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BLT – Zombie Style

In Bread, Sandwich on April 23, 2009 at 10:06 pm

BLTs are great, but add a little avocado and they may be the ultimate sandwich.

4 strips bacon

2 leaves roman lettuce

2 slices of a large heirloom tomato

1/2 an avocado, sliced

1 tbsp mayo

a couple leaves basil, sliced thin (or a little frozen cube, they sell them in supermarks)

a little garlic clove, crushed

4 pieces of sandwich bread, toasty

a wee bit of oil.

Mix the mayo in a small bowl with basil and garlic. Heat up a pan with a little oil, place bacon in the pan slowy and in a zig zag fashion, folding it over itself where it zags. Once you get the desired color on the bacon, remove the bacon from the pan and drain on a paper towel. Spread mayo on all slices of bread, then layer with lettuce, then bacon, then avocado, then tomato, cover with the second slice, do all this twice for two sandwiches. Wrap up and take with you for picnic dinner, starting just before sunset. Then drive over to your favorite ice cream/frozen yogurt place, cause BLT should always be followed with frozen goodness.

Ultimate Grilled Cheese

In Bread, Cheese on April 21, 2009 at 5:24 pm

April is Grilled Cheese Month

Three ingredients

Bread

Cheese

Butter

That’s all you need, but for the ultimate try,

Baguette

Gruyere

Take a 5 inch piece of baguette, slice in half almost all the way. Flip the bread inside out, so the soft white is now outside, with the crusty inside. Fill the inside with slices of gruyere.Spread butter on the white outside. Heat up the Foreman grill or your two heaviest pans. Place the bread inside the forman or between the two pans (with the heavy pan on top), If using pans, you have to flip after you get a nice color on the bottom.

There are plenty of extras that can also go in as you grill

a little tomato

some ham or salami or turkey or a combination

sliced onion

After grilling

cucumbers

tomato

avocado

ketchup

mayo

If you have a sweet tooth, drizzle in some honey

Hearts Over Eggs: Continuing the Zombie Love Affair

In Bread, Breakfast, Eggs on February 5, 2009 at 10:00 pm

Eggs in a Basket for Valentines

Two slices of bread

Two eggs

Butter

jam

Heart shaped cookie cutter

Salt and pepper

Use the heart shaped cookie cutter on the slices of bread, heat a tbsp of butter in a frying pan, add bread, and crack the egg in the heart shaped center. Salt and pepper the egg. Flip after a couple minutes and cook another minute on the other side. Add more butter if needed and repeat with second slice of bread. Take the heart shaped centers and cover with a thin layer of butter, cook them quickly in the frying pan. Spread a thin layer of jam on egg/bread, and garnish with the buttery center.

A Zombie Love Affair, Turkey Paninis and an indoor Picnic

In Bread, Salad, Sandwich, Turkey on February 3, 2009 at 10:00 pm

a long crusty bread, cut in half and split

some deli turkey meat

a few slices provolone

Sun dried tomato pesto

an avocado, sliced

some arugula

mayo

Spread mayo and pesto on opposing sides of the bread, fill with turkey and provolone. Grill, (use the Foreman, if you hve one) if you sont you may need to get creative, with brick and frying pans.) Once the cheese has melted, force open fill with avocado, (its in season, yay) and arugula. Slice in half and serve on picnic ware by your favorite window.

Arugula and mushroom salad on the side

Arugula

porcini mushrooms, sliced

Balsamic dressing

shredded asiago

Toss all together before serving

A Zombie Love Affair, a series of recipes for valentines

In Bread, Breakfast, Chocolate, Dessert on February 1, 2009 at 10:00 pm

Nutella Crescents – Oozing nutella in a bit of dough, the perfect bite of goodness for valentines morning, plus easy enough to manage by getting up a half hour earlier.

i package Crescent dough

some nutella

Preheat the oven to 350, line a baking sheet (lighter color one is best). Seperate the crescant dough from one another, place a half a tsp of nutella at the base of the triangular pieces of dough, and roll the dough and form a crescant shape, you want the tip to be underneath. Bake for around 20 minutes, until you get a nice golden color, (be adventurous take it a minute further). Use the scent to tempt others, but don’t bite into right away, wait for it to cool a little.

Oven French Toast For Zombie Sundays

In Bread, Breakfast on January 23, 2009 at 10:00 pm

1 loaf challah bread, (unsliced, Trader Joes sells them, yay)

2 eggs

around a cup of milk

a dash of cinnamon

heaping spoon of sugar

canola oil

maple syrup, to serve with

Pre heat oven to 425. Line a dark baking sheet with silicon pad and a bit of oil. Cut the Challah into large slices. just under an inch thick. Mix in a large bowl eggs, milk, sugar and cinnamon. Add bread one slice at a time covering both sides with mixture, and place on baking sheet, they can be close to one another, but not touching. Bake for 12 minutes, take them out and flip them, (you want a nice color on the bottom, if not bake them on original side till you get color) Bake another 5 minutes and serve.

Dealing with Leftovers – Zombie Style Pizza

In Bread, Veg on January 20, 2009 at 10:00 pm

I Package pizza dough (I like Trader Joe’s Garlic and Herbs), you can store more brands in the freezer

Some pesto (Sun dried tomato pesto if you have some works well)

Sherded motzerella (I just keep a bag in the freezer)

Leftover luncheon meats, diced (they just disappear into the pizza, its amazing really)

Leftover veg, like a bit of onion, half a pepper, some potato (thinly sliced if raw), spinach, some olives, frozen veg, garlic, artichoke heart, jarred roasted peppers, whatever you have really

A bit of goat cheese, i like to add a good 3 oz. and keep small vacuum packs for just this purpose, but a bit of creamy cheese makes this pizza

dried oregano, just sprinkle some on

olive oil, dizzle on a bit,(unless youre using pepperoni, in which case ommit)

open up dough as thin as it gets before it tears too much, i make it the shape of the tray it will gone on, who ever said they had to been round? Place on a dark cookie sheet (so it gets nice and brown on the bottom), top with pesto, (not too much, a little bit goes a long way) and then modzerella, then meat (except pepperoni, that goes on top to crisp), then veg, then goat cheese crumbled (nice big chunkc are yum) a bit of olive oil and a bit of oregano. Bake according to dough instructions, and then cook it some more, check the bottom of the dough for color, and dont let the top turn to charcoal. Slice into squares and enjoy, when i make this, there is so much topping its nothing like delived pizza, and it bursts with flavor.

This isnt really a nice half hour no clean up recipe (its not bad) but it is the best way to avoid chucked all this stuff out in a cuple days cause what are you going to do with scraps?