I love these Italian beans. I’m always excited when I see them at my local farm stand. They need to cook for a while so here’s a great side dish using the bounty of the season. This freezes, so make a big batch and use it later over polenta or with pasta. Great with a poached egg on top. Also a great layer in a vegetable lasagna with a bechamel. Continue reading Italian Flat Bean Stew
A client asked me to make a shaved asparagus salad for her dinner party this summer. I thought that it might be more interesting with several vegetables, so here’s my updated version.
1 lb asparagus
1 lb zucchini
1 lb yellow summer squash
1 lb haricot vert, green beans
1 bunch radish
4 tablespoon chopped dill
4 tablespoon chopped Italian parsley
4 tablespoon chopped chives
1 red onion sliced very thinly
juice of 2 lemons
.5 cup of olive oil
salt and pepper to taste
.5 cup pumpkin seeds, salted
saved asparagus tips
Wash and dry asparagus, beans, zucchini, and summer squash. Cut off the hard end of the asparagus and cut the tips to save as garnish. Using a vegetable peeler shave all of these vegetables to thin strips. Thinly slice the radish and red onion.
Marinade: Mix the lemon juice and oil with salt and pepper.
Save some of the marinade for the asparagus tips. Marinate the tips and save in a small container. Toss the rest of the vegetables in a bowl with the herbs, lemon, and oil. Add salt and pepper to taste. Let sit overnight to cook the vegetables. Know that the salad will reduce by half as it wilts.
Just before serving garnish with the asparagus tips and the pumpkin seeds.
It’s summer and we want to cook everything outside. So here’s a recipe for fresh corn and scallops on the grill.
9 Fresh sea scallops
3 Ears of fresh corn
2 Tbl olive oil for sauté, more for grilling
Half a red pepper, diced
2 large cloves of garlic, minced
1 medium tomato, 4 or 5 oz. , chopped
1 medium yellow onion, 4 oz., diced
1/3 cup of fennel, chopped
1 tsp fennel fronds, minced
2 tsp fresh dill, minced
Grated rind of 1 lime
Lime juice from half the lime
1/4 cup of fresh cilantro, minced
Salt and pepper to taste
More cilantro and lime juice for garnish
Heat the grill. While heating roll corn in olive oil. When the grill is hot place the corn on the grill, turning every 5 minutes until charred on all sides. When done remove from the grill and cool.
When cool cut the kernels from the cob. Reserve.
While grilling chop and mince the vegetables and herbs. Heat the 2 T. of olive oil in a skillet.
Cook the onions until starting to brown. Then add the peppers and garlic. Cook 1 minute. Add the tomato, fennel, minced fennel and dill. Cover and cook a few minutes until the corn is cooked through.
Roll the scallops in olive oil, season with salt and pepper. Grill for 2 minutes on each side.
Remove the lid from the corn mixture and add the lime rind, juice of half the lime and the cilantro. Stir.
Divide corn melange between 3 plates. Top with three scallops each. Squeeze the juice from the second half of the lime over the scallops. Garnish with chopped cilantro and serve hot.
My friend Charlie came for dinner the other night and brought some cheese for appetizers.
He brought Asiago and Gruyere. I thought that was an interesting combo, but he explained. He said that he had had a grilled cheese sandwich at the Hotel Northampton years ago and had been dreaming about it ever since. I asked for a description and here’s my attempt to match his list of ingredients.
2 oz. onions, chopped
1 T. butter
1 Roma tomato, sliced into 4ths and oven roasted with a little oil, s and p. ( do ahead )
1 oz Asiago, sliced
1 oz Gruyere, sliced
2 slices of sandwich or sourdough bread. ( I used Sriracha Sesame from “ the Bread Shed” in Keene, N.H. It gave it an extra kick)
1 T butter to spread on the bread.
Heat a small frying pan and melt 1 T. butter. Add the chopped onion and cook until it is starting to brown. Add the sliced tomato to heat through. Remove both from the pan.
Spread butter on the outsides of each slice of bread. Place buttered side down on cutting board. On one slice place the Asiago. On the other place the Gruyere. Place the tomato and onion on either side. Combine sides.
Fry in the skillet until golden on both sides. Covering the pan helps the cheese to melt more evenly.
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May Recipe of the Month
When I make stuffed mushrooms for catering I often have extra stuffing. I had a lot left over one day and was looking for a way to use it up. I often cook polenta for myself for dinner with different toppings so thought this might make a great vegetarian main dish. I brought it to a meeting one night and everyone wanted the recipe, so here goes.
The stuffing for mushroom caps recipe has bread crumbs in it and I have omitted them for this version.
2 lbs. assorted mushrooms: white, crimini, baby bella’s, sliced or chopped
2 shallots, minced
1/2 large Spanish onion, chopped
6 T. unsalted butter
1 small bunch Italian Parsley, chopped
2 stems of fresh Tarragon, chopped
.5 cup of white wine or Vermouth
.75 tsp nutmeg
2 T. heavy cream
2 oz. gruyere
1/2 cup parmesan
salt and pepper to taste
Melt the butter in a large frying pan. Sauté the shallot and onion until translucent. Add the mushrooms and sauté until starting to loose their liquid. Add the parsley and tarragon with the wine. Cook down until most of the liquid has evaporated. Remove from the heat. Stir in the nutmeg, cream and cheeses, salt and pepper. Let cool
2 cups fast cooking polenta
8 cups of water
1 cup of milk
4 T butter
.5 cup parmesan to mix into the polenta
1 tsp each salt and pepper, or to taste
.5 cup of parmesan, for the topping
Bring 8 cups of water to a boil. Add 1 tsp salt. Slowly stir in polenta, stirring constantly until almost thick. Mixture will bubble up so stay close. Add 1 cup of milk and continue stirring until thick. 5 – 10 minutes. Stir in butter, parmesan and pepper. Mix thoroughly.
Pour half into an 8 x 10 baking dish. Or comparable size pan. ( 9 x 12) Spread the mushroom mixture over the top. Cover with the rest of the polenta. Sprinkle the last half cup of parmesan over the top.
Preheat the oven to 350. Bake 45 – 50 minutes until heated through. Turn on the broiler and move to upper shelf of the oven. Watch carefully so that the parmesan browns but does not burn.
Enjoy with a salad for a great vegetarian meal.
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Whole fish look so appealing. I bought this black bass and then decided to filet it for faster baking and ease of serving. (Adapted from CHINA MOON Cookbook by Barbara Tropp.)
2 filets of black bass or one small whole bass
1/4 cup Sake Wine
1/4 cup rice wine vinegar
1/4 cup white wine
3 T. soy sauce
2 T. chopped fresh coriander, leaves and stems
1 T. Toasted Sesame Oil
2 T. fresh ginger, peeled and minced
1 piece of garlic, minced
1 inch of fresh lemon grass, sliced and minced
.5 T sugar
1 tsp Red Thai Curry Paste
1 tsp fresh lemon juice, or lime if you have it
2 T peanut oil for frying
1 small onion cut into 1/4 inch wedges
2 small carrots, diced
1 clove of garlic, minced
1 inch of fresh lemon grass , diced
4 cups of Napa cabbage, cut into ribbons
.5 lb baby Bellas or white mushrooms, sliced
.5 tsp Pink Szechuan pepper corns
1.5 tsp fresh ginger, chopped
Chopped Cilantro and lemon or lime wedges
Heat the oven to 375. degrees
Combine all of the Marinade ingredients. Lay the fish filets in the marinade. Cover with the sauce and turn several times while you prepare the vegetables. Usually 10 – 15 minutes
Heat a WOK or Skillet and add the peanut oil. When hot add the onion and stir fry until golden and wilted. Add the rest of the ingredients. Stir to coat everything with the oil and toss and cook just until starting to wilt. You may add more oil down the sides if needed. Remove from the heat and spread on a baking dish.
Remove the fish from the marinade and place the fish on the vegetables. Pour 2 or more T. of the marinade over the fish. Bake for 8 – 10 minutes or until soft.
Serve with the vegetables underneath. Garnish with chopped cilantro and a lemon or lime wedge. Serve with rice or soba noodles.
This is a classic recipe usually made with apples. I love it with pears. Sometimes I also add raspberries to the dish.
3 or 4 ripe and flavorful pears. I used Bartletts
2 Tablespoons fresh lemon juice
3/4 cup of white sugar
4 Tablespoons of unsalted butter
Whipped cream, optional
TARTE TARTIN PASTRY CRUST
1 cup of all purpose flour
.5 tsp salt
1 stick of cold unsalted butter
1 egg yolk
2 – 3 Tablespoons of ice water as needed
One Black Cast Iron Skillet, 10 inch
Prepare the crust: pulse the flour and salt in a Cuisinart with the metal blade. Add the butter and pulse until small pieces form. Add the egg yolk , pulse. Add the water 1 T. at a time until it pulls from the sides of the bowl. Form in to a flat disk and refrigerate for atleast an hour.
When ready to assemble roll the dough out a bit larger than the pan. Flip over the pears and tuck the sides down around the pears.
Preheat the oven to 375 degrees
Peal and quarter the pears. Sprinkle with the lemon juice to coat. Place the sugar in the pan over a low hear. When some of the sugar starts to melt begin stirring with a wooden spoon until it is all melted and begins to turn a light golden color.
Remove the pan from the heat. Arrange the pears in the pan with the rounded side down. I have messed this up more than once so remember that the pan will be flipped and you want the rounded side up for the final presentation.
Fill the center with a piece of pear and fill in where needed with smaller pieces. Or fill in with fresh raspberries.
Cut the butter into small pieces and scatter over the pears. Place back on the stove top at medium heat. Cook until the sugar turns a deep caramel color and the juices released from the fruit has nearly evaporate. 15 – 20 minutes.
Roll out the dough and cover the pears, tucking the sides DOWN INTO the pan.
Bake for 25 – 30 minuted or until the crust is golden. Remove from oven and let rest for 10 minutes. Using a knife run it around the edges of the pan. CAREFULLY place a larger plate over the pan. Using two hands and two pot holders, carefully flip the pan over releasing the tarte on to the platter.
Serve with whipped cream
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There was a small Red Snapper at the Coop last week. Just the right size. And not often seen here in the north!!! So I had to have it. What, you think this photo looks funny. Well, I was so excited that I plated half and started eating before I remembered that I should have take the photograph first. Your picture will undoubtably look better. It was delish.
1 whole small red snapper, cleaned and gutted. Scales removed
8 pieces of garlic minced and mashed with a drop of kosher salt
1 tsp cumin
1 tsp coriander
.5 tsp black pepper
.5 tsp sumac
2 tablespoons chopped fresh thyme or oregano
1.5 bell peppers, orange and yellow, sliced
1 tomato, sliced
1 small red onion, sliced in rounds
Greek or Italian olive oil
1 lemon, quartered
Preheat oven to 425 degree F
Brush a baking dish with olive oil
Pat the Snapper dry and make a few slits in each side of the fish. Fill the slits with the garlic and some of the fresh herbs. Place in the prepared baking dish.
Mix the spices: cumin, coriander, salt, pepper and sumac in a small bowl. Use 3/4 of of the mix to coat the fish on both sides.
Stuff the cavity with the fresh herbs and some tomato, onions and peppers.
Place the remaining vegetables around the fish and sprinkle with a little salt and the rest of the spice mix.
Drizzle the fish and vegetables with a liberal amount of olive oil.
Bake in the the oven at 425 for about 25 minutes or until the fish flakes. Remove from oven and squeeze half of the lemon over the dish. Plate and serve with the other lemon wedges.
Serve with rice. I used Jasmine.
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