American Classics

Peach Melba

July 13, 2011

Peach Melba A classic dessert invented in the late 1800’s by French chef, Auguste Escoffier, at the Savoy Hotel in London.  Chef Escoffier invented Peach Melba to honor the Australian soprano, Nellie Melba, who was performing in Wagner’s opera Lohengrin at Covent Garden.  Peach Melba combines the two favorite summer...

Old Fashioned Peppermint Ice Cream

July 9, 2011

Old Fashioned Peppermint Ice Cream In 1810 Peppermint Schnaps was invented by Paris candy maker, Francois Nicolas, to put on ice cream.  Apparently, Napolean’s wife, Austrian Marie Louise Duchess of Parma, took the recipe back to Austria where it became popular as an ice cream dessert as well as a...

Peach Ice Cream

July 8, 2011

Peach Ice Cream INGREDIENTS 1 Cup Chopped Fresh Peaches 1 ¼ Cups Sugar 2 Tablespoons Cornstarch ¼ Teaspoon Salt 2 Cups Whole Milk 2 Large Beaten Eggs 1 Tablespoons Vanilla 2 Cups Half & Half Combine the peaches with ¼ cup of the sugar and chill in the refrigerator.  In...

Homemade Vanilla Ice Cream

July 7, 2011

Homemade Vanilla Ice Cream I love homemade ice cream and vanilla has to be my favorite.  INGREDIENTS 1 Pint Whipping Cream 1 Pint Half & Half 1 Cup Sugar 2 Tablespoons Vanilla Extract 1/8 Teaspoon Salt Mix all ingredients until the sugar dissolves.  Cover and chill until ready to use. ...

Corn Chowder

July 6, 2011

Corn Chowder This corn chowder is a real summer treat!  Serve with warm buttermilk biscuits.  INGREDIENTS 6 Medium Ears of Corn 5 Slices Diced Bacon 1 Medium Chopped Red Onion 1 Seeded and Chopped Jalapeno Chile 1 Chopped Garlic Clove 2 Tablespoons Unbleached Flour ½ Teaspoon Salt ¼ Teaspoon Freshly...

Strawberry Shortcake

July 5, 2011

Strawberry Shortcake This history of strawberry shortcake began around 1847 in the U.S.  The first found recipe was in Miss Leslie’s Ladies New Receipt Book for “Strawberry Cake.”  The “Strawberry Cake” is very similar to what is known, today, as “Strawberry Shortcake.”  Forget using the store bought sponge cakes for...

Victoria’s Classic Potato Salad

July 4, 2011

Victoria’s Classic Potato Salad There are many versions of potato salad both family varieties and ethnic varieties.  Potato salad recipes were introduced to America by European settlers who adapted traditional foods to local ingredients.  This accounts for regional potato salad variations in the U.S.  Potato salad became popular in the...

Southern Fried Chicken

July 2, 2011

Southern Fried Chicken Before World War II, the only times most families had chicken were special occasions like holidays and Sunday dinners.  Fried chicken used to be an expensive treat only eaten a couple of times a year.  Due to the creation of large scale chicken farms chicken has become...

Cincinnati Chili

July 1, 2011

Cincinnati Chili There are many variations on this dish all over Cincinnati.  A “three-way” is over spaghetti with shredded Cheddar on top.  Add chopped onion and it becomes a “four-way.”  For a “five-way” add cooked red kidney beans. INGREDIENTS 3 Teaspoons Olive Oil 2 Medium Chopped Yellow Onions 4 Teaspoons...


June 30, 2011

Snickerdoodles I love Snickerdoodles!  It is a tie between Peanut Butter Cookies and Snickerdoodles.  Here is a super easy recipe.  INGREDIENTS 1 Cup Softened Butter 1 Cup Sugar ¼ Teaspoon Baking Soda ¼ Teaspoon Cream of Tartar 1 Large Egg 1 Teaspoon Vanilla Extract 1 ½ Cups Unbleached Flour 2...

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