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December 30, 2012

Mediterranean Vegetable Pie

I love the presentation and the taste. The outside is crispy and the inside is creamy and cheesy. Try as a side dish or a vegetarian dish.

Serves 8


  • 12 ounces frozen phyllo pastry, thawed
  • 1 leek, wash by slicing lengthwise to the root and separating the layers to remove sand, drain
  • 1 stick of butter
  • 1 cup baby carrots, steamed until slightly tender
  • 8 ounces mushrooms, sliced
  • ½ cup broccoli, coarsely chopped
  • ½ cup green beans ( I used frozen)
  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 4 ounces cream cheese
  • 4 ounces cheese, (I used Swiss but any cheese will work)
  • 2/3 cup heavy cream (or evaporated milk)
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • ½ cup pine nuts
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper


    Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

    Thinly slice the leek. Heat 3 tablespoons butter in a large pan and cook the leeks, over medium heat for 5 minutes.

    Add the mushrooms and garlic cooking until fragrant. Remove from heat.

    Whisk the cream cheese, Swiss cheese, cream, eggs and seasoning together in a bowl.

    Pour cheese mixture over the vegetables and add the pine nuts.

    Melt the remaining butter. Brush the inside of a 9 inch springform cake pan with melted butter.

    Line the base and sides of the pan with 2-3 sheets of the phyllo and brush with butter.

    Continue layering the sheets, 2-3 at a time, brushing with butter until 2/3 of the sheets have been layered. Overlap the layers so that there are no gaps.

    Spoon in the vegetable mixture and fold over the excess phyllo to cover the filling. Brush the remaining phyllo sheets with butter and cut them into 1 inch strips. Cover the top of the pie with these strips, arranging them in a rough mound.

    Bake for 30-40 minutes until golden brown all over.

    Cool for 5 minutes, remove from pan and place on serving plate.

    Cut into wedges to serve

    Cooking Wiser Tips:
    To save calories use olive oil instead of butter to brush the phyllo dough.
    To save calories, use evaporated milk to replace the cream.

    Make this recipe your own: Add different vegetables such as peas, onions, or red bell peppers. Use almonds or other nuts to replace the pine nuts. Replace the Swiss cheese with Blue cheese or Cheddar cheese.

    Posted by terri at 09:38 PM | Comments (0)

    December 29, 2012

    Dinner Rolls Made Simple

    Not only is this recipe delicious, it is the easiest yeast bread I have ever made. The cleanup is simple, using only one pot to mix and rise the dough in.

    Serves 12
    Prep time: 8 minutes
    Rising time: (2)30 minutes and 40 minutes
    cook time: 15 minutes


  • 1 1/4 cups whole milk
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 package yeast
  • 3 1/2 cups all purpose flour,
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 stick butter
  • 1 large egg


    Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

    In a medium size saucepan with lid, heat milk and sugar on low heat until sugar dissolves. Turn off heat and cool until milk is 90-100 degrees.

    Add yeast and butter and allow yeast to soften.

    Whisk egg into milk mixture and mix until yeast has dissolved.

    Slowly add flour and salt to milk mixture. Mix dough until smooth. Continue to mix until dough is very smooth, about 2 minutes.

    Cover with lid and let rise until almost doubled in size, about 30 minutes.

    Punch down dough.

    Shape dough into rolls, making them about the size of a tangerine.

    Place rolls onto a baking sheet or stone. Allow to rise about 40 minutes.

    Turn oven down to 375 degrees and cook rolls until golden brown, about 15 minutes.

    Cooking Wiser:
    Cut down on rising time by using rapid rise yeast. But remember that the flavors won't be quite as developed.

    For more tips baking tips

    Posted by terri at 04:01 AM | Comments (0)

    My Favorite Recipes for 2012

    With all the choices today it can be challenging to select the best recipe for a particular dish. People often ask if I have a favorite recipe for this or that. I usually do and I am happy to share. Here are my top 10 favorite recipes for a few of the all time classics.

    1. Awesome Appetizer:
    Articoke Dip

    2. Best Bread:
    Dinner Rolls Made Simple

    3. Sensational Side:
    Mediterranean Vegetable Pie

    4. Super Soups:
    3 Sausage Lentil Stew

    5. Best Beef:
    Morel and Beef Stroganoff

    6. Best Chicken:
    Grilled Chicken Thighs with Ancho-Tequila Glaze

    7. Best Pork:
    Brazilian Feijoada

    8. Sensational Seafood and salad:
    Lime Pepper Encrusted Salmon over Mixed Lettuce with Honey Dijon Vinaigrette

    9. Dazzeling Desserts:
    Poached Pears with Mascarpone

    10. Brunch
    shortbread coffee cake

    Posted by terri at 03:50 AM | Comments (0)