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!!!!!

Kathryn and her friend, Marty, prepare some favorite Irish dishes. 

I love holiday cooking and so enjoy cooking with my friend and fellow chef, Marty Schultz. Join us and we prepare a meal for St. Patrick’s Day.

Colcannon Potatoes

Colcannon Potatoes is an Irish peasant dish assembled from leftovers, It is traditionally served on St. Patrick's Day and Halloween but are also enjoyed throughout the year. The name Colcannon comes from the Gaelic word for white-headed cabbage, an essential ingredient in the tasty mash along with potatoes, cream, butter, and sautéed leeks or onions.
Servings: 8

Ingredients

  • 2 1/2 lbs red potatoes unpeeled, quartered
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
  • 1 Stick unsalted butter
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 4 bacon slices cut into 1/2-inch dice
  • 4 large shallots thinly sliced
  • 1 large leek Halved and sliced
  • 1 bunch curly kale (about 3/4 lb) stemmed and coarsely chopped
  • 1 small head cabbage about 1 lb., cored and coarsely chopped

Instructions

Leeks Preparation

  • Leeks must be thoroughly washed. Best way I've found is to cut legthwise and in half moons. Put this all in a bowl of water, swish, and drain in a colender. Repeat this until no sand is visible.
  • Put the potatoes in a large pot, add water to cover the potatoes by 2 inches and generously salt the water. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat, reduce the heat to medium and cook until the potatoes are fork tender, about 12 minutes. Drain well in a colander.
  • Meanwhile, in a small saucepan over low heat, combine the butter and milk and heat until the butter melts and the mixture is hot, 6 to 8 minutes. Use a Potato Masher and smash potatoes down. Fold in the milk mixture in two additions. Season with salt and pepper. Cover the bowl with aluminum foil and set over a large saucepan of barely simmering water to keep warm.
  • In a skillet or Dutch oven add the bacon and cook, stirring occasionally, until browned and crisp, about 5 minutes. Using a slotted spoon, transfer the bacon to a paper towel-lined plate. Set aside. Pour off all but 3 Tbs. of the fat from the pot. Return the pot to medium heat, add the shallots and leek and cook, stirring occasionally, until softened, about 5 minutes. Add the kale and toss just until wilted but still bright green, about 3 minutes. Add the cabbage and toss until tender-crisp, 6 to 7minutes. Crumble the bacon, and season with salt and pepper. Stir the potatoes into the cabbage, kale, leeks and shallot mixture and serve warm.

Notes

We served this with Sausages from our new sponsors Marina and John Backes of Circle B Ranch Pork to order go to: CircleB Ranch Pork.com and put in the code “Kathryn2021” and get 10% off of your order of $50 more.
St Patrick Day Cake The Chef You and I
Finishing off our meal with a simple Bundt cake with green sprinkles.

Showcasing products from Mountain Waffles and SkipKenny BBQ, Kathryn makes some sandwiches sure to please most palettes. 

Chicken Avocado Wafflewich

This recipe comes from Mountain Waffle Company and they get a lot of “thank you’s” with this Wafflewich because it is simple and simply delicious. Between two warm Mountain Waffle Co., Liege Butter Waffles is a breaded chicken cutlet with lettuce and tomato. A spread of honey mustard is the perfect condiment. Get a bit healthy and add some slices of avocado or add some cheddar cheese (or make it even bolder with a schmear of Pimiento cheese.

Ingredients

  • Butter Liege Mountain Waffles Heat up before assembly
  • 1 Firm Avocado
  • 1 Tomato
  • Green Leaf Lettuce
  • 1 lb Boneless Skinless Chicken Strips
  • Flour
  • 1 Egg whisked
  • Italian or Panko Breadcrumbs
  • Canola or Vegetable Oil
  • Cheddar or Pimiento Cheese Optional
  • Honey Mustard Optional

Instructions

Chicken Cutlet Preparation

  • Pound a couple of chicken strips to about 1/4 inch. Dredge in flour, then into an egg bath of beaded eggs, and finally into either Italian bread crumbs or Panko bread crumbs. Heat two tablespoons of canola or vegetable oil to medium-high heat. Fry the cutlets in the oil (be sure to cook through, no pink!) and place on paper towel to remove excess oil. If you are going to use cheese we like to put it on the cutlet once you turn it over, so the cheese softens and melts. Then just put it together and enjoy!

Kathryn’s Favorite Chicken Salad

Ingredients

Chicken Salad

  • 2 cups cooked chicken (diced, I used a Roasted Chicken from the store
  • 2 small Gala apples peeled and diced
  • 3 stems celery Diced
  • 1/4 cup raisins
  • ¼ cup pecans chopped
  • 1 dash salt, pepper, Dried Parsley, onion powder Season to taste
  • ¼ Sweet onion small diced
  • 6 leaves Romaine or Leaf Lettuce for serving

Salad Dressing

  • ¼ cup Apple Cider Vinegar
  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 1/8 cup water
  • 1 ½ tsp honey
  • ½ tsp Dijon Mustard

Chicken Salad Sandwich

  • 2 cups cooked chicken diced (I used a rotisserie Chicken)
  • 2 small Gala apples Peeled and diced
  • 3 celery stems diced
  • 1/4 cup raisins
  • ¼ cup pecans chopped
  • ¼ tsp season salt
  • ¼ sweet onion finely diced

Chicken Salad Dressing (Sandwich)

  • 3 Tbsp Mayonaise or Miricle Whip
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp Sweet Pickle Relish

Instructions

Chicken Salad (Over Lettuce)

  • Combine chicken, apples, celery, raisings, pecans, and onion. Mix well. Season with salt, pepper, parsley, and onion powder. Plate on the lettuce leaves and drizzle with the dressing.

Chicken Salad Dressing

  • In a mason jar or blender, combine the vinegar, oil, water, honey, and Dijon mustard.

Chicken Salad (For Sandwiches)

  • Combine chicken, apples, celery, raisings, pecans, and onion. Mix well. Season with salt, pepper, parsley, and onion powder. Mix in the dressing (below) and serve on your favorite bread, rolls, or Mountain Waffles.

Chicken Salad Dressing (For Sandwiches)

  • Combine Miracle Whip or Mayonnaise, Sweet Pickle Relish and mix until smooth. Pour over chicken mixture.

This year, I’m bringing you a Texas-style Valentine’s Day show using products from some of my sponsors. Recipes from JD Chili Parlor, prepared in 360 Cookware and finishing off the meal with chocolates from Fames Chocolates. Fasten your seatbelts because we have a full show for you this month. 

Kathryn Raaker’s Chicken Tortilla Soup

Ingredients

  • 6 Fresh corn tortillas cut into 1" strips
  • ¼ cup Virgin Olive oil
  • 3/4 cup onion chopped
  • 1 Medium Poblano Pepper chopped (or half Jalapeno Pepper)
  • 4 to 5 cups Chicken Broth Homemade or low salt Chicken broth
  • ¼ cup JD’s Prickly Pear Tequila Enchilada Sauce
  • 14 oz can No salt added diced tomatoes
  • Pinch of kosher salt

Garnish Ingredients

  • 1 Avocado ripe
  • ¾ cup Mild cheddar cheese Shredded
  • 2 Tbsp Fresh Cilantro Chopped
  • 1 lime cut into wedges

Instructions

  • Bake the tortillas in Preheat oven to 200 degrees Fahrenheit for 10 minutes to dry them out. Important not to have moisture in the tortilla. I used a Kitchen shear to cut out the strips. I cut them in half then into ¼ inch strips. Heat the oil over medium-high heat in a 3-quart pot I use 360 pans. Working in 3 batches, fry the tortilla strips in the oil, until lightly browned and crisp. Remove the Tortilla strips from the pan and let drain on a paper-towel-lined plate. Sauté the chopped onions cook for about one minute or two stirring frequently. Add chopped chili and cook for 2 minutes more. Add the broth, tomatoes, and pinch of salt. Increase the heat until it boils, then reduce the heat to a low simmer for 15 minutes. Add the cooked chicken and cook until heated through about 5 to 7 minutes more. Peel and cut the avocado into 1-inch pieces. Ladle your soup into the bowls Top with avocado strips and cheese Divide half the Tortilla strips among the 4 individual bowls and add to the top of the bowls and add cilantro serve with lime wedges. Delicious!!!!!

JD’s Frito Big Bites

Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: Tex-Mex

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 lbs Ground beef browned
  • 1 Jar JD’s Chili Fixin’s I used Prickly Pear
  • ¼ cup onion chopped
  • ¼ cup pickled jalapeños chopped
  • ½ cup shredded cheese
  • Frito’s Big Scoops

Instructions

  • First, in a large pan, brown the ground beef and the onions. Add one jar of JD’s Chili Fixin’s and jalapeños. Let it cook until the liquid is reduced (about 10 min on medium heat). Just before serving: On a serving dish, lay smear of Avocado Lime Crema. Line up the Scoops on the crema. Put about 1 serving teaspoon of the chili into each scoop. Top with cheese and a little dollop of crema.

JD’s Avocado Lime Crema

Ingredients

  • 2 cups plain yogurt Greek Yogurt will make it thicker
  • 1 Avocado
  • 1-2 jalapeños seeds removed
  • 2 Tbsp Fresh Lime Juice

Instructions

  • Combine all ingredients in a blender and add sea salt to taste.

JD’s Prickly Pear Chicken Enchiladas

Ingredients

  • 1/2 onion Chopped
  • 1/4 cup : ¼ cup tequila
  • 1 tsp avocado oil
  • 1 ½ cups shredded chicken cooked (Rotisseri chicken is great for this)
  • salt and pepper
  • 1 Tbsp butter
  • 2 cups Mexican blend cheese (1 cup each of cheddar and pepper jack cheese)
  • 10-12 corn tortillas
  • 1/2 cup Mexican crema Optional but recommended (link provided)

Instructions

  • To assemble:
  • Set oven to 350ºF (Or see below for microwave instructions)
  • Spread 1/4 cup sauce in the bottom of a 9×11″ pan. Warm tortillas on a dry skillet over medium heat until pliable. (I use a little spray avocado here.)
  • Dip a tortilla into the sauce on both sides. Fill with Shredded or ground cooked Chicken and Mexican blend cheese. Roll up and put into pan seam-side-down. Roll all enchiladas that way. Spread remaining sauce over the top and more cheese.
  • Bake 10 to 12 minutes until cheese is melted. Or microwave on medium power for 7 minutes.
  • Top with JD’s Creama before serving.

JD’s Texas Red Shooter

Ingredients

  • Salt or Chili Powder to rim glasses
  • ¾ cup Silver Tequila or Vodka
  • ¾ cup JD’s Chili Mary
  • Green olives

Instructions

  • Rim shot glass with chili powder or Kosher salt
  • Pour ¾ silver tequila, (or vodka if you prefer) and 3’4 chilled JD’s Chili Mary
  • Add one stuffed olive on a toothpick.
  • After the shot, have fun!

Today, I am preparing a couple of my recipes using my homemade Limoncello, Paprika Parmesan Chicken, and Vanilla Limoncello Bundt cake. For the second half of the show, Father Umberg joins me again to prepare a couple of favorites from a previous show, Lebanese Green Beans and Red Cabbage.

Vanilla Bundt Cake with Homemade Limoncello

Equipment

  • Bundt pan

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cup butter softened (3 sticks)
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 6 large eggs
  • 1 Tbsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp almond extract optional
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • 1 cup 2% milk
  • 3 to 4 Tbsp Crisco shortening
  • 2 Tbsp Limoncello Homemade (optional)
  • 1 cup Powdered Sugar for dusting on top of the cake
  • 1 Pint of Raspberries to put into the round hole of the Bundt cake

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350° F
    Grease a 12-cup Bundt pan with Crisco shortening. In a large bowl using a hand mixer (or in the bowl of a stand mixer), beat together butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition. Add vanilla and almond extracts and mix until combined.
  • In another large bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, and salt. Add half of the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients, beating until just combined. Pour in milk and mix until fully incorporated, then add remaining dry ingredients and stir until just combined.
  • Pour batter into greased Bundt pan and smooth top with a rubber spatula. Bake until a toothpick inserted into the middle of the cake comes out clean, about 55 minutes. Let cool in pan 10 minutes, then invert onto a cooling rack to cool completely.
  • In a shaker shake the powdered sugar, over the whole cake. Finally, add the berries into the center of the cake

Kathryn’s Paprika Parmesan Chicken

Equipment

  • 13 x 9 pan

Ingredients

  • 4 skinless boneless chicken breasts trimmed, Sliced in Half
  • 1/2 to 3/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 2 tsp paprika
  • 1 cup Original Panko
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 Tbsp Limoncello I used homemade
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 2 eggs beaten
  • 1/4 cup butter melted

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 400°F.
  • Beat 2 eggs in a small dish.
  • Mix Original Panko, parmesan, paprika, salt, and pepper on a flat plate.
  • Spray a 13 x 9 pan. I used the 360 baking pan.
  • Dip chicken, 1 breast at a time, in egg mixture, then in parmesan/paprika mixture, turning to evenly coat both sides of each breast with each ingredient.
  • Place in the prepared baking pan, in a single layer. Spread the Parmesan cheese on top of the Chicken Breasts then pour the melted butter evenly over the chicken.
  • Bake for about 40-45 minutes or until the cheese has browned, and the chicken has cooked.

Father Andrew’s Lebanese Green Beans

Ingredients

  • 1 can 28 oz Green Beans
  • 1 can 15 oz Tomato Sauce or Diced Tomatoes if you would prefer
  • 3 Tbsp Oil Olive
  • 1 Tbsp Cumin
  • ¼ tsp Cayenne Pepper
  • ½ tsp Cinnamon
  • 3 cloves (or 1/4 tsp ground cloves)
  • ¼ to ½ tsp Cardamom
  • ¾ Tbsp Fines Herbs
  • 1 small onion diced
  • 1 clove garlic minced (optional)

Instructions

  • Heat Oil in Saucepan add onion s once onions are soft add Green Beans, and Tomato Sauce then add-in
  • Spices and stir well and then heat thoroughly and serve. Serves 4

Father Andrew’s Red Cabbage

Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: German Foods

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 Tbsp Butter
  • 1 small onion chopped
  • 1/4 tsp Salt
  • 1/4 tsp Ground Black Pepper
  • 1 medium head Red Cabbage Slice cabbage 2-inch strips and 1/4-inch width
  • 1 medium apple peeled and chopped
  • 1/3 cup Dark Malt Vinegar
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 7 cloves
  • 1/3 cup Blackberry Jelly, Jam, or Preserves

Instructions

  • Sauté chopped onions in Butter and olive oil.
  • Then add shredded cabbage stir with the sauté onions. Add vinegar, water, salt, pepper, and cloves. Mix in chopped apples. Cover and Simmer half an hour. After simmering whisk in jelly/preserves. Finally, Put in Serving Dish serve with Sauerbraten over noodles.
Thankgiving Dinner 2020

This year is an unusual year because of Covid-19. Many families won’t be gathering because of restrictions or quarantining so this year, I’ve decided to share some recipes with that in mind. 

Kathryn’s Sweet Potato Casserole

Ingredients

  • 20 oz can Yams or Sweet Potatoes (I use Bruce’s Yams)
  • ½ cup Brown Sugar
  • 1 red apple chopped into small cubes
  • 8 oz can crushed pineapple drained and reserve liquid
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp Pumpkin Pie spice*
  • 2 Tbsp Honey
  • ¼ cup dried dates chopped
  • ½ cup graham cracker crumbs
  • 6 Tbsp Butter melted (Reserve 2 Tbsp for topping)
  • 1/3 cup chopped pecans optional

Instructions

  • Drain the Canned Yams pour into a bowl and Mash with Potato Masher add melted butter and spices add the juice from the crushed pineapple blend into the potatoes. Then add chopped apple and crushed pineapple and dried dates fold into the mashed potatoes. Spray a Casserole dish I used an 8” square dish. Add Mashed Potatoes to Casserole Dish smooth the top and then pour graham croaker crumbs over the top of the Potatoes sprinkle the nuts on top and then add melted butter. Put in the Microwave Heat on high for 7 to 8 minutes and serve.

Notes

*Note: You can make your own pumpkin spice by combining the following ingredients and putting them in a small mason jar. Use ONLY 1 tsp of this mixture.
4 tsp ground cinnamon
2 tsp ground ginger
1 tsp ground cloves
1/2 tsp ground nutmeg

Kathryn’s Pork in the Pumpkin or Pig in the Pumpkin

Ingredients

  • 3 to 4 lbs. Pork Butt or shoulder boneless, cut pork into 1 ½ inch pieces
  • 1 Tbsp Kosher salt
  • ½ to ¾ tsp Cayenne Pepper
  • 1 Tbsp Freshly Ground Pepper
  • 1 Tbsp Fresh Thyme
  • 1 Tbsp Lemon Pepper
  • 1 Tbsp fresh rosemary chopped
  • 1 tsp fennel seeds crushed
  • 1 ¼ cup shallots thinly sliced-divided
  • 3 to 4 Tbsp all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups apple cider
  • ½ cup white wine
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 volleyball-sized pumpkin (Type to make Pumpkin Pies)

Instructions

  • Pre Heat oven to 350° F
  • To prepare the Pumpkin, insert the tip of a knife at a 45-degree angle into the top half of the pumpkin. Slowly cut all the way around to remove the ‘lid’. Scrape seeds and fibers off the bottom of the lid and inside of the pumpkin using a large spoon or ice cream scoop.
  • Cut pork into large chunks. Place in a bowl. Add salt, pepper, cayenne, thyme, fennel seeds, rosemary, Lemon and Pepper and shallots. Mix thoroughly then Add Flour and mix thoroughly to coat the meat.
  • Heat oil in a skillet over medium-high heat. Cook pork in 2 batches until browned, about 3 minutes to 4 minutes per side. Gradually put the Meat inside the Pumpkin until it fills the Pumpkin. Then pour the Wine and Apple Cider into the Pumpkin then add the additional sliced shallots to the top of the meat and then put the top on the Pumpkin. I used a 9X13 Baking pan which I had sprayed with Pam.
  • Place the Pumpkin in the Center of the Pan and Bake for 3 ½ Hours. Meat will be very tender.
  • Once the Meat is out of the Pumpkin, slice the Pumpkin and serve with the Meat.
  • Serve with Vegetables such as Brussel Sprouts or Peas.

Father Umberg’s Carmel Apple Salad

Ingredients

  • 2 to 3 Granny Smith Apples chopped in cubes
  • ¼ cup chopped pecans
  • 3 Tbsp craisins
  • 3 Tbsp Carmel Syrup

Instructions

  • Chop up the apples add to a bowl add chopped pecans and then add the craisins
  • mix together and add the Carmel Syrup and mix and serve.

Fr Umberg’s Scorched Brussel Sprouts

Ingredients

  • ½ large bag Brussel Sprouts
  • 3 Tbsp Olive Oil
  • 2 Tbsp Butter
  • 2 Tbsp Garlic
  • Pinch Cayenne Pepper
  • ¼ cup chopped onion
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 6 oz water

Instructions

  • Cut the knobs off Brussel Sprouts and quarter them.
  • In a frying pan add butter and oil heat on low heat add garlic and onions
  • Sauté the onions and garlic for one minute
  • Add the Brussel Sprouts you want to scorch the Brussel Sprouts (they turn a little Brown)
  • Add flavor to the Roasted Brussel Sprouts by adding Hoisin Sauce and 6 oz. of water to the pan.
  • Pour contents of Pan in a Serving Bowl.

Father Umberg’s Sautéed Kale with Garlic

Ingredients

  • 2 bunches Fresh Kale remove stems & chop
  • 2 Tbsp Virgin Olive oil
  • 1 tsp Crushed Red Pepper
  • 2 ½ tsp salt Divided
  • ½ tsp pepper
  • 2 Cloves garlic minced
  • 2 qts Water for blanching

Instructions

  • In a large pan, bring the water to a boil. Once it is at a boil, add 1 tsp salt and the chopped kale. Blanch the kale for about 3 minutes and drain. Kale should look bright Green.
  • Heat a Sauté pan on medium-high heat. Add olive oil and minced garlic until fragrant but not browned. Next, add kale and crushed red pepper. Add pepper and salt to taste. Sauté the kale for about 3 or 4 minutes moving it around turn the stove off. Put into a Serving Bowl.

Father Umberg’s Coin Sweet Carrots

Ingredients

  • 5 Carrots peeled and sliced into 1/8 inch “coins”
  • 3 Tbsp Olive Oil
  • ¼ tsp kosher salt
  • 2 Tbsp Butter
  • 1 to 1 1/2 Tbsp Molasses
  • 2 Tbsp fresh parsley chopped

Instructions

  • Heat the oil and butter in med to low until the butter melts then add carrots & salt. Sauté carrots until they turn a brighter range about 3 or 4 minutes. Add Molasses and heat for a minute until the carrots are covered and molasses becomes liquid. Turn off the Stove and Add the Parsley leaves pour into a serving bowl.

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

Once again I had a great time cooking with my pastor, Father Umberg. This time we are preparing an Italian Sausage with Broccolini and Pasta along with some grilled vegetables and a refreshing cucumber & onion salad. If you have trouble finding broccolini you can substitute broccoli. Enjoy.

Father Andrew’s Cucumber Salad

Ingredients

  • 2 medium cucumbers thinly sliced
  • 1 Medium Onion Sliced or chopped
  • 1 ½ cups cider or white vinegar
  • 1 ½ cup water
  • 2 Tbsp sugar (We used 3 packets of Splenda)
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp pepper
  • 2 tsp fresh dill weed chopped

Instructions

  • Add two thinly Sliced Cucumbers to Bowl add chopped onion, add water and vinegar,
  • Sprinkle sugar or Splenda on the cucumber and onion salad add salt and pepper and sprinkle with dill weed. Use salad tong and mix the cucumber and onion mixture. Cover with Saran wrap and refrigerate for 2 hours.

Kathryn’s Italian Sausage with Broccolini and Pasta

Ingredients

  • 1 pound Fusilli pasta
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 6 mild Italian sausages casings removed
  • 2 Tbsp garlic minced
  • 2 cups broccolini cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese grated
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp of Red Pepper Flakes
  • 2 1/2 cups Chicken Broth

Instructions

  • Boil Fusilli pasta in slightly salted water until al dente.
  • In a large sauté pan, heat olive oil over medium-high heat.
  • Add the sausage to the pan and cook until lightly browned. While the sausage cooks use a wooden spoon or spatula to help break up the meat.
  • Add the garlic and broccolini to the sauté pan, and cook for about 3 minutes until broccoli is softened but still crisp.
  • Add the pasta, salt and Parmesan cheese to the pan and let cook for another 2 minutes or until cheese melts.
  • Serve with Salad an Grilled Vegetables.

Father Andrew’s Grilled Vegetables

Ingredients

  • 1 Yellow Squash
  • 2 Green Zucchini’s
  • 6 cocktail tomatoes
  • 1 large Tomato
  • 3 Tbsp Olive Oil
  • 2 tsp garlic minced
  • ½ cup Parmesan cheese grated

Instructions

  • Slice all the zucchini and Yellow Squash in ¼ inch slices, cut tomatoes in half and seed them, in a small bowl add olive oil and minced garlic then use a pastry brush the tomatoes and zucchini with olive oil and garlic mixture. Take them out to the grill or do on top of stove if you have a grill. Cook for 3 to 4 minutes on both sides.
  • Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese and serve.