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Gnocchi with Proscuitto and Fig Jam

I was just sitting here going through my food pictures trying to pick something to write about. Even though I just came back from grocery shopping and then eating dinner I kept saying ooh did I share that already, damn that looks good. We should make that again damn now I am hungry again. My daughter made this a few weeks ago from Ayesha Curry’s The Full Plate cookbook.


The one I am going to share was so good and very simple to make. I did wonder why we didn’t have a finished dish photo to share so forgive me for that. But It was a little salty, a little sweet and was definitely comfort food.

We always have pancetta, prosciutto and the fig jam in the fridge.  Chicken stock is usually in the freezer and I usually have gnocchi in the freezer but we haven’t been able to go to Montreal where I usually bring home so much fresh made pasta, gnocchi and bread that we had to go to the store for gnocchi, I have said a dozen times; just learn how to make it. Someday!!! side note the fig jam is fantastic on a cheese plate so don’t think you are buying it for one recipe. I usually pick up a jar once a month.


Gnocchi with Prosciutto and Fig Jam

dclarkabal
an any night of the week satisfying meal
Servings 4 people

Ingredients
  

  • 3 ounces prosciutto diced can also use pancetta or bacon
  • 16 ounces gnocchi store bought works great
  • 1/2 cup chicken stock
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 2 teaspoons fresh thyme
  • 1 tablespoon fig jam
  • kosher salt and fresh cracked black pepper to taste
  • 1/4 cup freshly grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese

Instructions
 

  • Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil over high heat
  • in a large skillet over medium high heat add the prosciutto, stirring occasionally until most of the fat has been rendered off and beginning to brown. about 7-8 minutes. Turn off the heat
  • add the gnocchi to the boiling water and cook according to the package instructions. Drain reserving 1 cup of the water.
  • turn the pan with the prosciutto back on to medium heat, add the gnocchi and stock, cook while stirring until the stock reduces, 3-5 minutes. Stir in the butter, thyme and jam. Toss to coat. adding some of the gnocchi as needed. You want the gnocchi in a nice glossy sauce. Season with salt and pepper. Transfer to either a platter or your serving dishes and grate Parmigiano cheese over it.

Pot Pie – pancetta, white beans and swiss chard

Happy Easter!!!

I hope you are able to spend this Easter with some family or friends. I know we are not out of the craziness but I have hope that we are close to getting back to somewhat of normalcy in the world. I have faith that masks will not be a requirement everywhere we go. I at least I really hope so.

We should have browned the crust more!

This recipe I am going to share was a dish my daughter made last week and brought a comment from my husband that was pretty funny. He took a couple of bites; looked up and said and I quote “this opens up a whole new world of what could be made into a pot pie” I guess we never really made or had anything that wasn’t chicken pot pie before.

not your average joe pot pie

dclarkabal
very flavorful take on a pot pie
Course dinner
Servings 4 people

Ingredients
  

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 4 ounces pancetta diced 1/4 inch
  • 1 large onion finely diced
  • 1 large carrot finely chopped
  • 1 large celery stalk finely chopped
  • pinch red pepper flakes
  • kosher salt and fresh cracked black pepper
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 bunch Swiss chard leaves thinly sliced, stalks diced finely
  • 3 1/2 tablespoons butter
  • 3 1/2 tablespoons flour
  • 3 1/4 cups low sodium chicken or vegetable broth
  • 1 16 ounce can cannellini beans drained
  • 1 sheet prepared puff pastry dough thawed
  • 1 egg plus a little water

Instructions
 

filling

  • heat 1 tablespoon olive oil over medium-high heat in a large, wide saucepan. Add the pancetta turning it every so often to brown each side. approx. 10 minutes. Remove it from the pan using a slotted spoon to a paper towel then transfer to a bowl. Leave the heat on and the drippings in the pan and if needed add a tablespoon of olive oil. Add the onions, carrots, celery, Swiss chard and the red pepper flakes. Cook over medium heat until the vegetables are soft and beginning to brown, about 7-8 minutes. Add the garlic, cook for another minute more. Add the greens and cook until wilted. about 2-3 minutes. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Transfer to the pancetta bowl, set aside.

sauce / roux

  • Wipe out the large sauce pan, browned bits are fine to leave. Melt the butter over medium-low heat. Add the flour, stirring with a whisk until well combined. Continue cooking for 2-3 minutes. stirring the whole time till it gets a little color. Whisk in the broth a ladle or cup at a time. mixing completely each time. once you have added a third of the broth you can add 2-3 ladles at a time, scraping up the browned bits from the pan, adds more flavor. Once all the broth is added continue stirring until the mixture comes to a boil. lower the heat and simmer until the roux has thickened. about 10 minutes. season with salt and pepper. Stir the beans and vegetables into the sauce.

Making the pie

  • you can make one large pie or make 4 individual ones. Add the filling and cover with puff pastry or make your own pastry. Make a few slits in the top to let the steam out. You can use an egg wash to help the pastry stick to the bowl, brushed on top will also help with browning.
    in a small bowl crack the egg and add a little water.

baking

  • pre-heat oven to 375'F
    bake for 30-35 minutes, until the crust is good and browned

 

Chicken Tagine

This is another recipe my daughter tried from Ayesha Curry’s cookbook. It is called Chicken Tagine in her cookbook. I personally do not own a tagine so I feel kinda bad keeping the word in the recipe, a tagine is a conical pottery cooking vessel, I am sure you have seen one if you have ever walked through a kitchen store. The top looks a little like a volcano, at least it does to me.

Most tagine recipes are generally made up with aromatics, veggies, a meat and some spices, they cook over a long period of time. This recipe you can make in about 30 minutes and has wonderful aroma and flavor in such a short amount of time in the kitchen. Great for a weeknight meal. You can even pick up a rotisserie chicken on your way home from somewhere, I guess I can’t say work anymore for me at least. I have been working from home for a year now.

While my daughter was making this the other night for dinner, she was trying to pit some olives. I don’t own a tool for that either. I googled for her how to pit an olive. It said to smash the olive with the side of your knife. Voila the pit comes right out. Now this method works as long as you are not stuffing them or want them super pretty. But for our dinner it worked out perfectly. Of course you can skip this step if you can find them already pitted in your store, she could not.

Chicken Tagine

dclarkabal
A warm feeling dish with great flavors - comes together quickly

Ingredients
  

  • 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 medium yellow onion diced
  • 1 tablespoon fresh ginger minced, or from a tube/bottle
  • 4 cloves garlic minced
  • 2 teaspoons ground turmeric
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 preserved lemon peel finely chopped
  • 8 pitted Medjool dates chopped
  • 1/2 cup brown lentils
  • 4 cups chicken stock
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1 pinch saffron
  • 1 cup Castelvetrano olives pitted
  • 1 15 ounce garbanzo beans drained and rinsed, we used great northern beans
  • 3-4 pounds chicken, boneless thighs or breasts store bought or salt and pepper some chicken breasts and bake in the oven
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley leaves chopped for garnish

Instructions
 

  • If you are cooking boneless chicken breast; pre-heat oven to 350'F season it liberally with salt and pepper. Place on a sheet pan and bake for 30-40 minutes. Once cooked through roughly chop.
    If you are using a rotisserie chicken you can shred it while everything else is cooking.
  • In a medium Dutch oven or a heavy bottomed pot over medium-high heat, add the olive oil, Add the onion and a pinch of salt, cook while stirring for a couple of minutes. Add the ginger and garlic and cook for another minute. Stir in the turmeric, black pepper and cinnamon and cook for 30 seconds. Stir in the preserved lemon, dates and lentils. Add the stock and the salt and saffron. Bring to a boil. Cover the skillet and cook, stirring occasionally, until the lentils are cooked through. About 25 minutes.
  • Stir in the chicken, either shredded or roughly chopped let sit for 5 minutes to meld. Serve from the pot or transfer to a serving dish. Garnish with fresh parsley.

 

one pot pork and chourico with rice

Keeping with the use what we have in the fridge theme from last week. My daughter made pulled pork tacos for dinner one night last week. They good but I don’t think they were blog worthy. I really try to blog about dishes I really want you to try. SF I wonder if you will be reading/trying this recipe wink wink.

With that being said there was an awful lot of pulled pork leftover. So what to do; we tossed around a few ideas. adding BBQ sauce and making a slaw for pulled pork sandwiches. Adding some more flavors and making carnitas. Maybe some pulled pork and refried beans nachos. I even tossed around adding some Asian flavors and making some sort of salad.

What won out; because we also had a ton of chourico leftover in the fridge so I wanted to use that up as well. The recipe I am going to share with you today came together very quickly since the pork was already cooked and shredded as well as the chourcio was ground. You can make this by slicing up pork shoulder and slicing chourico. Use what you have or can get.

Chourico a Portuguese spicy sausage pronounced (shoor-reese) vs Chorizo a Mexican spicy sausage pronounced (chor-EE-soh). I find sometimes in my usual store they only have one or the other; not sure why; maybe they had a run on them, maybe they don’t stock a lot I’m not really sure. Regardless they are good and you should try them.

Pork and Chourco with Rice

dclarkabal
a great week night meal, warm comfort food

Ingredients
  

  • 2 pounds pork shoulder cubed or use leftover pulled pork
  • 2 links chourico sliced or use ground either chourico or chorizo
  • 2-3 cloves garlic minced
  • 4 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 2 cups arborio rice
  • 1/2 cup tomato sauce
  • 1 cup red wine
  • 4 cups chicken stock

Instructions
 

  • If you are cooking the cubes pork swirl some olive oil in the bottom of your pan. Add the pork and the garlic and saute on medium heat for 2-3 minutes. Slice thin and add the chourico continue sauteing until the pork is medium brown.
  • Add the paprika and the rice. continue stirring until the rice is well coated. Stir in the tomato sauce and the wine. Add chicken stock and bring to a boil
  • As soon as it reaches a boil, reduce the heat to low and cover. Cook on low heat for 20-30 minutes or until the rice is soft and fluffy.
  • Give it a quick stir and either serve it right from the pot or transfer to a serving dish. I will add that the leftovers, if there are any, taste great with a poached egg on top. I would even try browning some of the pork mixture before adding the egg.

grilled shrimp with polenta cake

So a good friend of mine says that one of my super powers is to look at what I have on hand and make a meal with it. My freezer’s are too full so I have been trying to not shop, which a few of you know is hard for me; Stop laughing SF and KP. They know I LOVE to shop which I will confess I literally just finished online shopping a few minutes ago.

My daughter made a full sheet pan of polenta that we didn’t end up eating; we went out to dinner that night. It sat in the fridge for a couple of days and still nothing. I finally threw it into the freezer and once frozen cut it into triangle shapes and refroze them individually. Now what to do with them; I don’t have a lot of experience with polenta in any form; which is probably why we never ate it. I have nothing against it I really like it just never something I think about.

With a full bag full of Polenta cakes in the freezer on my mind, a half bag of frozen shrimp and a handful of cherry tomatoes I threw together a pretty quick dinner that got really rave reviews from the fam. With the weather being super windy and cold for the last few weeks here in New Hampshire I put my griddle to work and would make this again the same way. Who knows maybe I will make it over the summer out on the grill. I probably will we have a lot of polenta LOL.

If you don’t have a bag full of polenta cakes in the freezer you can pick some up from your local store, usually at the deli in a tube and slice your own into cakes. I am going to share how my daughter made polenta in the oven without the constant whisking.

grilled shrimp with polenta cakes

dclarkabal
quick and simple with on hand ingredients

Ingredients
  

shrimp and polenta cake

  • 1 lemon zested, sliced for serving
  • 4 tablespoon unsalted butter room temperature
  • 2-3 teaspoon hot sauce
  • 1/4 cup fresh parsley leaves roughly chopped
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 pint cherry tomatoes
  • 1 recipe or tube polenta 1/2 inch slices
  • 1 pound shrimp peeled, deveined and tails removed

Creamy Polenta

  • 2 cups coarse stone-ground yellow cornmeal do not use white or fine cornmeal - results will be entirely different. we recommend Bob's Red Mill
  • 11 cups water
  • 1 tablespoon Kosher salt

Instructions
 

shrimp and polenta cake

  • Zest the lemon into a mixing bowl and add the butter, hot sauce and a pinch of salt. Stir until well combined. Gently stir in half of the parsley, reserving the remaining parsley for garnish. Cut the zested lemon into wedges and reserve.
  • Prepare a grill or grill pan or for high heat. Lightly oil the grill grates. (if grilling do this step, if not skip it as I did) Thread the tomatoes on the skewers, about 7 tomatoes per skewer. (If using wooden skewers, leave just 1/2 inch of the skewer sticking out on each end so you do not have to soak them). Brush 1 tablespoon of the oil on the tomatoes and sprinkle them liberally with salt and pepper.
  • Brush both sides of the polenta rounds with 1 tablespoon of extra-virgin olive oil. Sprinkle liberally with salt and pepper.
    Arrange the skewered tomatoes on the hot grill and cook, turning occasionally, until they are lightly charred in spots and have started to burst, 12 to 15 minutes.
    Place the polenta on the grill and cook until lightly charred looking for nice grill marks, about 5 minutes per side, flipping once using a flat metal spatula. (Be careful not to flip the polenta too early because it will stick to the grill if it is not ready.) Remove from the heat and reserve.
  • Toss the shrimp with the remaining 2 tablespoons oil and sprinkle liberally with salt and pepper. Grill until lightly charred in spots on both sides and just cooked through, 2 to 3 minutes total. Remove from the heat and reserve
  • The tomatoes should be ready to take off the grill as well. Carefully remove the tomatoes from the skewers and place directly into a small bowl. Use the back of a pair of tongs or a spoon to lightly smash the tomatoes so that they release their juices.
  • Place 2-3 pieces of polenta on each plate. In the center of the polenta, spoon a quarter of the tomatoes along with their juices, one quarter of the shrimp and a large dollop of the reserved butter mixture. The butter should melt nicely over the hot tomato shrimp. Garnish with the reserved parsley and wedges of lemon for squeezing on top of each serving.

polenta

  • heat oven to 375'F with the rack in the lower-middle of the oven.
  • Whisk together the cornmeal, 1 tablespoon of kosher salt and 11 cups of cold water in a large pot. Bring to a gentle simmer over medium-high heat. Stirring to prevent clumping, Transfer the pot. uncovered, to the oven and bake for 1 hour.
  • Remove pot from the oven and carefully whisk the cornmeal mixture until smooth. Then using a wooden spoon scrape along the bottom and up the sides of the pot to loosen any stuck bits. Return the pot, uncovered, to the oven and cook until the cornmeal is thick and creamy and the granules are tender. another 10-30 minutes.
  • remove the pot from the oven - vigorously whisk the polenta until smooth and use the wooden spoon to scrape the bottom and sides. Let stand for 5 minutes. It should thicken just enough for a spoon to leave a brief trail, whisk in a little water if needed; to adjust the consistency. Taste and season with salt an pepper. Serve immediately or place in a sheet pan for setting and cutting into shapes for the freezer.

pineapple chicken fried rice


I will say it is pretty nice that my daughter has been making a couple of dinners a week for the last few weeks. I love cooking but getting a little break here and there is pretty cool. I mean even if I didn’t write a weekly food blog and feel obligated to come up with something new for dinner. Making dinner 7 or say  6 nights a week; we try to go out to dinner or get take out at least once a week. So 6 nights is 312 dinners a year that’s a lot of meals to come up with. I will admit we have had a few unconventional meals at our house. Cereal is a thing, breakfast for dinner is a fav and an occasional hot fudge sundae for dinner has happened.

So I have made and blogged about pineapple fried rice, I have even ordered it out before. This one I am going to share is a little different and not just because of the chicken that was added. It had a little heat to it and the pineapple was great at balancing the heat with the cooling. Which is saying something we as a family I would say tolerate pineapple, we like it a little but it is not a go to for any of us.

The recipe comes together within an hour which is nice for a weeknight meal. Though I have been known to make a roaster chicken during the week on occasion, which is what we had for dinner Friday night actually. My daughter got the recipe from an Ayesha Curry cookbook The Full Plate.

The rice is best cooked the day before if possible and if you have ever made fried rice before or even a stir fry you need to have all your stuff prepped before you start cooking. You can use a store made roaster chicken or roast a couple of pieces in your oven before hand.  You could even use a different protein, steak or pork would be great. Also it is a great way to use up some other veggies hanging out in your fridge. Make it your own.

pineapple chicken fried rice

dclarkabal
Course Main Course

Ingredients
  

  • 3 tablespoons canola oil
  • 1/2 medium onion diced
  • 1 red bell pepper cored, seeded, diced
  • 1 yellow bell pepper cored, seeded, diced
  • 1 cup canned, fresh pineapple chunks cut into 1/2 inch pieces
  • 1 cup frozen peas
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 teaspoon grated fresh ginger
  • 2 large eggs beaten
  • 3 cups jasmine rice day old best
  • 2 cups chicken breast cooked, shredded
  • 1/4 cup golden raisins
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 2 teaspoons curry powder
  • 1 teaspoon sambal oelek
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 green onion finely diced
  • fresh cilantro leaves for garnish optional

Instructions
 

  • heat 2 tablespoons of the oil in a large, deep skillet over medium-high heat. Add the onion and bell peppers, cook stirring until they start to soften, 3-4 minutes. Add the pineapple and peas cook until the peas have begun to thaw, 2-3 minutes longer. Add the garlic, cook for another minute.
  • Push the veggies off to the side of the pan and add the beaten eggs to the opposite side. Stir the eggs with a rubber spatula until they are scrambled. Then transfer everything to a bowl and set aside.
  • Add the last tablespoon of oil to the pan and return to medium-high heat. Add the rice, chicken, raisins, soy sauce, curry powder, sambal, salt and cook, stirring until all of the ingredients are incorporated and the rice starts to brown slightly on the bottom, about 4 minutes. Return the veggie mixture to the pan and cook stirring, until rewarmed and incorporated into the rice. about 2 minutes.
  • Transfer to a large platter and garnish with sliced green onions and cilantro leaves if using. Serve hot.
Keyword pineapple chicken fried rice

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.

 

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