Orange, Tomato and Broccoli Salad

June 27th, 2018

Orange, Tomato and Broccoli Salad

Our 4th of July celebration is set in stone.  It is a family event with three generations, water sports, fireworks and lots of food and drink.  I always have a container of chocolate chip cookies for the kids.  My Granddaughter requested two separate containers this year; one for the three girls and one for the three boys because in past years the boys have snuck too many cookies.  The girls will probably hide their cookies.

We will be grilling most meals with chicken, hamburgers, ribs and a smoked pork butt among the offerings.  But I do try to get creative with some of the side dishes.  This year I experimented with this Orange, Tomato and Broccoli Salad with an Orange Vinaigrette.  It is a winner.

Orange, Tomatoe, Broccoli Salad Alternate

Whatever your plans for the holiday, you can’t go wrong with this colorful salad.  Happy Independence Day.

ORANGE, TOMATO, BROCCOLI, AND SWEET ONION SALAD WITH ORANGE VINAIGRETTE

Ingredients: 

2 cups ¾-inch pieces broccoli florets

3 large oranges

2 large tomatoes, coarsely chopped

1 cup diced sweet onion (such as Vidalia or Maui)

¼ cup sliced fresh basil

2 tbsp vegetable oil

1½ tbsp red wine vinegar

1½ tsp grated orange peel

Preparation: Steam broccoli until crisp-tender, about 3 minutes. Place broccoli in large bowl. Cut peel and white pith from oranges. Holding oranges over small bowl to catch juice, cut between membranes to release segments. Cut each orange segment crosswise into 3 pieces. Add orange pieces, tomatoes, onion, and fresh basil to bowl with broccoli. Add oil, vinegar, and orange peel to bowl with collected orange juice; whisk to blend. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Pour vinaigrette over broccoli mixture and toss to coat. Bon Appétit, 2002.

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Raspberry Jam Shortbread Tart

June 15th, 2018

Raspberry Tartlett

Following other bloggers brings rewards.  This Raspberry Jam Shortbread Tart is a delicious reward.  Originally posted by The Café Sucre Farina, I saw it on Pinterest and knew I had to try it.  It was just as satisfying as I expected.  The crumbly shortbread crust is enhanced with almond flour.  Almond flour adds such a wonderful flavor profile to a shortbread tart.

Raspberry Tartlett

It is also important to use a good quality raspberry jam for the filling.  I used this one.  Thank you Chris for this great recipe.  Now, with the leftover bag of almond flour I am going to make some Financiers.

RASPBERRY JAM SHORTBREAD TART

  • 8 ounces butter softened
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 ¾ cups all-purpose flour
  • ¾ cup almond flour
  • ¾ cup raspberry jam 
  1. Position a rack in the middle of the oven and preheat to 325 degrees.
  2. Combine the butter and sugar in a large bowl. Using an electric mixer set at medium speed, beat until creamy. Add vanilla and salt and beat until combined. Add the all-purpose and almond flours and mix on low speed, just until flour is incorporated and large crumbles start to form.
  3. Spray a 10-inch tart pan with baking spray or grease well and press one half of the dough evenly into the pan to form a bottom crust. Wrap the remaining dough in plastic wrap and freeze while bottom crust is baking, (no longer than 15 minutes).
  4. Place the tart pan on a baking sheet and bake for 10-12 minutes, until the crust is just beginning to firm and turn pale golden brown at the edges.

  5. Remove the pan from the oven and allow the tart to cool for 10 minutes, then spread the raspberry jam/preserves evenly over the crust, leaving a 1/4 inch border around the edge without jam. (see notes above for a pretty presentation tip)

  6. Remove the remaining dough from freezer, and with your fingers, sprinkle it in big crumbles over the jam to form a topping.
  7. Return the pan to the oven and continue baking until topping is firm, crisp and lightly golden in color, about 25-30 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack and let cool to room temperature, then dust lightly with powdered sugar, if desired.

  8. Use a sharp knife to cut into small wedges. Serve warm with a scoop of vanilla ice cream or frozen custard, if desired.

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Sausage Quiche

June 6th, 2018

Sausage Quiche

This is my 4th of July quiche recipe.  Our annual family celebration will take place at the lake.  Since we will have 16 people staying at the cottage, I love to search out recipes that are easy and will feed a crowd.  I plan to make two of these deep dish quiches.  In place of a crust the filling includes Bisquick, which gives it more of a biscuit consistency.

Lake Clean-up

We are hoping that the lake will be back to normal by then.  After two weeks of rain, the effects of Alberto, and the flooding, the lake became clogged with debris of all kinds including large tree branches.  The town has been amazing in the clean-up efforts.  Thanks to Esther for this photo.

Sausage Quiche

The sausage, cheddar and green onions are a tasty start to this dish, but you could substitute many other ingredients.  Mine took longer to set in the middle than the 45 minutes specified.  You could also try this in a 9″ x 13″ baking dish with a shorter baking time.  We are looking forward to the 4th of July celebration.

SAUSAGE QUICHE

1 16-0z. pkg. of Pork Sausage, cooked and drained (Can do ahead of time)
4 green onions, chopped
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
4 eggs
2 cups half-and-half or milk
1 cup all-purpose baking mix (Bisquick)

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.  Place sausage in lightly greased 2-quart round casserole dish.  Top with onions and cheese.

Beat eggs, half-and-half and baking mix with wire whisk until well blended.  Pour over cheese and sausage.

Bake for 45 minutes to 60 minutes or until knife inserted in center comes out clean.  Cool 5 minutes.  Cut into 8 wedges and serve.

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Chicken Saltimbocca

May 23rd, 2018

Chicken Saltimbocca

In my previous post I mentioned the beautiful large sage leaves in my herb containers.  Some of the leaves were large enough to almost cover the tops of my chicken breasts.  They are hard to see in the above photo, but were a perfect layer to the prosciutto wrapped chicken breasts.  Saltimbocca is an Italian dish that is most often made with veal.  But it is easily adapted to thin chicken breasts.

Chicken Saltimbocca

The chicken saltimbocca makes an impressive company meal.  The lemony sauce adds moisture and a bright flavor to counterbalance the earthy sage and the salty prosciutto.

Happy Memorial Day Weekend to everyone.  Thinking of my Dad who was a Marine hero on Guadalcanal Island during World War II.

Dad

Never forgotten.

CHICKEN SALTIMBOCCA

  • 4 (4 oz.) chicken cutlets
  • ⅛ tsp salt
  • 4 to 8 fresh sage leaves, depending on size
  • 4 very thinly slices of prosciutto.  I bought a 3 oz pkg. in the Deli
  • 4 tsp extra-virgin olive oil, divided
  • ⅓ cup reduced sodium chicken broth
  • ¼ cup fresh lemon juice (juice of approx.1 large lemon)
  • ½ tsp cornstarch
  • 4 lemon wedges (optional)
  1. Sprinkle salt on each chicken cutlet evenly. Place sage leaves on top of each cutlet. Wrap each cutlet with prosciutto slices to keep sage leaves in place.
  2. In a small bowl combine chicken broth, lemon juice and ½ tsp cornstarch. Whisk until smooth.
  3. Over medium heat heat a large skillet. Add 1 Tbsp olive oil to pan and swirl to coat. Place chicken in skillet and cook for 2 minutes. Flip chicken and cook for an additional 2 minutes. Remove chicken from pan and place on a platter (keep warm).
  4. Re-whisk cornstarch mixture and add to remaining 1 Tsp. oil in a pan, bring to a boil, stirring constantly. Cook until sauce is slightly thickened (approx. 1 min.) stirring constantly. Spoon sauce over chicken. Serve with lemon wedges ,if desired.

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Baked German Potato Salad

May 14th, 2018

Baked German Potato Salad

Do ahead dishes are a necessity to me these days.  I no longer have the stamina to put in a four hour marathon pulling a company meal together.  I am all about freezer casseroles, dishes that can be assembled ahead and then baked at a leisurely pace.  These sweet and sour potatoes fit the bill.  They can be put together, held and baked when you are ready.

Baked German Potato Salad

I apologize for being absent for the last few weeks.  No excuse other than we’ve been busy and cooking hasn’t been a priority.  But we have started to get into the swing of approaching summer.  The grill has been dusted off, the herb boxes are full and these potatoes would go well with anything you want to cook outside.

Herbs on the deck

I have planted lots of basil, parsley, thyme and tarragon; some of my favorite herbs.  I love tarragon chicken, basil panzanella, thyme on braised pork and parsley on everything.  I found a fat sage plant with huge leaves and made a chicken saltimbocca which I hope to blog about soon.

Herbs on the deck

You can see the lovely sage leaves near the middle of the above picture.

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This recipe was slightly adapted from Pattie at the wonderful blog Ollie-Podridra.  It’s a keeper.

BAKED GERMAN POTATO SALAD

1 1/2 Pounds yukon  gold baby potatoes
4 strips of bacon
3 scallions, chopped (white and green parts)
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup water, divided
1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. celery seed
2 1/2 tsp. flour
Fresh parsley for garnish

Cook scrubbed potatoes in saucepan covered with water until just tender.  Drain.  When easy to handle, slice into chunks and place into a baking dish just large enough to hold them.

Cook bacon in a skillet until crisp.  Drain and reserve drippings.  Crumble bacon and set aside.  Sauté scallions in drippings for a few minutes.  Stir in brown sugar, 1/4 cup water and 1/4 cup vinegar, salt and celery seed.  Simmer uncovered for 5 to 10 minutes.

Combine flour and remaining 1/4 cup water until smooth.  Stir into onion mixture.  Bring to a boil and cook and stir until thickened.  Pour over potatoes.  Add bacon.  Gently stir to coat.

At this point you can set aside or refrigerate if not cooked on that day.

If refrigerated, bring to room temperature for about 30 minutes.  Bake uncovered at 350 degrees F. for 20 minutes or until heated through.  Sprinkle with fresh parsley.  Yield 4 servings.

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