My souffle didn’t poof……

So it’s been a long time since I have cooked anything out of my Mastering The Art of French Cooking cookbook. 

I was watching Julie and Julia again today, for the uptenth time, and I was inspired to try another recipe.  In the movie Julie pulls a souffle out of her oven and it is puffed up so high and looked really good.  I grabbed my cookbook and started learning the recipe. 

Ingredients – check
souffle pan – check
time – check

I was good to go.

Even though my end result will not be posted here because it didn’t poof like it should have; I’m still going to share the recipe and I hope that yours does poof….. if you try the recipe that is.  If it does, then you have to let me know.

I thought it tasted delicious and I will definately be making this again.  Because it had Parmesan cheese with it, I decided to pair it with my Zesty Chicken Breasts.  I will share that recipe also.  It’s a very fast and easy recipe.

Souffle Au Fromage
{Cheese Souffle}

Preheat oven to 400 degrees
1 tsp butter
1 TBSP grated Swiss or Parmesan cheese
Measure out all your ingredients.  Butter inside of souffle mold and sprinkle with cheese.
Like this:

3 TBSP butter
A 2 1/2 quart saucepan
3 TBSP flour
A wooden spatula
1 cup boiling milk
A wire whip
1/2 tsp salt
1/8 tsp pepper
A pinch of cayenne pepper
Pinch of nutmeg
Melt the butter in the saucepan.  Stir in the flour with a wooden spatula or spoon and cook over moderate heat until butter and flour foam together for a minute without browning.  Remove from heat; when mixture has stopped bubbling, pour in all the boiling milk at once.  Beat vigorously with a wire whip until blended.  Beat in the seasonings.  Return over moderate high heat and boil, stirring with the wire whisk for 1 minute.  Sauce will be very thick.
4 egg yolks
Remove from heat.  Immediately start to separate the eggs.  Drop the white into the egg white bowl, and the yolk into the center of the hot sauce.  Beat the yolk into the sauce with the wire whisk.  Continue in the same manner with the rest of the eggs. 
The egg whites and cheese
5 egg whites
A pinch of salt
Coarsely grated Swiss, or Swiss and Parmesan cheese 3/4 to 1 cup
Add an extra egg white to the ones in the bowl and beat with salt until stiff.  Stir a big spoonful into the sauce.  Stir in all but a tablespoon of the cheese.  Delicately fold in the rest of the egg whites.  Be careful not to overfold.
Turn the souffle mixture into the prepared mold.

Tap bottom of mold lightly on the table, and smooth the surface of the souffle with the flat of a knife.  Sprinkle the remaining cheese on top.  Set on a rack in middle level of preheated 400-degree oven and immediately turn heat down to 375.  (Do not open door for 20 minutes)  In 25-30 minutes the souffle will have puffed about 2 inches over the rim of the mold, and the top will be nicely browned.  Bake 4 to 5 minutes more to firm it up, then serve at once.

Like I said, I don’t know why mine didn’t poof up out of the bowl, but it didn’t.  Maybe I didn’t beat the egg whites enough, maybe I used too much salt, maybe not enough salt.  Maybe it was because I put the egg whites into a porcelian bowl before putting them into the stainless steel one…. I don’t know.  The good thing is it tasted good and my family ate it.  All of them except Zachary, of course.  He is the pickiest eater on the face of the earth.  Nuff said about that!!

Anyway, onto the chicken.  This is super easy and fast…..

Zesty Chicken Breasts

1/2 cup parmesean cheese, grated
1/4 cup dry bread crumbs (I use Panko crumbs and it makes it crunchy)
4 Chicken breasts
2 TBSP butter, melted

Mix parmesean cheese and bread crumbs in shallow bowl.  Dip chicken in butter then in cheese and bread crumb mixture.  Coat well.  Place in greased baking pan.  Bake at 400 degrees for 20-25 minutes. 

I thought the chicken went well with the souffle.  And here is a picture of the end result.  Of the chicken, not the souffle!

So, now you know what we had for dinner; what did you have tonight?

Monte Cristo Sandwich

I would like to introduce you to my new panini maker.
I remember seeing commercials for a panini maker and since I love a hot ooey gooey sandwich; I knew that I just had to have one.
My daughter loves for me to make her a Monte Cristo sandwich on it so I thought I would share the recipe so you can go out and buy a panini maker and make them for yourself and your family.  Just kidding, but it really is an inexpensive item and fun to use.
So here goes……
1 egg
1/4 cup heavy cream
1 tsp. sugar
1/4 tsp. salt
1/8 tsp. cayenne pepper
4 Tbsp raspberry jam
1/4 tsp. dry mustard
2 Tbsp Dijon mustard
4 slices hearty white sandwich bread.  You can lightly toast the bread first if you so desire.
6 slices Swiss or Gruyere cheese
4 slices deli ham
4 slices deli turkey
3 Tbsp vegetable oil.
First rub vegetable oil on the rack of your panini maker, then preheat.
Mix the raspberry jam and dijon mustard in small bowl.  Spread on both sides of bread.  You can omit this step if your child doesn’t like the jam and mustard, like I did.  I do like it; so I put it on mine.

Instead I just put a little olive oil on the inside of her bread. 

Layer the bread with the cheese, ham and turkey.  You can do this anyway you like and use as much as you like.

Whisk the egg, cream, sugar, salt, dry mustard and cayenne pepper in shallow dish until combined.

Dredge both sides of sandwich in egg mixture.

Place sandwich into preheated panini maker.  Cook for about 4 minutes then very carefully using a spatula and lots of prayer; turn the sandwich completely around and cook about another 4 minutes.

Turning it ensures that the cheese is completely melted. 

Put it on a plate and voila; a yummy sandwich that didn’t take much time at all. 

I hope you will try to make Monte Cristo Sandwiches for your family and let me know what you think.


More goodies from Milledgeville…..

Yesterday was the end of my sons Fall quarter
at Georgia Military College
His last final was over at 2:30 and so I planned
my day accordingly to get to Milledgeville early so that
I could spend some time at the very large antique store there
The last time I went was with all 3 kids and they were less
than excited to shop at any store much less an antique store
Not only is their store stocked to the gills with stuff:
Remember these photos:

{This was just the upstairs and the downstairs is filled just as full}
Their prices were fabulous.  I got some really awesome things, like all of this stuff:
I got all of this loot for a mere $40
The most exciting find of the day was these salt and pepper shakers.
I have been looking for more of these for a year now.  I look for them
everytime I go to an antique store.  I already have 3 sets of them and wanted
to get 6 sets…. why, you may ask.  Well, so everyone at the dinner
table can have their own salt n pepper shakers.  My dining room table seats 6 so….
it just makes sense to me.
I also found this precious snowman figurine.
I love snowmen and have my house full of them at Christmas time,
these are so adorable; and only $1 which was an added bonus.
Don’t you agree they are the sweetest thing you have ever seen?
This glass jar is just so practical it had to come home with me.  I see lots of decorating with
twigs in glass jars and thought this would be a great one to use for that.
It was only $2; and for that price,
it would have been crazy for me to have left it in the store.
This is the one that made my family think
I had completely fallen off my rocker…..
These remind me of a diner and I just love diner’s.
I thought they would be fun….. silly or fun?  What do you think?
Oh and the books… this place had so many books.  All at fabulous prices.
I got several of these for 1/2 off
I heard “The Help” was a great read.  I’m anxious to get started.
These blankets were the most expensive things I bought.
They were $8 a piece but worth every penny.  They are so soft and will be
great to curl up with this Winter.
They are in perfect condition and I’m pretty sure I would pay a lot more for them
brand new.
All in all I had a really fun day.
Got the boy home from college and now I can focus my attention on Thanksgiving
which, by the way, is coming much too quickly.
It seems like we just had Thanksgiving.
Guess I better go get my table ready!