Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Midday Entree: Lithuanian Potato Pudding (Kugelis)

The Music:
Flute Concerto by Peteris Vasks
Michael Faust, flute; Sinfonia Finlandia
Patrick Gallois, conductor
Naxos 8.572634
The Recipe:
If you're lucky to be invited to a Lithuanian home over the holidays, you're likely to encounter the national dish of Lithuania. As explained on the About Food website:

"This traditional recipe for Lithuanian potato pudding, known as kugelis or bulviu plokstainis (literally "flat potato") ... is commonly served with applesauce, lingonberry preserves, sour cream, or crumbled bacon bits."

Definitely not your everyday side dish. To get yours started, just click here.

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Monday, September 29, 2014

Midday Entree: English Lemon Tart

The Music:
Dona Nobis Pacem by Ralph Vaughan Williams
Atlanta Symphony Orchestra & Chorus
Robert Spano, conductor
ASO Media 1005
The Recipe:
Some of our favorite recipes come from the Joy of Baking website. Just look how they describe this dessert:

"...a buttery shortbread crust, a creamy smooth lemon filling made with fresh lemon juice, sugar, and cream cheese, all covered with lovely swirls of whipped cream."

Want to know more? Of course you do. Get all the answers by clicking here.

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Friday, September 26, 2014

Midday Entree: Manhattan Meatballs

The Music:
Concerto in F by George Gershwin
Jon Nakamatsu, piano; Rochester Philharmonic
Jeff Tyzik, conductor
Harmonia Mundi 807441
The Recipe:
To celebrate the birth of one of America's greatest composers we looked to the city that will forever be connected to George Gershwin: Manhattan.

These delectable sweet and tangy morsels could be just the thing to kick off any celebration, and they're so easy to make. Click here for the particulars.

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Thursday, September 25, 2014

Midday Entree: Russian Apricot Torte

The Music:
Symphony No. 15 in A, Op. 141, by Dmitri Shostakovich
London Philharmonic, Bernard Haitink, conductor
Decca 475 413
The Recipe:
It's Dmitri's birthday, and to mark the occasion how about this seductive Russian dessert?


Three layers of light sponge cake with an apricot filling and a lemon buttercream frosting; yes, it will take a bit of your time, but so worth the effort. Check it out by clicking here.

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Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Midday Entree: Starlight Mint Surprise Cookies

The Music:
The Starlight Express Suite by Edward Elgar
Elin Manahan Thomas, soprano;
Roderick Williams, baritone;
Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Sir Andrew Davis, conductor
Chandos 5111
The Recipe:
Elgar's Starlight Express is a whimsical tale about children who travel the constellations of the night-time sky. It was the closest he ever came to writing an opera.

These whimsical cookies will likely be a hit with star travellers of any age. You can get a batch going by clicking here.

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Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Midday Entree: Scottish Bread & Butter Pudding

The Music:
Symphony No. 3 in A minor, Op. 56, "Scottish,"
by Felix Mendelssohn
London Symphony Orchestra, Claudio Abbado, conductor
Deutsche Grammophon 471 467
The Recipe:
Among the responses from those who have tried this recipe is this enthusiatic note:

"This is the best dessert I have ever made. I usually don't like bread pudding, but the mild and creamy flavors were heavenly!"

You might want to try it with a bit of cinnamon. Raisin bread might be a nice variation too. Get the basic recipe by clicking here.

Monday, September 22, 2014

Midday Entree: Moscow Chicken Casserole

The Music:
Piano Concerto No. 1 in B-flat minor, Op. 23,
by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Ingolf Wunder, piano; St. Petersburg Philharmonic,
Vladimir Ashkenazy, conductor
Deutsche Grammophon 479 0670
The Recipe:
Simple and delicious, this recipe is easy to prepare and a real crowd pleaser.

Serve it over rice, and with your favorite green vegetables for a very satisfying family dinner. You can get the details by clicking here.

Important Note: You'll notice the recipe specifies a baking temperature of 190 degrees Celsius; that's approximately 375 degrees Farenheit on most American ovens.

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Friday, September 19, 2014

Midday Entree: Bavarian Pot Roast

The Music:
Hiller Variations, Op. 100, by Max Reger
Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Neeme Jarvi, conductor
Chandos 8794
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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Thursday, September 18, 2014

Midday Entree: Estonian Cucumber Soup

The Music:
Symphony No. 6 by Eduard Tubin
Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Neeme Jarvi, conductor
BIS 304


The Recipe:
Ah, but it's much more than just cucumber soup, of course.

Add some chopped onion, fresh dill, sour cream and a generous splash of sherry and we're talking a unique and very tasty offering from Neeme Jarvi's homeland. Check it out by clicking here.

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Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Midday Entree: Phyllis Schumann's Tuna Casserole

The Music:
Symphony No. 2 in C, Op. 61, by Robert Schumann
Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Robin Ticciati, conductor
Linn 450
The Recipe:
There are times when you look forward to spending time in the kitchen, working, crafting, experimenting in the pursuit of culinary ecstasy.

And then there are those other times when you just want something simple, no fuss, that everyone's guaranteed to like. Today's recipe is for those other times.

It comes from the Schumann Family Favorite Recipes blog, and as they say right on the masthead:

"These recipes are tried and true, our favorites. There is not a single recipe on this blog that we haven't tasted for ourselves and love!"

Try this one yourself by clicking here.

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Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Midday Entree: Balkan Apricot Torte

The Music:
Balkan Music for Folk Trio and Orchestra
Arranged by Theodosii Spassov
Leipzig Radio Symphony, Kristjan Jarvi, conductor
Naïve 5395
The Recipe:
In the Balkans, they love their desserts.

Who are we kidding? Everybody loves desserts, and this sweet treat will bring a smile no matter where it's served.

That delicious apricot filling crowned with a crackly meringue topping is calling your name. Get things rolling by clicking here.

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Monday, September 15, 2014

Midday Entree: Portabella Mushroom Caviar

The Music:
Scheherazade, Op. 35, by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
Toronto Orchestra,
Peter Oundjian, conductor
Chandos 5145
The Recipe:
I'll bet you thought caviar had to be breathtakingly expensive sturgeon eggs from the Baltic.

Here's a fancy shmancy spread you can make yourself that is every bit as elegant as that pricey Beluga stuff, for a fraction of the cost.

Ready to become "King (or Queen) of the Dips"? Then just click here.

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