Poppy Tooker

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.

Hanukkah Edition

Dec 1, 2010

Mildred's Potato Latkes (Yields 24 latkes)

6 large Idaho potatoes, peeled and grated
2 eggs
2 Tablespoons flour
1 teaspoon salt
Pepper to taste
1 small onion, grated
1 carrot, peeled and grated
teaspoon baking powder
Oil for frying

Drain potatoes thoroughly. Mix all ingredients together. Drop by the tablespoon full into inch of hot oil in a frying pan. Fry until browned on both sides, turning only once so potatoes do not get soggy.

Drain on paper towels and serve.

Basic Poultry Stock

1 poultry carcass (chicken, turkey, duck, goose - NO SKIN!)
1 carrot
1 onion
2 ribs celery
Herbs & peppercorns (optional)

After most of the meat has been stripped from the bones, add the carcass to a stock pot with the carrot, onion and celery. (For a darker stock, you can roast the seasoning vegetables in advance and leave the peel on the onion).

Cheese Pumpkin Jam (Yields approximately 3 cups)

1 small cheese pumpkin (or other dense variety)
6 cups sugar
8 cups water

Peel the pumpkin, scoop out the seeds and the stringy membrane that holds them in. Cut into 1 inch sized cubes. In a large, heavy pot add 1 cups of sugar and 2 cups of water for each 4 cups of pumpkin. When the sugar is dissolved, add the pumpkin, bring to a boil and then reduce to a low simmer. Cook uncovered until the liquid has dissolved and the pumpkin is reduced to jam.

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