Friday, November 30, 2012

Pasta with Roasted Cherry Tomatoes & Garlic

with toasted pine nuts
served with basil-garlic butter bread topped with parm. cheese 
note: technically tomatoes are a fruit, so therefore in the "tag/labels" just below, I put down fruit as well as vegetable as it's often mixed with other veggies

Crouton-Crusted Chicken with Red Pepper Gravy

Served with green beans, and brown rice/quinoa

Very easy: turn croutons into crumbs for the "breading station" (with eggs and flour) to coat the chicken before pan-frying it and finishing in the 350 degrees oven for about 10 minutes on a roasting rack pan.
To make the gravy: using the pan drippings while the chicken is in the oven (take out any breading that may have fallen off of the chicken), saute the red pepper and a cup of chicken stock to slightly reduce. Puree the gravy.

Monday, November 19, 2012

Corn-Potato Soup with Kale

-6 Corn on the Cobs (if using canned: 3 to 4 medium cans; if using frozen: 2 bags), kennels cut off from the cobs
-3 potatoes, peeled and chopped
-1 carrot, chopped
-1 onion, chopped
-1 celery, chopped
-dry or fresh bay leaf
-a palmful of dried or fresh tarragon
-1 quart (or 6 cups) of chicken broth
-a bunch of kale, washed and chopped
-5-6 slices of bacon

In a dutch oven (or spaghetti pot) over medium-high, heat up some EVOO before adding in the bacon until it's cooked. Take out the bacon to a paper towel-covered plate to drain out the remaining fat. Save about a tablespoon of bacon fat/EVOO in the pan to use to saute the onion, carrot, celery, bay leaf, and S&P. When the onion start to sweat, add the potatoes and cook them for about 7 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add the corn and the chicken broth. Let it come to a boil before covering it and reducing the heat to medium-low to let the soup simmer for about 20 minutes until the potatoes are tender, stirring occasionally.

Crumble up the bacon while you wait for the soup to cook and get the kale ready

In a blender, puree the soup in batches. Put the puree soup in the large mixing bowl while working in batches. Once the dutch oven is empty, put it back on the stove with a little bit of EVOO and saute the kale until it wilts down. Add in the reserved bacon and the puree soup. Stir until mixed well on low heat. Add the tarragon and S&P to taste. Ready to serve.

Serve either alone or with a grilled cheese sandwich.

If you want it vegetarian, use vegetable stock and omit the bacon

Sunday, November 4, 2012

Grilled Lamb Chops with Cous-Cous & Broccoli

I marinated the lamb chops in pomergrante-cherry juice with orange peel (seasoning), dried mint, S&P, and cumin before I put them on the grill. At the end, slauthered with butter
With the cous-cous,  I used those flavor enhancers from Swanson's Broth/Stock (chicken) and cumin and lightly toasted the cous cous with butter before putting in water to cook.
With the broccoli, EVOO, butter, garlic powder and cumin (to tie together with the cous cous and lamb)