Cheesecake 2018 AFTD Food For Thought Campaign #endFTD

Lydia perfected making cheesecake by taking them to her co-workers at Redken Labs in the San Fernanado Valley after completing her undergraduate degree in Chemistry at Cal State Northridge. Sourcream or some type of topping covers the cracking that sometimes happens as your perfect cheesecake cools, so you can be creative with your disguises.

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.

cherry cheesecake allreceipes

photo by Ashley Marie Aleshire

Ingredients

  • 1 3/4 cups HONEY MAID Graham Cracker Crumbs
  • 1/3 cup butter, melted
  • 1 1/4 cups sugar, divided
  • 3 (8 ounce) packages PHILADELPHIA Cream Cheese, softened
  • 1 cup BREAKSTONE’S or KNUDSEN Sour Cream
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 (21 ounce) can cherry pie filling

Directions

Place the flour in a medium-sized bowl and sift in the baking powder. Add the salt and whisk together.

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

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#1 Soul Blues Song, #2 Soul Blues Album, #7 California Album

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Creme Caramel 2018 AFTD Food For Thought Campaign #endFTD

Mom used to make this dessert for dinner parties when we were growing up. I made a version of this with milk in my toaster oven in college and in graduate school with a graham cracker for a quick breakfast on the run. This creme caramel recipe is from Martha Stewart.

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.

creme-caramel-MS

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups sugar, divided
  • 3 cups whole milk
  • 2 large eggs plus 3 large egg yolks
  • 1/8 teaspoon fine salt
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract

Directions

  1. 1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Place eight 4-ounce ramekins in a large roasting pan. Add 4 tablespoons water to a small pot. Add 1 cup sugar and stir to dissolve. Cook over medium-high, swirling occasionally, until caramel begins to turn amber, 6 to 8 minutes. Working quickly, divide caramel between ramekins, swirling ramekins to coat bottoms evenly, set aside.
See the rest of the directions at https://www.marthastewart.com/971530/creme-caramel

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.

Rum Cake 2018 AFTD Food For Thought Campaign #endFTD

This recipe is also from one of the last cookbooks I bought for Lydia: the Thomas Keller Bouchon Bakery  (related to Thomas Keller’s Bouchon near where she worked in Beverly Hills–now closed at that location). She had the larger Bundt pan, which is now at my house. As a teenager, she made the Bacardi Rum Cake with dad’s 151 Rum and pecans. It was delicious!

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.

 Bouchon-Bakery-300x300

Ingredients

16.5 ounces (468 grams) Unsalted butter, at room temperature, plus additional for the pan
2 ¾ cups + 1 tablespoon (562 grams) Granulated sugar, plus additional for the pan
4 cups + 3 tablespoons (468 grams) Almond flour/meal
1 cup + 1 tablespoon (150 grams) All-purpose flour
2 cups + 3 tablespoons (562 grams) Eggs
1/3 cup (75 grams) Myer’s dark rum
3 tablespoons (50 grams) Myer’s dark rum
3 tablespoons (50 grams) Simple Syrup (recipe follows)
Rum Icing (recipe follows)

Rum Icing:
Makes 2/3 cup (200 grams)
1 ½ cups + 1 tablespoon (180 grams) Powdered sugar
1 tablespoon (15 grams) Myers’s dark rum
1 tablespoon (15 grams) Water

Sift the powdered sugar into a small bowl. Stir in the rum and water until smooth. The icing should be used immediately.

Simple Syrup:
½ cup (100 grams) Granulated Sugar
½ cup (117 grams) Water

Directions

Preheat the oven to 325°F (convection) or 350°F (standard). Brush the Bundt pan with butter. Refrigerate or freeze the pan to harden the butter (this will make it much easier to coat the pan with an even layer of sugar).

See the rest of the directions a https://www.cookthatbook.com/recipes/rum-cake/

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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or on the right side bar of this site.

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Madeleine Cakes 2018 AFTD Food For Thought Campaign #endFTD

One of the last cookbooks I bought for Lydia was for the Thomas Keller Bouchon Bakery  related to Thomas Keller’s Bouchon near where she worked in Beverly Hills–it is now closed at that location. She had the traditional Madeleine pan like in the photo, plus a fancier one that looked more like a clam shell or scallop shell. These are cakelettes are like what the famous author Marcel Proust uses “to contrast involuntary memory with voluntary memory. The latter designates memories retrieved by ‘intelligence,’ that is, memories produced by putting conscious effort into remembering events, people, and places.” Lydia remembers things, but can’t communicate well because of the Primary Progressive Aphasia version of the FTD disease.

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.

madeleines French Laundry

Ingredients

  • 1/4 Cup plus 3 1/2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 Teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 Teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 Cup plus 1 tablespoon eggs
  • 1/4 Cup plus 1 1/4 teaspoons granulated sugar
  • 2.3 Ounces butter, plus more for the madeleine pan
  • 2 Teaspoons dark brown sugar
  • 1 1/4 Teaspoon clover honey
  • 1 -2 drops lemon oil (optional)

Directions

Place the flour in a medium-sized bowl and sift in the baking powder. Add the salt and whisk together.

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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or on the right side bar of this site.

Thank you to our generous supporters for donating to AFTD.

Spinach with Feta & Pine Nuts 2018 AFTD Food For Thought Campaign #endFTD

This is like the stuffing our mom makes for the spinach version of the cheese borags. 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.

spinach w feta and pine nuts

courtesy of someone with the same kind of idea as Lydia: Kelli of can cook, will travel

Ingredients

  • 2 1/2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 large lemon
  • 1 pound fresh baby spinach
  • salt and pepper
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons toasted pine nuts
  • 1/2 cup feta

Directions

Heat oil in 12″ pan. Meanwhile, zest lemon and set aside. Squeeze the lemon, add 1 1/2 tablespoons of lemon juice to pan. Add spinach, tossing constantly with tongs until all leaves are wilted.

 

See the rest of the directions at https://cancookwilltravel.com/spinach-feta-pine-nuts/

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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Syrian Muhammara Recipe 2018 AFTD Food For Thought Campaign #endFTD

We had this with roasted chicken at a pot luck on Labor Day weekend a few weeks ago. It was a hit with everyone. We didn’t have fresh pomegranates to decorate the dish, so we used pine nuts. Mom uses crushed saltines to make this delicious dip. 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.

muhammara

Ingredients

  • 6 red bell peppers
  • 1/2 cup walnuts
  • 3 tablespoons pomegranate molasses
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 3 cloves garlic, roughly chopped
  • 1 tablespoon freshly-squeezed lemon juice
  • 2 teaspoons cumin
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1/2 cup bread crumbs

instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 C).
  2. Roast whole peppers on a large baking tray for 30 to 40 minutes.
See the rest of the directions at https://thishealthytable.com/blog/muhammara

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

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.