Friday, May 1, 2015

Midday Entree: Cannoli Napoleon

The Music:
Pulcinella, complete ballet, by Igor Stravinsky
Northern Sinfonia, Sir Simon Rattle, conductor
EMI 769 204
The Recipe:
Pulcinella takes its cues from the Italian Commedia del'Arte tradition, so we offer this variant of a delectably decadent dessert.

From the picture you can see these are not your ordinary cannoli. But they sure are good.

The recipe comes from Lidia's Italy, one of the many how-to shows on Create TV, which can be seen in the Detroit area on Channel 56.3.

Get the details by clicking here.

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

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Midday Entree: Russian Pistachio Cranberry Tea Cakes

The Music:
Symphony No. 5 in B flat by Alexander Glazunov
Bavarian Radio Symphony, Neeme Jarvi, conductor
Orfeo 093101
The Recipe:
It's not just the Brits who love their tea, and to go with Glazunov's fifth symphony we suggest this delicious variation on traditional Russian tea cakes.

According to the blog inspired2cook,

"If you’ve never made Russian Tea Cakes (also known as Mexican Wedding Cakes or Snowball Cookies), you’ve probably eaten them at some point in your life. They’re extremely easy to make, very tasty and a great addition to any holiday cookie platter."

Get them going by clicking here.

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Midday Entree: Key Lime Tarts

The Music:
Florida Suite, by Frederick Delius
Welsh National Opera Orchestra,
Sir Charles Mackerras, conductor
Decca 460 290
The Recipe:
Don't trust yourself to be alone with a whole key lime pie? No problem. Give these tarts a try.

Like they say on the About.com website,

"Yummy little key lime tarts are just perfect for a special dessert, and you can freeze some for the future. Serve these key lime tarts with a whipped cream topping and garnish with fresh berries or lime slices."

Get the recipe by clicking here.

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

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Midday Entree: Danish Meat & Potatoes Casserole (Mansaka)

The Music:
Symphony No. 5, Op. 50, by Carl Nielsen
New York Philharmonic, Alan Gilbert, conductor
Dacapo 6.220625
The Recipe:
Here we have a simple, appetizing meat and potatoes (and cheese) casserole based on an old Danish family recipe. Says M. Craig on the allrecipes website:

"This is a traditional Danish casserole taught to me by my grandmother. The combination of meat, vegetables and spices makes it very tasty, and it is also easy to prepare."

For the complete lowdown, just click here.

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

Monday, April 27, 2015

Midday Entree: English Almond Shortbread

The Music:
Piano Quintet in A minor, Op. 84, by Sir Edward Elgar
Bernard Roberts, piano; Chilingirian String Quartet
EMI 565 099

The Recipe:
As described on the Joy Of Baking website,

"This is a really nice tasting shortbread. It has a sandy texture and subtle almond flavor which comes from using three different types of flour; all purpose, rice, and almond flour (meal). These wedge-shaped shortbreads are also known as 'petticoat tails', named after the bell-hoop petticoats worn by court ladies in the 12th century."

This would be the perfect accompaniment to your own English high tea, and you can get started on it by clicking here.

Friday, April 24, 2015

Midday Entree: Finnish Spoon Cookies (Lusikkaleivat)

The Music:
Symphony No. 5 in E flat, Op. 82, by Jean Sibelius
Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra, Neeme Jarvi, conductor
BIS 222
The Recipe:
Looks like it's cookie time, and here's a Finnish version of the kind of jam cookie that is found in one form or another in so many cultures.

Nothing too exotic here, just common ingredients with a tangy layer of jam between the cookie layers. Click here for the recipe.

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

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Midday Entree: Russian Potato Salade Olivier

The Music:
Piano Concerto No. 2 in G minor, Op. 16,
by Sergei Prokofiev
Alexander Toradze, piano; Kirov Orchestra,
Valery Gergiev, conductor
Philips 462 048

The Recipe:
Looking for a new twist on potato salad? Give this one a try from RecipeZaar:

"This salad was first served in Moscow in the 1860s, by Chef Lucien Olivier, and the recipe was a closely guarded secret. It is also called Salade Olivier, Russian Salad or Sour Russian Potato Salad."

You can see the recipe by clicking here.

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

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Midday Entree: Austrian Raspberry Shortbread

The Music:
The Mermaid by Alexander Zemlinsky
Helsinki Philharmonic, John Storgards, conductor
Ondine 1237

The Recipe:
For one moment we thought of sea food, but given today's musical subject that seemed perhaps a bit inappropriate.

So when in doubt, eat dessert first. This is the kind of homey treat that could make you a hero with your family and guests. Sweet and tangy, add a spritz of whipped cream and watch it disappear.

You can get all the details by clicking here.

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

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Midday Entree: Shepherd's Pie

The Music:
Daphnis and Chloe, complete ballet, by Maurice Ravel
Rotterdam Philharmonic, Yannick Nezet-Seguin, conductor
BIS 1850
The Recipe:
As this is a story about two young people on an island who tend their flocks (with romance and mayhem along the way), it seemed appropriate to consult epicurious.com for their Shepherd's Pie recipe.

Basically a casserole of ground meat and vegetables with a topping of mashed potatoes, shepherd's pie continues to be a favorite not only in the British Isles where it originated, but around the world.

See what all the fuss is about by clicking here.

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

Monday, April 20, 2015

Midday Entree: Beer-Glazed Brats & Sauerkraut

The Music:
Preludes and Fugues No. 1 - 12 from Book One of
The Well-Tempered Clavier by Johann Sebastian Bach
Pierre-Laurent Aimard, piano
Deutsche Grammophon 4792784
The Recipe:
Done well, there's much more to this recipe than just cooking up a few brats in beer and dumping some shredded cabbage on them.

The process involves a carefully selected blend of spices that cook down with the beer into a heavenly brat-enhancing sauce, almost a syrup, that launches these savory sausages into another plane entirely.

Check it out by clicking here, and save one for us.

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

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Midday Entree: Nottingham Apple Pudding

The Music:
Symphony No. 3, "Sinfonia Pascale," by Philip Spratley
Siberian Symphony, Dmitry Vasilev, conductor
Toccata Classics 0194
The Recipe:
Composer Philip Spratley hails from Nottinghamshire and we've found a nice, homey dessert from his old stomping grounds.

You might think of this dish as an apple casserole, sort of a cobbler, and it's a pretty safe bet that it'll be a hit at your table. Get all the particulars by clicking here.

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

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Midday Entree: Spanish Roast Chicken Breasts

The Music:
String Quartet No. 1 by Ruperto Chapi
Quarteto Latinoamericano
Sono Luminus 92185
The Recipe:
Here's a tasty, easy and healthy recipe featuring roasted chicken breasts on a bed of garbanzo beans and tomatoes, seasoned with paprika, cumin and cilantro.

As described by one reviewer on the epicurious.com website:

"This is an outstanding recipe for many reasons. First, it comes together in no time, and I generally have all of the ingredients on hand. Second, it is so colorful and healthy, it just looks so wonderful on the plate. Lastly, it tastes amazing! It is truly one of my favorite recipes. Try it! NOW!"

And you can do just that by clicking here.

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