Monthly Archives: January 2021

Bloody Mary Eggs

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The last couple of weeks my daughter has been perusing her cook books, which is saying something she has a lot of them. She seems to gravitate towards one of the ones I got her for Christmas a couple of years ago. Bringing it Home by Gail Simmons.  She has made several things from it and I have blogged about most of them.

I enjoy a good Bloody Mary on occasion; friends of mine opened a breakfast and lunch place just down the road and they have a few signature Bloody Mary cocktails which are a quite nice way to start off a weekend. I should tell them about this recipe and maybe they might check it out? The funny part is I knew what we were having but my husband didn’t. After a few bites we asked him if he thought it tasted like a Bloody Mary. He nodded, took another bite and said it tastes exactly like a Bloody Mary.

Gail came up with this recipe in a head to head challenge with Marcus Samuelson in 2014 and won. Marcus liked it so much he put it on his brunch menu at one of his restaurants. I think you should give it a try. Plus adding a poached egg to almost anything makes it that much better in my opinion.

The recipe makes extra sauce which lasts a few days in the fridge or do as we did and freeze it for another day!

Bloody Mary Eggs

A great morning after a late night out
Course Brunch

Ingredients
  

  • 2 28 ounce cans whole tomatoes, drained well San Marzano are the best
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil plus more for serving
  • 1 medium yellow onion finely chopped
  • 2 ribs celery thinly sliced, plus celery leaves for garnish
  • 1 clove garlic finely chopped
  • celery or kosher salt
  • 1/4 cup vodka plus 2 tablespoons
  • 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon hot sauce Tabasco, Cholula or Sriracha
  • black pepper
  • 3 tablespoons prepared horseradish plus 1 teaspoon
  • 1/2 cup pimento stuffed green olives
  • 2 teaspoon distilled white vinegar
  • 8 large eggs
  • 4 slices white bread toasted and drizzled with EVOO hearty or rustic works best

Instructions
 

  • Drain the tomatoes really well, using your clean hands break up the whole tomatoes into small pieces. Heat the oil in a medium sauce pan over medium heat. Add the onions, celery ribs and garlic. cook stirring occasionally, until softened about 6-7 minutes. Stir in 1/4 teaspoon salt and them add the vodka. Cook until the liquid is evaporated by half. about 7-8 minutes. Add the tomatoes, Worcestershire, hot sauce and a good size pinch of black pepper. and 3 tablespoons horseradish. Gently simmer, stirring occasionally, until the sauce is slightly thickened, 20-25 minutes. Stir in the olives and remaining horseradish, remove from the heat Adjust the seasoning and hot sauce to your liking.
  • Fill a large wide saucepan halfway with water and add the vinegar. Bring to a gentle simmer over medium heat. One at a time crack 4 eggs into a small bowl and carefully add each to simmering water. Poach for 3-4 minutes until the whites are set but the yolk is still runny,
    using a slotted spoon remove eggs from the water to a plate lined with paper towels and season with a little salt. If you have celery salt use it, if not kosher is great too.
    repeat with the 4 remaining eggs.
  • Divide the tomato sauce into four shallow bowl. Place a piece of toast in the center of each bowl, top with 2 poached eggs. Garnish with celery leaves and a drizzle of olive oil before serving.

short rib ragu

It’s a whopping 14′ F out there this morning and with the wind it says it “feels like” -2′ F. Looks like it will be another inside day for me, seems to be a lot of those. I do have one more puzzle to open and there will be football on later plus I am sure there are some closets or cupboards I could go through – not sure I will be that bored but who knows I cleaned out under the fridge yesterday LOL.

The recipe I am going to share today is crazy easy with high praised results. I had picked up some short ribs that I didn’t have a plan for I just knew I haven’t had a short rib meal I didn’t like so why not. I had some leftover red wine in the fridge I wanted to use up before it spoiled; it can happen! So with a few simple ingredients I generally always have on hand. I browned the ribs and dropped them in my slow cooker for the day.

I had some leftover homemade pasta from my sons wedding in the freezer; look at me using what I have on hand… After the first or maybe second bite my daughter asked where did you come up with this? I have had it before and I wanted something different so I thought I would try it. We had some leftover ragu so my daughter and I had it for lunch over some gnocchi that was in the freezer. See what I am doing here. My husband cooked up some penne; he said he liked it with the penne better than over the fettuccini I initially served it over. The gnocchi was pretty fantastic too. I hope you give this a try!

short rib ragu

easy crowd pleaser, let your slow cooker do all the work

Ingredients
  

  • 2 pounds short ribs - bone in
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 24 ounce jar of marinara sauce Rao's is my go to
  • 1 medium onion diced
  • 1 tablespoon garlic minced
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 cup red wine

Instructions
 

  • Season the ribs with salt and pepper on both side
  • in a large sauté pan add some oil and brown the ribs for 2-3 minutes per side, you are not cooking them through just getting some color on them to add more flavor. Add them to your slow cooker.
  • I sautéed my onions and my garlic because I like to, you can skip this if you would rather. Top the ribs with the jar of sauce along with the rest of the ingredients. give it a little stir and cook on low for 6-8 hours.
  • one done you are going to want to remove the ribs discarding the bones and any excessive fatty parts, I also recommend degreasing the best you can before you add the meat back into the sauce. I used a spoon and some paper towels.
  • Serve over your favorite pasta, top with some freshly grated parmesan cheese. We used fettuccini, gnocchi and penne. All worked for us.

 

Cheeseburger Soup

It is a blustery Sunday here in New Hampshire and soup is a good thing; albeit great thing to have simmering on the stovetop today – well I say that everyday. Or if you are so inclined throw one in your slow cooker. I am totally OK with either way you want to feed your soul. I am still pondering which soup I will be having on my stovetop today.

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This soup recipe I posted several years ago and I think it’s yummy enough to share it again with you. The ingredients for this soup most people generally have on hand so why not give it a try. sautéing onions in burger instantly makes the house smell fantastic. Add to that some celery and carrots and then chicken broth and you’ve got a party on the stove.
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I recall a conversation with a co-worker; ya know when we were working in the office and talked with our co-workers not just via email – which definitely is not the same. Anyway she mentioned she loves soup but didn’t know how to make soup – what??? I start pretty much every soup with Mirepoix which is a French term for onion, carrot and celery generally diced all the same size with a ratio of 2 parts onion to 1 part celery and carrot. Technical term aside, the 3 of these ingredients sautéed in a little olive oil or butter or even a combination of both is the start of a great base for your soup. If you want a creamy soup add a little flour to your veggies cook for a few minutes before adding your liquid. Chicken stock is my go to liquid of choice. The more flavor you bring to the pot the better soup you will be eating in about 20-30 minutes. 

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in the middle of the pot is my homemade chicken stock from the freezer – it will melt eventually


The only thing I can think of that might cause you pause is if you need to or want to make a roux to thicken your soup. I make a roux for my mac and cheese, when I make gravy and this soup calls for it. You can do it no problem generally for every tablespoon of oil/butter use 1 tablespoon of flour. I don’t measure but this is a good guide.

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Cheeseburger Soup

dclarkabal
Hearty creamy soup, a real crowd pleaser

Ingredients
  

  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 medium onion diced
  • 3/4 cup carrots shredded
  • 3/4 cup celery diced
  • 1 teaspoon dried parsley
  • 3 cups chicken broth
  • 4 cups potatoes cubed
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups cheddar cheeses shredded
  • 4 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • salt and pepper to taste

Instructions
 

  • in a large pot over medium high heat add a little olive oil and brown the ground beef and onions. drain off excess fat if needed
  • Add broth, celery, carrots, parsley and potatoes and simmer until the potatoes are tender, about 15 minutes

roux

  • In a small saucepan melt the butter and flour, boil for a minute or so. Add the milk stirring until smooth, simmer for 2-3 minutes until it thickens.
  • gradually add the roux to the soup stirring constantly, reduce the heat and simmer till the soup thickens. roughly 12-20 minutes.
  • Stir in the cheese until melted and then serve. Make sure that you don’t boil the soup once the cheese is added.



 

Brussels sprouts three cheese and pasta


How many of you read the title of a recipe and make a final decision right there to read on or pass. I will admit I tend to steer clear of a few key words myself. My pass words usually are mushroom, tofu and  peach. I get grief all the time for how much I hate even the smell of peaches. I have poured out wine that tasted too much like it, I do buy them for my husband and if he leaves them too long in the fruit bowl; which sits on the island: I offer to pay him to eat them that day only because the smell is killing me.

This has sparked a conversation since I am sitting at the island writing this talking with my husband and daughter. My husbands first thought was Anise, bourbon and ghost pepper. My daughter said her three would be jelly fish tentacles LOL she said she would NEVER do that again; she was living in Japan and she was at a luncheon and it was ordered for her party. Okra was mentioned and then she said she basically looks at the picture and figures if it looks good she could adjust if something was listed she didn’t have or didn’t like. Sounds like she is more open to read on then even me. Which is probably why we have had the recipe I am going share with you today several times. Not sure if I would read on if I saw this but I hope you are more evolved than I am.

My son and daughter-in-law came down because my husband was making omelets. Out of the five of us he is the ONLY one that cane make a true chef worthy omelet. I won’t make them if anyone is home, I would just embarrass myself.  Anyway I asked them if they wanted to be apart of my blog today. Here is how the conversation when. My sons pass words would be anything to do with peppers, quinoa and the word vegan. My daughter-in-law was also peppers, seafood and anything that smells like licorice and she doesn’t like tarragon.

brussels sprouts three cheese and pasta

Ingredients
  

  • 1 box pasta twisty pasta cavatelli or gemelli
  • 2 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2-3 cloves garlic minced
  • 4 cups brussels sprouts thinly sliced or shredded
  • 3 tablespoon all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • 1/2 lemon zested first then juiced
  • 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese freshly grated
  • 1 brick gruyere finely grated/shredded
  • 1 brick fontina finely grated/shredded

Instructions
 

Pasta

  • cook according to the instructions on the box minus 2 minutes for al dente. Drain and set aside.

brussels

  • heat the olive oil in a large skillet or use the pasta pot. Once the oil is hot add the garlic, careful not to burn; for a few seconds then add the sprouts. Season well with salt and pepper and saute for 2-3 minutes. You want the sprouts still green and slightly wilted.
  • Add the lemon zest, stir to blend. Add 2 tablespoons butter and stir till melted. Sprinkle the flour in the stir until you no longer see it. Add the broth the stirring constantly until all the broth is added. simmer the sauce for 2-3 minutes.
  • Remove from the heat and stir in the lemon juice and the cooked pasta. Stir to blended; add most of the cheese; you want some for the top, taste and adjust the salt and pepper.
  • pre-heat oven to 400' F and cooking spray or butter a 2 quart baking dish, Add the mixture to the dish and sprinkle with the remaining cheese. Bake for 20-25 minutes, until the top is browned.

Korean Beef Bulgogi


I made this recipe a few weeks ago after someone mentioned it as their favorite dish. WHAT!?! I had never heard of it before; my daughter had not only heard of it but actually had it in Korea WHAT!?! Hers was in a bibimbap bowl over rice and assorted vegetables. Why has she not made it since being home? it’s been years; I have no idea. It was really easy to make and so delicious I am making it again this week. It has so much flavor, a little spicy a little sweet and a little salty; and did I mention super easy what else do you need?

The term Bulgogi in translation means bul (fire) gogi (meat). It is a very popular Korean BBQ dish with thin sliced beef marinated in soy and a few more ingredients. I cooked the beef in my cast iron skillet on top on my stove and it took less than 5 minutes from skillet to plate. There is a marinating process but you could put together quickly in the morning and come home, I mean leave the other room aka home office.

I served mine over rice and topped scallions and sesame seeds. that was the most common way I saw online. Some other options would be some kimchi, turn it into a taco with a lightly dresses slaw or a some quick pickle veggies. I have some steamed buns in the freezer and I think a bulgogi steamed bun sounds pretty fantastic. I might have give it a try.

Korean Beef Bulgogi

dclarkabal
easy tasty dish you must try
Cuisine Korean

Ingredients
  

  • 1 1/2 pound boneless rib eye steak or use shaved steak much easier
  • 1/2 small pear peeled and coarsely grated - I chopped mine
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce can use reduced sodium
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoon toasted sesame oil
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 tablespoon ginger fresh grated best but squeeze tube works
  • 1 tablespoon gochujang Korean red pepper paste
  • 2 tablespoon vegetable oil divided - 1 tablespoon per batch
  • 2 green onions thinly sliced
  • 1 teaspoon toasted sesame seeds

Instructions
 

  • If you are using a steak, it is best to freeze for 25-30 minutes so you can slice it thinly enough a whole lot easier. You'll want to slice it 1/4 inch thick
  • in a bowl or in a gallon ziploc bag add the pear, soy sauce, brown sugar, sesame oil, garlic, ginger and the gochujang. Mix it all together and if you used a bowl add to a bag along with the steak. Marinate for at least 2 hours or overnight. turn the bag occasionally
  • I wanted to mention that cooking the beef goes really fast so you will want to make sure how ever you are serving this you will want to have ready so you can just add the beef and eat!
  • Heat 1 tablespoon (save the other tablespoon of oil for the next batch) of oil in a cast iron pan over medium-heat. working in batches, add the steak to the hot pan in a single layer cook, flipping once until charred and cooked through. about 2-3 minutes per side. repeat with the rest of the beef.
  • serve immediately, garnish with green onions and sesame seeds if you want to