salmon-pasta-16prep time: 20 minutes      cook time: 30 minutes      total time: 50 minutes      serves 6-8

ingredients
1 large handful of basil (about 1 cup chopped)
1 large handful of parsley (about 1 cup chopped)
1 small handful of dill (about 1/2 c chopped)
1 small bunch of chives (about 1/2 c chopped)
2 scallions, chopped into 1-inch pieces
the leaves from 3 stalks of tarragon (stems discarded)
juice of half a lemon
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp black pepper
1/2 c extra virgin olive oil, plus 2 T
1 1/2 lb salmon fillet
1 lb dried fettucine
2 T butter
6 cloves garlic, finely chopped
1/3 c capers, drained and roughly chopped
1 c heavy cream
2 c frozen peas
zest of a whole lemon

directions

  1. first, make the green goddess pesto. in the bowl of a food processor, add the basil, parsley, dill, chives, scallions, tarragon, lemon juice, salt, black pepper, and olive oil. process until smooth, scraping down the sides of the bowl as needed.
  2. next, rinse your salmon fillet, pat it dry with a paper towel, and season with salt. heat 2 T of olive oil in a skillet over medium-high heat. sear the salmon until cooked through on both sides, approximately 5-6 minutes per side (depending on the thickness of the fish and your preference for how done you want your fish). when it’s cooked to your liking, transfer to a plate, and with two forks, flake the salmon.
  3. next, bring a pot of salted water up to a boil. boil the pasta according to package instructions until al dente.
  4. while the pasta is cooking, heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. add the butter and the garlic. stir the garlic until lightly browned, and then add the capers. turn the heat all the way down to low, and stir to combine. add the heavy cream, followed by the peas. stir to warm the peas through.
  5. add the cooked pasta and stir thoroughly until the pasta is coated in the cream. next, add the pesto and stir to combine. top with the flaked salmon, additional black pepper to taste, and lemon zest.

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tortellini salad

October 23, 2017

prep time: 15 minutes       cook time: 15 minutes      total: 30 minutes       yields 4 servings15-minute-spinach-pesto-tortellini-salad-1

ingredients
1 10 oz. package cheese tortellini
1 14 oz. can quartered artichoke hearts
4 c baby arugula
2 c halved cherry tomatoes
2 oz. thinly sliced pepperoni
1/4 c chopped fresh basil
3 T bottled italian dressing

directions

  1. cook the tortellini according to package directions.
  2. drain and rinse with cold water.
  3. drain the artichoke hearts and reserve half for another use.
  4. in a serving bowl, combine the cooled tortellini, artichoke hearts, baby arugula, tomatoes, pepperoni, basil, and italian dressing.

source – parents magazine, sept. 2017, pg. 142
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steamed meat patty

October 18, 2017

prep time: 15 minutes      cook time: 45-60 minutes       servings 4-6salted-fish-minced_3

ingredients
1 lb. ground pork or beef
3-4 chinese mushrooms, sliced or diced
1 green onion, diced
1 egg
1 T soy sauce
1 T cornstarch
3-4 water chestnuts, diced
a few drops of sesame oil
1/2 tsp salt
pepper

directions

  1. combine all ingredients for meat patty in a heat resistant dish.
  2. steam for 30-45 minutes, depending on the thickness of the patty.
  3. side note: for very lean ground pork, add 2 stalks of napa cut fine, and bamboo shoot and baking soda.

source – will have to check which cook book this is from, pg. 40

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prep time: 15 minutes      cook time: 6-8 hours      total time: 6-8 hours + 15 minutes quick-and-easy-chicken-taco-soup-3-683x1024      serves 8

ingredients
6 c low-sodium chicken broth
4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts (about 2 lbs)
2 15-oz. cans black beans, drained and rinsed
1 15-oz. can diced tomatoes
1 15-oz. can corn
1 red bell pepper, chopped
1 onion, chopped
1 jalapeno, seeded and finely chopped, plus sliced for serving
2 T ground cumin
2 T chili powder
1 tsp kosher salt
1/2 tsp black pepper
3 T fresh lime juice (from 1 lime)
shredded cheese, sour cream, and hot sauce, for serving

directions

  1. combine broth, chicken, beans, tomatoes, corn, bell pepper, onion, chopped jalapeno, cumin, chili powder, salt, and pepper in a 4-6 quart slow cooker.
  2. cover and cook on low until chicken is very tender, 6-8 hours.
  3. remove chicken and, using 2 forks, shred into bite-size pieces.
  4. stir chicken and lime juice into soup and serve topped with cheese, sour cream, hot sauce, and sliced jalapeno.

source – real simple magazine, sept. 2017, pg. 148
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shrimp boil

July 20, 2017

prep time: 30 minutes      cook time: 1 hour       total time: 1.5 hours      yields 6-8 servingsr18luumt9anhfwu8d8l6_boil320120of201

personal notes

  • double the recipe for 18 people (13 adults, 5 kids)
  • marinate potatoes for at least 1-2 hours
  • collect large trash bags and newspaper to cover the tables for easy clean-up
  • use your fingers to eat the finished product, so dishes and silverware don’t have to be used

ingredients
water
2 lemons (can slice some extra to be used when serving)
3 bay leaves
2 tsp salt
1/4 c crab boil seasoning (recommended: old bay seasoning)
1/2 bunch thyme, tied together (i just used dried thyme and it worked fine)
1 onion, sliced
red pepper flakes, add to desired spiciness
1 head of garlic, halved
1 lb 5 oz red new potatoes, cut in eighths
4 ears of corn, cut in thirds
1 lb smoked sausage (andouille or kielbasa) cut into 1-inch pieces
2 lbs jumbo shrimp (with heads and tails)
kosher salt

directions

  1. fill a huge stockpot, 1/3 of the way, with water. keep in mind that when you add the solid ingredients, the water level will rise, so don’t fill the pot up more than halfway.
  2. squeeze the lemons into the water.
  3. add the bay leaves, salt, old bay seasoning, thyme, onions, red pepper flakes, and garlic.
  4. throw the potatoes into the water to marinate for at least an hour or two: the longer you let the potatoes marinate, the more tasty the potatoes will be.
  5. bring the broth to a boil over medium-high heat and simmer the potatoes for 20 minutes.
  6. you want a very aromatic broth with plenty of salt and spices. taste it every so often: don’t be afraid to make it strong so some of the flavor can penetrate and get absorbed by the other ingredients. adjust seasoning with salt.
  7. after the potatoes are just about cooked through, add the corn and sausage. cook for another 5 minutes, making sure everything stays covered with liquid.
  8. toss in the shrimp and shut off the heat. cover the pots and let the shrimp steep in the flavor for 15 minutes.
  9. drain and spread the shrimp, sausage corn, potatoes, and onions out on a newspaper-covered table.
  10. serve with lemons and plenty of napkins !

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