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April 4, 2022 at 2:29 pm #761MikelModerator
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May 6, 2022 at 12:52 pm #775
“A Great Way to Eat Your Greens” Pasta
an Edie favorite
½ – 2/3 lb. sweet Italian sausage, in bulk
1 bunch kale or other green leafy veggie
½ yellow onion, chopped
1 lb plum (Roma) tomatoes, peeled and diced, or 1 15-oz. can diced tomatoes, drained
1-2 teaspoons fennel seeds
Salt and pepper to taste
Dried pasta for two, such as farfalle or conchiglie
• Over medium heat, sauté the sausage, breaking it apart with a spatula into small pieces, until it is browned and the meat is well-cooked (no pink left). Drain off most of the fat that has been rendered from the sausage.
• Add chopped onion and fennel seeds, sautéing until onion is soft. Add tomatoes and simmer until slightly thickened, about 10 minutes.
• Rinse kale and strip leaves off the stems. Discard stems. Slice leaves into about 1 ½” pieces. Stir into sausage sauce. Cover and allow to steam until just limp, about 5 minutes.
• Meanwhile, bring large pot of salted water to boil and add pasta. Cook until al dente, drain, and put in warmed bowl. Add sauce, toss well, and serve.
- This reply was modified 1 year, 1 month ago by Edie Moro.
May 6, 2022 at 12:53 pm #776
Sweet and Sour Green Leafies
This simple and quick recipe works with any green leafy veggie with substantial leaves, such as kale, collard greens, and turnip tops.
1 bunch green leafies
Butter or oil for sautéing
2-3 teaspoons balsamic vinegar
2-3 teaspoons real maple syrup*
1. Rinse leaves well, remove and discard stems. Tear or chop leaves into bite-sized pieces.
2. Heat oil or butter in a frying pan large enough to accommodate all the leaves in it.
3. Add leaves, stirring to coat with the oil or butter and until slightly wilted.
4. Add the balsamic vinegar and maple syrup, stirring to incorporate into the leaves.
Serve immediately. This sweet and sour dish may go over rice, polenta or corn meal mush, or even on some pasta as a side dish, and lends itself to many cuisines.
*Note: use REAL maple syrup, not the artificially flavored sugar syrup that masquerades as pancake syrup. REAL maple syrup comes from our friends and neighbors in Vermont and Canada. If it has a sticker on it that says “formerly Grade B,” even better! Do not let the price deter you. Just remember the old 1930’s hobo saying, “You can do without a lot of necessities if you have a few luxuries.” REAL maple syrup should become a luxury to always have in your pantry.
June 12, 2022 at 2:12 pm #780
Keep these pickled beans in the refrigerator for a quick snack.
For ½ pound of beans:
½ cup granulated white sugar
½ cup white wine vinegar
Minced garlic to taste
Hot pepper flakes to taste
1. Trim ends of beans and remove strings, if necessary.
2. Cook beans quickly in boiling water until barely done, about one to two minutes. Drain.
3. Combine sugar, vinegar, garlic and pepper flakes; heat until simmering. Add beans and simmer about one minute.
4. Transfer beans to a heat-and cold-proof container, pour in the pickling liquid, and refrigerate. Keeps three to four days in the refrigerator.
September 12, 2022 at 12:40 pm #836
Zucchini Torte – From my sister, Helen
2 cups zucchini, grated
½ cup whole wheat flour
½ teaspoon baking powder
½ teaspoon salt
¼ cup grated Parmesan cheese
¼ cup grated Swiss cheese
½ teaspoon Italian seasoning (oregano, basil, tarragon)
½ cup olive oil
Pepper, to taste
1. Mix together the flour, baking powder, salt, Parmesan cheese and herbs.
2. Beat the eggs, add the flour mixture and stir until incorporated.
3. Add the zucchini, oil, and Swiss cheese.
4. Pour into a greased pie pan or square baking pan.
5. Bake at 350°F for 45 minutes to 1 hour, or until done.
This recipe makes 4 generous servings or enough for 8 people as an appetizer.
September 12, 2022 at 12:43 pm #837
from the Ball Blue Book of Preserving
Yield: about 4 half-pints
2 cups chopped zucchini (about 3 medium)
1 cup chopped onion (about 1 medium)
1/2 cup chopped sweet green pepper
1/2 cup chopped sweet red pepper
2 tablespoons salt
1 3/4 cups sugar
2 teaspoons celery seed
1 teaspoon mustard seed
1 cup cider vinegar
1. Combine zucchini, onion, green and red peppers; sprinkle with salt; cover with cold water. Let stand 2 hours, then drain, rinse and drain thoroughly.
2. Combine remaining ingredients in a large saucepot. Bring to a boil. Add vegetables; simmer 10 minutes.
3. Pack hot relish into hot jars, leaving 1/4-inch headspace. Remove air bubbles. Adjust 2-piece lids. Process 10 minutes in a boiling-water canner.
4, After processing, take canner off heat. Remove canner lid. Wait 5 minutes before removing jars.
October 1, 2022 at 5:49 pm #851
Winter Squash Pie
From “Farm Journal’s Complete Pie Cookbook,” 1965.
1 unbaked 9” pie shell
1 ¾ cup mashed, cooked winter squash
1 cup white sugar
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon cinnamon
½ teaspoon nutmeg
½ teaspoon ground ginger
3 eggs1 ½ cup milk
1 tablespoon butter (or margarine), melted
• Combine squash, sugar, salt and spices. Blend in eggs, milk and melted butter, pour into pie shell.
• Bake in an oven pre-heated to 400°F for 50 minutes or until a silver knife inserted one inch from the edge of the pie comes out clean.
• Cool and serve slightly warm or cold.
December 16, 2022 at 12:29 am #920
Sweet and Sour Red Cabbage Slaw
1 2-lb head red cabbage, shredded into coarse bite-sized slices
½ cup onion, finely diced
1-2 apples, thinly sliced
1/4 cup light brown sugar
½ cup apple cider vinegar
½ teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon caraway seeds
1 cup water
Combine everything together and stir until well-mixed.
If using an Instant Pot® or other automatic pressure cooker, lock on the lid and process under pressure for 12 minutes. Use a quick release after the time is up.
If cooking on the stove top: simmer over low heat until cooked, about an hour, checking now and then to make sure the water has not boiled away.
Serve hot or cold as a side dish to roasts or sandwiches. Or, use as a topping for sandwiches.
December 16, 2022 at 12:31 am #921
2 cups carrots, peeled and sliced into roughly equal spears
¾ cup vinegar
¼ cup water (see Instruction #2)
3 whole cloves
1 (1”) stick cinnamon
1 tsp lemon juice*
6 Tablespoons white sugar
¼ teaspoon salt
1. Steam carrots until cooked through, but still firm. (I process them for zero minutes in an Instant Pot).
2. Combine the rest of the ingredients, using water from steaming for the ¼ cup water. Bring to a boil. Add cooked carrots and boil 1 minute. (Note: if carrots get too soft in this step, add them AFTER boiling pickling juice for 1 minute, the next time using the recipe).
3. Remove from heat, cool, and chill. Make sure the pickling sauce covers the carrots in their container, and store in the refrigerator. Makes 1 pint.
This recipe is a ‘Pickled Beet’ recipe printed in “America’s Best Vegetable Recipes” by the Food Editors of ‘Farm Journal,’ 1970, Doubleday & Company, Inc., Garden City, New York.
*The original recipe calls for 1 slice lemon and 1 slice onion. This recipe is how I make my pickled carrots.
- This reply was modified 5 months, 2 weeks ago by Edie Moro.
January 10, 2023 at 12:23 pm #946
8 medium tart green apples
¾ cup raisins (optional)
1 teaspoon cinnamon
2 tablespoons whole wheat flour
Juice of 1 lemon
Water or apple juice
1 ½ cups regular rolled oats (not quick-cooking)
½ cup whole wheat flour (whole wheat pastry flour also works)
½ cup brown sugar
½ cup butter (or butter substitute)
2 teaspoons cinnamon
½ teaspoon salt
• Preheat the oven to 375°F. Grease a 9” x 13” baking dish.
• Slice the apples, mix with lemon juice, cinnamon, flour, and raisins. Put them in the baking dish and add enough water or juice to cover the bottom of the pan.
• Mix the topping in a bowl; press on top of the apples. Bake for 25 minutes or until the apples are soft. Serve plain, or with ice cream or whipped cream.
January 10, 2023 at 12:26 pm #947
– very similar to the Apple Crisp recipe, but with different spices that enhance the pears.
6 fresh ripe pears
1 tablespoon lemon juice
½ cup brown sugar
¾ cup quick-cooking oats
½ cup melted butter or butter substitute
¼ cup whole wheat flour (or whole wheat pastry flour)
½ teaspoon pumpkin pie spice (cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, ginger)
¼ teaspoon nutmeg to dust on top
Pare, cut in half, core, and then dice pears. Place in a shallow baking dish and sprinkle with lemon juice.
Combine the remaining ingredients and mix well. Spread over pears.
Bake at 375°F for 30 minutes or until pears are tender and the top is lightly browned. Serve warm plain, or with ice cream.
January 10, 2023 at 2:02 pm #948
From “Joy of Cooking, 1972 edition
For 3 pounds of fruit:
• Wash, peel and core 3 pounds of firm, ripe Seckel pears
• Cook, covered until they begin to soften in 1 ½ cups water.
Prepare pickling syrup:
• Tie in a cloth bag
6 cinnamon sticks, 3” long
2 tablespoons whole cloves
2 teaspoons whole ginger
2 cups sugar
1 cup white wine vinegar or white distilled vinegar
Simmer pickling syrup for 5 minutes, then add the partially cooked pears and the liquid they were cooked in. Simmer all together for 5 more minutes, then remove and discard the cloth spice bag. From this point, the fruit and syrup may be divided into freezer bags and frozen.
To can pickled spiced pears, follow the recipe and canning instructions from OSU Extension, https://extension.oregonstate.edu/food/preservation/fruit-pickles-chutney-sp-50-757
February 12, 2023 at 6:16 pm #1002
Vietnamese Pickled Daikon Radishes and Carrots
2 carrots peeled
1 small daikon radish or ½ large daikon, peeled
¼ cup rice vinegar
¼ cup sugar
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1. Shred, slice, or julienne the carrots and daikon.
2. Combine the carrots and daikon in a medium bowl and add the sugar, salt, and vinegar. Toss to mix well.
3. Let stand for about 30 minutes (or more) to soften the vegetables and infuse them with flavor before serving.
Use a mandolin to thinly slice the carrots and daikon. Alternatively, shred them using the large holes of a box grater, or cut them into matchstick pieces with a sharp knife.
2. These pickles are ready to eat after 30 minutes, but they are even better after they’ve sat for several hours or overnight.
3. Store the pickled vegetables in a covered container in the refrigerator for up to 1 week.
February 12, 2023 at 6:18 pm #1003
Daikon Radish Pickled Japanese Style
1 daikon radish about 1 pound, peeled and cut into thin rounds or half-rounds
1 tablespoon kosher salt
½ cup granulated sugar
½ cup rice vinegar
¼ cup water
1 teaspoon ground turmeric
1. Place the sliced daikon in a colander and add the salt. Toss to mix and then let stand in the sink or over a large bowl for about 1 hour. Transfer the daikon to a glass jar.
2. In a small saucepan, combine the sugar, vinegar, and water; heat over medium heat, stirring frequently, until the sugar dissolves. Remove the pan from the heat and stir in the turmeric.
3. Pour the vinegar mixture over the daikon slices in the jar. Cap the jar, shake to make sure all of the daikon is in the brine. Refrigerate for 24 to 48 hours before serving. Refrigerated, these pickles will keep for .p to a week.
February 12, 2023 at 6:36 pm #1004
Burdock root is known as “gobo” in Japan. Properly prepared, it is crunchy, sweet, and earthy.
1 burdock root (approx. 400 g)
2 large carrot (200 g)
1 dry chili pepper (optional)
For the Kinpira Sauce:
1/2 teaspoon chicken bouillon powder
1 tablespoon tsuyu sauce/soup base*
1 tablespoon sake
1 tablespoon light brown sugar
1 tablespoon sesame oil
1 1/2 tablespoons soy sauce
1 tablespoon mirin
1 tablespoon white sesame seeds
* Recipe follows at the end
1. Wash the burdock root (gobo) thoroughly and gently scrape off the skin using the back of a knife.
2. Cut the gobo into thin diagonal slices and then each slice into thin strips (julienne). They should be about 2-3 inches long. Or, using a vegetable peeler or sharp knife, shave off thin pieces of the root, working up the root as you shave.
3. Soak the cut gobo in a bowl of cold water with a tablespoon of vinegar for 5 minutes.
4. Peel and julienne the carrot; the pieces should be the same size as the gobo.
5. Deseed the dried chili and thinly slice.
Make Kimpira sauce:
6. In a small bowl, mix 1/2 teaspoon chicken bouillon powder, 1 tablespoon tsuyu sauce, 1 tablespoon sake and 1 tablespoon light brown sugar.
7. Heat a pan on medium high and drizzle in 1 tablespoon of sesame oil.
8. Add the dry chili to the pan and sauté until fragrant.
9. Add the carrot and gobo and sauté for a few minutes until slightly softened.
10. Pour in the bowl of sauce from step 6 and turn the heat up to high. Sauté, stirring, until the liquid is reduced.
11. Add 1 1/2 tablespoons soy sauce and sauté until reduced.
12. Finally add 1 tablespoon mirin and stir fry everything together until all the sauce is reduced completely.
13. Turn off the heat, add 1 tablespoon of sesame seeds and mix well.
14. Serve alongside a Japanese set meal or in a bento box, or just enjoy as a side vegetable.
Store leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator and use within 1 week.
Tsuyu Sauce/Soup Base:
NOTE: the tsuyu sauce may be omitted but the recipe will be more flavorful with its addition. The sauce makes a good soup base for miso or other Japanese soups.
1 cup soy sauce (dark soy sauce will provide a richer flavor than light soy sauce)
1 cup mirin
½ cup sake
1 piece kombu kelp
⅓ cup katsuobushi (dried bonito flakes) (substitute shiitake mushrooms to make this recipe vegan)
1. Combine soy sauce, mirin, sake, kombu, and katsuobushi in a large saucepan. Adjust the stove to medium-high heat and bring the stock to a boil.
2. Once it has reached a boil, reduce the heat to low and let the tsuyu simmer for 5–7 minutes. The soup base should thicken slightly.
3. Remove the pan from the heat and strain the sauce using a fine mesh strainer to remove the kombu and katsuobushi.
4. Let the tsuyu sauce cool before using it in other recipes or storing it in the refrigerator. The tsuyu will stay fresh for a week in an airtight container in the refrigerator.
February 12, 2023 at 7:31 pm #1005
Here is a much simpler recipe for Gobo (burdock root) that is very tasty:
2 burdock roots (gobo), approximately one foot in length
1 tablespoon cooking oil or fat
2 tablespoons soy sauce
1 tablespoon sake
2 tablespoons sugar
1. Wash and peel the burdock root (gobo) by scraping the skin off with the back of a knife. Cut the root into 4 inch length segments, then quarter each root lengthwise, or cut into matchstick-size pieces. Place the prepped root in an ice water bath with a splash of vinegar as you go along. Let the cut root soak for at least 5 minutes before draining and proceeding with the recipe.
2. Place a sauté pan over medium heat and add the oil. Sauté the burdock root for 4 to 6 minutes, until the roots is lightly browned.
3. Add the sake, soy sauce and sugar. Simmer the mixture for another 5 minutes, until the burdock is cooked through but still crispy. Serve at room temperature or cold. Store any left-overs in a sealed container in the refrigerator.
- This reply was modified 3 months, 3 weeks ago by Edie Moro.
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