Basil

It’s basil season on Edgecliff and we’ve got lots…

I grew four kinds this year. The standard genovese variety…
…a red variety I forget the name of – different than the one I usually grow (and don’t like it as much)…
…thai basil (going to try thai basil mojitos this weekend)…
…cinnamon basil – too pretty to pick.
If one has lots of basil then of course one needs to make pesto:  One huge load of basil…
…about three heaping cups once trimmed and cleaned…
…about 1/3 cup of pine nuts…
…a couple cloves of garlic (this beautiful garlic is from our CSA and is so much fresher and such a huge difference…who knew)….
Swirl it all together in the Cuisinart with a healthy dose of good olive oil et voila.
Pasta with super fresh pesto and lots of herbs, zucchini with lots of basil and some really cool purple carrots (sauteed in butter and maple syrup).  A beautiful summer plate of freshness.
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Chicken Pot Pie

Williams Sanoma

decadent!

Pastry

  • 1 ½ cups flour
  • ½ t. salt
  • 8 T. chilled, unsalted butter
  • 4 oz. Cream cheese
  • 1 T. water

Combine flour and salt.  Add butter and cheese until coarse crumbs.  Add water and stir with fork.  Add up to 1 T. more water to make cohesive dough.  Pat into smooth cake and chill for 1 hour.

Filling

  • 4 cups chicken stock
  • ½ lb. carrots, peeled and sliced
  • ½ lb. large mushrooms, sliced
  • 4 oz. Unsalted butter
  • 2/3 cup flour
  • ½ cup heavy cream
  • 3 cups diced, cooked chicken
  • ¼ cup parsley, chopped

Boil chicken stock in large stock pot.  Add vegetables and simmer, covered 15 minutes until vegetables are tender.  Remove vegetables and set aside.  Strain stocks into 4 cups measure, add water if necessary to make 4 cups.
Return saucepan to heat.  Melt 4 oz. Butter, then add flour.  Cook and stir 2 minutes to make roux.  Add stock and boil, whisking constantly.  Reduce heat, add cream and simmer for 2 minutes.  Stir in chicken and reserved vegetables.  Add parsley, season with salt and pepper.
Roll out dough to top 4 individual pies.  Vent tops.  Place on baking sheet and bake for 20 -25 minutes at 425.

Pot Roast Pasta

The New Basics

  • 3 T. olive oil
  • 2 lbs. beef bottom round roast (any kind of pot roast is fine)
  • 1 ½ cups chopped onions
  • 1 cup chopped carrots
  • 1 cup chopped celery
  • 4 cloves garlic, slivered, plus 1 T. minced garlic
  • 1 cup beef broth
  • 1 can (28 oz.) plum tomatoes, drained
  • 3 T. tomato paste
  • 1 t. freshly ground black pepper
  • ½ t. salt
  • ½ t. dried thyme leaves
  • 1 bay leaf
  • ½ cup dry red wine
  • ¼ cup chopped fresh Italian parsley

Heat the oil in a dutch oven over medium-low heat.  Add the pot roast and brown on all sides.  Remove the meat from the pan, and set aside.

Add the onions, carrots, celery, and slivered garlic and sauté until soft, 10 minutes.  Remove the vegetables and set aside.

Set a rack in the bottom of the pot and place the roast on top.  Pour the stock into the pot.  Bring it to a boil, reduce the heat, cover, and simmer for 1 hour.

Preheat the oven to 350.

Remove the roast and the rack from the dutch oven, and cut the meat into ¼ inch thick slices (they will be quite rare).  Return the slices to the pot, layering them evenly.

Crush the plum tomatoes slightly, and add them to the pot along with the tomato paste, the 1 t. minced garlic, pepper, salt, thyme, bay leaf, red wine, and reserved vegetables.  Bring to a boil, transfer tot he oven, and bake, covered, until the meat falls apart, 1 ½ hours.

Remove the meat and bay leaf from the pot, allow to cool slightly.  Discard the bay leaf.  Shred the meat and return it to the pot.  Add the parsley, and heat through.

Serve over hot pasta. Makes 6 portions.

White Bean Soup with Pasta and Rosemary Oil

(we usually skip the rosemary oil… but i’m sure it’s good)

For Rosemary oil:

  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 2 T. finely chopped rosemary
  • 2 cloves garlic, sliced.

Warm simmer these ingredients in small saucepan, approx. 5 minute

For soup:

  • 2 cups cannellini beans/navy beans or mix
  • 2 T. olive oil
  • 1 T. fresh rosemary or 2 tsp. dried
  • 1 onion, finely diced
  • 2 carrots, finely diced
  • 1 celery stalk, finely diced
  • 5 garlic cloves, sliced
  • 1/3 cup parsley
  • 1 c. diced tomatoes with juice
  • salt, pepper
  • 1 c. small dried pasta
  • parmesan cheese

1.  Heat oil, 1 T. rosemary in soup pot.  Add onion, carrot, celery.   Saute for 10 minutes.  Add garlic, parsley, simmer.  Add beans, tomatoes., 3 quarts water, boil, then simmer approx. 1 hour.  Add 2 tsp. salt, simmer 30 minutes longer.
2. . Puree the soup
3. Cook pasta, strain rosemary oil.
4. Soup into bowls, add pasta to each, drizzle with rosemary oil, sprinkle with parmesan, serve.

Roasted Root Vegetable Soup

Mary Jo Boyd

In roasting pan, place:

  • 2 butternut squash, split, seeded, cavity-side up
  • 1 acorn squash, split, seeded, cavity side up
  • 2 sweet potatoes, halved, upside down
  • 2 leeks, halved lengthwise
  • 1 huge onion, in chunks
  • 4-6 shallots
  • 4-6 large carrots
  • 1 T butter, divided among squash halves
  • 1 T brown sugar, sprinkled on butter
  • 1-2 cups chicken broth

Cover tightly with foil, and bake for 2 – 2.5 hours at 325-350.

In stock pot, place

  • 1 T olive oil
  • 1 T butter
  • 4 – 6 large celery stalks, sliced
  • 2 cloves garlic, chopped

Braise slowly, stirring often for 15-20 minutes.

Cool roasted vegetables slightly, scoop from their shells and add to pot along with cooking liquid, leeks, etc.  Add about 10 cups of chicken broth, 1+ cups of white wine, ginger and pepper and cumin to taste.  Cook slowly for 30-45 minutes to blend flavors.  Puree in batches and add

Mushroom and Barley Soup

Another Aunt Evie and Uncle Tom Lake Chautaqua classic!

  • ½ cup pearl barley
  • 2 T. butter
  • 1 T. vegetable oil
  • 1 lb. mushrooms, thinly sliced
  • 6 carrots, peeled and cut into 1/8” thick rounds
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 6 cups chicken stock or canned broth
  • 4 T. chopped fresh dill OR 1 ½ t. dried dill weed
  • ½ t. freshly ground pepper
  • salt
  • 2 T. fresh lemon juice

Place barley in medium bowl.  Pour enough hot water to cover.  Let stand for 20 minutes.  Drain

Melt butter with oil in heavy large pot over medium high heat.  Add mushrooms, carrots and onion and sauté for 5 minutes.  Add barley, stock, half of dill, pepper and salt.  Reduce heat to low.  Cover and cook for 45 minutes.  (Can be prepared one day ahead.  Refrigerate.  Bring to simmer before continuing).

Add lemon juice and remaining dill to soup.  Taste and adjust seasoning.

Mulligatawny Soup

8  servings

  • 2 T. butter (1/4 stick)
  • ½ cup chopped onion
  • 4 t. curry powder
  • 2 small green apples, peeled, cored and chopped
  • ½ cup diced carrot
  • ½ cup diced celery
  • ½ cup diced green pepper
  • 1/3 cup all purpose flour
  • 3 ½ cups chicken stock or canned low-salt broth
  • 1 16 oz. can diced tomatoes
  • 1/3 cup long-grain white rice
  • 2 t. fresh lemon juice1
  • 1 ½ t. sugar
  • 4 whole cloves
  • ½ cup whipping cream
  • 2 boneless, skinless chicken breast halves, diced
  • 3 T. chopped fresh parsley

Melt butter in heavy large saucepan over medium heat.  Add onion and curry and sauté until onion is tender, about 5 minutes.  Mix in apples, carrot, celery and bell pepper and sauté 5 minutes.  Mix in flour.  Stir 1 minute.  Gradually mix in stock, then tomatoes with their juices, rice, lemon juice, sugar and cloves.  Bring to boil, stirring frequently.  Reduce heat and simmer 15 minutes.  Add cream and chicken and simmer 10 minutes.  Ladle soup into bowls.  Sprinkle with parsley and serve.