Saturday, May 21, 2016

A feast for me!


Okay, this is a little late, but it is about the food, right?  Yes, Mothers Day was two weeks ago and my family outdid themselves with the cards and gifts.  A very enjoyable day and dinner that evening was no exception.  This pasta dish made a Mother's Day comeback for dinner.  Hubby has prepared this before and yes, on Mother's Day.  This is so good and not just for Mothers Day, maybe for even tomorrow.


Rigatoni with Vegetable Bolognese


INGREDIENTS


1 -ounce dried porcini mushrooms

1 1/2 cups hot water

3 carrots, peeled and chopped

1 onion, peeled and chopped

1 red bell pepper, seeded and chopped

2 garlic cloves

1/4 cup olive oil

2 teaspoons chopped fresh thyme leaves

1 teaspoon chopped fresh oregano leaves

2 teaspoons salt

1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

5 ounces assorted mushrooms (like shiitake, cremini, and brown), stemmed and chopped

2 tablespoons tomato paste

1/2 cup red wine

1/2 cup mascarpone cheese

1 pound rigatoni pasta

1/4 cup Parmesan

DIRECTIONS



Place the dried mushrooms in a small bowl and cover with 1 1/2 cups very hot water. Set aside and let the mushrooms soften.

Place the carrots, onion, bell pepper, and garlic in a food processor. Pulse the vegetables until finely chopped but still chunky. Place the olive oil in a large, heavy skillet over medium-high heat. Add the chopped vegetables, thyme, oregano, salt, and pepper and cook until tender, about 6 minutes. Strain the porcini mushrooms, reserving the porcini mushroom liquid. Add the porcini mushrooms, fresh mushrooms, and tomato paste and continue cooking, stirring to dissolve the tomato paste, until the mushrooms are softened, about 5 minutes. Add the porcini mushroom liquid and red wine. Bring the liquid to a boil, reduce the heat to low, and let the mixture simmer until the liquid is reduced by half, about 10 minutes. Add mascarpone cheese and stir just until the cheese is incorporated.

Meanwhile, bring a large pot of salted water to a boil over high heat. Add the pasta and cook until tender but still firm to the bite, stirring occasionally, about 8 to 10 minutes. Drain pasta, reserving 1/2 cup of the cooking liquid and add to the vegetable mixture. Add some of the reserved pasta cooking liquid, if necessary, to moisten the sauce. Toss with Parmesan and serve.



Read more at: http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/giada-de-laurentiis/rigatoni-with-vegetable-bolognese-recipe.html#lightbox-recipe-video?oc=linkback

Sunday, May 15, 2016

Out of the archives-Parmesan Crisp and Skillet Lemon Chicken

I have a couple of binders in my cook book cupboard that I use on occasion.  One is the big binder of recipes hubby and I have accumulated and I have written about, and the other is a binder I received as a shower gift 25 years ago that I could sort and save recipes in.  This was the go to recipe place back before hubby joined me in the kitchen.



The first recipe I found was for a light appetizer.  I remember making these for a Christmas party years ago.  These tasted great with a glass of really cold Chardonnay.

Parmesan Crisp 


20 Wonton Skins, cut in half diagonally
Vegetable cooking spray
2 teaspoons water
2 teaspoons olive oil 
1 teaspoon dried Italian seasoning 
1/2 teaspoon paprika 
1/8 teaspoon garlic powder
Dash ground red pepper
2 Tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese 

Arrange wonton skins in a single layer on baking sheets coated with cooking spray. Combine water  and next 5 ingredients; brush evenly on skins and sprinkle with cheese.  Bake at 375 degrees for 5 to 6 minutes or until golden brown.  Remove to wire racks to cool completely.  Store in an air tight container.  Yields 40 crisp @ 15 calories per crisp. 

Note - I did not cut this batch in triangles.  

The main course recipe I found was for Skillet Lemon Chicken.  I don't remember when I made this before, but this time it was delicious.


Skillet Lemon Chicken 


4 medium boneless, skinless chicken breast cutlets (thin cut)
2 tablespoons plus 1 1/2 teaspoons all purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 large egg
2 teaspoons olive oil
2 tablespoons butter
3 garlic cloves crushed with side of chefs knife 
1/2 lemon thinly sliced
1/2 cup chicken broth 
1/4 cup dry white wine 
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice 
2 tablespoons drained capers


On waxed paper, mix 2 tablespoons flour with salt. In pie plate, with fork, beat egg.  Coat chicken in flour and then dig in egg.

In non-stick skillet, heat olive oil over medium high heat until hot.  Stir in1 tablespoon butter until melted. Add chicken and cook 5 minutes.  Reduce heat to medium, turn chicken and cook 8 to 10 minutes longer until juices run clear.  Transfer chicken to warm platter.
Add garlic and lemon slices to dripping in skillet; cook until golden.  In cup, mix chicken broth, wine, lemon juice and 1 1/2 teaspoons of flour until smooth; stir into skillet.  Heat sauce to boiling; boil 1 minute. Stir in capers and remaining tablespoon of butter until butter melts.  Discard garlic. Arrange lemon slices over chicken and pour sauce over chicken.  


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