Wild Rice Pilaf with Dried Cherries, Apricots and Butternut Squash

This delicious rice pilaf is festive for the holidays. Recipe adapted from Williams Sonoma.

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Lamb, Peppers and Potato Ragu

My second most popular post of all time.

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Another great recipe from Lidia’s Kitchen! I’ve estimated the measurements of the ingredients from watching the show a few times. She did ladle hot water to the sauce but I didn’t feel it was necessary. However, I did follow her on adding some water to the tomato can to cleanse out any left over sauce and added to the pan.

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Chicken Drumsticks with Peppers and Paprika

This is my most viewed post of all time.

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This is from one of my favorite cooking shows Lidia’s Kitchen. I don’t have the exact measurements of the ingredients, I couldn’t find the recipe on her website. I pretty much eye-balled it by watching the show, but it’s quite easy.

You should have at least 3 drumsticks per person. For 3-4 servings I used 2 yellow peppers and 2 red peppers, seeded and quartered. I used 2 onions peeled and quartered, leave the bottom piece intact so the onion won’t unravel.

Preheat oven to 375F.

First saute the onions in olive oil till lightly browned, season with salt. Then spoon onions over to a baking dish. Saute and season the peppers, spoon over the onions. Brown and season the chicken. Place the chicken over the onions and peppers.

Add fresh oil and add crushed garlic, about 3 to 4 cloves. Add about a teaspoon of paprika. Add a cup…

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Stuffed Zucchini

Great recipe if you’re entertaining! Adapted from Ina Garten’s Make it Ahead cookbook. It can be refrigerated  up to 6 hours, just finish baking it before serving.

Stuffed Zucchini

  • Servings: 5 to 6
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Ingredients

  • 5 to 6 small zucchini, trimmed (1 1/2 pound total)
  • olive oil
  • 1 cup (1/2 inch diced) sourdough bread, crust removed
  • 1/4 cup sliced scallions, white and green parts (2 scallions)
  • 1 1/2 cup diced tomatoes (2 tomatoes)
  • 2 teaspoons minced fresh thyme
  • 2 teaspoons minced garlic (2 cloves)
  • 2 tablespoons freshly grated Parmesan cheese
  • salt and pepper
  • 1 1/2 cups grated Gruyere cheese

 

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 450F.
  2. Bring to a boil a large pot of water. Add the zucchini and simmer until tender. Remove the zucchini to a plate lined with paper towels and set aside to cool. Cut the zucchini length-wise and scoop out the seeds. Set aside with side down on paper towels.
  3. Meanwhile, heat 2 tablespoons of olive oil in a small pan. Add the bread cubes, and cook over medium-low heat for a about 5 minutes.. Tossing frequently until golden brown. Transfer to a medium bowl. In the same pan heat 1 tablespoon of oil, add the scallions, tomatoes, thyme, and garlic.  Cook over medium heat for about 5 minutes, tossing frequently. Add to the bowl with the bread cubes. Add the Parmesan, 1 1/2 teaspoons salt, and 1/2 teaspoon pepper. Toss gently.
  4. Place the zucchini snugly in a 10 x 14-inch baking pan, in 1 layer and cut side up. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Fill the zucchini with the bread mixture. Sprinkle with the Gruyere. Bake for 10 to 12 minute or lightly browned.

 

Ayurveda’s Sweet Potato Bisque

Wishing everyone a wonderful Thanksgiving!

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This soup was spicy, sweet and delicious.  This recipe was is for 2 servings, so I had to double it. It also noted that the potato skins can be added but, it will change the color of the soup. I discarded the skins and used heavy cream in instead of coconut milk since to make it more decadent. Also no one in my family likes it but me.

2 cups of vegetable broth

1/2 inch piece of gingerroot, peeled and chopped

1/4 cup of heavy cow’s cream or coconut milk

1 medium size or 2 small sweet potatoes or 2 cups skin optional

1/2 tumeric

dash of nutmeg

dash of salt and pepper, optional (I did use)

2 tsp of ghee (clarified butter) found in Whole Foods

extra cream or coconut milk for garnish

I baked the potatoes at 400F for an hour on a cookie sheet lined with foil…

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Layered Beef, Cabbage, and Potato Casserole

Comfort food! Great dish for a cold and snowy day. Another great recipe from Lidia Bastianich’s show, Lidia’s Kitchen. I have provided a recipe below with a good guess on the measurements.  It can easily be cut in half for 4 servings as I had to.

 

Layered Beef, Cabbage, and Potato Casserole

  • Servings: 8 to 10
  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients

For the pestata:

  • 6 garlic cloves
  • 1/2 cup sage leaves
  • 1/4 cup  fresh rosemary needles
  • salt
  • olive oil

For the casserole:

  • 3 to 4 pound beef, shoulder cut
  • 3 pounds red potato, sliced
  • head of cabbage, shredded
  • 2 cups or more of Fontina cheese, grated
  • 1 stick of butter
  • 1 cup of white wine
  • salt

 

Directions

  1. Place the garlic, sage, rosemary and salt in a food processor. Drizzle the olive oil while processing.  Should look like a pesto sauce.
  2. Slice the beef into 1-inch slices, and place in a bowl.
  3. Slice the potatoes with skin on, into 1/4 inch slices. Place in a separate bowl.
  4. Shred the cabbage and place in another bowl.
  5. Pour half the pestata in the beef, making sure each slice has marinate. Add salt.
  6. Pour the rest onto the potatoes, making sure all slices are marinated. Add salt.
  7. Layer half the potaotes in a buttered casserole. Layer haf the cabbage on top. Layer all the meat on top. Add the rest of the potaotes. And then add the rest of the cabbage. Pour the white wine over. Cover with foil and bake in a 375F degree oven for about 2 hours or more. Check for meat tenderness.
  8. Uncover and cover the top with the cheese. Place back in the oven uncovered. Bake for another 30 minutes or until the cheese is all melted and browned.

 

Braised Broccoli Rabe

A quick and easy side dish from Lidia Bastianich’s, Lidia’s Kitchen.

Wash and peel the ends of the broccoli rabe, like an asparagus. Add 3 tablespoons of olive oil in a large skillet with a lid. Slice 3 to 4 cloves of garlic and saute in the oil till fragrant. Add the broccoli rabe, teaspoon of hot pepper flakes salt and 1/2 cup of water. Cove and cook for about 10 minutes, turning occasionally.

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