Have you tried any of these recipes?

Have you tried any of these recipes? If you have, please leave a comment to let me know how it worked for you and if you suggest any changes!

Saturday, May 23, 2009

Angel Hair Pasta with Morels and Asparagus

This was a delicious seasonal meal that was very satisfying and everyone enjoyed - it was a lot of fun to cook too! I did NOT find the morels myself.

What to eat in spring?
Morels and asparagus
Followed by some pie.

  • 1 lb fresh angel hair pasta
  • 2 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • ½ cup chopped shallots
  • 2 cups diagonally sliced fresh asparagus ( 2-inch pieces)
  • 1 ½ quarts fresh morel mushrooms, halved and cleaned
  • 6 Tbsp cold butter, cut into pieces
  • 2 Tbsp finely chopped fresh chives
  • ½ tsp black pepper
  • kosher salt to taste

  1. Cook pasta according to package directions. Drain and place in a large serving bowl and keep warm.
  2. In a large skillet on medium high heat, add olive oil and shallots; sauté for 30 seconds. Add asparagus and sauté for 1 minute. Stir in morels and cook 1-2 minutes or until softened.
  3. Drain asparagus-mushroom mixture, reserving juices.
  4. Add the mixture to the pasta and return the juices to the skillet. Cook to reduce by ¾. Add butter, stirring constantly, until melted.
  5. Remove from heat; stir into pasta mixture with the chives, pepper and salt.
  6. Garnish with chives and serve.

I used a tad less butter and added just a wee bit of white wine. I also sprinkled parmesan cheese on top with the chive garnish. Don’t look at how much I used. You’d prefer less. I’m addicted.

Recipe found at culinarycafe.com.

Sunday, May 10, 2009

Caribbean Coconut Rice

This side dish was subtle and flavorful and I can see myself making this often to accompany many a meal!

Any time of year
When in a tropical mood
Stay in - cook - pretend.

• 2 tsp unsalted butter
• 2 tsp minced fresh ginger
• 1 clove garlic, minced
• 1 3- inch cinnamon stick
• 1 cup jasmine rice, rinsed and drained
• ¾ cup light coconut milk
• 1 tsp sugar
• ½ tsp kosher salt
• ¼ tsp grated lime zest
• 1/8 tsp white pepper
• ¼ cup shredded, unsweetened coconut, optional

  1. Melt butter in saucepan over medium heat. Add ginger, garlic, and cinnamon stick and sauté 1 minute, or until fragrant.
  2. Stir in rice, and sauté 2 minutes, or until rice grains are opaque.
  3. Add coconut milk, sugar, salt, lime zest, white pepper, and 2/3 cup water, and bring to a simmer.
  4. Stir once, cover, reduce heat to low, and simmer 15 minutes. Fluff rice with fork, cover, and let rest 5 minutes. Garnish with toasted coconut, if using.

Of course, when is rice sufficient for an entire meal? While cooking up the rice, I whipped up a mango lassi with mint to sip. Using the remaining coconut milk from the can, as well as some garlic and ginger, I baked a tilapia fillet and some snow peas to go with the rice. The entire meal was fabulous with a grape and saffron beer and was followed by some caramelized bananas.

Recipe from Vegetarian Magazine, April 2009.
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