Sautéed Asparagus

RECIPE: Sautéed Asparagus with Hollandaise Sauce INGREDIENTS: serves 6-8 Asparagus: 2 pounds fresh asparagus, ends trimmed 2 tablespoons olive oil 3 cloves minced garlic 1 teaspoon black pepper 1/2 teaspoon salt Hollandaise Sauce: 3 egg yolks 1 tablespoon lemon juice 1/2 cup butter, melted 1 teaspoon lemon zest Pinch of salt Dash of cayenne pepper…Continue Reading “Sautéed Asparagus with Hollandaise Sauce”

Bourbon Sweet Tea Turkey with Molasses Glaze INGREDIENTS: Serves 8-12 For the brine: 1 gallon sweet tea 1 gallon water 2 cups bourbon 1 cup salt 2 onions, quartered 4 garlic cloves, halved 2 tablespoons mustard seed 4 bay leaves 2 tablespoons whole peppercorns 1 bunch rosemary 1 bunch thyme For the turkey: 12-18 pound…Continue Reading “Bourbon Sweet Tea Turkey with Molasses Glaze”

Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Fennel & Oranges INGREDIENTS: Serves 8 4 cups Brussels sprouts, ends trimmed and halved 2 oranges, sliced and seeds removed 1 fennel bulb, sliced into -inch slices 3 tablespoons olive oil 2 tablespoons orange juice 1 teaspoon coarse salt 1 teaspoon ground black pepper 1 cup walnuts, chopped Honey, for drizzling…Continue Reading “Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Fennel & Oranges”

Rutabaga Puree with Sage Brown Butter INGREDIENTS: Serves 6-8 3 rutabagas, peeled and chopped 2 cups chicken stock 2 tablespoons salt 1 cup heavy cream 2 tablespoons pepper 1 tablespoon chopped thyme 1 tablespoon finely-chopped sage 2 tablespoons butter For the butter: 1/2 cup butter 1 clove garlic, finely chopped 7-8 sage leaves Place rutabagas in…Continue Reading “Rutabaga Puree with Sage Brown Butter”

Mushroom Soup

After a wonderful week at the beach for The World Food Championships (more coming about that later), Gail sent me home with a surplus of extra mushrooms. What to do with all those mushrooms? Make a creamy Mushroom Soup loaded with the savory flavors of parsley and thyme. Top with some crunchy croutons or crusty…Continue Reading “Mushroom Soup”

Jack-O-Lantern

The original Jack-O-Lantern was far from the bright, orange pumpkin of today’s time. Stepped in Irish folklore that dates back centuries, Jack-O-Lanterns were actually turnips or beets, carefully carved and then strategically placed around the home to ward off any trespassing spirits. Often hung from fences or gate posts, these delightful little root vegetables are…Continue Reading “Turnip Jack-O-Lanterns”