Cannellini Beans with Spinach, Sausage and Mushrooms

Posted in Appetizers, Dinner, Easy Weeknight, Poultry, Vegetables

Cannellini Beans with Sausage, Spinach and Mushrooms

Despite an unusually warm start, it’s now 100% obvious that it’s winter on the East Coast, with temperatures in the teens last week (brrr). With frostier temperatures setting in, I’ve been focused on making food that will keep us warm, full and happy. And, there’s nothing that makes me happier than sausage and mushrooms. Nothing. Period. End of story.

A riff on the classic Italian dish, this dish is somewhere between a very thick stew and a dip. We eat it more like a dip with plenty of warm, crusty bread. It could also easily be served with pasta or on top of rice for something a bit more filling.

Best of all, this dish is on my how-the-hell-did-I-gain-fifteen-pounds diet (more on that in another post), coming in at under 250 calories – check out the nutrition facts at the bottom of this post.

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Veal Scaloppine (or, Scallopini for you Americans)

Posted in Dinner, Easy Weeknight

Making this has been one of the highlights in my kitchen so far this year.  All that I have to say is that it’s absolutely-fucking-delicious, and has beat every variation of this that I’ve had in restaurants during the past several years (take that, San Francisco food snobs). Although there are a lot of steps involved with this recipe, the entire dish can be prepared in less than 30 minutes, depending on how good your knife skills are.  If you have a fairly well-stocked kitchen complete with the basics, you should already have at least half of the ingredients called for here. We kept the rest of the meal pretty simple, with rice pilaf (out of a box, but it was a Tuesday) and steamed string beans. I will also add that this a most excellent dinner to prepare for someone that you’re trying to impress.  For whatever reason, baby cow sounds so exotic to people – tag an Italian word on the end and people are immediately convinced that you’re a miracle worker in the kitchen.

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Breakfast for Dinner – Perfect Scrambled Eggs, Provolone & Seared Mushrooms

Posted in Breakfast, Dairy, Easy Weeknight, For Cooking Rookies, How To, Vegetables, Vegetarian

Though my culinary prowess has much improved over the course of the past few years, it’s taken me a very long time to learn how to make scrambled eggs well.  You know, like the eggs you get at your favorite brunch spot that are creamy, but never undercooked, without a single spot of brown on them.  It wasn’t until very recently that I learned the patience and technique to really do it right. The trick here is slow and low: using a lot of butter to coat the bottom of a saute pan, using low heat, constantly moving the eggs slowly so that they don’t brown, and removing them from heat just before they’re done.  Check out this post by The Kitchn for some more tips on making perfect eggs.

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Warm Asparagus and Mushroom Salad

Posted in Dairy, Vegetables

I fried up an entire package of bacon to make cookies a few days ago – making my entire apartment building smell of bacon for at least the rest of the day. While I used a few bacon pieces as garnish on the cookies – I still had about six slices left.  After demolishing an entire quiche in just two days, I was in the mood for something light-ish.
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