aromatic rice pilaf

August 31, 2019

prep time: 15 minutes       cook time: 25 minutes       total time: 40 minutes       serves 4-6spiced-jasmine-rice-pilaf

ingredients
2 T unsalted butter
2 T olive oil
1.5 c minced yellow onion
4 cloves garlic, minced
2 T minced fresh ginger
2 T ground cinnamon
1.5 c basmati rice
3 T tomato paste (or tikka masala curry)
3 c chicken or vegetable or beef broth
1/2 c chopped fresh parsley

directions

  1. in a large pot, melt butter over medium-high. add onion, garlic, ginger, and cinnamon. cook and stir 5 minutes or until onion begins to soften.
  2. stir in rice and tomato paste/tikka masala curry. cook and stir 3 minutes or until rice is well-coated and smells nutty.
  3. stir in stock and 2 T salt. bring to boiling, reduce heat to low. simmer, covered, 10-12 minutes or until rice is tender and liquid has evaporated.
  4. let stand 10 minutes. fluff with a fork. stir in parsley. serve immediately or at room temperature.

source – better homes and garden sept. 2019, pg. 120

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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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prep time: 25 minutes      cook time: 40 minutes     total time: 1 hour 5 minutes      serves 4summer-smoked-salmon-chowder-f5730d10-0619_horiz

ingredients
2 T unsalted butter
1 onion, finely chopped
1 celery stalk, finely chopped
1 carrot, peeled and finely chopped
kosher salt and ground pepper
1 lb baby potatoes, scrubbed and cut into 1/4-inch rounds (about 5-6 medium-sized potatoes)
2 c chicken broth
2 c fresh corn kernels (from 2 ears), or 1 can of corn
1 zucchini, cut into half moons
1/2 c heavy cream
4 oz. salmon, skin removed, cut into 1/2 inch pieces

directions

  1. season salmon with salt and pepper and set aside.
  2. melt butter in a skillet over medium heat. add onion, celery, and carrots. season with salt and pepper and cook, stirring occasionally, until soft, about 6 minutes.
  3. add potatoes, broth, and 2 c of water; bring to a boil, then reduce heat to medium and simmer, partially covered, until potatoes are tender, about 8 minutes.
  4. add corn and zucchini; simmer, stirring occasionally, until just tender, 5-7 minutes.
  5. remove from heat; stir in cream and fish. season with salt and pepper, if needed.

sourcemartha stewart living, july/august 2019

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cajun shrimp and rice

June 30, 2019

prep time: 30 minutes       cook time: 40 minutes       total time: 1 hour 10 minutes        serves 4cajun-shrimp-and-rice-50529501-0619_horiz

ingredients
3 T extra virgin olive oil
12 oz. andouille sausage, thinly sliced
1 onion, finely chopped
2 celery stalks, finely chopped
1 green bell pepper, finely chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
kosher salt and ground pepper
2 large tomatoes, cored and sliced (or 1 15 oz. canned tomatoes)
1 c long-grain white rice (cooked in rice cooker)
1 c chicken broth
1 lb. medium shrimp, peeled and deveined
parsley
1/4 c thinly sliced scallions, to top (optional)

directions

  1. season shrimp with salt and pepper and set aside.
  2. heat 2 T oil in a large skillet over medium-high. add sausage; cook, stirring, until browned, about 5 minutes.
  3. add remaining oil, onion, celery, bell pepper, garlic, and 1/2 tsp salt. cook, stirring until vegetables are soft and golden, about 7 minutes. season with salt and pepper.
  4. add tomatoes and rice; cook over high heat, stirring, 1 minute. stir in broth and bring to a boil, then reduce to a simmer.
  5. add shrimp and cook just to get hot. add parsley.
  6. sprinkle with scallions before serving. (optional)

sourcemartha stewart living, july/august 2019

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prep time: 15 minutes       cook time: 7 minutes      total time: 25 minutes      serves 6instant-pot-cheesy-bacon-ranch-potatoes

ingredients
3 medium red potatoes
3 medium baking potatoes
1 packet ranch dressing mix (powdered mix, 1 oz.)
3/4 c chicken broth
1/3 c bacon bits (real bacon)
1 c cheddar cheese, grated
1/3 c parmesan cheese
3 chives, chopped (optional)

directions

  1. wash potatoes. leave the skin on and dice into approximately 1 inch pieces.
  2. put them inside your instant pot and sprinkle your powdered ranch dressing mix on top of them. (you could also put potatoes and dry mix in a bowl and mix to coat and then add into your pressure cooker.)
  3. sprinkle your bacon bits on top of that and pour your chicken broth over everything.
  4. close your lid and steam valve and set to pressure high for 7 minutes. (do not warm after finished cooking.)
  5. do a quick release.
  6. lift lid and sprinkle parmesan cheese, then grated cheese over your potatoes. put lid back on for a few minutes so cheese can melt.
  7. lift lid, gently stir and serve.

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