Tag Archives: mascarpone

no sour[dough] taste in my mouth…

Seems lately I’m on a baking mission… this go around was a chocolate sourdough loaf. Just like my earlier sourdough post, this required an equal rest and rising period… No complaints here as again this was worth every ounce of effort!
The flavors were intense, slightly tangy from the sourdough, while chocolatey and sinful from the chunks of chopped dark chocolate. Perfect toasted and with a cup of tea, or slathered with some creamy mascarpone for additional guilt…

at a low simmer…
-R

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what are you bananas!!

With a few bananas remaining from the cake I made this past weekend, I decided rather than tossing then out they’d do better mashed up into a wonderful banana bread! This wasn’t just any banana bread, but rather a boozy banana bread…
I soaked sweet little golden raisins in some delicious bourbon. Once plumped up and juicy, they went into my batter that was full of the mashed bananas, chopped pecans, vanilla, two eggs, one cup of flour, two teaspoons of baking powder, a half teaspoon of baking soda and salt, one stick of melted butter and sugar.
Once everything was combined, it was into a loaf pan and then off for a nap for fifty minutes on 325. After a quick test for complete doneness, I had to taste! There was very little willpower, but tasting this freshly baked beauty was a necessity. Served up with some vanilla-infused mascarpone made this luxurious delight even more spectacular!
The boozy raisins offered a wonderful addition to the sweetness of the bananas. This definitely will be on my breakfast menu tomorrow!

at a low simmer…
-R

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a pre-Fall feast…

Today was a cooler day… almost preparing us for the arrival of fall this coming Saturday!
What better to do than prepare a comforting dish for dinner that would satiate both the stomach and palate.
Chicken sautéed in a mascarpone marsala cream sauce… chunks of chicken breast, diced onion, sliced mushrooms, garlic, marsala wine and mascarpone were some of the delightful supporting actors in this simple, yet satisfying meal!
The sauce was creamy and almost sweet, while the mushrooms offered an earthiness and the chicken, a wholesome and warming element!
Hmmmm… I think Fall meals are in full effect…

at a low simmer…
-R

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dessert first…

Tonight was one fun-filled night! We spent time with family and enjoyed a night full of making [and of course consuming] some sweet and savory desserts, as well as some fantastic wines and cheeses, and a number of delectable eats…
I got to play the role of sous chef and received a wonderful lesson from Kristina, an amazing wiz in the pastry kitchen. On the dessert menu, I helped whip up a batch of velvety ice cream with a special savory element tossed in, in addition to a texture filled mascarpone mousse!
The ice cream was served shooter-style with an addition of candied bacon to finish everything off… the mousse was layered on top of a gorgeous squared cut piece of cake…
I don’t know how I was expecting to stick to this healthy eating plan I’m following, but we’re all allowed to cheat once in a while!

at a low simmer…
-R

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summery indulgence…

What better way to enjoy the summer months, than by eating the fruits that come along with it… So I decided to rinse off some juicy little blueberries that were picked up from a local farm and top them off with a mascarpone cream and crushed amaretti cookies. The sweet blueberries were a wonderful highlight against the tangy [although sweet in its own right] mascarpone cream, while the amaretti cookies gave a wonderful crunch and texture to an already divine sweet treat!

Hmmm maybe I should make more for dessert…

at a low simmer…

-R

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blast of balsamic!

Tonight was the perfect night to make something different. I sautéed some chicken breast in olive oil. Once browned, everything was put into a bowl off to the side to regain its composure. In the same pan, I sautéed a diced onion and a few cloves of garlic that I minced. A good addition of marsala wine and reduce, reduce, reduce… to my reduced and fragrant sauce went roughy eight ounces of mascarpone, a teaspoon of dijon mustard and the star of this sauce… balsamic vinegar!! Again, a slight reduction of the balsamic vinegar and the chicken breast was added in and tossed around to coat and cook through. An addition of minced parsley for freshness and things all came together!
To plate, some steamed cauliflower with some crushed red pepper and finishing oil, alongside organic brown rice.
The sauce lent a wonderful tangy, but sweet and creamy flavor/texture. The brown rice gave a perfect nuttiness, while the cauliflower provided a slightly crunchy element.
Yum Yum Yum!

at a low simmer…
-R

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Masca who? Mascarpone…

I realized this afternoon as I was going through my refrigerator that I had a container of mascarpone pleading to be used… So I decided that I would make a ‘chicken and broccoli marsala’ dish simmered in a mustardy mascarpone sauce served over organic brown rice.
What a hit! The tang and creaminess from the mascarpone offered a wonderful balance to the chicken and broccoli. I pan-seared cut-up chicken breast that I seasoned with salt and red pepper till browned. In the same pan, I sautéed onion and garlic till softened. Then I added some marsala wine and reduced slightly, once reduced I added the mascarpone and some mustard powder and stirred until smoothed and incorporated. The chicken was then added back into the pan and cooked through and at the last minute, I tossed in broccoli that I quickly blanched to not overcook. I draped the chicken over light and nutty brown rice and dinner was served. Easy, elegant and just the right amount of spice from the mustard mascarpone sauce. I’m glad I made extra, because I’m definitely going back for more tomorrow!!

at a low simmer…
-R

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