American Classics

Victoria’s Cherry Pie

June 10, 2011

Victoria’s Cherry Pie Cherry pie is one of my favorite things to eat!  Homemade cherry pie is one of life’s treats! INGREDIENTS 2 ½ Cups Unbleached Flour (Plus More For Dusting) 3 Tablespoons Plus 1 Cup Sugar (Divided) ¾ Teaspoons Salt (Divided) 1 Teaspoon Ground Cinnamon 1 Cup (2 Sticks)...

Beef Stew With Beer

June 7, 2011

Beef Stew With Beer Everything tastes better cooked in beer!  INGREDIENTS 3 Pounds Beef For Stew ¼ Cup Olive Oil 3 Cups Sliced Onions 3 Cloves Crushed Garlic 2 Tablespoons Unbleached Flour 2 ¼ Cups Light Beer 2 ¼ Cups Dark Beer 2 Allspice Berries 1 Bay Leaf ¼ Teaspoon...

Cornish Game Hens With Herbs & Butter

June 6, 2011

Cornish Game Hens With Herbs & Butter INGREDIENTS 2 Organic/Free Range Cornish Game Hens 1 Tablespoon Salt 1 Tablespoon Freshly Ground Pepper ¼ Pound Unsalted Butter 5 Minced Shallots 1 Teaspoon Rosemary 1 Teaspoon Thyme 2 Tablespoons Chopped Parsley Preheat the oven to 350° F.  Cut each hen in half and...


June 4, 2011

Gazpacho Often described as a liquid salad, gazpacho descends from ancient Roman concoction based on a combination of stale bread, garlic, olive oil, salt and vinegar.  As Romans labored to build roads and aqueducts across Spain in the scorching heat, this creamy soup replenished them with the necessary salt and...

Chocolate Muffins

June 3, 2011

Chocolate Muffins Chocolate Muffins are great for a sinful breakfast or mid-day snack.  INGREDIENTS 1 ¾ Cups Unbleached Flour 2 Teaspoons Baking Powder ½ Teaspoon Baking Soda 2 Tablespoons Cocoa Powder ¾ Cup Sugar 1 Cup Chocolate Chips 1 Cup Buttermilk or Sour Milk 1/3 Cup Plus 2 Teaspoons Vegetable...

Rhubarb Jam

June 2, 2011

Rhubarb Jam This recipe is so easy.  You will wonder why you didn’t make it before! INGREDIENTS 4 ½ Pounds Rhubarb Juice of 3 Lemons 3 Pounds Sugar 1 ½ Tablespoons Minced Fresh Ginger Wipe and trim the rhubarb.  Trim the stalks, halve them lengthwise and cut crosswise into ½...

Cherries Jubilee

June 1, 2011

Cherries Jubilee Cherries Jubilee is one of my favorite desserts that was created for one of Queen Victoria’s Jubilee celebrations (Golden Jubilee 1887 or Diamond Jubilee 1897).  Made with cherries and liqueur, typically Kirschwasser, which is subsequently flambéed and served over vanilla ice cream.  INGREDIENTs ½ Cup Sugar 2 Tablespoons...

Italian Meatballs Sandwiches

May 30, 2011

Italian Meatball Sandwiches INGREDIENTS 1 Pound Ground Sirloin ¾ Cup Bread Crumbs 2 Teaspoons Dried Italian Herbs 3 Minced Garlic Cloves 2 Tablespoons Chopped Fresh Parsley 2 Tablespoons Grated Parmesan Cheese 1 Beaten Egg 4 Italian Rolls 1 Tablespoon Olive Oil 1 Teaspoon Garlic Powder ½ Teaspoon Salt 14 Ounces...

Santa Fe Burgers

May 29, 2011

Santa Fe Burgers INGREDIENTS 2 Pounds Ground Sirloin ½ Teaspoon Kosher Salt ½ Teaspoon Fresh Ground Pepper Santa Fe Salsa Combine the ground sirloin, salt and pepper in a medium sized bowl.  Using your hands mix well.  Form into six patties and refrigerate until ready to grill.  Prepare a charcoal...

Victoria’s Naughty Naughty Mashed Potatoes

November 26, 2010

Naughty Naughty Mashed Potatoes! Serves 6 INGREDIENTS 5 Pounds Peeled & Cubed Russet Potatoes 2 Sticks Butter ¾ Cup Heavy Whipping Cream 2 Teaspoons Kosher Salt ¼ Teaspoon Garlic Powder ½ Teaspoon Fresh Ground Pepper Place potatoes in a large pot and cover with cold water.  Cook potatoes in boiling...

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