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Rosemary Cheddar Biscuits

Jul 22, 2015 5:51:01 PM / by Sus Butler posted in Uncategorized

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  • Preparation Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: 9 biscuits

Ingredients

  • 2 1/2 cups “Bisquick” baking mix (I use pancake mix from Sam’s Club)
  • 4 tablespoons cold butter
  • Fresh chopped Rosemary
  • 1 cup grated sharp cheddar cheese
  • 3/4 cup cold whole milk
  • 1/4 teaspoon minced garlic (you can use garlic powder)
  • Brush on top

  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1/2 teaspoon finely minced garlic (you can use garlic powder)
  • 1/4 teaspoon chopped fresh parsley (you can use parsley flake)
  • 1 pinch salt

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 400°F.
  • Combine “Bisquick” and cold butter. Don’t combine too thoroughly. There should be small kernels of butter about the size of peas.
  • Add cheddar, milk and 1/4 tsp. garlic.
  • Mix by hand until combined, but don’t over mix.
  • Drop 9 equal portions onto greased cookie sheet.
  • Bake for 15-17 minutes or until tops are light brown.
  • Melt 2 tbsp. butter in a bowl. Stir in 1/2 tsp. finely chopped garlic and fresh parsley
  • Use a pastry brush to spread garlic butter over tops of biscuits.
  • Serve immediately.
  • Chef’s Hint:

  • The secret is cold butter cut in small dice
  • Make ahead and wrap the biscuit air tight and freeze
  • Heat in oven – wrapped in foil
  • Please Comment and ask the chef if you are interested in a certain recipe
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This Labor Day weekend, mark your calendars for an amazing culinary adventure

Jul 22, 2015 5:48:53 PM / by mcon1 posted in Uncategorized

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Epicurience Virginia, in partnership with SAVEUR. Three straight days of award-winning wines, farm-to-table food, local events, chef demonstrations, live bands, and educational seminars—an epicurean experience of Virginia’s finest. Please take a look at the Friday night dinner 8 Chains North is hosting. We have a delicious menu planned by local chef, plus get information on how you can receive discounted tickets or volunteer at the Grand Tasting.

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Crispy and Creamy Donut

Jul 22, 2015 5:45:33 PM / by Sus Butler posted in Uncategorized

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  • Preparation Time: 10 Minutes
  • Cooking Time: 30 Minutes
  • Ready in 2 Hours and 40 Minutes
  • Yield: 18 Donuts

Ingredients:

  • 2 (.25 ounce) envelopes active dry yeast
  • 1/4 cup warm water (105 to 115 degrees)
  • 1 1/2 cups lukewarm milk
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/3 cup shortening
  • 5 cups all- purpose flour
  • 1 quart vegetable oil for frying
  • 2 cups confectioner’s sugar
  • 1 ½ teaspoon vanilla
  • 4 tablespoon hot water or as needed

Directions:

  • Sprinkle the yeast over the warm water, and let stand for 5 minutes, or until foamy.
  • In a large bowl, mix together the yeast mixture, milk, sugar, salt, eggs, shortening, and 2 cups of the flour. Mix for a few minutes at low speed, or stirring with a wooden spoon. Beat in remaining flour 1/2 cup at a time, until the dough no longer sticks to the bowl. Knead for about 5 minutes, or until smooth and elastic. Place the dough into a greased bowl, and cover. Set in a warm place to rise until double. Dough is ready if you touch it, and the indention remains.
  • Turn the dough out onto a floured surface, and gently roll out to 1/2 inch thickness. Cut with a floured doughnut cutter. Let doughnuts sit out to rise again until double. Cover loosely with cloth.
  • Melt butter in a saucepan over medium heat. Stir in confectioners’ sugar and vanilla until smooth. Remove from heat, and stir in hot water one tablespoon at a time until the icing is somewhat thin, but not watery. Set aside.
  • Heat oil in a deep-fryer or large heavy skillet to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Slide donuts into the hot oil using a wide spatula. Turn donuts over as they rise to the surface. Fry donuts on each side until golden brown. Remove from hot oil, to drain on a wire rack. Dip donuts into the glaze while still hot, and set onto wire racks to drain off excess. Keep a cookie sheet or tray under racks for easier clean up.
  • Please make comments or ask the chef if interested in certain recipe.
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Scones Recipe

Jul 22, 2015 5:41:31 PM / by Sus Butler posted in Uncategorized

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Ingredients

  • 4 cups flour
  • 8 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 ½ teaspoon salt
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 8 tablespoons butter
  • 4 tablespoons shortening
  • 1 ½ cup cream
  • 2 egg
  • 1 cup currants, dried cranberries or raisins (you can also use fresh blueberries)

Directions:

  • Heat oven to 375 degrees
  • In a large mixing bowl, combine flour, baking powder, salt and sugar. Mix well. Cut in butter and shortening. In a separate bowl, combine cream with beaten egg then add to dry ingredients. Stir in fruit. Turn dough out onto a floured surface. Roll dough out and cut into biscuit size rounds. Bake for 15 minutes or until brown.

Chef’s Hint:

  • Do not overwork the dough. Be gentle and light with your fingers
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Healthy Eating

Jun 3, 2015 1:59:04 PM / by mcon1 posted in Uncategorized

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Choosing to eat healthy food is smart, but how healthy are you really eating? If you don't know how to read a label or aren't sure just how much fat should be in your diet, chances are you could improve your diet. Maison Culinaire Inc has been cooking with fresh and healthy ingredients for years, and on this page, we share this experience with you so that you can prepare delicious and healthy meals for you and your family.

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