Tuesday, October 31, 2006


4 quail
4 cups cabbage - shredded
4 slices bacon - cooked crisp and crumbled
16 large cabbage leaves
2 Tbsp. butter
1 cup chicken broth
4 small apples - sliced
1/4 tsp. crushed thyme
1/4 tsp. crushed tarragon
1/4 tsp. caraway seeds
1 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. pepper

Salt and pepper the quail. Combine shredded cabbage and bacon and stuff 1/4 of the mixture in the cavity of each bird. Wrap each quail with 4 whole cabbage leaves and tie with string. Put in Dutch oven on top of the stove.In a saucepan, place the rest of the ingredients and simmer for 5 minutes. Pour the sauce over the birds and bring the liquid to a boil. Lower heat, cover and simmer 25-30 minutes until tender. Remove string and cabbage leaves. Serve with sauce.

courtesy of: Ringneck Hunting Preserve, Ray & Deb Kalwara, 56 Olkowski Road, Candor, New York 13743, (607) 659-3208

Monday, October 30, 2006


serves 4

1/2 lb bacon
6 oz evaporated milk
1 cup flour
salt and pepper
2 cups of water

Cook bacon in large skillet on medium heat. Set aside. In a large bowl combine evaporated milk and approximately 2 cups of water. Add 1 cup of flour to the bacon grease in skillet and stir (it may look a little lumpy, if not, add more flour). Slowly pour in milk and water mixture from the bowl, stirring constantly. If it is too thick, add more water. Salt and pepper to taste. Cook until hot and bubbly. You can crumble the bacon into the gravy or have it on the side.

courtesy of: Earlene Fowler

Sunday, October 29, 2006


Yields 6 servings

1 13/16 kg duck
30 g butter
12 baby (about 300g) onions
1 bunch (about 20) baby carrots
300 g baby mushrooms
1 tablespoon madeira
1 tablespoon plain flour
2 tablespoons water
1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley
30 g butter
1 medium (350g) leek, sliced
2 cloves garlic, crushed
3 bacon rashers, chopped
150 g baby mushrooms, chopped
⅔ cup black olives, chopped
⅓ cup pine nuts, toasted
2 tablespoons brandy
2 teaspoons chopped fresh thyme
1 cup (70g) stale breadcrumbs

Remove neck from duck, cut off wing tips at second joint. Cut through skin of duck along centre back. Using tip of knife, separate flesh from backbone on 1 side of duck, cutting through thigh joint, then, following the shape of the bones, gradually ease flesh away from bone. Holding rib cage away from duck, carefully cut the breast flesh away from the bone, cutting through wing joint. Hold up 1 thigh with 1 hand. To remove flesh, cut around top of bone, scrape down bone to next joint, cut around flesh again, scrape down to the end. Pull bone out and cut away. Repeat boning process with other half of duck. Turn flesh of thighs and wings inside duck. Place duck skin side down on board, spoon seasoning along centre of duck. Loosely roll duck to enclose filling, secure with toothpicks, tucking ends in neatly. Cover roll, refrigerate overnight. Heat butter in pan, add duck, cook until browned all over, transfer duck to baking dish. Add onions and carrots to pan, cook, stirring, until browned, remove from pan; reserve onion mixture. Cover duck, bake in moderately slow oven 1« hours. Add reserved onion mixture and mushrooms to baking dish, bake, uncovered, further 30 mins or until duck is tender. Remove duck and vegetables from dish; keep warm. Strain liquid from dish, skim away fat, add enough water to dish to make 1 cup of liquid. Place liquid in pan, add madeira, blended flour and water and parsley, stir over heat until sauce boils and thickens. Serve sauce with duck and vegetable mixture.

Bacon Olive Seasoning: Heat butter in pan, add leek, garlic and bacon, stirring, until leek is soft, remove from heat, add remaining ingredients; mix well.

courtesy of: Sue Rykmans, New York, New York

Saturday, October 28, 2006


Makes: 9 1/2 cups

2 ounces reduced-sodium bacon or turkey bacon, coarsely chopped
2 shallots or small onions, finely chopped
2 quarts chicken stock or vegetable stock
12 ounces sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into 1/2-inch pieces
1 can (16 ounces) solid-pack pumpkin or 2 cups cooked winter squash
1/8 teaspoon each salt and pepper
Pinch of ground nutmeg
2 tablespoons chopped parsley

In a 4-quart saucepan, cook the bacon over moderate heat about 3 minutes, until the fat is rendered and the bacon is crisp. Using a slotted spoon, transfer the bacon to paper towels and reserve.

Add the shallots to the saucepan, then 1/4 cup of the stock, and sauté, stirring constantly, about 3 minutes, until softened.

Add the sweet potatoes and cook, stirring, about 3 minutes. Pour in the remaining stock and bring to a boil. Simmer, partially covered, about 10 minutes, until the sweet potatoes are very soft.

Using a slotted spoon, transfer the vegetables to a blender or food processor and purée until smooth. Add the pumpkin and process to combine.

Add the vegetable purée to the saucepan and return to a simmer. Stir the salt, pepper and nutmeg into the soup. Serve sprinkled with the crumbled bacon and parsley.

courtesy of: Reader's Digest

Friday, October 27, 2006


a.k.a. Veloute de Potiron et de Cepes

1 lb. cubed pumpkin or butternut squash
1 small potato
1.5 oz. dried cepes (porcini mushrooms)
1 celery branch (w/leaves)
1 chicken bouillon cube
1-1/2 Tablespoons butter
salt and pepper
4 Tablespoons heavy cream

To Garnish the Soup:
1/2 cup heavy cream
poppy seeds
2 slices of bacon
celery leaves or parsley stems

Cut the pumpkin/squash, celery and potato into cubes. Reserve the celery leaves for garnish.

Cover the porcini with hot water.

In a large casserole, melt the butter.

Add the pumpkin, celery.

Drain the mushrooms and add them to the casserole.

Sweat the vegetables for 5 minutes.

Pour in 8 cups of hot water, the bouillon cube and season with salt and pepper. Add the potato and simmer for about 20 minutes. The pumpkin and potato should be tender.

Using an immersion blender, puree the soup. If using a blender, puree in batches. Return the soup to the pot and keep warm while preparing the garnish. 9. Microwave or fry the bacon.

Whip the cream, adding a bit of salt, to soft peaks.

To serve: Pour the soup into 4 bowls. Cut the bacon in half. Add a dollop of the whipped cream, a bacon slice and sprinkle with the poppy seeds.

courtesy of: Chef Françoise Meunier, 7, rue Paul-Lelong 75002, Paris, France

Thursday, October 26, 2006


1 tablespoon olive oil
1/2 cup bacon, chopped
1 onion, finely chopped
3/4 lb sweet pot, cut into dices
3/4 lb pumpkin, cut into dices
2 cup water, divided
3/4 cup pureed pumpkin ( canned )
1 tsp curry powder
2 TBsp chopped fresh sage
1/2 cup coconut milk
1 cup milk
2 tsp cornstarch
1/2 cup gruyere
salt + pepper to taste
oven ready lasagna noodles
cooking spray

Preheat oven 375. Place olive oil in large pot and cook bacon, onion, sweet pot, and pumpkin. cook over low heat 4-5 min, stirring constantly. Add 1 cup of water, stir, simmer for 4 more min. Mix in puree and remaining water. Stir in curry and sage. Add coco milk, and salt + pepper. Mix regular milk w/ cornstarch and add...simmer 5 min and remove from heat. Place thin layer sauce into lasagna pan ( use cooking spray ) and layer noodles with sauce, noodles with sauce, etc.. Finish with sauce on top and sprinkle the gruyere. Bake for 40 minutes.

courtesy of: Chowhound

Wednesday, October 25, 2006


makes 4 servings

1 small pumpkin or butternut squash, peeled and cut into 1 " pieces
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1 red onion, thinly sliced
1 garlic clove, finely chopped
1 bunch spinach, trimmed
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon cayenne (to taste)
1 orange, juice of
4 ounces feta cheese
2 ounces almonds, toasted
3 slices bacon (thick sliced is good)

Cook pumpkin in a saucepan of lightly salted boiling water for 3-5 minutes or until just tender. Drain.

Heat olive oil in a large frying pan over medium heat and add onion and garlic and cook for about 5 mins or until onion is soft. Add spinach, nutmeg and cayenne, stirring gently for 1 min or until aromatic. Stir in pumpkin and orange juice and cook, stirring occasionally, for 2-3 minutes Stir in feta and almonds.

Cook bacon in a non-stick pan over medium heat for about 3-5 mins or until crisp. Remove and drain on paper towel.

Serve pumpkin salad warm with bacon pieces sprinkled over.

This is a 2 person main meal or 4 person side.

courtesy of: Tish, Las Vegas, Nevada

Tuesday, October 24, 2006


makes 28 servings, 2 tablespoons each

1 jar (18 oz.) creamy peanut butter
1 cup raisins
1 package (2.8 oz.) bacon bits
2 medium carrots, finely shredded (about 1-1/2 cups)
3 slices bacon, cooked until slightly crisp
2 apple wedges
1 celery stick

Mix peanut butter, raisins and bacon pieces. Spoon onto large platter; spread with spatula or knife to resemble a pumpkin shape. Sprinkle with carrots to cover completely. Roll each bacon slice around a fork to make a curl. Place on top of peanut butter mixture along with additional raisins for the jack-o'-lantern's "eyes" and "nose." Add apple wedges for the "mouth" and a celery stick for the "stem." Serve with assorted cut-up vegetables and fruits, such as celery sticks, carrot sticks and apple wedges.

courtesy of: Kraft Foods

Monday, October 23, 2006


Yield: 6 servings

1 small sweet cooking pumpkin or butternut squash, peeled, about 2 1/2 pounds
Olive oil
1 tablespoon coriander seeds
Sea salt and ground black pepper
12 slices bacon or pancetta
2 ounces shelled chestnuts (vacuum packed are fine)
15 fresh sage leaves
4 cups chicken stock or canned broth
3 shallots, peeled and finely chopped
5 small stalks celery, finely chopped
1 cup arborio rice
1/2 cup dry white wine or dry white vermouth
4 tablespoons butter
3/8 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese, plus more for serving
About 1 cup mascarpone, optional.

Heat oven to 375 degrees. Halve pumpkin lengthwise, and remove seeds; rinse seeds, drain, and reserve. Cut pumpkin lengthwise into thick slices, and spread in a layer across a large baking sheet. (If using squash, cut into quarters.) Sprinkle pumpkin with olive oil, and set aside. Using a mortar and pestle, pound the coriander seeds until crushed. Sprinkle over pumpkin along with salt and pepper, and bake until soft, about 40 minutes.

Remove pumpkin from oven (leave oven on), and spread bacon over it. In a small bowl, combine reserved seeds, chestnuts, sage and salt and pepper to taste. Add tablespoon olive oil, and mix well. Sprinkle over pumpkin and bacon. Place back in oven until bacon is crisp, 10 to 15 minutes.

Remove pumpkin from oven. Scrape bacon, chestnuts, sage and pumpkin seeds onto a small plate; reserve. Finely chop about half the pumpkin. Chop other half so that it is slightly chunky; reserve.

Place chicken stock in a small pan over medium-low heat. Bring to a simmer, then reduce heat to very low to keep warm. Place a large saucepan over medium heat, and add tablespoon olive oil, shallots, celery and a pinch of salt. Stir, cover, and cook for 3 minutes. Increase heat to medium-high, and add rice. Stir constantly until rice is translucent, 2 to 3 minutes. Stir in wine until it is absorbed, 1 to 2 minutes.

Begin adding broth to rice, a ladleful at a time, stirring constantly. Allow each ladleful to be absorbed before adding next; process will take about 20 minutes. When ready, rice will be soft with a slight bite. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

Remove rice from heat. Add chopped pumpkin, and stir vigorously until mixed; fold in pumpkin chunks. Mix in butter and Parmesan. Place a lid over the saucepan, and let sit for 2 minutes. To serve, place a portion on each of 6 serving plates. Top each portion with crumbled bacon, and sprinkle with mixture of chestnuts, sage and pumpkin seeds. Add a dash more cheese. Garnish each plate with a dollop of mascarpone if desired, and serve immediately.

courtesy of: The New York Times, October 22, 2003

Sunday, October 22, 2006


makes about 17 cups

1 1/2 pounds ground pork
2 teaspoons kosher salt
1 1/2 teaspoons dried crumbled sage
1 teaspoon coarsely ground pepper
1/2 teaspoon sugar

Two 1-pound loaves of caraway rye bread, crusts removed, bread sliced 1/2 inch thick
1 pound thickly sliced bacon, cut crosswise into 1/4-inch strips
1/2 cup water
1 stick (4 ounces) unsalted butter, cut into tablespoons
3 medium Granny Smith apples--peeled, cored and cut into 1/2-inch chunks
One 1-pound head of green cabbage, coarsely chopped
1 pound cremini mushrooms, quartered
1 tablespoon crumbled dried sage
2 teaspoons dried thyme
6 cups Rich Turkey Stock, chicken stock or canned low-sodium broth
Salt and freshly ground pepper

MAKE THE SAGE SAUSAGE: Preheat the oven to 375°. In a bowl, mix all of the ingredients. Pat the sausage meat into 6 patties, about 1/2 inch thick. Arrange the patties on a rimmed baking sheet and bake for 10 minutes, or until cooked through but not browned. Let cool, then break into 1/2-inch pieces.

MAKE THE STUFFING: Turn the oven down to 325°. Bake the bread on the oven racks for 8 to 10 minutes, or until crisp. Let cool, then cut the bread into 1/2-inch dice. Leave the oven on.

In a large enameled cast-iron casserole, combine the bacon with the water and cook over moderately low heat until the water has evaporated and the bacon is crisp and golden, about 12 minutes. Using a slotted spoon, transfer the bacon to a plate and pour off all but 4 tablespoons of the fat.

Melt the butter in the bacon fat. Add the apples, cabbage and mushrooms and cook over high heat, stirring frequently, until lightly browned, about 10 minutes. Transfer to a large bowl, then stir in the sausage, bacon, sage and thyme. Let cool. Add the bread and toss well. Stir in the Rich Turkey Stock, 2 cups at a time, allowing it to be completely absorbed before adding more. Season the stuffing with salt and pepper.

Butter a 9-by-13-inch baking dish. Reserve 5 cups of the stuffing for the turkey and transfer the rest to the prepared baking dish. Cover the dish with foil and bake for 45 minutes, or until the stuffing is heated through. Uncover and bake for 15 minutes longer, or until the top is crisp and golden.

MAKE AHEAD: The stuffing can be prepared through Step 4 and refrigerated for up to 3 days. Bring to room temperature before baking.

courtesy of: Eric Bromberg and Bruce Bromberg, "From A Blue Ribbon Holiday," Food & Wine, November 2000

Saturday, October 21, 2006


Serves 4 to 6

1/2 Stick Butter
6 Tablespoon Flour
3 Cups Warm Milk
6 Tablespoon Grated Parmesan Cheese
1 Beaten Egg
1 oz Cream, Whipped, Optional
Salt and White Pepper, to taste
Slices of Roast Turkey
8 - 12 Slices Trimmed Toast
Extra Parmesan Cheese, for topping
8 - 12 Strips Fried Bacon

Melt the butter and add enough flour to make a reasonable thick roux, enough to absorb all of the butter. Add milk and Parmesan. Add egg to thicken sauce, but do not boil. Remove from heat. Fold in whipped cream. Add salt and pepper. For each Hot Brown. Place two slices toast on a metal or flame-proof dish. Cover the toast with a liberal amount of turkey. Pour a generous amount of sauce over the turkey and toast. Sprinkle with additional Parmesan. Place entire dish under a broiler until the sauce is speckled brown and bubbly. Remove from broiler, cross two pieces of bacon on top and serve immediately.

courtesy of: Senator Mitch McConnell, Senate Majority Whip, United States Senator for Kentucky

Friday, October 20, 2006


6 crows
3 bacon slices
stuffing of your choice
1 diced carrot
1 diced onion
chopped parsley
hot water or stock
1/4 cup shortening
1/4 cup flour
buttered toast

Clean and dress crows; stuff and place them upright in stew-pan on the slices of bacon. Add the carrot, onion and a little parsley, and cover with boiling water or stock.
Cover the pot and let simmer for 2-3 hours, or until tender, adding boiling water or stock when necessary.
Make a sauce of the shortening and flour and 2 cups of the stock remaining in the pan.

Serve each crow on a thin slice of moistened toast, and pour gravy over all.

courtesy of: Bert Christensen, Toronto, Canada

Thursday, October 19, 2006


2 shallots, minced
2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
2 1/2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
1/2 cup olive oil
2/3 LB thick cut bacon, cut into 1/2 inch pieces
1/2 loaf French bread, crust removed, cut into 1/2 inch cubes
1 head chicory (curly endive), torn into large pieces

In a small bowl, whisk together the shallots, mustard, vinegar and pepper. Gradually whisk in the olive oil in a thin stream. In a medium skillet, cook the bacon over medium heat until browned and crisp, about 10 minutes. Remove with a slotted spoon and set aside. Pour off all the fat except 1/4 cup. Add the bread cubes to the hot bacon fat and sauti over medium heat, tossing lightly until lightly browned, about 5 minutes. Remove and set aside. Return the bacon to the skillet and toss until heated through. Remove from heat and stir in the dressing. Place chicory in large bowl and add the dressing, bacon, and bread, toss well and add salt if you want.

courtesy of: epicurean.com

Wednesday, October 18, 2006


Serves: 4

16 oz. of spaghetti
7-8 oz. of bacon
Season to taste with: onion--garlic and marjoram
11 oz. of tomato sauce
grated pecorino cheese as desired

Heat 1/2 cup of olive oil and saute' onion, garlic and chopped bacon. When the bacon turns golden brown add tomato without the seed. Add a dash of salt and cook on medium heat and keep at boiling point until the sauce reduces in volume (gets thicker); close to the end, add a dash of marjoram. Mix the red sauce with spaghetti cooked al dente and sprinkle some additional marjoram and pecorino cheese on the top. Enjoy it. Buon Appetito.

courtesy of: Italy1

Tuesday, October 17, 2006


Serves 12

1 lb. Bacon
1 3/4 cup Yellow Cornmeal
1 1/2 cup All Purpose Flour sifted
4 Tbs. Sugar
1 1/2 tsp. Baking Powder
1 tsp. Baking Soda
1/2 tsp. Salt
3 large Eggs
1 1/4 cup Whole Milk
1 tsp. Vanilla Extract
Maple Syrup

In a heavy skillet over medium heat, cook the bacon until very crisp. Drain on paper towels and set aside to cool.

In a large bowl, combine the cornmeal, flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt. In a separate bowl, whisk together the eggs, milk and vanilla. Gradually add the egg mixture to the cornmeal mixture while whisking. Continue mixing until blended.

Chop the cooked bacon into small pieces and fold into the pancake batter.

Heat a heavy skillet or griddle over medium heat. Grease the skillet with a small amount of butter or oil. Pour the batter onto the skillet to form pancakes, about 1/3 cup per cake. Cook each side for about 3 minutes or until browned.

Serve pancakes with warm maple syrup and the Macadamia-Honey butter (recipe below).

Macadamia-Honey Butter

3/4 cup Butter
3 Tbs. Honey
1 1/2 tsp. Cinnamon
1/2 tsp. Nutmeg
1 tsp. Orange Zest
1/2 cup Finely Chopped & Toasted Macadamia Nuts

Using an electric mixer, beat the butter until fluffy. Continue mixing while adding the honey, cinnamon, nutmeg and orange zest.

Stir in the chopped Macadamias. Keep covered and chilled.

courtesy of: Farmer John, Clougherty Packing Company, 3049 E. Vernon Ave., Los Angeles, California 90058

Monday, October 16, 2006


1/2 pound bacon, small diced
2 cups thinly sliced onions
Freshly ground black pepper
2 teaspoons chopped garlic
1/2 pound black eyed peas, cooked until tender and rinsed under cool water
3 cups veal or beef reduction
1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh parsley leaves
4 catfish fillets, (about 6 ounces, each)
1 cup flour
Creole seasoning
1/2 cup vegetable oil
8 collard green leaves

Preheat the fryer.

In a large saute pan, over medium heat, render the bacon until crispy, about 6 to 8 minutes. Using a slotted spoon, remove the bacon, drain on paper towels, and set aside. Add the onions to the bacon fat. Season with black pepper. Saute until caramelized, about 8 to 10 minutes.

Stir in the garlic and black-eyed peas. Continue to saute for 1 minute. Stir in the veal reduction and bring the liquid to a simmer. Simmer the mixture for 6 to 8 minutes. Stir in the parsley, remove from the heat, and keep warm.

Season the fillets with creole seasoning, on both sides. Season the flour with creole seasoning. In a large skillet, heat the oil. Dredge the fillets in the seasoned flour, coating each side completely. Pan fry the fillets until crispy, about 4 to 6 minutes on each side. Remove and drain on paper towels.

Add the greens to the hot oil and fry until crispy. Remove and drain on paper towels. Season with salt and pepper.

To serve, spoon the black eyed peas in the center of each plate. Sprinkle the reserved crispy bacon over the peas. Lay the fish on top of the peas. Garnish with the fried greens.

courtesy of: New New Orleans Cooking, by Emeril Lagasse and Jessie Tirsch. Published by William and Morrow, 1993

Sunday, October 15, 2006


Yield: 8 servings

For the Rabbit
8 rabbit loins, trimmed
Salt and pepper to taste
16 bacon slices
4 Tablespoons fruit pesto
2 Tablespoons butter

For the Fruit Pesto
1 cup packed mixed dried fruits
¼ cup fresh parsley
¼ cup fresh mint
2 cloves garlic
2 Tablespoons Parmesan cheese, grated
2 Tablespoons walnuts
2-3 Tablespoons olive oil
2-3 Tablespoons vegetable broth
Salt and pepper, to taste

For the Mushroom Flan
2 shallots, minced
1 Tablespoon butter
2 cloves garlic, minced
6 ounces assorted wild mushrooms
1/2 cup Cabernet Sauvignon
1 1/2 cups-heavy cream
3 eggs
1/2 cup Parmesan cheese, finely grated
1/4 cup chives, chopped
Salt and pepper, to taste

For the Coriander Froth
2 cups cilantro leaves, packed
1 jalapeno pepper, seeded and chopped
½ teaspoon coriander, ground
1 cup vegetable stock
1 teaspoon sugar
1 cup milk
2 sheets gelatin, soaked in cold water
Salt, to taste

Prepare the Mushroom Flan: Preheat the oven to 325 degrees. Lightly oil 4 (1/2-cup) ramekins or timbale molds. In a teapot, bring water to a simmer.

In a medium saucepan over medium heat, melt the butter. Add the shallots and gently sauté until softened. Add the garlic and sauté for 1 minute. Add the mushrooms, wine, and 1/2 cup of the cream. Mix to combine and bring to a simmer. Simmer until the liquid has reduced by two-thirds. In a mixing bowl, whisk together the remaining cream, eggs, and Parmesan. Add the mushroom-cream mixture and the chives. Season with salt and pepper, to taste.

Divide the mixture equally among the oiled ramekins. In a deep baking pan, arrange the ramekins with plenty of space between them. Place the pan in the oven and pour the simmering water two-thirds of the way up the sides of the ramekins. Bake for 30 minutes or until the flan are just set. Carefully remove the water-filled pan from the oven. Allow the flan to sit in the water for 30 minutes. Serve immediately or refrigerate and reheat in oven when needed.

Prepare the Fruit Pesto: In a blender, combine all ingredients except the vegetable broth and salt and pepper. Process until mixture is smooth. Slowly add the vegetable broth. Add only enough broth to make the mixture easily spread able. Season with salt and pepper, to taste. Set aside until needed.

Prepare the Rabbit: Season the rabbit loins with salt and pepper. On a flat surface, lay out and overlap 4 bacon slices. Spread 1 Tablespoon of fruit pesto over the bacon. On the fruit spread, place 2 rabbit loins side by side. Tightly roll the bacon slices around the loins. Repeat with the remaining bacon and rabbit loins.

In a sauté pan on medium heat, melt the butter. Sear each wrapped rabbit loin on all sides until the bacon is crisp. Remove from loins from the heat and allow to meat to rest briefly.

Prepare the Coriander Froth: In a small bowl, soak the gelatin sheets in ice water. In a blender, combine all ingredients except the gelatin, milk and salt. Process until smooth. Strain the mixture through a fine sieve into a bowl and set aside.

In a small saucepan, bring the milk to a boil. Add the gelatin sheets into the boiling milk. Simmer, stirring constantly, to dissolve the gelatin. Remove the mixture from stove and chill. When the milk-gelatin mixture is cold, combine the two liquid mixtures. Season with salt, to taste. Pour the combined mixture into a whipped cream dispenser. Keep cold until ready to use.

To serve: Run a thin knife around the edge of the mushroom flan and turn out on a plate. Slice a rabbit loin in half and place beside the flan. Top with the coriander froth and serve.

courtesy of: Chef Morou, Signatures, Washington, D.C.

Saturday, October 14, 2006


makes 6 crepes

3 strips thickly sliced bacon
3/4 cup rice flour
1/2 teaspoon turmeric
Pinch of sugar
One 13 1/2-ounce can unsweetened coconut milk
3 tablespoons vegetable oil
1/2 pound medium shrimp--shelled, deveined, halved lengthwise and cut into 1-inch lengths
3 large scallions, thinly sliced
Shallot Dipping Sauce

In a medium skillet, cook the bacon over moderately high heat until crisp, about 6 minutes. Drain the bacon on paper towels, then coarsely chop it.

In a bowl, whisk the rice flour with the turmeric, sugar and 1/2 teaspoon salt.

Whisk in the coconut milk until smooth.

Heat 1/2 tablespoon of oil in an 8-inch nonstick skillet until it shimmers. Scatter one-sixth of the shrimp in the skillet, season with salt and cook over moderately high heat until pink, about 1 minute. Scatter one-sixth each of the scallions and bacon in the skillet and cook for 1 minute. Ladle 1/3 cup of the batter over the shrimp, scallions and bacon, spreading it evenly. Cook until the bottom is golden and crisp, 2 to 3 minutes. Flip the crêpe and cook until golden and crisp on the second side, about 2 minutes longer. Transfer to a plate.

Repeat to make 5 more crêpes. Serve the crêpes hot, with the dipping sauce on the side.

courtesy of: Jeff Tunks, "Shopping Secrets of the East," Food & Wine, July 2000:

Friday, October 13, 2006


Makes 2 1/2 cups

4 slices bacon
1/2 oz. dried Criminis, rehydrated
1 chopped medium onion
1 minced clove garlic
2 Tbls. flour
8 oz. cream cheese
2 tsp Worcestershire sauce
1 tsp. soy sauce
1/2 cup sour cream
Salt and Pepper to taste

Cook bacon until crisp. Cook mushrooms, onion and garlic in 2 teaspoons of drippings until tender and most of the liquid has evaporated. Stir in flour, salt, and pepper. Add cubed cream cheese, Worcestershire sauce and soy sauce. Heat and stir until cheese is melted. Stir in sour cream and crumbled bacon. Heat but do not boil. Serve on rye bread rounds, crackers, and melba toast.

courtesy of: FungusAmongUs, P.O. Box 352, Snohomish, Washington, 98291, 360-568-3403

Thursday, October 12, 2006


Yield: 8 servings (serving size: 1 cup)

3 chicken breast halves (about 1 1/2 pounds), skinned
3 chicken drumsticks (about 3/4 pound), skinned
3 chicken thighs (about 3/4 pound), skinned
4 bacon slices
1 cup diced onion
1 garlic clove, minced
1 cup diced green bell pepper
2 (14.5-ounce) cans diced Italian-style tomatoes, undrained
1/2 cup dry red wine
1 1/2 teaspoons paprika
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon dried tarragon
1/4 teaspoon pepper

Place chicken in a Dutch oven, and add water to cover. Bring to a boil; cover, reduce heat, and simmer 45 minutes or until tender. Drain chicken in a colander over a bowl; reserve 1 cup chicken broth. Remove chicken from bones, and shred meat with 2 forks. Cover and chill.

Cook bacon in pan over medium-high heat until crisp; crumble and set aside.

Add onion and garlic to bacon drippings in pan, and sauté 7 minutes or until lightly browned. Add the bell pepper and tomatoes, and cook over medium heat 30 minutes, stirring frequently. Stir in reserved chicken broth, wine, and remaining ingredients, and bring to a boil. Partially cover tomato mixture, reduce heat, and simmer 30 minutes. Add the shredded chicken; cook 15 minutes or until thoroughly heated. Ladle goulash into soup bowls, and sprinkle with crumbled bacon.

courtesy of: Cooking Light, November 1997 / 2100 Lakeshore Drive Birmingham, Alabama 35209

Wednesday, October 11, 2006


Makes approx. 6 servings

1 punnet of sweet cherry tomatoes
100g fresh mozzarella cheese
3 rashers of bacon, rind and fat removed
1 bunch of fresh basil leaves, stems removed, coarsely chopped
1 cup of croutons, ready made

Cut cherrys in halves and place in serving bowl. Slice the mozzarella cheese and sprinkle on both sides with chopped basil and place on serving plate. Finely chop the bacon into small pieces and place in a serving bowl. Place croutons in a serving bowl.

At the raclette grill: In a raclette pan, take a few cherry halves and some croutons and cover with a slice or two of the mozzarella, top with the bacon pieces. Allow to grill under raclette until cheese has melted and bacon becomes crispy.

courtesy of: Raclette Australia

Tuesday, October 10, 2006


1/4 lb bacon fat
3 cups onions, sliced thin
1 cup milk
2/3 cup French bread crumbs
1/2 lb lean boneless veal
1/2 lb skinned, boned breast of chicken
1/8 t allspice
1/8 t nutmeg
1/8 t ginger
1/8 t cinnamon
1 T chopped parsley
2 t salt
1/4 t pepper
1 egg
3 egg whites
1/2 cup whipping cream

Render half the bacon fat until all the fat is expressed. Add onions and cook slowly until clear. While bacon is cooking, pour milk over bread crumbs in a small saucepan and bring to a boil. Stir gently and constantly with a potato masher, cooking until mixture thickens to resemble a pudding. Set aside.

Cube veal and chicken, mix with onions, and grind once. Mix dry spices thoroughly in a small bowl. Add all spices to the meat mixture and grind two more times. Transfer ingredients to large bowl and beat with electric mixer for 2 minutes, add egg, and beat 2 minutes more. Add egg whites and beat 3 minutes. Add bread crumbs, stirring. Pour in cream a little at a time, beating between additions. The mixture should have the consistency of sticky roll dough. Stuff mixture into casings forming 1-by-5-inch sausages. Refrigerate overnight.Place boudins in heavy saucepot and cover with equal parts milk and water. Bring liquid to simmer and poach slowly for 25 minutes. Drain boudins, cool at room temperature, and refrigerate. Before final cooking, prick each boudin in three or four places with a needle to prevent bursting. Bush with melted butter and grill or dredge in flour and fry in butter at a slow temperature. Use within three or four days or freeze. They make a splendid summer meal with a mint jelly or sweet gherkin garnish, mild coleslaw, French bread, and chilled white wine.

courtesy of: Texas Monthly, the National Magazine of Texas

Monday, October 09, 2006


1 cup applesauce
2 tbsp chopped onion
salt to taste
1 tbsp prepared mustard
1 lb ground elk meat
1 tsp vinegar
cup brown sugar
1 cup soft bread crumbs
tsp pepper
1 tbsp finely chopped celery
1 egg beaten
2 slices lightly cooked
bacon, crumbled
1 tsp prepared mustard

Combine bread crumbs and 1/2 cup applesauce. Add onion, salt, pepper, celery, mustard, bacon, egg and ground ELK meat. Blend thoroughly. Shape into round in a 9" x 9" x 2" pan. With a spoon, make an impression in top of the loaf. Combine the second 1/2 cup applesauce, brown sugar, vinegar and mustard. Pour into the impression in meat loaf. Bake at 350 degrees F. for one hour.

courtesy of: Regal Point Elk Farm, R.R.#2, Wiarton, Ontario, N0H 2K0

Sunday, October 08, 2006


2 lbs ground elk
1 onion, chopped
1 carrot, grated
1 stalk celery
1 1/3 cups cracker crumbs
2 eggs
1/2 cup milk
4 strips bacon
1 tsp dry mustard
2 tbsp horseradish
1 tsp salt
grated several slices of ham
several slices of Swiss cheese

Combine all ingredients except ham, cheese and bacon. After mixing well, pat out on a piece of plastic wrap to make a rectangle 15x12”. Place ham and cheese on top. Roll the loaf lengthwise. The plastic wrap will help you roll, as well as transfer the loaf seam side down onto the baking pan. Remove plastic wrap. Make sure you seal the ends of the loaf well. Place bacon on top. Bake at 350° for 45 minutes to 1 hour.

courtesy of: Wildridge Elk Ventures Inc., Hay Lakes, Alberta, Canada

Saturday, October 07, 2006


1/2 cup water
1/2 cup onion, chopped
2 slices bacon
1 apple, cored and quartered
1 bag sauerkraut, rinsed and strained
1/2 cup white wine
Caraway seeds
pepper to taste

Place the two slices of bacon in a small pot and heat. When bacon begins to soften and grease begins to coat the pot, add the onions. When onions are soft, add water and apples. When apple begins to soften and dissolve add sauerkraut and white wine. Season with caraway seeds (enough to speckle the sauerkraut) and pepper to taste. Cover and let simmer until kraut is tender. If liquid evaporates, add more water. The beauty of sauerkraut is that it cannot be overcooked. Leftover cooked sauerkraut will keep in your refrigerator for 3-4 weeks, ready to be reheated when you're in the mood for a Bratwurst.

courtesy of: Karl Ehmer Quality Meats, 63-35 Fresh Pond Road, Ridgewood, New York 11385

Friday, October 06, 2006


Serves 10-12

1 lb minced venison
1 lb ready-minced pork
8 oz rindless smoked streaky bacon, cut into 1/8” strips
30 juniper berries, coarsely crushed
1 dstsp mixed peppercorns, coarsely crushed
4 oz ready-shelled pistachio nuts, cut in half
¼ tsp powdered mace
1 tsp chopped fresh thyme
2 tsp salt
6 fl oz dry white wine
1 fl oz brandy

2lb loaf tin (7 ½” x 4 ¾” x 3 ½” deep) or 3 pint terrine

Pre-heat oven to 150oc (300of, Gas 2)

Place venison, pork, bacon, juniper berries, peppercorns, pistachio nuts thyme, mace, salt, wine and brandy in a bowl. Thoroughly combine using fork or hands. Cover bowl with a cloth and leave to marinate for 2 hours.

Pack the mixture into the loaf tine or terrine, cover the surface with a double thickness of foil. Place in a roasting tin, on the middle shelf of the oven. Pour in about 1” boiling water and cook for 1 ¾ hours.

Remove from oven and leave (with foil on) for 30 minutes.

Place 2 x 1 lb weights on top (or something equivalent ie tins of tomatoes).

When terrine cold place in fridge (keep weights on) and leave overnight.

Remove from fridge an hour before serving. Serve with toast.

courtesy of: Cornbury Park Estate, Charlbury Oxfordshire, England

Thursday, October 05, 2006


yields 8 servings

1 recipe of hominy grits, cooked
1/3 cup oil or bacon fat

Press grits into 8 greased custard cups or another container approximately 3 inches in diameter. Chill at least 2 hours (best overnight). Unmold and slice into 1/2 inch thick rounds. Heat oil and brown grits for 8 minutes on each side. Serve hot, plain or top with maple syrup.

courtesy of: Native Harvests: American Indian Wild Foods and Recipes, E. Barrie Kavasch. Dover Publications, 2005

Wednesday, October 04, 2006


2 large white radishes (each about 3/4 lb.)
about 40 small, red radishes (garden radish)
1 bunch dill weed
1/4 lb. breakfast bacon
1/2 cup white wine vinegar
3 1/2 tablespoons oil
white pepper

Clean, peel and wash the white radishes. Cut the white radishes into coils with a radish cutter. Divide the coils into about 4 inch long pieces. Place the short radish coils into a bowl (set some aside and reserve for garnishing if you desire) and sprinkle with salt. Let the radish coils for 20 - 30 minutes (they will draw some juice).

In the meantime clean, wash and quarter each of the small red radishes. Wash, dry and chop the dill weed (before chopping the dill weed pull off some sprigs for decorations). Cut the bacon into small cubes or pieces and in a skillet fry the bacon until crunchy and largely drained of its grease. Pour in the oil and vinegar and bring to a short boil. Remove the skillet from the stove. Pour the radish juice from the white radishes into the skillet to the oil-vinegar-bacon mixture and season with pepper. Add the red radish wedges to the white radish and combine. Pour the vinaigrette dressing from the skillet over the radishes and let stand for a while. Garnish with reserved radish coils and dill weed sprigs.

courtesy of: Sherie's Kitchen, Sherie Haunzwickl, Laurenburg, Germany

Tuesday, October 03, 2006


Servings: 4

2 oz. bacon, cooked and coarsely chopped
8 oz. garlic herb cream cheese spread
6 8" whole wheat tortillas

Spread cheese on tortillas and sprinkle with bacon pieces. Roll up and place seam side down on microwave-safe plate. Loosely cover with a paper towel and cook on high for 1 minute or until tortillas are soft and cheese has started to melt.

courtesy of: Hormel Foods

Monday, October 02, 2006


Serves 4

4 8oz herrings
4oz oatmeal
1 fluid oz vegetable oil
4 rashers streaky bacon, cut into thin strips
salt and freshly ground black pepper
1 lemon, cut into wedges

Fillet the herrings. Season and press with oatmeal until they are well covered. Heat the oil in a frying pan and fry the streaky bacon until crisp. Remove from the pan and keep warm. Fry the herrings in the same pan oil, flesh side first, until golden brown. Sprinkle the fillets with the bacon. Serve with lemon wedges and some boiled potatoes with chopped parsley.

courtesy of: Rick Stein, Fruits of the Sea / BBC Food

Sunday, October 01, 2006


Yield: 8 portions

8 portabello mushrooms, large
3 oz. extra virgin olive oil
salt and pepper to taste
¼ lb. bacon, chopped
1 cup onion, finely chopped
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 tsp. fresh thyme, chopped
1 tsp. fresh oregano, chopped
½ cup white wine
3 cups medium-grain white or brown rice, cooked
½ cup scallions, chopped
½ cup gruyère cheese, grated
½ cup Parmigiano-Reggiano, grated + 2 Tbsp. for garnish

Break off mushroom stems and reserve, then wash the caps if needed. Scrape the gills off the mushrooms and discard. Finely chop the stems and set aside for later use.

Dry the caps and toss them in the olive oil with salt and pepper.

Place all the mushroom caps in an ovenproof dish, cap-side down, and bake for 5 minutes at 350°F.

Render the bacon in a sauté pan until crisp; remove from pan and set aside.

Add the chopped mushroom stems to the hot bacon fat and sauté for 1 minute to cook out water. Add the onion and cook, stirring, until translucent. Add the garlic, thyme, and oregano, and sauté for 1 minute. Deglaze the pan with the white wine. Reduce until a glaze is formed.

Add the rice, reserved bacon, scallions, Gruyère, ½ cup Parmigiano-Reggiano, and reserved bacon. Mix well and adjust the seasonings with salt and pepper.

Stuff the mushroom cavity with the filling. Top with additional Parmigiano-Reggiano, if desired.

Bake the mushrooms again at 375°F for 8 to 10 minutes or until the tops are lightly browned.

Serve warm or at room temperature. Excellent with grilled New York strip steak and steamed asparagus.

courtesy of: The Culinary Institute of America's Pro Chef