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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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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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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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