Sunday, December 8, 2013

Nana's Anise Biscuits

Lightly sweet light Anise flavor.
Great with mint tea.

In  mixer with dough hook or by hand mix

1C water
1C Oil
3 Eggs
2 C sugar
3 Tablespoons Anise seed
(slightly Crushed)
pinch salt
2 teaspoons B powder
Flour to tighten into a dough
about 5-6 cups

Let the dough rest in the fridge, roll out thin like a pie crust, use extra flour, and cut into odd shapes squares and triangles etc... bake at 350 degrees for about 10 minutes so that the bottom just barely picks up a very light tan color.

Saturday, December 7, 2013


(Most requested at the Holidays

1lb butter
2lbs Peanut Butter
3lbs Powder Sugar

Mix the ingredients, roll into nickel size balls and freeze for a few hours.

Melt in a double boiler
(2) 12 oz bags semi sweet chocolate chips
(4) squares of unsweetened baking chocolate

Using a long wooden skewer dip the balls into
the Chocolate... place on a pan on wax paper and refrigerate until firm store in a plastic container in the refrigerator with wax paper between the layers... this makes a lot... hundreds.

Sunday, November 24, 2013

Carrot Cake

1 1/4 cup chopped walnuts
2 c granulated sugar
2 c flour
2 tsp baking soda
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
2 tsp cinnamon 

4 1/2 cups shredded carrots
4 eggs
1 1/2 cups vegetable oil
1 1/2 vanilla

2 8oz packages cream cheese
2 sticks or 1/2 lb butter
2 lbs confectioners sugar
zest of one orange

Mix all dry ingredients, add all wet ingredients and mix. A mixer is ok, but really a bowl and spoon does the trick. Put in desired pans. (to the right 2 9 inch cake pans) bake at 350 approximately 30 minutes, use toothpick test.

Turn out of pans and let completely cool.
Make frosting in a mixer or with a hand mixer. Let butter come to room temp, add butter and cream cheese and mix, add confectioners sugar in small amounts as it can be incorporated, add the orange zest and frost the cake and refrigerate.

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Beer Me

Beer reviews:

Firestone Double Jack Double IPA

Very Strong Beer, deep rich big hop bite... Keeping with the IPA style I enjoy but Jacked up. Not a big nose but big on the palate, Must be in the mood for a very big beer.

Left Coast Brewing Hop Juice IPA

A big current favorite great hoppy flavor and big grapefruit nose, good body, rich, nice body... Thank you sir may I have another.

Hebrew Hop Manna IPA-The Chosen Beer

Beautiful orange color, well hopped, nice medium hop bitterness, light citrusy nose-grapefruit, light mouthfeel yet modest malt flavor. A fine drinking IPA.

Stone Sublimely self Righteous Ale

Black Malt, Black Malt,  Black Malt, Roasted to a very dark licorice. The roasted malt seems to overpower the hop bite, combined they are very sharp... black color, single noted hop.... remarkably light mouth feel for all of the flavor.....Very appealing but you need to want to drink black malt. 

Sunday, June 24, 2012

Pesto Baby!

Basil Pesto by the numbers.


1 part pine nuts
2 parts Parmigiano Reggiano
4 parts packed basil leaves
Oilve oil to smooth to the desired consistency
Garlic to taste

I first start by processing the Parmigiano Reggiano fine, I pour it into a bowl. Then I do the same with the pine nuts and put with the Parmigiano. I then pack the basil into the processor and begin to process adding olive oil through the feed tube, processing to a thin paste. I add the ground pine nuts and cheese, and garlic, and process some more adding oil as I go. I taste and adjust to my taste as some garlic can be "hot" I add the garlic slowly tasting as I go. you can sub the pine nuts with walnuts and the cheese with Pecorino Romano as well it will give you as sharper saltier pesto.

Saturday, June 23, 2012

Sausage Everywhere

Sausagefest 2012 (wait... what?)

Hot Italian Sausage
25lbs pork shoulder
1 1/2 cup cracked fennel
2/3 cup red pepper flake
1/2 cup black pepper
1/2 cup salt
2/3 cup sweet paprika 
4 cups ice water.

Cut up your meat into 2-4 inch pieces depending on your grinder, a day before, you'll be tired of looking at pork.
Grind the sausage with a course grind. Drink a beer, you've worked hard. Mix the spice mixture and water into the ground pork, your hands will be messy, have someone pour beer into your mouth. Cook a sausage patty, taste, and adjust your seasonings. Your hands should be clean, pour yourself a beer, try to keep all of your ingredients very cold at all times.

Put the mixture into a sausage stuffer, use any kind of casing you'd like, follow the directions on the casing package you can't go wrong.

Stuff'em, eat them with peppers on good Italian bread, and, may I suggest, also with a nice beer.

Friday, April 20, 2012

Eric's & Judy's Yummy Mac & Cheese

1 1/2 lbs Quality Pasta Penne Rigati works excellent Cheese loves ridges
2 1/2 Milk
1/3 cup Butter
1/3 cup Flour
1 teaspoon each Salt and Pepper

1 teaspoon Cayenne Pepper
1 Tablespoon Coleman's Dry Mustard

1 cup shredded Gruyere Cheese
1 cup shredded Manchego Cheese (yeah that's right!)
2 cups shredded Cheddar

1/3 cup Panko breadcrumbs, Fresh breadcrumbs are also excellent.

So here we go, never a blue box again, easy! cheesy! easy!.
Boil some well salted water (like the sea). Boil them noodles till just shy of aldente (firm to the bite). Remember you are going to bake them in the oven too. When the noodles are ready and drained put them in a big casserole dish.

In the same pan that you boiled the water, put the butter, flour, salt, and pepper, mustard, and cayenne. Now whisk baby whisk over medium heat to a dirty blonde color, (look you made a roux) add that milk now.  It will look lumpish, whisk baby whisk, it will smooth.(you just made a Bechamel, you are practically a chef) Now start adding the cheese about a cup at a time, again it will look lumpy.... whisk baby whisk... it will smooth. Cheeses will tighten up differently so don't be afraid to add a little more milk. You want the consistency of a thin pancake batter. Now pour that beautiful cheesy goodness over the pasta, fold it all together, sprinkle the panko over the top and pop that bad boy in the oven, at 350 for about 25 minutes or until bubbly and the panko is toasty brown.

Now eat it, and tell me how good it is.