The Perfect Soft-Boiled Egg!

Whenever I was sick, as a kid, my Mom would make me soft-boiled eggs.

It’s actually a pretty sweet memory. Ya gotta love when Mom takes care of you. Although, my Mom was a nurse – so the minute your high temp was gone, you were tossed back in school. (She was also the pull-the-band-aid-quick kinda Mom. I just hope I got some of her immense strength.)

Recently, I’d been trying to perfect the soft-boiled egg. For some reason my old “boil for 4 minutes” routine was becoming quite inconsistent. But today, I felt a bit of AHHH.

Today’s attempt was first boiling the water. Then setting the two eggs in the water. Lowering the boil to about 4-5 on the burner. I let them soft boil for 6:40. And, well, got some perfection. I’d guess seven minutes for four eggs. I’ve also heard if you have more than four eggs, you need to do batches because these soft-boilers are sensitive!

You take the eggs out and rinse with cold water for a bit. Use the wider end of the egg to tap and peel. Add some salt & peppa. These were de-lush for sure! Miss you, Mom!

Enjoy!

julie

SweetJamz Cooks! Episode #009: Guest Chef Litzi’s Quesadillas!

Ever wanted to learn how to make tortillas from scratch? I met Litzi while volunteering for CoachArt – and here she teaches us how to make her famous quesadillas!

Recipe (download it here—> Chef Litzis Quesadillas)

Directions:

– Heat beans in pan on medium heat. Add 1/3 cup of water, or more, as needed. Heat until bubbling.
– Mix one mug of water with one mug of masa mix in a bowl until the right consistency (not too liquidy, not too dry).
– Roll masa into small balls.
– Take massa ball and place in tortilla maker. Flatten ball by pressing down with tortilla maker – but it’s important to not press too hard – you don’t want the tortilla to be too thin (it will be unmanageable). It’s best to use something like plastic wrap, parchment paper or cut out garbage bags like Litzi used – so that the masa mix doesn’t stick to the tortilla maker, TRUST US ON THIS!
– Open tortilla maker and transfer tortilla onto heated pan and cook both sides until browned.
– After the tortilla is browned on both sides, you are ready to eat it.
– Secure extra tortillas on a plate wrapped in a clean kitchen towel to keep them warm.
– Spread refried beans on tortilla.
– Then add cheese on top.
– Fold & enjoy!

Voila! Another great SweetJamz!

julie & litzi

The BEST slow cooker meal we’ve ever made – Dee-lish Mongolian Beef! 

Let me just tell you – I struggle with the slow cooker. Almost everything comes out like mush. Who wants mush? (Besides my lovable dog?) 

All I can say about this recipe is – fresh ginger, garlic, soy sauce – oh my! 

Here’s the recipe.

My suggestions would be to stick with flank steak. Don’t cheap out on the meat. I find flank steak to be so tender! Plus, we learned the trick of unwrapping the meat and putting it in the freezer for 30-45 mins to make it easy to slice.  

We added brown rice & some steamed broccoli – a great combo. I could see adding the raw broccoli to the slow cooker when you add the carrots. 

We also have a friend, Bobby, who hates most foods. If a gun was put to his head to eat mushrooms, raw onions or gaucamole – he would pull the trigger first.  I’m gonna say, this dish has a potential Bobby rating of a 10 (out of 10) – as long as you leave the broccoli out. 🙂

Enjoy! 

Julie 

SweetJAMZ Quickie: Potato Pizza!

Ok, kids. It’s our first QUICKIE! This is beyond DEE-LISH. And pretty quick——>

Recipe (download the recipe here—> Quickie Potato Pizza):

Ingredients:
1 Large Potato
1/3-2/3 Tomato Sauce
2 tbsp Parmesan Cheese
4-6 Slices Prosciutto
1-4 eggs
Cup of Mushrooms
3 oz. Mozzarella Cheese (sliced or shredded)
1 tbsp Olive Oil
Salt & Pepper to taste

Directions:

– Wash & cut the potato (unpeeled) into very thin slices. Heat a frying pan with olive oil. Arrange the potato slices in a ring pattern, overlapping. Sprinkle on the parmesan – cover and cook on lowish heat for 5 mins.
– Spread the tomato sauce onto potatoes. Add mozzarella & mushrooms, salt & pepper. Crack egg(s) on top. Cover & cook on medium heat for 5 mins or slightly longer.
– Divide into four & plate along with a slice of prosciutto.

No joke, this is DEE-LISH times ten & not heavy. Great breakfast for guests.

julie

SweetJamz Tastes! Episode #008: Burger Tour LA 2017

Ever wanted to know the BEST fast food burger in LA? Here we go —->

Julie

SweetJamz Cooks! Episode #007: Snowfall Chicken Parm!

We were snuggled up in Big Bear with some friends & our pups & decided to make this very tasty Snowfall Chicken Parmesan —>

The “secret sauce” in this is mind-blowingly good. The sun-dried pesto sauce itself would be amazing as a spread for baked bread.

SWEETJAMZ SNOWFALL CHICKEN PARM (Recipe download here —> sweetjamz-snowfall-chicken-parm

INGREDIENTS:

4-5 THIN chicken breasts
1 tablespoon + olive oil
1 tablespoon minced garlic
½ cup chopped onions
1 28 oz. can crushed tomatoes
½ teaspoon EACH Italian seasoning AND red pepper flakes
¼ teaspoon dried basil
salt and pepper + ¼ cup water
4 slices mozzarella cheese (or 1 cup shredded)

Sun-dried tomato pesto ingredients:
1 cup sun-dried tomatoes (I prefer NOT in oil)
3 cloves garlic
1/2 teaspoons salt + 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1 cup basil leaves
1/4 cup pine nuts
1 pinch red pepper flakes (or more to taste)
1/3 cup parmesan cheese
1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil

Optional:

chopped parsley or basil for garnish
pasta

DIRECTIONS:

– Boil water & cook pasta according to package
– Begin “Secret Sauce:”
Blend all the ingredients in a food processor (NOT an old blender) except the olive oil. Start the food processor and drizzle in the olive oil slowly while still mixing. Stop the machine, scrape down the sides, and adjust salt & pepper to liking.
– For Chicken:
Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium high heat with olive oil. Add salt & peppered chicken to pan. Cook until no longer pink, flipping once. (Note, totally overcooked our chicken due to the pieces being so thick – thin pieces are the ultimate way to go here.)
– Preheat the oven on the broiler setting
– Finish tomato sauce:
Sauté’ the onions in a pan on medium heat until soft. Add garlic & let cook 1-3 minutes (enjoy the aroma).
Add the crushed tomatoes, Italian seasoning, red pepper flakes, dried basil, & entire pesto mixture (note, the original recipe only asked for 1 Tbsp. of pesto mixture – we used it all & it was a dream.) Stir to combine. When the sauce reaches a simmer, add a ¼ cup of water, lower the heat, cover and allow to simmer for 10-12 minutes or until the sauce thickens a bit. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
– Official assembly:
Place chicken on top of pasta, top with a spoonful of sauce & then mozzarella.
Broil 1-2 minutes until cheese is bubbly & just melts. Add additional sauce on sides if desired.
– Garnish with chopped parsley or basil.

Voila! You’ve got yourself another SWEETJAMZ.

This recipe was inspired by Littlespicejar.com

Featured wine: Whalebone Winery – Bob Wine 2011

julie

SweetJamz Cooks! Episode #006 – “Not So Philly” Cheesesteak!

If you can believe it, I was once in Philly & had a terrible cheesesteak! Shouldn’t that be illegal? This recipe was fun & really pretty easy. Boneless short rib, provolone, onions & peppas – a tremendous combo for our “Not So Philly” cheesesteak sandwich. Watch us make it here:

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SWEETJAMZ “NOT SO PHILLY” CHEESESTEAK
(A printable version here—> not-so-philly-cheesesteak)
(Makes 3-4 hearty sandwiches)

Ingredients:
1 lb. boneless short rib
Bread: baguette, hoagie rolls, or whatever floats your boat
6 slices of Provolone Cheese
1 red & 1 green bell pepper
½ Onion
Olive oil
Salt & Pepper to taste

Directions:
-Place unwrapped meat in pan lined with parchment paper in the freezer for 40 mins.
-After 40 mins – slice the meat thin
-Slice the onions & peppers
-Sauté’ the onions to start with some olive oil in a pan
-Then add the peppers to the onions – cook until softened (we liked them a little crispy)
-Preheat the cast iron & cook the meat with some olive oil – making sure the meat is not overlapping & occasionally flipping it until done
-Add Provolone slices and place lid on to let the cheese melt
-Cut the bread into individual sandwich sizes and half them down the side
-Heat bread in the oven on 350 for a few minutes
-Place heated bread on foil & start assembly with meat/cheese & then onion/peppers
-Wrap sandwich up in foil for a few minutes to let it keep melting
-Unwrap & dig in

Recipe source: Bon Appétit

Voila – you’ve got yourself another great SweetJamz – A Slater/Friday Production.

julie