Archive for November, 2010

Apple Slab & Gravy Tips?

November 22, 2010

Just a quick post to share a recipe. I am trying this apple slab for my apple pie this year. Just to mix it up and try something different. I will let you know how it comes out. Here is the recipe if you want to try it too!

I am also making my famous garlic mashed potatoes. You boil your favorite kind of potatoes and add a head of roasted garlic, a stick of butter and a cup of sour cream. It is sooooo  good. I am thinking of using Marscapone instead of sour cream because I saw that on another mashed recipe and marscapone would add a nice flavor.

Oh and as much as I love to cook and have pretty good luck with recipes most of the time, I am not good at making gravy. If anyone can post any tips in the comments here I would love you long time!

Hope everyone has a great thanksgiving!

Green Bean Casserole from scratch

November 19, 2010

Have a lot going on to prep for my yummy thanksgiving meal but just thought I would share this recipe if you want to be ambitious and make your own green bean casserole, completely from scratch. I am talking about homemade cream of mushroom soup and also homemade fried onions. I know it sounds like a lot of work but it is very worth it. It is easier than it sounds. I made it last year and it was soooo tasty, it was ridiculous. It is a recipe from Alton Brown, whose approach to cooking is very scientific but also very cool. So if you want to try the best green bean casserole ever, click here. happy turkey day! will post some recipes after. I am making J’s special turkey, garlic mashed potatoes, parmesan and artichoke sourdough stuffing and an apple slab dessert. If you want any of those recipes before thanksgiving, let me know… and of course the best part of thanksgiving is spending time with your family!

The Menu

November 12, 2010

just had family up for the weekend and had to fill their bellies with delicious food… too many recipes to post descriptions of all but in a few days I will post my mom’s delicious rasberry creamcheese almond coffeecake recipe, which I made on Saturday. I also made the Boston Marathon chili I posted earlier, on Friday night, and it was a big hit! Saturday night was our big family meal and here is what I made: Prime Rib Roast in my Showtime Rotisserie with Montreal Steak Seasoning, Dirty Risotto (think dirty rice, Italian style, OMG it was good), Sun-dried Tomato Vegetables, and Chocolate Sformato (a recipe I have been dying to try). Dirty risotto is my new favorite, the hot sausage and pancetta really added great flavor to the dish. I know risotto can be intimidating and this recipe is daunting, but it is all about the broth. As long as you slowly add the broth (about 3/4 a cup for about a 40 minute process) and stir with a wooden spoon to really break down the starch, you can succeed! The vegetables call for olives, which I omitted by the way, but I think it would be good either way. The key to this dish is the seasoning and it makes such a pretty dish for your table!

We ate like kings and everyone had happy full bellies. I hope you try some of these recipes if you are looking to change up your side dishes or desserts!

Last night I made a new dish from my food network magazine that was killer! It was sausage and cauliflower with pasta, which sounds weird but was actually quite tasty. I was trying to use up ingredients I already had, sausage and cauliflower, and this recipe worked out perfectly. The Pecorino Romano really topped it off well, if you have never tried authentic romano, you should, it has an amazing flavor that will enhance any dish.

Buon fine settimana! (have a good weekend in Italian)