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Stewed Cabbage And Potatoes With Pork Sausage

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Growing up with English origins my mother made cabbage and potatoes for Sunday dinners and special occasions. I remember her adding, what’s known as, salt pork. Salt pork when stewed for a long time adds a salty flavor to the dish. The saltiness the salt pork added sometimes could be a little too strong and could overwhelm the entire dish. I decided to go with a pork breakfast sausage and eliminate the saltiness but keep the flavor. I’ve also updated the dish and made it a one-pot meal. This is my Stewed Cabbage And Potatoes With Pork Sausage.

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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
Yields: 6 to 8 servings
Equipment: 1 (12-inch) sauté pan, large stockpot, chef’s knife, large bowl, mesh sieve, large mixing bowl

Ingredients:
2 tablespoons of olive oil
2 (16-ounce) rolls of Jimmy Dean regular pork sausage
1 sprig of fresh rosemary
2 heads of green cabbage, cores removed and quartered
8 to 10 cups of baby Yukon gold potatoes, quartered, smaller ones left whole
1 large onion, diced
3 cloves of garlic, minced
1 quart of chicken stock, unsalted
1 teaspoon of red pepper flakes
1 1/2 tablespoons of Kosher salt
1 teaspoon of freshly ground black pepper

Tip: For a clean broth, cook the sausage in a separate pan first allowing it to render its fat. Drain before adding the cooked sausage to the main dish.

Directions:
In a large preheated sauté pan over medium-high heat add 1 tablespoon of olive oil, red pepper flakes, and the rolls of pork sausage. Use the back of a wooden spoon to break up the sausage. Add a sprig of fresh rosemary and cook until no longer pink, 10 to 12 minutes. Pour the browned sausage into a mesh sieve placed over a large glass mixing bowl. Allow the sausage the drain as much of its fat as possible. Set aside while moving on to the next task.

Back to the stockpot over medium-high heat add another tablespoon of olive oil, diced onions. Stirring occasionally, cook the onions until soft and translucent, 1 to 2 minutes. Add the minced garlic, cook for 1 minute longer before adding the cooked sausage, potatoes, and chicken stock.

In the meantime, core and quarter the cabbage. Drop the cabbage into the pot, add grated nutmeg, gently push the cabbage down into the liquid. Reduce the heat to medium, cover, and cook for 30 minutes. Uncover and cook for an additional 15 minutes until potatoes are fork-tender and cabbage is cooked through.

Ladle a good helping into a porcelain serving bowl, garnish with finely chopped Italian flat-leaf parsley, serve hot. There you have it my Stewed Cabbage And Potatoes With Pork Sausage.

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Corn Pudding

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This Corn Pudding is so delicious and easy to make you’ll want to make it for every family get-together and every holiday celebration.

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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour to 1 hour 15 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 25 minutes
Yields: 12 servings
Equipment:  a blender, 9 x 11 x 2 baking dish, whisk, rubber spatula, colander, 1 rimmed baking sheet pan, 1 silicone pad, large mixing bowl

Ingredients:
2 pounds of corn, sweet, yellow, frozen, and thawed, (reserve back 1 cup, optional)
3 tablespoons of pure maple syrup
6 large eggs, room temperature
1/2 cup of whole milk (substitute 2%)
1/4 cup of Mascarpone cheese, room temperature
3 teaspoons of Kosher salt
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1/4 cup of all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon of baking powder
1 1/2 cup of heavy cream
1/2 cup (8 tablespoons) of butter, melted (unsalted)

Notes:
1). It’s a personal choice to add whole corn kernels stirring them into the batter to give the pudding texture.
2). Using a rimmed baking sheet pan underneath the baking dish slows the cooking process but improves the texture. Not using the pan will shorten cooking time by around 15 to 30 minutes.
3). After 60 minutes, (using a toothpick or cake tester) check the batter for doneness.

Directions:
Preheat oven to 350-degrees F.
Line a rimmed baking sheet pan with a silicone pad. Place the 9 x 11 baking sheet pan on the pad.

Place the corn into the blender. Add maple syrup, Mascarpone, milk, Kosher salt, cayenne pepper, all-purpose flour, and baking powder. Mix briefly with a spatula to push down the dry ingredients.

Pulse mixture until it begins to come together. Then increase the setting to high and blend until completely smooth, 2 to 3 minutes. Transfer the mixture to a large mixing bowl. Using a rubber spatula add the reserved whole corn kernels, fold the kernels into the batter until combined. Add the 6 eggs, and 2/3 of the melted butter, whisk to combine. Finally, add the heavy cream, again whisk to combine.

Grease the baking dish with the remaining melted butter. Pour the batter into the baking dish. Bake for 60 to 75 (depending on the size and shape of your baking dish) minutes until the pudding is browned and set.

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Sautèed Wild Mushrooms

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Perfectly sautéed mushrooms can elevate any dish to the next level. Whether you’re using them as a side dish, or maybe in lasagna, their beef-like texture and earthy flavor make the perfect meat substitute. Here’s a little secret I’m really excited about, my new upcoming video, on how to incorporate my Sautèed Wild Mushrooms into a traditional dish we all love, Lasagna. My Wild Mushroom And Spinach Lasagna recipe is available by clicking on the link at the bottom of this post or you can watch any of my videos at http://www.YouTube.com/Linda Lou Hamel 

Mushrooms are like little sponges, they absorb flavor really well. The three things that all mushrooms love are butter, garlic, and Thyme. Whether you choose a domestic mushroom, wild mushrooms, or a combination of both, the cooking technique is the same. This is my recipe for the best-sautéed mushrooms EVER!

First, I’m going to my Organic Hanging Herb Garden to grab a few sprigs of fresh thyme.

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Thyme is one of those herbs that pairs well with so many dishes. When Thyme matures,  the stems become hardy and wood-like. If that’s the case, you only want to use their leaves. The stems on my plant are still green and tender so, as I snip off a few sprigs for this dish, I don’t worry if the stems get chopped up along with their leaves.

If you are not able to find fresh Thyme, dried Thyme is perfectly fine.  I love the minty/lemony flavor of thyme, so I’m using both types for this recipe.

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I’m using a combination of domestic and wild mushrooms for this recipe. Let’s talk about the different varieties I have here.

Oyster Mushrooms

This one in the above picture is the Oyster mushrooms. Whenever using mushrooms, take a damp cloth and clean the outside to remove any dirt that may be on them. To cut an Oyster mushroom, use a sharp knife to carefully cut around the firm central stem and the individual caps will fall away.

Tip: Reserve the stems to make a mushroom stock. I’m not slicing the caps any smaller because these are a perfect size.

Trumpet Mushrooms

These are the Trumpet mushrooms. I just slice off the tip off the bottom of the stem,  the rest of the mushroom I cut up into 2-inch pieces.

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Cremini And White Button Mushrooms

Both the Cremini (baby Portobello mushrooms) and white Button mushrooms I slice the same way, with their stems.

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With Shitake mushrooms, I remove their tough stems and slice the caps.  Save the stems for stock.

Portobello Mushroms

The Portobello mushrooms, I remove the stems and then using a spoon, clean their gills from underneath the cap, then slicing them, fairly thick

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Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Yields: 6 servings
Equipment: Deep sided frying pan

Ingredients:
3 tablespoons butter, unsalted
2 tablespoon olive oil
1 tablespoon of fresh Thyme leaves, finely chopped
1 teaspoon of dried thyme

Note: Approx. 1 1/2 pounds of mushrooms in total.
2 large Portobello mushrooms, cleaned and sliced
1 pint of white Button mushrooms, cleaned and sliced
2 pints of Cremini mushrooms, cleaned and sliced
5 Oyster mushrooms, cleaned, central stem removed and discarded
6 Trumpet mushrooms, bottom tip removed, then sliced into 2-inch pieces
10 Shitake mushrooms, cleaned, stems removed and discarded, caps sliced
3 tablespoons garlic, minced
1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
2 teaspoons of Kosher salt
1/4 cup of beef stock, unsalted, vegetable broth/stock or a good red wine

Directions:
In a large deep-sided frying pan (if you don’t have one of these pans, sauté your mushrooms in two batches, about 5 minutes per batch) over medium heat, melt butter, and olive oil then add in fresh and dried thyme. Next, add the mushrooms, tossing and stirring continuously. As the mushrooms cook they will start to release their water.

Add in the minced garlic and black pepper, again, stirring occasionally.  Once all their water has evaporated, there will be mushroom bits stuck to the bottom of the pan. Add the beef stock and scrape all those delicious bits up using a wooden spoon. Once the mushrooms have really started to brown, this is when you want to salt the mushrooms. Continue stirring and allow the mushrooms to cook, absorbing the remainder of the beef broth and become tender about 10 minutes. Serve hot.

Wild Mushroom And Spinach Lasagna

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