Homemade Chocolate Syrup

One of my favorite treats is a peanut butter, vanilla ice cream, sliced banana with chocolate syrup over the top, Sundae. Just the other night I went to have one, and yep you guessed it, no chocolate syrup. That will not happen again…..

Chocolate Syrup
adapted from: one good thing
makes approximately 1 1/2 cups

1 1/2 c sugar
3/4 c cocoa
dash salt
1 c water
2 t vanilla

Combine dry ingredients, stir well to mix.

Add water, stir to combine.

 
Bring to a boil,

lower heat, simmer for 1 minute.

Stir in vanilla, let cool and decant.

Store in the refrigerator. Shake gently before using, if needed.

Oh and here is how to make a peanut butter banana sundae,

Take a small bowl, “frost” the bottom of the bowl with 1 – 2 tablespoons of peanut butter, add a scoop of ice cream. Slice a banana over the top and drizzle with chocolate syrup, YUM!

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Baked Savory Cabbage

Raw cabbage and I are not the best of friends. I will eat cole slaw if it comes with a meal, because I was taught to clean my plate……but cooked cabbage, now that is a cabbage of another kind. The preparation is simple, a few good ingredients, a covered roasting pan and an oven.

Baked Savoy Cabbage
adapted from: The  Ponzi Vineyards Cookbook
375 degree oven

1 cabbage (today I am using standard green cabbage)
olive oil
salt and pepper

Cut the cabbage in wedges, layer in a large baking dish.

Season with salt and pepper (use a heavy hand, you won’t be sorry), drizzle with olive oil. Cover and bake 1 hour. For standard green cabbage you will need to bake 1 1/2-2 hours for that soft creamy texture.

Serve.

Although not traditional, try dusting with smoked paprika before serving. A sprinkling of Parmesan cheese is also delicious, run under the broiler for a few minutes to sear to a golden brown.

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Sauce Pan Cake, with cinnamon and chocolate chips!

I have been making saucepan cakes for years and years. You know the kind where you bring your water to a boil add the oats and butter, remove it from the heat and when it has cooled, continue. Using the saucepan as your mixing bowl, hence saucepan cake.

Saucepan Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cake
adapted from: Bake or Break

1 1/4 c water
1 c rolled oats
1/2 butter
Bring water to a boil, stir in oats and butter. Remove from heat, let cool until lukewarm.

2 eggs, beaten
3/4 c sugar
1 1/4 c brown sugar
Add sugar and eggs to the oat mixture, combine well.

1 1/2 c flour
1/2 t salt
1 t baking soda
1 t baking powder
2 t cinnamon
Stir together in a large bowl, add to the oat mixture, beat by hand until mixture is smooth.

1 1/2 – 2 c chocolate chips – if you are not using mini chips, chop them up a bit, then they won’t sink
1/2 t water
2 T flour
Toss the chips with the water to coat, sprinkle with the flour, fold into the cake batter.

Pour into a prepared 9X13 pan. Bake 40-45 minutes or until tests done in your oven. Let cool. Make frosting!

4 T butter
4 oz cream cheese
2 c powdered sugar
2 t vanilla
Beat until creamy. Spread over cake and enjoy!

This was one of our desserts from May’s Sunday Cafe dinner. We all loved it, it is a keeper!

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Rutabaga with dried tomatoes, shallots and garlic – Try a new recipe, lets eat more vegetables. Rutagagas

Let’s eat more vegetables. I have said that time and time again. But honestly, I mean it each time! You will see more vegetable recipes right here, in the future…..

This is delicious, give it a try, we did!
Rutabaga with dried tomatoes, shallots and garlic
adapted from:  Seasonal Ontario Food
4 c peeled and diced rutabaga
2 large shallots, peeled and sliced thin
1/4 c dried tomatoes in oil
1 clove garlic, minced 
olive oil and/or oil from the jarred dried tomatoes
salt and pepper to taste
Cover rutabaga with water by 1 inch, add salt. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, simmer until tender when pierced with a fork or the tip of a knife, about 20-25 minutes. Drain and keep warm.
While rutabaga is cooking, saute the shallots and garlic in oil. When soft and beginning to brown, add the tomatoes, cover turn off heat until the rutabaga is tender. 
Using a potato masher, mash rutabaga, stir in the shallot mixture. Adjust seasoning and serve. 
Serves 4 – 6
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PARSLEY, SAGE, ROSEMARY & THYME CHICKEN

OUR KraZy kitchen is going on hiatus.  All your favorite recipes will still be here for reference.  Thank you for your readership and following.

Be sure to stop by 3 Sides of Crazy and check out all my other recipes.

PARSLEY, SAGE, ROSEMARY & THYME CHICKEN
6-7 pound chicken
1/2 cup white wine
1/2 cup chicken broth
2 cups baby carrots
1/4 cup butter, softened
1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley leaves
1 tablespoon chopped fresh sage leaves
2 teaspoons chopped fresh rosemary leaves
1 tablespoon chopped fresh thyme leaves
1 small onion, cut into eighths
4 cloves garlic, minced

  • Preheat oven to 325˚.
  • Generously grease baking dish.
  • Scatter onions, carrots and garlic along the bottom.
  • In a small food processor pulse 3/4 of all the leaves together until well blended.
  • Add butter until well blended.
  • Working from the large cavity end of the bird, use your fingers to loosen the skin form the meat.
  • Using a rubber spatula, place 2/3 of the butter mixture under the skin on both sides of the breast bone.
  • Spread the remaining butter over the outside of the bird.
  • Generously sprinkle the entire bird with salt and pepper.
  • Sprinkle with remaining herbs.
  • Roast 1 1/2 hours or until desired temperature.
  • Remove from pan and let rest 15-20 minutes.
  • Strain vegetables and make gravy with drippings if desired.
  • Carve and serve.
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FAREWELL FROM GIGI

Due to illness my hosting here was short lived, i did enjoy sharing my caribbean cuisine with you on Try a new recipe Tuesday’s. I thank you all for the warm welcome.

I really do enjoy the smorgasbord of recipes that is OKK and I will continue to refer back to site and try out many of the recipes i have bookmarked.

Thank you for creating this wonderful gathering place, for inviting me to join your community and for the warm welcome and concern.

Do join me in my adventures in and out of the kitchen and around my island paradise. Hope to see you all soon.

Bon Appetit
Gisele
http://adventuresingigi.blogspot.com/

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Grilled Sweet Potatoes

Hello OKK Readers,
I want to personally thank each of you for reading my posts each Sunday and want to let you know that I have enjoyed all of your feedback.  I love food and love food blogs.  If you have a food blog that I don’t know about, please leave a comment and I will check it out.  You can continue to follow my easy-to-make, family-friendly recipes at my own personal blog Meals For Real.
-April



Grilled Sweet Potatoes from Food Network Magazine
Recipe by Bobby Flay
3 sweet potatoes, unpeeled
Kosher salt
2 tsps finely grated lime zest
Pinch of cayenne pepper
1/4 cup canola oil
Freshly ground pepper
1/4 cup finely chopped fresh cilantro

Directions: Parcook the potatoes. Place in a pot of water and boil until fork-tender; let cool. Slice each potato lengthwise into eighths.

Preheat a grill to medium or place a cast-iron grill pan over medium heat. Mix 1 Tbsp salt, the lime zest and cayenne pepper in a small bowl.

Brush the potato wedges with the oil and season wtih salt and pepper. Grill until golden brown on all sides (including the skin) and just cooked through, about 1 1/2 minutes per side. Transfer to a platter; immediately season with the salt mixture and sprinkle with cilantro.

Here’s what you’ll need:

Rinse off the sweet potatoes.

Put them in a pan to boil until they are fork-tender.  
While the potatoes were boiling, measure out the salt, lime zest and cayenne pepper and mixed them up.  Then, set it aside.

Chop and mince about 1/4 cup of fresh cilantro and set it aside.  

  
Put some canola oil in a pan.  When the sweet potatoes are fork-tender, lay them out on a cutting board until they cool.  Cut them in to wedges.  

Toss the potato wedges in the canola oil.  Salt and pepper.  

Put them on the grill.  Turn them every couple of minutes until all sides are grilled.  

#9 Once finished, pull them from the grill and sprinkle the salt mixture over the top.  Top with the cilantro.  

Here’s what you’ll end up with:

These potatoes are fantastic!  They have the smokiness of the grill but the freshness of the cilantro.  These two added with that fantastic salt, lime zest and cayenne mixture made me want to eat the whole stinkin’ platter myself.

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Come See Me!

Our Krazy Kitchen has been so much fun, but with life so busy, trying to maintain posts on two blogs can be a bit daunting.  Perhaps there will be a post or two every now and then here, so please keep us bookmarked. This is a great resource for recipes of all kinds.  In the meantime, please come by and visit me at Forgetfulone!  I will even have some occasional posts about recipes and eating healthy.  Thanks to 3 Sides of Crazy for your cooking expertise and for allowing me to blog at OKK!

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