Wednesday, January 02, 2008

date, marinated mozzarella, and roasted tomato salad

note to self- made with fig pork dish.



2 large garlic cloves, chopped
1/4 cup plus 1/2 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
1 (14- to 15-oz) can stewed tomatoes
1 3/4 cups reduced-sodium chicken broth
2 (19-oz) cans cannellini beans, rinsed and drained (3 cups)
1 (1/2-lb) piece baked ham (1/2 to 3/4 inch thick), cut into 1/2-inch cubes
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1 (5-oz) bag baby romaine or baby arugula (10 cups loosely packed)
8 (3/4-inch-thick) slices baguette

Cook garlic in 1/4 cup oil in a 3 1/2- to 4 1/2-quart heavy pot over moderately high heat, stirring, until golden, 1 to 2 minutes. Coarsely cut up tomatoes in can with kitchen shears, then add (with juice) to garlic in oil. Stir in broth, beans, ham, and pepper and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer, uncovered, 5 minutes. Stir in greens and cook until wilted, 3 minutes for romaine or 1 minute for arugula.

While stew is simmering, preheat broiler. Put bread on a baking sheet and drizzle with remaining 1/2 tablespoon oil. Broil 3 to 4 inches from heat until golden, 1 to 1 1/2 minutes.

Serve stew with toasts.

January 2007
2006-12-15 13:48:36.0

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8 1/3-inch-thick slices center-cut pork loin
1 1/2 tablespoons olive oil

1 tablespoon butter
1/4 cup minced shallots
3 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
1 cup canned low-salt chicken broth
6 fresh ripe figs, quartered
1/2 cup whipping cream

1 tablespoon minced parsley
Preheat oven to 200°F. Sprinkle pork with salt and pepper. Heat 1 tablespoon oil in heavy large skillet over medium-high heat. Add 4 pork slices and sauté until brown, about 2 minutes per side. Transfer pork to baking sheet. Add remaining 1/2 tablespoon oil to skillet. Repeat with remaining 4 pork slices. Transfer pork to oven to keep warm.

Melt 1 tablespoon butter in same skillet over medium-high heat. Add shallots and sauté until tender, about 2 minutes. Add 2 tablespoons vinegar. Simmer until vinegar evaporates, scraping up any browned bits on bottom of skillet, about 1 minute. Add chicken broth. Simmer until mixture is reduced by half, about 4 minutes. Add figs and whipping cream. Simmer until sauce thickens slightly, about 4 minutes. Add remaining 1 tablespoon vinegar and any accumulated juices from pork. Simmer until sauce thickens enough to coat spoon, about 2 minutes longer. Season sauce to taste with salt and pepper.

Arrange pork on plates. Spoon sauce over. Sprinkle with parsley and serve.

Bon Appétit
October 1998
1998-10-19 00:00:00.0

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1 cup (packed) fresh basil leaves

1 cup mayonnaise
1 shallot, halved
1 cup buttermilk
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice

1/3 cup grated Asiago cheese*
1/3 cup dried currants
1/3 cup shelled pumpkin seeds

1 10-ounce package plain couscous, cooked according to package instructions (about 5 cups)
3 cups coarsely chopped arugula
1 pound plum tomatoes, seeded, diced (about 2 cups)
2 grilled chicken breast halves, diced
2 cups fresh corn kernels (from about 2 ears)
Blend basil leaves, mayonnaise, and shallot in processor until smooth. Gradually blend in buttermilk and lemon juice. Season dressing to taste with salt and pepper. (Can be made 1 day ahead. Cover and refrigerate.)

Mix Asiago cheese, currants, and pumpkin seeds in medium bowl.

Using 1/6 of couscous, 1/6 of arugula, 1/6 of tomatoes, 1/6 of chicken, 1/6 of corn, and 1/6 of Asiago cheese mixture, form rows on each of 6 plates. Serve, passing dressing separately.

* Available at specialty foods stores and some supermarkets.

Bon Appétit
October 2002
2002-08-28 15:43:54.0

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Arugula and Fontini Frittata

1 garlic clove, halved

1 1/2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
5 oz baby arugula (7 cups packed)
6 large eggs
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1/4 lb Fontina, rind discarded and cheese cut into 1/2-inch cubes
Preheat broiler.

Cook garlic in oil in a 10-inch well-seasoned cast-iron or other ovenproof skillet over moderate heat, stirring occasionally, until golden, about 2 minutes. Discard garlic and add arugula, then cook, stirring frequently, until wilted, 1 to 2 minutes.

Whisk together eggs, salt, and pepper until combined, then pour over arugula in skillet and cook, undisturbed, over moderate heat until almost set, 5 to 6 minutes. Sprinkle cheese evenly on top and broil 4 to 5 inches from heat until eggs are just set and cheese is melted, 1 to 2 minutes.

March 2005
2005-03-01 00:00:00.0

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Shortcut Moussaka

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1/4 cup olive oil
2 pounds ground beef
1 small onion, chopped
1 15-ounce can tomato sauce
3/4 cup dry red wine
2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
1 teaspoon dried oregano, crumbled
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/4 cup (1/2 stick) butter
1/4 cup all purpose flour
2 cups milk
3 eggs
1 cup grated Parmesan cheese

1 large eggplant (about 1 1/2 pounds), peeled, sliced into thin rounds
Heat olive oil in heavy large saucepan over medium-high heat. Add ground beef and chopped onion and cook until beef is brown, breaking up beef with fork, about 15 minutes. Mix in tomato sauce, red wine, parsley, crumbled oregano and ground cinnamon. Simmer until mixture thickens and is almost dry, stirring occasionally, about 20 minutes. (Can be prepared 1 day ahead. Cover tightly and refrigerate.)

Preheat oven to 350°F. Melt butter in heavy medium saucepan over medium-low heat. Add flour and stir 1 minute. Gradually add milk, whisking until smooth. Boil until thick, stirring constantly, about 2 minutes. Beat eggs in small bowl to blend. Whisk small amount of milk mixture into eggs. Return mixture to saucepan. Bring to boil, whisking constantly. Remove custard from heat. Stir in 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese. Season custard to taste with salt and pepper.

Butter 13 x 9 x 2-inch glass baking dish. Arrange half of eggplant in bottom of dish. Season with salt and pepper. Spread meat mixture over. Top with remaining eggplant. Pour hot custard cheese sauce over eggplant. Sprinkle with remaining 1/2 cup Parmesan. Cover loosely with foil and bake 1 hour. Uncover and continue baking until golden and bubbling on edges, about 10 minutes longer. Cool 10 minutes.

Bon Appétit
March 1992
Donna Smith: Kalamazoo, Michigan
1998-09-17 15:09:30.0

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Farfalle and Tuna Casserole

i needed to learn how to cook a casserole since i married someone from michigan.  sigh.

2 6-ounce cans tuna, packed in oil
1/2 cup dry breadcrumbs
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese

1 pound farfalle (bow-tie pasta)
3 10-ounce containers purchased refrigerated Alfredo sauce
2 cups thinly sliced green onions
1 cup frozen peas, thawed
2 teaspoons dried oregano
2 teaspoons grated lemon peel
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
Preheat oven to 400°F. Drain tuna; reserve oil. Mix breadcrumbs and Parmesan in small bowl. Mix in 4 tablespoons reserved oil from tuna.

Cook pasta in pot of boiling salted water until just tender but still firm to bite, stirring occasionally. Drain well. Transfer pasta to large bowl. Mix in remaining ingredients. Transfer pasta mixture to 3-quart oval baking dish. Sprinkle with crumb mixture. Bake until pasta is hot and topping is golden brown, about 25 minutes.

Bon Appétit
March 2002
2002-02-21 00:00:00.0

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Gorgonzola and Grape Pizza

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For dough
1 (1/4-oz) package active dry yeast (2 1/4 teaspoons)
1 3/4 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
3/4 cup warm water (105-115°F)
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 tablespoon olive oil

For topping
1/3 cup Vin Santo
1 tablespoon sugar
1 1/2 cups red seedless grapes (9 oz), halved lengthwise
5 oz Italian Fontina, rind discarded and cheese cut into 1/4-inch dice (1 cup)
2 oz Gorgonzola dolce, crumbled
1/2 teaspoon coarsely ground black pepper

Special equipment: a pizza stone; parchment paper
Make dough:
Stir together yeast, 1 tablespoon flour, and 1/4 cup warm water in a cup and let stand until mixture appears creamy on surface, about 5 minutes. (If mixture doesn't appear creamy, discard and start over with new yeast.)

Whisk salt into 1 1/4 cups flour in a large bowl, then add yeast mixture, oil, and remaining 1/2 cup warm water and stir until smooth. Stir in enough flour (1/4 to 1/2 cup) for dough to begin to pull away from side of bowl. (This pizza dough will be slightly wetter than others you may have made.)

Knead dough on a floured work surface with floured hands, reflouring when dough becomes too sticky, but using as little flour as possible, until dough is smooth, soft, and elastic, about 8 minutes. Form dough into a ball and dust generously with flour. Put dough in a medium bowl and cover bowl with plastic wrap, then let dough rise in a warm, draft-free place until doubled in bulk, about 1 1/4 hours.

Shape dough and make topping:
At least 45 minutes before baking pizza, put pizza stone on oven rack in lower third of oven and preheat to 500°F.

Do not punch down dough. Gently dredge dough in a bowl of flour to coat, then transfer to a parchment-lined pizza peel or baking sheet (without sides). Lightly flour parchment (around dough). Pat out dough evenly with your fingers and stretch into a 13-inch round. (Do not handle dough more than necessary. If dough is sticky, dust it lightly with flour.)

Bring Vin Santo with sugar to a boil in a small heavy saucepan over moderate heat, stirring until sugar is dissolved, then boil, uncovered, until reduced to about 1 tablespoon, about 5 minutes. Add grapes to saucepan and stir gently to coat with syrup, then transfer to a bowl. Add cheeses and pepper to bowl, then stir to combine.

Assemble pizza:
Arrange topping on dough leaving a 1-inch border.

Slide pizza on parchment onto pizza stone. Bake pizza until dough is crisp and browned and cheese is golden and bubbling in spots, 14 to 16 minutes. Using peel or baking sheet, transfer pizza to a cutting board. Cool 5 minutes and remove parchment before slicing.

Cooks' note: Dough can rise slowly, covered and chilled, 1 day ahead. Bring to room temperature before shaping.

September 2006
2006-08-18 13:00:40.0

Creamy Potato and Leek Soup

Puréed tofu provides this soup with its creamy background. I like to serve this with crisp whole-wheat toast, either to eat along-side or break into the bowl.

1 tablespoon canola oil
6 cups thinly sliced leek (about 3 large)
8 ounces peeled Yukon gold or red potato, quartered and thinly sliced (about 1 1/2 cups)
1 cup chopped fresh parsley, divided
1 teaspoon chopped fresh thyme
3/4 teaspoon salt
1 bay leaf
4 cups water
1 cup reduced-fat firm tofu (about 6 ounces)
1/8 teaspoon black pepper

Heat oil in a large Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add leek, and sauté 5 minutes. Reduce heat to medium; add potato, 1/2 cup parsley, thyme, salt, and bay leaf. Cook 15 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add water, and bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat, and simmer 20 minutes. Discard bay leaf.

Combine 2 cups potato mixture and tofu in a blender or food processor, and process until smooth. Return the puréed potato mixture to pan. Stir in 1/2 cup parsley and pepper. Cook for 5 minutes or until thoroughly heated.

Yield:  6 servings (serving size: 1 cup)

CALORIES 130 (21% from fat); FAT 3g (sat 0.3g,mono 1.5g,poly 1.1g); PROTEIN 4.8g; CHOLESTEROL 0.0mg; CALCIUM 91mg; SODIUM 350mg; FIBER 2.3g; IRON 3.3mg; CARBOHYDRATE 22.6g

Cooking Light, MAY 2000

Giada's Scampi on Couscous

Recipe courtesy Giada De Laurentiis
Show: Everyday Italian
Episode: Seafood Feast
Scampi on Couscous

1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
1 small onion, chopped
1 carrot, chopped
1 garlic clove, peeled and smashed, plus 2 garlic cloves minced
2 (8 ounce) cans chopped tomatoes in their juice
1 (8ounce) bottle clam juice
1/4 cup dry white wine
1 cup water
2 cups plain couscous
2 pounds large shrimp, peeled and deveined
1 lemon, juiced
1 tablespoon red pepper flakes
Chopped parsley leaves, for garnish
In a large pot, heat 1/4 cup olive oil. When almost smoking, add onion, carrot and 1 clove smashed garlic and saute until vegetables are soft, about 5 minutes. Add the canned tomatoes and their juice, clam juice and white wine. Bring to a boil and simmer on medium heat for 10 minutes, uncovered. Remove from heat and allow to cool slightly. Carefully pour tomato mixture in the bowl of a food processor and puree. Add a couple of tablespoons of water if needed - you want to end up with a broth. Check for seasoning.

Return broth to the pot. Add 1 cup of water and 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and add 2 cups couscous. Cover pot and remove from heat. Let rest for 10 minutes, allowing the couscous to absorb all the liquid. Fluff with a fork and season with salt and pepper.

In a large skillet, add the remaining 1/4 cup oil and the 2 cloves of minced garlic. Heat the oil, making sure not to burn the garlic. When the oil is hot, add the shrimp and stirring occasionally, cook the shrimp until they start to turn pink, about 5 minutes. Be careful not to overcook the shrimp or they will become tough. Remove from heat and add the lemon juice, red pepper and chopped parsley. Check for seasoning.

To serve, mound the couscous in the center of a platter and top with the shrimp