Raspberry Vinegar

1 ½ pounds fresh raspberries

3 cups white wine vinegar Continue reading

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Welcome Home Cookies

1 cup unsalted butter, room temp

2/3 cup quick cooking oats, blended in blender to a flour consistency

1 cup granulated sugar

3 cups unbleached flour

1 cup dark brown sugar, packed

1 teaspoon baking soda

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

1 teaspoon salt

2 extra large eggs

24 oz. semisweet chocolate chips

2 cups chopped walnuts or pecans, toasted Continue reading

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Val’s Almond Pear or Plum Pie

Ingredients

Pastry:

1 ½ cups flour

8 Tablespoons butter

1 egg yolk

½ teaspoon salt

2 to 3 Tablespoons cold water

Filling:

3 to 4 ripe pears

granulated sugar (for sprinkling)

½ cup apricot jam (for the glaze)

Frangipane Cream:

1/3 cup butter

1/3 cup sugar

1 egg, beaten well

1 egg yolk

½ cup whole blanched almonds, ground

2 Tablespoons flour

2 teaspoons Kirsch Continue reading

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Scandinavian Fruit Soup

Ingredients

1 ½ cups of each of the following:

Raspberries

Bing Cherries, pitted

Marion Berries or Blackberries

Rhubarb, cut into ½ inch chunks

Blueberries

Strawberries

Add to the above:

Juice of one lemon

Juice and rind or one orange

1 ½ cups granulated sugar

½ cup flour

1 teaspoon cinnamon Continue reading

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Finnish Rice Pudding

1 ½ cups white basmati rice

1 ½ cups water

2 cups heavy cream

6 cups whole milk

4 Tablespoons butter

1 ½ teaspoons salt

1 3-inch long cinnamon stick

2 egg yolks

1/3 cup granulated sugar

½ teaspoon ground cardamom

¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

¼ cup blanched, slivered almonds, toasted to a light brown Continue reading

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Cranberry Sherry Trifle

For the sponge cake:

¾ cup flour

1 teaspoon baking powder

½ teaspoon salt

4 egg yolks

½ cup sugar

½ teaspoon vanilla extract

6 egg whites

6 Tablespoons sugar

For the filling:

½ cup cranberry sauce

½ cup raspberry jam

¼ cup Cranberry Liqueur

½ cup cream sherry

1 cup crushed coconut macaroons

3 cups whole milk

grated zest of one lemon

1 egg

4 egg yolks

½ cup sugar

½ cup unbleached all-purpose flour

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 ½ cups heavy cream, whipped

candied red cherries (optional)

toasted slivered almonds Continue reading

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No Trespassing Blackberry Pie

Pastry for two-crust 10-inch pie

3 cups unbleached white flour

1 teaspoon salt

1/2 cup cold, unsalted butter cut into 1/2 inch cubes

1/2 cup cold shortening

1 large egg

2 Tablespoons vinegar

1/4 cup ice water

Blackberry Filling

5 to 6 cups fresh blackberries

1-1/4 cups sugar

3/8 cup flour

3/4 teaspoon cinnamon

2 teaspoons grated orange rind

2 Tablespoons butter

Milk and sugar for topping Continue reading

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Wild Mushroom Frittata

Two tablespoons Olive oil

1 Tablespoon garlic, minced

Pinch of red chili flakes (to taste)

½ small onion, chopped

¼ cup zucchini, chopped

½ red and yellow sweet pepper, chopped

1/2 pound Boletus Edulis (also known as King Boletus or Porcini) or assorted wild mushrooms, chopped

1 cup peeled, cooked potato, chopped in small bite-sized pieces

Garden herbs: thyme, Italian parsley, and tarragon, finely minced

½ cup cheddar and Gruyere Cheese, grated

12 eggs mixed with ½ cup cream

Salt and pepper to taste Continue reading

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David’s Porcini Steaks and Herb Scrambled Eggs

Ingredients:

3 Farm eggs
(Beat the eggs and hold.)

2 tablespoons heavy cream

Salt to taste.

1 medium sized Porchini mushroom, steaked in ¼ inch steaks

1 teaspoon garlic

2 tablespoons olive oil

4 to 6 cherry tomatoes

1 handful of spinach

1 handful of cheese

Salt and pepper to taste

Garden herbs: fresh oregano, thyme, rosemary and Italian parsley, chopped finely Continue reading

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Deliciosa Mushroom Soup

1/8 cup olive oil

3 cloves garlic, minced

1 shallot, minced

1 medium onion, diced

3 stalks celery, diced

2 carrots, peeled and diced

½ sweet potato (yam), peeled, parboiled and diced

2 Tablespoons butter

1 pound deliciosa mushrooms, diced

2 Tablespoons dry vermouth

2 Tablespoons flour

4 cups chicken stock

3 Tablespoons chopped parsley

salt and pepper to taste

¼ teaspoon freshly ground nutmeg Continue reading

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