Study Break…

April 30th, 2010


I’m knee deep in studying… but taking a short break to give you this random throw together from the fridge dish… a few days ago I made an asparagus soup (inspired by the much more amazing Zenchef Asparagus Soup). It was good but then today, I decided to add some orzo, olive oil and parmesan… Delicious!  mmm… a glass of red wine would be good… yes, yes, back to studying…

Asparagus Soup with Pasta

1 bunch of asparagus, broken into smaller pieces
3 garlic cloves, chopped
2 in piece, ginger, chopped
1 pear, in smaller pieces
1 cup water/chicken broth
1/2 teaspoon lemon juice
salt and pepper
1/2 pound orzo, cooked
1 tablespoon olive oil
1/4 cup parmesan

1. Put a little olive oil in a pot, heat the garlic and ginger for a few minutes.
2. Add the asparagus, pear, and water. Bring to a boil.
3. Allow to simmer for about 20 minutes until the liquid has reduced.
4. Use a food processor or immersion blender, puree until smooth.
5. Mix with the orzo, olive oil, parmesan and lemon juice.

Happy Easter!

April 4th, 2010


Happy Easter! I had a lovely Easter dinner with two of my friends… We did it Italian-style with a pasta course followed by lamb. Delicious!

The first time I made lamb (and until today, the only time), I was living in Rome… after attending Easter mass at the Vatican… my friends and I trooped over to a friend’s apartment to cook all day… Earlier that week, I had purchased lamb at the butcher shop… the butcher brought out half a lamb and I was frighten… How was I going to cook that? I was so used to seeing meat already boned not bloody and still lamb-like. However, I pushed through, asked my mom for advice and with the help of my friends handing me olive oil, garlic, rosemary and wine (that last one was for me)… I dived in, coated the meat with the herbs and threw it in the oven… It turned out well…

This time I still had a number of questions for my mom but it was a little smoother preparation. I did overcook it a little bit. I think my meat thermometer needs to be replaced. But it was well received. I served it with mashed potatoes and some green beans… However, the real gem of the evening and the favorite of my guests was my Culinary Mad Libs dish… Asparagus-Prosciutto-Chervil Ravioli

If you remember, I started up Culinary Mad Libs in an effort to find some inspiration. Well it worked. For this round, my ingredients were prosciutto (Mom), asparagus (Mark) and chervil (Tammy)… so I thought of raviolis with a white-wine cream sauce.

I mixed ricotta, blanched asparagus cut in little pieces, minced chervil, diced prosciutto, sprinkle of parm, and some pepper together.  I did not use any salt because the prosciutto was plenty salty.  Then, I put about a tablespoon of the mixture in the center of a wonton wrapper, moistened the edges with water, placed another wonton wrapper over it and using my fingers closed it up.  I boiled them in water for a few minutes and removed them as soon as they rose to the top (if not they will fall apart).  Then topped them with the white-wine cream sauce.  I recommend making them as you are going to serve them because they easily stick together.  This dish was quite the hit! 

Culinary Mad Libs was a success.  Also, Laura had suggested lamb so I did that one too… stay tuned for one more culinary mad lib dish and a new request for suggestions… including a giveaway…

Also, I’ve finally succumbed to twitter so… if you are so inclined click up the button on the right side to follow @ginnygetsfloury…

Just Improvising…

March 17th, 2010


cooking with Juan makes me happy… well, Juan makes me happy… there is just some special about making dinner together… sharing something I enjoy with him… plus, he is always agrees to cut the onions for me… I think I’m gonna keep him… we recently came up with this creation… it was delicious…

Ginny and Juan’s Pasta

1 onion, chopped
2 garlic cloves, chopped
1 tblsp. olive oil
1 can chopped tomatoes
about 1 1/2 cup chopped sausage (Alpine Sausage from Gene’s Sausage Shop)
garlic salt, pepper and italian seasoning to taste

In a saucepan, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Saute the onions and garlic. Add the tomatoes and heat through. Add the sausage and season to taste. Throw over some pasta and top with cheese.