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Years ago we had the opportunity to visit several cities in Italy. I’m sad to say, however, that we didn’t make it to Bologna, which is the city Bolognese Sauce originated in. Here is an explanation of the sauce (just incase you aren’t familiar with it) as written by Wikipedia:
Bolognese sauce, known in Italian as ragù alla bolognese, is a meat-based sauce originating from Bologna, Italy. InItalian cuisine, it is customarily used to dress “tagliatelle al ragù” and to prepare “lasagne alla bolognese”. In the absence of tagliatelle, it can also be used with other broad, flat pasta shapes, such as pappardelle or fettuccine, or with short tube shapes, such as rigatoni or penne. Genuine ragù alla bolognese is a complex sauce which involves slow cooking using a variety of techniques, including sweating, sautéing and braising. Ingredients include a characteristic soffritto of onion, celery and carrot, different types of minced or finely chopped meat (generally bovine, including beef, and possibly pork, such as pancetta), wine, and a small amount of tomato concentrate.
The earliest documented recipe of an Italian meat-based sauce (ragù) served with pasta comes from late 18th centuryImola, near Bologna. In 1891 Pellegrino Artusi first published a recipe for a meat sauce characterized as being “bolognese”. While many traditional variations do exist, in 1982 the Italian Academy of Cuisine registered a recipe for authentic ragù alla bolognese with the Bologna Chamber of Commerce. In Italy, ragù alla bolognese is often referred to simply as ragù.
Outside Italy, Bolognese sauce often refers to a tomato-based sauce to which mince (beef or pork) has been added; such sauces typically bear little resemblance to ragù alla bolognese. Whereas in Italy ragù is not used with spaghetti, so-called spaghetti bolognese has become a popular dish in many other parts of the world.
I have to say, this is one of the easiest sauces I’ve ever made, just takes a little patience to complete the simmering process, but all good things take time.
Several weeks ago I had the opportunity to do a little business traveling in New York City and made several shops in grocery stores, my favorite was one in Little Italy. What always amazes me about shopping in these stores is the variety of fresh meats, salami, hanging from the ceiling, as well as many types of sausage. I always feel like a kid in a candy store when I’m there. The other food items that I am always intrigued with are all the different types of pastas, the good stuff, not store name brands, but the really good Italian pastas. I purchased several varieties to bring back home, one of which was the Pappardelle.There is only one sauce to serve with this pasta, and of course, that would be the Bolognese.
2 tablespoons butter
2 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
1 onion, finely chopped
2 stalks celery, finely chopped
1 large carrot, finely chopped
2-3 cloves garlic, minced
1 pound ground chuck
1/2 pound ground pork
2/3 cup white wine (dry)
1 cup milk
16 ounces good quality (Pomi brand) chopped tomatoes
1/2 cup beef stock
2 bay leaves
freshly ground black pepper, to taste
1/2 teaspoon salt
In a large stock pot over medium heat, add butter and oil. Cook until frothy, add chopped vegetables and garlic. Cook over medium low heat until vegetables are soft, about 10 minutes. Add meat and in batches, stirring after each addition and breaking up the meat clumps.
Deglaze pan with wine, simmer until reduced by half. Add milk and once again simmer until reduced by half. Add remaining ingredients, cook over medium low heat for 2-3 hours or until sauce becomes thick. Serve with good quality pasta. Top with Parmigiano Reggiano or, my personal favorite, Pecorino Romano.
Brush both sides of the bread with extra virgin olive oil, sprinkle with salt & pepper. Place on hot grill, cook until slightly golden, turn over and continuing cooking until brown.
Place shredded mozzarella over bread slices, top with sliced plum tomatoes, salt & pepper. Place under broiler until cheese is golden brown. Top with freshly diced basil.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
salt & pepper to taste