Wednesday, May 16, 2007

Greek-y Salad

This recipe is a combination of ideas from Ina and Martha. I call it Greek-y becasue it has flavors that remind me of greek food, mint, feta, olives, fresh flavors. It's great with a couple of grilled chicken breasts. It's perfect for summer dinner, not too fussy, light, and lots of flavor. Pound the chicken breasts down to about 1/4 inch, then grill with just salt and pepper. Serve over Greek-y Salad. Israeli cous-cous are big round cou-cous pebbles. I'm trying to incorporate different grains into our meals- I'm sick of noodles and rice. So look for it at the market, or you can use orzo which is great too. This will serve about 4 people. When I make it at home, it's enough for Husband, me and Abbie, with some left over for lunch the next day.

Greek-y Salad

1 cup israeli cous-cous or orzo

1/4 cup lemon juice
1/4 cup olive oil
1/2 tsp. kosher salt
1/4 tsp. freshly ground black pepper

1/2 pt. cherry tomatoes, cut in half
1/2 cup coarsely chopped kalamata olives
2 thinly sliced green onions
6 oc. good feta, cut into 1/2 " cubes
1 tbs. finely chopped mint

Cook cous-cous or orzo in boiling salted water 9-10 minutes.
In a medium bowl, whisk together the lemon juice, olive oil, salt and pepper. Drain the cous-cous or orzo, then add it to the bowl with the dressing, stirring to coat. Let it sit to soak up the dressing, and cool to room temperature. Add the other ingredients to the bowl, and mix gently. Taste for salt and pepper.

Chocolate Chip Cookies

Makes twenty-six 5-inch cookies or 8 1/2 dozen 1 1/4-inch cookies
1 pound unsalted butter
1 3/4 cups granulated sugar
2 1/4 cups packed light-brown sugar
4 large eggs
3 cups plus 2 tablespoons pastry flour
3 cups bread flour
1 tablespoon salt
2 teaspoons baking powder
2 teaspoons baking soda
1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
2 pounds Jacques Torres House (60 percent cocoa) Chocolate or other best-quality semisweet or bittersweet chocolate, coarsely chopped

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line baking sheets with parchment paper or nonstick baking mats; set aside.
In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream together butter and sugars. Add eggs, one at a time, mixing well after each addition. Reduce speed to low and add both flours, baking powder, baking soda, vanilla, and chocolate; mix until well combined.
Using a 4-ounce scoop for larger cookies or a 1-ounce scoop for smaller cookies, scoop cookie dough onto prepared baking sheets, about 2 inches apart. Bake until lightly browned, but still soft, about 20 minutes for larger cookies and about 15 minutes for smaller cookies. Cool slightly on baking sheets before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.