Monthly Archives: December 2009

Mughlai Chicken with Spiced Basmati Rice

I’ve been dying to try this recipe for a while…from one of my favorite lady-crushes ever, Nigella. Oh, Nigella…

Anyway, the rice is an old favorite that went perfectly with this dish. Overall, YUM, and great for satisfying cravings for indian takeout.

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Chicken with BLT Gravy

This literally takes no time and is a great go to. And it has bacon.

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Crab and Corn Chowder in a Bread Bowl

During my last trip to Costco, I purchased a huge tub of yummy lump crab meat. This was a comforting and light meal after all of the Christmas debauchery.

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Calamari Stuffed with Itself, Shrimp, Spinach and Herbs

Since I was making this as 1 of about 245 dishes to be served for a Christmas Eve supper (feast of 7 fishes, to be exact) for 18 people, I doubled the recipe. They were so yummy and very messy-fun to make! Midway through, I decided to scrap the original sauce recipe and improvise toward a more traditional gravy for my family. Try this dish – it tastes even better the next day so is a perfect do-ahead.

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Pasta Carbonara with Cinnamon

This is my favorite comfort food dish. It might even be my favorite dish, period.  I CRAVE this. It’s so rich and delicious, it’s definitely a once a year kind of thing. Once, in a moment of insanity, I tried fussing with it to make it slightly less deadly – using egg beaters (gross!), turkey bacon, and FF half and half, but it was a total waste of time. I mean, if you’re going to have pasta with eggs, cream, and bacon, have pasta with eggs, cream, and bacon. Am I right?

Also, this dish really benefits from some freshness in the way of chives — cuts through the richness a bit. Unfortunately, when Brian offered to run to the corner store for me, he came home with 4 bunches of GIANT scallions instead. He means well 🙂

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I quit my job to cook all day!

Well, not really. But I do find myself with 2 weeks of unbridled free time and guess where I plan on spending it? That’s right, cart-ramming with the best of them at Market Basket and Costco. Hopefully the next two weeks will let me cross some of the more obscure recipes that I’ve been dying to try off my list… and, at the very least, I get to amuse myself in pretending that my fantasy of playing with food and feeding people for an actual living has finally come to fruition. This week’s many projects include seafood alla arrabbiata over polenta, muglai chicken with spiced rice, and chicken with BLT gravy. Then, of course, Christmas! Eighteen tentacle-loving diners await the Annual Aluia Christmas Eve Feast of the Seven Fishes, and then some fun appetizers are planned for Christmas Day. Loving this new job of mine already.

Chicken Florentine Meatballs

My first chicken meatball experience. I have to say, it tasted exactly like the beef/veal/pork meatballs my family makes, but a LOT healthier. These would also be really cute in mini size as a party appetizer with a little marinara or BBQ for dipping. Will be making these again for sure — ooh, chicken meatball subs coming at ya!

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Shrimp Pizza with homemade dough!

I’ve made this pizza a bunch of times but usually use a store bought boboli type of crust. This is my first time making my own dough (rolling pins scare me), but it was actually easy! I will continue experimenting with different herbs to add to it, etc. Maybe now I can justify that pizza stone I’ve been wanting to buy 🙂

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Shepherd’s Pie with Scallion Cheddar Crust

Ok, I may have outdone myself with this one. Totally comfort food, totally delicious. I’ve been looking for a good shepherd’s pie recipe for a while, and have tried a couple of RR’s recipes over the years…well, THIS is the only recipe you want for shepherd’s pie, legit.

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The Perfect Steak

Ever since I started experimenting with cooking, 2 things always got me down: making perfectly cooked chicken and perfectly cooked steak. While I don’t claim to be an expert in these two fine samples of protein just yet, I think I have mastered the filet mignon. Here’s a simple recipe to enjoy this really special cut. And it’s EASY — the most important part is what you do before and after you cook it.

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Eggs in Purgatory

Eggs and Purgatory - Just the TipThis is a classic italian dish and a perfect use-up for leftover mashed potatoes, which I HATE seeing go to waste. I always make this after Thanksgiving when there always leftover mashed potatoes as well as leftover gravy for the pasta course we gluttonous Italians always serve.

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Cinnamon Chicken and Pine Nut Pastries

I love to bring fun appetizers to my family’s house for the holidays. This was one of them this Thanksgiving. YUM.

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Almost Cook Yourself Thin Stuffed Shells

This is another recipe seen on the Lifetime show Cook Yourself Thin. Now what you see below is *slightly* naughtier than the original (need. more. cheese.), but still much healthier than your standard shells with all the hidden veggies to bulk up the filling. And they’re pretty freakin’ cute too.

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