Kats’ Kitchen

Bomb Diggity Carrot Soup April 12, 2017

Filed under: soup,Uncategorized — stacielk @ 2:32 pm
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Carrot Soup.jpgThis soup is delicious.  Not too sweet, a touch of spice and full of flavor.  SO easy to make.  Took me 10 minutes to throw the ingredients in the pot.  I walked away for a while and then emptied the pot in my blender, blended away and it was ready!

Spicy Carrot Soup

8-10 large carrots, peeled and chopped coarsely

1 onion, chopped

3 cloves garlic, peeled

1 14-ounce can coconut milk

1 1/2 cups chicken or veggie broth

1/4 cup peanut butter

1 tablespoon red curry paste

salt to taste

cilantro and peanuts for topping

Stovetop Instructions: Saute onions and garlic with a bit of oil until soft. Add carrots, coconut milk, broth, and curry paste. Simmer until carrots are soft. Add peanut butter and stir until melted. Run through the blender until smooth; season generously with salt, top with peanuts and cilantro.

Instant Pot Instructions:  Place all ingredients in Instant Pot and set for 15 minutes. When done, let everything cool for a few minutes, then run the mixture through the blender until smooth; season generously with salt, top with peanuts and cilantro.

Recipe from:  Pinch of Yum

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Chocolate Raspberry Mousse Cake March 29, 2017

Filed under: cake,Other Desserts,Uncategorized — stacielk @ 7:00 am
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rasp mousse cake 2

When I first saw this recipe it overwhelmed me.  There are a lot of different steps, it’s a process to make this thing.  I don’t make desserts like these unless I have a good reason to like a birthday, special event, etc.  I wanted to make it for Superbowl but life at that time was busy, so I made something simple.

Fast forward a couple months and life seemed to slow down.  I offered to bring a dessert to a friends house and this was the one.  I had time that week to make it over 2 days.  It was delicious!  The different layers complimented each other so well.  The bottom chocolate cake part ended up to be more thick brownie-like  due to the weight of the other layers on top of it.  Then there was the chocolate mousse, white chocolate raspberry mousse and white chocolate mousse.  Pour over a nice layer of ganache to finish it off.  Enough said.

Head over to Sugar Hero.  For this Chocolate Raspberry Mousse Cake recipe.  She has some beautiful pictures of it!

 

Herb Loaf & Beef Stew March 23, 2017

Filed under: Bread,Main Dishes,soup — stacielk @ 2:00 pm
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Beef Stew

I have to be honest, there are many recipes on this site that I have made one time and have not made again.  The main reason is because there are SO many recipes out there that I want to try and if I continue making the same ones, I will never get around to all of them!  Don’t get me wrong, there are many on here that I do make regularly.

buttery-herb-loafThis is one of those recipes.  I made exactly 3 years ago to the month.  Butterflake Herb Loaf.  I remember it being really good.  Peeling it apart and enjoying every buttery flavorful bite.  The ends were crusted with butter that oozed out the sides.  I served this herb loaf this time with ribs.  With leftovers I made Steak Pizzaiolas using this as the bottom ‘bread’ part.  Still make those Pizzaiolas regularly!!!  It’s one of my husbands and my favorites!

And now for the beef stew.  I have not been a meal planner lately.  When I attempt to meal plan, I find myself changing meals throughout the week, swapping, not making them etc.  I saw this Beef Stew recipe from a blog called Pinch of Yum I ran down to my freezer to make sure I had a chuck roast so I could make it for dinner the next day.  I loved it.  It was flavorful, comforting and the meat was so tender.  I  served it with Parmesan cheese and crusty bread.  Head over to Pinch of Yum for some beautiful pictures that made me make this stew!

Beef Stew

2 lbs beef, chuck roast, fat trimmed, cut into 1-2-inch chunks

1 medium onion, sliced thinly

2 stalks celery, sliced diagonally in thick pieces

6 carrots, sliced diagonally in thick pieces

2 tablespoons tapioca (omitted – as thickener, I coated my beef in flour and saute as described below)

1/2 cup tomato juice (I used 3/4 of a small can of tomato paste with 1/2 can water)

2 teaspoons salt

1 tablespoon sugar

Traditional Oven Instructions: Preheat oven to 350 degrees. (If using oven, mix meet with flour and saute in some oil in a skillet.  Place all ingredients in a large Dutch oven. Cover and bake for 4 hours.

Life Changing Instant Pot Instructions: (I first mixed my beef pieces in flour and saute them in Instant Pot on ‘saute’ setting for 3-5 min)  Place everything in the Instant Pot and select the stew/meat setting (about 35 minutes). After it’s done, let everything mellow out for about 10 minutes before releasing the steam.

Whether you make this in the oven or in the Instant Pot, I recommend finishing by giving it about 10-20 minutes in a hot oven (about 350-400 degrees), uncovered, before serving. It gets the meat nice and caramelized on top and helps the gravy thicken up.  (Definitely if you have time do this last step, but still good without caramelizing)

NOTES

I usually add a little water to the gravy if it starts to thicken too much as it cools. Personally, I prefer it this to be less like a soup and more like a really saucy beef stew. We serve it on plates with hot, crusty, buttery bread. For my salad, all I had on hand was baby spinach, so I just tossed it with a quick 5 minute shake-in-a-jar dressing: olive oil, grainy mustard, vinegar, sugar, salt, pepper.

Recipe from Pinch of Yum (my changes in italics)

 

Brownie Bottom Chocolate Cheesecake March 15, 2017

Filed under: cake,Other Desserts,Uncategorized — stacielk @ 10:00 am
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Brow Choc Ch

I have not been putting my baking/culinary skills to practice lately.  Suppers have been simple and repetitive, mainly because of my kiddos not being too adventurous with food.  I am ok with that.  I realize there will be seasons of creating new and exciting things in the kitchen and seasons of going simple and easy. But it was time.  Time to make something rich and decadent.  Something to be able to share after serving a nice dinner with wonderful friends.  This was it.  I was eyeing it for a few weeks.  Sometimes I have a hard time deciding which dessert to make to bring places or serve, but this was easy.

This Brownie Bottom Chocolate Cheesecake is exactly what the title says it is.  A brownie bottom with a rich chocolate cheesecake and a rich ganache to to it off.  The 9-inch cheesecake was divided into 16 smallish pieces.  At first I was wondering if the pieces were going to be too small BUT that little piece of chocolateness was rich and decadent!  No more was needed, except maybe a dollop of fresh whipped cream and cup of black coffee to level off the sweetness.  Delicious.

For the recipe head over to Bake or Break.  I made the recipe exactly as posted.

 

Roasted Spaghetti Squash with Parmesan and Mushrooms May 5, 2016

Filed under: Miscellaneous,Side Dish,Uncategorized — stacielk @ 7:00 am
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I randomly purchased Squash Spaghetti Squash at the store.  It sat on my counter for a week or two.  Sometimes I do that.  Buy something with no plan to make anything specific.

I saw it every time I went in my kitchen (which is lot!) until a day came that I decided to search for a recipe and throw something together.  I also had spinach and mushrooms to use up that day (which I love) and added those ingredients in my search.

I found this Roasted Spaghetti Squash with Parmesan and Mushrooms, threw it together fairly quickly and had a delicious lunch!  It was light and full of flavor.

I will make it again, when I decide to randomly buy another spaghetti squash.  I do like to plan, although I like to be spontaneous also…sometimes it’s easier to buy a bunch of stuff I enjoy eating or want to try cooking with and do exactly what I did here.

 

 

Apple Cream Cheese Coffee Cake April 28, 2016

Filed under: Breakfast,cake,Uncategorized — stacielk @ 10:34 am
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I was planning to head to my mom’s one Friday.  My husband was going to be out of town for the weekend, my mom was having outpatient surgery the day before.  So I thought it would be nice for her to have some company and entertainment (aka my little ones)apple.

Before heading over there she started talking about this coffee cake she pinned.  She asked if I had a block of cream cheese.  I did.  I usually do have extra of those.  So I planned to bring it so she could whip this together.  My mom called back, “do you have flour” she asked.  I did, I ALWAYS have flour, plus some.  She was running low, so I lugged my flour container and block of cream cheese over.  Little did I know I was going to be ‘throwing’ this coffee cake together. :)

It was simple to make, maybe slightly time consuming because of the 3 components and the chopping of the apple.  But not difficult.

I popped it in the oven and before we knew it the house aroma was divine!  The coffeecake turned out great.  The sugery topping was a bit over the top…hence the comment on reducing the sugar in the recipe.  But otherwise, I loved it!  It was delicious slightly warm or chilled.  With a good cup of coffee.

Cream Cheese Apple Coffee Cake

  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup white sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/2 tablespoon vanilla
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 1/2 cups chopped apples (chopped small)Cream Cheese Layer Ingredients:
  • 8 oz. softened cream cheese
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 3 tablespoons white sugarStreusel Ingredients:
  • 3/4 cup white sugar(reduce if you don’t like extremely sweet topping!)
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 6 tablespoons cold butter

Preheat oven to 350ºF and grease an 8×8 inch square pan.

Combine the butter and sugars for the cake and mix until fluffy. Add the egg, oil, and vanilla and mix until combined.

Stir together the flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, and cinnamon and stir into the butter mixture, mixing just until combined. Stir in the chopped apples. Spread into the prepared pan.

Mix together the cream cheese, sugar, and vanilla for the cream cheese layer and spread over the cake batter in the pan.

Combine all the streusel ingredients using your hands or a pastry blender until well combined. Sprinkle over the cream cheese mixture.

Bake for about 45 minutes or until the topping is browned.

Can be stored in the refrigerator.

Recipe from Yammie’s Noshery

 

Cajun Chicken Pasta Soup January 20, 2016

Filed under: Chicken,Main Dishes,soup — stacielk @ 10:15 am
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Soup

Here is a great soup for these cold Winter days.  Go here for the original recipe.  We made the soup a bit healthier and replaced some ingredients for others we had in the house.  If you want the creamy goodness that is found in the original recipe/picture linked above, I would suggest using the heavy cream.  We used skim milk which made it a broth-based soup.

A few other changes/suggestions:

-Used the pasta we had in the house, also used less of the pasta

-Seasoned with Cajun to taste

-Used all chicken flavored broth and, again, used seasoning to get the right flavor

-And again, used milk instead of cream

Hope this warm comforting soup warms you up on this beautiful Winter day!