Lobster Thermidor

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Lobster Thermidor

This is specifically meant as a romantic dinner for two, and trust us, you both will love it.

Ingredients:

Lobster tails (2 large ones are 3 smaller ones, frozen is fine)
2 Tbs butter
2/3 cup flour
1/2 tsp Dijon mustard
1/2 tsp minced onion
1/4 tsp fresh ground black pepper
2/3 cup half and half
1 Tb sherry
1/3 cup freshly grated Parmigiano Reggiano
1/8 cup mushrooms (sliced or diced)
1 tsp lemon juice
Paprika

Directions:

Boil lobster. If frozen, boil for around 15-20 minutes. If fresh, boil for less than that. Cook until bright red and the tail curls. As they boil, prepare the sauce. Start at a medium temp with the butter and onion and mushrooms. After a few minutes, reduce to a medium low setting and throw in the remaining ingredients except for the paprika. When lobster is done, remove the meat and cut it up into small chunks. Try not to ruin the shells as you can still use them. Just slice them open down the middle, crack open the tail, and pull out the meat. Toss the chunks of lobster into the sauce and let that simmer for around ten minutes. Stir frequently, but while that’s simmering, trim the shells a bit to make them more functional as bowls. Stuff the deliciousness into the shells. Top with a dusting of Parmigiano Reggiano and paprika. Broil for 3-5 minutes, or until you get a nice browning on top to your liking.

Laissez les bons temps rouler!

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Almond Flour Waffles

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Almond Flour Waffles

Ingredients:

1/2 cup almond flour
1/4 cup milk
1 egg
1 Tb brown sugar (Splenda blend optional)
1 Tb wheat germ
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp vanilla
1/4 tsp baking soda
Pinch salt

Directions:

Mix all the ingredients. Let it sit for at least 5 minutes while your waffle iron heats up. Cook them the way you like them. If you don’t know how long that is, try going until they stop releasing steam.

Commentary: This will make about 3 waffles. You might need to at least double this recipe but this works for us as part of a complete breakfast. We use Splenda brown sugar blend to keep these low in carbs.

Whole Wheat Sugar-Free Waffles with Pomegranate Syrup

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Whole Wheat Sugar-Free Waffles with Pomegranate Syrup

Waffle Ingredients:

1 cup whole wheat flour
1/2 tsp salt
2 tsps baking powder
2 Tbs Splenda
1 egg
3/4 cup milk
3 Tbs melted butter
1/2 tsp vanilla

Directions:

Mix all the dry ingredients while your waffle iron heats up. Beat the wet ingredients in a separate bowl, then combine and mix well. Ladle about a half a cup of batter for each waffle, depending on your waffle iron of course. Makes about 5 waffles, perfect for two people or one waffle addict.

Adapted from: http://allrecipes.com/recipe/classic-waffles/

Pomegranate Syrup Ingredients:

2 cups pomegranate juice
1/3 cup sugar

Directions:

Bring the juice and sugar to a boil, then let it simmer down until it gets thicker. This takes about a half hour or so.

Commentary: Waffles love you. Give them some love back.

Grilled Buffalo Turkey Salad Poboy

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Grilled Buffalo Turkey Salad Poboy

Ingredients:

Roast turkey
French bread
Louisiana Buffalo sauce
Cheese
Diced onion
Diced celery
Milk
Flour
Butter
Salt and pepper

Directions:

Start by sauteing diced onions in butter. When those are ready, add flour and cook it for a bit before adding milk and cheese. Once you’ve got a nice creamy cheese sauce base going, add the turkey, celery, and buffalo sauce. You’re now ready to spread your buffalo turkey salad over a fresh loaf of bread, dress it poboy style with lettuce and tomato, and drizzle some blue cheese or ranch dressing over it, or whatever you personally like best for dipping hot wings into.

Commentary: This is another great way to use turkey leftovers, while also satisfying a craving for hot wings!

Millennium Falcon Whole Wheat Buttermilk Pancakes

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Whole Wheat Buttermilk Pancakes

Ingredients:

Millennium Falcons
1 cup whole wheat flour
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
1 tsp sugar
1 egg
1 cup buttermilk
1 Tbsp melted butter

Directions:

Combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and sugar in one bowl. Whisk together buttermilk, melted butter, and egg in another bowl. Combine the two together and stir until smooth.

On a heat gradient of 1 to 10, cook these at a 4 on a non-stick, cooking spray coated surface. Watch for bubble formation and cook until golden.

Commentary: This recipe takes less than 12 parsecs and is enough to feed two people or 1/10th a Jabba.

Inspired by: http://southernfood.about.com/od/pancakesandwaffles/r/buttermilk-pancakes.htm

Rhubarb Cream Pie

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Rhubarb Cream Pie

Ingredients:

3 cups rhubarb
3 eggs (separate out the white of one)
2 cups sugar
1/4 cup butter
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 cup flour
3 Tbsp heavy cream
1 Tbsp orange juice (preferably from an actual orange)
1/2 tsp cinnamon
2 unbaked pie crusts

Directions:

Mix all ingredients except the rhubarb really REALLY well. Then fold in the rhubarb. Pour into a pie crust, then top with another pie crust. Brush the egg white onto the top pie crust, then sprinkle it with cinnamon and sugar. Bake at 375 degrees for 30 minutes. Reduce temp to 325 degrees and bake for another 20 minutes.