Thursday, July 5, 2012

Country Biscuits

My mother asked me about the biscuits from my baking class for culinarian's at St Louis Community College, Forest Park.  These biscuits rose well and were very flaky...

Country Biscuits

On Baking, Pg 147
Yield: 36 Biscuits, 2 ¼ oz. (66g) each

·         Line a sheet pan (2-3) with parchment paper.
·         Preheat oven to 425 F (220 C)

All Purpose or Pastry Flour     2lb. 8 oz.          1200 g             100%
Salt                                          0.75 oz             24 g                 2%
Granulated Sugar                    2 oz.                 60 g                 5%
Baking Powder                        2 oz.                 60 g                 5%
Unsalted Butter, cold              14 oz.               420 g               35%
Milk                                         1 ½ pt.             720 ml             60%

Total Weight:                          5 lb. 2 oz.         2484 g             207%

1.      Sift the dry ingredients together, making sure they are blended thoroughly.
2.      Cut in the butter. The mixture should look mealy; do not over mix.
3.      Add the milk and stir, combining only until mixture holds together.
4.      Transfer the dough to a lightly floured work surface; knead until it forms one mass, approximately five or six kneading.
5.      Roll out the dough to a thickness of ½ inch (1.2 centimeters). Cut with a floured cutter and place the biscuits on a paper-lined sheet pan.
6.      Bake at 425 F (220 C) until the tops are light brown, the sides almost white and the interiors still moist, approximately 10-12 minutes. Internal heat will continue to cook the biscuits after they are removed from the oven.
7.      Remove the biscuits to a wire rack to cool.

Approximate values per biscuit: Calories 210. Total Fat 10 g, Saturated Fat 6 g, Cholesterol 25 mg, Sodium 240 mg, Total Carbohydrates 27 g, Protein 4 g, Vitamin A 10%

Tuesday, July 3, 2012



Italian Cuisine - Cheese Manacotti and Shrimp Risotto
 — at Stlcc Forest Park.

April 11, 2012

Yield: 4 - 8

            1 ½ cup           Ricotta
            ¼ cup              Parsley, chopped
            ½ tsp               Salt
            1 ea                  Egg, slightly beaten
            8 ea                  Manicotti shells
            1 cup               Marinara sauce
            ½ cup              Shredded mozzarella cheese
            ¼ cup              Grated parmesan cheese

  1. Combine ricotta, parsley, salt, and egg; refrigerate.
  2. Boil manicotti according to package directions.
  3. Drain and cool in cold water.
  4. Pour half of marinara sauce into 9” x 9” baking dish.
  5. Stuffed drained manicotti with filling and place on sauce on dish.
  6. Top with remaining marinara sauce.
  7. Scatter mozzarella on manicotti and sprinkle parmesan cheese over top.
  8. Bake in preheated 350 degree oven for 35 to 30 minutes.

SAFFRON RISOTTO WITH SHRIMP and Cheese Manacotti (Italy)

This past weekend, I made Green Onion Risotto and my family really liked it and my sister asked if I had a good risotto recipe.  Thought about it and I made this recipe in class and it was pretty good.   So I think it will fit the bill:

Italian Cuisine - Cheese Manacotti and Shrimp Risotto
 — at Stlcc Forest Park.

April 11, 2012

This is the picture of what we made in class, it pairs well with Cheese Manacotti and White Wine.


Yield:  4 servings

Garlic cloves, minced
2 ea.
Onions, minced
4 oz.
Stock, seasoned
2  1/2 pnts
Arborio rice
14 oz.
Bay leaves
2 ea.
Saffron threads, crushed
Parsley, chopped
3 tblsp.
Parmesan cheese, grated
2 oz.
Shrimp, P&D, tail off, sauteed
1 1/2 lb.
to taste
to taste
1.                 Sauté garlic and onion in 3 ounces butter
               2.                 Add rice; stir until grains are coated with butter.
               3.                 Add one-third of the stock, stir until rice absorbs liquid.
               4.                 Add bay leaves, saffron, and one-third of stock, continue to stir.
               5.                 Add remaining stock, continue to stir.
6.                 When all liquid is absorbed, add parsley, Parmesan cheese, remaining butter, and           sautéed shrimp.
7.                 Stir rice only enough to mix ingredients. Season with salt and pepper.

Monday, July 2, 2012

Menu of my father's birthday Dinner

Menu of my father's birthday Dinner

The menu was: Grilled Salmon, Green Onion Risotto, Grilled Asparagus, Sweet Corn, a fresh salad with Pinot Noir Vinagrette, and seedless Watermelon. 

Now someone asked me for the recipe for the Green Onion Risotto and also the one for my Pinot Noir Vinaigrette...
I did not really keep to anyone recipe but here was my responses to that question:

This is the recipe that I used for the risotto; (had my son make it while I did other task for the meal and watched over his shoulder.) 

Also added a touch of Shallot and a pinch of Garlic along with finish with a palmful of fresh chopped parsley for additional color. (hope you are able to translate that, as I did not measure them.)

If I were plating this for anyone other than my family the risotto would have been used as a bed for the salmon and asparagus.


4 cups (or more) low-salt chicken broth
2 tablespoons (1/4 stick) butter
1 bunch green onions, (white parts finely chopped, green parts thinly sliced)
1 cup arborio or medium-grain rice
1/2 cup dry white wine
1/4 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
2 tablespoons mascarpone cheese or whipping cream (we used Philidelphia Cream Cheese - a little less than 20% of it with a teaaspoon of whole milk)
1 teaspoon finely grated orange peel


Bring broth to simmer in medium saucepan over medium heat.
Reduce heat to low and keep warm.
Melt butter in large saucepan over medium heat.
Add chopped green onions and cook untilsoft, stirring often, about 6 minutes.
Stir in rice.
Add wine; cook until almost all liquid is absorbed, stirring frequently, about 2 minutes.
Add 4 cups broth, 1 cup at a time, cooking until almost all broth is absorbed before adding more,stirring frequently, until rice is tender but stillfirm, about 20 minutes.
Stir in sliced green onions, Parmesan, mascarpone, and orange peel.
Add more broth by 1/4cupfuls as needed if dry.
Season with salt and pepper.

Pinot Noir Vinaigrette

I used the general rule of thumb as you can see on Wikipedia:

"Vinaigrette generally consists of 3 parts of oil to 1 part of vinegar whisked into an emulsion. Salt and pepper are often added. Herbs and shallots are added, especially when it is used as a sauce for cooked vegetables, grains, and the like. Sometimes mustard is used as an emulsifier."

I used a combination of Extra Virgin Olive Oil and Vegetable Oil as my mother dislikes the taste of Olive Oil. (I know she is crazy!)

Wine to make up the acid part, along with squeezing a half lemon and orange, plus the orange zest.

Sea Salt & Fresh ground black pepper to taste.

Garlic & Shallots minced along with some green onion.

A dash of minced Dill. (freeze dried)

A teaspoon of light Agave.

A touch of liquid smoke.

and finished it off with a touch of the fresh parsley again. (minced)

I made about 2 cups...

Used it to marinade the Salmon, Asparagus, and as a salad dressing.