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.
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.
1 lb. sweet fresh sea scallops, trimmed and dry. Peel and remove sections from a lemon. No pulp, rind or membranes. Reserve juice as well. Smash, peel 4 cloves garlic. 1/4 cup Sancerre or dry white wine. 1 tbs. capers.
In a large fry pan, sear the scallops in olive oil until golden brown on both sides. Remove to a plate. Add butter to the fry pan and add 1 lb. baby spinach, garlic, lemon sections, lemon juice, capers and wine. Stir. Let spinach wilt. Season with salt and pepper, red pepper flakes. Plate with scallops on top.
Slice 2 zucchini squashes lenghwise, about 1/8″ thick. Dip each slice in milk, then panko crumbs. Sauté each slice in a large fry pan with a little olive oil until golden brown on each side. Set aside and place slices on paper towels. Put 1 leaf fresh basil, a slice of mozzarella cheese, crushed oregano, thin prosciutto on each slice and roll them up and secure with toothpicks. Place rolls into heated fry pan with a little more olive oil to a deeper brown all around. Add 2 native tomatoes seeded and diced, a little butter to finish. Cover for 5 minutes on low heat. Eat.
Breakfast for 2. In a small fry pan, sauté a quarter red onion, cut into thick slices in a little butter. Add 1/4 green cabbage cut into chunks and brown on all sides, adding another pat of butter. Add 2 eggs, broken, and stir until eggs are set on the bottom. Pop under the broiler to brown. Serve with hot sauce or salsa.