Thursday, January 31, 2013


This is one of my favorite Rachel Ray recipes from her 30 minute meals show and with the upcoming Super Bowl, I just had to share it with you. This is quick and easy to make and it packs incredible flavor outburst!!

Shrimp and Chorizo Quesadillas w/Smoky Guacamole (serves 4) 
Feel free to adjust ingredients to accommodate the size of your party

  • 2 ripe Haas avocados
  • 1 lime, juiced
  • A couple pinches salt
  • 1/4 cup sour cream, 3 rounded tablespoonfuls
  • 2 chipotle peppers in adobo, available in cans on specialty food aisle in Mexican section
  • 1/2 pound chorizo sausage, sliced thin on an angle
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil, plus some for drizzling
  • 1 clove garlic, cracked away from skin and crushed
  • 12 large shrimp, peeled and deveined, tails removed, ask for easy-peels at fish counter
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 4 (12- inch) flour tortillas
  • 1/2 pound, 2 cups, shredded pepper Jack cheese

  • Cut avocados all the way around with a sharp knife. Scoop out the pit, then spoon avocado flesh away from skin into a food processor. Add the juice of 1 lime, a couple of pinches salt, sour cream and chipotles in adobo. Pulse guacamole until smooth. Transfer to a serving bowl.
    Heat a 12-inch nonstick skillet over medium high heat. Brown chorizo 2 to 3 minutes, then remove from pan. Add oil, garlic, then shrimp. Season shrimp with salt and pepper and cook shrimp until pink, 2 or 3 minutes. Transfer shrimp to a cutting board and coarsely chop.
    Add a drizzle of oil to the pan and a large tortilla. Cook tortilla 30 seconds, then turn. Cover 1/2 of the tortilla with a couple of handfuls of cheese. Arrange a layer of chorizo and shrimp over the cheese and fold tortilla over. Press down gently with a spatula and cook tortilla a minute or so on each side to melt cheese and crisp. Remove quesadilla to large cutting board and repeat with remaining ingredients. Cut each quesadilla into 5 wedges and transfer to plates with your spatula. Top wedges of quesadillas with liberal amounts of smoky guacamole.


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Wednesday, January 30, 2013


  • Spinach and Goat Cheese Tartlets (makes 24 tartlets) 
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 3 sheets frozen phyllo dough, thawed
  • 2 tablespoons grated parmesan cheese
  • Vegetable oil, for brushing
  • 1 large shallot, minced
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • Pinch of freshly grated nutmeg
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 3 1/2 ounces mild goat cheese, softened
  • 2 teaspoons finely grated lemon zest
  • 1 tablespoon white wine vinegar
  • 2 large eggs, separated
  • 1 10-ounce box frozen chopped spinach, thawed and squeezed dry
  • Chopped chives, for garnish
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Melt 1 tablespoon butter. Place 1 phyllo sheet on a clean surface (cover the other sheets with a damp towel), brush with melted butter and sprinkle with 1 teaspoon parmesan. Cover with another phyllo sheet, brush with more butter and sprinkle with another teaspoon parmesan. Top with the remaining phyllo sheet and brush with butter. Cut the phyllo stack into 24 squares, about 3 inches each. Brush a 24-cup mini muffin tin with oil, then firmly press a phyllo square, buttered-side down, into each cup. Bake until golden, 10 minutes.
Meanwhile, heat the remaining 3 tablespoons butter in a saucepan over medium heat. Add the shallot and garlic and cook until translucent. Stir in the flour, then add the milk and stir until the mixture is smooth, 1 minute. Add the nutmeg, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and pepper to taste. Stir in the goat cheese, lemon zest and vinegar until the cheese melts. Remove from the heat and mix in the egg yolks, then the spinach.
Beat the egg whites to stiff peaks and fold into the spinach filling. Spoon about 1 tablespoon filling into each phyllo cup and top with the remaining parmesan. Bake until the filling is set, 15 minutes. Cool slightly in the pan; remove and top with the chives.

Recipe courtesy Susan Stockton for Food Network Magazine ~ Photograph by Kate Sears

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Tuesday, January 1, 2013


One Dish At A Time wishes everyone a healthy & prosperous 2013 ~ HAPPY NEW YEAR!

The perfect cure for a long night of New Year's Eve celebrations, a Bloody Mary.

Morning After Bloody Mary
1.5 oz. Tequila
6 dashes tabasco
6 dashes Worcestershire sauce
1 pinch celery salt
1 pinch pepper
1 teaspoon horseradish
2 teaspoon lemon juice
7 oz. tomato juice
Pickle Wedges

In a large glass build ingredients and stir with a bar-spoon.

Garnish with pickle wedges.

Optional: rim glass with lime juice and dip into a mixture of celery salt & pepper.

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