Monday, September 21, 2009

Lobster and Asiago Macaroni

This was so good and I made it for a family party we went to the other day.  I did not use real lobster, but I have to tell you, I think I actually like the fake stuff better.  It's so sweet and flavourful!  Seriously!  So you will have to make a roux first - put 4 tbsp. of butter into a pot and melt over medium high heat.  Once melted add two heaping tbsp. of flour and wisk into the butter until crumbly and blended.  Then add two cups of milk and whisk furiously to get all the lumps out.  The sauce will start to thicken and gently boil in about 5 or so minutes.  Once the sauce begins to boil a little add about 2 cups of shredded asiago cheese to the sauce and a pinch of nutmeg, salt and pepper.  I wished I'd had a little white wine to add to it....but let's be honest, I probably would have drank it before it hit the pot.  Add the lobster to the sauce and stir.  Turn off the heat.  Boil in a separate pot about 4 cups of macaroni.  Once done, drain and put into a greased casserole dish and pour sauce over it mixing through.  Top with Club House Parmesan/Herb blend and some herbs....I used Rosemary.  Bake at about 300 degrees for 20 minutes.  I had to refrigerate this macaroni and then transport it to the party.  When I had to reheat it, it needed a little moistening up.  Once it was warmed through, I added about a 1/2 cup of cream evenly over the entire casserole of lobster macaroni because that was what was available.  You could easily use milk instead and let it sit for a moment.  It was tremendously delicious!

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Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Orange Flavoured Chocolate Chip Cookies

My friend made these years ago and they are superb!  Mix together 1 cup of margarine, 1 cup of brown sugar, 1 cup of white sugar.  In a separate bowl mix together 2 eggs and 1 tsp. of vanilla.  Then mix up the following ingredients together with these ingredients:  In a big bowl add 3 cups of quick oatmeal, 2 cups of flour, 1 tsp. of salt, 1 tsp. of baking soda, and grate the rind of 1 orange and add, as well add one chopped up orange, remember to remove the seeds, then 2 cups of chocolate chips.  Mix up and then drop on an ungreased cookie sheet and bake for 10-12 minutes - depending on your stove at 350 degrees.


Orange and Red Onion Salad

I love simple flavours, and this salad just so happens to be one of my most favourite. 

Peel 2 oranges and cut up into chunks.  As well cut up 1 roma tomato.  Put the orange chunks and the tomato into a bowl and liberally sprinkle with salt and cover and put aside for a couple of hours to allow the juices to come out of the fruit and mingle - don't refrigerate however.  Once the salad is ready for assembling, chop up some black olives and a few slices of red onion to add.  Wash some gorgeous and crispy romaine lettuce and layer on a beautiful flat serving plate with some chopped up olives - I like to use about a cup.  Finally before serving, add 1/2 cup of olive oil to the tomato and orange mixture and stir.  Pour over the romaine lettuce and olives and serve.  Simply divine.