MOROCCAN CHICKEN

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 moroccan chicken

This is a spectacularly delicious chicken dish.  It can be made with lamb or meatless.  Using seven vegetables brings good luck.  I used parsnips, butternut squash, onions, tomatoes, turnips, zucchini and carrots.  Feel free to put together any combination you want.  And the quantities I used in the recipe are totally open to modification.  I used a flavorful homemade organic chicken broth but store bought chicken broth or vegetable broth will work just fine.  Garam Masala is an Indian spice blend that is sweeter than some of the other blends.  It contains cinnamon, ginger, cumin,, clove, coriander, bay leaf and chili.  I also use a traditional Moroccan curry blend called Ras el Hanout.  It contains turmeric, white pepper, aniseed, cardamom cloves, all spice, cinnamon, nutmeg, mace and ginger.  Some recipes include saffron but I don’t think it stands up with all the other spices.  I prefer to use saffron by itself. 

When I make this dish I serve it with rice instead of couscous which would be the traditional accompaniment.  But I just found a smoked basmati rice which is delicious with fried onions and barberries.  For 6 people I cook the cups of  rice as directed and then take out a 1/4 of the rice and add a  pinch of saffron that has been steeped in a TBS of hot water.  To the rest of the rice I add a 1/4 cup of  barberries that have also steeped in a little hot water (draining the water) and add a medium onion that has been diced and fried until beginning to brown.  I serve the barberry rice on a platter surrounded by the saffron rice.

SEVEN VEGETABLE MOROCCAN CHICKEN

INGREDIENTS

8 chicken thighs with bones and skin

4-6 cups chicken stock

1/2 cup flour

3 carrots, peeled and sliced into 1/2 inch pieces

2 parsnips peeled and sliced into 1/2 inch pieces

1 can petite diced tomatoes

1 large onion cut into small dice

1 small turnip or part of a rutabaga chopped into 1-2  inch dice

1 cup butternut squash cut into 1-2  inch dice

1/2 pound zucchini, either the tiny zucchini cut into 1 inch pieces or a larger one cut into 1/2 slices

1 can chickpeas

1/4  lb.  sliced dried apricots

2 garlic cloves, crushed.

2-3 TBS garam marsala

1 TBS Ras el Hanout (Moroccan blend of spices including

1/4 pound slivered almonds

Harissa  (can be found in Middle Eastern section of Wegmans or from a specialty grocer.)

 

DIRECTIONS

  1. Dredge the chicken in flour and fry in olive oil until brown on both sides.  Set aside
  2. Fry onions in olive oil until soft and beginning to brown,  set aside.  Then fry turnip, parsnip, carrot   and butternut squash in batches until beginning to brown and smell aromatic.  Set aside
  3. Fry spices mixtures for three or four minutes,  stirring until aromatic.
  4. Add broth to frying pan along with tomatoes and bring to boil.
  5. Combine the vegetables, chickpeas, apricots and chicken and bring to simmer.  Cook for 30 minutes.  Taste for seasoning and add salt and more curry seasonings to taste.
  6. it is best if the dish cools overnight in the fridge and is reheated one or two days later.
  7. Last minute  lightly brown almonds  in butter.
  8. Also last minute fry the zucchini until barely cooked in olive oil and add garlic for the last minute, stirring it evenly into the zucchini.
  9. Remove the chicken from fridge and carefully spoon of the solidified oil from the top.  Heat it up.  When simmering add the zucchini.  Check for seasoning .
  10. Serve on large platter sprinkling with almonds.  Serve Harissa on the side.
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Banana Upside-Down Cake

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banana upside down cake

 

Banana Upside Down Cake

This cake is the best of a banana cake and an upside down cake.  You have to love bananas because this cake is the essence of bananas.  This is the cake you make when you have lots of really ripe bananas.

Topping ingredients:

I cup brown sugar
2 Tbs. maple syrup
1/4 stick unsalted butter
4 large ripe bananas, peeled and cut into 1/4 inch thick slices

Cake ingredients:

1 stick softened or melted butter
3/4 cup sugar
2 eggs
1 cup mashed banana (2-3 bananas)
1 cup all purpose flour
3/4 cup cake flour
1 tsp. baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup buttermilk or a combination of buttermilk and sour cream
1 teaspoon vanilla

Topping:

1. Melt butter and sugar together along with maple syrup in 9 inch cast iron pan and let them caramelize until light brown. Be careful not to let it burn but no need to stir.
2.  Place the bananas attractive over the butter sugar mixture and set aside

Cake:  Preheat oven to 350 degrees

1.  Mix together all the dry ingredients:  baking powder, baking soda, two flours, cinnamon and salt and set aside.
2.  Beat sugar and butter in another bowl until creamy.
3.  Add egg and continue to beat until light and fully. 
4.  Add bananas,vanilla and milk and sour cream and beat together until blended.
5. Add flour mixture and mix just until incorporated.  Do not over mix
6. Carefully pour over the bananas in the iron skillet and spread evenly.
7. Place in center of oven and bake for about 45-55 minutes or until brown and tester comes out clean.
8. Remove the cake from oven and let cool for 5 minutes before carefully inverting it unto a serving tray.
9.  This cake is amazing served warm.

 

 

 

 

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Mushroom-Walnut Paté

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Mushroom-Walnut Paté
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Ingredients
  1. • 2-1/2 tablespoons butter
  2. • 2/3 cup mushrooms(any combination), sliced
  3. • 1/4 cup chopped shallots or onions
  4. • 1 small clove fresh garlic, minced
  5. • 1/2 cup toasted walnut pieces
  6. • 1 tablespoon walnut oil or olive oil
  7. • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  8. • 1 teaspoon lemon zest
Instructions
  1. 1. In a large skillet over medium heat, melt butter.
  2. 2. Add mushrooms, shallots and garlic. Sauté 7-10 minutes, stirring often, until mix is just browning and any liquids given off have evaporated.
  3. 3. Place walnuts, oil, salt and zest in a food processor and process until a paste has formed.
  4. 4. Add mushroom mix and blend until almost smooth.
  5. 5. Taste and add salt as needed.
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Apple Garlic Chutney

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APPLE GARLIC CHUTNEY RECIPE
 
4-5 tart apples, peeled, cored and coarsely chopped
1 cup dried apricots chopped into little cubes
1 cup golden raisins
6-7 garlic cloves, peeled and mashed
2 tsp. grated and peeled fresh ginger
1 cup sugar
1 1/2 cups cider or red wine vinegar
1 tsp salt
1/2-1 tsp cayenne pepper (to taste)
 
In a non-reactive pot (not aluminum or iron) combine all ingredients.  Bring to a boil and reduce to simmer, stirring often.  Add more vinegar if necessary to prevent burning.  Cook for about 30 minutes until the apples are softened and the mixture is thickened.  Taste and add more salt, sugar or vinegar if necessary. To give it a nice kick I add a teaspoon of grated ginger and a clove of pressed garlic after I turn off the heat and stir it in.
 
Remove from heat and cool to room temperature.  Spoon into sterile jars and cover tightly.  Refrigerate for several days and up to two weeks to allow flavors to mellow.  This chutney can be kept in the fridge for up to 2 months.
 
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Applesauce Upside Down Cake

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APPLESAUCE UPSIDE DOWN CAKE PUBLISHED

 

These next two posts are my creations of upside down cake with the fruit also in the cake.  So this applesauce upside-down cake has an applesauce spice cake with the apples caramelized over the top.

I started with my applesauce muffin recipe adapting it as a cake recipe. 

 

 

SPICED APPLESAUCE UPSIDE DOWN CAKE
 
 
For Topping:
 
5-6 medium apples (peeled cored and quartered)
1/2 stick unsalted butter
2/3 cup sugar
 
For Cake Batter 
  • 1 ¼ cups applesauce (if sweetened cut down on the brown sugar)
  • 3/4  cup brown sugar
  • ½  cup olive oil
  • 2 eggs
  • ¼ cup buttermilk
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ½  teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ½  teaspoon ground allspice
  • ½ teaspoon ground clove
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

Topping:

1.  Using a 9 inch cast iron skillet melt the butter and add the sugar.
2.  Arrange that apples cut side up in a decorative way over the melted butter and sugar. You can crowd them since they will shrink when cooked.
3.  Cook undisturbed for 25-45 minutes or until the apples are tender,  and the are light brown. Make sure not to burn the apples.

Cake:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
  2. In a large bowl, Beat eggs first and then  add the applesauce, sugar, oil, and buttermilk; beat well.
  3.  Sift together the flour, baking soda, baking powder and mix in cinnamon,  allspice, cloves and salt. Add to the applesauce mixture but don’t over stir.
  4. Add vanilla.
  5. Pour batter over the cooked apples, making sure to spread evenly almost to the edge.
  6. Bake in preheated oven for 30-35 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into center of the cake comes out clean.
  7. Cool cake for 5 minutes and then carefully reverse it unto a platter.

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Charlie Bird’s Farro Salad with Arugula

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Charlie Bird's Farro Salad
Serves 6
A beautiful salad with a flavorful mixture of arugula, basil and mint
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Prep Time
45 min
Cook Time
30 min
Prep Time
45 min
Cook Time
30 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 cup farro
  2. 1 cup apple cider
  3. 2 teaspoons kosher salt, more as needed
  4. 2 bay leaves
  5. 8 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  6. 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  7. 70 grams Parmesan cheese, shaved with a vegetable peeler (1/2 cup)
  8. 70 grams chopped pistachio nuts (1/2 cup)
  9. 2 cups arugula leaves
  10. 1 cup basil leaves, torn
  11. 1 cup mint leaves
  12. ¾ cup halved cherry or grape tomatoes
  13. ⅓ cup thinly sliced radish
  14. Maldon or other flaky sea salt, for finishing
Instructions
  1. In a medium saucepan, bring farro, apple cider, salt, bay leaves and 2 cups water to a simmer. Simmer until farro is tender and liquid evaporates, about 30 minutes.
  2. If all the liquid evaporates before the farro is done, add a little more water.
  3. Let farro cool, then discard bay leaves.
  4. In a salad bowl, whisk together olive oil, lemon juice and a pinch of salt.
  5. Add farro and mix well.
  6. This salad base will keep for up to 4 hours at room temperature or overnight in the refrigerator (bring to room temperature before serving).
  7. Just before serving, fold in arugula, herbs, tomatoes, cheese and pistachio nuts and mix well. Add flaky salt to taste.
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This is one of the best salads to bring to a pot luck. It’s a winner and everyone wants the recipe. I usually adapt recipes but in this case I’ve followed Charlie Bird’s directions exactly (except that I don’t add the radishes). I usually cook the farro the day before and add the lemon juice and olive oil. Right before serving I fold in the rest of the ingredients. For a vegan offering I add the cheese separately. Thank you Charlie!

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Old-Fashioned Blueberry Coffee Cake

Old-Fashioned Blueberry Coffee Cake
Serves 8
Old Fashioned Blueberry Coffee Cake
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Ingredients
  1. Crumb Topping
  2. 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  3. 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons (packed) dark brown sugar
  4. 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  5. 3 tablespoons chilled unsalted butter, cut into 1/4-inch cubes
  6. Cake
  7. Nonstick vegetable oil spray
  8. 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  9. 1 tablespoon cornmeal
  10. 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  11. 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  12. 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  13. 3/4 cup plus 3 tablespoons sugar, divided
  14. 6 tablespoons (3/4 stick) unsalted butter, room temperature or melted
  15. 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  16. 2 large eggs
  17. 1 cup buttermilk
  18. 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
  19. 2 cups fresh (or frozen, thawed) blueberries (about 10 ounce
Instructions
  1. Crumb Topping
  2. In food processor pulse flour, sugar,and butter; until the butter is pea size or smaller. Set topping aside. DO AHEAD: Can be made 5 days ahead. Cover and chill.
  3. Cake
  4. Preheat oven to 350°. Coat pan with nonstick spray.
  5. Whisk flour, cornmeal, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a medium bowl; set aside.
  6. Using an electric mixer on medium speed, beat 3/4 cup sugar and butter in a medium bowl until light and fluffy, 3–4 minutes. Beat in vanilla. Add eggs one at a time, beating to blend between additions and occasionally scraping down sides of bowl, until mixture is pale and fluffy, 3–4 minutes longer.
  7. With mixer on low speed, add dry ingredients to bowl in 3 additions, alternating with buttermilk in 2 additions, beginning and ending with dry ingredients.
  8. Pour half of batter into prepared pan and smooth top. Whisk remaining 3 Tbsp. sugar and cinnamon in a small bowl; sprinkle evenly over batter in pan.
  9. Layer the top with blueberries.
  10. Spoon remaining batter over layer of blueberries and smooth top.
  11. . Sprinkle crumb topping over blueberries.
  12. Bake cake until top is golden brown and a tester inserted into the center comes out clean, 55–65 minutes. Let cool completely in pan. DO AHEAD: Can be made 1 day ahead. Store airtight at room temperature.
We are having a bumper crop of beautiful big blueberries but most of the orchards aren’t faring as well. So far I’ve made a nectarine blueberry crisp, a blueberry pie and two blueberry coffee cakes. I’ ve posted earlier some good blueberry muffins but this year my favorite is this blueberry coffee cake. The original recipe is from the September 2012 issue of Bon Appetit Magazine. I’ve adapted it somewhat and here is my version
Adapted from Recipe adapted from Cakes Ale in Decatur GA
Adapted from Recipe adapted from Cakes Ale in Decatur GA
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U-PICK BLUEBERRIES AND RASPBERRIES ARE READY

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Blueberries are ready for picking.  Glenhaven Farm is open  for picking but is having a short season.  Grisamore Farms also has blueberries. Luce Farm in Ovid (7381 HALL Road, Ovid 607-532-9475) is closed this week but will have blueberries next week, but that will be there last week..   Check out their websites to get hours and directions.  Or click on "U-Pick" to find other farms in your neighborhood that are open for picking. Hall's Hill Blueberry Farm in Cortland is advertising U-pick until August 26th.  They have coupons in the Ithaca Journal.  

 

 

Blueberries are one of my favorite fruits to pick.  No need to break your back.  The harvesting is quick and painless and it's a great social activity since you can chat away with your friends.  I always meet someone I know when I'm picking at Glenhaven.  Many children come for the event.  They either help their parents pick, or just have a private blueberry feast, or lay out a blanket in the shade and watch the others pick.  Everyone has a good time.  Blueberries are the best to freeze and baking requires no advance preparation.  We just put a huge bowl  on the table and let passerbyers grab the blueberries by handfuls. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

U-Pick Raspberries at: 

 

 Indian Creek Farm

Who: Alan Leornard and Stephen Cummins
Where: 1408 Trumansburg Road (1/2 mile past hospital
Phone: 273-9544, 592-2801 and 227-6147 I
ndiancreekorchard.com Call to check on availability

 

Silver Queen Farm
Who: Gordy & Liz Gallup
Where: 5286 Stillwell Road, Trumansburg
Phone: 387-6502 Call to check on availability

 

Grisamore Farms
Who: Mary Ann Grisamore
Where: Goose Street Road, Locke
Phone: 315-497-1347
Web site: www.grisamorefarms.com Call to  check on availability
 
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RASPBERRY CLAFOUTI RECIPE

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RASPBERRY CLAFOUTI

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THE BEST WAY TO EAT RASPBERRIES IS OF COURSE PLAIN WITH WHIPPED CREAM OR ICE-CREAM OR JUST UNADOURNED!  BUT IF YOU HAVE SOME LEFT THAT YOU WANT TO COOK, TRY THIS RECIPE FOR RASPBERRY CLAFOUTI COMPLETE WITH VIDEO BY ERIC RIPERT  

 

 

RASPBERRY CLAFOUTI FROM ERIC RIPERT

 Yield : 2 servings as side

 

INGREDIENTS

Raspberry Clafouti
Serves 2
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Ingredients
  1. 1 tablespoon butter
  2. ¼ cup sugar + more for ramekin
  3. 1 large egg
  4. 6 tablespoons half and half
  5. 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  6. 3 tablespoons all purpose flour
  7. 1 cup fresh raspberries
Instructions
  1. Heat toaster oven to 400°F. Butter two 3 ½ - inch ramekins and dust with sugar.
  2. Whisk egg until frothy and add sugar, half and half and vanilla extract; mix to combine.
  3. Add the all purpose flour and whisk very well.
  4. Divide the raspberries into the ramekins and pour the batter over the raspberries.
  5. Bake for 8 - 10 minutes until golden brown and the middle is set.
  6. 6. Serve with a scoop of ice cream. (optional)
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Stuffed Eggplant

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I have made this a few times using wheat berries.  This is a recipe I found online from the New York TImes Cooking section.  It is amazing.  And it’s vegetarian.  I didn’t use the parsley and didn’t miss it.  I used pesto I had in the freezer instead of basil and that worked great.  I copied this and pasted into this blog making a few changes which I highlighted in red.  If you like eggplant,  please try this.  

 

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Long-Simmered Eggplant Stuffed with Farro or Spelt

AUG. 25, 2014 From New York Times Cooking

By MARTHA ROSE SHULMAN

This is a riff on imam bayildi, the long-cooking eggplant dish bathed in tomatoes and onions that is one of the great achievements of Turkish cuisine. I added cooked farro to the tomato-onion mix, making this more like a stuffed eggplant dish. The active cooking time is minimal, but the smothered eggplant must simmer for about 1 1/2 hours to achieve the intense, syrupy sauce and deep, rich flavor that make this dish such a wonder. Make it a day ahead for best results, and serve at room temperature on a hot night.

Time: 2 hours, including 1 1/2 hours mostly unsupervised simmering ( Mine was done after an hour)

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Long Simmering Stuffed Eggplant with Farro or Spelt
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Ingredients
  1. 1/2 pounds eggplant (2 to 3 medium or 6 small eggplants), cut in half lengthwise
  2. 1/4 cup olive oil
  3. 1 large or 2 medium onions, sliced very thin
  4. Salt to taste
  5. 6 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  6. 1 1/2 pounds (3 large or 6 medium) tomatoes, grated or peeled and chopped or small diced tomatoes or homemade tomato sauce
  7. 1/4 cup finely chopped fresh parsley (optional)
  8. 2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh dill
  9. 2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh basil ( I used frozen pesto instead of fresh basil)
  10. Freshly ground pepper to taste
  11. 1 cup cooked farro, spelt or wheat berries.
  12. 1/4 cup water
  13. 2 1/2 teaspoons sugar ( I used less)
  14. 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  15. Additional minced parsley for garnish
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees.
  2. Line a baking sheet with foil or parchment and brush with olive oil.
  3. Slit eggplants down the middle, being careful not to cut through the skin.
  4. Place on baking sheet and bake for 15 to 20 minutes, depending on the size, until outer skin begins to shrivel.
  5. Remove from oven and transfer, cut side down, to a colander set in the sink.
  6. Allow to drain for 15 minutes.
  7. Meanwhile, heat 2 tablespoons of the olive oil over medium heat in a large, lidded skillet and add onions.
  8. Cook, stirring often, until very tender, about 8 minutes, and add a generous pinch of salt and the garlic. Cook, stirring, for 30 seconds to a minute, until fragrant.
  9. Add tomatoes, herbs, salt to taste, 1 teaspoon of the sugar and the cooked farro or spelt. Transfer to a bowl. Taste and adjust salt.
  10. Turn eggplants over and place in the pan, cut side up.
  11. Season with salt.
  12. Gently pull apart at the slit and fill with the onion, tomato and farro mix. Spoon any mix that couldn’t fit inside the eggplant over the top.
  13. Mix remaining olive oil, remaining sugar, water and lemon juice. Drizzle over and around the eggplants. Cover the pan and place over low heat.
  14. Cook gently for 1 to 1 1/2 hours, basting from time to time with the liquid in the pan, and adding water to the pan if it becomes too dry (this shouldn’t happen; in my experience, the eggplant releases water as it simmers).By the end of cooking, the eggplants should have collapsed significantly and the liquid in the pan should be syrupy or even slightly caramelized.
  15. Spoon this over the eggplant.
  16. Allow to cool in pan, sprinkle with parsley and serve at room temperature.
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Yield: Serves 6

Advance preparation: This is best if made a day ahead. You can roast the eggplant through Step 1 and make the filling through Step 2 several hours before stuffing and cooking the eggplant. Once cooked, the finished dish can sit for several hours, or refrigerate overnight and bring to room temperature before serving. Cooked farro and spelt keep for 3 days in the refrigerator and freeze well.

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