Sunday, September 13, 2015

Sunday Musings - Magic Recipes for the Electric Blender - Liptauer Cheese

Cookbooks are a great lazy afternoon read, I love making a big mug of tea, sitting down on a Sunday afternoon and just paging through the pages, making notes as to which recipe I'd like to try.

Many of my cookbooks have rainbows of Post-it Notes on the tops and sides, poking out. 

Personally, I think they invented Post-it notes for that very purpose.  

I admit to buying some of my cookbooks simply because of the name, they sounded obscure and funky.
A few years back I stumbled onto a bunch of wonderful gems in a second hand bookstore, they were all kind of weird and wonderful.   There was a complete book of chafing dish recipes, one which was all about the joy of cocktails, and so on. 
 This particular book is called  Mary Meade's Magic Recipes for the Electric Blender by Ruth Ellen Church and was first published in 1952, reissued in 1956 (a very good year) and again in 1965.

Now I confess to having three blenders, currently, none of which I use.   But a couple of the recipes that I saw in this book make me want to break out the blender and try it.   But I just used my food processor on this one instead.  It was already sitting on the counter. 

I made this recipe, Liptauer Cheese'  for NPA this week, as it so happened, I had all the ingredients.
  But I did cut the recipe in half.  I didn't need two full cups.   But the full recipe is below.
The book says this is 'a continental specialty for your nicest parties'.

Recipe:  Liptauer Cheese
1/2 cup Sour Cream                      
1 pound cream cheese, broken up
1/4 lb softened butter
1 tablespoon anchovy paste
1 teaspoons capers
1 shallots or 1 small onion, quartered - I used 4 green onions instead
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon paprika
2 teaspoons caraway seed

Whip to a smooth blend.  Mold this mixture in a bowl if you like.
I served this with some crackers.

Sidsel Munkholm - Author
Sidsel Munkholm - Author

Sid loves to cook, feed people and have fun in the kitchen. She shares her successes and the involuntary offerings she sometimes gives the kitchen goddess as well. And she's still looking for the mythical fairy to help her clean the kitchen after a marathon cooking session. Currently working on a cookbook showcasing the recipes from her Danish heritage.

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