Parker House Rolls

Parker House Rolls

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Parker house rolls
This Fannie Farmer classic is one every home cook can easily master. Parker House Rolls on Happensatthebean.com #happensatthebean
Cook Time 35 Minutes
Passive Time 6 Hours
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Cook Time 35 Minutes
Passive Time 6 Hours
Servings
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Instructions
  1. Whisk yeast and ¼ cup warm water in a small bowl; let stand 5 minutes.
  2. Heat milk in a small saucepan over medium until just warm. Combine shortening, sugar, and kosher salt in a large bowl. Add warm milk; whisk to blend, breaking up shortening into small bowl. Whisk in yeast mixture and egg. Add 3½ cups flour; stir vigorously with a wooden spoon until dough forms. Knead dough with lightly floured hands on a lightly floured surface until smooth, 4–5 minutes. Transfer to a lightly oiled bowl; turn to coat. Cover loosely with plastic wrap. Let stand at room temperature until doubled, about 1½ hours.
  3. Preheat oven to 350°. Melt butter in a small saucepan. Lightly brush baking dish with some melted butter. Punch down dough; divide into 4 equal pieces. Working 1 log/piece at a time, roll out on a lightly flour surface into 8-9 pieces.
  4. Add parchment paper to the baking pan. Add dough balls touching one another to form 1 long row. Repeat with remaining dough for 3 rows. Brush with melted butter, loosely cover with plastic, and chill at least 30 minutes or up to 5 hours.
  5. Bake rolls until golden and puffed, 25–35 minutes. Brush with butter; sprinkle sea salt over. Serve warm.

Soft Pretzels


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Soft Pretzels
On a cold and rainy Saturday we decided to try pretzel making. Soft pretzels are made with a yeast dough and are similar to a good boiled bagel. These offered a nice pillowy interior. Thanks to Alton Brown, our first attempt was a success. Soft pretzels on Happensatthebean.com
Prep Time 20 Minutes
Cook Time 12-15 Minutes
Passive Time 1 Hour
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Prep Time 20 Minutes
Cook Time 12-15 Minutes
Passive Time 1 Hour
Servings
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Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Combine the 1 1/2 cups warm water, the sugar and kosher salt in the bowl of a stand mixer and sprinkle the yeast on top. Set aside for 5 minutes, or until the mixture foams.
  2. Add the flour and butter and, using the dough hook attachment, mix on low speed until well combined. Change to medium speed and knead until the dough is smooth and pulls away from the side of the bowl, 4 to 5 minutes.
  3. Remove the dough from the bowl, clean the bowl, then oil it well. Return the dough to the bowl, cover with plastic wrap, and set aside in a warm place for 50 to 55 minutes, or until the dough has doubled in size.
  4. Heat the oven to 450 degrees F. Line 2 half sheet pans with parchment paper and lightly brush with oil. Set aside.
  5. Bring the 10 cups water and the baking soda to a rolling boil in a 12-inch straight-sided saute pan or a roasting pan (something wide and shallow is best).
  6. Meanwhile, turn the dough out onto a lightly oiled work surface and divide into 16 equal pieces. Roll out each piece of dough into a 12-inch rope. Make a U-shape with the rope, and, holding the ends of the rope, cross them over each other and press onto the bottom of the U in order to form the shape of a pretzel. Place on a half sheet pan. Repeat with the remaining pieces of dough.
  7. One by one, place the pretzels in the boiling water for 30 seconds. Remove them from the water using a large flat spatula. Return them to the sheet pans, brush the top of each pretzel with the beaten egg yolk and water mixture, and sprinkle with pretzel salt.
  8. Bake until dark golden brown in color, 12 to 14 minutes. Transfer to a cooling rack for at least 5 minutes before serving.

Collard Greens


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Collard Greens
Here is a easy way to make some of the best southern collard greens you’ve ever had. The art of transforming a tough leafy fibrous vegetable into something soft and silky with a smokey meaty flavor is what cooking is all about. The toughest part of making this dish is the time needed to do so.
Prep Time 45 Minutes
Cook Time 4 Hours
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Prep Time 45 Minutes
Cook Time 4 Hours
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Instructions
  1. In a large pot add sugar, ham hocks and 3 quarts of water to a boil. Reduce heat to medium and cook covered for 2 hours.
  2. Wash the collard greens thoroughly in a sink filled with cold water. Remove the stems that run down the center of the greens. Fold over the stem and carefully cut out the tough stems. Stack 6 to 8 leaves on top of one another, roll up, and slice into 1/2 to 1-ince thick slices. Place greens and baking soda in pot with meat and cook covered for 90-120 minutes, stirring from time to time.
  3. Remove hocks from pot gently shred meat and mix back into greens.
  4. Taste for seasoning, add salt & pepper to taste. Serve

Cranberry Sauce


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Cranberry Sauce
Homemade Cranberry sauce is so much better than anything you can find at the store. This recipe is easy and quick. I have found this dish is best prepared the day before serving. An overnight rest in the fridge allows the flavors to develop. Cranberry sauce on happensatthebean.com #happensatthebean
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
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Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Servings
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Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Rinse cranberries well, toss any the are soft or bruised.
  2. In a large saucepan combine all indigents. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat stirring often.
  3. reduce to a gently boil cook until berries until uncovered until they pop and 10 minutes. Best if made the day before and chill over night.
  4. Bring to room temperature prior to serving.

Tennessee Bread Pudding

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Tennessee Bread Pudding
Bread pudding is the ultimate classic comfort food. It’s like a custard with much more texture. This bread pudding is water based vs milk & heavy cream. It’s not over-the-top or as rich but it’s still pretty good.
Prep Time 25 Minutes
Cook Time 45 Minutes
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Prep Time 25 Minutes
Cook Time 45 Minutes
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Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350F degrees.
  2. Combine water and sugar in a large bowl, until sugar dissolves. Beat in milk and eggs with a whisk until blended.
  3. Stir in raisins, butter, vanilla, cinnamon and nutmeg.
  4. Add bread to bowl and let it stand for 30 minutes. Pushing down occasionally.
  5. Pour mixture into a lightly buttered 9-by 13-inch pan. Bake for 45 minutes. Take a toothpick and insert into middle of pudding. It should come out clean indicating it’s done.
  6. Cool slightly and serve.
Recipe Notes

If you like coconut or pineapple add 1/2 cup to 1 cup with raisins. 

Peach Galette

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Peach Galette
Galettes are a great way to enjoy summer fruits. You can make your own pie crust or use a store bought one. The best part is that you can use this galette recipe with pretty much any type of fruit – plums, nectarines, apricots, apples, strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, blackberries.
Prep Time 20 Minutes
Cook Time 35-45 Minutes
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Prep Time 20 Minutes
Cook Time 35-45 Minutes
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Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Gently unfold and lay out pie crust on a baking sheet lined with parchment covering pan.
  2. Gently toss fruit(peaches & Blueberries) sugar, salt, the lemon juice, and the cornstarch(or flour). Add fruit on the dough circle, leaving a 1 1/2-inch border of room. Gently fold the pastry over the fruit, pleating to hold it in place. Sprinkle remaining sugar on the crust.
  3. Place galette in the freezer for 15-20 minutes.
  4. Bake for 35 to 45 minutes, until the filling bubbles up strongly and the crust is golden. The bubbling with activate the thicken agent. Cool for at least 30 minutes on wire rack. Serve warm or at room temperature.

Caramelized Onions

A little patience, butter and oil brings out the deep rich sweet flavors in a onion. What better condiment for a grilled dog or burger this weekend. 

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Caramelized Onions
A Television character, Fred Mertz(I love Lucy)introduced the idea of steak and sautéed onions to me. I had seen sautéed onions on a hamburger & hotdog, but never a steak. When I asked my parents about steak with sautéed onion, my Mother agreed to make them with steak in the near future. I soon found out what I was missing. By slowly cooking them in a little olive oil and butter until they become richly browned, is a great way to pull flavor out of a common ingredient. One can use sautéed onion with a burger, steak, onion soup or a tart to name a few.
Course Side Dish
Prep Time 5 Minutes
Cook Time 1 Hour
Passive Time 45 Minutes
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Course Side Dish
Prep Time 5 Minutes
Cook Time 1 Hour
Passive Time 45 Minutes
Servings
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Instructions
  1. Heat cast iron or carbon steel pan over medium-high heat.
  2. Slice onion root to root into 1/2 inch pieces, cutting with the grain.
  3. After 10 minutes, lower the heat to medium/medium low depending on your stove and add salt and mix.
  4. You want to let the onion stick a little to the pan, without burning. After lowering the heat, stir ever 5-10 minutes. If onions stick, add a 1/8 cup of water.
  5. Continue to cook and stir for 45-55 minutes. Once you achieve a beautiful rich dark brown, it’s complete.

Seared Scallop & Avacado Salad

Back in the late 1990’s I lived in San Francisco. Around the corner from my apartment was a great little sushi spot called Sushi Groove. Leo, the sushi chef, often made up custom dishes for me to taste. One night Leo served me a dungeoness crab and scallop  “salad” on top of a warm avocado. That is my inspiration for this scallop & avocado salad. 

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Scallop & Avacado
If you decide to make this dish, it’s very important you use dry scallops. Ask the fish monger if the scallops are wet/soaked/treated. If there are not dry scallops, thank him or her and make something else. Wet scallops are treated with a solution of water and sodium, tripolyphosphate or STPP. This solution is used to preserve the scallops and add weight, which means you’re paying more for an inferior product. Furthermore wet scallops will never product a nice brown crust instead they will release liquid into your pan and give you a rubbery result.
Prep Time 10 Minutes
Cook Time 10 Minutes
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Salad
Scallops
Prep Time 10 Minutes
Cook Time 10 Minutes
Servings
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Salad
Scallops
Instructions
Salad
  1. Combine well and give it a taste. If salads tart, add a little extra virgin olive oil. If not tart enough, add a little more lime juice. Set aside
Scallops
  1. Wash scallops under cold water, remove muscle from side pat dry, make certain scallops are dry.
  2. Place sauté pan over medium-high heat. Season scallops on both sides with salt and pepper. If using sugar, add a little dash to the presentation side of the scallops(first side in pan).
  3. Place butter and oil in pan. Once smoking add scallops(sugar side down)to the pan and cook for 75-95 seconds on each side. Make certain scallops are not touching. You will see a thin crush form.
  4. Remove from pan, place first side(sugar side) up on plate for presentation. Serve

Overnight Waffles

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Overnight Waffles
This recipe is based on the waffle recipe in The Fannie Farmer Cookbook. I believe it was published in 1896. My mom only ever relied on a few cookbooks and Fannie Farmer was one of those few. These waffles are thin and crisp on the outside and light and fluffy inside. A dash of cinnamon gives the dish a little depth of flavor.
Course Breakfast, Dessert
Prep Time 15 + 8 hours minutes
Passive Time 8 hours or more
Servings
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Ingredients
Course Breakfast, Dessert
Prep Time 15 + 8 hours minutes
Passive Time 8 hours or more
Servings
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Ingredients
Instructions
  1. The night before combine, flour, sugar, yeast and salt in a large bowl. Combine milk, cooled butter and and vanilla, mix until combined cover with plastic wrap.
  2. The next day, brush waffle iron with a little neutral oil and heat. Add the egg yolks and baking soda to the batter. Beat the whites until soft peaks form and folk into batter until smooth.
  3. Spread a few spoonfuls of batter and bake until done to you likeness. Serve immediately or keep in a 225F degree oven for a short period.
Recipe Notes

These freeze well. To warm up, put in a 300F degree over fo 10-15 minutes. 

“Man-Catcher” Brownies

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"Man-Catcher" Brownies
The sugar, butter & egg ratios in these brownies reminded me of a pound cake my Great Aunts often made, so I thought why not give this recipe a shot. Shiny, crinkly crust with a chocolatey denseness might be a good place to start. ***Note: A simple way to improve chocolate baked treats (chocolate cake, brownies, chocolate pudding, etc) is to avoid the mass-market chocolate brands. Seek out high quality chocolate/cocoa. It's a little more expensive, but it will dramatically improve your desserts.
Course Dessert
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Passive Time 1 hour
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Course Dessert
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Passive Time 1 hour
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Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350. Melt butter in saucepan, remove from heat and add cocoa power, stirring to combine cool slighty.
  2. Whisk eggs, sugar, vanilla and add to chocolate mix. Gradually add flour and salt. Spread batter into 13x 9 pan (lined w/ parchment paper or aluminum foil) and buttered.
  3. Bake 40-45 minutes until crust forms on top and a toothpick comes out mostly clean. Transfer the pan to a wire rack to cool; cool completely before cutting.
  4. Transfer the pan to a wire rack to cool; cool completely before cutting.
Recipe Notes

3/4 cup of nuts may be added when mixing, if desired.