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Recipes that include red pepper flakes

Broccoli Rabe with Calabrese Sausage

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

As a kid, I wasn’t into bitter vegetables, but I now I adore radicchio, arugula, and of course broccoli rabe. I’m still not into bitter melon but perhaps when I’m old, haha. (Sorry mom!)

I read in Lidia’s Italian-American Kitchen, that she peels the stem of her broccoli rabe. I had never done that before, usually just chopping off the rough ends. It ends up being worth the effort to get these tender stems. Now I love broccoli rabe even more!

peeling broccoli rabe

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Turkey Meatball Puttanesca

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Some people love olives, popping them whole, one after the other. They’re too strong for me to eat alone, but I do like the way they flavor sauces. Puttanesca is the perfect example. I had my heart set on making it when I realized I didn’t have any anchovies, so it turned into a Turkey Meatball Puttanesca. The result is a perfect winter comfort food, without being heavy and fattening. It’s actually incredibly healthy and you’ll be surprised how tender lean turkey can be.

This is one of those dishes you make in large batches because it reheats so well, and if you’re serving to company, it’s actually best the next day.

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A Sauerkraut Replacement?

Thursday, January 1, 2009

Not to toot my own horn, but it may be possible that I’ve created a replacement for the several hundred year old classic brat topping sauerkraut. Actually, other than the use of cabbage, it’s quite different: sweeter and mustardy. We’ve made other yummy cabbage dishes before, but this is different from those too. I really enjoy it and it will go great on your favorite brat, hot dog, smoked bacon, (or both combined) pork chops, or even regular ole Italian sausage.

Mustardy Cabbage

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Shrimp over Linguine in Tangy Lobster Sauce

Saturday, December 6, 2008

Remember the lobster stock I made? It’s not that I haven’t been using it, it’s just that nothing I’ve made has been worth reporting, until tonight. I started reducing stock while I prepared the other ingredients.

Shrimp Linguine in Tangy Lobster Sauce Plated

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Curry Shrimp Scrambled Eggs

Saturday, November 15, 2008

This morning I smelled some bacon cooking down the hall and knew I had to have a savory breakfast. However, our fridge just wasn’t complying with me, there was not much to work with except two big containers of strawberries; but as I said, my heart was set on savory. Down to the freezer I went, where I saw our bag of amazing, frozen shrimp — bingo.

Curry Shrimp Scrambled Eggs

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Unsquashing Squash Soup

Sunday, October 19, 2008

Squash Soup Ingredients

If the weather is not enough to let you know it’s Fall, the farmer’s market will. Every other stand has a beautiful selection of fall veggies, including many types of squash. After laughing about how some pumpkins were bigger than Ice (our dog); I picked up a butternut and a delicata. My goal was to make a glowing orange, fall soup that could shine above the rest, something to really get people excited about squash soup.

Jessica and I LOVE the finished product. It is perfect, seriously. The spice and fall flavors combine perfectly, this soup will make you feel warmed for the cool weather. While eating it, Jessica said she could imagine herself sitting in a log cabin, by a fire, drinking this soup.

Unsquashed Squash Soup
~ approximately 10 cups

Ingredients

  • ~8 cups roughly cubed Butternut Squash (1 good size squash)
  • ~2 cups roughly cubed Delicata Squash, (1 squash)
  • 2 tablespoon Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 1 teaspoon Kosher Salt
  • Fresh Cracked Black Pepper
  • 6 ounces Bacon (3 thick-cut slices), cut in 1″ wide pieces
  • 1.5 cups roughly chopped Yellow Onion (2 small onions)
  • 1 cup roughly chopped Carrot (2 large carrots)
  • 1 cup roughly chopped Parsnip (1 parsnip)
  • 2 cloves garlic, roughly chopped
  • 1/4 teaspoon Red Pepper Flakes
  • 1/4 teaspoon Turmeric Powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon Cayenne Pepper Powder
  • 1/4 cup Apple Cider Vinegar
  • 1/8 teaspoon Allspice Powder
  • 8 cups Chicken Broth or Bouillon equivalent (room temp.)
  • 1 tablespoon Buckwheat Honey (or any dark honey)
  • 3 Roasted Pasilla Peppers, roughly chopped (seeded) (use Poblano if Pasilla not available)
  • 1/2 Lemon
  • 1″ of Ginger, peeled & roughly chopped
  • 2″ Cinnamon Stick
  • 1 teaspoon Black Peppercorns
  • 2 large Bay Leaves
  • Parsnip Leaves, rinsed and most of stems removed.

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Curried Crab over Rice

Monday, June 23, 2008

There used to be a wonderful Indian restaurant on 58th Street, where from time to time I’d enjoy their Curried Crab appetizer. For $12, one could have a pint of curry-flavored crab. Every bite was amazing. Unfortunately they went out of business and I haven’t had the dish in a while.

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Oxtail and Linguine

Thursday, March 13, 2008


We had Martin and Melissa over for dinner last night and they loved my Oxtail and Linguini. Good thing I wrote down the recipe for my Oxtail Sauce. Four people almost finished the entire pot! I served it with linguine but it would be wonderful with pappardelle or fettuccine as well.

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