Archive for December, 2011

December 28, 2011

Gnashing Refined’s Seasonal Favorites

This Holiday season has flown by…. with baking, shopping, cleaning, and doing some holiday pampering…oy vey! But there are a few things that made this Holiday season most enjoyable. Each season brings a new set of favorites. Here are this season’s…..

  • Corn Pasta is quickly turning into my favorite pasta. It’s absolutely DELICIOUS (which is what’s most important), AND it’s GLUTEN FREE. I’ve eaten my fair share of brown rice pasta, and although it’s edible, it doesn’t always satisfy my pasta craving. I think corn pasta is going to be a popular food in the new year. This is a great pasta to whip up with some marinara and veggies, or oil and garlic with spinach. You can find corn pasta at Trader Joes.

  • Green Tea Latte’s are a great way to treat yourself to a delicious drink without having coffee. There is nothing more warming, or relaxing, than a warm green tea latte. Order yours with soy milk for a non-dairy treat! But beware, some places use melon syrups that add extra sweetness…. you can always order your drink with one (or no) pumps of syrup.

  • Amanda Skrip’s Creamy Black Bean Recipe is a great way to add some hearty, delicious beans to your diet. This recipe results in some seriously flavorful beans, that are mildly addicting. I plan on constantly having some in the fridge all winter long. (Check out Amanda’s blog, it has so much more deliciousness to offer.)

 

  • Mistos’ are an awesome way to flavor food with oil and vinegar without overdoing it. Releasing the perfect amount of oil for cooking, I use my olive oil Misto daily. Mistos’ are also great for cookouts and camping. Additionally, these make a great affordable gift for the fellow cook.

 

  • An order from Door-to-Door Organics makes my life sooo much easier, and  much more nutritious. If you have a hard time finding quality produce at your local grocery store, or if you’d like to begin to enjoy a wide variety of fruit and veggies, door-to-door is the way to go. During summer I love going to the farmer’s market, but often miss that freshness throughout winter. With weekly and bi-weekly subscription options, and a variety of size options, each week has a new menu of organic goodies to offer. If you don’t like something on the weekly menu, no worries, you can sub-out items for other fresh produce.

 

 

I hope you all continue to have a joyous, and relaxing holiday season. Happy New Year!!

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December 10, 2011

Tzimmes (or Simmus)

Tzimmes is a traditional sweet potato and fruit dish served during passover. I think it makes a great holiday dish, and did quite well at Thanksgiving this year. It’s sweet, buttery, and mashed perfectly. With a little time, and patience you can have a great holiday dish!

What you’ll need:

  • 3lbs sweet potatoes, peeled, boiled and sliced
  • 2lbs McIntosh apples, peeled and sliced
  • 1/2 stick butter
  • 1 bag mini marshmallows
  • 1 bag large marshmallows
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • spritz of lemon juice
  • 1tsp ground cinnamon
  • sea salt

 

Pre-heat oven at 375. In a large heat-resistant bowl layer boiled sliced potatoes, salt, apples (pre-spritz with lemon juice), brown sugar, a few pats of butter, mini marshmallows and cinnamon. Repeat layer until you run out of potatoes and apples or until you get to the top of your bowl.

 

Bake in oven for 35-40 minutes. Remove from oven and mash with a hand masher.

Mashed Sweet Potato and Apply Mix

 

Set oven to broil. Transfer mashed mix to a rectangle shallow baking dish, and add a layer of large marshmallows. Return to oven and broil for 10 minutes or until marshmallows get golden. Remove from oven, let cool for 5 minutes and serve.

Gnash On!