Saturday, December 03, 2011

Baked Eggs

Here is a delicious, inexpensive, quick to prepare meal that I adapted from Bon Appetit. Serve with a crusty loaf of French bread for dipping.

Baked eggs

Baked Eggs with Tomato-Chickpea Sauce and Feta

1 onion, chopped
2 jalapeno peppers, diced
3 cloves garlic, minced
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 teaspoons sweet paprika
1 teaspoon borracho bean seasoning
1 26-ounce box Pomi tomatoes
1 can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
1 cup feta cheese, cut into small cubes
six eggs

In a large saucepan, sweat the onion and the jalapeno in the oil until the onion becomes translucent. Add the garlic and cook until fragrant. Add the paprik and the borracho bean seasoning and cook for 1 minute until the spices become fragrant. Add the crushed tomatoes and the chickpeas and cook over medium-low heat until the sauce thickens slightly. Meanwhile, heat the oven to 400 degrees.  Set three oven-proof dishes on a large cookie sheet. After the sauce has cooked down a bit, turn off the heat and stir the feta cheese into the sauce. Divide the sauce between the oven-proof dishes. Crack two eggs into each dish. Cook in the oven until the whites of the eggs are just set, but the yolks are still runny. You may want to turn the broiler off for a few minutes to finish the cooking. Remove from the oven, and sprinkle the top with chopped cilantro and parsley. Serve with warm bread for dipping.

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Thanksgiving 2011

Thanksgiving table 

Arugula salad with pears, goat cheese, and pomegranate molasses dressing
Dry-brined, herb-buttered, grilled turkey
Green beans with hoisin and shoyu
Mashed potatoes
Apple pie
Blueberry pie
Sweet potato pie

Thanksgiving turkey

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Turkey Meatball Sandwiches

I pulled some ground turkey from the freezer this morning and imagined what to do with it during the work day. My family usually complains about dinners made with ground turkey, so I sought to surprise them with a hearty, comforting meal. Inspired by Smitten Kitchen's recipe for meatball subs, I picked up some Gruyere cheese and hoagie rolls at Trader Joe's on the way home and got to work. My guys were charmed, and I was once again a hero at the dinner table.

Turkey Meatball Sandwiches

1 lb. ground turkey
1/4 cup parsley, minced
1 large shallot, minced
1 egg
1/2 cup milk
1/2 cup breadcrumbs
1/2 tsp. hot red pepper flakes
1/2 cup Gruyere cheese, grated
salt and pepper to taste
1 jar your favorite spaghetti sauce
1 large onion, sliced
1 cup baby bell peppers, halved
Hoagie rolls
More cheese for garnish

Preheat oven to 425 degrees. In a large bowl, mix the turkey, parsley, shallot, egg, milk, hot red pepper flakes, milk, bread crumbs and cheese. Form into 1.5-inch meatballs; place on a piece of parchment paper on a large cookie sheet. On another cookie sheet, toss the sliced onions and peppers with a generous amount of olive oil; salt and pepper. Roast the meatballs and the peppers in the oven until the meatballs are cooked and the peppers and onions begin to caramelize. Meanwhile, heat the spaghetti sauce in a large saucepan. Remove the meatballs from the cookie sheet and simmer in the sauce for 10 minutes or until the flavors meld. While the meatballs heat up in the sauce, open up the hoagie rolls and pull some of the excess bread out of the middle of the rolls. Place three meatballs on each roll, nap with some of the sauce, and top with the roasted peppers and onions. Garnish with a bit more cheese. Serve with salad.

Monday, November 14, 2011

Dinner on Martha

FoodLeafing through Martha Stewart's latest Living last night, the "What's for Dinner" section caught my eye. An easy, curry soup and some delicious shrimp toasts. I already had a half baguette and some basil in the pantry; I added some fresh chicken to the soup to make it a little heartier.

Even better, Maddy helped me make dinner tonight, toasting the bread for the shrimp toasts. Which made the meal that much more enjoyable.

Monday, November 07, 2011

Goat cheese souffle and artichokes

I learned how to cook souffle from my friend Alice. Actually, Alice taught me that I shouldn't be afraid of souffle, because it is a lot more forgiving that it sounds, and it is delicious.  A dollop of butter and a few tablespoons of flour, a scant cup of milk to make a bechamel, a handful of cheese and a few eggs, and you are set.
I learned how to cook artichokes from my husband, whose mother used to serve them when he was a kid. Artichokes are the ultimate "involvement" food, demanding that the diner pick and dip, working down to the prized heart, buried beneath layers and layers of leaves and the forbidding "choke." We especially enjoyed my husband's ritual retelling of his famous artichoke joke, as we nibbled on leaves and savored rich spoonfuls of cheesy souffle.

Thursday, November 03, 2011

Salmon with pea puree

I love the fresh "English" peas that are sometimes available at Costco, and I buy them whenever I can. I had some in the cooler that were going to turn soon, so I invented this delicious, light pea puree to serve as a lovely green bed for some fresh salmon that I picked up on the way home from work.

Salmon with Pea Puree

1 1/2 lbs salmon
2 lbs new potatoes
2 lbs fresh peas (or two bags frozen peas)
1 tbsp olive oil
3 tbsp butter
1 shallot, sliced
1 lemon
1 tbsp tarragon, minced
1 cup chicken stock

In a large saute pan, heat the oil and the 1 tablespoon of the butter. Saute the shallots for a minute until fragrant. Add the fresh peas and the chicken stock. Bring to a boil, and cook until the peas are done. (If using frozen peas, cook until just warmed through.). Add the juice of one lemon, the remaining butter, and the tarragon. Puree the pea mixture until smooth in a blender; loosen with more stock if necessary.

Meanwhile, heat the oven to 400 degrees. Halve the new potatoes and toss with some olive oil on a large sheet pan. Season with salt and pepper. Cook the potatoes for 15 minutes. Remove the pan from the oven and push the potatoes to one side. Season the salmon with salt and pepper and place on the pan. Return to the oven and cook for 15-20 more minutes or until salmon is done and potatoes are cooked through. Serve skinned salmon on top of a large dollop of pea puree with roasted potatoes on the side.

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Weeknight Sausage and Pasta

Cheff Davies was sampling their chicken sausage at Costco a couple of weeks ago, and I was quickly sold. The three-cheese sausage is flavored with Two Brothers beer, and is delightfully spiced. I had some leftover broccolini in the fridge, and the butternut squash was looking especially enticing at Trader Joe's, so I cobbled together this vegetable-rich pasta dish for dinner tonight. The sweetness of the squash and the bitterness of the broccolini pair nicely with the richness of the sausages.

1 package Cheff Davies three-cheese chicken sausage
1 butternut squash, peeled and diced
1/2 pound broccolini, chopped
1 pound orechiette
1/2 cup Parmesan cheese, grated

Preheat the oven to 425 degrees. Toss the butternut squash with some olive oil on a cookie sheet, and salt and pepper it. Roast in the oven for 20-30 minutes until it is tender and beginning to caramelize. Meanwhile, heat a large pot of water to boil. Slice the sausage, and brown it in another pan. Boil the pasta for about six minutes, then add the broccolini to the water and boil it together with the pasta for another six minutes. Dump the pasta, broccolini, squash, and sausage into one large serving bowl. Top with the cheese and a couple of ladles of the pasta water. Toss to combine. Serve.

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Huevos Rancheros


Corn tortillas, Cuban beans from Trader Joe's, frozen corn, fried egg, cheese, quick trip under the broiler, tomatillo salsa on top.

Tuesday, August 09, 2011

Huervos Rancheros

A quick and easy weeknight meal that has the extra advantage of being inexpensive.

Huervos Rancheros

vegetable oil
corn tortillas
refried beans
shredded Mexican cheese

Heat about 3/4 inch of oil in a shallow saute pan over medium high heat until it begins to wisp smoke. One by one, fry the corn tortillas in the oil until they are crisp; drain on paper towels. Heat the broiler. Slather a generous amount of refried beans over each cooled tortilla. Heat a large fry pan, and drizzle with some of the reserved oil from the tortilla frying. Fry one egg for each tortilla until the bottom of the egg is set and crispy; the top of the egg need not be fully cooked. Place one egg atop the beans on each tortilla. Sprinkle with cheese. Place under the broiler until the cheese is melted and the top of the egg is cooked, making sure not to overcook the egg (you want it runny in the middle). Top each egg with salsa and serve immediately.

Friday, May 27, 2011

Butter-Poached Asparagus

Last night, I tried a new way to prepare asparagus, as seen on the new site Gilt Taste. I peeled the asparagus, marinated them in a mixture of sugar and salt, and then poached them in a shallow pan full of butter and olive oil, with a few cloves of garlic thrown in for good measure.

Husband was not impressed, but my children lapped them up. Saved the butter/oil mixture for saute goodness later this weekend.