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Monthly Archives: January 2018

Some Creamy Soups

The Classic Mushroom

What you need:

  • 1 cup chopped Portobello mushrooms
  • 1 cup chopped shiitake mushrooms
  • 2 shallots, chopped
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • 1 cup half-and-half
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 pinch ground cinnamon
  • Salt and pepper to taste

In a large saucepan over medium heat, melt the butter then cook Portobello mushroom, shiitake mushroom and shallots until tender, about 3 to 5 minutes. Add flour and stir until smooth. Carefully add chicken broth and continue stirring until mixture is thick. Stir in half-and-half and cinnamon then season with salt and pepper. Cook until heated through.

Sausage Potato Warmer

What you need:

  • 1/2 kilogram kielbasa sausage, sliced into half moons
  • 1/2 kilogram smoked sausage, sliced into half moons
  • 2 1/2 cups shredded hash brown potatoes
  • 2 onions, finely chopped
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 2 cups water
  • 2 cups milk
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 pinch salt

In a large pot over medium heat, cook smoked sausage, kielbasa sausage and onions until sausages are browned. Add potato, water and bay leaves to the pot. Simmer over low heat for 1 to 2 hours. In a saucepan over medium heat, combine butter and flour then carefully add milk. Stir until mixture is thickened. Add mixture to the pot with sausages and mix until all ingredients are well-combined. Remove bay leaves before serving.

Zucchini Cream

What you need:

  • 1 1/2 kilogram zucchini, sliced
  • 4 slices bacon
  • 3 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 2 cups water
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil

In a large pot, combine zucchini, bacon, garlic, onion, water, chicken broth, salt, pepper and basil. Bring to a boil and continue cooking for 30 minutes or until zucchini is tender. Puree mixture in batches until smooth and creamy. Top with Parmesan cheese.

Perfect Pasta Recipe

• Spaghetti
Spaghetti is one of the most favorite pastas among all. It is long, thin and cylindrical pasta of Italian origin which goes perfect with tomato-based marinara and bolognese sauces. It also works best with light to medium density sauces like sauce made from egg, prosciutto and cream. To make your spaghetti pasta recipe more luscious, coat the pasta with your favorite tomato sauce and keep it aside for some time before serving.

• Penne and Ziti
Medium length tubes with ridges, cut diagonally at both ends are known as Penne pasta. The ridges on these shapes provide great hold on sauces. And therefore, Penne pastas are served with medium to heavy sauces and sliced veggies. It also tastes best when served with Arrabiata sauce and beef ragu.

• Pappardelle
Pappardelle which is pronounced as papa-dell-lay is egg-based pasta which is thick flat ribbon in shape. To make this pasta recipe more delicious, serve it with a range of sauces. In winter you can cook it with a lamb or sausage ragu. In spring it will taste amazing when served with a seafood sauce.

• Conchiglie
Pronounced as con-keel-yay, it resembles a seashell shape. They can be served with meat or tomato sauces, or can be used in salads. Smaller shells are great in soups and the very large shells can be stuffed and baked in a tomato, or creamy, sauce.

• Farfalle
These fanciful bow-ties or butterflies shaped pasta are excellent in light to medium sauces or salads.To add a juicy flavor to the pasta recipe, mix farfalle pasta with vegetables, soups and crushed cheese.

• Fettucine
A longer and thicker spaghetti-like noodle is best suited with thick cream based sauces.

• Vermicelli
Vermicelli is angel hair shaped pasta. If you love to enjoy making this dish, then pair it with tomato or olive oil based sauce to make the best pasta recipe.

• Gnocchi
Gnocchi are minute dumplings which are usually made of potato. It tastes perfect when combined with rich, creamy sauces such as pesto genovese as well as with lighter sauces such as tomato and chunky sauces made from small peas and beans.

• Fusilli
Foo-zee-lee is corkscrew-shaped pasta which comes in various sizes and with different names. The twists and curls of this particular pasta shape hold the sauce and hence they are paired with thick creamy sauces such as Alfredo or meat sauces.

Eating Fresh Oysters

The best way to preserve them is to place them on a bed of ice or in a perforated box with damped clothe wrapped around them. Ensure that the oysters will not suffocate in the melted ice or submerge under water in a case or cooler-remember that oysters are living creatures that will deplete the quantity of oxygen present in a small volume of water very quickly.

For the last 700 years edible oysters have been a part of the human diet but may have been eaten in a raw or cooked form for a longer time. The meat inside the oyster is the edible part; once the shell has been cracked open, the meat can be cooked in various ways.

Oysters contain lots of vitamins, minerals and organic compounds. Other components of nutritional value include Selenium, iron, manganese, copper, vitamin B12, vitamin D and high levels of protein. They are also a huge source of water, omega-3 fatty acid, antioxidants and cholesterol. They also contain sodium, potassium, phosphorous, riboflavin, niacin, and vitamin C.

These elements make oysters a very healthy food that can greatly increase the health and overall functions of the body.

Eating oysters can help in boosting the immune system. The vitamin C and E content, together with other minerals, contain anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant properties that protect the body against free radicals produced by cellular metabolism. These radicals can mutate the DNA of healthy cells into cancerous cells. Wherever they are lodged, they can also cause premature aging, heart disease and general body disrepair. These free radicals can be obliterated by anti-oxidants and vitamins found in oysters.

Oysters can also can help in increase libido in men. It contains incredible zinc content and over 1,500% of daily dosage in a single serving. Zinc deficiency has been closely linked with erectile dysfunction and impotency. Oysters can give back sexual energy to men and increase their feeling of masculinity.

Recipe Spicy Spaghetti Pie

Ingredients:

4-ounces Spaghetti pasta, dried & broken

1-cup Mozzarella cheese, shredded

1-pound Pork sausage, ground

1-cup Black olives, sliced

1-cup Onion, chopped

1-teaspoon Garlic, minced

1-teaspoon Salt

1-teaspoon Pepper

14½-ounces Tomatoes, diced & with juices

⅓-cup Tomato paste

1-teaspoon Italian seasoning

¼-teaspoon Crushed red pepper

2-tablespoons Parmesan cheese, grated

Instructions:

Cook pasta according to instructions on package; drain; rinse and drain again. Pour cooked pasta over the bottom and up towards the side of a greased 9-inch deep-dish pie plate. Sprinkle with mozzarella cheese and set aside. Cook sausage, olives, onion, and garlic over medium heat until sausage is brown and onion is tender; drain. Stir in tomatoes with juice, the tomato paste, Italian seasoning, salt, pepper, and crushed red pepper. Pour sausage mixture over cheese in dish. Cover with foil. Bake at 350° for 25 to 30 minutes. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese; let cool for five minutes before serving.