prep time: 15 minutes       cook time: 30 minutes (if you don’t let it simmer for hours), 2-3 hours (if you want to let the tastes meld)20141204-slow-roasted-bolognese-01

ingredients
3 T EVOO
1 medium onion, minced (about 1/2 c)
1 medium carrot, peeled and cut in coins
1/2 c celery, minced
2 tsp kosher salt
1 lb ground beef
1 lb ground pork
1/2 c dry red wine
1 can tomato paste
2 14-oz. cans diced tomatoes
4 dried bay leaves
ground pepper, to taste

directions

  1. heat olive oil in a 3 to 4-quart pan over medium heat. stir in the onion, carrot and celery, season hem lightly with salt and cook, stirring, until the onion is translucent.
  2. crumble in the ground beef and pork and continue cooking, stirring to break up the meat, until all the liquid the meat has given off has evaporated and the meat is lightly browned, about 10 minutes.
  3. pour in the wine and cook, scraping the bottom of the pan, until the wine is evaporated, 3-4 minutes.
  4. stir in the tomato paste and cook a few minutes, then pour in the tomatoes, toss in the bay leaves, and season lightly with salt and pepper.
  5. cook, stirring occasionally, until the sauce is dense but juicy and a rich, dark red color. this will take about 2-3 hours – the longer you cook it, the better it will become. (most likely, a noticeable layer of oil will float to the top toward the end of cooking. once finished, the oil can be removed with a spoon or reincorpoartedint he sauce, which is what is traditionally done.)

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servings: 6-8       prep time: 15 minutes       cook time: 20 minutes       total time: 35

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ingredients
1.5 lb elbow noodles
kosher salt
3 T butter
3 T all-purpose flour
3.5 c milk
1 lb sharp cheddar cheese (grated) – [i bought 2 6oz bags of murray’s mac & cheese which is a combination of a mix of nutty Gruyère, creamy Butterkase, and meaty Raclette cheeses]
1/2 c freshly grated parmesan cheese
freshly ground black pepper

directions

  1. bring a large pot of water to a boil and season with salt. cook the noodles to al dente according to the package instructions. drain and set aside.
  2. in a large pot, melt the butter over medium heat. whisk in the flour and cook for 2-3 minutes until the flour start to take on color, stirring constantly. whisk in the milk, making sure to eliminate any lumps. cook for 5 minutes over low, stirring occasionally.
  3. stir in the cheese and adjust seasoning to taste. stir in noodles to coat completely.

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prep time: 10 minutes      cook time: 15 minutes       total time: 25 minutes      serves 3 bowlscoconut-curry-noodle-soup-8

ingredients
2 T oil
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 T fresh ginger, grated
3 T red (or yellow) curry paste
8 oz. boneless chicken breast or thighs, sliced
4 c chicken broth
1 c water
2 T fish sauce (or soysauce as a substitute)
1 c coconut milk
6 oz. dried rice vermicelli noodles (maifun rice sticks, orange package)
1 lime, juiced (or lemon juice as a substitute)
scallions to garnish

directions

  1. in a large pot over medium heat, add the oil, garlic, ginger, and curry paste. fry for 5 minutes, until fragrant. add the chicken and cook for a couple of minutes, just until the chicken turns opaque.
  2. add the chicken broth, water, fish sauce/soysauce, and coconut milk. bring to a boil. at this point, taste the broth for salt and adjust seasoning accordingly (it should be a little on the salty side since the noodles will help curb the saltiness at the end).
  3. squeeze lime juice and add some scallions, saving some to top for garnish.
  4. bring to a boil and then add the noodles. turn heat off and noodles should be ready to eat in about 3 minutes.

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chinese spaghetti bolognese

January 8, 2016

prep time: 15 minutes       cook time: 15 minutes       total time: 30 minutesground-beef-recipes-10
yields 3-4 servings

ingredients
8 oz. dried spaghetti
salt
1 lb. ground beef
1 medium onion, finely diced
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 tsp cooking wine or dry sherry
2 c chicken stock
3 T oyster sauce
2 T soy sauce
1 tsp sesame oil
pepper
1 c frozen peas
2 T cornstarch, mixed with 2 T water

directions

  1. bring a pot of water to a boil for the spaghetti. cook the spaghetti according to the package instructions, under cooking it by about a minute.
  2. heat a wok over high heat. add the ground beef and cook until slightly browned, breaking up any large chunks of beef.
  3. add the onion, garlic, and wine, and turn the heat down to medium. cook until the onion is transparent, and then add the chicken stock.
  4. bring to a boil and lower the heat to a simmer. stir in the oyster and soy sauces, sesame oil, and pepper. cover and simmer for 10 minutes.
  5. remove the cover, add the peas, and stir for one minute.
  6. stir up the cornstarch slurry and drizzle the slurry into the sauce while stirring constantly. the sauce should thicken until it coats a spoon.
  7. drain the pasta, and add it directly to the wok. toss until the pasta is coated in sauce. feel free to add some of the pasta cooking liquid if the sauce is too thick, and add more cornstarch slurry if the sauce is too thin.

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vietnamese spring rolls

March 18, 2014

makes 8 spring rolls       prep time: 30 mins       assembly time: 20 mins

ingredients
2 ounces rice vermicelli
8 rice wrappers
8 large cooked shrimp, peeled, deveined and cut in half lengthwise
2 leaves lettuce (or romaine), chopped1 1/3 T chopped thai basil
other optional ingredients to add: carrots, bean sprouts, cucumbers, asparagus, shiitake mushrooms, green onions
3 T chopped fresh mint leaves
3 T chopped fresh cilantro

dipping sauce
4 tsp fish sauce
1 T water
1 T fresh lime juice
1 clove garlic, minced
1 T sugar
1/2 tsp garlic chili sauce (or sriracha)
3 T hoisin sauce
1 tsp finely chopped peanuts

directions

  1. bring a medium saucepan of water to boil. boil rice vermicelli 3-5 minutes, or until al dente, and drain.
  2. fill a large bowl with warm water. dip one wrapper into the water for 3 seconds to soften. lay wrapper flat. in a row across the center, place noodles, 2 shrimp halves, basil, mint, cilantro, and lettuce, leaving about 2 inches uncovered on each side. fold uncovered sides inward, then tightly roll the wrapper, beginning at the end with the lettuce. repeat with remaining ingredients.
  3. in a small bowl, mix the fish sauce, water, lime juice, garlic, sugar, and chili sauce.
  4. in another small bowl, mix the hoisin sauce and peanuts.
  5. serve rolled spring rolls with the fish sauce and hoisin sauce mixtures.

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