Persimmon Butter

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I cannot believe I have been “missing out” on this Fruit for so many years!  I was given a bunch of Fuyu Persimmons recently and was inspired to create something.  After a few attempts and recipes it has quickly become apparent that this unique fruit will be a staple, in my kitchen, each Autumn season!  This recipe takes some time, since I use my SlowCooker, BUT it is easy and so worth it!

Let me preface, I am a huge fan of Apple Butter…So I am very excited to conclude…This might be the best Fruit Butter I have ever tasted!  Batch 2 is already in the works, I simple cannot get enough!

Recipe Secret: I’ve begun grinding my own seasoning when I can.  I have a small Mortar & Pestle that works well for small batches, and I honestly think it makes a significant difference in the vibrancy of your seasonings!

What You Will Need:

  • 10-12 Fuyu Persimmons
  • 1 lemon juiced
  • 1/4 tsp ground cloves (fine, freshly ground)
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon (fine, freshly ground)
  • 1/3 cup raw local Honey
  • 6-7 jars (6 oz each)
  • 6 qt SlowCooker (if using a smaller capacity, simply adjust the ingredients)
  • High Powered Blender (I wanted a very smooth consistency)

How It’s Done:

  1. Wash, and trim the tops off the Persimmons.  The roughly quarter, removing any hard seeds, and add to the slow cooker.
  2. Juice the Lemon over the top of the Persimmons, give them a stir to ensure even distribution.
  3. Cook on High for 2 Hours
  4. After the 2 hrs, roughly mash the Persimmons and add the rest of your ingredients.
  5. Cook on Low, for 8 hrs (or overnight) If possible stir every couple of hours.
  6. Once complete, remove from the Slow Cooker and allow to cool completely.
  7. Add to Blender, if using a standard blender work in small batches, Pulse them Puree until a smooth consistency is achieved
  8. Be sure to use sterilized jars (place in boiling water for 5 min before filling) Let the contents reach room temperature before refrigerating.  Persimmon Butter will keep for several weeks (But it probably won’t last that long 😉

Note: Aside from the obvious uses…I think I could eat a whole loaf of bread with this stuff!  This would be a great addition to a pork dish.  I make a roasted Pork Loin that would be a great paired with these flavors!  Be creative & enjoy!

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Chicken Wild Rice Soup

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I am always looking for a good soup and this one is a winner!  I had not worked with Wild Rice before this and I was pleasantly surprised…it’s a fantastic “add” to any soup.

What you will need:

  • 1/2 cup Butter
  • 1 finley chopped onion
  • 1 cup chopped celery
  • 1 cup chopped carrot
  • 3/4 lb thin sliced mushrooms
  • 1/3 cup coconut flour
  • 6 cups of chicken broth
  • 2.5 cups of cooked wild rice
  • 2 chicken breast, cooked and shredded
  • 1 Tsp Salt
  • 1/2 tsp curry powder
  • 1/2 tsp mustard powder
  • 1/2 tsp dried parsley
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 3 tbsp dry sherry
  • 1.5 cups heavy cream (amount can be to taste)

How it’s done:

  1. Melt butter in a large saucepan over medium heat.  Stir in onion, celery,& carrots; sauté for 5 min.  Then add mushrooms, sauté for 2 more minutes.
  2. Add flour gradually, stir well.  Gradually pour in the chicken broth, stirring constantly, until added.  Bring just to boil, reduce heat to low and let simmer
  3. Add the rice, chicken, salt, curry powder, mustard powder, parsley, ground pepper, and sherry.
  4. Allow it to heat thru, then pour in cream.
  5. Let simmer for 1 hr (DO NOT let it boil or your roux will break)

Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins

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This is one of my favorite recipes from one of my favorite Aunts!  I typically like to use Tulip Baking Cups for larger muffins, the recipe below makes aprox 18 large muffins.

What you will need:

  • 1/2 cup of butter (softened)
  • 1 cups of sugar (coconut sugar can be substituted)
  • 2 eggs
  • 4 ripe bananas (mashed well)
  • 2 cups of Flour
  • 1 tsp Baking Soda
  • 1/2 tsp Salt
  • 1 cup Milk chocolate chips
  • 1 cup of Dark or Semi-sweet chocolate chips

How it’s Done:

  1. Pre-heat to 350
  2. Dry Mixture: Mix flour, soda and salt – set aside
  3. Mix melted butter, sugar
  4. Then add eggs – mix well.
  5. Add bananas
  6. Into wet mixture, add the dry mixture. Mix about 75% and add in the chips, ONLY mix until blended, DO NOT OVER MIX
  7. Fill baking cups 3/4 full as they will rise
  8. Bake 20-25 min – or until the tops are beginning to lightly brown

Shepherd’s Pie with Cauliflower Mash

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This is the dish that used to make me miss potatoes like CRAZY…until I found that this works so well!  It is a Fantastic cold weather dish, although I am pretty sure I made it 3 times this summer!  We love it!  Legumes and all!! (gotta cheat sometimes, right?)

What you will need:

  • 8 oz Grass fed Butter (I use Kerrygold)  
  • 2 lbs Grass fed Ground Beef or Bison
  • 2 c. Fresh Peas (yes, these are legumes…we make an exception on this dish)
  • 3  Heads of cauliflower
  • 1 yellow or white onion
  • Yellow Cheddar cheese (grass fed)
  • 1 tbsp EVOO
  • Salt

 

How it’s Done:

Preheat 350 degrees

  • Make Cauliflower Mash: rinse and cut cauliflower, steam until VERY tender.  If you are short on time you can mash these by hand.  I will add salt to taste and about 4-5 oz of butter to them as I mash.  IF you have time to let them cool a bit I will “mash” them in my Blendtec…just creates a smoother texture.  Both ways taste GREAT!
  • In a large frying pan add oil, chopped onion, & ground beef.  Only cook Ground beef about 75% of way…you should still see a bit of pink. Drain meat of grease, set aside.
  •  I usually just wipe down the same pan … add the remaining butter and peas.  I sauté them for about 5-7 minutes.  You basically just want to get them a little soft.  Drain off excess butter.
  • In a 3 qt Corningware dish I layer:  The ground beef & onion, the peas, then cauliflower mash. 
  • Bake for 30-35 min.  The edges with slightly brown and pull from the sides of the dish.  I shred the cheddar cheese and sprinkle on top generously and bake for an additional 5-10 min   … until I like the way it looks 🙂
  • Let in sit for at least 5 minutes, contents will be VERY hot!