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I must admit, it took some effort to give whole-wheat pasta a try.  But with my wife and I both trying to watch the calories and points, the whole wheat option became something that became more appealing.  Now I’m sold on the idea.  This pasta has a nuttier flavor than regular pasta.  It lends itself to sauces that compliment that nutty flavor.  Don’t put plain old maranara on this pasta.  It will be a disappointment.  This pasta requires rich, creamy sauces or robust flavors.  With my next few posts, I’m going to share three quick and tasty ideas for you to use the dreaded whole-wheat pasta to the enjoyment of all.  The first important factor is to get good quality whole-wheat pasta.  I suggest either Rustichella d’ Abruzzo (sold at select Whole Foods Markets) or Gia Russa (sold at Central Market and select Whole Foods Markets).  In my experience it will take the longer time noted on the package directions to cook it so it is not tough.  The first dish makes a great side to go with roasted chicken.

Whole-Wheat Linguine with Olives,  Thyme, Lemon and Artichoke Hearts

Ingredients:

  • 30 to 35 kalamata  and green olives, pittted
  • 2 teaspoons freshly grated lemon zest
  • 2 teaspoons freshly grated orange peel
  • 2 tablespoons fresh thyme leaves
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1 cup fresh flat leaf parsley
  • 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 cup walnuts or pecans
  • 1 (6 ounce) jar marinated artichoke hearts, drained
  • juice of half a lemon
  • 1 pound whole-wheat linguine or spaghetti

Directions:

Combine all the ingredients except spaghetti in the bowl of a food processor.  Pulse on and off until the mixture resembles a chunky puree; do not over process.  Transfer to a large pasta serving bowl.

Stir in a generous amount of salt into a large pot of boiling water.  Add the pasta and cook at a full boil, stirring frequently, until the pasta is al dente.  Reserve about a 1/2 cup of the cooking water, then drain the pasta.  Toss the pasta into the serving bowl with the olive mixture.  Add half the reserved cooking water (1/4 cup) or enough to make a sauce that clings to the pasta but is not dry.  Toss well.  Serve immediately.  Enjoy!

As an alternative, cube 2 or 3 grilled chicken breasts and add to the pasta to make a great one dish meal.

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Dec
19

Beef Burgundy with Noodles

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Hello All!  And welcome back to Food~Flavor~Fun!

A great place to find and share some great FREE recipes, to be prepared and shared with family and friends, to bring a lot of fun, joy and great taste into all our lives.  Why?  ‘Cause few things in life beats a great tasting meal!  I’m so glad you have found your way here.  Welcome!  Welcome!  Welcome!

Be sure to check out the Gourmet Essentials Shop!  I’ve added a full line of fantastic specialty food items.  Find some of the best Caviar from around the world,  terrific Smoked Salmon, Foie Gras, Pate and Truffle Oils.  Check out the fruit preserves.  They come from Armenia.  The fruit is grown beneath Mount Ararat.  The place stated in the bible where Noak and his family exited the Ark to plant the first fruit trees.  That’s real food with great taste.  Put that on your toast!

Just browse the categories or choose from some of the key words or tags to find items in the store.  And remember, 10% of profits are going to feed the hungry and house the homeless.  Checkout the links on the home page to find out more about the charities that we support.

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Ok, lets get on with today’s recipe.  It is a very simple straight forward dish.  One of those one dish suppers.  Great tastes coming together in one pot, over egg noodles.  Give this one a shot!

Beef Burgundy with Noodles

Ingredients:

  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
  • 1 to 1 1/4 pounds lean stew meat
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup carrots, sliced
  • 1/2 cup dry red or burgundy wine
  • 1 1/2 cups beef broth
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 2 cups fresh mushrooms, sliced
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 (14-16 ounce) jar whole pearl onions, drained
  • 1 (12 ounce) package egg noodles
  • 1/4 cup parsley, chopped

Directions:

Combine the flour, salt and pepper in a shallow bowl.  If desired, cut the stew meat into smaller pieces; dredge in the seasoned flour coating all sides thoroughly.  Melt the butter and add the oil to a dutch oven; add half the meat.  Cook over medium-high heat, stirring occasionally, until the meat is browned.  Remove to a plate and repeat with the remaining meat.

Return all the meat to the dutch oven;  add the carrots, wine, broth, bay leaves, mushrooms and garlic.  Bring to a boil; then reduce heat to low.  Cover and simmer, stirring occasionally, for about an hour or until the meat is tender.  Add the onions and continue cooking until heated through.

Cook the noodles according to the package instructions; drain well.  To serve, place a bed of noodles on a warm plate or large bowl; spoon the beef and veggies over the noodles.  Sprinkle with parsley.  Enjoy!

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Hello All!  And welcome back to Food~Flavor~Fun!

A great place to find and share some great FREE food ideas, to be prepared and shared with family and friends, to bring a lot of fun, joy and great taste into all our lives.  Why?  ‘Cause few things in life beats a great tasting meal!  I’m so glad you have found your way here.  Welcome!  Welcome!  Welcome!

Be sure to check out the Gourmet Essentials Shop!  I’ve added a full line of fantastic specialty food items.  Find some of the best Caviar from around the world,  terrific Smoked Salmon, Foie Gras, Pate and Truffle Oils.  Check out the fruit preserves.  They come from Armenia.  The fruit is grown beneath Mount Ararat.  The place stated in the bible where Noak and his family exited the Ark to plant the first fruit trees.  That’s real food with great taste.  Put that on your toast!

Just browse the categories or choose from some of the key words or tags to find items in the store.  And remember, 10% of profits are going to feed the hungry and house the homeless.  Checkout the links on the home page to find out more about the charities that we support.

To find other recipes and past posts, you can either enter search terms and hit enter.  A filtered list will be returned for you.  You can also find the most popular tag words in the left nav.  If you see something that peaks your interest, click on the tag word and all relevant posts will be brought back for you.

Ok, on to today’s post.  With another semester coming to a close and the holidays coming, my kids will soon be coming home from college.  We were skyping with my daughter and she put in her request for Daddy’s Tortellini while she’s home.  It’s really easy and very tasty!  I suggest getting some bread sticks and tossing a nice Caesar salad.  A little Cabernet wouldn’t hurt either.  If you really want an Italian evening, make it a Chianti.

Daddy’s Tortellini Alfredo

Ingredients:

  • 2 small or 1 large package of prepared 3 cheese Tortellini (get enough for the crowd in the kitchen)
  • 1 pound Italian sausage
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1 (8 oz.) package cream cheese
  • 1 cup half and half
  • 1/3 cup Parmesan cheese
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • pepper or paprika to taste
  • 1 jar artichoke hearts
  • 3 stems of celery, diced
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 4 Roma tomatoes, seeded and diced
  • 1 cup carrots, diced
  • 1 cup black olives, sliced
  • 1 red bell pepper, sliced into strips
  • 4 or 5 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 cups mushrooms, sliced
  • several tablespoons of seasoning mix.  I use my own version of Emeril’s BAM

Directions:

Do all the slicing and dicing first.  When you dice the onion and celery, keep the ice the same size for even cooking and presentation.  Put each of the veggies in separate bowls.

Cut the italian sausage into bite-size pieces.  Cook them in a skillet over medium-high heat until browned.  Drain off the fat and set aside keeping warm.

Make the Alfredo sauce.  In a medium sauce pan over medium-low heat, melt the butter.  Don’t turn up the heat too high on this.  No scorching the bottom!  When the butter is almost melted, add the cream cheese to melt and blend.  Its easiest to cut the cream cheese into pieces to help it melt and blend faster.

Once the butter and cream cheese are well mixed, add the Parmesan cheese, half and half, garlic powder and fresh ground black pepper or paprika.  Once everything is mixed well and the Parmesan cheese has melted, remove from the heat and set it aside.  It will thicken some as it cools.  Stir it occasionally.

Prepare the tortellini per package instructions.  Usually, salted water with a little olive oil.  Bring it up to boil and add the tortellini.  Boil for about 5-10 minutes.  Drain in a colander well.  You don’t want water to dilute your great sauce!  Toss them back in the pan and pour a little olive oil over them and toss.  This will keep them from sticking together.

Ok, time to have some fun and let everyone choose what they like.  In a small skillet, add a tablespoon of olive oil heated to medium-high heat.  Everybody gets onion, celery and bell pepper.  Cook until the onion turns translucent.  Then toss in a handful of what each person wants from the other veggies.  I have a little of everything!  Cook for a minute or 2.  Add a handful of Italian sausage.  Cook until it’s hot.  It’s already cooked, just need to heat it up.  Add a 1/4 cup or so of Alfredo sauce to the pan.  Heat it to a simmer.

To serve, plate some tortellini and pour that great sauce over the top, add a little fresh parmesan cheese over the top and a little BAM.  Repeat the cooking steps to let each person have just what they like with their tortellini.  Enjoy!

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Dec
05

Pollo Alla Diavola

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Roasting a chicken has always been a great way to score chef points effortlessly.  This version cooks up fast and looks amazing on a platter.  Start a day ahead by marinating the bird.  After you roast it, you’ll make a quick pan sauce.  Suggested sides are sauteed broccoli rabe or roasted potatoes.

Pollo Alla Diavola

Ingredients:

  • 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 tsp coarse salt
  • 6 sprigs fresh thyme
  • fresh ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes (or to taste)
  • 4 chicken leg quarters
  • 1 cup low-sodium chicken broth
  • 1 cup pickling liquid from jarred hot cherry peppers, plus peppers for serving
  • 2 tablespoons tomato sauce or puree

Directions:

The day before you cook the chicken, combine the oil, salt, thyme, pepper and red pepper flakes in a wide baking dish.  Add the chicken, turning it to coat evenly, cover and refrigerate overnight.

Half an hour before your ready to cook, remove the chicken from the fridge.  Preheat the oven to 375°F.  Place a cast-iron skillet or other oven proof pan in the oven until it’s medium hot, about 5 minutes.

Remove the pan from the oven and add the chicken, skin side down.  Then add another cast-iron skillet on top of the bird to weigh it down.  Place the chicken in the oven to roast until it’s golden brown and juices run clear when pierced, 45 to 55 minutes.  Remove the chicken to a cutting board to rest, leaving the juices in the pan.

To make the sauce, place the pan on medium-low heat and whisk in the broth, pickling liquid and tomato sauce, scraping any brown bits from the bottom of the pan.  Simmer until the liquid is slightly thickened, 5 to 10 minutes.  Serve a leg quarter with the sauce spooned over the top and a couple of cherry peppers.  Enjoy!

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