Sunday, February 2, 2014

"Oh, Kaye!" Cooking, Baking (a Little Football) and All That Jazz

It wasn't until very close to my day to play "Oh, Kaye" that I realized I'd be posting on Super Bowl Sunday. 


 I admit, I'm not a huge football fan. Oh, I used to be, and Super Bowl Sunday parties were very much a part of my social life. But not so much these days. Learning that the NFL is a non-profit organization hasn't done much to help me love it again either. 

I am, however, a fan of food.  And food is a big part of Super Bowl parties, right?

So.  I guess it's appropriate that I've chosen recipes as my topic of the day. 

These recipes aren't normal fare for football, but oh well.  Football isn't really normal fare for what it once was either, so it seems.  (tax exempt. really??).

But first - - - - 


Any excuse to use these videos - Don't you love 'em?!

(I recently read Sam Wasson's FOSSE, and I can't seem to get him out of my mind.  Along with the fact that the NFL is a non-profit organization)

Now that we've pretty well handled all the "All That Jazz," back to the cooking and baking . . . .

This is probably where I should admit I'm not much of a cook.  

The type of cooking I do enjoy consists of tossing a lot of stuff into a pot, like soups, stews, chili, spaghetti - you get the idea.  A little of this, a little of that - maybe a little more of this, etc.  Nothing ever tastes like it did the last time, but still tastes pretty good - or so we hope.  I seem to lack focus.  Or something.  I  just feel the need to tweak; to add and/or subtract from the original.  For this reason it strikes a lot of people (including myself) as odd that I love to bake as much as I do.  

You don't get to do a lot of tweaking while you're baking.  Oh, you may get away with a little, but take that tweaking too far and you're gonna end up with a disaster on your hands sooner or later.  Mother and I can attest to that as we threw away a very messy, expensive version of a Harvey Wallbanger Cake many years ago.  WHY we felt this recipe needed more Galliano, I have no idea (especially since I remember drinking way too many Harvey Wallbangers watching a Super Bowl game a very long time ago).   I have made it since, following the recipe to a "T" and it was delicious.  There are a lot of recipes for it on-line, including one at, if you're interested.

But there is one recipe I love that I will fix for special occasions.  It's pretty labor intensive, not to mention the "fat factor," but I love it.

I remember running across this recipe at our friend John's house.  He was always cooking wonderfully elegant meals, entertaining with ease and panache and I always just sat back and enjoyed the fruits of his labors.  

If there's one single thing I miss about living in Atlanta it would be John's parties.  

While John cooked and prepped for throwing the most perfect parties ever (from glam New Year's Eve parties to Super Bowl Parties),  I would look through his stacks and stacks of cookbooks and Gourmet and Bon Appétit and scribble down recipes.  Some I would actually try.  

One I did try and am still using is Joan Hackett's Country Pâté (I have recently seen this exact same recipe in a column written by a well known chef.  Tacky old soul takes credit for creating it, even though he was nowhere on the scene back when this recipe first appeared).

I've guarded this recipe with my life. I've made about a beezillion copies of it in case one (or 20) copies might get lost. It also now resides on my computer (in several places). Then, just to be "for sure, for sure," I bought a copy of an old cookbook which I learned had the recipe in it. THE BEST OF BON APPETIT published in 1979.  1979!  See how long I've been guarding it?  I was so happy to finally discover that it's actually in a cookbook.  There's just something about having a cookbook open on my kitchen counter while I'm cooking.  I find those food stains and splatters comforting for some odd reason.

 Here's the recipe:

Joan Hackett's Country Pâté

20- 25 servings

    4-6 bay leaves
    6 thin slices bacon

    3 tablespoons butter
    1 cup chopped parsley
    ½ cup chopped green onion
    ½ cup chopped onion
    3 garlic cloves, minced
    2 shallots, minced

    2 pounds sweet Italian sausage
    1 1/4 cups beer
    1 teaspoon fennel seeds

    1 tablespoon butter
    1 pound ground veal

    1 thin slice bacon, chopped
    2 cups crushed herb stuffing mix
    2 large eggs, lightly beaten
    Salt & freshly ground pepper
    ½ cup shelled pistachio nuts

Put bay leaves in single layer in 9 x 5 inch loaf pan.  Line length of pan with bacon; set aside.

Half fill a large roasting pan with water and place in oven.  Close oven door and preheat to 350.

Melt 3 tablespoons butter in large skillet over medium-high heat.  Add ½ cup parsley, green onion, onion, garlic and shallots and saute about 2 minutes.  Remove to large bowl.

Place sausage in large skillet; add 1/4 cup beer and cook over medium heat, mashing and turning with spatula, just until sausage starts to lose pink color but is only partially cooked.  Stir in fennel.  Remove from heat and add to parsley-onion mixture.

In same skillet melt 1 tablespoon butter.  Add veal and saute until partially cooked, about 2 minutes.  Add 1/4 cup beer and cook 1 minute more.  Remove from heat and add to bowl. 

Place chopped bacon in same skillet and saute about 2 minutes.  Add stuffing and blend thoroughly.  Stir in remaining 3/4 cup beer and cook 1 to 2 minutes more.  Remove from heat and stir into onion-meat mixture.  Add eggs, remaining ½ cup parsley and salt and pepper to taste; blend thoroughly.  Mix in pistachio nuts (or leave them out if they don't appeal to you).

Carefully pack mixture into loaf pan, pressing down firmly.  Wrap entire pan in heavy duty foil (or doubled regular foil) as if wrapping a package.  Place carefully in roasting pan and bake 1 hour.  Very carefully remove from roaster and weight pâté for 3 to 4 hours by placing another loaf pan filled with heavy objects (such as books or canned goods) on top of a cookie sheet on top of wrapped pate loaf.

Remove weight and refrigerate pâté several hours or overnight.  To serve, remove foil, loosen completely with knife and unmold onto serving plate.  Pat off excess fat with paper towel.

And, ta da, here 'tis - 

And here's the recipe for that pretty torte pictured above, with thanks to my friend Gigi Markyna for sharing it with me many years ago -

Fruit Torte (Obsttorte) 

Grease torte pan carefully, flour.

Beat 3 eggs on high speed till very foamy.

Add 5 Tbsps. warm water while beating.

Add 1 cup sugar - beat vigorously.

Turn mixer to slower speed and add 1 cup of flour, and 1 tsp. baker powder

add 1 tsp. vanilla flavoring (or almond, or rum)

Pour into pan and bake at 350 for 15 or 20 min., till top is lightly golden.  

Remove to cooling rack immediately.

When completely cool, arrange fruits of your choice as desired.

Use Dr.Oetker clear glaze over the top (found in the baking section of your local grocery).

Top with whipped cream, if desired.

How 'bout you, Reds - do you have a favorite recipe you do for special occasions where you just forget about calories, fat, carbs and all that jazz?  

And, are you all watching the Super Bowl today?


Joan Emerson said...

Your recipes sound delicious, Kaye!

As for special recipes . . . where to start? How about my mother’s best-ever cheesecake?

For the crust:
The original recipe calls for zwieback, but it is not always available. [Check the baby food aisle; Gerber makes zwieback toast for babies.] You can substitute graham crackers or chocolate wafers to make a crumb crust.

Roll half a package of zwieback into crumbs.
Mix with four tablespoons melted butter; press into 9 x 2 springform pan.

For the filling:

Cream one pound cream cheese, one teaspoon vanilla.
Add two tablespoons sugar, one-fourth teaspoon salt, four tablespoons sifted flour; cream until fluffy.
Beat four egg yolks. Add to cheese mixture and beat thoroughly.
Add one tablespoon lemon juice, one cup heavy cream; mix well.
Beat four egg whites almost stiff; fold into cheese mixture.
Add four tablespoons sugar; whip until stiff.
Pour into crust.
Bake at 325 for ninety minutes; chill before removing from pan.

Watching the Super Bowl would not be my choice of viewing fare, but we will be at my sister’s house, so I know that is what we will watch . . . .

Reine said...

My favorite Super Bowl recipe: Call the kids, and tell them to bring something to share.

Jack Getze said...

I'm alone while the wife travels, and have much work to do -- only watch the game as long as it's interesting. Ate so much ice cream yesterday I won't be cooking ANYthing, let alone fancy recipes. Will I ever grasp the concept of moderation?

Hank Phillippi Ryan said...

Sounds so fabulous… My plans are: go to YOUR house!

Hank Phillippi Ryan said...

Especially since I forgot I should cook something special… Oh dear.

Lucy Burdette aka Roberta Isleib said...

Oh the pate looks out of this world Kaye! And your cheesecake too Joan.

I told my hub I was going to make the spanakopita I posted here a couple of weeks ago. He was horrified. So it will be plain old chili...

Reine, you're very clever:)

Hallie Ephron said...

Who's playing??
"Oy" re: the Super Bowl - I could not have said it better, Kaye.

LOVE those videos and the recipes!

We're not celebrating Super Bowl Sunday (I try to watch the last 10 minutes of the game) but Chinese New Year here. We live in a 'changing to Asian' neighborhood and food has definitely experienced an uptick. Last night the restaurant was bustling and to start we had my favorite: juicy pork "soup dumplings" (xiao long bao) which I would never attempt to make and which must be eaten in the restaurant.

Lesa said...

I'll have the game on, but I'll be reading at the same time. I like Peyton Manning. I think everyone in Indiana is cheering for the Broncos because Peyton was here in Indianapolis for so long. (OK, how many of you heard of Peyton Manning?) But, first I'll watch the game that should be even more entertaining, the Kitten Bowl on the Hallmark Channel. No party. Just my cats, my books, and the TV as background.

Kaye Barley said...

Mornin', everyone!

Joan - this sounds divine. Adding it to my Evernote right now!

Reine - Excellent idea!

Jack - you always make me laugh. I seem to have missed out on the "moderation gene" when it comes to food (especially ice cream. and pizza.)

Hank - come on down! Actually, I know you'll come up with something delish and I can't wait to hear what it is.

Lucy/Roberta - I would be with your husband on this. I really am pretty pedestrian in my food preferences, I'm afraid. (Is that a good way to say "boring?")

Hallie - I thought it was just me who would try to catch the last 10 or 15 minutes of the game! It's fun to see the victors, but it does make me sad for the losers too (what a weenie I am).

Lesa - The Kitten Bowl!!! I have just this year heard about the Puppy Bowl for the first time, and now you're telling me there's a Kitten Bowl too. I love it!

Enjoy your day everyone, whatever your plans.

Brenda Buchanan said...

NFL is non-profit? Really? Maybe in the same sense that your yummy-sounding Country Pate recipe is low-fat. I'm sure it's a crowd-pleaser, Kaye, and plan steal to it for another occasion.

For tonight's Super Bowl party I will be bringing crabmeat-tarragon bites in phyllo pastry. I confess I bought some of the little fluted phyllo shells, to save time.

I don't have a team in the game, though the Broncos beat our Patriots a couple weeks back, so I suppose I will cheer for them on the theory that if you beat Tom Brady, you must be good.

And Lesa, there's also a puppy bowl before the real game.

Susan Elia MacNeal said...

What? There's a game on today? (Kidding: but I'm in it for the Kitten Bowl....) Also, Lucy/Roberta included a pimento cheese dip recipe in MURDER WITH GANACHE that I think would be perfect to try today....

Susan Elia MacNeal said...

Jack, I have a friend who's a Buddhist nun (no kidding) who says, "Everything in moderation, including moderation."

Kaye Barley said...

Brenda, Exactly!!! (

Kaye Barley said...

Ooooh, Susan, I like this - "Everything in moderation, including moderation." I like it a lot.

Pat D said...

Kaye, I'm relieved you're tweaking, not twerking. Not planning on anything special to eat. Of course I have to root for Peyton since his daddy played for the Saints when I lived there.

Deborah Crombie said...

Oh, Kaye, LOVED the videos! And now I want to read Fosse.

It is hovering just below freezing here, raining, possible ice. Staying home, maybe watching part of the game for the ads and the half time show (I don't think we'll get wardrobe malfunction from Bruno Mars!)--at least until Sherlock comes on. No company, as I'll be working today, too.

Food--Superbowl Sunday comfort food. Deviled eggs, Lucy's Pimento Cheese recipe from Murder with Ganache, and my friend Diane's Baked Chicken Wings, with lots of carrot and celery sticks for the blue cheese dressing.

Have fun, everyone, and may the best team win! :-)

Kaye Barley said...

Pat D., you made me spit! LOL!!! Twerking is nasty enough when a young chick does it. A woman of a certain age, like me, should stick to tweaking. LOL!!!

Kaye Barley said...

Debs, I loved FOSSE. He doesn't sound like someone most of us would have "liked," but he was brilliant.

I agree - Lucy's Pimento Cheese recipe is perfect for today's game. (and it is a TERRIFIC book!).

Have fun, stay safe and warm, sweetie.

Kathy Reel said...

LOL, Pat D! The first time, Kaye, that you said you were tweaking, for some insane reason my mind went to twerking, too. Now, twerking while cooking would be quite a feat. Hehehe!

Kaye, the pate sounds and looks so delicious, but I fear I might be too lazy to fix it. Although, there are some labor intensive dishes I fix from time to time because of their deliciousness. Joan, that cheesecake has my mouth watering. Lucy, I agree with your hubby that chili is a great dish for today, and I might be making that.

I don't get into the Super Bowl activities, and, like you, Hallie, I usually just watch the end of the game. Sometimes, I'll watch the half-time entertainment. The commercials are always interesting, but you can watch those on Youtube later. And, with the non-profit status of the NFL, I am even less inclined to watch professional football than before, which was almost never before.

My plans today are to read Lucy's Murder with Ganache, as I'm dying (pun intended) to read it before Tuesday, and my reading was delayed due to the unfortunate events in my family the past week. I finished Rhys' City of Darkness and Light last night/early this morning, and it is amazing. Did I mention I love receiving and reviewing ARCs? My review for City of Darkness and Light can be found on Goodreads, and I'm posting it on Amazon today. (

Kaye, thanks for another lively post this Sunday. I meant to say in the beginning that the videos were great. Your upbeat personality always shines through in your posts. Hmm. Maybe twerking isn't outside of your realm of possibility.

Anonymous said...

Fun post, Kaye. Love the recipes. I will watch only the National Anthem, to be sung by the wonderful Renée Fleming. As is sometimes said here in Texas, I have no dog in the hunt for the Super Bowl. So, I will be celebrating the Chinese New Year with Shrimp Kung Pao this evening, while watching Downton Abbey and Sherlock.

I've been watching some of the Kitten Bowl on Hallmark already today. Hallmark is showing it pretty much all day. The kitten names are almost as cute as the kittens themselves.

Re: the NFL. Should you wish to sign the petition to Revoke the Tax-Exempt Status of the National Football League, go to

Gail in Seguin

Kaye Barley said...

So glad you enjoyed the videos, Kathy. I am a real push-over for show tunes and musicals, etc. Dancers are one of my favorite breed of people. I remember walking out of the theater after seeing Chorus Line the first time doing some high kicks and wishing I run away to NYC and be on stage.

The Super Bowl commercials ARE fun, aren't they?! I think I've already seen them all on Facebook and have cried through more than one.

Libby Dodd said...

Thank you so much for the triple blast of memory lane! Great songs and great choreography. He was crazy but he surely could dance! And Liza really hit it!

Kaye Barley said...

oooh, Gail, I love Renee Fleming and look forward to seeing her also. AND, did I read that Grace Potter would be performing also? She knocks my socks off.

Have signed the petition and hope many other do, thanks for including the link.

Kaye Barley said...

Libby, Hey There!


What can you say that hasn't already been said about Liza? wow.

I saw her perform at the Fox Theater in Atlanta and I remember thinking how magical she was. Just full of that special something that so few people have. More than charisma.

Pat D said...

I'm envious of anyone who can sing or dance! I will sign that petition re NFL's tax status. That is unbelievable! Kathy Reel, I will be reading your review of Rhys's latest on GoodReads today.
I will watch the superbowl until Downton Abbey time. Hopefully will have seen Stephen Colbert's get cracking ad by then.

Kaye Barley said...

oh, laws, I love Stephen Colbert

(Ms.) Rickie Banning said...

I just wish to take this time to sendout a huge blessing of condolences for the children and life partner of Philip Seymour Hoffman, who was found dead today in his NYC apartment from a huge overdose of heroin! He was supposed to pickup his children today for a visit but never showed up. Let us sendout wishes to addicted people everywhere to get help, don't do what he did. Life is worth living if you just reach out to others.

Denise Ann said...

@ Hallie -- you kill off people in your books, but you feel sorry for PROFESSIONAL FOOTBALL PLAYERS? Maybe the fans who are foolish enough to fall for this nonsense. (Not watching.)

Our famous Falmouth French bakery is taking a 5 week winter break, so I stocked up on a few treats on my way home from church!

Shirley A said...

Kaye Loved the jazz; and have not had or even thought of a Harvey
Wallbanger in years:)) Forgot all about them! And, Have not made a pate for several years. May try this...thanks for sharing it.

Always look forward to your postings. Good and many wishes to you. Shirley A McElhaney