Saturday, December 10, 2016

5 mother Sauces:Bechamel Sauce

The following post are to help Young People in the kitchen. They seem to love cheese and will eat almost anything covered in it. At our house, I've back off purposely to allow them to gain confidence in the kitchen and maybe even make light some of my work :)

My son who's a young person, says his favorite sauces are ketchup, mayonnaise, tartar, bar b-Q and Tariyaki.  All though those are great sauces along with Hot sauce.  I know for a fact that he love cheese and macaroni and cheese especially. So I will start with our favorite cheese sauce, Mornay.

There are five mother sauces Bechamel, Espagnole, Tomato, Hallendaise, Veloute' and Demi Glaze
They are called Mother sauces because all the Sauces we use are started from one of these sauces. Today I'm posting the Bechamel it is relatively easy to make and double because the formula is equal parts butter and flour and milk. Read and follow the recipe below and enjoy.

Fondu is fun and easy to make. I have a fondu that holds about 2 cups, but with a few safety considerations a small sauce pot can be used. We use ours to melt chocolate, cheese and other delicious sauces. All it take is to put a few ingredients in the pot and let it melt. Gather a few ingredients to dip depending on if the fondu is savory or sweet. Today I'll post an easy savory cheese fondu, which starts out as a Bechamel sauce, but once the cheese is added it is Mornay sauce.

Three Cheese sauce
I Love how Bechamel becomes Mornay:D  It's easy and cheesy. 
what can you use this for? 
·      Fondu lay out veggies, Croutons, apple slices you get the idea!
·      Take out my veggie chips and use as a dip
·      spread on crackers
·      Spread or pour over tortilla fillings or have in tortillas on it's own.
·      Fondu bacon

Stir 3 Tblsp. flour into 3 Tblsp. melted butter and cook stirring constantly for 2 min. Gradually pour in 1 c. heavy cream until smooth, then wisk in 2 c, milk. Simmer gently until sauce is thick enough to coat a spoon, about 5 min. Remove from the eat and whisk in 2 1/2 c. grated sharp cheddar and 1/4 c. grated paresan cheese until melted smooth. season with salt and a pinch of cayenne pepper.

Non-dairy or Vegan Cooks

You can switch out the milk for other non-dairy milk like soy milk or almond milk. Switch the butter out for vegan butter or spread or a good olive or coconut oil. 
Or Try The Organic Authority and check out the 
3 ingredient mac and cheese

Saturday, December 3, 2016

Easy Pizza

Home alone, how about Pizza?

Here's how you can have home made
Pizza in a flash. I packed this in the fridge. the night before. It's fun to do this with your child just before retiring for the night.
1.soft Tortilla shells in sandwich bags
2.favorite shredded cheese
3.Vegetables, pepperoni and bacon bits or cooked crumbled sausage or ground beef in a container or baggies
4.a container of pizza sauce or refried beans
5.Here are the directions I left my two children 10 and 13. Using a toaster oven is Ideal, but a conventional oven works just the same. Just be sure to use oven mits and have a cleared off area, to place the hot pizza tray after the pizza comes out of the oven. Plan ahead saves time and keeps you it's more fun.

How to make pizza safely make sure you have all your tools ready on the counter where you are cooking .
* Oven mitts and pot holders to place the tray when the pizza is done.
* A sponge or paper towel to wipe up spills
* Plates
*Spatula to move the pizza to the plates.

1.Take the cooking tray out of the toaster oven
2.Turn on the toaster oven to pizza setting(350)
3.Take out all the ingredients I left for you.
4.Place tortillas on tray
5.Spread on thin layer of sauce or refried beans
6.Top with favorite toppings
7.Open oven and carefully place tray onto the shelf.
8. close the door and push the timer button. I already have set for the exact time...10 min. Set your watch if you have to leave the room for some reason. It's best to stay in the kitchen.
9. When the pizza smells toasty and cheesy all the smells come to your nose, check it even if the timer hasn't sounded...flick on the light and check it...Look at your timer and see how much time is left. If the cheese is all bubbly and everything's browned and looks good take it out if not. Just keep an eye out for it until the timer goes off or it gets to that point...
10 Once the pizzas are done. put on an oven mits and carefully slide the shelf out and then remove the pizza tray. Taking care not to touch the heating elements in the oven.

Set the tray on a oven mitts or stove top to cool a bit.
Set out your plates and enjoy.