The Family That Cooks Together...Eats Together!

The Family That Cooks Together...Eats Together!

Monday, February 7, 2011

A Flurry of Curry Chicken Salad

ARG!!! I have a problem! I am so sorry that people have asked me for the recipe to my chicken salad and I haven't delivered, but the problem is... I don't have a recipe!! I will give you the ingredients...and then next time I make it I'll try to keep track of it accurately and report back. Sorry! So here we go...

Flurry of Curry Chicken Salad

  • 4-6 Boneless skinless chicken breasts (cooked, seasoned w/s&p) diced into 1/2 inch cubes
  • 1 red bell pepper, diced finely
  • celery, diced finely (about 3/4 of a head)
  • golden raisins
  • 1/2 a red onion, diced finely
  • chopped parsley
  • brown sugar (not too much of this)
  • curry powder (a couple tablespoons, or to taste)
  • kosher salt
  • ground black pepper
  • tumeric
  • mayonnaise (enough to make it a creamy chicken salad consistency)

Again, sorry this recipe is so lame... but that's how chef's cook, right?!

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Julies Flatbread. Noelle requested this

Julie's Flatbread

Julie's Flatbread

Because altitude and humidity affect the consistency of the dough, you may have to adjust the amount of water. These palm-sized flatbreads make excellent hors d'oeuvres.


Makes 12 individual rounds.
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons active dry yeast
  • 3 cups plus 1 1/2 teaspoons all-purpose flour
  • Pinch of sugar
  • 1 1/4 cups warm water (100 to 110 degrees), plus more if necessary
  • 1/4 cup yellow cornmeal
  • 1/4 cup fresh rosemary needles
  • 1 teaspoon coarse salt, plus more for sprinkling
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons freshly ground pepper, plus more for sprinkling
  • 4 tablespoons olive oil, plus more for bowl
  • 1 medium red onion
  • 1 fresh sage leaves
  • 4 tomatillos, husked and thinly sliced
  • 6 yellow cherry tomatoes, thinly sliced


  1. In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, combine yeast, 1 1/2 teaspoons flour, and sugar. Stir in 1/4 cup of the warm water, and let stand until foamy, about 10 minutes.
  2. Whisk together the remaining 3 cups flour, cornmeal, rosemary, 1 teaspoon salt, and 1 1/2 teaspoons pepper; add to the yeast mixture. Using the dough hook, mix on low speed while slowly adding the remaining 1 cup of warm water. Mix, adding more warm water, if necessary, 1 tablespoon at a time, until the dough starts to pull away from the sides of the bowl. Mix until the dough is smooth and elastic, 5 to 6 minutes. Turn out the dough onto a clean surface, and knead four turns into a ball.
  3. Place the dough in a lightly oiled large bowl, and coat the dough with the oil. Cover tightly with plastic wrap, and let the dough rise in a warm place until doubled in size, about 1 hour. Turn out onto a clean surface; divide into 12 smaller balls, each about 2 inches in diameter. Transfer the balls to a parchment-lined baking sheet, and loosely cover them with plastic wrap.
  4. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. On a lightly floured surface, shape one of the balls into a 3-by-5-inch rectangle, then roll it out to a 4-by-11-inch rectangle; it should be very thin. Transfer to an ungreased baking sheet. Slice the onion lengthwise as thinly as possible, leaving the root end intact. Fan out each slice of onion. Brush the surface of the dough with olive oil; place 3 or 4 sage leaves, 2 slices of onion, 2 slices of tomatillo, and 2 slices of tomato on top. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Repeat with remaining dough, and place on the sheet.
  5. Bake until the flatbread turns golden brown, 12 to 14 minutes. Transfer the flatbread to a wire rack to cool. Working in batches, roll out, top, and bake remaining dough. Store in an airtight container up to 1 week.

Monday, January 31, 2011

OK Everyone, Its time to begin the Rust Family Blogcookbook.

Add your favorite recipes, ask others to add ones you like.  You can comment on variations that you like to use, and you can give the background, history, or reason why each recipe is a favorite.  Each current holder of the Rusty Whisk will be the featured picture, but feel free to add pictures of your creations and experiences.  We should probably start with the winning recipe---so Brittney---start it off!

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