Month: December 2011

Olives + Mozz

Ingredients: 1 cup Castelvetrano olives 3/4 lb mozzarella balls 2 tablespoons juice from the olives 1/2 tablespoon crushed red pepper 1/2 teaspoon dried parsley Directions: Toss all ingredients together. Serve at room temperature. My thoughts: This is a super easy yet tasty appetizer for NYE or whenever. Castelvetrano olives (under […]

Winter Vegetable Beef Stew

Ingredients: group #1 1 1/2 lb beef top round or sirloin, cubed 1 large onion, diced 1 shallot, diced 3 cloves garlic, minced 2 carrots, cut into coins 2 parsnips, cut into coins 2 Yukon Gold potatoes, peeled and diced 1 stalk celery, diced 1 3/4 cups cubed golden acorn […]


Ingredients: 1/4 cup heavy cream 2/3 cup Swedish light syrup or molasses 1/2 cup sugar 3/4 cup butter, at room temperature 1 egg, at room temperature 1 tablespoon roasted ground ginger 1 tablespoon ground cloves 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon 1 tablespoon ground cardamom 1 teaspoon baking soda 3 cups flour […]

Oyster Wild Rice Casserole

Ingredients: 16 oz shucked oysters, drained, liquor reserved 2 slices cooked thick cut bacon, crumbed 1/4 cup butter 1 large shallot, minced 1 cubanelle pepper, diced 1 cayenne pepper, minced 2 tablespoons flour 12 oz evaporated milk 1 1/2 cups cooked wild rice 1/3 cup shredded Parmesan cheese 1/3 cup […]

Cranberry-Cranberry Bread

Ingredients: 2 3/4 cups flour 3/4 cup halved fresh cranberries 3/4 cup dried sweetened cranberries 1 1/4 cup milk 3/4 cup sugar 1/4 cup butter, melted 1 teaspoon vanilla 2 teaspoons baking powder 1/2 teaspoon roasted Saigon cinnamon 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg 1/2 teaspoon salt 2 eggs Directions: Preheat oven to […]

Grapefruit Lemongrass Jam

Ingredients: 8 cups supremed grapefruits segments (I used Duncan) 5 cups sugar 1/2 box liquid pectin (3 oz., one of the little packets in the box) 3 stalks lemongrass (thick bottom parts only) Directions: Prep jars/lids for canning. Add the grapefruit segments and lemongrass into a large, heavy bottomed pan. Add […]

Chicken Farro Soup

Ingredients: group #1 2 medium turnips, diced 2 carrots, cut into coins 2 parsnips, cut into coins 2 stalks celery (with greens), diced 2 cups pearl onions 6 cups chicken stock 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme 1/2 teaspoon (dried) Valencia orange peel 2 bay leaves salt freshly ground pepper group #2 […]

Satsumas in Ginger-Mandarin Syrup

Ingredients: 15 Satsuma mandarin oranges, peeled and sectioned* 6 cups water 1 cup sugar 3 tablespoons ginger juice peels from 3 mandarins Directions: Prep your jars and lids. Evenly divide the segments between the jars. I found that each jar could hold 3 mandarins’ worth of segments. Bring the sugar, […]

Ärtsoppa (Swedish Yellow Pea Soup)

Ingredients: 16 oz whole or split yellow peas* 1 onion, chopped 4 strips thick cut bacon, cooked and cut into 1/2 inch chunks 6 cups ham or chicken stock 1 1/2 teaspoons fresh thyme 1 teaspoon marjoram white pepper sea salt grainy hot mustard Directions: Place the peas, stock, onion […]