Adapted from Lidia and Recipe Tin Eats Yield: 6 servings, plus about 3 quarts extra (total of about 4 dozen meatballs and 3 quarts sauce)
1 medium carrot, coarsely chopped
2 stalks celery, coarsely chopped
1 large red onion, coarsely chopped
1 lb ground beef
1 lb ground pork
2 large eggs, beaten
2 teaspoon dried oregano (omitted)
1/2 cup fresh parsley, chopped (basil sub!)
2 cups bread crumbs
1 tablespoon kosher salt
1/2 tsp black pepper
4 garlic cloves, minced
1/2 cup Parmigiano-Reggiano (or parmesan), freshly grated
2.5 tbsp olive oil
1/2 medium onion, chopped (about 1 cup)
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 teaspoons kosher salt, plus more as needed
1 fresh bay leaves, or 2 small dried bay leaves
3 tsp dried Italian herb mix (parsley, basil, thyme, oregano)
1/2 teaspoon peperoncino flakes
24 oz / 700 g tomato passata, preferably San Marzano
1 cup grated Grana Padano or Parmigiano-Reggiano, optional to serve
Grate the onion using a standard box grater in a large bowl until you have about 1/2 cup of grated onion and juices.
Add bread, mix to combine so the onion juice soaks the bread and disintegrates. Set aside while you prep the other ingredients (5 min or so).
Add all the remaining Meatball ingredients. Use hands to mix well.
Measure out a heaped tablespoon and roll lightly to form a ball. Repeat with remaining mixture. (Note 5)
Heat 1 1/2 tbsp olive oil in a large non stick fry pan over medium high heat. Add the meatballs and brown all over – about 3 – 4 minutes.
When they are browned but NOT cooked through, carefully transfer them onto a plate.
Heat 1 tbsp of olive oil into the fry pan.
Add the onion and garlic and sauté for 2 to 3 minutes until translucent. Add the remaining Sauce ingredients. Bring to a simmer, then turn down to medium low so it bubbles gently rather than splattering everywhere. Let simmer for 2 hours.
Carefully transfer the meatballs and any juices that have pooled on the plate into the Sauce.
Cook the meatballs for 8 – 10 minutes, turning and stirring occasionally. Adjust Sauce salt and pepper to taste.
While the meatballs are cooking, cook your pasta of choice.
Serve the meatballs on pasta, garnished with extra parmesan and parsley if using.
I wanted to cook Lidia’s recipe authentically, but it was so much quantity! And I’m not a fan of beef, much less veal, so… I incorporated another website (she has delicious chicken stew!) that fried the meatballs instead of baking them. These were wildly delicious and approved by all. We didn’t incorporate the carrot and celery (considering the 2 lbs. or meat vs. 3 lbs from Lidia), but we did use the red onion, eggs, and basil instead of parsley (Jesse’s family doesn’t like oregano for some reason). I would throw in a bay leaf into the sauce next time (we forgot). We used gluten-free bread crumbs, and crumbled Grana Padano into the meatball and on top to serve. Grana Padano was not incorporated into the sauce. Ground meat came from the Ossining Farmer’s Market, Sunset View Farm. I also made some garlic bread with EVOO and rubbed garlic to clean up the sauce after, demi baguette from Farmer’s Market too.
1 small can of tomato paste (~6-7 tbsp; we used 1-2 tbsp)
1/4 tsp of salt
pinch of black pepper
1/4 cup of dry sherry (we used a dry red wine)
Garnish: sour cream, herbs (optional)
Chop 1/2 pound of mushrooms very fine.
In a large saucepan, melt 4 tablespoons of butter.
Add 1 tablespoon of chopped onion, 2 cups of finely chopped carrots, 2 cups of finely chopped celery, and 1 clove of garlic, minced. If you have wine, you can use it now to deglaze the pot. Stir, scraping the bottom bits.
Melt 2 tablespoons of butter in a skillet, add the 1/2 pound of finely chopped mushrooms, and sauté for 5 minutes. Add to the soup.
Stir in 2 1/2 cups of broth, 3 1/2 cups of water, 1 small can of tomato paste, 1/4 teaspoon of salt, and 1/16 teaspoon of pepper.
Bring to a boil. Cover and reduce heat. Simmer 1 hour (30 minutes minimum).
Purée the soup with an immersion blender. Season and taste.
Melt 2 tablespoons of butter in a skillet, add the 1/2 pound of reserved sliced mushrooms, and sauté for 5 minutes. Add to the soup.
Add 1/4 cup of dry sherry. Heat thoroughly and serve.
Garnish with sour cream or herbs.
Titled “Mushroom Soup from the Inn at Bree”, there is only one main inn in Bree, however: the Inn of the Prancing Pony. We didn’t have a bundle of celery, so we subbed with a leek instead. Next time I would use 2 leeks! I would also had herbs like thyme. Instead of beef broth, we used Better Than Bouillon chicken base. Feel free to use more tomato paste if you prefer a more reddish product, but this was grand — I would also like to try a medley of mushrooms in season. Instead of dry sherry, we used a red wine, but I would also try a white wine next time.
Add some water to a pot and bring it to a boil. Add the rice noodles and cook per the package instructions, stirring occasionally (10 minutes approximately). Drain and rise under cold water, set aside.
Combine all the ingredients for the Peanut Sauce together in a small bowl. Whisk it to mix well. Transfer to a dip bowl and garnish with the peanuts.
In another small pot, bring some water to boil. Cook the shrimp for about 1 minute, or until the shrimp are completely cooked. Drain, let cool, and slice in half lengthwise. Set aside.
Divide the vermicelli, shrimp, lettuce and carrot into 6 equal portions.
To assemble the summer rolls, dip one sheet of the rice paper in a big bowl of water. Shake off the excess water and quickly transfer it to a clean, dry and flat working surface, for example, kitchen countertop or a chopping board.
Place the rice noodles on the bottom part of the rice paper.
Add the sliced lettuce and carrots.
Place 3 shrimp halves on top.
Fold the bottom side of rice paper over the filling securely, then fold the left and right sides of the rice paper over the filing. Make sure the filling is secured tightly.
Continue to roll the summer roll over, until fully wrapped. Repeat the same until everything is used up!
Cut the Summer Rolls diagonally in the middle into halves, place them on a platter, and serve immediately with the Peanut Sauce.
We made the hoisin version of the peanut sauce, but I kind of missed a little Thai peanut sauce flavor! I know, fusion. Jesse’s sister made them really well (see photos).
Heat the oil in a medium pot over medium heat. Stir in the onion and cook, stirring occasionally, until fragrant (about 3 minutes). Add the garlic and cook until fragrant, 1-2 minutes.
Add the carrot and celery and cook, stirring occasionally, until golden (about 10 minutes).
Add the tomatoes and bay leaves. Rinse the tomato cans with 2 cups of water and add that as well. Bring everything to a boil. Add the basil.
Season lightly with salt and crushed red pepper. Lower the heat so the sauce is at a lively simmer, and cook, stirring occasionally, until thickened, about 45 minutes.
Remove the bay leaves. Taste, and season with more salt and red pepper to taste. Serve!
We were renting an AirBnB and I wanted something delicious but easy peasy and super tasty. For some protein, we picked up the Spicy Jalapeño Chicken Sausage. I recommend coating the pasta in the sauce, rather than just topping with it. Don’t be afraid to garnish with parmesan cheese and more fresh basil as the mood strikes! The photo shows a leftover overloaded potato skin which reheated well in the oven.
Preheat oven. I left it at the same temperature as the chicken stew.
Cut the French stick in half. Then cut the bread almost all the way through into 2cm / 4/5″ thick slices.
Mix together the butter, garlic, salt and parsley. Taste to see if it’s salty / garlicky enough for your taste.
Smear garlic butter over cut side of bread.
Bake for 15 minutes until the crust is crispy (check through foil).
I wanted a Dutch oven for a long time, and my sister Jennifer recommended the affordable Lodge cast iron 6 quart. She also recommended this chef’s blog! This came out super tasty — and every reheated leftover tasted better and better. HIGHLY recommend. Perfect for cold winter’s days to heat up your whole apartment.
Place eggs in a large saucepan and cover with cold water by 1 inch. Bring to a boil and cook for 1 minute. Cover eggs with a tight-fitting lid and remove from heat; set aside for 8-10 minutes. Drain well and let cool before peeling and halving. (I might revise and post a different soft boiled egg direction because ours came out hard boiled!)
Heat olive oil in a large stockpot or Dutch oven over medium heat. Add garlic and ginger and scallions whites, and cook, stirring frequently, until fragrant, about 1-2 minutes.
Whisk in chicken broth, mushrooms, soy sauce (and seasonings) and 3 cups water.
Bring to a boil; reduce heat and simmer until mushrooms have softened, about 10 minutes. Stir in Yaki-Soba until loosened and cooked through, about 2-3 minutes. (I used different noodles, which got sticky! Flavor still amazing though.)
Stir in bok choy, Narutomaki (wish I had, got Vietnamese hot pot pork balls instead), carrot and scallions until the greens begins to wilt, about 2 minutes.
Serve immediately, garnished with eggs.
This was perfect for a cold winter’s meal. I wanted to use these fresh Chinese noodles I had, but they might have been not the most suitable. I will use real yakisoba noodles next time — Sun Noodles’ Shoyu and Miso flavors are good! Other classic ramen toppings I really love: Chāshū (sliced barbecued or braised pork), Seasoned Soy soft-boiled egg (“Ajitsuke Tamago“), Bean sprouts, Menma (lactate-fermented bamboo shoots), Kakuni (braised pork cubes or squares), Kikurage (wood ear mushroom), Nori (dried seaweed), Kamaboko (formed fish paste, only the pink and white spiral is called narutomaki), Corn, Butter, and Wakame (a different type of seaweed). Wiki I also grew my own oyster mushrooms — a gift from a friend for my classroom (pre-pandemic).
Next time for the eggs, I will 1) leave the eggs in the fridge until the water is boiling and 2) Prepare an ice water bath and 3) marinate them in soy sauce-sugar-mirin-sake for 2 days.
2-3 medium yellow potatoes, unpeeled and sliced into 3/4″ to 1″ thick pieces
1 large onion, coarsely chopped
2 carrots, sliced into 1/2″ thick rounds
4 cloves of garlic, finely chopped
1 large zucchini, sliced into 3/4″ thick rounds
2 red, yellow or orange bell peppers, cut into 1″ pieces
1.5 Tbsp garlic salt, or to taste
Freshly grated black pepper, to taste
1 teaspoon dried rosemary, crushed, divided
1/2 teaspoon paprika
2 tbsp. Canola or olive oil
4 skin-on chicken thighs
Preheat oven to 425° F. In a large bowl, combine potatoes, carrots, onion, oil, garlic, 3/4 teaspoon salt, 1/2 teaspoon rosemary and 1/2 teaspoon pepper; toss to coat.
In a small bowl, mix paprika and the remaining salt, rosemary and pepper. Sprinkle chicken with paprika mixture; arrange over potatoes and carrots. Transfer to a Dutch oven or baking pan coated with olive oil, roast uncovered at 450˚F for 10 minutes. The chicken will roast until a thermometer inserted in chicken reads 170°-175° and vegetables are just tender (about 35-40 minutes total).
Combine the zucchini, bell peppers, and 1/2 the garlic. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Remove roasting pans from the oven and quickly place the rest of the vegetables evenly over the top. Return to the oven and roast an additional 20-25 minutes or until potatoes and carrots are tender and easily pierced with a fork.
Remove chicken to a serving platter; keep warm. Roast until vegetables are tender, 8-10 minutes longer. Stir vegetables to combine; serve with chicken.
I had the vegetables I wanted for my classic vegetable soup dish, but no pot or Dutch oven big enough to hand blend it. So I thought to try out the glass Pyrex baking pan I just acquired and bake some this cold weekend for dinner. The vegetables (especially the potatoes) took a decent extra time to cook through, but the Staub Enameled Cast Iron Fry Pan cooked considerably more than the Pyrex Glass Baking Dish. THIS TASTES SO GOOD.. I never got tired of reheating leftovers. In fact, it tasted better each time.
Recipe courtesy of my co-worker, Ms. Carchichabla and the blog Isabel Eats
2 plum tomatoes, diced
2 garlic cloves, minced
small onion, chopped
1 packet Goya Sazón Seasoning with Azafrán
1/2 tsp. cumin
6 cups chicken/vegetable broth
vegetables (e.g. celery, carrots, cauliflower, potato, bell pepper)
8 oz. fideo pasta
black beans, cooked (we used canned)
garnish: lime and cilantro, Mexican Queso Fresco and diced avocado. (optional)
Cut up two plum tomatoes, 2 garlic cloves, little bit of onion and sautée until soup-like. We also added diced jalapeño pepper (I recommend removing the seeds as much as possible), but you can also add red pepper flakes.
Add a packet of Goya Sazón con Azafrán.
Add 3 – 4 cups of water (or broth) to boil.
Then, put in the veggies — we used celery, carrots, potato, and turnip.
To make the fideo, which is the (bow tie) pasta, you’re going to toast it in a pan in olive oil. Don’t toast it too much or it will burn, just toast it till gets to a tannish-yellow color.
After putting the fideo in the soup along with the veggies, add the beans. (The beans should already have been cooked before!) Add some salt, rosemary, a pinch of thyme.
Let it cook for 15-20 minutes or whenever you feel it’s ready. Taste. Add some salt if necessary. Garnish with cilantro, etc.
It’s a perfect meal for the fall/winter weather. Additional soup ingredients can include vegetables such as bell pepper, onion and garlic, tomatoes, tomato sauce, chicken, chili peppers, vegetable oil, salt and pepper. I quite liked my second attempt too, with canned tomatoes!
Chop vegetables into ½ inch pieces, to cook evenly.
Melt the butter in large pot, on medium-high. Add the garlic, onions, then vegetables. Sauté 10-15 minutes.
Add broth, tomato paste, beans, seasonings, and herbs. Bring to a boil, then simmer for 30 minutes until tender.
Blend with a hand immersion blender (I have not, so I did it in batches).
Add the cream. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
Serve with buttered croutons, or a grilled cheese.
I had not carrots, but not a big enough pot anyhow. I had 3 on-the-vine tomatoes, so I used that instead of the tomato paste. I ran out of thyme! One of my favorite herbs! I think this is my favorite in the Ravenels series, but this recipe was extra sumptuous, and I had just collected the ingredients for ratatouille, thinking to make a pan satué version (baking is so hot in my apartment, and I haven’t a real baking dish in fact). I loved the description in the book where this dish was served. Can you imagine a 12 course meal? Now if I only had the makings for a grilled cheese…