Recipes

Lemon Braised Artichokes

Written by Brian Strauss. Posted in Vegetables.

Lemon Braised ArtichokesIngredients
1/2 cup olive oil
1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
1 medium yellow onion, thinly sliced
1 tsp fresh rosemary, thyme, or dill
5 cloves garlic, smashed
Salt and pepper
3 artichokes
Heat oven to 350° F.
In a medium Dutch oven, combine the oil, lemon juice, onion, fresh herbs, garlic, ¼ cup water, 1 teaspoons salt, and 1/2 teaspoon of pepper
Trim the top and bottom of each artichoke. Using scissors, snip the tip off each leaf. Cut the artichokes into quarters and scoop out the fuzzy chokes.
Toss the artichokes in the oil mixture. Cover, transfer to oven, and cook until tender, about 45 minutes. Divide among individual plates and spoon the cooking liquid over the top.

Sweet Potato Fries

Written by Brian Strauss. Posted in Potatoes.

Sweet Potato Fries4 sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into thin fries
1/2 stick butter, melted
4 tablespoons olive oil
2 teaspoons Kosher or sea salt
Ground pepper
Minced fresh parsley
Chopped fresh rosemary

Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F.
Place the fries in a bowl and drizzle over the melted butter, olive oil, seasoned salt and pepper to taste, and toss together. Tip onto a baking sheet and bake for 10 to 15 minutes. Sprinkle over the parsley and rosemary before serving.

Roasted Brussels Sprouts

Written by Brian Strauss. Posted in Vegetables.

Roasted Brussels Sprouts1 package fresh Brussels sprouts
2 cloves garlic, peeled and chopped
2 tablespoons olive oil
ground fresh pepper and sea salt to taste
1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese
juice from 1/2 fresh lemon
3 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
Preheat oven to 400 ° F.
Toss together the brussels sprouts, with all ingredients. Spread on a baking sheet.
Roast for 25 to 30 minutes or until brussels sprouts are tender.
Toss with Parmesan cheese and serve.

French Onion Soup

Written by Brian Strauss. Posted in Soup,Stews,& Chili.

French Onion Soup1 cup unsalted butter
8 onions, sliced
4 garlic cloves, chopped
2 bay leaves
2 fresh thyme sprigs
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
2 cups red wine
6 tablespoons flour
4 quarts vegetable broth
french bread, thinly sliced and cut into halves if needed
16 ounces grated Gruyere
Directions
Melt the butter in a large pot over medium heat. Add the onions, garlic, bay leaves, thyme, and salt and pepper and cook until the onions are caramelized, ( for about 30 minutes). Add the wine, bring to a boil, reduce the heat and simmer until the onions soak up all of the wine and are dry. Discard the bay leaves and thyme sprigs. Dust the onions with the flour and stir. Turn the heat down to low and cook for 10 minutes. Now add the vegetable broth, bring the soup back to a simmer, and cook for 15 minutes. Salt and pepper to taste.
When you're ready to eat, preheat the broiler. Arrange the slices of bread on a baking sheet in a single layer. Sprinkle the slices with the Gruyere and broil until bubbly and golden on top, approximately 1 to 2 minutes.

Serve the soup in bowls and float the bread slices with Gruyere on top.
Serves 6 to 8

Almond And Apricot Biscotti

Written by Brian Strauss. Posted in Cakes,Pies,Cookies.

Almond And Apricot BiscottiThis twice-baked cookie is a classic with coffee or tea. The whole wheat and nuts provide the mineral manganese, which helps bone formation, and the antioxidant selenium, which is important for thyroid hormone function. Makes 24 cookies.
3/4 cup whole-wheat (whole-meal) flour
3/4 cup all-purpose (plain) flour
1/4 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1 teaspoon baking powder
2 eggs, lightly beaten
2 tablespoons 1 percent low-fat milk
2 tablespoons canola oil
2 tablespoons dark honey
1/2 teaspoon almond extract
2/3 cup chopped dried apricots

Mimosa for Two

Written by Brian Strauss. Posted in Adult Beverages.

4 ounces orange juice
1 (750 ml) bottle dry champagne
1 ounces Triple Sec or Courvoisier
garnish with orange rind.
Rinse and chill 2 champagne glasses in freezer. Pour 2 ounces of orange juice into each glass. Then fill almost to the top with champagne. Finish each glass with a splash of Triple Sec or Courvoisier and garnish with orange rind.

Coconut Milk Ceviche w Ahi Tuna

Written by Brian Strauss. Posted in Appetizers.

Coconut Milk Ceviche w Ahi Tuna1 pound Ahi Tuna
boned (if needed) and cut into small squares
1/3 cup fresh lime juice
1/2 teaspoon minced jalapeño
Salt
1 and a half cups coconut milk
1 tablespoon minced red onion
1 tablespoon fresh cilantro leaves,
rinsed and chopped, plus
more to garnish
Freshly ground black pepper
1/2 avocado, pitted, skinned and
sliced 1/8" thin.

In a stainless steel bowl, toss tuna with limejuice, jalapeño and a pinch of salt. Cover bowl and let macerate in the refrigerator for 45 minutes.
Add coconut milk, red onion and cilantro, and season with salt and a bit of fresh pepper. Taste and adjust seasoning, adding more limejuice, coconut milk or salt if needed. Serving: divide an avocado among six bowls, and season with a pinch of salt. Spoon in the ceviche, drizzling it with the sauce. Garnish with *cilantro leaves.
*Cilantro can be substituted with mint or parsley.

Spicy Thai Steak and Vegetable Stir Fry

Written by Brian Strauss. Posted in Beef.

Thai BasilSpicy Thai Steak and Vegetable Stir Fry
1 1/2 cups water
3 (3 ounce) packages beef flavored ramen noodles
1/2 cup beef broth
3 tablespoons Thai chili peanut sauce
1 tablespoon soy sauce
2 teaspoon fresh chopped ginger
1/4 cup fresh Thai Basil Chopped
4 chopped garlic cloves
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 pound beef top round steak, cut into 1/4-inch strips (could substitute chicken or tofu)
2 tablespoon olive oil
1 carrot cut into matchsticks
2 stalk celery, thinly sliced
4 scallions, include the greens thinly sliced
2 cups shredded cabbage (nappa or bok choy)
1 cup bean sprouts
6 fresh mushrooms, thinly sliced
Crushed pepper flakes ( optional)
Cook ramen according to package only use one of the seasoning packs. Whisk the beef broth, peanut sauce, soy sauce together in a bowl; set aside. Heat 1 tablespoon olive oil in a large skillet. Stir in the steak; cook and stir until the steak is no longer pink, 3 to 5 minutes. Remove the meat from the pan and set aside. Heat the remaining tablespoon olive oil in the same skillet. Stir in the carrots,celery,garlic,ginger and green onion, Cook and stir until the vegetables begin to soften, about 2 minutes. Add cabbage, bean sprouts,Thai Basil and mushrooms. Stir in the sauce. Cover and cook until the vegetables are tender, about 3 minutes.Toss in the cooked ramen noodles and steak. Serve in bowls.

Caramel Pecan Brie

Written by Brian Strauss. Posted in Appetizers.

Fresh picked PecansCaramel Pecan Brie
2 wheel goat cheese brie
4 tablespoons of dark brown sugar
2 teaspoon cold butter, chopped into small pieces
3 tablespoon chopped pecans

Homemade Applesauce

Written by Brian Strauss. Posted in Side Dish.

12 Honey crisp apples washed (No need to peel, or take out seeds)
12 cortland apples washes

Put in big pot ( like a soup pot)

Bring to a boil  cook until apples are soft

Set up your foley food mill, with a bowl underneath
Put apples in, a few  strokes, Voila Apple sauce

Notes: optional add cinnomon sticks to water, for sweeter applesauce brown sugar,  maple syrup, Agave syrup, 


After I cook the applesuace, I use the apple water to cook down Habernos or Jalapenos for the start of a fantastic  Jam, jelly or hot sauce 

Cream of Artichoke Soup

Written by LWM Test Kitchen. Posted in Soup,Stews,& Chili.

Cream of Artichoke SoupCream of Artichoke Soup

4 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
3 leeks, white part only, washed well and chopped
2 clove garlic, minced
1 medium or 2 small potato, peeled and chopped
2 (8-ounce) packages frozen artichoke hearts, thawed
4 cups vegetable stock
3/4 cups plain yogurt
1/4 cup half & half
3 tablespoons parmesan cheese
4 tablespoons chopped chives, for garnish
salt and pepper to taste

Heat olive oil in a heavy, large pot over medium heat. Add the leeks and the garlic and stir. Add the potatoes and cook for 5 minutes, stirring often. Add the artichokes, stock, salt, and pepper and cook until the vegetables are tender, about 25 minutes.

*Using a handheld immersion blender, or in a blender in small amounts, puree the soup. Add the yogurt & half and half.
Ladle the soup into serving bowls. Top with sprinkled parmesan cheese and chives.

* Blending hot liquids: Remove liquid from the heat and allow to cool for at least 5 minutes. Transfer liquid to a blender or food processor and fill it no more than halfway. If using a blender, release one corner of the lid. This prevents the vacuum effect that creates heat explosions. Place a towel over the top of the machine, pulse a few times then process on high speed until smooth.

Corn Chowder

Written by Staff recipes. Posted in Soup,Stews,& Chili.

Corn Chowder

 

Corn Chowder
6 cups chopped sweet onions (4 large onions)
8 tablespoons unsalted butter (one stick) or margarine
1/2 cup flour
2 teaspoons kosher salt
1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1/2 teaspoon ground turmeric
12 cups chicken or vegetable stock
6 cups medium-diced white boiling potatoes,
unpeeled (2 pounds)
10 cups corn kernels, fresh (10 ears) or frozen (approx. 3 pounds)
2 cups half and half (substitute using non-fat, half and half, regular milk or skim milk)
1/2 pound sharp white cheddar cheese, grated
In a large soup pot on medium heat add the onions and butter and cook for 10 minutes, until the onions are translucent.
Stir in the flour, salt, pepper, and turmeric and cook for 3 minutes. Add the stock and potatoes, bring to a boil, and simmer uncovered for 15 minutes, until the potatoes are tender. If using fresh corn, cut the kernels off the cob and blanch them for 3 minutes in boiling salted water. Drain. (If using frozen corn you can skip this step.) Add the corn to the soup, then add the half-and-half and cheddar. Cook for 5 more minutes, until the cheese is melted. Season, to taste, with salt and pepper.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ghoulish Caramel Apples

Posted in Halloween Recipes.

Ghoulish Caramel Apples

This recipe can be for the kids, but you will have much more fun making these for adults,   Use any ingredients you think would taste good on an apple. I keep dipping them until i can barely lift them..

You will need:
10  tbsp. water might need a little more to get the melting going..
12 firm apples  ( get Big ones)
chopped nuts (optional)

Chopped Raisins (Optional) Frosted Flakes,

Roasting Pumpkin Seeds

Posted in Snacks & Munchies.

pumpkin seeds

 Roasting Pumpkin Seeds

Rinse pumpkin seeds under cold water and remove all of the pulp and strings. 

Place the pumpkin seeds in a single layer on an oiled baking sheet, moving them around with a flat utensil to coat. If you want to eleminate some calories use a non-stick cooking spray instead of the oil.

Sprinkle with salt and bake at 325 degrees F until toasted, about 25 minutes, check and stir after 10 minutes.

Let cool and store in an air-tight container till ready to eat.

You can spice these up using your favorite spices.

 

Halloween Vampire’s Nightmare Garlic

Written by Head goblin. Posted in Halloween Recipes.

 Vampire’s Nightmare

Roasted Garlic

6 clove garlic 
6 teaspoon extra virgin olive oil 

Remove the outer papery covering of the garlic. Slice off the top of the clove so most of it is exposed. Place on a square of aluminum foil for easy cleanup, or a  small baking dish. Drizzle the oil over the cloves. Cover with foil or lid.

Preheat the oven to 425F. 
Roast for about 45 minutes, until the garlic is completely soft and lightly browned. Separate the cloves into individual sections, allowing your family and friends to squeeze out the softened garlic. You can also squeeze out the cloves into a small serving dish. If you have leftovers, squeeze out the pulp into a small dish, cover with olive oil, and store, tightly covered, in the refrigerator

 

Ghoulish Recipes for Halloween Vampire's Red Eye Martini

Written by The Head Goblin. Posted in Halloween Recipes.

A ghoulish Halloween treat to scare the Ghost and Goblins into the Holiday season. A special one for the Momma and Poppa Ghosts and the rest for the little Ghosts, Goblins and the entire family! Muu HAAAAA! Muu HAAAA!

Vampire’s Red Eye  Martini


1.5 ounces vodka
5 ounces Chambord   
Daily’s™ Rasberry Daiquiri Mix
1  ounce cranberry juice

Pour over ice into a  double martini glass.
Optional: Coat rim of glass in sugar.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tequila Summer Salmon on Field Greens

Posted in Seafood & Fish.

Fish:
1/2 cup Avión Silver Tequila or Tequila of your choice
1/4 cup fresh lime juice
1/4 cup Cointreau Liqueur
1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
4 teaspoons minced garlic
2 teaspoons freshly ground black pepper
1 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
6 (8 ounce) wild salmon steaks or fillets
1/4 cup chopped cilantro (use parsley, oregano or basil if you don’t care for cilantro)
1 pound mixed field greens
Mix together all ingredients, except salmon, field greens, and dressing in large flat dish. Add salmon to marinade; turn several times to coat. Cover and refrigerate for 1 hour (or longer), turning salmon over after an hour.
Grill salmon on oiled hot grill, turning several times during cooking, about 6 to 10 minutes per inch of thickness. Can be served warm or chilled on a bed of mixed field greens, topped with dressing, (see recipe below).
Dressing:
1/4 cup Roses Lime Juice
1/2 cup honey
2 cups virgin olive oil
1 cup apple cider vinegar
2 gloves fresh garlic
1 tsp. dry mustard
salt and pepper to taste

Makes 6 servings 

Kiwi Salad

Written by LWM Test Kitchen. Posted in Salads & Fruit.

Kiwi Salad
4 Kiwi
1 lg Tomato
1 Cucumber
2 Avocados
Fresh Basil Sprigs
1/2 c Orange Juice
1 ts Balsamic Vinegar
1/2 ts Dijon Mustard
Wash and trim ends from kiwis. Cut into 1/4" thick slices. Cut tomato into wedges. Slice cucumber. peel and slice avocados. Arrange ingredients equally among salad plates. Garnish with basil sprigs. Whisk together orange juice, vinegar and mustard until thoroughly combined. Drizzle over salad to serve.

Thanksgiving Molasses, Ginger, Chipoltle Carrots

Posted in Thanksgiving recipes.

I was looking through some old cookbooks looking for a few new Thanksgiving Recipes,  I came across this, Lately we have been using a lot of chipotle peppers in our food ..It really can give it a great new taste. So I thought this would really work

Glazed carrots are overcooked and mushy, the glaze is too sugary, and  no one really eats the cooked carrots except for your grandmother..  This changes it up a bit and really makes cooked carrots and added treat for Thanksgiving !As long as you cook the carrots barely to al dente (until they can just be pierced with a knife or fork), the rest will take care of itself here.

 

INGREDIENTS
  • 4 pounds ccarrots ( organic)
  • 1 stick of butter
  • 4 tablespoons dark brown ssugar
  • 4 tablespoon light brown sugar
  • 4 tablespoons light molasses
  • 3 teaspoons grated ginger
  • 1 small can of chipotle peppers in sauce  (you may need to chopped the peppers)
INSTRUCTIONS

Peel carrots and slice them on the bias (at about a 45-degree angle) into 1/2-inch-thick pieces (you should have about 10 cups). Fill a large pot with salted water and bring to a boil. Cook carrots until just tender, about 10 minutes. Drain. (If making ahead, drain the carrots and cool in ice water to halt cooking. Drain and refrigerate until ready to finish the recipe.)

Return carrots to the pot over medium-low heat, and add butter, sugar,chipotle, molasses, and ginger. Cook until carrots are warmed through and glazed, approx 5-15 minutes. Add some  freshly ground black pepper. 

Enjoy

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Diane's Incredible Pumpkin Bread

Written by LWM STAFF. Posted in Thanksgiving recipes.

Best Pumpkin Bread

 This Pumpkin Bread Recipe is actually my wife Diane's.  It  is really easy to make  and by far the best pumpkin bread we have ever tasted..Moist and delicious! This recipe will become a holiday favorite and will become part of the Holiday tradition to pass down thru the generations.  We normally double or triple the recipe. Great for holiday gifts and you will eat way to much.. Enjoy!!

1 pound  butter
5 cups sugar
8 eggs

Pumpkin Bourbon Cheesecake

Posted in Cakes,Pies,Cookies.

Pumpkin Bourbon Cheesecake

   Just a note, We made this cheesecake this year.. it was my first cheesecake ever, it was not hard to do but it was fantastic.. We highly recommend adding this to your holiday arsenal..  I  really like Old Grand Dad..  But he bourbon is your choice.. Don't forget to have a few shots..Makes it much more enjoyableSmile

Pumpkin Bourbon Cheesecake
Crust:
1 cup finely chopped pecans
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup brown sugar

Halloween Bloody Mary

Posted in Adult Beverages.

Bloody Mary

with or without blood, (vodka)

36 ounces of tomato or vegetable juice
2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
1 tablespoon prepared horseradish
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon hot pepper sauce

Mix tomato juice, Worcestershire, horseradish, lemon juice and hot pepper sauce in a pitcher. Chill at least 1 hour before serving.

Pour into ice-filled glasses.  
Garnish with celery and olives  

Grilled Camembert Sandwiches

Posted in Sandwiches.

Grilled Camembert

Sandwiches

with Summer Tomato Soup

Camembert, a cow milk cheese from

Normandy, has a delicious

mushroomy finish which gives

flavor and balance to the bread and

the tomatoes. Yield: 5 portions

Ingredients
10 each Favorite bread, sliced ¼ inch
¼ cup Olive oil
2 tsp. Black pepper, freshly cracked
16 ounces Camembert (or Brie) cheese, sliced ¼
inch thick, about 16 slices
½ cup Extra virgin olive oil
1 each Onion, sliced
2 cloves Garlic, crushed
2½ lbs. Tomatoes, ripe, cored and chopped
12 each Fresh basil leaves
to taste Kosher salt and cayenne pepper
Method
1. for the sandwiches: Heat the olive oil and cracked pepper over
low heat. Turn off and let infuse for 10 minutes.
2. To assemble, lay the sliced cheese on half of the bread slices
making sure the cheese comes all the way to the edge of
the crust. Lay the top slice on each of the sandwiches and
move them together so they are crust to crust. Cover all the
sandwiches with a layer of plastic wrap and place a medium
cutting board on top of the sandwiches to gently weigh them
down for 15 minutes.
3. Using a pastry brush, thoroughly brush the surface of both faces
of the sandwich with the pepper oil.
4. Preheat a Panini griddle on low or a medium sauté pan over low
heat. Wipe surface with a little oil. Place the sandwiches in the
press or in the sauté pan and cook until slightly browned, about
2 to 3 minutes per side until the cheese is melted. Keep the heat
low so you do not burn the bread.
5. for the tomato soup: In a medium saucepan, combine the olive
oil, onions, and garlic and cook over low heat together for about
20 minutes, or until the onions are soft and translucent. Add the
tomatoes and cook another 15 minutes.
6. Add the stock and basil leaves and bring to a simmer. Cook gently
for 20 minutes to develop the flavor.
7. Strain the soup into a large bowl through a china cap or other
fine strainer, or a food mill, to remove seeds, skins, and basil.
Season passed soup to taste with kosher salt and cayenne pepper.
8. Serve the tomato soup hot with the warm sandwiches. Drizzle a
generous amount of the extra virgin oil over the top of the soup
along with a few small basil tops, and enjoy.

Recipe courtesy of The Cheeses of France Marketing Council (www.cheesesoffrance.com) and The Culinary Institute of America

Mixed Lettuce, Fennel & Orange Salad with Kalamata Olives Vinaigrette

Written by Brian Strauss. Posted in Salads & Fruit.

Kalmata olives 3 tablespoon red-wine vinegar
1/2 tablespoon lemon juice
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
4 cloves garlic, minced
salt, to taste
Freshly ground pepper, to taste
1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
1 cup Kalamata olives, pitted and coarsely chopped
2 tablespoon chopped fresh flat or curly parsley
3 navel oranges
10 cups mixed lettuces, try using chicory, radicchio red/greenleaf lettuce, torn into bite-size pieces
1 head Belgian endive, sliced
1 bulb fennel, trimmed and sliced
To prepare vinaigrette: Whisk vinegar, lemon juice, mustard, garlic, salt and pepper in a small bowl. Slowly whisk in oil. Stir in olives and parsley.
To prepare salad: Using a sharp knife, remove peel and white pith from oranges. Quarter the oranges; slice pieces crosswise. Just before serving, combine lettuces, endive, fennel and the orange slices in a large bowl. Drizzle the vinaigrette over the salad and toss to coat well.

Lentil Soup

Written by LWM Test Kitchen. Posted in Soup,Stews,& Chili.

Different varieties of Lentils

Traditional Lentil Soup

2 tablespoons olive oil
1 cup finely chopped onion
2 cloves finely chopped garlic
1/2 cup finely chopped carrot
1/2 cup finely chopped celery
2 teaspoons kosher salt
1 pound lentils, picked and rinsed
1 cup peeled and chopped tomatoes
2 quarts chicken or vegetable broth

Ghoulish Skeleton Fingers

Written by The Head Goblin. Posted in Halloween Recipes.

 Skeleton Fingers

1 pound white asparagus spears, rinsed and trimmed

3 cloves garlic, minced

Kosher salt to taste

Ground black pepper to taste

Juice from 1/2 lemon or lime

Extra Virgin Olive oil

Preheat oven to 400°

In a roasting pan drizzle olive oil.

Place asparagus in pan and drizzle liberally with olive oil. 

Top with the minced garlic, salt, and pepper.

Roast for 10 minutes, until tender when pierced with a fork.

Remove from oven, squeeze fresh lemon or lime juice over the top and serve.

*Adding pieces of pimento or red pepper to the tips of the asparagus will look like fingernails.

 

Scary side of Eyeballs

Written by Evil Goblin. Posted in Halloween Recipes.

A Side of  Eye Balls


8 hard-boiled eggs (Jumbo)
1/2 cup plus 2 Tbs. mayonnaise
1 tsp. brown mustard
1 tsp. paprika
8 pimento-stuffed jumbo green olives 

Cut through the center of the hard boiled egg about 1/3 of the way from the tip, just enough to scoop out yolk. Place cooked yolk in a bowl and mash with a fork. Stir in mayonnaise, paprika and salt to taste. Mix thoroughly and fill egg white eye socket with mixture. Smooth yolk mixture. Press olive into yolk mixture so pimento is facing outward. Cut just enough of the other end of egg to create a flat surface to stand egg on. Serve upright.  

Witches Eyes Mud Bars

Posted in Halloween Recipes.

Witches  Eyes Mud Bars

2 cups (12-oz. pkg.) Semi-Sweet Chocolate Morsels,

1/2 cup chopped walnuts

1 cup Halloween candy Corn ( For the  Eyes)

Prep:20 minsCooking:20 minsLevel:EasyCooling:20 minsYields:36 bars (3 dozen)

These chewy, chocolate-filled, chocolate and candy corn topped  will be a ghoulish treat for the whole family!

1 cup plus 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon salt

3/4 cup packed brown sugar

1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, softened

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 large egg

Directions

PREHEAT oven to 375° F. Grease 9-inch-square baking pan.

COMBINE flour, baking soda and salt in small bowl. Beat sugar, butter and vanilla extract in large mixer bowl until creamy. Beat in egg; gradually beat in flour mixture. Stir in 2 cups morsels and nuts. Spread into prepared baking pan.

BAKE for 20 to 23 minutes. Remove pan to wire rack. . Let stand for 5 minutes Place Candy Corn for eyes  Cool completely in pan on wire rack. Refrigerate for 5 to 10 minutes or until chocolate is set. Cut into bars. Makes about 36 bars

Spider spooky potpies

Posted in Halloween Recipes.

Spooky Potpies

Ingredients :
PIECRUST
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 cup frozen sweet butter, cut in small chunks
1/4 cup vegetable shortening
11 tbsp. ice water
FILLING
2 1/2 medium onions, chopped
4 celery stalks, diced
3 tbsp. olive oil
2 cups frozen corn
2 cups frozen baby peas
3 cups carrots, peeled, chopped and cooked (about
5carrots)
2 medium potatoes, peeled, cubed and cooked
5 cups diced cooked chicken, turkey

7 tbsp. sweet butter
5 tbsp. all-purpose flour
4 1/2 cups chicken, vegetable or turkey stock
1/2 tsp. pepper
Salt to taste
1 egg, lightly beaten

Preparation :
TO MAKE THE PIECRUST:
In the bowl of a food processor fitted with a metal blade, pulse the flour, salt, butter and vegetable shortening until the mixture resembles a coarse meal. Sprinkle with the ice water and pulse until the dough starts to come together, being careful not to let the dough form a ball. Remove the dough and press it into two disks. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate while you make the filling. TO MAKE THE FILLING:
In a large saucepan, sauté the onions and celery in the olive oil over medium heat until soft. Add all the vegetables, and the chicken, turkey or ham, and set aside. In a separate saucepan, melt the butter over medium heat. Whisk in the flour and cook for 2 to 3 minutes. Slowly whisk in the stock until the sauce is smooth. Bring to a boil, whisking constantly. Reduce the heat and simmer, stirring occasionally, for 5 to 7 minutes. Add the pepper and salt. Pour the sauce over the meat and vegetables. Then pour the mixture into 10 individual ovenproof bowls or two 9-inch pie pans. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Roll out the piecrust on a lightly floured surface. Cover the 10 (or two) pies with the dough. Use a cookie cutter to cut spiders, bats, or pumpkins out of scraps of piecrust. Lightly brush the egg onto the piecrusts and place a character  on top. Bake for 20 to 40 minutes, or until the crust is browned and the filling bubbles. It's a good idea to place a cookie sheet below the pies to catch any drips. Makes 10 to 12 servings.

Tequila Marinated Grilled Vegetables

Posted in On the grill.

Tequila Marinated Grilled Vegetables

1/2 cup olive oil
1/4 cup soy sauce
2 tablespoons of Avión Silver Tequila
1 tablespoon chopped thyme
1 tablespoon fresh rosemary
4 cloves chopped garlic
2 medium zucchini and yellow squash cut in quarters
10 button sized mushrooms
10 cherry tomatoes

Thanksgiving Cranberry Relish

Posted in Thanksgiving recipes.

 A good cranberry relish can make or break Thanksgiving. This one, flavored by orange and grapefruit, is aromatic, sweet, and tart all at once. 

 

 INGREDIENTS

  • 3 Bags  fresh Cranberries
  • 2 cups of organic sugar
  • 1/2 cup freshly squeezed orange  juice
  • 2 teaspoons finely grated orange zest
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons finely grated  red grapefruit zest
  • 1/2 cup  red grapefruit segments, medium dice
INSTRUCTIONS

Combine cranberries, sugar, orange juice, and both zests in a medium saucepan over medium heat, stirring until sugar is dissolved, about 5 minutes. ( depending on the cranberries you may need additional sugar)

Bring to a boil, stirring occasionally, then reduce heat to medium low and simmer until thickened and cranberries are beginning to fall apart, about 20 to 25 minutes. Spoon into a heatproof serving bowl.

Drain grapefruit segments, discarding any accumulated juices, and stir into cranberry sauce. Cool to room temperature, cover, and refrigerate until ready to serve. Serve cold or at room temperature.

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Blue Cheese Spinach Bread Pudding

Posted in Bread.

Blue Cheese Spinach Bread Pudding

Bread pudding comes in many different variations.. 

Ingredients

  • 2 Tablespoons melted butter ( cooking spray can be substituted)
  • 2 Tablespoons Olive Oil 
  • 2 lbs spinach, 
  • 2 Tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 8 medium garlic cloves, mashed to a paste
  • 1 1/2 cups heavy cream
  • 8 ounces Blue cheese, crumbled (1 cup) (find a Blue that has a heavy marbling for better flavor)
  • 1/2 cup thinly sliced scallions, 
  • 1 shallot thinly sliced
  • 4 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1  teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper ( 10 - 15 turns on a pepper mill)
  • 11/2 pound sourdough bread, crusts removed, cut into 1-inch cubes

Methods/Steps

Preheat oven to 400ºF.

Brush a shallow, oval baking dish (about 12 by 7 inches) with butter. ( cooking spray)

Spinach: In a large sauté pan, heat 2 Tablespoons of olive oil. Add the spinach and sauté until spinach is wilted.

Prepare Pudding: Melt the butter in a small saucepan. Add the garlic paste and cook over moderate heat, stirring, until just golden. Stir in the cream and Blue Cheese and bring to a boil. Stir in scallions and spinach and cook for about 30 seconds. Remove from the heat.

In a large bowl, gradually whisk the Roquefort spinach cream sauce into the eggs. Add salt and pepper, stir in the bread cubes and let stand until the cream is absorbed, about 5 minutes

Bake: Spoon the bread pudding mixture into the pan. Bake in the center of the oven for 25 - 40 minutes or until it is set and golden. Transfer  to a cooling rack and let sit for 5 minutes.

Thai Pumpkin Soup

Written by LWM Test Kitchen. Posted in Soup,Stews,& Chili.

4 tablespoon canola oil

4 tablespoon butter
1 inch piece of  finely chopped fresh ginger
4 cloves garlic, chopped
4 shallots, chopped
2 small fresh red chili peppers, chopped
3 tablespoon chopped lemon grass
6 cups chicken or vegetable stock
4 cups peeled and diced pumpkin
1 can unsweetened coconut milk
1 bunch fresh basil leaves or parsley
 
In a medium saucepan, heat oil and butter over low heat. Cook garlic, shallots, chilies, and lemon grass in oil until fragrant. Stir in chicken stock, coconut milk, and pumpkin; bring to a boil. Cook until pumpkin softens.
In a blender, blend the soup in batches to a smooth consistency. Garnish with basil leaves or fresh parsley.

Swiss Fondue Bagel

Posted in Breakfast,Brunch.

Ingredients

1 Bagel (any bagel can be used, but a sweet bagel is not recommended)

2 tablespoons cream cheese

2 slices swiss cheese

Directions

Cut the bagel in half. Spread each half with a tablespoon of cream cheese. Put one slice of swiss cheese on each half. Place in the microwave oven for one minute, or for better results place under the broiler for approx. one minute. It is really simply–but really delicious.

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