Wednesday, September 4, 2013

The Novel Bakers Present Day Two of Gathering in the Garden

 The Novel Bakers present
Day 2
Gathering in the Garden,
based on a book by Shelley Snow and Elaine Husband,
two talented Nashville artists and authors.
Let's walk into the garden and find my scarecrow, Minnie Pause.
She's brought us some goodies.

 I love Minnie's apron because it celebrates food through the seasons--just like
the book.

The book has a classic, 90's asparagus roll-up recipe that absolutely
fascinated Bandwidth.
What else did you bring to the party, Minnie?
Skeeter repellent and medicine!

 Minnie put the extra peppers in the potted plants.
You've got to watch that Minnie!

"Time to eat," Minnie says.

Warm New Potato Salad
3 pounds red new potatoes
1 pound thick-cut bacon
2/3 cup real mayonnaise
1 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 teaspoons freshly ground pepper
1/2 teaspoon garlic, minced
1/4 cup red wine vinegar
2 teaspoons white sugar
1/2 cup red onion, minced
1 cup fresh parsley, chopped
**Note: I added chopped green onions, red bell peppers, and fresh dill.
Place unpeeled potatoes in a pan of salted water and boil until done (fork tender).
Meanwhile, cook bacon, drain the slices, and crumble. Set aside.
Drain potatoes and cover with cold water (I skipped this last step).
Combine mayo, salt, pepper, garlic, vinegar, sugar, and red onion.
Mix well. Drain potatoes (if you'd previously covered them with cold water). Cut into chunks and place in a large bowl. Pour mayo mixture over potatoes. Marinate 1 hour.
Before serving, garnish with bacon and chopped parsley (and/or dill).
 My husband dove into this salad. I almost had nothing to photograph!
Yield: 8 to 10 servings.
Sliced Tomatoes with Basil Onion Mayonnaise
1 medium Vidalia onion, peeled.
1 empty quart jar with lid
1 pint real mayonnaise
One week before making this salad, place the whole, peeled onion
in the quart jar. Add 1 pint of mayonnaise. Seal jar and refrigerate.
When  you're ready to make the salad (7 days later),
take jar from the refrigerator and remove the onion. Spoon the
flavored mayo into a bowl and add chopped basil and pepper.
Cover and refrigerate until ready to serve.
Note: I added white wine vinegar, lemon juice, pinch of sugar, onion salt, finely chopped red onion,
and a splash of white wine.
Slice tomatoes and arrange on a platter. Spoon mayo sauce over the 'maters and garnish
with basil. Salt and pepper. 

 I also made risotto, changing the book's recipe a bit.
It's the perfect transitional dish, gently moving your family from summer cooking
to heartier, autumn fare. In any season, risotto is the
perfect comfort food.
 Prosciutto Risotto
1 shallot, chopped
1 clove of garlic, minced
2 thick slices prosciutto di parma, cubed
2 cups Arborio rice (rinse)
4 cups chicken broth
1 cup white wine
1/4 cup fresh peas, cooked
grated Parmesan
salt and pepper
olive oil
Sautee shallots and prosciutto over medium flame, about 3 minutes. Add garlic and sautee for 1 minute. Add uncooked rice to pan.
Cook about 45 seconds.
Lower flame to a simmer.
Add wine. Reduce liquid. Add 1 cup of chicken stock. Reduce.
Keep adding chicken stock (1 cup at a time) and reduce. Repeat until
the rice has been cooked (soft, but not mushy).
Add peas.
Remove from heat.
Serve with grated Parmesan.
Garnish with chives.
 After all of that wonderful food, Minnie is ready for a walk in the garden.

 Before you leave, be sure to take a packet of seeds.


Bye, ya'll.
See you Friday for our last "Gathering in the Garden!"
Please join the Novel Bakers this week ...
Three days of
Gathering in the Garden.
Monday, September 2nd
Today, Wednesday, September 4th
Foodie Friday, September 6th
You're in for a treat at:
 Stylish Friday Finds contribution.

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  1. Minnie's a cutie! Lovin' that great apron and it looks like she fed everyone well too:@)

  2. That Minnie is such a fashionista, first with her blue dress, hat and pearls and now with her adorable seasonal garden apron! I'm guessing everyone was ecstatic with the menu at your house with warm new potato salad (the only way I like potato salad), tomatoes with basil onion mayonnaise and risotto! Risotto is the ultimate comfort food, I could eat the whole pot until I was downright uncomfortable! Looking forward to seeing what Minnie has in the garden for us on Friday :)

  3. Such fun you gals have putting your very creative posts together. The rest of us are lucky to sit back and enjoy.

  4. Hi Michael Lee! Minnie looks perfectly decked out in her pretty apron. All the dishes look wonderfully presented and I know your family was happy to partake!! Thanks for sharing your creativity with us. xo

  5. Minnie might be a "basket case"' but it looks like she sure had fun preparing for her gathering. Her food looks wonderful and the recipes sound so delish!

  6. Beautiful post! Love Minnie's outfit and accessories-she's a fun girl! Can't wait to go buy a copy of the book as the dishes look amazing. BTW Your hydrangea border is striking!
    Miss Bloomers

  7. Minnie is quite the "dish" with her red lips and stylish apron (I want one just like it!). Yum, that potato salad sounds and looks delicious and it would be gone here in a second. The first time we ate risotto we were in Switzerland. It was so good we asked for more. (We were young. We didn't know it was the appetizer.) After filling up to the bursting point we were served the main course. I'll never forget it! Thank you for doing this wonderful week of posts with the Novel Bakers! Linda

  8. Minnie Pause...perfect! This was a beautiful post and I now want a scarecrow of my own!

  9. GORGEOUS outdoor tablescape - wow.

    Your take absolutely amazing photographs, sure could use a lesson or ten.

    Your recipes sound amazing, thanks SO MUCH for sharing all this pretty goodness!


  10. I am just loving everyone's post on this book! Minnie is stunning and I love her red table too. The food looks wonderful. So fun to get to peek in on the fun!

  11. Great "scarecrow"and such a lovely setting. The china is and napkin rings look right at home with the red table and black chairs in the garden. Really nice!

  12. oh my, you and mary did this book PROUD! i will confess i am ticked off minnie has better make up and clothing than me, but i will try not to be a hater! that apron is adorable, i would so love to wear it! i am an apron addict since i am so messy in the garden and the home. you know how sometimes you check yourself for a seat belt when you sit down in a comfy chair, or is that only me, well, i check myself for aprons when i jump in the car, i am always wearing some horrid stained thing mistakenly in public.

    you are right about the classic recipes, when i made the tomato tart with mayonnaise it took me back to the 80s, a taste long forgotten but instantly enjoyed again!

    cracking up at her medevac handbag, too bad she didn't look out for YOU first! egads minnie doesn't even have a double chin when you do that darn upshot... to glam for me!

    she certainly knows how to throw together a gorgeous country table! those tomatoes must have tasted fabulous, i thought what an interesting recipe with the way she used the onion. your shots are mouthwatering... and i gots me tons of tomatoes to be making my very own platter!

    your risotto shot is equisite...

    oh that minnie has so many talents, i can't wait for friday! thanks so much for so much fun, i am envious of minnies thin neck and good cooking!

  13. I love Minnie's apron today, what a perfect outfit for "gathering in the garden!" Her lipstick is hilarious! Tell Bandwidth that rolled asparagus sandwiches are so classic, I still make them ALL the time! The Prosciutto Risotto really excited my taste buds, yum. You Novel Bakers have so much fun, thanks for the seeds and Minnie's garden adventures today!

  14. Someone is having way too much fun! I love it! Minnie is darling and she has some hot lips. The table and all of the food looks wonderful!
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

  15. Sweet girl, you cracked me up with dear Minnie the first time, but even more so today ~ she's a character, that one. :D Love everything about this (and your red table, too *sigh*!)
    Your food looks fabulous too ~ I'm so happy you made the risotto, it tempted me. I'm going to try it your way.
    Thank you for the giggles today! xoxo

  16. Suzanne of Simply Suzannes at Home

    I love the photos of your vegetables!
    Looks like you're having fun :0)
    Please come by and see my 'end of Summer harvest table.'
    Have a beautiful weekend,