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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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Chicken Curry With Cashews

Every time I make this, I wonder why we don’t eat it more often.  It’s a cheater’s curry, made with curry powder instead of a customized blend of spices, but it’s incredibly tasty and takes barely any active cooking time at all.  I bet it would work great in the slow cooker – note to self: try that sometime!

The original recipe is from Gourmet and can be found here on Epicurious.  The recipe as I made it tonight is after the jump.

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Pepper Chicken with Hummus

Tonight’s dinner was a repeat – here’s a link back to the recipe from a post in 2009.

Turns out it’s just as good when you forget to buy the cubanelle peppers!

Dylan report: He loves hummus and pita bread, and grudgingly ate one piece of chicken (after declaring the other one on his plate “too crispy”) and one piece of each color pepper.

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Taco Salad

…with HOME GROUND BEEF!!

Seriously, for the taco salad recipe just click here. The only thing even remotely special about it is the cilantro-lime dressing, which is Teh Yum.

I’m mainly posting to brag about how I ground my own beef for the chili WITH MY OWN MEAT GRINDER that I got at Target. It’s the KitchenAid “food grinder attachment” (because you could also use it to grind…vegetables?) and it works pretty well.  I put the meat through twice because I read somewhere that you’re supposed to do that (no, not Sweeney Todd…okay, not ONLY Sweeney Todd…) and the second time through the fat got kind of stringy and I had to take the whole thing apart to detangle it.  Maybe I should have used the disc with the smaller holes?

Anyway.  The point is, FEAR ME, FOR I HAVE A MEAT GRINDER NOW.

I think the last time I got this excited about a kitchen gadget was my first microplane grater.  I just wanted to zest everything in sight.

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Pepper Chicken With Hummus

This is one of those recipes from Gourmet that you almost think must be a misprint, it’s so simple.  But it’s become a household staple of ours, the kind of thing we have when it’s the end of a long week and we want something comforting but not heavy, and something not requiring any specialized grocery shopping.  Here is a link to the original recipe – I don’t normally follow recipes to the letter, but this one is so simple that it really doesn’t require any improvisation.  (Okay, except for the kind and amount of peppers.  You can substitute almost any combination of sweet bell peppers in here.  My supermarket sells “rainbow packs” of red, orange, and yellow organic peppers so I usually use one of those along with a few Cubanelles.)

I have once or twice made my own hummus for this, but the Sabra Supremely Spicy is so good that I usually don’t bother.  (Until I discovered Sabra, I never bothered with store bought hummus at all, as every other brand I’ve tried has been bland and unpleasantly grainy.  If you’ve never made hummus I suggest starting with the recipe on the back of your jar of tahini paste and adapting from there to suit your taste.) Read the rest of this entry »

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In Which Jess Fails At Food Blogging

Seriously, I suck at this!

Last week at some point I made Pomegranate Glazed Chicken, and it was okay.  Not great, and so apparently not worth posting about.  (The pomegranate syrup that I made to substitute for the pomegranate molasses I couldn’t find has made its way into a few cocktails and glasses of seltzer, however.  Nom nom nom.)

After that I made what was supposedly Fettucine With Parsley And Parmesan, but wound up being kind of a repeat of the Fettucine With Broccoli and Pine Nuts because I had both on hand and wanted something more substantial than just a bowl of pasta.

Today I went to the farmer’s market and bought really good turkey burgers from the turkey guys.  (As well as a bag of “parts” – mostly necks – that is currently simmering its way to stock in my slow cooker.)  I also bought a few parsnips and made the parsnip “fries” from this recipe.  This is one of my favorite sides and I always forget about it because who ever thinks to buy parsnips?  Fortunately, the farmer’s markets in the Northeast are still all about the apples and storage veggies, so the parsnips were looking pretty good.  Parsnip parsnip parsnip.  The word has lost all meaning.

Next week I’ll be returning to The Book once or twice, but as I said a couple of weeks ago, I’ve kind of reached the point where the remaining recipes just don’t look all that appetizing.  (Or healthy, for that matter.  Half the side dishes in this book are variations on mashed potatoes.  Do I really need a recipe for that?)

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