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Jun 30, 2012

Ravioli With Sage-Walnut Butter Recipe and Free Cooking Tips

Total Time:25 min
Prep:10 min
Cook:15 min
Kosher salt
1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
2 teaspoons honey
1 bay leaf
2 9-ounce packages refrigerated cheese ravioli
6 tablespoons unsalted butter
1/3 cup fresh sage leaves
1 cup walnuts, roughly chopped
3/4 cup grated parmesan cheese

Directions:Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Combine the vinegar, honey and bay leaf in a small saucepan and boil over medium-high heat until syrupy, 4 to 5 minutes. Cover to keep warm.
Add the ravioli to the boiling water and cook as the label directs. Meanwhile, melt the butter in a large skillet over medium heat, then add the sage and walnuts and cook until the nuts are toasted, about 3 minutes. Increase the heat to high, ladle in about 1 cup cooking water and bring to a boil. Cook until reduced by about half, 1 to 2 minutes.
Drain the ravioli, reserving another 1/2 cup cooking water. Add the ravioli to the skillet and toss to coat, adding the reserved water as needed. Remove from the heat, toss with the parmesan and season with salt. Divide the ravioli among plates and drizzle with the balsamic syrup.

Per serving: Calories 613; Fat 47 g (Saturated 19 g); Cholesterol 94 mg; Sodium 633 mg; Carbohydrate 29 g; Fiber 4 g; Protein 17g

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Jun 30, 2012

Aida’s Corn, Tomato and Avocado Salad Recipe and Free Cooking Tips

For the dressing:
1 1/2 cups packed fresh cilantro
1/2 cup good-quality extra-virgin olive oil
2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
1 teaspoon finely grated lime zest
Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper 
For the salad:
4 ears corn, kernels removed (about 3 cups)
1 1/2 pounds grape tomatoes, halved (about 3 cups)
1 pound fresh mozzarella, diced
2 medium avocados, diced

Combine the dressing ingredients in a blender, using 2 teaspoons salt, and pepper to taste; process until smooth. Combine the salad ingredients in a large bowl and toss with the dressing. Let sit at least 15 minutes before serving, or cover and refrigerate for up to 4 hours.
May 28, 2012

Strawberry-Blackberry Summer Trifle Recipe Cooking Tips Free (dessert)

Strawberry-Blackberry Summer Trifle Recipe Cooking Tips Free (dessert)

5 cups strawberries (about 2 pounds)
3 cups blackberries (about 10 ounces)
3/4 cup sugar
2 cups heavy cream, chilled
1/3 cup elderflower syrup or lychee syrup
1 prepared angel food cake

Reserve a handful of the prettiest whole strawberries and blackberries for topping the trifle.
Hull and halve the remaining strawberries, and toss them with the sugar in a medium bowl, cover with plastic wrap and set aside until they get juicy, about 1 hour. (If you’re in a hurry, set the bowl over a pot of simmering water for about 5 minutes to speed this up.)
Whip the cream in a chilled bowl until it holds soft peaks. Fold the elderflower syrup into the cream and keep chilled until ready to assemble the trifle.
Tear or cut the angel food cake into 2-inch pieces. Scatter about half the cake on the bottom of a trifle dish or clear glass bowl. Ladle half of the berries and their juices on top of the cake, and then top with half the whipped cream. Repeat with the remaining cake, berries and cream to finish the trifle. Garnish the top of the trifle with the reserved whole berries and refrigerate for 2 and up to 24 hours. Serve chilled.
May 28, 2012

Grilled Mango With Jalapenos Recipe and Free Cooking Tips

3 mangoes
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
Cayenne pepper, to taste
Extra-virgin olive oil, for drizzling
1 lime, halved
1/2 cup Mexican crema (or 1/3 cup sour cream mixed with 2 tablespoons milk)
Thinly sliced jalapeno peppers and fresh cilantro, for topping

Preheat a grill to medium. Peel the mangoes and cut the flesh from the pit in large flat slices; lay on a baking sheet. Season the mango slices with salt, black pepper and cayenne and drizzle with olive oil. Turn the slices over and repeat.
Grill the mango slices, turning once, until well marked, 2 to 3 minutes total. Transfer to a platter and squeeze the lime juice on top. Drizzle with the crema and top with jalapenos and cilantro.
May 27, 2012

Pasta Primavera Recipe and Free Cooking Tips

Kosher salt
12 ounces fusilli or other corkscrew pasta
1/2 pound sugar snap peas, halved lengthwise, or broccoli florets (or a combination)
2 carrots, shredded
1 yellow bell pepper, cut into thin strips
1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for drizzling
4 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
1 pint cherry tomatoes, halved
1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
1/2 cup roughly chopped fresh mint
1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese
4 ounces goat cheese, crumbled

Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add the fusilli and cook as the label directs. Add the sugar snap peas and/or broccoli, carrots and bell pepper to the boiling water during the last 2 minutes of cooking. Reserve 1/2 cup cooking water, then drain the pasta and vegetables and return to the pot.
Meanwhile, heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the garlic and cook until just golden, about 30 seconds. Add the tomatoes, red pepper flakes and 1 teaspoon salt; cook until the tomatoes begin to wilt, about 2 minutes. Stir in 1/4 cup of the reserved cooking water. Pour the tomato mixture over the pasta and vegetables. Add the mint, parmesan and half the goat cheese and toss to combine. Season with salt.
Divide the pasta among bowls. Top with the remaining goat cheese and drizzle with olive oil.
Per serving: Calories 638; Fat 27 g (Saturated 10 g); Cholesterol 33 mg; Sodium 841 mg; Carbohydrate 77 g; Fiber 7 g; Protein 24 g
May 25, 2012

Mustard Roasted Salmon Recipe and Free Cooking Tips

Total Time:25 min
Prep 10 min
Cook 15 min
Yield:4 pieces
1 1/4 pound wild salmon, skin removed, cut into 4 pieces
2 tablespoons whole grain mustard
2 tablespoons 100% pure maple syrup
1 clove garlic, minced
Juice of 1/2 a lemon

Preheat oven to 400-degrees Fahrenheit. Place salmon pieces on a sheet pan lined with parchment paper. Season with salt and pepper; roast for 10 minutes.
In a small bowl, combine mustard, maple syrup, garlic and lemon juice. After the 10 minutes of cooking, brush salmon with mixture and return to the oven for 5 minutes or until salmon is just cooked through.
Nutrition Information (per serving):
Calories: 240; Total fat: 9 grams; Saturated fat: 1.5 grams; Carbohydrates: 14 grams; Cholesterol: 50 milligrams; Sodium: 125 milligrams; Protein: 25 grams
May 25, 2012

Roast Chicken with Herbed Mushrooms Recipe and Free Cooking Tips

1 (3 pound) organic free-range chicken
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
1/2 red onion, quartered
1/2 lemon, cut into 4 pieces
1/2 head garlic, about 6 cloves, smashed
1 bunch fresh thyme
1 1/2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for drizzling
1/2 pound sliced bacon, cut in 1/2
3 pounds whole cremini mushrooms, wiped clean with a damp towel

Heat the oven to 400 degrees F.
Pat the chicken dry with paper towels. Season the cavity with salt and pepper.
In a large bowl combine the onion, lemon, garlic, half the thyme, and 1 1/2 tablespoons olive oil; season with salt and pepper and mix it well. Stuff the bird with the mixture. Using 2 (3-foot) pieces of kitchen twine, tie up the chicken: Tuck the wing tips between the wings and the body. Put the midpoint of the twine under the chicken, bring the ends up and around the wings, and pull them tight against the body. Bring the ends of the twine up underneath the legs, wrap the string around them, pull the legs together, and tie them tightly. Place the chicken, breast side up in a roasting pan, and layer the strips of bacon up breast until covered. Scatter over the remaining thyme, drizzle over some more olive oil and season everything with salt and pepper.
Roast the chicken for 1 1/2 hours; arrange the mushrooms around the chicken 45 minutes after roasting. Baste with the pan juices every 20 minutes. The chicken is done when an instant-read thermometer registers 165 degrees F when inserted into the thickest part of the thigh (the legs should wiggle easily in their sockets.)
Remove the chicken from the pan, cover with foil, and let stand for 10 minutes to rest. Serve the chicken with the roasted mushrooms and pan juices.

May 21, 2012

Sugar Free Brownie Pudding Cake Recipe and Free Cooking Tips

Total Time:40 mins
Prep Time:10 mins
Cook Time:30 mins 
1/2 cup flour
3 tablespoons sugar substitute
1 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder
3/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 cup skim milk
1 tablespoon low-sugar apple butter
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
5 tablespoons sugar substitute
2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
3/4 cup boiling water

Stir together flour, 3 Tablespoons sugar, 2 tablespoons cocoa powder, and baking powder.
Add milk, apple butter, and vanilla.
Stir till smooth.
Transfer batter to 1-quart baking dish.
Combine the 5 Tablespoons sugar and 2 tablespoons cocoa.
Gradually stir in boiling water.
Pour evenly over batter.
Bake in 350 degree oven for about 30 minutes or until toothpick inserted into cake comes out clean.
Serve warm.

May 21, 2012

Chocolate Brownie Pudding Cake Recipe and Free Cooking Tips

Total Time:10 mins
Prep Time:5 mins
Cook Time:5 mins
1 cup sugar
2/3 cup flour
2/3 cup cocoa
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking powder
3 eggs
2 tablespoons melted butter
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 cup boiling water, with
3 tablespoons sugar, added

Boil water with 3 tbsp of sugar and set aside.
Combine all dry ingredients (first 5 ingredients) in a bowl, then add eggs,melted butter and vanilla until well blended, mixture will be thick.
Butter a 9 inch microwavable pan or tupperware, even if its a tad smaller it’s ok.
Spread mixture evenly into the buttered pan.
Very slowly pour water into the center of the mixture and do not stir!
Cover well, with plastic wrap or lid.
Cook in microwave on regular power for 5 minutes, check it to make sure it’s set and if not put back in microwave for a couple more minutes.
Sprinkle with powdered sugar and serve with your favorite toppings.

May 16, 2012

Roasted Fish Recipe and Free Cooking Tips

Extra-virgin olive oil
2 smallish Italian eggplants
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
1 large zucchini, cut crosswise into 1-inch sections
3 anchovy fillets
1 onion, finely sliced
3 garlic cloves, finely chopped
1 bulb fennel, thinly shaved vertically, use a mandolin if you have one
2 pints cherry tomatoes
1 tablespoon tomato paste
Pinch red pepper flakes
Crunchy herbed bread crumbs, recipe follows
1 whole side of salmon (about 4 pounds), boned tail piece, skin on
1 bunch fresh basil
2 sticks unsalted butter, room temperature
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

Preheat oven to 500 degrees F.
Begin by preparing the vegetable base for the fish. Heat 1/3 cup of olive oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add the eggplant, season with salt and pepper and cook for 10 minutes until just tender. Set aside on a platter. Add the zucchini to the pan and cook in the same way until just tender and remove to the platter with the eggplant. Add to the pan, smashed anchovies, onion, garlic and fennel. Cook for 5 to 7 minutes until caramelized then add tomatoes and tomato paste and cook for a further 5 minutes until wilted. Season with salt and pepper and add the red pepper flakes. Combine all the vegetables together in a large roasting pan.
Now prepare the fish. Get your fishmonger to prepare the tail piece of your fish so it is cleaned and boned, and ready to go when you get home. Begin by vertically scoring the fish in 4 places, skin side up so the cuts pierce the skin and reveal the flesh. Prepare the basil compound butter by chopping half of the basil and mixing it with the room temperature butter until well combined. Season with salt and pepper.
Season the piece of fish with salt and pepper and smear the top of the fish with basil butter then take the whole fish and transfer to the roasting tray and place on top of the bed of vegetables.
Sprinkle the buttered fish with the bread crumb mixture.
Place in hot oven and roast for 12 to 15 minutes for medium rare, then finish under the broiler for 2 minutes to crisp the skin. Do not over cook, otherwise the fish will be dry.
To serve, portion the fish along the score marks, serve with a scoop of the vegetables. 
Crunchy herbed bread crumbs:
1/2 loaf old country-style bread, crust removed
1 clove garlic, minced
1/2 bunch basil
Extra-virgin olive oil
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
Put bread, herbs, garlic and 1/3 cup of olive oil in a food processor and pulse until you have the texture of coarse bread crumbs. They should be a vibrant green from the olive oil and the herbs. Season well with salt and pepper and toast over medium heat in a large saute pan until crispy.