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

Shrimp Scampi Dip

  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 8 ounces medium shrimp, peeled, deveined and roughly chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes, or more, to taste
  • 1/4 cup white wine
  • 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 4 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 1/4 cup sour cream
  • 3 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley leaves
  • 1/2 cup shredded mozzarella cheese, divided
  • 2 tablespoons grated Parmesan
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly oil a 9-inch baking dish or coat with nonstick spray.
  2. Melt butter in a large skillet over medium high heat. Add shrimp, garlic and red pepper flakes. Cook, stirring occasionally, until pink, about 2 minutes. Stir in wine and lemon juice; season with salt and pepper, to taste.
  3. Bring to a simmer; remove from heat and stir in cream cheese, sour cream, mayonnaise, parsley, 1/4 cup mozzarella and Parmesan.
  4. Spread mixture into the prepared baking dish; sprinkle with remaining 1/4 cup mozzarella. Place into oven and bake until bubbly and golden, about 10-12 minutes.
  5. Serve immediately.

Lentil Salad with Arugula and Grapes

Lentil Salad with Arugula and Grapes
  • 1 cup French lentils (washed, picked through)
  • 2 cups vegetable stock
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
VinaigretteI:
  • 3 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 2 scallions (thinly sliced on bias)
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper (to taste)
to assemble
  • 1 container baby arugula (5-ounce box)
  • 2 cups red grapes (halved)
  • Preheat oven to 350ºF.
  • In a medium saucepan add the lentils and stock, bring to a boil and reduce to a simmer. Par-boil the lentils and simmer about 15-20 minutes. Remove lentils from the saucepan and spread them onto a baking sheet, drizzle them with olive oil, and bake in the oven for another 10 minutes until crispy but tender.
  • Remove to a bowl and allow to cool until slightly warmer than room temperature.
  • Meanwhile, make the vinaigrette. In a small bowl add the red wine vinegar and olive oil and whisk to combine. Add scallions, season with salt and pepper and whisk to combine. Drizzle over the lentils and toss to combine.
  • Add the arugula and grapes and toss to combine. Season with salt and pepper and serve.
  • Tip: Par-boiling is the perfect way to prep lentils a day in advance. When ready to serve, crisp the lentils in the oven and serve.

Lightened-Up Eggplant Parmesan

POMODORO SAUCE:
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 small onion (peeled, finely diced)
  • 2 cloves garlic (peeled, minced)
  • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1 bunch fresh oregano (tied with kitchen twine)
  • 1 can whole peeled tomatoes (crushed with your hands, 28 ounces)
  • 1 bunch basil (torn, to garnish)
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper (to taste)
  • Eggplants:
  • 2 medium eggplants (sliced 1/4-inch thick, peeled)
  • olive oil (spray)
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper (to taste)
CASHEW PARMESAN:
  • 1 cup raw cashews
  • 1 tablespoon nutritional yeast
  • 1 teaspoon Kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 cup panko bread crumbs
  • 1/2 cup fresh basil leaves (roughly chopped)
  • 2 tablespoons parsley leaves (roughly chopped)
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • For the Pomodoro Sauce: Preheat a medium saucepan over medium heat and add olive oil. Add the onions and garlic. Season with salt. Cook until translucent, about 8-10 minutes. Add the red pepper flakes, tomatoes, and oregano. Season with salt and pepper. Bring to a simmer, reduce heat to medium-low, and cook for 30 minutes. Remove from heat. Remove oregano and discard. Using an immersion blender, puree on low to preserve the red color. Add basil and stir to combine. Set aside.
  • For the Eggplant: Preheat oven to 400ºF. Place two racks inside of two baking sheets.
  • On the racks, place the eggplant rounds and lightly spray both sides with olive oil. Season with salt and pepper. Place in the oven and roast until golden brown, about 20 minutes. Remove from the oven and set aside.
  • For the Cashew Parmesan: In the bowl of a food processor, add the cashews, nutritional yeast, salt, and garlic powder, and pulse to combine until it becomes a fine meal.
  • Heat a nonstick saute pan over medium-low heat and add the bread crumbs. Allow to toast until golden brown, about 5 minutes. Add the basil, parsley, and oregano and toss to combine. Pour the panko bread crumbs into a large bowl, add the cashew mixture and stir to combine. Season with salt and pepper.
  • To Assemble: Decrease the oven temperature to 325ºF.
  • Spray a 9×9-inch baking dish with olive oil, place one eggplant round and top with one heaping tablespoon of the sauce, followed by a heaping tablespoon of the cashew parmesan. Top with another eggplant round and repeat the process 2 more times, finishing with a fourth eggplant round with sauce.
  • Assemble the remaining eggplant parmesan stacks in the baking dish with the rest of the eggplant rounds. Place in the oven until heated through, about 20 minutes. Remove from oven and sprinkle the cashew parmesan over each eggplant stack.
  • Tip: The cashew parmesan will keep for 1 month in the refrigerator or freezer stored in an airtight container. Use to garnish pastas, soups and salads just like you would Parmesan cheese!

Beef and beer pie

1/4 c olive oil
2 lb trimmed beef, cut into 1cm cubes
1/4 cup plain flour
large  brown onions, chopped finely
2 cloves garlic, crushed
2 tsp fresh thyme leaves
1 tbsp tomato paste
1 tbsp worcestershire sauce
1 cup beer
2 cups stock

  • 1/4 tsp freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/4 tsp ground white pepper
  • 1egg yolk, beaten lightly
  • 2 tsp milk

 

Shortcrust pastry

  • 3 cups plain flour
  • 1/2 cup finely grated parmesan cheese
  • 1 tsp coarsely ground black pepper
  • 1 tsp sea salt flakes
  • 1 c butter, chopped
  • eggs
  • 1 tbsp chilled water, approximately
  1. Heat 1 tablespoon of the oil in a large saucepan over high heat. Meanwhile, toss the beef in flour until evenly coated. Cook beef, in batches, until browned, using another 1 tablespoon oil as needed. Transfer beef to a medium bowl.
  2. Heat the remaining 1 tablespoon oil in the same pan; cook onion, stirring, for about 5 minutes or until soft. Add the garlic, thyme, paste and sauce; cook, stirring, for 1 minute or until fragrant. Stir in beer; bring to the boil. Boil, uncovered, until reduced by half.
  3. Return beef to the pan. Gradually stir in the stock and peppers; stir until the mixture boils and thickens slightly. Simmer, covered, for 1 hour 30 minutes.
  4. Uncover; simmer for about 30 minutes or until beef is tender and the sauce is thickened. Season to taste with sea salt. Cool slightly, then refrigerate for several hours until cold.
  5. Meanwhile, make pastry: Process the flour, cheese, pepper, salt and butter until crumbly. Add the eggs and water; process until the ingredients just come together. Kneed the pastry on a floured surface until smooth. Divide the pastry in half; shape each piece into a flat round. Enclose the rounds in plastic wrap. Refrigerate for 30 minutes.
  6. Meanwhile, preheat oven to 220°C (200°C fan-forced).
  7. Roll one pastry round between sheets of baking paper until large enough to line a deep 24cm pie dish or removable base flan tin. Lift the pastry into dish; ease into the base and side; trim edge. Place the dish on an oven tray.
  8. Spoon the cold beef mixture into the pastry case. Roll the remaining pastry round between sheets of baking paper until large enough to cover the pie dish. Place the pastry over the filling; trim off excess pastry with a knife. Cut six 3cm heart shapes from the pastry trimmings to decorate the top of the pie
  9. Brush the top with a little of the combined egg yolk and milk. Press the edges to seal. Brush the hearts lightly with egg mixture. Bake the pie on lowest shelf for about 1 hour or until the pastry is browned.
  10. Stand pie for 30 minutes before cutting.

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Maple-Roasted Carrot Salad from Ina


2 pounds carrots, preferably with leafy tops
Good olive oil
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
1/4 cup pure maple syrup
2/3 cup dried cranberries
2/3 cup freshly squeezed orange juice (2 oranges)
3 tablespoons sherry wine vinegar
2 garlic cloves, grated on a Microplane
6 ounces baby arugula
6 ounces goat cheese, such as Montrachet, medium-diced
2/3 cup roasted, salted Marcona almonds

Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F.

Trim and scrub the carrots. If the carrots are more than 1 inch in diameter, cut them in half lengthwise. Cut the carrots in large diagonal slices 1 inch wide 2 inches long (they will shrink when they roast) and place in a medium bowl with 1/4 cup of olive oil, 1 teaspoon salt, and 1/2 teaspoon pepper. Toss well and transfer to two sheet pans. (If you use just one, they’ll steam instead of roasting.) Roast for 20 minutes, tossing once, until the carrots are tender. Transfer all the carrots to one of the sheet pans, add the maple syrup, toss, and roast for 10 to 15 minutes, until the edges are caramelized. Watch them carefully! Toss with a metal spatula and set aside for 10 minutes.

Meanwhile, combine the cranberries and orange juice in a small saucepan, bring to a simmer, then set aside for 10 minutes.

In a small bowl, combine the vinegar, garlic, and 1/2 teaspoon salt. Whisk in 3 tablespoons of olive oil. Place the arugula in a large bowl and add the carrots, cranberries (with their liquid), goat cheese, almonds, and the vinaigrette. Toss with large spoons, sprinkle with salt, and serve at room temperature.

Shrimp and grits from www.saveur.com/

1 cup white or yellow stone-ground grits
34 cup grated cheddar
14 cup parmesan
2 tbsp. unsalted butter
Kosher salt
2 tbsp. canola oil
1 lb. medium shrimp (about 30), peeled
Freshly ground black pepper
6 button mushrooms, thinly sliced
1 clove garlic, finely chopped
12 cup broth
1 tbsp. fresh lemon juice, plus 4 lemon wedges
12 tsp. hot sauce, preferably Tabasco
4 scallions, thinly sliced
In a 2-qt. saucepan, bring 4 cups water to a boil over high heat. Reduce heat to low and whisk in grits. Cook, whisking frequently, until grits are tender and creamy, 30–40 minutes. (Whisk in more water for thinner grits.) Whisk in cheddar, parmesan, and 1 tbsp. butter and season with salt; cover and set aside.
Heat oil in a 12″ skillet over medium heat.
Season shrimp with salt and pepper. Over medium-high heat, add shrimp to skillet and cook, turning once, until bright pink, about 2 minutes. Transfer shrimp to a plate with a slotted spoon. Lower heat to medium; add mushrooms to skillet and cook, stirring occasionally, until tender, 5 minutes. Add garlic and cook until golden, 1 minute. Raise heat to high, add chicken broth, and scrape bottom of skillet with a wooden spoon. Cook until broth reduces by half, 3 minutes. Return shrimp to skillet along with the lemon juice, remaining butter, and hot sauce and cook, stirring frequently, until sauce thickens, about 1 minute. Divide grits between 4 bowls; top each with shrimp and its sauce. Garnish each bowl with bacon, scallions, and lemon wedges.

Roasted Pear and Cranberry Brussels Sprouts

  • 1/2 pound Brussels sprouts, halved
  • 1 pear, cored and cut into cubes
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped yellow onion
  • 1 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • Kosher salt
  • Freshly ground pepper
  • 2 lemon wedges
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1/4 cup dried cranberries

Preheat the oven to 450°F. Line a rimmed baking sheet with aluminum foil.

In a large bowl, combine the Brussels sprouts, pears, and onion and toss to coat with the olive oil. Season with a few pinches each of salt and pepper.

Transfer to the prepared baking sheet and bake until the Brussels sprouts are golden brown and have started to crisp and the pears have caramelized, 25 to 30 minutes, stirring once halfway through cooking.

Squeeze  the lemon wedges over the pan and drizzle with the honey. Toss in the dried cranberries, mix everything well, and taste, adding another squeeze of lemon or more salt and pepper if desired. I promise this dish will not disappoint.

Taleggio-and-Roasted-Mushroom Dip from Martha

  • 1 pound mixed mushrooms, sliced if large
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • Coarse salt
  • 4 ounces thinly sliced Taleggio, rind removed
  • Fresh thyme, for topping
  • Crostini, for serving

    Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Toss mushrooms with olive oil and salt on a rimmed baking sheet. Bake, tossing once, until golden, 20 to 25 minutes. Transfer mushrooms to a 6-inch ovenproof skillet. Top with Taleggio. Bake until bubbly, about 5 minutes. Top with fresh thyme. Serve with crostini.

 

Bang bang shrimp pasta

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  • 8 ounces medium shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 8 ounces spaghetti
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2-3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika, or more, to taste
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley leaves

FOR THE SAUCE

  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/4 cup Thai sweet chili sauce
  • 2 cloves garlic, pressed
  • Juice of 1/2 lime, or more, to taste
  • 1/4 teaspoon Sriracha, or more to taste
  • Pinch of crushed red pepper flakes
  1. To make the sauce, whisk together mayonnaise, Thai sweet chili sauce, garlic, lime juice, Sriracha and red pepper flakes; set aside.
  2. In a large pot of boiling salted water, cook pasta according to package instructions; drain well.
  3. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Lightly oil a baking sheet or coat with nonstick spray.
  4. Place shrimp onto the prepared baking sheet. Add olive oil, garlic, paprika, salt and pepper, to taste, and gently toss to combine. Place into oven and roast just until pink, firm and cooked through, about 6-8 minutes. Remove from oven and set aside.
  5. In a large bowl, combine pasta, shrimp and mayonnaise mixture.
  6. Serve immediately, garnished with parsley.