SERVES: 12-16; makes 2 pies LEVEL: Intermediate—you got this!
INGREDIENTS Base: Pie dough for 2 complete pies, bottoms and tops Purchase Pie Dough pre made for a snap or see our house recipe (link)
For the Filling: 2 tsp. oil 1 cup celery finely chopped 1 cup carrot finely chopped 3 cloves finely minced garlic 1 Pound finely ground pork 1 Pound finely ground beef 1 Tbsp. Amazing Rub 2 Large teaspoons poultry seasonings (Love Bell’s) Fresh minced rosemary/sage/parsley is optional if available ½ tsp Pummull Spice (our house mulling blend spice) 5 potatoes, boiled/roughly mashed with a little butter and cream Salt and pepper to taste
DIRECTIONS In a large frying pan or Dutch oven start oil with onion, celery, carrots and garlic. Cook to wilt and push veggies to side and add meats sprinkled with the Amazing Rub to the center of the pan. Cook until meat is lightly browned and drain most of the fat (but not all – your call!). Add poultry seasoning and Pummull Spice, here is where you could add optional herbs if desired.
Boil potatoes in large, salted pot of water – as you would for mashed potatoes. When done, drain, roughly mash – add a little butter and cream for thick mashed with a little salt and pepper to taste. Add the mashed to meat mixture. Taste and season more per your desire.
This mixture can be served as is, or in meat pies, or to stuff cored and seeded vegetables (I.E.Pumpkins).
For meat pie (our favorite) prepare standard pie crust, top and bottom, Roll, fill, cover and seal. Brush pie top with egg wash, sprinkle with a little pepper, salt and Bake one hour at 350 degrees. Best to set aside for 30 minutes before cutting and serving. Keeps, saves and reheats beautifully!
Salad Nicoise has been a favorite of mine for decades and I was first introduced to this salad by our family “Salad Master,” Joyce. However, it is really my travels in France and experiencing the variations of the Nicoise Salad in anywhere from the finest restaurant to gas service stations (yes, really!) Nicoise is a “composed” salad, the ingredients are served side by side, rather than tossed. There is something wonderful in the art of this salad. So with my Fall Flag flying and my love of these late market gardens, I bring you my version of HARVEST SALAD NICOISE with Salmon!
From the Kitchen of Terri Bergman
Harvest Salad Nicoise (with Salmon)
SERVES: 4 LEVEL: Intermediate—you got this!
INGREDIENTS Base: 4-6 cups Fresh Salad Greens 4 Hard Boiled Eggs (10 min boil) 1 ½ Cups of petite potatoes 2 Cups of String Beans, ends snapped, keep long 2 Cups of Butternut Squash, peel and cubed, 1” cubes 1 ½ Cups Red Pepper, cored, seeded and cubed 1” squares(1 large pepper) 2 Pcs. Of Salmon Olive Oil – Balsamic Vinegar Amazing Rub Seasoning (Amazing Heat/Amazing Herbes)
For the Dressing: 1/3 Cup Olive Oil (great quality) ¼ Lemon squeezed 1 tsp Dijon Mustard *optional 1 – 2 Tbsp Champagne Vinegar **optional chopped parsley/fresh basil Salt & pepper
For the Aioli Dressing: ½ C Mayonnaise 1 tsp of the Amazing Herbes (that’s it!)
For the Garnish: Chopped Parsley Chopped Basil Amazing Heat (especially over the eggs)
DIRECTIONS Preheat Oven to 400 degrees, convection.
In a large glass bowl, place potatoes, string beans, butternut squash, not mixed but layered. Sprinkle with a few Tbsp water, wrap with plastic wrap and microwave for 5 minutes. Remove, drain water, set aside.
On a parchment lined baking sheet, place 2 entrée size pieces of Salmon that has been brushed with Balsamic Dressing in Center. Arrange the Potatoes, String Beans, Butternut Squash and the uncooked chopped red pepper pieces in the same baking sheet. Give a sprinkle of Balsamic Vinegar to all ingredients, a nice drizzle of Olive Oil, and a generous sprinkling of the *Amazing Rub Seasoning (this will make ingredients golden and seasoned)
Place into preheated (400) oven for 15 minutes, until all ingredients are toasty cooked. With the precooked Microwave time on first ingredients, this play like a symphony and all should crescendo together!
Peel boiled eggs, and half or quarter for salad plates.
Prepare 2 Dressings:Traditional vinaigrette is Olive Oil, Lemon Juice, Dijon Mustard, with optional of Champagne Vinegar couple Tbsps, chopped parsley and basic – and salt and pepper (1/4 tsp of both). Herbed Aioli– ½ C or more mayonnaise with 1 tsp Amazing Herbes, stir together and set.
Plate 4 medium salad plates or 2 large plates, spread salad greens generously to create a base.
Center plates with Cooked Salmon (if 4 plateshalf salmon pieces), then create a frame of string beans, eggs, potatoes, red peppers, and butternut squash. Dress salad lightly by drizzling top with vinaigrette. Serve extra dressing and Herbed Aioli on the side. Is you would like, garnish plates with extra chopped parsley and basil.
My recommendation is to compose and serve this salad while roasted ingredients are still warm, absolutely delicious. However, you can make ahead and chill away. Just delicious also!
This Salad reminds me of an artists’ palette, so compose to your liking! Enjoy!
INGREDIENTS Base: 2/3 Cup of finely ground *oatmeal (That’s the French Canadian Roots but use bread crumbs if you like!) ½ C heavy cream 2 tsp butter 1 onion, finely minced 2/3 pound of ground beef 1/3 pound of ground pork 1 egg 1 Tbsp **Amazing Rub(brown sugar based house seasoning) ½ tsp black pepper 1 tsp. ***Pummull Spice(just the best Warm Spice Cinnamon, Allspice, Cardamon Blend going/our house!) 1 tsp. Dijon Mustard
For the Sauce:2 Ways! Quickie: 2 cups Beef Broth 1 Can condensed Cream of Mushroom (gluten free if required) 1 tsp Dijon Mustard ½ C heavy cream 2 Tbsp Worcestershire sauce ½ C sour cream optional
Traditional: 2 cups Beef Broth 1 C heavy Cream ½ Sour cream 1 tsp Dijon Mustard to thicken if necessary use 1 Tbsp Corn Starch with 1/8 C cold water
For the Garnish: Chopped fresh Parsley coarse ground black pepper Cranberry Sauce
DIRECTIONS Preheat the oven to 350 degrees
Place ground oatmeal in a small bowl with Cream to absorb and soften, let stand a few minutes.
Important! Cook onion!Melt tsps Butter in a skillet and gently cook and wilt the onions, take off heat and cool in large bowl.
To onions add oatmeal/cream, ground beef, ground pork, egg, Amazing Rub, Black Pepper, Pummull Spice, Dijon Mustard, lightly mix all ingredients together. When mixed, take about 2 tbsp meatball mixture, roll and place on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. When meatballs all made up, bake in 350 degree oven for 25 minutes.
Set aside and make sauce. You can make a quick sauce in skillet or use listed sauce ingredients and place in a slow cooker, add meatballs and cook until tender.
These can be served immediately or set in cooler for the next day. Holds wonderfully.
Garnish when serving if desired with chopped parsley and serve with a chilled cranberry sauce!
Okay, so for me, you just can’t beat the original recipes from my heroine, Julia Child’s. I use the original recipe but I do add 1 Tbsp of sugar, I just like it better this way, so this is how it goes! If making a savory quiche, I still add the sugar…it’s just better. However, omit if you like!
From the Kitchen of Terri Bergman
(Julia Child’s Inspired) Pie Crust
MAKES: 2 single pie crusts SERVES: 8 LEVEL: Intermediate—you got this!
INGREDIENTS Base: 1 1/3 Flour 1 ¼ stick butter (I use salted) 2 Tbsp shortening (Crisco) 1 tsp. Salt 1 Tbsp Sugar 1/3 C very cold water
DIRECTIONS Pulse in food processor just until it crumbles. Pulse until it forms a ball – stop as soon as this happens. You can roll immediately, or make 2 round disks and wrap well and refrigerate for later. If refrigerated, take out of cooler and let rest 30 minutes to bring up to workable/rollable condition.
Makes 2 single or 1 double crust for pies. Or large sheet of pastry dough for use in wrapping apples (as shown) or pastry of your choice! Enjoy!
INGREDIENTS Base: Pie Dough or Puff Pastry (rolled thin) Purchase refrigerator pie dough or check our *KB PIE CRUST RECIPE
For the Filling: 1 ½ Cups of (packed) dark brown sugar 1 C. Pure Maple Syrup 1 C. Heavy Cream ½ C (1 stick) Salted butter (quick melt on this) 3 Tbsp. Cognac/or Brandy 2 tsp vanilla extract 3 eggs 1 Tbsp Corn Starch
For the Garnish: Whipped cream
DIRECTIONS Roll out pie dough, or puff pastry (thin on puff) and line a large size pie plate. Preheat oven to 350 Convection, Line a baking sheet with foil or parchment paper for pie plate baking.
In large glass bowl, mix brown sugar, heavy cream, maple syrup, melted butter until smooth and blended. At this point microwave this mixture 30 – 60 seconds to melt a little and whisk to smooth.
Add cognac (or brandy) and vanilla. Incorporate eggs one at a time, whisking mixture each time. When smooth, Add corn starch and whisk until smooth.
Pour the filling into the crust and place pie plate on the foil or parchment lined baking sheet.
Bake Pie approximately 60 minutes, until puffy but still a little wobbly in center. The top should remind you of the look of Crème Brûlée (and actually so will the taste!) Remove from oven and cool a minimum of 3 hours or longer. No refrigerating this pie. If storing, loosely cover.
Serve pie with whipped cream. Enjoy this special treat!
Butternut Squash, the shapely cousin of pumpkin, really shouts fall! Love the taste, love the varieties of ways to prepare and season. Let’s kick off this October with a Hasselback* treatment of this squash, where our veggie is our canvas (for the look of it) and the technique intensifies the taste (roasted) and the squash bowl, is well, just the coolest bowl! So here, we have prepared meatless, but I also offer a suggestion for those who enjoy meat to kick it up at the end of recipe! Here goes, let’s celebrate! *Hasselback is a technique, where the squash is cut about one half through into thin slices
From the Kitchen of Terri Bergman
Hasselback Butternut Squash with Quinoa (and Ginger)
INGREDIENTS Base: 2 Medium to small butternut squashes Olive Oil Balsamic Vinegar Amazing Rub
For the Filling: 1 cup Quinoa 2 cups vegetable stock (or water) 1 cup baby peas Optional: 1 tsp shredded ginger, or ½ tsp spice ginger (any veggies or herbs you like!) Olive oil, salt pepper to taste
DIRECTIONS Peel butternut squashes, slice lengthwise in half, seed and clean. Hasselback the squashes by turning the inside squash to the cutting board and make thin slices on outer squash, without cutting thru! Take each squash piece (4) and brush with balsamic vinegar. Put on a parchment lined baking sheet and drizzle with Olive Oil and sprinkle with Amazing Rub.
Bake in a 375 degree oven for 30 minutes one side, remove from oven and turn each piece over.
STOP HERE AND MAKE **QUINOA FILLING WHILE SQUASHES BAKE!
Bake squashes for additional 30 minutes, again turn squash over so the bowl side of squash is up. If there are veggie juices in the olive oil drippings add to the Quinoa stuffing. Now, fill the squash bowls with Quinoa mixture. Bake an additional 5 minutes.
This is a good time to sprinkle the squashes with the Amazing Herbes for a super accent, if you have it.
**QUINOA FILLING, in a small pot boil 2 cups water, or veggie stock. Add 1 cup Quinoa and gently simmer for about 10 minutes, remove from heat and add, ginger, peas, a little olive oil, salt/pepper if desired. More veggies of your choice if desired!
Set aside for an additional 5 minutes – ready to stuff Squash Bowls.
ADD MEAT IF YOU LIKE, for flavor or a heartier meal. My suggestion would be finely ground pork, pan sautéed. Cook pork (1/2 #) and crumble and then add whole sage leaves (8-10)cooked in pork drippings until golden brown. With slotted spoon remove pork and sage and sprinkle over top of the squash bowls! ENJOY!
Inspiration; IT’S FALL! Looking for a smooth wonderful indulgence that will drive with me from October through January! Started pondering what I could put in a thermos for a very special Picnic Hamper I am preparing for friends. I love Hot Chocolate, (no too soft!) , love Hot Coffee, (no too tart), but when I tried my hand at a Steaming WHITE HOT CHOCOLATE AND PLAYED WITH PUMPKIN AND PUMMULL, well JUST RIGHT! So create this for a special treat for your family and friends, or pack this with your throw and thermos in the car and drive it special! But be careful Goldilockses’, be sure to grab the thermos and run!!!! ENJOY!
From the Kitchen of Terri Bergman
White Hot Chocolate with Pumpkin and Pummull Spice
SERVES: 10 LEVEL: Presto!
INGREDIENTS Base 1 (14oz) can sweetened condensed milk 6 to 8 C whole milk (depending on how much you want) 2 C White Chocolate Chips (15oz) can pumpkin purée 1 Tbsp Pummull Spice (cinnamon blend) 1 Tbsp Cocoa Powder 1 tsp vanilla extract
For the Garnish: 1.5 C Heavy Cream (for whipping) ¼ C confectioners sugar Pummull Spice shakes!
DIRECTIONS In a heavy stock pot, combine the condensed milk, regular milk, White Chocolate chips, pumpkin purée, Pummull Spice, cocoa powder and vanilla extract. Slowly warm on medium heat and continue to watch and whisk until choc chips are melted and very warm. Try not to let boil, or stay on high heat once choc chips have melted. * You can prepare this in a crock pot if desired, high for 1.5 hours and then reduced to warm (you need to watch and whisk occasionally).
For the Garnish Whip the heavy cream until creamed peaks form, add confectioners sugar and a spindle of Pummull Spice and whipped until a little stiffer.
I love to top with lots of whipped cream and a finish shake of Pummull Spice.
Tips: if you have any left over it is heavenly in your hot coffee! Will keep refrigerated for 5 days.
INGREDIENTS Base 2 5 pound whole chickens, often sold in 2 packs
For the Filling/Cavity: 1-2 Lemons quartered
For the Seasoning: 4 Tbsp Amazing Rub (2 front/2 back) 2 Tbsp of Amazing Herbes (herb blend Mediterranean) 2 Tbsp of softened butter
For the Sauce: 2-3 cups chicken stock 1 Tbsp of corn starch
DIRECTIONS Rinse and dry 2 whole chickens. Take the quartered fresh lemons and place in cavity. In a large shallow roaster, place the chickens fronts facing down and season with butter, Amazing Rub and Amazing Herbes.
*If you like this is a great place and time to roast potatoes, squash and whole onions at the pan bottom!
Set oven hot to 375 degrees and convention if you have that option.
Roast uncovered for 35 minutes.
The backs should be browned and at this point, turn chickens front side up, use a little butter or oil to brush on fronts, and sprinkle with Amazing Rub.
Bake 30 minutes in the still hot oven (375) and then reduce the heat to 325 degrees and continue to cook for 40- 60 additional minutes, covered with foil. That’s about a 2 hr cook time, but I like roasted chicken falling apart tender – and that is what this timing delivers! Let your oven do the work!
Remove from oven, set for 10-15 minutes, the juices make a great sauce, remove top oil/fat, add stock, bring to slow boil, add ½ cup water and corn starch. Should be nice and smooth and very flavorful!
If you want to get decadent you could add wine or cream –
This is a fun way to make a meal for now, and have a glorious spare for chicken salad, fajitas, soup, pot pie…I could go on and on! ENJOY!