Thursday, 4 April 2019

Clams Carbonara


Everyone who knows Wee Bear (the hubster)... knows he loves pasta. One of his favorites is Pasta Carbonara. I love steamed clams....oh my gosh do I love clams! So....a recipe was born!

Clams Carbonara

2 lbs little neck clams, cleaned
salt 
pepper
nutmeg
1 lb dry spaghetti
1 egg and 4 egg yolks
3/4 c. grated Parmesan
8 ounces bacon or pancetta cut into strips
1 medium yellow onion, chopped into small dice
4 garlic cloves, minced
1/2 c. parsley, chopped fine
2 T unsalted butter

Bring 2 inches of water in a large pot to a boil, add clams and put on the lid. Steam about 5-6 minutes until the clams open. Using a slotted spoon, remove the clams to a bowl....discard any that didn't open.

Strain the liquid through a cheesecloth lined sieve into a measuring cup or bowl. Return the liquid to the pot and add enough water that it is 3/4 full, bring to a boil. Generously salt the water, add the spaghetti and cook until aldente'. Drain, reserving one cup of the liquid.



 Meanwhile...if you choose, you can remove the clams from the shells, I prefer not to.

In a small bowl combine the  egg, egg yolks the Parmesan and the nutmeg with a whisk.

Heat a large skillet and add bacon/pancetta, cooked until it is lightly browned. Transfer to plate with paper towels to drain. Leave the fat in the skillet. Add the onion and garlic and cook until soft...about 5 minutes. Add the pancetta, clams and spaghetti and stir to coat.

Remove the skillet from heat and pour in the egg mixture slowly, tossing until well incorporated. Add reserved pasta water, chopped parsley and butter continue to toss. Season to taste. Enjoy!

Tuesday, 12 March 2019

Irish Lamb Stew

  

What could be more delicious than a bowl of heart warming Irish Stew? This is the favorite in Ireland and is loved all over the world! Irish stew is traditionally made with mutton (older sheep) but, nowadays, it is made more often with lamb....may seem like a waste but the flavor is amazing.

Friday, 1 March 2019

Bolognese Sauce


This sauce is the best sauce I have ever tasted! It is worth every minute! The layers of delicious flavor will delight your palate! I like to double the recipe and freeze in increments that we know we will use.

Making this very authentic Italian sauce is easy and requires no special skills. I perfected this bolognese sauce over several years. Adding this, taking out that. The end result is stunning and miles away from that awful tomato sauce from a jar.

This traditional spaghetti bolognese is a real winner. Your family will thank you for it!

Thursday, 7 February 2019

Cambozola Tarts




Blue cheese is one of Wee Bears favorite cheeses, he loves a couple tablespoons crumbles on his salad. He loves blue cheese on his hamburger.....he loves it! It is a cheese you love or hate! So, here comes a milder version. Cambozola has a particular mildness similar to a buttery triple creme or a brie. Cambozola is a combination of Camembert style cheese and Gorgonzola.  You sort of get half of each! You get a delicious mushroomy brie quality- it has delicious pockets of blue cheese, tiny little pockets....perfect for introducing someone to the world of "Blue".

Friday, 1 February 2019

Instant Pot Baby Back Ribs





My mouth is watering as I sit finishing up this blog just in time for Super Bowl. I made these delicious baby back ribs a few months ago for football season. They are so delicious! Of course so tender because, as in my previous rib recipe, Baby Back Ribs, I used the instant pot. So much quicker than the oven or boiling method. The sauce contains a Hoisin sauce, similar flavors as in the  Asian Style Flankin Ribs  I made a year ago. You won't be disappointed, these are KILLER!

Sunday, 27 January 2019

Pork Piroshki




Pork Piroshki is a sure hit for any occasion!  The herbed pork filling wrapped in a cream cheese pastry is a one, two punch! These can be made ahead and frozen for 3 months. Just pop a few out when company comes, or when you just want a simple salad and some quick appies for dinner! I have been baking these for years and quite frankly do not know how they haven't made it to the blog until now! Just in time for Superbowl and Valentines day! This is my absolute favorite appetizer!

Sunday, 20 January 2019

BLT Stuffed Mushrooms



Pretty sure these delicious KETO friendly stuffed mushrooms will be a hit at the next party! Yes, Superbowl is around the corner and some of us are still taking off that holiday bulge! Whether you are or not, it doesn't matter, everyone loves this delicious dish!