Cabernet Short Ribs with Parmesan Polenta Thursday, Jan 19 2017 

Ribs:
16 (3-ounce) bone-in beef short ribs, trimmed
5/8 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
2 teaspoons olive oil, divided
1 cup chopped onion
3/4 cup chopped shallots
1/2 cup chopped carrot
1/2 cup chopped celery
6 garlic cloves, sliced
1 rosemary sprig
2 1/2 cups cabernet sauvignon or other dry red wine
1 1/4 cups lower-sodium beef broth
1 teaspoon all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons water
1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar

Gremolata:
1/3 cup chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
1/2 teaspoon grated lemon rind
1 garlic clove, minced

Polenta:
3 cups fat-free milk
1 cup water
5/8 teaspoon kosher salt
1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1 cup quick-cooking polenta
1/4 cup (1 ounce) grated fresh Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese

Sprinkle ribs with salt and pepper. Heat a large Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add 1 teaspoon olive oil to pan. Add 8 ribs, and sauté for 6 minutes, turning to brown on all sides. Remove ribs. Repeat procedure with remaining 1 teaspoon oil and 8 ribs. Add onion and the next 5 ingredients (through rosemary) to pan; sauté 3 minutes, stirring constantly. Add wine to pan, and bring to a boil, scraping pan to loosen browned bits. Cook for 13 minutes or until reduced to 2 cups.

Preheat oven to 350°.

Add broth to pan, and bring to a boil. Return ribs to pan. Cover and bake at 350° for 1 1/2 hours, turning ribs after 45 minutes. Remove ribs from pan, and strain cooking liquid through a fine-mesh sieve over a bowl. Discard the solids. Skim fat; discard. Return cooking liquid to pan. Combine flour and 2 teaspoons water in a small bowl, stirring well. Add to pan, and bring to a boil. Cook for 11 minutes or until reduced to about 1 cup. Stir in vinegar.

To prepare gremolata, combine 1/3 cup parsley, 1/2 teaspoon lemon rind, and minced garlic.
To prepare polenta, bring 3 cups milk, 1 cup water, 5/8 teaspoon salt, and 1/8 teaspoon black pepper to a boil over medium heat. Slowly stir in 1 cup polenta. Cook 5 minutes or until thick, stirring frequently. Stir in cheese. Place 1/2 cup polenta in each of 8 shallow bowls, and top each serving with 2 ribs, 2 tablespoons sauce, and about 2 teaspoons gremolata.

Cooking Light, October 2011, page 88

Parmesan Panko Steaks with Fresh Tomato Salsa Wednesday, Nov 20 2013 

1 lb. ripe tomatoes, cut into medium dice (about 3 cups)
5 Tbs. extra-virgin olive oil
1/4 cup finely chopped white onion
1 Tbs. red wine vinegar
2 tsp. chopped fresh oregano
1 medium clove garlic, minced
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
4 beef cube steaks (1 to 1-1/4 lb. total)
1-1/2 oz. (1/3 cup) all-purpose flour
3 large eggs
1-1/2 cups plain panko
3/4 oz. finely grated Parmigiano-Reggiano (3/4 cup using a rasp grater)

Combine the tomatoes, 1 Tbs. of the oil, the onion, vinegar, oregano, garlic, 1 tsp. salt, and 3/4 tsp. pepper in a medium bowl.

Season the steaks with 1/2 tsp. salt and 1/2 tsp. pepper. Put the flour in a shallow dish, beat the eggs in a second shallow dish, and combine the panko and Parmigiano in a third shallow dish. Dredge the steaks in the flour, then in the egg, letting any excess drip back into the dish, and then in the breadcrumb mixture.

Heat 2 Tbs. of the oil in a 12-inch skillet over medium-high heat. Cook 2 of the steaks, flipping once, until nicely browned and just cooked through, 4 to 6 minutes total. Transfer to a platter, cover, and keep warm. Repeat with the remaining steaks and 2 Tbs. oil. Serve the steaks topped with the salsa.

nutrition information (per serving):
Calories (kcal): 430; Fat (g): 27; Fat Calories (kcal): 240; Saturated Fat (g): 6; Protein (g): 30; Monounsaturated Fat (g): 16; Carbohydrates (g): 18; Polyunsaturated Fat (g): 3; Sodium (mg): 620; Cholesterol (mg): 170; Fiber (g): 2

Fine Cooking, page 19

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Tart Cherry Lattice Pie Tuesday, Jun 4 2013 

1 1/3 cups sugar
1/3 cup all-purpose flour
4 cups fresh or frozen pitted tart cherries, thawed and drained
1/4 teaspoon almond extract
Pastry for double-crust pie (9 inches)
2 tablespoons butter, cut into small pieces

Preheat oven to 400°. In a large bowl, combine sugar and flour; stir in cherries and extract.

On a lightly floured surface, roll one half of the pastry dough to a 1/8-in.-thick circle; transfer to a 9-in. pie plate. Trim pastry to 1/2 in. beyond rim of plate. Add filling; dot with butter.

Roll remaining dough to a 1/8-in.-thick circle; cut into 1-1/2-in.-wide strips. Arrange over filling in a lattice pattern.
Trim and seal strips to edge of bottom pastry; flute edge. Cover edge loosely with foil.

Bake 40-50 minutes or until crust is golden brown and filling is bubbly. Remove foil. Cool on a wire rack.

Makes 8 servings

Pastry for double-crust pie (9 inches): Combine 2-1/2 cups all-purpose flour and 1/2 tsp. salt; cut in 1 cup cold butter until crumbly. Gradually add 1/3 to 2/3 cup ice water, tossing with a fork until dough holds together when pressed. Wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate 1 hour.

Per Serving 561 calories, 26g fat (16g saturated fat), 68mg cholesterol, 338mg sodium, 78g carbohydrate, 3g fiber, 6g protein.

Taste of Home, June/July 2013, page 103

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Grilled corn cornbread Thursday, Feb 14 2013 

Calories: 177
Makes 8-12 servings
Total time: 30 minutes

1 ear fresh corn, coated with nonstick spray
1 cup yellow cornmeal
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 Tbsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. kosher salt
3/4 cup buttermilk
1/8 cup olive oil
1/4 cup honey
2 eggs

Preheat grill to medium-high. Preheat oven to 4OO”

Grill corn, covered, until sides are slightly blackened, 7-8 minutes.

Remove corn from the grill. Once corn is cool enough to handle, cut kernels from cob (you should have about 3/a cup kernels); set aside.

Coat a 9×13-inch baking sheet or dish with nonstick spray.

Whisk together cornmeal, flour, baking powder, and salt in a bowl.

Combine butterrmilk, oil, honey, eggs in a separate bowl. Stir liquid mixture and corn kernels into dry ingredients just until blended. Pour batter Into prepared dish; bake until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean, about 15 minutes.

Per 1/12 pan: 177 cal, 7g total fat (1g sat, 5g mono, 1g poly), 31mg chol, 232mg sodium, 25g carb (1g fiber, 7g total sugars), 4g protein, 1mg iron, 91mg calcium

Cuisine Lite, Fresh and Fabulous, Page 70

Chicken Pot Pie with Fennel and Mushrooms in a Potato Bowl Thursday, Feb 14 2013 

Serves 4

FOR THE STEW
1 1/2 lb. bone—in, skin-on chicken thighs
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
2 Tbs. olive oil
2 Tbs. all-purpose flour
1 1/2 cups lower-salt chicken broth
2 cups sliced mushrooms, such as oyster, hen of the woods, or chanterelles
1 1/2 cups small-diced fennel (from 1 small bulb)
1 cup small-diced carrot
1 cup fresh pearl onions, peeled. or frozen pearl onions, thawed
1 Tbs. chopped fresh thyme
2 Tbs. Dijon mustard
1 oz. (2 Tbs.) unsalted butter
2 Tbs. thinly sliced fresh chives

FOR THE BABY CARROTS
16 baby carrots with tops, peeled and trimmed with 1/2 inch of the tops intact
2 Tbs. olive oil
Kosher salt

FOR THE WHIPPED POTATOES
3 lb. russet potatoes (about 4 medium)
Kosher salt
1/2 cup whole milk
3 oz. (6 Tbs.) unsalted butter, softened
Freshly ground black pepper

Position a rack in the center of the oven and heat the oven to 375°F.

MAKE THE STEW
Season the chicken with 1/2 tso. salt and 1/4 tsp. pepper. Heat the oil in a 10- to 11-inch straight-sided sauté pan over medium-high heat. Cook the chicken, flipping once, until lightly browned, about 10 minutes. Transfer the chicken to a plate. Reduce the heat to medium and whisk the flour into the fat in the pan. Cook, whisking, for 1 minute. Gradually whisk in the broth and bring to a simmer. Return the chicken to the pan, reduce the heat to medium low, cover, and simmer gently, turning once, until the chicken is very tender, about 15 minutes. Transfer the chicken to a clean plate and let cool briefly.

Meanwhile, stir the mushrooms, fennel, carrot, onions, and thyme into the sauce. Cover and simmer until tender, 5to 6 minutes. Stir in the mustard and butter and keep warm. When the chicken is cool enough to handle, pull the meat from the bones, shred into bite size pieces (discard the skin and bones), and add to the sauce. Season. to taste with salt and pepper and keep warm.

ROAST THE CARROTS
Put the carrots on a small rimmed baking sheet. Drizzle with the oil and season with 1/4 tsp. salt. Roast the carrots until tender and slightiy browned, 20 to 25 minutes. Keep warm.

MAKE THE WHIPPED POTATOES
Peel and quarter the potatoes. Put them in a 4-quart saucepan; add enough water to cover and 4 tsp. salt. Cover and bring to a boil over high heal. Uncover, reduce the heat as needed to keep the water from boiling over, and cook until tender when pierced with a fork, 12 to 15 minutes. Drain well. Return the potatocs to the pot over medium heat and stir occasionally until they no longer steam profusely (a little steam is fine), about 2 minutes.

Meanwhile, heat the milk in a small sauce pan over medium heat until steaming, about 2 minutes. Keep warm.

With an electric hand mixer on medium-low speed, beat the potatoes until they’re broken up, 1 to 2 minutes. Add 1/2 cup of the hot milk and the butter, and beat on high speed, scraping the sides and bottom of the pot occasionally, until fluffy, 1 to 2 minutes (the potatoes should be fairly stiff, but add the remaining milk if needed). Season to taste with salt and pepper arid keep warm.

ASSEMBLE
Spoon the whipped potatoes rito a pastry bag fitted with a 1/2-inch plain tip (Ateco #806). Pipe the potatoes to form “bowls” on each of 6 plates; the bowls should be about 3 inches in diameter and about 2 1/2 inches tall. Spoon the chicken stew into the bowls and garnish with the roasted baby carrots and the chives.

Abigail Johnson Dodge, Fine Cooking, April/May 2011, page 87

Zucchini Romano Muffins Tuesday, Feb 12 2013 

2 1/2 cups flour
1/2 cup freshly grated Pecorino Romano cheese, plus more for topping
1 Tbsp. sugar
2 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. baking soda
1-2 tsp. coarsely ground black pepper
1/4 tsp. salt
1 cup milk
1 cup tightly packed coarsely shredded zucchini
1/4 cup olive oil
2 large eggs

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

Lightly butter 12 muffin cups (coat with nonstick cooking spray or use muffin liners)

Combine flour, cheese, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, pepper and salt in large bowl until well blended. In separate bowl, whisk together milk, zucchini, oil and eggs. Add to the dry ingredients all at once and fold together just until evenly moistened. Don’t overmix.

Divide batter evenly into muffin cups. Sprinkle each muffin with a little cheese, if desired.

Bake 22-25 minutes or until toothpick inserted in the centers comes out clean. Cool beforeremoving from pan. Makes 12 medium muffins.

Chocolate Zucchini Bread Thursday, Jul 5 2012 

2 cups all purpose flour
1 cup cocoa
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon allspice
1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
1 1/2 cups brown sugar
1/4 cup melted butter
3/4 cup vegetable oil
3 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 cup buttermilk
2 cups zucchini, washed and dried, ends and stems removed, cut in half lengthwise and seeded,and grated
1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray loaf pans with nonstick cooking spray.

In a large bowl whisk together dry ingredients – flour, cocoa, salt, baking soda, allspice and cinnamon.

In a medium bowl whisk together the sugar, butter and oil, beaten eggs, vanilla, buttermilk, zucchini and chocolate chips.

Fold liquid ingredients into dry ingredients until just combined. Do not overmix.

Divide batter equally. Bake until toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean and top is springy to the touch, roughly 25 minutes. Cool and serve.

Recipe From www.sweetpeaskitchen.com

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Prosciutto-Wrapped Pork Tenderloin with Herb Pan Sauce Tuesday, Apr 10 2012 

2 (12-ounce) pork tenderloins, trimmed
salt and pepper
6 ounces thinly sliced prosciutto
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 tablespoon flour
2 garlic cloves, minced
2 teaspoons minced fresh thyme
1 1/4 cups chicken broth
1/4 cup lemon juice (2 lemons)
3 tablespoons minced fresh chives (I omitted this since I forgot to pick it up at the store)

1. Adjust over rack to middle position and heat oven to 450 degrees. Pat tenderloins dry with paper towels and season with pepper. Wrap each tenderloin with prosciutto.

2. Heat 1 tablespoon oil in 12 inch skillet over medium-high heat until just smoking. Cook pork until browned on all sides, 5 to 7 minutes. Transfer meat to wire rack set in foil-lined rimmed baking sheet. Bake until meat registers 145 degrees, 15 to 18 minutes. (This took me 18 minutes.)

3. Meanwhile, heat remaining 1 tablespoon oil in now-empty skillet over medium heat until shimmering. Add flour, garlic and thyme and cook, stirring constantly, until fragrant, about 1 minute. Stir in broth and lemon juice and cook, scraping up any browned bits, until slightly thickened, about 3 minutes. Off heat, add chives. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Slice pork and serve with sauce.

Cook’s Country, October/November 2011

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Roast Lamb with Pomegranate Sauce Tuesday, Apr 10 2012 

2 teaspoons olive oil
1 (1-pound) boneless leg of lamb, trimmed
3/4 teaspoon kosher salt, divided
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
3/4 cup chopped onion
2 garlic cloves, crushed
1/3 cup red wine
1 1/2 cups fat-free, lower-sodium chicken broth, divided
1/4 cup pomegranate juice
2 teaspoons sugar
2 teaspoons all-purpose flour

Preheat oven to 375°.

Heat a large ovenproof skillet over medium-high heat. Add oil to pan; swirl to coat. Sprinkle lamb with 1/2 teaspoon salt and pepper; add lamb to pan. Sauté 10 minutes, turning to brown on all sides. Place pan in oven; bake at 375° for 15 minutes or until a thermometer inserted in thickest portion registers 130°. Remove lamb from pan; let stand 10 minutes.

Place pan over medium-high heat. Add onion and garlic to pan; sauté for 3 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add red wine; bring to a boil. Cook until liquid almost evaporates, scraping pan to loosen browned bits. Stir in remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt, 1 cup broth, juice, and sugar; bring to a boil. Cook until reduced to 1/2 cup (about 10 minutes), stirring occasionally. Combine remaining 1/2 cup broth and flour, stirring until smooth. Add flour mixture to pan; bring to a boil. Cook 1 minute, stirring occasionally. Strain mixture through a fine-mesh sieve; discard solids. Serve sauce with lamb.

Yield 4 servings (3 ounces of lamb and about 3 Tablepooons sauce)

Calories 317, Fat 18.8g (Sat 7.4g, Mono 8.4g, Poly 1.6g); Protein 22.5g; Carb 9.6g; Fiber 1g; Chol 77mg; Iron 2.4mg; Sodium 574mg; Calc 29mg.

Julianna Grimes, Cooking Light, December 2010, Page 172

Farmhouse Chicken Chowder Thursday, Feb 2 2012 

Serves 4

6 slices bacon, chopped
6 scallions, white parts chopped fine and green parts sliced thin
2 carrots, peeled and sliced thin
2 celery rib, sliced thin
Salt and pepper
1/3 cup all purpose flour
4 cups low sodium chicken broth
1 cup water
1 pound red potatoes, scrubbed and cut into 1/2 inch pieces
1 rotiserie chick, skin discarded, meat chopped into bite size pieces
1 cup cream (or half and half)
1 cup frozen peas

Cook bacon until crisp in Dutch oven over medium heat. Remove bacon and place on paper towel. Pour off all but 2 Tablespoons bacon grease from pot, reserving it for later use. Cook scallion whites, carrots, celery and 1/2 teaspoon salt in bacon grease until vegetables are softened. Add flour. Use reserve bacon grease, adding 1 Tbsp at a time, if necessary to flour mixture. Cook until golden brown.

Stir in broth, water and potatoes then bring to a boil. Reduce heat to a simmer, cover and cook until vegetables are tender. Add chicken, cream and peas. Simmer until it is heated through. Season with salt and pepper. Sprinkle bacon and scallion greens. Serve.

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