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Mar
27

Stuffed Mushrooms

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These stuffed mushrooms may be confused with the version offered at the Cheesecake Factory.  Simple yet very tasty!  This makes a great warm appetizer tray for a party or a small plate item for a fancier dinner.  Made with Parmesan and Fotina cheese and wine.  You may choose to upgrade the type of mushrooms used all the way up to Portobello, but the button mushrooms work just fine.

Stuffed Mushrooms

Ingredients:

  • 1 pound large button mushrooms
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 green onions, minced
  • 3/4 cup sherry or white wine (divided use)
  • juice of 1/2 a lemon
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 cup Italian-style seasoned bread crumbs
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 cup Fotina cheese (divided use)

Directions:

Preheat he oven to 350°F.

Rinse the mushrooms well and par dry and remove the stems.  Use a pastry brush to coat the tops of the mushrooms all over with olive oil.  Place them in a shallow baking pan, just large enough to hold them in a single layer.  Finely chop the stems and set aside.

Place any remaining olive oil with the butter in a heavy skillet and melt the butter over medium heat.  Saute′ the garlic and green onion until fragrant, 2 to 3 minutes.  Add the mushroon stems and cook a minute more.

Off the heat, stir in 1/4 of wine, the lemon juice and the bread crumbs.  Toss with 2 forks to mix well.  Stir in the Parmesan cheese and half the Fotina.  The mixture should be moist enough to stick together.  Add a little more wine if needed.

Spoon filling into the mushroom caps.  Top with remaining Fotina cheese.  Pour remaining wine over the mushrooms.  Any run-off will make the sauce in the bottom of the pan.  Bake 8 to 10 minutes, or until the cheese is melted and the mushrooms are cooked through.  Spoon pan liquid over the mushrooms prior to serving.  Makes 4 servings.

Enjoy!

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Categories : Starters
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Mar
20

Dilled Shrimp Salad

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I received this recipe in an exchange and thought I’d share it here.  I used it as a salad.  Anything with shrimp is ok by me.  Although, I’m not normally a big fan of using dill in recipes.  It’s so easy to over do it and all you’ll taste is dill.  It stirs up really quickly.  Letting the flavors go all the way through by refrigerating overnight is the best option, if you can plan ahead.  Give this one a try.

Dilled Shrimp Salad

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 cups mayonnaise
  • 1/3 cup lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons dried dill
  • 1 large red onion, sliced thin
  • 1 pounds cooked, peeled shrimp
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

Directions:

In a large bowl, mix all the ingredients except for the shrimp.  Add the shrimp to the sauce and chill for at least 1 hour.  Over night is better, if possible.  To serve, place a base of yor favorite lettuce on a plate and spoon the shrimp salad in the center.  Garnish with a sprig of fresh dill. (optional)

Enjoy!

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Categories : Soups and Salads
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Mar
13

Black Bean and Sausage Stew

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Be sure to check out the Gourmet Essentials Shop!  I’ve added a full line of fantastic specialty food items.  Find some of the best Caviar from around the world,  terrific Smoked Salmon, Foie Gras, Pate’ and Truffle Oils.  You must check out the fruit preserves.  They come from Armenia.  The fruit is grown beneath Mount Ararat.  The place stated in the bible where Noah and his family exited the Ark to plant the first fruit trees.  That’s real food with great taste.  Put that on your toast!

And remember, 10% of profits are going to feed the hungry and house the homeless.  Checkout the links on the home page to find out more about the charities that we support: Feed America and Habitat for Humanity.

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I found this recipe recently and just had to give it a try.  This stew will definitely hit the spot.  I thought it was very good.  When I made it, I added a little additional spice with Tabasco and some oregano and thyme.  Be sure to pick up a loaf of french bread or other hearty bread to go along with this. You’ll want to soake up every drop.

Black Bean and Sausage Stew

Ingredients:

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 (13 ounce) package smoked turkey sausage, cut into 1/4 inch slices
  • 2 cloves of garlic, thinly sliced
  • 1 (19 ounce) can black beans, drained
  • 1 (14.5 ounce) can chicken broth
  • 1 (14.5 ounce) can diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper

Directions:

Heat the oil in a dutch oven over medium heat.  Add the sausage and cook without stirring, until browned, about 3 minutes.  Turn the sausage, add the garlic and cook for about 2 minutes more.  Add the beans, broth and tomatoes with the juices.  Increase the heat to medium-high and bring to a simmer.  Season with salt and pepper.  Spoon into bowls and serve with a hearty bread.

Enjoy!

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Mar
06

Whiskey Bread Pudding

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Be sure to check out the Gourmet Essentials Shop!  I’ve added a full line of fantastic specialty food items.  Find some of the best Caviar from around the world,  terrific Smoked Salmon, Foie Gras, Pate’ and Truffle Oils.  You must check out the fruit preserves.  They come from Armenia.  The fruit is grown beneath Mount Ararat.  The place stated in the bible where Noah and his family exited the Ark to plant the first fruit trees.  That’s real food with great taste.  Put that on your toast!   GIFT BASKETS ARE BACK.  There is a great selection of gift baskets for both St Patrick’s Day,  Easter and many gourmet baskets to choose from.  Click the SHOP tab above to get there.  Just browse the categories or choose from some of the key words or tags to find items in the store. 

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Time for a classic southern dessert.  Bread Pudding.  This tasty treat has been served for hundreds of years.  It must be good!  This recipe has a flavorful twist adding the warm whiskey sauce over the top.  This dish makes the perfect end to a classsic southern or even cajun dinner.  If you haven’t had bread pudding or haven’t had it in a while, give this one a try.  You will not be disappointed!

Whiskey Bread Pudding

Ingredients:

  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 2 cups milk
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup, plus 2 tablespoons sugar, plus extra for spooning in the base of the ramekins
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons raisins
  • 2 tablespoons slivered almonds
  • 6 ounces day-old French bread, torn into bite-size pieces
  • warm whiskey sauce (recipe follows)

Directions:

Melt the butter, whisk in the milk, egg,  sugar and vanilla.  Stir in the raisins, almonds and bread.  Set aside until bread is well-soaked.  30 – 45 minutes.

Preheat the oven to 350°F.

Butter and flour 4 (6-ounce) ramekins and sprinkle sugar into the bottom of each.  Fill the ramekins with the pudding.  Bake in a hot water bath until set, about 45 minutes.

Invert and serve with the warm sauce poured over the top.  Optional al a mode.  Serves 4.

Whiskey Sauce

  • 1/2 cup sugar
  •  1 stick of butter (1/2  cup)
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tablespoons Bourbon Whiskey

Directions:

Over a double boiler, whisk together the sugar and butter until melted.  Add the egg and whiskey and continue to whisk until thickened.  Makes about 1 cup of sauce.

Enjoy!

I’d love to hear from you!  Please let me know how these recipes work for you by using the comment box below.  Or if you’d like, send me an email at foodflavorfun@foodflavorfun.com.

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Categories : Drinks and Desserts
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