Tuesday, September 29, 2009

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Tuesday's Recipe - Pumpkin Bread

I like to double this recipe and prepare two loaves at once.  It's a great fall recipe and it sure doesn't last long in our house.

1 2/3 cups flour
1/2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
1/8 tsp salt
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1/3 cup butter (softened)
1 1/3 cups sugar
1/2 tsp vanilla
2 eggs
1 cup pumpkin puree (for a double batch, use one regular 15 oz can of pumpkin)
1/3 cup cooking sherry (or water, if you prefer)

Cream butter with sugar until fluffy.  Add vanilla, eggs and pumpkin.  Beat well.  Add flour and other dry ingredients.  Add sherry.  Blend until combined.  Pour into greased loaf pan.

Streusel Topping
2/3 cup brown sugar
2 Tbsp butter
3 1/2 Tbsp flour
1/2 tsp ginger

Mix all streusel ingredients together.  Stir until crumbly.  Sprinkle evenly over batter.  Bake at 350 for 50 minutes.


Tuesday Night TV

I just love Tuesday night TV!  Hell's Kitchen with Chef Gordon Ramsey is one show I don't miss.  It is on Fox at 7:00 p.m.  I love the Chef's attitude - I always did like the bad boys.  He's not bad to look at either.  I wish I had the nerve to try out to compete on that show.  But . . . the first time Chef would yell at me, I'd be in a puddle of tears and he'd send me home.

Chopped is on Food Network later in the night.  There, four chefs compete for $10,000 by using several mystery ingredients to create first an appetizer, then an entree, and finally dessert.  The mystery ingredients change for each round, and of course they are always a totally weird combination.  I've learned a lot about food I've never even heard of watching that show.

I get all kinds of ideas for new food to try watching these shows.  I have to admit though, not all of my experiments are a hit with the family.

Monday, September 28, 2009

Welcome to Karan's Kitchen

I can't wait to get started.  This will be a site where you can come to find recipes, party ideas, organizational tips, and money saving ideas.  The plan is to update it daily and make it a useful resource.  Looking for an idea for dinner, check here first.  This should become a collection point for ideas not just from myself, but from all followers of the blog.  Don't be shy, share your ideas.

Please add this site to your bookmarks to make it easy to find.

Today's Tip - Making good hard boiled eggs

Hard boiled eggs can be tricky.  Follow these directions for perfect eggs every time.

Start with fresh eggs.  Place the desired number of eggs in a deep pan.  Cover with cold water and add a teaspoon of salt.  Place on burner set to high heat and cover.  When water starts to boil, turn off heat and set a timer for 13 minutes.  After the 13 minutes have passed, immediately run the pan under cold water until the eggs have cooled.  Peel and serve.