Roasted Tomatoes, Green Bean and Quinoa Salad

26 Jul

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4 cups chopped green beans

2 tablespoons oil

1/2 cup quinoa

2/3 cup water

1/4 teaspoon salt

4 cups grape tomatoes

4 cloves sliced garlic

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon black pepper

4 tablespoons oil

1/2 teaspoon garlic powder

4 tablespoons fresh lemon juice

4 tablespoons capers

3 tablespoons fresh chopped mint

3 tablespoons fresh chopped parsley

1 chopped fresh red pepper, optional

Boil about 6 cups of water

Season with one teaspoon salt

Add the green beans

Boil for two minutes then drain and rinse with cold water until the beans are cold.

Put the 2 tablespoons of oil in a pan on medium heat

Add the quinoa and brown slightly in the oil

Add the salt and water

Bring to a boil then a simmer with the cover on for ten minutes

Heat the oven to 450 degrees

Mix the tomatoes, oil, salt, pepper, garlic and garlic powder together

Place on a baking sheet and roast for about 15 minutes or until the tomatoes are blistered.

Mix the green beans, quinoa and the tomatoes with all the oil and tomato juice together

Put the capers, lemon juice, mint and parsley over everything

Toss and serve alone or with anything

This is too good to be healthy

You can add chopped red pepper, olives or any cheese.

This is my new favorite salad this week.

Can be made the day before serving then just tossed again before serving.

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Lobster Sauce

23 Jul

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This is a sauce that I crave and I am not pregnant.

My Uncle Mario used to get Chinese takeout and share it with me when I was a little girl.

He was one of my favorite Uncles and this was his favorite meal.

1 1/3 pounds of ground pork

3 tablespoons vegetable oil or peanut oil

4 large minced garlic cloves

1 rounded teaspoon grated ginger

2 tablespoons rice wine or cooking sherry

2 cups low sodium chicken broth

2 teaspoons sesame oil

1/2 teaspoon sugar

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon pepper

One cup frozen peas

3 tablespoons cornstarch mixed with 3 tablespoons water

One beaten egg

4 chopped scallions

Heat the 3 tablespoons of oil and add the ground pork.

Stir fry and break up the pork into small pieces.

Add the garlic, ginger, wine, chicken stock, sesame oil. sugar, salt and pepper.

Stir fry till the garlic and pork is cooked

Add the frozen peas and cook for another minute

Stir in the cornstarch mixture and cook on high until the sauce starts to thicken.

Add the egg and stir it into the mixture for one minute.

Adjust your salt now. If you want you can use soy sauce but your sauce will get dark.

Top with the scallions

I serve this over udon noodles but rice is also great.

It is delicious to add 1/2 pound of large shrimp while it is cooking.

If you really want to be indulgent add 1/2 pound of lobster meat just to justify the name of the meal.

Grilled Pork Salad

18 Jul

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I made a pork loin on the grill and it was great but the leftover salad was better.

One boneless pork loin seasoned with just a little low sodium asian sauce

Sear the pork on medium high heat.

Take off the grill and place in an oven pan

Coat the top of the loin with several teaspoons of duck sauce.

Finish in the oven at 375 degrees till the sauce has melted and is sightly brown.

The pork should also be done to a medium well.

Let stand out of the oven for at least ten minutes before slicing..Now enjoy the pork with pilaf, broccoli and salad.

The next days make this salad.

Just layer different vegetables in a salad.

One small head of Romaine lettuce cut into bite size pieces.

One sliced yellow pepper

Six cut string beans. I used them raw but you can blanch them for a minute in hot water.

Four thin slices of a Vidalia onion

Two big handfuls of baby spinach

12 grape tomatoes

Four to six cups of sliced pork  because you have to taste when you cook so extra is good.

One tablespoon oil

One sliced garlic clove

One large sliced onion

1/2 cup honey Dijon vinegar salad dressing

Layer all the salad except the spinach.

Dress with the salad dressing

Add the spinach on top of the salad

Heat a skillet with the oil

Add the garlic and cook till soft

Add the sliced onion and cook till it is still crunchy

Add the meat and cook till it is hot

Season with hot pepper now if you like it spicy.

Pour the hot pork over the spinach in the salad so it wilts just a little

Chinese fried noodles can be added.

This is one of my go to leftover meals.

 

Cracking Lobster

17 Jul

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This is so simple and so fast.

Have the store steam the lobsters.

Take two dish towels.

Place one towel on your counter.

Put the lobster claws and knuckles on a towel.

Cover with another towel.

Then take your rubber mallet and bang each shell till it cracks.

Take the top towel off and you have all these cracked shells that the lobster meat just falls out of.

Take a scissor to the soft part of the tail and cut it down the center.

Pull the meat out.

One lobster takes maybe five minutes.

Use the small legs, shells and bodies for a delicious stock.

 

Spicy Asian Noodles

16 Jul

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This is a fast pasta stir fry that is so satisfying.

3 tablespoons sesame oil

3 cloves chopped garlic

6 chopped scallions

1 tablespoon sesame seeds

10 ounces sliced mushrooms

1 stalk chopped celery

1 cup chopped broccoli

2 cups chopped bok choy

1/4 cup soy sauce

1/4 cup honey

3/4 cup chicken stock

2 tablespoons Sriracha

2 cups steamed snow peas

12 ounces fettuccine pasta cooked a little firmer than normal

Heat the oil

Add the garlic and cook for one minute

Add the scallions, sesame seeds, celery, mushrooms and broccoli.

Stir fry for 2 to 3 minutes

Take off the heat

Mix the soy sauce, honey, Sriracha and chicken broth and add to the vegetables.

Add the cooked pasta and mix everything together

This is delicious hot or cold

 

 

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.

 

 

 

 

Opening Quahogs

11 Jul

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There is a kitchen gadget for everything.

This one is sixty years old.

My Dad made it because he loved quahogs.

We call it a chucker but I am sure you could find a fancy model on-line.

It opens quahogs so fast .

I keep a big bowl under the board to collect all the juice from the quahog.

Enjoy them raw  on the half shell, baked, stuffed, fried, chowder and let us not forget with linguine.