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Bolognese Sauce

26 Oct

Bolognese

My husband loved this and would eat bowls of the sauce before I put it over the pasta.

2 Tablespoons butter

6 Tablespoons olive oil

6 ounces finely chopped pancetta

2 chopped large onions

3 chopped carrots

2 stalks chopped celery

3 cloves chopped garlic

1/2 teaspoon red pepper

One cup chopped parsley.

One pound lean ground beef

Two pounds ground veal

One pound ground pork or chopped leftover pulled pork

2 cups red wine

2 -28 ounces can chunky Pastene tomatoes

One small can of tomato paste

Rinse out each can with a little water and add to the pot

3 teaspoons beef bouillon powder

10  basil leaves

2 cups half and half

One tablespoon butter

Melt the oil and butter

Add the pancetta

Cook till the pancetta is brown and rendered

Add the onion and garlic for one minute

Add the carrots, celery and red pepper

Cook on medium heat till everything is soft

Add all the meat and cook till it is cooked

Take out of the pan and add the wine to the pan

Reduce till the alcohol is cooked off and  is reduced at least by half

Make sure you stir the bottom to remove all the tasty little meat pieces.

Add the paste and 1/2 can water. Stir.

Add the tomatoes and stir.

Add all the meat, vegetables, parsley, beef bouillon and basil.

Stir well and let this all simmer for about two hours.

Stir often

Taste for more salt

When the sauce has thickened add the 1/2 and 1/2 and butter

Keep on low till the pasta is cooked

I do make fresh pasta for this sauce because it deserves it.

I deserve fresh pasta…..and so much more.

If you don’t have time to make fresh, go and buy the refrigerated pasta. Its pretty good.

Serve with grated Romano cheese, Italian bread and a glass of red wine.

I use the food processor to chop all the vegetables because they should be very fine. It saves a ton of time.

This sauce freezes well.

This is enough for eight good eaters.

 

 

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Steamed Clams

26 Aug

Steamed Clams

This is another flash from my past.

We used to dig clams in Narragansett Bay and my Mom would steam them for dinner.

It was such a feast.

In a big pot melt one stick of butter

Add one big chopped onion

2 stalks of chopped celery

3 cloves of garlic

Saute till soft

Add six dozen washed clams

Add two cups of chicken stock

One rounded teaspoon of corse ground black pepper

Put the cover on the pot and bring to a boil

Steam till the clams are open.

Do not eat any clams if they don’t open

Stir the clams so all the broth gets into each clam

Serve in bowls with a cup of broth and a small dish of melted butter

Don’t forget the chunk of crusty Italian bread to dunk into the broth.

Save the broth.

Strain it and freeze it to make chowder.

Wash the shells and dry them.

Give the grandchildren washable magic markers and they will color the shells for hours

Very nice outdoor activity

 

Rice Paper Rolls

22 Jul

Rice Paper Roll Ups

Talk about a fabulous low calorie treat.

This is it but be careful of a high calorie dipping sauce.

This is the first time I used rice paper and it is a little tricky but not hard.

Everything has to be prepared before you begin.

Lay out the rice paper.

Put warm water in a pie plate

Cut all your vegetables and line them up

All the vegetables have to be sliced thin

I used carrots, celery, cucumbers, avocado, basil leaves, green onions,  blanched green beans and raw spinach leaves.

My sister used seasoned ground pork, carrots, cucumbers and green onion

I will try shrimp with mixed Asian vegetables.

Anything can be a filling but don’t fill it too much because you have to bite into it.

Also make sure the filling is dry because it will melt the rice paper.

Dip the rice paper in the water for about ten to 15 seconds.

Place in the palm of your hand.

Put the filling in the middle and fold the sides up than fold the ends in to make a roll.

Place on a lettuce leaf because the rice paper is sticky and will stick to the plate.

It looks really pretty.

Serve with the carrot ginger dressing, Franks Chili sauce, Spicy vinegar, beau monde sauce or just plain soy sauce.

The rice paper gets hard if you make them a day ahead so try to make them fresh.

I first saw these on Pinterest and have been reinventing the roll.

Buffalo Chicken Soup

2 Apr

Buffalo Chicken Soup

I love buffalo chicken.

So when I saw a recipe on Pinterest for the soup I had to try it.

After testing a few recipes I simplified the one I like.

One tablespoon butter

One tablespoon oil

One large diced onion

3 cloves chopped garlic

2 diced potatoes

3 diced carrots

3 stalks diced celery

1/2 head diced cauliflower

4 cups chicken stock

3 cups cooked diced chicken or pork

1/2 cup Franks Red Hot Sauce

1/4 cup Blue cheese dressing

Toppings

Diced cilantro

Diced scallions

Crumbled blue cheese

Optional add ins; corn, chopped red peppers, chips

Melt the butter in the oil.

Add the onion and garlic for two minutes

Add all the vegetables and cook slowly till they are soft

Add the chicken, soup, hot sauce and blue cheese salad dressing.

Let everything  simmer for 15 minutes.

Use your immersion blender to a chunky pureed state.

A little rough consistency is great.

Simmer for another ten minutes.

Serve in a bowl with any of the toppings

I also serve it with carrot and celery sticks.

Sweet Potato Soup

20 Jan

Sweet Potato Soup

This is a delicious creamy soup for a cold winter day.

3 extra large sweet potatoes

2 medium white potatoes

1 teaspoon salt

3 tablespoons olive oil

2 large chopped onions

3 chopped carrots

1 stalk chopped celery

3 cloves garlic

1 cup red or white wine

6 to 8 cups chicken stock

1 1/2 cup half and half or cream

1/4 cup brown sugar

Microwave the sweet potatoes and white potatoes  till a fork can pierce them. You can also boil them with the teaspoon of salt.

Set aside.

Cook the onions, carrots, celery, garlic in the oil till soft

Add the wine and cook till it is at least 1/2 evaporated

Add the inside if all the potatoes, brown sugar and the chicken stock. Do not use the skin.

Puree with a blender till it is nice and smooth

Add the cream and salt and pepper.

I served it with dots of sriracha sauce and a sausage sandwich.

This is another takeoff from Saveur Magazine.

Orange Mayo Chicken Salad

19 Nov

orange mayo chicken salad

This is a recipe that I found in the Boston Globe magazine.

Then I changed it around  a little.

4 to 5 cups of shredded  cooked chicken because that’s how much I had leftover.

1/2 cup  mayonnaise.

3 tablespoons orange juice

Zest of one entire orange

2 tablespoons honey

3 diced scallions

4 stalks of diced celery

12 chopped plump apricots. If they aren’t plump, soak then in hot water for twenty minutes.

Dry well , then cutup

3 tablespoons diced parsley

3 handfuls of baby spinach

3 handfuls baby arugula

1/4 cup chopped walnuts

1/2 to 1 diced, seeded jalapeno.

The amount of pepper depends on how hot you like it.

Add a small amount at a time. You can always add more.

Mix the mayo, orange juice, orange rind and honey in a large bowl

Add the chicken to the  dressing and mix well.

Add the celery, walnuts, pepper ,apricots,  scallions and parsley and mix well

Add the spinach and arugula.

Toss well

This is a nice change from the regular chicken salad and great for leftover turkey.

I would add the orange segments the next time I make this just because I don’t want the orange to go to waste

Serve with grapes and toasted Italian bread