A true Stroganoff has very little sour cream and no mushrooms, tomato paste, or paprika. What makes it special is the spicy mustard. It's best made with beef tenderloin, but if your budget won't allow it, use sirloin.
Delicious served warm for brunch or a coffee break. No butter inside the cake, but after the cake is baked, butter is poured on top and then icing sugar is sprinkled on top of cake with cinnamon. It took me only 30 minutes for this cake to bake so make sure you check after 30 minutes with toothpick.
A necessary preliminary step is to salt wash the shrimp to firm them up, which gives them a wonderful crunchy texture. Then it is necessary to coat them with a velvet-like egg white and cornstarch mixture; this protects the delicate shrimp meat from the oil and prevents overcooking. Once those steps are done, this dish takes but minutes to cook. Always buy the freshest shrimp possible.
This is my favorite. To serve, spoon directly from the soufflé dish or for a spectacular presentation, bake in an 8 inch spring-form pan and unmold. Experiment with a variety of different greens. If frozen kale is unavailable, use all frozen spinach. Serve with grilled or roasted meats, or with a whole grain bread for lunch. A glass of Italian red wine would be a nice addition.
This cheesy, pungent, nutty polenta is soft and creamy. It can be eaten alone or served with roasted or braised lamb, pork or chicken. Shelled pumpkin seeds are available at specialty food stores. They are sometimes called pepitas.
This cake is just a little bit more work, but worth every bit of it. The little more work I refer to, is separating the eggs, which, when I think about it, is hardly worth mentioning. Again the trusty processor, makes preparation time just minutes. There is no baking powder in this recipe. The stiffly beaten egg whites will raise the cake.
This is my very favorite sponge cake. It has a marvelous taste and texture, but also, because it is amazingly easy to prepare. This cake is a base for many desserts and is a great recipe for your repertoire.
This snack is so addictive you may want to double the recipe for a crowd. The raw pumpkin seeds (pepitas) crisp up as they cool so don't be concerned if they seem soft when you pull them from the oven.
I love this relish. It is great with fish, chicken, pork, cheese and crackers. Sometimes I throw some into a stew for extra flavor or anything else you want to put it in. Good apples for this recipe are Idared, Northern Spy, Spartan, Cortland and Empire or heirloom varieties, such as Red Astrachan and (Chenango) Strawberry. A sweeter apple would lend more of a dessert quality to the relish. I use any old apple I have on hand.
This pumpkin spice cake is very moist and rich and the cream cheese frosting keeps it that way for several days! In fact, the spice blend actually improves and mellows in flavor if the cake is made one day before serving. Remember that the frosting is made with cheese and that the cake must be refrigerated to maintain its freshness—especially during warm weather. But don’t worry, this cake is so good that it won’t be around very long!
Canadian White Cheddar and Potato Soup with a Cranberry Swirl:Hearty yet simple, this comforting soup will ground everyone before or after a day of candy. Thick potato Canadian Cheddar soup suspends the cranberries in the image of an eyeball. Who knew they could be so delicious? Make in advance and serve with a green salad for a spooktacular dinner or lunch.