Recipes

Blackberry Lime Jam

Makes 1 quart of jam

Ingredients 
2 1/2 tsp. Pomona’s Pectin Powder*
2 1/2 tsp. Pomona’s calcium water*
1 cup sugar
1, 18 oz. package fresh blackberries
Zest & juice of 1 lime
1 1/3 cups unsweetened berry juice
¼ cup Persian Lime olive oil (or 1 Tbs. butter) 

Preparing the Jars
Wash & rinse jars. Put in a large pot with water to cover. Bring to a boil & turn off heat. Process the lids & rings according to manufacturer’s directions. At the point you are ready to fill, remove jars from the water & briefly drain on a clean towel or dish rack.

Method
Combine pectin powder & ½ cup sugar. Set aside. Wash berries & coarsely mash in a heavy saucepan. Add berry juice, lime juice & zest, remaining sugar, calcium water & olive oil to crushed berries. Bring to a brisk boil over high heat, stirring often. Add sugar/pectin powder & stir quickly to combine. Bring back to a boil for 1-2 minutes stirring constantly.

Processing
Pour hot jam into clean jam jars leaving ¼” – ½” space at the top. Screw on two-piece lids. Put jam-filled jars in boiling water to cover by 1 inch. Boil for 5 minutes, adding an additional minute for every 1,000 feet above sea level. Remove from water & let jars cool. Check the seals as the jars cool. The lids must be sucked down when fully cool. Apply gentle pressure to the lid to ensure a good seal. Jam lasts approximately 3 weeks refrigerated once opened.

*The pectin powder & calcium powder are sold together in the box of Pomona’s Universal Pectin. Pectin labeled “for less or no sugar needed” can be used instead.

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Pumpkin Drop Donuts

Makes about 20 small donuts 

Ingredients
2 cups flour
2 tsp. baking powder
½ tsp. baking soda
½ tsp. salt
1 ½ tsp. cinnamon
¼ tsp. ground cloves
1/3 cup sugar
Grated peel from 2 oranges
1 cup pumpkin, fresh or canned
1 egg
¼ cup olive oil
¾ cup milk

Method
In a large bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, sugar & orange peel. In a small bowl beat together egg, oil, milk, orange peel, sugar & pumpkin. Add this to the dry ingredients. 

Heat oil in a heavy pan to approx. 350 degrees or medium high, just hot enough that the donuts sizzle and fry right away. Drop teaspoons full into hot oil and fry. Cook them for a minute or two on each size.  Remove, and let dry on paper towels or a cooling rack. Sprinkle with confectioner’s sugar or roll in cinnamon sugar.

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Potato Bilini with Lox and Dill

Serves

Ingredients
1 small yellow onion
1 lb. (approx.) Yukon Gold potatoes
1 tsp. chopped fresh dill, plus sprigs for garnish
1/2 tsp. salt
freshly ground black pepper, just a pinch
1 large egg white
4 oz. lox
1/4 cup reduced-fat sour cream
1 cup olive oil for frying

Method
Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Grate onion & potatoes on the large hole side of a box grater. Place grated onion in a fine sieve & press out as much moisture as possible. Combine onion, potatoes, chopped dill, salt, pepper & egg white in a medium bowl, and stir to combine. Heat 1/2 cup oil in a 2 inch skillet. When surface starts to shimmer, reduce heat to medium. Form pancakes by dropping about 1 Tbs. of the potato mixture in pan, then flattening each into disks. Fry until golden brown on bottom, flip & fry until brown on both sides. Serve pancakes topped with gravlax and a dab of sour cream & sprig of dill until brown on both sides. Serve pancakes topped with gravlax and a dab of sour cream & sprig of dill.

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Honey Cake with Rose Whipped Cream

Serves 8

Ingredients
Unsalted butter, softened, for pan
1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for dusting
3/4 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
2 large eggs
1/2 cup sugar
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup plus 2 Tbs. honey
1/2 cup whole milk
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1/2 tsp. freshly grated lemon zest
1 cup heavy whipping cream
2 Tbs. sugar
1/2 tsp. rosewater

Method
Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Butter a 10-inch spring form pan. Dust with flour; tap out excess. Whisk together the flour, baking powder & soda, salt, and cinnamon in a bowl; set aside. Mix eggs &sugars on high speed in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment until pale and thick, about 3 min. Whisk together honey, milk, oil, & zest. With mixer on low, add honey mixture to egg mixture; mix until combined, about 1 minute. Add half the flour mixture; mix until smooth. Mix in remaining flour mixture. Pour batter into pan. Bake until dark golden brown & a bamboo skewer inserted in center comes out clean, about 50 minutes. Let cool in pan on a wire rack 15 minutes. Run a thin knife around edge of cake; carefully remove sides of pan. Transfer cake to a platter. Just before serving whip cream with sugar & rosewater until thick, but soft. Dollop on cake.

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Couscous with Roasted Vegetables

Serves: 4

Ingredients
4 oz. couscous
boiling water
4 Tbs. extra virgin olive oil
sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
1 tsp. harissa paste
2 parsnips, peeled & cubed
1 carrot, peeled & cubed
1 bulb fennel, white part only, sliced
juice of ½ a lemon
fresh cilantro, small handful roughly chopped

Method
Put couscous in a bowl, then pour over just enough boiling water to cover it. Set aside for 3 minutes to allow the couscous to soak up the water.

For the vegetables,  just toss them in oil and season with salt & pepper. Roast at 400 degrees for 35 min. Toss with lemon juice & herbs. Then toss with couscous.

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Pot Roast Glorioso

Serves: 8
Prep Time: 40 min
Cook Time: 3 1/2 hours

Ingredients
5 teaspoons kosher salt
2 teaspoons paprika
1 1/2 teaspoons freshly ground black pepper
1 (4-pound) boneless chuck roast
1 tablespoon olive oil
2 small white onions, cut into thick slices
3 red peppers, quartered and seeded
2 poblano peppers, quartered and seeded
4 medium garlic cloves, coarsely chopped
1 cup carrot juice
1 cup beef broth
4 fresh thyme sprigs

Method
Heat the oven to 325°F and arrange a rack in the lower third. In a small bowl, combine salt, paprika, & pepper. Evenly rub spice mix on all sides of the roast and set aside. Heat oil in a Dutch oven or a large, heavy-bottomed pot with a tight-fitting lid over medium heat until smoking, about 5 minutes. Add meat and brown on all sides. Remove to a plate.
Add vegetables to the pot, season with salt, and cook until just softened, about 5 minutes. Pour juice and beef broth into the pot and scrape up any browned bits from the bottom. Add thyme, reserved meat, and any accumulated juices to the pot and bring to a simmer. Cover and cook in the oven until fork tender, about 2 1/2 to 3 hours.

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Paul’s Mom’s Perfect Pot Roast

This pot roast meal was my family’s Sunday dinner favorite (in the Midwest midday meal is dinner) as I grew up in our household. Mom put it on before we went to church and it was ready by the time we got home. I know it cooked a long time, because church in those days, seemed to go on forever. Anyway, it will always be one of my forever favorite comfort foods – and yes, mom did give me permission to share it with you. Enjoy!

Serves
4 – 6

Ingredients
3lb. chuck roast (at least)
2 stalks celery one inch pcs.
2 carrots one inch pcs.
10 small red new potatoes
1 cup flour seasoned with salt and pepper
2 Tablespoons of oil
***Quantities are mere guidelines, the technique is the important part

Method
Dredge the roast in seasoned flour. Sear the floured roast on all sides in a pan with using the 2 Tablespoons of oil. When all sides are nicely browned, add 2 cups of liquid (chicken broth, beef broth, vegetable broth, water ( the last choice) and add a bit of wine to any of these if you wish.

The key from this point forward is to cook the roast very slowly on top of the stove. If you are using a cast iron pot you should not see steam escape, if you are using stainless steel ware the lid should not chatter, in any case the lid should fit tightly. This creates a small amount of pressure helping to tenderize the meat. The most fool proof way is to put the seared roast in to a crock pot. All of these techniques will require up to 6 hours of cooking time, 8 hours in a controlled crock pot is not too long.. If the roast is cooked at the correct temperature the vegetables will not be over cooked but will be tender and sweet even when added in the beginning.

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Burnt Finger Mussels

This is one of our absolute favorite ways to cook mussels. It’s French inspired, very, very simple, and very, very tasty. An easy appetizer or a quick, fast meal for one or two.

Serves
4 for appetizers OR
1 meal

Ingredients
about 15 mussels
freshly ground black pepper
1, 12″ Pan 

Method
Clean and rinse mussels making sure that all mussels will close, also debeard all mussels.

Get a heavy skillet so hot that water dropped on it will skitter across the pan. Put the mussels in the hot dry pan and keep them moving. These are best done in small batches. The heat from the skillet will begin to open the mussels in about a minute, when they begin to open you may add just a bit of water to create more steam to facilitate them opening very quickly. As they open grind a generous amount of black pepper over the mussels and serve. In the café that made these mussels famous they were served from the pan in which they were cooked, hence burnt finger mussels.

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Chicken, Spinach and 30 Cloves of Garlic

Serves: 4-6
Prep time: 30 min
Cook Time: 1 hr 15 min

Ingredients
2 whole heads garlic, about 30 cloves (use pre-peeled garlic to save time)
1 Whole Fryer Chicken, have one of our meat guys or gals cut it into 8 pieces for you
Kosher salt
Freshly ground black pepper
1 Tbs. High Meadow Organic Butter
2 Tbs. Organic Tunisian EV Olive Oil (Bulk Department)
3 Tbs. cognac or brandy, divided
1 cup dry white wine*
2 tsp. fresh thyme leaves (rosemary & tarragon also work well)
1 Tbs. all-purpose flour (Bulk Department)
2 Tbs. heavy cream
1 lb Earthbound Organic Spinach

Method
If you are peeling your own garlic: blanch the (unpeeled) cloves in boiling water for 1 minute & then drain. Peel when cool enough to touch & set aside.

Pat the chicken pieces dry with paper towel & season both sides with salt & pepper.

Heat the butter and oil in a large pot or Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Working in two batches, sauté the chicken in the olive oil & butter, skin side down first, until nicely browned, about 3 to 5 minutes on each side. Lower the heat if the fat starts to burn. Transfer to a plate & sauté the second batch.

Remove the last chicken to the plate and add all of the garlic to the pot. Lower the heat and sauté for 5 to 10 minutes, turning often, until evenly browned. Add 2 tablespoons of the Cognac and the wine, return to a boil, and scrape the brown bits from the bottom of the pan. Return the chicken to the pot with the juices and sprinkle with the thyme leaves. Cover and simmer over the lowest heat for about 30 minutes, until all the chicken is done.

Choose a serving platter & spread the raw spinach over it.

Remove the chicken & arrange on top of the spinach. Cover with aluminum foil to keep warm. Remove about 1/2 of the sauce from the pan into bowl. Whisk the flour into the sauce in the bowl & then whisk it back into the sauce in the pot. Raise the heat, add the remaining tablespoon of Cognac and the cream, and boil for 3 minutes. Add salt and pepper, to taste; it should be very flavorful. Pour the sauce and the garlic over the chicken & spinach on the platter and serve hot.

Suggested accompaniments
A nice Breadworks Baguette (you will want to soak up the sauce) $1.99.

Or Cadia Organic Orzo cooked & tossed with butter or olive oil & Parmesan cheese.

Fresh green beans or an easy green salad (Earthbound Organic Mixed Greens & Field Day organic dressing $5.78).

*Domaine De Tariquet 2009 Classic Blanc for $7.99 would be perfect in the sauce & to drink with dinner.

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Watermelontini

Perfect for a lady’s night out or a lady’s day in, this watermelon martini is refreshing, slightly sweet and is a nice alternative to a mimosa or bloody mary.

Makes 2

Ingredients
½ cup of ice cubes
3 oz. Blue Ice Vodka
1 oz. St. Germain Elderflower Liqueur oz.
1/2 organic watermelon (cubed, with the rinds and seeds removed)

Method
Shave off the rind of the watermelon, remove seeds and cube.

Place the watermelon cubes in a juicer.

Combine watermelon juice, vodka and Elderflower over ice in a martini shaker.

Shake like there is no tomorrow, about 3 to 4 minutes to get the floating ice particles we all love.

Strain into a martini glass.

Garnish with a fresh slice of watermelon.

Practice this recipe as often as necessary.

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