ham dishes

Kathryn once again prepares Easter Bread from an old family recipe from Poland. Kathryn also prepares various dishes from ham provided by Circle B Ranch Pork.

Bochenek Easter Bread Recipe

From Chris & Mary August handed down from Chris’s Mother, Marianna Louska Bochenek. Permission to use. This recipe is so close to my Grandmother Stella Bochenek's Recipe

Ingredients

  • 1 qt Milk
  • 1 lb Salted Butter
  • 5 lb All Purpose Flour
  • 12 Egg Yolks
  • 1 cup Sugar
  • 1 heaping tsp salt
  • 2 tsp Vanilla depends on taste, add less or more
  • 1 1/2 cups Golden Raisins
  • 2 Packets Fast Rising Yeast
  • ¾ cup hot tap water about 104° to 110°

Instructions

  • (For yeast Preparation) in a small bowl pour two packets of yeast an add water stir and let sit

Directions

  • Pour flour in a large Baking Pan – I used an Extra Large Pan and then make a hole in the center and add prepared yeast and sprinkle with a little flour. In a another bowl add softened butter and use mixer and cream butter add sugar and beat until smooth then add salt and vanilla and gradually add milk. Mix thoroughly and add golden raisins and fold into the mixture.
  • Pour wet ingredients into the flour and start kneading until the dough comes off your fingers easily and the sides of the pan. Cover and let rise in warm place until doubles about 1 1/2hour. The take-off cloth and punch down thoroughly all over the risen dough in the pan. Then cover and let rise again until it doubles. Grease and flour pans.
  • Meantime Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees, divide the dough equally into pans equally and then cover and let rise again until it doubles. Make and egg wash and then use a brush and brush wash on top of each individual bread. Place Pans in Oven I did three in the back of the shelf and two in the front. And midway through the baking time I moved the ones in the back to the front. I baked my bread for 45 to 50 minutes or until using a long wooden skewer comes out clean. Put bread on cooling racks for 10 minutes. Take out of pans and serve with butter or jam. Delicious!!!!
    Bochenek Easter Bread loaves

HAM SLIDERS WITH PIMENTO CHEESE SPREAD

Ingredients

  • ½ cup mayonnaise
  • 2 cups shredded Cheddar cheese
  • 1 4 oz. jar pimento peppers, drained and chopped
  • ½ pound Circle B Ranch Hickory Smoked sliced ham
  • 4 Tbsp. cream cheese softened
  • 2 Tbsp. poppy seeds
  • 1 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1 tsp. coarse salt
  • 12 mini rolls
  • 4 Tbsp. butter melted

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350°F.
  • Make the pimento cheese spread. In a medium bowl, combine mayonnaise, Cheddar, pimento peppers and cream cheese. Stir until evenly combined. Season with salt and pepper to taste. In a 9×13-inch baking dish, lay down the bottom halves of the mini-rolls. Spread the pimento cheese spread on top of the bread and evenly lay ham slices on top of the pimento layer. Top with more pimento spread, then place the other halves of the rolls on top. Brush the bread with melted butter. Sprinkle with poppy seeds, garlic powder and salt. Cover with foil and bake for 10-15 minutes, until the cheese begins to melt and rolls are golden. For a more toasted bun, uncover the pan during the last few minutes of baking.

Best Ham Salad Recipe

With permission to use from Circle B Kitchen

Ingredients

  • 2 Pounds of Circle B Ranch Hickory Smoked Ham
  • 1 Cup Sweet Pickle Relish I used bread and butter pickles I had made
  • 1 Cup Mayonnaise
  • 1 Tbsp Celery Seeds
  • 1 ½ tsp Yellow Mustard
  • 1 tsp Refrigerated Horseradish
  • ½ tsp PT Garden Lemon Pepper
  • 1 French loaf to Make Crostini optional

Instructions

  • Cut the ham into cubes, place in a food processor and process until coarsely ground. Stop occasionally to scrape the sides. Place ground ham in a bowl, stir in pickle relish and remaining ingredients. Serve on crostini or crackers.

THE BEST SPLIT PEA SOUP RECIPE WITH HAM

Course: Soup

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter
  • 2 cups chopped onion
  • 1 cup diced carrot 1/4-inch dice
  • 1 cup diced celery 1/4-inch dice
  • 1 tsp kosher salt to taste
  • 1/2 tsp freshly-ground black pepper plus additional to taste
  • 2 cloves garlic* minced (*not in mine)
  • 1 pound dried split peas rinsed and sorted
  • 1 large bay leaf or 2 small
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 8 cups chicken stock Homemade is best
  • 1 cup leftover Circle B Ranch Hickory Smoked ham

Instructions

  • In a large pot or Dutch oven, melt butter until foaming subsides. Add onion, carrot, celery, 1/4 teaspoon salt and 1/2 teaspoon pepper. Cook until vegetables are softened and just beginning to brown, 5-8 minutes. Add garlic and cook for 1 minute, until aromatic. Stir in split peas.
  • Add bay leaf, and 1 teaspoon oregano. Stir in chicken stock. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, and simmer uncovered for 60-90 minutes, stirring occasionally, until split peas are cooked down and soup is thickened to desired consistency. (Stir more frequently as the soup begins to thicken and add a little additional stock or water if it gets too thick for your tastes.)
  • Add diced ham during the last 15 minutes of cooking. When ready to serve, remove and discard bay leaf. Season to taste with salt, if needed.
Fun Easter recipes with Terry Young, Katelyn, Rosilynn, and Kathryn

In this episode of “The Chef, You and I Show” guests Rosilynn and Katelyn join Kathryn as they get ready for Easter, They prepare lots of interesting things that Rosilynn and Katlyn enjoy getting their hands into. Together we made a Bunny Snack (aka Easter Bunny Bait), Easter Egg Fruit Pizza, Purple Rice Krispies Bunny nests with Candy eggs, and Candy carrots in a pot. We had so much fun so check it out, and enjoy the recipes. We also found some pastel-colored eggs that we made into some deviled eggs and also created a lovely vegetable tray with a dip in a “bunny” bowl. 

Easter Pudding Treats

Ingredients

  • 1 6 ct Chocolate SUPER Snack Pack
  • 1 lb Large strawberries rinsed and dried*
  • Skewers for dipping Strawberries
  • 1 pkg orange candy melts
  • 6+ Oreos crushed to look like dirt

Instructions

  • Melt the orange candy melts in the microwave according to the directions on the package. Then dip the strawberries into the orange melts, scrape off any excess, and lay them wax paper or a baking rack sprayed with cooking spray. Put some of the melted orange candy melts into a zip-top sandwich bag. Cut off the corner and drizzle a zig-zag line across the orange strawberries for a “carrot”-type look.
  • Crush some Oreos in a zip-top bag with a rolling pin. About 1 Oreo per pudding cup.
  • Open the Snack Pack Pudding cups with the easy open lid and sprinkle some Oreo “dirt” into the top of each pudding cup. Dip a “carrot” strawberry into them and enjoy!

Notes

*There is enough candy melt to dip 1lb of strawberries, although you will only need 6 strawberries for the 6 count SUPER Snack Pack.
Original recipe found at Dessert Now Dinner Later (https://www.dessertnowdinnerlater.com/carrot-easter-pudding-cups/)

Bunny Food or Bait- Fun Eatable Snack

Ingredients

  • 3 cups to 4 cups of White Popcorn I used Store Bought
  • 1 cup thin Stick Pretzels break them in half
  • 1 Bag of Melting Cream White Chocolate chips
  • 1 1/2 cups Corn Chex Cereal
  • 4 Tbsp Pink Sprinkles
  • 16 oz-bag Easter M&M’s Half of the 32 oz bag

Instructions

  • Melt candy, Add Popcorn to large bowl add all other ingredients pour melted candy to the mix and stir all ingredients together. Then Spoon out mixture onto a large cookie sheet and wait until dries then you can break them apart to eat.

Easter Egg Fruit Pizza

Ingredients

  • 16 oz sugar cookie dough
  • 1 1/4 containers Cream Cheese Icing or you can make your favorite
  • Assorted fruit berries, pineapple, oranges, kiwi, and/or bananas to decorate

Instructions

  • Roll out your cook dough in the shape of an egg and bake the cookie until a very light tan. Make sure you put it on a flat sheet pan or round stone Pizza Pan because when it is cooled you will be icing it.
    Ice the cookie generously. Starting at the top arrange pieces of your sliced fruit in rows until you come to the bottom. Have fun with it. Like making a pizza with fruit.

Edible Easter Egg Nests with Candy eggs

Ingredients

  • 1 Jar Marshmallow Cream or Fluff or bag of small marshmallows*
  • 4 Tbsp butter
  • 6 cups Rice Krispies
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • Purple food coloring

Instructions

  • Add 4 to 5 drops of food coloring to Marshmallow cream mix well.
  • Add to Rice Krispies mix well. Spray a large Muffin Tin that holds 6 muffins.
  • Take the rice Krispie Mix and form a half a small nest in the muffin tin. In the center of the nest add green frosting in a tube use just about a teaspoon or two.
  • Take out of freezer and add Colored candy eggs maybe four.

Notes

*If you are using marshmallows:
Alternate method:
4 Tbsp Butter, melted
Add 1 bag of mini marshmallows
once melted, remove from heat and add the vanilla, 1/2 tsp salt, and food coloring.  Then stir in the rice cereal until well coated and then continue as directed above.
Chef Kathryn and Chef Terry with the Old English Show

The Chef You and I Show with Kathryn Raaker & Terry Young as they prepare Kathryn’s recipe for her favorite from England – Shepherd’s Pie. They also prepared a Greek salad with glazed carrots and mini pies for dessert.

Shepherd’s Pie – Chef Kathryn’s Version

Ingredients

  • 8-10 Large Golden potatoes peeled and cubed
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 2 Tbsp Butter
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1 tsp Pepper
  • 1 lb. Ground Beef 80 to 90% Fat free
  • 1 tsp salt
  • ¼ cup tomato paste
  • 16 oz can diced tomatoes with juice
  • 1 cup shredded carrots
  • 1 medium onion chopped fine
  • ½ cup frozen Peas
  • 2 Tbsp Fresh Parsley chopped
  • 1 jar Beef Gravy

Instructions

  • Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add potatoes and cook until tender but still firm, about 18 minutes. Drain and mash. Mix in butter, and sour cream and add egg yolk and mix into the potatoes. Season with salt and pepper to taste; set aside. Heat oil in a large frying pan. Add onion and cook until clear. Add ground beef and cook until well browned. Pour off excess fat, then stir in flour and cook 1 minute. Add Beef Gravy, tomato paste and tomatoes. Stir into the mixture then add shredded carrots and peas Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer for 5 minutes. Spread the ground beef mixture with carrots and peas in an even layer on the bottom of a 2-quart casserole dish. We used a 360 Pan from Oven to table Top with the mashed potato mixture under Broiler and let potato mixture become light brown take out and top with shredded cheese.

Chef Terry Young’s Honey Coin Carrots

Ingredients

  • 5 carrots sliced into ¼ rounds
  • ¼ cup butter melted
  • 2 Tbsp Honey

Instructions

  • Add water to cover the carrots – we microwaved them for 5 minutes. Then take out add carrots add melted butter and honey serve as a side dish.

Chef Kathryn Americano Greek Salad and her own dressing

Ingredients

  • 1/2 tsp. dried oregano
  • 3 cups romaine lettuce -pre-washed and torn into bite size pieces
  • 1 cup chopped cucumber
  • 1 cup halved cherry tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup sweet onion cut into thin slivers
  • 1/2 cup black olives -pitted
  • 1/4 cup feta cheese crumbles

Dressing

  • ¼ cup lemon olive oil
  • ¼ cup fig balsamic vinegar

Instructions

Salad

  • Into a medium size serving bowl the following: Torn lettuce leaves, chopped cucumber, cherry tomatoes, sweet onion black olives and shake the dried oregano on top then mix all ingredients and top with Feta Cheese.

Dressing

  • Add to salad and serve.

Mini Pudding Dessert

Ingredients

  • Athens Phyllo Shells
  • Store made Pudding

Instructions

  • Put about a tablespoon of pudding into the shells and then added different toppings like sprinkles, chocolate syrup whatever you desire for a topping.

This time on “The Chef, You, and I,” Kathryn, and her friend Marty prepare some comfort food recipes. Watch as they prepare Ritz Cracker Casserole, Roasted Cauliflower, fruit salad, and Marty’s favorite brown butter chocolate chip cookies.

Ritz Cracker Chicken Casserole

Permission to use recipe by Marty Schultes
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American

Ingredients

  • 1 Rotisserie Chicken
  • 2 cans 10 oz Cream Chicken Soup or One 20 Oz Can
  • 16 oz Sour Cream
  • 1/2 cup Silvered Almonds
  • 8 oz Sliced water chestnuts
  • 1 Stick of unsalted Butter
  • 2 sleeves Ritz Crackers Crushed

Instructions

  • Pre Heat oven to 375
  • Directions
  • Grease bottom of Casserole Dish
  • Cut up Rotisserie Chicken or Boil Chicken Breast with Celery and Onion until chicken is tender
  • Then Cut it up. In a bowl mix soup with sour cream add chopped water chestnuts
  • then add soup sour cream, cut up water chestnut’s and add Chicken and blend it all together. Add Mixture to the greased casserole dish. Crush Cracker and add to top of mixture then add melted butter to the top of the dish put in oven for about 35 to 40 minutes it will start bubbling then take it out and serve with Cauliflower.

Roasted Cauliflower

Marty Schultes Permission to use and she taught us how to make it on the show

Ingredients

  • 1 Large Head of Cauliflower
  • ½ cup of Mayonnaise
  • 1 16 oz package of provolone cheese slices
  • 8 oz container of shredded parmesan cheese
  • 1 10 oz Package of Mozzarella Cheese

Instructions

  • Take the Cauliflower and turn upside down Trim the Core but leave some it on so it will sit on the baking dish or flat pan Trim the leaves off Boil water and Then Place Cauliflower in Boiling water for about 5 to6 minutes. Carefully take out Cauliflower and put on a Prepared Baking sheet lined with Parchment Paper I Spray my Pan with Duck Fat Spray and then put the parchment down. Once the Cauliflower cools a little spread Mayonnaise on top of the Head of Cauliflower to cover it completely then sprinkle Parmesan Cheese Mozzarella cheese and then take the slices about four and cover the head completely.
  • Place in oven at 400 degrees till the top of the cauliflower is light Brown and bubbly from the Cheese. Take out of the oven and then wait a few minutes slice in long slices and serve.

Kathryn’s Fruit Salad

Ingredients

  • 2 Kiwi Sliced
  • 3 Tangerine Peel and taken apart
  • 2 apples Peel and chop in small pieces
  • 20 Red or Black seedless grapes cut in half
  • 1 Banana Sliced
  • 10 Strawberries Sliced
  • 1 pint Raspberries
  • 1 Mango cut into small pieces
  • ½ cup orange juice

Instructions

  • In a medium size bowl assemble all the cut-up fruit toss and add the orange juice to the fruit and toss
  • Refrigerate for at least ½ hour then put in serving dishes and top with Cool Whip

Chefs Kathryn and Father Umberg prepare some of their favorite dishes using Chef Mex Poquitto Mas Flour Totillas. 

Mexican Lasagna

Ingredients

  • 24 oz salsa- homemade Salsa About 3 cups
  • 1 lb ground chicken or turkey
  • 2 Tbsp chili powder
  • 2 tsp ground cumin
  • ¾ onion diced
  • 1 red pepper diced
  • 1 15 oz can black beans drained and rinsed
  • 2 15 oz cans diced tomatoes
  • 1 16 oz jar salsa
  • 1 1/2 cup cheddar cheese shredded
  • 1 pkg 8-inch soft tortillas I used Chef Mex Poquitto Mas Flour Totillas
  • 3 Green onions chopped

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Lightly grease a casserole dish and set aside. – I used Cornhuskers Duck Fat Spray
  • In a large skillet add ground chicken and cook until no longer pink. Add chili powder and cumin.
  • Add diced onions and peppers and sauté for another 3 minutes.
  • Add black beans, diced tomatoes and 3/4 of the jar of salsa to skillet and mix to combine. Simmer for 5 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, cut tortilla in halves or quarters. Spread a small amount of salsa on bottom of casserole dish. Add one layer of cut tortillas and then layer some of the chicken mixture and some cheese. Repeat layers until casserole dish is filled.
  • Top with leftover salsa and cheese. Cover with foil and bake for 15-20 minutes. Remove foil and bake for another 5 minutes until cheese starts to brown and bubble.
  • Top with chopped green onions and your favorite toppings. Delicious!!!!

Ground Beef Enchilada Casserole

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 lbs lean ground beef
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 to 2 tsp pepper
  • 1 to 2 Tbsp chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp cumin
  • 1 cab of Black ripe olives chopped
  • 1 16 oz of Marinara Sauce
  • 4 oz green chili peppers chopped
  • 6 flour Chef Mex Paquito Mas flour tortillas
  • 8 oz Mexican blend cheese grated, or cheddar jack
  • 1/2 cup water

Instructions

  • In a Large Skillet (I used an Electric Skillet) cook ground beef and onion until beef is browned. Drain well. Stir the salt, pepper, chili powder, cumin, olives, tomato sauce, and chili peppers into the meat mixture. Bring to a boil. Remove from heat. I sprayed the 13×9 dish with Cornhuskers Gourmet Duck Fat Spray. Then alternate layers of lightly buttered tortillas, the meat mixture, and shredded cheese, ending with cheese sprinkled over top. Add water, and cover with lid or foil. Bake for 30 minutes.
  • Garnish with ripe olive slices, chopped green onions, and fresh chopped tomatoes.
  • Serve and enjoy!

Chicken Enchiladas

Ingredients

  • 1 Roasted Chicken from Store Chopped into pices (about half a chicken or two breasts)
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 4 tbsp taco seasoning
  • 1/3 cup chicken stock
  • 8 Med size Chef Mex Flour Tortillas
  • 5 cups cheddar cheese shredded
  • 1 cup scallions green onions, chopped
  • 1 15 oz can green enchilada sauce optional
  • 1 4.5 oz can chopped green chiles
  • Salsa and sour cream

Instructions

  • Sprinkle the Chicken with the Put the Taco seasoning and one third cup of chicken broth into a bowl and add chopped chicken mix chicken into it and then take the Tortilla put into the Tortilla maker and lay it down on ( I used a Quesadilla Electric maker) You can do it your skillet to the tortilla add a handful of cheese, then a pinch of scallions, then about 1/2 cup cooked chicken mixture. Moving quickly, spoon over a couple spoonsful of the cooked sauce and green enchilada sauce Top with another handful of cheese and top with another tortilla in the Electric Tortilla maker wait until the light is off and take it out of the Maker.

It is wonderful to be able to celebrate again with family and friends, so my pastor, Father Umberg, joins me in preparing some recipes from Grandma Raaker. Father grilled some brats to go with the potato salad. Hope you enjoy.

 

With summer in full swing, I enjoyed preparing a few recipes for Father’s Day and the 4th of July with my friend and Pastor, Father Umberg. Check out this video for some summer grilling ideas as well as a couple of favorites from Grandma Raaker.

Grandma Raaker’s Carrot Cake

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American

Equipment

  • Angel Food Cake pan

Ingredients

  • 1 tsp salt
  • 3 cups grated carrots
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 ½ cup salad oil
  • 4 eggs add one at a time
  • 2 cups All Purpose Flour less 2 Teaspoons
  • 1 tsp Cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp Almond Flavoring
  • 1 tsp Vanilla Extract
  • 1 cup chopped nuts – optional
  • 3 tsp baking powder

Ingredients for Topping

  • 1 cup sugar
  • ½ cup buttermilk
  • ½ tsp of baking soda
  • 1 tsp White Karo Syrup

Instructions

  • Preheat oven 350° F
  • Mix all ingredients with a spoon use Angel Food Pan
  • Bake for 1 ½ hours.
    10 minutes before taking cake from oven mix
  • Ingredients for Topping
  • Put in large Pan (it will boil up and fill a quart pan) bring to boil for 3 minutes.
  • Remove cake from oven pour liquid over the cake in the cake pan until cool.
  • (Important to see if cake is cool or will break)
  • Then take a piece of wax paper sprinkle Powder Sugar on the wax paper rather thick, and turn cake on sugar upside down.
  • Let sit for 5 to 10 minutes then put on plate and enjoy.

Grandma Raaker’s German Potato Salad

Ingredients

  • 5 lbs Red Potatoes boil in skin
  • 1 large Onion chopped
  • 4 stalks celery chop in small pieces
  • 1 lb bacon fried crisp
  • 6 Hardboiled Eggs
  • ¾ cup vinegar
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 ¼ cup water
  • 4 tablespoons corn starch dissolved in 1/4 cup water

Instructions

  • Fry Bacon, save grease to sauté onion in, cut and peel potatoes, add celery bacon salt and pepper to taste. In onion grease, add vinegar, sugar and water, bring to boil thicken. Dissolve corn starch in about ¼ cup water. Add potatoes add chopped eggs, salt and celery seeds, then serve.
Waffle Breakfast Surprise

This year, I’m going all out to prepare a special meal for my family. It was a great opportunity to utilize my 360 slicer and enjoy a recipe from one of our new sponsors, Circle Branch Farms

The Best Bourbon Apricot Glazed Ham

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup Apricot Jam
  • 1/4 cup pure maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup whole-grain Dijon mustard
  • 1/4 cup bourbon
  • 2 Tbsp lemon juice fresh if possible
  • 1/2 tsp ground ginger
  • Salt and black pepper to taste
  • 1 4.5 lb boneless Circle B Ranch Hickory Smoked Ham

Instructions

  • Move oven rack to lower third portion of the oven and preheat to 325° F. Line bottom of a roasting pan with aluminum foil for easy cleanup and set aside.
  • Add apricot jam, maple syrup, Dijon mustard, bourbon, lemon juice, ground ginger and salt and pepper to a mixing bowls and whisk to combine well. Set aside.
  • Remove ham from package and pat dry if too wet. Place ham on roasting rack, flat side down, so the fatty side is facing up. Gently score the ham in a crisscross pattern, and brush all over with 1/2 cup of the prepared glaze. Cover ham loosely with aluminum foil to prevent drying out or burning. Bake for about 1 – 1 1/2 hours, until instant thermometer inserted into the middle of the ham registers 125-130° F.
  • Remove roasting pan from the oven and peel back or remove foil from the top and sides of the ham. Increase oven temperature to 375° F. Brush 6 Tbsp. of glaze over the ham and bake for 20 minutes, brushing ham with additional 6 Tbsp. of glaze every 6-7 minutes. You'll be brushing the ham with glaze approximately 3 times during this step. Be sure to watch that the glaze doesn't burn, but instead turns a rich, deep golden color. Remove roasting pan from oven and place ham on a large cutting board. Tent loosely with foil and let ham rest for 20 minutes before slicing.

Notes

By Marina’s Kitchen- Circle B Ranch
With Permission to use on the show and to give it out

Kathryn’s Scalloped Potatoes

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American

Ingredients

  • 3 to 4 pounds Yukon Potatoes Thinly sliced
  • 2 to 3 shallots Sliced or finely diced (depending on your preference
  • 2 Tbsp All-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp Lemon Pepper optional
  • 2 cup Mild Cheddar Cheese
  • ½ cup Parmesan shredded cheese
  • 1 stick butter cubed
  • 1 cup Milk
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • Salt and Pepper to taste

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 375° F and grease 13 x 9" pan or Baking dish.
    Peel the potatoes and use either a 360 slicer or a Mandolin into about ¼ to ⅙ inch slices.
    Next, peel and slice the shallots thin (you can also dice very finely).
    Layer the potatoes, shallots, a little flour, some butter, and salt/pepper to each layer, as well as a little cheese.
    Once all the layers are finished, pour the milk and heavy cream over the top of the dish and sprinkle the remaining cheese on top.
    Bake until the potatoes are tender about 50 minutes. Leave uncovered and bake until the top browns. Remove from the oven and let it stand while the sauce thickens.
  • Delicious!!!!!

Fall is a time when we think of soups, stews, and chowders, so on this episode of The Chef, You, and I, Kathryn prepares three of her favorites.

Kathryn’s Avgolemono Greek Lemon Chicken soup

Ingredients

  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 medium onion chopped
  • 2 medium carrots peeled chopped – I used 8 baby carrots already peeled
  • 2 stalks of celery chopped fine
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 8 cups chicken broth low sodium
  • 1 Tbsp fresh thyme leaves
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • 1/2 cup rice
  • 3 cups cooked chicken I used a store-bought rotisserie chicken.
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 1 tsp lemon and pepper spice
  • 3 eggs
  • 2 lemons juiced
  • Fresh dill for garnish
  • 1 tsp of Fresh Parsley minced
  • 1 lemon sliced for garnish

Instructions

  • In a large Dutch oven or heavy pot, heat 1 tbsp. olive oil on medium-high. Add the carrots, celery, and green onions, toss together to sauté briefly then stir in the onion. Add the chicken broth and bay leaves then raise the heat to high. Once the liquid has come to a rolling boil, add the rice, salt, and pepper. Turn the heat to medium-low and simmer for 20 minutes or until the rice is tender. Now stir in the cooked chicken. To prepare the egg-lemon sauce, in a medium bowl, whisk together the lemon juice and eggs. While whisking add 3 ladles-full of the broth from the cooking pot (this helps temper the eggs so they won’t curdle when you add the sauce to the soup). Once fully combined, add the sauce to the chicken soup and stir. Remove from the heat immediately. Garnish with fresh parsley, if you like. Serve hot with your favorite crusty bread.

Butternut Squash Soup

Course: Main Course, Soup

Equipment

  • Blender
  • Food Processor

Ingredients

  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 onion chopped
  • 1 Tbsp Ginger
  • 1 tsp Pumpkin Pie Spice
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • Dash ground cloves
  • 2 carrots peeled and chopped
  • 1 tart apple peeled, quartered, and chopped
  • 4 cups butternut squash chopped
  • 3 cups Chicken Broth or Vegetable Broth
  • 1/2 cup Half and Half
  • Coarse salt and pepper

Instructions

  • Heat olive oil in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Add onion and cook until tender, 3 to 4 minutes. Add fresh ginger, cinnamon, Pumpkin pie spice, cloves and cook until fragrant, about 1 minute. Add carrots, apple, squash, and 3 cups broth. Bring to a boil; cover partially and reduce to a simmer. Season with salt and pepper. Cook until vegetables are tender, about 20 minutes. Let cool slightly slowly add into food Processor add cream slowly into each batch you are processing pour into bowls and serve hot.

Kathryn’s Corn and Crab Soup

Equipment

  • Food Processor
  • Blender

Ingredients

  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 Tbsp unsalted butter
  • 1 cup onion chopped
  • 2 celery ribs chopped
  • 2 medium carrots peeled + chopped
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 Tbsp Old Bay seasoning* plus extra for serving
  • 1 32 oz. carton chicken stock
  • 4 cups sweet corn about 3 ears, kernels cut from the cob
  • ¼ cup white wine
  • 1 lb fresh lump crab meat
  • 1 cup half and half
  • 1 tsp Dried Parsley
  • fresh ground black pepper

Instructions

  • In a large Dutch oven, heat oil and butter over medium heat. Add onion, celery, carrots, and sauté 5-7 minutes or until soft. Deglaze with the wine.
  • Add bay leaf, Old Bay seasoning, salt, black pepper, to taste, and chicken stock. Bring the mixture to a simmer and cook partially covered over medium heat for 10 minutes.
  • Discard bay leaf, transfer 2 cups of chowder to a food processor or blender, and purée until smooth. Stir the mixture back into the pot. Add corn, crab meat, half and half, and cook uncovered just until corn is tender, about 7-10 minutes. Make sure the chowder is not at a rapid boil at this point or the half and half will separate. If need to, reduce heat to medium/low.
  • Stir in chopped parsley and if desired, serve with sprinkle of Old Bay seasoning.

Over the past few months, I have enjoyed cooking with my 360 Cookware and for this show, I am going to showcase their Gourmet Slow Cooker Base –with the 6-quart pan. Now, if you don’t have this, please note that you can combine the ingredients in a roasting pan or even a slow cooker, but I have to say, this pot was so easy to use, and clean up was a breeze. 

If you are interested in purchasing any of 360 cookware visit their website and use the Code KR-20, to get a special discount! Enjoy the show.

Onion Soup

From 360 Cookware Recipes
Course: Main Course, Side Dish, Soup

Equipment

  • 360 6-quart pot & slow-cooker base
  • Dutch oven
  • Crockpot

Ingredients

  • 4 medium onions thinly sliced
  • ¼ cup butter
  • ¼ cup flour
  • 2-10 ½ oz cans beef broth
  • 2 cups water
  • 10 Mushrooms thinly sliced (Optional)
  • Croutons/grated Parmesan or Gruyere cheese

Instructions

  • Please note: These instructions are for the 360 Gourmet Slow cooker with a 6-quart pan. Do NOT put your crockpot on a burner. If you are using a Dutch oven, you can follow these instructions but either finish in the crockpot or stovetop set to medium low for 45 min.
  • Preheat unit on range top heating unit over medium heat for two minutes. Melt butter.
  • Add onions and sauté for 15 to 20 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from heat. Sprinkle with flour. Add beef broth and water. Mix well
  • Place unit on base and simmer, covered at Setting #4 for 1 ½ to 2 hours. Keep warm at Setting @1. To serve, add croutons and sprinkle with Cheese.

Kathryn Raaker’s Homemade Banana Cake

Equipment

  • 9 x 13 cake pan

Ingredients

  • 3 to 4 Ripe Bananas Mashed
  • 2 ½ Tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 ½ cups milk
  • 3 cups Jiffy Baking or Flour
  • 1 ½ tsp baking soda
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • cup butter softened
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • ½ cup light brown sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 16 oz Frosting White or Cream Cheese

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350°. Grease and flour a 9 x 13 pan.
  • Place 1 ½ tablespoons lemon juice in a measuring cup. Top to 1 ½ cups with milk. Set aside.
  • Mix together mashed banana with 1 tablespoon lemon juice, set aside.
  • Beat together butter, brown, and granulated sugar until combined. Add in eggs one at a time and vanilla. Mix on high until light and fluffy. Combine flour, baking soda, and salt in a medium bowl. Alternate adding flour mixture and milk to egg mixture stirring just until combined. (Do not overmix). Fold in mashed bananas. Pour into greased pan. Put into the oven and reduce heat to 300 degrees. Bake 60 – 70 minutes (see note below) or just until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean (do not overbake). Remove from oven and place in the freezer for 45 minutes to make the cake extra moist. Cool completely before frosting.

Kathryn’s Classic Pot Roast

Ingredients

  • 3 to 3 ½ lbs beef roast, chuck round or rump Marinated in 1 cup of red wine
  • ½ tsp seasoned salt
  • ¼ tsp pepper
  • 1 medium onion thinly sliced
  • ½ to 1 lb mushrooms
  • 8 baby carrots
  • ½ packet onion soup mix

Instructions

  • Place roast in the 6-quart pan. Sprinkle with seasoned salt. Pepper and onion soup mix or sliced onion, if desired. Add all ingredients. (Do not add water).
  • Cover unit and place on the Slow cooker base. Simmer at Setting #4 for 2 1/2 to 3 hours or at Setting #2 for 7 to 10 hours or until roast is well-done and tender. Meat juices may be used for gravy Keep warm for serving at Setting #1.

ITALIAN MEATBALLS & SPAGHETTI SAUCE

Recipe provided by 360 Cookware

Equipment

  • 360 6-quart pot & slow-cooker base

Ingredients

Meatballs

  • 1 pound ground chuck
  • 1/2 pound ground veal
  • 1/2 pound ground pork
  • 1/2 cup Seasoned breadcrumbs (I used Panko original)
  • 1 clove garlic Minced (I omit because of allergies)
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp pepper
  • 2 eggs slightly beaten
  • ½ cup milk
  • 1 tsp dried basil leaves
  • ¼ cup chopped parsley

Sauce

  • 1 large onion- chopped
  • 1 clove garlic minced
  • 28 oz can Italian tomatoes undrained
  • 6 oz can tomato paste
  • 1/4 tsp dried oregano leaves
  • 1 tsp salt
  • teaspoon pepper
  • 1 tsp dried basil leaves
  • 2 Tbsp sugar
  • 2 Tbsp Italian parsley chopped
  • ½ cup water

Instructions

  • In large bowl, combine ground chuck. Veal, pork, breadcrumbs, garlic, salt, pepper, eggs, milk, basil and parsley. Mix well. With moistened hands, shape mixture into meatballs, 1 1/2 inches in diameter. Reheat unit on range top, heating unit over medium heat for 2 minutes. Sauté meatballs Just enough to cover bottom of pot) until evenly browned Remove as they brown. To prepare spaghetti sauce, sauté onion and garlic in hot meat drippings in unit on range top over medium-low heat until golden (about 4 minutes). To onion mixture, add tomatoes, tomato paste, oregano, salt, pepper, basil, sugar, parsley and water. Stir and bring to a boil on range top over medium heat (about 10 minutes) Remove from heat Place browned meatballs in sauce on Gourmet Slow Cooker base. Simmer, covered, at Setting #3 for 5 to 6 hours. Stir occasionally; keep warm for serving at Setting #2. Serve over cooked spaghetti. Garnish with grated Parmesan cheese.

Notes

For Meatballs – I used the chuck and pork