Saturday, December 29, 2012

Italian Sesame Cookies

These is a family favorite. I found this recipe and tweaked it a bit in that I like to use the mixed sesame seeds that you can find in Arab and specialty markets. I also changed the flavorings a bit. Here is my version.

2 sticks of butter room temperature
3/4 cup sugar
1 Egg room temperature
1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
1 teaspoon of anise extract
2 and 1/2 cups of flour
1/4 teaspoon of baking powder
1/8 teaspoon of salt

1/2 cup of milk or so for dipping Sesame seeds.. at least a half cup or more.

Cream the butter and sugar.
Add the egg and beat well.
Add the vanilla and anise extract ( some anise seeds may be good in these as well)
Mix the flour, salt and baking powder together and add to the wet mixture.
Mix with beater till moistened and together. Then pat dough together.
Form pieces the size of a walnut into a ball and then shape into ovals. Put on baking pan.

You should get 48 nice sized cookies from this recipe. You will need 2 cookie sheets. Put 4 or so of the cookies into a small bowl of milk and then dip and roll into the seeds. Work quickly and shake excess milk off dough as much as possible before dipping. Make sure you have enough seeds to coat well. This is what gives them the great flavor. 2 dozen per cookie sheet. Bake in PREHEATED 350 degree oven. 20 minutes or more if you like them darker like I do. Let cool and then store in a sealed container but these are so good.. I had to stop my nephew from eating them all so I could have some for my cousins when they came over. Enjoy!!!

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Healthy Veggie Pizza Inspired by a photo from Italy

Someone posted this beautiful Pizza with fresh tomato and arugula on Facebook that looked so good, I was inspired to do this whole wheat with home grown tomato, white onion and asparagus.I used a little quattro formaggio cheese from Trader Joes on this one. Maybe a half cup or so. Drizzle with olive oil.. bake and then add your hot pepper seeds, and some romano cheese and fresh basil leaves. Definitely a new summer favorite!

Friday, July 6, 2012

Pasta with Peas

Another super easy summer pasta. Saute some onions in a frying pan with good olive oil while boiling your favorite pasta. Add the frozen or fresh peas and add some of the pasta water. Add salt, pepper and hot pepper seeds to taste. When pasta is nearly al dente, drain and add to the skillet to finish cooking. Toss with your favorite grated cheese. If you have some mint or basil in the garden, add that for an extra special flavor.