I recently read “Under the Tuscan Sun” by Frances Mayes. A rather excellent book I must say. Lots of food and recipes and Italy in general. I was deeply enthralled from page 1.
I have since discovered that she does sell the oil produced in her Italian home (though I don’t know if its exclusively her olive trees at work for the oil if you read the page). And only $285 including shipping for a CASE (12 bottles in 500 ml size – $23.75 a bottle) of olive oil. Not too bad really. And its a cold press olive oil too. Hard for me to resist. Really it is. And since the deadline is Dec 10 I still have time for this year’s harvest. Hmmm.
Anyway I digress. In her book she had a recipe that I knew I had to make as soon as I read it. I just changed it a bit to suit me since I really rather dislike lemon zest. But my love of lemon is too much. This was an awesome cake. In her book Mayes suggested serving with pears, cherries or strawberries. Any and all of those would have been delicious but it was very good on its own!
1 cup butter
2 cups sugar
3 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup buttermilk
1/4 cup lemon juice
Glaze – 1/4 cup butter (I used real butter for this)
1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
3 tablespoons lemon juice
Actually with this recipe they don’t have to be hot or spicy…but they can be! Its all in how you cook the sauce. This is my mother’s recipe and frankly I have never met a better Hot Wing recipe. EVER. No seriously. And I’m now a dead duck for sharing it with the world. I’ve been threatened but I said I was going to share it anyway…its too good not to.
The thing about spicy that A LOT of people forget is that to just have HOT without depth of taste means it doesn’t end up tasting like anything. You have to have the subtle background notes to truly make it a spicy worth having.
With the Super Bowl coming up I wanted to make sure these were posted ASAP…as the boyfriend is already requesting them again!
4 pounds of chicken wings, cut into sections, bony tips discarded
10 ounces of blackberry preserves
6 ounces of Louisiana Hot Sauce
2 tbsp butter
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I’m a scrambled egg girl. My typical breakfast is some form of scrambled eggs and toast. Nearly everyday. Yes, I am that boring. But I do “dress it” depending on my mood. And my moods are varied…
- The first way I actually picked up from the NY Times. Four eggs and 2 tbsp of tomato sauce, mixed together and scrambled as normal (pictured above sprinkled with a few bits of chives, what I had anyway).
- Vegetables such as diced bell peppers, tomatoes or mushrooms mixed in, scrambled and (sometimes) topped with hot sauce.
- Shredded cheese mixed in, scrambled and then more cheese (and sometimes hot sauce) on top.
- Meats like bacon bits, sliced lunch meat (ham usually), crab, smoked salmon (any meat you can think of basically!) mixed in and scrambled. Kind of a pseudo-omelet.
- Salsa mixed in, scrambled and more poured on top to serve. Sometimes just the “on top” bit.
- Spices (like crushed red pepper, chili powder, Worcestershire Sauce, garlic, etc) mixed in, scrambled and served.
- Scramble plain eggs and pour pancake or maple syrup over them. This is actually my favorite one and what I will *always* do if I happen to eat pancakes with my eggs.
- Slightly melt a few tablespoons of strawberry preserves (i.e. jam or jelly) in the microwave and pour over the plain scrambled eggs. Sweet tasting.
- Make pseudo-tamagoyaki – I typically mix 2 eggs, 1 tbsp dashi stock and 1 tbsp sugar and make plain scrambled eggs with it on very low heat, so as not to burn.
More information about making the perfect scrambled eggs after the jump…
Typically I don’t buy fresh herbs as they go bad before I get to use them, and they usually aren’t cheap. But I got lucky and found a nice selection of some on clearance at the local gourmet grocery store (thank you Christmas!) so I decided to use them up in some creative ways. This was delicious and really had a nice depth to it from the herbs.
2 tbsp olive oil
1 lemon, juiced
3 cloves of minced garlic
1 sprig fresh tarragon, or about 1 tsp dried, chopped fine
2 sprigs fresh thyme or about 1 tbsp dried, chopped fine
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp black pepper
2 chicken legs & thighs
I had a bunch of leftover carrots from Christmas dinner (bought way too many) so I was playing around with a little of this and a little of that and came up with this recipe. Its not bad, sweet, but a nice compliment to something savory.
approximately 2 cups baby carrots
2 tbsp butter
2 tbsp honey
1 tbsp brown sugar
1 tsp lemon juice
1/4 tsp nutmeg
pinch of salt
I have no idea why this is called oyster “stew” or even why its so popular here in the Midwest (everyone here knows what it is – EVERYONE). It barely has enough ingredients to warrant being called a soup, let alone a stew. And we are about as far from the coast as you can get, but yet this soup has been eaten every Christmas Eve in my family since the 1950s at least, possibly earlier. Its just what we do. I’ve never questioned what we were eating on December 24 as its been the same thing every year of my life. Oyster Stew is my absolute favorite followed very closely by Potato Soup (the other soup we eat on Christmas Eve). From time to time we also throw in there Clam Chowder, but we NEVER mess with the Oyster Stew.
Since I moved out on my own, and don’t always get to participate in Christmas Eve festivities with my family (like this year) I will make this just for me. I honestly can’t stand having celery in it like so many recipes call for, but if you do add it sliced very, very thin when your cooking the shallot.
Oh and I do call for tinned oysters. Yeah, yeah I know fresh would be better…and it is – I’ve had it! But in this part of the country oysters are incredibly expensive, moreso right now! So I make do, whether I like it or not.
3 tbsp butter
1 large shallot, sliced very thin
about 16 oz (or 4 tins) of oysters (I used smoked ones this year)
3 cups milk
dash of cayenne pepper
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