Rice Pudding

November 28, 2017

Serves 8, 1 hours cook time, 3 hours refrigerate  (if serving chilled)

  • 6 cups whole milk
  • 1 C Arborio or medium grain rice
  • ½ C sugar
  • 2 TB butter
  • dash salt
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract (or cook with 1 vanilla bean, scrape inside of bean) If use vanilla extract, add after cooked.
  • Optional: ¼ tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1 cinnamon stick

cover & simmer 1 hour, stir occasionally.

ADDITIONS:

top with ground cinnamon

serve with raspberry coulis (strain seeds)

*** One blanched almond ****  the one who gets almond is next to be married or….

 

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serves 6-10. Bake 400° 40 min.

Cook Potatoes

  • 4 LBs yukon gold, boil 20 minutes, drain, cool & peel. Press in ricer.

Add ingredients

  • 2 pkgs herb garlic Boursin
  • 4Tb butter
  • ¹⁄³ C  chopped chives
  • 1½ tsp kosher salt
  • ½ tsp ground black pepper
  • 1¾ C buttermilk – stir in until smooth & fluffy

Bake 40 minutes in 400°

  • Spoon into greased baking dish. Top with 2 TBs butter. Cover with foil. Bake 30 min.
  • Remove foil, bake 10 min more.

Cranberry Sauce Bourbon

December 27, 2016

Serves 8-10

  • 2  12oz packages cranberries
  • ²⁄³ C white sugar and 1¹⁄³ C brown sugar  OR >1 C Turbino
  • ¾ C orange juice
  • zest of orange
  • ¾ C water
  • 1-3 TB bourbon

Cook all ingredients  med-hi  15-20 min. Remove from heat & cool.

OR

serves 4-6

  • 12 oz cranberries
  • 1 ½C sugar
  • 1 apple peeled, cored & chopped
  • 1 C water
  • zest & juice 1 orange
  • zest & juice 1 lemon
  • optional: add 2 TB bourbon

Tuscan Kale Salad

December 2, 2016

QED delicious, sweeter kale salad. Serves 4-6

  • One bunch Tuscan Kale, remove from stem.
  • One pomegranate – seeds
  • ¼ C raisins or cranberries
  • ¼ C sliced almonds
  • 1 oz shaved romano/Asiago cheese

Dressing

  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1 T lemon juice
  • 1 T white wine or white balsamic vinegar
  • 3 T oil

Glögg

December 31, 2015

From Nordstjernan

  • Half cup (4 oz) vodka or whiskey or brandy
  • 5 cinnamon sticks
  • 1 tsp crushed cardamom kernels
  • 1 orange peel
  • Mix vodka & spices in covered jar in refrigerator overnight, filter. Then add to wine and sugar, heat.
  • 1 bottle wine (burgundy/cab sav/merlot)
  • 1 cup sugar
  • vanilla bean (or 1 tsp vanilla extract or vanilla sugar)

VERSION 2.0 another version (change spices – like when making aquavit)

  • 4 oz vodka (or whiskey or cognac)
  • 5 cinnamon sticks
  • 20 cloves
  • 1 piece ginger (peeled)
  • 1 tsp crushed cardamom pods
  • 1 piece orange peel

Mix vodka & spices in covered jar in refrigerator overnight, filter with coffee filter. Then add to wine and  1 C sugar and 1 tsp vanilla sugar, heat.

SERVE WITH

  • blanched almond slivers
  • raisins

Creamed Spinach

February 28, 2015

Z and Cam made this December 2014. Serves 4-6 (Peter Luger steakhouse NYC 1890s) Spinach wilts down to nothing – use all 20 oz.

  • 2 (10 oz) packages fresh spinach (remove tough stems)
  • 3 Tb butter
  • 1 small onion finely chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves minced
  • 3TB + 1 tsp all purpose flour
  • 2 C milk
  • ½C grated Parmesan cheese
  • salt & pepper

1. Cook spinach:

  • Boil 1 inch water,add spinach, cover, steam until wilted 3-5 min.
  • Drain, rinse cold water, press out water (squeeze),
  • chop on cutting board.

2. Make cream:

  • melt butter on medium heat, sauté onion and garlic until softened about 4 min.
  • Stir in flour – cook 1 minute.
  • Whisk in milk and cook until hot and thickened.
  • Stir in cheese.

3. Add spinach and cook until hot about 2 minutes. season salt & pepper.

(Can make ahead – butter a casserole dish, add cooked spinach, sprinkle with bread crumbs, refrigerate until 40 min before serving. Bake at 350°F about 30 min until hot and bubbly.)

Aquavit

December 9, 2014

“Mock Aquavit” by Andreas Viestad 2014

Fylgia #119 Norcal scandi.

try playing with spices to get that OP Anderson taste for a Julbord

  • 2 tsp caraway seeds
  • 1 TB coriander seeds
  • 2 tsp dill seeds
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1 tsp fennel seeds
  • 2 star anise
  • 1 whole clove
  • 2 tsp cumin seeds (optional)
  • 1 750 ml /liter bottle potato or other good vodka

Open the vodka bottle, add all the remaining ingredients and cover tightly (Note: option  to warm all the spices in a dry frying pan until they begin to release their essence)

Let stand in a cool, dark place for 1 to 2 weeks, gently shake every 2 or 3 days. How long you let it sit depends on how strong you want it, so taste it after 7 days to see if you want to let it go longer. Strain the solids through a sieve and discard them, then transfer the aquavit back into the bottle.  If it becomes too strong, you can dilute it with a little plain Absolut or other vodka. (optional- add dash Marsala wine)

You can add a little orange or lemon rind.  A little goes a long way.

To serve: place your aquavit in the freezer until chilled.