Thursday, April 27, 2017

Baked Apricot French Toast (with Crunchy Corn Flake Streusel)

The Music:
Piano Quintet Op. 41, by Gabriel Pierne
Stephane Lemelin, piano; Quatuor Arthur-Leblanc
Alma 22384
The Recipe:
Here's a good one for your next Sunday brunch get-together. As described on the FineCooking.com website,

"An overnight soak in apricot-almond custard creates a meltingly soft, creamy interior for this baked French toast dish, while the corn flake crumb topping offers a crisp contrast. This recipe works equally well with peach preserves and nectar."

Can't wait to try it. Get all the particulars by clicking here.

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Wednesday, April 26, 2017

English Chicken and Mushroom Puff Pie

The Music:
The Tempest, or The Enchanted Island by Henry Purcell
Aradia Baroque Ensemble and soloists
Kevin Mallon, conductor
Naxos 8.554262
The Recipe:
To complement the music of this popular English composer, we went to that popular British institution, the BBC. There we found this inviting casserole.

As very succinctly described on the BBC Good Food website,

"This is just what you need on a cold night. Serve with creamy mashed potatoes."

So what are you waiting for? Click here and have at it.

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Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Seared Chicken with Apricot Sauce

The Music:
String Quartet No. 14 in G, K387, "Spring,"
by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Quatuor Cambini Paris
Naïve 213
The Recipe:
Spring brings not only sunny days and warmer temperatures, but also fresh, delicious seasonal produce.

So here's a lovely thing to do with some boneless chicken breasts, accompoanied by the sweet tang of fresh apricots.

You can welcome the new season by clicking here.

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Monday, April 24, 2017

Mango Pomegranate Guacamole

The Music:
Concierto del Sur by Manuel Ponce
John Williams, guitar; London Symphony,
Andre Previn, conductor
Sony 88843092942
The Music:
A good guacamole can be most satisfying, but for today's recipe a fine guac is just the beginning. For John Williams' birthday we're raising the bar by adding tropical fruits to the mix.

As epicurious.com points out,

"Folding fruit into guacamole is an inspired tradition in Mexican cooking. Tropical mangoes are a natural pairing, their silky flesh adding a subtle tartness to creamy avocado ... pomegranate seeds flash bright red against the guacamole’s cilantro-flecked green."

You can find out how to do it by clicking here.

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Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Bavarian Pot Roast

The Music:
Ariadne auf Naxos Suite by Richard Strauss
Buffalo Philharmonic, JoAnn Falletta, conductor
Naxos 8.573460
The Recipe:
This is a dish that just might remind you of an old-fashioned Sunday family supper.

Aside from the delicious roast, there are two by-products that are especially attractive: the aroma that will fill the house as it simmers for several hours, and that magnificent gravy. It just begs to be served with mashed potatoes.

Find all the particulars by clicking here.

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Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Cottage Pie

The Music:
Symphony No. 3, "A Pastoral Symphony,"
by Ralph Vaughan Williams
Philharmonia Orchestra, Sir Adrian Boult, conductor
EMI 573924
The Recipe:
Cottage Pie is one of my favorite comfort foods, and as epicurious.com points out,

"This satisfying British staple is an excellent use for leftover mashed potatoes."

Get the recipe by clicking here.

Bon appetit and thanks for listening.

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Monday, April 17, 2017

Apple Empanadas

The Music:
Sinfonia Romantica by Enrique Soros
Chile Symphony Orchestra, Jose Luis Dominguez, conductor
Naxos 8.573505
The Recipe:
To accompany this Chilean symphony we suggest another South American delight.

As described by Ellen Smith on thelatinkitchen website:


"This snack puts a sweet twist on a classic Latin recipe by trading out the usually savory filling for sweet-tart cinnamon apples. Wrapped in a flaky, buttery crust, empanadas de manzana are the perfect after-school snack or post-dinner dessert."

For more, click here.

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Friday, April 14, 2017

Easy Cranberry Scones

The Music:
Requiem by John Rutter
Cambridge Singers, Aurora Orchestra,
John Rutter, conductor
Collegium 139
The Recipe:
We think it likely that whenever maestro Rutter and his Cambridge colleagues convened, comes the afternoon, it's time for tea.

Scones are a traditional accompaniment for this British ritual, and the cranberries add a holiday flair.

Get the details by clicking here, and put the kettle on.

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Thursday, April 13, 2017

Oxford Vegetarian Sandwich

The Music:
Requiem by Bob Chilcott
Wells Cathedral Choir and soloists
Nash Ensemble, Matthew Owens, conductor
Hyperion 67650
The Recipe:
From composer Bob Chilcott's home town comes this flavorful and healthy sandwich.

Whether cut up for appetizers or served with a warm bowl of soup, just give it a try, and you'll see why they call it "sublime." For all the details just click here.

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Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Mushroom Pork Chops Brevis

The Music:
Missa Brevis in A major, BWV 234, by Johann Sebastian Bach
Bach Collegium Japan; Masaaki Suzuki, conductor
Alpha 032
The Recipe:
How "brevis" is this recipe? If you started it at the same time as Bach's mass you'd be ready to serve about 10 minutes after the last notes.

It's just a few simple ingredients that go together very quickly with results that outweigh the effort expended. Just what you're looking for, right?

Get all the particulars by clicking here.

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Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Heidelberg Meatloaf

The Music:
Symphony No. 4 in E minor, Op. 98, by Johannes Brahms
Detroit Symphony, Leonard Slatkin, conductor
DSO 2014
The Recipe:
Yes, there's always meatloaf, and this north German variation has a few twists to perk up an old favorite.

Things like caraway seeds, rye bread and beer. Now I know you want to at least take a look at this recipe, and you can do just that by clicking here.

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Monday, April 10, 2017

Orange Chantilly Creams

The Music:
L'Enfant et les Sortileges by Maurice Ravel
London Symphony Orchestra, Andre Previn, conductor
Deutsche Grammophon 457 589
The Recipe:
They're light, fluffy, look really cool and make for a refreshing alternative to the rich, calorie-laden delicacies that often make up our holiday fare.

They're easy to make, too. Find out how by clicking here.