Cicchetti

Small Plates. Crostini with parma ham asiago cheese and a native tomato slice. Bake for 5 minutes at 350 degrees. Mini margherita. Top with fresh basil after baked. Crostini with cheddar and black bean paste. Add salsa after baked as above. Mini mex. Crostini with fresh mozzarella ball and bruschetta. Pop in the oven as…

Scampi w/ Couscous & Bruschetta

Clean and devein 8 large shrimp per person. Pat dry. Toss with olive oil to coat. Season with garlic powder, chopped garlic, the more the better, oregano and red pepper flakes to taste. Place on a cookie sheet so not touching. When the oven broiler is hot, place on top rack and broil for 6…

Pan Seared Pork Chops

Serves 2. Dredge 2 thick bone-in pork chops in flour. Shake off excess flour. Season/rub with salt, pepper, thyme, garlic powder on each side. In a heavy skillet, with no oil, sear the pork chops on high heat until golden brown on each side. Remove to plate. Reduce heat to medium low and add olive…

Silky Salmon

Fresh slightly rare and smooth as silk. Filets of organic salmon best. Drizzle olive oil on a baking dish or regular oven friendly plate. Place the salmon filets over the oil. Top with a favorite Asian sauce or lemon slices with pepper and garlic powder or dill weed. Drizzle a little more olive oil on…

Ragoût de Veau au Riz Jaune

VEAL STEW WITH YELLOW SAVORY RICE About 3 lbs. veal stew meat cut into 1″ chunks. Serves four. In a stock pot, brown the pieces of veal on all sides in a little olive oil. Brown in stages so meat isn’t touching. Deglaze after each stage with a 1/3 cup chicken broth and pour into…

Cornbread Celery Apple Stuffing

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,…

Baked Turnip Casserole

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…

Braised Oxtails (Short Ribs)

Turkey is pretty boring. So make this rich late autumn feast instead.  Serves 6. 6 + lbs. short ribs cut 1/2″ thick and of like sizes. This recipe takes a whole bottle of red wine, so a French Beaujolais works well. It’s not too expensive, but good enough to be the main ingredient. The meat…

Osso Buco

Braised Veal Shanks Preheat oven to 375 degrees. 5-6 veal shanks, 2″ thick, towel dried. A shallow dish of flour to dredge. Coarsely chop-2 carrots, 3 celery stalks, 2 leeks, 1 small onion. Peel and section a large orange. Also on hand. 3 tbs. tomato paste. 1 cup dry white wine. 3 cups chicken stock,…

6-Minute Tandoori Shrimp

Pierre Franey’s time-tested cooking method. 6 minutes under the broiler, no turning. Perfect every time. 16-18 shrimp. Serves 2. Clean and de-vein largest fresh shrimp you can get. Place on paper towels to dry. Mix together in a medium-sized bowl, 2 tablespoons plain yogurt, 1/4 tsp. each of cayenne, cardamom, coriander, ginger, turmeric, cumin, cinnamon;…