Egg Kale Casserole

December 27, 2018

4-6 svgs, Begin night before. 350º 35-40 min

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 Lb breakfast sausage
  • 4 C chopped Kale
  • 4 C cubed/torn crusty bread (sourdough or ciabatta or TJ )
  • 1 C shredded cheddar
  • 2 C whole milk
  • 6 Large eggs
  • 1½ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp cracked pepper

garnish with sprig thyme

PREP

  1. cast iron skillet, med-hi cook sausage until brown.
  2. Stir in kale +2 min
  3. transfer to 12″ x 10″ baking dish
  4. add cubed bread and cheese, toss to combine.
  5. Whisk eggs and milk until combined, pour over baking dish.
  6. Cover and refrigerate over night.
  7. Bake 350º oven 35-40 min.

Cam made this, QED! (Bon Appetite?) 2018 4 svgs 425°

INGREDIENTS

  • 6 chicken bone in, skin on thighs ~ 2lbs
  • ¼ C plus  2TB olive oil
  • 1 fennel bulb
  • 2 med shallots
  • 1 large beefsteak tomato
  • 1 lemon

Roast in top ¹⁄³ oven, 425°, use large oven safe skillet.

  • CHICKEN THIGHS: In large skillet add 2 TB oil and thighs skin side down (COLD pan). Turn on Med heat, cook until skin golden brown. Transfer skin side up on plate.
  • FENNEL – remove fronds & save. Cut head in half length wise.. Place cut side down, cut into 1/2″ wedges.
  • SHALLOTS cut into quarters lengthwise.
  • TOMATOES Cut crosswise into 1/2″ rounds.
  • LEMON Use 1/2 of lemon, cut into thin 1/8″ rounds
  • Turn skillet med-hi heat. Add, fennel, shallots, sliced lemon. Cook 4 min until fennel softens. Remove from heat.
  • Add chicken, arrange chicken skin side up  & tomatoes on top of fennel mixture.
  • Transfer to oven, 16-20 min.   Remove and rest 5 min.
  • SAUCE chop remaining fronds, 1/4C olive oil & juice from half of lemon.  Spoon fennel sauce over each thigh.

Serve with salad (greek salad , red onion, klamath, feta etc.)

Bon Appetite 2018 – Cam’s. Q.E.D. 4 Svgs

Great with Lemony Chicken Thighs

 

  • ¼  olive oil
  • 8 garlic cloves sliced thin
  • 2 Lbs assorted summer squash/zucchini – quarter lengthwise, sliced
  • 1 tsp Aleppo pepper
  • 12 ounces ziti, pacchetti or other large tube pasta
  • 2 ounces (½ C ) grated parmesan, plus more for serving
  • 1 TB lemon juice
  • ½ C Basil leaves, divided.

Garlic, squash & Aleppo pepper:

  • Heat oil in skillet, cook garlic 4 min
  • Add squash, cook med hi, toss until squash begins to break down, turn down heat, cook until jammy/soft 15 min.
  • Add Aleppo pepper

Cook pasta until very al dente

  • Transfer pasta to skillet with squash, add ½ C pasta cooking liquid.
  • Heat in skillet, add parmesan cheese in stages along with pasta liquid until sauce coats pasta.
  • Toss in lemon juice and most of basil.

Serve pasta, add more parmesan, Aleppo pepper & basil

 

Swedish coleslaw salad

May 25, 2018

2 C fine shredded cabbage

Warm dressing:

  • 1 TB white vinegar
  • 3 T oil
  • 1 tsp salt
  • ½ tsp black pepper
  • ½ tsp oregano
  • ½ tsp basil (optional)

 

Bouquet Garni

October 8, 2017

Mormor’s favorite. mix of:

oregano

summer savory

marjoram

rosemary

basil

sage

thyme

dill weed

tarragon

 

WSJ 7 2017. 35 min, svgs 4 Use Sea bass or tilapia or (cat fish? or maybe trout?) Simple dish: Sauté diced fennel & onions, add herb butter, steam summer squash. Separately pan fry fish.

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 bulb fennel with fronds – dice bulb; thin slice stalks & mince fronds.
  • 2 oz butter (¼C)
  • 1 TB minced dill
  • 1 TB minced  chives
  • 1 TB sliced tarragon
  • 1 clove garlic minced
  • ½ shallot minced
  • zest & juice 1 lemon
  • 1 yellow onion minced
  • 2 LBs summer squash cut into ½” dice or sliced
  • 2 TB olive oil
  • 4 – six oz sea bass fillets (or4 tilapia fillets) season with salt & pepper
  • 2 Tb dry white wine (vermouth)

HERBED BUTTER in a bowl:

  • Stir together: butter, dill, chives, fennel fronds, tarragon, garlic, shallots, lemon juice & zest.

SAUTÉ ONIONS & ADD SQUASH in a Sauté pan with lid

  • Over med-hi heat: 1 ½ TB of herbed butter, add diced fennel bulb & stalks & onion. Sauté 3 min.
  • Add diced squash & 1 Tb herbed butter. Reduce heat to med-low, cover & stew until tender & sweet 10-15 min.

BROWN FISH FILLETS IN SKILLET

  • Med heat, 2 Tb oil. When pan is very hot, lay in fillets. Cook until golden brown ~ 3 min. Carefully flip fish, add wine to deglaze. Add remaining herbed butter, cook until butter melts and fish done 1-2 mins.

SERVE: divide squash onto each plate, top with fish fillet

Aperol spritz cocktail

July 5, 2017

WSJ July 2017

usual aperol spritz is 3:2:1.   3 parts prosecco, 2 parts aperol, 1 part soda water, over ice, slice of citrus garnish esp orange or pink grapefruit.

To make a pitcher to serve 8-10 . Add ice cubes to glasses or to pitcher.

  • 1 (750 ml) bottle Aperol
  • 1 (750 ml) bottle  prosecco or sparkling rosé
  • 3 c fresh pink grapefruit juice
  • 8 oz/1cup tonic water

notes:750 ml = 3 cups

WSJ 5/27/2017.  Italian frozen chocolate mousse. QED.  Svgs 8.  Takes 4 hours to freeze.

INGREDIENTS

½ C sugar

3 large eggs

2 egg yolks

2 C heavy cream

8 ounces semisweet (63% cacao or higher), melted, warm but not hot.

¾ C toasted, coarsely chopped almonds

DIRECTIONS

  • line 9×5 loaf pan with plastic wrap
  • A. MELTED CHOCOLATE  melt 8 oz chocolate in double boiler, remove from double boiler, set aside.
  •  B. EGG MIXTURE In double boiler over simmering water, whisk: eggs & sugar & pinch of salt until pale & frothy ~ 4 minutes. Remove from heat (I transferred to large bowl).
  • C. CREAM MIXTURE In a bowl, Beat 2 C cream (with whisk attachment) to soft peaks. Set aside 2/3 C of whipped cream for serving – keep chilled in refrigerator until needed when serving.
  • Fold A Chocolate  into B Egg mixture with rubber spatula.                                                                                       Quickly but gently fold in C whipped cream to A&B mixture.
  • Add ¾C toasted almonds to chocolate mixture. Transfer to loaf pan lined with plastic wrap. Cover & freeze 4 hours.
  • Slice & serve with dollop of whipped cream

Fast Diet

December 27, 2016

one day: 500 calories, lots of water

2 meals 200 calories each

2 snacks 50 calories each

SNACKS 50 calories:

  • 1 baby bel cheese
  • 10 grapes
  • ½ apple 1 tsp almond butter OR 1 stalk celery ½ TB almond butter
  • 2 TB hummus 2 sl red pepper
  • 1 slice crisp bread 1oz cheese

200 Calorie :

  • 1 egg/1TB cheese/3 cherry tomatoes/toast
  • 3 oz cheese/½ C lettuce /½ apple
  • 1 sweet potato/ 3 oz yogurt/ 1 TB dried cranberries
  • 4 oz chicken/1 C vegetables
  • 2 eggs/1 oz cheese/½ C spinach

Sloe Gin cocktails

December 30, 2015

combine & mix in glass/shaker full of ice, strain.

Hermione

  • 1.5 oz sloe gin (high end .. Plymouth / Sipsmith)
  • 1 oz gin (0.5-1 oz)
  • .75 oz Pama pomegranate liquer
  • .5 oz red grapefruit juice
  • 1.5 oz brut champagne

Sloe Gin Fizz

  • 2 oz high end sloe gin
  • 1 tsp simple syrup
  • club soda
  • ice
  • lemon juice/wedge lemon