Grilled Rabbit

8 May

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Okay don’t say “yuck”.

I never thought I would eat this but I tried it and LOVE it.

It is the meat of choice in Italy.

One cleaned rabbit cut into portion pieces.

Salt and pepper.

Juice and zest of one lemon

4 tablespoons olive oil

One sprig of rosemary

Cover and let this marinate overnight .

Heat the grill to medium high.

Cook the pieces of meat to medium well.

Serve on a board with more sliced lemons.

This was another meal from Italy.

Simple easy cooking.

 

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The Struck Cafe Carrot Pinapple Bread

7 May

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There used to be a fabulous restaurant in Worcester, Ma. called the Struck Cafe.

This was thirty five years ago.

It did close and I was miserable.

Thank God I found this recipe in the newspaper before they closed.

It was so nice they used to serve this bread and a lemon poppy seed bread when you sat down.

This is my go to recipe when I want to serve a nice bread BUT since my grandchild cannot eat dairy it is now a staple for him.

Plus he is eating carrots and does’t know it.

4 cups sifted all purpose flour

2 teaspoons baking soda

2 teaspoons salt

1 tablespoon cinnamon

6 large eggs

4 cups sugar

2 cups vegetable oil

2 cups grated carrots

2 cups canned unsweetened drained pineapple

4 teaspoons pure vanilla extract

Sift together the flour, baking soda, salt and cinnamon.

In another bowl, beat the eggs and sugar till they are pale and smooth.

Stir in the oil slowly then add the grated carrots, pineapple, vanilla and flour mixture.

Butter and flour THREE 9x5x2 1/2 inch pans

Divide the batter between them but only fill 3/4 of the way up.

If you have extra batter pour it into another pan but do not overfill the pans.

Bake in a preheated 325 degree oven for one hour or until it pulls away from the sides of the pan.

Let them cool for ten minutes before you take them out of the pans.

I started using disposeable pans so I can give them away or freeze them.

They freeze great.

Thank you Struck Cafe, where ever you are, and the Telegram and Gazette for printing the recipe.

 

 

 

 

Cerignola Olives

2 May

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I always forget what olives I like except for calamatta.

All the others look the same BUT I found these cerignola olives and it was love at first bite.

Olives are grown and served in Italy and they are on every table.

The cerignolas are my favorite.

They are a meaty, firm olive that are not heavily brined.

They are not too salty and go with everything.

Marshalls and TJ Max carry them in their gourmet section for a good price but you can also find them in the grocery store.

Great snack with a cheese and salami tray and a glass of wine.

Listen to me, I’m drinking wine now.

Authentic Tiramisu

24 Apr

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Get ready I just went to Italy for a week and took cooking classes.

WOW!!!

What a blast.

I ate all week and lost weight.

My theory about eating non processed food has been proven.

If you eat good food you will not gain weight so put down those chips and hot dogs.

This tiramisu was whipped up in ten minutes and was delicious.

This makes enough for four to six people.

4 eggs

4 tablespoons sugar

1/2 teaspoon vanilla extraxt

10 to 12 biscuit cookies or lady fingers

One cup of strong coffee

4 Tablespoons mascarpone

Cocoa powder

You can use sweetened or unsweetened but I use the unsweetened baking cocoa.

One to two tablespoons Amaretto liquor

Take out four to six pretty glasses or any other 3 ounce dish

Separate the egg yolk from the egg white

Whip the whites till they are firm and set aside.

In a separate bowl whip the egg yolks till they are light yellow

Add the sugar and whip till the sugar has completely dissolved and the yolks are like satin.

Add the vanilla

Whip in the mascarpone till everything is smooth

Fold in the whipped egg whites.

Mix the Amaretto and coffee together

Now it is just an assembly process.

Put some of the egg yolk mixture in the bottom of the glass

Dip the biscuit in the coffee mixture and place over the egg mixture

Sprinkle with the cocoa

Repeat the process till everything is used up ending with the egg mixture and then the cocoa.

Cover and place in the refrig for a couple of hours.

Thats it!

I like small dishes because it is a rich dessert but you can make a huge bowl and just serve it with a spoon.

This should be made the same day it is served.

Thank you Alessandros’ Mom.

 

 

 

 

Tenderloin Wrap

12 Apr

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I started trimming my own beef tenderloin several years ago.

You may ask, “Why is she doing that”?

If you didn’t ask, I’ll tell you anyway.

The beautiful trimmed tenderloin was $14.99 a pound and the untrimmed tenderloin was on sale for $6.99 a pound.

It takes about thirty minutes to trim the roast.

There is one skinny piece of meat that I take off and set aside.

This is what I use to make these sandwiches.

Season the meat with salt and pepper and grill or pan fry just till it is medium rare.

Place it on a pita bread with some hummus, greek yogurt sauce and scallions.

I usually get two nice sandwiches from the thin piece of meat.

The scrapes from the tenderloin I cut up into small pieces and cook them for my dog.

What can be better?

I have a gorgeous roast for $6.99 a pound.

I had a delicious sandwich and the most important thing…

My dog is happy

 

 

Farro With Chicken Sausage and Apples

11 Apr

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Trader Joe’s has this ten minute farro that I love.

It’s an 8.8 ounce blue bag.

It is great for a salad or soup without having a ton leftover.

One bag of farro cooked according to the bag directions.

One pound of cooked and crumbled chicken sausage.

Two tablespoons butter

One cup diced onions

2 cloves minced garlic

2 diced medium apples keep the skin on

Salt and black pepper

Two tablespoons maple syrup

Melt the butter

Add the onions and garlic.

Cook till soft and take out of the pan

Add the sausage to the pan, cook well done and crumble into small pieces.

Add the apples and cook for a couple of minutes.

Take off the heat and add the farro, onions and garlic

Mix well

Add diced fresh parsley

Serve warm or cold

 

Naked Mini Meatball Sandwich

9 Apr

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I was making mini meatballs for my grandchildren and started to get hungry.

One of the best treats in the whole world is a meatball right out of the oven.

Since I didn’t have any tomato sauce I had to improvise.

One potato roll

Hummus

meatballs

Spring mix

diced scallions

Put everything together and take the best bite in your life.

My grandchildren didn’t even realize I ate some of their meatballs…