Sunday, July 18, 2010

Herb Roasted Chicken

I cannot help but love the combination of shallots, saffron, and rosemary. There is something about the incredible combination of these ingredients that seem to heighten the senses. At least the smell and taste ones. :)

Herb-Roasted Chicken

1 - 4 lb free-range hen
1/4 cup white wine
2 shallots coarsley chopped
kosher salt
1 tsp saffron
2 tsp fresh rosemary
1 tsp ground white pepper
2 cloves garlic - minced
2 tlbs extra virgin olive oil

Preheat oven to 300 degrees

Scrub hen with kosher salt inside and out, rinse, and pat dry. Place your saffron and shallots inside of the hen. Mix together the olive oil, ground white pepper, garlic, rosemary, and white wine. Rub onto hen. Place inside a foil lined pan. Cover hen with foil and bake for 3 hours at 300 degrees. Take out and remove foil from the hen. Place back into the over and let the top crisp for about 15 to 20 minutes. The chicken will be fall apart tender and incredibly moist, so don't worry about having to get a knife out. :)

Monday, July 12, 2010

Have a chocolate craving? Not after this you won't....

So who has NOT heard of the Neiman Marcus cookie? Well thanks to relishmag's Tamar Haspel and to Rowena for giving me the clipping, here is one better. Eat your heart out ya'll!

Chewy Flour less Chocolate Cookies

1 3/4 cups powdered sugar
1/2 cup Dutch process cocoa
2 tsp cornstarch
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 egg whites
1 cup coarsely chopped pecans or walnuts, toasted ( I am NOT a fan of either, so here is where i changed the recipe I used 1 1/2 cups of toasted sliced mm I cannot describe the wonderfulness that it was.)

Preheat oven to 300 degrees Fahrenheit

Mix together sugar, cocoa, cornstarch and salt. Gradually add egg whites, stirring with a spoon until the mix forms a dough. It should be thick enough to form into balls, if not add more powdered sugar and cocoa. Add nuts, mix well.

Form dough into 15 balls. Place on a parchment lined baking sheet. Bake 16 to 19 minutes, until glossy and crackled. Cool completely....though it will be very hard to resist snagging one while me... oh and your going to want like a full half gallon of milk to go with these. :)

Makes 15 cookies
110 calories each
7 grams fat
0 grams cholesterol
1 gram protein
16 grams carbs
1 gram fiber
45 mg sodium