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Holiday Deliciousness from Chef Jenn

Baked Spiced Pumpkin Pudding

Serves 6 to 8 Pudding

  • 1 ¾ cups Pumpkin puree*
  • ½ cup Granulated sugar
  • ¼ tsp Vietnamese cinnamon
  • 1/8 tsp Kosher salt
  • ¼ tsp Ground ginger
  • 1/8 tsp Freshly grated nutmeg
  • 1/8 tsp Ground clove
  • 1 cup Whole milk
  • ½ cup Heavy cream
  • 2 large Eggs, lightly beaten
  • 3 large Egg yolks

Whipped Cream

  • ½ cup Chilled whipping cream
  • 1 ½ tbsp Sugar
  • ½ tsp Vietnamese cinnamon

Preheat oven to 350° Combine pumpkin, sugar, salt and spices in a food processor and blend for 30 seconds. Transfer to a double boiler. Cook for another 10 to 15 minutes, stirring frequently. The mixture will thicken and get a bit darker. Remove the bowl from the double boiler. In a separate bowl whisk together whole eggs, egg yolk, milk and heavy cream; slowly whisk in one cup of the warm pumpkin mixture to temper the eggs. Then with an electric mixer (or food processor) combine egg and milk mixture into the pumpkin puree.

Pour into ovenproof 6-ounce pudding cups or ramekins and place onto a baking sheet. Bake for 35 to 40 minutes, until puddings barely jiggle when shimmied and/or a knife tip inserted into the center of puddings comes out clean.

While they bake, combine whipping cream, sugar and cinnamon in the bowl of an electric mixer. Whip until peaks just begin to form.

When the puddings are cooked through, transfer to a cooling rack on the counter, then cool completely at room temperature, about 1 to 2 hours. Chill until ready to serve. Serve with gingersnap cookie.

Pumpkin Puree

Makes 2 to 2 ½ pounds

  • 1 (4 to 6 lb) Pumpkin
  • Kosher salt

Heat the oven to 400 degrees F.

Boil (or microwave) the pumpkin for 10 minutes (till just soft enough that you can easily indent the skin with your finger). Cut off the stem and cut in half. Scoop out the seeds and fiber with a large metal spoon or ice cream scoop (reserve seeds for another use). Cut into 8 wedges and sprinkle the flesh with kosher salt; lay flesh side down, on a parchment paper-lined half sheet pan. Roast until a paring knife can be easily inserted and removed from the pumpkin, 30 to 45 minutes. Test in several places to ensure doneness. Remove the half sheet pan to a cooling rack and cool the pumpkin for 1 hour. Using a large spoon, remove the roasted flesh of the pumpkin from the skin to the bowl of a food processor. Process until the flesh is smooth, 3 to 4 minutes. Store in the fridge for up to 1 week or freeze for up to 3 months.

For more delicious recipes and classes visit Chef Jenn’s website! 

3rd Annual Loving Local Music & Local Food Event

Slow Food Urban San Diego is thrilled to be one of the beneficiaries of this year’s Loving Local Music & Local Food event alongside Blues Lovers United on Sunday August 10th.

Enjoy a beautiful waterfront view while enjoying Snake Oil Cocktails and appetizers. Later on dinner guests will later enjoy a four course sit down dinner while listening to the swinging music of the Whitney Shay Quartet, and the blues and Cajun sounds of the Bayou Brothers with Michele Lundeen and Dane Terry.

Guests will have the opportunity to connect with a caring community while enjoying simple, sustainable and elegant food, music and drinks graciously donated and prepared by some of the most sustainable people in our community. Every ticket holder, sponsor, and supporter is an in-tune partner for the success of Loving Local Music & Local Food. Last years event was a sell out, so don’t delay getting your tickets.

Loving Local Music & Local Food have graciously offered our Slow Food Urban SD members a discounted ticket price on both the general admission and VIP tickets. Be sure to get your tickets early as this event is sure to fill up fast!

 

$40 Cocktail Party Tickets: 21 tickets left!

  • Welcome cocktail
  • Enjoy appetizers and two drink tickets during the cocktail portion of the benefit
  • Mix, mingle and take the opportunity bid on fabulous silent auction items
  • Listen to the sounds of the Bayou Brothers

 

$100 General Admission Tickets: 37 tickets left!

  • Welcome cocktail
  • Enjoy appetizers and two drink tickets during the cocktail portion of the benefit
  • Mix, mingle and take the opportunity bid on fabulous silent auction items
  • Listen to the sounds of the Bayou Brothers
  • Four course sit down dinner paired with local wines and finished with organic coffee
  • Enjoy the Whitney Shay Quartet
  • You’ll leave with a treat!

 

$165 VIP Tickets: only 16 seats left!

Please make sure to email: yourneighboroncall@gmail.com immediately after purchase to confirm your VIP Table Seats.

  • Valet Parking & Premiere Seating
  • Early check-in (3:00 PM)
  • Welcome cocktail
  • Enjoy appetizers and unlimited drinks during the cocktail portion of the benefit
  • Special cheese table during the cocktail reception from Venissimo Cheese
  • Mix, mingle and take the opportunity bid on fabulous silent auction items
  • Listen to the sounds of the Bayou Brothers
  • You will be dining with one of our VIP Table Hosts
  • Four course sit down dinner paired with local wines and finished with organic coffee
  • Enjoy the Whitney Shay Quartet
  • You’ll leave with a treat

Here is a list of our VIP table hosts with seats still available:

Dwane Brown – KPBS News Anchor (3 seats left!)

Randy & Marie Jones – Restaurateur and 2 time All Star, Cy Young winning former Padres Pitcher (3 seats left!)

Cathryn Beeks – ListenLocalsd.com and The Homegrown Hour on KPRi & Troy Johnson – San Diego Magazine Food Critic and Food Network guest judge (8 seats left!)

Dave Good – Writer and San Diego Reader music critic & Lafayette – Legendary Blues Guitarist (2 seats left!)

Looking forward to seeing you there!!

Five Local Food Gift Ideas for This Holiday Season!

The Holiday Season is here!  Consider supporting these local food purveyors and artisans when purchasing your gifts this year!

1) Give the gift of good health by purchasing a CSA for a loved one: San Diego County is home to the largest number of organic farms of any county in the country and many of these farms have CSA programs: Suzies Farm, Sage Mountain Farm, Specialty Produce and Seeds@City all offer great CSA programs in the Urban San Diego area!

2) Everybody Loves Cheese!  Consider giving a cheese making class or cheese sampling to your loved ones through Venissimo Cheese or Curds and Wine

3) San Diego is one of the brewing capitals of the world: Why not give the gift of Brewing Knowledge to your favorite aspiring home brewer this year? The Homebrewer, White Labs and Ballast Point’s Home Brew Mart offer resources, kits and classes for brewers of all levels!

4) Visit your local farmers markets and pick up some artisan food products for the foodies close to you! Know a Salumi Afficianado: don’t miss Albert’s nitrate-free and naturally fermented masterpieces for the MeatMen.  Obsessed with Salt? Visit the Salt Farm. And don’t forget about digestion! Give your friends a healthy dose of probiotics with sauerkraut from edible alchemy or Happy Pantry.

5) Indulge your loved ones’ sweet teeth with locally prepared indulgences: PubCakes, The Cravory and Caxao Chocolate and Tea Shop all offer goodies sure to satisfy the most discerning of sweet palettes.