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Shrimp and Scallop Cakes

September 19, 2017

It’s still warm outside and these are perfect for a quick weeknight meal…

  • ½ pound medium shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 6 large scallops, cleaned

Place the shrimp and scallops into a food processor and pulse about 10 times or till the seafood is finely chopped. Take out and transfer to a medium bowl. Keep aside.

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 medium yellow pepper, chopped
  • 4 green onions, whites and greens separated and chopped
  • 1 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon ground chipotle
  • 1 teaspoon salt

Heat a medium skillet with olive oil. Add the pepper, the white part of the green onions and garlic. Saute on medium heat for 2 to 3 minutes. Add the cumin, chipotle and salt. Continue to sauté on medium heat for 10 minutes. Turn heat off and let cool completely.

  • 1 large egg, beaten
  • ½ cup cilantro, chopped
  • 1 cup panko breadcrumbs, divided in half
  • 1 teaspoon salt

Add the egg, cilantro, green parts of the green onions, salt and half cup of the panko breadcrumbs to the chopped seafood. Add the cooled pepper mixture. Mix well and place in the fridge for an hour.

Divide the mixture into 4 large cakes and dredge with the remaining ½ cup panko breadcrumbs.

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons butter

Heat the oil and butter in a non-stick pan and add the cakes. Cook on medium high heat for 3 to 4 minutes on each side. Serve with chili lime sauce.

Chili Lime Sauce

  • ¼ cup mayonnaise
  • Juice of one lime
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt

Mix all the ingredients and serve with the cakes.

 

Sausage Mushroom Ragu

September 18, 2017

Another quick, easy and delicious dish for through the week…

  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 3 to 4 links chicken sausage, I used roasted garlic and fontina, casings off and crumbled
  • 1 medium yellow onion, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 2 cups Cremini mushrooms, sliced
  • 2 cups crushed tomatoes
  • ½ cup grated Parmigiano Reggiano
  • Salt
  • ½ pound cooked pasta, al dente with ½ cup pasta water spared

Heat a large frying pan with the olive oil. Add the crumbled sausage and sauté on medium heat for 5 to 6 minutes, stirring constantly till the sausage is golden brown. Add the onion and garlic. Saute on medium heat for 2 to 3 minutes. Add the mushrooms and sauté on medium heat for 6 to 7 minutes. Add the tomatoes and 1 teaspoon salt. Bring to a boil and lower the heat to low and cook, covered, for 15 to 20 minutes, stirring every 5 minutes. Take the lid off, add the cheese, mix well.

In the meantime, cook the pasta and add ½ cup of the pasta water to the ragu, mix well and check for seasonings. Serve warm.

Pasta Arrabbiata with Herbed Breadcrumbs

September 11, 2017

Just a simple plate of pasta can be so delicious- you don’t need a whole lot of ingredients… just really good ones!!

  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 to 3 medium shallots, chopped
  • 3 to 4 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 1 to 2 jalapeno peppers, chopped (seeded depending on how spicy you want)
  • 3 cups fresh tomato sauce or canned tomatoes
  • ½ pound penne, cooked al dente with 1 cup pasta water
  • ½ cup fresh basil, chopped

Heat a saucepan with butter and oil. Add the shallots, garlic and jalapenos. Saute on medium heat for 3 to 4 minutes. Add the tomato sauce and bring to a boil. Simmer with lid off for 30 minutes. Add basil and pasta. Mix well and check for seasonings and add salt. Adjust consistency of sauce by adding pasta water if needed. Serve warm with a garnish of herbed breadcrumbs.

Breadcrumbs

  • 1 cup panko breadcrumbs
  • 1 tablespoons fresh thyme, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons fresh parsley, chopped
  • Zest of one lemon

Mix all the ingredients and serve on top of pasta.

 

Shrimp Cake Sandwich with Chili Lime Sauce

August 29, 2017

So good and so perfect for this warm weather… enjoy a cold glass of wine or beer with this delicious meal!!

  • 12 medium shrimp, deveined and cleaned with tails off
  • 2 green onions, chopped
  • ½ yellow pepper, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons chives, chopped
  • Juice of one lime
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1½ cups panko breadcrumbs
  • Salt
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons butter

Transfer the shrimp to a food processor and process for 10 seconds. Add the green onions, pepper, chives, lime juice, egg and 2 teaspoons salt. Process till smooth for about 45 seconds. Add ½ cup panko and process for another 15 seconds. Take out and form into 4 patties and roll into the remaining 1 cup panko. Place the patties on a parchment paper and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes. Heat a non-stick with the olive oil and butter on medium heat. Cook the shrimp patties for 4 minutes on each side or till cooked through.

Chili Lime Sauce

  • ¼ cup mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoons yogurt
  • 1 teaspoon chipotle powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • Juice of one lime

Mix all ingredients well in a small bowl. Serve the shrimp cakes in ciabatta rolls with the lime sauce.

Chicken Adobo

August 7, 2017

I love trying different cuisines- this is my first time trying this Filipino classic.. of course, I put my own spin on it. It’s yummy!

  • 4 to 5 chicken thighs with skin and bone in
  • ½ cup white vinegar
  • ½ cup soy sauce
  • 6 to 8 garlic cloves, smashed
  • 1 teaspoon whole black peppercorns
  • ½ cup orange juice
  • 1 teaspoon cornstarch mixed with 2 tablespoons water
  • ½ cup cilantro, chopped
  • 3 to 4 scallions, chopped

Place the soy sauce, vinegar, soy sauce, garlic, peppercorns and orange juice in a large sauté pan. Place the chicken thighs, skin side down. Bring the liquid to a boil over high heat and then cover and simmer over low heat for about 20 minutes. Turn the chicken over and cover and simmer for another 10 minutes.

Uncover the pan and increase the heat to high and return the sauce to boil while turning the chicken occasionally and basting at the same time. Take the chicken out after about 3 to 4 minutes and add the cornstarch. Bring to a boil and let the sauce thicken. Check for seasonings and turn the heat off.

Let the chicken pieces cool, take the skin off and take all the meat off the bone with a fork. Return the shredded chicken to the sauce, check for seasonings and garnish with cilantro and scallions.

Green Curry with Tofu

August 6, 2017

This is the first time I have attempted green curry at home. We always order it in Thai restaurants and really enjoy the flavor. My problem with attempting Thai recipes at home was the numerous ingredients. I finally went to an Asian grocery store and stocked up on galangal which comes frozen and can be stored in your freezer for a long time. It is nice to have fresh kaffir lime leaves and lemon grass but they are not always available. So, I bought frozen lemon grass and stored the fresh lime leaves in the freezer as well. They may not be as aromatic as the fresh ones but it is better than not having them at all. This was a good first try- will keep improving….

  • 1 cup cilantro, chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves, smashed
  • 2 medium shallots, chopped
  • 1 inch galangal or ginger
  • 2 tablespoons lemongrass or zest of 2 limes
  • 1 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 2 tablespoons fish sauce
  • Juice of one lemon
  • 2 teaspoons honey

Transfer all the ingredients to a food processor and process till a paste is achieved. You may need to add some water to process. Keep aside.

  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 2 cups cremini mushrooms, sliced
  • 3 to 4 heads small bok choy, whites and greens separated and chopped
  • 1 can coconut milk
  • Salt
  • 3 or 4 kaffir lime leaves, sliced
  • ¼ cup cilantro, chopped

Heat a wok like saucepan with the coconut oil. Add the green curry paste and sauté on medium heat for 3 to 4 minutes. Add the mushrooms and sauté for another 4 to 5 minutes. Add the bok choy whites and sauté for 2 more mintues. Add the coconut milk and bring to a boil. Add salt and water if needed. Cook on a simmer for 4 to 5 minutes. Check for seasonings and garnish with kaffir lime leaves and cilantro. Serve with soba noodles.

Grilled Balsamic Chicken with Tomato Salad

August 1, 2017

I am in a summer roll- this is an amazingly easy yet delicious, light recipe to make any evening or for company. I used one of my favorite ingredients- balsamic glaze. If you don’t have it in your pantry- it is a must. It is great for marinades, salad dressing, etc…. It has an amazing sweet and tart flavor…

  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tablespoon balsamic glaze
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • Pepper
  • 2 to 3 cups mixed greens

Transfer the tomatoes, garlic, balsamic glaze, olive oil, salt and pepper to a salad bowl. Mix well and let sit in room temperature for an hour. Right before serving, add the greens and toss well.

  • 4 to 5 pieces chicken cutlets (chicken breasts pounded thin)
  • 1 tablespoon balsamic glaze
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons salt

Mix the balsamic glaze, garlic, olive oil and salt in a small bowl. Transfer the chicken and the marinade to a zip lock bag and marinate for 2 hours in the refrigerator. Take out half an hour before grilling. Grill till done, careful not to over cook. Take off grill. Serve with tomato salad on top.