Friday, January 31, 2014

The Cooking In Sanity Project: Pan-seared Steak, Bifteck Saute

Hey everyone!

Today on the Cooking in Sanity project I cooked up some Pan Seared Bison Ribeye Steaks.  I’m a huge fan of steaks every couple of months, so I was all for this recipe.  The steaks were beautiful, marbled with the perfect amount of fat but not overly fatty.  It’s important to find a good butcher to get a good cut of meat!   They were really easy to cook up, here’s how I did it:


The steaks were perfectly cooked; medium rare is how I like to eat mine.  The seasoning was simple but super delicious and let the meat’s natural flavor stand out.  I’ll definitely be making this again!







The full recipe can be found in Mastering the Art of French Cooking (2 Volume Set). I think every good cook deserves to have a copy of Julia Child’s masterpiece in their kitchen.

Thanks for watching and I’ll see you next time!

Lizzie Marie

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

The Cooking In Sanity Project: Variation of Onion Soup, Soupe a l'Oignon Croutes

Hey everyone!

Today on the Cooking in Sanity project I made croutons – these are great when served with soups, like onion soup, or by themselves with toppings, like a crostini. They’re very simple to make:

The baguettes were so easy to make, it’s hard to believe how flavorful they were! Served with a little bit of Swiss cheese and onion soup was to die for, super simple and delicious

The full recipe can be found in Mastering the Art of French Cooking (2 Volume Set). I think every good cook deserves to have a copy of Julia Child’s masterpiece in their kitchen.
 
Thanks for watching and I’ll see you next time!

Lizzie Marie

Monday, January 27, 2014

The Cooking In Sanity Project: Onion Soup, Soupe a l'Oignon

Hey everyone! 

Today on the Cooking in Sanity project I made Onion Soup.  Onion Soup is one of my ultimate favorite soups.  Caramelized onions are to die for – cooking them slow and gives them an amazing sweet and also savory flavor that is perfect in a soup.  Here’s how I made the soup:


The soup was so simple to make, but the few ingredients that were in it have such powerful flavors that it tasted like a much more complex soup than it actually was.  I also served my soup with a round of toasted baguette and shredded Swiss cheese which only made it tastier – the cheese was nice and mild to balance the sweet onions and the baguette was delicious after soaking up the broth.  I definitely be making this again soon!

The full recipe can be found in Mastering the Art of French Cooking (2 Volume Set). I think every good cook deserves to have a copy of Julia Child’s masterpiece in their kitchen.
 
Thanks for watching and I’ll see you next time!

Lizzie Marie

Saturday, January 25, 2014

The Cooking In Sanity Project: Chocolate-Butter Icing, Glacage au Chocolat

Hey everyone!

Today on the Cooking in Sanity project I made Chocolate Butter Icing.  I’m normally not a fan of icing – I think it’s too thick and sugary most of the time.  However, this icing was super delicious and only made the Chocolate Almond cake better.  See how I made it here:



It was nice and light but still had a nice flavor.  Super simple to make, too!  

The full recipe can be found in Mastering the Art of French Cooking (2 Volume Set). I think every good cook deserves to have a copy of Julia Child’s masterpiece in their kitchen.
 
Thanks for watching and I’ll see you next time!

Lizzie Marie

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

The Cooking In Sanity Project: Chocolate and Almond Cake, Reine de Saba, Queen of Sheba Cake

Hey everyone!

Today on the Cooking In Sanity project I made Queen of Sheba (chocolate almond) cake. This was Julia Child’s favorite cake recipe – and I can see why! Here’s how I made it:

Part I



Part II



The cake was very simple to make, although it didn’t look like a traditional cake after baking. It was shorter and more dense than a traditional cake you might think of, but it was still delicious! I’m not a huge fan of almond flavor, but the cake had the perfect balance of chocolate and almond. This would be a great, simple cake for a party or a birthday.

The full recipe can be found in Mastering the Art of French Cooking (2 Volume Set). I think every good cook deserves to have a copy of Julia Child’s masterpiece in their kitchen.
 
Thanks for watching and I’ll see you next time!

Lizzie Marie

Monday, January 20, 2014

Tiny Tidbits: Shake Off Garlic Clove Skins

Hey everyone! 

Here’s a quick tip if you need to get those tricky skins off of garlic cloves.  Simply pop the garlic cloves, skins on, in a Tupperware, put the top on and give it a good shake.  The skins will fall right off – give it a try!



See you next time,
Lizzie Marie

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

The Cooking In Sanity Project: Variation of Leek and Potato Soup

Hey everyone!

Today on the Cooking in Sanity Project I decided to do a quick variation on potato leek soup.  I simply added carrots to the pot and let everything cook together – super simple! 


The carrots add some delicious sweetness and beautiful color to the soup, I’ll definitely be adding carrots from now on. 













The full recipe can be found in Mastering the Art of French Cooking (2 Volume Set). I think every good cook deserves to have a copy of Julia Child’s masterpiece in their kitchen.
 
Thanks for watching and I’ll see you next time!

Lizzie Marie

Monday, January 13, 2014

The Cooking In Sanity Project: Leek and Potato Soup, Potage Parmentier

Hey everyone!

Lately it’s been super cold here in Georgia, so I decided to make soup today on the Cooking in Sanity Project.  Soup is one of my favorite meals to eat during the winter because it’s easy and simple to make, and there are so many different types of soups that it never gets boring.  Today I made potato leek soup, a classic and incredibly simple soup that is also delicious.  Here’s how I made it:


The soup was very simple to make and mainly consisted of chopping ingredients up and putting them in the pot to cook.  Potato leek soup is a new favorite soup of mine because it’s light, simple and tasty. 

The full recipe can be found in Mastering the Art of French Cooking (2 Volume Set). I think every good cook deserves to have a copy of Julia Child’s masterpiece in their kitchen.
 
Thanks for reading, I’ll see you next time!
Lizzie Marie

Friday, January 10, 2014

The Cooking In Sanity Project: Variation I & II of Fish Filets Poached in White Wine

Hey everyone!

Today on the Cooking in Sanity project I made a cheese and mushroom sauce as well as julienned vegetables.  I served the sauce and vegetables with my fish poached in white wine.  Now, I am not a fan of mushrooms at all, and I have never heard of cheese being paired with fish, but I decided to be brave and do it for Julia.  Here’s how I did it:



The cheese and mushroom sauce tasted…interesting.  I was definitely not a fan, but it wasn’t as bad as I expected.  I think I’ll stick to cheese-free fish, and I won’t be eating a bowl of mushrooms anytime soon.  I’m glad I tried it, and now I can at least say I tried it and didn’t like it.





The full recipe can be found in Mastering the Art of French Cooking (2 Volume Set). I think every good cook deserves to have a copy of Julia Child’s masterpiece in their kitchen.

Thanks for reading, I’ll see you next time!
Lizzie Marie

The Side Dish: I have to say, it was quite comical watching Lizzie cringe while cooking this variation.  She loathes mushrooms and I burst out laughing when she ate a bite.  I love mushrooms so at least this dish didn't go to waste.

Mom



Wednesday, January 8, 2014

The Cooking In Sanity Project: Fish Filets Poached in White Wine, Filets de Poisson Poches au Vin Blanc

Hey everyone!

Today on the Cooking in Sanity project I decided to make fish poached in white wine.  This recipe was very simple to make and, although I am not the biggest fan of fish, ended up being delicious.  The fish had a delicate flavor that was very refreshing.  And don’t worry – the alcohol content from the wine cooks out by letting it poach!  Here’s my video on how I cooked it:





The full recipe can be found in Mastering the Art of French Cooking (2 Volume Set). I think every good cook deserves to have a copy of Julia Child’s masterpiece in their kitchen.

Thanks for watching and I’ll see you next time!
Lizzie Marie

The Side Dish:  Lizzie's dad and I are busy bees behind the LMC scenes  supporting Lizzie with her projects and helping her voice be heard through LMC.  As our family stepped into her Cooking In Sanity Project, we feel her audience will enjoy her parents' perspective of recipes.

This recipe was a perfect example of how some conversations surround a dish.

Dad: What's Lizzie making today?

Mom: Fish.

A frown appears on Dad's face.

Dad:  How many fish recipes are in the book?

Mom: It's a pretty short chapter, only 12 master recipes. There are two lobster recipes and a handful of mussel recipes...

At this point Dad has a slightly disgusted look on his face.

Dad: I will not be eating any shellfish.

Mom: Not even a little taste, for the sake of your daughter?

Dad: For the sake of my daughter, no, not even a taste.  I don't eat shellfish because they are not healthy.

Mom: Well, we'll buy healthy shellfish.

Dad shakes his head no.

After Lizzie cooked the poached fish, mind you this is fish and not shellfish, I asked Dad to try a bite.

Mom: Try a bite of the fish, it's delicious.

Dad carefully considers his response.

Dad: I'll try some later.

Dad dodged the first fish dish.  Funny guy he is. ;-)

Monday, January 6, 2014

The Cooking In Sanity Project: Main-course Cabbage Soup, Soupe Aux choux - Garbure

Hey everyone! This week on the Cooking in Sanity project I decided to make cabbage soup. Lately it’s been colder than cold outside and all I’ve wanted to do is sit by a fire with a cup of soup. I’m a huge fan of cabbage but I don’t think I’ve eaten it in a soup yet. The soup was very simple to make and featured some unique preparation tips such as crushing peppercorns and creating an herb bundle. The soup ended up tasting delicious and was perfect for a chilly winter day.

Watch my video to see how I made it!


The full recipe can be found in Mastering the Art of French Cooking (2 Volume Set). I think every good cook deserves to have a copy of Julia Child’s masterpiece in their kitchen.


Thanks for reading and watching, I’ll see you soon!
Lizzie Marie

Friday, January 3, 2014

The Cooking In Sanity Project: Mastering the Art of Culinary Madness

My crazy culinary goal for 2014! The Cooking in Sanity Project: Mastering the Art of Culinary Madness

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Fresh Start to the New Year

Looking for some fresh ideas to healthier eating for the New Year?  Check out my WebMD videos for the FIT Kids series.  Scroll through the bottom menu bar on the WebMD screen and select an episode:

Pick A Perfect Portion
After School Snacks
Feeding Your Friends
Green Eggs & Ham
Banana Breakfast Bash
Turkey Taco Wraps
AB&J Sushi Rolls
Fizzy Fruit
Salmon Turtles
Italian Chicken Fingers

Happy New Year!