We are all scheduled for our first local farm tour for 2021! Join us for farm, food & fun.
No transportation is provided, we suggest carpooling as much as possible. Please wear sturdy, flat shoes, this is a real farm and perhaps carry a hat just in case, Sept. can be warm if we’re out in the sun at all.
Warm, hearty shanks usually like a long cook in the oven, these are done in an Instant Pot or pressure cooker and take only a few hours. Sauté the shanks and the vegetables and then set the timer, take a nap or have a glass of wine and relax, let the cooker work its magic. A great dish for any special occasion or holiday.
Nutritious and healthy we all know that citrus fruits are high in vitamin c which helps your immune system; they are loaded in plant compounds that have various health benefits, including anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effects. They contain B vitamins, potassium, phosphorous, magnesium and copper as well. A versatile fruit they can be made into jams, jellies, drinks and savory or sweet dishes or just eaten out of hand. Try this Roasted Chicken with Lemon and Herbs along with Melissa’s Dutch Yellow Potatoes for a tasty, comforting dinner.
While it’s still pretty hot out in So. California it’s hard to go into the kitchen to cook. Here are some light recipes that are quick and easy to prepare. Mangia!
I’m guessing you all noticed that summer finally arrived and so did the desire NOT to cook anything. Here are a few recipes to help you navigate through this heat wave, some recipes are no cooking at all but there are a couple using an Instant Pot or Pressure Cooker and a Slow Cooker. So, break out those appliances that are probably stashed away somewhere.
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Here’s a ‘pantry’ style dish, use leftover or rotisserie chicken, frozen (defrosted) shrimp, lobster or leave all protein out and just enjoy.
The best rice to use is Arborio or Carnaroli rice from Italy. This short grain rice will release its starch into the dish as you add stock and stir making the risotto nice and creamy.
Another pantry ingredient is dried mushrooms, keep them around all year to add deep flavor to any dish. You could add some sliced fresh mushrooms as well if you like. I also keep lots of chicken stock in my pantry/freezer, organic and low sodium if I don’t make it myself. Be sure to soak the dried mushrooms in chicken stock for at least 20 minutes to rehydrate. Drain the mushrooms, strain the liquid and use as part of the stock in the recipe, the liquid gives a rich deep flavor to the dish. Use a drinkable dry white wine, unsalted butter and freshly grated parmesan cheese, which you should also have in your pantry.
Optional ingredients are chopped garlic (you all know I’m allergic so it’s a no-no for me), a teaspoon of saffron threads.
That’s it, all you need to make a great risotto with items from your pantry. Need to stock your pantry? Check out my first book, ‘What’s In Your Pantry’.
Here’s a special Mother’s Day menu that I love. It’s a throw \back from the 70’s when Veal Oscar was on every fine dining menu. I love it still but with a thick filet mignon. It may seem like a lot of work (but mom’s worth it, right?). It’s not difficult but it will take some organization. Be sure to read through the recipe before you begin and make sure that you have all the ingredients.
A couple of tricks for you begin with what you can do ahead of time. You can ‘poach’ the potatoes the day before then let come to room temperature before roasting. Brown the steaks ahead of time and refrigerate, let come to room temperature also before placing into the oven. If you brown the steaks at the last minute, put the potatoes on the sheet tray and begin roasting, when the steaks are browned place alongside the potatoes in the oven to finish at the same time.
Make the strawberry sauce ahead of time and keep refrigerated. You can even make the whipped cream ahead of time as well. It will hold for a long time.
And last but definitely not least is the Bearnaise Sauce, I’ll forgive you if you decide to use the package mix but it’s really a sad imitation of a real Bearnaise sauce. Try making it on your own, you can even make it an hour ahead of time. Again, it’s important to read through the entire recipe before you start. Be adventurous! Happy Mother’s Day!
Oven Roasted Baby Potatoes