Fall Breakfast & More Special

Autumn_Pleasant_lakeWith the official start to fall, the sun is coming up a little later every day. All the more reason to have a bit of a lazy start to the day. Sleep in and then invite a few friends over for a mid-morning feast. Enjoy some great food before you all head out for a walk around the lake, a long bike ride or a hike in the hills. It’s all good!

So, what’s for breakfast? Here are a few ideas:

Quiche or something like it, is always a good bet. You’ll be a winner with my Quiche or any one of my variations on the cheese and egg pie. Perhaps you’ll cook up my Spinach Ricotta Pie, Tarte à l’Oignon (Onion Tart) or Asparagus & Goat Cheese Tart.

Round out your breakfast something fruity. Give my Honeyed Apricots with Creamy Yogurt or Strawberries with Yogurt Cream. And by all means, you must include a batch of my Applesauce Scones or Apple Muffins!

For an after exercise pick-me-up, a steaming kettle of Roasted Tomato Soup with Fresh Corn or Roasted Butternut Squash Soup sounds perfect. Especially if you add either The Best Grilled Cheese Sandwich in the History of my Kitchen or my All Grown Up Grilled Cheese to munch!

End the fun with a cookie. My Root ‘n’ Tooty Good ‘n’ Fruity Oatmeal Cookies are nothing short of wonderful.

Have a great weekend and bon appétit!

What are your plans for the weekend? I’d love to hear from you! Let’s get a conversation going.

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© Susan W. Nye, 2015

Slipping into Fall & Applesauce Scones

I lived in northern California for a short time and complained bitterly about the lack of seasons. My dear friend Julie, a native of the area, suggested patience. She assured me that before too long I would come to appreciate the subtle changes in the California calendar. I didn’t wait. Instead, I returned to my New England roots.

Ah, New England where winter is gorgeous but beyond cold. Spring is muddy and slow in coming. Summer is wonderful but short. And then there is fall! New Hampshire comes into its own in the fall. There are those delightful weeks of Indian Summer in September when the leaves are still green. Next, come the bold and brilliant days of October. In spite of a chilly start and end, the days are warm and filled with golden sunshine. Even the austere and dark days of November, have a certain elegance. If you are not into austerity and elegance, well, there’s always Thanksgiving weekend with lots of family, friends, food, football and, of course, shopping.

The autumnal equinox on Wednesday signals the official start to fall. If you’re feeling gloomy about the change in seasons, cheer up. As far as I’m concerned, autumn has a lot going for it. What you ask? Well, how about:

Layers, layers and more layers. My fashionista friends tell me that layers are back in style. No matter what the trend, I’m a layer-er. Scarves, turtlenecks, that old flannel shirt and a pile of wooly sweaters! It’s almost time to pull them from storage. It’s nice to know that, at least for a season, I’ll have a passing chance at something akin to stylish. Then again, my scarves will be too long or too short and the turtlenecks and sweaters the wrong shade of gray or beige. I think it’s been decades since flannel became passé for anyone other than lumberjacks. Like I said, a passing chance.

Snuggling up by the fire. Whether it’s a rainy Sunday or a crisp evening, I love a fire in the fireplace. Sure, they sing about the lazy days of summer. However, an afternoon on the sofa, in front of the fire, with a cup of tea and a good book; you can’t beat it … especially when you add a little snooze in the middle.

Pumpkins, squash and apples. It’s time to stock up on my favorite fall fruits and vegetables. How about a road trip to an orchard? Are you in? We’ll pick apples and buy a jug of cider. If you’ve never tried it, I recommend you add a bottle or two of hard cider to your basket.

Why not make a day of it? We’ll bring a picnic and take a nice, long walk through the orchard or surrounding countryside. Before heading home, we’ll need to make one final stop at the farm stand. I need a big, fat pumpkin for the doorstep and a butternut squash for dinner.

Cozy cooking. All that exercise and the crisp evening air will work up an appetite for the kind of cooking New Englanders love. I need to dust off my soup kettle, stew pot and roasting pan. I’ll fill the house with the wonderful aromas of bubbling apples, roasting squash and much, much more. You can’t beat the first tastes of the autumn kitchen.

Here’s to getting out, staying in and enjoying all that fall has to offer. Bon appétit!

Applesauce Scones
These scones are perfect for an autumn breakfast, teatime or anytime you want to settle back and relax with a good book or a good chat. Enjoy!
Makes 12-24 scones

2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ginger
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
Pinch cloves
3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) chilled butter, cut into small pieces
1/2 cup chopped walnuts
1/2 cup raisins or dried cranberries
1 cup homemade applesauce
1/4 cup maple syrup

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Line a baking sheet with a silicon mat or parchment paper.

Put the flour, baking powder, salt and spices in the food processor and pulse to combine. Add the butter and pulse until the mixture resembles coarse meal. Add the walnuts and raisins and pulse to combine.

Whisk the maple syrup into the applesauce, add it to the dry ingredients and pulse until the dough comes together in a ball. Transfer the dough to a lightly floured surface, pat into a ball and gently knead until smooth, 8-12 turns.

Pat the dough into a 3/4-inch thick round or divide in half and pat into two rounds for mini scones. Cut into wedges and place them about 1-inch apart on the prepared baking sheet.

Bake the scones until light brown, 15-20 minutes and serve warm or at room temperature.

Old Fashioned Applesauce
Makes about 3 quarts

8 pounds McIntosh or a mix of your favorite apples, peeled, cored and chopped
1 cup apple cider or juice or water
1/4 cup or to taste maple syrup or brown sugar (optional)
1 teaspoon cinnamon

Put the apples, cider, maple syrup and cinnamon in a large pot and bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce the heat and, stirring occasionally, simmer for 30 minutes or until the apples are very soft and falling apart.

Let the applesauce cool for 10-15 minutes. For chunky sauce, give the apples a rough mash with a potato masher. For smooth sauce, run the apples through a food mill or whirl in the food processor.
Serve warm, cold or use the applesauce in scones and other recipes.

Cover and store extra applesauce in the refrigerator or freezer.

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Five Years Ago – Wild Mushroom Soup
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Want more? I’ve got links to lots more to read, see & cook. © Susan W. Nye, 2015

Hooray! Hooray! The First of May & Latkes

clearing_skies_pleasant_lakeHooray! Hooray! The first of May … skinny-dipping season starts today. Or something like that! When I was a little girl, my dad recited this little rhyme every year on the first day of May. It made me giggle. I admit, it still does. I was a fan of silliness then and I guess I still am.

Even in northern New England, the days are longer. While hope may be faint, May bring us a vague promise that we can (eventually) stow our turtlenecks and dig out the flip-flops. Yes, longer days fill us with anticipation, even optimism.

So, silly or serious, what does the first of May mean for you? How would you complete the couplet? What will bring you cheer this May Day?

Perhaps gardening season starts for you. I’m doing my sun dance and hope to be outside with my fingers and rake in the dirt this weekend. After all, a warm, sunny, spring day without black flies is nothing short of wondrous. Take advantage while you can! The dreaded beasts will be here in a few weeks.

Or singing at the top of your lungs season? A beautiful day and trees full of buds will do that for you. What will it be; a rousing medley of show tunes? Favorite songs from your college days? Motown? Uptown Girl? Anything by Frank Sinatra? Or the Beatles? The Marriage of Figaro? After all, Mozart’s famous opera premiered on May 1, 1786.

How about demonstration season? Spring has long been the season to paint a protest sign and have at it. A general strike was held in cities across the nation on May 1, 1886. It’s wasn’t the first strike, just the largest. At the time, most factory workers clocked at least sixty hours a week, toiling Monday through Saturday for $1.50 day. The May Day strikers asked for an eight-hour workday.

Too political for you? Then how about kite-flying season starts today? All you need is a breezy beach or meadow, a beautiful kite and a lot of string. It would also be nice if you could find a young friend to help you. A son or daughter, niece or nephew or grandchild should fit the bill. Just think; years from now, he or she will wax poetic about that day at the beach with you and a kite.

Here’s a good one; ice cream season starts today. The only trouble is; New Englanders are famous or perhaps infamous, for eating ice cream year round. So maybe that one doesn’t work so well.

Here’s a sure thing, splash in a puddle season. That April showers bring May flowers thing; that’s a myth. Spring showers pay no mind to the calendar. The only constant about spring in New Hampshire is its inconsistency. One day it’s picture perfect and the next, well, it’s raining. No, make that snowing. Face it, a northern spring is about as reliable as a politician. Oops, sorry about that. What with all these presidential hopefuls popping up faster than a labour of whack-a-moles, I just couldn’t help myself.

Alright, I’ve got it. Hooray! Hooray! The first of May – fun with friends season starts today. Whether you celebrate the sun on a hike or laze over brunch on a cloudy day … have fun with your friends this spring. (If it warms up enough, you may even want to try a little skinny-dipping!)

Hooray and bon appétit!

Latkes are my favorite brunch food …especially if you serve them with smoked salmon and caviar. Don’t forget the champagne. Enjoy!
Serves 4-6

latkes_Salmon_012 pounds red potatoes
1 small onion, finely chopped
1 large egg
4 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
Olive Oil for frying

Sour cream
Smoked salmon and/or caviar
Freshly ground pepper

Preheat the oven to 200 degrees.

Peel and coarsely grate the potatoes. Put the potatoes in a colander and rinse well with cold water. Drain well. Divide the potatoes in half, put each half into a clean dishtowel and squeeze out as much moisture as possible.

Put the potatoes and onion in a large bowl and, using a fork, toss to combine. Add the egg, flour and baking powder, season with salt and pepper, toss and stir to combine.

latkes_Salmon_02Cook the latkes in batches. Coat the bottom of a large nonstick skillet with olive oil and heat over medium-high. Drop large spoonfuls of the potato mixture into the pan and gently press to flatten. Sauté until golden brown on both sides, about 3 minutes per side. Drain on paper towels, transfer to an ovenproof platter and set in the oven. Repeat.

Serve the latkes with a small dollop of sour cream, a few (or more) thin slivers of smoked salmon and a sprinkle of freshly ground pepper and/or a tiny (or not so tiny) spoonful of caviar.

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How will you celebrate spring and the First of May? Feel free to share. Let’s start a conversation.

Want more? I’ve got links to lots more to read, see & cook. © Susan W. Nye, 2015

Best Mummy & Real Mothers Eat Quiche

Mom_SusieWhen we were little, life was filled with absolutes and superlatives. Either our mother was the best mummy in the world or the worst. No, make that the meanest mummy in the world. That’s when she insisted that we go to bed at our regular time, even if it was summer and the streetlights weren’t even on yet. But mostly she was the best. And for those of you who care to argue, don’t bother. My mummy is still the best in the world. Yours can only run a distant second. So there.

If you need to ask why my mother wins the Best Mummy Contest, it’s obvious you’ve never met her. If you are interested, I’m happy to share what makes her great.

She’s never climbed Everest although she may have made the summit of Kearsarge once, maybe twice. She’s never championed groundbreaking legislation but she did write a scathing (for her) letter to the editor several years back. The targets of her ire were the big box stores and businesses that left their lights on all night. There are no scientific breakthroughs to her credit. She is not the genius behind a life-changing cure or even a mini miracle like Spanx. That said, she served a mean orange Popsicle when I had a bout of tonsillitis. Her ministrations were so successful that I was able to avoid a tonsillectomy.

So no, my mummy will not go down in history as IMPORTANT. However, she will go down in the personal histories of everyone who knows her as important. Quite simply, my mother is the nicest person I know. Sometimes intuitively, sometimes with a bit of effort, she makes everyone around her feel good. Feel good about themselves and feel good about life. She’ll make you smile and help you laugh.

That’s it, not terribly grand just terribly important.

My mother is now well into her eighties and suffers from Alzheimer’s. Several years ago, a friend (another Susan) whose mother had Alzheimer’s told me that she learned something from her mother every day. Feeling more than a little overwhelmed and frightened by my own mother’s declining condition, I was humbled by my friend’s comment. This other Susan was obviously a much better daughter and person than I would ever be.

Mom had another idea. Although she didn’t witness our conversation, she has always been more than certain that I am just as good a daughter as any other Susan, Jane or Joan.

Alzheimer’s has stolen many things from Mom but it can’t take her smile. It lights up the room as soon as she sees me. Then she’ll tell me a story. If words fail (and they often do), she covers it up with her easy laugh or a song. Although her words are increasingly few, Mom isn’t shy with superlatives. Forget good, in my mother’s eyes I am very good. In fact, more often than not, she assures me that I am very, very good.

Like that other Susan, I continue to learn from my mother. Every day she teaches optimism and joy. With that optimism, with that joy and that smile, she shows me how to be a nicer person.

And that’s what makes my mother important.

Happy Mother’s Day to all and, most particularly, to the Best Mummy in the world. Bon appétit.

Real Mothers Eat Quiche
At one point, quiche was all the rage. Now it’s a bit (okay more than a bit) passé. But everyone loves it and quiche is a great dish for Mother’s Day brunch or lunch. Give it a try and enjoy!
Serves 6-8quiche_04

6 ounces bacon, chopped
1 medium onion, chopped
4 ounces Gruyere cheese, grated
2 ounces Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese, grated
1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
Pinch nutmeg
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
4 large eggs
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
1 1/2 cups whole milk or half & half
Savory Flakey Pastry (recipe follows)

Cook the bacon in a skillet over medium heat until crispy. Remove from the pan, drain on paper towels and reserve. Drain most of the bacon fat from the skillet, add the onion and cook, stirring occasionally, until translucent, about 5 minutes. Cool to room temperature.

Preheat the oven to 450 degrees and arrange the rack in the middle of the oven.

Roll out the pastry dough on a lightly floured surface. Line a deep, 9-inch pie pan with the pastry and crimp the edges, leaving about 1/4-inch for shrinkage. Cover and store the pie shell in the refrigerator until ready to use.

Combine the cheeses in a medium bowl, add the flour, season with nutmeg, salt and pepper and toss to combine. Add the onion and bacon and toss again. Put the cheese mixture in the pie shell.

Put the eggs and mustard in a bowl, season with salt and pepper and whisk to combine. Slowly whisk in the milk. Gently pour the custard over the cheese mixture, leaving at least a 1/4-inch margin at the top.

Carefully place the quiche in the oven and bake for 5 minutes. Lower the temperature to 375 degrees and continue baking for 25-35 minutes or until the custard is set and the quiche is golden brown on top. Allow to cool for 5-10 minutes before cutting and serving.

Savory Flakey Pastry
1 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
4 tablespoons (1/2 stick) cold butter, cut into small pieces
3 tablespoons solid vegetable shortening, cold, cut into small pieces
2-4 tablespoons ice water

Blend the flour and salt in a food processor. Add the butter and shortening and pulse until the mixture resembles coarse meal.

Sprinkle with ice water, 1-2 tablespoons at a time and process until the dough comes together in a ball. Remove the dough from the food processor and flatten into a disk. Wrap the dough in plastic wrap or parchment paper and chill until firm, at least 30 minutes.

If you have a big crowd for Mother’s Day, make a few quiches. Mix it up with different combinations. Try mushrooms and sausage with Fontina and Parmigiano-Reggiano or spinach with mozzarella and feta.

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One Year Ago – Lemon-Lime Squares
Two Years Ago – Tarte à l’Oignon (Onion Tart)
Three Years Ago – Honeyed Apricots with Creamy Yogurt
Four Years Ago – Black & White Brownies
Five Years Ago – Rhubarb Muffins
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Twelve Wishes for Christmas & Baked French Toast

santa_01Throughout the holiday season I hum a lot of carols. When I’m walking, I tend to favor all the faster paced songs. They keep me moving on a cold day. So if you happen to see me on my walk around Pleasant Lake, there is a good chance that Deck the Halls, Jingle Bells or The Twelve Days of Christmas is running through my head.

When I was small, I think I was a bit envious of anyone who celebrated Christmas for twelve whole days. Although Santa was always quite generous, the idea of days and days of gifts, not to mention a true love, was certainly intriguing. That said; I must have assumed that my twelve days would be filled with Barbies, books and maybe a sweater or teddy bear. A cavalcade of livestock, leaping lords and dancing ladies were definitely not on my list to Santa.

Sure Mrs. Ferguson taught ball room dancing to most of the kids in town but pipe and drum corps marched in parades, not the living room. Although a small minority preferred cats, almost everyone in the neighborhood had a dog or two. Along with our two family dogs, my brother John was the proud owner of three turtles but no turtle doves. I’m guessing a few kids kept a gold fish or maybe a parakeet or canary. But French chickens or flocks of geese? Herds of cows and maids to milk them? Definitely not.

In the spirit of the twelve days of Christmas, here are twelve gifts I wish for you for the holiday season and beyond.Christmas_Presents_02

1. Good health.

2. A good laugh.

3. Peace of mind and peace in your heart.

4. Lots of reasons to smile and a smile for no reason at all.

5. Curiosity.

6. Creativity.

7. Courage.

8. Knowledge.

9. Wisdom.

10. Wonder.

11. Wanderlust and an open return ticket home.

12. Friends you love you like family and a family you love like friends.

My list is in no particular order and far from complete. What about you? What would yours look like?

Wishing you a joy-filled holiday and bon appétit!

Baked French Toast
A sweet and hearty breakfast treat for young and old! Prep the casserole in advance and pop it in the oven while you open your stockings. Enjoy!
Serves 6-8

3/4 cup raisins, currents or dried cranberries
eggs_pecan_brown_sugar_02About 1/2 cup orange juice
3/4 – 1 loaf country-style bread, cut in cubes
1/4 cup brown sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
8 eggs
3/4 cups whole milk
3/4 cups half and half
1/4 cup maple syrup
1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract

1/2 cup (1 stick) butter
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup maple syrup
1 cup chopped pecans or walnuts

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Generously butter a 13 x 9 inch casserole dish.

Put the raisins in a small, microwave safe bowl and add enough orange juice to cover. Loosely cover the bowl and zap the raisins in the microwave on high for one minute. Let the raisins sit, covered, for 30 minutes to plump.

Spread the bread cubes on a rimmed baking sheet and bake at 350 degrees for about 10 minutes. Cool the bread to room temperature.

In a large bowl whisk together the brown sugar, cinnamon and nutmeg. Whisk in the eggs and maple syrup. Add the milk and half and half and whisk until well combined.

Place the bread cubes in the prepared casserole dish. Sprinkle the raisins and drizzle the soaking liquid in and around the bread cubes. Gently pour the egg mixture over the bread and raisins. Cover with plastic wrap and let soak overnight in the refrigerator.

In the morning: remove the casserole from the refrigerator and preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

Make the topping: melt the butter in a saucepan. Add the brown sugar and maple syrup and cook for 1 to 2 minutes. Stir in the nuts.

Spoon the topping evenly over the bread and bake until the casserole is set, puffed and golden, 45-55 minutes. Remove from the oven and let sit for 10 minutes before serving.

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Rainy Summer Weekend Special – Brunch

Yes, yes, I know we need the rain. In fact, we desperately need the rain. But does it have to come and stay for day after day after day. I like my summer rains after dinner, the middle of the night is good. Booming thundershowers are okay, even kind of exciting.

So what to do on a rainy summer weekend? When it’s been a too long day cooped up with too many games of Scrabble, my vote is dinner out. Hey, if it avoids an axe murder and helps the local economy, I’m all for it.

But how about brunch on Sunday. If it’s a gorgeous outside the last thing I want is brunch. However, a rainy day is perfect for a long, lazy morning or early afternoon brunch.

There are lots of great options. Brie & Sun-dried Tomato Omelets are great for a cozy group but omelets for twelve or twenty is a bit of a pain. If you invite the entire neighborhood, a beautiful savory tart or two or three is great. My favorites include Spinach Ricotta Pie,Tomato, Olive and Feta Tart and Tarte à l’Oignon (Onion Tart).

But what about side dishes? A big Grilled Corn Salad with, Tomatoes & Arugula sounds good. For something fun and fruity, add a gorgeous fruit platter or Mojito Melons. Light and bring, fruit will make a great addition to your brunch.

And don’t forget the bakery basket. If you’ve got a great bakery in your neighborhood, warm, flakey croissants sound good. Or a delicious bagel with Smoked Salmon Mousse. And for something sweet, how about a beautiful batch of Blueberry Muffins or a Blueberry Crumb Cake?

Stay dry and have a good weekend! Bon appétit!

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Weekend Special – Happy Mothers’ Day

Hip hip hooray it’s Mothers’ Day this weekend. If you are not sure what to cook for your favorite mom or moms this weekend, maybe I can help!

First, what’s your plan … breakfast in bed? Brunch or lunch? Or a festive dinner? Here are a few ideas:

Breakfast in bed? Keep it simple and save room for a great noontime brunch. I remember bringing cold English muffins and orange juice to my mom when I was little. If you’ve got a great bakery in your neighborhood, why not take it up a notch with a warm croissant? Or a delicious bagel with Smoked Salmon Mousse? Or bake up a beautiful batch of Blueberry Muffins or Lemon Scones. Add a steaming cup of freshly brewed coffee or tea and a few strawberries.

Join forces for great family brunch: There are a lot of great options for the main event from Brie & Sun-dried Tomato Omelets for a small crowd (omelets for twelve or twenty are a bit of a pain) to a beautiful savory tart or two or three for a crowd. My favorites include Spinach Ricotta Pie,Tomato, Olive and Feta Tart and Tarte à l’Oignon (Onion Tart).

But what about side dishes? The market is full of asparagus and most of it is on special. I love Roasted Asparagus & Walnuts and they will make a great addition to your brunch. (If you’ve got an extra minute or two, watch me make the asparagus with Erin Fehlau on WMUR’s Cook’s Corner.) Lemon Roasted Potatoes will be a lighter and brighter alternative to hash browns. And finally, don’t forget to add a big garden salad with mixed greens and lots of fresh veggies tossed with a Classic Vinaigrette.

End on a sweet note with Strawberry & White Chocolate Fool. (Strawberries are also on special at my local market this week. They aren’t local but they are still lovely.) Or make up a some Lavender Infused White Chocolate Crème and serve it with lots of fresh berries. If your mom is a chocoholic like mine, she’ll love my Esspresso Brownies.

And if you’d rather do dinner than brunch? Start with Fennel & Feta Salad or Mixed Greens with Roasted Grapes. Next, keep the Asparagus and Lemon Potatoes on the menu but add Roasted or Grilled Salmon.

Not into salmon, how about a Roast Chicken or Grilled Lamb.

And for dessert? Any of the brunch suggestions will work beautifully at dinner but I’d go with Fresh Strawberries with Lavender Infused White Chocolate Crème!

Have a wonderful weekend! Bon appétit!

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