Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Celebrate The New Year

A Brand New Year!
Can't Believe It's Almost Here...

Baby New Year
J.C. Leyendecker

It's Time To Dance And Sing!

Baby New Year
Mary Englebreit

And to give thanks
to the Lord
for so many things!

"Should auld acquaintance be forgot,
And never brought to mind?
Should auld acquaintance be forgot,
And days o’ lang syne!"

Auld Lang Syne

-Robert Burns

"When the fiddle had stopped singing Laura called out softly, 
“What are the days of auld lang syne, Pa?”
“They are the days of a long time ago, Laura,” Pa said.  “Go to sleep, now.”
But Laura lay awake a little while, listening to Pa’s fiddle softly playing and to the lonely sound of the wind in the Big Woods.  She looked at Pa sitting in the bench by the hearth, the fire-light gleaming on his brown hair and beard and glistening on the honey-brown fiddle.  She looked at Ma, gently rocking and knitting.
She thought to herself, “This is now.”
She was glad that the cozy house, and Pa and Ma and the fire-light and the music, were now.  They could not be forgotten, she thought, because now is now.  It can never be a long time ago."
-Little House In The Big Woods
Laura Ingalls Wilder 

Celebrate The New Year! 

"By the way, what's for supper?"

New Year's Supper # 1
Roast Shoulder Of 
Pork With Apples
And Onions

A 4 to 5 lbs boned, tied
shoulder of pork
Thyme, ground coriander
6 to 8 medium onions, peeled
8 cooking apples, cored
1/2 cup raisins
1/4 cup chopped walnuts
8 Tablespoons sugar
8 Tablespoons butter
1/2 cup melted butter mixed with
3 Tablespoons sugar
Salt, freshly ground pepper
1 cup heavy cream
Run the shoulder well with a little
thyme and ground coriander. 
Arrange on a rack in a roasting pan
and roast in a 325 oven, allowing
about 25 minutes per pound, until
the internal temperature reaches
165. After about 11/4 hours, add
the onions to the pan. Baste with
the pan juices and cook until
tender but not mushy.
Meanwhile, remove a center band
of skin from the cored apples.
Stuff the cores with the mixed
raisins, nuts, sugar and butter.
Put them in a baking dish, add 1/2 cup
of water and bake in the oven with 
the pork until they are just tender,
basting occasionally with the 
butter-sugar mixture.
Salt and pepper the pork well
and remove it from the oven when
it reaches 165.  Allow to rest on a 
hot platter for 10 minutes before
carving. Drain the onions and
arrange them around the meat.
Serve the apples separately.
Skim the excess fat from the juices
in the roasting pan and combine
the juices and cream.
Bring to boiling point and
cook down for several minutes.
Season to taste and serve with pork.
This coriander-flavored pork is
wonderful cold. Serve with Vegetable
Vinaigrette and French bread. 
 From the book, 
"How To Eat Better For Less Money"
By James Beard and Sam Aaron

Culinary Master
James Beard

New Year's Supper #2
Pennsylvania Dutch
Baked Ham With Potato Salad

1 ham (10 lbs.)
Whole cloves
1 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1/4 cup flour
1 teaspoon dry mustard
1/4 cup maple syrup
3 Tablespoons water in which ham
has been cooked

Wash ham and cover with boiling water
and let cook on top of the stove for 4 hours.
Let ham stand in liquid overnight.
(In the refrigerator)
Next day remove the fatty rind, make gashes
across the surface of the ham, and
stick in the whole cloves.
Mix sugar, flour, and mustard
with syrup and water. Spread
over the ham; place in roasting pan.
Bake uncovered at 400 for 45, until
glazed and thoroughly heated.
Makes 10-12 servings.

Dutch Country Potato Salad

8 medium potatoes
1 stalk celery, diced
2 hard-cooked eggs, sliced
1 onion, minced
4 slices bacon, diced
2 eggs beaten
1cup sugar
11/2 teaspoons salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1/4 teaspoon dry mustard
1/2 cup  (apple) cider vinegar
1/2 cup water
1 tablespoon minced parsley

Scrub and cook potatoes in their jackets.
When tender, peel and dice.
Add the celery, hard-cooked eggs, and onion;
toss lightly.
Fry bacon in skillet until crisp and brown.
(Remove from skillet. When cool enough to handle,
chop bacon and add to potato-celery mix.
To the beaten eggs, add sugar, salt, pepper,
mustard, and a mixture of vinegar and water;
mix well.   Working quickly, pour egg mixture into the
hot bacon fat in skillet and stir (over medium heat) until mixture thickens
(about 10 minutes)
(Remove from heat.  Allow dressing to cool down a bit), then
Pour over the potato mixture and toss lightly to mix thoroughly.
Chill several hours before serving.
Garnish with minced parsley
Makes 6 to 8 servings
Recipes from the
 "Pennsylvania Dutch Cook Book"
Culinary Art Books
Gettysburg, Pennsylvania

 But What's Ham Without Pineapple?
Especially For Dessert!
Pamela's Pineapple Upside Down Cake
1 cup butter
1 cup dark brown sugar
1 20-ounce can of  pineapple slices, reserving juice or syrup
 Maraschino cherries
1 cup white sugar
2 eggs
1 Teaspoon of vanilla or lemon extract
2 cups all-purpose flour
2 Teaspoons baking powder
1/4 Teaspoon salt

Preheat oven to 350.  Melt 1/3 cup of butter in a skillet and remove from heat.
Add brown sugar to melted butter until blended and pour into the bottom
 of a slightly greased 13 x 9 inch rectangular cake pan.
Arrange pineapple slices on top of brown sugar-butter mixture and place a
cherry in the center of each ring.
In a large mixing bowl, beat white sugar with remaining butter 
until light and fluffy.  Add eggs, one at a time, and beat well. Add vanilla or lemon extract.
 (Or freshly grated zest and juice from a lemon if available)
In another mixing bowl, combine flour, baking powder, and salt.
Blend into creamed mixture alternatively 
with 1 cup reserved pineapple
juice or syrup diluted with enough water to equal 1 cup.
  Mix well and carefully pour cake batter 
over pineapple slices in pan.
Bake for 35 minutes or until cake springs back when touched.
Let stand for about five or six minutes then invert
 onto serving plate.
Serve cake with whipped cream

 Some Words Of Wisdom...

"Don't Look Back.
 Something Might
Be Gaining On You"
-Satchel Paige

"Learn from yesterday,
 live for today, 
hope for tomorrow." 
- Albert Einstein

"Pray often,
for prayer is a shield
to the soul."
-John Bunyan

Happy 2015 Everyone!
May God Richly Bless Your Life
In The Coming Year

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