Over the Hill and Across the Water Salad

Over the Hill and Across the Water Salad

Over the Hill and Across the Water Salad 5-6 cups light green lettuce, torn into large pieces (such as Bibb, Boston, Butter, or living lettuce) 2 ounces sliced almonds, lightly toasted and cooled ½ cup dried cherries 2 ounces Gorgonzola cheese, crumbled into small bits 1 cup celery, cut diagonally into ¼” slices ¼ cup…

Shire Seasoning

Shire Seasoning

Shire Seasoning Sometimes one needs more complex flavors than just salt and pepper and sometimes one doesn’t have access to different varieties of fresh herbs growing in the garden. Perhaps one of Bilbo’s resourceful ancestors came up with a convenient dry mix to solve this particular problem. This mix is used throughout the Middle-earth regions…

Sam’s “Welcome Back” Cake

Sam’s “Welcome Back” Cake

A celebratory confection for very special occasions Lemon Cake with Mascarpone-Lemon Curd frostingYield: Makes 12-16 servings Lemon curd 3 cups sugar 9 lemons 6 eggs 3/4 cup butter (1 1/2 sticks) Cake 6 large eggs, separated 14 tablespoons sugar 1 3/4 cups sifted cake flour (sifted, then measured) 1/4 teaspoon salt   For lemon curd:Grate…

Elanorellë Rolls

Elanorellë Rolls

These rolls are a routinely demanded favorite from Sam & Rosie’s firstborn (Elanorellë was Sam’s pet name for his daughter) Yield: Makes 24 rolls 1 8 oz pkg cream cheese, softened 1 egg, beaten 1/4 cup sugar 1/2 tsp vanilla extract 1 cup water 1/2 cup shortening (butter flavored) 5 cups flour, divided 1/2 cup sugar…

Rosemary Goat Cheese Mold with Fig Jam Topping

Rosemary Goat Cheese Mold with Fig Jam Topping

INGREDIENTS 3 8 oz packages cream cheese 1 10 oz log goat cheese 3 tablespoons chopped fresh rosemary 2 tablespoons honey 1 tablespoon coarsely ground pepper 2-3 cups fig jam Garnish with fresh rosemary sprigs and serve with water crackers INSTRUCTIONS Process cream cheese and goat cheese with rosemary, honey and pepper in food processor,…