The Golden Triangle

My friend Jane and I were recently in Marquette in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.  We went to a farm to table restaurant there that we had visited before called the Marq.  They have excellent food and some very creative cocktails.  One of which was called the Golden Triangle.  I am a fan of gin drinks and drinks that are not sweet so I knew I would enjoy the combination of gin and ginger in the Golden Triangle.  Jane and I both ordered one and we loved it!  I wrote down all of the ingredients from their menu and when we got home we set out to search for the ingredients.  Since we live in a rural area it is a often difficult to find unusual ingredients.  After visiting several liquor stores we finally found everything.  The most difficult ingredient for us to find was the Chartreuse which is a French liqueur made by Carthusian Monks of La Grande Chartreuse near Grenoble France.  It’s made from 130 Alpine herbs (who knew) according to an ancient formula dating back to 1605.  According to the bottle, the secret method of preparation is shared by three Carthusian brothers and is protected by vows of silence.  Whoa!  I also did not know that it is the only liqueur to have a color named after it.  According to the label it has a “totally  unexpected, remarkably beguiling, unique flavor.”  My friend and I both had to take a sip out of the bottle immediately after we purchased it…no worry about germs…it’s 110 proof.  Our facial expressions certainly attested to the taste description of unexpected and unique and perhaps even beguiling.  This is not a liqueur that I would drink by itself save for that sip in the liquor store parking lot.

The other ingredient, Domaine de Canton,  is not nearly as sexy or exotic.  While the liquor stores we visited didn’t carry it (and after being told by a liquor distributor that was in one store that it would be extremely difficult to find and we might have to special order it) we found it on the shelf in our local Meijer store.  This is a ginger flavored liqueur made in France since 2007.  Prior to that it was made in China from 1992-1997.  This liqueur is 56 proof.  It contains syrup made from crystallized Chinese baby ginger, orange blossom honey, and vanilla.

Finally, this drink needs simple syrup infused with ginger.  Which is so tasty I need to find something else to use it on or in.

The glasses are rimmed in a combination of salt and gochugaru.  Coincidentally, before even having our cocktail at the Marq, I had purchased gochugaru at the Spice Merchant in Marquette to use in another recipe.  So here we go.

Ingredients:

1 1/2 oz of good gin

1/2 oz domaine de canton

1/4 oz chartreuse

1 oz fresh lime juice

1 oz ginger simple syrup

salt and gochugaru

Combine all of the ingredients and ice in a shaker and shake, shake, shake!  Pour into cocktail glasses rimmed in the salt and gochugaru and enjoy!  My husband, who claims to not like gin or ginger, enjoyed one of the cocktails and said it was very refreshing!

Thanks to the bartender at the Marq who very graciously gave us the recipe!  Just one more reason to frequent the Marq when we’re in Marquette next!!  And thanks to the salesman at the Marquette Spice Merchant who went into the back room and found the gochugaru for me.

NOTE:  To make the ginger infused simple syrup combine 2 cups of sugar and two cups of water.  Bring to a simmer and stir until all of the sugar is dissolved.  Thinly slice 8 oz of ginger and bring the syrup back up to a boil. Remove from the heat and allow it to steep for at least 30 minutes.

 

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Zucchini “Pasta” Salad

One of my favorite cooking magazines is Cuisine at Home; this recipe was in the June 2018 issue.  There are a lot of good recipes and usually the ingredients are things you’d have in your pantry or things that are readily available at the grocery.  Not always.  But usually.  Recently I was on a mission looking for furikake for a salmon poke bowl and  gochujang for a barbeque sauce.  I found gochujang but no luck with furikake.  It’s always a challenge when you have to google the ingredients because you have no clue what they are.  But neither furikake or gochujang  are relevant to this recipe so it’s all good.  It’s fortunate that I’m married to someone who is always willing to try new things.  It makes experimenting with new recipes and mystery ingredients a lot more enjoyable.

Some time ago I purchased a spiralizer which is essential for preparing this dish.  Plus it’s just fun to use!

If you’re not inclined to purchase this kitchen toy I have noticed that spiralized vegetable are now available in the produce sections of large supermarkets so you may be able to pick up zucchini that has already been spiralized.    It just won’t be as much fun.

Friday night we had a vegetarian meal and this zucchini (zoodle) pasta salad was on the menu.  It’s easy and fast to prepare.

Ingredients:

3-4 zucchini spiralized

1 T kosher salt

1 1/2 tsp minced lemon zest

3 T fresh lemon juice

3 T extra virgin olive oil

1 T minced fresh garlic

1 1/2 tsp honey

1 cup torn basil leaves

1/4 cup toasted pine nuts

grated pecorino cheese

Toss the spiralized zucchini with 1 T kosher salt in a strainer set over a bowl or plate.  Allow it to sit for about 20 minutes.

Rinse the zucchini zoodles and dry in a salad spinner.

Whisk together the lemon zest, lemon juice, olive oil, garlic and honey for the dressing.  Toast the pine nuts.

Toss the zoodles, pine nuts, and fresh basil together along with the dressing.  Add the cheese and salt and pepper to taste.  Serve immediately.

Enjoy.

This was the first time I’ve made this salad.  I think substituting toasted walnuts or pecans for the pine nuts would be good.  As well as the addition of sliced strawberries or cherry tomatoes which would add color and another layer of flavor.  As always I believe recipes are meant to be personalized.

NOTE:  Salting and straining vegetables like eggplant and zucchini help to remove some of the excess water.  You just need to be sure to rinse them.  Spiralized veggies like zucchini can also substitute for pasta in recipes if you’re counting calories.

 

Roasted Corn Salad

Almost everyone loves corn, especially corn on the cob.  This recipe combines roasted corn with peppers and cheese and a dressing with a little kick.  Awhile ago I bought a cast iron pizza pan (made by Lodge).  This pan makes the most awesome pizza.  It’s non stick.  It retains the heat.  And while it does a great job with pizza it’s also wonderful for roasting vegetables.

Ingredients:

5-6 ears of sweet corn

2 T olive oil

1/4 cup mayonnaise

1/4 cup sour cream

1 jalapeño pepper seeded

1 sweet pepper (red, orange or yellow)

2-3 cloves of garlic, minced

juice of 1 lime

dash of smoked paprika

smidgen of cayenne pepper

salt to taste

1/2 cup diced cheese (feta, cotija or cheddar)

1/2 c of cilantro

Brush the corn with olive oil.  Roast the corn under the broiler turning once.  It would probably be even more flavorful charred on a charcoal grill.

Allow the corn to cool while you make the dressing.  Finely dice the jalapeño and the bell pepper.  Mince the garlic.  Remove cilantro from the stems and rough chop.

Dice or crumble the cheese.

Years ago one of my daughter’s friends gave me measuring spoons labeled pinch, dash, and smidgen.  Who knew how handy those would be!?  Just use your judgment if you don’t own these.

Combine the mayonnaise, sour cream and spices and whisk together.  Add the fresh squeezed lime juice and stir in the peppers and garlic.

Once the corn has cooled use a sharp knife to remove it from cobs.

Add the corn, cheese and cilantro and stir to combine.

Add salt to taste and refrigerate for a least an hour before serving.

I served this salad with roast pork loin, asparagus, mashed potatoes and applesauce.  Tonight I’m serving the leftover salad with fish tacos.

NOTE:  If you have extra space in your freezer the corn cobs can be frozen and used later to make a vegetable broth.

As with any recipe you can adjust the spices based on your personal taste.  Diced scallions would also be a nice addition.

Pannukakku or Kropsu (Finnish Pancake)

My daughter and her boyfriend attended a beer festival this weekend in Michigan and stayed with friends.  My daughter sent me a text message this morning and said “our friends are making us pannukakku for breakfast!!!”  I asked her if their friends were Finnish and she said no, they had eaten this pancake when they were visiting the Upper Peninsula.  And they obviously enjoyed it.  I haven’t made this in years.  My Mummu (grandmother) made this all the time and it was one of my favorites.  We always called it kropsu.  She had these special pans with a design on the bottom that she would bake the pannukakku in.  We would put a little butter on it and sprinkle it with sugar or ladle on a little fruit soup that she would make.  Usually from blueberries.  It was even good cold; the pannukakku AND the fruit soup.  So, not to be outdone by my daughter’s non-Finnish hosts, I decided we needed to have pannukakku for breakfast today as well.  It is easy to make and is actually a great breakfast to serve guests. You can make a double batch and feed several people.  Why haven’t I been doing this??

Ingedients:

5 T butter

1 1/2 cups AP flour

2 cups whole milk

5 eggs

1/4 cup sugar

Preheat your oven to 425.

Combine the flour, milk, eggs, and sugar.  Use a blender or handmixer and blend or whip until the batter is frothy.

Put the butter pats in a 9×13 pan and put the pan in the hot oven to melt.  The butter should be sizzling but watch carefully so it doesn’t brown.

Tilt the pan to make sure that the hot butter is evenly distributed and pour in the batter.  Bake for 25-30 minutes.  As the pannukakku bakes it will puff up and climb the sides of the pan.

Use a knife or toothpick inserted in the center to make sure that the pancake has set up.  Remove from the oven, cut and serve.

I don’t remember eating Mummu’s with syrup but that’s what we used today.  A couple slices of bacon, a glass of juice and breakfast was perfect!  I think the next time we have guests this is what I’ll be serving for breakfast.

I haven’t posted a Finnish recipe in quite awhile.  I hope that you’ll try this.

Gnudi (Pronounced NUDIE)

I just looked back on my blog and realized that I hadn’t posted anything since I posted the bologna cake I made to celebrate a good friend’s birthday back in early December.  A lot has happened since December 10th  when I posted that and I need to get back on my blog and share my food adventures.  I subscribe to several food magazines, enjoy watching cooking shows (especially Top Chef and the Chew), and I have way too many cookbooks.  Recently I watched an episode of the Chew where Michael Symon made Gnudi with brown butter and sage and I decided I had to make them.  I told my good friend Jane about them and she decided she had to make them too!!  Gnudi is basically a ravioli without the pasta.  The semolina flour that you roll them in forms a skin so you basically end up with cheesy, buttery goodness.  On television they looked really simple.  They whipped them up in like 15 minutes!  And everyone was smiling and wide eyed and ooohed and aaahed as they ate them.  We all love things with only a few simple ingredients and no complicated instructions, right?  Well.  I would not recommend Gnudi!  But I’m still going to share the recipe, the process, and ultimately the edible outcome.

Ingredients:

1 pound whole milk ricotta

1 cup shredded Parmesan cheese

1 egg yolk

3/4 tsp grated nutmeg

1 pound semolina flour

For the brown butter:

1/2 cup butter

sage leaves

So here, at the very beginning, is where Michael Symon’s instructions have me scratching my head.  He says to drain the excess liquid from the ricotta by putting it in a fine mesh colander or on paper towel.  As instructed, I put my whole milk ricotta in a mesh strainer.

NOTHING.  There is no excess liquid.  There is no liquid at all.  Michael must get special ricotta not available to me here in Michigan’s wilderness.  So okay.  Mine has been pre-drained.  Next I shredded my Parmesan cheese, separated an egg and mixed the cheeses and egg together along with some fresh grated nutmeg.

For the record Michael did not add an egg yolk.  I decided to do that since apparently I had some very dry ricotta.  Once the cheeses are mixed cover and refrigerate for at least an hour.  Then, using a small scoop, form the cheese mixture into balls and gently toss in a bowl of semolina flour.  Remember, the semolina flour is supposed to form a “skin” or faux pasta on the gnudi.

Line a 9×13 pan with a layer of semolina flour and put your balls in the pan to rest.  Refrigerate, uncovered, overnight or up to three days.  Rotate the balls a few times.

Day one, after resting uncovered overnight.

Put up a large kettle of salted water and bring it to a gentle boil.  Lower the gnudi ever so carefully into the water and remove them with a slotted spoon once they float to the top.  Well.  They floated to the top but then quickly disintegrated into mush and I was left with a gnudi the size of a small marble.  Fail.

Day two, after resting uncovered 24 hours.

More disintegrated gnudi mush.  Fail.

Day three, after resting a generous 36 hours.

The gnudi finally came out of the water intact.  Success!

I immediately set them into the brown butter with sage leaves and basted them.

We had our first edible sample.  After all the anticipation, on a scale of 1-10, I would rate them a 4.  I can’t imagine making a meal of these.

So I still had about 20 gnudi balls and I need to rethink this.  I happen to have wonton wrappers in the refrigerator so I decided to try cutting the balls in half and making them into ravioli.

Those cooked up beautifully.  Once they floated to the top I transferred them to the brown sage butter and basted them.

Much better.  But in this house we like things with tomato sauce much better.

Day 4, after resting 48 hours uncovered.

I made a red sauce with mushrooms, onion, garlic and pepper.  I cut the gnudi balls in half and made up a nice batch of ravioli.

I served them up with the red sauce and we devoured them.  This was the best use of the gnudi.  At least in this house.

I’m happy to have finally put these ingredients to good use.  Throwing away all that good cheese just seemed wrong.  Will I ever make gnudi again?  I will not.  I will make ravioli again and, quite honestly, the wonton wrappers worked great!  Almost as good as homemade pasta but a lot less work.

NOTE:  Save the rinds from the Parmesan cheese to use in soups and sauces.  They add great flavor!

Bologna Cake

We have a good friend who requested a bologna cake for his birthday.  He sent a photo of a bologna cake that was slice of bologna, cream cheese, slice of bologna, cream cheese and so on and so on.  The sides and top were “frosted” with more cream cheese and decorated with the cheddar cheese that you buy in aerosol cans.

I decided that rather than an ALL bologna cake I would make bologna sandwich spread and use bread for the layers.  Several years ago I made a sandwich cake for a Super Bowl party.  I made that “cake” with ham salad and chicken salad.  It was lovely to look at and tasted ok but I made a mistake and didn’t cut the crusts off the bread making it very difficult to slice. You nearly mangled the whole cake sawing through the crust.  I also learned that sandwich cakes are a real “thing” called smorgastarta, Swedish for sandwich cake.

Cake Ingredients:

2 loaves of a good sturdy bread

2 pounds of garlic bologna

mayo or miracle whip

sweet pickles

onion and celery

Icing Ingredients:

1 1/2 pounds of cream cheese

1/2 cup sour cream

1/2 c mayonnaise

1 envelope ranch dressing seasoning

The shape of your bread does not matter.  Round, square, rectangular.  Just ensure that it is a good quality, sturdy bread so it doesn’t turn to mush when you add the filling.  Shave off the crusts with a serrated knife.

Grind your bologna and pickles in a food processor.

Small dice your celery and onion and add to the ground meat.   The vegetables give a little crunch to the sandwich spread.  Add mayo or miracle whip until the spread reaches your desired consistency.  Now you can begin assembling the cake.  Spread a thin layer of the icing on each layer and a generous amount of the sandwich spread.  Repeat.  Repeat.  Until you’ve used all of your layers.

When you begin icing the sides and top of the cake do just as you would with a real cake.  Start with a thin layer of icing to seal in the crumbs and then go back and add more icing and smooth out the sides and top.

Decorate your cake with garnishes of your choosing.  I used fennel fronds, carrots, green onions, radishes and miniature heirloom tomatoes.

Voila!  I think my bologna cake is quite beautiful and it was appreciated and enjoyed by the birthday boy and most of the other guests.

NOTE:  It isn’t necessary to use bologna.  Any type of sandwich spread, sliced deli meats, lox, or hard boiled eggs would work.  Adding sliced vegetables like seedless cucumber, radishes, or onion would add some crunch and flavor.  I wouldn’t recommend using tomato slices which would make the bread wet and mushy.

I used the bread crusts to make breadcrumbs which I bag and freeze and croutons for soup or salad.

 

 

Chai Tea

‘Tis the holiday season.  Time to make candy, bake cookies, and whip up a few batches of Chai tea for gift giving.  The main ingredients in chai tea are black tea, milk, spices, and sweetener.  I’m not sure where I found the recipe but I’ve been making it for years.   It has cardamom but no coffee so it is definitely not a Finnish favorite.  I typically do not care for cream or milk in my tea or coffee but I do like an occasional cup of this tea.

Ingredients:

3 cups nonfat dry milk powder

1 1/2 cups of sugar

1 cup unsweetened instant tea

3/4 cup vanilla powdered nondairy creamer

1 1/2 tsp ground ginger

1 1/2 tsp cinnamon

1/2 tsp ground cardamom

1/2 tsp ground cloves

In a food processor combine all of the ingredients, cover and process until you have a fine powder.

Once the mixture is processed dump it in a bowl to make it easier to fill your jars.

Scoop the mixture into jars and store the jars in a cool place.  One recipe makes a little over 4 cups of the mix.  I made several batches.

To serve add 3/4 cup of boiling water to 3 T of chai mix.

NOTE:  Because the nondairy creamer is sweet you can choose to reduce the amount of sugar in the recipe or use a sugar substitute like truvia.

To make the jars more festive for holiday gift giving tie curly ribbon to the neck of the jar or take a square piece of colorful fabric and use the band to fasten the fabric down.  Include a copy of the recipe and instructions for mixing with the jar.

Hmmmmm.  I wonder how this would taste substituting instant coffee for the instant tea?  If I do a test batch I’ll be sure to blog the results.

Roasted Vegetable and Prosciutto Tart

The inspiration for this recipe came from the Fall 2017 issue of Cook Fresh.  When I’m in the supermarket checkout line I’m always looking at the tabloid headlines with the latest movie star gossip and the women’s magazines that have pictures of gorgeous desserts and promises that you can lose 15 pounds in 15 days.  I’m always in the slowest moving lane at the grocery so I have plenty of time to read.  I spotted this Cook Fresh magazine on the very bottom of the rack and it was the only copy left.  The vegetable tart was on the cover so I picked it up and put it in my cart.  Sold.  I modified the recipe somewhat.  The real beauty of this is you can use any vegetables you have on hand or just add or omit based on personal preference.  These are the ingredients and quantities I used.

Ingredients for Filling:

2 cups of cubed butternut squash

1 cup of thin sliced leeks (white and light green parts only)

1 cup of course chopped sweet bell peppers

1 cup of course chopped cauliflower

3-4 cloves of garlic minced

1 T of fresh rosemary minced (I only had dried)

1 cup grape or cherry tomatoes halved

4 oz of prosciutto in bite sized pieces

2 T olive oil

salt and pepper to taste

10 oz goat cheese softened

grated asiago

1 egg

Ingredients for the Crust:

1 1/3 cups AP flour

6 oz of cold unsalted butter cubed

6 oz of cold cream cheese cubed

1 tsp kosher salt

2 T cold water

Preheat the oven to 375.  Combine all of the vegetables (except the tomatoes) and toss with the olive oil, rosemary, salt and pepper.

Spread the vegetables out in a baking dish, cover with foil, and bake for 30-40 minutes until the vegetables are tender.  Remove them from the oven and allow them to cool.

While the vegetables are cooking and cooling prepare your crust.  Preheat the oven to 400 once the vegetables are out.    Pulse the flour, salt, cream cheese and butter in the food processor until it starts to come together.

If necessary add a little cold water.  Put the dough on a generously floured service and knead.  Form the dough into a ball.

Roll the dough out into a 16 inch round.  Place the round on parchment paper and spread with the softened goat cheese.

Halve the tomatoes and dice the prosciutto.  Toss them with the vegetables.

Heap the vegetables and prosciutto on the goat cheese leaving about a two inch border.  Sprinkle with a little shredded asiago cheese.

Fold the edges of the dough over the edge of the filling.  Whisk together one egg and a tablespoon of water and brush the edges of the dough with the egg wash.

Bake for 35-45 minutes until the crust is golden brown.  Allow the tart to cool for 10 minutes before serving.

Slice and serve with a fresh fruit cup or salad.  We had ours with a side of applesauce.

NOTE:  I put the goat cheese in the microwave for a few seconds on the defrost setting so that it would spread on the crust more easily.

Any combination of vegetables equaling 5 cups is the perfect proportion (not including the tomatoes).  Brussel sprouts, carrots, golden beets, sweet potato, fennel, broccoli…any of those would work.  I used nearly triple the goat cheese called for in the original recipe and I thought that was perfect.  You can also change up the herbs and use basil, oregano or dill.

The Cook Fresh magazine was a great impulse buy!!!

 

 

Pea Soup (Hernerakkaa)

Pea soup.  It’s something you either love or hate.  Pea soup is something you will find in almost every Finnish cookbook.  In The Finnish Cookbook by Beatrice Ojakangas she calls pea soup hernerakkaa.  Interestingly, in Finland it is a traditional Thursday supper followed by baked pancakes with homemade jam for dessert.  Many of the pea soup recipes I read call for adding a couple dollops of whipped cream just before serving.  Finnish pea soup is also served with a side of spicy mustard and that is added at the table based on personal taste.  Some of the Finnish pea soup recipes included meat, others did not.  Pea soup is one of my dad’s favorites and mine as well.  My immediate family eats it but I’m not sure it ranks in their top five soup choices.  I say my immediate family because I’m quite certain none of my brothers would eat it.  My daughter posted a picture of their homemade pea soup a week or so ago and I decided I needed to make a pot.  I had a beautiful, meaty pork hock in the freezer and a bag of Michigan split peas so I was all set.  I decided to make my soup in the pressure cooker but I first cooked my ham shank which was a good decision.

Split peas do not require soaking.  Just put them in a colander and rinse them well.

Ingredients:

Pork hock or ham bone

1 pound of split peas

4 cups of water

4 cups of chicken broth

3 T butter

1 medium onion finely diced

1 cup of finely diced carrots

1 cup of finely diced celery

3 or 4 cloves of garlic minced

1 cup of diced potato (peeled and rinsed)

2 bay leaves

salt and pepper to taste

I used my electric pressure cooker which I think works great for dishes like this.  I put the pork hock in the cooker, added 4 cups of water and set it on high pressure for 20 minutes and allowed the cooker to release naturally.

The meat fell off the bone and I had 4 cups of excellent broth to start my soup.

Heat the 3 tablespoons of butter in the pressure cooker using the saute setting.  Saute the onion, carrots, and celery for 2-3 minutes until tender.  Add the garlic and saute for another minute.

Add the diced meat and potato.

Add the peas that you’ve rinsed well, the bay leaves, the 4 cups of pork broth and 2 cups of the chicken broth.

Set the pressure canner for 20 minutes on high pressure.  Do a quick release.

Scoop out a little for a taste.  Add additional salt and pepper if needed.

I added 2 more cups of chicken broth at this point.  Leave the pressure cooker setting on warm until you’re ready to serve.  Ladle into bowls and serve with homemade croutons or crusty bread.  Maybe the next time I make pea soup I’ll whip up some heavy cream and stir a good size dollop in each bowl.  And put the spicy mustard out for an authentic Finn bite.

NOTE:  Once this sits over night the flavors are even better but it also thickens even more.  You could slice the soup!  Prior to serving the leftovers stir in additional broth or water.  The next time I make this I may use a quarter less peas.

You can make this in a dutch oven on top of the stove if you don’t have a pressure cooker or instant pot.  I would still recommend starting the ham hock first.

Pillow Cases

A couple months ago I went, with my KnitWit friends, to a big quilt show.   I am not a quilter but I love to go and see the works of art that other people create.  And they are truly works of art.  There are always lots of vendors selling everything to do with fabric at these show and I picked up a kit to make two pillow cases.  How hard can that be you ask??  Well.  I am a visual learner and the written instructions were challenging me so my good friend Sydney came over and gave me a tutorial.  Once I watched her I was good to go.  I made the set I purchased at the quilt show and a couple other sets since.

For my beer loving kids.

For my surrogate grandchildren.  One was having some bad dreams and I’m hoping her special pillow case brings only sweet dreams.

For my niece’s daughter (and son) who love monkeys.

A really fun and practical thing to do is to make pillow cases and use them for gift bags for birthdays, Christmas or other special occasions.  My sewing tutor Sydney gets credit for that awesome idea!

Because I’m a visual learner, and maybe you are too, I’m going to include step by step photo instructions.  It’s also in case I don’t make any for awhile and forget how to make them.  These instructions are a combination of two different patterns.

You’ll need 3 pieces of fabric.  And LOTS of pins.

7/8 yard (31.5) inches for the pillowcase body

1/4 yard (9 inches) for the band

3 inches for contrasting band

Fold the 3 inch piece of fabric in half with wrong sides together and press.  Lay the band right side up and pin the contrasting band to the top matching the raw edges.

Place the pillow case fabric, wrong side up, on top of the first two pieces, keeping all of the raw edges even.  Pin all the layers.  (For directional fabric, top of the fabric should match the top raw edges.)

Now you do the roll.  Roll the pillow case fabric up from the bottom to the top, stopping short of the pinned area.

Fold the bottom raw edge of the band to meet the top raw edges and pin all raw edges together.  The pillowcase fabric is now inside the tube.

Sew a 1/4 inch seam backspacing at each end.

Pull the fabric out of the tube.

Press and fold in half with wrong sides together matching raw edges.  Sew a 1/4 inch seam along the side and bottom.  Start at the band to ensure that the seams match.

Turn the pillowcase so that the right side is in and sew a 3/8 inch seam along the side and bottom.  Turn the pillowcase right side out and press.

Voila!!!!  A beautiful French seamed pillowcase.