Poppy Tooker

Edition, Prohibition

Sep 28, 2011

Satsuma-cello

6 to 8 small to medium satsumas, well-washed, free of any exterior green
1  bottle grain alcohol (750 mL)
3 cups sugar
2 cups water

Use a Microplane or other zester to remove the rind from the satsumas. As you scrape the rind from the fruit, push into the open bottle of grain alcohol until it is filled to the top.

Roasted Okra

2 pounds okra (preferably small pods - if using larger, cut into 1 inch lengths)
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar or water
Salt

How To Dry Shrimp

1/2 lb. small sized unpeeled shrimp, head on
1/2 teaspoon salt

Pat shrimp dry and toss with salt. Arrange the shrimp in a single
layer on a paper plate. Cover with a sheet of paper towel and
microwave on high for 3 minutes intervals until shrimp are dried.

Eat as a snack or grind into a powder to use as an intense shrimp
flavoring agent.

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BUSTER HOLMES' WORLD FAMOUS RED BEANS & RICE

1 pound red beans
1 pound smoked ham hock
1 onion, chopped
1/2 green bell pepper, chopped
Salt and pepper to taste
2 cloves garlic
1/2 stick margarine

Pick through the beans to remove any rocks. Wash beans and cover with water. Add onion, bell pepper, ham hock and garlic. Cook on slow fire until done, about 2 hours. Add salt, pepper, margarine and cook 5 minutes. Serve on rice with Louisiana hot sauce, French bread and butter.

Courtbouillon

Fish Fillet
1 lb. can of tomatoes
1 Onion, chopped
1 Bellpepper, chopped
3 Celery stalks, chopped
1/2 cup bacon grease or oil
1/2 cup flour
2 Garlic cloves
2 1/2 cups fish stock or water
2 Tsp. Thyme
2 Bay Leaves
1 Tsp. Pepper Sauce
Salt to taste

Love At First Bite

Feb 9, 2011

Chocolate Truffles (Yields 30)

1/3 cup heavy cream
6 Tablespoons unsalted butter
2 cups bittersweet chocolate chips

1/3 cup cocoa powder (or combination of other powdered ingredients) for dusting

Mulligatawny Soup (Serves 6 - 8)

1/2 cup chopped onion
2 stalks celery, chopped
1 carrot, diced
1/4 cup butter
1 1/2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon curry powder
4 cups chicken broth
1 Granny Smith apple cored and chopped, with the peel on
1/2 cup, cooked white rice
1 cup cooked, diced chicken
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1/8 teaspoon dried thyme
1/2 cup heavy cream

Molly Kimball's Cheesy Mashed Potatoes (Makes 4 cups)

4 cups cauliflower (fresh or frozen)
1 Tbsp. sour cream
1 Tbsp. half & half
1 Tbsp. butter
4 wedges of Laughing Cow Light Cheese
Dash of salt (optional) and pepper to taste

Garnish (optional): bacon bits, cheese & chives

Daube Glacee (Yields 4 dozen slices)

3/4 cup shredded beef (roast or boiled beef)
20 pimento stuffed green olives, sliced
1 box veal stock
2 packages gelatin
1 bunch green onions, minced
4 Tablespoons flat leaf Italian parsley, chopped
2 Tablespoons Lea & Perrin Worcestershire sauce

Holiday Preparations

Dec 8, 2010

Aunt Daisy's Candied Grapefruit Peel

Yields 16 - 4 oz. gift jars

4 cups Louisiana grapefruit peels
cup Kosher salt
1 cup water
2 cups sugar
& 6 cups sugar

Cut a bag of grapefruit (8 - 12) in half, juice and reserve for later use.

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