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Chez Panisse Garlic Butter

11 Jun

For sizzling summer steaks. Recipe is adapted from Alice Waters’ Chez Panisse Cooking (Random House, 1988).

CHEZ PANISSE GARLIC BUTTER
MAKES 1 CUP
12 cloves garlic, peeled
10 tbsp. unsalted butter, softened
1⁄2 tsp. white wine vinegar
1/4 tsp. cayenne
Salt and pepper

Bring the peeled garlic cloves to a boil in a 1-qt. saucepan of salted water. Reduce heat to medium; cook until garlic is tender, 15–20 minutes. Drain and transfer garlic to a bowl; mash cloves into a paste. Stir in softened unsalted butter, white wine vinegar, cayenne, and salt.
Use butter right away or wrap in a log shape in plastic wrap and chill up to 1 week.

 

BEURRE ROUGE
Anthony Bourdain
½ cup red wine
1 shallot, finely chopped
8 oz (220 g) butter, softened
1 bunch of Italian parsley, finely chopped
salt and pepper

In a small pot, combine wine and shallot and bring to a boil. Cook until the wine has almost completely evaporated, taking care not to let the shallots burn. Transfer to a mixing bowl and let cool. In a food processor, combine butter and wine/shallot mix, parsley and salt and pepper. Mix well.

Scrape the butter out and place on a sheet of plastic wrap. Form a log and refrigerate until the butter is firm enough to slice. Freeze the leftovers. Put a slice of the red wine butter on each steak before serving.

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Church Lady Chewy Bars

9 Jun

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Chewy Bars

This dough is baked in “logs” which spread to about 3 inches in width;the finished product has a crust surrounding a chewy center.

1/2 cup butter or margarine

1 cup granulated suigar

1 egg

1/4 cup molasses

1 tsp. baking soda

1 tsp. cinnamon

1 tsp. ginger

1 tsp. cloves

1/2 cup raisins

1/4 cup chopped candied cherries, pineapple or citron, or dried fruit such as apricots

1/4 cup walnuts (optional)

2 cups all –  purpose or whole wheat flour

Granulated sugar

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F

In a medium bowl, cream butter and sugar. Beat in egg, then molasses, baking soda and spices. Stir in raisins, fruit and walnuts. Blend in about three-quarters of the flour. Continue adding flour until dough is very stiff.

 

Because this is such an unusual recipe and it’s easy to overbake, you may want to bake one test log first. Cut into bars while hot, the allow to cool completely, checking for chewiness before baking remaining logs.

On a lightly- floured surface, working with one-quarter of the dough at a time,shape each portion into a log 12 inches long. Place on greased cookie sheet, leaving about 12 inches between logs, as they spread and flatten during baking. Bake for 10 minutes ( check after 8 min. – should not be dry looking – .better  if soft. Do not overbake. When done, cookie is soft to the touch, and may appear to be underbaked, but will become chewy as it cools.

While still hot, sprinkle with a little granulated sugar and cut into diagonal bars. Transfer to racks to cool. Store in a tightly covered container.

Makes about 4 dozen.

Terrific Chicken

17 Apr

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Heartland Cafe Raspberry yogurt muffins

20 Jan

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Use frozen raspberries

No Peek Chicken

31 Jul

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In a word, this is delicious. Also a trip to sodium city. Yoy.

A typical pack of eight skinless, boneless chicken thighs fit perfectly in our oval Le Creuset.

We mixed half milk and water to the larger newsclipped recipe (March 1992), which omitted the oven temperature: it should be baked at 275-300F for two hours. We baked at 350F and it got a little crunchy!

Remember to mix the raw rice with the liquid. Our last two tries left us with some uncooked rice.

Also would like to try this with some canned green chilies!

Cowboy Cookies

22 Jul

Half batch of Governor’s Mansion cookies.  Excellent if you can rest dough in fridge for 24 hours.

12 tablespoons salted butter, softened (1 1/2 sticks)
3/4 cup brown sugar
3/4 cup granulated sugar
1 large egg (plus 1 egg yolk)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 1/2 cups semisweeet chocolate chips
1 1/2 cups old fashioned oats
1 cup unsweetened shredded coconut (used less)
1 cup pecans, chopped

Heat oven to 350 degrees F.
In a large mixing bowl, beat butter on medium speed until smooth and creamy, about 1 minute. Add in the sugars and mix well for 2 minutes, scraping down the sides of the bowl if necessary.
Add the egg and egg yolk and beat well.
Beat in the vanilla.
In a separate bowl, mix the flour, baking powder baking soda and cinnamon together.
Slowly add the flour mixture to the butter mixture and stir until just combined.
Stir in the chocolate chips, oats, coconut, and pecans.
Scoop out 1/4 cup of the cookie dough and place on a parchment or silpat lined baking sheet. Space the cookies 3-inches apart.
Bake in the oven for 17 to 20 minutes, until the edges are lightly browned. Remove from the oven and let cookies remain on baking sheet for 2 minutes. Transfer cookies to baking rack to continue cooling.

Tree trimming treats 2.0

1 Dec

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Throwback to 2012: crab and cheese puffs, anyone?

Always contemplating the perfect night trimming the tree: something lovely to sip on paired with a little nibble.

We’ve tried welsh rarebit bites, New York pizza, even an afternoon with oven baked hotdogs.

But we have to credit the wonderfully talented Jennifer 8 Lee, she of the delightful Fortune Cookie Chronicles and Search for General Tso, for making us obsess over turkey dumplings.

And really wanting them at Christmas time.

After all, Christmas and Chinese takeout is a time-honoured tradition:

Says The Atlantic: “For many Jewish Americans, the night before Christmas conjures up visions, not of sugar plums, but plum sauce slathered over roast duck or an overstocked plate of beef lo mein, a platter of General Tso’s, and (maybe) some hot and sour soup.”

Maybe it’s time to finally pull the pin and whip up Jennifer 8 Lee’s version of turkey dumplings.

Or Ming Tsai’s Turkey dumplings with cranberry soy dip

That thwack! moment in A Christmas Story, or, Peking duck appetizer.

While we are on a turkey roll:

Calgary Petroleum Club’s turkey meatballs stuffed with brie:

Sausage balls subbed with turkey sausage, perhaps?