DeConstructed Paella

Make a dish that many can eat with different dietary preferences. Serves as many as invited. Adjust ingredients as needed. Make your favorite rice mixed with drained chopped tomatoes, sliced mushrooms, bell and/or chili peppers, minced shallots, 1/2 tsp. turmeric. That’ll be a dish by itself for vegetarians. In a separate stock pot, make Alfred…

Wrestling Risotto

Risotto is a rice. Arborio most common. Gluten-free. Tried making risotto for the first time. With guests. Not the best idea. Did lots of research. Baking it. Parboiling it. Bottom line. You really have to stand there and stir it. Make it with just vegetables or scallops or lobster or shrimp. Mushrooms a must. Martha…

Zucchinetti

Time for Zucchinetti Colitti. A rich dinner treat. Serves 2. Cut 2-3 large zucchinis into fettuccine or spaghetti-shaped strips. Sauté in a little olive oil in a large skillet until tender. Add chopped canned whole tomatoes or Rao’s sauce. In summer chopped natives. Add dried or fresh basil, oregano, chopped garlic, pepperoncini to taste. Serve…

Chick Peas

Easy Hummus: Drain a large can of garbanzo beans (chick peas). Put in a blender. Season with crushed black pepper, red pepper flakes, to taste. Drizzle in 1/2 cup Drew’s Lemon Goddess Tahini dressing. Pulse until blended but still thick enough for a dip-like consistency. Adjust dressing amount to taste and thickness.   Garam Masala–ish:…