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Looking for a proven recipe for Cream of Parsnip Soup

03 December 2018 - 11:02 AM

Earlier this year, I met a friend at a small French restaurant in Lancaster, PA and had an amazing bowl of cream of parsnip soup.  It was velvety smooth, creamy and had just a bit of "warm" spice, i.e., allspice, to it.


Sooooooo, I decided to grow parsnips this summer, fickle as they are.  We have finally had our killing frost, so the parsnips are ready to pull, but, after thinning, there are only about 8 of them so I don't want to screw this up.


Has anyone ever made cream of parsnip soup and been really pleased with the results?  Care to share technique and recipe?



P.S.  If you ever need an aphid trap crop, plant some parsnips outside your pepper beds.  I've not seen an infestestation this bad since I tried growing artichokes.

Pizza! From "the bread bible" by Rose Levy Beranbaum

04 November 2018 - 08:12 PM

I broke diet today, because I had to have some pizza!  When the Boss asked for pizza recipes, this is the dough I posted,

HERE:  http://thehotpepper....cipe/?p=1585101

The cookbook spends pages on the recipe, but once you've read through and made it once, it's a breeze from then on.


The variety I chose to make tonight is called an Alsatian Pizza.  It looks very plain, but the flavors are kick ass!  Caramelized onion, oil cured black olives, fresh thyme and Gruyere cheese.


Make your dough.  I have to admit, I can be a bit obsessive/compulsive when I cook, especially when it comes to pizza crust.  So, out come the scales.  Mix it up, place it in a largish measuring cup, cover and let it rest for 30 minutes or so, then toss it in the fridge until you're ready to rock and roll.


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Get your dough ingredients together and mix until just barely combined.  Don't overmix, or you'll end up with a tough dough.  Don't worry if it looks like a shaggy mess.  It will come together.


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Transfer to your oiled measuring cup, cover, let rest, then stash it in the fridge until about 1-1/2 hours before you want to cook.


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When you're ready to begin cooking, pull your dough out of the fridge, let rest a few minutes, gently remove it from its container, use some of the remaining oil to grease an inverted sheet pan, then place the dough on the pan and form it into your pie,  Beginning in the center, use your fingertips to work the dough into a 10" circle.  Leave a bit of a heavier crust at the edge.


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This pie was going to have caramelized onion and black olives, so the onions are set to caramelize.  I like Rose Levy Beranbaum's technique for caramelized onions, because it's mostly hands-off, until the last 5 minutes or so.


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Yum!  Dinner's ready!  The pie was cooked for 5 minutes on an inverted sheet pan on the floor of the oven.  The pan was pulled, the pie dressed with Gruyere, caramelized onion, and black olives, then finished on a Big Green Egg baking stone that lives on the floor of my oven.


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Just look at that structure!  Those bubbles mean flavor!


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I gotta say, this crust recipe is killer!  It has terrific flavor, is crispy and chewy at the same time, and will hold up to any topping you throw at it.


Can you prune roots in a hydroponics situation?

10 October 2018 - 07:45 PM

I'm wondering why you couldn't do a bit of root pruning in a deep water container to encourage a more vigorous root mass. Also, to keep nutrient at a higher level. Any thoughts?

Root Pouch brand Fabric Pots on Sale at GardenersEdge.com

26 September 2018 - 11:01 AM

For those of you who are or want to grow in fabric pots, A.M. Leonard's Gardeners' Edge company has their Root Pouch brand fabric pots on sale, 10 for $34.99, and right now with free shipping.  I've not used their bags in the past, so can't testify whether the 4 to 5 year life span is accurate.  I have ordered from the company before, and haven't been disappointed.  At $3.50 a piece, I'll take a chance.  The promo code is good until 10/1/18.  I've included a link for the 15 gallon pots I'm going to try next year, but they have other sizes, and different quality bags, on sale, too.  I have no affiliation with the company, other than being a satisfied customer.




For the free shipping, use promo code W18R44.


Finally, here's the link to the Root Pouch brand page:  https://rootpouch.com/products/black




I can't help myself.....LOL

11 September 2018 - 05:53 AM

And, I suppose I don't really care.  Ha.  These NuMex Sauve Orange have been such a big hit, I decided to see if I could do a winter grow under the lights.  The first of 4 planted popped today.  If we head south this winter, I'll just pack them up and take them along!


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