Laurie's Kitchen

A cooking blog of some of my favorites

Risotto with chicken sausage April 1, 2014

Filed under: Chicken,Dinner,Fall,Gluten Free,Vegetarian Optional,Winter — laurms15 @ 7:34 am

Ingredients
3 chicken sausage links, chopped
2 T olive oil
2 T butter
1 large onion, diced
5 cloves garlic, minced
1 1/2 cup arborio rice
1/2 cup white wine
4 cups chicken stock
2 cups water (if needed)
1 cup sun dried tomato (not packed in oil), chopped
1 package frozen chopped spinach (10 ounces)
1/2 cup shredded parmesan cheese

In a large pan, heat oil over medium heat. Saute chicken sausage until crispy brown. Remove from pan.

Add butter to pan. When melted, stir in onion and saute until translucent. Stir in garlic for one minute.

Add rice and stir continuously for a few minutes then add wine. Stir until wine is mostly absorbed then add broth in 1/2 cup increments, stirring gently, until completely absorbed.

Add sun dried tomatoes and remaining water, in 1/2 cup increments, until the water is completely absorbed or the rice is cooked through completely: tender but not crunchy.

Add spinach and chicken sausage to pan and heat through.

Remove pan from heat, stir in parmesan and serve.

Serving Size: Makes 4 2-cup servings

Number of Servings: 4

 

ONE POT TOMATO BASIL PASTA

Filed under: Dinner,Fall,Gluten Free,Pasta,Vegetarian Optional — laurms15 @ 7:29 am

ONE POT TOMATO BASIL PASTA

Serves 4 to 6 as an entree

12 ounces linguine pasta (I use gluten free)
1 can (15 ounces) diced tomatoes with liquid
1 medium sweet onion, cut in 1/4 inch julienne strips (use an onion such as Vidalia or Walla Walla)
4 cloves garlic, very thinly sliced
1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
2 teaspoons dried oregano leaves
4 1/2 cups vegetable broth (use regular broth and NOT low sodium)
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1 bunch (about 10 to 12 leaves) basil, diced
Parmesan cheese for garnish

Place pasta, tomatoes, onion, and garlic in a large stock pot. Pour in vegetable broth. Sprinkle on top the pepper flakes and oregano. Drizzle top with oil.

Cover pot and bring to a boil. Reduce to a low simmer and keep covered and cook for about 10 minutes, stirring every 2 minutes or so. Cook until almost all liquid has evaporated – I left about an inch of liquid in the bottom of the pot – but you can reduce as desired .

Season to taste with salt and pepper. Add basil leaves and stir pasta several times to distribute the liquid in the bottom of the pot evenly throughout the pasta as you are serving. Serve garnished with Parmesan cheese.

I also boil a head if cauliflower and toss that in with the pasta toward the end.

 

Basic Risotto (Gluten Free) January 23, 2013

Filed under: Cheese,Dinner,Fall,Sea Food,Side Dish,Vegetarian Optional,Winter — laurms15 @ 6:40 am

BASIC RISOTTO

4 to 5 cups of Chicken broth
3/4 cup of white wine
small shallot (I use shallots because I find them not as strong as regular onions)
1 tb. olive oil or butter (I used a little more)
1 cup of Arborio Rice
1/2 cup of Parmigiano cheese (I used a little more)

1. In a pot heat the Chicken Broth
2.  Chop shallots small and sautee in the butter or oil with a little salt in a large saute pan(I use butter to give it more flavor)
3. Add the rice and stir until coated about 1 minute.
4. Add about a ladleful of liquid slowly and stir until it is gone (Turn heat to low but not simmer)
5. Keep adding liquid and stirring slowly.
6. You can add the wine at any time now and stir. (I alternate with the broth and wine 1/4 cup of wine at a time)
7. About 2/3 of the way through, add the shrimp.
(I usually sautee the shrimp first in a separate pan, so they are cooked when I put them in the rice. Put them in whole or you cut the in pieces your choice)
8. Keep adding liquid and stirring (make sure liquid is dry before adding more.
9. When the rice is cooked (soft on the outside and still a little al dente on the inside) add the Parmigiano and mix well.
10. Serve.

I used the same basic recipe for the vegetable one as well and sautee the vegetables in some butter separately so that it has a nice flavor,
Add them towards the end of the cooking also. I generally mix veggies and shrimp. Peas, broccoli, and carrots are my favorites to put in.

 

Watermelon and Tomato Salad June 3, 2012

I participated in a recipe swap where the theme was summer salads. I made the following salad and it was a hit. It was out at dinner and left out for dessert. It worked well for both courses. The only change I made was using the plain feta and skipping the onion entirely.

Summer Salad

Serves 6 -8 people

Ingredients
1 8oz package of tomato/basil feta cheese crumbled or you can use plain feta cheese if you can’t find it
4 cups of tomatoes cut into chunks (I use different colors / kinds, yellow heirloom, some grape tomatoes, you can use whatever kind you like)
¼ cup of fresh basil shredded
2 cups of watermelon chopped
1 cup of strawberries sliced
1 red onion sliced thin
½ teaspoon salt
3 tbsp of balsamic vinegar
1 tbsp of olive oil

Directions:
1. In a small bowl, whisk together the oil, vinegar and salt set aside.
2. In a large mixing bowl add tomatoes, cheese, basil, watermelon, strawberries and onion. Gently toss together.
3. Pour vinegar mixture on top of salad and gently toss. Refrigerate for  at least one hour serve cold.

 

Tortellini Salad

Filed under: Dinner,Pasta,Recipe Swap,Side Dish,Summer,Vegetarian Optional — laurms15 @ 3:57 pm

1 package of tortellini salad (I use tri-color because its festive)
1 package of spinach washed and chopped in half/thirds just to make it easier to eat.
1/3 cup of parm cheese
2 cups of cherry tomatoes cut in half
1 cup of kalamata olives cut in half
(sometimes I add artichoke hearts if I have them)

Dressing:
Balsamic Vinegar
Tomato Paste
Olive Oil
Basil
Parsley
Oregano
Salt
Pepper
(touch of onion powder/garlic powder to taste if you like)

Cook the pasta then run under cool water or place in the fridge. Combine the other ingredients with the pasta when its cool and pour the dressing over the top.

 

Sweet Condensed Milk with Soy Powder

Filed under: Dessert,Ice Cream,Vegetarian Optional — laurms15 @ 3:55 pm

produces 1-14 ounce can of Sweetened Condensed Milk

Ingredients:

  • ¾ cup White Sugar
  • ½ cup Water
  • 1 cup + 2 Tablespoons of Soy Milk Powder

Directions: Combine all ingredients in a saucepan, and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and cook until thick, about 15 to 20 minutes.  Cool before using.  May be stored in the refrigerator.

 

Sweet Condensed SOY Milk

Filed under: Dessert,Ice Cream,Uncategorized,Vegetarian Optional — laurms15 @ 3:52 pm

(3) Cups of Soy Milk
(3/4) Cup of Sugar
Pinch of salt
Vanilla Extract to taste

Place Soy Milk and Sugar in a pot and stir do not stop stirring during the process and let the milk simmer down until its about 1 cup then add vanilla and salt and stir.

This can be stored in the fridge for a couple of days and used in any recipe you would normally used sweet condensed milk for.