In Our Kitchen

They are not ballons

They are not balloons

Who can guess what is pictured above.

Winner gets a super prize called self satisfaction.

Here is another hint.

It is getting to be time to buy a professional grinder and stuffer

It is getting to be time to buy a professional grinder and stuffer

Pork shoulder finally went on sale. Enough hints.

Anyway a friend made us a fantastic note holder out of old corks. It seems we may not be the only ones who reuse corks for decoration.

That grocery list is way too short

That grocery list is way too short

She also brought us a whole bunch of fresh eggs from her chickens. Can anyone say fried eggs and grits for breakfast? I know I did.

They are pretty clean too

They are pretty clean too

I had planned to talk about the garden but with all the &%###&*%$# troublesome *&^%$##$% late season *#@$%^#@%& snowfall and &$%$#%^& really *&%$#$%* cold weather that will have to wait till next month. Instead here is a friendly photo of some pancakes. The syrup is ok, not great, but ok.

Fried eggs are not optional

Fried eggs are not optional

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Sunday Suppers: Got Venison?

Here are some ways to take advantage of deer season or the generosity of your hunter friends like we do.

Stuff it

Acorn squash stuffed with venison

Acorn squash stuffed with venison

Stew it

Braised Venison

Braised Venison

Grill it

Venison with Grapefruit Sauce

Venison with Grapefruit Sauce

Sear it

Venison with a Blueberry Sauce

Venison with a Blueberry Sauce

Or simply pack it

Venison burgers

Venison burgers

 

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Mushrooms Stuffed with Mascarpone

Crunchy and creamy

Crunchy and creamy

These are very simple and quick.

Mushrooms Stuffed with Mascarpone

  • 24 stuffing mushrooms
  • 1/2 cup diced green onion
  • 3/4 cup bread crumbs
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 5 oz mascarpone
  • 3-4 slices ham chopped into small dice
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 3 tbsp sherry
  • 2 tbsp chopped parsley
  • 2 tbsp butter

Remove stems from mushroom caps and chop into small dice. Mix sherry and olive oil together and toss with mushroom caps. In a frying pan melt butter and saute onion and garlic until fragrant. Add chopped stems and ham and saute until golden. Add breadcrumbs and mix well. Add cheese and remove from heat. Stir until well blended, then season with parsley, salt and pepper. Toss caps in oil mixture again, then remove and place on a greased baking sheet. Spoon mixture into caps packing well. Bake at 325 degrees until tops are browned and mushrooms are wrinkled, about 40 minutes. Serve hot.

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Homemade Irish Cream

I sipped some from the back shot

I sipped some from the back shot

Once again homemade is so much better than anything on the market to buy. If you make this now it will be ready for a certain Irish holiday.

This recipe makes roughly 2.75 liters so have a few empty glass storage bottles on hand. A lot of recipes say that any whiskey can be used but for best results use Irish or rye. It does not have to be expensive.

Irish Cream

  • 750 ml Irish whiskey
  • 28 oz condensed milk
  • 24 oz evaporated milk
  • 1 1/4 cups strong black coffee
  • 1/2 cup quality dark chocolate
  • 600 ml heavy whipping cream
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

In a double boiler melt chocolate over low heat. Add some evaporated milk and whisk until combined. Remove from heat and slowly whisk in evaporated milk, condensed milk, whiskey and cream adding small amounts of each at a time. You want to make sure the chocolate does not solidify, but it needs to be cool enough not to steam off any of the alcohol. When everything is combined add coffee and vanilla extract. Mix well and pour into storage bottles. Refrigerate and agitate once a day for two weeks. Liquor will keep in the refrigerator for at least two months and can be enjoyed immediately but tastes better after two weeks.

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Grapefruit Vinaigrette

This needs fresh grapefruit juice

This needs fresh grapefruit juice

This is a very simple healthy salad dressing. It has to have ripe red grapefruit to taste right.

Grapefruit Vinaigrette

  • 2 tsp Dijon mustard
  • 8 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 4 tbsp fresh grapefruit juice
  • 1/2 tsp minced garlic

Whip everything together and refrigerate for an hour before serving.

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Sunday Suppers: Winter Whites

The kidneys make this

What our garden looks like these days

We’ve been spared the snow that’s blanketed much of the country, but early this week a layer of ice made our landscape more than a little frosty. Instead of making us feel a little blue, we’re craving food that warms us up. But of course we’re all about coordinating our colors. Here are some of our favorite winter whites:

Cream of Potato Soup (above) and Potato Leek Soup (below)

That there is perdy

I’m gonna need a bigger bowl

White Bean Soup with Farro

Drizzle more olive oil if you want

Drizzle more olive oil if you want

Cream of Potato Soup with Roasted Garlic

Campbell's eat your heart out

Campbell’s eat your heart out

If only we’d get a little snow instead of ice we could whip up some of this:

 

 

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Mustard Molasses Pork Loin

Pork is the true white meat

Pork is the true white meat

Here is a simple marinade and glaze for roast pork.

Mustard Molasses Pork Tenderloin

  • 5-7 lb pork loin
  • 2 tbsp dijon mustard
  • 2 tbsp stone ground brown mustard
  • 1 tbsp molasses
  • 1 tbsp chopped fresh rosemary

Mix everything into a paste. Rub over pork and wrap in plastic. Refrigerate 6 hours and up to 12. Roast at 365 degrees until done.

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