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Steak Mushroom Broccoli Lo Mein

October 8, 2018

  • 8 ounces lo mein noodles, cooked according to package instructions, rinse with water and drizzle a teaspoon of oil to avoid clumping
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • ¼ soy sauce
  • 3 tablespoons honey
  • 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 4 tablespoons peanut oil
  • 4 ounces steak, filet mignon, cut thinly
  • 1 inch fresh ginger, sliced thin
  • 4 cups fresh broccoli, cut into florets
  • ¼ cup chicken broth
  • 2 cups Cremini mushrooms, cut into quarters
  • 2 carrots, shredded
  • Salt
  • 3 scallions, thinly sliced
  • 2 teaspoons sesame oil
  • Juice of one lime

Stir together the garlic, soy sauce, honey and red pepper flakes. Heat a tablespoon of peanut oil in a wok like pan till scorching hot. Add the steak and ginger. Saute on high heat for about two minutes, sprinkle with salt and transfer to a plate.

Add 2 tablespoons peanut oil into the same wok, add the mushrooms and sauté on high for 3 to 4 minutes, till the mushrooms are golden brown. Transfer to the same plate.

Add the remaining tablespoon oil to the wok and add the broccoli florets. Cook on high for 2 minutes and add chicken broth to steam the broccoli. Cook for 2 minutes, add the carrots, steak, mushroom and soy sauce mixture. Bring to a boil and add the noodles and toss well. Check for seasoning and add salt accordingly. Add the sesame oil, scallions and lime juice. Toss to coat and serve warm.

Brown Lentils with Tomatoes & Onions

October 7, 2018

Lentils with Tomatoes and Onions

  • 1 cup brown lentils
  • 3 cups chicken broth
  • 1 medium yellow onion, chopped
  • ½ cup crushed tomatoes
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 inch ginger, grated
  • 1 tablespoon extra light olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric
  • ½ teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 teaspoon garam masala

Add the lentils into a medium bowl. Add the chicken broth, onion, tomatoes, garlic, ginger, oil, salt, turmeric and cayenne pepper. Bring to a boil and simmer on medium low heat for 30 to 45 minutes – or till the lentils are soft and the consistency is between a soup and a stew. Add the garam masala. Check for seasonings and serve with rice.

Shrimp and Sausage Gumbo

October 3, 2018

Gumbo

  • 1 pound jumbo shrimp, cleaned
  • 2 teaspoons bay seasoning
  • Salt
  • 1 pound andouille sausage, casing taken off

Sprinkle the bay seasoning and salt on the shrimp and keep in refrigerator for 2 to 3 hours.

  • ¼ cup extra light olive oil
  • ¼ cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 large yellow onion, chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves, chopped
  • ½ large green pepper, chopped
  • 1 celery stalk, chopped
  • 3 to 4 fresh thyme sprigs
  • 1 bay leaf
  • ½ cup white wine
  • 2 cups tomato sauce
  • 1½ cups chicken broth
  • 2 cups fresh or frozen okra
  • Salt
  • ½ cup parsley, chopped

Heat the olive oil in a large saucepan. Add the flour and cook on medium heat to create a brownish red roux- it should take about 6 to 7 minutes. Add the onion, garlic, green pepper, celery, thyme and bay. Saute on medium heat for about 10 minutes. Add the white wine, tomato sauce and chicken broth. Add the okra and sausage. Break the sausage with the back of spatula. Bring to a boil and lower the heat. Place the cover and cook for 20 minutes. Take the lid off and cook for another ten minutes. Check for seasonings. Add the shrimp and cook for another 5 to 7 minutes. Garnish with parsley and serve with rice.

Morel Mushroom Risotto

October 2, 2018

Mushroom Risotto
I served the risotto with lamb chops- yum!

  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 medium shallot, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 1 pack wild mushrooms, sliced (about 2 cups)
  • 1 cup Arborio rice
  • 3 to 4 cups mushroom broth
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • 3 to 4 dried morel mushrooms
  • 1 cup warm water
  • 1/3 cup half and half
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1/3 cup Pecorino cheese, grated

Soak the mushrooms in the warm water for 3 to 4 hours. Take the mushrooms out and strain the water of any sand/impurities. Keep the water aside. Chop the mushrooms and add the wild mushroom heap.

Heat the morel broth and the packaged mushroom broth in a medium saucepan and keep warm (use 3 cups of packaged broth in addition to the morel broth; use 4 cups of packaged broth if not using morels).
Heat a wide frying pan with the olive oil. Add the shallot and garlic and sauté on medium heat for 2 to 3 minutes. Add the wild and morel mushrooms and sauté for 3 to 4 minutes on medium high heat. Add the rice and sauté for a minute. Add a half cup of warmed broth to the rice mix and stir on medium low heat. As soon as the liquid is cooked off, add the next half-cup. Stir and cook till the rice grains are cooked through- it should take about 20 minutes. Add half and half, butter, cheese and salt. Mix well and check for seasonings. Add pepper and serve hot.

Bok Choy and Tofu Stir Fry with Tamarind and Orange Sauce

September 30, 2018

Tofu bok choy and mushroom stir fry

  • 2 tablespoons extra light olive oil
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 inch fresh ginger, grated
  • 1 medium yellow onion, sliced
  • 2 bunches baby bok choy, chopped, whites and greens separated
  • 1 10 oz pack of Cremini mushrooms, sliced
  • 1 package firm tofu, crumbled
  • ½ cup cilantro, chopped

Sauce

  • 1 teaspoon tamarind concentrate
  • 2 teaspoon orange marmalade, melted
  • 1/2 cup orange juice
  • 3 tablespoons tamari
  • 1 teaspoon corn starch

Mix the tamarind, marmalade, orange juice, tamari and corn starch making sure all the ingredients are dissolved well. Keep aside.

Heat a wok like pan with the olive oil. Add the garlic, ginger and onion and sauté for 2 to 3 minutes on high heat. Add the white parts of the bok choy and mushrooms. Saute on high heat for 4 to 5 minutes. Add the tofu and the sauce. Mix well and bring to boil. Add the bok choy greens and cilantro. Cook for another minute. Check for seasonings and serve on brown rice.

Shrimp in Poblano Sauce

September 24, 2018

Shrimp in Poblano Sauce with Spinach Polenta

  • 3 poblano peppers, seeded and cut in half
  • 3 green tomatoes, cut in half
  • 1 large yellow onion, cut in half
  • Drizzle of olive oil
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • 1 cup cilantro, chopped
  • ½ cup chicken broth

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.

Line a cookie sheet with aluminum foil. Transfer the vegetables onto the sheet and drizzle olive oil. Sprinkle salt and pepper and roast for about 30 minutes until the peppers and onion are soft. Let cool and carefully take the pepper skins off. Place in a blender with the cilantro and broth. Blend till smooth. Keep aside.

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 pound jumbo shrimp, deveined and shelled
  • Salt
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • ½ cup half and half
  • ½ cup chicken broth
  • ½ cup cilantro, chopped

Heat a large saucepan with olive oil. Saute the shrimp on high heat for 30 seconds on each side. Take out and sprinkle with salt and smoked paprika. Add the blended sauce and sauté on medium heat for 5 to 6 minutes. Add the half and half and broth. Bring to a boil and add the shrimp. Cook on medium heat for just a few minutes till the shrimp are done- careful not to overcook. Check for seasonings and garnish with cilantro. Serve with fresh polenta.

Spiced Shredded Cabbage with Coconut

September 23, 2018

Spiced Shredded Cabbage

Spice Mix

  • 2 teaspoons cumin seeds
  • 1 teaspoon coriander seeds
  • 2 teaspoons mustard seeds
  • 1 teaspoons fennel seeds

Roast the seeds in a small cast iron skillet on medium heat for 3 to 4 minutes or till the seeds are aromatic. Take off the heat and grind in a spice grinder. Keep aside.

  • 2 tablespoons extra light olive oil
  • 2 medium shallots, chopped
  • 2 inch fresh ginger, grated
  • 4 to 5 curry leaves
  • ½ cup grated frozen coconut
  • 4 cups shredded cabbage
  • Salt
  • ½ cup cilantro, chopped

Heat a heavy saucepan with olive oil. Add the shallots and ginger. Saute 1 to 2 minutes on medium heat. Add the curry leaves and coconut. Saute for 2 to 3 minutes on medium heat, stirring constantly. Add the cabbage and turn the heat up. Saute for 3 to 4 minutes, stirring constantly. Lower the heat and cover with lid. Cook for 15 to 20 minutes, stirring every five minutes. Add salt and check for seasonings. Add cilantro for garnish and serve warm.