3 pounds peeled, seeded and diced sugar pumpkin
2 leeks, chopped
1 onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 cup olive oil
6 cups chicken stock
4 1/2 cups milk
1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1 teaspoon Hungarian sweet paprika
1 pinch freshly ground black pepper
1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
Halve the pumpkin and scrape out the seeds and pith. Cut into 1 inch pieces.
In a large skillet, saute the pumpkin, leeks, onion and garlic in olive oil. Add chicken stock and bring to a simmer.
Strain vegetables, place in food processor and blend until smooth. Transfer puree to pot or crock pot; add enough milk to reach smooth consistency.
Add the cayenne pepper, paprika, ground pepper and nutmeg; simmer for 30 minutes and do not allow to boil.
3/4 cup raisins
2 tablespoons dark rum
3/4 cup white basmati rice
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
5 cups half-and-half, divided
1/2 cup sugar
1 extra-large egg, beaten
1 1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
In a small bowl, combine the raisins and rum. Set aside.
Combine the rice and salt with 1 1/2 cups water in a medium heavy-bottomed stainless steel saucepan. Bring it to a boil, stir once, and simmer, covered, on the lowest heat for 8 to 9 minutes, until most of the water is absorbed. (If your stove is very hot, pull the pan halfway off the burner.)
Stir in 4 cups of half-and-half and sugar and bring to a boil. Simmer uncovered for 25 minutes, until the rice is very soft. Stir often, particularly toward the end. Slowly stir in the beaten egg and continue to cook for 1 minute. Off the heat, add the remaining cup of half-and-half, the vanilla, and the raisins with any remaining rum. Stir well. Pour into a bowl, and place a piece of plastic wrap directly on top of the pudding to prevent a skin from forming. Serve warm or chilled.
1 cup unbleached all-purpose flour, plus more for kneading surface
3 cups whole-wheat flour
2 teaspoons baking soda
1/2 cup rolled oats
1 teaspoon kosher salt
2 cups buttermilk
Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F.
In a large bowl, whisk together the flours, baking soda, oats and salt. Pour in most of the buttermilk and mix well, adding more buttermilk, if needed, to form a soft dough. Turn out onto a floured surface and lightly knead into a shapeable dough. Avoid overworking the dough. Shape the dough into a round disk shaped loaf and cut a deep “X” in the top with a sharp knife. Put the dough on a parchment lined baking sheet and bake for 7 minutes at 425 degrees F. Lower the oven temperature to 375 degrees F and bake another 20 to 25 minutes. Remove the bread from the oven to a cutting board. Cool slightly before cutting and enjoy warm!
You can also add currants, or raisins if you wish. Mix them into the dry ingredients before adding the buttermilk.
4 sausages (I used sweet Italian)
1 cup sliced raw onions
1 Tbsp olive oil
1 Tbsp butter
1/2 cup chicken stock
2 Tbsp red wine (optional)
2 Tbsp heavy cream
salt & pepper to taste
2 cups cheesy cauliflower puree
chopped parsley to garnish
Cook the sausages in a medium saute pan until browned and cooked through. Remove from the pan and set aside. Add onions to same pan, along with the butter and olive oil. Cook for 5 – 7 minutes at medium heat until onions are browned and softened. Add chicken stock and red wine (if using) and cook for another 3 – 5 minutes until reduced. Add the heavy cream and cook another 2 minutes. Season with salt and pepper. Add sausages back to the pan with the onions for a couple more minutes until heated through. To plate, place 1/2 cup of cauliflower puree in a shallow bowl. Add one sausage to each plate and top with onion gravy. Garnish with chopped parsley or another herb of your choice.