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Wine Sautéed Baby Artichokes

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Fresh artichokes are probably one of my favorite vegetables and baby artichokes are even better than the larger version of this funny looking vegetable. Tender and mild with a slightly nutty flavor, you can eat them whole without having to worry the prickly choke in their center. And fresh artichokes are nothing like the canned or pickled ones most people are more familiar with.

There are so many ways you can use fresh baby artichokes but my favorite way is a simple preparation with a few herbs, some lemon juice and a bit of white wine. This recipe is a classic that I adapted from Gourmet Magazine and it really doesn’t get much simpler than this. For the best flavor, choose fresh, firm and brightly colored artichokes. You can use whatever dried herbs you have on hand. The most important thing, however, is to go light on the herbs since you want to be able to enjoy the taste of the artichokes.

WINE SAUTEED BABY ARTICHOKES

8 baby artichokes

1 tablespoon all-purpose flour

1 teaspoon sea salt

1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

1/4 cup olive oil

2 garlic cloves, minced

1/4 teaspoon dried oregano, crumbled

1/4 teaspoon dried basil, crumbled

2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice

1 cup dry white wine

1/8 teaspoon dried hot red pepper flakes

  • Bend the outer leaves of the artichokes back until they snap off close to the base and remove several more layers of leaves in the same manner until the white inner leaves are reached. Trim the tips and quarter the artichokes.
  • In a small bowl toss the artichokes with the flour and salt and black pepper to taste.
  • Heat the oil in a large heavy skillet set over moderate heat until it is hot but not smoking
  • Add the garlic and cook until it has softened.
  • Add the artichokes and sauté them over moderately high heat, stirring occasionally, for 6 minutes.
  • Stir in the oregano, basil and the lemon juice and cook the mixture, stirring, for 1 minute.
  • Add the wine and the red pepper flake and simmer the mixture, covered, for 25 to 30 minutes, or until the artichokes are very tender.
  • Uncover and boil over high heat for 1 minute or until it is thickened slightly.

Serves 4

Grilled Kielbasa & Vegetable Orzo Salad

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Here is a twist on a traditional pasta salad that I’ve adapted from Savory Simple. Grilled vegetables are the featured ingredients of this dish; I’ve used colorful bell peppers, fresh corn, leeks and two types of squash. A light grill gives them a slightly smoking and charred flavor without overpowering the dish. Kielbasa adds protein and additional flavor to the salad. And it is all built upon a bed of orzo. If you prefer you can use another small pasta. With the exception of the yellow and zucchini squash, the vegetables are all grilled whole so allow them to cool slightly before attempting to slice them.

The salad tastes best when eaten at room temperature so if you make it ahead of time—which you can easily do–simply allow it to sit outside of the refrigerator for half an hour before serving. The salad is substantial enough to be a meal unto itself on a hot summer evening or can liven up a buffet table. And since this is barbecue season, why not make a bowl of this salad for your next backyard event?

GRILLED KIELBASA & VEGETABLE ORZO SALAD

1½ cups orzo

2 tablespoons olive oil

Juice of 1 lemon

1 teaspoon kosher salt (to taste)

1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper

1 large green pepper

1 large yellow pepper

1 large red pepper

1 leek

1 yellow squash, sliced in half lengthwise

1 zucchini, sliced in half lengthwise

1 ear fresh corn on the cob

1 link kielbasa, or other Polish sausage

  • Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Cook the orzo according to package instructions and then drain.
  • Place the cooked orzo in a large bowl and toss with the olive oil, lemon juice, salt and pepper. Set aside.
  • Preheat a grill to medium-high.
  • Using tongs to carefully place the whole vegetables (only the yellow squash and the zucchini will be cut up) and the kielbasa on the hot grill and then close the lid.
  • Grill for 4 minutes then using tongs, flip the vegetables and the kielbasa and continue cooking for an additional 3 to 4 minutes.
  • Remove everything from the grill and allow to cool for several minutes until it can be handled comfortably.
  • Slice the sausage thinly and add to the orzo.
  • Remove the stem and seeds from the top of the peppers, peel away the skin, then dice the roasted peppers.
  • Scrape the corn kernels off of the ear and add them to the salad.
  • Trim the end off of the leek and thinly slice the white part of the leek and add it to the salad.
  • Cut the yellow squash and zucchini into thin slices and add it to the salad as well.
  • Toss everything together, adjust the seasoning if necessary, and serve.

Serves 6-8

 

Garlic & Butter Shrimp

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It’s Fast Friday again and time for another fast and fabulous dinner suggestion. If you are anything like me, by the time Friday rolls around the last thing I want to do is cook a big meal yet we all still have to eat. The dishes featured in this series aren’t necessarily fancy but they bring together simple ingredients most people already have in their pantries or have easy access to and allow you to put a real meal on the table in between 30 and 45 minutes. Enjoy and if you have your own fast recipes you want to share, please send them my way and I will in turn share them with all of my readers.

Shrimp is one of my favorite go-to meals. It cooks up fast, is rich yet is mild enough to complement and take on whatever flavor accompanies it. But sometimes simple really is best. Case in point this super easy and equally fast butter drenched shrimp. The shrimp are cooked in a simple sauce of butter and garlic which is ridiculously simple. Add a squeeze of lemon and a pinch of red pepper flakes and you are good to go. I like to serve this on top of a bed of egg noodles but rice tastes good too. Enjoy!

GARLIC & BUTTER SHRIMP

1/4 cup unsalted butter

4 garlic cloves, thinly sliced

1/4 cup dry white wine

1 1/2 pounds peeled shrimp

3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice

1/4 teaspoon kosher salt

1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes

  • Melt 1/4 cup of unsalted butter in a large wok over medium heat.
  • Add the sliced garlic and cook until soft and fragrant but not browned.
  • Add the wine to the butter and garlic mixture and stir to combine. Cook for 2 minutes.
  • Add the shrimp to the wok and increase the temperature to medium-high. Stirring occasionally, cook for 3-4 minutes or until the shrimp just turn pink.
  • Remove the wok from the heat and add the lemon juice, salt and red pepper flakes.
  • Toss to coat and serve immediately.

Serves 4

 

 

Honey Citrus Grilled Shrimp Skewers

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It is Fast Friday again and time for another fast and fabulous dinner suggestion. If you are anything like me, by the time Friday rolls around the last thing you want to do to cook a big meal yet we all still have to eat.  The dishes featured in this series aren’t necessarily fancy but they bring together simple ingredients most people already have in their pantries or have easy access to and allow you to put a real meal on the table in between 30 and 45 minutes.  Enjoy and if you have your own fast recipes you want to share, please send them my way and I will in turn share them with all of my readers.

When paired with steamed rice, these sweet and tangy shrimp skewers make a fast and healthy dinner choice.  Of course you can also serve them as appetizers or as a part of a buffet table.  However you serve them, they are sure to be a crowd pleaser and will be snapped up in no time so go ahead and double the recipe.

HONEY CITRUS GRILLED SHRIMP SKEWERS

1 pound large raw shrimp, peeled (tails left on is optional)

1/2 cup honey

1/3 cup fresh orange juice plus zest of 1 orange

Zest and juice of 1 lime

Zest and juice of 1 lemon

1 tablespoon freshly grated ginger

4 cloves garlic, crushed and minced

1/4 teaspoon dried chili pepper flakes

Salt and pepper to taste

  • Soak 20 wooden skewers in warm water for 15 minutes.
  • While the skewers soak, combine the honey, juices, zests, ginger, garlic, and pepper flakes in a small bowl.  Whisk well and season with salt and pepper.
  • Drain the skewers and place 3 or 4 shrimp onto each stick.
  • Place the shrimp skewers in a single layer a shallow rimmed dish and pour the marinade over the top of them to cover.  Allow them to sit for 5 minutes.
  • Lightly coat a gas grill with cooking spray  or oil and pre-heat to medium-high.
  • Remove the skewers from the marinade and place on the grill over direct heat.
  • Grill for 4 to 5 minutes until cooked through, carefully turning the skewers and brushing with more of the marinade.
  • When the shrimp are done, turn off the grill and give them a final brushing of glaze.

Serves:  4 as an entrée or 10-12 as an appetizer

 

Wine Sauteed Baby Artichokes

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Fresh artichokes are probably one of my favorite vegetables and baby artichokes are even better than the larger version of this funny looking vegetable. Tender and mild with a slightly nutty flavor, you can eat them whole without having to worry the prickly choke in their center. And fresh artichokes are nothing like the canned or pickled ones most people are more familiar with.

There are so many ways you can use fresh baby artichokes but my favorite way is a simple preparation with a few herbs, some lemon juice and a bit of white wine. This recipe is a classic that I adapted from Gourmet Magazine and it really doesn’t get much simpler than this. For the best flavor, choose fresh, firm and brightly colored artichokes. You can use whatever dried herbs you have on hand. The most important thing, however, is to go light on the herbs since you want to be able to enjoy the taste of the artichokes.

WINE SAUTEED BABY ARTICHOKES

8 baby artichokes

1 tablespoon all-purpose flour

1 teaspoon sea salt

1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

1/4 cup olive oil

2 garlic cloves, minced

1/4 teaspoon dried oregano, crumbled

1/4 teaspoon dried basil, crumbled

2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice

1 cup dry white wine

1/8 teaspoon dried hot red pepper flakes

  • Bend the outer leaves of the artichokes back until they snap off close to the base and remove several more layers of leaves in the same manner until the white inner leaves are reached. Trim the tips and quarter the artichokes.
  • In a small bowl toss the artichokes with the flour and salt and black pepper to taste.
  • Heat the oil in a large heavy skillet set over moderate heat until it is hot but not smoking
  • Add the garlic and cook until it has softened.
  • Add the artichokes and sauté them over moderately high heat, stirring occasionally, for 6 minutes.
  • Stir in the oregano, basil and the lemon juice and cook the mixture, stirring, for 1 minute.
  • Add the wine and the red pepper flake and simmer the mixture, covered, for 25 to 30 minutes, or until the artichokes are very tender.
  • Uncover and boil over high heat for 1 minute or until it is thickened slightly.

Serves 4

Tandoori Chicken

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This recipe is a family favorite and one my husband grew up eating. It is so simple and flavorful that it has become one of my go-to grilled chicken recipes. The marinade is quite simple–yogurt and lemon juice with a touch of spice and freshly ground ginger. Don’t substitute dried ginger because the results simply won’t be the same. And do make sure you allow plenty of time for the chicken to marinade–the longer it sits in its yogurt bath the better. I often make up a batch of marinade for the chicken the night before I want to serve it and let it sit overnight and all day. The results are amazing. And while the chicken is good right off the grill, it tastes just as yummy cold the next day. Enjoy!

TANDOORI CHICKEN

1/2 cup Greek yogurt

1/4 cup fresh lemon juice

1 small onion, grated

3 large garlic cloves, crushed

1 teaspoon ground coriander

1 teaspoon cumin

1 teaspoon sea salt

1 teaspoon fresh grated ginger root

3 pounds chicken

  • Combine the yogurt, lemon juice, onion, garlic, spices and ginger in a large non-reactive container or large ziploc bag.
  • Add the chicken ensuring that it is coated with the marinade and allow to sit for at least 4 hours or up to overnight.
  • Coat a grill with non-stick cooking spray and preheat it to medium-high heat.
  • Place the chicken on the grill and cook, turning ever 5-7 minutes until the chicken is cooked through and the juices run clear when pierced with a knife, about 15 to 20 minutes. Cooking times will vary depending upon the heat of the grill and the cut of the chicken. Baste with additional marinade if desired.
  • When the chicken is cooked, remove it from the grill and serve immediately.

Serves 4

 

Lemon Chicken Orzo Soup

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It’s Fast Friday again and time for another fast and fabulous dinner suggestion. If you are anything like me, by the time Friday rolls around the last thing I want to do is cook a big meal yet we all still have to eat. The dishes featured in this series aren’t necessarily fancy but they bring together simple ingredients most people already have in their pantries or have easy access to and allow you to put a real meal on the table in between 30 and 45 minutes. Enjoy and if you have your own fast recipes you want to share, please send them my way and I will in turn share them with all of my readers.

Here is another easy end of the week soup that was inspired by Damn Delicious. Chicken and pasta soup is a classic but the squeeze of lemon juice brightens the broth and gives it an unexpected flavor. The addition of pancetta adds saltiness and an additional level of complexity to the broth as well. I’ve used boneless and skinless chicken breasts but you can easily substitute chicken thighs or even leftover rotisserie chicken. If you choose to use precooked chicken, simply add it to the broth in the final few minutes of cooking and then continue cooking until the chicken is heated through.

Easy peasy on a Friday night!

LEMON CHICKEN ORZO SOUP

2 ounces pancetta, diced

3 tablespoons olive oil, divided

1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into 1-inch chunks

1 teaspoon kosher salt

1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

3 cloves garlic, minced

1 leek, diced

3 carrots, peeled and diced

2 stalks celery, diced

1/2 teaspoon dried thyme

5 cups low sodium chicken stock

2 bay leaves

3/4 cup uncooked orzo pasta

1 sprig rosemary

Juice of 2 lemons

2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley leaves

  • Heat 1 tablespoon of the oil in a large stockpot set over medium heat.
  • Add the pancetta and fry until crispy. Remove from the pan to drain and set aside.
  • Heat 1 tablespoon olive oil in a large stockpot or Dutch oven over medium heat. Season the chicken with the salt and pepper then add the chicken to the stockpot and cook until golden, about 3 to 4 minutes; set aside.
  • Add remaining 1 tablespoon oil to the stockpot. Add garlic, leek, carrots and celery. Cook, stirring occasionally, until tender, about 3-4 minutes.
  • Stir in the thyme and cook until fragrant, about 1 minute.
  • Whisk in the chicken stock, bay leaves and 1 cup water; bring to a boil.
  • Stir in the orzo, rosemary and chicken; reduce heat and simmer until orzo is tender, about 10-12 minutes.
  • Add the lemon juice and parsley; season with additional salt and pepper if necessary.
Serves 6

Cuban Pork Roast

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For me, winter weekends call for long lazy days of hanging around the house with families. And when the house is filled with the aromas of roasting meats it makes being housebound all the better. And this roast pork from All Recipes is the perfect answer to what’s for dinner this weekend. It does, however, take some planning ahead.

When preparing this roast I start my Sunday dinner on Saturday by making the marinade and allowing the meat to sit for a full 24 hours before putting it in the oven. This ensures that all of the delicious citrus, garlic and herb flavors have a chance to be infused in the meat. And don’t skip the toasting of the cumin seeds and peppercorns. This simple steps makes the spices that more aromatic.

CUBAN PORK ROAST

2 teaspoons cumin seeds

1/2 teaspoon whole black peppercorns

4 cloves garlic, chopped

2 teaspoons salt

1 teaspoon dried oregano

1/3 cup orange juice

1/3 cup dry sherry

3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice

3 tablespoons fresh lime juice

2 tablespoons olive oil

4 pounds pork shoulder, trimmed

  • Place the cumin seeds and peppercorns in a small heavy skillet set over medium heat. Stir constantly until fragrant and beginning to brown, about 2 minutes. Cool.
  • Using a mortar and pestle, crush the toasted spices with the garlic, salt and oregano until a paste forms.
  • Transfer the mixture into the small bowl of a food processor and add the orange juice, lime juice, lemon juice, sherry and oil. Puree the mixture until smooth.
  • Place the pork in a large resealable plastic bag. Pour the citrus marinade over the meat and seal.
  • Refrigerate for 12 to 24 hours, turning the bag over occasionally.
  • Preheat the oven to 325 degrees.
  • Transfer the pork and the marinade into a foil lined roasting pan and place in the oven.
  • Roast for 2 1/2 to 3 hours, basting with the pan juices occasionally, or until a meat thermometer inserted into the center reads 145 degrees.
  • Transfer the pork to a carving board, cover loosely with foil and let rest for 15 minutes.
  • Carve and serve.

Yields: 10 servings

Hollandaise Sauce

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Its totally decadent but oh so good. It tastes so good yet isn’t so good for you so eating it is reserved for special occasions. With three ingredients it is simple to make. And whether you pour it over steamed vegetables or a poached egg it turns the dish from basic to fancy. What it is you ask? Why it is hollandaise sauce.

A good hollandaise sauce is so rich and velvety that a little goes a long way. And with three ingredients–egg yokes, lemon juice and a whole lot of butter—it is simultaneously simple yet fancy. The key to a good sauce is low heat, a lot of whipping and even more patience. But stick with it and you will be rewarded. So go ahead and make it for a special occasion or an ordinary meal that you want to make special.

HOLLANDAISE SAUCE

4 egg yolks

1 1/2 tablespoons lemon juice

1 tablespoon water

1/4 teaspoon salt

1 tablespoon cold butter

2 sticks (16 tablespoons) unsalted butter, softened

  • Using a whisk, beat the egg yolks in a small saucepan for one minute.
  • Add in the lemon juice, water and salt and continue beating for an additional minutes.
  • Drop in the one tablespoon of cold butter and place the pan over low heat. Beat the egg yolks continually  a moderate speed until a creamy layer forms over your whisk. Remove the pan from the heat as needed in order to prevent the eggs from cooking too quickly.
  • Once the yolks are creamy, remove the pan from the heat.
  • Continue beating and add the butter to the yolks by half teaspoon then teaspoon full, beating well until eat addition is absorbed.
  • When the sauce has the thickness of a heavy cream begin adding the butter but the tablespoon full.
  • Correct the seasonings if needed and serve immediately.

Yields: 1 cup

Roasted Garlic Hummus

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I’ve been craving hummus since we returned from our recent trip to Turkey. Before we set off for a second visit to Istanbul I had created a list of foods that I really wanted to eat while I was there. Hummus was at the top of the list but for some reason I never managed to eat any. So upon returning home I set out to find both dried garbanzo beans and tahini, two items I could never manage to locate while we were in Albania but are readily available in Belgium.

I always use dried garbanzo beans; I think they have a better flavor and texture than their canned counterparts. If you decide to go this route be sure to soak the beans overnight before cooking them. If dried beans aren’t available or you are pressed for time, canned ones will work as well. Just be sure to rinse them before using and adjust the salt in the recipe accordingly. I also love to use roasted garlic instead of fresh raw cloves. The roasting mellows the pungency of the garlic and gives the hummus a mild smokey flavor.

Now if you do how to eat hummus, the answer is any way you want. It is great as a dip for crudite or crackers and I love to spread on a whole grain wrap or flatbread, top it with fresh vegetables (cucumbers, tomatoes, shredded carrots and sprouts are particularly good) and roll it up and eat it as a sandwich. The wrap will keep well making it a perfect on the go lunch item. Of course, I’ve also been known to eat hummus by the spoonful right out of the container. Yes, I like it that much.

ROASTED GARLIC HUMMUS

3 cups cooked garbanzo beans

1 large bulb garlic

7 tablespoons olive oil, divided

6 tablespoons tahini

Juice of 2 lemons

1 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon ground cumin

To cook the garbanzo beans:

  • Pick over the dried beans and place them in a large stock pot and fill the pot with water.  The beans will expand as they soak so make sure there is room in the pot. Allow the beans to sit overnight.
  • The next day, drain the beans and cover them with fresh water. Place the pot over high heat and bring to a boil. Cover the pot, reduce the heat to low and to simmer until tender, 60-90 minutes. occasionally skim off any scum that forms at the surface of the water.
  • Remove the beans from the heat, drain, and set aside to allow to cool until ready to use.

To roast the garlic:

  • Pre-heat the oven to 400 degrees.
  • Place a piece of aluminum foil on a rimmed baking sheet.
  • Slice off the top 1/4 inch of the garlic bulb. Place in the center of the foil and drizzle with 1 tablespoon of the olive oil.
  • Wrap the garlic completely in the foil and place in the oven, baking for 30 to 35 minutes or until the garlic is soft and fragrant.
  • Allow the garlic to cool slightly before proceeding.

To make the hummus:

  • Place the garbanzo beans in the bowl of a food processor fitted with a steel blade.
  • Squeeze the roasted garlic flesh out of each clove and add them to the food processor.
  • Add the tahini, lemon juice, remaining olive oil, salt and cumin.
  • Process until the ingredients are well blended and form a thick paste. You may need to add additional olive oil, one tablespoon at a time, until the hummus has reached a consistency you like.
  • Refrigerate the hummus in a tightly sealed container until ready to use.

 

Serves 6-8

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