Mom’s Thanksgiving Stuffing

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Gramma Anne’s Thanksgiving Stuffing

Servings:for a 20-23 pound turkey
Prep time: 1:00
Categories: Side Dish
Source: JudeTheFoodie.com

Ingredients

• 1 lb Golden Raisins

• 1 lb Bacon (cut into little pieces)
• 1 lb Sage Breakfast Sausage
• 1-2 Small Onions, finely chopped
• 6-7 Stalks Celery, finely chopped

• 1 Stick Butter

• 2 Bags Stuffing Croutons (I use Arnold Stuffing)

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• 2 Eggs

• Optional:

• Cook the pieces with the turkey like the neck, etc. remove from turkey and bag. Put in medium sauce pan with a quartered onion and peppercorns. Bring to a boil and simmer for an hour. Strain the liquid and use instead of water in the stuffing.

Directions

Put the raisins in a microwave safe bowl, cover with water and microwave for 10 minutes.

In a large skillet, on medium heat cook bacon, sausage, onion and celery until the onions are soft, about 10 minutes.

Remove from heat. Add butter and let melt.

In large bowl, add bacon and sausage mixture and drained raisins. Add stuffing mix to the bowl and add at least a cup of water (or the stock from the turkey parts). Beat two eggs and lightly stir until the mixture is wet.

Chop the turkey parts and remove the meat from the neck and add to stuffing, if desired.

If you are not stuffing your bird or have more than will fit inside, you can butter a table ready casserole, fill with remaining stuffing, add one cup of stock or dry white wine and dot with butter. Bake for about 45 minutes at 350 degrees (or up to 400 degrees depending on what else is in your oven) covered until the last ten minutes. Remove the cover and let get crisp on top. If there is not enough room in your oven, when you remove your turkey to rest for 30 minutes then carve, put the casserole in. It will be perfectly cooked in time for dinner.

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JudeTheFoodie.com Have a yummy day!!

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Things I Learned at My First Cooking Class

I Learned a Lot at MY First Ever Cooking Class And when I say first ever I mean first ever class I taught…and first ever I attended. Most of us never take one class and are fine cooks. This was a new experience for me.

Most people know more than they think they do and just need more confidence in the kitchen.

Many hands really do make light work. 2 1/2 hours of cooking goes by in a flash.

Apples and Fontina cheese make an amazing Quesadilla. Confession: I have only eaten quesadillas and never made one until two days ago. The recipes for all of the dishes prepared are included in the menu below. Our friend Jack shred the cheeseFontina is relatively soft cheese that crumbles as it shreds. Katie, a pharmacy student loves to cook but doesn’t have time jumped at the opportunity to make the quesadillas. She did a great job.

There is a reason why ingredients are already prepped. Doing the fine dice on the apples on a surface a few inches higher than I was accustomed with a cutting board which was sliding around and an unfamiliar knife spooked me at first. Chef Paul gave me a cloth (to replace the one I put over my shoulder – my moppina ) to stabilize the board and we got back on track.

Our Menu:

20121011-082906.jpgQuesadillas.

Wheat tortillas filled with apples and red onions flavored with D’Avolio Black Current Balsamic Vinegar, black beans and Fontina cheese. These are served with a seasoned Greek yogurt dipping sauce.

Roasted Chicken Snack Strips

20121011-082715.jpgBoneless, skinless chicken breasts rubbed with D’Avolio Milanese Gremolata Extra Virgin Olive Oil and seasoned with Basik’s Hunter Blend seasoning available at D’Avolio.

20121011-082814.jpgOrzo

Tiny rice shaped pasta with roasted grape tomatoes and garlic seasoned with Olio Fresca Herb Mix, available at D’Avolio’s and D’Avolio Arbequina Extra Virgin Olive Oil.

20121011-082551.jpg Peaches

Ordinary canned peaches made extraordinary with seasoned mascarpone cheese and a drizzle of D’Avolio 18 Year Traditional Balsamic Vinegar. For an extra kick we sprinkle just a pinch of Vanilla Bean salt.

Even the best plan can get mixed up. And, the result will be great…just different than the plan. I made up the above menu and Independent Health included it in a nice handout at D’Avolio Kitchen.

A very astute participant noticed I switched the oil in a few of the dishes. Oops! This totally unintentional action just proved the point D’Avolio has been making since they opened their first store a little more than a year ago:

Be fearless.

Cooking, preparing healthy delicious food should not be stressful. Experiment with flavor…try the unexpected (like spontaneously adding D’Avolio Cranberry Pear White Balsamic Vinegar to mascarpone cheese) and be sure to write down what you love. Write it down because when you go back to the store you will be smacked by the volume of selections.

Have fun with your food. If you add one dish new to you each week…heck, even just one flavor combination (write down what you like…you will notice a pattern) then you will have learned to make over 50 new things.

So, when is our next cooking class? What would you like to learn? We are only limited by our imagination! Let’s learn together!

Have a yummy day!

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Apple And Fontina Quesadillas With Yogurt Dipping Sauce

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Apple And Fontina Quesadillas With Yogurt Dipping Sauce

Servings: 6 Main Dish, 12-15 Snack
Prep time: 0:45
Total time: 0:45
Categories: Appetizer, Dinner, Lunch
Source: JudeTheFoodie.com

Ingredients

• 1 c Greek Yogurt
• 1 Tbsp Chopped Chives
• 2 Pinches Lime Fresco Salt

• 1 Granny Smith Apple
• ½ Red Onion
• 1 Can Black Beans
• 2 Tbsp D’Avolio Black Current Balsamic Vinegar

• 6-8 oz Fontina Cheese

• 6 10 Inch Whole Wheat Tortillas
• 1-2 Tbsp Arbequina Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Directions

Mix yogurt, chives and salt in a bowl and set aside.

Core and dice apple. Add about 2 tablespoons to yogurt mixture and stir. Dice onion and add apple and onion to a medium mixing bowl. Drain and rinse black beans. Add to bowl. Add vinegar and toss gently.

Grate Fontina cheese.

Heat large heavy skillet over medium heat. Brush Extra Virgin Olive Oil onto pan. Put tortilla in skillet and flip every 0 seconds until it begins to brown and bubble. Sprinkle a thin layer of cheese over entire tortilla. With a slotted spoon put a thin layer of the apple mixture onto half of the tortilla. Fold over and let cook about 30 seconds. Turn onto a cutting board and let cool a few minutes. Cut into thirds.

Serve with yogurt dip.

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Have a yummy day!

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Orzo With Roasted Grape Tomatoes

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Orzo With Roasted Grape Tomatoes

Servings: 8
Prep time: 0:10
Total time: 0:25
Categories: Pasta, Vegetable
Source: JudeTheFoodie.com

Ingredients

• 2 pt Grape Tomatoes
• 4-6 Cloves Garlic
• 2 Tbsp Garlic Chives or Chives
• 1-2 Tbsp Olio Fresca Herb Mix
• ¼ c D’Avolio Arbequina Extra Virgin Olive Oil

• 1lb Orzo

Directions

Preheat oven to 400°

Rinse and dry tomatoes. Put in large bowl. Mince garlic and chop chives and add to bowl. Add one tablespoon herb mix and Extra Virgin Olive Oil and stir. Sample a tomato and add more seasoning to taste.

Pour the entire contents of bowl into a large sheet pan with sides. Roast for about 20 minutes until the tomatoes pop. This can also be done on the stove in a large skillet.

Meanwhile, boil a large pot of water and cook orzo according to package directions. Drain.

Add drained orzo to the tomato mixture. Mix well and pour into a serving bowl.

This is a great recipe to use left over uncooked macaroni. I put leftovers into a plastic container until I have enough for this recipe or for macaroni and cheese. Before cooking, put it all in a paper bag and pound gently with a rolling pin, meat mallet or frying pan. The pieces cook more evenly. Enjoy!

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Have a yummy day!

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Healthy Options Cooking Class

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This evening, October 9, 2012 I will be cooking and talking about “Healthy Options” at Independent Health’s Healthy Options Cooking Class at D’Avolio Kitchen.

Our Menu:

Quesadillas  Wheat tortillas filled with apples and red onions flavored with D’Avolio Black Current Balsamic Vinegar, black beans and Fontina cheese. These are served with a seasoned Greek yogurt dipping sauce.

Roasted Chicken Snack Strips  Boneless, skinless chicken breasts rubbed with D’Avolio Milanese Gremolata Extra Virgin Olive Oil and seasoned with Basik’s Hunter Blend seasoning available at D’Avolio.  

Orzo  Tiny rice shaped pasta with roasted grape tomatoes and garlic seasoned with Olio Fresca Herb Mix, available at D’Avolio’s and D’Avolio Arbequina Extra Virgin Olive Oil.

Peaches  Ordinary canned peaches made extraordinary with seasoned mascarpone cheese and a drizzle of D’Avolio 18 Year Traditional Balsamic Vinegar. For an extra kick we sprinkle just a pinch of Vanilla Bean salt.

The recipes will be posted tomorrow and can be found in the IHA tab on the right.

Have a yummy day!

Linguini and Littleneck Clams

20120915-083514.jpgA bag of Littleneck Clams jumped into my shopping basket. The fishmonger put them in a plastic bag so it wouldn’t leak but gave me stern instructions not to close the bag and suffocate them. I appreciated the info but was a little bummed about the image…I try not to meet my food before I eat it. That may be a strange characteristic of a foodie but it works for me!

I know many of you need a recipe when you cook but read this through and get some confidence. You can do this!

Buy a bag of fresh Littleneck Clams, a pound of linguini, a package (jar or tin) of anchovies packed in oil, 2 lemons, a container of vegetable stock, fresh thyme and fresh parsley. You could use fresh garlic but this is a perfect use of the chopped garlic in a jar. No! It is absolutely not cheating! Absolutely not! You also need a bottle of good white wine…some for the pot and some to drink while cooking and eating :o)

Put a pasta pot filled with cold water on high. When the clams are steamed (see below) cook the linguine. Do you know why you should use cold water? Your hot water pipes may have sentiment or other things which can alter the quality of drinking water so always use cold water for cooking, coffee, tea etc..

With a brush, over cold water, scrub each clam vigorously to remove sand. You will never completely eliminate all of it but do this to remove as much as possible.

Remove stems (keep them for the clam pot) from parsley and coarsely chop. Zest one lemon and add it to the chopped parsley. Set aside for plating.

Open the white wine and pour yourself a glass. That’s what we call cooking wine in our house.

Put clams into a pot and pour about a cup of white wine (don’t use a measuring cup, learn to eyeball, it’s about four “glugs” from the bottle). Add about a cup of the stock to the pot along with a handful of fresh thyme. If I were to say what the most critical add in here, I would say its the thyme. It makes a big flavor impact. Dry is ok, too but the fresh looks cool and we want our food to look cool, right? After all, we do eat with our eyes first!

Put a cover on the pot and heat on high until the liquid gets to a boil. Reduce heat to medium and check in 5 minutes to see if they are opening. Once the clams begin to open remove each opened clam with tongs into a big bowl. If there are any unopened clams in the pot once the majority are open, discard them. They are not good and potentially dangerous to eat. Keep the precious liquid in the steam pot for use in the sauce.

In a heavy skillet (my well seasoned cast iron is my pal) heat about 1/4 cup good EVOO on medium high heat. Add anchovies in their oil (I got this great idea from Rachel Ray) and cook until nearly melted into the oil. Add about 4-5 minced garlic cloves or 2 heaping teaspoons of jar garlic and stir for about a minute. Lower heat to medium low.

Set aside about 5-6 clams per serving (technically you should get 4 servings from this but we usually barely feed 3) then remove the clams from the remaining shells and add to pan.

Roll each lemon a few times to release juice, slice in half and squeeze juice into pan over your cupped hand, catching the seeds. Remember, seeds taste bitter so try to avoid them. Add another cup of wine. Raise temperature again to medium high and reduce liquid by about half. Add a tablespoon of butter and melt into the shiny sauce.

Drain pasta and put into a large pasta bowl. If you don’t have a large pasta bowl, no worries, simply put the cooked linguini back into the pasta pot. Drizzle about 2-3 tablespoons herb infused olive oil and toss. Ladle 2-3 scoop of the clam cooking broth into bowl and toss again to coat.

Heat pasta bowls gently in oven for a minute. Put one ladle of clam broth in bowl. Add pasta then clams from the pan. Sprinkle some parsley and lemon zest on top then add the clams in the shell.

Now read this again. You CAN do this. Give it a try, take a picture and post it on my Facebook page http://www.Facebook.com/JudeTheFoodie

Have a yummy day!

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When Was The Last Time You Had A BLT?

Three different people I chat with yesterday said they were going to have a BLT for dinner after I told them I was going to my mother’s house for BLT’s. And, I know you can actually smell the sandwich in your mind…heck, you can even hear it, can’t you?

20120913-131534.jpgThe bread is crisp on the outside and soft on the inside. You have to open wide because you piled the inside with crisp lettuce, fresh tomatoes and bacon perfectly cooked to crispy on the outside and soft on the inside. But bacon is impossible to cook that way, isn’t it? Nope and I’ll explain how in a minute. For now, just close your eyes and taste that first bite.

Want one for dinner tonight? Here’s what you do:

At the store buy a fresh white artisan loaf in the bakery. I bought this one at Wegman’s.

20120913-132303.jpgBuy unsliced bread so you can slice it yourself. I like my bread so think it won’t fit in the toaster.

20120913-132433.jpgPick up one big beefsteak tomato for two sandwiches. Get any crispy lettuce (I actually like Iceberg, believe it or not) but we used some Romaine my mom had in the refrigerator. I tried to get some slab bacon cut in the deli (count on 4 thick slices per sandwich) but they actually ran out earlier. Who knew there would be such a big run on bacon? Instead I bought thick sliced bacon which was just fine.
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Begin by folding each piece of bacon in half and putting it into a heavy skillet on medium high heat and cooking the first side until crisp. Turn each piece and cook to crisp outside then drain on paper towels. When you fold the bacon you get the crispy outside tender inside I described earlier

 

20120913-133957.jpgTo assemble the sandwich, slice the bread into thick slices (3/4″-1″) and toast on the top rack of your broiler outside first. Turn over when golden (remember, bread goes from brown to burned in seconds so watch carefully). Put two pieces of bread on each plate. Slather each piece of bread with mayo. Cut tomato into 1/4″ slices and place on one piece of bread per sandwich. Layer four slices of drained bacon on each tomato and then the lettuce. Cover with other piece of bread.

20120913-134131.jpgPush down to smash the sandwich then cut in half in a quick motion with a sharp knife.

Admire it. Smell it. Photograph it and enjoy.

 

Have a yummy day!

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