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Sunday
Apr202014

Queen of Dressing

A tribute to a mix of green herbs, specifically parsley and chives. Prior to the popularity of ranch dressing, Green Goddess was the queen of dressings, gracing salads worldwide.

Let me get this out of the way first; Seven Seas did not create the original Green Goddess Dressing. It’s earliest roots stem from a classical French cooking cold sauce (dressing) called Sauce Au Vert; created for Louis XIII of France circa 1640. That's just around the time of the legendary Chef Vatel (more on him next week). This cold sauce gained popularity in the 1920’s with help of a theater production by the same name, The Green Goddess, which ran in San Francisco.  

Basically - all cold sauces are created equal, with just a few adjustments in the ingredients. For example, if you think Thousand island Dressing with a reduction of a few condiments and an addition of a larger quantity of fresh washed herbs; such as chives, tarragon, chervil or parsley - you’ve got Green Goddess!

The herbs should be chopped fine and squeezed dry in a cheese cloth or clean kitchen towel; while reserving the juice exiting from the herbs to color and more importantly flavor the cold sauce. The herbs are then added to the base sauce. Viola!

Green Goddess aka. Sauce Au Vert

Mix, 1 cup olive oil mayonnaise, 1/2 cup plain yogurt, 1/2 cup sour cream, 3 pureed anchovy fillets, 4 cloves Caramelized Garlic, juice of half a lemon, dash of hot sauce and fresh ground black pepper. Add 1/4 cup each finely chopped chives and parsley, with squeezed juice into dressing.

image: Glane23

Thursday
Apr172014

Breakfast Buffet

Is your home going to be full of guests for the holiday weekend? This is good reason to get everyone involved - make weekend breakfast an event that everyone can pitch-in and cook. Get the griddle heated up, waffle maker plugged-in, muffin pans greased-up and that egg-pan ready for a full breakfast buffet. Just be sure you have that favorite family member who loves KP duty in the kitchen. Enjoy! 

Always a crowd pleaser. You will be surprised just how tasty this simple recipe is to make and serve. Make this recipe ahead + just reheat in the oven. 

Smoked Sausage in Jam Sauce

Makes four – six servings  | From George Hirsch Living it UP! TV Series 

2 1/2 pounds Kielbasa or smoked sausage 
1 cup grape Jelly or Jam 
1 cup catsup 
1 Tablespoon horseradish 
1 teaspoon hot sauce 

Slice the kielbasa 1/4 inch thick and place in a preheated nonstick skillet. In a medium bowl, combine the remaining ingredients. Pour the sauce over the kielbasa and cook for 30 to 45 minutes at a low temperature. 

NOTE: The quality of kielbasa and Jam makes the dish. 

Blueberry Nut Muffins

Steamy Belgium Waffles

Frittata

Poached Eggs

Traditional Pancakes

Wednesday
Apr162014

World's Best New York CheeseCake

Spring and Easter time holiday is here, ready or not. Do you want to bake a dessert that is fool proof and enjoyed by all? Sure you do, luckily I have the solution - my New York Style Sour Cream Cheesecake Recipe. This recipe has been adapted from a recipe that requires 90 pounds of cream cheese, yielding some thirty 10-inch cheesecakes. So, I can say that it has been well tested by thousands; plus more importantly, my own family. I hope you and your family enjoy it just as much!

P.S. Feel free to improvise and use any of your favorite kind of cake or cookie crumbs for the bottom of the cheese cake and put on your own signature.

George Hirsch Worlds Best Cheesecake

New York Style CheeseCake

Recipe Makes 12-16 servings
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To prepare the crumb bottom:
1-1/2 cups *vanilla wafers, grind into crumbs, or good cake crumbs
1/4 cup unsalted butter, melted

Line bottom and sides of a 10 inch tart pan, or 9 inch spring form baking pan with parchment paper. Parchment paper can overlap sides to make removal of cheesecake easier after baking. Place cookies in food processor; process until fine crumbs form. In a bowl mix cookie crumbs, melted butter and press onto bottom of pan. Refrigerate ten minutes.

2 pounds, 4-8 ounce packages cream cheese, softened
1 cup Turbino (natural sugar in the raw) sugar
2 teaspoons cornstarch 
1 teaspoon vanilla 
2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
2 teaspoons lemon zest
3 whole eggs, beaten and at room temperature
3 yolks, add to whole eggs
1 cup sour cream, room temperature

To prepare cheesecake:
Preheat oven to oven to 400°F.

At medium speed with an electric mixer cream the cream cheese until smooth. Mix cornstarch with sugar and add to cream cheese. Reduce the mixer speed to low until well blended. Add eggs, 1 at a time, beating on low speed after each addition, mix just until blended. Stop mixer and scrape sides of bowl well after each addition. Add vanilla and sour cream in two stages, stopping mixer and scrape bowl after each addition. Pour cheesecake filling over crumb bottom.
Bake 10 minutes at  400°F.; lower temperature to 225°F and continue baking 1 to 1 1/2 hours, or until center is set. 

Cool 1 hour, un-mold cheesecake carefully from baking pan, refrigerate 2 hours. 

Holiday Option: Add a Topping:
2 cups fresh mixed berries
1/4 cup raspberry jam, warm

Just before serving, arrange berries on top of cake. Warm jam in a microwave safe container for a few seconds, to slightly melted. Drizzle jam on top of berries and serve.