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Spaghetti with Brussels Sprouts and Pine Nuts

Lest you think I’m some kind of health nut, I made this recipe 4 or 5 times before I realized there wasn’t supposed to be pancetta in it.  Oops.  The original recipe from Gourmet is here – below is the way I always make it.

  • 1 lb whole wheat spaghetti or fettucini (I like the nuttiness of whole wheat in this dish, but regular pasta works fine too)
  • 1 lb brussels sprouts, sliced (use the food processor or a mandoline for this)
  • large handful of pine nuts (about 1/2 cup?)
  • 1 onion, sliced thin
  • 3 tbsp cubed pancetta (I like the kind you can buy pre-cubed, but you can also cut the sliced kind into faux-lardons)
  • olive oil, salt, pepper

Cook pasta according to package directions, reserving about 1 cup of the cooking liquid.

Heat the olive oil in a large chef’s pan.  Add pancetta, and cook until crispy.  Add onion, pine nuts, and sprouts, saute over med-high heat until starting to brown.   Season to taste.  Add pasta, toss together and add enough of the cooking liquid to moisten everything.

Serve with LOTS of parmesan cheese.

iPhoto issues continue, but Dylan liked this even better than the lasagna.  Maybe because I let him have a “grown-up fork” for twirling.

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Turkey Burgers with Mint-Yogurt Sauce

This is a Cooking Club of America recipe, and seriously lives up to the hype.  Even if you make these with ground turkey breast (fat free but also flavor free) they’ll still turn out pretty darn good.  I make them more or less according to the recipe except for the part where I never measure anything and tend to assume that any recipe calling for fewer than 4 cloves of garlic must be a typo.  (Oh, and I always make a double recipe since ground meat is generally sold in 1 lb packages and not 8 oz.  Seriously cooking magazines, STOP DOING THIS.  It’s like when pasta recipes call for 12 oz of dry pasta.  Have you ever seen a box of pasta that wasn’t 16 oz?  Frell that, I’m cooking the whole box and will have extra SO THERE.  See also: recipes that call for chopped onions by the cup rather than the number of onions.  Pet peeves, I haz them.)

Ahem.  Anyway, you can find the recipe for these here http://www.cookingclub.com/recipes/articletype/articleview/articleid/7112/turkey-burgers-with-mint-yogurt-sauce.

Dylan looking at turkey burgers

"If I eat all my tater tots, can I have more tater tots?"

Dylan Report: He ate 1/4 of a burger and roughly his own weight in tater tots and ketchup.  Those are vegetables, right?  (I didn’t even bother serving him any of the mint-yogurt sauce, as I know from experience that he will not eat anything with raw garlic in it.)

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