Roasted Purple Cauliflower Steaks With Miso And Turmeric

Roasted Purple Cauliflower Steaks With Miso And Turmeric

by Nanny Bubby

Anything that is purple is a super strong anti-oxidant. This is so good for the prevention of chronic diseases like heart disease, dementia, diabetes and cancer. And the turmeric is completely anti-inflammatory, so good for arthritis and all inflammation. There is an old wives tale that says, “turmeric cures everything in your body, except DEATH!!” I love cooking with it, and love how I feel after I eat it, you will too! Enjoy!

Total Time:

43 minutes

Serves:

5

Ingredients

  • 1 large head purple cauliflower sliced in ½ inch slices
  • 1 large head yellow cauliflower sliced in ½ inch slices
  • 2 Tbsp. Olive Oil
  • 2 Tbsp. Miso
  • 1/3 c. fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tsp. smoked paprika
  • 1/2 tsp. Turmeric powder or freshly grated.
  • 2 cloves Garlic minced
  • 1 tsp. salt separated
  • 1 tsp. black pepper black is necessary for turmeric absorption in your body (separated)
  • 1 tsp. lemon zest about 1 lemon
  • 1 Tbsp. maple syrup
  • ¼ c. sun-dried tomatoes chopped
  • 2 Tbsp. fresh parsley chopped.

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 400°
  • Using spray avocado oil, spray both sides evenly with the spray and then sprinkle about ¼ tsp of each of the salt &
  • pepper lightly over the cauliflower.
  • Place on a sheet pan lined with parchment paper and roast the cauliflower for about 15 minutes.
  • In a medium bowl while the cauliflower is roasting, combine all of the rest of the ingredients except the parsley. (olive oil, miso, lemon juice, paprika, turmeric, garlic, salt, black pepper, lemon zest and sun-dried tomatoes.) Whisk all together.
  • Spoon about 1 Tbsp of the marinade onto each slice of cauliflower and with a pastry brush spread evenly.
  • Return to the oven for about 7 more minutes or until the cauliflower is soft yet browned crispy. With the pastry brush, baste with extra marinade and then sprinkle with parsley to serve.
  • Enjoy!

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Nanny Bubby’s Special Lasagna

Nanny Bubby's Special Lasagna

by Nanny Bubby

This is the oldest and the first recipe that I ever wrote onto a notecard. I was 19 years old when this recipe was passed down to me. My sister (who is 9 years younger than me) had a tutor who was married to a very Italian man. His grandmother gave her this recipe. And, don't faint, yes, yes, yes, that says 46 oz. of V-8 Juice. The idea is usually you need a carrot or two in your sauce to cut down on the acid. But with V-8 juice, no carrots needed and it gives it such a rich, rich flavor. Also, if you like a lot of meat sauce in your lasagna, double the sauce recipe! Enjoy! Remember, "Spread Love Like Butter"!

Total Time:

Serves:

8

Ingredients

For the sauce:

  • 1 lb. Lean Hamburger
  • 46 oz. Can V-8 Juice
  • 1 small onion
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 2 6 oz. cans tomato paste
  • 2 15 oz. cans tomato sauce
  • 2 tsp. Italian Seasoning
  • 2 Tbsp. sugar
  • salt and pepper to taste

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb. parmesan cheese freshly grated
  • 1 lb. Romano Cheese
  • 2 8 oz. pkg. Shredded Mozzarella
  • 2 32 oz. containers Ricotta
  • 2 packages Lasagna noodles (use uncooked, they will cook when baking)

Directions

For the Meat Sauce

  • In a large sauce pan. Saute the onion until transparent and just starting to brown.
  • Add the garlic and cook for one minute.
  • Add the hamburger and cook until completely brown.
  • Add the V-8 juice,tomato paste, tomato sauce, Italian seasoning and sugar to the sauce pan. Bring to a boil and then reduce the fire to a simmer. Simmer for about 2 hours or until the sauce is reduced by about 1/4 to 1/3. I suggest the latter because it makes for a thicker meatier sauce.

Building the Lasagna

  • Pre-heat oven to 350 °F
  • Start with a layer of meat sauce at the bottom of the pan. (this is so nothing sticks to the bottom.)
  • Add the lasagna noodles.
  • Then add the Romano Cheese.
  • Add the meat sauce next.
  • Start again by adding the lasagna noodles.
  • Add the mozzarella, then Romano then the meat sauce.
  • Add about a 1/2 cup of meat sauce into the Ricotta cheese and mix well. This will make it much easier to spread.
  • Next, once again, add the meat sauce and then the noodles. If this is the last layer, cover the noodles with the parmesan cheese. If it is not the last layer, begin the layering one more time but always end with a layer of noodles smothered in parmesan cheese.
  • Bake in the oven covered for 1 hour, then remove cover and bake until bubbly and parmesan is browned. Let rest 30-45 minutes before cutting.
  • Serve with fresh basil leaves on top.

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Taco Mac N’ Cheese

Taco Mac N’ Cheese

by Nanny Bubby

I love comfort food during the fall. It is great for when the trick or treaters come home. They are cold and ready for a great warming meal. This is a one skillet meal, so it is a simpler recipe for the cook at home to pull together while multi-tasking between homework, or trick or treaters at the door, or football and whatever else comes about during a cool autumn night. Enjoy!

Total Time:

35 minutes

Serves:

7

Ingredients

  • 1 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 diced sweet onion
  • 3 Tbsp. tomato paste
  • 3 cl. garlic minced.
  • 1 lbs. 8/20 ground meat.
  • 1 Tbsp. Nanny Bubby’s Taco Seasoning*
  • 1 c. beef stock
  • 8 oz. elbow macaroni cooked
  • 6 oz. shredded sharp Cheddar cheese.
  • Kosher salt and pepper to taste.
  • Sour cream green onions, and avocado for garnish.

Directions

  • In a large, heated cast iron skillet add the olive oil. As soon as it shimmers, add the onion and brown. This should take about 5-7 minutes.
  • Add the tomato paste and cook until it caramelizes and brown bits begin to form at the bottom of the pan.
  • Add the garlic and sauté with the onion and paste for about 30 seconds. If the garlic begins to burn add a tablespoon of the beef broth to slow down the cooking.
  • Add the meat to the skillet. Stirring frequently while breaking up the ground meat with a wooden spoon or spatula, brown the meat about 7-9 minutes.
  • Add Nanny Bubby’s Taco Seasoning* to the meat and combine evenly coating the meat well.
  • Add the beef stock and bring to a boil and then let simmer for about 5-10 minutes until the sauce thickens.
  • Combine the elbow macaroni into the sauce and combine well.
  • Sprinkle the top heavily with the cheddar cheese and garnish with sour cream, green onions, and avocado.
  • Serve right out of the skillet along with traditional taco shells, jicama taco shells, or Cheese Keto taco shells.
  • Enjoy!

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Braised Hatch Chile Chicken Thighs

Braised Hatch Chile Chicken Thighs

by Nanny Bubby

We LOVE chicken thighs, and we LOVE Hatch Chiles which are only available fresh one time a year, mid-August to mid-September. These are so tender, flavorful and delicious when browned and then braised. You will make them over and over and over again. Remember, when Hatch chiles are not in season just add a 4 oz. jar of the Hatch chilis and you will be A-OK! Enjoy!
For links to SHOP and all ingredients at Melissas.com CLICK HERE

Total Time:

1 hour

Serves:

4

Ingredients

  • Ingredients:
  • 6-8 Bone-in skin on chicken thighs
  • 1 sweet onion halved and sliced
  • 2 Hatch chiles roasted skinned and diced small or a 4 oz. can of Hatch chiles
  • 4 cl. minced garlic
  • 2 tsp. kosher salt
  • 1 tsp. ground pepper
  • 1 ½ tsp. smoked ground paprika
  • 1 c. chicken stock
  • 1 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 2 Tbsp. basil or parsley minced for garnish

Directions

  • Heat oil in a large Dutch oven or heavy-bottomed pot. Season chicken with salt, pepper and paprika. Add to pot, skin side down and cook, without disturbing, until skin has rendered most of the fat and is a nice golden brown, 12 to 15 minutes on medium high heat. (You want it to be very deeply browned so that it stays brown as it braises.)
  • Flip the chicken and continue to cook until browned on the other side, another 5 or so minutes.
  • Transfer chicken to a plate or cutting board, leaving all the fat and golden bits behind. Add minced garlic, the sliced onion and the diced hatch chiles. Season with salt and pepper and cook, stirring occasionally, until garlic, onion and Hatch chiles are softened and translucent, 5 to 7 minutes.
  • Add the chicken stock and bring to a simmer. Add back in the chicken thighs and simmer uncovered until the sauce has thickened about 20-25 minutes. Garnish with the basil or parsley or both and serve.
  • That’s it! Enjoy!

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Puttanesca Sea Bass

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by Nanny Bubby

Puttanesca Sauce is easier to make than you think!

Total Time:

Serves:

Ingredients

  • Salt
  • 6 whole anchovy fillets in oil
  • 1/2 c. white wine
  • One 24-oz jar crushed tomatoes
  • 1 c. mixed kalamata pitted olives
  • 2 Tbsp. capers if in brine or salt, rinse with water
  • 4 large fresh basil leaves chopped or hand-torn
  • 4 medium cloves of garlic chopped or slivered
  • Pinch of crushed red pepper optional
  • 4 sea bass fillets or other firm white fish, 6 to 8 oz. per serving
  • 1 lb. whole-wheat spaghetti or pasta of your choice
  • Fresh Italian parsley chopped or pulled leaves, for garnish
  • High-quality extra-virgin olive oil for drizzling
  • Parmesan or pecorino for grating or shaving

Directions

  • Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil.
  • Heat a large flat-bottom sauté pan over medium heat. Melt the anchovy fillets in a little of their own oil until heated through, then add the white wine. Add the crushed tomatoes, olives, capers, basil, garlic and crushed red pepper if using. Bring the sauce to a boil, then lower to a simmer and cook, covered, for 3 minutes. Add the sea bass on top of the sauce. Cover the pan and poach the fish in the sauce for 6 to 8 minutes.
  • Add the pasta to the boiling water and cook until firm but not overcooked, 8 to 10 minutes. Drain thoroughly.
  • Transfer the fish to a warm plate. Toss the pasta into the sauce to heat and coat evenly. Place the pasta on a serving plate and top with the sea bass. Sprinkle on parsley, drizzle with extra-virgin olive oil and add grated or shaved cheese. This is one fish dish that can stand up to added cheese.

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Adult Spicy Crispy Mac N’ Cheese

by Nanny Bubby

Who doesn’t love Mac N’ Cheese no matter what age?  Just adding a few simple ingredients changes everything.  The basis of this recipe is a kids easy, warm, and comforting recipe.  Add a jalapeno and chipotle powder, and it becomes very adult.  ENJOY!!

Total Time:

45 minutes

Serves:

6

Ingredients

  • 1 lb. Elbow Macaroni Pasta
  • 2 ¼ c. milk
  • 8 Tbsp. flour
  • 6 Tbsp. butter
  • 4 oz. mascarpone
  • 4 oz. parmesan
  • 4 oz. shredded sharp white cheddar
  • 4 oz. shredded pepper jack cheese
  • 2 jalapeno peppers diced small
  • 8 oz. shredded sharp yellow cheddar for top
  • 1 Tbsp. black pepper
  • 1 tsp. nutmeg
  • 1 ½ c. Panko breadcrumbs
  • 4 Tbsp. melted butter
  • ½ tsp. chipotle powder

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 350°.
  • Prepare pasta to directions on the box. Cook 1 minute less to make al dente.
  • In separate 2 qt. pan melt butter on medium heat. Stir in flour and whisk constantly to blend with melted butter. When flour is completely included, slowly stir in the milk while whisking all the time. Make sure there are no clumps & everything is becoming silky smooth.
  • After milk is totally incorporated add the mascarpone, parmesan, pepper jack, white cheddar & jalapeno while stirring to maintain consistency. Reduce heat to low. Add black pepper & nutmeg. Stir for 2 more minutes then turn off heat.
  • Add drained pasta & stir to coat completely.
  • Empty pasta into 9 X 12 dish.
  • Combine the panko breadcrumbs with the melted butter and chipotle powder. Then mix in evenly the sharp cheddar. Spread the mixture evenly over the top & bake at 350° for 25 minutes.
  • When hot & bubbly, it’s done.
  • Cool & enjoy!

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Total Time:

45 minutes

Serves:

6

Ingredients

  • ½ lb. Elbow Macaroni Pasta
  • ½ lb. Farfalle Bow Tie Pasta
  • 2 ¼ c. milk
  • 8 Tbsp. flour
  • 6 Tbsp. butter
  • 4 oz. mascarpone
  • 4 oz. parmesan
  • 6 oz. shredded sharp white cheddar
  • 2 oz. shredded Gruyere
  • 8 oz. shredded sharp yellow cheddar for top
  • 1 Tbsp. black pepper
  • 1 tsp. nutmeg
  • 1 ½ c. Panko breadcrumbs
  • 4 Tbsp. melted butter
  • ½ tsp. smoked paprika

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 350°.
  • Prepare pasta to directions on the box. Cook 1 minute less to make al dente.
  • In separate 2 qt. pan melt butter on medium heat. Stir in flour and whisk constantly to blend with melted butter. When flour is completely included, slowly stir in the milk while whisking all the time. Make sure there are no clumps & everything is becoming silky smooth.
  • After milk is totally incorporated add the mascarpone, parmesan, gruyere & white cheddar while stirring to maintain consistency. Reduce heat to low. Add black pepper & nutmeg. Stir for 2 more minutes then turn off heat.
  • Add drained pasta & stir to coat completely.
  • Empty pasta into 9 X 12 dish.
  • Combine the panko breadcrumbs with the melted butter and smoked paprika. Then mix in evenly the sharp cheddar. Spread the mixture evenly over the top & bake at 350° for 25 minutes.
  • When hot & bubbly, it’s done.
  • Cool & enjoy!

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Really, Really, Fast Chicken Cacciatore

by Nanny Bubby

One day I had planned to make Chicken Cacciatore for dinner, which is a dish that can take a lot of time to make because you have to brown each piece of chicken. That afternoon I went to see a friend I hadn’t seen in 20 years and only expected to stay for an hour. What was I thinking? After three hours with my friend, I was in a panic about how I was going to make this dish for dinner in time. Well, necessity is the Mother of Invention. I ran to Whole Foods, bought two cooked chickens and had them quarter the chickens to save time. I was home in 20 minutes and threw everything into the pot hoping no one would notice a flavor difference. And guess what? No one did! It was remarkable. A complicated dinner made easy, and no one will ever know. Of course, if you want to start with browning the chicken first, you can. But this is a simple and tasty shortcut.

Total Time:

45 minutes

Serves:

5

Ingredients

  • 2 cooked organic chickens from your favorite store like Whole Foods or Costco
  • 3, 28 oz. cans chopped fire roasted tomatoes
  • 1 chopped red bell pepper
  • 1 chopped orange bell pepper
  • 1 chopped onion
  • 1 jar capers
  • 1 package white mushrooms caps quartered
  • 2 Tbsp. fresh oregano
  • 3 Tbsp. fresh basil
  • Red pepper flakes to taste
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Directions

  • Quarter the cooked chickens and place them in a non-metallic casserole pot.
  • Add all of the other ingredients and bring to a simmer covered for about 30-45 minutes. DONE!
  • Tip: If you are short cans of tomatoes, you can always substitute a jarred marinara sauce which makes the sauce a bit thicker. There are so many good ones out there.

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Midnight Pasta

Midnight Pasta

by Nanny Bubby

I love that it is urban legend that when chef’s get off work after a long day cooking for others, that their favorite meal to make for themselves when the get home before going to bed is an Italian staple called, “Spaghetti Aglio E Olio” which means spaghetti with garlic and olive oil. However, it has developed a nick name of Midnight Pasta with all great chefs as a staple to turn to when they are tired but hungry. I love this recipe. The perfect blend of Salt, Fat and Acid if you season the pasta water perfectly before cooking. Enjoy!

Total Time:

20 minutes

Serves:

4

Ingredients

  • Kosher salt
  • 1 lb. dried spaghetti or pasta of your choice
  • 1/3 c. good olive oil
  • 8 large garlic cloves minced
  • 1/2 tsp. crushed red pepper flakes
  • Juice of one lemon
  • 1/2 c. minced fresh parsley
  • 1 c. freshly grated Parmesan cheese plus extra for serving

Directions

  • Bring a large pot of water to a boil
  • When it comes to a boil, add a fist full of Diamond Kosher Salt to the pot and immediately add the pasta. Before you drain the pasta set aside about 1 ½ cups of pasta cooking water before you drain the pasta.
  • Heat the olive oil over medium heat in a non-metallic pot large enough to hold the pasta, such as a 12-inch sauté pan or a large, shallow pot.
  • Add the garlic and cook for 1 minute, stirring frequently, until you begin to smell the aromatics, add the pepper flakes and cook for 30 seconds more.
  • Carefully add the reserved pasta-cooking water to the garlic and oil and bring to a boil. Lower the heat, add 1 tsp. of salt, lemon juice and simmer for about 5 minutes, until the liquid is reduced by about a third.
  • Add the drained pasta to the garlic sauce and toss. Off the heat, add the parsley and Parmesan and toss well. Allow the pasta to rest off the heat for 5 minutes for the sauce to be absorbed. Taste for seasoning and serve warm with extra Parmesan on the side.
  • Enjoy!

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Long Life Noodles and Chicken

Lunar New Year Long Life Noodles And Chicken

by Nanny Bubby

By Chef Katie Chin I had the great honor and total pleasure of being taught this dish by Chef Katie Chin during one of my live Facebook cooking segments. This recipe is filled with love and tradition and is a recipe that comes from her mother who found that the traditions during the lunar New Year of eating certain foods were meant to usher in wealth, good fortune prosperity and longevity in the new year! I love this recipe…..leave out the chicken and you have a beautiful vegetarian meal! Enjoy!

Total Time:

20 minutes

Serves:

4

Ingredients

  • 8 oz. 1/2 box spaghetti or linguine
  • 12 oz. boneless skinless chicken breast, cut into bite size pieces
  • 1 tsp. cornstarch
  • 1/2 tsp. kosher salt
  • 1/8 tsp. white pepper
  • 3 Tbsp. canola oil divided
  • 1 garlic clove minced
  • 3/4 cup thinly sliced red bell pepper
  • 1/2 c. bean sprouts
  • 3/4 c. snow peas blanched and julienne
  • 1/2 c. julienne carrots
  • 1/4 c. soy sauce
  • 1 tsp. oyster sauce
  • 1 tsp. sesame oil
  • 1/4 tsp. white pepper
  • 1/8 tsp. sugar

Directions

  • Prepare noodles according to package directions. Rinse, drain and set aside.
  • Toss the chicken pieces with the cornstarch, salt and white pepper. Cover and refrigerate for 10 minutes.
  • Heat a wok or large skillet over medium high heat. Add 1 tablespoon of the oil and swirl to coat. Add garlic and stir-fry until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Add the chicken and stir-fry until it turns white.
  • Add the remaining 2 tablespoons oil. Add the red pepper and stir-fry for 1 minute. Add the bean sprouts, snow peas and carrots and stir-fry for 1 minute. Add the sauce and stir-fry until blended, about 1 minute. Add the reserve noodles and toss until coated. Transfer to a platter and serve immediately.

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Homemade Taco Seasoning

Homemade Taco Seasoning

by Nanny Bubby

When it comes to pre-packaged seasoning mixes, I don’t trust them. Often, they are filled with MSG, corn starch, stabilizers, etc. Once I realized how easy it is to duplicate those seasoning by making my own, I have never looked back. Here is one of the easiest Mexican flavored seasonings that work on almost any dish. Enjoy!

Total Time:

10 minutes

Serves:

1

Ingredients

  • 1 Tbsp. Chili powder
  • 1 Tbsp. Kosher Salt
  • 1 Tbsp. smoked paprika
  • 1 Tbsp. Cumin
  • 1 Tbsp. Onion powder
  • 1 Tbsp. Garlic powder
  • 1 Tbsp. Oregano
  • 1 Tbsp. Black pepper

Directions

  • Combine all ingredients in a bowl with a wired whisk. That’s it
  • Store in a sealed container up to 6 months.

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Roasted Vegetable Pasta

Roasted Vegetable Pasta

by Nanny Bubby

This is one of my favorite pasta dishes that I love to throw together when at the last minute I find out I am having the family drop by for dinner. I always can find vegetables in the house to roast, combined with pasta and my favorite mozzarella and smoked olive oil from the Temecula Olive Oil Company and we have ourselves a meal that is nutritious, has an ease of coming together and of course is memorable and delicious. Be sure to read my roasted veggies recipe to make the most delicious roasted vegetables to put into this dish. Enjoy!!!

Total Time:

1 hour

Serves:

Ingredients

  • Roasted vegetables see Nanny Bubby Roasted Veggie recipe
  • 1 lb. ziti or penne pasta
  • 1 ½ jars arrabbiata sauce about 3 cups – store bought or homemade
  • 1 ½ c. grated mozzarella
  • 1-2 tsp. smoked olive oil
  • 1 c. frozen peas thawed
  • 1/3 c. grated Parmesan for topping
  • 2 Tbsp. butter cut into small pieces
  • Salt and pepper

Directions

  • Pre-heat oven to 450 °
  • Bring a large pot of water to a boil over high heat. Once boiling, add enough salt to have the water taste like the sea. This takes practice over time, but you will learn the right amount (it is more than you think). Add the pasta and cook for about 6 minutes. Since you will be cooking the pasta a second time in the oven, you want to make sure the pasta is al dente, (inside is still hard). Drain in a colander.
  • Gently toss the mozzarella with the smoked olive oil to fit your smokey taste buds.
  • Combine the roasted vegetables, arrabbiata sauce, cheese, peas, 1/2 tsp. salt, and 1/2 tsp. pepper. Using a wooden spoon, gently mix, until all the pasta is coated with the sauce and the ingredients are combined.
  • Pour the pasta into a greased 9 by 13-inch pan. Top with the Parmesan cheese and butter pieces. Bake until top is golden and cheese melts, about 25 minutes

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Riced Cauliflower Vegetable Bowl

Riced Cauliflower Vegetable Bowl

by Nanny Bubby

This recipe is beautiful, and it looks complex! Truth is that it is quite simple and leaves opportunities to use your own creativity. In my cooking confidence course this is one of the first recipes we visit for beginning cooks. There are so many alternatives, and it is so easy for students to feel comfortable being creative and using their own intuition. I have listed some alternatives to play with and be creative with to help you build your confidence, too!

Total Time:

20 minutes

Serves:

4

Ingredients

  • 2 Tbs. Olive Oil
  • 1 bag organic riced cauliflower
  • 1/2 c. pesto
  • 2 c. chopped kale
  • 1 c. sundried tomatoes sliced
  • 1 c. feta cheese crumbled.
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Add any cooked protein of choice or sushi
  • Drizzle hickory smoked olive oil
  • Alternatives:
  • Capers
  • Pine nuts
  • Pistachio nuts
  • Olives
  • Spinach
  • Chard
  • Butternut squash cooked

Directions

  • Add the olive oil to a sauté pan.
  • Once heated add the bag of riced cauliflower and cook till softened.
  • Add the pesto stir till combined.
  • Add the next 4 ingredients, (kale or greens of your choice, sundried tomatoes, salt and pepper).
  • Stir till heat level increases to added ingredient to match the cauliflower.
  • Finish with Feta cheese and drizzle of hickory smoked olive oil. Use as a side or place a cooked protein of your choice on top. Enjoy!

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Spicy Citrus Skirt Steak

Spicy Citrus Skirt Steak

by Nanny Bubby

I get inspired when suddenly I can combine ingredients I don’t ordinarily cook with. To me, Skirt steak has always been salt and pepper and garlic salt, maybe BBQ sauce. I never realized how delicious orange combined with meat actually tastes. This was an award winner for my family! They kept raving and raving about how great it was. Always puts a smile on my face when all I did was just add ginger and orange! So simple, yet such a difference. Enjoy!

Total Time:

30 minutes

Serves:

4

Ingredients

  • 1 ½ lb. skirt steak
  • 6 Tbsp, apple cider vinegar or TOOC honey white balsamic vinegar
  • 1 orange juiced
  • 6 Tbsp. coconut aminos or soy sauce (personal preference)
  • 1 Tbsp. Sriracha plus more as needed
  • 1 1-inch piece ginger, peeled and finely grated (about 1 tablespoon)
  • 1 garlic clove finely grated
  • Kosher salt and black pepper
  • 6 Tbsp.. of TOOC fresh blood orange olive oil
  • 2 tangerines satsumas or mandarin oranges, washed, peeled and halved for garnish

Directions

  • Prepare a charcoal or gas grill for two-zone cooking over high heat
  • While the grill is heating, pat the steak dry and cut into 5- to 6-inch pieces with the grain. (This makes it easier to fit on the grill.) Set aside to air-dry while you make the sauce: Squeeze juice from the orange into a bowl or rimmed dish large enough to hold the steak after it’s grilled.
  • When you’re ready to grill, season generously with salt. Grill the steak over direct heat, flipping halfway through, until well browned, 2 to 3 minutes per side. Grill the tangerines over direct heat, flipping halfway through, until browned, 4 to 5 minutes per side.
  • Set aside the remaining tangerine halves in the rimmed dish with the skirt steak. Once the steak is on the grill, add the vinegar, coconut aminos, sriracha, ginger and garlic, and season with salt and pepper in the rimmed baking dish where the steak will return. Stir to combine.
  • As the steak and tangerine halves finish, add them to the sauce and turn to coat. Squeeze the charred citrus with your tongs to release the juice and the peels into the dish. Let rest for at least 5 minutes and up to 30. Slice the steak against the grain and serve with the sauce.
  • Season to taste with salt, pepper and sriracha.

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You can dry-brine the steak in advance, which seasons the meat and locks in the juices. Pat the steak dry, season with 1 teaspoon salt, and refrigerate uncovered overnight. Let come to room temperature before cooking. (No need to season with salt again before grilling.)
High is above 450 degrees. You should be able to hold your hand 4 to 5 inches above the grates for 2 to 3 seconds.

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Mascarpone & Lemon, Thyme Gnocchi with Thyme Butter Sauce

Mascarpone & Lemon, Thyme Gnocchi with Thyme Butter Sauce

by Nanny Bubby

Gnocchi looks daunting, but it isn’t. The first time I made it myself I was shocked at how easy it was and how fun it was. When I coached a client through the process, she giggled with joy at how easy it was and how she could wow her guests by making homemade gnocchi. My memory…..we had a great time together working through this recipe and the satisfaction of conquering this recipe will live on in memory and smiles forever! Enjoy!

Total Time:

45 minutes

Serves:

8

Ingredients

  • 1 c. 8 ounces mascarpone cheese, at room temperature
  • 1 c. 4 ounces grated Parmesan
  • 1 tsp. Kosher Salt
  • 1/4 tsp. ground nutmeg
  • Zest of 2 large lemons
  • 1 large egg at room temperature
  • 1 large egg yolk at room temperature
  • 3/4 c. all-purpose flour plus extra for forming the gnocchi
  • 1 Tbs thyme leaves
  • 3 Tbs. butter
  • For the Sauce:
  • 1/2 c. unsalted butter
  • 1 tsp. kosher salt
  • 2 tsp. fresh thyme leaves
  • 1 Tbs. tarragon
  • 1 tsp. lemon zest
  • 1/4 c. shaved Pecorino Romano cheese

Directions

  • Combine the mascarpone cheese, Parmesan, salt, nutmeg, lemon zest, thyme, egg and egg yolk in a bowl.
  • Beat together using a hand mixer on medium speed until light and fluffy, about 1 minute.
  • Gradually beat in the flour until the mixture forms a soft dough.
  • Sprinkle a pie pan or rimmed baking sheet with flour.
  • Drop 1-teaspoon-size pieces of dough into the pie pan using 2 small spoons.
  • Shake the pan gently to cover the dough with flour.
  • Gently roll the pieces of dough into oval shapes.
  • For the Sauce:
  • Meanwhile, cook the butter and salt in a heavy medium skillet until it begins to brown, about 1 minutes. Add the gnocchi and brown each side of the Gnocchi for about 2 minutes per side on medium heat. Remove gnocchi to a plate.
  • Remove the skillet from the heat and stir in the chopped thyme, tarragon, and lemon zest. And toss gently. Add back in the gnocchi. You can serve it right out of the skillet, and it is amazing. Sprinkle with Pecorino Romano and extra Thyme and serve.

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by Nanny Bubby

I love spring, and I love asparagus! A warm tart is amazing in the spring time. With warm days but cool nights; biting into this amazing tart reminds you spring with all its colors and flavors is unfolding right before your eyes. Enjoy! Remember, "Spread Love Like Butter".

Total Time:

1 hour 10 minutes

Serves:

8

Ingredients

  • 3 oz. Sartori SarVecchio® Parmesan cheese divided
  • 2 Tbsp. butter cubed
  • 1 large sweet onion halved and thinly sliced
  • 1/4 tsp. each salt and pepper
  • 1/3 c. heavy whipping cream
  • 1 sheet frozen puff pastry thawed
  • 1/2 lb. fresh asparagus spears trimmed and blanched
  • 8 cherry tomatoes halved
  • 2 tsp. lemon zest

Directions

  • Heat oven to 425°F.
  • Shred 1/4 c parmesan. Finely shred remaining parmesan.
  • Melt butter in a heavy, large skillet over medium heat. Add onion, salt and pepper; cook for 10 minutes, stirring frequently.
  • Reduce heat to medium-low. Cook for 20-25 minutes longer or until onion is golden brown, stirring occasionally.
  • Gradually stir in cream. Bring just to a boil; cook and stir until cream is reduced and thickened. Remove from the heat.
  • Stir in shredded parmesan until melted; set aside.
  • Heat oven to 425°F. Line a 15 x 10-inch baking pan with parchment paper.
  • Unfold pastry on a lightly floured surface; roll out pastry to a 15 x 10-inch rectangle.
  • Place pastry in prepared pan. Score a 1/2-inch border on edges of pastry with sharp knife. Prick pastry with a fork.
  • Spoon reserved onion mixture to edges of scored pastry. Arrange asparagus and tomatoes on top.
  • Bake for 18-20 minutes or until pastry is golden brown.
  • Sprinkle with finely shredded parmesan. Cool on a wire rack for 10 minutes.
  • Sprinkle with lemon zest just before cutting. Serve warm or at room temperature.

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Spatchcock Sticky Mango Chutney Chicken

Spatchcock Sticky Mango Chutney Chicken

by Nanny Bubby

Spatchcock!!!! What????? What is that, right? I know, I myself only came to know this term in the last year! Turns out this form of cooking a chicken has been around since the 17th century! The technique is meant to allow a whole chicken to cook evenly during the cooking process. Adding this marinade to the technique makes a delicious, evenly cooked whole roast chicken. Enjoy!

Total Time:

1 hour 30 minutes

Serves:

5

Ingredients

  • 1 whole chicken
  • 1 Tbsp. Olive oil
  • 1 red onion finely minced in a food processor
  • 2 garlic cloves finely minced in a food processor
  • 1 ½ tsp. good curry powder
  • ¼ tsp. cayenne pepper
  • 1 tsp. grated fresh ginger
  • 1 tsp. orange zest
  • 2 Tbsp. fresh squeezed orange juice
  • 1 tsp. kosher salt
  • 1 6 oz. jar mango chutney room temperature

Directions

  • Pre heat oven to 400 degrees
  • Cut the back out of the chicken from tail to neck with a pair of good poultry shears. Then cut the breast bone enough so you can spread the chicken out flat onto the pan.
  • (hint: wearing plastic gloves will help keep the shears from slipping out of your hands during the cutting process. Provides for a stronger grip.
  • Heat the oil in a skillet over medium-high heat. Add the onion and cook until it is soft and starting to brown about 3-4 minutes. Add the garlic and let cook for 1 minute. Transfer the onions and garlic to a small bowl and set the pan aside.
  • Combine all of the ingredients except the mango chutney into a glass bowl with the onions and garlic and mix well. Then add the mango chutney and fold into the ingredients being sure that you are evenly making a thick paste with all of the ingredients.
  • Salt the underside of the chicken and place on a sheet pan or roasting pan. Blot the skin of the chicken with a paper towel so it is dried well making it easier for the skin to crisp up during the baking process.
  • Begin by salting the skin and then take your mango paste and begin to spread all over the chicken with about ¾ of the paste. Use the remaining ¼ of paste to place under the skin in a thin layer to add extra flavor. (do not place any paste on the underside of the chicken)
  • Place into the oven for 55 minutes or until the thick thigh meat registers 165 degrees on an insta read thermometer. Enjoy!

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by Nanny Bubby

My first morning in Jerusalem I woke up to a beautiful breakfast buffet in the hotel dining room. In the middle of the buffet was the star of the show, something I had never seen or heard of before, “Shakshuka”! There it sat in all its glory, beautifully placed for all to enjoy! When I asked what it was, since I had never seen or heard of it before, the answer was, “you’ve never had Shakshuka, boy, you are in for a treat”!!! And they were right! Whether it is breakfast for dinner, lunch or breakfast, you are going to love this delicious indulgence! Enjoy!

Total Time:

Serves:

Ingredients

  • 2 Tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 small yellow onions or 1 medium,
  • peeled and diced
  • 5 cloves garlic peeled and roughly
  • chopped
  • 2 bell peppers red, orange or yellow,
  • diced
  • 3/4 tsp. smoked paprika
  • 1 tsp. ground cumin
  • 1 tsp. ground coriander
  • 1/4 tsp. crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1-1/2 tsp. salt divided
  • 2 28- oz. cans fire roasted diced tomatoes lightly
  • drained
  • 2 c. finely chopped power greens or other
  • hardy greens like kale or spinach
  • ½ c. Cocoyo yogurt
  • 3 oz. feta cheese crumbled
  • 6-9 eggs
  • Handful chopped cilantro basil, parsley and/or 2
  • Tbsp. fresh rosemary (1 ½ teaspoons dried

Directions

  • In a large skillet, heat the oil over medium heat. Add the onions, garlic and bell pepper and cook, uncovered, for about 8 minutes, until softened. Do not brown; reduce the heat if necessary.
  • Add the smoked paprika, cumin, coriander, red pepper flakes, and 1-1/4 teaspoons of the salt and tomatoes.
  • Cook, uncovered at a low simmer, stirring occasionally, for about 10 minutes, or until the sauce is slightly thickened.
  • Add about two tablespoons of the sauce to the yogurt and mix. Then add back to the pan.
  • Add the greens and stir till wilted.
  • Cook uncovered about 10 minutes more so the greens are just wilted. For advance batch cooking you can stop at this point.
  • Let mixture cool and then package in freezer safe containers or Food Saver bags.
  • Set oven rack to top position and turn on broiler if you will be broiling to cook eggs. Turn off (or remove the pan from) the heat. Using a spoon, make 6-9 “wells” in the sauce. Crack an egg into each well. Sprinkle the eggs with the remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt, then sprinkle the feta around the eggs.
  • To cook eggs:
  • Option A – Set the pan on the stove over low heat and cover with a lid and cook until eggs are done to your preference (usually 5-7 minutes for medium, hard yolk)

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by Nanny Bubby

I am so taken by the idea that sheet pan dinners have become all the rage when it comes to recipes. It is kind of fun to create and the optics make the dinner preparer feel like it is easier to create a sheet pan dinner than a regular dinner. (Even though, sometimes it is more complicated). This got me thinking!!! I love cooking in cast iron far more than a sheet pan. It feels like less work because you don’t have to line the sheet pan with parchment or foil, and a cast iron pan is so much easier to clean. This is an idea for cast iron skillet lasagna, and I promise you, you may never go back to regular lasagna again! This is so fun to assemble and a great way to cook with kids. Enjoy!

Total Time:

1 hour 15 minutes

Serves:

7

Ingredients

  • 1 Can 28 oz. crushed fire roasted tomatoes
  • 1 jar 24 oz. Rao’s arrabbiata sauce
  • 1 Tbs. EVOO
  • 1 Tbs. Grass Fed organic unsalted butter
  • 1 chopped red onion
  • 3 minced garlic cloves
  • ¼ tsp. red pepper flakes
  • 1 lb. spicy Italian sausage out of the casing
  • 1 lb. lean ground organic beef
  • 12 oz. whole-milk Ricotta cheese
  • 1 egg lightly beaten
  • 1 tsp. minced fresh thyme
  • 2 c. shredded mozzarella cheese
  • ¼ c. grated Parmesan cheese
  • 12 no boil lasagna noodles broken in half
  • 3 Tbs. chiffonade fresh basil

Directions

  • Pre heat oven to 400 degrees
  • Heat a large cast-iron skillet over medium-high heat for about 3 minutes.
  • Add the oil and butter and heat till shimmering. Add the onion and ½ teaspoon salt and cook until translucent and slightly browned, about 6 minutes.
  • Stir in the garlic and pepper flakes and cook until the scent becomes strong for about 20 seconds.
  • Add the meats and cook breaking up the meat with a spatula or wooden spoon. Cook for approximately 5-7 minutes until the meat is no longer pink.
  • Stir in the tomatoes and the arrabbiata sauce. Bring to a simmer for about 10 minutes and transfer to a bowl after the sauce has thickened a bit.
  • In a separate bowl, combine the ricotta, egg, thyme salt and pepper.
  • Then combine the Mozzarella and paremesan in a third bowl.
  • Now let’s assemble:
  • Spread enough sauce to cover the bottom of the pan about ½ inch deep. Then shingle the 6 noodle halves around the sauce in the pan, then place a sheet over the middle.
  • Dollop 1/3 of the ricotta mixture over the noodles, then the mozzarella mixture, then the sauce. Repeat this same layering order 2-3 times as your pan will allow.
  • Always begin with the noodles, always end in sauce.
  • Top with remaining mozzarella and parmesan.
  • Place skillet in oven and bake until cheese is bubbly and golden brown about 40 minutes.
  • Let lasagna cool and set for about 10 minutes. Sprinkle with basil, cut as you would a pizza or pie and serve.

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If there is a food trend right now that is in style, it is “sheet pan dinners”. I Actually had never heard of such a thing till a friend shared this trend with me a few months back. It seems this trend is hotter than a Harvey Wallbanger Cake in the 70’s. My daughter, who is a working mom like most of you, loves sheet pan dinners and uses many different variations all of the time. For those of you who are vegans or vegetarians can substitute any non-meat Italian sausage in place of the chicken. And, if like in my family, half of you eat meat, and the other half or vegetarians, you can split this between two different sheet pans, and put a vegan sausage in one of the pans. Enjoy!

Total Time:

1 hour

Serves:

6

Ingredients

  • 1 lb. halved Brussels sprouts
  • 1 large butternut squash
  • ½ small red apple sliced thin
  • ½ small green apple sliced thin
  • 1 small thinly sliced red onion
  • 6 small heirloom carrots sliced ¼ inch thick
  • 1 zucchini sliced lengthwise in quarters and cut into ½ inch pieces
  • ¼ c. good olive oil
  • 2 Tbsp. apple cider vinegar
  • 8 chicken sweet Italian sausages
  • Handful of fresh thyme leaves and stems
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper
  • Apple Cider & Mustard Vinaigrette recipe below
  • Tip: Steam the Brussel sprouts or microwave them for 2 minutes prior to putting them on the sheet pan; they roast easier that way.
  • Apple Cider & Mustard Vinaigrette
  • Ingredients:
  • 3 Tbsp. whole grain mustard
  • 3 Tbsp. chopped fresh Thyme
  • 2 Tbsp. Amber Maple Syrup
  • 1 Tbsp. finely chopped dill
  • 1 small minced shallot
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • Pre-heat oven to 400 degrees.

Directions

  • On a rimmed sheet plan lined with a silicone liner or parchment paper, toss the Brussels sprouts, butternut squash, zucchini, carrots, onion, apples, and sausage together with the oil and vinegar, salt and pepper. Sprinkle with the fresh thyme leaves and place into the oven for 25 minutes.
  • Toss the ingredients and then rotate the pan and roast for another 20 minutes.
  • Pour the vinaigrette evenly over the sheet pan and toss and place into a serving platter sprinkled with more fresh thyme sprigs.

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by Nanny Bubby

I love a great Risotto. It is so universally delicious, and you can use it by adding anything you desire. I have made it with frozen asparagus and frozen peas and any frozen vegetables, also with any leftover vegetables at the end of the week, or I have made it by adding leftover meats. Use your creativity, instincts and be intuitive and it will turn out great every time. Enjoy!!!

Total Time:

1 hour 15 minutes

Serves:

4

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 Tbsp. good olive oil
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp. unsalted butter
  • 3 c. chopped leeks white and light green parts (2 leeks)
  • 1 c. chopped fennel
  • 1 1/2 c. Arborio rice
  • 2/3 c. dry white wine
  • 4 to 5 c. simmering vegetable stock preferably homemade
  • 1 Tbsp. freshly grated lemon zest 2 lemons
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 Tbsp. freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1/3 c. mascarpone cheese preferably Italian
  • 1/2 c. freshly grated Parmesan plus extra for serving
  • 3 Tbsp. minced fresh chives plus extra for serving

Directions

  • Heat the olive oil and butter in a medium saucepan over medium heat.
  • Add the leeks and fennel and saute for 5 to 7 minutes, until tender. Add the rice and stir for a minute to coat with the vegetables, oil, and butter.
  • Add the white wine and simmer over low heat, stirring constantly, until most of the wine has been absorbed.
  • Add the chicken stock, 2 ladles at a time, stirring almost constantly and waiting for the stock to be absorbed before adding more. This process should take 25 to 30 minutes.
  • Whisk the lemon juice and mascarpone together in a small bowl.
  • When the risotto is done, turn off the heat and stir in the mascarpone mixture plus the Parmesan cheese and chives.
  • Set aside, off the heat, for a few minutes, sprinkle with salt and pepper, and serve hot with a sprinkling of chives and more Parmesan cheese.
  • Add any or all left over vegetables or meat from the week, anything your heart desires.
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by Nanny Bubby

If there is a food trend right now that is in style, it is “sheet pan dinners”.  I Actually had never heard of such a thing till a friend shared this trend with me a few months back.  It seems this trend is hotter than a Harvey Wallbanger Cake in the 70’s.  My daughter, who is a working mom like most of you, loves sheet pan dinners and uses many different variations all of the time.  For those of you who are vegans or vegetarians can substitute any non-meat Italian sausage in place of the chicken.  And, if like in my family, half of you eat meat, and the other half or vegetarians, you can split this between two different sheet pans, and put a vegan sausage in one of the pans.  Enjoy!

Total Time:

11 hours 30 minutes

Serves:

6

Ingredients

  • 1 lb. halved Brussels sprouts
  • 1 large butternut squash
  • ½ small red apple sliced thin
  • ½ small green apple sliced thin
  • 1 small thinly sliced red onion
  • 6 small heirloom carrots sliced ¼ inch thick
  • 1 zucchini sliced lengthwise in quarters and cut into ½ inch pieces
  • ¼ c. good olive oil
  • 2 Tbsp. apple cider vinegar
  • 8 chicken sweet Italian sausages
  • Handful of fresh thyme leaves and stems
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper
  • Apple Cider & Mustard Vinaigrette recipe below
  • Tip: Steam the Brussel sprouts or microwave them for 2 minutes prior to putting them on the sheet pan; they roast easier that way.

Apple Cider & Mustard Vinaigrette

  • 1/3 c,. good olive oil
  • 3 Tbsp. apple cider vinegar
  • 3 Tbsp. whole grain mustard
  • 3 Tbsp. chopped fresh Thyme
  • 2 Tbsp. amber maple syrup
  • 1 Tbsp. finely chopped dill
  • 1 small minced shallot
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

Directions

  • Pre-heat oven to 400 degrees.
  • On a rimmed sheet plan lined with a silicone liner or parchment paper, toss the Brussels sprouts, butternut squash, zucchini, carrots, onion, apples, and sausage together with the oil and vinegar, salt and pepper. Sprinkle with the fresh thyme leaves and place into the oven for 25 minutes.
  • Toss the ingredients and then rotate the pan and roast for another 20 minutes.
  • Pour the vinaigrette evenly over the sheet pan and toss and place into a serving platter sprinkled with more fresh thyme sprigs.

For the vinaigrette

  • In a medium bowl, whisk all vinaigrette ingredients except the oil until smooth. While whisking slowly pour in the oil and whisk till emulsified. Add salt and pepper to taste.

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I love shopping at the Temecula Olive Oil Company. I find so many things that inspire me. My TV sponsor is Moroccan and when he was scheduled to be on the show with me, I wanted a Moroccan recipe to make with him. I had to have a winner – I really wanted to impress him. This dish won him over. Enjoy!

Total Time:

1 hour 30 minutes

Serves:

6

Ingredients

  • 2 Tbsp. butter
  • 2 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 whole chicken cut up
  • 3 Tbsp. Moroccan Spice Rub by Temecula Olive Oil Company if you wish to make your own rub, combine white pepper, ginger, allspice, mace, nutmeg, rosebuds and cinnamon.
  • 1 ½ tsp. Kosher salt
  • 2 shallots chopped
  • 1 preserved lemon (inside scraped out) skin thinly sliced (Temecula Olive Oil Company preferred brand)
  • 1 c. pitted mixed marinated olives chopped
  • 1 c. sun-dried tomatoes in oil drained and chopped
  • 1 ½ c. white wine
  • 1 ½ c. chicken stock
  • 2 Tbsp. dried oregano
  • 1 Tbsp. Basil chopped
  • 1 Tbsp. Italian parsley chopped

Directions

  • Dry the chicken skin completely with a paper towel and sprinkle evenly with the salt and Moroccan spice rub.
  • Heat the olive oil and butter in a large skillet over medium high heat.
  • Place the breasts into the hot skillet skin side down and cook without touch or moving for about 6 to 7 minutes.
  • Flip the chicken to the bone side and cook for another 5 minutes.
  • Remove to a plate and begin to make the sauce. In the same pan, add the shallots and sweat them stirring occasionally until they are soft and translucent, about one minute.
  • Add the lemon, olives and sun-dried tomatoes and stir to combine.
  • Deglaze the pan with the white wine, scraping the pan to loosen all the brown bits from the bottom and simmer for 3 minutes to reduce the liquid slightly.
  • Add the chicken broth and return to a simmer.
  • Add back the chicken and the dried oregano and cover the pan and simmer gently for about 25 minutes.
  • Turn off the heat and while covered let it sit for about 10 minutes to absorb the juices.
  • To serve sprinkle with parsley and basil and serve right out of the pan.

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by Nanny Bubby

I love pesto and I love this pesto recipe. Here’s why: Sometimes if you are having a lot of dairy in your main course, dairy in an appetizer is just overwhelming. One family meal I was serving Caprese Salad, Eggplant Parmesan as a main course, and Carrot Cake with cream cheese frosting for dessert. Way too much dairy. I had already decided to make a pesto crostini for appetizer but the thought of more dairy was just way too much. Probably all the other dairy was way too much at one meal, too, but it was too late. My fix? I left the parmesan out and discovered a pesto that is great for fish, meat and crostini, even pasta. Hope you love it as much as we do, and the chili flavored pistachios are a home run.

Total Time:

15 minutes

Serves:

5

Ingredients

  • 2 cloves garlic chopped
  • 1 tsp. dried oregano or ½ tsp. fresh oregano chopped
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • ½ tsp. pepper
  • 1 ½ c. basil chopped
  • ½ c. chili roasted pistachio nuts you can find them at Whole Foods or Costco
  • 1/3 c. olive oil

Directions

  • In a food processor (Cuisinart works best but use what you have), combine all of the ingredients except the oil and blend until everything is fully chopped and combined.
  • While the blender is running, slowly pour the oil through the food tube and watch it all come together.
  • That’s all there is to it. Enjoy!

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This is an old 70s recipe that was given to me years ago by my college roommate. I don’t ever remember making it with her in our apartment, but I suspect that when I visited her home her mother made this for me, and I fell in love with it. When I got married and first began entertaining, I used this recipe over and over again. It was the only thing I could cook, and as long as whoever was coming had never eaten it before, it was my go-to recipe. All these years later, it is still a crowd pleaser. Enjoy!

Total Time:

1 hour 30 minutes

Serves:

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Ingredients

  • 2 ½ lbs. boneless skinless chicken breasts and thigh combination
  • 1 ½ c. chicken stock
  • 1 sweet yellow onion diced
  • ¼ c. butter
  • 3 Tbsp. flour
  • 2 c. Half & Half
  • 1 Tbs. curry
  • 1 c. raisins
  • Entrée Crepe Ingredients
  • 1 c. whole milk
  • 3 eggs
  • 2/3 c. flour

Directions

  • Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees
  • Directions for the Curried Chicken:
  • Season the chicken lightly with salt and pepper and place in a Pyrex dish with chicken stock. Cover tightly and bake for one hour.
  • Sauté the onion in the butter and add the flour. Stir with a wooden or silicone spoon until smooth.
  • Add the Half & Half slowly and stir until it begins to thicken. Add the curry and raisins off the heat.
  • Set aside about 1/4 of the sauce. Once the chicken has cooled shred and add the chicken into the rest of the sauce. Mix thoroughly.
  • Direction for the Entrée Crepes:
  • Combine the milk, eggs and flour and mix well. Let the batter stand 30 minutes before frying.
  • Using either a crepe maker or a 6-inch sauté pan, spray with avocado oil and place a thin coat of crepe mixture in the pan. Turn when bubbling like a pancake the whole process should take no more than three minutes per crepe.
  • Combining and Rolling
  • Place about 2 Tbsp. of the curry chicken mixture onto a crepe and roll. Place each rolled crepe into a large baking dish and, when the dish is full, cover with the remaining sauce.
  • Tip: At this point the crepes can be covered and refrigerated as a make ahead dish. When ready to reheat, place in a 300 degree oven for 30 minutes. Sprinkle with raisins and parsley for color.

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by Nanny Bubby

I was invited to a fundraiser and the caterer served what looked to me like vertical rigatoni. It just looked so fun and happy. I decided to try my hand at making it. I boiled the rigatoni and once I stuffed them, they fell apart while cooking. So, then I tried stuffing them while still dried and the part that stuck out of the sauce was hard and burned. Alas, the rigatoni was just too small and I had to solve the problem of how to make this work. I happened upon Paccheri noodles at the Italian deli. (never heard of them before). I began to solve the problem of, “to boil or not to boil”. And after 20 tries I came up with soaking them in cold, salted water just long enough to where they could compress between your two fingers. The perfect texture to bake and the perfect size to stuff.

Total Time:

3 hours

Serves:

9

Ingredients

  • 1 lb. Paccheri Pasta shells De Cecco brand preferred
  • 30 oz. whole-milk ricotta cheese
  • 1/2 c. grated Romano cheese
  • 2 Tbsp. fresh parsley minced
  • 12 leaves fresh basil cut into chiffonade
  • 1 large egg room temperature lightly beaten
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 8 oz. Parmesan grated
  • 2 to 3, 24 oz. jars good-quality Arrabbiata Sauce (Rao’s brand
  • preferred)
  • 8 oz. mozzarella cheese grated
  • Kosher salt to taste

Directions

  • Soak the bag of pasta for 2 to 2.5 hours in cold salted water being sure that all pasta is completely covered. When the pasta is spongy and able to be compressed between two fingers it is ready to be stuffed.
  • Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Combine the ricotta cheese, Romano, parmesan, parsley, basil, salt, pepper and egg till mixed evenly. Fill a pastry bag with a large star tip with the mixture.
  • Fill a non-metallic skillet with enough pasta sauce so that it comes about 2/3 up the side of the pan. Place the softened Paccheri into the pan vertically.
  • Fill the Paccheri tubes with the ricotta mixture all the way to the very top.
  • Place into the oven for 25 minutes with the pot covered so that the pasta will continue to cook and steam to the perfect texture.
  • The last 10 minutes sprinkle with Mozzarella cheese and cook with the top off until melted. Enjoy!

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At a Jewish Food Festival I came across the most delicious flavor of brisket. It was unlike anything I had ever tasted and was so savory. I could not place the flavor. In my mind I ran through all the obvious items you cook brisket in but couldn’t place that one taste. Come to find out, it was cayenne pepper. I created this rub to add to my traditional, simple brisket recipe and the feedback I get on this brisket is unlike anything I ever have gotten for brisket. Try it. Enjoy!

Total Time:

4 hours

Serves:

8

Ingredients

  • 1 beef brisket 6 lbs.
  • 2 large onions chopped
  • 6 cloves garlic unpeeled
  • 3 bay leaves
  • 4 c. organic beef stock
  • 2 Tbsp. Kosher salt
  • 1/2 Tbsp. black pepper
  • 1 ½ Tbsp. cayenne pepper

Directions

  • Preheat the oven to 500 degrees.
  • At time of purchase, ask the butcher to trim the fat from the brisket leaving about a ¼ of an inch of fat.
  • Create the rub by mixing together the salt, pepper and cayenne in a shallow bowl.
  • Pat the meat dry and let sit out for about 15 minutes while you peel and chop the onions and prepare the garlic and bay leaves.
  • Cover the meat generously with the rub, making sure to get into all of the crevices.
  • Place the meat point side down in a large roasting pan and cook 30 minutes in the oven on one side and then turn to the other side and cook for another 30 minutes until browned and crisp on both sides.
  • Add the chopped onions to the pan, scattering them around the brisket. Stir to coat the onions with the drippings and scrape up any brown bits.
  • Return the brisket to the oven and roast until the onions are soft, about 10 minutes, being careful not to burn the ends of the onions.
  • Remove the pan from the oven and reduce the heat to 350 degrees. Add the garlic and the bay leaves to the pan. At this point the brisket should be point side up.
  • Pour in enough stock to reach about one inch up the sides of the brisket and scrape down the brown bits. Cover the pan tightly with a lid or heavy duty foil and return to the oven. Braise until very, very tender, about three hours.
  • Check the meat every 30 minutes during the cooking time and add stock as needed to keep the simmering juice about one inch high and the onions from burning. You could need more than four cups stock. If you do, you can either add more stock or just water. It is a personal preference.
  • Remove the pan from the oven and transfer the brisket to a pan for the refrigerator.
  • Pour the juices and onions into a glass container like a large eight-cup glass measuring container and let cool.
  • Add a little water to the pan and place over medium heat stirring and scraping the brown bits from the bottom. Add these drippings to the glass container. Let the meat and juices cool overnight in the refrigerator.
  • Tip: Before re-heating, lift the congealed fat from the juices in the jar and discard. If there is any fat in or around the brisket, also remove that fat.
  • Spread about ¼ of the remaining juices on the bottom of the pan. Slice the brisket on the diagonal while cold and place each slice into the pan on top of the cold juices.
  • Cover and reheat the brisket for 30 minutes at 325 degrees. Reheat the remaining juices in a saucepan and place in a gravy boat to be served with the brisket.

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by Nanny Bubby

During the COVID shut down in April 2020, it was my sister’s birthday. My dad, who has been in the restaurant business most of his life, has had a marvelous woman, Pat Rost, working for him for the last 45 years. She is Italian and makes the best food. The four of us got together to celebrate my sister’s birthday and Pat cooked. We were all excited because she makes fantastic meatballs. But she surprised us and said she had made a different kind of meatball. We were disappointed when we heard this until we bit into it! It was the most delicious meatball I have ever tasted. Thankfully, she shared the recipe with me. Here it is, Enjoy!

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Serves:

11

Ingredients

  • 2 lbs. ground beef 85%-15% meat to fat ratio
  • 30 oz. whole-milk ricotta cheese rested in sieve in fridge for 2 hours to release some of the juices
  • 2 Tbsp. fresh parsley minced
  • 2 Tbsp. fresh mint minced
  • 12 leaves fresh basil cut into chiffonade
  • ¼ c. grated parmesan
  • 3 large eggs room temperature lightly beaten
  • 2 Tbsp. Kosher salt
  • 1 24 oz. jar marinara sauce Rao’s brand preferred

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  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Combine ground beef, garlic, parsley, mint, eggs, ricotta, parmesan and ricotta cheese and lightly mix with fork.
  • Let mixture sit in the fridge for one hour.
  • Use an ice cream scoop to make perfect shaped and consistent sized meatballs. This will help to ensure all meatballs cook evenly.
  • Place meatballs on a sheet pan and place into the oven for 20 to 25 minutes.
  • Once cooked immerse in warm marinara sauce for about 7 minutes and serve. Enjoy!

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Total Time:

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Serves:

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Ingredients

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  • 2 Tbsp. sugar
  • ½ tsp. ground ginger
  • 2 Tbsp. white vinegar
  • 2/3 c. soy sauce
  • ½ tsp. garlic powder

Directions

  • Place the meat into a Ziploc bag.
  • Mix the ingredients above in a bowl with a whisk and pour into the bag.
  • Massage the meat with the marinade and let sit at room temperature for about 30 minutes.
  • Place the meat in the bag and evenly surround it with the marinade. Then, lay it flat into the freezer.
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  • Thaw overnight in the refrigerator and take it out to thoroughly defrost on the counter for about one hour the next morning.
  • Return to the refrigerator until ready to cook. For flank steak, grill five minutes per side. For beef tenderloin grill on low for 10 minutes per side for medium rare.

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Total Time:

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Serves:

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Ingredients

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  • ¼ c. Mediterranean herb-infused olive oil
  • 1 tsp. Kosher salt
  • ½ tsp. fresh ground pepper
  • 3 Tbsp. fresh squeezed lemon juice
  • ½ c. Italian parsley minced
  • ½ c. min minced
  • ½ c. dill minced
  • ½ c. basil minced
  • ½ c. oregano minced
  • ¼ c. chives chopped small
  • ½ c. dry vermouth

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  • Place the salmon filet in a non-metallic baking dish like a Le Creuset or ceramic or glass baking dish.
  • Combine the olive oil and lemon juice and pour over the salmon. Season with salt and pepper.
  • Let it marinate on the counter for a minimum of 15 minutes while you prepare the mincing of the herbs.
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