Sangria – Palos Verdes friend, Sue Winkler - served at Michael’s Bar Mitzvah August 1983
1 medium orange
¼ cup sugar
2 cups freshly squeezed orange juice
1 bottle dry red wine
½ cup Cointreau or other orange flavored liqueur
Cut the orange in half; cut one half into slices for garnish. Peel the other half and bruise the peel with sugar in a bowl to release the oils. Stir in orange juice and liqueur. Cover and chill. Remove the orange peel, garnish with slices, and add ice if you like.
Vinaigrette Dressing – Birk’s mom, Rosemarie
½ cup olive oil
½ cup safflower oil
6 tablespoons vinegar
1 teaspoon sugar
1 teaspoon each: salt and ground pepper
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
3 green chopped onions
Combine all ingredients and mix well. Can add garlic, Parmesan cheese, chili powder, sour cream, or Worcestershire sauce as desired.
Balsamic Mint Ketchup – Palos Verdes friend, Cathy Zimel
1/3 cup balsamic vinegar
¼ cup ketchup
2 tablespoons tomato paste
¼ cup finely chopped fresh mint
1 teaspoon minced garlic
Salt and freshly cracked black pepper to taste
Place all ingredients in a small bowl and mix well.
Serve with lamb chops. Costco has great racks of lamb. Cut into individual rib chops. Place them in a bowl and season with salt and pepper and a little olive oil. Grill them about 4 min per side.
For 6 guests, I used 3 racks – 24 chops. Put the chops on a platter with the dipping sauce in a nice bowl in the middle of the platter.
Fruit Leather – Sunset Magazine
Line two 10- by 15-inch jelly-roll pans with plastic wrap; secure edges with tape or tuck excess under pan.
In the container of a food blender or processor, whirl fruit and seasoning until smooth. Using a rubber spatula, spread purée evenly over bottom of pan. Place pans in an oven set at 150 degrees or Warm. (If drying more than one pan, allow about 4 inches drying space between oven racks.)
Dry 6 to 8 hours or until leather is firm and dry to the touch. Remove plastic and leather from pan and roll up together while still warm; twist plastic ends to seal. Wrap with additional plastic wrap. Store at room temperature up to one month or freeze for up to one year.
Spiced Apple: Combine 1 can (about 30 oz.) applesauce, 3 to 4 tablespoons honey, 1½ teaspoons ground cinnamon.
Apple and Pear: Mix 1 can (about 16 oz.) pears, drained; 1 can (about 16 oz.) applesauce; and 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon.
Banana and Peach: Combine 1 medium-size banana and 1 can (about 18 oz.) peach halves, drained.
Cranberry - Raspberry: Combine 1 can (16 oz.) whole berry cranberry sauce and 4 tablespoons raspberry jelly, or use 1 can (16 oz.) jellied cranberry - raspberry sauce. Add 2 tablespoons honey.
Basic Butter Cream Frosting – Birk’s mom, Rosemarie
¾ cup sweet butter
3 ¾ cups sifted confectioners sugar
1 egg yolk
1 teaspoon orange or rose water or just plain water
Cream butter for two minutes; add half sugar and egg yolk. Beat and add remaining sugar.
Chocolate Decorations - Woman’s Day Magazine
THIN CHOCOLATE ROUNDS
Melt 1/2 cup (3 ounces) semisweet chocolate pieces over warm water; stir in 1/2 teaspoon vegetable shortening until smooth. Line baking sheet with waxed paper; mark forty 1 ½ inch circles. In each circle place a rounded 1/4 teaspoonful melted chocolate. Spread thinly within circle; refrigerate about 15 minutes or until chocolate sets. Peel rounds off paper; store covered in refrigerator or freezer. Use to decorate desserts. Makes 40.
Prepare chocolate and baking sheet as above, marking four 4.1/2-inch circles. Spread 1 rounded tablespoonful melted chocolate in each circle. Refrigerate 3 minutes or until chocolate just begins to set. Using knife, score each circle in 8 wedges. Chill until set.