Sunday, October 19, 2014

Corn Souffle

I do not cook often, though cooking is the sure way to know exactly what you are putting into your mouth and to control the contents of what goes into it; especially if you are dieting. Cooking is the better choice to make to change eating habits.

But when I do cook, one of the dishes I like to cook the most is corn soufflé. My friend introduced it to me once when she brought it in for a luncheon at work, and ever since, I added the dish to my cooking repertoire.

If you are a lover of corn bread and do not mind a little mush in your life, then this southern style dish will be a food option that you will enjoy; something different and tasty to eat.  But if you like eating corn bread but do not actually enjoy eating corn, then this dish is not for you because there are bits and pieces of corn in every bite that you will taste.

Corn soufflé is an easy dish  to make and serves as a great side for any meal which includes but is not limited to pasta dishes, soups, meat dishes, casseroles, party meals, etc. Takes about 45 minutes to make.

Ingredients



1 Can of Cream Styled Corn
1 Can of Sweet Corn
1 Box of Corn Muffin Mix
1 Egg
1/3 cup Milk (or fatfree milk or almond milk)
1/2 Cup of Plain Fat Free Yogurt (or sour cream)


Directions

1. Preheat oven at 400 degrees.
2. Gather all ingredients and place them into the baking tray.



 
3. Mix all ingredients with a wooden spatula; very well until all lumps have been smoothed out.
 
 
 
4. Place mixture in the oven and let it cook. Should be ready in about 45 minutes. Place a fork into the corn soufflé to see if the inside has dried. (Please note that your fork might appear a little wet even if the corn soufflé is cooked because it is a mushy dish. Check in various places to make sure).

 
5. Remove from oven and let it sit and cool off for about 5 minutes or so and it is ready to be served.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Monday September 29, 2014 was National Coffee Day

This past Monday, September 29, 2014 was National Coffee Day. I am a lover of coffee and you can find me with the largest cup of coffee a vendor can sell mostly wherever I am. I guess you can call me a coffee-a-holic.

I always watched my family make coffee and drink. There was never a day when the aroma of fresh brewed coffee was not perfuming the house.  Yet, it was in my twenties when I started actually drinking it and enjoying it.

My coffee days went through a series. I did not think I could enjoy the pure taste of coffee and so I always masked it with the sweetest coffee creamer I could find and applied lots and lots of sugar. But not anymore.

Now I enjoy dark bold coffee and drink it black; no sugar or cream. The taste is part of my everyday and I love it. I have tried many blends from many different places and so, was really looking forward to National Coffee Day.

Dunkin Donuts had free coffee. McDonalds had free coffee. But my favorite, Starbucks did not. Yet, for some reason, I still found myself on the long line that one viewing from outside would suspect there is something free being distributed. But there was not.


It was just like a normal day where coffee ruled and still, Starbucks was my choice. Luckily, I enjoy the unflavored coffee because as opposed to the flavorful ones that are about $5 a pop, I can still enjoy my Venti Dark Roast for under $3. However, it would be nice for Starbucks to have a free day to honor the loyal everyday customers. So how about it? It has been a minute and we deserve it.

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