Archive for December, 2012

Bonnie’s Brazillian cheese balls

December 28th, 2012

Original recipe makes 6 large cheese balls – probably 20 small ones (?)

  • 2/3 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese

  • 2 beaten eggs

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).
  2. Pour olive oil, water, milk, and salt into a large saucepan, and place over high heat. When the mixture comes to a boil, remove from heat immediately, and stir in tapioca flour and garlic until smooth. Set aside to rest for 10 to 15 minutes.
  3. Stir the cheese and egg into the tapioca mixture until well combined, the mixture will be chunky like cottage cheese. Drop rounded, Tablespoon sized balls of the mixture onto an ungreased baking sheet.
  4. Bake in preheated oven until the tops are lightly browned, 10 to 15 minutes.


Round Rye Bread Dip

December 28th, 2012


1 lb sour cream

8oz cream cheese

1 round rye loaf

garlic powder

dill weed

Tear out middle of loaf.  Mix all ingredients and fill loaf.  Use torn out section for dipping.  Can dip veggies etc too.



Rum Balls

December 28th, 2012


3 c crushed vanilla wafers (11oz box)

2 c powdered sugar

4 T cocoa

4 T corn syrup

2 c ground nuts (walnuts)

10 to 12 T rum

Put all ingredients into a bowl except for powdered sugar and knead by hand.  Roll into balls about quarter-size in diameter.  Put balls into big zip lock with powdered sugar and shake.  Store in air tight container.


NYE Finger Foods

December 23rd, 2012


Smoked Salmon Kettle Chips

There was a recipe not too long ago in Bon Appetit that I made and loved (as did my guests). And it’s ridiculously simple. Salt & black pepper kettle chips. Layer individual chips with a piece of smoked salmon. Top with lemon creme fraiche. (just add lemon zest to creme fraiche to taste.) I usually top with chives. Easy. Great texture and taste. And totally addictive. Great with champagne.


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Devils on Horseback

* You can call them devils on horseback: Wrap pitted dates (replacing the pit with an almond if you like) in bacon. Skewer with toothpicks and broil, turning once, until bacon is done. See also Nigella Lawson (she uses prunes)

Smoked Salmon Pate

  • 150g smoked salmon , trimmings are fine
  • 200g tub soft cheese
  • 1 tbsp crème fraîche , only if you have some
  • juice half a lemon
  • small bunch dill or chives , chopped
  • breadsticks or granary toast, to serve

26 Even jazzier: Cut just-ripe pears in 1/2-inch cubes; sprinkle with a little salt, sugar and cayenne. Spear with bacon.


37 Toss peeled shrimp with lots of minced garlic, pimentón or paprika, cayenne, olive oil, lemon juice, salt and pepper. Broil until done, turning once, about five minutes.



December 23rd, 2012

KOLACH                                                Kitchen of Mary Kovacsics Lott


2 sticks butter
1 egg plus 4 egg yolks (extra large)
½ c sugar
2 yeast cakes or dry yeast packets
1c warm milk
1 tsp salt
1 Tbsp vanilla
1 Tbsp lemon juice
5 C sifted flour

Dissolve yeast in ½ C of the warm milk with 1 tsp sugar. Let rise until light for about 30 minutes.

Cream butter, add sugar, eggs, vanilla, lemon juice and other 1/2 C milk and yeast mixture.   Add sifted flour and knead the dough for about 5 minutes.   Should pull away from the sides of the bowl  as you are kneading and be soft and stretchy,  if you have the right amount of flour. If you have too much flour add warm milk. cover bowl and put in a warm place to rise until double.  I warm the oven and then turn it off (should be about 100 degrees f).  May need to rewarm it, may take up to 3h to rise.


6 c grated walnuts
1 ½ c sugar
2 Tbsp vanilla
1 tsp lemon
½ c milk

cook on very low heat, stirring frequently so it does not burn until dark brown  (about 30 minutes).   cool.

Divide dough into thirds and roll into a rectangle.  spread the cooled nut miixture.  roll into a loaf, place onto baking sheet seem-side down.  brush top with melted butter or egg wash (1 egg + 1t water). I sometimes allow it to rise for a little while before baking.  Bake 350 degrees for 30 minutes.