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.

Kathryn and Terri prepare various favorite recipes from Japan.

Kathryn’s Green Tea Cheesecake

Adaptation of a Green Tea Cheesecake
Servings: 8 Slices
Author: Kathryn Raaker

Ingredients

  • 16 oz Cream Cheese Softened to Room Temp
  • 2 large eggs beaten
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 ½ Tbsp green tea powder
  • 2 ½ to 3 tsp Vanilla Extract
  • 1 9 in graham cracker pie crust
  • 8 Raspberries Fresh (as a garnish)

Instructions

  • Preheat Oven to 350° F.
    In a large bowl, beat together the cream cheese and sugar until very smooth.
    Then mix in the green tea powder, eggs, and vanilla until light and creamy; pour into the graham cracker crust.
    Bake in the preheated oven for 30-35 minutes or until the center jiggles evenly when the pie is shaken lightly.
    Refrigerate 1 hour before serving. Garnish with Raspberries (optional)

Sushi Rice and Preparing Sushi Rolls

Ingredients

  • 2 cups Sushi Rice
  • 3 cups water
  • ½ rice vinegar
  • 1 Tbsp vegetable oil
  • ¼ cup granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt

Instructions

  • Directions for making rice for Sushi rolls and preparing the Sushi Roll
  • Rinse rice in a strainer or colander until the water runs clear. Combine with water in a medium saucepan. Bring to boil then reduce to low, cover and cook for 20 minutes. Rice should be tender water should be absorbed. Cool until cool enough to handle. In a small pan combine the rice vinegar, oil, sugar and salt cook over medium heat until the sugar dissolves. Then stir in the cooked rice it will seem very wet. Keep stirring and the rice will dry as it cools.
  • Slice diagonally in thin strips your favorite vegetables and shrimp or other fish for the sushi. Then place seaweed layer on a bamboo mat and then spread rice onto the seaweed. In the middle of the mat with the rice add the sliced prepared vegetables and or fish in a small even row. Roll the bamboo into a long roll by first folding the bottom third in then roll it up. Cut down the middle of the roll, take each half and place them parallel to each other.

Kathryn’s Japanese Dressing

Ingredients

  • 3 tablespoons mirin Japanese sweet wine
  • 1 tablespoon champagne vinegar
  • 1 ½ teaspoons sunflower seed oil
  • 1 ½ teaspoons hazelnut oil
  • 1 ¾ Teaspoon granulated sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon toasted sesame oil
  • ¼ teaspoon ground ginger

Instructions

  • Beat mirin, champagne vinegar, sunflower seed oil, hazelnut oil, sugar, sesame oil, and ground ginger together in a bowl until smooth. Let dressing sit at room temperature until the flavors blend, at least 30 minutes.

Japanese Style Pork Ribs

Ingredients

  • 3 to 4 pounds Baby Back Ribs Pork
  • 1 cup soy sauce
  • ½ cup sake
  • 4 Tbsp honey
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil

Instructions

  • Prepare the ribs by removing the silvery skin from the back of the Ribs. Then dry with paper towels.
  • Mix soy sauce, sake, and honey together in a small bowl and set aside. I cooked the ribs in a Hot pot and until they were done about 30 minutes. Then I browned them in a skillet about 3 minutes on either side.
  • I then basted each rib with the sauce and then heated the ribs in the 350 oven for about 10 minutes took them out plated them served.

Japanese Udon Soup

Ingredients

  • 6 cups prepared dashi stock
  • 1 pound chicken breasts cut into chunks
  • 3 carrots sliced in small rings
  • 1/3 cup low sodium soy sauce
  • 3 ½ Tbsp Mirin
  • ¾ tsp sugar
  • 12 oz 1firm tofu cubed (optional)
  • ¾ pound Shiitake mushrooms
  • 5 ribs and leaves of bok choy chopped
  • 9 oz fresh udon noodles
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 leeks

Instructions

  • Heat dashi stock, chicken, carrots, soy sauce, mirin, sugar, and salt in a pot over medium heat. Simmer until chicken is no longer pink in the center, 5 to 7 minutes. Add tofu, mushrooms, and bok choy, stirring until vegetables are tender, about 5 minutes more.
  • Stir udon noodles into broth and simmer until tender, 3 to 4 minutes. Add leeks and crack eggs into soup; simmer until eggs are slightly firm, about 5 minutes more.

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!
Kathryn Raaker and Marie A. Dunaway

Kathryn enjoyed another show cooking with her friend and chef, Maria Dunaway. 

Boiled Peanuts – Filipino Style.

Popular street food or snack on the go.
Recipe provided by Marie A. Dunaway
Course: Snack
Cuisine: Philippine

Ingredients

  • 2 lbs. raw Peanuts
  • 1/4 cup salt
  • Anise powder optional

Instructions

  • Wash raw peanuts well.
  • In a large stockpot, add raw peanuts and cover it with water and add salt and start boiling.
  • When the water in on a rolling boil, add the anise and continue to boil covered for 2 hours.
  • Turn off the heat after 2 hours but leave the peanuts to cool down with the salted water.
  • After 3-5 hours, drain the boiled peanuts.
  • Blot out extra moisture by lining wire basket or bowl with paper towels

Manila Clam Soup (Tinolang Halaan)

Recipe Provided by Marie A. Dunaway
Course: Main Course, Soup
Cuisine: Philippine

Ingredients

  • 1 lb. shell clams packaged no need to clean and brush off extra residue
  • 1 bunch fresh spinach or watercress washed and drained
  • 1 medium yellow onion sliced
  • 1 thumb ginger julienned
  • 3 cups water
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

Instructions

  • Boil the water in a stockpot. Add the ginger and onion. Cover and continue to boil in medium heat for 3 to 5 minutes. Stir in the clams. Simmer for 5 to 10 minutes. Clams start to open by this time. (Remove any that haven’t opened)
  • Add-in the spinach. Cover and cook for a minute more.
  • Sprinkle some salt and freshly ground pepper. Done.
  • Season with soy sauce or oyster sauce.
  • Serve over rice or noodles.

FILIPINO SHORTBREAD CANDIES

Ingredients

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup unsalted butter melted
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup powdered milk
  • 1 Tbsp pandan, vanilla, or almond extract

Instructions

  • Toast the flour in a non-stick skillet over medium heat, stir constantly to prevent burning till lightly brown, about 5 minutes. Let cool, at least 15 minutes.
  • Cut waxed paper into twenty 4-inch squares. Or use colorful cellophane paper or Japanese paper.
  • Stir butter, sugar, powdered milk, and choice of extract into the flour. Mix well.
  • Fill a polvoron mold tightly with a portion of the mixture. Press the plunger down to release the candy onto a square of waxed paper. (Or unto a foil-wrapped pan and freeze for easy wrapping if desired.)
  • Wrap candy in the waxed paper and twist the ends. Repeat until all the candy mixture is used up.
Kathryn Raaker and Father Umber

This epidsode of The Chef, You and I, Kathryn is joined by her pastor, Father Andrew Umberg. Together they make four of Father Umbergs favorite recipes that are quick and full of flavor.

Father Andrew’s Berry and Peach Pie

Course: Appetizer, Dessert, Salad, Side Dish, Snack
Keyword: Guacamole, Berry Peach Pie,

Ingredients

  • 2 pie crusts (you can use your favorite recipe or store prepared pie crusts)
  • 1 peach Peeled and chopped into small cubes
  • 1 qt Fresh Blueberries (If using frozen, bring to room temperature)
  • 2 4 oz packages of Blackberries (If using frozen, bring to room temperature)
  • 1 cup Sugar If making sugar free, reduce to 3/4 cup
  • 3 Tbsp Cornstarch
  • 1 Tbsp cinnamon
  • 3 Tbsp butter cut up in small cubes

Instructions

  • Pre-Heat oven to 375 degrees
  • Using a sharp knife or pizza cutter, cut one pie crust into strips. Put the other Pie crust into your pie dish forming it to the pan and bringing the edges up over the pie pan.
  • In a large Mixing bowl, add Blueberries, blackberries, and peaches. Fold in sugar, corn starch, and cinnamon.
  • In a small bowl add cornstarch and cold water sir until there are no lumps add to fruit mixture and stir well. Pour ingredients into pie shell then top with small cut pieces of butter. Then lay strips onto pie in a lattice style. Put the pie into the oven. Fr 15 minutes bake at 375 then turn down to 350 degrees and bake for another 45 minutes.

Father Andrew’s Tabbouleh Recipe

Ingredients

  • ¾ cup Bulgur Wheat
  • 1 ½ cups Boiling Water
  • teaspoon Cumin divided
  • 5 Roma tomatoes Chopped into small pieces
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 2 English cucumber seeded and chopped into small pieces
  • ¾ medium onion – chopped fine
  • 1 bunch green onions only use the top part of onion –not the green stems-sliced and chopped fine.
  • 3 mint stems – we used peppermint -tear top part of the leaf into five small pieces
  • 3 bunches English Parsley only use the tops
  • 1/3 cup Olive oil
  • 2 lemons, juiced or 4 tablespoons of lemon juice

Instructions

Bulgar Directions

  • Pour Bulgur wheat into a small bowl add the water, 1/2 tsp cumin and stir well cover the bowl and set aside. Takes about 20 to 25 minutes to absorb water.

Dressing Instructions

  • In a small jar or mixing bowl, combine the rest of the oil, lemon juice, cumin, mint, parsley, and salt.

Vegetable Instruction

  • In another bowl, combine tomatoes, cucumber, onions, then mix with Bulgur mixture.
  • Add dressing and mix well. Refrigerate for at least an hour and then serve

Father Umberg’s Guacamole

Ingredients

  • 4 Ripe Avocados
  • 1 Jalapeno pepper – Grilled
  • 5 Medium Tomatoes diced
  • 2 English Cucumbers
  • ½ c white or red onions diced
  • 2 tsp Garlic optional
  • 1/2 lime
  • 1/2 lemon
  • 1 cup sour cream

Instructions

  • Peel Avocados and cut into quarters and then slice lengthwise and the chop into small pieces. Add to glass Bowl (Father uses a method by smashing them with saran wrap until mushy, I prefer to mash mine with potato masher.)
  • Grill the Jalapeno on top Gas stove or Grill on outdoor Grill until it turns almost black. Turn with tongs (if you don’t have a grill or gas stove, you can roast them in the oven). Once the pepper is blackened remove from heat and place in a bowl covered with plastic wrap. After it has cooled slightly, peel the skin and remove the seeds. Next slice lengthwise into strips then chop up and put into the glass bowl.
  • Dice tomatoes, peel the cucumbers and cut lengthwise and then chop up into small pieces. Add the diced cucumber into the bowl add tomatoes and cucumbers into the glass bowl. Squeeze half of lemon juice/ lime juice over the Avocado’s. Mix all ingredients together and refrigerate for at least an hour before serving. Serve with Pita chips or tostado chips and sour cream.

Father Andrew’s Black Bean Soup

Ingredients

  • 4 15 oz. cans of black beans
  • 2 Tbsp minced Garlic
  • 1 Tbsp Bacon Grease
  • 1/3 cup Olive oil
  • 1 ½ cups Chicken broth
  • ¾ tsp Cayenne Pepper
  • ¾ Cup Mild Taco Sauce

Instructions

  • In a 6 quart pan on medium heat add the olive oil, then add bacon grease and stir add about 1 to ½ cups of chicken broth and stir then add 2 12 cans of beans and stir, turn down heat, meanwhile put 2 ½ cans of beans in food processor add ½ cup of chicken broth and emulsify then add the emulsified beans to the soup mixture and stir. Add the Cayenne pepper and taco sauce heat till boiling. Serve soup with a dollop of Sour Cream.
Bruce's Sweet Potato Chocolate Cake 02

Kathryn and her friend, fellow chef, Terry Young, explore some interesting recipes using Bruce’s Yams

Sweet Potato Chocolate Cake

Ingredients

Cake Ingredients

  • 1 16.5 oz box Devil’s Food Cake Mix
  • 3 whole eggs
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 cup Bruce’s Yams Cut Sweet Potatoes Drained and pureed
  • 1/4 cup Bruce’s Yams Cut Sweet Potatoes syrup (reserve from the can)
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 Tbsp mayonnaise

Glaze Ingredients

  • 1 14 oz can Sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 2 tsp butter
  • 1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract

Instructions

Cake Instructions

  • Heat oven to 350°F.
  • Grease and flour a 12 cup bundt cake pan; set aside.
  • Blend cake mix, eggs, water, Bruce’s Yams Cut Sweet Potatoes syrup and oil in a large bowl until moistened. Mix in yams and mayonnaise and beat for 2 minutes until well combined.
  • Pour batter into prepared pan and bake for 40 minutes.
  • Allow cake to sit for 5 minutes then invert onto a wire rack.

Glaze Instructions

  • In a saucepan over medium heat, combine the sweetened condensed milk, chocolate chips and butter.
  • Cook, stirring constantly, until the chips are just melted and the mixture is smooth.
  • Remove from the heat and stir in vanilla.
  • Cool slightly before drizzling over a cake.

Notes

Recipe courtesy Bruce’s Yams

Sweet Potato Hummus

Bruce's Yams is a great way to start our Sweet Potato Hummus. It is as easy as 1, 2, 3, and is the perfect combination of sweet and savory. Nine delicious ingredients, and everything is blended in a food processor!

Ingredients

  • 1 cup Bruce’s Yams Cut sweet Potatoes drained
  • 1 15 oz can garbanzo beans rinsed and drained
  • 2 Tbsp lemon juice Fresh is best
  • 1/4 cup Tahini sesame paste
  • 5 garlic cloves roasted or raw
  • 1 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp salt
  • water

Instructions

  • Transfer Bruce’s Yams Cut Sweet Potatoes into a food processor. Add garbanzo beans, lemon juice, Tahini, garlic, olive oil, cumin, salt and about 2 tbs. of water to start with.
  • Pulse the mixture until smooth, scraping down the sides of bowl and adding water to thin mixture if it seems too thick.
  • Adjust seasoning and serve with a drizzle of olive oil. Add a sprinkle of paprika if desired.

Sweet Potato Cheese Ball

Spice up your next party with Bruce’s Sweet Potato Cheese Ball. Our cheese ball combines Bruce’s Sweet Potatoes, cream cheese, and apricot jam for an out of this world flavor combination that is sure to be the highlight of your next tailgate or party.

Ingredients

  • 3 8 oz pkg cream cheese
  • 1 15 oz can Bruce’s Yam Cut Sweet Potatoes; drained well
  • 1/2 cup finely shredded Parmesan cheese
  • 2 Tbsp Apricot jam
  • 1 Tbsp dried parsley or 2 tablespoons fresh
  • 1-1/2 cups coarsely chopped pecans
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon

Instructions

  • In the bowl of an electric mixer, beat together the cream cheese, sweet potatoes, Parmesan cheese, apricot jam, and parsley until just combined.
  • Form mixture into a ball, wrap in waxed paper or cling film and refrigerate overnight.
  • Stir together the pecans, cinnamon and sugar and transfer to a plate. Roll the cheese ball into the mixture to completely cover.
  • Refrigerate until ready to serve with crackers.

KATHRYN’S MINI CHICKEN APPETIZERS

This is a quick and simple appetizer for any party or potluck. You can either cook the chicken or use a rotisserie chicken.
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
Keyword: rotisserie chicken, quick appetizer, puff pastry, crescent dough, party foods

Ingredients

  • 1 ½ cups chopped cooked chicken
  • 8 oz light cream cheese
  • 1 ½ tsp lemon pepper
  • 1 tsp parsley or chopped chives
  • 2 8 count cans Refrigerator crescent rolls (you can use Mini Pastry Puffs)

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350° F and line a baking sheet with aluminum foil sprayed with cooking spray or use parchment paper.
  • In a medium bowl mix cream cheese, cooked chicken, lemon pepper, parsley or chives until well blended.
  • Unroll crescent rolls and cut each triangle into 2 triangles (when you unroll the crescent rolls, 2 triangles are attached making a big square, I just cut from there following the perforation for one cut and made another cut from the other corners giving you 4 little triangles)
  • Place one teaspoon of chicken mixture in the center of each crescent triangle. Fold the corners over the chicken mixture and place on prepared pan.
  • Bake for 10- 13 minutes

Chili Cheese Dip

Ingredients

  • 12 oz Philadelphia Light Cream Cheese
  • 15 oz Jar Mild Salsa
  • 12 oz Chili with Beans

Instructions

  • On the stove top add all ingredients or you can use a slow cooker
  • Heat all ingredients until Cream cheese is totally melted and all the ingredients are combined.
  • Serve with tortilla chips or vegetables.

This Halloween, Kathryn invited young chef, Carter Eppley and his mother, Sheri, to help her prepare some ghoulish recipes that are kid-friendly as well as fun.

Pumpkin Cheese Ball

Ingredients

  • 16 oz of room temperature Cream Cheese
  • 1 ½ cup of shredded Cheddar Cheese
  • 3 tablespoons of minced onion
  • 2 tablespoons of salsa
  • 2 teaspoons of ground cumin
  • And 1 teaspoon of minced jalapeno. For little kids omit the jalapeno pepper
  • 1 Green Bell Pepper stem

Instructions

  • With a mixer, blend the cream cheese then add 1 ½ cup of shredded Cheddar Cheese 3 tablespoons of minced onion, 2 tablespoons of salsa, 2 teaspoons of ground cumin, and 1 teaspoon of minced jalapeno. (For little kids omit the jalapeno pepper). Scoop all onto plastic wrap, and use the wrap to form a 5-inch pumpkin-shaped ball, chill for at least two hours. Later, unwrap put the Green Bell Pepper stem in the middle of the ball, serve with Black Nacho tortilla Chips.

Notes

Recipe courtesy of Michelle Buffardi from the Cooking Channel

Frankenstein Pasta

Nutrition Calories: 623kcal I Carbohydrates: 79g I Protein: 21 g I Fat: 26g I Saturated Fat: 6g I Cholesterol: 20mg I Sodium: 712mg I Fiber: 5g I Sugar: 6g

Equipment

  • Nutrition
  • Calories: 623kcal I Carbohydrates: 79g I Protein: 21 g I Fat: 26g I Saturated Fat: 6g I Cholesterol: 20mg I Sodium: 712mg I Fiber: 5g I Sugar: 6g
  • Blender or Food Processor

Ingredients

  • 1 cup basil fresh
  • 2 cloves garlic- Optional we did not use
  • 1/3 oz (167 kernelpine nuts dried
  • 1/3 cup Parmesan cheese grated
  • 1 dash salt
  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 16 oz whole wheat pasta shells
  • 3 medium cucumber
  • 4 oz mozzarella cheese
  • 1 cup black olives canned

Instructions

  • In a blender or food processor combine basil, garlic, pine nuts, parmesan, salt (you can add pepper if you want as weland olive oil. Taste and add more salt, pepper or garlic if desired.
  • Bring a pot of water (about 5 cupto a boil and add whole wheat pasta. Cook according to box instructions. Drain and add pesto sauce. Stir well and let cool.
  • Peel and chop up 1 1 /2 of the cucumbers and stir into pasta.
  • Pour out onto a platter and make a rectangle out of the pasta. Cut two slices of mozzarella and make them into circles using a cookie cutter or knife. Use olives to create Frank's hair, pupils and mouth. Use the rest of the cucumber to make "bolts" in the side of his neck.

Notes

Recipe courtesy of Super Healthy kids

Deviled Ham and Eyeball Sandwich

Ingredients

  • 20 Slices white bread Arnold Brick or Sourdough bread
  • 2 cups cooked ham chopped about 8 oz.
  • 1/3 cup Mayonnaise
  • 1 Tbsp honey
  • 1 Tbsp Dijon Mustard
  • 1 Tbsp pickle relish
  • ½ tsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 3 dashes hot sauce I omitted the hot sauce
  • Kosher salt
  • 10 pimento-stuffed green olives sliced in half
  • Ketchup for squirting

Instructions

  • Punch out the rounds from the bread using the 2 ½ round cookie cutter.
  • Layout the rounds on a cookie sheet and set aside.
  • Add Ham, mayonnaise, honey, mustard, relish, Worcestershire sauce, in the bowl of a food processor. Sprinkle with salt and pulse until finely chopped, but still chunky. Spoon a tablespoon at a time of the ham mixture onto a parchment-lined baking sheet. Roll each spoonful into round balls. Stuff one olive in the center of each ball for eyes. Lay the balls in the center of the bread rounds. Squirt ketchup around the edges of the bread to mimic veins.

Notes

Recipe courtesy of Jeff Mauro

Spider Bites

Nutrition Calories: 204kcal I Carbohydrates: 26g I Protein: 8g I Fat: 9g I Saturated Fat: 1g I Sodium: 487mg I Fiber: 1g I Sugar: 3g
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time20 mins
Course: Appetizer, Main Dish, Side Dish, Snack
Cuisine: American

Ingredients

  • 4 oz pretzel sticks or twists
  • 4 piece Mini Babybel Original Cheese
  • 2 Tbsp mini chocolate chips

Instructions

  • Have the kids stick pretzels into the sides of their cheese for legs. Then add chocolate chips on top for eyes; use a dab of nut butter if necessary to make them stick.
    Serve any extra ingredients on the side.

Notes

Recipe courtesy of Super Healthy kids
Prep time 10 minutes Total time 10 minutes

Kathryn and her friend Terry Young prepare some German-style recipes getting ready for fall.

German Cheese Spread

Ingredients

  • 1 pound sharp cheddar cheese cut into 1/2-inch cubes
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons prepared mustard
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • 2/3 cup German beer or nonalcoholic beer
  • Assorted crackers or vegetables

Instructions

  • Place cheese in a food processor; pulse until finely chopped, about 1 minute. Add Worcestershire sauce, mustard, salt and pepper. Gradually add beer while continuing to process until mixture is smooth and spreadable, about 1-1/2 minutes.
  • Transfer to a serving bowl. Refrigerate, covered, up to 1 week. Serve with crackers or vegetables.

Notes

2 tablespoons: 95 calories, 8g fat (5g saturated fat), 24mg cholesterol, 187mg sodium, 1g carbohydrate (0 sugars, 0 fiber), 6g protein.

Kathryn’s German Jägerschnitzel

Ingredients

  • 1 cup Panko crumbs
  • 1 Tbsp flour
  • Salt & Pepper to taste
  • 2 Tbsp Vegetable oil or Virgin Olive oil
  • 4 Pork Cutlet Steaks pounded thin
  • 1 to 2 eggs beaten
  • 1 medium onion diced
  • 1 cup fresh mushroom sliced
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 cube beef bouillon
  • 1 Tbsp cornstarch
  • ½ cup sour cream or yogurt

Instructions

  • In a shallow dish, mix together the Panko crumbs and flour. Season with salt and pepper. Place the eggs in a separate dish. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Dip pork steaks in eggs, then coat with the Panko Crumb mixture. Fry in the hot oil until browned on both sides and cooked through, about 5 minutes per side.
  • Remove the pork to a platter and keep warm. Add onion and mushrooms to the skillet and cook until lightly browned. Pour in water and dissolve the bouillon cube. Simmer for about 20 minutes. Stir together the cornstarch and sour cream; stir into the skillet. Cook over low heat until thickened but do not boil. Spoon over the pork cutlets and serve immediately.

German Potato and Beer Soup

Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time40 mins
Total Time55 mins
Author: Susan Vu

Ingredients

  • 4 cups chicken stock
  • 3 large russet potatoes peeled and cut into 1/2-inch cubes (about 4 cups)
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 8 ounces sliced smoked bacon
  • 2 carrots 1/2-inch dice (about 1 cup)
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 3 stalks celery 1/2-inch dice (about 1 cup)
  • 1 small bundle fresh thyme tied together with kitchen twine
  • 1 leek green top trimmed, 1/2-inch dice (about 1 cup)
  • 1 cup light German beer such as Pilsner 1/4 cup sliced fresh chives
  • 1/4 cup sliced fresh chives

Instructions

  • Combine 2 cups of the chicken stock and one-third of the potatoes in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil, and then reduce to a simmer until fork-tender, 15 to 18 minutes. Stir in the mustard to combine, and then blend to a smooth puree using an immersion or regular blender.
  • Meanwhile, cook the bacon in a large Dutch oven or stock pot over medium heat until crispy and most of the fat has been rendered, 12 to 15 minutes, and then transfer to a paper-towel-lined plate to drain. Pour out the bacon fat, reserving 3 tablespoons in the pot.
  • Turn the heat up to medium-high and add the carrots. Sprinkle with salt and pepper and cook for 3 minutes, and then add the remaining potatoes, celery, bay leaves, leeks and thyme and season with salt and pepper. Cook until the leeks are soft, 4 minutes, and then pour in the beer and bring to a boil until the beer has cooked down to about 2 tablespoons, 2 to 4 minutes. Pour in the remaining chicken stock and the reserved potato puree. Stir to combine and bring the mixture to a boil. Reduce to a simmer and cook uncovered until the vegetables are just tender, 6 to 8 minutes. Season with salt and pepper.
  • To serve, ladle the soup into bowls. Crumble the reserved bacon on top and garnish with the chives.

German Apple Cake

Ingredients

  • 4 small apples
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter room temperature
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 tsp vanilla sugar or vanilla extract
  • 2 tsp fresh lemon juice
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 2 tbsp milk
  • Powdered sugar

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350°F (175°C) and grease the bottom of a 9- or 10-inch springform or use parchment paper.
  • Peel, quarter, and core the apples. Thinly slice each quarter lengthwise for thin slices
  • In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat butter until creamy, about 1 minute. Add sugar and mix until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes.
  • Add eggs one at a time and beat for 30 seconds on high speed after each addition.
  • Add vanilla sugar (or extract), salt, and lemon juice. Beat until combined.
  • Combine flour, baking powder, and salt. With the mixer running on low speed add half of the flour, then 1 tbsp milk, followed by the remaining flour, and then the remaining milk. Beat until just combined. Don't overmix!
  • Transfer batter into prepared pan and smooth the top with a spatula. Distribute the apples all around the cake and then put next apples into inner circle on top of the batter in a circular pattern until all the slices are gone. Bake in the lower third of the oven for 45 minutes, until lightly browned and a skewer comes out clean.
  • Transfer to a cooling rack and remove the springform ring. Let cake cool on the bottom of the springform pan to room temperature.
  • Sprinkle powdered sugar over the cooled cake and serve with sweetened whipped cream.

Notes

Calories: 208kcal | Carbohydrates: 29g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 61mg | Sodium: 67mg | Potassium: 183mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 15g | Vitamin A: 330IU | Vitamin C: 3.1mg | Calcium: 53mg | Iron: 0.5mg

Father Andrew’s Pork Tonnato - On a Bed of Arugula

Spicy arugula is topped with roasted pork for a light salad for lunch or dinner.
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Servings: 4
Author: Father Andrew Umberg

Ingredients

Pork Roast Ingredients

  • 4 lb Pork Loin
  • 2 Tbsp Fresh Lemon Juice
  • 1 ½ to 2 Tbsp Olive Oil
  • ½ to 1 tsp Kosher Salt
  • 1 Tbsp Garlic chopped
  • 1 1/2 tsp of fresh Rosemary – or ½ tsp dried Rosemary
  • 1 5 oz Box Fresh Arugula
  • 3 to 4 Tbsp Nonpareil Capers

Tonnato Sauce Ingredients

  • 1 ¼ cup Mayo
  • 1 small can Tuna in Olive Oil
  • 2 tsp Lemon Juice
  • 3 to 4 Tbsp Nonpareil Capers
  • 1/2 Tbsp Caper Brine
  • 1 tsp Black Pepper

Instructions

Pork directions

  • Marinate the Pork Loin – Olive oil and Lemon Juice and chopped garlic and rosemary or other spices. Then Grill on Barbeque till the inside is light pink.
  • Let the Pork rest then put Pork in the refrigerator until cold.
  • On a Dinner plate arrange a large Handful of Arugula and spread out in the center of the Arugula add a dollop of Tonnato Sauce.
  • Slice the pork in 1/8 inch slices. Arrange the slices on each plate 5 or six slices in a circle. Then spread Tonnato Sauce on each slice of meat. Then take capers and add to each slice of meat. Serve to your guests.

Tonnato Sauce Directions

  • In a small bowl add Mayonnaise and then add the whole can of tuna with the oil, stir tuna into the mayonnaise until smooth. Cover and refrigerate for a half hour. Take the bowl out and then add all other ingredients_

Father Andrew BLT Salad with Heirloom Tomatoes

Ingredients

  • 2 to 3 Heirloom Tomatoes
  • ½ to 1 teaspoon of Salt
  • 1/3 cup of Mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoons of Olive Oil
  • 2 Tablespoons of Bacon Bits
  • 2 Tablespoons of Balsamic Vinegar

Instructions

  • Slice the Tomatoes and take a pinch of salt and lightly dust the tomatoes
  • Spread a small portion of Mayonnaise onto each of tomato slices
  • Then sprinkle the Bacon Bits on 5 or 6 slices of the tomatoes
  • Divide the tomatoes on small plates and serve.
  • On the other slices of tomatoes drizzle the olive oil and then add lemon Balsamic Vinegar and Serve.

Father Andrew’s Penne all’Arrabbiata

Course: Main Dish
Cuisine: American, Italian

Ingredients

  • 1 1 lb. Box Penne Pasta
  • 6 qt water
  • 1 Tbsp Kosher salt for the water

Sauce:

  • 5 Tbsp Virgin Olive Oil
  • 5 Tbsp Chopped Garlic
  • 1 15 oz. Can Tomato Sauce
  • 1-2 tsp Cayenne Pepper

Instructions

  • Bring 6 quarts of water to a boil in a large pot and add kosher salt.
  • Drop the pasta into the boiling water, and cook until al dente. Drain the pasta, reserving 1/4 cup of the pasta water.
  • Meanwhile, put 5 tablespoons olive oil in a large sauté pan over medium heat, and then add the 5 Tablespoons of Chopped Garlic then let cook for about a minute. Then add Tomato Sauce and Cayenne pepper; reduce the heat to low and stir just until fragrant, about 4 minutes.
  • Add the pasta to the tomato sauce, stir and toss over medium heat until the pasta is well coated. Season with salt if necessary, toss well. Serve immediately

Kathryn attended the Lipari trade show in April 2019. There she met Mary Lindeman who introduced her to Pine River products. The following recipes are from Pine River.

Buffalo Chicken Dip

This is an easy dip 
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American

Ingredients

  • ½ cup buffalo sauce
  • ¼ cup Pine River Chunky Bleu Flavor Cheese
  • ¼ cup Ranch salad dressing
  • ½ cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 8 oz Cream Cheese
  • 2 cups cooked chicken cut into small pieces

Instructions

  • Heat oven 350 degrees
  • Combine all ingredients and place into 1 Quart baking dish
  • Bake 20 minutes or until mixture is heated through.
  • Serve with crackers, chips or vegetables

Sharp Cheddar Spinach Dip

Ingredients

  • 1 cup sharp cheddar cheese spread
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1 10 oz pkg frozen chopped spinach (thawed and drained squeezed dry)
  • 1 8 oz can water chestnuts (finely chopped)
  • 2 Tbsp dry minced onion
  • 1 tsp seasoning salt
  • 1 tsp pimento chopped

Instructions

  • In a medium bowl, blend cheese spread and sour cream until smooth. Add remaining ingredients and mix well. Chill several hours or overnight. Serve with fresh vegetables or crackers.

Cauliflower Casserole

A simple recipe for a cauliflower side or main dish.

Ingredients

  • 1 head Cauliflower
  • 2 Tbsp Butter
  • 2 Tbsp flour
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • Dash of Pepper
  • 1 cup Milk
  • ½ cup Pine River Pepper Jack Cheese

Instructions

  • Cook whole Cauliflower for 20 to 30 minutes or break up in large flower heads, drain
  • Put into greased casserole. Melt butter, stir in flower salt and pepper. Add milk slowly and cook until thicken, like gravy. Slowly stir in pepper cheese until melted. Pour over the top of the Cauliflower . Can add crushed cornflakes, dried onions or fresh sliced scallions for color and texture to the top. Bake 375 for 25 minutes
  • Serve while hot.

Tuscan Asiago Soup

Ingredients

  • ½ lb bacon
  • 1 lb Italian sausage
  • 2 onions diced
  • 4 cloves garlic minced
  • 8 cups chicken broth
  • 1 tsp pepper
  • 4 large potatoes peeled and sliced thinly
  • 1 cup half and half
  • 1 cup Pine River Asiago cheese spread
  • 4 cups fresh kale or fresh spinach leaves chopped

Instructions

  • Brown bacon and sausage together until nicely browned. Add onion until translucent about two minutes, then add minced garlic. Stir in the chicken broth, pepper and sliced potatoes, bringing to boil. Cook until potatoes are soft, 10 to 15 minute. Gently add half and half, fold in Asiago cheese until melted. Stir in the kale or spinach cook until wilted. Serve in soup bowls.