Apple (Baker) of My Eye!

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Rinny’s Stoneware Apple Baker!

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Core apple and place over post. Melt 1.5 tablespoon of butter, add 1 tablespoon of brown sugar, and a couple shakes of ground cinnamon.

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Mix together and pour over the core in the apple baker (so some seeps down the middle).

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Bake in a 350 degree oven for 15 minutes,

or until apple is tender, and skin as cracked. Enjoy!!

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Green Bean Casserole Your Way!

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2 table spoons olive oil

3 tablespoons unsalted butter

2 shallots, chopped

3 cloves garlic, chopped

8 oz bella mushroom, chopped

Salt and Pepper to taste

2 teaspoons fresh sage, chopped (or 1 teaspoon dried)

6 cups kale, roughly chopped

4 tablespoons flour (one more if needed)

8 ounces chicken broth

½ cup half-and-half

7-8 ounces of frozen peas, about half a bag

Melt the butter in skillet over medium-high heat, add olive oil. Add the shallots, garlic, mushrooms, salt and pepper, and dried sage if using, cook until just softened. Add the flour and stir to coat. Add the chicken stock, and fresh sage if using, whisking vigorously to smooth out any lumps. Whisk in the half-and-half. Bring to a simmer and cook for 3 minutes. Check the seasoning and adjust with more salt and pepper as needed. Turn off the heat, add the frozen peas and stir.

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Charity Dinner for Rachael Ray

[fusion_text]A week from today will be Thanksgiving. I would like to encourage everyone giving thanks next week, to not overlook the farmers who work year round to provide food for our tables. Today I would like to highlight the farms that provided the cheese, milk, spirits, and apples for my Rachael Ray Dinner, and give a special thanks to my daughter in law Annie who provided the eggs! Chaseholm Farm, Kleins Kill Fruit Farms, and Harvest Spirits Farm Distillery are all third-generation run farms, and my dear friend Farmer Fred at Hill-Over Healthy & Fresh is a ninth-generation dairy farmer. Their dedication to carrying on their family’s craft is so important because without farms, there would be no food. Farming is a difficult and tireless job, as you sit down to enjoy your Thanksgiving feasts, be sure to thank the farmers too. #NoFarmsNoFood #Thanksgiving #ThankaFarmer[/fusion_text][fullwidth backgroundcolor=”” backgroundimage=”” backgroundrepeat=”no-repeat” backgroundposition=”left top” backgroundattachment=”scroll” video_webm=”” video_mp4=”” video_ogv=”” video_preview_image=”” overlay_color=”” overlay_opacity=”0.5″ video_mute=”yes” video_loop=”yes” fade=”no” bordersize=”0px” bordercolor=”” borderstyle=”” paddingtop=”20px” paddingbottom=”20px” paddingleft=”0px” paddingright=”0px” menu_anchor=”” equal_height_columns=”no” hundred_percent=”no” class=”” id=””][separator style_type=”none” top_margin=”” bottom_margin=”” sep_color=”” icon=”fa-pagelines” width=”” class=”” id=””][/fullwidth][one_half last=”no” spacing=”yes” background_color=”” background_image=”” background_repeat=”no-repeat” background_position=”left top” border_size=”0px” border_color=”” border_style=”” padding=”” class=”” id=””][imageframe lightbox=”no” style_type=”none” bordercolor=”” bordersize=”0px” borderradius=”0″ stylecolor=”” align=”none” link=”” linktarget=”_self” animation_type=”0″ animation_direction=”down” animation_speed=”0.1″ class=”” id=””] [/imageframe][fusion_text]At the Rachael Ray Show with the wonderful family who won the auction to benefit the Yum-O Foundation to eat dinner at my house. I brought Rachael eggs from my wonderful daughter-in-law’s chicken coop, Wine Sap apples from Kleins Kill Fruit Farms, cheese from Chaseholm Farm, and spirits from Harvest Spirits Farm Distillery.[/fusion_text][/one_half][one_half last=”yes” spacing=”yes” background_color=”” background_image=”” background_repeat=”no-repeat” background_position=”left top” border_size=”0px” border_color=”” border_style=”” padding=”” class=”” id=””][imageframe lightbox=”no” style_type=”none” bordercolor=”” bordersize=”0px” borderradius=”0″ stylecolor=”” align=”none” link=”http://www.chaseholmfarm.com/” linktarget=”_self” animation_type=”0″ animation_direction=”down” animation_speed=”0.1″ class=”” id=””] [/imageframe][fusion_text]Rory Chase, the Cheese-maker at Chaseholm Farms. Third generation farmer.[/fusion_text][/one_half][one_half last=”no” spacing=”yes” background_color=”” background_image=”” background_repeat=”no-repeat” background_position=”left top” border_size=”0px” border_color=”” border_style=”” padding=”” class=”” id=””][imageframe lightbox=”no” style_type=”none” bordercolor=”” bordersize=”0px” borderradius=”0″ stylecolor=”” align=”none” link=”http://www.hilloverhealthyandfresh.com/index.html” linktarget=”_self” animation_type=”0″ animation_direction=”down” animation_speed=”0.1″ class=”” id=””] [/imageframe][fusion_text]Farmer Fred from Hill-Over Healthy & Fresh. A ninth-generation farmer and a long time dear friend of mine.[/fusion_text][/one_half][one_half last=”yes” spacing=”yes” background_color=”” background_image=”” background_repeat=”no-repeat” background_position=”left top” border_size=”0px” border_color=”” border_style=”” padding=”” class=”” id=””][imageframe lightbox=”no” style_type=”none” bordercolor=”” bordersize=”0px” borderradius=”0″ stylecolor=”” align=”none” link=”http://www.hilloverhealthyandfresh.com/index.html” linktarget=”_self” animation_type=”0″ animation_direction=”down” animation_speed=”0.1″ class=”” id=””] [/imageframe][fusion_text]Some of Farmer Fred’s milk. Delicious!![/fusion_text][/one_half][one_half last=”no” spacing=”yes” background_color=”” background_image=”” background_repeat=”no-repeat” background_position=”left top” border_size=”0px” border_color=”” border_style=”” padding=”” class=”” id=””][imageframe lightbox=”no” style_type=”none” bordercolor=”” bordersize=”0px” borderradius=”0″ stylecolor=”” align=”none” link=”http://kleinskillfruit.com/” linktarget=”_self” animation_type=”0″ animation_direction=”down” animation_speed=”0.1″ class=”” id=””] [/imageframe][fusion_text]Wine Sap apples for Rachael! This kind of apple will last until June if stored properly![/fusion_text][/one_half][one_half last=”yes” spacing=”yes” background_color=”” background_image=”” background_repeat=”no-repeat” background_position=”left top” border_size=”0px” border_color=”” border_style=”” padding=”” class=”” id=””][imageframe lightbox=”no” style_type=”none” bordercolor=”” bordersize=”0px” borderradius=”0″ stylecolor=”” align=”none” link=”http://kleinskillfruit.com/” linktarget=”_self” animation_type=”0″ animation_direction=”down” animation_speed=”0.1″ class=”” id=””] [/imageframe][fusion_text]Russ Bartolotta from Kleins Kill Fruit Farms.[/fusion_text][/one_half][one_half last=”no” spacing=”yes” background_color=”” background_image=”” background_repeat=”no-repeat” background_position=”left top” border_size=”0px” border_color=”” border_style=”” padding=”” class=”” id=””][imageframe lightbox=”no” style_type=”none” bordercolor=”” bordersize=”0px” borderradius=”0″ stylecolor=”” align=”none” link=”” linktarget=”_self” animation_type=”0″ animation_direction=”down” animation_speed=”0.1″ class=”” id=””] [/imageframe][fusion_text]Preparing dinner for my guests. Love all of the Fuller Farmer products in my kitchen![/fusion_text][imageframe lightbox=”no” style_type=”none” bordercolor=”” bordersize=”0px” borderradius=”0″ stylecolor=”” align=”none” link=”” linktarget=”_self” animation_type=”0″ animation_direction=”down” animation_speed=”0.1″ class=”” id=””] [/imageframe][fusion_text]Great conversation by the fireside with Mary.[/fusion_text][/one_half][one_half last=”yes” spacing=”yes” background_color=”” background_image=”” background_repeat=”no-repeat” background_position=”left top” border_size=”0px” border_color=”” border_style=”” padding=”” class=”” id=””][imageframe lightbox=”no” style_type=”none” bordercolor=”” bordersize=”0px” borderradius=”0″ stylecolor=”” align=”none” link=”” linktarget=”_self” animation_type=”0″ animation_direction=”down” animation_speed=”0.1″ class=”” id=””] [/imageframe][fusion_text]Dining room table all set![/fusion_text][/one_half][one_half last=”no” spacing=”yes” background_color=”” background_image=”” background_repeat=”no-repeat” background_position=”left top” border_size=”0px” border_color=”” border_style=”” padding=”” class=”” id=””][imageframe lightbox=”no” style_type=”none” bordercolor=”” bordersize=”0px” borderradius=”0″ stylecolor=”” align=”none” link=”” linktarget=”_self” animation_type=”0″ animation_direction=”down” animation_speed=”0.1″ class=”” id=””] [/imageframe][fusion_text]Enjoying our drinks, made from Harvest Spirits vodka and applejack.[/fusion_text][/one_half][one_half last=”yes” spacing=”yes” background_color=”” background_image=”” background_repeat=”no-repeat” background_position=”left top” border_size=”0px” border_color=”” border_style=”” padding=”” class=”” id=””][imageframe lightbox=”no” style_type=”none” bordercolor=”” bordersize=”0px” borderradius=”0″ stylecolor=”” align=”none” link=”http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1455531057?keywords=farmhouse%20rules&qid=1445361070&ref_=sr_1_1&sr=8-1″ linktarget=”_self” animation_type=”0″ animation_direction=”down” animation_speed=”0.1″ class=”” id=””] [/imageframe][fusion_text]Carrot cake for dessert. 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Riverview Cafe, The Farmers Table

[fusion_text]Betsy and I had a wonderful time at the Riverview Cafe in Stuyvesant last month. They have summer tasting series that features local farms, orchards, vendors and all the hard working people behind them! It was a great event and the food was delicious! The next one is on August 20th and is featuring Monkshood Creamery. Buy your tickets in advance, they are selling out!!

Here are all the farms that were featured at the one I attended:

Ardith Mae Creamery: http://www.ardithmae.com/

Monkshood Nursery: http://www.monkshoodnursery.com/

The Berry Farm: http://www.thechathamberryfarm.com/

Fatstock Farm: http://www.fatstockfarm.com/

Riverview Cafe: http://theriverviewcafe.com/thefarmerstable/[/fusion_text]

A Summer Dinner Party

What a wonderful dinner with good friends last night. As you can see we had a salad of kale and arugula with red and orange peppers and sweet onions. What you can’t see, because we devoured them, were racks of lamb and a sweet potato, carrot gratin with thyme. Oh my! We also had a side of fresh zucchini from Holmquest Farm just down the road! AND let’s not forget Barry’s homemade blueberry pie! It was DELICIOUS!!!!!

Bestia

Pork Tomahawk Chop and the longest string bean I’ve ever seen at Bestia in LA!!! (It’s a Chinese long bean). Also pictured is a delicious Chicken Liver Crostini.

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Esca

David and I enjoyed two of Mario Batali’s restaurants while in NYC, Del Posto and Esca. This photo is from Esca. I highly recommend both!

http://esca-nyc.com/

 

Grandma Ida’s Latkes

Grandma Ida with Ami, Jason, and Grandpa Mort.
Grandma Ida with Ami, Jason, and Papa Morton.

This weekend while visiting with family, my daughter Ami recounted a story about Hanukkah and her Grandma Ida’s latkes.  She remembers going to her grandparents’ house and lighting the menorah and then eating a scrumptious dinner complete with potato latkes fried in oil.  Here is Grandma Ida’s recipe for potato latkes:

5 large potatoes, peeled
1 large onion
3 eggs
1/3 cup matzo meal or flour
1 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. pepper
1/2 tsp. garlic powder, use as much or as little, to taste
1/3 cup oil for frying

Grate potatoes and onion on the fine side of a grater, in a food processor, or in a blender with a little water added to it.  Add the eggs and mix well.  Next, add matzo meal, salt, pepper, and garlic powder mix well.  Get a frying pan hot, add the oil, and then add mixture 1 tablespoon at a time into frying pan.  When the bottoms are golden brown, turn them over and brown the other side.

Latkes are served as a side dish, Grandma Ida would always put a small bowl of sour cream and applesauce to dip them into.  Ami was sure to say, “Just because latkes were a side dish, does not mean they weren’t my favorite dish!!”  After dinner we would exchange gifts and spin the dreidel, and of course, always enjoy a little chocolate gelt (chocolate coins wrapped in foil).

Columbia County Fair Pie Contest – Judged by ME!!!

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Looking for a perfect way to end your summer in The Hudson Valley? Don’t miss the Columbia County Fair! This year they are celebrating 175 years of festivities with rides galore, exhibitions, and competitions. Most importantly, The Bounty Cooking Contest .. which is themed for all things PIES! From sweet to savory, children to adults .. everyone can enter! For me to judge! That’s right.. I’ll be there .. ready to taste away. The prizes are fantastic and I am always searching for inspiring recipes for my show, Farmhouse Rules. Please make sure to check the rules on the site and I hope to see you on September 1.

For more information and to find out how to enter, Please visit Ginsberg’s website. I hope to see you there and taste your delicious pies!