1 can (16 ounces) kidney beans
1 can (32 ounces) crushed tomatoes
2 cups water
1 large onion, chopped
4 cloves garlic, crushed
2 tablespoons chili powder
1/2 teaspoon cumin
1/2 teaspoon oregano
1/2 teaspoon paprika
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
salt to taste
Friends have been saying that they cannot add themselves as followers nor can they add comments…so I’ve been slacking lately…however, I think I might have the “follow this blog” issue resolved…on the upper left corner of your address bar there should be a “follow this blog” link….click on that…please let me know if you still are having problems…now trying to work on why comments cannot be left…grrrr…THANKS!
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 11, 2011
Basil Basil and more Basil
2 2oz jars of Pignoli (aka pine) nuts slightly toasted*
1 bulb garlic
2-3 cups loosely packed fresh basil leaves
1 cup parmesan cheese
2 cups good quality extra virgin olive oil
In a bowl of a food processor, place the garlic (you can remove the skins by slightly tapping the garlic cloves with the wide part of a chef’s knife, garlic will come right out of the cloves) and toasted pignoli nuts. Process until a paste its formed.
Add basil and parmesan and process until well chopped, slowly add extra virgin olive oil until well blended.
If not using immediately, place pesto in zip lock bags, date and freeze.
* To toast pignoli nuts place in a preheated non stick skillet and toast until slightly golden.
1 Bulb garlic
1 pound butter
2-3 cups loosely packed basil leaves
In a bowl of a food processor, place the garlic (you can remove the skins by slightly tapping the garlic cloves with the wide part of a chef’s knife, garlic will come right out of the cloves). Process until finely chopped. Add basil and process until well combined. Add butter and continue to process until blended. Using a small scoop place the pesto butter on a cookie sheet and place in the freezer.
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 4, 2011
Sauce ‘n’ Balls
My niece, Tiffany, is another lover of my sauce ‘n’ balls (as she calls it)…after moving to TN from CT, when I would visit her I would bring her some sauce. She would take the container and hide in another part of the house devouring the contents of the container…so funny, she would not share it with anyone!!!!
Yes, lots of GREAT memories, the smell of the sauce…yum… Rob is now in the Army, stationed in Fort Hood, TX….he’ll be home for a visit in a few weeks. So, I thought I would make a BIG batch of “sauce ‘n’ balls” for him to take back to Ft. Hood when he comes home…that will be a nice surprise for him…..
Below you will find step by step instructions for making your own homemade “sauce ‘n balls”…of course homemade sauce is ALWAYS best if you are able to “can” your own tomatoes, (see below video “how to can tomatoes”), however, in a pinch I recommend “Pomi” brand, they are in a box and do not have the “metallic” taste of the other brands…..
SUNDAY, AUGUST 28, 2011
SATURDAY, AUGUST 27, 2011
One of my all time favorite dishes, Lobster in Puttanesca Sauce!!!
Lobster in Puttanesca Sauce
Recipe courtesy Gail Churinetz
Prep Time:15 minInactive Prep Time: — Cook Time:15 min
3 to 4 servings
1 tablespoon kosher salt
1 pound lobster tails (either warm water or cold water)
10 to 12 kalamata olives
2 tablespoons capers
1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
2 small shallots, finely diced
5 cloves garlic, minced
1 tsp. anchovy paste
1/2 teaspoon dried red pepper flakes
2 (14.5-ounce) cans diced tomatoes, drained and rinsed
1/2 cup red Italian wine
2/3 cup chicken stock
1 teaspoon dried basil
1 teaspoon dried parsley flakes
1 pound Italian capellini pasta
1 tablespoon unsalted butter
Freshly ground black pepper
Freshly grated Parmigiano-Reggiano
1 tablespoon freshly chopped Italian parsley leaves
Bring a large pot of water to a boil over medium heat and season the water with salt.
Cut the lobster tails lengthwise, remove the meat from the shells and chop into 1-inch pieces. Pit and chop kalamata olives and rinse the capers. Set aside.
Heat a large saute pan over medium-low heat. Add the olive oil and heat through. Add the shallots and cook until soft, about 3 to 4 minutes. Stir in the garlic, anchovy paste, and red pepper flakes and saute for an additional 30 seconds; do not brown the garlic. Add the tomatoes, wine, chicken stock, basil and parsley. Simmer for 15 to 20 minutes.
Add the capellini to the boiling water.
Stir the chopped lobster meat, capers, kalamata olives, butter, and pepper, to taste, to the tomato mixture. Cover the pan and simmer the sauce until the lobster meat is cooked, about 5 to 7 minutes. When the pasta is cooked, drain and add to a serving bowl. Pour the sauce over the pasta and toss. Sprinkle with grated Parmigiano-Reggiano and the chopped parsley and serve.
FRIDAY, AUGUST 19, 2011
Southern Fried Chicken
Canola oil for fryingSeasoned Flour1 ½ cup all purpose flour
1 tablespoon garlic powder
1 tablespoon onion powder
1 ½ tsp black pepper
1-2 tsp. cayenne pepper, or to taste
1 ½ tsp. smoked paprika
¼ tsp. poultry seasonCombine all ingredients in a large plastic bag and set aside.
2/3 cup all purpose flour
1 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. black pepper
1 beaten egg yolk
1 can/bottle flat beer – and a little extra for the cook to drink (not flat)
Combine egg yolk and beer in a medium size bowl, gradually add remaining ingredients mixing well.
Heat oil in a large skillet to 375 degrees, or medium high heat. Dredge chicken pieces in seasoned flour, crispy batter and then back into the seasoned flour. Place in hot oil and cook covered for about 20 minutes, turn pieces and cook an additional 20 minutes or until golden brown on all sides and an internal temperature of 160 degrees has been reached with a meat thermometer. Drain a rack, or place in a 200 degree oven to keep warm.
WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 17, 2011
How To Can Tomatoes……it’s that season…don’t know what to do with the fruits of your garden, check out my video…..
TUESDAY, AUGUST 16, 2011
“Southern Cookin”…..oh yeah
love my jobs!!!!! The people make them sooo sooo special…the ultimate “fried chicken”…ummmm..never thought I would say this but “slow cooked Southern Greens”…omg…yum…how can you possibly go wrong with 1/2 lb. bacon…wow….good home cooking comfort food…recipes to follow….
MONDAY, AUGUST 15, 2011
Marinated Manchego Cheese with Roasted Red Peppers – Serves 4
2 tablespoons sherry vinegar
2 green onions, very thinly sliced
½ shallot, finely minced
2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
½ teaspoon whole cumin seeds, lightly toasted*
1 bay leaf
Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
½ pound manchego cheese, thinly sliced (mandolin works best)
1 medium roasted red pepper chopped**
2-3 tablespoons manzanilla olives, coarsely choppedWish together the oil, vinegar, green onions, shallots, garlic and cumin seeds; season to taste with salt and pepper. Add the bay leaf and set aside until needed.
Arrange the cheese slices in an attractive serving dish; top with the roasted peppers and chopped olives. Pour the marinade over the peppers, cover and refrigerator overnight, or up to four days before serving.
Let stand at room temperature at least 1 hour before serving. (Remove the bay leaf) Garnish with chopped fresh parsley (optional).
*To toast the cumin seeds, heat a small sauté pan over medium heat; add the cumin seeds and cook, stirring constantly, until the aroma is released and the seeds just begin to brown.
**To roast the pepper, char the pepper over a gas flame on the stove or a broiler, turning to ensure the skin blisters evenly. Place the roasted red pepper in a small bowl and cover with plastic wrap until cool. Peel the dark skin and remove the seeds, do not rinse under water.
SUNDAY, AUGUST 14, 2011
“Live at 9” Cinnamon Buns
Tomato Basil Pie
salt & pepper to taste