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I Heart Cooking Clubs has a new monthly feature.  In the past we have done Mystery Boxes – a combo of different ingredients to be used in a dish.  A Chef of the Month.  And now – The Ingredient of the month.  How fun!

This month the ingredient is SQUASH!  It could be any type of squash.  Summer squash.  Winter Squash.  The world was open to us.  The only restriction – the recipe had to come from one of our past chefs.  That meant we had HUNDREDS of recipes to choose from.  HUNDREDS!!  Not an easy task to pick one.

I found this one from Giada De Laurentis.  I have seldom cooked from her recipes.  I joined IHCC AFTER they had cooked with her for 6 months.  My Loss!!

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Rigatoni with Squash and Prawns

The sweetness of the butternut squash mixed with the mellowness of the cooked garlic and the bite of the Parmesan and the Basil is a tasty combination.  

Ingredients:

3 tablespoons olive oil, plus 3 tablespoons
1 pound butternut squash, trimmed and cut into 1-inch cubes
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 teaspoon salt, plus 1 teaspoon
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, plus 1/2 teaspoon
1 cup vegetable stock
1 pound rigatoni
1 pound prawns {shrimp}, peeled and deveined
3/4 to 1 cup whole milk
1/2 cup chopped fresh basil leaves
1/4 cup grated Parmesan

Warm 3 tablespoons of olive oil in a large, heavy skillet over medium-high heat. Add the butternut squash, garlic, 1 teaspoon salt, and 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper. Saute until the squash is golden and tender, 5 to 7 minutes. Add the vegetable stock, bring to a simmer, cover and cook until the squash is very soft, another 5 to 7 minutes. Transfer the squash mixture to a blender or food processor and puree.
Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil over high heat. Add the pasta and cook until tender but still firm to the bite, stirring occasionally, about 8 to 10 minutes. Drain pasta.
Meanwhile, warm the remaining 3 tablespoons of olive oil in a large, heavy skillet over medium-high heat. Sprinkle the prawns with the remaining 1 teaspoon of salt and remaining 1/2 teaspoon of freshly ground black pepper. Add the prawns to the pan and cook until just pink, about 3 minutes.
In a large pot over low heat combine the cooked pasta, pureed squash mixture, and 3/4 cup milk. Stir to combine. Add the remaining 1/4 cup milk if the sauce needs to be moistened. Add the cooked prawns, basil, and cheese. Stir until warm and serve.

{Giada de Laurentis 2016.}\

Delicious.

For more  SQUASH!!  recipes!

How about a noodle salad with an Asian Flair? That is what I found in The Frog Commissary Cookbook for lunch the other day.

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Dressing:

    1 teaspoon salt
    3⁄4 cup vegetable oil
    3 tablespoons sesame oil
    1⁄2 cup rice vinegar or 1⁄2 cup cider vinegar
    2 tablespoons dry sherry
    1⁄2 teaspoon orange rind, grated
    1 teaspoon soy sauce
    2 tablespoons scallions, thinly sliced
    1 teaspoon ginger, minced
    1⁄2 teaspoon garlic, minced
    1⁄4 teaspoon red pepper flakes, crushed
    1 teaspoon pepper
    1 tablespoon sugar
    2 tablespoons cilantro, minced

Salad:

    1 (16 ounce) box orzo pasta
    1 cup carrot, shredded
    1⁄4 cup raisins dried cranberries
    1⁄4 cup pine nuts sunflower seed kernels, lightly toasted

Cook orzo according to directions on box. Drain and run under cold water. Let set to finish draining.
Mix the sauce ingredients and blend well. Mix into the pasta and chill.
Add raisins dried cranberries, shredded carrots, and pine nuts sunflower kernels , and mix gently.
Note, this can be made 1 day ahead of when you plan to serve it, just don’t add the carrots or sunflower kernels until just before serving so they will remain crunchy.

Since I am not a fan of raisins I subbed in some dried cranberries. I really liked the counter point of the tart dressing with the sweet fruit. Definitely a repeat.

The full recipe serves 8. I made 1/2 and it was more than enough for 4 as a side.
IF you want to add some other veggies or some chicken it would make a nice meal. The dressing alone would be good cooked with some diced chicken.

Recipe is on page 67 of The Frog Commissary Cookbook.

I’m linking this post with Cookbook Countdown 11 hosted by Kitchen Flavours and Emily’s Cooking (Makan2).

November!  Really? Sheesh!  This year went by so quickly.  I turned around and it was nearly over.  But there are some good things to come this month.  Thanksgiving if you are American. Daylight Savings Time – NOT!! American Elections FINALLY OVER!!! And a new cookbook for November Cookbook Countdown.

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This was a gift from a friend several years ago. At least 12 years ago.  And in all that time I don’t think I have used it once.  That is ending this month thanks to Cookbook Countdown.

Frog Commissary is the offspring of Steve Poses’ first restaurant, Frog, which the restaurateur opened in 1973, and The Commissary, which he inaugurated a few years later. The restaurant was one of the first local eateries to list its offerings on a blackboard, and it offered an upscale menu. With a laid-back atmosphere it is a popular eatery. The cookbook, which came out in 1985, contains some of it’s most popular recipes. So if you cannot get to Philly….

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Shrimp with Soy, Garlic, Ginger, and Lemon

Butterfly Shrimp in a rich garlic, ginger, soy, sherry sauce.  How can you go wrong with that?

The ONLY thing I would change – I thought the sauce was too thick. Next time I will thin the sauce a little.  You couldn’t really taste the shrimp.  But all the other flavors ….oh, yeah!

MARINADE

    18 shelled, butterflied shrimp with the tails left on {I left the tails off – less messy when eating}
    1 1/2 tablespoons soy sauce
    1 tablespoon minced fresh ginger
    2 tablespoons lemon juice
    1 teaspoon minced garlic
    1/4 teaspoon pepper
    2 tablespoons medium-dry sherry {I used a dry white wine}

SAUCE

    The strained marinade
    1/3 cup water
    2 teaspoons cornstarch

SAUTE

    2 tablespoons com oil
    1 teaspoon minced garlic
    % teaspoon’ minced fresh ginger
    1/2 cup cubed sweet red peppers
    1/2 bunch watercress with I” of the sterns cut off {I left this out – couldn’t find any}
    Hot cooked rice or oriental noodles

MARINADE: In a medium bowl combine the shrimp and marinade ingredients,Set them aside in the fridge for about an hour. Drain shrimp the marinade and set the strained marinade aside.

SAUCE:Mix the water and cornstarch with the reserved marinade and stir well to dissolve the cornstarch. IN a small saucepan Bring the mixture to a boil while
stirring and cook for 1 minute. Set aside.

SAUTE: In a large skillet heat the oil. Add the shrimp, garlic, and ginger and stir-fry over high heat for 30 seconds. To the stir-fry add the peppers and cook for another 30 seconds. Pour in the sauce and bring the mixture to a boil, while stirring. Remove the pan from the heat and immediately add the watercress. Serve at once over rice or oriental noodles.

I served mine over some stir fried vermicelli and it was perfect with this dish.

You can find the recipe on page 106.

I’m linking this post with Cookbook Countdown 11 hosted by Kitchen Flavours and Emily’s Cooking (Makan2).

I had one more recipe of Curtis’s I really wanted to try but never got the chance while he was out ‘assigned’ chef for I Heart Cooking Clubs.

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asparagus and parmesan risotto

Y’all know how much I love risotto so I couldn’t pass this one up.  Seems like every time I went to make it I didn’t have one of the ingredients.  THIS time every thing came together.  YUM!

About 8 cups store-bought vegetable stock
2 tablespoons olive oil
3 shallots, finely diced

2 garlic cloves, finely chopped

1 Tble dried thyme leaves {I didn’t have any fresh}
2 cups Arborio rice
3/4 cup dry white wine
1 1/2 pounds thin asparagus, woody ends removed, stalks cut into 1 1/2-inch lengths
4 tablespoons (1/2 stick) butter, cut in small pieces
1/2 cup grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese
1/4 cup mascarpone cheese
2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
1/4 cup finely chopped fresh mint leaves

Juice of 1/2 lemon

Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese, shaved with a vegetable peeler, for garnish
Bring the vegetable stock to a simmer in the mircowave and keep warm.
Heat the oil in a large heavy saucepan over medium heat and  sauté shallots, garlic, and thyme leaves until the shallots are tender but not browned. Add the rice and sauté just long enough to  coat with the oil.Add the wine and cook for 3 minutes,or until it is absorbed.

Add the hot veggie stock 3/4 cup at a time stirring after each addition until all the liquid has been absorbed and the rise is al dente
 

Add the asparagus cook for 2 more minutes.  Remove the pan  from the heat.  Add the butter, grated Parmigiano-Reggiano, and mascarpone cheese and stir until the butter has melted and the cheeses are just incorporated. Add the parsley, mint, and lemon.juice.  season the risotto generously with salt and pepper.

Garnish with the shaved Parmigiano-Reggiano, and serve.
Curtis’s risotto was a beautiful white with the green asparagus shining through.  My veggie stock was really dark so the risotto is very dark.  But it was full of flavor.  The  mascarpone, which I would NEVER have thought of using, added a certain sweetness to the risotto.  And the big shavings of Parmigiano-Reggiano….  nuff said!   I think I could live off of this risotto.
The recipe is from Relaxed Cooking with Curtis Stone.  Page 133}  You can find the original recipe his website as well.
Want more POTLUCK?  Visit IHCC.

 

 

It’s Fall y’all!  At least according to the calendar.  But with daytime temps still in the mid to upper eighties and nights only going down to 72 or so here in the Deep South it sure doesn’t feel like Fall.  So how do you get in the mood while running the A/C and wishing for cooler weather instead of Summer Part Deux?  You bake with Fall ingredients – apples, persimmons, pecans.  All of them tied up in one big beautiful bundt.

This one is full of all those ingredients plus “Fall” spices

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      3/4 cup chopped pecans

 

      1 1/2 cups firmly packed brown sugar

 

      1/3 cup butter, softened

 

      2 eggs

 

      1 cup cooked persimmon

 

      1 teaspoon vanilla

 

      2 3/4 cups all purpose flour

 

      3/4 cup milk

 

      1/3 cup apple juice

{I used some spiced pear juice as I was out of apple}

      1 tablespoon baking powder

 

      1 heaping teaspoon pumpkin pie spice

 

    3/4 teaspoon salt

Heat oven to 325°. Grease and sugar* 10 or 12 cup Bundt” Pan.

In a large mixing bowl, mix brown sugar, butter and eggs until very light and fluffy.

Add persimmon and vanilla; mix very well.

Add all remaining ingredients; mix well. Gently spoon into prepared pan.

Bake at 325° for 50 to 60 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center of cake comes out clean. Cool 10 minutes. Remove from pan; cool completely on rack. 16 servings.

* Using sugar to coat pan adds a sugary golden crust to the cake

I drizzled it with a caramel ganache. Recipe for the ganache is from Crazy for Crust.

This cake was unbelievable moist and full of flavor.  One of the best I have made in a long while. {And it would have been beautiful if part of it hadn’t stuck to the pan – thus the leaves!!}

Want more FALL Bundts.  Please visit all the bakers below.  Lots of deliciousness there.

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#BundtBakers is a group of Bundt loving bakers who get together once a month to bake Bundts with a common ingredient or theme. Follow our Pinterest board right here. Links are also updated each month on the BundtBakers home page.

Thank you Terri ( of The Freshman Cook) for hosting this month.

This morning’s breakfast was a lovely Zucchini Frittata from the Colorado Farmers’ Market Cookbook the book I’m using for this month’s CookBook Countdown.

In case you haven’t heard of Cookbook Countdown is an online cooking ‘group’ where we use one of our cookbooks each month that we have had but haven’t used much and post about the recipes.  The Colorado Farmers’ Market Cookbook is one I have had for about 14 years and only used once.  What a shame because there are lots of great recipes in it.

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Laura’s frittata is full of zucchini, onions, tomatoes, and Parm along with thyme and parsley.  Lots of flavor.  I did add some salt and pepper to taste which enhanced the flavor.

I didn’t have any fresh tomatoes so I used canned from this summer. Store ‘fresh’ tomatoes just aren’t any good this time of the year.

I would definitely make this again.  It is so adaptable – as are most frittatas.  I could see this one with mushrooms, maybe some butternut squash. Asparagus. Add in some wild rice?  Quinoa?

    2 Tbl olive oil
    1 onion, chopped
    1 clove garlic, minced
    1 1/2 cups coarsely grated zucchini
    1 tomato, peeled and chopped
    1/2 cup bread crumbs {I made the crumbs from herb/garlic croutons.}
    1/2 tsp chopped fresh thyme
    1 Tbl chopped fresh parsley
    1/2 cup Parmesan cheese
    6 – 8 eggs, beaten

In an ovenproof skillet cook the onions until they are soft but now browned. Add in the garlic and sautee only a few seconds. Remove the onions and garlic into the bowl with the remaining inredients.
While the onions and garlic are cooking mix together all the other ingredients. Add the onions and garlic and pour back into the ovenproof skillet.
Bake at 350F for 25 – 30 minutes until fritatta is a light golden brown.
Slice into wedges to serve.

The recipe is from Laura Korth and is on page 88. You can also find the recipe HERE at Google books!

I’m linking this post with Cookbook Countdown hosted by Kitchen Flavours and Emily’s Cooking (Makan2).

 

How did it get to be OCTOBER?  Yes, I know, it follows September but it seems like we just started August!  Whew!

But October is good.  Cooler temps in the Southern US.  Soup time is around the corner.  Lots of different veggies from the fall/winter garden.  And a new cookbook for Cookbook Countdown!

In early 2003 my beautiful daughter traveled to Colorado.  She brought back some souvenirs – one of which was book

and while I wandered through it and marked recipes I never really got around to using it.  Thanks to Cookbook Countdown I am about to remedy that situation.  Starting with a dessert!  Eat dessert first, right?

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Creamy Pear Pie Crunch

This was delicious.  Not a pie exactly because it doesn’t have a bottom crust but not a crisp either – according to Ela of Ela’s Family Farm.

I chose this recipe because of the pear trees in the backyard.  I made this right before the season for picking ended so I could use fresh pears but it would be just as good with our canned pears.

Filling:

3/4 cup sugar
1 Tbs. corn starch
1/4  1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1/8 tsp. nutmeg (optional)
1/8 tsp. salt
1/2 cup cream
1 Tbs. lemon juice
2 1/2 cups pears, cored and sliced

Crust:

1/2 cup butter – melted
1 – 1 1/2 cup brown sugar
1 cup flour {I used 1/2 AP and 1/2 WWF}
1 cup oatmeal
1/4 tsp. baking powder

Mix together the sugar, corn starch, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt a bowl. Add cream, lemon juice and pears, mixing well. Pour into greased 8″ x 8″ pan.

Mix crust ingredients together and sprinkle over pear mixture.

Bake at 425 degrees for 30-35 minutes.

The recipe is on page 182 of Colorado Farmers’ Market Cookbook.

I’m linking this post with Cookbook Countdown hosted by Kitchen Flavours and Emily’s Cooking (Makan2).

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