Friday, April 29, 2016

Midday Entree: Riesling Trout

The Music:
Piano Quintet in A major, "The Trout,"
by Franz Schubert
Emanuel Ax, piano; John Dalley, violin;
Michael Tree, viola; David Soyer, cello;
Julius Levine, bass
RCA 63589
The Recipe:
You know for a second there, just to shake things up a bit, I was going to go with meatloaf.

Then I came across this expertly seasoned recipe for trout cooked in a dry Riesling and I was hooked (so to speak). The reviews are glowing, too:

"Wow this was good, and so easy too!" ... "The sauce was just incredible - and I didn't even have all the ingredients." ... "Delightful - will definitely make this again. Our new most favorite trout recipe."

So land that fresh catch, and start cookin' by clicking here.

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Midday Entree: English Lemon Tart

The Music:
Symphony No. 5 in D major by Ralph Vaughan Williams
London Symphony, Richard Hickox, conductor
Chandos 9666
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.

This week's recipes are underwritten by the Grosse Pointe Fresh Farms Market

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Midday Entree: German Coconut Almond Macaroons

The Music:
Symphony No. 1 in C minor, Op. 68, by Johannes Brahms
Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Bernard Haitink, conductor
Universal B0000547
The Recipe:
This sweet, chewy confection is popular in Herr Brahms' hometown of Hamburg.

Basically it's ground almonds, shredded coconut and white chocolate held together with sugar and whipped egg whites. Try a couple with your morning coffee and perhaps you'll be ready to write your first symphony, too.

Get all the details by clicking here.

This week's recipes are underwritten by the Grosse Pointe Fresh Farms Market

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Midday Entree: Cioppino (Seafood Stew)

The Music:
Harmonium by John Adams
San Francisco Symphony Orchestra and Chorus,
Edo de Waart, conductor
ECM 1277
The Recipe:
To accompany the work John Adams wrote to open the then new home of the San Francisco Symphony, here's a classic seafood stew from the City by the Bay.

Of course the key to success here is getting the freshest ingredients possible, so a first-class seafood market is a must. But oh, what joys await your due diligence.

See what it's all about by clicking here.

Monday, April 25, 2016

Midday Entree: German Meat Balls (Frikadellen)

The Music:
Fantastic Appearances of a Theme by Hector Berlioz
by Walter Braunfels
Vienna Radio Symphony, Dennis Russell Davies, conductor
CPO 999882
The Recipe:
Who doesn't like meatballs? Judging by the endless variations from all over the world, apparently not too many. According to the recipe section of the Live Like a German website:

"Frikadeller or Frikadellen (pronounced frek-ka-delluh) are flat, pan-fried dumplings of minced meat, often likened to the Danish version of meatballs. They are a popular dish in both Denmark and Germany. In Sweden, poached quenelles are called frikadeller and are usually served in soup.

"The combination of frikadeller and a cold potato salad is very popular at picnics or potluck dinners, due to the ease of transporting either component after cooking."


So let's get 'em rolling by clicking here.

This week's recipes are underwritten by the Grosse Pointe Fresh Farms Market.

Friday, April 22, 2016

Midday Entree: Polish Blueberry Tart

The Music:
Piano Concerto in A minor, Op. 17
by Ignace Jan Paderewski
Piers Lane, piano; BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra,
Jerzy Maksymiuk, conductor
Hyperion 66452
The Recipe:
The appearance of Polish pianist-composer-statesman Ignace Paderewski on the Midday Entree calls for something festive.

Besides, any excuse to sample Polish cuisine is OK by us, and this delicious dessert is pretty easy to make, looks great, and will make your taste buds smile. Get cookin' by clickin' here.

This week's recipes are underwritten by the Grosse Pointe Fresh Farms Market

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Midday Entree: Japanese Sesame Seared Tuna

The Music:
Piano Concerto, Memo Flora, Op. 67,
by Takashi Yoshimatsu
Kyoko Tabe, piano; Manchester Camerata,
Sachio Fujioka, conductor
Chandos 9652
The Recipe:
Healthy, tasty and there are those who swear it tastes just like steak. Here's what NewOrleansGiglet had to say about it on the allrecipes.com website:

"Easy, great tasting tuna coated with sesame seeds, and quickly seared. This tuna is served rare, so be sure to use a good quality fresh tuna."

It's also interesting to see how many of the reviewers mention what a hit this recipe is with their kids (once they give it a try). Check it out by clicking here.

This week's recipes are underwritten by the Grosse Pointe Fresh Farms Market

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Midday Entree: Potato Salmon Cakes

The Music:
Symphony No. 2 by Charles Ives
Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Neeme Jarvi, conductor
Chandos 9390
The Recipe:
There's a saying in the advertising business that goes something like, "You can have fast, cheap or good. Pick two."

Today's recipe may actually achieve all three options. If you like salmon patties this variation may be right up your alley. Find out by clicking here.

This week's recipes are underwritten by the Grosse Pointe Fresh Farms Market

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Midday Entree: Russian Borscht

The Music:
Symphony No. 15 in A major by Dmitri Shostakovich
Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra and Choir,
Vasily Petrenko, conductor
Naxos 8.572708
The Recipe:
An authentic borscht is so chock full of good things it would be a mistake to think of it as merely a soup. To the Russians it's a hearty meal in a bowl.

Click here for the lowdown on how to make this Russian classic. It's colorful, tasty, and yes, it's even good for you.

Prijatnogo appetita, and thanks for listening.

This week's recipes are underwritten by the Grosse Pointe Fresh Farms Market

Monday, April 18, 2016

Midday Entree: Coconut-Pecan German Chocolate Pie

The Music:
Partita in A minor, BWV 1004 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Andrew Lawrence-King, harp
DHM 77523
The Recipe:
Today we feature a recipe fit for a celebration, one that builds on all the best qualities of its namesake dessert. According to Anna Jones in Coppell, Texas:

"It's so silky and smooth, you won't be able to put your fork down."

That works for us. Get the complete story by clicking here.

This week's recipes are underwritten by the Grosse Pointe Fresh Farms Market

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Midday Entree: Heidelberg Meatloaf

The Music:
Piano Quartet No. 1 in G minor, Op. 25, by Johannes Brahms
Orchestrated by Arnold Schoenberg
Fort Worth Symphony, Miguel Harth-Bedoya, conductor
Harmonia Mundi 807668
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.

This week's recipes are underwritten by the Grosse Pointe Fresh Farms Market

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Midday Entree: Indian Chicken Tikka Masala

The Music:
The Springing Running, Op. 95 from The Jungle Book
by Charles Koechlin
Berlin Radio Symphony, David Zinman, conductor
RCA 61955
The Recipe:
Though Rudyard Kipling wrote the Jungle Book stories while he was in Vermont, he was born in India and spent the first six years of his life there.

It seemed appropriate then to accompany Charles Koechlin's music with a recipe that owes much to the nation that provided Kipling with his inspiration. And it is delicious.

You can find out all about it by clicking here.

This week's recipes are underwritten by the Grosse Pointe Fresh Farms Market.