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March 11, 2015

Dave's Duck Breast
October 14, 2013 4:22 PM - pepper
From Martha Stewart:

Lissa's slap-dash 1 pot ratatouille
October 8, 2013 6:49 PM - RowerChick
1 Regular size Eggplant (cubed)
1 Yellow Onion
2 Bell Peppers (any color but green)
1 cup Hannah's Bruschetta from Costco
1/3 cup olive oil (feel free to use more)
2 tbsp balsamic vinegar (again, more is fine)
2 tsp diced garlic
salt & pepper to taste

Serves 6-8
keeps well in the fridge

In a large pot heat the olive oil (medium-high heat).
Add chopped onion & garlic, let sweat for a couple minutes.
Add Eggplant (& more olive oil if it looks too dry)
Cook for 5 more minutes then add peppers & vinegar.
Let cook 5-10 more minutes then add bruschetta.
Let simmer 'til you're hungry.
Serve over pasta/quinoa/baked potato or with really good bread

Lidia's Duck Leg Guazzetto
September 25, 2013 11:51 AM - pepper
Courtesy of dibs. He suggests serving over papardelle...

Arkady's Bread Pudding
September 6, 2013 7:36 PM - pepper
Melt 1/4 C butter in 2 C milk. Mix 1/2 C brown sugar, tsp. allspice, & dash of salt. Beat 2 eggs & blend in dry mixture. Tear 6 cups of day-old bread & stir into liquid. Pour into deep baking pan & bake @ 350 for 45 mins. or until top is browned & mixture holds together.

September 3, 2013 4:14 PM - pepper

This is a salad that works well as a main dish, served with fresh baked bread and butter and a soup (the mushroom soup I posted last week pairs well with this salad).

vegetable oil spray
1/4c (packed) brown sugar
2tbsp salted butter
1tbsp balsamic vinegar
1c pecan halves

Spray sheet of foil with vegetable oil spray. stir butter, sugar and vinegar in heavy skillet over medium heat until sugar melts and syrup bubbles, about 3 minutes. Mix in pecans. Stir until nuts are toasted and syrup coats evenly, about 7 minutes. BE CAREFUL YOU DONT BURN THE SYRUP! Turn nuts out onto prepared foil. Using fork, separate nuts and cool completely while you prepare the rest of the salad (coating will harden).

*too much (NH) in that paragraph to bother.

1 1/4c dried tart cherries (or cranberries)
1c tawny port
2 shallots, minced
1 clove garlic, minced
1/3c olive oil
1/4c red wine vinegar

Combine cherries (or cranberries) and port in heavy small saucepan. Bring to simmer over medium heat. Remove from heat, let stand about 15 minutes until cherries swell. Place mixture in a blender, add shallots and garlic, then vinegar. Blend until smooth, and continue as you drizzle in oil until emulsion forms. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

2 prepared duck leg confit, about 1lb (its a pain in the ass to make your own, the store bought ones are good)
Olive oil to coat skillet

Bring duck to room temperature before cooking, at least 30 minutes. Heat oil in skillet over moderately high heat until hot but not smoking, then brown duck on all sides until crisp, about 5 minutes. Transfer to a cutting board and tear meat into bite-size pieces and discard bones. Keep duck warm, covered, on a baking sheet in oven.

12oz mixed salad greens (not romaine or iceberg or baby spinach)

Wash greens, dry and put in big salad bowl. Add salt and pepper to taste and enough of the vinaigrette to lightly coat the greens.


Divide the greens between 4 large dinner plates. Top with duck and pecans, then drizzle remaining vinaigrette over the plate (only add enough, you don't want it to be too wet). Serve immediately.

*optional: 5.5oz log soft goat cheese cut into 1/2" thick slices, split evenly between plates.


lp's roasted brussels sprouts
August 30, 2013 7:10 PM - ilovestoops
Roasted Brussels Sprouts
Slice sprouts in half and put in a mixing bowl
Liberally coat with olive oil. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Mix.
Transfer to large roasting pan or cookie sheet so they are separated from each other.
Cook in pre-heated oven 350 F until they begin to brown 20-30 min?

Butter has a lower smoking point than olive oil. 250-300 F vs 375-450 F
I would not substitute butter for the above method as the sprouts will burn. What you could do instead is use butter, lemon, salt and pepper and place in a deep casserole dish keeping the sprouts piled on top of each other. 325 F They will cook in their juices with the butter and lemon and come out more like the steamed ones you make. Cover them with foil while cooking if you want them softer or uncovered for firmer. Again about 20-30 min.

Randi's Brussels Sprouts
August 30, 2013 6:08 PM - pepper
Stoops, next time cut the Brussels in half, heat some olive oil in a pan at medium heat, put the sprouts on the pan flat side down, add salt and pepper and cook until brown on bottom side. The trick is to get the heat right so you don't burn but rather caramelize. Nom

Baby back ribs
August 20, 2013 9:14 AM - Arkady
2 to 2 1/2 pounds baby back ribs
1 white onion, sliced
1 teaspoon paprika
1/2 teaspoon crushed red chili powder
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1/4 cup olive oil
Cut the baby backs into individual ribs. Put them in a nonreactive dish (or a resealable plastic bag), and add the rest of the ingredients. Marinate overnight in the refrigerator.
Once the ribs have marinated, discard the onions (or grill them on the side in a grill basket, or sauté on the stovetop, if you like). To thread the meat onto skewers, orient the ribs so the undersides are facing the same direction (the ribs should look like frowns). Pierce the meat with the skewers either right above or below the bone, and run the skewer through to the other side. Wide metal skewers are best; if you’re using wooden skewers, use two per kebab so the ribs are stable. Leave a little space between each rib so they brown all over.
Grill the ribs slowly, turning as necessary and basting with any leftover marinade, until they’re beautifully browned all over, 15 to 20 minutes.
4 servings

Partridge's Bow Tie Pasta and Shrimp
July 15, 2012 8:53 AM - Cobble B. Hiller
Partridge's Bow Tie Pasta and Shrimp

I've had something similar at one of my Bay Ridge favorite restaurants, just can't remember which. It is easy to make for company as the timing is not critical. This recipe will serve 2 if that's all you are eating, or 4 with a salad and dessert!

2 tbsp olive oil
7 med Bella mushrooms
Fresh peas about 15 pods
4 to 6 cloves of garlic
1/3 lb pre-cooked peeled shrimp
1/3 to 1/2 cup heavy cream (you decide the calorie content)
1/2 lb bow tie pasta
1 sprig of fresh tarragon
cracked black pepper and

Shell the peas and place in small bowl.
Using a paper towel "brush" the mushrooms of any soil. Slice mushrooms.
Separate 4 to 6 cloves of garlic from the head. Leave the skins on.
Pull tarragon leaves from sprig. Roughly chop.

Bring a large pot a water to a boil. Add salt (about a 1/2 tsp).
Snip garlic cloves on the pointy end to allow for ventilation (this will prevent explosions). Place in oven proof ramekin or pyrex bowl. Drizzle with olive oil until skins are coated. Bake in toaster oven at 350 degrees for 8 minutes. Remove and set aside to cool.
In a large frying pan, saute mushrooms in olive oil for 4-5 minutes stirring frequently. Squeeze garlic from skins and slice. Add garlic, cream, peas cook another 5 minutes. Add cooked shrimp during the last 2 minutes of cooking.
While sauteing the vegetables, add pasta to boiling water and cook 'til al dente. About 10 minutes. Drain pasta. Add pasta to frying pan with vegetables.
Turn off gas. Add tarragon, salt to taste and plenty of cracked black pepper. Stir everything until well coated. Serve!!!

Turkey Meatballs
June 23, 2012 9:57 AM - Cobble B. Hiller
This is the original Turkey Meatball recipe on the Pithy & Cleaver website: They include their instructions, notes, etc.

However, I do a few things a little differently. So I've pasted their recipe and added my notes and/or made changes to reflect how I make them, below. The meatballs freeze very nicely.

Light and lovely turkey meatballs (as made by cobble/ditmasparker)

1 lb. ground turkey
2/3s of a sleeve of Saltine (or saltine-type) crackers, crushed fine
1/3 cup milk (save some for the beaten egg part)
1 egg, lightly beaten
1 medium onion (or more, if you like that flavor, I do), finely chopped
1 Tablespoon fresh sage, finely chopped
Salt and pepper (to taste, I use roughly 1/2 teaspoon of each, but that's just how I roll. Suit yourself.)

Preheat your oven to 350. (I don't care if it's 110 degrees in the shade, preheat your darn oven!)

In a medium-sized skillet, saute the onion in a bit (maybe a 1 Tablespoon) of olive oil until just translucent. Turn off the heat and add the sage; mix thoroughly.

Moisten the crushed crackers in the milk; don’t let them get too soggy! (This is why I use less milk than the original recipe.) Squeeze out the excess milk, if needed. I like the crackers to be kind of soft, it makes rolling the meatballs easier on my hands.

Add the crackers, egg, onions and sage to the ground meat; mix thoroughly. If the mixture is too wet, crush some more dry crackers into the mixture until you reach the desired consistency.

Add salt and pepper.

Roll the meat dough into balls approximately 1.5? in diameter

Place the meatballs on parchment-lined cookie sheets. (I use Silpats instead of parchment paper, if you don't have Silpats—get 'em, they are fantastic for all kinds of baking stuff.)

Bake the meatballs for about 20-25 minutes (adjust for doneness or depending on how large you make the meatballs).

Like Pithy & Cleaver, I served them with spinach fettucine tossed in ricotta and lemon zest–highly recommended, but you can do with them as you please, of course!

Enjoy! And don't forget—you can make a double batch and freeze some for later.

Snappy's Asian Chicken Wontons
June 16, 2012 1:40 PM - InsertSnappyNameHere
Nasoya wonton wraps (can be found at just about any store now)
Olive Oil
Boneless chicken breast
Kosher Salt
Asian Cole Slaw (I usually order this from Fresh Direct, but you may be able to find it in a gourmet store)
Teriyaki Sauce (low sodium)
Heat oil in a small skillet. Once hot, put in one or two wonton wraps at a time. After about 15 seconds, flip them over. Wraps are finished once they are golden brown on each side (takes a total of 30-45 seconds).
Season chicken breast with kosher salt and pepper. Grill up in skillet, then cut it into small bite-sized chunks. Dip the chunks into a small dish of teriyaki sauce.
Peel and finely dice garlic, oven roast for about 10 minutes. The smaller you dice the garlic, the less time you should allow them to roast or else you will burn them.
Lay wontons on plate. Sprinkle a bit of finely diced cilantro, then add some of the chicken chunks, the oven roasted garlic, then the asian cole slaw, then a bit more cilantro. Finally, eat until your heart is content!

Mac & Cheese by a teen friend of mine
June 15, 2012 11:55 AM - Arkady
Macaroni and Cheese (Serves 6-8)

2 pounds ziti
6 cups White Sauce (recipe follows)
1/2 pound smoked mozzarella, grated
1/2 pound plain mozzarella, grated
1/2 pound white Cheddar cheese, grated
1/2 pound cooked ham or cooked bacon
3 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
3 tablespoons bread crumbs
4 tablespoons sweet butter, softened

Cook ziti al dente according to package instructions. Meanwhile, preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease an 18 by 12 inch ovenproof dish.

Make white sauce; cool slightly and add grated mozzarellas and Cheddar cheese. Add sauce and ham or bacon to ziti and mix well. Place in prepared baking dish, top with Parmesan and bread crumbs, and dot with butter. Bake 40 minutes.

White Sauce (makes 7 cups)

7 cups milk
2 bay leaves
1 bunch parsley stems
sprig of thyme (optional)
3 white peppercorns
3 cups sweet butter
1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
1 teaspoon ground white pepper
1/4 teaspoon paprika
1/4 teaspoon dry mustard
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup white wine

Combine milk with bay leaves, parsley stems, thyme, if using, and peppercorns. Scald milk; do not boil. Simmer gently at 5 to 10 minutes, until well blended.

Meanwhile, combine butter, salt, pepper, paprika, and mustard in separate saucepan over low heat. Melt butter, but be careful not to burn. Stir in flour and cook, stirring constantly, 5 to 7 minutes. Add the wine and combine well. Strain milk and whisk in. Cook, stirring, 4 to 5 minutes; the sauce will thicken up suddenly. If not using the sauce immediately, drizzle some melted butter on the top. Spread butter over surface with a damp paper towel so a skin will not form.