Sunday, June 20, 2010

Smoked Chicken Strata

Serve: 6 Prep: 25 mins Chill: 2 hrs Bake: 25 mins Stand: 1o mins

  • 1 Tbsp canola oil
  • 2 cup cut-up trimmed fresh asparagus or chopped broccoli
  • 1 1/2 cups sliced fresh mushrooms
  • 1/2 cup chopped red or yellow sweet pepper
  • 3 whole grain English muffins, torn or cut into bite-size pieces (4 cups)
  • 2 cups shredded smoked chicken or cooked chicken breast (10 oz.)
  • 3/4 cup shredded Swiss cheese ( Gruyere cheese is better )
  • 4 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1 cup milk


  1. In a large nonstick skillet, heat oil over medium-high heat. Add asparagus, mushrooms, and pepper; cook about 3 minutes or just until vegetable are crisp-tender.

  2. Lightly coat casserole dish with nonstick cooking spray. Divide half of the English muffin pieces in the dish. Top with the chicken, asparagus mixture, and 1/2 cup of the cheese. Top remaining English muffin pieces.

  3. In a medium bowl, whisk together eggs, milk, and 1/8 tsp black pepper. Pour egg mixture evenly over the layers in dish. Using the back of a large spoon, press muffin pieces down. Sprinkle with the remaining 1/4 cup cheese. Cover; chill 2 to 24 hrs.

  4. Preheat oven to 325 degree. Bake 25 to 30 minutes or until a knife inserted in centers comes out clean. Let stand 10 minutes before serving.

Saturday, June 19, 2010

Whole Wheat Sweet Potato Bread

Serve 16 slices
Prep: 30 minutes Bake: 40 minutes Cool: 10 minutes


  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup white whole wheat flour or whole wheat flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp pumpkin pie spic
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup light sour cream
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup fat-free milk
  • 1/4 cup canola oil
  • 1 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 1 cup mashed cooked peeled sweet potatoes
  • 1/4 cup chopped pitted dates
  • 1/4 cup chopped pecan, toasted


  1. Preheat oven to 375 degree. Lightly coat 8x4x2 loaf pan with nonstick cooking spray. set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, combine flours, baking powder, pumpkin pie spice, baking soda, and 1/4 tsp salt.
  3. In a medium bowl, combine sour cream, egg, sugar, milk, oil, and vanilla. Stir in sweet potatoes.
  4. Add sour cream mixture to flour mixture. Stir just until moistened. Fold in dates and pecans. Spon batter into pan, spreading evenly.
  5. Bake 40 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near center comes out clean. Cool in pan on a wire rack 10 minutes. Remove from pan. Cool completely.
Steamed kabocha squash is a favorite of mine — it’s one of the most flavorful squashes around, and is chock full of nutrients like beta carotene (especially when you eat the thin skin).
I mashed the cooked kabocha with a fork and bake the bread substituting mashed squash for the mashed sweet potatoes. It came out so good! Try it!

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Mochiko Cake

I've been looking thinking of creative uses for mochiko. mochi cake is an easy, tasty recipe. The appearance is that of a cake, and the texture is in between a mochi and a cake. It's like a very chewy cake. I was slightly worried that the the crown daisy powder might affect the batter, but it worked out beautifully. The mochi cake is not very sweet, and is full of little bits of goodies. Enjoy!

Serve: 24 slices

  • 1 box (16 oz.) Mochiko - sweet rice flour
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 cup (more or less) brown sugar
  • 2 1/2 cup Milk ( or more )
  • 1/2 cup chopped mixed nuts (example: pumpkin seeds, walnuts, pecan...)
  • 1/2 cup mixed dried fruits (example: blueberries, cranberries, grapes, dates...)
  • 1 ~ 2 cups mixed cooked beans ( example: kidney beans, green peas, edamame, black beans, red beans...) or steamed & chopped vegetables (example: sweet potatoes, kabocha squash...)
  • 1 ~ 2 Tbsp crown daisy powder or green tea powder (matcha powder)
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  2. In a large bowl, combine Mochiko flour, baking soda, baking powder, brown sugar, salt, & crown daisy powder and mix well.
  3. Add milk to flour mixture and mix well
  4. Fold in mixed nuts and dried fruits, and cooked beans...
  5. Pour into greased 8 x 8-inch baking pan.
  6. Bake at 375 degree for 45 mins till top is golden brown.
  7. Cool over a wire rack, and then slice and serve.