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Gazpacho

22 Jul

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4 cups tomato or vegetable juice plus 2 more cups

3 large tomatoes plus 2 more diced tomatoes

1 cup diced cucumber plus another cup as an extra diced cucumber

1 cup bell pepper plus the leftover pepper, diced

1/2 cup chopped red onion

1/4 cup red wine vinegar plus 2 tablespoons

3 tablespoons good olive oil

6 cloves garlic

2 teaspoons hot pepper sauce…Franks or whatever else you like

4 diced scallions as an extra add-in

4 tablespoons cilantro

3 tablespoons powdered chicken broth

3 tablespoons honey

the juice of half a lime

Put 2 cups of tomato juice, 2 tomatoes,1/2 the pepper, half the cucumber and all the onion and garlic in a food processor.

Then add the vinegar, oil, chicken broth, honey, and hot pepper sauce.

Process till smooth and then add the diced cilantro

Stir in all the remaining diced vegetables, tomato juice, and diced scallions.

Add the lime juice.

Refrigerate for at least a couple of hours

The reason why I have all the extras is that my processor has a 5 cup capacity.

The soup gets nice and smooth if you only use half the vegetables with the tomato juice.

Plus the extra vegetables make the soup nice and chunky when you add them in after it is processed.

 

Roasted Brussel Sprouts with Sausage and Cheese

9 Jan

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I love both of these so I ate too much as usual.

One pound of washed brussel sprouts cut in half

3 tablespoons oil

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/4 fresh ground black pepper

3 teaspoons crush garlic

2 cooked Italian sausage

1/2 pound mozzarella cheese

Sprinkle Parmesan cheese

Preheat the oven to 450 degrees

Mix the oil, salt, pepper, garlic and Brussel sprouts together

Place on a Silpac or non stick foil

Turn all the sprouts face down. This will make them charr and be delicious.

Roast in the oven for ten minutes.

Taste them to check if they are almost cooked.

Slice the cooked sausage and mix it into the sprouts

Roast another five minutes till the sausage is hot.

Add the mozzarella and parmesan cheese

Roast for another five minutes until the cheese is melted.

I have to admit I almost ate all of these myself but this should be enough for a nice lunch or light supper for two.

Cooks note

When I cook sausage I usually cook extra sausage  at the same time to make an omelette or crumble in a salad. It stays for a while in the refrigerator but never lasts long in my house.

 

Kung Pao Cauliflower

2 Jan

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OMG. Make this recipe tonight.

I found this recipe on Pinterest from veganricha.com and changed it just a little.

This is a typical Asian dish and the secret is to prep everything before you start cooking.

First  the cauliflower has to be baked, then make the Kung Pao sauce and last the glossy finish sauce but have all your ingredients measured and chopped.

Just follow all the steps .

One large head of cauliflower, washed and cut into florets.

Cut the stem also if it isn’t too hard.

This is the batter for the cauliflower.

6 tablespoons corn starch

6 tablespoons bread crumbs

12 to 15 tablespoons water

1/3 teaspoon cayenne pepper

2 teaspoons soy sauce

1/4 tespoon salt

2 1/2 tablespoons sesame oil

Kung Pao Sauce:

3 tablespoons oil

8 dried red Chinese chilis

1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes

6 tablespoons peanuts or cashews

6 cloves chopped garlic

1 1/2  inch of minced fresh ginger

4  tablespoons diced scallions

One to two large chopped red peppers. Chop them into one inch pieces or smaller.

Sauce:

3 tablespoons soy sauce

2 tablespoons rice vinegar

1 tablespoon rice wine

2 tablespoons sugar

1/2 cup water

1 heaping teaspoon cornstarch

Garnish

2 tablespoons honey

4 diced scallions

Now lets start cooking

Preheat the oven to 425 degrees

Cover your cookie sheet with a Silpac or nonstick foil

Mix all the batter ingredients together

Make sure it is thin enough to coat the cauliflower

Cut the cauliflower into nice size pieces

Put all of them into the batter and toss till every inch of the cauliflower is coated.

Pour onto the baking sheet

Roast in the oven for about 30 minutes or until it is cooked through and light brown

It is delicious now so try not to eat too much.

While the cauliflower is cooking it is time to make the sauces.

Heat the oil in a skillet over medium high heat

Brown the chili peppers and take them out of the oil and set aside.

In the same pan, add the red pepper flakes and nuts.

Stir fry for a minute

Add the ginger and garlic and turn the heat to medium low until the garlic is light brown.

Add the chopped scallions and red peppers

Stir fry for a couple of minutes

Mix all the sauce ingredients together

Pour into the Kung Oao mixture

Cook for another couple of minutes

It should start to thicken

Taste now for salt, pepper or sugar and adjust.

Add the cauliflower to the pan and coat everything well

Place on a platter

Drizzle with honey

Garnish with scallions and the fried, dried peppers

This tastes great hot or room temperature

My family LOVED this.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.

 

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.