Blueberry cheese danish

Adapted from Like Mother Like Daughter and Creative Culinary

175 g cream cheese
250 g refrigerated croissants
16 g sugar
90 g blueberries
splash of lemon juice and vanilla extract
tiny pinch of salt
ricotta (optional)
sliced almonds (optional)

Preheat oven to 200 deg C. Mix sugar and cream cheese well. Add ricotta, lemon juice + zest, vanilla, and salt. Layer crescents prettily on parchment paper, fill in with cheese, top with berries and almonds, and close the top. Bake 10-15 min. Voila!

~Jessica

Fried tomato galette with corn and zucchini

Adapted from smitten kitchen

refrigerated puff pastry dough
15 ml olive oil
coarse sea salt
250 grams cherry or grape tomatoes
1 ear corn (I used canned)
1 small (225 g) zucchini and summer squash, diced
1 bundle (3 to 4 ounces or 85 to 115 g) scallions, thinly sliced
1/2 cup (2 ounces or 55 g) grated parmesan
mozzarella
ricotta

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Saute tomatoes in olive oil, salt, and red pepper flakes at high heat until they burst. Add zucchini and cook on medium until soft. Add corn and scallions and cook until done. Remove from heat. Preheat oven at 200 deg C. Add vegetables onto puff pastry with the cheeses. Pleat edges and bake for 30-40 minutes. Serve.

Happy Earth Day!

~Jessica

Baked ziti, in a manner of speaking

Adapted from smitten kitchen

Glug of olive oil
1 medium onion, chopped small
2 garlic cloves, minced
125 g turkey strips
500 g can of crushed tomatoes
pinch of dried oregano
Red pepper flakes, to taste
450 g pasta, cooked al dente and drained
220 g mozzarella, coarsely grated
grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese
100 g frozen spinach
To serve: Dollops of your favorite ricotta and slivers of basil leaves =)

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I used fettuccine instead of ziti, and added a bit of chopped carrot, celery, zucchini, and mushrooms, for nutrition.

Preheat oven to 225 deg C. Cook pasta until al dente (at least 2 minutes less than the suggested cooking time). Reserve 1/2 cup cooking water, then drain pasta.

Heat large sauté pan over medium heat. Coat with glug of olive oil, and heat oil. Add the protein of your choice and cook with onion, garlic, oregano, pepper flakes, and salt over medium-high heat for 6-8 minutes or until meat is browned; stir frequently. Add crushed tomatoes and stir to combine. Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer for 5 minutes. Adjust seasonings to taste. If it’s become quite thick, stir in reserved pasta water. Add spinach and cook until wilted, ~1 minute.

You can either 1) layer or 2) mix the pasta together, casserole-like, before baking. If 1) coat drained pasta in a little olive oil so they don’t stick. Ladle sauce in the bottom of the baking dish, then layer of pasta, another layer sauce, then mozzarella and ricotta, another layer of pasta, add the remaining sauce, and top with remaining cheeses, including Parmigiano.

If 2) Stir in drained pasta and heat together for one minute. Pour half of pasta mixture into a 9×13-inch baking dish, lasagna pan, or other 3-quart baking vessel (or divide among smaller ones, if you’d like to freeze some off). Sprinkle with half of each cheese. Pour remaining pasta and sauce over, and finish with remaining cheese. Bake in heated oven for 30 minutes.

~Jessica

P.S. Feel free to cook in some bell peppers, a la Simply Recipes.

Pasta with ricotta and mushrooms

Adapted from Lidia Bastianich

454 g pasta (I used spaghetti)
glug of extra-virgin olive oil
6 garlic cloves, sliced
chopped thyme/rosemary (I used thyme)
6 brown mushrooms, thickly sliced
pinch of salt and pepper
200 g ricotta
1 bunch green onions, chopped (I didn’t have any)
parsley for garnish, roughly chopped (I didn’t have any)
grated Parmigiano-Reggiano

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Cook the pasta al dente in salted water, save some pasta water for your sauce. Saute garlic and rosemary until fragrant. Add mushrooms. Season with salt and freshly ground pepper. Add scallions. Add some reserved pasta water. Mix in pasta, ricotta, and parmesan. Serve hot.

~Jessica

Zucchini and ricotta galette

My favorite savory tart of all. Adapted from smitten kitchen

1 large or 2 small zucchinis, sliced into 1/4 inch thick rounds
1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon olive oil
1 medium garlic clove, minced (about 1 teaspoon)
250 g ricotta cheese
some grated Parmesan cheese
220 g shredded mozzarella
some slivered basil leaves

That’s right. Three beautiful cheeses. I think the ricotta and a good fresh mozzarella are what really do it for me.

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Sorry no finished photo — ate it too quickly!

~Jessica