Sunday, December 23, 2012

WELCOME...Merry Christmas..happy holidays!

Enter and enjoy...can't think of anything nicer than to share some luscious, simple recipes.  I'll do the hors d'oeuvres, the veggies, and the dessert.  You can do the main course!  And the good cheer...

Pears with Blue Cheese and Prosciutto

2 ripe pears, cut into wedges
2 tsps. lemon juice
1 bunch arugula
3 oz. blue cheese, cut into small pieces
6 oz. thin sliced prosciutto
In a bowl, toss the pears and lemon juice.  Layer a slice of pear, an arugula leaf, and a piece of cheese on a piece of prosciutto, and roll up.  Serves 8.
Roasted Vegetables  
1 1/2 lbs. beets, peeled and cut into wedges
1 1/2 lbs. parsnips, peeled and cut into 2" chunks
1 1/2 lbs. baby carrots, peeled.  Leave 1" of tops on
4 tbls. brown sugar
4 tbls. olive oil
2 tbls. apple cider vinegar
1 lb. shitake mushrooms, cleaned and stemmed
Heat oven to 400 deg.  Place vegetables in roasting pan. 
In a bowl, whisk together brown sugar, oil, and vinegar.  Pour over vegetables, toss to cover.
Cook until tender, about 1 hour, stirring halfway.  Add mushrooms last 10 minutes, and toss well, finish roasting.  Season with salt and fresh ground pepper.  Serves 8.
Apricot Crumble

2 sticks unsalted butter, cold, cut into pieces
2 cups all-purpose flour
1/3 cup sugar
1/4 cup light brown sugar
1 tsp. baking powder
1/4 tsp. salt
1 egg yolk
1 tsp. vanilla extract
3/4 cup apricot jam
1 tsp. grated fresh ginger.

Heat oven to 375 deg.  Coat an 8 inch square baking dish with 1 tbls. butter. 
In a food processor, combine flour, granulated sugar, brown sugar, baking powder, and salt.  Pulse to combine.  Add remaining butter and pulse till crumbly.  Add egg yolk and vanilla and pulse till mixture just comes together, but is still crumbly.
Take 1/2 cup of dough to a small bowl, cover with plastic wrap and save in refrigerator.  Press remaining dough into baking dish, and push sides up about 1/4 inch around edge.
Combine jam and ginger.  Spread evenly over crust.  Crumble remaining refrigerated dough over the top. Bake until golden brown, about 35 min.  Cool on wire rack for 20 min. before cutting.  Serves 9.

Thanks to Real
        A great holiday to all!

                     RIP...Lee Dorman/ 70/ Sept.15, 1942-Dec. 21, 2012

                                  Iron Butterfly/  In-a-Gadda-da-Vida
copyright/ all rights reserved/ 2012



Blue Sky Dreaming said...

This is such a beautiful photo of a perfect warm and welcoming Christmas...I have my nose pressed to the screen. Thank you for these great recipes too!

Lyn said...

Hi Blue Sky Dreaming-
Wish I could meet you at the fireside! Thank you...have a lovely Holiday...


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