Saturday, December 29, 2012
A Friend gave me several gorgeous home grown avocados
and I mashed them up with a bit of lemon, salt, hot pepper
flakes, and finely chopped onion making a simple but
superior Guacamole for Christmas Day!
This is two large Avocados worth of Guacamole!
Please the Pit in the middle of the dish and it helps keep the Guacamole from turning brown
Serve with Tortilla Chips!
A Great New Year's Appetizer!
Thursday, December 27, 2012
|Coming out of the Oven|
I made Baked Stuffed Shrimp with Crabmeat and Ritz Crackers Crumbs to bring with me to a Christmas Dinner at my husband's favorite sister's house in Florida this year. She was cooking a Prime Rib so I wanted to bring something to compliment what she was cooking in a a "Land and Sea" sort of way. I thought about doing a Shrimp Mac and Cheese but when my husband brought home some beautiful leg crabmeat and some nice shrimp I decided to do a Crabmeat Stuffing on them.
|Close Up of Stuffed Crabmeat |
and Ritz Crackers on Butterflied Shrimp
|Your Tray of Shrimp should look like this|
|At this point you can cover and refrigerate until ready |
to cook and serve. I was bringing these to a party.
|Honestly these Shrimp weren't the biggest |
but they were big enough and very tasty
I baked them for 20 min in a 350 degree oven.
You have to be very careful not to let them dry out.
|On the Plate - Scrumptious!|
You'll never go wrong bringing these to a party. I always bring some Cocktail Sauce and Lemon to serve with them.
Happy New Year Everyone!
Sunday, December 23, 2012
RECIPE BUTTERMILK PANCAKES - Combine the Following ingredients in a large bowl: 1-1/2 c. all-purpose flour, 1/4 c. sugar, 2 tsp. baking powder, 1 tsp. baking soda, 1/2 tsp. salt, 1/2 tsp. cinnamon, 1 c. buttermilk, 2 large eggs, beaten, 1/4 c. butter, melted, plus more for brushing the heated griddle,1 tsp. pure vanilla extract - while cooking add sliced star fruit - serve with heated maple syrup, more sliced star fruit, and butter if desired! I heat my plates in a 200 degree oven and keep the pancakes already cooked warm while I cook the rest.
|Cook on medium heated griddle |
which has been brushed with oil or butter,
place sliced star fruit into batter
|Turn over Star Fruit Slices so they are covered with a little batter. This makes it cook well when you turn over the pancakes and they won't stick to the pan|
|Serve in a heated platter with plenty of butter, heated maple syrup, and sliced star fruit|
Pictured with maple syrup and starfruit with no butter
Hey, maybe one or two of them got a little overdone, they were still delicious and a great way to use up all the Star Fruit I have inherited from a neighbor's tree while visiting in Florida this winter!
Buttermilk Pancakes are a good choice for this because they are very fluffy and can hold up the fruit well!
Happy Holidays and Peace on Earth,
Friday, December 21, 2012
|STAR FRUIT PIE|
|Star Fruit right off the Tree|
|Star Fruit Cut Up|
I juiced some Star Fruit in a little juicer I bought at a thrift store here in Florida and decided to make a Pie similar to a Key Lime Pie recipe only substituting the Star Fruit I got from a neighbor's tree here in Florida. It has a very subtle sweet flavor and I decided it might be perfect in a pie.
|Combine sugar, graham crackers, and melted butter |
into a pie plate and press lightly
2 c. crushed graham crackers
5 Tbsp. white sugar
5 Tbsps. Butter melted
1/2 c. star fruit juice
1 (14 oz.) can sweetened condensed milk
|Beat two Egg Whites until Stiff|
|Add 2 egg yolks and 1 whole egg along with condensed milk and star fruit juice, |
mix well and then fold in stiff egg whites
|Bake Crust for 5 minutes in 325 degree|
|then pour in Milk Star Fruit Mix|
|Bake for 20-25 minutes|
|Serve with Whipped Cream and decorate with a slice of Star Fruit|
I served this after a wonderful Salmon Dinner last night and it was hugely successful! I would make this again.
Monday, December 17, 2012
Star Fruit is a sweet and tasty fruit from Southeast Asia but grows in Florida. I got interested in it last year on a visit and this year I noticed a tree growing in a neighbors yard and I knocked on her door and introduced myself. Seems her Star Fruit Tree gives her bushels and bushels of fruit 4 times a year and is extremely prolific. She was overjoyed to share her bounty with me and I filled a big bag in no time at all. Turns out we had a lot in common and she even invited me to her Quilting Club and offered to lend me her sewing machine!! So you just never know whats going to happen when you see a Star Fruit Tree growing in someones yard and you decide to knock.
You must have guessed that I am now in Florida this winter and it's true that I am, here with the Star Fruit!!
Makes a great snack and is apparently only 30 calories per fruit! I cut some up in a bowl for a snack this afternoon and it was delicious!
When you cut it up it looks really beautiful! Even the seeds are delicious! I have done two things with Star Fruit. Put them in salads and also dehydrate them in my Excelsior Dehydrator. I want to try juicing them because I now have a wonderful source for them. Delightful!
Saturday, December 8, 2012
Thursday, December 6, 2012
For those of you who follow my blog, you may remember that I put up some cordials and Brandies in August from Berries I picked or bought locally. Some of the Blueberries and Raspberries are from my own yard and the rest were picked or sourced in New Hampshire while on two separate berry gathering trips last summer. I documented the making of them at: http://www.gloucestergourmet.com/2012/08/making-blueberry-cordial-and-blackberry.html
It is now over three months since mixing the brandy and vodka in with the berries and it was time to decant some of the stuff for Holiday Gifts. I use some funnels I got at the Dollar Store and use a coffee filter to separate the liquid from the berries. I tried doing the berries, whole, in some of my experiments and in others I used a blender to blend the berries into the alcohol. I have to say that the blenderized berries decanter quickly and I got more liquid out of the bath. The whole berries are a bit harder to decant, I know some people like to re-use those berries for baking, fruit salads, or putting over ice cream. I am not a huge fan, I tried the whole berry technique and I have to say that the blenderized berries worked better for me.
I mixed some of my Abbott Honey, (http://www.gloucestergourmet.com/2012/09/the-world-of-melissas-east-gloucester.html)
with the Brandies to give it a little Sweetness. I heated the honey slightly and poured it into the bottle with the brandies and gave it a good shake. The Blueberry Cordial already had sugar mixed in it so all I had to do was decant that into a bottles.
|Raspberry and Blackberry Brandy in a Snifter|
I serve the Brandies in snifters and sometimes heat the Brandy a bit first to release the aromas. A heated and flavored Brandy in a snifter on a cold evening is fantastic. The color is ruby red and the flavor is sublime.
People ask me about serving the Blueberry Cordial. I use it as an after dinner drink when I have company and I serve it in small crystal glasses. Since it is basically flavored Vodka, you could easily shake it with some ice and serve it straight up in a martini glass as a cocktail. Blueberry Freeze Cosmo or something.
|Small Waterford Crystal Glass with Blueberry Cordial|
This makes a fantastic gift during the holidays or you may just want to keep it for yourself! Last summer I found some pretty decanters to give as gifts with it too. It is best to let the fruit soak in the alcohol for 3 months as it imparts the best flavors that way.
Glass Quart Jar container
2 cups Vodka
1-2 cups Chopped Blueberries (I put them thru the food processor on a quick pulse)
1 cup Sugar
Mix together and shake every couple of days for 2 months, strain thru cheese cloth or coffee filter and then decant into a pretty decanter or glass container. Serve in small crystal glasses as an after dinner drink. You can also flavor a champagne or sparkling wine cocktail with a bit of the Blueberry Cordial.
This makes a fantastic Holiday Gift and now is the time to plan it when berries are in season. I know you can make it with frozen berries in a pinch but what could be better than your own hand picked Blueberry Cordial. I happen to know that the berries I picked in New Hampshire were Organic which is a nice thing too!
Glass Quart Jar container
2 cups of Brandy
1-2 cups of chopped blackberries (I put them thru the food processor on a quick pulse)
optional: You can add sugar to this if desired or you can wait and flavor to taste with a sugar syrup after the two months of shaking. Personally, I don't really like sugar in my brandy and enjoy the tart Blackberry taste without it. It is a matter of personal taste.
Mix together and shake every couple of days for two months, strain they a cheese cloth or coffee filter and then decant into a pretty glass container. Serve in Brandy Snifters. You can warm the Blackberry Brandy and serve it in the snifter warm. It is really a wonderful after dinner drink! The Warmed Blackberry Brandy is the perfect dark winter drink after a wonderful meal, best enjoyed in front of a roaring fire!
Monday, December 3, 2012
left to right:
Jennifer Goulart Amero http://www.90secondsandvelvet.blogspot.com,
Pati Pawlak - Open Kitchen Live https://plus.google.com/103912900128614823947/posts an interactive Cooking show on Google+,
Sheree Delorenzo http://www.shereedelorenzo.blogspot.com,
Melissa Abbott http://www.gloucestergourmet.com,
Heather Atwood http://www.heatheratwood.com,
Laurie Lufkin http://laurielufkin.wordpress.com
The Gloucester Glitterati Bloggers were lucky enough to get together for a little holiday party tonight in East Gloucester to discuss, Blogging, Twittering, Videos, Cooking Shows, Cooking Competitions, Recipes, Ideas, and Writing! All the while, we enjoyed each others creations which were incredibly delicious!!
Sheree made an incredible Lasagna with an extra Sauce and a fantastically rich Macaroni and Cheese
|View of Gloucester Harbor Sunset|
Christmas Tree with twinkle lights
|Pati Pawlak brought the cutest little Gingerbread House|
|Macaroni and Cheese on left and Lasagna on right, Sauce in rear|
|Heather Atwood's basket with ingredients for Persimmon Salad. She wrote about this very salad in her blog today and we got the chance to try it out. The persimmon and pomegranate combination with the filberts was delicious! Check out her blog for the details. www.heatheratwood.com|
|Heather preparing Persimmon Salad|
|Melissa Abbott's Salad made with Lettuce from her December East Gloucester Garden with Honey Mustard Dressing made with Honey from her Beehives!|
|Jennifer Amero's fantastic |
Chicken Hot Pepper Jelly Lettuce Wraps
|Jenn and Sheree starting the buffet Heather and Laurie in background|
Lettuce Wrap, Salads, and Mac and Cheese
|Heather and Pati discuss making a cooking Video|
It is so great to have the company and friendship of other foodies and bloggers! Thanks to All