In the early days of network TV food shows, one of the first on the Food Network was “Cooking Live,” with host Sara Moulton, whom at the time was the executive chef at Gourmet Magazine. The show began on New Year’s Day 1997 and finished five years later on March 31, 2002. The show was actually done live and within a one-hour time frame, Sara prepared a meal and took phone in questions simultaneously.
Currently, Sara has a show on public television called “Sara’s Weeknight Meals.” A natural teacher, she explains and demonstrates a recipe giving the viewer confidence to recreate the recipe at home. Recently when watching her show, she prepared a Broccoli and Goat Cheese Souffléed Omelet. The dish looked so inviting. For the recipe you’ll need ½ pound of broccoli (coarsely chopped and precooked), 3 ounces of goat cheese, kosher salt, freshly ground black pepper, vegetable oil, 5 large eggs (separated) and two tablespoons of all-purpose flour.
Now through Saturday, my local Shop Rite has flank steak on sale. I wanted to prepare something easy and not from my recipe file. I found a wonderful recipe on the Epicurious app (Gourmet Magazine, July 2007) for Korean-Style Grilled Flank Steak. My husband and I loved the Korean Cheeseburgers last week, and after reading through the recipe, decided this was worth a go. Besides the flank steak you’ll need soy sauce, unseasoned rice vinegar, fresh ginger, garlic, Sriracha, granulated sugar, sesame oil, scallions and sesame seeds. For accompaniments soft leaf lettuce and white rice. In lieu of Sriracha I used Gochujang
My husband occasionally likes to have an iced cold glass a milk and dunk several cookies for a snack. There aren’t many varieties that can be dunked in milk besides chocolate chip, oatmeal or sugar cookies. Biscotti are great for dunking in hot beverages, but not necessarily milk. Is there another cookie out there that can be dunked?
Pork tenderloin is like chicken, its versatile as it can be roasted, grilled or be part of a casserole dish. However, not wanting to repeat one of my tried-and-true pork recipes, I found a new one on my NYT Cooking app for Pork Tenderloin Stuffed with Herbs and Capers. The recipe was from food columnist, Melissa Clark, in her column a “Good Appetite” under the article “Putting the Tender in Pork Tenderloin.”
Besides pork tenderloin you’ll need, kosher salt, extra-virgin olive oil, shallots, capers, fresh sage, fresh rosemary, fresh thyme, fresh garlic, dry white wine or vermouth (or stock), fresh squeezed orange juice, chicken or meat stock, butter and a squeeze of fresh lemon juice (optional). Lucky for me, I had the necessary herbs in my garden.
Although my go to cookie is a chocolate sugar cookie, my husband prefers something else. I’ve tried numerous versions of chocolate chip, but this time I opted for Brown Butter Brownie Cookies. The recipe is by New York food stylist, Jesse Szewcyk and was found on the website “Vanilla Bean Blog.”
For the recipe you’ll need bittersweet or semisweet chocolate chips, unsalted butter, eggs, granulated sugar, light brown sugar, all-purpose flour, unsweetened cocoa powder, instant espresso powder (optional), baking powder, kosher salt and flaky sea salt (optional).
One day in the New York Times newspaper, they featured a recipe by Kay Chun for Korean Cheeseburger with Sesame-Cucumber Pickles. This simple, yet delicious recipe was packed with tons of flavor.
For the recipe you’ll need distilled white vinegar, kosher salt, freshly ground black pepper, turbinado sugar, Persian cucumbers, low-sodium soy sauce, scallions, fresh garlic, mayonnaise, roasted sesame seed oil, ground beef (preferably chuck or sirloin), American cheese, hamburger buns, butter lettuce, sliced onions and sliced tomatoes.
Buried in my extensive recipe collection was one for Beef Sates with Hoisin Dipping Sauce. A sate for this recipe is marinated skirt steak, skewered either on bamboo sticks or metal skewers and briefly grilled. The recipe is from Gourmet Magazine, August 1998.
For the recipe you’ll need wooden skewers, fresh garlic, fresh gingerroot, fresh lime juice, 8-ounces skirt steak, hoisin sauce, ketchup and lime wedges as an accompaniment. It just so happens that this week my local ShopRite will have flat iron steak on sale starting this Sunday,
It’s a beautiful Sunday at the Jersey shore. The temperature is 70° with blue skies, no humidity and wispy clouds above. I’m sitting at my computer reflecting on the delicious dish I made the other evening, Creamy Pasta with Ricotta and Herbs. The recipe is from Melissa Clark of The New York Times from her column “A Good Appetite.” The recipe was captivating as it was made with just a handful of ingredients and relied on fresh soft herbs for flavor. As you recall, I have lots of herbs in my garden this summer. For this recipe you’ll need a short pasta (shells, cavatappi, farfalle, ditali or wagon wheels), freshly grated Parmesan cheese, extra-virgin olive oil, coarsely ground black pepper and fresh soft herbs such basil, chives, fennel fronds, parsley, mint, tarragon, chervil or dill.
A former teacher, shop-a-holic, empty-nester redefining quick, family approved dinners.