Tuesday, 30 November 1999 00:00

Elderberry Muffins

Elderberry Muffins


Todd supplied this recipe. It's one that Nancy & Lewis Hill developed. Lewis had a lifetime relationship with elderberries and patiently waited for Todd to catch on to their benefits for health.

2/3 cup honey
2.5 tablespoons shortening
3 cups flour
2 tsp. baking powder
pinch of salt
1 egg
1 cup milk
1 cup elderberries

Cream together shortening and honey. Sift together flour and baking powder and salt and set aside. Add egg to creamed mixture. Add flour mixture to creamed mixture in 3 parts alternating with milk mixture in 2 parts. Fold in elderberries. Pour into greased muffin tins (yield 12 muffins), and bake in 350 degree oven approximately 20 minutes.

Published in Baked Goods
Tuesday, 30 November 1999 00:00

Elderberry Juice

Elderberry Juice


This is a simple method for juice extraction allowing you to store the elderberry juice in a way that may make it easier for you to incorporate into your daily diet.

Prepare the berries as for jelly, by removing large stems from ripe elderberries. Crush them in a saucepan and place over low heat until the juice begins to flow. Simmer gently for about 15 minutes. (Add a small amount of water if you want a less concentrated juice.) Strain it through a jelly bag. If you wish, add honey to taste, and perhaps a bit of lemon juice. Chill, and either use right away or squirrel into the freezer. Freezing into ice cube trays and then transferring to a bag makes for easy retrieval.

Published in Beverages
Tuesday, 30 November 1999 00:00

Apple, Parsnip and Potato Puree

Apple, Parsnip and Potato Puree


A perfect recipe for this share, this one is from EatingWell September/October 1996. Sweet apples and earthy parsnips add depth to potato puree. Serves 4.

2 sweet fragrant apples, peeled, cored and sliced
2 parsnips, peeled and thinly sliced
1 1/2 pounds potatoes, peeled and cut into chunks (about 4 potatoes)
2 large cloves garlic, peeled and cut in half
1 teaspoon salt
1/3 cup reduced-fat sour cream
Freshly ground white pepper, to taste

Combine apples, parsnips, potatoes and garlic in a large saucepan. Pour in cold water to cover, add salt and bring to a boil. Partially cover the pan and simmer over medium-low heat until the vegetables are very tender, 10 to 15 minutes. Drain the potatoes and mash with a potato masher until smooth. Stir in sour cream. Season with salt and pepper.

Published in Soups and Stews
Tuesday, 30 November 1999 00:00

Mizuna & Apple Salad with Warm Ploughgate Cheese

Mizuna & Apple Salad with Warm Ploughgate Cheese



1 bunch Mizuna, washed and dried
.75 mesclun mix
2 Red Delicious Apples
1/2 round of Ploughfate Cheese, cut into 6 even slices
Apple Cider Vinaigrette (recipe follows)

Cut the cheese and let sit at room temperature while doing the rest of the preparation. Core apples and slice into thin rounds. Stack the rounds and cut into matchsticks. In a bowl, toss the mesclun, mizuna and apples. Season with salt and pepper. Drizzle the vinaigrette on the greens lightly, just enough to barely coat them. Form greens and apples into a nice mound on the plate and lay three pieces of cheese against the greens. Drizzle some more vinaigrette around the plate making sure the cheese gets some too.

Apple Cider Vinaigrette
1/2 cup cider vinegar
.5 cups neutral oil, such as grape seed
2 tsp. mustard
Salt & pepper

Place ingredients in bowl and whisk. You do not want to emulsify this dressing, as it will be too thick. When you go to use it, just whisk again until ingredients come together.
Boxty (Irish Potato Griddle Cakes)
In honor of St Patrick's Day and great potatoes, I have dug up a couple of classic Irish poato recipes. This one comes complete with an Irish rhyme: Boxty on the griddle Boxty in the pan If you can't make boxty You'll never get a man

1/2 pound raw potato
1/2 pound cooked mashed potato
1/2 pound flour
Milk (as needed, see directions)
1 egg
1 medium onion, finely chopped
Salt and pepper

Grate raw potatoes and mix with the cooked mashed potatoes. Add salt, pepper, onion and flour. Beat egg and add to mixture with just enough milk to make a batter that will drop from a spoon.

Drop by tablespoonfuls onto a hot griddle or frying pan. Cook over a moderate heat for 3-4 minutes on each side.

Published in Salads
Tuesday, 30 November 1999 00:00

Beet, Apple and Goat Cheese Salad

Beet, Apple and Goat Cheese Salad


Yet another from Cook's Garden... There are seemingly endless variations of beet and apple salads and I have never met one I didn't like. So in honor of THE LAST beets of the share (pretty sure this may be it!) do them right by using them in a way that makes you pine for the day the new beets get pulled from the ground. This recipe is merely a suggestion, feel free to change up nuts (pecans, walnuts, pine nuts), cheeses (goat, feta, blue), herbs etc! I had a very similar salad the other night with beets, apples, some grated celeriac, pecans, blue cheese and maple balsamic. Funny thing is that even in the book the title is as above, but the recipe itself calls for feta. Apparently, even the author couldn't decide. So dig through the fridge and see what you've got t0 throw together.

6 medium beets
2 tart apples
1/2 cup walnuts, toasted
1/2 cup crumbled feta cheese
1/2 cup parsley
1 small red onion
1/2 cup walnut or olive oil
1/4 cup balsamic
2 TB shallots
1/2 tsp Dijon mustard

Salt and Pepper to taste

Preheat oven to 400°. Scrub 6 mix beets and wrap in foil. Bake until tender, about 45 minutes. Cool, peel and cut into 1/2 inch cubes. Mix with 2 finely chopped tart apples, 1/2 cup toasted walnuts, 1/2 cup chopped parsley, and 1/2 cup thinly sliced sweet red onion. Whisk together 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar, 1/2 cup walnut or olive oil and 1/2 tsp Dijon mustard. Pour over salad and season to taste with salt and freshly ground pepper. Toss with 1/2 cup crumbled Feta cheese.

Published in Salads
Tuesday, 30 November 1999 00:00

Nicola Potato & Cheddar Soup

Nicola Potato & Cheddar Soup


Bill wrote up this recipe in honor of the cold dreary weather today while waiting for his delayed flight! It is soup weather indeed.
3 tablespoons olive oil
1 medium onion, thinly slice
.75 cup apple cider
2 # potatoes, peeled and diced
4 1/2 cups stock chicken or vegetable stock
1/2 cup heavy cream (half-and-half will work as well)
2 apples, small dice
I bottle dark beer (optional)
2 tsp. butter
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese

In a soup pot, heat the oil. Add the onions and cook for a few minutes until starting to turn golden. Add the cider and cook until it reduces somewhat. Add the potatoes, stock and beer, bring to a boil, simmer it, covered. Whisk the cheddar in off the heat.
Blend, in small batches, in a blender. Be VERY careful and pulse the liquid. If too thick, add some water. It won’t deter from the flavor.
Once the soup is all blended, add the cream. In a small pan, melt the butter. When it melts, add in the apple chunks, and cook for a couple of minutes until they start to get a bit caramelized. Garnish Soup with carmelized apples.

Published in Soups and Stews
Tuesday, 30 November 1999 00:00

Apple Coleslaw

Apple Coleslaw


1 bag Pete's slaw Mix
2 apples, small dice

2 tbsp. Dijon Mustard
1 clove garlic, minced
1/2 cup cider vinegar
2 tsp. fresh thyme, chopped
1 tbsp. honey
1 tbsp. mustard seed (optional)
Salt and pepper, to taste

Whisk dressing ingredients together in a large bowl. Add apples and slaw mix and toss.

Published in Salads
Tuesday, 30 November 1999 00:00

Blueberry Muffins

Blueberry Muffins


You all probably have a go to recipe for muffins, but JUST in case you don't, this muffin recipe from the Joy of Cooking is the one I turn to for unfailingly good muffins. You can substitute up to 1 cup whole-wheat flour or whole-wheat pastry flour for an equal measure of all-purpose flour. You can use the liquid ingredient of your choice, from low-fat milk to cream. You can even use sour cream, yogurt or buttermilk if you add in 1/2 tsp baking soda. You can use from a half stick to a whole stick butter. (Definitely opt for the larger qty of butter if you will be eating these muffins hours or a day after being made). Yield 14-16 muffins

2 cups all-purpose flour
1 Tbsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. ground or freshly grated nutmeg (optional)
2 large eggs
1 cup milk or cream
cup sugar or packed light brown sugar
1/4 to 1/2 cup (1/2 to 1 stick) butter, melted, or 1/4 to 1/2 cup vegetable oil
1 tsp. vanilla

1.5 cups frozen blueberries

Position a rack in the center of the oven. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Grease a standard 12-muffin pan.
In a large bowl, whisk together thoroughly the flour, baking powder, salt, and nutmeg (if using). In another bowl, whisk together the eggs, milk or cream, sugar, butter or oil, and vanilla.
Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and mix together with a few light strokes, just until the dry ingredients are moistened. Fold in the frozen or thawed blueberries. Do not overmix; the batter should not be smooth. Divide the batter among the muffin cups.

Bake until a toothpick inserted in 1 or 2 of the muffins comes out clean, about 12 to 25 minutes or more depending on how big the muffins are, how big the berries are, whether berries are frozen etc. Let cool for 5 minutes minimum before removing from the pan. If not serving hot, let cool on a rack. Serve as soon as possible, preferably within a few hours of baking.

Variations - You can substitute different berries for this recipe - raspberries, strawberries are great too. When adding berries, if they aren't real sweet, you can add 1/3 cup sugar. You can add up to 1 cup of nuts to any (walnuts are particularly good in raspberry muffins). If using mashed fruit, like bananas, add 1 cup.

Published in Baked Goods
Tuesday, 30 November 1999 00:00

Cherry Infused Gin

Cherry Infused Gin



1/2 pint cherries, pitted and stemmed
1 pint gin

Once cherries are stemmed, gently smashed them in a bowl. Place them in a sealable vessel and pour the gin over. Let this sit for 2-3 days. The juniper in the gin works really well with the cherries. Served in chilled glasses, garnishing with some of the macerated cherries.
Stir Fried Kohlrabi and Mushrooms

1 TB sunflower oil
1 small onion
1 clove garlic
6 oz shiitake or oyster mushrooms
1 lb kohlrabi
1 TB water
2 tsp tamari (or soy sauce)
2 tsp sesame oil
2 tsp cider or rice vinegar
1/4 tsp white pepper (or black)
1 tsp dried ginger

Heat oil in a large skillet or wok over high heat. Add onion and garlic (and fresh ginger, if using) and cook stirring frequently for about 1 minute. Add mushrooms, continue cooking another minute or two. Add kohlrabi and cook for three minutes, stirring frequently. Add the water, soy, sesame oil, vinegar, pepper and dried ginger. Cover, reduce heat slightly and cook at a high simmer for about 5 minutes, until kohlrabi is crisp tender.

Published in Beverages
Tuesday, 30 November 1999 00:00

Blueberry Cobbler

Blueberry Cobbler


There are lots of blueberry cobbler recipes out there. This one is pretty standard, though you could choose one that uses honey and whole grain flour that would also be delicious. I just wanted to throw out the idea. This is a very good recipe however!

1 pint blueberries
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup sugar
1/2 teaspoon all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon butter, melted
1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
4 teaspoons baking powder
6 tablespoons sugar
5 tablespoons butter
1 cup milk
2 teaspoons sugar
1 pinch ground cinnamon

Optional - 1/2 lemon, juiced (or 1/4 cup orange juice)

Directions
Lightly grease an 8 inch square baking dish. Place the blueberries into the baking dish, and mix with vanilla and lemon juice. Sprinkle with 1 cup of sugar and 1/2 teaspoon of flour, then stir in the tablespoon of melted butter. Set aside.

In a medium bowl, stir together 1 3/4 cups of flour, baking powder, and 6 tablespoons sugar. Rub in the 5 tablespoons butter using your fingers, or cut in with a pastry blender until it is in small pieces. Make a well in the center, and quickly stir in the milk. Mix just until moistened. You should have a very thick batter, or very wet dough. You may need to add a splash more milk. Cover, and let batter rest for 10 minutes.

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Spoon the batter over the blueberries, leaving only a few small holes for the berries to peek through. Mix together the cinnamon and 2 teaspoons sugar; sprinkle over the top.

Bake for 20 to 25 minutes in the preheated oven, or until the top is golden brown. A knife inserted into the topping should come out clean - of course there will be blueberry syrup on the knife. Let cool until just warm before serving. This can store in the refrigerator for 2 days.

Published in Desserts
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