Holiday Baking – See it on 207!

I had the privilege of cooking with Rob Caldwell of WCSH6 and the show 207 a couple of weeks ago.  The first of three segments aired last night and you can watch me making Chocolate Rosemary Tart with Sea Salt Caramel Bark here.  The other two will air over the winter and as we know, we’ll let you know.  The recipe for the tart is on their site and if you’ve already got Sugar & Salt: The Orange Book, then you just need to add rosemary to the recipe in the book.

This was my first time in the new O’Maine Studio, which is a lovely upgrade from the former kitchen.  But it got me reminiscing as I was the first chef to do a spot in the original studio kitchen.  How many years ago was that?  Not gonna count.

Chocolate Rosemary Tart with Sea Salt Caramel Bark Photo (c) 2009 by Elizabeth Poisson
This bark has nuts in it, but the one I made for 207 was just flavored with vanilla and sea salt.

Thanks Rob and the gang for a fun time in your new studio!

Annie on TV! – 207 and Rob Caldwell

Once again, I made my way down to Portland through snow and sleet to do a taping of a Mushroom and Chicken Pot Pie for 207’s comfort food segment.  Rob and the NBC affiliate, WCSH6, as always, was the perfect host and here we are having a good time cooking together.

Mushroom and Chicken Pot Pie on WCSH’s 207

It’s a quick, fun watch.

Annie on 207 Monday night, February 25th at 7pm

Hey gang, don’t miss how to make Carrot Banana Cake.  Rob Caldwell and I will laugh and joke our way through the making of this cake schooner-style – that’s a one bowl cake.  When you have as many dishes as we do on the schooner, ya get smart about how to make a good cake without tons of bowls.

Rob keeps eating the frosting… Check it out.  Set your dvr, recorder or your alarm so ya don’t miss it.  WCSH6, 207 with Rob Caldwell and Cindy Williams.

Carrot Banana Cake

Hanging with Rob in the kitchen

Cook the Book – Pork Pot Pie

Individual Pork Pot PieI first created this recipe at Jessica’s Bistro on one of those really cold winter days when everyone was moving from one indoor place to another in a rush to get back into warmth. Its’ perfect for what most of the country is experienceing right now. You can make this as one big dish or prepare in individual dishes to swank it up a bit.

Pork Pot Pie

2 tablespoons olive oil
1 pound pork stew meat
1 cup chopped fennel
2 large onions, chopped
2 large carrots, chopped
2 tablespoons chopped fresh sage (or 1 teaspoon dried)
2 tablespoons minced fresh rosemary (or 1 tablespoon dried)
2 tablespoons minced garlic
1 teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon fresh black pepper
½ cup all-purpose flour
2 tablespoons tomato paste
6 cups beef stock
1 sheet puff pastry
Oil as needed to brush on the pastry.

Heat the olive oil in a large pot over medium-high heat. Place the pork in the pot and cook until browned. Add the fennel, onions, carrots, garlic, herbs, salt and pepper and cook for another 10-15 minutes until the onions are translucent. Dust with the flour, stir, and add the tomato paste.  Stir frequently for about 2 minutes. Add the beef stock; cover, reduce heat and simmer for 1½ to 2 hours or until the meat is nearly done. Spoon the mixture into a 9 x 13-inch ovenproof ceramic dish. Rub the edge of the pan with water and cover it with the pastry dough.  Press down on the edges to seal the pastry to the edge of the pan and brush the pastry with oil. Bake at 350° for 45 minutes. Allow the pie to rest for 10 minutes before serving.

Serves 8

You can also use this recipe with chicken. If you do be sure to only simmer your ingredients for 45 mintues. Two years ago I did a segment on Chicken Pot Pie for our local NBC affiliate WCSH’s  “207” program. We found the link for you, if you’d like to see.

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