From one Turkey Meatball recipe, two different meals were served, sans the classic tomato sauce. Recipe number one was Turkey Meatballs with Creamy Mushroom Sauce and Lemon Arugula Spaghetti. The second recipe was a Turkey Meatball Sandwich with Mozzarella Cheese. Why should tomato sauce have all the fun? This is a versatile ingredient that will add instant flavor to other dishes, as well. Flatten a raw meatball to make a breakfast sausage served with pancakes, add a pre-cooked meatball to a salad for lunch, or try it in another pasta dish for dinner. Read more
Did you ever eat Colcannon, made from lovely pickled cream?
With the greens and scallions mingled like a picture in a dream.
Did you ever make a hole on top to hold the melting flake
Of the creamy, flavoured butter that your mother used to make?
Yes you did, so you did, so did he and so did I.
And the more I think about it sure the nearer I’m to cry.
Oh, wasn’t it the happy days when troubles we had not,
And our mothers made Colcannon in the little skillet pot.
It was the luck of the Irish, amid all the twitters, I learned about colcannon from Foodwishes. A traditional Irish dish, colcannon is made with white potatoes, salt and pepper. Cooked kale or cabbage is thrown in for a healthy measure, and this dish wouldn’t be Irish without generous quantities of cream or milk. It would seem as if this old world dish had been in my index of recipes my whole life, for it’s combining two of my favorite vegetables: potatoes and kale.
Being of the new world, I wanted to add an American twist via the way of another old world, Africa. Instead of using Irish white potatoes, this version is made with sweet potatoes. Ironically, this dish reflects the Irish flag’s colors of green for the kale, white for the cream, and orange for the sweet potatoes. It has a rich taste worth a pot of gold.
On the day of the Oscar Awards, the boyfriend woke up with plenty of coughs. A menu was quickly planned to fight his cold during the glamorous event. A spicy and citrusy meal that is full of vitamin C was created. Hopefully, the dishes will build his immune system, and I’ll stay healthy and happy. Read more
In the Southern states, the announcement of a snowstorm sends crowds to grocery stores stocking their fridge with milk and eggs. The following week, the snow is melting, the roads are increasingly accessible and the sidewalks are being de-iced. From a non-cook’s perspective of looking at a fridge full of milk and eggs, these pancakes will look as if they were whipped from thin air. This whipped eggy batter produces ethereal, airy pancakes that will melt in your mouth. Serve these with caramelized apples and toasted walnuts. Enjoy! Read more
At a meeting last week, someone asked, “What’s the perfect meal to serve for a snowy weekend?” This weekend is also Superbowl Sunday. Instead of trying to show off my knowledge of recipes by mentioning exotic ingredients, my answer was simple. I said chili. It’s a comforting, spicy dish. Everyone wants a bowl, especially on a cold day. I didn’t mention the mole addition that gives this sauce a complex flavor. As a Superbowl dish, serve it over rice or on a sausage hot dog. Sausages, instead of hot dogs, could be a better option, because the source of the meat is not a mystery.
That same day, another person asked what I put in my chili, and I mentioned beer. She asked, “Why not wine?” I was thinking, “Wine in chili? This is a cheap dish!” Alas, the beer addition is another chili version. This recipe has a mole base, but I did sweeten it with a little wine. Garnish the sauce with chopped scallions and cilantro. Cheddar cheese is a classic topping, but this sauce taste better with grated Manchego cheese.
Note: Remember the mole enchiladas that was made a few weeks ago? So much sauce was made, I was able to freeze a few cups for this chili recipe. Buttermilk Cornbread served as a side dish to this meal.