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Bruleed Steel Cut Oats

Ok. Carmelizing sugar on top of steel cut oats might take away from the healthy reasons you might be eating these whole grains, but it’s definitely one of the most delicious ways to eat this dish. It’s almost like dessert. I’m craving a bowl right now!

Step 1: Make these easy overnight steel cut oats.

Step 2: Special equipment,you’re going to need a blowtorch or a brulee torch, found on amazon or your local cooking supply store like Sur La Table.

Bruleed Oatmeal and Blow Torch

Step 3: Get to the carmelization!

You’ll just need take a little sugar, and apply heat directly to the sugar until it starts to bubble. Here’s a video to show you!

Overnight Breakfast Success: Individual Steel Cut Oats

Anytime I know I’m going out of town, I try to make sure that all of the perishable foods in my fridge find their way into delicious dishes. As I plan for an upcoming trip, I investigated what I might have in my fridge that needed to get used up.

In my fridge I found some leftover heavy cream and skim milk. And in my cupboard I found a little brown sugar, vanilla, and a bag of steel cut oatmeal buried in the waaaaay back that I had forgotten about. The idea machine starting churning and I instantly knew what I would make.

Before I get into the recipe, I want to talk a little bit about steel cut oats for those who might be unfamiliar with this.
Steel vs Rolled Oats

Most people are familiar with Instant or Quick Rolled Oats. These are oats that have been cooked, dried, and rolled very thin. They are often called “rolled oats” for that reason. Because these types of oats are thin, they only require hot water and a few minutes to soften enough for consumption. So, they are nearly “instant”.

Steel Cut Oats are a whole other animal. These oats are cut coarsely into small pieces, rather than steamed and rolled thin. The thing I most love about steel cut oats is that they retain their coarse and chewy texture even after cooking and reheating.

I think one of the reasons so much of us go to rolled oats versus steel cut oats is that we can have a whole grain breakfast in under 4 minutes with the rolled stuff. Unlike rolled oats, steel cut oats can take anywhere from 20-30 minutes to cook. And, in addition to it taking 5x more time to cook, you have to stir the oats while they cook, meaning you’re actively engaged in the cooking of steel cut oats. I think this active cooking time might be one of the reasons most of the people I know don’t cook steel cut oats, and maybe, just maybe, this is why I’ve had the same bag of steel cut oats in the back of my cupboard for longer than I can recall.

Given I love steel cut oats, but don’t always have the 30 minutes in the morning to prepare them, this recipe lets you enjoy a delicious food without the time or fuss. 3 minutes to prepare, and you let it cook overnight, unbothered, and boom! Individual bowls of steel cut oatmeal hot and ready for breakfast as soon as you get out of bed. And if you have a family, this recipe could be your best friend.

Special Equipment Needed:
A slow-cooker
Six 5-6 ounce or small heatproof bowls

½ cup heavy cream
1 cup skim milk
2 1/2 cups purified water
¼ cup brown sugar
¼ tsp cinnamon
¼ tsp kosher salt
½ tsp pure vanilla extract
1 cup steel cut oats

1. In a bowl, combine the cream, milk, water, brown sugar, cinnamon, salt, and vanilla extract.

2. Place ramekins or small bowls into the bottom of your slow cooker. *For my slow-cooker, I had to place 4 ramekins on the bottom of the slow cooker and then stack the remaining two on top.

3. In the bottom of each ramekin, add 2 tablespoons steel cut oats.

4. Add ½ cup of the liquid mixture into each ramekin. Stir.

5. Slowly add water to the base of your slow cooker, being sure not to get any water into the ramekins. The amount of water will vary by the size of your slow-cookers, but you basically want the ramekins sitting in at least 3 inches of water. (For most slow cookers, water will come up to the middle of your bottom ramekin.)

6. Place the lid on the slow cooker, and cook for 8 hours (you can also set the time for 6 hours if you wish the oats to be done faster)

7. When you wake up, simply remove the oats, grab a spoon, and enjoy. I cover the rest of the ramekins with plastic wrap and it will keep for a week.



Tomorrow I’ll show a video that can help you turn this breakfast into a decadent one with the help of a little sugar and a blowtorch.

Help Us Feed Families on Christmas Eve

Every Christmas Eve, a group of volunteers for Operation Santa North Hollywood get together to deliver christmas wishes to children in the Valley communities. Some families opt to pick up their gifts and take a photo with Santa and his elves.

After speaking with many family members over the years, we learned that food insecurity is an issue our families face in addition to the inability to buy gifts for their children.

2014 will be the second Christmas Eve where we will be providing food and gifts to our network of families.  And, we still need your help!


Three Ways To Help

(1) You can donate money by clicking this link.  Chrysta will use 100% of the funds to purchase ingredients to prepare the Christmas eve meal.        

(if you need the donation to be tax deductible, contact Chrysta for the link to donate through Los Angeles Valley College, our fiscal sponsor)


(2) You can also donate any of the following food items and get them to Chrysta by Tuesday December 23th.

  • 200 paper plates
  • 200 spoons, knives, forks
  • 200 napkins
  • 48 cupcakes (1 volunteer)
  • 48 cupcakes (1 volunteer)
  • 48 cupcakes (1 volunteer)
  • 48 cupcakes (1 volunteer)
  • 24 sterno cans


(3) You can also volunteer with me on Wednesday December 24th between 8am-1:30pm.  The Volunteer location is Los Angeles Valley College.   Address will be provided to volunteers.

As an on-site volunteer, you can come for any time commitment you'd like.  You will be doing tasks, such as:

  • Drop off packaged food items or serving items that you purchased(paper plates, cups, cupcakes, etc)
  • Help us decorate the food service areas (set up tables and chairs, set up buffet area)
  • Help us prepare food items for an on-site Christmas Eve Buffet from 11:30am-1:00pm.
  • Help us serve our families from 11:30am-1:00pm

Dishing on Movies: Hangover Hash!

On this week's episode of Dishing on Movies, we make the perfect dish to get you through your next hangover





Hash Ingredients

4 medium sized potatoes (sweet potatoes or white potatoes)

Cooled bacon-wrapped turkey meatloaf (recipe below)

1 diced onion

1 diced bell pepper (red, yellow, or orange)

4 eggs, cooked over easy.



Hash Directons:


1.  Dice Potatoes.  Place diced potatoes into a bowl of cold water until all potatoes are diced.  This prevents browning.


2.  Boil Potatoes:  place potatoes in a pot of boiling water and cook until al dente.


3.  Dry Potatoes:  pat potatoes dry with a towel. 


4.  Saute Veggies:  Add diced onion, pepper, into a hot pan with oil.  Cook for 1-2 minutes until softened.


5.  Brown Potatoes:  Place a thin layer of potatoes into a well-oiled cast iron skillet.  Cook for 5 minutes on this side, then flip over to get brown crust.  Add more oil if required.


6.  Assemble:  Place potato hash on a plate, then the slice of bacon-wrapped meatloaf, and finished with a fried egg.   Garnish with chives if you like.



Recipe for Bacon-wrapped Turkey Meatloaf



20-ounce lean turkey

½ cup diced onion

½ cup diced colored bell pepper (yellow, red, or orange)

2 cloves garlic minced

1 egg

1 tbsp olive oil

½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

¾ teaspoon salt, if desired

6 strips of bacon


1.  Pre-heat oven to 375 degrees.


2.  Over medium heat, with 1 teaspoon of olive oil, sauté the onion and bell peppers for 2 minutes, or until softened.  Add the garlic and cook another two minutes.  Set aside to cool.


3.  In a large bowl, add the cooled vegetables, egg, remaining olive oil, salt and pepper, into the turkey.  Mix until well combined.


4.  Line a loaf pan with strips of bacon so bacon strips “hang over” the side of the pan.  



5.  Fill the bacon-lined loaf pan with the meat mixture, and then fold the bacon over the top of the turkey meat mixture.


6.  Bake for 40 hour, pull from oven and carefully drain off the fat. Return to the oven and bake for 15-20 minutes more, or until the internal temperature is 155-degrees F, and the bacon is done.


7.  Remove from the oven to a cutting board and let cool for 10 to 15 minutes before slicing and serving.


*This meatloaf recipe doesn’t contain breadcrumbs like most recipes because we decided to cut those calories out and to have a denser meatloaf to compliment to potato hash.

Dishing on Movies: Planet of the Apes Monkey Break

This week, we make a delicious Monkey Bread, which is a simple baked treat that uses canned biscuits, pecans, cinnamon, and brown sugar to make a caramel-y gooey delicious treat perfect for your next brunch.  We top if off with brûléed bananas that just sent this treat over the top!


Learn how to make below!




3 cans Buttermilk Biscuits (pillsbury)

1 cup Sugar

2 tsp Cinnamon

2 sticks Butter

1/2 cup Brown Sugar

1/2 cup chopped pecans


1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

2. Open cans of biscuits and cut each biscuit into quarters.

3. In a ziplock bag, combine the white sugar with cinnamon.

4. Put biscuit quarters into the cinnamon-sugar mix. Seal bag and shake to coat each piece of dough.

5. Spray bundt pan with a baking spray with flour. Place a layer of dough nuggets in the bottom, then sprinkle with chopped pecans. Continue this layering until the dough is used up.

6. In a small sauce pan over medium heat, melt 2 sticks of butter with ½ cup of brown sugar. Cook butter/sugar mixture until combined into a sauce.

7. Pour sugar mixture over the biscuits.

8. Bake for about 30-40 minutes until the top is browned.

9. Remove from oven and let cool 10-15 minutes before inverting on a plate.

Serve alone or topped with brûléed bananas*

To make bruleed bananas: slide bananas into rounds, then sprinkle with granulated white sugar. Then brûlée, or melt the sugar until is turns brown and bubbly. Wait a moment before eating, allowing the sugar to cool and form a crackly crust.

Dishing on Movies: TMNT No Rise Pizza

I was one of the few girls that I know who watched Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles as a kid.  One things those Turtle Dudes loves more than April or Master Shredder was Pizza.  So, we decided to make a no-rise pizza crust so that you can learn how to make a pizza faster than delivery!  Customized with #TMNT toppings, this pizza was as fun to make as it was to eat!



Sweet sixteen Occasion Ideas

A style present meant to showcase promenade attire is totally different from an extraordinary high road trend show. You may try open toed, strappy footwear and stilettos, that come with black, golden or silver color, or a matching shade shade along with your night costume. Summer time cocktail attire with quick hemlines are quite modern, and you should pair them with matching sneakers and jewellery. Alternatively, if a wedding is scheduled for the night time, formal attire reminiscent of long cocktail gowns do the trick. To be on the safe aspect you need to go for attire that look nice on all the ladies.

Shopping for your prom dress online might mean you can benefit from a number of distinctive options red prom dresses of internet retail. The guests that are present, the idea within the social gathering and even the occasion clothes are completely different in an bizarre birthday celebration. Strapless attire come in all sizes and shapes, and with at present’s style you’ll want to get with it and get yourself a strapless dress if you happen to consider yourself an elegant girl. In the event you’re looking for great promenade footwear, promenade jewellery, and great formal handbags and clutches, click on the links below the promenade gowns! Although, black was earlier out of wedding situation, it is now one of the highly wanted colors.

Short white homecoming dresses are accessible in number of outstanding patterns and kinds, subsequently, give purchasers a variety of decisions to browse. In order for you more colorful attire, chances are you’ll go in for brief promenade costume patterns which are available in quite a lot of amazing metallic shades of pink, purple, pink, bronze, green, and so forth and so forth. Thus, discovering the right mom of the groom clothes may not be as tough because it sounds.

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Citrus Marinated Chicken Thighs

We're always looking for an easy dinner, and we're often looking for a new way to jazz up chicken.  This new recipe for Cirtus Marinated Chicken Thighs is that new jazzy technique.


6 boneless skinless chicken thighs

1/4 cup of oil

1/2 cup of soy sauce 

Juice and zest of 1 orange
Juice and zest of 1 lemon
Juice and zest of 1 lime
4 grated cloves of garlic (use jarred if you want)

1 small shallot, minced.
1 scallion, sliced on the bias

1. Add oil, soy sauce, garlic, and all citrus juice and zest into a ziplock bag and marinate for at least 30 minutes.

2. Remove chicken from marinade and place on foil-lined sheet pan. Reserve marinade.

3. Place in pre-heated 400 degree oven and bake for about 15 minutes, then under the broiler (500 degrees) for 3 mins. (Cook times mar vary: Cook chicken until internal temp is 160 and juice run clear)

4. Pour the remaining marinade (in the ziplock Bag) and shallot into a small pot and bring to a boil. Boil for 5 minutes, then reduce to medium heat and cook another 6 minutes until thickened and reduced. This high heat cooking will enable you to use the marinade as a sauce–boiling it raised the temp. to above 160 degrees since raw chicken was present in the marinade pre-cooking.

Remove chicken from oven, place chicken on a platter, pour sauce over chicken, and garnish with sliced scallion. Delicious!!

Vanilla Bean Panna Cotta

Want an easy, bread-less, not-too-sweet dessert?  What about a dessert that can be made 2 days in advance?  Well, this, my friends, may be it!


Vanilla Bean Panna Cotta
 Serves: 6
  • 4½ c half and half
  • 1½ tbsp powdered gelatin
  • ⅔ c sugar
  • 2 tsp vanilla bean paste
  • Pinch salt
  • 6 jars or ramekins
  • Paper towels
  • cooking spray or melted butter
  • 2-quart saucepan
  • Whisk
  • Large bowl
  • Thin knife
  1. Lightly grease the ramekins: Spray the ramekins with cooking spray or melted butter, then use a paper towel to wipe out most of the oil, leaving only a light residue. This will help the panna cotta release if that’s how you choose to serve the dessert. If you’ll serve the dessert in the jars, then you don’t need to grease the jars.
  2. Bloom the gelatin: Pour the half and half into the saucepan and sprinkle the powdered gelatin evenly over top. Let soften for 5 minutes or until the surface of the milk is wrinkled and the gelatin grains look wet and slightly dissolved.
  3. Dissolve the gelatin over low heat: Set the saucepan over low heat and warm the milk gently, stirring or whisking frequently. The milk should never boil or simmer. If the mixture starts to steam, remove the pot from the stove and let it cool down. Milk should be hot, but not boiling. Gelatin melts at body temperature, so you don't need the half and half to boil to melt the gelatin.
  4. Check to make sure the gelatin is dissolved: The mixture should be smooth. Either touch the mixture and rub half and half between your fingers to see if it’s gritty, or dip a spoon in the half and half to see if you can detect grains/grit in the half and half.
  5. Dissolve the sugar: Stir the sugar into the half and half and continue warming until it dissolves. It should take about 3-5 minutes to dissolve the sugar. Remember not to boil the mixture, as it will break down the “gelling” ability of the gelatin.
  6. Whisk in Vanilla and the Salt: Remove the saucepan from the heat. Whisk in the vanilla bean paste and the salt.
  7. Pour half and half mixture into the ramekins or jars and chill: Divide the mixture evenly between the prepared ramekins or jars and put in the refrigerator to chill.
  8. It will take about 4 hours to set if you will invert the panna cotta. If you’ll serve from the jars, you only need to set the mixture for about 2 hours. They can be chilled over night.
  9. To serve “plated”, here’s what you to Fill a large bowl with warm water. Wipe a dessert plate with a damp paper towel. To release the panna cotta edge from the cup, run a thin knife carefully around the sides of a ramekin. Dip the ramekin in the warm water up to its rim, and hold it there for about 5 seconds.
  10. Invert the ramekin over the plate and shake gently to help the panna cotta fall out. It should fall out on the plate easily. (If it does not, return to the warm water bath in increments of 2 seconds.) Reposition on the plate if desired—because you wet the plate, it should be easy. Serve immediately,
  11. Or, serve in a clear jar! You can serve the panna cotta in jar for a rustic treat, topped with macerated strawberries.
For the Balsamic Macerated Strawberries, take 1 pound of strawberries, that have been washed and hulled. Quarter the strawberries and the place in a bowl with 4 tbsp sugar and 2 tbsp aged balsamic vinegar or balsamic glaze. Stir and set aside for 30 minutes, so the flavors have a chance to develop. Spoon on top of panna cotta and serve.
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