Martha Mondays: Brie and Ham Sandwich

February 13, 2012

Ana at Sweet Almond Tree chose Brie and Ham Sandwich for this week. It was definitely an easy recipe, that’s for sure. I ended up wrapping mine in parchment and putting them in the oven to heat them up and melt the cheese. I also used a ciabatta baguette, which is a little flatter and softer than the baguettes in my store, which I find nearly impossible to bite into. I thought it was fine, but not up to the complicated standard most of Martha’s recipes reach! I felt like it just cried out for something more. Maybe a slice of tomato or a tiny bit of raspberry preserves, just something to make it interesting and different. Not that I didn’t enjoy it  – I did and so did Mr. MarthaAndMe, who was raised on what his mother calls “hot ham sandwiches.”

We’re taking a break for next week, and I’ll be choosing our project for 2/27 which I will post soon.


Lazy Man’s Guac

February 9, 2012

We always make nachos and guacamole for the Super Bowl and over the years I’ve come up with a really easy recipe that I can put together in a snap.

Place two bags of tortilla chips (I buy whole grain) on 2 baking sheets. Sprinkle with 1 1/2 16 ounce bags of Mexican cheese. Preheat the oven to 400.

While that is preheating, smash two avocados and top with the juice of half a lime and mix. Add one 15 ounce jar of mild salsa and 1 1/4 cups of light sour cream and mix. (I know it doesn’t look bright green, but it does have some green which you can’t see in my photo).

Place the chips in the oven for about 5 minutes until the cheese is completely melted. Serve. This feeds 4-6 people if you aren’t having a lot of other food, more if you’ve got other things on the table. As Ina Garten says, how easy is that?


Martha Mondays: 2/13

February 7, 2012

Ana at Sweet Almond Tree has chosen Brie and Ham Sandwich for next week


Giveaway! And Broccoli Pinwheel Recipe

February 7, 2012

My friend Debbie Koenig has a fantastic new cookbook coming out later this month called Parents Need to Eat Too. The concept is that even though you’ve got a baby or toddler, you can still make great food to feed yourself, even if you’re cooking in just quick spurts, or even with one hand. Debbie also has a great web site with lots of recipes there, so be sure to check her out at DebbieKoenig.com.

I’m giving away a copy of this wonderful cookbook to a random commenter on this post, so be sure to leave a comment so you can win!

Debbie’s publisher has sent me a review copy and will send out the winner’s copy. In full disclosure, by running a recipe from her book and posting about it, I’m entered to win a prize from her publisher. Whatever. I don’t really care about the prize, but I do care about the book, which I think is something so many parents are going to need and use often.

I recently made Broccoli and Cheddar Pinwheels, with some substitutions and everyone in my family enjoyed it. Here’s Debbie’s recipe:

1 pound pizza dough

2 1/2 cups finely chopped broccoli or one 10 ounce package of frozen, defrosted and chopped: you can do this in the food processor

1-2 cups shredded Cheddar cheese

1 tablespoon Dijon mustard

salt and pepper

Preheat oven to 425 and grease a baking sheet.

Remove pizza dough from fridge 30-60 minutes before you plan to use it.

Steam the broccoli until just tender (5-6 minutes). Cool slightly then combine with cheese, mustard, salt, and pepper.

Roll or stretch the dough to a 10×14 rectangle on a floured surface. It doesn’t have to be exact.

Spread the broccoli mix on 3/4 of the dough, leaving an uncoated portion at one short side. Begin to roll the dough from the short side covered with the broccoli spread and keep rolling until you’ve got a nice, neat log.

Use a serrated knife or pastry scraper to cut it into 8 equal pinwheels. Carefully lay the pinwheels flat on the prepared baking sheet and bake until crust is golden brown and the cheese is melted, 15-20 minutes.

Debbie’s recipe is fantastic as is. I thought I had a bag of shredded Cheddar but when I opened it, it was moldy, so I ended up using a mix of mozzarella, feta and extra sharp provolone.

It made more sense to me to cook the broccoli first then chop it in the Cuisinart with everything else, so I cooked it then dumped it in with the mustard, cheese, and salt and pepper. I also tossed in 2 leftover pieces of deli ham I had floating around. Those were my only changes. Next time I make this I think I will cut the wheel into more and smaller pieces. They were big, like a big cinnamon roll which was fine for a dinner portion, but I might make them smaller so they would work for snacks and lunches.

I loved this recipe. It really was amazingly easy and I can absolutely see being able to toss this together with a toddler underfoot or a between feedings with a newborn.

You must enter by midnight ET on Monday February 13. I’ll randomly and blindly select the winner by random number drawing (numbers assigned in order of comments here). Sorry, offer limited to U.S. addresses only and entrants age 18 and up only. One entry per person. Winners notified by email given when entering, not responsible for email transmission problems. You are responsible for notifying me of your correct mailing address if you are selected as a winner. Contest closes at midnight Eastern time on 2/13/12. Prize is nontransferable and may not be redeemed for cash. MarthaAndMe reserves the right to announce the name of the winner on the blog. MarthaAndMe not responsible for delivery or nondelivery of prize which will be sent by publisher.


Martha Mondays: Soft Pretzels (and cheese dip)

February 6, 2012

Tiny Skillet chose soft pretzels for our project this week, which worked out well with the Super Bowl. I’ve made soft pretzels before, but these were really good. The pretzels had a fluffy texture that I really, really liked and I think it is because you cut the butter into the flour with a pastry cutter. Genius. I substituted whole wheat pastry flour for half of the flour in this and was fantastic. I put salt on half and cinnamon sugar on the other half (my kids like them this way). I also made cheese dip to go with these:

2 tbsp butter

3 slices American cheese

4 tablespoons skim milk

pinch ground mustard

pinch pepper

1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese

1 tablespoon light cream cheese

I dump it all in a pan and heat over low to medium, stirring until it is completely melted.


Martha Mondays: 2/6

February 1, 2012

Tiny Skillet has chosen soft pretzels for Monday’s project. Sounds like fun.

We are still dealing with a very serious situation with my father-in-law, in fact he is having open heart surgery tomorrow morning. If you don’t hear from me on Monday with my results, it’s because things were complicated or I’ve been busy managing everything.


Martha Mondays: WW Pasta with Arugula, Pistachios, and Lemon

February 1, 2012

I forgot to post this – sorry for the delay. My father-in-law is suddenly seriously ill and there’s just too much going on to keep everything straight.

Perfecting Pru chose our recipe this week, Whole Wheat Pasta with Arugula, Lemon, and Pistachios. I admit I was skeptical about this!

I had to make a couple of substitutions. I thought I had whole wheat spaghetti, but I was out, so I used a basil pasta instead. I also could not find Meyer lemons (in fact, I’ve never had them) so I used a regular lemon. I thought this was pretty good and I enjoyed it. I know a Meyer lemon would not have been as bitter as the rind from a regular lemon, so it’s a shame I can’t seem to get them. I admit, I added cheese to this after putting it on my plate. I really did like it though. It was very different and also very fresh tasting, which I enjoyed very much. Mr. MarthaAndMe and TeenMartha also enjoyed it. Did you make it?


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