Flan De Queso

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Flan de Queso
Story and photos by Holly Basaldu

Johanna Magee, a child of both Mexico and New York, shares with us her favorite dishes, some imprinted cooking experiences and an insight into why cooking is a part of her identity. A sophomore international relations and political science double-major at St. Mary’s University, Magee embraces cooking as a way to feel at home.

Studying far from home, Magee explains her aunt’s friend, an alumnus of St. Mary’s, recommended her to the university’s English program to assist her in bridging the gap between English and Spanish.

She also loves the home environment that St. Mary’s provides. Geography plays into another big part being close to Mexico—she’s never too far from her Mother.

“My mom’s food led me into the kitchen…I wouldn’t like the way she cooked something so I would end up going into the kitchen to see if I could redo it my own way,” she says.

My mother “is my inspiration. She is why I started into the kitchen in the first place,” Magee explains.

Influenced by the Italian family environment, Magee’s favorite type of dishes are pasta-dependent, which include lasagna and Penne de Vodka—a penne pasta with a tomato vodka sauce that has a creamy, rich taste.

Cooking helps her distress and results in having a delicious treat in the end. Enjoying time in the kitchen, she shows how to make Flan.

“This is the dish my mom taught me when I was young, and this is my favorite dessert,” she says.

 

Tools

Aluminum Foil

Baking Pan 9″x9″

Blender

Can Opener

Knife

Measuring Cups (½ cup)

Oven Mitten

Wisk

Ingredients

Condensed Milk- 1 Can (14oz)

Cream Cheese- 1 Bar (4oz)

Eggs- 4 (large)

Evaporated Milk- 1 Can (12oz)

Extra Virgin Olive Oil- 2tsp or Non-stick cooking spray

Milk- ½ Cup

Sugar- ½ Cup

Instructions
Pre-heat oven to 350°F .Drizzle EVOO (Extra Virgin Olive Oil) or spray with non-stick cooking spray and Sugar on the bottom of the Baking Pan. Heat the pan over the stove top on medium (this makes a sugary glaze on top) or put into oven for 3-5 minutes (till golden brown). Combine the rest of the ingredients into the blender and blend on high till you get a thick consistency. Pour the mixture into the pan over the sugary glaze. Cover the pan with Aluminum Foil. Bake at 350°F for 35m-45m, till golden brown (it will puff up and rise during the baking). Let cool at room temperature for 35m. Carefully in a knife along the edges, then flip the Pan onto a serving plate.

Sugar Cookies

Sugar Cookies by Daniela Borrego
Videography and Production by Holly Basaldu

Daniela Borrego shows us how to make sugar cookies from scratch, while telling us a little about her life in the kitchen. As we follow her into the oven we’ll also discover how she came to like cooking and why she enjoys it.

Ingredients

  • 2 1/2 cups cake flour (not self-rising), plus more for dusting
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 sticks unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

Directions

Sift the cake flour, baking powder and salt into a medium bowl; set aside. Beat the butter and sugar in a large bowl with a mixer on medium-high speed until light and fluffy, about 5 minutes. Add the egg and vanilla and beat until incorporated. Reduce the mixer speed to low and beat in the flour mixture in 2 batches until just incorporated.
Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper. Working with 1 disk at a time, roll out the dough on a floured surface, dusting with flour as needed, until about 1/8 inch thick.
Position racks in the upper and lower thirds of the oven and preheat to 350 degrees F. Bake 12 to 15 minutes. Let cool completely before icing, about 5 minutes.

Fried Green Tomatoes

Fried Green Tomatoes By Mary Jo Chamberlain
Videography and Production by Sydnee Hodge

Mary Jo Chamberlain is a donor of St. Mary’s who loves to cook recipes she learned from her family in Mississippi. She made fried green tomatoes, a feel good food from the south a couple of weeks ago. In the video, Mary Jo begins with a bit if history and ends with revealing a few tricks for making the best possible meal, and how to enjoy what you are creating in the kitchen.

Ingredients:

  • 4 or 5 large green tomatoes
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup fine cornmeal
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • up to 2 quarts of vegetable oil

Directions:

Line a baking sheet with waxed paper.
Beat eggs and water in a shallow bowl. Place flour and cornmeal in 2 separate shallow bowls. Season cornmeal with salt.
Dip each tomato slice into flour, then dip into egg mixture. Press tomato into cornmeal mixture, shaking off excess. Transfer tomato to prepared baking sheet. Repeat with remaining tomato slices, arranging tomatoes in a single layer.
Heat about 1/4 inch canola oil in a large skillet over medium heat until oil begins to shimmer. Fry tomatoes in batches until golden and crisp, 3 to 4 minutes per side. Drain on paper towel-lined plates. Repeat with remaining tomatoes.

Gumbo

Gumbo by Julie Dahlquist
Videography and Production by Joseph Dahlquist-Bauer

Julie Dahlquist a professor at Texas Christian University and St. Mary’s alumna shows us how to make Gumbo. She learned this recipe growing up in South Louisiana where cajun cooking was part of every family meal.

Ingredients 

* 1 Cup Flour
* 1 cup oil
* 1 gallon water
* 1 cup chopped onion
* 1/2 cup chopped bell pepper
* 1/4 cup chopped celery
* 1 pound sausage
*1/4 cup onion tops

Directions
Start by making your rue by cooking flour and oil at a low heat then add chopped vegetables and sausage. After cooking serve over hot rice. You can add salt, pepper, or tabasco sauce for seasoning.

Cheesy Pepperoni Pizza Sticks

Cheesy Pepperoni Pizza Sticks by Aleira Urbina
Videography and Production by Daniela Gonzalez

Aleira Urbina, a student at St. Mary’s University, prepares her grandmother’s specialty dish of Cheesy Pepperoni Pizza Sticks. Aleira considers cooking one of her passions and has been cooking for over 10 years. She will demonstrate viewers how she prepares her specialty dish, and will reveal her best cooking tip to prepare it.

Ingredients:

  • 2 sticks of butter
  • 1 pizza crust cylinder
  • 1 pack of pepperoni
  • 10 mozzarella sticks
  • 1 can of tomato sauce
  • 1/2 tsp. of garlic

Directions:

Before preparing the dish, preheat the oven at 375 degrees for 5 minutes. Melt the 2 sticks of butter in a microwave for 40 seconds, and once it is ready spread it until it completely covers the cooking pan. Open the pizza crust cylinder, spread the dough over the cooking pan, and cut it in 10 rectangles. Put 3 pepperonis on top of each rectangle, then place 1 mozzarella stick on top of the pepperonis. Roll the dough until the mozzarella sticks are completely covered.

Once the sticks are completely rolled, spread the melted butter over the sticks and sprinkle pinches of garlic over the sticks. Put the sticks in the oven and let them bake for 10 minutes. Once ready, take them out of the oven, and put tomato sauce over each stick. Finally, serve and enjoy!

Chicken Cordon Bleu

Chicken Cordon Bleu by Anuar Duran
Videography and Production by Alexis Z
epeda

Anuar Duran, Junior computer science major at St. Mary’s University, demonstrates how to cook his favorite dish, Chicken Cordon Bleu.  After learning from a friend how to prepare the dish, Anuar follows suit by teaching his friends how to cook the dish.

Ingredients:

  • 4 large chicken breasts
  • 1 container of Bread crumbs
  • 4 slices of Prosciutto
  • 1 package of shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 4 slices of muenster cheese
  • 2 tbsp garlic powder
  • 1 tbsp salt
  • 2 tbsp basil
  • 1 tbsp pepper
  • 1 tbsp season salt
  • water
  • 1/2 stick unsalted butter
  • 3 eggs

Directions:
Begin by preheating the oven to 150 degrees.  In a large bowl, combine water, garlic, salt, pepper, basil, season salt in a large bowl and brine the chicken for 15 minutes.  After 30 minutes, dip the chicken breasts into the flour, egg wash, and breadcrumbs in that order.
Once the chicken is breaded, stuff each breast with 1 slice of Muenster cheese, 1 handful of mozzarella, 1 slice of prosciutto and close with toothpicks.  Once the oven is preheated, place the chicken breasts onto a greased baking sheet and allow to bake for 30 to 35 minutes.

Mexican Rice

Mexican Rice by Susan Adcock
Videography and Production by Steal Adcock

Susan Adcock, mother to Steal Adcock who attends St. Mary’s University, makes her Mexican Rice with special spices and the high-quality Jasmine Rice. An experienced cook since the age of 8, Adcock demonstrates how to cook this style of Mexican Rice while giving necessary advice on adding different ingredients.

Ingredients:

  • 2 tablespoons of oil
  • 1 medium chopped onion
  • 1 cup of jasmine rice
  • 2 tablespoons of chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon of garlic
  • 1 teaspoon of paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon of cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon of cayenne
  • 1/4 teaspoon of salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon of pepper
  • 2 cups of water

Directions:

In a medium skillet, heat up two tablespoons of oil. Chop up a medium sized onion into small square pieces and add this to the skillet and cook till the onion slices are tender. Add one cup of jasmine rice and two tablespoons of chili powder, one teaspoon of garlic, paprika, 1/2 teaspoon cumin, and 1/4 of cayenne, salt, and pepper to add flavor. Stir well and add two cups of water.

Bring to a boil, cover the skillet with a tight lid, and cut the burner down to a simmer. Simmer the rice for ten minutes and serve warm.