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Luxurious buttery creamed spinach

Faith Faith

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This creamed spinach recipe is luxuriously creamy and flavorful. It’s also surprisingly simple: just spinach, butter, cream and Parmesan cheese. Puréeing the spinach gives the dish the silky, velvety texture that makes it so satisfying.

Creamed spinach is a nice accompaniment for chicken and poultry dishes and also an ideal side for family grills.

INGREDIENTS
*3 cups baby spinach leaves, washed
*½ cup heavy cream
*2 tablespoons butter (½ stick)
*¼ cup grated Parmesan cheese
*Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
METHOD
Heat the spinach leaves over medium-high heat in a large, heavy-bottomed pot (such as an enameled Dutch oven). You can add a small amount of water to the pot before adding the spinach, but as the liquid in the leaves cooks out, the leaves will steam in their liquid. Stir with a wooden spoon to keep everything moving.

As you cook it, the spinach will soften and turn a bright green color while reducing in volume quite dramatically. This might take 5 to 6 minutes or a bit longer. Plunge the cooked spinach leaves into a large bowl of ice water. This will stop the spinach from cooking and lock in that bright green color.

Drain the ice water and squeeze the excess water from the spinach. Squeezing by hand, a handful at a time is the best way to do this. You can transfer each squeezed handful directly into the bowl of your food processor since the next step will be puréeing it.Meanwhile, heat the cream over medium heat. Let the cream reduce slightly while you’re squeezing the spinach.
Purée the spinach in a food processor until it’s completely smooth.

Return the puréed spinach to the pot and add the butter, cream, and cheese. Cook over medium heat, stirring continuously until it’s hot.
Season to taste with salt and a generous amount of freshly ground black pepper. Serve right away.

CHEF’S TIP
*This luxurious spinach dish is best served with roasted chicken!

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Nothing beats freshly baked bread

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I love fresh bread and nothing beats freshly baked bread. The smell is what gets me every single time.

Over the years I’ve certainly baked my share of breads and while I may have some favorites, in general I love all bread. I’m what they call equal opportunity when it comes to fresh bread. I’ve certainly baked my share of bread rolls and flatbreads, but sometimes I just love a good old naan bread to dip in some good homemade hummus or butter chicken.

NAAN BREAD

INGREDIENTS
*2 teaspoons active yeast
*1 tsp sugar
*1/2 cup water lukewarm
*1/4 cup vegetable oil
*1 egg large
*1/4 cup yogurt plain
*2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
*1/2 tsp salt
*12 tsp olive oil
*4 Tablespoons butter melted
*2 Tablespoons parsley chopped

METHOD
Heat the oven to 200 F degrees.
In a medium bowl, combine the yeast, sugar and water. Lightly whisk it all together, and then let it sit for about 5 to 10 minutes or until the yeast dissolves and starts to foam. To the same bowl, add the oil, yogurt and egg, and whisk well. Set aside.

To the bowl of your mixer, combine the flour with the salt. Add the yeast mixture and mix for a couple minutes, until the dough comes clean from the sides of the bowl. If the dough is too wet, add a bit more flour, starting with a tablespoon at a time. The dough should be nice and soft but not sticky. Place the dough in an oiled bowl and cover it with a clean kitchen towel or plastic wrap.

Turn OFF your oven, place the bowl inside and allow to rise for about 30 minutes to 1 hour or until doubled in size. I use this trick all the time to speed up the rising time. Mine only took about 40 minutes, so the time depends on your yeast and your environment. After it rises, cut the dough into 12 equal pieces and shape each piece into a small ball. Heat a large cast iron skillet over medium-high heat and add about 1 tsp of olive oil.

Roll out one ball at a time until it’s about 1/3 inch thick and about 5 inches in diameter. Add the piece of rolled dough to the hot skillet and cook for about 1 minute, the skillet should be very hot, so you’ll see bubbles forming as you cook the dough on the first side. Flip the dough and cook the other side until the bottom is golden. Repeat with remaining dough until all of the pieces are cooked. Keep the naan covered in a towel so that it doesn’t dry out. When all of them are cooked, brush each one with the melted butter and garnish with some parsley.

CHEF’S TIP
Add cheddar cheese to the dough for a classy recipe. PS – Like my Facebook page Chef Faith for more recipes and culinary videos.

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Tea time with yummy brownies and fudge

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If you love brownies and fudge, why not combine the two? Mix up a pan of these exquisite brownies for any holiday or special gatherings…or just when you want to treat yourself to the ultimate chocolate dessert.

CHOCOLATE FUDGE BROWNIES
INGREDIENTS
*1-cup butter
*4 cups unsweetened chocolate, chopped
*2 cups sugar
*2 teaspoons vanilla extract
*4 large eggs
*1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
*1-teaspoon baking powder
1/2-teaspoon salt
*1 cup chopped walnuts

TOPPING
*4-1/2 cups sugar
*1 can evaporated milk
*1/2-cup butter, cubed
*1 package semi-sweet chocolate chips
*1 package (11-1/2 ounces) milk chocolate chips
*1 jar marshmallow cream
*2 teaspoons vanilla extract
*2 cups chopped walnuts

METHOD
1. In a heavy saucepan or microwave, melt butter and chocolate; stir until smooth. Remove from the heat; blend in sugar and vanilla. Add eggs; mix well. Combine the flour, baking powder and salt; add to chocolate mixture. Stir in walnuts.
Pour into a greased 13-in. x 9-in. baking pan. Bake at 350° for 25-30 minutes or until top springs back when lightly touched. Cool on a wire rack while preparing topping.

2.Combine the sugar, milk and butter in a large heavy saucepan; bring to a boil over medium heat. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, for 5 minutes, stirring constantly.
Remove from the heat. Stir in the chocolate chips, marshmallow cream and vanilla until smooth. Add walnuts. Spread over warm brownies. Freeze for 3 hours or until firm. Cut into 1-in. squares. Store in the refrigerator.
CHEF’S TIP
*It is precisely in busy families that a sustaining piece of cake at tea time will be particularly welcome.
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