Choereg (Armenian Holiday Bread) 2018 AFTD Food For Thought Campaign #endFTD

It isn’t Christmas for us without this. We also have it at Easter. In honor of this year’s AFTD Food For Thought campaign, I will be posting some of Lydia’s favorite recipes. She liked cooking, watching Anthony Bourdain, the Cooking Channel, the Food Network, Gourmet Magazine, Saveur, Martha Stewart and many, many more. I have her cookbook collection at my house, plus there is a stash of hers at our parents’ house, too.

Choereg

Choereg (Armenian Easter Bread–and definitely Christmas)

Ingredients

 1 cup whole milk

 1 cup unsalted butter

1 cup margarine (we would use butter)
1 cup white sugar
1/2 cup lukewarm water
2 teaspoons white sugar
2 (.25 ounce) envelopes active dry yeast
5 eggs
6 cups all-purpose flour, or as needed
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder

1 1/2 tablespoons ground mahleb
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
1 egg, beaten
1 tablespoon sesame seeds

Directions

  1. In a saucepan over medium heat, combine the milk, butter and margarine. Heat until butter and margarine are melted, but do not let it boil. Stir in 1 cup of sugar until dissolved, then set aside to cool to lukewarm.

See the rest of the directions at https://www.allrecipes.com/recipe/84405/choereg-armenian-easter-bread/

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September 27, 2018 from 6:00 to 9:00 PM

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Acoustic music from Kelly’s Lot and Friends.
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#1 Soul Blues Song, #2 Soul Blues Album, #7 California Album

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Croquembouche 2018 AFTD Food For Thought Campaign #endFTD

This is a fancy French dessert of Caramel-Glazed Cream Puffs, made into a tower.

Literally named “crunch in the mouth,” croquembouche is an edible monument of caramelized pastry. –Todd Coleman

Lydia made it for our family. Time consuming, so you may want to watch Martha Stewart or the link to the video after the recipe.

In honor of this year’s AFTD Food For Thought campaign, I will be posting some of Lydia’s favorite recipes. She liked cooking, watching Anthony Bourdain, the Cooking Channel, the Food Network, Gourmet Magazine, Saveur, Martha Stewart and many, many more. I have her cookbook collection at my house, plus there is a stash of hers at our parents’ house, too.

Saveuer Croquembouche

For the Pâte à Choux

12 tbsp. unsalted butter
14 tsp. kosher salt
2 cups flour
9 eggs

To Assemble

4 cups sugar

Instructions

For the pâte à choux: Heat oven to 425°. Bring butter, salt, and 1 12 cups water to a boil in a 4-qt. saucepan over high heat. Remove pan from heat, add flour all at once, and stir vigorously with a wooden spoon until mixture forms a thick dough and pulls away from sides of pan, about 2 minutes. Return pan to heat and cook, stirring constantly, until dough is lightly dried, about 2 minutes more. Transfer dough to a bowl, and let cool for 5 minutes; using a wooden spoon, beat in 8 eggs, one at a time, making sure each egg is completely incorporated before adding the next. Dough will come together and be thick, shiny, and smooth.

 

This is a very involved recipe. Watch the video and see the rest of the directions at https://www.saveur.com/article/Recipes/Croquembouche#page-2

Join us for a gourmet food and wine event at
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September 27, 2018 from 6:00 to 9:00 PM

Tickets are $50/person to have a gourmet food buffet and a glass of
white, red, or sparkling wine from the award-winning Grapes & Hops.

Acoustic music from Kelly’s Lot and Friends.
Kelly’s latest: ‘Rescue’ made it on the Roots Music Report Charts in 2018.
#1 Soul Blues Song, #2 Soul Blues Album, #7 California Album

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Thank you to our generous supporters for donating to AFTD.

Mushroom & Leek Bread Pudding 2018 AFTD Food For Thought Campaign #endFTD

Barefoot Contessa’s Mushroom and Leek Bread Pudding is a combo of three things Lydia loves. She loved watching Ina Garten and has several of her cookbooks. Ina Garten suggests in the book that this would be great with turkey, so in honor of soon-to-be Thanksgiving, try this recipe.

In honor of this year’s AFTD Food For Thought campaign, I will be posting some of Lydia’s favorite recipes. She liked cooking, watching Anthony Bourdain, the Cooking Channel, the Food Network, Gourmet Magazine, Saveur, Martha Stewart and many, many more. I have her cookbook collection at my house, plus there is a stash of hers at our parents’ house, too.

mushroom leek bread pudding

Ingredients

  • 6 cups (½-inch-diced) bread cubes from a rustic country loaf, crusts removed
  • 2 tablespoons good olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 2 ounces pancetta, small-diced
  • 4 cups sliced leeks, white and light green parts (4 leeks)
  • 1½ pounds cremini mushrooms, stems trimmed and ¼-inch-sliced
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh tarragon leaves
  • 1/4 cup medium or dry sherry
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/3 cup minced fresh flat-leaf parsley
  • 4 extra-large eggs
  • 1½ cups heavy cream
  • 1 cup chicken stock, preferably homemade
  • 1½ cups grated Gruyère cheese (6 ounces), divided

Directions

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Spread the bread cubes on a sheet pan and bake for 15 to 20 minutes, until lightly browned. Set aside.

Join us for a gourmet food and wine event at
Grapes & Hops in Downtown Ventura at 454 E. Main Street, plus music by Kelly’s Lot and Friends

September 27, 2018 from 6:00 to 9:00 PM

Tickets are $50/person to have a gourmet food buffet and a glass of
white, red, or sparkling wine from the award-winning Grapes & Hops.

Acoustic music from Kelly’s Lot and Friends.
Kelly’s latest: ‘Rescue’ made it on the Roots Music Report Charts in 2018.
#1 Soul Blues Song, #2 Soul Blues Album, #7 California Album

Tickets available for purchase on https://lydiasftdhouse.com/events/
or on the right side bar of this site.

Thank you to our generous supporters for donating to AFTD.

Fazzoletti della Nonna 2018 AFTD Food For Thought Campaign #endFTD

Fazzoletti della Nonna is a dish we first saw in the Marcella Hazan’s Italian Kitchen cookbook. It’s an involved dish, but worth it, as are most of Marcella Hazan’s recipes. They are Italian, and they know good food!  It’s like an Italian version of a quesadilla.

In honor of this year’s AFTD Food For Thought campaign, I will be posting some of Lydia’s favorite recipes. She liked cooking, watching Anthony Bourdain, the Cooking Channel, the Food Network, Gourmet Magazine, Saveur, Martha Stewart and many, many more. I have her cookbook collection at my house, plus there is a stash of hers at our parents’ house, too.

fazoletti de la nonna

Crepes (fazzoletti)
1 1/2 cups whole wheat pastry flour
1 1/2 cups milk
3 eggs
salt
2-3 tbls butter

In a 9″ non-stick pan, using a 1/3 cup measure, pour the batter into the pan on one side and twirl around and round until the bottom is covered. Let is cook for 1-2 minutes and flip.

Join us for a gourmet food and wine event at
Grapes & Hops in Downtown Ventura at 454 E. Main Street, plus music by Kelly’s Lot and Friends

September 27, 2018 from 6:00 to 9:00 PM

Tickets are $50/person to have a gourmet food buffet and a glass of
white, red, or sparkling wine from the award-winning Grapes & Hops.

Acoustic music from Kelly’s Lot and Friends.
Kelly’s latest: ‘Rescue’ made it on the Roots Music Report Charts in 2018.
#1 Soul Blues Song, #2 Soul Blues Album, #7 California Album

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Thank you to our generous supporters for donating to AFTD.

Salmon & Melting Cherry Tomatoes 2018 AFTD Food For Thought Campaign #endFTD

Lydia liked salmon, which is good for your brain, but she still got frontotemporal degeneration anyway. She loved watching Ina Garten and has several of her cookbooks. This is from Garten’s Barefoot Contessa Foolproof.

In honor of this year’s AFTD Food For Thought campaign, I will be posting some of Lydia’s favorite recipes. She liked cooking, watching Anthony Bourdain, the Cooking Channel, the Food Network, Gourmet Magazine, Saveur, Martha Stewart and many, many more. I have her cookbook collection at my house, plus there is a stash of hers at our parents’ house, too.

salmon melting cherry tomatoes Calgary Herald

from the Calgary Herald

Ingredients

  • Good olive oil
  • 1 cup (250 mL) chopped sweet onion, such as Vidalia
  • 2 tsp (10 mL) minced garlic
  • 2 cups (500 mL) cherry or grape tomatoes, halved through the stem
  • kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 1/2 tbsp (22 mL) good balsamic vinegar
  • 1 1/2 tbsp (22 mL) julienned fresh basil leaves
  • 2 lb (1 kg) salmon fillet, cut crosswise into 4 pieces

Directions

Preheat the oven to 425F (220C).

Heat 3 tbsp (50 mL) of the olive oil in a medium (10-inch/25-cm) saute pan.

Add the onion and saute over medium-low heat for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally, until very tender but not browned. Add the garlic and saute for 1 more minute. Stir in the tomatoes, 1 tsp (5 mL) salt and 1/2 tsp (2 mL) pepper and cook over medium-low heat for 10 to 15 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the liquid evaporates and the tomato sauce thickens slightly. Off the heat, stir in the vinegar and basil.

Join us for a gourmet food and wine event at
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September 27, 2018 from 6:00 to 9:00 PM

Tickets are $50/person to have a gourmet food buffet and a glass of
white, red, or sparkling wine from the award-winning Grapes & Hops.

Acoustic music from Kelly’s Lot and Friends.
Kelly’s latest: ‘Rescue’ made it on the Roots Music Report Charts in 2018.
#1 Soul Blues Song, #2 Soul Blues Album, #7 California Album

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Thank you to our generous supporters for donating to AFTD.

Cranberry Bread 2018 AFTD Food For Thought Campaign #endFTD

This is something we always had at Thanksgiving. Orange and cranberry have anti-cancer properties, too, and our mom is being treated for sarcoma again this year. Order some wine bottles from Grapes & Hops for your family to go with your meal. They have a great selection and if you tell them you are trying to support the Food For Thought event, 25% will be donated. A win-win.

In honor of this year’s AFTD Food For Thought campaign, I will be posting some of Lydia’s favorite recipes. She liked cooking, watching Anthony Bourdain, the Cooking Channel, the Food Network, Gourmet Magazine, Saveur, Martha Stewart and many, many more. I have her cookbook collection at my house, plus there is a stash of hers at our parents’ house, too.

Classic Cranberry Nut Bread

Cranberry Bread

Ingredients

2 cups flour

1 cup sugar

1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder

1 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

3/4 cup orange juice

1 tablespoon grated orange peel

2 tablespoons shortening

1 egg, well beaten

1 1/2 cups Ocean Spray® Fresh or Frozen Cranberries, coarsely chopped

1/2 cup chopped nuts

Directions

Preheat oven to 350ºF. Grease a 9 x 5-inch loaf pan.

Mix together flour, sugar, baking powder, salt and baking soda in a medium mixing bowl. Stir in orange juice, orange peel, shortening and egg. Mix until well blended. Stir in cranberries and nuts. Spread evenly in loaf pan.

See the rest of the directions from Ocean Spray at https://www.oceanspray.com/en/Recipes/By-Course/Breads-and-Muffins/Classic-Cranberry-Nut-Bread

Join us for a gourmet food and wine event at Grapes & Hops in Downtown Ventura at 454 E. Main Street, plus music by Kelly’s Lot and Friends

September 27, 2018 from 6:00 to 9:00 PM

Tickets are $50/person to have a gourmet food buffet and a glass of
white, red, or sparkling wine from the award-winning Grapes & Hops.

Acoustic music from Kelly’s Lot and Friends.
Kelly’s latest: ‘Rescue’ made it on the Roots Music Report Charts in 2018.
#1 Soul Blues Song, #2 Soul Blues Album, #7 California Album

Tickets available for purchase on https://lydiasftdhouse.com/events/
or on the right side bar of this site.

Thank you to our generous supporters for donating to AFTD.

Viennese Iced Coffee 2018 AFTD Food For Thought Campaign #endFTD

Barefoot Contessa’s Viennese Iced Coffee combines two things Lydia liked A LOT. Coffee and ice cream. Lydia traveled to Europe by herself in her 20s and really liked Vienna when she was there. She loved watching Ina Garten and has several of her cookbooks.

In honor of this year’s AFTD Food For Thought campaign, I will be posting some of Lydia’s favorite recipes. She liked cooking, watching Anthony Bourdain, the Cooking Channel, the Food Network, Gourmet Magazine, Saveur, Martha Stewart and many, many more. I have her cookbook collection at my house, plus there is a stash of hers at our parents’ house, too.

Viennese iced coffee BC Foolproof

Ingredients

  • 4 scoops vanilla or coffee ice cream
  • Unsweetened cocoa powder, such as Pernigotti
  • 6 (1-ounce) shots of espresso, regular or decaf
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup hot water
  • 2 cups ice
  • Short straws, for serving

Directions

Combine the espresso, sugar, vanilla, and hot water in a blender and stir until the sugar dissolves. Put the ice in the blender and process on high until the mixture is almost completely smooth. Divide the mixture among 4 short glasses.

 

Join us for a gourmet food and wine event at
Grapes & Hops in Downtown Ventura at 454 E. Main Street, plus music by Kelly’s Lot and Friends

September 27, 2018 from 6:00 to 9:00 PM

Tickets are $50/person to have a gourmet food buffet and a glass of
white, red, or sparkling wine from the award-winning Grapes & Hops.

Acoustic music from Kelly’s Lot and Friends.
Kelly’s latest: ‘Rescue’ made it on the Roots Music Report Charts in 2018.
#1 Soul Blues Song, #2 Soul Blues Album, #7 California Album

Tickets available for purchase on https://lydiasftdhouse.com/events/
or on the right side bar of this site.

Thank you to our generous supporters for donating to AFTD.