When not hosting Thanksgiving, bring stuffings. This is my fave.
Make 2 bags Pepperidge Farm Cornbread stuffing as directed. Separately, in a large skillet, in a little olive oil, brown one sweet onion, coarsely chopped. Add 2 cups peeled, cored, chopped tart green apples, 2 cups thickly sliced celery stalks. Brown. Add ground black pepper, garlic powder to taste. Blend mixture loosely into the cornbread stuffing. Put in a baking dish in 375 degree oven covered until heated through.
When ready to eat at your host’s home, pop into a hot oven uncovered to reheat and crisp on the top before serving.
Perfect side with Osso Buco, Braised Oxtails or even the traditional Thanksgiving Day turkey. Smooth. Nutty. Delicious.
Chop a large peeled turnip into small chunks and cover with water in a saucepan. Cover and boil until chunks are tender. Drain. Let cool to room temperature. In a bowl, hand mash with a 1/4 stick butter and 1/4 cup milk. Season with salt & pepper to taste.
Stir in 1/2 cup plain yogurt, and add a pinch of cayenne. With a hand mixer, blend until smooth and creamy. Pour into a casserole dish and bake at 400 degrees for 20 minutes or until brown on top.
Access to fresh pasta has rekindled a preference for it when possible. It is different, lighter and a bit stickier which makes sauces adhere better. It cooks much faster 2-3 minutes. No. I won’t go as far as to make it from scratch.
In a non-stick fry pan, heat a little olive oil. Add hot pepper flakes and fresh chopped parsley. Add fresh chopped mushrooms. Brown. Add par-boiled asparagus pieces and brown. Or broccoli. Season with dried oregano, basil to taste. Add a couple pats of butter and heat to finish.
Meanwhile, in a separate pot, boil water and cook fresh pasta, 2-3 minutes. Drain. Toss in the fresh small mozzarella balls. Serve covered with vegetable sauce. Top with grated romano/parmesan mix and lemon zest.
Best dish I’ve made in a while. In a non-stick fry pan, heat oil from jar of Sicilian anchovies. Add wedges of a fresh radicchio and brown. Add 6-7 of the Sicilian anchovy fillets from the jar, minced. Pour in 1/2 cup chicken broth, bring to boil. Cover and simmer for 8 minutes. Add another cup chicken broth and 1 cup fresh pasta. Cover. Stir to make sure pasta is separated. When pasta is cooked and tender, about 2-3 minutes, uncover and heat for another 2 minutes. Serve pasta and braised radicchio and broth in large bowls. Drizzle with balsamic vinegar. Garnish with anchovy fillets to taste and grated parmesan/romano cheese. Should be brothy and anchovy taste subtle.
Into a large bowl add~ 6 peeled sliced pickle cukes. 1 small sliced red onion. Generous amounts of dried oregano, cracked black pepper, fresh basil chiffonade. Sprinkle celery salt to taste. 1/2 cup red wine vinegar. Toss. Taste. Add more vinegar as desired. Toss. Chill until ready to eat. Remove from fridge and bring to room temperature. Add 1-2 sliced native tomatoes. Toss. Serve with grilled meat.
Note: Do not put tomatoes in until ready to serve. They get tough if chilled in the vinegar.
It’s that time of year again. Chilled sipping soups. Watermelon and cucumbers balance the acid for this twist on a classic.
6-8 pickle cukes, peeled and coarsely chopped
6 ripe garden tomatoes, peeled, cored, de-seeded
2 bell peppers, de-seeded, chopped
1 small jalapeño pepper, de-seeded, chopped
1 small red onion, chopped
3 cloves garlic, minced
1-2 slices day old bread, crusts cut off
6 2″-cubes watermelon, de-seeded
1/4 cup olive oil
6 tbs. red wine vinegar
celery salt, ground black pepper to taste
Soak the bread in water and wring dry. Put equal parts bread and above ingredients in stages into a blender and pulse so consistency is smooth. Stir and taste for seasoning, vinegar balance. Adjust as needed. Pour each stage into a pitcher. Serve either in small glasses to sip or in bowls with chunks of veggies, onions and parsley to garnish.
Sweet out of the fertile Connecticut River Valley earth. Asparagus. From Hadley, Massachusetts. Finally here! There is nothing like it. Will they have it at UWS Farmer’s Market? We’ll find out next year.
Steam it until tender but still crunchy. Quick cold water bath. Pat dry. Oregano. Ground black pepper. Balsamic vinaigrette. That’s it.