mushrooms, sliced
1/2 C fresh parsley, minced
3 cloves garlic, minced
2 bay leaves
1 C burgundy wine
1/2 C beef broth

Combine the flour, salt and black pepper. Dredge the beef in the flour mixture and brown in the olive oil in a skillet. Place beef and remaining ingredients in the Crock Pot and mix to combine. Cover and cook on low for 4 to 6 hours or high for 2 to 3 hours.

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