Saturday, July 24, 2010

Tartar Sauce

As developed and prepared over the years. A Family Favorite.
3/4 c (160 g) mayonnaise
1/4 c (60 g) dill pickle relish
2 T dried minced onion
1 t dried dill weed
1 T dried parsley flakes
1 t lemon juice
1 T capers, rinsed, drained, and chopped
relish or pickle juice as needed
Measure mayo into a resealable container. Add the other ingredients, mixing between additions. Thin with relish or pickle juice as needed. Stored tightly-covered in the bottom rear of the refrigerator, this sauce will keep many months.
Note: To facilitate measuring the mayo and relish by weight using a digital kitchen scale, the volume measures have been converted to weight in grams taking account of product density. 

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Farmer’s Market Succotash

[Prepared and recorded July 15, 2010. Dish enabled by tiny, tender okra, sweet, juicy summer tomatoes, baby limas (butter beans), and sweet corn available from local farms. All perfect and cheap at the State Farmer’s Market in SE Raleigh. A long haul from Durham, but worth it. Laura loves the green eggs.]
3 T country ham, finely diced
2 T dry onion flakes
3 T low-fat tub margarine
Frank’s hot sauce
1 pt fresh butter beans
1 pt baby okra, cut into small pieces
1 pt ripe tomato pieces
1 cup freshly cut corn
2 T butter
Salt and pepper to taste
Soak, pick over, and drain the beans. Bring 2 cups of water, the margarine, dried onion flakes, ham, a 1/2 t of salt, and 2 t of hot sauce to a boil in a large saucepan, and cook for 5 minutes to form a broth. Add the beans, return to a boil, stir, cover, and simmer 30 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add the tomatoes and okra. Mix and cook covered another 20 minutes. Add the corn, mix, and cook another 15 minutes. Stir in butter, correct seasoning and serve as a side dish in a country meal.

Tuesday, July 6, 2010


1-1/2 c broth
1 t EVOO
1 t butter
1/2 t salt
dusting of coriander, cumin
1 c couscous
Bring the first five ingredients to a boil in a small sauce pan. Off heat, stir in couscous. Cover tightly, and let stand 10 minutes. Fluff with a fork before serving,
Serves 2-4. Very good topped with roast vegetables and parmesan cheese.

(Not So) Simple Syrup

Recorded July 6, 2010
1/2 c water
1/2 c sugar
2 t lemon zest, finely grated
Combine sugar and water in microwavable container. Heat until steaming but not boiling. Add zest, and stir to dissolve the sugar. Cover, and let cool. Store refrigerated.
Use for Fresh Lemonade (see recipe), or mixed drinks.

Friday, July 2, 2010

Rum and Tonic

[Prepared July 1, 2010]
2 jiggers dark rum, divided
lime wedge
1/2 jigger maraschino cherry juice
10 ice cubes
maraschino cherry whole with stem
tonic water with lime flavor
Squeeze lime into a 16-oz glass, add 1-1/2 jigger rum, the cherry juice, the ice, and stir. Top up with tonic, stir, and layer 1/2 jigger of rum on top. 
Garnish with a cherry and a lime slice.