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Dinner Last Night

29 Jan

Leeks and Sausage Shepherd’s Pie from The 150 Best Slow Cooker Recipes by Judith Finlayson

1 pound pork breakfast sausage  (I used garlic venision sausage)
1 Tbsp. butter
6 large leeks, white part only, cleaned and cut into 2 inch lengths
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/4 tsp. ground nutmeg
pinch of cayenne pepper
1/2 tsp each salt and pepper
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
1 cup chicken stock
1 cup whipping cream
1/4 cup freshly grated or bottled horseradish
4 cups mashed potatoes, seasoned with 1 tbsp. butter, 1/2 tsp salt and 1/4 tsp pepper

1. brown the sausage, cooking throughly.  drain (keeping 1tbsp of fat) and set aside.

2. In large fry pan at medium heat, warm oil and melt butter.  When melted, add leeks and cook until they begin to soften.  Add garlic, nutmeg, cayenne, salt and pepper and cook, stirring for 1 minute. Add flour and cook for 1 minute. Add chicken stock and cream and cook until mixture thickens.  Stir in horseradish.

3. Arrange sausage on bottom of slow cooker.  Pour leek mixture over and top with mashed potates.  Cover and cook on HIGH for 3 to 4 hours, until bubbling and heated through.  (Judith warns not to cook for longer on Low, as the cream may curdle.)

This is a spicey, rich dish.  You can increase the chicken stock to 1 1/2 cup and reduce the cream to 1/2 cup.

Serves at least 6.

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Dinner Last Night

9 Jan

Dinner tonight:
Ravioli
Baked beets
Steamed spinach with butter salt and pepper

Baby Food:
Potatoes and spinach

Dinner Last Night

5 Jan

For dinner last night: sautéed butternut, mashed potatoes, green beans, pecan loaf with cashew gravy, and a quart of applesauce. Mmm

Dinner Last Night

5 Jan

What I made for dinner: potatoe- carrot- leek soup (all your veggies…I still had 2 leeks from last time).

Dinner Last Night

5 Jan

New Year’s dinner included prime rib from High Point, steamed kale which was then sautéed in a bit of olive oil and roasted garlic, your mashed potatoes with mashed celeraic (run through a food mill for texture and it was great), squash soup, and your raspberries from last summer sandwiched between two layers of chocolate cake which was crumbly enough to make the frosting work miserable, but it was a cream cheese frosting.

Dinner Last Night

21 Dec

Last night our family had:

Butternut Soup with bacon, leeks, and breakfast sausage

scalloped potatoes and celeriac

Dinner Last Night

21 Dec

Tonight we’re having potato leek gratin.  It uses wonderful things from the share we picked up on Wednesday.

The leeks have been washed and sliced to a quarter inch, then softened in 2 tablespoons of butter in a cast iron frying pan.  Once the leeks were soft, I added the fresh thyme — so fragrant! — and some fresh-ground nutmeg, and salt and pepper to our family’s taste.  When all was soft, I stirred in a tablespoon of floor and 2 cups of milk.  Heavy cream would be delicious and decadent but I didn’t have any in the house.  Once that had thickened, I set it aside in  a bowl, and wiped out the pan and began layering (like a lasagna)…Sweetland potatoes, the leek/cream mixture, shredded gruyere cheese, and chives (still frozen from by our back steps), in repeating layers until my cast iron pan was full.  This went into the oven, covered for about half an hour, and then the foil came off and it went back for another 15 or so until brown and bubbly.

Your potatoes, leeks and thyme have never had it so good!

Alongside we had some Piggery ham and your kale, braised.