Category Archives: Recipes

Spaghetti with Chianti and Fava Beans

When I saw Giada De Laurentiis do this recipe on Food Network, I thought it was very creative.  Try it! Ingredients One 750-milliliter bottle Chianti wine Kosher salt 1 pound spaghetti 2 tablespoons olive oil 12 ounces spicy Italian sausage, casings removed  1 shallot, chopped  1 clove garlic, minced  cup freshly grated Parmesan 1/4 cup mascarpone, at room temperature  2 pounds fava beans, shelled, blanched and peeled 1 teaspoon chopped fresh rosemary    Directions Add the wine, 8 cups water and a handful of salt to a pasta pot. Bring to a boil over high heat. Add the spaghetti and cook…

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Spicy Cauliflower Hash

Ingredients 1/2 head cauliflower (grated) 1 medium carrot (finely diced) 2 jalapenos (finely diced) 2 shallots (finely diced) 2 garlic cloves (sliced) 1/2 tablespoon red pepper flakes 1/2 tablespoon dried rosemary 1/2 tablespoon dried thyme 2 tablespoons white wine vinegar 2 tablespoons olive oil 1 tablespoon parsley (to garnish) kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper (to taste) Directions: Heat oil in a large cast iron pan, until smoking. Add cauliflower in single, even layer and season with salt and pepper. Do not disturb by stirring until the cauliflower is charred, about 2 minutes. Add carrot, jalapeno, shallot, garlic, and…

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Irish Stew

Ingredients 3 pounds lamb shoulder cut in 2-inch chunks (or use thick shoulder chops) Salt and pepper 4 tablespoons vegetable oil 2 pounds onions (about 6 medium), cut in wedges 1 pound carrots (about 6 medium), cut in 3-inch lengths 4 cups chicken, veal or beef broth (or water) 1 large sprig thyme 3 pounds russet potatoes (about 12 small), peeled and halved, or cut in 2-inch thick slices Preparation 1. Pat lamb dry and season well with salt and pepper. Put oil in a heavy-bottomed soup pot over medium-high heat. Brown meat on all sides, working in batches. 2….

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Brazilian Fish Stew

Ingredients: 1 lb cod fillets 1 lb thawed frozen raw shrimp, peeled and deveined 3 limes 1T minced garlic 2 red bell peppers 3 tomatoes 1/2 bunch cilantro 3 T extra-virgin olive oil 1c diced onion 1/2c chicken broth 1c coconut milk Preparation: Cut the cod into large chunks and place in a bowl with the shrimp. Quarter one lime and juice the two remaining limes. Add lime juice and half the garlic to the bowl with the cod. Season with salt and pepper and toss to combine. Set aside. Cut peppers into thin strips and quarter the tomatoes. Finely chop…

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Thumbprint Cookies

I don’t think there’s ever been a Christmas when I haven’t made these cookies.  My kids have always loved them! Ingredients: Cookies: 1 stick butter 1/4c packed brown sugar 1 large egg, separated 1c all purpose flour 1/4t salt 1c finely chopped pecans Filling: 1c powdered sugar 1/2t vanilla 3-4t milk food coloring Directions: Heat oven to 350 degrees. Mix the butter and sugar.  Add the egg yolk and vanilla, and mix. Stir in the flour and salt. Shape into 1″ balls. Beat the egg white slightly. Dip the cookie balls into egg white, then nuts. Place about an inch apart on an…

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Sausage and Apple Stuffed Acorn Squash

Ingredients 2 acorn squash, halved and seeded 1 tablespoon butter, melted 1/4 teaspoon garlic salt 1/4 teaspoon ground sage 1 lb. pork sausage ( regular seasoning) 1/2 cup onion, finely chopped 1 celery rib, finely chopped 4 ounces mushrooms, chopped 2 apples, cored and chopped (Macintosh) 1 cup fine breadcrumbs 1/2 teaspoon sage salt and pepper 1 egg, beaten 2 tablespoons fresh parsley, chopped Directions Combine the melted butter, garlic salt and 1/4 teaspoons sage; brush over cut sides and cavity of squash. Salt and pepper to taste. Bake in a large roasting pan, cut side up, at 400 degrees…

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Apple-Cranberry Crisp

Ingredients 3 cups cubed Granny Smith apple (about 1 pound) 2 cups fresh cranberries 1/2 cup sugar Cooking spray 1/3 cup whole wheat flour 1 cup regular oats 1/2 cup packed brown sugar 1/4 cup canola oil Preparation Preheat oven to 350°. Combine the first 3 ingredients in a medium bowl; spoon into an 8 x 8-inch baking dish coated with cooking spray. Lightly spoon the flour into a dry measuring cup, and level with a knife. Combine flour, oats, sugar, and oil, stirring with a fork until crumbly. Sprinkle over the apple mixture. Bake at 350° for 40 minutes…

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Zucchini Bread

Recipe By: v monte “Really, really good and moist- my kids eat it as quickly as I can make it. Bread will freeze well, and keep in refrigerator for weeks.” Ingredients 3 cups all-purpose flour 1 teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon baking soda 1 teaspoon baking powder 3 teaspoons ground cinnamon 3 eggs 1 cup vegetable oil 2 1/4 cups white sugar 3 teaspoons vanilla extract 2 cups grated zucchini 1 cup chopped walnuts Directions 1. Grease and flour two 8 x 4 inch pans. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C). 2. Sift flour, salt, baking powder, soda,…

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Recipe of the Month – Beer Braised BBQ Pork Butt

Ingredients: For the dry rub: 2 tablespoons salt About 40 grinds black pepper 2 tablespoons chili powder 1 tablespoon garlic powder 2 teaspoons ground coriander 2 teaspoons ground mustard seed 12 ounces good ale or dark beer, such as Bass 4 cloves garlic, chopped 1 5 -pound pork butt (shoulder of the animal) Directions: Combine rub ingredients in a bowl and mix well. Rub all over pork butt. Wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least one hour and as long as overnight. Preheat oven to 500 degrees F. Unwrap pork and place in a roasting pan with sides…

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Back to School:  How will you use your kitchen now that the kids are gone?

There are some smiling faces out there today and there are some teary eyed faces also now that school is back in session. No matter what the mood, kids are back into their routine and now we can get back to ours. I find the fall an exciting part of the year for cooking in my kitchen. How will you kick off the alone or family time  in your kitchen this year? School lunches come to mind when the first bus starts a rolling. I can see the hectic rush to get their lunches made before they get up for breakfast….

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