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Mar 31, 2014 - MOCKTAILS, RECIPES    No Comments

ELDERFLOWER SPARKLER

Light and refreshing taste.

Makes about 10 pints.

3 1/2 cups superfine sugar  or stevia
2 cups hot water
4 large fresh elderflower heads
2 tablespoons white wine vinegar
juice and pared rind of 1 lemon
8 1/2 pints water, heated to almost boiling

Mix the sweetener with the hot water.  Pour the mixture into a large glass or plastic container.
Add all the remaining ingredients.
Stir well, cover and leave for about 5 days.

Strain off the liquid into sterilized screw top bottles.  Glass or plastic.
Leave for a further week (or a bit more).
Serve very cold with slivers of lemon rind.

Mar 31, 2014 - ON THE SIDE, RECIPES    No Comments

OVEN ROASTED WINTER VEGETABLES

8 Servings

6 tablespoons olive oil
2 1/2 pounds rutabagas, peeled, cut into 1″ cubes
2 pounds onions, cut into 1″ chunks
1 pound carrots, cut into 2″ long pieces
1 pound orange-flesh sweet potatoes (yams), cut into 1″ cubes
30 garlic cloves, unpeeled
14 fresh sage leaves or 1 tablespoon dried, crumbled
7 sprigs fresh rosemary or 1 tablespoon dried, crumbled
Salt and pepper

Preheat oven to 450°

Place 2 heavy large roasting pans in oven and heat 15 minutes.
Remove from oven.
Add 1 tablespoon olive oil to each.
Add half of vegetables, garlic and herbs to each pan.
Drizzle 2 tablespoons oil over vegetables in each pan.
Season with salt and pepper.
Roast vegetables until tender when pierced with fork, stirring occasionally, about 1 1/4 hours.
Serve.

Mar 30, 2014 - MEAT DISHES, RECIPES    No Comments

SAUTEED CHICKEN BREASTS WITH PINE NUTS AND TOMATOES

Makes 6 servings.

This recipe evokes the flavors of the Mediterranean Sea and the lower Caucasus Mountains. Now you have a reason to visit that little Middle Eastern market for accessories and appetizers such as stuffed grape leaves, taramosalata, or marinated eggplant.

And for an extra treat, fill the chicken with a prosciutto stuffing a full day ahead to allow the flavor to develop.

1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley (Italian is best)
2 large garlic cloves, minced
2 teaspoons dried oregano, crumbled
6 tablespoons olive oil
1 medium onion, minced
2 ounces prosciutto, chopped
1/2 cup pine nuts, lightly toasted

6 skinless chicken breast halves
1/4 cup dry white wine

1 14 to 18 ounce can tomatoes, drained, chopped
salt and pepper
3 tablespoons chopped parsley (Italian is best)

Combine the 1/4 cup parsley, garlic ad oregano in a small bowl.
Heat 2 tablespoons of oil in heavy small skillet over medium-low heat.
Add onion and sauté until onion is golden brown, about 15 minutes.
Stir in half of parsley mixture and continue to cook until garlic is tender, about 2 minutes.
Transfer mixture to small bowl.  Stir in prosciutto and pine nuts.  Cool completely.

Insert small sharp knife into side of each chicken breast at thick end.
Carefully cut side to create 2-inch deep, 2-inch wide pocket.
(Do not cut completely through chicken breast!)
Skewer with toothpicks to close the pocket opening.

Place chicken in baking dish.
Drizzle with 2 tablespoons oil.
Pour wine over.
Sprinkle both sides of chicken with remaining parsley mixture.
Cover and marinate at least 8 hours.  (Can be prepared up to one day ahead.)

Heat remaining 2 tablespoons olive oil in heavy large skillet over high heat.
Add chicken (reserve marinade) and cook until brown on both sides, about 3 minutes.
Add half of reserved marinade.
Reduce heat to medium-low.  Cover and cook until chicken is cooked through, about 5 minutes.
Transfer chicken to plates.

Add tomatoes and remaining marinade to skillet.
Boil until slightly thickened, stirring constantly, about 2 minutes.
Season with salt and pepper.
Spoon tomato mixture over chicken.

Sprinkle with 3 tablespoons parsley and serve.  Enjoy!

 

Mar 30, 2014 - FUN WITH HERBS    No Comments

ROSE HAND CREAM

Softens and Moisturizes

1 tsp beeswax
1/4 teaspoon honey
4 tbsp almond oil
4 tbsp rosewater

Put the beeswax, honey and almond oil in a glass jar standing in a small pan of hot water.
Stir until melted and blended.

Stir vigorously while pouring in the rosewater.
Take the jar out of the water, and continue to stir gently until the mixture has cooled.

Mar 30, 2014 - MOCKTAILS, RECIPES    No Comments

SWEET & SASSY MARY

Prepared in 1 Quart quantity

1 quart (32 ounces) vegetable cocktail juice
4 packets, Stevia
2-3 dashes (1/2 teaspoon) celery salt
2-3 dashes (1/2 teaspoon) seasoned salt
2-3 dashes (1/2 teaspoon) Worcestershire sauce
2-3 dashes (1/2 teaspoon) Tabasco ® sauce
2-3 dashes (1/2 teaspoon) lime juice
GARNISH – 4 pickle or cucumber spears

Combine all ingredients. Stir together thoroughly.
Pour over ice in Old-fashioned glasses. Stir.
Garnish.

Best when served within four days.
Calories per serving – 45
Makes 4, 8 ounce servings.

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