Friday, December 31, 2010
Tuesday, December 21, 2010
'WELCOME WINTER! CAN SPRING BE FAR BEHIND?' ~ PORK TENDERLOIN with CRANBERRY PORT SAUCE / WILD RICE PILAF
3 pounds pork tenderloin ( l large or 2 smaller)
2 Tbsp. Dijon mustard
1/2 tsp. dried thyme
1 cup ruby Port
1 cup whole cranberry sauce
- Spread mustard over tenderloins. Sprinkle with herbs, garlic powder and cracked pepper.
- Bake at 325º for 35 to 45 minutes depending on size, basting frequently. Remove meat from pan to rest.
- Add port to pan and deglaze, scraping bits from bottom. Add cranberry sauce and adjust seasonings. Slice pork diagonally and serve with sauce.
Monday, December 13, 2010
DECEMBER MAGIC 'FIRST SNOW' / WINTER ROSE ~ CHICKEN ALOUETTE / ROASTED VEGETABLES with PECAN GREMOLATA
- Unfold pastry sheets, and roll each sheet into a 14 x 12-in. rectangle on a lightly floured surface. Cut sheet into four 7 x 6-in. rectangles; cut second sheet into two 7 x 6 in. rectangles and one 12 x 6 in. rectangle. Set large rectangle aside. Shape each small rectangle into and oval by trimming off corners. Spread pastry ovals evenly with cheese.
- Sprinkle chicken breasts with salt and coarsely ground pepper. and place in center of each pastry oval. Lightly moisten pastry edges with water. Fold ends over chicken; fold sides over and press to seal. Place bundle, seam side down, on lightly greased baking sheet.
- Cut remaining large pastry rectangle into 12 x 1/4-in. strips. Braid 2 strips together and place crosswise over chicken bundles, trimming and reserving excess braid; braid 2 additional strips, and place lengthwise over bundle, trimming and tucking ends under. Repeat procedure with remaining strips. Cover and refrigerate up to 2 hours, if desired.
- Combine egg and 1 Tbsp water; brush over pastry bundles. Bake at 400º on lover oven rack 25 minutes or until golden brown. Garnish with flowering kale. ( 6 servings) Delicious served with roasted vegetables.
ROASTED VEGETABLES with PECAN GREMOLATA
~ Sure to become an autumn favorite from old (Nov 2003) Bon Appetit.
1 lb. medium carrots, peeled, halved lengthwise, then crosswise
1 lb. medium parsnips, peeled, halved lengthwise, then crosswise
1 lb. turnips, peeled, halved, cut into 1-inch thick wedges
1 1/4 lbs. brussels sprouts, trimmed, halved
6 Tbsp extra-virgin olive oil, divided
coarse salt & freshly ground pepper
3/4 cup pecans
1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese (about 1 oz.)
1/4 cup finely chopped fresh parsley
2 Tbsp. fresh lemon juice, divided
1 Tbsp finely grated lemon peel
1 clove minced garlic
- Preheat oven to 425-degrees. Toss carrots, parsnips, turnips, and brussels sprouts in large brown with 3 Tbsp. oil. Transfer to rimmed baking sheet, sprinkle with salt & freshly ground pepper. Roast until vegetables are tender, tossing often, about 1 hour. Transfer vegetables to large platter; cool.
- Using on/off turns, chop pecans in processor until coarsely ground. Transfer ground pecans to small bowl.; stir in grated cheese, parsley, 1 Tbsp. lemon juice, lemon peel, garlic and 1 Tbsp. oil. Season gremolata to taste with salt.
- Drizzle vegetables with remaining 2 Tbsp. oil and remaining 1 Tbsp. lemon juice. Sprinkle gremolata over vegetables just before serving. (8 servings)
Thursday, December 09, 2010
Monday, December 06, 2010
The leaves come in every color, pattern and shade, and every size and shape. All Rex Cultorum types are descended from the Indian species B. rex that was crossed with other types of rhizomatous begonias.
Thursday, December 02, 2010
Also known as the Mexican flame leaf or Christmas star or Noche Buena , the poinsettia, is a plant known for its striking red displays at Christmas time. It is often used as a floral Christmas decoration because of its festive colors. Poinsettias are native to southern Mexico and Central America, where they may reach heights of sixteen feet. They are named after Joel Roberts Poinsett, the first United States ambassador to Mexico, who introduced the plant in the U.S. in 1825.
A Mexican legend explains how poinsettias came to be associated with Christmas. Apparently, a child who could not afford a gift to offer to Christ on Christmas Eve picked some weeds from the side of a road. The child was told that a humble gift, if given in love, would be acceptable in God's eyes. When brought into the church, the weeds bloomed into red and green flowers and the congregation felt they had witnessed a Christmas miracle.
The Aztec Indians prized poinsettias and considered them a symbol of purity because of their brilliant red color. They made a reddish-purple dye from the colored "flowers", which are actually modified leaves called bracts. They also made a medicine against fevers from the latex sap of the plant.The "birth flowers" are actually large bunches of colored leaves; the flowers themselves are in the center of each leaf bunch, but rather small and inconspicuous.