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Cavatelli pasta (~4 oz per person)
Olive oil
Garlic (3 cloves, roughly chopped)
Broccoli
1/2 cup chicken broth
Parmesan reggiano, for serving

Bring a large pot of salted water to boil, and cook the pasta until al dente (9 mins for the Rao's brand that I used, but taste it as you go).

Meanwhile, cut the broccoli into bite sized florets. Steam in a pot with steamer insert (or microwave) for a couple minutes, until bright green. Drain.

In a medium saute pan, heat olive oil (medium-high), and saute the garlic until tender. Add broccoli, chicken broth, salt, and pepper, and simmer for 4-5 minutes.

Drain pasta and return to pot over medium heat. Add broccoli mixture and toss for a minute until well mixed. Serve with grated cheese.


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olive oil
1/2 pound raw shrimp, peeled & deveined
1 bunch asparagus, ends trimmed and each stalk cut into 2-3" pieces
salt, to taste
1 tsp minced ginger (which I didn't have, so I used a dash of ginger powder)
1 tsp minced garlic

For the lemon sauce:
⅔ cup chicken stock
1 Tbsp cornstarch (or arrowroot powder)
1 Tbsp soy sauce (I used tamari, which is GF)
¼ cup lemon juice
1 tsp lemon zest

In a small bowl, whisk together all of the lemon sauce ingredients and set aside.

In a large frying pan, heat 2 tablespoons olive oil over medium-high heat. Add shrimp to pan and stir fry for 2-3 minutes, seasoning with a bit of salt. Remove when turning pink and opaque, but still underdone.

In same frying pan, heat another 2 tablespoons of oil over medium-high heat. Add asparagus and cook for 4-5 minutes, or until nearly the way you like it (I go for tender, but still with a snap to it, and vivid green). Add salt, ginger, and garlic and cook for 1 minute more.

Pour in lemon sauce, and add shrimp back to the pan. Simmer for about a minute, until shrimp are fully cooked and sauce starts to thicken (it will thicken more upon standing).

Remove from heat and serve, preferably over something to soak up the sauce. Shown with cauliflower rice and a side of sauteed mushrooms and onions.

From Home Cooking Memories.
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Flank steak with tamari sauce, garlic green beans, and baked potatoes.
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I've been experimenting with some grain-free dishes. I only cooked cauliflower from fresh for the first time a few months back. I'm really digging the taste and versatility. A food processor is recommended for this recipe.

1 head cauliflower, cored & trimmed into florets
1 shallot, minced
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 Tbsp olive oil
1 tsp sea salt




Mince up your aromatics.

In two batches, pulse the cauliflower in a food processor to rice-like grains (about the size of couscous). If you don't have a food processor, you can grate it using a box grater.

Heat a skillet over medium-high heat, then add the olive oil. Sautee the shallots and garlic for a minute until tender.




Reduce heat to medium and add the cauliflower and salt. Cook for about 5 minutes, stirring constantly, until it reaches your preferred tenderness.



Pictured with red curry shrimp

From Cool Hunting.
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Steak (I used 1lb flank steak for 3 people)
Bell peppers (tricolor is very pretty!)
Onion (I used 3/4 of a large Spanish onion)
Fajita seasoning (I used the pre-mixed McCormick packet)
Rice or fajitas
Toppings, such as shredded cheese, sour cream, pico de gallo

If serving over rice, get your rice cooker set up and going in advance.

Prepare the steak. I cooked it sous vide at 130 F for 45 minutes, then sliced into strips. Alternatively, slice first and stir fry in a pan with a tablespoon of oil.

Set aside the steak. In a large skillet, heat a tablespoon of oil, and sautee the onions and peppers for 3-5 minutes. Add the steak, seasoning, and about 1/4 c. of water. Stir and simmer for 3-5 minutes.

Serve over rice, or in tortillas. Top with cheese, sour cream, and salsas.


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1 butternut squash
1 Tbsp butter
2 Tbsp maple syrup
salt & pepper

Preheat the over to 400 F. Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil, and lightly coat with cooking spray.

Halve the squash lengthwise, scooping out the strings and seeds with a spoon. Place cut side down and bake for 45-55 min (until a skewer goes through easily).

Meanwhile, melt butter in a small pot or pan, and stir in maple syrup, salt, and pepper. Turn off the heat.

When squash is done, turn over so the cut sides are facing up, and spoon on the butter/syrup mixture. Return to the oven for about 5 minutes, to set the glaze.

from Jack Bishop's Vegetables Every Day




Photo also includes our chicken francese.

Latkes

Feb. 1st, 2015 10:20 pm
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This is the second time we've made these, but I had two additional pieces of kitchen gear that made it much easier this time around: a food processor, and a cast-iron skillet.

For 12-15 small/medium latkes:

3 good sized russet potatoes, washed and peeled
2 cups diced onion (about 2 medium onions)
2 eggs
1/2 to 3/4 cup matzo ball mix
salt to taste (several tsp -- more than you'd think)
applesauce and/or sour cream, for serving

Shred the potatoes using the grater disc of a food processor. Dump the shredded potatoes in a piece of cheesecloth, folded over twice. Tie the corners around a wooden spoon and twist the bundle to wring out as much moisture as you can over a very large bowl. Get the potato as dry as possible.

Set the potato aside, and let the bowl of potato water sit undisturbed while you dice up the onion. Then carefully pour off the water (which will be red-brown), leaving the off-white potato starch in the bottom of the bowl.

In the cast-iron skillet, heat 1/2 inch of vegetable oil over medium-high heat.

Dump in the shredded potato and diced onion, and mix well with the starch (you could use a spoon, but it's easier if you get your hands dirty). Add an egg, followed by 1/4 c. of matzo mix, then the other egg, then another 1/4 c. of matzo mix, mixing after each addition. If necessary, add some more matzo mix, until the consistency is such that it all holds together when you make a patty. Add salt.

When the frying oil is hot, make a small test latke (about the volume of a golf ball), and use a spatula to slide it into the hot oil and press flat. Fry a few minutes on each side, until golden brown. Put several layers of paper towel on a plate to pat dry. Taste to see if it needs more seasoning, and repeat if necessary.

In a 12" skillet, you can fry up 3-4 latkes at a time, if they're smallish (about the volume of a kiwi fruit). Best served hot, topped with applesauce or sour cream (but not both in the same bite ;).

Adapted from Serious Eats; see this post for more latke tips.
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I think this is an NYC-area regional dish. Never heard of it, except in restaurants up there and within D's north-Jersey family. When I asked the butcher (here in Baltimore) to pound the chicken breasts thin for Chicken Francese, he gave me a blank look and said, "Oh, you're making chicken scallopini." Similar, but not quite the same.

I've done this with the chicken prepared differently, depending on the butcher: either fat breasts sliced thin (into 3-4 pancake-like pieces), or a fat breast sliced in half, then pounded thin (~1/4 inch). Pounded thin seems traditional for this dish, but both have turned out delicious. A pound of chicken will give you 4 larger or 6-8 smaller cutlets, depending on preparation.

1 lb chicken (sliced/pounded into thin pieces, as above)
Salt & pepper
4 Tbsp butter
4 Tbsp oil
4 Tbsp chicken broth
4 Tbsp lemon juice
4 Tbsp dry white wine (optional)
Lemon slices (optional garnish)

In a 10- or 12-inch pan, over medium-high heat, heat the cooking fats (butter & oil) until sizzling. You can cook 2-3 cutlets at a time.

Season the chicken with salt and pepper. Prepare two deep dishes, one with flour and one with 2 lightly beaten eggs. Dredge a chicken slice in the flour, pressing down to coat it heavily. Dredge in egg, then back through the flour again.

Place in pan, and fry 2-3 minutes per side, turning once.

When all cutlets are cooked, deglaze the pan with the chicken broth, lemon juice, and white wine. Reduce to taste: should be golden brown and slightly thickened. Pour over cutlets and serve. Garnish with lemon slices, if you're feeling particularly fancy.

source: The Food Maven
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* spatchcocked turkey
14lbs, from Eddie's. Forgot to ask for the backbone for gravy, so cut off the wing tips and used those. Turkey was perfect, and gravy was spectacular.
* Parker House rolls
* Hasselback potato gratin
* sweet potato casserole, using Kenji's mashed sweet potatoes as the base, and Grandmom C's pecan topping
* stuffing, from D's mom's recipe, but prepared in the slow cooker
* roasted cauliflower with pine nuts & raisins (omitted capers)
* canned cranberry sauce
* Fordhook lima beans
* corn

appetizers included Arie's stuffed mushrooms, a cheese platter with figs, and a veg platter with these three dips:
* green goddess, subbing fish sauce for the anchovies
* ranch
* blue cheese dip
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This was slightly modified, as I (a) prefer cooked garlic to raw, and (b) wanted to add bacon. Because bacon. So leave out the bacon, and it'll be vegetarian again. Far superior to any alfredo sauce I've had out a jar.

5 ounces grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese, plus more for sprinkling
2 tablespoons heavy cream
1 large egg
1 teaspoon cornstarch
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
1 pound fresh fettuccine, or 12 ounces dried fettuccine
2 cloves garlic, minced
4 oz bacon (about 5 slices), diced
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
Minced fresh parsley or chives (optional)

Combine cheese, heavy cream, egg, cornstarch, and olive oil in a large bowl. Season lightly with salt (there'll be plenty in the pasta water later) and black pepper to taste. Whisk to combine, then set aside.

In a large saucepan, bring 2 quarts of water and 2 tablespoons of salt to a boil over high heat. Add pasta and cook, stirring frequently to prevent sticking, until cooked but still very firm (not quite al dente), about 45 seconds for fresh pasta or 1 minute less than package directions for dried pasta. Drain pasta into a colander set over a large bowl. Transfer 2 cups of cooking water to a liquid measuring cup and discard the rest. Transfer pasta to the now-empty bowl. Add the butter and toss to coat.

In the still-hot saucepan, sauté the bacon until desired level of crispiness. Toss in the garlic for about 45 seconds. Drain excess bacon fat and discard, then dump bacon & garlic into the pasta and toss to coat.

Whisking constantly, slowly add 1 1/2 cups of the pasta cooking water to the bowl with the cheese mixture. Transfer the cheese mixture to the now-empty pasta cooking pot. Cook over medium-high heat, stirring constantly, until mixture comes to a boil and thickens (about 1 min). Transfer pasta to sauce mixture and turn to coat. Just before serving, stir in more pasta water to thin the sauce out as necessary.

Serve immediately, sprinkled with minced herbs, black pepper, and cheese (if you're feeling fancy).

via Serious Eats
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Red curry sauce:
1/2 c. coconut milk
2 Tbsp soy sauce
2 Tbps minced fresh cilantro or basil
2 tsp Thai red curry paste

2 Tbsp roasted peanut oil
1 medium head of cauliflower, trimmed, cored, and cut into florets
1 medium onion, chopped
1 lb spinach, stems removed, washed, shaken dry, and chopped
salt to taste

0. If serving over rice, get your rice cooker set up and going now.

1. Combine the coconut milk, soy sauce, cilantro, and curry paste in a small bowl and set aside. Chop your veggies.

everything ready to go

2. Heat most of the oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat until almost smoking. Add the cauliflower and stir-fry until lightly browned, about 4 mins.

stir fry the cauliflower

3. Push the cauliflower aside and place the onion in the center, Drizzle the remaining oil over the onion and cook until translucent, about 1 min. Add the red curry sauce, toss well to coat, and cover. Cook until the cauliflower is tender (about 3 mins).

sautee the onions

add the red curry sauce

4. Remove the cover, add spinach, and stir. Cover and cook, stirring once, until the spinach has wilted (about 2-3 minutes). Adjust seasonings and serve immediately.

wilt the spinach

curried cauliflower & spinach

from Jack Bishop's Vegetables Every Day
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3 ounces finely grated Gruyère or comté cheese (or any soft cheese)
2 ounces finely grated Parmigiano-reggiano
2 cups heavy cream (1 pint)
2 medium cloves garlic, minced (I use 4)
1 tablespoon fresh thyme leaves, roughly chopped
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
3 pounds russet potatoes, peeled and sliced 1/8th-inch thick on a mandoline slicer (~5 medium potatoes; you can also slice by hand if you've got good knife skills, like D :)
2 tablespoons unsalted butter

Adjust oven rack to middle position and preheat oven to 400°F. Combine cheeses in a large bowl. Transfer 1/3 of cheese mixture to a separate bowl and set aside. Add cream, garlic, and thyme to cheese mixture. Season generously with salt and pepper. Add potato slices and toss with hands until every slice is coated with cream mixture, making sure to separate any slices that are sticking together to get the cream mixture in between them.

Grease a 2-quart casserole dish with butter. Pick up a handful of potatoes, organizing them into a neat stack, and lay them in the casserole dish with their edges aligned vertically. Continue placing potatoes in casserole, working around the perimeter and into the center until all potatoes have been added. Potatoes should be very tightly packed. If necessary, slice additional potato, coat with cream mixture, and add to casserole. Pour excess cream/cheese mixture evenly over potatoes until the mixture comes half way up the sides of the casserole. You may not need all excess liquid.

Cover tightly with foil and transfer to oven. Bake for 30 minutes. Remove foil and continue baking until top is pale golden brown, about 30 minutes longer. Carefully remove from oven, sprinkle with remaining cheese, and return to oven. Bake until deep golden brown and crisp on top, about 30 minutes longer. Remove from oven, let rest for a few minutes, and serve.

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20 medium radishes, trimmed (about 1 lb)
1.5 Tbsp roasted peanut oil
4 tsp soy sauce
2 medium scallions, sliced thin
1 tsp sesame seeds, toasted in a dry skillet until golden brown

Preheat oven to 425 degrees.

Halve the radishes lengthwise from stem to root. Toss with the peanut oil and spread out on a baking sheet. Roast, turning once or twice, for about 25 minutes. The radishes will be tender and lightly browned.

Remove from oven (but don't turn it off!) and drizzle with soy sauce and sprinkle on the scallions. Toss well and roast for an additional 5 minutes.

Transfer to serving bowl and sprinkle with sesame seeds.

from Jack Bishop's Vegetables Every Day
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Baked ham, preferably the dinner-sliced kind (but a ham steak will do)

Mac & cheese (D prefers Kraft deluxe, in the blue box with the squeeze packet)

Applesauce
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2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
2-4 oz pancetta or bacon
about 4 cloves of garlic (chopped)
about 2 c mirepoix

herbs:
2 sprigs rosemary
1 sprig thyme
2 dried bay leaves
Coarse salt and pepper

2 (15 oz) cans cannellini beans
1 cup tomato sauce or crushed tomatoes
2 cups water
1 quart (4 cups) chicken stock
1 1/2 cups ditalini
grated parmesan reggiano
crusty bread

Heat a deep pot over medium heat and add oil, bacon, and garlic. Brown lightly.

Add mirepoix, and saute for a few minutes.

Add herbs, and season with salt & pepper. Add beans, tomato sauce, water, and stock. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer for at least an hour, but two is better.

Near the end, add the pasta, stirring occasionally, and cook 6 to 8 minutes. (Alternatively, cook the pasta in a separate pot and add to to soup while serving. If there are leftovers, store the pasta in another container to keep it from absorbing all the liquid.)

Remove herb stems and bay leaf from soup. Let soup rest for about 15 min. Serve with grated cheese and crusty bread.


modified heavily from Rachel Ray
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* 1 1/4 c. Bob's 13-Bean Soup Mix
* 1lb ground beef
* 1 medium onion
* 1 head garlic
* 1 24 oz jar Classico Fire-Roasted Garlic & Tomato or Tomato & Basil pasta sauce
* Misc. spices

The night before: Rinse beans, cover with about a quart of water, and let soak overnight.

~4 hours before dinner: Drain and rinse beans. Add rinsed beans to a pot; cover with water, bring to boil, cover, and simmer for around 3 hours. Drain and set aside.

Finely chop the onion and the garlic. In a large (6 quart or larger) saucepan, thoroughly brown the ground beef; drain the excess fat and return to heat. Add around 1Tbsp of a cooking oil (again, I use grapeseed; olive or vegetable will also work), and add the onion and garlic. Stir constantly until the garlic is just beginning to brown.

Add the jar of pasta sauce and the cooked bean mixture. Stir thoroughly.

Spice mixture for this one is usually: 2Tbsp each chili powder, cumin, and nutmeg (I know it sounds crazy, but trust me on the nutmeg), 1/2Tbsp each sugar, salt, and pepper, and (stop looking at me like that, I swear it works) around 1/2tsp of cinnamon. (If you are a wuss about heat -- although I swear I am too; this is flavor spice, not hot-for-the-sake-of-proving-your-macho -- reduce the chili powder to 1Tbsp, but leave the cumin and nutmeg at 2Tbsp.)

Bring to a boil, cover, reduce heat to simmer, and allow to simmer for around an hour, stirring frequently. Check when there's 20 minutes left on the timer to see if it needs more salt. (Sometimes it does; it depends on the flavor of the beef and the particular heat of the chili powder you've got.)

Serve with bread.

Hummus

Feb. 21st, 2014 08:54 pm
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Ingredients:

1C tahini
2 Tbsp salt
1/3C water
1 tsp baking soda
2C chickpeas, cooked
about 1/3C fresh-squeezed lemon juice
3 cloves garlic, peeled & crushed
Olive oil, paprika, & parsley for garnish

The night before: soak dried chickpeas in three times their volume of water overnight with one teaspoon baking soda. (This will soften the skins and thus help reduce the cooking time.)

Rinse chickpeas under cold water, put them in a saucepan, cover with cold water, and add 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda. Bring them to a full boil and simmer for about 1/2 hour or until tender. Stir occasionally and remove excess foam from top. (It's very important to let peas cool before using.)

Put them in a blender or food processor, reserving a few whole chickpeas for the garnish. Process chickpeas, tahini, salt, and garlic cloves until very smooth and light in color.

Add in the lemon juice while blending. Add water alternating with the lemon juice to achieve the right consistency. It's difficult to give the exact amount of lemon juice as sizes and tastes vary, so we suggest you add it gradually, to your taste.

TIP: if the puree is too thick, use a little water to thin. The puree should be soft and creamy but not runny.
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For the Pancakes:
2 cups all-purpose flour, plus extra for dusting work surface
1 cup boiling water
Up to 1/4 cup toasted sesame seed oil
2 cups thinly sliced scallion greens

For the Dipping Sauce:
2 tablespoons soy sauce
2 tablespoons Chinkiang or rice wine vinegar
1 tablespoon finely sliced scallion greens
1/2 teaspoon grated fresh ginger
2 teaspoons sugar

To Cook:
1/4 cup vegetable oil
Kosher salt

Place flour in bowl of food processor. With processor running, slowly drizzle in about 3/4 of boiling water. Process for 15 seconds. If dough does not come together and ride around the blade, drizzle in more water a tablespoon at a time until it just comes together. (NB: We did it by hand with a wooden spoon and had no problem.) Transfer to a floured work surface and knead a few times to form a smooth ball. Transfer to a bowl, cover with a damp towel or plastic wrap, and allow to rest for 30 minutes at room temperature, or up to overnight in the fridge.

Divide dough into four even pieces and roll each into a smooth ball. Working one ball at a time, roll out into a disk roughly 8-inches in diameter on a lightly floured surface. Using a pastry brush, paint a very thin layer of sesame oil over the top of the disk. Roll disk up like a jelly roll, then twist roll into a tight spiral, tucking the end underneath. Flatten gently with your hand, then re-roll into an 8-inch disk.

Paint with another layer or sesame oil, sprinkle with 1/2 cup scallions, and roll up like a jelly roll again. Twist into a spiral, flatten gently, and re-roll into a 7-inch disk. Repeat steps two and three with remaining pancakes.

Combine all the sauce ingredients and set aside at room temperature.

Heat oil in an 8-inch nonstick or cast-iron over medium-high heat until shimmering and carefully slip pancake into the hot oil. Cook, shaking the pan gently until first side is an even golden brown, about 2 minutes. Carefully flip with a spatula or tongs (be careful not to splash the oil), and continue to cook, shaking pan gently, until second side is even golden brown, about 2 minutes longer. Transfer to a paper towel-lined plate to drain. Season with salt, cut into 6 wedges. Serve immediately with sauce for dipping. Repeat with remaining 3 pancakes.

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