Spiced Cran-Apple Liqueur

[expand title=’Ingredients’]4 med. Granny Smith apples (1 1/2 lbs.)
2 c. white wine
2 cinnamon sticks
1 tsp. whole cloves
2 c. sugar
1 pkg. (12 oz.) cranberries, coarsely chopped
2 c. brandy
1 tsp. grated orange peel[/expand]

Preparation:
1. Pare and core apples; cut in eighths. In large glass bowl, combine apples, 1/2 cup wine, the cinnamon and cloves. Cook on HIGH 8 minutes or until boiling, stirring occasionally. Add sugar; cook on HIGH 4 minutes or until sugar dissolves, stirring once.
2. Add cranberries, brandy, remaining wine and the orange peel; mix well. Pour into 2 quart glass container; cover tightly. Store in cool, dark place 3 weeks, shaking occasionally.
3. Strain through double thickness of cheesecloth; repeat until liquid is clear. Pour liqueur into 1 quart bottle or decanter; cover tightly. Store in cool, dark place for 2 weeks before serving or gift-giving. Save soaked apples an cranberries to serve over ice cream or pound cake. Make 1 quart liqueur.

Pork Rinds

[expand title=’Ingredients’]2 very sharp knives(raw skins are very tough)
A large pot
3 gallons of pork lard (must be pork lard dont use anything else!)
Try to use pork collar skins, they make for a lighter crackling.
I make my cracklings outside on a homemade fryer. if you have a fish fryer with a heat thermometer that will do. The process in making cracklings requires two fryings, one to cook and draw out the water and the second at a higher point of heat for the skins to pop into cracklings.[/expand]

Preparation:
Depending on how big your fryer is,cut strips of skins in to 6 to 8 inches long and 3 to 4 wide.
Set your temp to 350 degrees and drop in the strips and stiring contsantly to avoid them from sticking together, cook for an hour or more until there is no foaming. That means the water has been drawn out. When you get them out they should be soft but not too firm.
Let cool, then put in the fridge overnight so they pop better the next day. You can just store them cold for a few hours.
Now, in the same fat regulate the temp to about 380 degrees or get to the point where it’s almost smoking and throw one in to see if it pops. If it does, throw in the rest and pop them up!

Smooth Salmon Pate

[expand title=’Ingredients’]8 oz Cream Cheese
1 ts Horseradish
1 tb Lemon Juice
1 c Cooked Salmon
2 ts Minced Onion
2 tb Chopped Fresh Parsley
1/4 ts Liquid Smoke *

* omit if smoked salmon is used.
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Preparation:
Blend all ingredients in mixing bowl. Transfer to serving bowl. Cover, chill until needed. Garnish with parsley sprigs. Serve with party rye or crackers. Makes 2 cups.

From: Care-Alot Cookbook United States Senate Slate Gordon – Washington State

White Bread Salmon Pate

[expand title=’Ingredients’]1 sl White bread
1 tb Unsalted butter
1/2 c Diced onion
1/2 c Dry white wine
4 Eggs
3 Egg whites
1/2 lb Whitefish
2 1/4 lb Salmon
1 ts Salt
1 ts Ground white pepper
1 ts Ground coriander
1/4 ts Ground nutmeg
1/2 c Whipping cream
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Preparation:
PREHEAT OVEN TO 325F. Remove and discard the crust from the bread. Tear the bread into pieces and set aside. Melt the butter in a skillet over medium heat on the stove, add the onions and cook, stirring for 5 minutes or until softened. Add the wine, bring to a boil and cook 1 minute. Add the bread and cook, stirring 5 minutes. Scrape the mixture into a mixing bowl. Roughly cut the whitefish and salmon into 1-inch pieces and add to the bread in the mixing bowl. Add the salt, pepper, coriander and nutmeg and mix. Place the mixture in a food processor and process until smooth. Or, fit a meat grinder with a medium die and grind the fish mixture twice. Transfer mixture to a mixing bowl and place bowl over a pan of ice water. Add the eggs and the whites and mix well. Slowly add the cream. Pack the mixture into a 9-by-5-by-3-inch glass, ceramic or metal loaf pan. Tap the pan on a counter to firmly pack. Cover tightly with a double layer of aluminum foil. Place loaf pan in a larger pan and fill with boiling water until it rises halfway to the top of the loaf pan. Place in the oven for 1 hour. Remove pate from oven and its water bath. Place loaf pan on a baking sheet. Cool for 1 hour. Refrigerate for at least 3 hours. To remove, run a knife around edges of the pate. Dip loaf pan in hot water for a minute. Turn out onto a plate. Serve with toast or crackers.

Ray’s Salmon Pate

[expand title=’Ingredients’]1/4 lb Smoked salmon
1/2 lb Smoked mackerel fillets
8 oz Light cream cheese
2 ts Lemon juice
1/4 ts Cayenne
1 ts Horseradish
Fresh ground pepper
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Preparation:
Remove skin and bones from smoked mackerel. Puree all ingredients in a food processor. Package for refrigerator.

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