Vegetables

Broccoli Rabe With Garlic

March 3, 2011

Broccoli Rabe With Garlic

INGREDIENTS

4 Large Thinly Sliced Garlic Cloves

¼ Cup Olive Oil

2 Bunches (about two pounds) Broccoli Rabe – Trimmed & Cut Into 2 Inch Pieces

Salt & Pepper To Taste

In a large skillet, cook the garlic in olive oil over medium heat until the garlic is golden (about 2 minutes).  Add the broccoli rabe, ¼ cup water, salt and pepper to taste.  Cover the pan and cook until the broccoli rabe is tender (about 5 minutes).  If the pan becomes too dry add a little more water.  Remove from skillet and plate.  Serve hot or at room temperature.  This is also good tossed with hot cooked pasta.  Serves 8

Old Fashioned Creamed Peas

February 12, 2011

Old Fashioned Creamed Peas

INGREDIENTS

2 Tablespoons Butter

2 Tablespoons Chopped Shallots

2 Tablespoons Dried Tarragon

1 Pound Fresh or Frozen Peas (Thawed)

2/3 Cup Water

2 Tablespoons Coarse Ground Mustard

1 Teaspoon Kosher Salt

¼ Cup Sour Cream

1/3 Cup Whole Milk

In a medium saucepan over medium heat, melt butter.  Add shallots and tarragon.  Cook until tender for about 3 minutes.  Add peas, water, mustard, salt, sour cream and milk.  Stir until smooth and creamy.  Cook until peas are heated through for about 5 minutes.  Serve immediately.  Serves 4

Chicken Caesar Salad

February 9, 2011

The Original Caesar Salad

During Prohibition, a popular spot for a night out was Caesar’s Palace in Tijuana, Mexico.  On the evening of July 24, 1924, Caesar Cardini had just about run out of food.  He improvised by putting together a salad with what was on hand: romaine lettuce, olive oil, some cheese and eggs.  He then prepared the salad tableside, creating an immediate sensation.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Chicken Caesar Salad

INGREDIENTS

12 Ounces Boneless Chicken Breast

1 Tablespoon Olive Oil

1/4Teaspoon Salt

Caesar Dressing

10 Cups Torn Romaine Lettuce

2 Cups Garlic Parmesan Croutons

14 Cup Grated Parmesan Cheese

1/8 Teaspoon Freshly Ground Black Pepper

Heat skillet over medium-high heat until very hot.  In a medium bowl toss chicken with oil and salt until evenly coated.  Add chicken to pan and cook, turning once, just until chicken loses its pink color throughout (4 to 5 minutes). 

In a large bowl toss lettuce, dressing, croutons and Parmesan.  Add cooked chicken to salad and toss again.  Sprinkle with pepper.  Serves 4

Caesar Dressing

3 Garlic Cloves

3 Anchovy Fillets

3 Tablespoons Lemon Juice

3 Tablespoons Olive Oil

1 Tablespoon Dijon Mustard

1/2 Teaspoon Worcestershire Sauce

1 Hard Cooked Egg Yolk

In a blender (or food processor) combine the three garlic cloves, the anchovy fillets and lemon juice.  Cover and blend until mixture is nearly smooth, stopping to scrape down sides as needed.  Add oil, mustard, Worcestershire sauce and cooked egg yolk.  Cover and blend until smooth.  Cover with plastic wrap and chill for 2 to 24 hours. 

Parmesan Croutons

Cut four 1/2 inch thick slices of French bread into 3/4 inch cubes and set aside.  In a large skillet melt 1/4 cup butter.  Remove from heat.  Stir in 3 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese and 1/8 teaspoon garlic powder.  Add bread cubes, stirring until cubes are coated with butter mixture.  Spread bread crumbs in a single layer in a shallow baking pan.  Bake in a 300° F oven for 10 minutes and stir.  Bake about 10 minutes more or until bread cubes are crisp and golden.  Cool completely and store in an airtight container for up to 1 week.  Makes 2 cups

Insalata Caprese

December 25, 2010

Insalata Caprese

INGREDIENTS

2 Pounds Vine Ripened Tomatoes (About 4 Large Sliced ¼ Inch Thick)

1 Pound Fresh Mozzarella – Slice ¼ Inch Thick

¼ Cup Packed Fresh Basil

4 Tablespoons Olive Oil

Sea Salt & Pepper to Taste

On a large platter arrange tomato, mozzarella slices and basil leaves, alternating and overlapping them.  Drizzle with olive oil and season with salt & pepper.

Potato Apple Gratin

December 20, 2010

Potato Apple Gratin

INGREDIENTS

3 Eggs

3 Cups Buttermilk

1 Tablespoon Fresh Thyme Leaves

2 Tablespoons Kosher Salt

1/8 Teaspoon Freshly Ground Pepper

2 Pounds Peeled & Sliced Baking Potatoes

2 Pounds Granny Smith Unpeeled Apples (cut into 1/8 inch slices)

1 Pound Shredded Swiss Cheese

¼ Pound Grated Parmesan Cheese

Preheat oven to 400° F.  Grease a 3 ½ quart casserole dish.  In a medium bowl, whisk together the eggs, buttermilk, thyme, salt and pepper.  Set aside.  Arrange a layer of slightly overlapping potatoes in the casserole dish.  Cover with a layer of apples and sprinkle with a third of both cheeses.  Pour a third of the egg mixture on top.  Make 2 more layers.  Bake covered for 1 hour and 15 minutes.  Remove the lid and bake another 15 minutes or until the potatoes are tender.  Remove from the oven and serve warm.

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