MF Holiday Party a Pig Fest

We had our annual holiday party last night at Resto, our friendly Belgian/pork restaurant next door. In the run up to the holiday crush, drinks were drunk, bellies were filled with an amazing roasted suckling pig & condiments, stories were shared and good feelings abounded. BTW Happy 10th anniversary to Sarah. Double BTW  No pics from party to protect everyone’s reputation.

Holiday Party Resto 2010

Sarah’s Hooch Burns a Hole in Paper Cup

Sarah Filtering Her Hooch

Sarah was busy a few months ago putting up some home brew – vodka, rhubarb, rosemary and sugar. Today we tasted it and we didn’t go blind or crazy. I’d call that a victory. Flavor wise, I think we all agreed that some cough syrups taste better. But you have to love the kick and the fact that it burns a hole through a paper cup.

Kathy’s Apple Turnovers — No Leftovers

Kathy's Apple Turnovers

Apple Turnovers (8-10 Turnovers)

Filling
– 2 Apples
– 1/4 Cup Sugar
– tsp. Brown Sugar
– 1/8 tsp. Cinnamon
– Dash Nutmeg
– Tbsp. Lemon Juice
– 2 Tbsp. Flour

One 9-inch crust (Double this to make two, or use two 9″ store-bought crusts)

– 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour (spooned and leveled), plus more for rolling
– 1/2 teaspoon salt
– 1/2 teaspoon sugar
– 1/2 cup (1 stick) cold unsalted butter, cut into pieces
– 2 to 4 tablespoons ice water

  1. In a food processor, briefly pulse flour, salt, and sugar. Add butter; pulse until mixture resembles coarse meal, with a few pea-size pieces of butter remaining. Sprinkle with 2 tablespoons ice water. Pulse until dough is crumbly but holds together when squeezed (if necessary, add up to 2 tablespoons water, 1 tablespoon at a time). Don’t overmix.
  2. Turn dough out onto a large piece of plastic wrap. Fold plastic over dough; press to shape into a 1-inch-thick disk. Refrigerate until firm, at least 1 hour (or up to 3 days).

Preheat oven to 375
1.  Peel and dice apples, place in large bowl.  Mix in both sugars, cinnamon, nutmeg. Add lemon juice, then flour.
2.  Take small handful of dough, roll out on floured surface to about 4×5″ oval.
3.  Place a spoonful of apple mixture in middle of one half of rolled-out dough.  Fold other half of dough over apple mixture.
4.  Either seal edges by pressing with a fork, or rolling bottom edge over top edge and pinching to make small crimps.
5.  With paring knife, make three small slits on top of turnover.*Beat one egg and brush tops (optional)
6.  Place onto baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Bake for 20-25, until edges start to brown.