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Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Squash Au Gratin

Squash Au Gratin is just one of many favorite garden vegetable meals which are prepared here in the Gaspard kitchen. Also called "yellow neck squash", it is a prolific grower and sometimes you can become overwhelmed with the amounts of squash you are able to harvest from the garden. 

Next time, when you are wondering how to prepare them in a different way, you might want to try out this recipe for size. It's easy to prepare and quite delicious. 

Summer Squash
Ingredients

  • 2 lbs. yellow squash, sliced
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp pepper
  • 1 Tbs. butter
  • 1 cup bread crumbs
  • 1 cup cheese, grated
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 egg
Squash Au Gratin
Instructions
    1. cook squash and onions until tender then remove from heat
    2. in a different bowl add salt, pepper, butter, bread crumbs, 1/2 cheese, milk and egg
    3. stir together until well blended
    4. pour into casserole dish and sprinkle remaining cheese on top
    5. bake at 350°F. for 20 minutes
    Bon appetite!


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    Sunday, June 24, 2012

    Oyster Stew

    Often times the easiest Oyster Stew recipes are the best. Here is one that is easy to prepare and taste delicious.

    Ingredients

    • 3 dozen oysters
    • 1 stick butter
    • 2 Tbs. all-purpose flour
    • 1 quart milk (preheated)
    • 5 green onion tops, finely chopped
    • 1 rib celery, finely chopped
    • 1 sprig parsley, finely chopped
    • 1/2 tsp Worcestershire sauce
    • Salt and pepper to taste

    Instructions

    1. prepare a white roux with all-purpose flour and butter 
    2. add vegetables and sauté for a couple minutes on medium high heat
    3. drain oysters and slowly add the oyster liquid to the pot
    4. reduce to a simmer and add preheated milk
    5. introduce the raw oysters and simmer until oyster edges start to curl
    6. finally, add salt, pepper and Worcestershire sauce
    Note: It's important to not "boil" the milk because it will curdle and ruin the stew.

    Serve with croûtons or crackers.

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    Sunday, June 03, 2012

    Extra-Hot Pepper Jam

    This Extra-Hot Pepper Jam recipe is not for the faint of heart, but if you dare to try some, I guarantee it will lift your spirits to new heights.


    Ingredients

    • one large red bell pepper, minced
    • one large orange bell pepper, minced
    • 1 1/2 cups fresh jalapeños, minced (no seeds)
    • 1/2 cup fresh habenero, minced (no seeds)*
    • 7 1/2 cups sugar
    • 1 1/2 cups apple cider vinegar (5% acidity)
    • 2 (3 oz.) pkg liquid or powdered pectin

    Instructions
    1. combine first 6 ingredients in a 3 quart pot and bring to a boil
    2. continue to boil for 6 minutes, stirring frequently
    3. remove from heat source and skim away the foam using a spoon
    4. add the liquid or powdered pectin into the mixture and blend well
    5. bring everything back to a boil for a couple minutes and remove from heat
    6. with a ladle, scoop and pour the pepper liquid into hot sterilized half-pint size jars (or smaller)
    7. leave 1/4 inch head space
    8. wipe the rim of the jars clean, cover immediately with metal lids and proceed to screw-on the bands
    9. process in a boiling water bath for 5 minutes
    Note: You may substitute 1 Tbsp. habanero powder instead of the minced peppers.

    Yields about 7 half-pints of jam and 2 half-pints of preserves. It may take a few days for the jam part to set so be patient. Store the jars of jam in a place where no one will shake or handle them.

    You can of course add the seeds to this recipe but unless you are a glutton for punishment it's best to keep the Scovilles toned down a bit, or use milder peppers to tone-down the Scovilles even more. I advise you to use latex gloves to cut and mince the peppers ... Ahheee! C'est Bon!

    Enjoy!


    Ahhh ... the Sweet Success of Hot Chili Peppers

    In the 1860s, Edmund McIlhenny, the inventor of Tabasco Hot Pepper Sauce, would hand-out free samples of his secret concoction to friends and relatives in used French par-fume bottles. The bottles' legendary shape became his trademark and easily identifiable by millions throughout the world today.

    Five generations later, his ageless condiment remains a popular household name. You can still find it in countless homes and restaurants across our planet.

    The taste of his new hot-sauce was exciting! Everyone loved its unique flavor and bouquet. It took time, patience and diligence to cure and age his pepper-sauce, but it finally paid-off. His formula for success, however (in my opinion), was when he put it into the hands of the fiery Cajuns who had settled the area of his processing plant a century before. They used it unsparingly to spice-up their love and passion for French foods.

    The tipping-point came when McIlhenny began ordering the par-fume bottles for his famous sauce, in large quantities, straight from the overseas Paris manufacturers. A new industry was borne.

    There was no better ingredient for success--one Irish saucier in the midst of a nation of French exiles who loved to cook. You can read more about the history of the Tabasco Company at http://www.tabasco.com/tabasco_history/mcilhenny.cfm

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