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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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Note the hyphen: this is not so much a pancake as it is a cake-in-a-pan. Very luscious, its texture reminds me of a souffle. Definitely need to make this one again, especially as it's quick enough to toss together after a meal.




For the Batter:
1/3 cup gluten-free oat or sorghum flour (45g)
1/3 cup gluten-free brown rice flour (45g)
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp salt
4 eggs
4 Tbsp milk (at least)
2 Tbsp butter, melted and cooled
2 tsp vanilla extract

For the Apples:
1/4 cup sugar (55g)
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp nutmeg
4 Tbsp butter
1 apple, peeled, cored, and sliced (We've used granny smith, Honeycrisp, and Macintosh, and all were good.)

For the Batter: Preheat oven to 425 °F. Whisk together flours, baking powder, salt, and cinnamon in medium bowl. In a small bowl, whisk together eggs, milk, melted butter, and vanilla. Pour egg mixture over dry ingredients. Whisk until smooth. Batter should be thin; if not, add additional milk one tablespoon at a time. Allow batter to stand for ten minutes.

For the Apples: mix together sugar, cinnamon, and nutmeg in a small bowl. Set aside. Melt butter in a 10-inch oven-safe skillet (I used a 9-inch cast iron pan and it worked fine) over medium heat. Sprinkle sugar mixture over melted butter. Stir and cook until sugar begins to bubble up. Reduce heat to medium-low and arrange apple slices. Cook about three minutes.

Slowly pour batter evenly into the pan. Some of the apple pieces might float and move. Transfer pan to the preheated oven. Bake until pancake puffs and is golden brown, about 15 minutes.

Remove pan from oven and serve warm.

From Serious Eats.
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Flank steak with tamari sauce, garlic green beans, and baked potatoes.
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Haven't cooked shrimp since I moved in with D ten years ago. But when she's asleep in the evenings, I make seafood for dinner. If you need a primer on how to prep shrimp, I found this tutorial from Gordon Ramsay quite helpful.

2 Tbsp cooking oil (I used coconut)
1 red bell pepper, cut into strips
1/2 fresh red chile , sliced (I skipped this.)
2 Tbsp Thai red curry paste
1/2 lb shrimp, peeled & deveined
1 can coconut milk
1 Tbsp fish sauce
1 cup snow peas (I skipped these, because the ones at the store looked crummy.)
Cilantro
Lime juice, to taste (about a Tbsp)




Slice up the red pepper and chile. Rinse and remove stems from the cilantro leaves.

Heat skillet over medium heat, then add the cooking oil. Sautee the red pepper and chile for 2-3 minutes.

Add the curry paste. Stir and cook for about a minute. Add the coconut milk and fish sauce, and mix well.




Add shrimp and snow peas, and cook for 3 minutes. Shrimp are easily overcooked, so don't leave this on the heat too long -- remove the pan from the burner as soon as the shrimp pink up.

Stir in cilantro, and lime juice to taste. Serve over rice/noodles/cauliflower rice.



Pictured with cauliflower rice

From Vikalinka.
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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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160g egg yolks (10-12 yolks)
90g granulated sugar, plus more for dusting
1/2 tsp salt
600g heavy cream
Berries for garnish (optional)

Equipment:
Sous vide setup
Wide mouth canning jars
Blowtorch
Fine-mesh strainer

Heat water bath to 176° F (80° C).

Combine yolks, sugar, and salt. Whisk until smooth.

In a pot on the stove, heat cream to 158° F (70° C). Then slowly (very slowly: a thin drizzle) whisk this into the egg mixture. Pour too fast, and you'll curdle the eggs.

Strain the mixture, then allow to rest for 20-30 minutes so that most of the bubbles dissipate. Gently skim away any remaining bubbles with a spoon.

Cast ~150g of mixture into each jar, pouring in a slow, low, steady stream to avoid creating more bubbles. I used these 4 oz Ball jelly jars, and filled them nearly full (a couple cm of space at the top, where the threads are). Note: you may want to pre-warm the jars with a dip in some hot water to reduce the chance of cracking in the sous vide.

Close with lids and bands, but only finger-tip tight: place the lid on top of the jar, then twist the band to tighten using just your fingertips. When you begin to feel resistance, twist once in the opposite direction, then once more to tighten. (This is necessary to let the trapped air escape when submerged, otherwise the air will crack the jars as it expands.)

Sous vide for an hour. If you are using an Anova circulator, turn it off while you are placing the jars in the pot: this will keep them from jostling before they settle.

After removing the jars, let them sit on a trivet for 10-15 minutes to cool a bit, then place into an ice bath to chill completely. (If you go straight from the sous vide to the ice bath, the jars may crack.) Once the jars are cold they will last up to a week, sealed, in the refrigerator.

When ready to serve, let them warm a few minutes, then remove the lid from the jar. If condensation has pooled on the surface of the custard, gently dab with the corner of a paper towel to remove.

Using a small sieve or your fingers, dust a layer of sugar over the surface of the custard. The more sugar you use, the more crunchy and caramelized your top layer will be.

Set blowtorch to a low gas-release setting. Holding the torch in your dominant hand, and the jar in the other, focus the flame on the custard, while rotating the jar. Once you have achieved the color you want, allow the sugar to set for five minutes.

Top with berries, mint leaves, or whatever you desire. Then lick clean.

from Chef Steps


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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.
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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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filling:
5 ripe bosc pears
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1/8 tsp cardamom
(alternatively, try 2 tsp apple pie seasoning)

topping:
1 stick of butter
1/4 c brown sugar
1/3 c white sugar
1 1/2 c chopped pecans or walnuts
1/2 c rolled oats (the "old fashioned" kind)

Preheat oven to 375°. Quarter & core the pears, and roughly chop them into a large pot. Cook over medium for 7-10 mins until softened & some of the juices have released. Add spices, stirring to coat the pears. Transfer to an 8" x 8" baking dish prepared with cooking spray to prevent sticking.

While the pears are cooking, melt the butter in a medium pot over medium heat. Add the sugars, chopped nuts, & oats. Stir well.

Scatter the topping over the pears and bake for 20-25 mins until the topping is browned and the pears are bubbly. Remove, let cool, and serve plain or with ice cream.

Alternative: try making more topping and mixing it in with the fruit filling before baking.

(from a Harry & David Fruit of the Month recipe card)
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* 3 1/4 cups polenta
* 1 1/2 cups freshly ground Parmesan cheese
* 7 Tbsp butter
* Salt and pepper to taste

Bring 6 1/4 cups water to boil in a large pan. Reduce heat to simmer; slowly add the polenta, stirring constantly, and simmer for about five minutes. (It will gloop at you. A lot.) Once the mixture has thickened and is starting to pull away from the edges of the pot when you're stirring it, remove from heat, add the butter and the cheese, and stir well until both the butter and cheese are melted and the mixture is smooth. Add salt and pepper to taste. (I usually do about 1/2Tbsp of both, I'd say?)

Spread out onto a cutting board slab and shape into a rectangle. (It should be about 3/4ths of an inch thick or so.) Allow it to cool for at least 30 minutes until it firms up.

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F and lightly but thoroughly oil two or three baking sheets with olive oil (using your fingers, a pastry brush, or a piece of paper towel). Cut into sticks about the width and length of your middle finger. Arrange on the baking sheets. Bake for 40-50 minutes, turning occasionally (yes, they probably will try to fall apart when you turn them over), until golden brown and crisp. Serve with your choice of dipping sauce.

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