Heirloom Meals: Savoring Yesterday's Traditions Today

Monday October 04, 2010

Ms Murky Mondays:
Moroccan Brisket Recipe

Kudos to Whippoorwill Farm in Lakeville, CT for raising, then selling the most beautiful and delicious cut of brisket from their herd and for sharing "Laura's Moroccan Beef Brisket" recipe.  Thank you Laura, whoever you are!!


Here's the recipe with my comments, of course:
This should be made a day ahead for maximum flavor.
 1 whole beef brisket, about 5 lbs
2-3 Tbsp Olive Oil
2-3 large onions (I sliced them)
2 cloves of garlic (I used 4 and minced them)
1 can tomato paste
1 cup beef broth (I used more like 2)
1-1/2 cups red wine (I used 2 1/2 -3)
1 cup dried apricots (I used organic, unsulfured and left them whole)
1 cup of green olives, halved
1 cups prunes, slices
Pepper and salt
1/2 tsp cinnamon (I used 1 tsp)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Heat a large dutch oven on high heat for 2-3 minutes.  Add the olive oil, then add the beef.  Sear the beef for about 5 minutes on both sides until browned.  Remove and season with salt and pepper.  Add sliced onions and saute over medium heat for 10 minutes until golden.  Add salt, pepper, garlic and tomato paste. Put meat back in, add cinnamon and then wine and broth to cover the meat.  Add apricots, olives and prunes.  Cover and place in oven.  Turn the brisket once or twice while it's cooking for 2 1/2 - 3 hours.  Cool in refrigerator overnight.  While the recipe says to defat the gravy, the brisket was so lean there was no fat and the gravy was a perfect consistency and did not need cornstarch to thicken.  Slice the brisket while its cold, put back in gravy and reheat in a 350 degree oven.

I served it with roasted potatoes, broccoli and green salad; and with polenta and sliced tomatoes the next day for dinner. YUMMY.  It was sweet and savory with a nice robust flavor and very tender.  It's a keeper for sure!!

Sunday October 03, 2010

Life at Boulderwood:
A Late Arrival

Could it be?  A baby chick is hatched in autumn?  Indeed it is.  And Mommy bird is doing a great job. Birth is a miracle and hard-wired genetics are fascinating.  I tried to put some water and food nearby and Mommy bird bit me. And to that I say, "why mess with nature?"  She knows what's she's doing.  Who needs humans anyway.  Lesson learned!!
Because I couldn't get close - this photo isn't a good one - but "Harvest Moon" is alive and peepin'!!


Friday October 01, 2010

Carole’s Concoctions:
The Weekend’s Menu

It's always fun when the kids come and I can make them their favorite things!!  And fortunately for me, Jim's kids have exciting palates!!  Moreover it's Matt's birthday which gives me an excuse to make his favorite - Nutella Heaven Pound Cake.

Friday Night's Arrival Menu:
Spicy Chicken Cacciatore
Brown "sticky" Rice
Mixed Green Salad
Ice Cream


Saturday Night Birthday Dinner:
Pot Roast - I am trying a new recipe - I will blog about it on Monday
Roasted organic homegrown potatoes
Broccoli with thyme, lemon, garlic and browned butter - Matt and Caroline's F-A-V-O-R-I-T-E!!!
And
Nutella Heaven Pound Cake for Matt's B-day cake

Breakfast is always our chicken eggs scrambled with veggies and sprinkled with whatever cheese I have on hand.  Lunch is leftovers, that is, if we have any!!  Otherwise, I am thinking BLT's with my late tomato harvest.

Oh, and lest I forget...we'll open a jar of spicy salsa that I made a couple of weeks ago - another one of Matt's favorites.  It's going to be a great food-filled family weekend grin

Thursday September 30, 2010

Heirloom Breeds & Seeds:
Celebrating the Harvest and the RAIN!!

Alas, it's raining!!  It's what the farmers need - some good ol' H2O. Ironically, the rain fell on the evening that Farm Girl Farmer, Laura Meister, hosted a celebration of the harvest with other farmers and farm advocates at her farm under the tent.  Chef, Brian Alberg, from the Red Lion Inn, served up a grilling extravaganza - goat, lamb burgers, his own smoked ham, veggies and a whole halibut.  Oh my god - it was o-u-t-s-t-a-n-d-i-n-g!!!!!!!
Thank you farmers and Laura!!
And might I add that Chef, Michael Ballon's chocolate covered macaroons were the BEST I have ever tasted - I am buying his cookbook just for that recipe!!


Wednesday September 29, 2010

Heirloom Meals Radio:
Shannon Hayes

Can you imagine growing up on a farm and learning the skills to feed yourself and your family? Shannon Hayes shares her memories with host, Carole Murko. Shannon is an advocate of pasture-raised and grassfed meats in addition to sustainable and bio-diverse agriculture. Her advocacy is clearest through her 2 cookbooks, "The Grassfed Gourmet Cookbook" and "The Farmer and the Grill" where she wants the consumer to understand how to cook with the variability of grassfed animals and the robustness of flavors and taste that result in knowing how to prepare them. It's a lively and interesting discussion on our food system and the importance of small biodiverse farms.


(This is a taped copy of the show as the computer in the studio was not working - I will try and upload the show next week - it starts 10-15 minutes into the show and goes longer so you can stop listening when I end the show.)

Tuesday September 28, 2010

Tabletop Tuesdays:
A Fall Centerpiece

I was inspired by my garden harvest - why not mix a little kale with some end-of-summer sunflowers for a high-impact centerpiece!!

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