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Memorial Day Recipes

Karyn’s Pasta Salad with Sundried Tomatoes, Feta, and Basil

“ This recipe combines similar flavors, but it is a nice alternative if you don’t want sandwiches for your picnic. “ – Karyn Brooks

PRINT RECIPE Karyn’s Bowtie Pasta Salad with Sundried Tomatoes, Feta, and Basil (1)

8 oz farfalle (bowtie) or rotini pasta, cooked to package directions
3 oz sundried tomatoes, julienne cut (I like Mariani. They are simple sundried tomatoes with no added oil. They come in a plastic package usually located with other tomato products in the grocery store.)
1 cup packed fresh basil, chiffonade cut
4 oz feta cheese, crumbled (also try this with the sundried tomato-basil feta)
2 oz fresh Parmesan cheese, grated
½ c light olive oil
Salt & Pepper to taste
½ c Kalamata olives, pitted and quartered (optional)

Toss first 6 ingredients together, adding Kalamatas at the end. This keeps well for three or four days in the refrigerator. If you are eating this after refrigeration, you made need to toss in a little more oil to revive. This salad is delicious hot or cold, and it is safer for picnics than mayonnaise-based pasta salads.

Chicken BBQ Sliders
Makes 24 sliders

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2 lbs rotisserie chicken, shredded
1 cup of your favorite BBQ sauce

Combine the Chicken and BBQ Sauce in a medium saucepan. Heat to a slow simmer.

24 rolls or slider buns
Olive oil or butter

Preheat a grill pan or broiler on high heat. Brush each side of the buns with olive oil or butter. Grill or broil for about 1 – 2 minutes.

2 cups Jo Ann’s Slaw (recipe below)
Monterey Jack Cheese, sliced

To assemble:
Place cheese on bottom bun. Top with ¼ cup chicken and some slaw. Serve immediately.

Jo Ann’s Slaw Recipe

1 medium cabbage, shredded fine
1 small onion, thinly sliced
1 cup sugar
1 cup white vinegar
¾ cup vegetable oil
1 teaspoon dry mustard
1 teaspoon celery seed
1 tablespoon salt


Put cabbage and onion in a large bowl; top with the sugar.
In a medium saucepan, combine vinegar, oil, mustard, celery seed, and salt. Bring to a boil. Pour hot mixture over cabbage and cool. Cover and refrigerate for 4 hours or up to 2 days.

Vanilla Bean Ice Cream
Makes 1 quart

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2 Whole Vanilla Beans
1 teaspoon natural fruit pectin
¼ cup sugar
2 ½ cups whole milk
3 tablespoons milk powder
½ cup sugar
¼ cup Raw Honey
1 ½ cups heavy whipping cream
2 egg yolks

Slice the vanilla beans in half and scrape the seeds from each half into a large saucepan. Add the beans, combine the pectin and ¼ cup sugar in a bowl and mix to combine.

Add the milk and milk powder to the saucepan. Add ½ cup sugar, the honey, cream and egg yolks. Add the pectin mixture. Cook over medium heat to a maximum of 185 degrees, whisking constantly. Remove from the heat and cool in an ice bath until the mixture reaches 39 degrees.

Chill covered, for 12 hours. Strain the mixture and pour into an ice cream freezer container. Freeze using the manufacturer’s directions.

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Recipes from the Farmers Market

Zuppa Toscana   Serves 6, 50 min

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1 teaspoon olive oil

1 lb sausage, casings removed

1 medium onion, chopped

6 garlic cloves, chopped

1 teaspoon dried basil

1 teaspoon dried oregano

1 teaspoon dried thyme

½ teaspoon crushed red pepper

1 lb small red potatoes, washed and quartered

1 tablespoon all purpose seasoning ( Garlic Herb)

½ teaspoon salt

4 cups chicken broth

2 cups milk

Cracked black pepper

3 – 4 cups chopped kale or spinach

  1. Heat olive oil in large soup pot and cook sausage, breaking it apart as it cooks. (medium heat)
  2. To the pot, add onion, garlic, all the herbs and seasoning. Cook, stirring occasionally for 2 – 3 minutes.
  3. Add in the potatoes and cook with the onions and garlic for 2 more minutes.
  4. Pour in the broth and bring to a hard simmer (medium – high). Cook for 25 minutes or until potatoes are soft.
  5. Stir in the milk and kale and cook for another 10 minutes (medium heat). If using spinach, cook for 5 minutes. Season to taste and serve.

Basil Pesto with Pecans

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1 1/2 cups fresh basil leaves
3 cloves garlic, minced
1/4 cup nuts: pecans
1/8 cup extra virgin olive oil
1/2 teaspoon lemon juice
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese

Combine all ingredients except olive oil in food processor. Process until it looks like very coarse meal and add oil gradually until smooth-ish.

Pesto Vinaigrette:

Perfect for a little different take on a caprese salad

2 T freshly-made pesto

2 T Champagne Vinegar

For the smoothest vinaigrette, process in a blender. Otherwise, whisk together and serve. Will stay fresh in the refrigerator for two weeks. Drizzle over a salad of mixed greens, fresh or sundried tomatoes, and a few balls of fresh mozzarella.

Shaved Radish, Carrot, Cucumber Salad with Tangerines and Microgreens
Recipe by Lindsey Johnson

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2 small carrots, peeled and very thinly sliced
2 large radishes, very thinly sliced
1/2 large cucumber, very thinly sliced
1 tangerine, peeled and thinly sliced
2 green onions, thinly sliced white and tender green parts
microgreens, about 1/4 cup

Arrange the sliced vegetables and tangerine on a serving platter.  Top with the green onions and microgreens.  Serve immediately with Orange and Honey Vinaigrette.


Orange and Honey Vinaigrette

1/3 c freshly squeezed orange or tangerine juice

¼ c olive oil

1 T honey

1 T Dijon mustard

3 T champagne vinegar

Salt & pepper to taste

Whisk all ingredients (or shake in a Mason jar) and drizzle over salad. Can be stored in the refrigerator for up to two weeks.

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Our Favorite Easter Dishes

Honey Glazed Carrots

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Salt
1 pound baby carrots
2 tablespoons butter
2 tablespoons honey
1 tablespoon lemon juice
Freshly ground black pepper
1/4 cup chopped flat-leaf parsley

In a medium saucepan, bring water to a boil. Add salt and then carrots and cook until tender, 5 to 6 minutes. Drain the carrots and add back to pan with butter, honey and lemon juice. Cook until a glaze coats the carrots, 5 minutes. Season with salt and pepper and garnish with parsley.

Simple Scalloped Potatoes

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1 1/2 tablespoons unsalted butter, cut into pieces, plus more for brushing
1/2 clove garlic
2 pounds russet potatoes, peeled and sliced 1/8-inch thick
Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper
1 1/4 cups low-sodium chicken broth
1/2 cup skim milk
1/4 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
4 fresh bay leaves
1/2 cup grated gruyere cheese (about 2 ounces)

Position a rack in the upper third of the oven and preheat to 425 degrees F. Generously brush a large skillet with butter, then rub with the garlic. Heat the skillet over medium-high heat. Add half of the potatoes, sprinkle with 3/4 teaspoon salt, and pepper to taste, then arrange the remaining potatoes on top. Sprinkle with 3/4 teaspoon salt, and pepper to taste. Pour the broth and milk over the potatoes, then add the nutmeg and bay leaves; simmer 3 minutes.

Generously brush a shallow baking dish with butter and slide the potatoes into the dish; arrange with a fork, if desired. (If your skillet is ovenproof, you can skip this step and bake the potatoes right in the skillet.)

Dot the potatoes with the cut-up butter and sprinkle with the gruyere. Bake until golden, about 25 minutes. Let rest 5 minutes before serving. Discard the bay leaves.

Classic Deviled Eggs

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6 eggs
1/4 cup mayonnaise
1 teaspoon white vinegar
1 teaspoon yellow mustard
1/8 teaspoon salt
Freshly ground black pepper
Smoked Spanish paprika, for garnish

Place eggs in a single layer in a saucepan and cover with enough water that there’s 1 1/2 inches of water above the eggs. Heat on high until water begins to boil, then cover, turn the heat to low, and cook for 1 minute. Remove from heat and leave covered for 14 minutes, then rinse under cold water continuously for 1 minute.

Crack egg shells and carefully peel under cool running water. Gently dry with paper towels. Slice the eggs in half lengthwise, removing yolks to a medium bowl, and placing the whites on a serving platter. Mash the yolks into a fine crumble using a fork. Add mayonnaise, vinegar, mustard, salt, and pepper, and mix well.

Evenly disperse heaping teaspoons of the yolk mixture into the egg whites. Sprinkle with paprika and serve.

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Spring Panzanella Salad with Asparagus

Spring Panzanella Salad with Asparagus

6 servings

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For the croutons:

1/4 cup olive oil

2 cloves garlic, finely chopped

6 cups day-old bread, crust removed, cubed

6 tablespoons finely grated Parmesan, plus more for garnish

Salt and freshly ground black pepper

  1. Preheat oven to 400°F.
  2. Mix the bread cubes with the garlic, olive oil, parmesan, salt and pepper in a large bowl.
  3. Toss to coat well. Transfer bread to a baking sheet and sprinkle with salt and pepper.
  4. Bake stirring once or twice, until the croutons are crisp and lightly colored on the outside but still soft within, about 10 to 15 minutes. Set aside and let cool.

For the vinaigrette:

Half a red onion, finely diced

2 to 2 1/2 tablespoons champagne or white wine vinegar

Juice of half a lemon

1/4 cup olive oil

1/2 teaspoon Dijon mustard

  1. Mix the red onion with the vinegar and lemon juice in a small bowl and set aside for a few minutes before whisking in the remaining vinaigrette ingredients: olive oil and dijon. Set aside.

For the salad:

4 large leeks

2 teaspoons salt

1 pound asparagus

1 19-ounce can of white beans, rinsed and drained or 1 1/2 cups cooked white beans

  1. Cut off dark green tops of leeks and trim root ends. Halve each leek lengthwise to within 2 inches of root end. Rinse well under cold running water to wash away sand.
  2. Cover leeks with cold water in a 12-inch heavy skillet. Add salt and simmer leeks, uncovered, until tender, 10 minutes.
  3. Without draining the cooking water (you will reuse it for the asparagus), transfer leeks to a bowl of ice and cold water to stop cooking, then pat the leeks dry with paper towels.
  4. Break off tough ends of asparagus and cook it in the boiling water until crisp-tender, no more than three minutes if they’re pencil-thin, more if your asparagus is thicker. Transfer it to another bowl of ice water, drain and pat it dry.
  5. Cut the leeks and the asparagus each into one-inch segments–the leeks will be especially slippery and prone to separating; hold firm and use a sharp knife!
  6. Place pieces in a large bowl and mix in beans and cooled parmesan croutons. Pour vinaigrette over and toss well. Season with salt and pepper.
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Summer Recipes from the Farmers Market

We shared some of our favorite Summer Recipes in a recent cooking demonstration at the Waco Downtown Farmers Market. We love being able to use many fresh fruits and veggies available at the market. Thank you to everyone who stopped by to visit and sample!

Summer Salad With Poached Egg

4 servings

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1 head butter lettuce ( Home Grown Farm)

1 ripe Summer tomato, sliced ( Various Vendors)

two medium Avocado, skin and pit removed & sliced

3 stalks Green onion, chopped (JBG Organic)

¼ lb crisp Bacon, chopped (Richardson Farms)

Roasted red sweet pepper

Beet micro greens (Kin Worthy Harvest)

 

Vinaigrette

1 Tablespoon fresh or 1 tsp dried Tarragon

¼ cup Sandy Oaks Extra virgin olive oil *

2 Tablespoon Champagne vinegar

2 Tablespoon Dijon mustard

2 – 4 Tablespoon Honey, optional (Richardson Farms, Round Rock Honey, C & J Farms)

1 teaspoon lemon zest or 2 teaspoons lemon juice

1 Tablespoon minced shallot (Lightsey Farms, JBG Organic, World Hunger Relief )

 

4 Farm fresh eggs ( Home Grown Farm, World Hunger Relief, Richardson Farms )

White vinegar

Salt and pepper

* Available in our SHOP

For the eggs, start heating a deep skillet or shallow pot with 1 inch deep water. Add 1 tsp salt and 1 tsp white vinegar. Heat the water until it barely bubbles, around 200 degrees Fahrenheit.

For salads I recommend using your best farmers market greens and tomatoes, but anything colorful you can find will work.

Chop your greens and vegetables while your water is heating and prepare your salad dressing.

Vinaigrette

Combine all ingredients together and whisk until incorporated.

 

In a large bowl, toss your vegetables with your dressing. Season with sea salt and freshly ground pepper to taste. Use tongs to plate your salad and get ready to prep your eggs.

Rinse your eggs and crack them one at a time into a small bowl or large serving spoon. Gently lower each egg into the warm water and release it into the pan (use a larger pan for batches greater than 2). Allow the egg to cook until the yolk has filmed over and the white is set, about 3-5 minutes.

Remove egg with a slotted spoon, drain off water and carefully place the egg on top of your salad. Garnish with pepper and serve immediately. Poached eggs go particularly nicely with sour toast (Artisan Oven).

Grilled Bruschetta with Havarti, Honey and Figs

Makes 32

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1 crusty baguette, sliced into ½” thick slices = 32 (Artisan Oven)

10 oz havarti cheese, cut into thin slices = 32 (Brazos Valley Cheeses)

8 ripe fresh figs, stemmed, quartered lengthwise (Lightsey Farms)

Honey (Richardson Farms, Round Rock Honey, C & J Farms)

Basil Microgreens (Kin Worthy Harvest)

Preheat grill to medium high heat. Brush both sides of bread with olive oil. Grill bread until grill marks appear on the first side, about 3 minutes. Turn bread slices over and place grilled side down on a piece of foil. Place 1 cheese slice atop each bread slice and close the grill until cheese melts, about 3 minutes. Transfer bread to a work surface and top each piece with a fig slice. Drizzle lightly with honey and sprinkle lightly with freshly ground black pepper. Transfer to a platter and serve. Garnish with Micro Greens

Option: top with the cheese and fig and then place under a broiler to “toast” the fig. Then drizzle with honey and sprinkle with fresh pepper. Garnish with Microgreens

 

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Karyn’s Bowtie Pasta Salad with Sundried Tomatoes, Feta, and Basil

Karyn’s Bowtie Pasta Salad with Sundried Tomatoes, Feta, and Basil

 

Karyn making pasta salad in the kitchen.
Karyn Miller Brooks

This recipe combines similar flavors, but it a nice alternative if you don’t want sandwiches for your picnic.

 

  • 8 oz farfalle (bowtie) pasta, cooked to package directions
  • 3 oz sundried tomatoes, julienne cut (I like Mariani. They are simple sundried tomatoes with no added oil. They come in a plastic package usually located with other tomato products in the grocery store.)
  • 1 cup packed fresh basil, chiffonade cut
  • 4 oz feta cheese, crumbled (also try this with the sundried tomato-basil feta)
  • 2 oz fresh Parmesan cheese, grated
  • ½ c light olive oil
  • Salt & Pepper to taste
  • ½ c Kalamata olives, pitted and quarter (optional)

 

Toss first 6 ingredients together, adding Kalamata olives at the end. This keeps well for three or four days in the refrigerator. If you are eating this after refrigeration, you made need to toss in a little more oil to revive. This salad is delicious hot or cold, and it is safer for picnics than mayonnaise-based pasta salads.

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Aioli Deviled Eggs

Aioli Deviled Eggs

 

6 eggs, room temperature

1/4 cup Stonewall Kitchen Aioli

Salt and pepper

Crumbled bacon, cilantro leaf, parsley leaf, paprika, or dill sprig for garnish

Mayonnaise (if needed)

 

Place eggs in a pot large enough for the eggs to be in a single layer. Cover eggs with cold water, enough to cover eggs by 1-inch. Bring water to a boil. Reduce heat to a simmer and cook eggs. 14 minutes for large eggs, 12 minutes for small and medium eggs, and 15 minutes for extra-large and jumbo eggs. Add 1-2 minutes more if eggs are cold directly from refrigerator and not room temperature. Plunge eggs into cold water to prevent further cooking.

Once eggs are cooled peel off shells. Cut eggs in half lengthwise. Remove egg yolks to a small bowl. Add Aioli, salt and pepper. Mix until smooth and uniform. If dry add more aioli or mayonnaise. Spoon or pipe egg yolk filling into each white. Garnish and serve.

Tip:  Older eggs are best to use when making hard boiled eggs, they will peel easier. 

Roasted Garlic Aioli
Roasted Garlic Aioli
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Lemon Trifle

Lemon Trifle

1/4 cup fresh lemon juice 1/4 cup granulated sugar
12 -ounces cream cheese, softened One 8-ounce jar prepared lemon curd
2 cups heavy cream 22 hard ladyfinger cookies
3 cups mixed raspberries and sliced strawberries Powdered sugar, for garnish
Whipped cream, for serving

 

A clear trifle bowl with layers of lady fingers, raspberries and lemon cream

In a small measuring cup, mix the lemon juice with the sugar and 1/4 cup water until the sugar is dissolved. Set aside.

Place the cream cheese, lemon curd and heavy cream in a food processor and process until smooth and a bit fluffy.

To assemble the tiramisu, place half the ladyfingers in the bottom of an 8-inch square baking dish, breaking a few to fit, and drizzle with half of the lemon syrup. Top with half the lemon cream and 1 cup mixed berries. Repeat the layers, using the remaining ladyfingers, syrup and lemon cream.

Cover with plastic wrap and chill at least 8 hours or overnight. Before serving, top with the remaining 2 cups of berries and dust with powdered sugar. Serve with whipped cream on the side.

 

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The Art of the Charcuterie Platter

Now that I’ve typed it what does it mean? It is the branch of cooking devoted top prepared meat products, such as salamis, sausages, terrines, pates and confit.

According to Lori Krieger, the creator of  “Tastes Elevated,” the idea of a perfect charcuterie platter features cured meats paired with artisan condiments, cheeses, breads and a variety of other condiments.

For more ideas watch this space, and come on February  7, to meet Lori and learn first hand.

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Fredericksburg with Fourteen Fun Friends

We place the reporting of the Spain Adventure on hold to write about “Fredericksburg with Fourteen Fun Friends.” Early on the Thursday before Easter fourteen friends of Gourmet Gallery loaded onto a luxury coach from Brazos Valley Travel that took us on a four day adventure.

You know us! Emphases–food and wine. We have some recommendations to pass on to our friends who did not get to go with us. And let me tell you that you missed a great time with lovely travelers.

Three Cheers for the Top Three 

1. The three wineries:
 Texas Hills Winery, Johnson City. Kathy Gilstrap gave us a private tour and we tasted five wines for $5.00. Their Kick Butt Cab is one of their best-known wines and one of our favorites. (They also had some cheap Pinot Grigio that accidentally missed a step in the wine-making process. The Cab was better.) A mid-sized winery, the grapes are grown there and in other parts of Texas,.
Becker Winery, just off of US 290. We bought sandwiches from Dutchman’s Meat Market, and had a picnic under the porch. The lavender was in bloom, a band played part of the time we were there. Six wines for $10 and we got to keep the glass. Many of Becker’s wines are available here and in some restaurants in Fredericksburg. A beautiful setting, a lot of visitors on that day before Easter.
Sister Creek Winery, just north of Boerne at Sisterdale. David, the tasting room manager, had an employee who knew the wines well, conducted the tasting. The Burgundy and Bordeaux wine-makng techniques are used for making the Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot wines. These traditional wines are aged in 60 gallon oak barrels for up to three years. Look for the old cotton gin between East and West Sister Creek. Not fancy buildings, but some good wines. They also have a tasty pinot grigio.
We made a surprise stop at Pedernales Cellars. this winery is being enlarged; so, there was more construction than wine-tasting. A glass of viognier a treat on the front porch and the view was quite nice.

Now to the food:

August E’s,  San Antonio Street, Fredericksburg. This was recommended and worth the visit. Our group’s food choices ranged from egg rolls to New Zealand lamb. The service was near perfect, the food well above the average and the wine list offered an adequate selection.
Fredericksburg Herb Farm,  on Whitney Street. This lunch stop was included in the cost. I had eaten there more than once and was confident of the quality. We were given the choices of quiche and fruit, chicken salad and fruit, meatloaf and veggies and chicken potpie. I was a little dubious of the meatloaf, but all the offerings were tasty. One drink order was confused, but that was easy to correct. Flowers were in bloom, the gardener helpful with explanations, and the new Sunday Houses are a charming addition to the property.
Cabernet Grill, on the Kerrville Hwy just across from the airport. Food was excellent from the crab cake, Curried Pheasant, Sausage and Apple Chowder to the sesame crusted fried shrimp with mango slaw, or the pan-seared trout or the Golden Fried Eggplant Pirogue topped of with Chicken Fried Pecan Pie with Jack Daniels ice cream. Wonderful food and perfect service! Many Stars!

Food and wine were the focuses, but other adventures included the First Friday Art Walk, a performance at the Rockbox Theater, a late night stop at the Lincoln Street Wine and Cigar, a little time for shopping, quick lunch and viewing of the poppies and other blooms at the Wild Seed Farm, a drive over the Willow Loop Road (the bluebonnets were in decline, but the white poppies were spectular) dinner at the Gin on Nolan’s Creek in Belton.

A busy four days with fourteen great traveler–the bus driver included. Now aren’t you sorry that you missed it!!!

I am including the recipe for the chowder at served at Cabernet Grill.

Curried Pheasant, Sausage and Apple Chowder

1/3 salad oil
1 cup celery, cut in 1/2 dice
1 cup carrots, peeled and cut 1/2 inch dice
1 1/2 cup, yellow onion, cut 1/2 cide
3 cloves garlic, minced
3 Tablespoons madras curry powder
1 teaspoon thyme leaves
2 bay leaves
1/3 cup flour
5 cups pheasant braising liquid, chicken stock or water
1 1/2 cups potatoes, cut 3/4 inch dice
1 cup heavy cream
1 cup smoked polish sausage, sliced
2 cups braised pheasant meat
Kosher salt and fresh ground black pepper
1/2 cup dried apples, diced

Heat salad oil in a heavy bottom soup pot over medium heat and add in celery, carrots, onions and garlic.  Cook the vegetables slowly, stirring frequently, until the vegetables start to soften and onions begin to turn translucent
Add curry powder, thyme and bay leaves to the pan and stir into the vegetables.  Allow to cook for about three minutes stirring frequently until the mixture becomes very fragrant. Do not burn the spices.
Add the flour to the pan and stir until incorporated
Add the braising liquid or combination of liquids to equal five total cups) to the pan one cup at a time, stirring in each time until fully incorporated.
Add the potatoes to the soup and allow soup to simmer for about twenty minutes or until the potatoes are tender.
Add cream sausage and pheasant to soup and simmer for about five minutes.
Adjust season with kosher salt and black pepper.
Add a little dried apple to each cup or bowl and ladle hot soup over. Serve immediately.
If you are completely out of pheasant, braise chicken thighs and drumsticks with salt, yellow onion, carrots, celery, bay leaves and thyme and chicken stock or water. Substitute the shredded chicken for the pheasant. Different taste, but entirely pleasant!
Happy traveling and happy eating.
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Flat Irons and Red Cabooses

Fall Favorites – Flat Irons and Red Cabooses
Gourmet Gallery is offering our first Flavors of Fall cooking class for 2010 on Saturday, September 18 Soups, Stews, and Chilies Class. Check out our website for more information at www.GourmetGalleryWaco.com.

It takes so little for me to get excited about Autumn. The slightest change in weather stirs that expectant waiting of warming comfort foods, colorful leaves, football, fall picnics, red wine. To celebrate the harbingers of Fall, Jo Ann, Caryl, Molly, and I went to the Red Caboose Winery in Meridian, TX. Whether or not you are a wine drinker, this is a beautiful place to visit. The facility is GREEN; the people are warm and inviting; the wines are enticing and delicious.

We tasted a few wines, but my favorite, especially for Fall, was a Syrah-Malbec that will knock your socks off, or, as winemaker Evan McKibben phrased it, “It really hits you in the face.” He meant it in a good way, and he’s right. It’s a hearty, earthy wine that is rich enough to stand up to any steak or Texas bar-b-que yet mellow enough to complement a piece of dark chocolate. My family and I shared two bottles of it on Labor Day with a medium-rare flat iron steak. (Recipe to follow.) The steak was fantastic, but the wine really set it off.

Red Caboose winery has a Cork and Fork the last Friday of the month. They sell wine by the glass and by the bottle. You can take your own picnic and enjoy the lovely scenery. The folks at the winery suggested we bring our own lawn chairs to ensure a seat. You can find out more at www.redcaboosewinery.com. If you go, please tell them you found out about us from the girls at Gourmet Gallery. Maybe they will come to Waco to do a tasting for us! In the meantime, pack up a picnic and get ready for a beautiful Autumn. To me, it’s the best time of the year to experience the feelings, tastes, and smells of the outdoors.

Grilled Flat Iron Steak*

This recipe is modified from one my mom found on Allrecipes.com. Theirs was cooked in a nonstick skillet. Truth be known, I simply didn’t want to spend the money to feed my whole family. When Mom said she had some of these “new, trendy”steaks in her freezer, it was a lucky day. The steaks were fantastic thanks to a good recipe and Caryl’s grilling expertise. The few remaining leftovers made a wonderful steak salad.

2 lbs flat iron steak*
2 ½ T unfiltered olive oil
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 T chopped fresh rosemary
1 T shallot, minced
¼ cup hearty red wine (don’t waste your Red Caboose on this, though! Any nice red will do.)
½ t salt
¾ t fresh-ground black pepper
1 t dry mustard powder
1 T meat tenderizer, such as Adolph’s

Sprinkle tenderizer on both sides of steaks. In a small bowl mix the olive oil, garlic, rosemary, shallots, salt, pepper, wine, and mustard powder. Pour over steaks. Cover tightly and marinate in refrigerator for at least 2 hours.

Grill over medium-hot coals for about 3-4 minutes per side. Let rest for five minutes, then slice across the grain into thin slices.

Serve with jasmine rice and a colorful green salad, or use on rolls for a delicious sandwich to take to
Red Caboose Winery. Don’t forget the deviled eggs and a hunk of dark chocolate to go with the Syrah-Malbec.

*Flat iron steaks are a fairly-recently “discovered” a thin cut that is surprisingly lean and tender. Scientists were trying to find a way to minimize the wasted cut from the shoulder of the cow. According to About.com, these “friendly scientists” found a way to take out the thick connective tissue that made the cut undesirable. Like other thin cuts, flat iron steaks, also known as “top blade steaks,” benefit from marinating and from cooking no more than medium-rare. This cut also makes a wonderful chili or beef stew.

Happing cooking and eating!

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