Posts for July 7th 2009
2 cups of heavy cream
1 cup whole milk
3/4 granulated sugar
5 large egg yolks
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil, fruity
1 cup pine nuts, toasted
- Preheat the oven to 350. Place pine nuts on a cookie sheet and bake for 8-10 minutes until fragrant and golden brown. Watch carefully as they can burn.
- In a medium saucepan, mix 1 cup of the cream with the milk, sugar, and a pinch of salt. Warm the cream mixture over medium-high heat, stirring occasionally, until the sugar dissolves and tiny bubbles begin to form around the edge of the pan, 3 to 4 minutes.
- Prepare an ice bath by filling a large bowl with several inches of ice water. Set a smaller metal bowl (one that holds at least 1-1/2 quarts) in the ice water. Pour the remaining cup of cream into the inner bowl (this helps the custard cool quicker). Set a fine strainer on top.
- Whisk the egg yolks in a medium bowl. In a steady stream, pour half of the warm cream mixture into the egg yolks, whisking constantly to prevent the eggs from curdling.
- Pour the egg mixture back into the saucepan and cook over low heat, stirring constantly and scraping the bottom with a heatproof rubber spatula until the custard thickens slightly (it should be thick enough to coat the spatula and hold a line drawn through it with a finger), 4 to 8 minutes. An instant-read thermometer should read 175° to 180°F at this point. Don’t let the sauce overheat or boil, or it will curdle. Immediately strain the custard into the cold cream in the ice bath.
- Cool the custard to below 70°F by stirring it over the ice bath and add the olive oil. Refrigerate the custard until completely chilled, at least 4 hours.
- Freeze the custard in your ice cream maker according to the manufacturer’s instructions.
- Fold the pine nuts into the just-churned ice cream, transfer to an air-tight container, and freeze for at least 4 hours or up to 2 weeks. Enjoy.
Makes 1 quart.
- Desserts, Ice cream
1 pound dried navy beans, or great Northern beans
4 ounces salt pork, or thick-cut bacon
1 large onion, cut into 1/4-inch dice (about 1 1/4 cups)
1 clove garlic, minced
3 cups tomato juice
1/4 cup tomato paste
3 tablespoons unsulfured molasses
3/4 cup packed dark-brown sugar
1/4 cup cider vinegar
2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
2 tablespoons prepared yellow or Dijon mustard
3/4 teaspoon ground turmeric
10 dashes hot sauce, such as Tabasco
Coarse salt and freshly ground pepper
- Put beans in a large bowl; cover with cold water by 2 inches. Loosely cover beans with plastic wrap, and let soak at room temperature 7 to 10 hours.
- Drain beans; transfer to a large saucepan. Cover with cold water by 2 inches. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low; simmer, covered, until beans are very tender, about 1 hour. Drain beans, reserving cooking liquid; set beans and liquid aside.
- If using salt pork, trim meat from the rind, and cut meat into 1/4-inch dice. Score rind with a knife. If using bacon, cut into 1/4-inch dice. Transfer salt pork (meat and rind) or bacon to a large Dutch oven or stockpot.
- Cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until fat is rendered and meat is browned and cooked through, 8 to 10 minutes. Transfer meat to a large bowl using a slotted spoon, leaving rind and rendered fat in the Dutch oven. Add onion and garlic to the Dutch oven. Cook, stirring occasionally, until onion is translucent, 4 to 5 minutes.
- Stir in tomato juice, tomato paste, molasses, sugar, vinegar, Worcestershire sauce, mustard, turmeric, hot sauce, 1 teaspoon salt, the beans, and 4 cups reserved cooking liquid. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat. Cover, and cook at a bare simmer, stirring occasionally, until slightly thickened, about 1 hour. Uncover, and cook, stirring occasionally, until thickened, about 2 hours and 45 minutes.
- Season with salt and pepper. If not serving immediately, let cool completely, and refrigerate in an airtight container, up to 2 days. Reheat beans over medium-low heat before serving.
Makes about 7 cups.
- Side Dishes, Other
- North American
1 16-oz. can pork and beans in tomato sauce
1 15-oz. can navy or Great Northern beans, rinsed and drained
1/4 cup ketchup
2 Tbsp. maple syrup or packed brown sugar
2 tsp. dry mustard
2 slices bacon, crisp-cooked and crumbled
- In a medium saucepan, combine pork and beans, navy beans, ketchup, maple syrup, and dry mustard.
- Bring mixture to boiling on grill side burner over medium heat; reduce heat.
- Simmer, uncovered, about 10 minutes or until mixture reaches desired consistency, stirring frequently. Top with bacon.
Makes 6 servings.
Nutritional information per serving: Calories 198, Total Fat (g) 2, Sodium (mg) 906, Total Sugar (g) 11, Fiber (g) 7, Protein (g) 12
- Side Dishes, Other
- North American
At his seminar in Aspen, French cooking authority Jacques Pépin had a lot to say about boiling the world's most perfect eggs. While doing so, he also managed to make six stunning tomato dishes, using a number of in-season varieties, including a stacked Greek tomato salad, tomato-laced spaghetti with anchovies, and a tomato-bread gratin.
I just so happened to return from the neighborhood farmers market bearing a loaf of fresh-baked bread and vine-ripened cherry tomatoes, so I combined those with Parmesan to make Jacques's gratin. The simplistic French country dish highlights the seasonality of sweet cherry tomatoes, so don't skimp on quality ingredients, and be sure to buy local tomatoes. Get your hands on the recipe, which requires only five minutes of prep, after the break.
1 1/2 cups Lillet Blanc or white wine
1 1/4 cups sugar
1 vanilla bean, halved lengthwise, seeds scraped and reserved
2 pounds firm, ripe peaches (5 to 7), halved and pitted
1/4 cup (1/2 stick) unsalted butter, melted, plus more for dish
6 ounces fresh raspberries
4 large eggs
1/4 teaspoon salt
6 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1 cup whole milk
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon finely grated orange zest
- Butter a 12-inch round baking dish; set aside.
- Bring Lillet, 1 1/2 cups water, 3/4 cup sugar, and the vanilla bean and seeds to a boil in a large, wide saucepan over high heat, stirring until sugar has dissolved.
- Add peaches, cut side down, and cover with a round of parchment paper, placing it directly on top of peaches. Reduce heat to medium. Simmer until peaches are very tender, about 15 minutes. Remove from heat; let stand 30 minutes.
- Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
- Using a slotted spoon, transfer peaches, cut side up, to prepared dish; reserve 1/4 cup poaching liquid (discard the vanilla bean). Arrange raspberries among peaches.
- Whisk eggs, remaining 1/2 cup sugar, and the salt in a medium bowl. Gradually whisk in flour. Whisk in milk, melted butter, vanilla extract, orange zest, and reserved poaching liquid. Pour around fruit.
- Bake until edges are puffed and golden, 40 to 45 minutes. Let cool on a wire rack 20 minutes before serving. Clafouti can be refrigerated, covered, up to 1 day.
Serves 6 to 8.
- Desserts, Fruit
If you know if anything else that's going on, please feel free to chime in below.
- Traverse City, MI: National Cherry Festival — July 4-11
- New Orleans, LA: Tales of the Cocktail — July 8-12
- Hollywood, FL: Slow Food Glades to Coast Hot Tropical Night — July 9
- Cordova, AK: Copper River Wild Salmon Festival — July 9-11
- Park Ridge, IL: Taste of Park Ridge — July 9-11
- Pleasanton, CA: Alameda County Fair's Rib Cook-Off — July 9-12
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6 tablespoons plus 1 teaspoon extra-virgin olive oil
1/2 small sweet onion, sliced into 1/4-inch-thick rings
Salt and freshly ground pepper
1 pound chanterelle or hedgehog mushrooms, stems trimmed and large mushrooms halved
1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon red wine vinegar
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
3 cups baby arugula
1 cup blackberries
1 cup raspberries
Four 2-ounce pieces of Cheddar cheese
- In a large skillet, heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil until shimmering. Add the onion rings, season with salt and pepper and cook over high heat until richly browned, about 2 minutes per side. Transfer the onion rings to a medium bowl.
- Add 3 tablespoons of the olive oil to the skillet and when it is hot, add the chanterelles and season with salt and pepper. Cook over moderate heat until the liquid in the skillet has evaporated, about 7 minutes. Continue to cook over moderate heat, stirring occasionally, until the chanterelles are browned, about 5 minutes longer. Season with salt and pepper.
- In a small bowl, combine the vinegar with the mustard and the remaining 2 tablespoons plus 1 teaspoon of olive oil; season the vinaigrette with salt and pepper.
- Add the arugula, blackberries and raspberries to the bowl with the onions. Add the chanterelles and the vinaigrette and toss well.
- Put a piece of cheddar on each plate. Divide the salad among the plates and serve.
Make Ahead: the onion and mushrooms can be kept at room temperature for up to 2 hours. Reheat gently before serving.
- Main Dishes, Salads
1/4 cup lemon juice
1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
3 cloves garlic, minced
2 teaspoons dried oregano
1/2 teaspoon salt, or to taste
Freshly ground pepper to taste
14 ounces extra-firm tofu, preferably water-packed
2 medium tomatoes, seeded and diced
1 cup diced seedless cucumber (1/4 medium)
1/4 cup chopped scallions
1/4 cup coarsely chopped fresh parsley
1/4 cup Kalamata olives, pitted and coarsely chopped
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
1 tablespoon white-wine vinegar
1/4 teaspoon salt, or to taste
Freshly ground pepper to taste
- Preheat grill.
- Whisk lemon juice, oil, garlic, oregano, salt and pepper in a small bowl. Reserve 2 tablespoons of this mixture for basting.
- Drain and rinse tofu; pat dry. Cut the block crosswise into eight 1/2-inch-thick slices and place in a shallow glass dish. Add remaining marinade and turn to coat. Cover and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes or for up to 8 hours.
- Combine tomatoes, cucumber, scallions, parsley, olives, oil, vinegar, salt and pepper in a medium bowl; toss gently to mix.
- Lightly oil the grill rack (hold a piece of oil-soaked paper towel with tongs and rub it over the grate). Drain the tofu, discarding marinade. Grill the tofu over medium-high heat, basting occasionally with reserved lemon juice mixture, until lightly browned, 3 to 4 minutes per side (see Tip). Serve immediately, topped with the salad.
NUTRITION INFORMATION: Per serving: 209 calories; 16 g fat (2 g sat, 11 g mono); 0 mg cholesterol; 10 g carbohydrate; 9 g protein; 2 g fiber; 682 mg sodium.
- Main Dishes, Tofu
- Mediterranean/Middle Eastern