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Veal Bone Broth with Mushroom Ravioli, mushrooms and carrots.

28 Nov

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The big thing now is bone broth.

My Mom was making this sixty years ago.

So I made a veal bone broth that is so easy and so delicious.

Three to four pounds of veal bones that have a good amount of meat on them.

Six tablespoons oil

One chopped onion

Six  sliced carrots

Eight cups of water

Three teaspoons low sodium dry beef broth, you may need more to taste.

One cup good red wine

Three  packages sliced mushrooms

Three cloves chopped garlic

One chopped onion.

Three tablespoons butter

Salt and pepper

Salt  and pepper the bones.

Put the oil in a stock pot and add the veal bones and onion.

Let them brown on medium heat.

Take out of the pan and deglaze the pan with the wine.

Scrape the bottom of the pan to get all the brown pieces.

Put the bones back in the pot.

Add the water and bring to a boil.

Turn down to low and let everything cook for two to three hours.

Taste now to see if you need more seasoning.

I strain the broth now into a bowl and pick all the meat off the bones

Keep the meat and discard the bones.

Now chill the broth till the fat has come to the top and you can scrape the fat off and throw it out.

You now have this delicious chilled jello like liquid.

Put the butter in a pan and soften the garlic and onion

Add the carrots and mushrooms and cook till soft

Season with salt and pepper.

Add the meat and all the broth

Bring to a boil

Make sure the carrots are cooked and simmer

Cook the ravioli al dente  and gently place in the veal broth

Serve with fresh Parmesan cheese and crusty bread.

 

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Eggplant Salad

2 Nov

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Two clean slim washed eggplants cut into bite size cubes

One sliced onion

3 cloves chopped garlic

3 tablespoons oil

One lemon at least  1/3 of a cup of juice

One chopped fresh red pepper

1/2 cup fresh basil

1/2 cup fresh mint

3 teaspoons fresh oregano

One tablespoon honey

1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes

1/2 to 1 teaspoon salt

Heat the oil and cook the onion, garlic and eggplant till it is almost soft about ten minutes. Stir fry often.

Add the red pepper, herbs, honey, salt and pepper.

Cook until the herbs are fragrant about another five minutes

Add the lemon juice

Let it come to room temperature.

Add 1/2 cup  olives and 1/2 cup French feta cheese.

Toss together.

Serve over arugula dressed with lemon and olive oil.

Drizzle with just a touch of good olive oil and another squeeze of lemon.

Serve as a salad, side dish or a sandwich in pita bread.

 

Confetti Corn

13 Aug

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This is not my recipe.

It is the Barefoot Countess’s.

Her books are fabulous.

My friend Susanne made this and I had to come home and make it myself.

It’s almost too easy.

2 tablespoons oil

One medium chopped onion

One red or orange chopped pepper

2 tablespoons butter

The kernels from six ears of cooked corn

The recipe called for uncooked corn but I had leftover corn.

1 1/2 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon black pepper

2 tablespoons chopped fresh basil and chives for garnish

Heat the oil and cook the onion and pepper till it is soft

Add the corn, salt, pepper and cook till warm.

Add the basil and chives

This is so good.

Thank you Ina.

My family loved it.

 

Zucchini Cheese Pie

30 Jul

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This is such a pretty pie and delicious.

Two sheets of frozen puff pastry

One pound Ricotta cheese

3 eggs

6 ounces parmesan cheese

12 ounces mozzarella cheese

Two tablespoons only fresh chopped basil leaves

4 medium to small zucchini

4 medium to small yellow squash

Two tablespoons oil

1/2 teaspoon garlic powder

6 cloves of sliced garlic

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper

Unfold the puff pastry and roll into an even rectangle.

Connecting the two sheets.

Bake on a non stick pan in a 350 degree oven for 15 minutes.

Mix the cheeses, eggs and basil.

Leave about a 1/2 inch border around the cheese mixture.

Spread  the mixture over the cooled crust

Heat the oil in a large fry pan

Take out your mandolin and slice the vegetables into thin strips.

Add garlic to the pan and slightly brown

Add the squash and zucchini strips

Add the salt and pepper and cover on simmer for five minutes. Just to soften the squash

Take the squash off the heat as soon as it becomes pliable. Do NOT over cook.

Roll the strips into little roses and place on the cheese filling. Use just a little pressure to keep the strips in place.

Alternate the green and yellow squash.

Melt three tablespoons seasoned butter and paint the tops of the zucchini and squash.

Drizzle the remaining butter over everything.

Bake at 350 degrees on the bottom shelf in the oven for forty to fifty minutes.

This is the prettiest vegetable pie you will ever eat.

If you don’t feel like rolling all that squash just layer the vegetable strips but make sure you still butter the top before you bake it.

 

Eggplant Towers

13 Jul

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I love eggplant and always look for new recipes.

Three medium size eggplants.

One cup grated parmesan cheese

One cup Panko bread crumbs

2 tablespoons chopped parsley

One teaspoon garlic powder

1/2 teaspoon salt and black pepper

2 eggs

One tablespoon greek cucumber yogurt sauce for every slice of eggplant

One large basil leaf for every slice of eggplant

One thin slice of tomato and red onion for every slice of eggplant.

1/2 teaspoon garlic herb cheese for every slice of eggplant.

One  1 1/2 thick slice fresh mozzarella cheese for every slice of eggplant.

Fresh basil

Balsamic glaze drizzle

Heat the oven to 425 degrees

Take your baking sheet with a silpak and drizzle it with oil

Slice the eggplant into 1/2 inch slices

Beat the eggs and add 1/4 cup of water and beat again

Mix the cheese, Panko, salt, pepper, garlic powder and parsley all together

Dip the sliced eggplant into the egg then into the crumb mixture.

Place on the oiled baking sheet

Bake for 15 minutes and if they are brown turn them over to crisp the bottom.

Try not to eat all of them right out of the oven.

The next step is all assembly.

Eggplant, mozzarella cheese, tomato, basil, onion, cucumber yogurt sauce, eggplant and herb cheese with another basil leaf on top.

Drizzle with balsamic glaze.

Serve them as a side, salad or sandwich.

The balsamic glaze is important because it is the only real strong flavor.

The eggplant can be made ahead of time so the assembly goes much faster.

I have added fresh spinach, arugula and different cheeses.

Let your imagination go wild.

 

 

 

 

Zucchini, Shallots, Basil and Feta

23 Mar

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My son made this the other night and I had to make it myself.

One or two zucchini either sliced or spirallized

Three sliced shallots

One tablespoon oil

1/8 teaspoon garlic salt

8 sliced basil leaves

Heat the oil

Add the shallots

Cook till almost soft

Add the zucchini and stir fry for two minutes

Do not overcook, keep it a little crunchy

Add the garlic salt, feta and basil

Take off the heat

This is delicious as a side or in crusty Italian bread.

Poach an egg or two and place them on top with some hot sauce.

Kung Pao Brussel Sprouts

22 Mar

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Doesn’t this sound good.

I followed the recipe exactly.

OMG!

It should be called Kung Waooooooooo Hot.

It was so hot I could barely eat it.

This is the changed edible recipe.

For those who like it really hot, look at the February 2015 edition of Bon Appetite.

2 pounds of brussel sprouts

2 tablespoons canola oil

Slightly season with salt and pepper. Do not use alot of salt because there is soy sauce in the rest of the recipe.

1 tablespoon cornstarch

One tablespoon water

One tablespoon sesame oil

3 cloves minced garlic

2 tablespoons minced ginger

2 tablespoons hot chili paste

1/4 cup low sodium soy sauce

3 tablespoons sugar

2 teaspoons rice vinegar

1/2 cup water

1/3 cup unsalted peanuts

You can use the hot dried chiles de arbol that was in the original recipe but this was hot enough for me without them.

I used two peppers as a garnish.

Preheat the oven to 425 degrees.

Toss the brussel sprouts with the oil, salt and pepper.

Roast for about 20 minutes, turning once.

Mix the cornstarch with the 1 tablespoon of water and set aside.

Heat the sesame oil in a pan and add the garlic and ginger and cook for a couple of minutes.

Add the chili paste and cook for two more minutes.

Add the soy sauce, sugar, vinegar and 1/2 cup water and bring to a boil.

Let this reduce a little.

Stir in the cornstarch mixture.

Continue cooking and stirring until the sauce starts to thicken.

Taste the sauce, it may need more soy sauce.

The sauce does thicken as it sits.

Add the brussel sprouts  and make sure they are coated with the sauce

Add the peanuts on top.

I served this over the leftover egg roll filling.