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Sweet Ginger Love Tomato Jam


Did you know that that there is  a tomato called ‘Pomme d’Amour’ ? Literally it translates to  “love apple” Pomme d’Amour (French for “love apple”) is similar to these small-fruit tomatoes that were mostly grown for ornament; however, the mild, pinkish-red tomatoes are ideal for garden snacking, salads, and drying. Because they re so hard to find, we used Roma tomatoes for this love jam. Fragrant and delicious, this sweet jam is a favorite at tea time or for a romantic  breakfast in bed.

Enjoy!

 

Ingredients (for 2-1/2 twelve ounce jars)

1-1/2 pounds Roma tomatoes, peeled, seeded and chopped
1 teaspoon powdered ginger
3-1/2 cups sugar

Measure into a large non reactive pot, discarding seeds and juice left on cutting board. Add sugar.

Stir in the ginger. Place pot on stove on high heat, stirring with a wooden spoon until the sugar is dissolved. Maintain a full boil until thick and clear . This takes about 20 minutes. Stir often to avoid burning during the last few minutes.

Remove from the heat, allow to stand a moment or two for scum to side and set, so it may be easily removed. Place in hot sterilized jars, cool slightly and seal with paraffin. Yields approximately 2-1/2 twelve ounce jars.

Caviar Beurre Blanc on Seared White Sturgeon

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Planning on celebrating a wonderful dinner for two for  Valentines , and anniversary or just for the joy of it? Forgo the chicken and the beef and go for delicious white sturgeon.  If you are afraid of fish, fear not! This fish has no scales to deal with and is very hard to overcook. As with all fish , get it from a trusted source, it will smell like the ocean ( and not fish) when fresh. And get good quality caviar . Our friends from Petrossian  shared the secret to one of their delicious signature dishes with us.,It’s the  double reduction of wine and fish stock in the beurre blanc! this builds incredible layers of flavor. The recipe is for 4 portions, reduce by half if making for two, or just have seconds. ENJOY!

 

Ingredients: 

2 shallots, peeled & sliced
2 cloves garlic
1 bay leaf
3 sprigs thyme
2 black peppercorns
1 cup white wine
1 cup fish fumet (stock)
1 cup cream
8 ounces butter, cut in cubes and chilled
Salt & pepper to taste
Caviar, 80 grams

 

For Mushrooms: 

1 oz. vegetable oil, we used canola
1 pound Trumpet Royale Mushrooms, cleaned and quartered
1 shallot, minced
3 sprigs thyme
1 lb. fava beans, blanched
4 7 oz. filets White Sturgeon
Chervil (optional)
Salt & pepper to taste 

 

Procedure: 

 

To make the Beurre Blanc: Combine shallots, garlic, bay leaf,  thyme, peppercorns and white wine in a saucepan over medium heat , cook until and the wine is nearly evaporated. Add the fish stock and reduce until nearly evaporated. Add the cream and reduce by half. Strain the mixture. Discard the solids and put the hot liquid into the blender and puree. Slowly add the cubes of butter to the working blender. Season and reserve in a warm place. 

 

To make the mushrooms: Place sauté pan over high heat until very hot and then add oil. Place mushrooms in a single layer in the hot pan. Add a pinch of shallots, garlic and a spring of thyme. Sauté until slightly brown and then flip to other side and repeat process. Repeat this process with remaining mushrooms. Reserve. Blanch the Fava beans in salted water. 

 

To assemble: Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Put a sauté pan on high heat and add a little oil. Season the sturgeon and place in a very hot pan. Brown the presentation side first and place in preheated oven. Sauté the mushrooms and add the Fava beans. Season. Place the cooked sturgeon on top of the mushroom fricassee. Add the caviar to the sauce and combine. Pour the caviar beurre blanc over fish and garnish with chervil.

How To Cook Rice

It is said that any cook should know how to execute 10 basic recipes and most other recipes will follow. Think about it, if you know your basic cooking techniques, change the ingredients and you’ll be able to make thousands of combinations!  Rice is a tricky thing, it can be made risotto style, sticky style or “steamed/ fluffy” style.

 

The method we used is easy, simple and will produce a lovely fluffy style rice, excellent for side dishes or as a basis for sauce, or stir fry. 

For 4 (1 cup) portions:

2 cups rice
about 8 cups water 
1 tsp salt 

 

Rinse rice in water two or three times to get rid of any debris. Place the rice in a pot on high heat with just enough water to cover the rice plus 1/2 inch more, add salt and stir. Let it come to a rolling boil then lower the heat and cover. Let cook for 10-15 minutes DO NOT STIR or else your rice will stick to the bottom of your pot. Check to see if water dried out, if necessary add more.
Start testing for doneness after 15 minutes. The grains will be plump, white and cooked in the center. .

Which Rice to use?

None in particular, keep in mind that some rice types are more flavorful than others. Normal long grain rice is OK for this recipe. It tastes very good with Basmati

Turkey Involtini

The holidays can be a lovely time of year to get together with large groups of family and friends; but it can also be a good time for an intimate , quiet gathering. If you planning a Thanksgiving for two, a small holiday gathering, or are just plain tired of old fashioned turkey,  spice up your table with these delicious, quick and easy turkey involtinis.  Involtino is the Italian word for roll-ups. In our version, turkey cutlets are “stuffed” with onions, celery and  fresh sage mixture and braised in white wine . Serve with rustic potatoes, cranberry-cabernet sauce  and voila ! A sophisticated and wonderful feast, that is ready in less than an hour.

Ingredients: ( for 4 involtini)

4 turkey cutlets
1 medium onion, chopped
1 cup chopped celery ( about 4 large stalks)
1 apple pealed and chopped
1 egg beaten
1 bunch fresh sage or the herbs of your choice
nutmeg, salt and pepper to taste
flour for dusting the involtini
3 Tbls olive oil
2 cups dry white wine
12-20 toothpicks to hold the involtini while cooking

 

Salt and pepper each cutlet and pound ( if necessary) till they have a thickness of 3/4 inch. Take the celery, apple, onions and part of the sage and mix in a bowl. Add the beaten egg and condiment to taste.
Take each cutlet, place on plastic wrap and spread 1/4 of mixture on each. Then using the plastic wrap to aid yourself, carefully roll the cutlet. Place 3- 4 toothpicks on each cutlet so it remains closely together. Repeat with each cutlet, then dust lightly with flour, salt and pepper.

In a large skillet, heat the oil over med-high heat, add the involtini and brown , turn every 2 minutes to brown each side. This is best done with the use of cooking tongs. Once all sides are brown, add the wine, ( it will make a lovely noise). Reduce to medium heat, partially cover and let cook for 30 minutes or till half of the liquid evaporates. Let stand for 10 minutes before serving.

To serve: Remove toothpicks and slice each involtini crosswise ( see picture). Place on individual plate, and add a small amount of wine reduction on the side. Serve with Rustic potatoes and Cranberry- Cabernet sauce. ENJOY!

Cebollas Tapas ( Onion tapas)

 

We love this tapas! All it takes are some onions, white wine, spice and herbs! Unlike the cebollas in adobo tapas, it’s done in less than 20 minutes. If you are wondering, there is no need to shed tears; we tried this recipe with fresh onions and then again with frozen pearl onions. Amazingly, the frozen beat the fresh in our taste tests! They are wonderful with bread or serve as we did: with toothpicks. It will double as a side dish if you are in a jam . It’s surprisingly low in carbs,  2/3 of a cup serving has only 3 g of sugar. ENJOY!

Ingredients:

1 14Oz  bag Frozen pearl onion onions ( not chopped onions) 
2 Tbls canola oil
1/2 cup white wine
salt and pepper to taste
Fresh Chopped parsley for garnish

 

Place a large skillet (preferable not the non-stick type) over med-high heat, and heat the oil.  Add the onions , the salt and the pepper, and cook stirring frequently so the onions caramelize evenly. Once take a nice brown color on a small portion of the outer surface, reduce heat to medium and add the wine. Cook till the liquid reduces to half, stirring frequently. This should take 4 to 5 minutes depending on your cooktop. Test for salt and pepper add if necessary. Place on serving dish and sprinkle with chopped parsley. Enjoy!