I think I enjoy the cooking more than eating, there is nothing better than to watch the smile grow after someone’s first bite. Note from Steve: I am a flow of thought writer and apologize up front if I lose you. My family is used to it.
Was on Mastodon or Post the other day and saw this I’ve been looking for an alternative recipe and this sounded pretty good. I think it would be good with cauliflower also. I can’t remember who’s this was but many thanks.
10-12 Brussels Sprouts, cut in half Optional: diced red bell pepper, 3/4s cup 3 Tablespoons Olive Oil 1/2 cup Dry Roasted Peanuts, no salt 1 clove & 2 cloves Garlic, minced 1/4 cup Soy Sauce 1 Tablespoon Honey 1/2 teaspoon Ginger Splash of Frank’s Red Hot Sauce 1/4 teaspoon Cornstarch
I rarely measure when I cook, so these are approximations.
Mix soy, ginger, honey, hot sauce & 2 cloves garlic together. Whisk in cornstarch to thicken. Heat in saucepan until just boiling. Reduce heat & stir in peanuts. Remove from heat after 2 minutes.
Toss cut brussels sprouts (& bell pepper, if using) with 1 clove garlic & cook in air fryer 9 minutes at 400°.
Place cooked vegetables into bowl. Pour sauce mixture over & toss to thoroughly coat.
Makes 2 servings if side dish, one if main course.
So I came home and on the counter was an old yellowed recipe that we haven’t seen for years. Lyn was having a craving and laid out the dish, box of lasagna pasta and had already prepared the spinach and broccoli. This is an interesting recipe everything but the initial pasta cooking is made in the microwave. You can tell the age by the one step that was rotate pan half way through, if you remember way back there was either no tray and it never rotated during cooking.
6-9 lasagna noodles
2 carrots shredded
1 small onion chopped –Steve Note: I used red I had half of one left over
1 red or green pepper, cut into thin strips
10 ounce of frozen chopped broccoli or spinach thawed and drained. Steve Note: Lyn had prepared a combo of each but used fresh.
I added 4 mushrooms sliced.
1/2 tsp of salt
15 ounce container of ricotta cheese
Optional 1 egg beaten Steve Note: like to add this to ricotta binds it together.
2 cups of shredded Fontina, Swiss or other cheese. Steve Note: Did not have enough mozzarella or provolone so I grabbed a stick of cheddar and shredded it. BTW take minutes and is way cheaper than buying already shredded. The cheddar turned out a nice choice went well with the veggies.
Lyn’s pasta sauce Steve Note: The recipe did not call for but I put small amount on bottom and top (before the last topping of cheese).
Prepare noodles conventionally as package directs; drain, separate and set aside.
in 12×8″ backing dish cook carrots, onion and pepper covered on high 6-8 minutes until tender-crisp stirring half way through. Spoon into bowl and add broccoli. In separate bowl combine egg, and salt and a real good pinch of dried basil.
thin layer in baking dish then top with three noodles. top that with half the ricotta cheese mixture and top that with 1/3 veggie mixture then 1/3 shredded cheese.
Repeat except except set aside the shredded cheese
Cook covered on high for 7-10 minutes until hot through
Sprinkle remain cheese cook 3-5 minutes until cheese is melted
My daughter in-law Gail and I had a Homemade Chinese Dumplings ala Chef Gail where she showed me how to make dumplings that was fun. They are expecting their first child Sofia and her parents are her to visit. This was the first time we have met them other than virtually and it was great fun. Her Mom and Dad graciously decided to make a dumpling banquet for us.
I was good at the prep work and laughable at the rolling out of the wrappers and stuffing them. Dicing Chinese chives, and cabbage and was complemented on my skills. I even got to mix the pork stuffing and there were no faces so I must have done it right, I’ve never mixed using chop sticks. I finally gave up and continue to watch them rolling out the wrappers at lighten speed and her mom was very patient with me when showing how to stuff but I Gail told me that using store bought wrappers and home made were different I just couldn’t get it down.
What I did get was eating them nothing better than homemade. We made two kinds pork and shrimp and chives. Important to make sure that each one had a piece of shrimp in them. They also had premade a batch of meat dumplings and froze for us to take home.
What I learned, you boil them 3 times first bring water to boil then add about a cup of cold water do this three times. this is also covered. If they are frozen wait for the water to boil and then add the dumplings and follow above steps. I have the concept down on how to seal. I got better at chop sticks but her dad slipped me a fork halfway through the meal. Oh they have a custom to have a bowl of the water the dumplings were cooked in to sip from time to time during the meal. I also learned that there was no way I could match their eating speed. I also learn that leftover are great the next day fried.
Impressive fact her Dad took her Mom to the hospital to give birth on a bicycle about 20-30 minutes a way.
the last two pictures are something her mom made earlier.
Lyn was going to be cooking last night and I had taken out some chicken breast so she was browsing for interesting chicken recipe. After sending me the link asking me if I like carnalized onions, she know I do, she decided she would play the make pudding trick. Once she called me over and said could you please stir the pudding. I didn’t know it had to be stirred continuously until thickened and she walked away smiling. Anyway carnalized onions have to stirred continuously. I looked over the recipe and agreed to cook tonight. I did not have the correct cheese and the goat cheese had gone a little bitter, it was forgotten in the back of the draw, so I used combo mozzarella and parmigiana cheese not the same sweet, mild, and nutty flavor but it worked just fine. there is always next time. I’ll include the picture from the recipe as reference. My chicken breast were large so I made cutlets but I should have cut each one in half width wise
4 boneless (skinless chicken cutlets (16 to 20 ounces total))
2 teaspoons olive oil
2 medium yellow onions (thinly sliced)
1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar (or more as needed)
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
½ teaspoon dried thyme or 1 teaspoon fresh thyme leaves
½ cup all-purpose flour (or gluten-free flour mix*)
1 teaspoon kosher salt
pepper (to taste)
½ teaspoon paprika
2 teaspoons unsalted butter
1/2 cup chicken broth
In a large nonstick skillet heat the oil over medium heat.
Add the onions and 1/4 teaspoon salt, increase to medium-high, and cook, stirring frequently, until they start to brown around the edges.
Turn the heat to medium-low and add the balsamic vinegar, Worcestershire sauce, and thyme. Continue to cook, stirring occasionally, for 20 to 25 minutes, or until the onions are very tender. Add 1 to 2 tablespoons of water to deglaze. Set aside and wipe out the skillet.
If the chicken is not uniformly thin, place it between two sheets of plastic wrap and pound with a meat tenderizer or the bottom of a heavy pan until thin but still intact. Season to taste with 1 teaspoon salt and black pepper and set aside.
In a wide, shallow bowl, whisk together the flour*, pinch of salt, and paprika.
Set a large nonstick skillet over medium heat and melt 1 teaspoon butter.
Dredge two of the chicken cutlets in the seasoned flour, then shake off the excess and lay them side by side in the pan.
Cook the chicken for 3 minutes, or until lightly browned, then flip and cook for 3 more minutes. Set aside on a dish and repeat with the remaining butter and chicken. Set aside.
Combine the broth and 1 tablespoon of the flour mixture and mix, add it to the skillet and whisk on low heat, 1 minute, until it thickens. Toss the rest of the flour out.
Return the chicken to the skillet, top with onions and cheese and cover. Cook low 3 to 5 minutes, until the cheese is melted and bubbling.
*only about 1 tablespoon gets used in the end
Gruyère is a hard Swiss cheese that originated in the cantons of Fribourg, Vaud, Neuchâtel, Jura, and Berne in Switzerland. It is named after the town of Gruyères in Fribourg. In 2001, Gruyère gained the appellation d’origine contrôlée, which became the appellation d’origine protégée as of 2013. Wikipedia