I Say The Chic, Yet Rustic and Unexpected Way ~ ES
Caramalized Pancetta and Fennel Salad
1 bulb fennel, halved and cut into 1/2 -inch wedges
5 slices pancetta
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 T brown sugar
1 T extra-virgin olive oil
1/4 t salt
1/8 t ground black pepper
5 oz mixed greens ( 6 to 7 cups)
Red Wine Vinaigrette recipe follows
Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment.
In a medium bowl, toss together fennel, pancetta, garlic, brown sugar,
olive oil,salt. and pepper. Place the ingredients on the baking sheet in a single layer.
Place the ingredients on the baking sheet in a single layer. Cook until the pancetta is crisp
and the fennel is caramalized, about 20 minutes. Remove from the oven and let cool
for 5 minutes.
In a large bowl, place the salad greens, crumbled pancetta, and caramalized fennel.
Toss the salad with the Red Wine Vinaigrette and serve immediately.
Red Wine Vinaigrette
2 T red wine vinegar
1 T lemon juice
1/2 t honey
1/2 t salt
1/8 t black pepper
1/4 c extra-virgin olive oil
Mix the vinegar, lemon juice, honey, salt, and pepper in a blender. With the machine running gradually blend in the oil. Season the vinaigrette to taste, with more salt and pepper, if desired.
Dressing for dinner and setting the table are part of family tradition in my home. There
is a wonderful sense of security that comes with knowing what is
correct in the order of flatwear, where to place the glasses, plates,
and napkins that every child and adult should have. My children become
part of helping with dinner by allowing them to set the table in a
creative, yet traditional way.
Part of that tradition is also "dressing for dinner"...meaning brushed
hair, no baseball caps...totally freshening up on a school night. On
weekends, I expect much more polish. Sometimes I can't do much more
on a hectic school night than throw on one of my Haute Hostess
Aprons...and it totally does refresh me and instantly glams me up! The
children get a sense of order and calm when we sit down together, share
our meal, and talk about our day. Here is a recipe that we all love and
there are happy smiles all round, when they find out we are having lasagna! Also, the saucy apron on Mommy makes it all the more fun~ MAMA MIA!!! Let's eat!
1 cup chopped onion 2 crushed cloves garlic 1 28 oz. can crushed tomatoes 1 16 oz can crushed tomatoes 1 6 oz. tomato paste 1/4 c. minced fresh parsley 1 tablespoon packed light brown sugar 1 1/2 t. dried oregano 1/4 dried thyme 1 bat leaf 1 whole stalk celery, leaves removed 2 cups water
In large saucepan, combine all ingredientsand simmer for 3 hours, stirring occasionally. Remove bay leaf and celery stalk.
1 pound lean ground turkey 1 t. fennel seeds 1/2 t.crushed red pepper flakes 8 ozs. lasagna noodles, cooked al dente and drained 16 oz. low fat cottage cheese 1 lb. shredded mazzarella cheese 8 oz. shredded parmesan cheese
ground turkeyin large skillet, drain fat. Add meat to sauce with fennel
seeds and red pepper. in a lightly oiled 9x13 inch pan, layer half of
the noodles, sauce, cottage cheese and mozzarella. Repeat layers in a
second time and sprinkle parmesan on top. Cover with lightly oiled foil.
Bake at 350 degees for 45050 minutes. Serves 10-12. DELICIOUS! I like
to place my pan on a baking sheet to catch any drips.
MaMa's Easy Yummy Chili
3 lbs. ground beef, browned in 1/4 c. oil
Garlic, as much as you'd like ~ for me 8 minced cloves
Add: 3 T. cumin
1 1/2 to 2 T red pepper
1 T. salt
1/2 t. pepper
Simmer 15 minutes
Add: 3 cans tomato soup
1 can pinto beans ~ Omit if not a bean lover
3 soup cans water
I like to double recipe so we have a quickie dinner any other night . Freezes super well.
Condiments on the side: Freshly grated sharp cheddar cheese, sour cream,
salsa, minced little green onions, and tortillas. Super Yummy!
2 cans low-fat chicken broth (14 1/2oz.)
1 can vegetable broth ( 14 1/2 oz.)
3/4 c. shredded carrots
8 oz. egg noodles
1 lg. can white chicken meat
1 T. all purpose flour
2 T. cold water
Dash of black pepper
Bring broth to a boil in a covered soup pot, 8-10 minutes.
Add carrots, noodles, chicken, and it's juice. Bring to a boil and cover.
Uncover and stir, breaking up chicken. Continue to boil until noodles are tender.
Combine flour and water in small container that has a lid. Shake well.
Noodles are now tender. Add flour mixture and stir until thick. Season with salt and pepper.
YUMMY! Serves 4-6~ I double the recipe, as everyone always wants seconds
Apple Turnovers with French Vanilla Ice Cream
Cook Pepperidge Farm Apple Turnovers according to directions.
Let sit 10 minutes and serve with good quality French Vanilla Ice Cream
HAULIN' OATS Love Rachael Ray's thirty minute meals, but I adore Haulin' Oats 5 minute ~ all in one ~ satisfying meal . Flavors such as Cinnamon
Girl, Chai A Little Tenderness, My Cherry Amour and Date in The Life
are passionately blended by 2 Cali girls who made their way to Nashville
and resource their ingredients from our organic food community. I also
adore these charmers as hostess gifts, wedding shower favors, etc ...you
may also purchase a gift pack...AND they are made in TN USA. Can't get
much better than that! Stop by 1108 Woodland Street in East Nashville
at The Idea Hatchery and say hi to Tracey Levine. You'll be glad you did
P.S THEY SHIP My fave flavors are Lavender Blue and My Cherry Amour. YUM ! YUM!