Smoked Salmon Dip

Smoked Salmon Dip

Level: Easy

Prep: 10 min

Yield: 1 1/2 pints

Total: 10 min

Ingredients

8 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature

1/2 cup sour cream

1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice

1 tablespoon minced fresh dill

 

1 teaspoon prepared horseradish, drained

1/2 teaspoon kosher salt

1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

1/4 pound (4 ounces) smoked salmon, minced

Directions

Cream the cheese in an electric mixer fitted with a paddle attachment until just smooth. Add the sour cream, lemon juice, dill, horseradish, salt and pepper, and mix. Add the smoked salmon and mix well. Chill and serve with crudites and/or crackers.


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Tri-Colored Mochi

Tri-Colored Mochi

A centuries old Japanese tradition is the eating of mochi on New Year.  It usually starts around the new year when Japanese households and communities take part in a traditional Mochitsuki the pounding of sweet rice to make the flour.  The flour is used to make mochi which can be a sweet or savory treat.

In Hawaii mochi is definitely served on New Year specially by families of Japanese ancestry.  I’ve been fortunate enough to be invited by friends whose families practice this tradition.  I’ve had mochi as dumplings in a fish based soup, not exactly my favorite; fried and served with soy sauce; and sweet chewy squares, my favorite.

Mochi is also always available in Hawaii.  It’s found in many local grocery stores and some bakeries.  But most of the time I make Mochi at home.  One of my favorites is Chi Chi Dango, it’s a sweet square made with coconut milk and is usually pink in color.  Another favorite is this Tri-Colored mochi, which is really just a layered Chi Chi Dango in 3 colors, green, pink, and white.  I don’t make it often simply because it’s tedious baking 3 layers, the single color version is just as good.  But Tri-Colored Mochi does look pretty when served at a party.

By the way Mochi is made from glutinous rice flour and is naturally gluten free and since it uses coconut milk it’s also dairy free! It’s the perfect treat for any one with gluten, dairy, and nut allergies.

You can buy both Mochi flour (one of the brand names is Mochiko), canned coconut milk, and Katakoriko at any Asian market.

Tri-Colored Mochi

Ingredients:

1 Box Mochiko flour (1 pound)

2 1/2 Cups Sugar

1 Tsp. Baking Powder

1 Can Coconut Milk

3/4 Cup Water

1 Tsp. Vanilla

2 – 3 drops each of red and green food color

Katakoriku (potato starch)

Directions:

Pre-heat Oven to 350 degrees.

Grease a 9 x 13 baking pan.

Mix all ingredients except the Katakoriku in a bowl until smooth.

Divide batter into 3 equal parts. (I pour them 1 measuring cups)

Color one part pink with red food color, and one part green with green food color, leave third part white.

Pour Green part into your pan and cover with foil.

Bake for 15 minutes and remove from oven.  Uncover and cool for 15 minutes.

Pour white batter over green layer and cover with foil.

Bake for 20 minutes and remove from oven.  Uncover and cool for 15 minutes.

Pour pink batter over white layer and cover with foil.

Bake for 30 minutes and remove from oven.

Uncover and cool for at least 30 minutes.

Cut into squares – I use a pizza wheel to cut even strips then cut those strips into small rectangles.

Place Katakoriku on a plate and roll each piece of mochi in it.  This will dust the mochi so that they don’t stick together.

Store in airtight containers on the counter.  It should last about 3 days, that is if you can keep from eating it sooner!

 

 

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Holiday Cheese Ball Wreath

Holiday Cheese Ball Wreath

Bring your outdoor holiday wreath inside with this festive and easy cheeseball. Use a small Bundt pan to form a wreath shape, or roll the mixture into a ball or log. For a cheeseball worthy of any big gathering, skip the Bundt pan and colorful garnish and roll the ball in toasted sliced almonds instead. 

Level: Easy

Total: 1 hr 15 min 

(includes chilling time)

Yield: 16 to 20 servings

Active: 15 min

Ingredients:

1 pound cream cheese, at room temperature

2 cups shredded firm cheese, such as Cheddar, pepper Jack or Colby

2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce

Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

 

1/2 cup pickled piquante peppers, such as Peppadews, finely chopped

1/2 cup fresh parsley leaves, finely chopped

1/4 cup finely chopped fresh chives

Crackers, sliced bread or crudites, for serving

Directions:

Special equipment:  A small (6-cup) Bundt pan

1. Line the inside of a 6-cup Bundt pan with plastic wrap. Process the cream cheese, shredded cheese, Worcestershire sauce, 1/2 teaspoon salt and few grinds of pepper in a food processor until smooth. Empty the mixture into a medium bowl, and fold in all but 2 tablespoons of the chopped peppers.

2. Spoon the cheese mixture into the prepared Bundt pan; pack it in, spread into an even layer and cover (or simply form the cheese mixture into a ball and wrap tightly with plastic wrap). Refrigerate until chilled, at least 1 hour up to 2 days.

3. Uncover and invert the cheese mold (or unwrap and transfer the ball) onto a serving platter. Sprinkle with the chives and parsley to completely coat the wreath, and garnish with the reserved 2 tablespoons peppers. Serve with crackers, sliced bread or crudites.


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