Thursday, October 28, 2010

The Creamsicle (An alcoholic mixed drink)

Recorded October 10, 2005. Perfect light cocktail, bothin the summer and during the fall holidays. About 10% ABV (alcohol by volume) as mixed.
1 jigger orange liqueur
1 jigger light cream or half&half
2 jiggers orange juice
Combine and stir in a 12-ounce whiskey sour glass, filled with ice.

Friday, October 22, 2010

Freshly Pickled Onion and Cucumber Salad

First prepared December 2, 2003. A Family Favorite and SIGNATURE DISH. Especially good with rich foods, such as grilled hamburgers, pork chops, or fried fish.
1 medium cucumber (choose a firm one with little or no yellow in skin)
1 large sweet onion (Vidalia or similar)
1/4 c + 1 T apple cider vinegar
1/2 T salt
1/2 T sugar
Peel and thinly slice (1/8 inch) the cucumber. Mix the vinegar, sugar, and salt in 1-quart bowl, and add the cucumber slices. Peel the onion and thinly slice it parallel to the equator. A mandolin or V-slicer speeds this work. Bring 1-1/2 quarts (1.5 L) of lightly-salted water to a boil over high heat, add the onions, and cover. After it reboils for 30 seconds, drain into a collander and refresh with plenty of cold water. Drain well and add to the cucumbers and mix well. Chill before serving. Adjust seasoning if needed.

Monday, October 18, 2010

Poached Chicken

Transcribed and adapted 2-15-08 by Alan from a handwritten recipe by Merry Magid. Revised 2-16-08 to match Julia Child's original (Vol II, Mastering the Art of French Cooking)
1 small fryer, cut up, or 3 to 4 bone-in breasts, cut in half
3 T margarine or butter
4 large carrots, peeled and cut into large pieces diagonally
1 large onion, blossom cut
3 ribs celery, cut into large pieces diagonally
1 leek, sliced
2 c chicken broth
1 c white wine
1 t dry tarragon
Skin chicken parts, except wings, and remove all visible fat. Sweat vegetables in margarine in a heavy pot for 5 minutes. Add chicken, cover, and turn off heat for 5 minutes. Add broth, wine, and tarragon. Return to a simmer for 45 minutes, turning occasionally.
Serve over steamed rice in a bowl, with the vegetables and broth.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Sweet and Sour Red Cabbage

Our internet consensus recipe. Developed January, 2005. Great side for rich meat dishes such as oven-braised spare ribs.
1 medium head red cabbage, coarsely shredded
1 onion, thinly sliced
4 strips bacon, coarsely chopped
2 medium apples, peeled, cored, & sliced
1/3 c apple cider vinegar
1/3 c water (approx)
1/4 c brown sugar
1 t salt
1/2 t dry mustard
1 large bay leaf
2 t caraway seeds
Fry bacon until crisp. Add onion, cook until lightly browned. Stir in the other ingredients. Cover and cook about 1/2 hour on medium-low heat, until tender. Remove bay leaf before serving.

Simple Brine

1 qt cold water
1/4 c kosher salt
1/4 c sugar
Soak meat (up to 2 lbs of fish, shellfish, pork, or chicken) for 30 minutes (or up to 2 hours for thicker pieces) in the fridge. Drain and hold in a strainer under ice until ready to cook. For an example of use, see (Another) Seafood Stew.

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Easy Steamed White Rice

Developed September, 2010 and prepared often. The method produces a product very similar to what is served in Chinese restaurants or that rice cookers produce.
1 c long-grain white rice
1-1/2 c water
1/2 t salt (optional)
Bring water and salt to a boil in a small saucepan. While water is heating, rinse rice in a mesh strainer until water runs almost clear; drain thoroughly. Stir in the rice, cover tightly, and lower the heat to a simmer. Cook for 16 minutes. Fluff with a fork, cover for 10 minutes to steam, and serve.

Monday, October 4, 2010

Eggs: Such a dandy food!

Onion-Braised Spare Ribs

First prepared December 12, 2005. Ribs in the Winter. The dish adapts the "gedaempteh" method used by my Jewish grandmother to slowly cook veal breast, a product similar to pork ribs but having the potential of being Kosher.
5 lb slab pork ribs, trimmed of fat and cut into 1- and 2-rib portions
3 c yellow onions, sliced
1/4 c ketchup
1/4 c cider vinegar
1/2 c water

granulated garlic 
ground cumin
ground cayenne or crushed red pepper
ground paprika 
Arrange ribs in a covered roasting pan. Mix and pour liquids over and dust on seasonings to taste. Top with sliced onions. Cover. Roast 30 min at 350 F. Turn over meat, reduce heat to 325 ºF and roast 60 minutes more covered, turning once. Remove cover, turn meat, and brown for 30 to 40 minutes. Replace pan liquid as it evaporates. Serve over steamed rice. Fried apples and turnip greens make nice sides. Serves 4 to 6.