Archive for the ‘pasta’ Category

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green salad/pasta salad

March 23, 2013

pea leaves and tendrils, torn into bite-sized pieces (or whatever salad greens you have around)

cooked pasta, coated with a little oil or fat
a few spoonfuls of last night’s blended roasted vegetable soup
a few sundried tomatoes, torn into tiny bits
basil
herbs de provence
apple cider vinegar
balsamic vinegar
a few dashes worcestershire sauce
garlic powder, salt, pepper
diced raw onion (optional)
mayonnaise (optional)

combine everything but the pea leaves. top with pea leaves, or mix them in so the kids can’t pick them out!

better the longer it sits, but edible immediately.

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simple pasta with krupnik (blood kishke)

September 8, 2012

kishke is one of my favorites. make sure to try kasha varnishka with kishke so you know the original. this recipe calls for krupnik, a kishke with beef blood, which i learned upon duckduckgoing it is more often used as a name for a spiced vanilla liquor.

this meal is impossible to mess up. the kishke may fall apart on you in the frying pan, but don’t give up. it’ll crumble in the pasta, anyhow. just throw it into the sauce!

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1 package pasta

1 pat lard/butter/coconut oil
1 onion
2 cloves roasted elephant garlic (or 4 cloves of regular-sized garlic)
half a roasted mild-hot pepper
a roasted eggplant
1 can diced tomatoes
1 splash cooking sherry
1 splash balsamic
1 splash acv
1 heavy pinch of fresh herbs (i used oregano, rosemary, and thyme in the sauce)

2 links krupnik sausage (kishke with beef blood)

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in saucepan, fry onions in fat. cook til translucent. add roasted garlic and pepper. stir fry few mins. add eggplant, vinegar, tomatoes, sherry, and herbs. salt and pepper to taste. the sauce is done when it tastes good.

in separate frying pan, cook krupnik until crunchy on the outside and creamy inside.

cook pasta in a separate pot and set aside.

add sauce and cooked sausage

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recipe by me

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quick and easy peanut noodles with satay sauce

March 24, 2012

this takes the cake for SUPER-FAST, easy, impossible to mess up, cheap, and versatile. add only what you’ve got in your cabinet and it’ll be wonderful.

no need to be exact – just a splash of this and splash of that.

substitute away; the only truly necessary ingredients are the first few.

cooked noodles
a splash of oil, butter, ghee, or fat
peanut butter
soy sauce
lime juice
ginger
cayenne
garlic
miso
cooking sherry
sesame seeds
chunks of mostly-cooked broccoli, raw snap peas, or whatever you like

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bored of the same old noodles? try adding:

rice wine vinegar and honey for a sweet-and-sour
leftover veggies
hoisin
crunched-up whole peanuts (or other nuts)
coconut milk
a raw version with raw zucchini ‘noodles’, raw grated carrots, and raw soaked and pureed peanuts-cashews-and-lime-juice (i’ve never done this. in fact i just invented it. but i bet it’s amazing, and i can guarantee i’m not the first person to think of it.)
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combine all ingredients except noodles in a pot. cook until smooth and combined.

toss with noodles.

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other peoples’ peanut sauces?

&& fried peanuts, gula jawa (palm sugar), garlic, shallot, ginger, tamarind, lemon juice, lemongrass, salt, chilli, pepper, sweet soy sauce, ground together and mixed with water

&& a thai-style peanut sauce recipe

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making of spaetzle

December 26, 2011

<3 <3 <3 this is amazing – i just showed my mom and she told me this is exactly how my oma made them. my mom was delighted by this woman’s ultra-thick schwabisch accent.

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maultaschen – black forest ravioli

December 22, 2011

this recipe is from black forest cuisine by walter staib.

he says this, accompanied by a gorgeous photo of them:
“whenever i think about maultaschen, i am home again. to me, this is the ultimate comfort food. this is my soul food. my mother would make piles of these ravioli in a single disciplined session, taking time and care with the dough and cutting it in various sizes to stuff with the meat filling. maultaschen can be large or small, sauteed as i suggest here, simmered in soup, or cut into strips and prepared like hash browns. sometimes my mother would float them in beef bouillon or chicken stock to make a delicious soup. personally, i will eat them anywhere at any time of day. in fact, when i used to travel home, my mother would prepare maultaschen especially for me and send my father to the airport, plate in hand. as soon as my feet hit the ground, i would begin to inhale them, at the same time thanking heaven that i was in the black forest.”

MAULTASCHEN

+dough
4 cups all-purpose flour
4 eggs, lightly beaten
4 egg yolks, lightly beaten
1 T + 1 t veg oil
1 T + 1 t salt

+filling
1 T unsalted butter
1/2 yellow onion, peeled and finely chopped
1/2 c soft bread crumbs
6 oz ground pork
6 oz ground beef
3 egg yolks
1 scallion, trimmed and finely chopped
1 T chopped fresh parsley
salt
pepper

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1 egg
2 T water
4 T unsalted butter

+process

1. MAKE THE DOUGH: pour flour into medium bowl and mix in egg yolks, eggs, oil, and salt. knead dough with hands until it comes together and can form stiff ball. rest dough in plastic wrap for 1 hour at room temperature.

2. MAKE THE FILLING: melt butter in frying pan, fry onions until translucent, set aside.

3. combine onion, bread crumbs, meat, egg yolks, scallion, and parsley, and season with salt and pepper.

4. ASSEMBLE MAULTASCHEN: bring a large saucepan of salted water to a boil. whisk together egg and water to make an egg wash. roll noodle dough on a lightly floured surface VERY thin (1/16 in) and cut into 12 6-in squares. divide filling among squares, brush edges with egg wash, and fold the four corners of each square into the center, pressing the seams firmly to seal.

5. drop the maultaschen, one at a time, into boiling water and cook for approximately five minutes. remove with a slotted spoon to an ice bath to cool. drain and set aside momentarily.

6. melt butter in a frying pan over medium-high heat. fry maultaschen until golden brown.

serve with potato salad

if you like his recipe, check out the book.

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never make gnocchi with self-rising flour

December 6, 2011

gnocchi recipe – i followed this tried-and-true recipe for delicious vegan gnocchi. the only substitution? self-rising flour.

BAD IDEA!

they became soupy, barely-held-together clumps of what can only be described as a toddler’s art project. practically inedible.

after one boiled-up batch, my wonderful friend s decided to investigate a way to fix them.

three batches.

one were boiled, then baked.
one were boiled, then fried.
one were just baked.

boiled, then baked – exactly identical consistency to the way they were before they were baked – gluey and inedible.

boiled, then fried – more similar to gnocchi consistency, but not too similar – actually, they were crunchy outside and liquidy inside – edible, but not good.

just baked – AAGH! THEY TURNED INTO PASTABREADS, sort of pretzely, dense orange puffs.

amazed, we twisted the rest of the dough into small pretzels and tiny rolls – definitely bread-like. not delicious bread, but much better than the creepy boiled ones.

we’d already discovered that frying gnocchi after boiling them is the easiest way to firm them up a bit, but this isn’t true with goopy gnocchi.

if this ever happens to you, my condolences, but they can be saved!

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also, did you know that gnocchi comes from a phrase meaning “a knot in wood”?

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fresh chive pasta

May 22, 2011

fresh chive pasta

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vegan pumpkin (or squash) gnocchi

May 22, 2011

15 OZ PUMPKIN/SQUASH
SALT, PEPPER, NUTMEG
2 3/4 C FLOUR
1/3 C BUTTER
6-7 CHOPPED SAGE LEAVES
1 CLOVE MINCED GARLIC

DIVIDE DOUGH INTO ROPES AND SLICE.

SALT WATER AND BOIL UNTIL THEY FLOAT.

made two batches – GF and non-GF. i added a little extra “flour” and a whole egg to the GF batch, and froze the dough for a few mins before boiling it. the non-GF dough didn’t give any problems and were delightfully gluteny and sweet. the GF folks were delighted by having homemade GF pasta. this was my first attempt at any sort of pasta and they were as easy as dumplings.

both batches turned out fantastically. i’ll definitely be making these again.

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