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CHEERY WINTER RISOTTO 

in a mortal and pestle grind the dried fennel {or simply use your rolling pin or the back of a spoon}

pour your broth in a small saucepan, turning the heat to medium low 

in the meantime set your skillet, I prefer caste iron, to medium high and add the butter 

dice your shallot, then toss into the now bubbling butter 

as your shallots begin to sizzle stir in red pepper flakes, fresh ground pepper, and your now ground up fennel

once the shallots are translucent stir in the rice till coated in butter 

pour in your chosen spirit/wine/vinegar {I prefer gin here} while quickly stirring to work the liquid through the rice for it will be quite sizzly

now turn down the heat to medium

{this is one of those recipes you need to constantly stir thus stand over your stove, therefore persuade a friend to come chat with you, or put a good mixtape on, also each stove varies so if your rice is sticking turn the heat down a touch} 

while stirring pour in half a cup of your hot broth

once absorbed add another another half cup of broth 

continue this process till the rice has absorbed all your broth, this takes about 20-30 minutes, make sure to not hurry along the rice 

fold in the fromage blanc followed by the leafy greens 

finish off the dish with the lemon juice and of course a dash of salt and pepper to taste

dish up and be merry 

//fancy a drink to pair using your left over lemon juice? A simple gin sour does the trick here like a charm

1/4 cup cherry valley grey salt butter

1 large shallot 

1/4 tsp dried fennel seed 

1/2 crushes red pepper 

a pinch of fresh ground pepper 

 

1 cup arborio rice

1/2 cup locally distilled spirit/dry white or red wine/apple cider vinegar

4 cups stock, homemade bone broth is best 

 

1 cup cherry valley fromage blanc 

4 cups winter leafy green {kale, chard, etc}

1 T freshly squeezed lemon juice

salt and pepper taste

 

TOMATO SOUP AND GRILLED CHEESE

grilled cheese for two

4 slices of bread 

1 T grey salt butter 

1-2 T favorite mustard {spicy or sweet}

8oz Dairy Reserve, Premium Reserve,  and/or 1913 {feel free to add any/all our cheeses, the more the better}

 

butter both sides of bread 

smear a healthy dose of mustard on the inner side of both slices of bread

cut the cheese into small slices 

generously butter a skillet and set it to medium on your stove 

turn oven on to 300’F

arrange the cheese so there is just about as much cheese as the thickness of one slice of bread

close the sandwich up and pop into the now hot skillet 

continue to check on the crispy/gold status making sure it is just golden before you flip it

once flipped let the second side see the heat for 2 minutes

then put the skillet into the oven to finish off the melting and crisping up

once you see the cheese start to drip out the sides it is ready 

cut in half then serve with the tomato soup for the perfect anytime/any day bite  

tomato soup

1/4 cup unsalted butter 

1 large onion  

3 cloves of garlic

 

1/4 tsp yellow mustard powder 

1/4 tsp thyme

dash of pepper, salt, and red pepper flakes {optional} 

 

2 T vinegar/wine/spirit to deglaze 

2- 28oz can whole peeled tomatoes {or 8 cups freshly cooked down tomatoes}

1 Bay leaf 

1 tsp brown sugar

1/4 cup cream {more to taste} 

 

dice onion and garlic, sauté in butter over medium heat till translucent 

toss in spices, cook till fragrant {2 minutes} 

deglaze with vinegar/spirit to remove stuck on onions/spices, let the harshness of the acid cook off for a few minutes while stirring {each acid/spirit is different so time deglazing will vary}

stir in tomatoes, sugar, and bay leaf 

cook for 30 minutes 

pour into blender, or use an immersion blender, till smooth

return to stove on low for 5 minutes

slowly stir in cream, or add cream separately to each bowl  

serve with grilled cheese 

 

CRANBERRY BLANC DANISH

'Tis the season for entertaining family and friends, and of course for leftovers. This danish recipe is a great place to start if you have oodles of cranberries and cheese left laying around. Making the dough by hand may seem daunting yet it is rather straight forward and a treat to make, the many pictures should clarify all the steps. Store bought puff-pastry would also get the job done.

dough 

1 cup (2 4oz tubs) cold Cherry Valley Grey Salt butter

2 3/4 cups bread or pastry flour

3 tablespoons granulated sugar

2 teaspoons dry active yeast

1/2 cup Cherry Valley milk 

1/4 cup warm water

1 large egg

egg wash

1 egg

2 T milk

cheese filling

1 8oz Fromage Blanc {1 cup}

1/4 cup confectioner’s sugar 

1 T lemon juice 

1 egg 

1 tsp vanilla

optional: zest of half a lemon

fruit jam/sauce

1 1/2 cups cranberries 

1/2 cup water 

1 1/4 cups brown sugar 

2 T lemon juice

 

to make dough

set aside one tablespoon of butter, dump one tub of butter onto a flour dusted piece of parchment and begin slicing it into 1/4” pieces 

position the butter into a rectangle and dust with flour, fold the parchment around the butter into a 5x7” rectangle, roll with rolling pin

repeat with second butter tub then refrigerate for about half an hour, or till firm

mix flour and sugar then cut in reserved butter till incorporated

using a fork whisk the yeast and warm water in a small bowl, then add the milk and egg, once all combined pour it into the flour mixture

fold the ingredients together with the fork till the wet and dry marry, then using your hands move the incorporated dough to a floured surface and knead for 8 minutes

use your rolling pin roll the dough into about a 7x30” rectangle {a bit bigger than the butter width, three times as long}

remove the butter from the fridge and place one slab in the middle of the rectangle, then fold one side over the butter, next place the second butter slab atop that folded dough, sandwiching the butter and dough, then finally pull the other side of the dough over to enclose the butter slabs 

the process will create a dough/butter/dough/butter/dough layering

press/pinch the open sides together so no butter will escape

gently roll the dough till it is about half an inch, then fold into thirds 

repeat this three more times, each rolling out session takes several minutes so play some grand tunes or chat with a pal, if you have a marble rolling pin be very gentle with your dough so to not create cracks, wooden rolling pins are nearly not as heavy so feel free to apply some pressure

once the final fold in complete wrap the dough in wax paper or place in a reusable plastic bag and place in your fridge overnight, or for at least 2 hours

 

to make fruit sauce

set a saucepan to medium 

pour in cranberries, water, sugar, and lemon 

allow the sugar to melt while stirring occasionally, about 10 minutes

cranberries should look puffy and start to pop

remove from heat and blend till smooth {in a blender, or an immersion blender}

return to saucepan and stove for 15-20 more minutes

pour into clean mason jar, and keep in fridge 

 

to make cheese filling

mix fromage blanc, lemon juice, sugar, egg, and vanilla

set aside to use, or place in fridge for a couple days

 

making the danishes 

take out the dough allowing it to warm up for five minutes

gently roll out danish dough into a rectangle {1/4” thick}

cut the dough in half 

cut into sixths {or fourths depending on your desired danish size}

dollop a teaspoon or two of your desired fillings into the center of each danish {fromage blanc mix, cranberry jam, I also tried slices of dairy reserve, or any other fresh berry mixtures/jams you have available}   

pinch together the opposite corners into the center

place on a lightly floured baking sheet

brush each pastry with the egg wash

set aside for an hour and a half

bake at 350 for 20 minutes, or till golden

cool then enjoy with coffee, tea, as a midnight snack or give to a friend

 

SIMPLE ASPARAGUS TOAST 

2 slices of bread

1/2 cup fromage blanc  

10 asparagus/assorted greenery grilled {chard, brussel sprouts, garlic spears, fresh herbs, etc} 

salt, pepper, extra virgin olive oil to taste

optional///

{poached egg}

toast or grill up a piece of fresh bread 

smear on a healthy dose of fromage blanc

coarsely chop vegetables and shower atop {add poached egg if desired} 

sprinkle with salt, pepper, and olive oil

pour a glass of dry cider for you and a pal, and enjoy this little bite 

 

Fromage Blanc Pound Cake 

1 1/4 cup whole wheat pastry flour

2 tsp baking powder

pinch of kosher salt

1 cup light brown sugar

grated zest from 1 lemon

1/2 cup fromage blanc

3 fresh eggs

1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted

 

mix flour, baking powder, and salt, then set aside

mix sugar with lemon zest {using your fingers works best}

add fromage blanc, eggs, and vanilla to the zesty sugar

fold in dry ingredients, then fold in butter

pour into prepared loaf pan {buttered and dusted with flour}

bake at 350 for 50 minutes, or till golden 

cool and enjoy with fresh berries, whip cream, coffee, a berry compote, or simply with a fork