Chronicles of the Long Shot Farm

Vidal-Alfredo Food Pairing

It is the simple things in life that matter.

This is most certainly true when it comes to Alfredo.  I am not fooled by those jars in the grocery store that pretend to be Alfredo and are white and gooey and plop out of the jar with a sickening Gak sound.   I make my Alfredo as simply as possible with just a handful of ingredients:

  • 1 and 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • pinch of nutmeg
  • 1/2 freshly grated parmesan
  • salt and pepper

Bring the first 3 ingredients to a boil, reduce heat to simmer and let thicken a few minutes.  Add salt and pepper.  Toss with pasta and parmesan.

I like to add in a few vegetables and chicken sometimes.  To pair with the Vidal wine I added asparagus and toasted pine nuts.  A satisfying Friday night meal after a full week.

Posted by Anja Weyant

Wine Bottle Scarf and Hat

Fall is in the air.  School has started and it is cooler in the mornings. I think someone in our neighborhood is already using their fireplace because I swear I can smell the smokey wood fire on the crisp evening air.  AND The Winery is hosting their first wine and knitting/crochet event.  I did not need any more encouragement to get my knitting needles out!

 

 

With no particular plan in mind, I found some yellow yarn – the color of yellow autumn leaves – and knitted a scarf for one of my wine bottles.  And then I tried to make a slouch hat to match.  The scarf turned out great…just a simple cable.  The hat…well…looks a little odd but it was still fun.

 

Maybe wine bottles just don’t have the right “face” to pull off a slouch hat.  Perhaps the wine bottle opener does?  Hooray for fall!

Chocolate Swiss Roll

So Duff and I have been watching the Great British Bake Off.  For a while now.  I always look forward to the cake episodes though Duff is not impressed.  He would much rather make bread.  Anyway, I enjoy the episodes about the Swiss Rolls and the fancy Christmas Roulades. I decided that it was time to try my hand at them.  The judges are always fussing over the “perfect” swirl and make it seem like this incredibly difficult task.  They also like to stress that the sponge cake is fatless. Well, I prefer a much more forgiving cake with the added moisture from butter and I think the key to a nice swirl is not over baking your cake.

I settled on a chocolate Swiss roll with a whipped cream filling.  I long ago decided that chocolate and sour cream were a match made in heaven so I added a few spoonfuls of sour cream to the filling.  I then topped the roll with a chocolate ganache.  Straight forward and classic for my first attempt.  I gave this recipe below a go and we were all very happy!

Chocolate Sponge

  • 4 large eggs, separated
  • 1/3 c granulated sugar
  • 1/3 c brown sugar
  • 1/4 C melted butter
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla
  • 1/2 C all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 C cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

Vanilla Whipped Cream filling

  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 3 Tablespoons sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 3 Tablespoons sour cream

Ganache Topping

  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips
  • 1/3 cup cream

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.  Line 12 X 17 inch jelly roll pan with parchment paper and butter paper.  I butter the underside too so the paper sticks to the pan.

Beat egg whites and sugar together on high for 2 to 3 minutes until stiff peaks form.  Set aside.  Blend egg yolks, brown sugar and vanilla for 2 minutes or so until pale. Mix in melted butter

Sift dry ingredients (flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, salt) and add to mixture.

Fold in egg whites.  I use a little at first to help get things started and then fold in larger amounts.

Spread batter into the pan in a thin layer.  Bake 10 minutes or so (mine actually took 9).  The top will gently spring back when touched.

When the cake is finished, allow to cool for a few minutes and then invert it onto a clean dish towel.  I used a dishtowel and a piece of parchment paper on top. Roll from the narrow end and allow the cake to completely cool.

Several hours later, make the whipped cream by beating the cream on high for a few minutes with the sugar and vanilla.  Gently fold in sour cream.

Unroll the cake and spread the filling leaving a 1/2 inch edge. Re-roll the cake sans paper towel.

Make the ganache and pour over top! I usually heat up the cream until barely simmering and then pour over the chocolate.  After a minute or so, stir it up until the completely combined.

Refrigerate for 30 min before slicing in.

Overflow Parking Lot

 

A big thanks to Russel Shugart excavating and his grandson for taking out those trees! This begins the first steps towards more parking.

Posted by Anja Weyant