Monday, January 24, 2011

Mango Ice Cream

I love mangoes. I really love any kind of fruit (with the exception of most melons). If I could live off of fruit every day, I probably would. Mangoes are one of my absolute favorites, behind kiwi and strawberries. I saw some frozen mango pieces at my grocery store and thought it might be fun to experiment with them in smoothies or ice creams. Maybe it’s just me, but I’m so ready for summer to be here. Hopefully it will come sooner rather than later! I’m definitely ready to drive with my windows down. So here is to summer and all the good ice creams that come along with it! Enjoy.

Mango Ice Cream
Adapted from: Cuisinart
Yields: 1 quart

1 ½ cup frozen mango pieces, thawed (or fresh)
¾ cup whole or 2% milk
2/3 cup granulated sugar
Pinch salt
1 ½ cups heavy whipping cream
1 ½ tsp vanilla extract

In a small food processor, puree the chopped and thawed mango. Reserve in bowl. Meanwhile, using a hand mixer, combine the milk, sugar and salt in a medium mixing bowl. Once sugar is fully incorporated, add whipping cream and vanilla. Finally add the reserved mango and mix well. You may cover in the fridge for 1 hour or go ahead and make in your ice cream maker per manufacturer’s instructions.

Friday, January 21, 2011

Parmesan Crusted Pork Chops

I’m not really the type of person who strays from the norm. My husband, however, loves pork chops and lots of red meat. I do not. I try not to cook it since I know usually how awful it is for you (and I already have high cholesterol. He probably would prefer any other type of meat over chicken, but I’m a chicken girl at heart. I do try new things once in a while so that he can get his meat fix (besides chicken of course). This time the recipe was actually really good! The crunchiness of the crust on the pork chops was perfectly flavored and went really well with the mashed potatoes and corn we also had for dinner. This is such a classic food and in the winter you really have to get creative with how to cook meat not on the grill. Zero degree temperatures = nobody wants to even BE outside. This will sure warm your kitchen up .. and your bellies too!

Parmesan Crusted Pork Chops
Adapted from: All Recipes
Serves: 3-4

¼ cup all-purpose flour
Dash salt and pepper
¾ cup soft bread crumbs
½ cup grated parmesan cheese
2 tsp rubbed sage
½ tsp grated lemon zest
1 egg, lightly beaten
4 boneless pork chops
1 Tbsp canola oil
1 Tbsp butter

In a pie dish, combine the flour, salt and pepper. In another pie dish, combine the bread crumbs, cheese, sage and lemon peel. Place egg in a small bowl. Coat the pork chops with flour, dip in egg and then coat with bread crumb mixture. Let stand for 5 minutes.

Meanwhile, preheat oven to 425˚F and grease a 9x13 baking dish. In a skillet, lightly brown the chops in the oil and butter on medium heat. Cook about 2 minutes on each side and transfer to the greased baking dish. Bake, uncovered, for 10-15 minutes or until cooked throughout and juices run clear. A meat thermometer should read 160˚F.

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

My 2011

So far my 2011 hasn't been all that much to brag about. Unfortunately I'm still job hunting for the most part. So much so that I've gotten all my material together to apply to grad school. It's probably my best option. In Kitch news, I've not had much motivation or energy to cook as much as I used to being pregnant and all; 16 weeks this past Friday. So to cheer myself up, I've been making mostly summer items: ice creams, sorbets, shakes, etc. Here is a little preview of what I've been doing in the kitchen and I'll start to post again next week at the latest:

Strawberry Smoothie

Mango Ice Cream

Thank you all for staying loyal Kelly's Kitch readers for so long and especially without a post for a couple of weeks. I really, really appreciate it!

Monday, January 3, 2011

My Favorite Dishes from 2010

2010 was my first full year of food blogging! I had some ups and downs with experiments but I ultimately feel like I significantly improved my tehcniques and my knowledge base. I tried things I've never really had before (coleslaw) and actually loved it! Here are some of my favorite dishes that I think you shouldn't pass up.

This Strawberry Soup is just amazing! My husband doesn't seem to think cold soups are even remotely delicious but he is 100% wrong on this one. This is a great summer soup when the berries are fresh!

If you are one that hosts get-togethers or cookouts in the summer, this is one side dish you just can't pass up. As mentioned before, I have never really liked Coleslaw but after making this for my husband, I can never pass it up!

Desserts are usually hard to come up with in the summer time when you are grilling. We used to spend a lot of time prepping and planning on the grill, but then we would go out for dessert. No need to waste your money or effort. Just stay home and make these Baked Stuffed Peaches on the grill and relax! They are healthy for you and delicious. I can never just have one.

Remember those warm winter mornings when you just don't want to leave the house? Of course you do, because it's winter right now and colder than ever. These Chocolate Chip Scones will easily warm you up for the morning commute to work and is even a wonderful treat on the weekends. They are my husbands "breakfast cookies" as we call them now.

This is by far my absolute favorite of any dessert that I've made or even had out at a restaurant. White Chocolate Creme Brulee is the ultimate dessert for me. I would encourage everyone to make these desserts because you will not regret it later! It's got that perfectly creamy texture along with the delicious and sweet crunchy top.

The most original thing I've made this year was Whipped Pumpkin Dip. I have been asked for the recipe numerous times and had rave reviews about it. I cannot get enough of this dip! It's perfect for any dinner party or just to have around and take in your lunch to work. It goes perfect with Nilla Wafers, Apples, and Grapes.

I have an undying love for asian food (along with my husband). I used to like Panda Express until a friend of mine's husband got refused a job interview because of his weight. I'm so glad I have this Orange Chicken recipe now because it satisfies my every asian food craving! It even tastes better than the fast food chain food or even the most fancy of restaurants. Just don't forget the fortune cookie!

This is such a classy dessert that I don't even know how to start describing it. It's even better and less rich than normal key lime pie, but this Key Lime Chiffon Pie is absolutely a must-make! No need to bake it, just simply put the ingredients together and voila! Dessert! It's something everyone will enjoy and isn't too sweet or too tangy either.