Tuesday, March 28, 2006

Pear Chutney

3 medium size ripe pears
1 T. lemon juice
1 c. seedless red grapes, cut in half
2 T. honey
2 T. Dijon mustard
5 T. olive oil
1 small chopped red onion
1/4 c. raisins
1 T. mustard seed
1/2 tsp. allspice

Peel and cut pears in 1/2 inch pieces and toss with the lemon juice.
Add the grapes, honey and mustard.
Mix and set aside.
Cook onions in the olive oil until soft.
Add the raisins, mustard see and allspice.
Stir until the raisins plump up, about 5 minutes.
Mix gently with the fruit.
Serves 6.

Sunday, March 19, 2006

Green Beans Genovese

1 lb. green beans, trimmed
1/2 tsp. finely minced garlic
1 T. butter
1/2 c. minced Italian parsley
tsp. olive oil
2 anchovy fillets, patted dry and minced
Pepper to taste.

Steam beans until done.
Saute the garlic in butter and oil
over low heat until golden.
Add the beans and heat through.
Add the parsley, anchovies and pepper.
Toss and serve.

Makes six servings.

Saturday, March 11, 2006

Peaches Francais

4 c. dry white wine
1 lemon, unpeeled, sliced
1 orange, unpeeled, sliced
1/4 c. honey
1 vanilla bean
6 ripe peaches, peeled and sliced
6 sprigs of mint

With a sharp knife, slice vanilla bean in half lengthwise.
Scrape small sticky seeds from the pod.
Combine the wine, lemon, orange, honey and vanilla seeds
in a stainless steel sauce pan.
Over medium-high heat, bring mixture to a boil for 3 minutes.
Remove from stove and cool completely.
Divide peaches between 6 large wine glasses.
Strain wine syrup over the peaches.
Garnish with mint.
Serves 6 for dessert.

Grilled Pear Pecan Pie

1/4 c. flour
1 tsp. lemon juice
1/2 tsp. lemon rind
1/4 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp. nutmeg
4 fresh pears, peeled and sliced
1 (15 oz.) package refrigerated pie crusts
3/4 c. firmly packed brown sugar
1/2 c. chopped pecans
1/4 c. butter or margarine, melted

Stir together first 5 ingredients in a large bowl,
add pears and toss to coat.
Fit one pie crust in a 9 inch deep-dish pie plate
according to directions.
Arrange coated pears in the pie crust.
Combine sugar, pecans and butter,
stirring until blended.
Spoon mixture over pears.
Top with remaining pie crust;
fold edges under and crimp.
Cut several slits in the top pie crust.
Light one side of a grill, place pie on the other side
on a large piece of aluminum foil.
Grill, covered with the grill lid,
over medium heat, for one hour and 15 minutes.

Sunday, March 05, 2006

Asian Peach Sauce

2 T. soy sauce
2 tsp. peanut oil
3 T. honey
1 c. pureed peaches
1/4 tsp. ginger
1 T. minced green onions
2 tsp. toasted sesame seeds

Mix all ingredients in a small bowl.
Yields one cup.

Thursday, March 02, 2006

Norky's Sweet Potato Casserole

My Mom's recipe:

3 C. mashed sweet potatoes
1/2 C. Granulated sugar
2 eggs
1 tsp. vanilla
1/2 C. melted butter


1 C. packed brown sugar
1/3 C. all purpose flour
1/3 C. soft butter
1 C. chopped pecans

Mix together ingredients and put in a 1 1/2 qt or 8 inch casserole dish.
Cover with topping that has been crumbled with a fork.
Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes.
Double recipe for a large crowd.