Kitchen Hint of the Day!

March 18, 2021 at 6:00 AM | Posted in Kitchen Hints | Leave a comment
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Making a good pie crust……..

Butter creates a sturdy, crisp pie crust. For this, it is important to keep all ingredients cold which will inhibit the development of gluten in the flour. Use butter right out of the refrigerator and add ice-cold water to make the dough.

“Meatless Monday” Recipe of the Week – Wild Mushroom Pie with Smoked Baby Swiss Crust

December 28, 2020 at 6:01 AM | Posted in CooksRecipes, Meatless Monday | Leave a comment
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This week’s “Meatless Monday” Recipe of the Week is a Wild Mushroom Pie with Smoked Baby Swiss Crust. Some of the ingredients you’ll be needing are Swiss Chard, Spinach, Mushrooms, Onions, Flour, Spices, Swiss Cheese, Egg Yolk and more! No Meat Needed! The recipe is from the CooksRecipes website. At the Cooks site you’ll find a huge selection of recipes to please all Tastes, Diets, or Cuisines so be sure to check it out today for any of your recipe needs! Enjoy and Eat Healthy in 2020! https://www.cooksrecipes.com/index.html

Wild Mushroom Pie with Smoked Baby Swiss Crust
This superb recipe for Wild Mushroom Pie with Smoked Baby Swiss Crust was developed by Chefs Greg and Mary Sonnier.

 

Recipe Ingredients:
Crust:
6 tablespoons solid vegetable shortening
1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter
2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon ground cayenne pepper
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon granulated sugar
1 cup grated smoked baby Swiss cheese
7 tablespoons ice-cold water

Filling:
3 quarts salted water
6 cups chopped fresh greens, such as turnip, Swiss chard, or spinach
8 ounces sliced mushrooms, such as chanterelles, oyster, shiitake, or cremini
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 1/2 cups chopped onions
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 cup butter
1 cup warm milk
1 cup warm half-and-half
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
1/2 teaspoon cayenne
1/4 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
1/2 cup grated Swiss cheese
2 tablespoons lemon juice
1 egg yolk
1 tablespoon cream

Cooking Directions:
1 – For Crust: Flatten the shortening into a disk on a piece of plastic wrap; wrap and freeze. Cut the unsalted butter into small cubes; wrap and freeze for 1/2 hour.
2 – Place the flour, cayenne, salt, and sugar in a food processor and pulse 2 times for 1 to 2 seconds each time. Scatter the frozen butter cubes over the flour and pulse about 8 times. Break up the frozen shortening over the flour mixture and pulse 6 times. Add the cheese and pulse 3 times. Pour the cold water over the pastry mixture and pulse 6 to 8 times, just until the dough comes together.
3 – Place the pastry on a floured surface, pressing to form a ball. Divide and shape the dough into 2 disks, one slightly larger than the other. Wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 1 hour and up to 3 days.
4 – For Filling: Bring 3 quarts of salted water to a boil. Boil the greens for 3 minutes. Drain and plunge the greens into ice water. Drain well, squeezing all of the water out of the greens. Set aside.
5 – In a 5-quart Dutch oven, sauté the mushrooms in the olive oil over high heat until softened, 2 to 3 minutes. Remove from the pot; set aside.
6 – Add the butter and onions to the pot. Sauté 4 to 5 minutes or until the onions are translucent. Sprinkle flour over the onions. Stir and cook 2 minutes. Slowly stir in the warm milk and half-and-half. Cook until bubbly and thick, stirring constantly. Stir in the salt, pepper, cayenne, and nutmeg. Remove from the heat. Stir in the greens and mushrooms. Add the cheese and lemon juice, and stir. Cool 30 minutes.
7 – To complete the pie, heat the oven to 350°F (175°C). On a floured surface, roll out the larger disk to an 11-inch circle. Press into a 9-inch pie plate. Roll the other disk to a 9 1/2-inch circle. Pour the filling into the prepared pie crust. Top with the smaller crust. Trim the edges and crimp.
8 – Mix the egg yolk and cream. Brush over the top of the pie crust. Cut 5 slits in the top crust. Place the pie on a baking sheet. Bake for 30 minutes.
9 – Reduce the oven temperature to 325°F (160°C). Bake for 40 to 50 minutes longer, until the pie is golden brown. Allow the pie to rest at least 20 minutes before cutting.
Makes 8 servings.
https://www.cooksrecipes.com/mless/wild_mushroom_pie_with_smoked_baby_swiss_crust_recipe.html

Mocha Swirl Cheesecake

December 24, 2020 at 6:01 AM | Posted in CooksRecipes, dessert, diabetes, diabetes friendly | Leave a comment
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I also have a recipe for a Mocha Swirl Cheesecake to pass along. To make this Cheesecake some of the ingredients you’ll be needing are Reduced Fat Cream Cheese, Equal Spoonful, Eggs, Egg Whites, Instant Coffee Crystals, Unsweetened Cocoa Powder and more! Also included is the recipe for the Pie Crust. This recipe is also from the CooksRecipes website. At the Cooks site you’ll find a huge selection of recipes to please all Tastes, Diets, or Cuisines so be sure to check it out today for any of your recipe needs! Enjoy and Eat Healthy in 2020! https://www.cooksrecipes.com/index.html

Mocha Swirl Cheesecake
Eye catching dessert of cheesecake with a coffee-chocolate mixture swirled throughout. This cheesecake has 47% fewer calories than the original thanks to Equal® and reduced fat dairy products.

Recipe Ingredients:
Crust:
1 cup chocolate wafer crumbs
1/2 cup chopped pecans or almonds
3 tablespoons stick butter or margarine, melted
3 tablespoons Equal® Spoonful*

Cheesecake:
3 (8-ounce each) packages reduced-fat cream cheese, softened
3/4 cup Equal® Spoonful**
2 large eggs
2 large egg whites
1 1/2 tablespoons cornstarch
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup reduced-fat sour cream
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
3 tablespoons Equal® Spoonful***
1 1/4 teaspoons instant coffee crystals
1 teaspoon unsweetened cocoa powder

Cooking Directions:
1 – For Crust: Combine chocolate crumbs, pecans, butter and 3 tablespoons Equal®. Press onto bottom of a 9-inch springform pan. Set aside while preparing cheesecake.
2 – For Cheesecake: Beat cream cheese and 3/4 cup Equal® in mixing bowl on medium speed of mixer until smooth and well combined. Mix in eggs, egg whites, cornstarch and salt. Fold in sour cream and vanilla until combined.
3 – Remove 1/2 cup cheesecake batter. Stir in 3 tablespoons Equal®, instant coffee crystals and cocoa until well combined. Pour half of plain batter over crust. Top with 5 spoonfuls of coffee batter. Using tip of knife or spatula, gently swirl coffee batter into cheesecake. Repeat with remaining batters.
4 – Bake in preheated 325°F oven 45 to 50 minutes or until center of cake is almost set. Cool on wire rack. Gently run metal spatula around rim of pan to loosen cake. Let cheesecake cool completely. Cover and refrigerate several hours or overnight before serving. To serve, remove side of pan. Cut cake into wedges.
Makes 16 servings.

*May substitute 4 1/2 packets Equal sweetener

**May substitute 18 packets Equal sweetener

***May substitute 4 1/2 packets Equal sweetener

Nutritional Information Per Serving (1/16 of recipe): calories 171, protein 7 g, carbohydrate 9 g, fat 12 g, cholesterol 56 mg, sodium 283 mg.
https://www.cooksrecipes.com/diabetic/mocha_swirl_cheesecake_recipe.html

Jill’s Pumpkin Pie and Grandma Hittle’s Pecan Pie

November 21, 2019 at 6:01 AM | Posted in dessert, Wild Idea Buffalo | Leave a comment
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I have a couple of more Dessert Recipes to pass along to everyone and these are from the Wild Idea Buffalo website, Jill’s Pumpkin Pie and Grandma Hittle’s Pecan Pie. One is a recipe for Jill’s Pumpkin Pie and the other a recipe for Grandma Hittle’s Pecan Pie. You can find both these recipes at the Wild Idea Buffalo website. And while checking out all the delicious recipes you can also purchase any of the Wild Idea Buffalo Products. So Enjoy and Make 2019 a Healthy One! https://wildideabuffalo.com/

Jill’s Pumpkin Pie/Grandma Hittle’s Pecan Pie

Jill’s Pumpkin Pie
Note: For custard style pies I have learned that pre-baking crust partially will give you a nice flakey crust on the bottom. You may also need to cover crust half way through baking pie, to keep from browning. A little extra effort, but so worth it!

Pie Crust (makes 2 – 10” deep-dish pie crusts)

Ingredients:
3 – cups flour, plus a bit more for rolling
½ – teaspoon salt
1 – Tablespoon sugar
¾ – pound salted butter, chilled and cut into pieces, plus a little more softened for buttering pan and foil
1 – egg, beaten
1 – teaspoon cider vinegar or lemon juice *I used half of each.
2 – Tablespoons cream
1 – ice cube

Preparation:

1 – Pre-heat oven to 450°.

2 – In mixer using pastry blender, mix flour, salt & sugar.

3 – In small dish, beat eggs. Add vinegar and cream and mix well. Add ice cube to mixture to keep cold, and allow ice to melt almost all the way.

4 – Add chilled butter to flour mixture until incorporated.

5 – Slowly drizzle in egg mixture.

6 – Remove dough from mixer with floured hands, shape into ball and cut in half.

7 – Press dough into disk shape with your hands and place dough onto floured parchment. Top dough with additional floured parchment and roll out.

8 – Transfer dough to buttered pie pan carefully. Press lightly into pan, crimp edges and pierce the dough randomly with a fine tined fork, about 8 times.

9 – Chill the piecrust for 30 minutes in the refrigerator.

10 – Lightly butter foil and place buttered side down on top of piecrust, shaping foil in piecrust shape without disturbing edges. Fill foiled crust at least half way up with beans, rice or pie weights.

11 – Place in 450° pre-heated oven and bake for 25 minutes.

12 – Remove foiled piecrust from oven and remove foil gently. Return piecrust to oven to allow the bottom to brown, about another 10 minutes.

13 – Remove from oven and allow to cool slightly before filling.

Pumpkin Pie Filling
Note: Because I like a dense pumpkin pie, this recipe will require a longer cooking period. Also, in order to bake both pies at the same time I reversed the higher heat time to end of the baking period. Worked out just fine! Enjoy.

Ingredients:
3 – eggs
1¼ – cup dark, pure cane brown sugar, packed
½ – cup sour cream
½ – cup heavy cream
¼ – cup pure maple syrup
1 – teaspoon vanilla
1 – Tablespoon cinnamon
1 – teaspoon ginger
1 – teaspoon allspice
4 – cups pureed pumpkin or canned pumpkin
*Yams or butternut squash can be used too.

Preparation:

* In mixer beat eggs. Add remaining ingredients in order with mixer running, stopping to scrape the bottom occasionally. Mix until well incorporated.
* Pour pumpkin mixture into prepared piecrust and place pie in a 1” water bath
*helps pie top from cracking.
* Bake at 350° for 75 minutes. Increase heat to 450° and bake for an additional 15 to 20 minutes.
* Remove pie from oven and allow to cool for 2 hours before serving.

 

Grandma Hittle’s Pecan Pie
Ingredients:
4 – eggs
¼ – pound butter, softened
2 – cups dark, pure cane brown sugar, packed
2 – teaspoons pure vanilla
1 – pound pecans, halves or whole *I used 8 oz. of each.

Preparation:

* In mixer, beat eggs. Add remaining ingredients in order and mix well to incorporate.
* Pour into prepared piecrust.
*Look for my note in piecrust instructions.
Optional step: Place pie in a 1” water bath.
* Bake pie in a 350° oven, for 55 to 60 minutes.
*I had to cook for about 15 minutes longer.
* Remove from oven and allow to cool and set for 2 hours before serving.
https://wildideabuffalo.com/blogs/recipes/thanksgiving-recipes?_pos=3&_sid=147021a89&_ss=r

Kitchen Hint of the Week!

November 21, 2019 at 6:00 AM | Posted in Kitchen Hints | Leave a comment
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Less flour when making pie crust…………….

Use as little flour as possible when rolling out the dough. The pastry can absorb extra flour, which will also make it tough. After rolling out the dough, brush off loose flour with a pastry brush or gently brush it with the edge of a clean kitchen towel.

Kitchen Hint of the Day!

May 9, 2019 at 6:00 AM | Posted in Kitchen Hints | Leave a comment
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When making Pie Crust………..

Chill the dough before you roll it out for at least 30 minutes and up to a couple of days. Again, if it is very hot out, think about freezing the dough for 10 minutes just before you start to roll it out.

Kitchen Hint of the Day!

November 20, 2018 at 6:00 AM | Posted in Kitchen Hints | 2 Comments
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Came across this Pie Making Hint from the Food Network……….

Brush Your Pie to Change Its Appearance
What’s on your pastry brush’s bristles determines whether your pie will have a high-end sheen or rustic look. For a matte finish, brush the unbaked top crust with whole milk or heavy cream. For a glossy look, use beaten whole eggs or just yolks. And if you want your pie to sparkle, coat with egg white and sprinkle with coarse sugar.

https://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/packages/baking-guide/pie-making-tips

Wild Idea Buffalo Recipe of the Week – Jill’s Pumpkin Pie and Grandma Hittle’s Pecan Pie

December 6, 2017 at 6:30 AM | Posted in Wild Idea Buffalo | 2 Comments
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This week’s Wild Idea Buffalo Recipe of the Week is – Jill’s Pumpkin Pie and Grandma Hittle’s Pecan Pie. No Buffalo recipes this week but a couple of delicious pies! One is a recipe for Jill’s Pumpkin Pie and the other a recipe for Grandma Hittle’s Pecan Pie. You can find both these recipes at the Wild Idea Buffalo website. And while checking out all the delicious recipes you can also purchase any of the Wild Idea Buffalo Meats, Chicken, and Merchandise. So Enjoy and Eat Healthy! https://wildideabuffalo.com/

 

Jill’s Pumpkin Pie/Grandma Hittle’s Pecan Pie

Jill’s Pumpkin Pie
Note: For custard style pies I have learned that pre-baking crust partially will give you a nice flakey crust on the bottom. You may also need to cover crust half way through baking pie, to keep from browning. A little extra effort, but so worth it!

Pie Crust (makes 2 – 10” deep-dish pie crusts)

Ingredients:
3 – cups flour, plus a bit more for rolling
½ – teaspoon salt
1 – Tablespoon sugar
¾ – pound salted butter, chilled and cut into pieces, plus a little more softened for buttering pan and foil
1 – egg, beaten
1 – teaspoon cider vinegar or lemon juice *I used half of each.
2 – Tablespoons cream
1 – ice cube

Preparation:

Pre-heat oven to 450°.

In mixer using pastry blender, mix flour, salt & sugar.

In small dish, beat eggs. Add vinegar and cream and mix well. Add ice cube to mixture to keep cold, and allow ice to melt almost all the way.

Add chilled butter to flour mixture until incorporated.

Slowly drizzle in egg mixture.

Remove dough from mixer with floured hands, shape into ball and cut in half.

Press dough into disk shape with your hands and place dough onto floured parchment. Top dough with additional floured parchment and roll out.

Transfer dough to buttered pie pan carefully. Press lightly into pan, crimp edges and pierce the dough randomly with a fine tined fork, about 8 times.

Chill the piecrust for 30 minutes in the refrigerator.

Lightly butter foil and place buttered side down on top of piecrust, shaping foil in piecrust shape without disturbing edges. Fill foiled crust at least half way up with beans, rice or pie weights.

Place in 450° pre-heated oven and bake for 25 minutes.

Remove foiled piecrust from oven and remove foil gently. Return piecrust to oven to allow the bottom to brown, about another 10 minutes.

Remove from oven and allow to cool slightly before filling.

Pumpkin Pie Filling
Note: Because I like a dense pumpkin pie, this recipe will require a longer cooking period. Also, in order to bake both pies at the same time I reversed the higher heat time to end of the baking period. Worked out just fine! Enjoy.

Ingredients:
3 – eggs
1¼ – cup dark, pure cane brown sugar, packed
½ – cup sour cream
½ – cup heavy cream
¼ – cup pure maple syrup
1 – teaspoon vanilla
1 – Tablespoon cinnamon
1 – teaspoon ginger
1 – teaspoon allspice
4 – cups pureed pumpkin or canned pumpkin
*Yams or butternut squash can be used too.

Preparation:

* In mixer beat eggs. Add remaining ingredients in order with mixer running, stopping to scrape the bottom occasionally. Mix until well incorporated.
* Pour pumpkin mixture into prepared piecrust and place pie in a 1” water bath
*helps pie top from cracking.
* Bake at 350° for 75 minutes. Increase heat to 450° and bake for an additional 15 to 20 minutes.
* Remove pie from oven and allow to cool for 2 hours before serving.

 

Grandma Hittle’s Pecan Pie
Ingredients:
4 – eggs
¼ – pound butter, softened
2 – cups dark, pure cane brown sugar, packed
2 – teaspoons pure vanilla
1 – pound pecans, halves or whole *I used 8 oz. of each.

Preparation:

* In mixer, beat eggs. Add remaining ingredients in order and mix well to incorporate.
* Pour into prepared piecrust.
*Look for my note in piecrust instructions.
Optional step: Place pie in a 1” water bath.
* Bake pie in a 350° oven, for 55 to 60 minutes.
*I had to cook for about 15 minutes longer.
* Remove from oven and allow to cool and set for 2 hours before serving.

https://wildideabuffalo.com/blogs/recipes/thanksgiving-recipes

Kitchen Hint of the Day!

October 12, 2017 at 5:22 AM | Posted in Kitchen Hints | Leave a comment
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Making Pie Crust……..

 

Do not over-handle the pie crust; overworking develops the gluten and toughens the dough. It’s okay to see flakes of yellow from the butter and egg yolk. Also, when working the dough, use your fingertips instead of the warmer palms of the hand.

Kitchen Hint of the Day!

March 27, 2017 at 5:13 AM | Posted in Kitchen Hints | Leave a comment
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Thank you to Claire for passing this hint along…….

 
To prevent the bottom crust of your pie from becoming soggy, sprinkle it with unseasoned dry bread crumbs before adding the filling.

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