Bolognese N’ Biscuits


Last night, I ate our Fresh Tomato Bolognese over squash noodles. Dope!! Why not drop some eggs in that sauce? It would be similar to my Egg Drop Salsa recipe. And this time, I think I want to eat it on top of a biscuit. Thank you again, Mom, for the Southern inspiration. One more thing . . . Make it an Atwater’s Cheddar Biscuit?

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Bolognese N' Biscuits

 

 

 

 

 

 

While delicious, I did not need to have the whole biscuit. I would’ve been ok with just the top or the bottom and one egg . . . Or this 🙂

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Bolognese Breakfast Biscuit

 

Delicious!! I love tomatoes and this season, the garden is giving us a plentiful harvest. I use the tomatoes for my sandwiches and our homemade salsa and Bolognese are turning out to be great compliments to my breakfast menu.

While I love this concoction, I try not to eat like this everyday. You might also try this healthier alternative Portobello, Tomato, and Egg White Breakfast Sandwich! This recipe is also quick and mobile for on-the-go individuals.

August 17, 2011
Food, Recipe

 
 

Fresh Tomato Bolognese


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With 50 or so fresh picked tomatoes from the garden quickly ripening in my sunroom, I decided it was time to make some sauces.

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Tomatoes galore

This is the bolognese (meat sauce) recipe I concocted using garden and farmer’s-market supplies, along with some ground beef from an Amish market.
Once again I (healthily) thickened a recipe by adding shredded zucchini.  I love vegetables, so this sauce wouldn’t have been as exciting to me otherwise. 🙂

Ingredients:

  • TOMATOES!  (lots, I don’t know, maybe 8? 10? depends on how much you want to make)
    Diced–with pulp removed (puree a few if you can)
  • 1 shredded zucchini
  • 4 cloves of minced garlic
  • minced leek (to taste)
  • Minced spicy / mixed peppers
  • Fresh oregano and basil
  • Salt, pepper
  • ~1 lb ground beef
  • 2 tbsp corn starch
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • splash of red wine (optional) or balsamic

Directions:

Heat olive oil in a pan and add the ground beef.  Cook until just browned.    Add a couple tablespoons of corn starch to the pan to create a thicker sauce from the beef fat.  If the beef was really fatty, you might want to drain some off first.  If you used lean beef, you might not need to do that.

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Grating zucchini

Remove the pulp from the tomatoes as you dice them.  I used a food processor after removing the pulp, and just pulsed it a few times to leave different-sized chunks of tomato for the sauce.  On one batch in the food processor (it took several), I pureed them completely, so the sauce would have some body as well.

Add garlic, leek, and peppers and saute for a minute.  Add diced tomatoes and wine or balsamic.  Allow the sauce to cook for 10+ minutes or longer, if you prefer to slow cook your sauce.  I’m impatient.

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Tomatoes, beef, and zucchini

Add fresh herbs, salt and pepper, and allow to cook for another 5 minutes or so.

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Bolognese sauce cooking

Make your pasta (I prefer to use a peeler to create long “linguine pasta ” ribbons out of squash or zucchini, and then saute or blanch those for a couple of minutes.  This is an excellent gluten-free and guilt-free healthy pasta alternative).

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Squash "pasta" noodles

Serve sauce over pasta, and top with cheese if you wish.  Enjoy!

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Fresh Tomato Bolognese over squash noodle pasta with pesto-stuffed roasted tomato

 

August 16, 2011
Food, Recipe

 
 

Bushel of Crabs Birthday Cake (Brady Cake Company)


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For my birthday, my roommate Michelle surprised me with this awesome cake she made in the shape of a bushel of crabs!!
Michelle has been creating some of the coolest cake designs I’ve ever seen, and this one ‘takes the cake’.   Check out the old bay container, the crabs crawling out of the bushel and the corn!   Everything you see there is edible except the mallets and the cutting board.

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Bushel of Crabs cake!

On top of looking awesome, this chocolate raspberry cake tasted delicious 🙂

If you live in the greater Baltimore area and have a special occasion coming up, I suggest you get in touch with Michelle to hand craft an edible conversation piece for you.

Check out her site for contact info and pictures of more creative cakes she’s made:  www.bradycakecompany.com

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www.bradycakecompany.com

August 15, 2011
Food, Restaurants

 
 

Roasted Pesto-Stuffed Tomatoes


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I was looking for unique tomato recipes and I came across the idea of a roasted pesto-stuffed tomato.  I love pesto, but if you stuff a large tomato with just pesto, you will have an overly salty/oily/basil-y dish.  Perhaps this would work with very small tomatoes, but not with the ones I had grown.

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Roasted pesto-sutffed tomatoes

Luckily I had just made a batch of almond-basil pesto from the basil I was growing, so I had that on hand to start with!

I made a simple modification– I added shredded zucchini to the pesto and a little bit of minced mixed/spicy pepper to a pan, cooked it up, added pesto and the innards of the tomatoes I hollowed out, and then stuffed the tomatoes with that.  I topped it with a little Parmesan cheese.

 

Ingredients:

  • Tomatoes
  • Pesto
  • Shredded zucchini (or squash), with excess water squeezed out of it
  • Parmesan or other cheese
  • minced bell or spicy peppers (Optional)

 

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

Slice the top off each of your tomatoes and hollow them out carefully.  Discard the seeds and pulp, but keep the firmer fleshy parts.

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hollowed out tomato

Grate or food process a zucchini or squash and squeeze out any excess water.  If you leave the water in it, the result will be soggy.

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Shredded zucchini

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Almond-basil pesto

In a bowl, combine zucchini, minced bell or spicy pepper (optional), pesto, and the diced innards of your tomatoes.

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Zucchini-pesto mixture for stuffing

Stuff the tomatoes with the zucchini/pesto mixture.  Top with grated cheese.

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Stuffed zucchini-pesto tomatoes

Bake for 10-15 minutes, or until the cheese begins to brown.  You can let these roast for as long or as little as you like.

Enjoy!  I had these with my squash-noodle pasta topped with  homemade bolognese sauce and a delicious rosemary roll from Atwaters :).

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Roasted pesto-stuffed tomatoes with squash noodles and homemade bolognese

 

 

August 14, 2011
Food, Recipe

 
 

Almond-Basil Pesto


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Pesto makes a delicious pasta sauce, sandwich spread, or dip.

With so much basil growing in my garden this year, it was about time to make a batch.  Unfortunately a huge plate full of basil blends down to very little pesto, so make sure you have a LOT before getting started.

Ingredients:

  • LOTS of fresh basil (I used sweet basil as well as Thai basil)

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    Fresh picked sweet and Thai basil

  • 1/4- 1/2 C Slivered almonds (Because pine nuts are expensive and these were on sale! You can also use walnuts)
  • Olive oil
  • 3-5 cloves garlic
  • Salt, Pepper
  • Cheese (optional–I only had a tiny bit): Parmesan-Reggiano or Romano cheese or similar

Combine basil, nuts, garlic, and cheese in the food processor.  Add just enough olive oil so that the ingredients blend well.   Add salt and pepper to taste.

I was unpleasantly surprised at how much olive oil is required to make a creamy pesto… but I did read a tip about using chicken broth or some other stock to achieve a similar consistency without as much oil.

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almonds, basil, garlic in the food processor

Enjoy! This came out delicious!

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Fresh basil pesto

 

August 13, 2011
Food, Recipe