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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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Roasted Tomato Soup

1 Oct

Roasted Tomato Soup IMG_2701

I tried to make my Moms tomato soup and it didn’t taste the same so I went hunting for another recipe.

Tyler Florence always has great recipes.

He cooks a lot like my Mom but I liked this recipe better than hers.

Sorry Mom.

I changed a couple of things but the basic recipe is the same.

This soup is delicious but requires a little time

It is well worth it.

Roasting the vegetables brings out so much flavor but make sure you make extra because I can eat the entire pan before the soup is made.

Get your big pizza pan out and fill it with cut tomatoes.

I used a mixture of grape, plum and garden big boy tomatoes.

Use whatever you have.

I had about 12 tomatoes and two baskets of grape tomatoes.

Two chopped big onions

Ten cloves of garlic

1/2 cup olive oil

1 1/2 teaspoon salt and 3/4 teaspoon black pepper

One teaspoon sugar

Mix everything together and roast at 450 degrees till you see a char on the vegetables. This takes about 35 to 40 minutes.

Pour everything into a pot

Add 32 ounces of chicken stock

2 bay leaves

4 tablespoons butter

Let everything come to a boil then let it simmer till it is reduced slightly.

This is just to evaporate some of the water from the tomatoes.

Put everything in batches in the food processor then strain

You should have a creamy soup.

Add 1/2 cup fresh chopped basil. Only use fresh.

One cup of half and half.

Adjust the salt and pepper

Serve this with a big steak and cheese grinder.

Garnish with a dollop of whipped cream.

Don’t say, ‘yuck’. It is delicious.

You can also add roasted whole tomatoes on the stem, sliced jalapeno or croutons.

Take the bay leaf out before you puree the soup.

Fresh Tomato Cheese Pizza with Asparagus and Prosciutto Ham

21 Sep

Asparagus Pizza

One pound pizza dough

Crisco to put on the pan

3 cups seasoned fresh tomatoes

One cup cut asparagus

8 slices diced cut ham

13 slices Muenster cheese slices

9 diced string cheese sticks

1/2 teaspoon oregano

1/2 teaspoon garlic powder

1/4 teaspoon black pepper

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/2 diced onion

6 basil leaves

3 tablespoons olive oil

Dice three cups of tomatoes and season with oregano, garlic powder,basil, onion, salt, pepper and olive oil.

Grease a pizza pan with the Crisco.

Use a very thin layer.

Stretch out the dough to fit the edges, working with your fingers.

Place the slices of Muenster cheese on the dough in an even layer.

This is the secret.

If the tomatoes are watery, put them in a saucepan and cook the water off by bringing the tomatoes to a boil and watching it closely. It should look a little dry.

Stir often, then cool and put it on the dough.

Sprinkle the asparagus, ham and diced string cheese over the pizza.

Finish with a drizzle of olive oil

Bake in a preheated 450 degree oven for about 15 minutes but check after ten minutes because all ovens are different.

Cook on the bottom shelf of the oven.

 

 

Salsa Verde

25 Aug

Salsa Verde

6 tomatillas, cut in half

1 large onion cut into quarters

3 cloves garlic

2 tablespoons olive oil

1 to 2 jalapenos depending how hot you want it. Cut the stem off and take the seeds out.

juice of one large lime

1/2 cup cilantro

1/2 cup parsley

1/2 teaspoon cumin

1/4 teaspoon sugar

1/2 teaspoon turmeric

1/2 teaspoon salt

3 scallions

Take the husks off the tomatilla and wash the sticky film off .

Dry well and slice in half

Place the oil in a roasting pan

Place the tomatilla skin side up.

Add the onions, garlic and jalapenos

Roast till the skins on the tomatilla starts to blister and turn dark

Put everything in the food processor including the oil

Add everything else and pulse till chunky

This is delicious with tacos, chicken, steak, fish or just chips.

Green Beans in Dijon Dressing

14 Jul

green beans in Dijon dressing

Go buy Saveur Magazine.

It has the best recipes.

This is basically their recipe.

One pound of trimmed green beans

3 tablespoons olive oil

2 tablespoons red wine vinegar

2 teaspoons whole grain Dijon mustard

One minced shallot or 1/2 small onion with one clove of minced garlic

1/2 diced red pepper

Place the beans in a pot of salted water for about a minute.

Strain the water.

You want the beans crunchy

Mix the oil, mustard, vinegar and shallots

Add to the beans and add the red pepper for garnish

This is a typical Saveur recipe because it is easy, fast and delicious.

I served it with fresh fish.

 

Mozzarella Salad

22 Jun

Mozzarella Salad

Fast, Easy, Delicious.

Could I ask for more???

Two big tomatoes or one box of grape tomatoes

Two containers of drained mozzarella pearls

4 to 6 tablespoons olive oil

1/2 teaspoon garlic powder

1/2 chopped vidalia onion

1/2 teaspoon oregano

1/2 teaspoon salt

6 fresh basil leaves.

arugula

Dice the tomatoes

Mix everything together except the arugula.

Place the arugula on a plate and scoop four or five tablespoons on top.

Mix together

Save the tomato mixture in a container for more salad, a pizza or garnish for grilled fish or meat.

This can also be mixed in with pasta .

It is so good.

By the way everyone needs to eat it because you reek of garlic and onion.

Chicken Avocado Sandwich

17 Jun

Chicken Avocado Sandwich

I had three small chicken cutlets in the freezer.

Not enough for really anything but a delicious sandwich.

Three small chicken cutlets, pounded so the meat is an equal thickness.

One egg

1/2 cup seasoned bread crumbs

1/4 teaspoon garlic powder

1/4 teaspoon salt and pepper

Heat a pan with olive oil

Mix the egg with the garlic powder, salt and pepper

Dip the chicken in the egg then in the bread crumbs

Place in the hot oil on medium high

Cook till brown on one side then flip and cook threw till done.

Three fresh buns

One teaspoon of mayo on each side

One tablespoon ketchup

Three small containers of spicy avocado

Arugula

Sliced onion

Just assemble everything

Buns, mayo, ketchup,avocado,onion, arugula and chicken

Great lunch or quick dinner.

I added a slice of mozzarella cheese and sweet pickles