Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Eileen's Cheese Ball

The Music:
Serenade No. 7 in D, "Haffner,"
by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields,
Sir Neville Marriner, conductor
Philips 464 022
The Recipe:
Mozart's Serenade was written to enhance a pre-nuptial celebration for Marie Elizabeth Haffner and her fiancé.

And what better occasion to roll out the cheese balls? Especially when we've found a recipe from the Haffner Family Cookbook.

Give it a whirl by clicking here; and please pass the crackers.

Our recipes are underwritten by the Grosse Pointe Fresh Farms Market

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Grilled London Broil

The Music:
Concerto for Cello and Orchestra, Op. 40, by Gerald Finzi
Raphael Wallfisch, cello; Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, Vernon Handley, conductor
Chandos 8471
The Recipe:
We don't know if Gerald Finzi the Londoner ever enjoyed a good London Broil, but we do know that this recipe from epicurious.com is simple and tasty.

See for yourself by clicking here.

Monday, December 5, 2016

Blue Cheese and Pear Tartlets

The Music:
The Fairy's Kiss by Igor Stravinsky
Scottish National Orchestra, Neeme Jarvi, conductor
Chandos 8360
The Recipe:
To accompany Stravinsky's sprightly score we offer these petite morsels to add that magical touch to your entertaining. Others who have tried this concoction have raved:

"OMG! These were so good! It was the first appetizer to go!"

"What a great recipe. This one goes into the favourites file."

You can add this recipe to your own collection by clicking here, and when you do, be sure to scroll down to the comments section for some handy tips and variations.

Our recipes are underwritten by the Grosse Pointe Fresh Farms Market

Friday, December 2, 2016

Croque Monsieur ou Madame

The Music:
La Boîte à Joujoux (Children's Ballet) by Claude Debussy
Seattle Symphony, Ludovic Morlot, conductor
Seattle Symphony 1010
The Recipe:
To complement Debussy's ballet for children we'd like to suggest something that's sure to be a hit with the young music lovers in your life.

"Croque Monsieur" is literally "Crunch Mister," though you'll see this recipe bears a strong resemblance to what we might call over here "Ham and Cheese Sandwich." But where's the fun in that?

A "Croque Madame" is basically the same with a fried egg added on top.

Get cooking with the kids by clicking here.

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

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Finnish Karelian Pies

The Music:
Karelia, complete, by Jean Sibelius
Lahti Symphony and soloists, Osma Vanska, conductor
MHS 514921
The Recipe:
These Finnish pasties originated in the Karelia region, but are very popular throughout the country, and beyond.

The traditional version uses a sort of rice pudding for filling, but a variety of other concoctions might work as well. The website Cake Crumbs and Beach Sand features not only the recipe, but also step by step photos to make your job easier.

Get things rolling by clicking here.

Our recipes are underwritten by the Grosse Pointe Fresh Farms Market.

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Baltimore Crab Cakes

The Music:
Symphony No. 2, "Innerspace," by Jonathan Leshnoff
Atlanta Symphony, Robert Spano, conductor
ASO 1008
The Recipe:
With a tip of the hat to Jonathan Leshnoff's hometown, we offer this Baltimore delicacy. According to Epicurious,

"Crab cakes are so popular in Baltimore, they're even sold at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. Use lettuce instead of a bun, and serve with a squeeze of lemon."

Or just serve them up on a plate with the tartar sauce of your choice. Get the details by clicking here.

Our recipes are underwritten by the Grosse Pointe Fresh Farms Market.

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Bavarian Pot Roast

The Music:
Suite from Elektra by Richard Strauss
Pittsburgh Symphony, Manfred Honeck, conductor
Reference Recordings 722
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.

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

Monday, November 28, 2016

Coeurs à la Crème with Blackberries

The Music:
Jeanne's Fan
Orchestre National des Pays de la Loire,
John Axelrod, conductor
Naxos 8.573354
The Recipe:
Why serve cheesecake when you can have "Coeurs à la Crème?" Reminds me of some wag who commented that the French "have a different word for everything."

This is one of those recipes where a little extra fussing pays off in a very elegant individual dessert to cap off a fine meal.

For the complete lowdown, click here.

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

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Black Bean Tacos with Mango-Lime Salsa

The Music:
The Red Pony Suite by Aaron Copland
Boston Pops Orchestra, John Williams, conductor
Sony 64147
The Recipe:
To accompany Copland's suite we offer this vegetarian concoction that comes right out of John Steinbeck's Salinas Valley in California. As described on the Food for Health website,

"Warmed fresh tortillas are just the beginning. Topped with layers of bright flavors and textures, they make an excellent meal."

And they look good, too. Get started on a batch of your own by clicking here.

Our thanks to the Grosse Pointe Fresh Farms Market for underwriting our recipes.

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

English Trifle to Die For

The Music:
Hail, Bright Cecilia! by Henry Purcell
Taverner Consort, Choir and Players,
Andrew Parrott, conductor
Virgin 561582
The Recipe:
The name of this concoction caught our eye right away.

As described by Polly Welby on the allrecipes website, this is

"... a traditional English trifle all children in the UK grow up eating on high days and holidays."

And if you're out of holidays at the moment, you can always celebrate another beautiful day. Start the party by clicking here.

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

Monday, November 21, 2016

German Smoked Pork Chops (Kassler Ripchen)

The Music:
Serenade No.1 in D major, Op. 11,
by Johannes Brahms
Hague Philharmonic, Jan Willem de Vriend, conductor
Challenge Classics 72692
The Recipe:
Brahms hailed from Hamburg, a bustling seaport with a hearty cuisine.

This classic German dish features flavorful smoked pork chops (or loin) on a bed of sauerkraut and sliced apples, and has satisfied many an appetite, on both sides of the Atlantic.

It's easy too. Just assemble the ingredients, pop into the oven for an hour or so, and wait for the compliments.

Get the details by clicking here.

Thursday, November 17, 2016

German Reuben Soup


The Music:
Also Sprach Zarathustra, Op. 30, by Richard Strauss
Bavarian Radio Symphony, Lorin Maazel, conductor
RCA 68225
The Recipe:
A reuben in a bowl? Yep, and we can only imagine what Zarathustra might have spake if he'd had a chance to sample this hearty concoction. Try it yourself by clicking here.

Guten appetit, and thanks for listening.