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Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Spicy Bloody Mary

Ingredients:

1 teaspoon sea salt
1 cup of ice
1.5 fluid oz of Vodka
3/4 cup of Spicy Tomato Juice
2 dashes of Worcestershire Sauce
1 dash of Tabasco Sauce
1 Celery Stalk
2 Blue Cheese Olives
Pinch of salt and pepper

Directions:

Salt a rim of a tall glass ( pour salt into a small plate, moisten the rim of the glass on a damp towel, press into the salt)

Fill glass with ice cubes

In a cocktail mixer full of ice, combine Vodka, tomato juice, Worcestershire sauce, Tabasco sauce and salt and pepper

Shake vigorously-strain into glass

Garnish with celery and olives

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Seafood Boil

Ingredients:

4 quarts of water
1 12oz can of beer
1/2 cup of old bay seasoning
2 tablespoons of salt

3 cloves of garlic
1 large onion - peeled
8 med red skin potatoes- cut in half
2 pounds of smoked sausage ( I used a variety of smoked, andouille  and turkey sausage cut into 2 inch pieces)
8 ears of corn cleaned and cut in half
4 pounds of large unpeeled shrimp
14 fresh clams
2  1 1/2 pound Lobsters
*I also used a large bag  of frozen crawl fish from Nino Salvaggio's
3 bay leaves

Directions

Bring water, beer, old bay seasoning , onion , bay leaves and garlic to a boil
Add potatoes, cook 8 minutes
Add sausage, cook 5 minutes
Add corn, cook 7 minutes
Continue to keep water at a rapid boil
Add clams, cook 5 minutes than add shrimp, lobster and claws
Season with salt and continue to cook until clams open and shrimp turn pink

Melt some chopped parsley, chopped garlic, lemon and butter

Serve Seafood in bowls with the broth and dip the Seafood into butter mixture!
I also serve this with a garlic toast--recipe to follow!

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Ricotta and Prosciutto Cream Puffs

Ingredients:

1 cup of fresh Ricotta
1 cup prosciutto , diced
1/2 teaspoon grated nutmeg

1 cup of water
1/2 cup butter
1/8 teaspoon salt
1 cup flour
4 eggs
Directions:

In a medium saucepan combine water, butter, and salt.  Bring it to a boil.  Add the flour all at once, stirring vigorously.  Cook and stir until mixture forms a ball.  Remove from heat and cool for 10 minutes.  Add eggs, 1 at a time, beating well with a wooden spoon.

Drop heaping teaspoons of dough onto a greased baking sheet.  Bake in a 400 degree oven for 30 to 35 minutes or until golden brown.  Cool

* you may fry these in canola oil 

While the cream puffs are baking, mix Ricotta , nutmeg and prosciutto together.

Cut tops from cream puffs , remove soft dough from inside
Fill with Ricotta mixture, sift powder sugar over tops

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Kale and Quinoa Salad

Ingredients:
2 cups of cooked Quinoa-- follow package directions12 large kale leaves- chopped
3 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil
2 tablespoons of Dijon mustard
1 large garlic clove- minced
1 cup of pecans
1 cup of dried cherries
3/4 cup chopped feta cheese

Salt and fresh ground pepper

Directions:
Whisk olive oil , lemon juice, mustard, garlic, salt and pepper
Put kale and quinoa in large bowl, add cherries, feta cheese, and pecans
Toss with olive oil mixture and season with salt and pepper

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Penne Pasta with Asparagus

Ingredients:

1 pound of Penne Pasta
1 pound of fresh asparagus-chopped

3 boneless chicken breasts
1 tablespoon of butter
3 tablespoons of minced shallots
2 cloves garlic-chopped

5 tablespoons of butter-cubed
2/3 cup of white wine
1 tablespoon of lemon juice
1 tablespoon of chopped fresh parsley

Toss:

1/2 cup of grape tomatoes-halved
1/2 cup marinated small artichoke hearts
1/4 cup Greek black olives- pitted and halved

Salt and fresh ground pepper
Shaved Parmesan cheese
Olive oil for chicken breasts
Directions:

Brush chicken breasts with olive oil, sprinkle with salt and pepper.
Grill breasts and then set aside

Boil pasta in salted water, add asparagus in the last 3 minutes then drain, but save a little water

Sauté the garlic and the shallots in 1 tablespoon of butter
Add wine, butter cubes, stir in lemon juice, fresh parsley, and a little of the pasta water.   

Season with salt and pepper

Toss the hot pasta with the sauce and the tomato mixture, serve with shaved Parmesan.

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Garlic Butter Bread

Ingredients: 
1 loaf of bread dough
1stick of melted butter
1tablespoon chopped garlic
1/4 cup chopped parsley
1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
Salt and pepper
            Directions:   

Combine all the ingredients except bread dough.
 
Roll dough out to a 9 by 13 rectangle.   
Spread mixture onto dough, roll up into a large loaf!   
Bake in a greased sheet at 400 degrees for 15 to 20 minutes!    
Let sit for a few minutes before slicing.