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Friday
Dec092011

Berries of a Certain Age

 Elderly berries.  Not elderberries.  Just some raspberries that I bought before Thanksgiving and discovered in the garage refrigerator.  I was able to salvage enough of them to make a clafouti.  Dorie's recipe specifically called for cherries but she did allow for substitutions.

The survivor berries getting their custardy bath....See, it covered up the moldy berries nicely. 

 Berry/Cherry Clafouti with my mods, from Dorie Greenspan's "Around My French Table."  A cookbook that makes you feel like you could be French.

1 lb berries or cherries

3 large eggs

1/2 cup sugar

pinch salt

2 tsp. vanilla

1/2 cup all-purpose flour

3/4 cup whole milk

1/2 cup heavy cream

powdered sugar for dusting

Preheat oven to 350F.  Generously butter a 9" deep pie plate.  Place fruit in a single layer on the bottom.  In a medium bowl whisk eggs til foamy, add sugar and whisk for ~1 minute.  Whisk in salt/vanilla.  Add flour and whisk vigorously until smooth.  Gradually pour in milk and cream, whisking as you go.  Pour batter over berries.  Bake for 35-45 minutes or until browned and  knife inserted in center comes out clean.  I made mine in a blender.  Started with eggs/sugar, blended.  Then added vanilla and salt, blended.  Then added flour and blended a little longer.  Added milk/cream with blender running.

Ooh la la!  You don't look a day over 2 weeks old.

Sophie loves sugar but has a hard time distinguishing between a dusting and a dumping so we used my piece for the picture. 

Tuesday
Oct182011

It's a Celebration

  

 October 15th.  Exciting on many levels.  Herb Market at Pearl Brewery.  Halfway to Halloween.  Ian coming home.  Fall weather.  I found this beautiful succulent wreath and had to have one.  The vendor said his has lasted >1 year.  Just have to take it down and hose it off, trim growth.  Damn thing weighed a ton, almost didn't make it to the truck.

Ian is home for a full week so not only does he have time to help me with the mundane stuff like  putting gas in the truck, washing dishes, and taking care of our internet provider issues (hence fewer posts this week), but we have time for some FUN! And bike riding.

Beer tastings...the Shock Top was Ian's favorite (and my dad's); I am sticking with the Pumpkin Ale.

 Cooking a special meal.  Got these gorgeous beef shanks from Koch Ranch at the Pearl Farmer's Market.  Not beautiful in the making but soooo delicious.  I modified a recipe from Dorie Greenspan and served with a butternut barley risotto that I found on one of my new favorite food blogs...Bake Me Away {Hi Jessica!}.  The perfect fall meal.   

Unfortunately we were losing light fast at this point, and Ian left the big DSLR behind so the pictures do not do this dish justice.

 Dessert was special too....a double chocolate banana tart--again from Dorie Greenspan.  If the way to a man's heart is through his stomach she should be married to George Clooney.

 Leave me a comment if you are interested in recipes and I will post a follow-up!