Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Spring Menu Planning

This year we worked with Lovettsville's Spring House Farm to put together a fantastic spring meal.  Their meat is all pasture-raised and grass-fed as much as possible. They are most famous for their pork which gets it's amazing flavor while the pigs are roaming the farm's mountain lands feasting on mushrooms, grubs and even snakes, just like they would do in the wild.  We could taste the freshness of the product and we were delighted to pair the meal with some amazing wines.
Begin the meal with a beautiful glass of Mumm Napa Brut Rosé.  Toast to wonderful friends and delicious food!  Cheers! 


First Course:
Natural Honey and Cheese Platter
Pastured Deviled Eggs
Pairing:  Bouchaine Chardonnay

Main Course:
Grilled Porterhouse Steaks with Clos Pegase Cabernet
Ham Roast

Spinach Pea Salad with Bacon, Pine Nuts and Pesto
Potato Gratin


Carrot Cake Swirled Cream Cheese Bars

1 cup plus 2 tablespoons flour, divided 
2 cups sugar, divided 
1 1/2 tsps cinnamon
1 tsp baking soda 
1/2 tsp Nutmeg, Ground
1/4 tsp salt 
2/3 cup coconut oil 
4 eggs, divided 
2 tsps Pure Vanilla Extract
1 1/2 cups finely grated carrots 
3 packages (8 ounces each) cream cheese, softened 
1/4 cup milk 

Preheat oven to 325°F. Mix 1 cup each of the flour and sugar, cinnamon, baking soda, nutmeg and salt in large bowl. Add oil, 2 of the eggs, vanilla extract and carrots; mix well. Spread 1/2 of the batter into greased and floured 13x9-inch baking pan. Reserve remaining batter. Set aside. 

Beat cream cheese and remaining 1 cup sugar in another large bowl with electric mixer on medium speed until well blended. Add milk,  and remaining 2 tablespoons flour; beat until well blended. Add remaining 2 eggs, 1 at a time, beating on low speed after each addition just until blended. 

Drop spoonfuls of the cream cheese mixture and reserved carrot cake batter, alternately, over the carrot cake batter in pan. Cut through several times with knife for marble effect. 

Bake 40 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in pan on wire rack. 

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