Nigella Lawson’s Linguine with Lemon, Garlic, and Thyme Mushrooms

cups (8 ounces) finely sliced cremini or button mushrooms
1/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil
tablespoon Maldon or kosher salt or 1 1/2 teaspoons table salt
small clove garlic, minced
lemon, zested and juiced
sprigs fresh thyme stripped to give 1 tsp leaves
pound linguine or other pasta shape

bunch fresh flat-leaf parsley, leaves chopped, to give 1/2 cup
2 to 3 tablespoons freshly grated Parmesan, to taste
Freshly ground black pepper

Slice the mushrooms finely, and put them into a large bowl with the oil, salt, garlic, lemon juice and zest, and gorgeously scented thyme leaves.

Cook the pasta according to the packet instructions and drain loosely retaining some water. Quickly put the pasta into the bowl with the mushroom mixture.

Toss everything together well, and then add the parsley, cheese, and pepper before tossing again. Eat with joy in your heart.  Serves 4 to 6

Crunchy Pickle Dip from 12tomatoes.com/

  • 1 (8 oz.) package cream cheese, room temperature
  • 1 1/2 cups dill pickles, finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup sour cream
  • 1/4 cup pickle juice
  • 2 teaspoons fresh dill, finely minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste
  • Pretzels or chips, garnish
  1. Place chopped pickles in between layers of paper towels and let sit for 10-15 minutes, or until drained.
  2. Mix together cream cheese and sour cream together in a medium bowl, then stir in pickles, pickle juice, garlic powder and onion powder.
  3. Season with salt and pepper, then serve immediately or refrigerate until ready to serve.

Cabbage Roll Soup from spendwithpennies.com

  • 1 large onion, diced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 lb fake meat
  • ½ lb lean ground pork
  • ¾ cup uncooked long grain rice
  • 1 medium head cabbage, chopped (core removed)
  • 1 (28 ounce) can diced tomatoes
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 4 cups veggie broth
  • 1½ cups V8 or other vegetable juice
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon thyme
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 bay leaf
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  1. In a large pot, brown onion, garlic, pork and beef. Drain any fat.
  2. Stir in chopped cabbage and let cook until slightly softened (about 3 minutes).
  3. Add all remaining ingredients, bring to a boil and reduced heat to medium low. Cover and simmer on low until rice is fully cooked (about 25-30 minutes)
  4. Remove bay leaf and serve.

Chocolate Crème Brûlée from Ina

  • ​1 extra-large egg
  • 4 extra-large egg yolks
  • ½ cup sugar, plus extra for topping
  • 3 cups heavy cream
  • 8 ounces bittersweet chocolate, such as Lindt, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon instantespresso granules
  • ¼ cup coffee liqueur, such as Kahlúa
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

Preheat the oven to 275 degrees. Place six (8-ounce) ramekins in a roasting pan large enough to hold them completely flat.

In a large heatproof bowl, whisk together the egg, egg yolks, and sugar until just combined. Meanwhile, scald the cream in a medium saucepan. Off the heat, add the chocolate and espresso and whisk until the chocolate is melted. Slowly whisk the cream mixture into the egg mixture, then whisk in the coffee liqueur and vanilla. Transfer to a large measuring cup and pour into the prepared ramekins until full.

Place the pan in the oven and carefully pour enough of the hottest tap water into the pan to come halfway up the sides of the ramekins. Bake for 40 to 50 minutes, until the custards are set on the edges but still a little jiggly in the middle when gently shaken. Remove the custards from the water bath, cool to room temperature, wrap in plastic, and refrigerate until firm.

To serve, spread 1 tablespoon of sugar evenly on each custard. With a kitchen blowtorch held one inch from the surface of the crème, heat the sugar until it caramelizes evenly. Allow to cool for 5 minutes and serve.

 

Ramen with egg and cheese from Chef Roy Choi


pkg. instant ramen noodles
1 egg
1 tsp. butter
grated carrot, fresh spinach, or leftover veggies (totally optional)
2 processed cheese slices
toasted sesame seeds
chopped green onion
Sriracha

Cook the noodles like you normally would – according to the package directions – when the noodles are about halfway cooked, crack in the egg and poach it in the broth over low heat, basting with broth or covering with a lid briefly to help it cook through.

Carefully pour the lot into a bowl, add the butter and any veggies you like, and immediately top with the cheese slices. Sprinkle with sesame seeds, green onion and Sriracha to taste and serve immediately.

 

Creamy Chocolate Tartlets by Dorie Greenspan


FOR THE TART SHELLS
1 1/2 cup graham cracker crumbs or chocolate wafer crumbs (5 1/2 ounces)
2 tablespoons sugar
Pinch fine sea salt
6 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted

FOR THE FILLING
1/2 cup heavy cream
4 ounces semisweet or bittersweet chocolate, very finely chopped, plus optional chocolate shavings, for garnish
2 tablespoons unsalted butter, at room temperature and cut into small pieces
Lightly sweetened whipped cream or crème fraîche, for garnish

For the tart shells: Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Grease the tartlet pans with cooking oil spray.

Combine the crumbs, sugar and salt in a mixing bowl. Pour the butter over the mixture and stir with a fork until all the crumbs are moistened. Divide the mixture evenly among the pans; use your fingertips to firmly press it along the bottom and up the sides. Freeze the pans for 10 minutes.

Place the tart shell pans on a baking sheet; bake (middle rack) for about 10 minutes or until the crusts take on some color. If you plan to assemble the tarts right away, cool the shells to room temperature, then freeze for 10 minutes before unmolding very carefully – these are fragile – and filling. If you are not assembling right away, store at room temperature in an airtight container for up to 2 days, then freeze for 10 minutes and unmold before filling (see headnote).

For the filling: Combine the cream and chocolate in a small saucepan over low heat. Cook for about 5 minutes, stirring constantly, until the chocolate has melted and the mixture is velvety smooth. Be careful; you don’t want to give this too much heat and you certainly don’t want it to come to a boil. Turn off the heat, keep the pan on the burner and add the butter a little at a time, stirring the small pieces in until they melt. Once again, the mixture will be smooth and, this time, a little shiny (a ganache). Transfer the ganache to a liquid measuring cup with a spout. The yield is a generous 3/4 cup.

Place the tartlet shells on a tray. (That makes it easy to move them around.) Fill them with the ganache, dividing it evenly among the crusts and pouring it as full to the rim as possible. Use an offset spatula to help spread the filling as needed. If you have any ganache left over, save it: You can reheat it gently in a microwave and then pour it over ice cream.

Loosely cover the tray with aluminum foil and carefully slide it into the refrigerator; chill until the ganache is cold and firm, about 2 hours, or for up to 1 day.

At serving time, top the tartlets with whipped cream or crème fraîche and scatter over some chocolate shavings, if using. Serve right away.

 

 

Lobster Tails With Garlic and Oil

  • Sea salt
  • 2 shell-on lobster tails
  • 1 lemon
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 1 medium jalapeño pepper and/or small sweet pepper
  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 6 fresh basil leaves (optional)
  • Freshly ground black pepper

Bring a pot of water to a boil over high heat. Add a generous pinch of the salt; as soon as it has dissolved, turn off the heat.

Meanwhile, use kitchen scissors to cut through the underside of each lobster shell; discard the shells. Slide a thin bamboo skewer through the center of each tail; this will keep the meat from curling during cooking. Trim the skewers as needed so they’ll fit in the pot.

Add the lobster tails to the pot and cook for 1 minute; they will not be cooked through. Gently remove/discard the skewers, then cut the tails into 1/2-inch slices. Transfer the lobster meat to a stainless-steel or heatproof pan just large enough to hold it.

Cut the lemon in half. Squeeze the juice of the lemon halves over the lobster tails.

Cut the garlic into thin slices. Stem and seed the jalapeño pepper or sweet pepper, then cut it into thin slices. Place the garlic and pepper slices in a small saucepan, along with the oil. Heat over medium to medium-high heat, just until the temperature of the oil registers 190 degrees on an instant-read thermometer. Pour the oil over the sliced lobster; let cool just until the oil registers 120 degrees on the thermometer. The lobster will finish cooking (to just opaque inside) and become tender.

Meanwhile, stack and roll the basil leaves, if using, then cut them into thin ribbons.

Divide the lobster meat between plates. Drizzle a little of the oil over each one, then garnish with a few slices of the pepper and the basil. Season lightly with black pepper. Serve right away.

 

Crusty Baked Shells & Cauliflower from Ina

    • Kosher salt
    • Freshly ground black pepper
    • 3/4 pound medium shells, such as Barilla
    • Good olive oil
    • 2 1/2 pounds cauliflower, cut into small florets (1 large head)
    • 3 tablespoons roughly chopped fresh sage leaves
    • 2 tablespoons capers, drained
    • 1 tablespoon minced garlic (3 cloves)
    • 1/2 teaspoon grated lemon zest
    • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
    • 2 cups freshly grated Italian Fontina Val d’Aosta cheese, lightly packed (10 ounces with rind)
    • 1 cup (8 ounces) fresh ricotta
    • 1/2 cup panko (Japanese bread flakes)
    • 6 tablespoons freshly grated Italian Pecorino cheese
    • 2 tablespoons minced fresh parsley leaves minced
  1. Preheat the oven to 400°.
  2. Fill a large pot with water, add 2 tablespoons of salt and bring to a boil. Add the pasta and cook until al dente, according to the instructions on the package. Since it will be baked later, don’t overcook it! Drain and pour into a very large bowl.
  3. Meanwhile, heat 3 tablespoons of olive oil in a large (12-inch) sauté pan over medium-high heat, add half of the cauliflower in one layer and sauté for 5 to 6 minutes, tossing occasionally, until the florets are lightly browned and tender. Pour the cauliflower, including the small bits, into the bowl with the pasta. Add 3 more tablespoons of olive oil to the sauté pan, add the remaining cauliflower, cook until browned and tender and add to the bowl.
  4. Add the sage, capers, garlic, lemon zest, red pepper flakes, 2 teaspoons salt and 1 teaspoon black pepper to the bowl and stir carefully. Stir in the Fontina. Transfer half of the mixture to a 10 x 13 x 2–inch rectangular baking dish. Spoon rounded tablespoons of ricotta on the pasta and spoon the remaining pasta mixture on top. Combine the panko, Pecorino, parsley and 1 tablespoon of olive oil in a small bowl and sprinkle it evenly on top. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes, until browned and crusty on top. Serve hot.

Cauliflower Buffalo Bites

6-7 cups fresh cauliflower florets
1/3 cup water
1/4 cup all-purpose flour (or rice flour, if making gluten-free)
1 tablespoon unsalted butter (or vegan alternative), melted
1 1/2 teaspoons garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon onion powder
Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste
1/3 cup hot sauce (Frank’s Red, etc.)

  1. Preheat oven to 450 F and lightly grease a baking sheet with non-stick spray.
  2. Combine flour, water, garlic powder, onion powder, salt and pepper in a medium bowl. Whisk together.
  3. Dredge cauliflower completely in flour batter and gently shake off excess. Then transfer to baking sheet.
  4. Place baking tray in oven and bake for 10-12 minutes, or until batter sets. Flip florets over and cook for another 5.
  5. In a medium bowl, whisk together hot sauce and melted butter until smooth and combined.
  6. Remove cauliflower from oven and brush hot sauce over all the florets, until coated thoroughly.
  7. Return to oven and bake for an additional 10 minutes, or until vegetables have absorbed sauce and are crispy enough to your liking.
  8. Remove from oven and let cool 10-15 minutes before serving.

Baked Brie with Pecans from Martha

  • 1 small wheel of Brie or Camembert (about 9 ounces)
  • 1/2 cup pecan pieces
  • 3 tablespoons light-brown sugar
  • 3 tablespoons pure maple syrup
  • crackers or sliced baguette, for serving
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Place cheese on a rimmed baking sheet; bake until softened, 15 to 20 minutes. Transfer to a serving plate; cool about 20 minutes.

  2. While cheese cools, place nuts on a clean baking sheet; bake until toasted and fragrant, 7 to 10 minutes. Sprinkle nuts over cheese.

  3. In a small saucepan, combine sugar and maple syrup. Bring to a boil over medium heat; simmer until foamy, 1 to 2 minutes. Drizzle warm sauce over slightly cooled cheese and nuts; serve with crackers or baguette.