One of those days…

January 18th, 2010


Ah Monday… of the second week of class… so much to do… I came home needing something warm, comforting and filling…

Inspired by Smitten Kitchen and Use Real Butter…I looked in the pantry and came up with my own quick tomato sauce… served over tortellini… it was pretty delicious!  Now… back to work!

My Quick Tomato Sauce

1 garlic clove, sliced
1/2 onion, chopped
1/2 tomato, chopped
1 cup tomato sauce, canned
1/2 cup water
1 Tbs butter
1 Tbs olive oil
1 tea Italian Seasoning
salt & pepper

1. Put butter and olive oil in a sauce pan, saute the garlic and onions.
2. Add the chopped tomatoes, tomato sauce and water.
3. Sprinkle with Italian Seasoning, salt and pepper (Go light on the salt as the sauce may already have some).
4. Simmer for 20 minutes until it thickens.

Trying something new…

January 16th, 2010


In keeping with my culinary new year’s resolutions, I tried my hand at making Chicken Tikka Masala… which is on the Omnivore’s 100 list… notice the new cute little link on the left hand side that will take you to my updated list so you can see my progress… another new thing I learned to do in my never ending quest to understand html code…

The Tikka Masala was a lot of fun to make… my apartment smelled deliciously of all the spices… it was easier than expected. I used the recipe from Saveur… I followed it almost perfectly except for the coriander and cumin seeds. I used about 1/2 teaspoon of coriander powder and 1/4 teaspoon of cumin powder instead… The dish turned out great and I’ve been consuming leftovers for most of my meals…

P.S. For another version, check out Joelen‘s… something about great minds…

Destressing…

December 23rd, 2009


Post exams… as I was sitting around brain dead (well, I’m still quite brain dead but recovering)… I started cooking… so get excited… many yummy posts to come… this recipe is my go to feed an army meal… it is easy, delicious, and versatile… Sometimes I add the shrimp… this time I kept things simple and halved the recipe, which was still enough for four people with leftovers.  I served it with some bread and salad.

Linguine with Feta- Tomato Sauce
(adapted from here)
* 1 pound assorted mushrooms, sliced
* 2 pounds tomatoes
* 4 teaspoons dried basil
* 4 teaspoons dried parsley
* 3 garlic cloves, minced
* 1/4 teaspoon dried crushed red pepper (optional)
* 1/2 pound feta cheese, crumbled
* 1 cup grated Parmesan cheese
* 1 pound linguine

In a frying pan, sprayed with Pam, sauté mushrooms until tender, about 8 minutes. Add tomatoes, basil, parsley, garlic, and red pepper, if desired; stir until heated through. Mix in both cheeses.

Meanwhile, cook linguine in large pot of boiling salted water until tender but still firm to bite. Drain. Return to pot. Add 1 tablespoon oil; toss to coat. Add mushroom-tomato mixture to pasta; toss to coat. Season with salt and pepper. Transfer linguine to large bowl.