1. Wash and dry chicken
2. Turn bird breast side down. Using kitchen shears cut along the backbone. Cut along the other side of the backbone and remove (can be used for making chicken stock later).
3. Turn bird breast side up and press hard on breast bone with both hands to flatten chicken.
4. Remove wing tips if desired. Tuck legs and wings close to body.
5. Follow favourite oven or BBQ recipe.
*late 18th century (originally an Irish usage): perhaps related to the noun dispatch + cock
4 Large Eggs
coarsely ground salt and pepper
good bread for toasting
Tuck eggs in a saucepan in a single layer and cover with water to your first knuckle. On medium heat bring water just to the boil. (otherwise rubbery eggs!) Cover pan and remove from heat, letting stand 2 minutes by the timer. Remove and serve in egg cups immediately with toast soldiers. Eat with salt and pepper.
"The grave is without egg." - Ursula Le Guin
Upgraded Corn Fritters
1/4 c. flour
1 c. quick oats
1 T. sugar
1/2 t. baking powder
1/2 t. baking soda
1/4 t. cinnamon
1/8 t. salt
1 c. buttermilk
2 T. melted butter
1 cob of corn cooked and cut off the cob
3 T. diced, jarred smoked red peppers
1/3 c. feta cheese. crumbled
Mix dry and wet ingredients after combining separately. Cook on a hot griddle till dry around the edges. Flip and continue cooking until golden.
Especially good with grilled and sliced London Broil and Rote Koln (red cabbage) or German sausages with homemade applesauce.
(in Britain a pudding is any dessert, as in "the pudding course")
Something to wait for all year, I promise. This is a perfect Summer Solstice tradition. My friend Ruth introduced me to this very simple, but very grand occasion for bone china, strong black tea and a long leisurely afternoon in the company of berries. (and friends!) Most recipes are very similar, though each cook will have her own ideal ratio/combination of berries - "ours" is always heavy on the raspberries.
2 lbs. mixed summer berries (raspberries, red-currants, strawberries, black-currants, blueberries, blackberries,)
scant 1/2 cup of sugar (to taste)
Juice of ½ orange or one lemon
8-10 slices soft white bread, crusts removed
whipped or clotted cream to serve
fresh mint leaves, whole berries for garnish
Choose a round bowl with smooth sides for your mould, (this is similar to an upside down cake) grease lightly with butter or oil. Combine the berries (quarter the strawberries) with the sugar and lemon juice and simmer until soft. (5-10 minutes). Meanwhile, cut the crusts from the bread and press the slices into the bowl as a lining. (reserving some for the "bottom" of the pudding.) Scoop berries with juice into the bread mould and make a "lid" with the remaining slices. Cover the bowl with cling wrap and weight it with something heavy. Chill a long while (overnight is great.)
To serve, invert pudding quickly on a large plate. Let it rest a moment or two before removing the mould. Garnish with cream, mint sprig and whole berries.
Our Empty Nest NY Greens
Cooked lettuce? Yep, it's a thing, especially in New York State where this wonderful dish is known as "Utica Greens" after the city where people of Italian decent enjoy Greens cook-offs and a friendly rivalry for the title of Best Utica Greens.
I'm renaming them, "Empty Nest NY Greens" for a couple of reasons,
a) children may not appreciate the idea of cooked lettuce or the snappy bite of this dish,
b) we always called delicacies like this "adult food" at our house which enlarged foodie curiosity in the children and reserved the lion's share for us,
c) because now that the children are grown, my Inamorato and I can sometimes afford to eat at the wonderful Delmonico's where this dish is an outstanding treat,
d) because we have discovered them as a twosome (again) these greens have become a sign and symbol to us that there are always new things to discover with fledglings or back to being lovebirds, and
e) we have gathered food memories wherever we have lived and it is time to write the NY cache.
I wasn't bold enough to ask the chef for his recipe but I tried my hand with this newspaper clipping (with a couple of adjustments) and they were pretty darn close!
2 heads escarole
4 thin slices of prosciutto sliced (or 1/2 cup ham, bacon or pancetta)
2-6 cloves chopped garlic (to taste)
1 cup chopped onion
2 -3 Hot Italian peppers seeded and Julienned (Cherry Peppers in a jar are ok)
1/2 c. Italian seasoned bread crumbs
1/4 c. Pecorino Romano grated (I used 1/2c. Asiago)
1 c. chicken broth
Salt and Pepper
1. pour yourself a glass of red to drink whilst cooking.
2. wash greens really well and slice in 1 inch strips
3. blanch greens in boiling salted water for two minutes and cool quickly in ice water. Drain well
4. saute the onion till translucent, add garlic and peppers but don't blacken, add the broth for a minute to flavor.
5. add the reserved escarole for one minute just to combine remove from heat.
6. combine salt and pepper, bread crumbs and cheese as a topping for greens in an oven-proof casserole or pan.
7. bake till cheese melts in a hot oven.
We had these as an appetizer with good bread at D's but they are fantastic as a side dish and I know some (large-ish) children who would not object to a hearty breakfast of such.
"Our" Plum Tart*
3/4c. plus 1-2 T. sugar
8 T. unsalted butter
1 c. unbleached, sifted flour
1 t. baking powder
24 halves of blue plums pitted
1 t. cinnamon
1. arrange rack in lower third of oven. Preheat to 350 degrees F.
2. blend sugar and butter in electric mixer. Add eggs, flour, b. powder and salt. Place in un-greased springform pan and press plums skin side down into the dough. sprinkle with cinnamon and sugar.
3. Bake 40-50 minutes till tests done. Serve warm or room temp. preferably with vanilla ice cream.
* I look forward to making this every fall. I don't know where I got the recipe originally. If it is yours, Thank you! Write me and I will adjust my title.
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
2 tablespoons sugar
Pinch kosher salt
1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, cold, in chunks
1 large egg, separated
2 tablespoons ice water, plus 1 teaspoon
4 large eggs
1 1/2 cups sugar
1 cup fresh lemon juice (about 5 lemons)
1/4 cup heavy cream
1 lemon, zested
Pinch kosher salt
1 pint blueberries
To make the pastry, pulse the flour, sugar, and salt together in a food processor. Add the butter and pulse until the dough resembles cornmeal. Add the egg yolk and 2 tablespoons ice water and pulse again until the dough pulls together. Wrap the dough in plastic wrap and let it rest in the refrigerator for 30 minutes.
Roll the dough out on a lightly floured surface into a 12-inch circle. Roll the dough up onto the pin and lay it inside a 10-inch tart pan with a removable bottom. Press the dough into the edges of the pan and fold the excess dough inside to reinforce the rim. Cover the tart pan with plastic wrap and put it into the refrigerator for another 30 minutes to rest.
To bake the shell, heat the oven to 350 degrees F.
Put the tart pan on a baking sheet and prick the bottom of the dough with a fork. Cover the shell with a piece of parchment paper and fill it with pie weights or dry beans. Bake for 25 minutes. Remove the parchment and weights. Lightly beat the egg white with 1 teaspoon water and brush it onto the bottom and sides of the tart shell; set aside to cool.
Whisk together the eggs, sugar, lemon juice, cream, zest, and salt. Add the blueberries to the cooled tart shell and pour the filling over the blueberries. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes. The curd should jiggle slightly when done. Cool to room temperature, remove from the tart ring, and serve.
Thank you chef Tyler Florence. This was a highlight of our weekend.
Sorrel is the first thing up in the garden.
Sorrel Soup French Style from Honest Food.net
You will need a fair bit of sorrel to make this recipe, as it cooks down into a puree alarmingly fast. You can buy sorrel at some fancy supermarkets, a lot of farmer’s markets in the spring — or you can garden your own or forage for it. (If you want to plant it in your garden, you can buy sorrel seed online.) If you can’t find it, substitute watercress and use sour cream instead of regular cream.
Serve this with bread and a nice white wine, or a floral beer like a Belgian.
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Mrs. Harton made us a wonderful Norwegian Apple Pie and confided that the few simple ingredients are hanging around in most kitchens. This was definitely more than the sum of those parts!
3/4 c. sugar
1 t. vanilla
1/4 t. salt
1 t. soda
1/2 c. flour
1/2 cup sliced almonds or chopped walnuts
1 cup diced apple, peeled.
Beat in the order listed with a wooden spoon. Pour into a greased 8 inch pan and bake 30 minutes at 350 F.