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Thursday, June 3, 2010

Less time and few dishes... thumbs up


A long time ago, a friend of mine taught me to cook using a foil-pouch dinner in the summer and for awhile I was a pro at it... 
Then I had my son... and I forgot all about it.. Now that I am working 2 different jobs with 2 different schedules... I need something with less dishes and less time cleaning up after dinner. I made  Cajun Jambalaya tonight... If you have never made it... It was so much easier in the pouch... If you want the recipe just email me or drop me a comment with your email and I will share... I also made a dessert... Yes, me who is finally back on a eating right schedule... but this dessert you want to pay attention too.(easiest dessert I have ever made)
Chocolate- Drizzled Roasted Cherries
First you need: 4 cups of lambert or ranier or royal ann pitted (if you must use can try to get organic no sugar)
1 tsp orange zest

  1 tbsp raw honey


   1 cinnamon stick
 1/8 tsp Chile powder
1/8 tsp cinnamon, ground
pinch of cayenne pepper
  1/4 cup of skim milk or almond  milk if you don't use cow's milk.
 2 oz dark chocolate ( 70% or greater) chopped about 1/3 cup.
  Instructions: 
1.Preheat oven to 350 
2. Prepare 2 foil pouches... ( Tear off a piece of aluminum foil about 20 inches in length place on flat surface. Long side facing you...  Fold over the long edges of foil parallel to your counter by about 1/2 inch so liquid want run off and out. Food goes in center. Grasp top and bottom edges of foil up and over food pinch closed on top and sides.)
 In a mixing bowl, toss cherries with orange zest and honey. In the foil pouch place seasoned cherries and cinnamon stick, seal. In a small mixing bowl, combine Chile powder, cinnamon and cayenne pepper with milk and whisk to combine. Place chocolate n second pouch... pour spiced milk over top, make sure it's tight so it does not spill out.
3. Place pouch with cherries on baking tray- middle rack for 20 minutes.
4. After cherries have roasted for 20 minutes, place foil pouch containing chocolate mixture onto tray  next to cherries and roast both 5 minutes more.
5. Remove both pouches from oven. Be careful let cool for 2-3 minutes. Remove cinnamon stick and throw out. Use a strainer to drain liquid from cherries into a small mixing bowl, set aside. Divide strained cherries into serving dishes (serves 4)
6. Carefully open foil pouch with chocolate mixture and using a spatula scrape mixture into the small bowl with reserved cherry liquid. Whisk until smooth drizzle chocolate mixture over top of cherries and serve immediately. 
  The smell is unbelievable when it is cooking and you feel like it's going to be fattening, but it is only about 190 calories.
I wanted to post a picture of me eating this, but I had my p.j's on so I decided against it...Maybe next time... Have a great weekend.. 
Don't forget to link up on Tuesday June 8th for Home Town or Your Town Tuesday... blog and photo essays about your town.... 

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Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Maybe it's just my internet, but the words in your post overlap.

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