One of America’s Favorites – Pecan Pie

November 13, 2017 at 6:25 AM | Posted in One of America's Favorites | 4 Comments
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Pecan Pie

Pecan pie is a pie of pecan nuts mixed with a filling of eggs, butter, and sugar (typically corn syrup). Variations may include white or brown sugar, sugar syrup, molasses, maple syrup, or honey. It is popularly served at holiday meals and is also considered a specialty of Southern U.S. cuisine. Most pecan pie recipes include salt and vanilla as flavorings. Chocolate and bourbon whiskey are other popular additions to the recipe. Pecan pie is often served with whipped cream, vanilla ice cream, or hard sauce.

 

Pecans are native to the southern United States. Archaeological evidence found in Texas indicates that Native Americans used pecans more than 8,000 years ago. The word pecan is a derivative of an Algonquin word, pakani, referring to several nuts.

Sugar pies such as treacle tart were attested in Medieval Europe, and adapted in North America to the ingredients

A slice of pecan pie.

available, resulting in such dishes as shoofly pie, sugar pie, butter tart and chess pie. Pecan pie may be a variant of chess pie, which is made with a similar butter-sugar-egg custard.

Some have stated that the French invented pecan pie soon after settling in New Orleans, after being introduced to the pecan nut by the Native American Quinipissa and Tangipahoa tribes. Claims have also been made of pecan pie existing in the early 1800s in Alabama, but this does not appear to be backed up by recipes or literature. Attempts to trace the dish’s origin have not found any recipes dated earlier than a pecan custard pie recipe published in Harper’s Bazaar in 1886. Well-known cookbooks such as Fannie Farmer and The Joy of Cooking did not include this dessert before 1940.

The makers of Karo syrup significantly contributed to popularizing the dish and many of the recipes for variants (caramel, cinnamon, Irish creme, peanut butter, etc.) of the classic pie. The company has claimed that the dish was a 1930s “discovery” of a “new use for corn syrup” by a corporate sales executive’s wife. Pecan pie was made before the invention of corn syrup and older recipes used darker sugar based syrup or molasses. The 1929 congressional club cookbook has a recipe for the pie which used only eggs, milk, sugar and pecan, no syrup. The Pecan pie came to be closely associated with the culture of the Southern United States in the 1940s and 1950s.

Variations
In his 2004 book, Ken Haedrich identified a number of popular pecan pie variants:

Chocolate pecan tarts prior to baking

Butterscotch
Characterized by the addition of butterscotch chips and brown sugar (in addition to, not in place of, corn syrup)
Whiskey chocolate chip
In this pie, chocolate chips and a few teaspoons of Jack Daniel whiskey are added.
Alice Colombo’s Race Day Chocolate Pecan Pie
This pie is named after Alice Colombo, who was a food editor for the Louisville Courier-Journal in Kentucky. This pie was made by her on the occasion of the Kentucky Derby. The special ingredients suggested in the recipe include cornstarch, to soften the top, bourbon, chocolate chips and whipped cream.

Maple
Includes maple syrup and almond extract

Chocolate brownie
This pie has nuts on the surface and it is layered with chocolate pudding and fudge. It is served at room temperature or chilled.

Sawdust Pie
Sawdust Pie is a signature recipe of Patti’s Restaurant in Paducah, Kentucky, consisting of an egg-batter filling with coconut, graham cracker crumbs and pecans, topped with whipped cream and sliced bananas.

 

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Kitchen Hint of the Day!

October 27, 2017 at 5:25 AM | Posted in Kitchen Hints | Leave a comment
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Add the Canola Oil…..

To saute or fry with butter, margarine, or lard, add a small amount of canola oil to raise the smoke point. This will keep the solid fat from breaking down at a higher temperature.

Kitchen Hint of the Day!

September 28, 2017 at 5:17 AM | Posted in Kitchen Hints | Leave a comment
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Butter it up………..

 

Next time you grill a steak or fish try this butter topping – Make flavored butter by stirring chopped fresh herbs or garlic into softened butter. Use a fork to work the herbs in thoroughly. Serve with the grilled meats or fish!

Kitchen Hint of the Day!

September 19, 2017 at 5:45 AM | Posted in Kitchen Hints | Leave a comment
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Butter………

 

The butter keeper in the fridge door is actually a bad place to store butter. Butter should be kept colder and tightly wrapped

Kitchen Hint of the Day!

July 24, 2017 at 5:32 AM | Posted in Kitchen Hints | Leave a comment
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Making your own Biscuits…..

 

Make sure all of the ingredients, including the flour and baking powder, are cold. Also don’t overwork the dough: Mix just until the liquid is incorporated, and knead just until the dough comes together. And don’t forget the gravy!

One of America’s Favorites – Milk Toast

July 3, 2017 at 5:04 AM | Posted in One of America's Favorites | 2 Comments
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Simple milk toast consisting of toasted buttermilk bread covered in white sauce with a dash of cinnamon

Milk toast is a breakfast food consisting of toasted bread in warm milk, typically with sugar and butter. Salt, pepper, paprika, cinnamon, cocoa, raisins and other ingredients may be added. In the New England region of the US, milk toast refers to toast that has been dipped in a milk-based white sauce. Milk toast was a popular food throughout the late 19th and early 20th centuries, especially for young children and for the convalescent, for whom the food was thought to be soothing and easy to digest. Although not as popular in the 2000s, milk toast is still considered a comfort food.

 

 

 

The food writer M. F. K. Fisher (1908–1992) called milk toast a “warm, mild, soothing thing, full of innocent strength”, and wrote, of eating milk toast in a famed restaurant with a convalescent friend, that the food was “a small modern miracle of gastronomy”. She notes that her homeliest kitchen manuals even list it under Feeding The Sick or Invalid Recipes, arguing that milk toast was “an instinctive palliative, something like boiled water”. Fisher also notes that for true comfort, a ritual may be necessary, and for Milk Toast people, the dish used may be foolishly important. Her favorite version of milk toast has the milk mixed 50/50 with Campbell’s condensed cream of tomato soup in a wide-lipped pitcher called a boccalino in Italian Switzerland where she got it.

 

Milk toast prepared with condensed milk

In the Southwestern United States
In New Mexican cuisine, milk toast is referred to as leche cocida, meaning cooked milk. Toasted bread is torn into chunks and placed in a bowl. Milk is cooked with a small amount of butter, salt and pepper and is poured over the bread. It is a meal associated with using up excess milk, perhaps from the days of milk man service, in this region.

 

 

 

Milk toast’s soft blandness served as inspiration for the name of the timid and ineffectual comic strip character Caspar Milquetoast, drawn by H. T. Webster from 1924 to 1952. Thus, the term “milquetoast” entered the language as the label for a timid, shrinking, apologetic person. Milk toast also appeared in Disney’s Follow Me Boys as an undesirable breakfast for the aging main character Lem Siddons.

 

 

One of America’s Favorites – Danish Pastry

June 19, 2017 at 5:34 AM | Posted in One of America's Favorites | Leave a comment
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A typical Spandauer-type Danish with apple filling and glazing

A Danish pastry or just Danish (especially in American English) is a multilayered, laminated sweet pastry in the viennoiserie tradition. The concept was brought to Denmark by Austrian bakers and has since developed into a Danish specialty. Like other viennoiserie pastries, such as croissants, they are a variant of puff pastry made of laminated yeast-leavened doughs, creating a layered texture.

Danish pastries were exported with immigrants to the United States, and are today popular around the world.

 

Danish pastry is made of yeast-leavened dough of wheat flour, milk, eggs, sugar and large amounts of butter or margarine.

A yeast dough is rolled out thinly, covered with thin slices of butter between the layers of dough, and then the dough is folded and rolled several times, creating 27 layers. If necessary, the dough is chilled between foldings to ease handling. The process of rolling, buttering, folding and chilling is repeated multiple times to create a multilayered dough that becomes airy and crispy on the outside, but also rich and buttery.

Butter is the traditional fat used in Danish pastry, but in industrial production, less expensive fats are often used, such as hydrogenated sunflower oil (known as “pastry fat” in the UK).

 

In Danish, Norwegian and Swedish, the term for Danish pastry is wienerbrød/wienerbröd, “Viennese bread”. The same etymology is also the origin of the Finnish viineri. Danish pastry is referred to as facturas in some Spanish speaking countries. In Vienna, the Danish pastry, referring to Copenhagen, is called Kopenhagener Plunder or Dänischer Plunder.

 

The origin of the Danish pastry is often ascribed to a strike amongst bakery workers in Denmark in 1850. The strike forced bakery owners to hire workers from abroad, among them several Austrian bakers, who brought along new baking traditions and pastry recipes. The Austrian pastry of Plundergebäck soon became popular in Denmark and after the labour disputes ended, Danish bakers adopted the Austrian recipes, adjusting them to their own liking and traditions by increasing the amount of egg and fat for example. This development resulted in what is now known as the Danish pastry.

One of the baking techniques and traditions that the Austrian bakers brought with them was the Viennese lamination technique. Due to such novelties the Danes called the pastry technique “wienerbrød” and, as mentioned above, that name is still in use in Northern Europe today. At that time, almost all baked goods in Denmark were given exotic names.

 

A cinnamon Danish with chocolate

Danish pastries as consumed in Denmark have different shapes and names. Some are topped with chocolate, pearl sugar, glacé icing and/or slivered nuts and they may be stuffed with a variety of ingredients such as jam or preserves (usually apple or prune), remonce, marzipan and/or custard. Shapes are numerous, including circles with filling in the middle (known in Denmark as “Spandauers”), figure-eights, spirals (known as snails), and the pretzel-like kringles.

 

 

In Sweden, Danish pastry is typically made in the Spandauer-style, often with vanilla custard.

In the UK, various ingredients such as jam, custard, apricots, cherries, raisins, flaked almonds, pecans or caramelized toffee are placed on or within sections of divided dough, which is then baked. Cardamom is often added to increase the aromatic sense of sweetness.

In the US, Danishes are typically given a topping of fruit or sweet baker’s cheese prior to baking. Danishes with nuts on them are also popular there and in Sweden, where chocolate spritzing and powdered sugar are also often added.

In Argentina, they are usually filled with dulce de leche or dulce de membrillo.

 

A slice of an American apple crumb Danish

Danish pastry was brought to the United States by Danish immigrants. Lauritz C. Klitteng of Læsø popularized “Danish pastry” in the US around 1915–1920. According to Klitteng, he made Danish pastry for the wedding of President Woodrow Wilson in December 1915. Klitteng toured the world to promote his product and was featured in such 1920s periodicals as the National Baker, the Bakers’ Helper, and the Bakers’ Weekly. Klitteng briefly had his own Danish Culinary Studio at 146 Fifth Avenue in New York City.

Herman Gertner owned a chain of New York City restaurants and had brought Klitteng to New York to sell Danish pastry. Gertner’s obituary appeared in the January 23, 1962 New York Times:

“At one point during his career Mr. Gertner befriended a Danish baker who convinced him that Danish pastry might be well received in New York. Mr. Gertner began serving the pastry in his restaurant and it immediately was a success.”

 

 

Garlic-Herb Roasted Hasselback Baby Potatoes

June 2, 2017 at 5:33 AM | Posted in Jennie-O Turkey Products | Leave a comment
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Passing along a delicious side dish off the Jennie – O website, Garlic-Herb Roasted Hasselback Baby Potatoes. At the Jennie – O website you’ll not only find a fantastic selection of Turkey recipes but also selections of side dishes and desserts. So don’t wait check it out today. Enjoy and Make the Switch! https://www.jennieo.com/

 

 

Garlic-Herb Roasted Hasselback Baby Potatoes
These delicious sliced potatoes are a dream come true—lightly seasoned and roasted until crisp on the outside and tender on the inside.

 

INGREDIENTS

½ cup butter
3 cloves garlic, sliced
2 tablespoons chopped fresh rosemary leaves
2 teaspoons chopped fresh thyme leaves
1 teaspoon chopped fresh tarragon leaves
16 small Yukon Gold potatoes
1 teaspoon kosher salt
½ teaspoon freshly ground pepper
DIRECTIONS

1) Heat oven to 400°F.
2) In small saucepan, over medium-low heat, melt butter. Add garlic and herbs and cook 2 minutes or until fragrant.
3) Make ⅛-inch slices in top of potatoes, making sure not to cut through. Place potatoes in 13-x 9 inch baking pan. Spoon butter mixture over potatoes. Sprinkle evenly with salt and pepper. Bake 40 minutes or until tender. Serve with Horseradish Cream Sauce, if desired.
4) Horseradish Cream Sauce: Stir 1 tablespoon prepared horseradish into 1 cup sour cream. Season with salt to taste.

 

 

RECIPE NUTRITION INFORMATION
PER SERVING
Calories 340
Protein 6g
Carbohydrates 54g
Fiber 8g
Sugars 4g
Fat12g
Cholesterol 30mg
Sodium 260mg
Saturated Fat 7g
https://www.jennieo.com/recipes/1061-garlic-herb-roasted-hasselback-baby-potatoes

Kitchen Hint of the Day!

May 9, 2017 at 5:33 AM | Posted in Kitchen Hints | Leave a comment
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Making your own pie………

 
Keep all ingredients cold to slow the development of gluten in the flour. Use butter right out of the refrigerator and add ice-cold water to the dough.

Kitchen Hint of the Day!

April 26, 2017 at 5:28 AM | Posted in Kitchen Hints | 2 Comments
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A Food Storage Hint, did you know…..

 
The butter compartment in the door is not the best for butter, an egg keeper in the door not the best for eggs. Keepthem inside the fridge, with butter well wrapped and the eggs covered.

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