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.

Culinary Mad Libs WINNER!

April 28th, 2010


yes, it is that time… to name the winner of the Culinary Mad Libs Giveaway…chosen by random.org…  but first… a culinary mad lib dish… Individual Asparagus Quiche… inspired by Foodcents (Egg), Colleen (Asparagus) and Mark (Celery Seed).

I love making quiches especially when I have a lot of random leftovers and almost bad vegetables.  However, I often get sick of a quiche before I finish eating it so I rarely ever make one.  For this challenge, I made small individual quiches.  They were good except I’m not sure the celery seed and asparagus is really a perfect match.  But I’m not a huge fan of celery so…

without further ado… the winner of the giveaway is Rachana… Congratulations!  Thank you everyone for participating… stay tuned as I make your suggestions into dishes…

Individual Asparagus Quiche
1/2 onion, chopped
about 6 asparagus stalks, chopped
2 tablespoon grated parmesan
1 teaspoon celery seed
2 eggs
1/2 cup milk
salt and pepper

Mom’s Pie Crust

1. In two ramekins, mold the pie crust. (One batch made enough for three 1 cup ramekins but I only made two quiches).
2. In the bottom of the crust, put the onions, asparagus and parmesan.
3. In a bowl, mix the eggs, milk and celery seed. Pour into the ramekins.
4. Cook at 375 for about 20 minutes or until cooked through.

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…

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