03 January 2009

Why I Have to Diet in 2009

Sarah (my daughter) and I celebrated New Year's Eve together and for dinner she requested (and I complied) Potatoes Baked in Cream and Brie Toast with Truffle Oil. These recipes are just two of many that I make that have resulted in my (dire) need to join Sharon's diet challenge. I figured I would share them now before Monday when it will be physically painful for me to look at these pictures. Monday is when I officially start said diet challenge. Sharon is making me post on Monday's so that is when I will start. Good thing I like Sharon a lot because I really don't like being held accountable to certain days of posting-- I wouldn't do this for just anyone lolol...we'll see how I do. O.k back to the recipes. The first is from this cookbook which is one of the first I ever owned. Unfortunately it's out of print but here is the recipe (click to enlarge) and since I am a visual learner I took pictures of every step, just fast forward if you don't need pictures :) This is a really simple recipe...but if you are joining us on the challenge DO NOT MAKE IT or make it now and join on Monday like me :)
Here is what you start with:Here is what you do with it.
Scrub your potatoes and slice them very thin. I believe a Cuisinart is essential to this step :)Use a garlic press or your preferred method of smashing garlic and squeeze 2, or 3, or more if you want, cloves (of garlic) into your ovenproof dish.Add about a half cube of softened butter (not margarine please) and mush it around until it looks like thismeanwhile heat the heavy cream (about 3 cups...I know but it's not like you're eating it every day...) over very low heat until it just begins to steam and add 1 tsp salt and freshly ground pepper and nutmeg about 1/2 tsp each? Or until it looks like thisAs a side note--if you don't already grind your nutmeg fresh you will never regret getting yourself a nutmeg grinder and starting now :) Just take my word for this.Next begin to layer the potatoes and the heavy creamand then top with fresh grated parmesan (which you can also use the cuisinart for)Bake at 425 for 20 minutes and then lower temp. to 375 for about 30 min but most importantly until you insert a knife and the potatoes feel very tender. It should look like this:Our other main course was little toasts with brie and truffle oil... the nectar of the gods..I'm not kidding here :) This "recipe" was inspired by the pizza at Sammy'sYou just slice up a baguette and top with little dabs of brie put under the broiler til it melts a bit and then drizzle the tiniest bit of truffle oil over the tops...it's like a party in your mouth :)Oh and since this is essentially a quilting blog? Here is what I have been playing with in the sewing room :)
Have a great rest of the weekend :)

15 comments:

deb said...

My mouth is watering..........does this diet mean no more Sammys???

Joan said...

Thanks so much for the recipe. Slicing the potatoes already......

Kathie said...

I hope you don't make that tooo often!
LOL
good luck with the challenge!
I like the new quilt you are making.
can't wait to see more.
Kathie

Kate said...

Good luck with the diet!

em's scrapbag said...

Good luck with the diet. I should join you. I'm good at the exercise part but not eating all that yummy food gets me every time.

Chris@Cats On My Quilts said...

I think I spy some Prairie Paisley in that fabulous quilt. I have some squirreled away in my sewing room so got to use it soon.

Carol said...

OMG I've drooled all over my laptop...I'll probably have to take in to the Geek Squad for a short or something...LOL! Those recipes look incredible.Love your Prairie Paisley quilt. I love that fabric.

Karen said...

I really like your new quilt in progress. Now I am heading to the kitchen after seeing the pictures of the mouth watering food! I won't be fixing your recipes. I figure you can do that when I deliver your Jan Patek quilt that you want me to make. LOL!

Jackie said...

Okay I need to go on a diet just looking at those pictures. It looks delicious, but this is definitely one of those recipes I could just rub right on my thighs as that would be where it would go any way. Oh and the quilt is beautiful! I made the same pattern some time ago and love it. Hop on over to my blog for a big giveaway.

Cheryl said...

Shhhhh, don't tell on me, but I am officially starting on Monday also. I am sure Sharon won't find out :-)!!!! Thanks for that more than yummy recipe. And dear old Prairie Paisley.....wonderful!!!

Red Geranium Cottage said...

OMG now I sure hope your not eating that after tonight?? LOL!! Did you think I wouldnt hop on over here and see what you are up to?? That does look soooo dang yummy though. I could make it for hunka huh? Maybe the smell would satisy me?? Ok I didnt think so.
Love your quilt in progress.

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Thimbleanna said...

Hahaha -- way to start a diet -- that recipe looks fabulous! I also had a great time reading your book lists -- you've chosen some great books! I need to do a book list too, but it seems to be all I can do to keep up with the monthly book we read in our book group (and sometimes I have trouble with that!) I blame the computer on my reading downfall. Good Luck on the diet!!!

Kim said...

I'm guessing this diet does in deed mean no Sammy's, lol, painful! Just think of the money you will have for fabric if you aren't spending it on junk and fast foods. Starbucks is at the top of the list of THE WORST offenders for fat and just plain old bad for you beverages.

Connie W said...

Oh how I love potatoes that are rich and creamy. I had some once prepared by a friend who treated us to a several-course authentic French dinner at his home (it took HOURS) and he called them Lyonnaise potatoes but I haven't yet found a recipe like what he descibed (he used Swiss cheese, among other ingredients). He is no longer living here to contact so getting the recipe from him is not possible. I'm not crazy about brie but perhaps I ought to try it anyway. I've never heard of truffle oil... Next time I visit the kitchen store I'll take a look around. The finished dish looks divine! Thanks for sharing this recipe.