Thursday, December 15, 2011

Home for the Holidays: Creamy Apple Cider Sauce




Creamy Apple Cider Sauce

Ingredients:
2 TBS Butter
2 TBS Flour
1 cup Apple Cider
½ cup Heavy Cream
2 TBS Dijon Mustard
2 TBS Chopped Parsley

Procedures:
In heavy saucepan, melt butter. Add flour making a roux. Slowly add cider while whisking, bring to boil to thicken. Add cream and mustard. Salt and pepper to taste. Fold in parsley before service. 


Serve with a roasted Pork Loin or Roasted Chicken Half.

Monday, December 12, 2011

Home for the Holidays: Melt in your Mouth Caramels



Makes about 2 1/2 pounds
1 cup butter or margarine

1 pound brown sugar

Dash salt

1 cup light corn syrup

1 14oz can of sweetened condensed milk

1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Melt butter in a heavy saucepan. Add brown sugar and salt. Stir until thoroughly combined. Stir in corn syrup and mix well. Gradually add milk, stirring constantly.

Cook and stir over medium heat until candy reaches firm ball stage. 245 degrees on candy thermometer; about 12 to 15 min.
Remove from heat, stir in vanilla. Pour into a buttered 9-inch square pan. Cool and cut into squares.



Friday, December 9, 2011

Home for the Holiday: EGG NOG PANCKAES

So we have pancakes at least 2-3 times a month for dinner. So for the holidays I thought I would "Spice" it up with some egg nog flavor in our pancakes. It adds a creamy texture and a wonderful sweet/spicy taste. There are two versions of this recipe, the homemade variety and the mix alteration version. ENJOY!


2 Eggs
1 Cup EGG NOG
1/2 cup flour
1 tbs sugar
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt

Beat Eggs in a medium bowl until well blended, stir in egg nog. add remaining ingredients until all incorporated. Don't over mix! Let batter sit for 5 min, this allows the flour to properly absorb the liquid, adjust batter if needed.

Heat skillet or griddle on medium. Let it heat throughly!!! don't start until its properly heated, your pancakes will not cook properly! pour batter on to skillet, cook for 2-3 min, or until bubbles form on top and bottoms are golden brown. Flip and cook other side for 1-2 min. Serve with favorite syrups, jams or fresh fruit... or like me... butter and that is all!

If using a mix, follow instructions on package, but swap water or milk for  egg nog. adjust if needed. Cook the same as above.

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Home for the Holidays: Savory Cream Corn

Ah yes.... Cream corn... so many people have destroyed this poor side dish. I think people forget that its not mashed pulverized corn but a beautifully cut kernels smothered in a bed of a cheesy cream sauce garnished with fresh  herbs and a wonderful option of red peppers. This is a simple recipe, but fills my heart with memories of family gatherings that have passed.



Ingredients

3 TBS Butter
2 TBS Flour
1 1/2 Cups milk or half and half (HALF AND HALF IS BETTER)
4 Cups Fresh Corn Kernels (about 8 ears)
1/2 Cup Grated Parmesan Cheese
Salt and Pepper To taste

garnishes/ seasonings
1/2 tsp COHO MOJO (from Summit Spices)
1/2 cup small diced red peppers
2 TBS minced Italian Parsley


Make It

in skillet or fry pan, melt 1 TBS butter, add corn, Coho Mojo, and red peppers. Saute for 3-5 min till peppers have sweated.

In sauce pan, melt butter over medium heat. Add flour and make a roux. Add Milk or Half and half whisk! whisk! whisk! Turn heat up slightly till white sauce thickens. season with salt and pepper to taste. Add Parmesan Cheese. When cheese is melted, ladle cheese sauce into corn mixture. cook over medium heat for 3-5 min, until all the corn is incorporated into the cream sauce. garnish with parsley.

Left over?
Take cream corn mixture and fold it into a corn bread batter, add to a spicy chili recipe. serve as an appetizer with a warm flat bread.

how to cut kernels off the cob:

place cob in bowl, with knife, carefully cut the kernels off the cob. by having them in a bowl, you protect your kitchen from unwanted mess and lost kernels for your tasty dish.


New Series: Home for the Holidays



I know its been 800 years since I wrote any posts. Volleyball kept me really busy this year as well as my oldest daughter with her many appointments. But since Holidays are my favorite, I really wanted to share some meals from memories as well as inspire those around to change things up a little. We will have tutorials, recipes and hosting tips for the next 30 days! Enjoy!