HAMPTON ROADS, Va. - We celebrate fall flavors and the Virginia peanut with Chef Patrick Evans Hylton.
CELEBRATING AUTUMN’S SEASONAL FLAVORS
It’s officially autumn and it’s time to enjoy seasonal flavor profiles .
Apples are one of autumn’s and Virginia’s culinary calling cards. Our Apple-tini is a great cocktail for sitting out by the firepit. We use fresh apple cider as a base, and other complimentary flavors.
The drink showcases cinnamon whiskey and Virginia vodka, along with some homemade vanilla extract. Our vodka comes from Reverend Spirits by R.D. Wilhelm Distillery in Norfolk
Make the drink extra special by rimming the glass or garnishing with an apple wedge, cinnamon stick, or star anise. Here’s how to make the cocktail:
6 ounces natural apple cider
1-1/2 ounces cinnamon whiskey, such as Fireball
1-1/2 ounces vodka
1/4 ounce pure vanilla
Dash Apple Pie Spice or ground cinnamon
Add ingredients to a glass, stir will, fill with ice, and serve. Garnish as desired.
NOTE on making Apple Pie Spice: in a small sealable jar add 3 teaspoons ground cinnamon, 2 teaspoons ground nutmeg, 1 teaspoon ground cardamon, 1/2 teaspoon ground allspice and 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger. Seal jar and shake to mix. Store, sealed, in a cool dark place for 9-12 months.
If you’d like our recipe for homemade vanilla extract, email Patrick@VirginiaEatsAndDrinks.com with “Vanilla Extract” as the subject.
For more information on Reverend Spirits by R.D. Wilhelm Distillery visit www.facebook.com/RDWilhelmDistillery
Some ingredients from The Fresh Market, www.FreshMarket.com
CELEBRATING THE VIRGINIA PEANUT
Like apples, peanuts are also one of autumn’s culinary stars.
Across southeastern Virginia, peanuts are being harvested throughout the fall season. We love Virginia peanuts, and there’s a great variety of Virginia-made snacks. The Virginia Specialty Food & Beverage Association has lots of information on local producers
In addition to eating out of hand, we also like to use peanuts as ingredients. One way is making our own peanut butter. We also love using our own peanut butter to make homemade peanut butter cookies, which is my grandmother’s recipe. Here’s our recipes:
OLD VIRGINIA PEANUT BUTTER
4 cups roasted, unsalted Virginia-type peanuts
3 tablespoons peanut oil
Place the peanuts in the bowl of a food processor fitted with the steel blade attachment, and drizzle the peanut oil over the top. Pulse to break up the peanuts, then blend until very smooth. If the mix is very dry, drizzle in more oil by the teaspoon. Add the salt, if desired.
MA’AM-MA’S PEANUT BUTTER COOKIES
1 cup peanut butter
1 cup sugar
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 cup all purpose flour
In a medium bowl, combine peanut butter, sugar, egg, baking soda, and flour and ix until thoroughly incorporated. Cover and place in refrigerator for 2 hours for dough to firm.
Preheat oven to 325F.
With the palm of your hands, roll dough into 1-inch balls and place on an uncreased baking sheet a few inches apart. Lightly press down with the tines of a fork once, then again at a 90 degree angle to form a crosshatch patter; do not press too much - the cookie should retain its ball shape as much as possible.
Bake for 6-8 minutes or until cookie turns golden. Cool on baking sheet for 15 minutes, then transfer to wire racks to cool completely. Yields 3 dozen.
For more information on the Virginia Specialty Food & Beverage Association, visit www.SpecialtyFoodVa.com
FABULOUS FOOD FIND
NEW MENU DROPS AT STREATS
Streats, located in Norfolk’s Ghent, has dropped a new delish menu. The casual dining restaurant offers international street food-inspired cuisine. It’s one of our favorite places to grab and eat and a drink.
+ a delightful Fall Salad with organic greens, berries, walnuts, and maple-cured salmon
+ Chicken and Vegetable Potstickers
+ Artichoke and Jalapeno Dip
+ Grilled Flank Steak Tacos
+ Spicy Butternut Squash Vegetable and Pumpkin Curry
For more on Streats, visit www.StreatsNorfolk.com
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