Monday, November 15, 2010

Washington Cooking and Entertainment Show Recipe

Michelle and I went to see Bobby Flay on Saturday morning at the Washington Cooking and Entertainment show. He made this great set of recipes. Our mouths were watering for it, but not the one he made. So I thought I would share it with you all as well. This recipe can be found on their website at: But his recipes are as follows:



1 small butternut squash, peeled, seeded and cut into large dice

3 carrots, peeled and cut into large dice

12 shallots, peeled

2 poblano chiles, cut into large dice

Canola oil

Salt and freshly ground black pepper

Chopped cilantro


Preheat oven to 475 degrees. Combine squash, carrots, shallots, and poblano chiles in a large cast iron pan, toss with a few tablespoons of the oil and season with salt and pepper. Roast in oven until golden brown and just cooked through, 35 to 40 minutes. Remove from oven and stir in the cilantro and season with more salt, if needed.



1 3 ½ to 4 lb chicken, rinsed, patted dry and butterflied

½ cup honey

1 Tbsp chipotle puree

1 Tbsp Dijon mustard

Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

Canola oil


1. Preheat oven to 550 degrees F. Whisk together the honey, chipotle, mustard, salt and pepper. Set aside for to allow the flavors to meld.

2. Brush the chicken with oil on both sides and season with salt and pepper. Transfer to a baking sheet and roast, skin side up until the skin begins to turn light golden brown, about 25 minutes. Brush with the glaze and continue roasting until an instant read thermometer inserted into the breast, registers 158 degrees F, about 15 to 20 minutes longer. Brush liberally with the glaze during the last 10 minutes of roasting.

3. Remove from the oven, transfer to a cutting board and let rest 15 minutes before carving.



3 lbs Yukon gold potatoes, peeled and cut into large dice

Kosher salt

2 Tbsp unsalted butter

2 Tbsp flour

2 cups hot milk

1 ¼ lbs Monterey Jack cheese, coarsely grated

½ cup Parmigiano Reggiano cheese, grated

Freshly ground black pepper

2 poblano chiles, roasted, peeled, seeded and finely diced

1 stick unsalted butter

1 ½ - 2 cups heavy cream, heated

Chopped fresh cilantro leaves


1. Put potatoes in a large pot, cover by a few inches with cold water and add 2 tablespoons of salt. Bring to a boil, cover and cook until a paring knife inserted in the center meets no resistance.

2. While the potatoes are cooking, heat the butter in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Whisk in the flour and cook for 1 minute. Whisk in the hot milk, increase the heat to high and cook until thickened and flour taste is cooked out, about 5 minutes. Remove from heat and whisk in the Monterey Jack cheese until smooth and melted. Stir in the Parmigiano Reggiano and poblano chiles and season with salt and pepper.

3. Drain the potatoes well. Put through a ricer set over a bowl, Return the riced potatoes to the pot on the stove over low heat, add the butter and 1 ½ cups of warm cream and using a wooden spoon, gently stir the potatoes while folding in the butter and cream, season with salt and pepper. Transfer to a large bowl, make a well in the middle of the potatoes and fill with the cheese sauce, garnish with the cilantro.

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Caramel-Glazed Apple Cake

1 C packed light brown sugar
1 C sugar
1½ C oil
3 eggs
3 C all-purpose flour (I used whole wheat instead)
1 tsp baking soda
2 tsp cinnamon
½ tsp nutmeg
½ tsp salt
5 Granny Smith or Golden Delicious apples, peeled, cored and cut into ½-inch pieces
1¼ C chopped pecans or walnuts, opt
1 Tbsp vanilla

4 Tbsp butter
¼ C sugar
¼ C light brown sugar
pinch salt
½ C heavy cream

  1. Preheat oven to 325°. Grease 9x13 pan.
  2. To prepare the cake, beat both sugars and oil in a mixing bowl until very well blended. Add eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition. Sift together flour, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt; gradually add to egg mixture, mixing just until blended. Stir in apples, pecans and vanilla; pour into pan.
  3. Bake for 50-75 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Let cool in the pan while preparing the glaze.
  4. To prepare the glaze, melt butter in a saucepan over low heat. Stir in both sugars and salt; cook over medium-low heat for 2 minutes. Add cream and boil for 2 minutes, stirring constantly.
  5. Poke holes in the cake with a skewer or toothpick. Pour on the glaze. Serve warm or at room temperature. Top with whipped cream or ice cream if desired.

I found this recipe in my Oct 2009 Costco Connections. It looked so good, so I ripped it out of the magazine and stuck it with the other ripped out recipes. One year later while flipping through folder of recipes I found it again and this time I make it. Wow, it is so good. Andrew and I kept nibbling more and more. Silly Sophie liked it but not the white chunks (apple pieces). I didn't pour the glaze over the cake like the recipe calls for, we kind of iced it on and the cake didn't need it. And I noted in the recipe that I used whole wheat, 100%, makes me feel a little better while eating piece number 2 in one day that I am getting some fiber. I am thinking the next time I make it to decrease the amount of oil and replace it with applesauce, and trust me there will be a next time.