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Corn and Green Bean Pappardalle with Herbed Ricotta

November 7, 2017
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 small yellow onion, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 cup fresh or frozen corn
  • 1 cup green beans, chopped and rinsed
  • Salt
  • ½ cup fresh basil, chopped
  • 2 cups fresh or bottled marinara sauce
  • ½ pound cooked pasta (I used pappardelle) with ½ cup pasta water to spare

Heat a wide frying pan with olive oil. Saute the onion and garlic on medium heat for 3 to 4 minutes. Add the corn and green beans. Sprinkle a teaspoon of salt. Saute on medium heat for 3 to 4 minutes. Add the basil and check for seasonings. Add the marinara sauce, bring to a boil and then add the cooked pasta with the pasta water. Mix well, bring to a boil and check for seasonings.

Herbed Ricotta

  • 1 cup fresh ricotta
  • 2 garlic cloves, grated
  • Zest of one lemon
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup basil, chopped
  • 1/3 cup parsley, chopped

Mix everything together in a large bowl. Check for seasonings and serve with a dollop of ricotta on a serving of pasta.

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Drunken Noodles

November 6, 2017

Sauce

  • ¼ cup fish sauce
  • ¼ cup sweet soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons oyster sauce
  • 3 tablespoons chili garlic sauce
  • 2 teaspoons corn starch

Mix all the ingredients into a small bowl with the corn starch. Keep aside.

  • 8 ounces big flat rice noodles cooked according to package direction and separated, once separated, drizzle some oil into the noodles and massage through with fingers to avoid sticking together
  • 2 tablespoons peanut oil
  • ½ pound medium shrimp, cleaned and deveined
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 serrano chili, sliced, optional
  • 1 large yellow onion, sliced
  • 1 cup grape tomatoes, sliced in half
  • 1 cup Thai basil, leaves only, chopped
  • 2 packs of baby bok choy, trimmed and sliced in half
  • 2 eggs, room temperature

Heat a wok like pan with the peanut oil. Add the onion, garlic and chili. Saute on high heat for 2 to 3 minutes. Add the grape tomatoes and the bok choy and sauté for another 2 to 3 minutes. Add the noodles and sauce. Bring to a boil and add the shrimp. Cook for 2 minutes and add the 2 eggs. Mix really well until the eggs are incorporated and the dish becomes creamy. Add the basil, mix well and check for seasonings. Serve warm.

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Pistachio Avocado Toast

November 5, 2017

I think everyone is serving avocado toasts these days- especially the vegan places. I am not vegan but I do enjoy an avocado toast every once in a while. I have tried some in the past and my gripe is that they all taste bland. I have no issues with vegan cooking but I feel most things I have tried at vegan restaurants or cafes, are bland. Vegan doesn’t mean without flavor??? I enjoy cooking all kinds of dishes, with or without meat- the most important thing is flavor… so, here is my version of avocado toast- a lot yummier and a lot cheaper!!

  • 1 ripe avocado, peeled and pit taken out and smashed
  • 1/3 cup cherry tomatoes, chopped
  • 1 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 serrano chili, chopped
  • Juice of ½ lime
  • 1 teaspoon pistachio oil
  • 1 tablespoon chopped pistachios
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons cilantro, chopped

Mix all the ingredients in a small bowl and check for seasonings.

  • 2 sourdough slices, toasted

Slather the avocado mixture on the toasted slices and serve!!

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ShanXi Noodles with Pork

October 31, 2017

I can eat noodles everyday, 3 times a day. I am always looking for different recipes… I really like this one. Very different flavored with cumin, coriander and ginger!

  • 12 ounces flat wide noodles (wide pasta noodles can be substituted), cooked according to package instructions. Drain and drizzle with some oil and keep aside.
  • ½ pound center cut boneless pork chops, sliced thin
  • Peanut oil
  • 1 + 2 tablespoon Shaoxing rice wine
  • 1 teaspoon cornstarch
  • 1 tablespoons cumin seeds
  • 2 teaspoons coriander seeds
  • 2 inches fresh ginger, grated
  • 3 scallions, chopped with white and green parts separated
  • 5 garlic cloves, grated
  • 1 jalapeno pepper, seeded and chopped
  • 1 yellow onion, sliced thin
  • 2 celery stalks, diced
  • 1 tablespoon chili oil
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon rice vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon tamari
  • ½ cup chicken broth
  • Salt
  • 6 to 8 baby bok choys, sliced in half
  • ½ cup cilantro, chopped

 

Combine the sliced pork with 1 tablespoon peanut oil, 1 tablespoon Shaoxing rice wine and 1 teaspoon cornstarch. Mix well and let it sit for at least an hour or up to 3 hours in the fridge.

In a small pan, roast the cumin and coriander seeds until fragrant, about 5 minutes. Coarsely grind the spices in a mortar and pestle and set aside.

Heat 3 tablespoons peanut oil and add the ginger and scallion whites and cook on medium heat for a minute. Add the garlic and jalapeno pepper and cook for another 30 seconds. Turn the heat up and add the pork. Stir fry till browned and add onion and celery. Stir fry for another 2 minutes and add 2 tablespoons Shaoxing rice wine, the spice mixture, chili oil, sugar, rice vinegar, tamari. Add chicken broth to deglaze to pick up all the brown goodies from the bottom of the pan. Add the bok choy, stir fry for 2 minutes and add the noodles. Mix well, check for seasonings and add salt and garnish with cilantro. Serve immediately.

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Portuguese Style Chicken with Saffron and Peppers

October 30, 2017
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 4 boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 medium yellow onion, thinly sliced
  • 2 large sweet red peppers, cored, seeded and cut into strips
  • 3 to 4 garlic cloves, chopped
  • ½ cup orange juice
  • 1/3 cup chicken broth
  • ½ teaspoon saffron threads
  • 1 cup crushed tomatoes
  • Salt
  • Pepper

1/3 cup fresh parsley, chopped

Heat a wide skillet with the butter over high heat. Sprinkle salt and pepper on the chicken breasts and transfer them to the pan and cook over medium heat until lightly golden brown, about 4 minutes. Turn the pieces, reduce the heat and cook on the other side for another 4 minutes or till almost done- do not overcook. Transfer the chicken to a platter and keep aside.

Add the olive oil to the same skillet and cook the onion, peppers and garlic over medium heat, about 3 minutes. Take out of the pan and keep aside. Deglaze the pan with the orange juice and chicken broth and scrape the bottom with a wooden spatula. Add the saffron and crushed tomatoes. Bring to a boil and simmer for 10 minutes. Add the pepper and onion mixture back to the pan and cook for a minute. Add the chicken back to the pan and simmer for another 2 to 3 minutes to finish cooking the chicken. Check for seasonings and garnish with parsley.

Modified from New York Times

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Green Curry Noodle Soup

October 29, 2017

My daughter announced a while ago that she would like to eat less meat- so, I informed her that we can absolutely do that but we will need to incorporate more veggies and beans  in the diet. I know of a lot of teenagers her age who have decided to give up meat and live on pasta every day – not in my house!! This is a yummy, flavorful dish where one does not miss the meat….it does have some shrimp paste- but that can be eliminated.

Green curry paste (substitute store bought paste)

  • ½ bunch Thai basil leaves
  • ½ bunch cilantro leaves
  • 2 kaffir lime leaves, (or zest of one lime)
  • 1 (4- inch) piece lemongrass
  • 4 garlic cloves
  • 1 small shallot, chopped
  • 1 (2- inch) piece peeled ginger
  • 1 small Serrano pepper
  • ½ teaspoon shrimp paste (or 5 to 6 dashes fish sauce)
  • 2 teaspoons ground coriander
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin

Place all the ingredients into a food processor or blender and blend until smooth, about 3 to 4 minutes. If desired, strain the paste through a strainer to get rid of the stringy texture from the lemongrass. Take out and keep aside.

  • 2 tablespoons peanut oil
  • 1 medium yellow onion, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, sliced
  • 1 bunch brown beech mushrooms
  • 1 cup spicy dry tofu, sliced or extra firm tofu, sliced
  • ½ cup sliced fresh or canned bamboo shoots
  • 3 heaping tablespoons green curry paste
  • 2 kaffir lime leaves, (or zest of one lime)
  • 1 can coconut milk
  • 2 cups chicken or vegetable broth
  • 12 ounces ramen noodles

Heat a heavy saucepan with the peanut oil. Add the onion and garlic and sauté for 1 to 2 minutes. Add the mushrooms and sauté for 3 to 4 minutes. Add the green curry paste and kaffir lime leaves and sauté for another 3 to 4 minutes. Add the tofu and bamboo shoots and sauté for 1 to 2 minutes. Stir in the coconut milk and broth. Bring to a boil and adjust seasoning.

Cook the ramen noodles according to instructions and add to the soup and serve garnished with basil, cilantro leaves and sliced Serrano pepper.

Recipe modified from spoonforkbacon.com

 

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Creamy Peas and Asparagus with Pancetta

October 25, 2017
  • 2 cups frozen peas, thawed
  • 1 bunch asparagus, cut into 1 inch pieces
  • ½ cup pancetta, chopped
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1½ tablespoons all purpose flour
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • ½ cup cream
  • Juice of one lemon
  • 2 tablespoons fresh tarragon, chopped
  • Salt

Blanch the asparagus in boiling water for a minute and shock them in ice water to retain the color. Keep aside.

In a wide frying pan, heat the pancetta on medium heat. Cook for 8 to 10 minutes on medium heat. Transfer to a paper towel lined plate. Add the onion into the pancetta fat and sauté on medium heat for 3 to 4 minutes. Add the all purpose flour and stir for about 30 seconds. Add the chicken broth and cream and whisk till the liquid is smooth. Bring to a boil and simmer till thickened and reduced by one third- about 5 minutes. Add the lemon juice, tarragon. Add the peas and asparagus and warm them through. Add salt to taste and garnish with the crispy pancetta.

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