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Pesto – Fast & easy!

Pesto - Fast & easy!
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This is a great treat on pasta, but also delicious on crackers or warm bread as a snack. Try it as dip for bread sticks and even artichokes!
Servings Prep Time
4 people 20 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 people 20 minutes
Pesto - Fast & easy!
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This is a great treat on pasta, but also delicious on crackers or warm bread as a snack. Try it as dip for bread sticks and even artichokes!
Servings Prep Time
4 people 20 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 people 20 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: people
Instructions
  1. Combine basil, parsley, garlic, pine nuts, dried tomatoes (if you're using them) and lemon juice in a food processor and pulse until chopped.
  2. Add olive oil and combine until smooth.
  3. Move pesto to a bowl, mix in the parmesan cheese.
  4. Taste before adding salt or pepper, sometimes parmesan is very salty and so you most likely will not need to add any.
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Pasta Puttanesca

Pasta Puttanesca
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My all time favorite pasta dish! Amazing flavor, complexity and texture. I've often thought this would be a great preparation to serve on garlic bread rounds as an appetizer. Serve with a nice fresh salad and artesian bread. White wine is a wonderful accompaniment, but the flavors are strong enough to shine through a red wine as well. During the summer I've made a version of this recipe using fresh diced tomatoes and chopped fresh basil: Different but no less delightful! Since I LOVE chopping veggies and other ingredients, I chop all the ingredients ahead of time and store in little bowls. Once that's done, the actual cook time goes very quickly. Serves 4-6.
Servings Prep Time
4-6 people 1 hour
Cook Time
15 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4-6 people 1 hour
Cook Time
15 minutes
Pasta Puttanesca
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My all time favorite pasta dish! Amazing flavor, complexity and texture. I've often thought this would be a great preparation to serve on garlic bread rounds as an appetizer. Serve with a nice fresh salad and artesian bread. White wine is a wonderful accompaniment, but the flavors are strong enough to shine through a red wine as well. During the summer I've made a version of this recipe using fresh diced tomatoes and chopped fresh basil: Different but no less delightful! Since I LOVE chopping veggies and other ingredients, I chop all the ingredients ahead of time and store in little bowls. Once that's done, the actual cook time goes very quickly. Serves 4-6.
Servings Prep Time
4-6 people 1 hour
Cook Time
15 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4-6 people 1 hour
Cook Time
15 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: people
Instructions
  1. In a small bowl, combine boiling water and dried tomatoes; set aside for 5-10 minutes to soften. Start to heat up a large pot of water to cook pasta.
  2. In a large skillet, heat olive oil; add onions & anchovy paste (or fish sauce) and sauté until onions are golden. Add garlic, tomatoes and their water, olives, capers and marjoram or oregano. Cook, stirring occasionally, 9-12 minutes until half the liquid has evaporated. Leave the kitchen 1 or 2 times and then return so you can appreciate the fragrance. Add final ingredients.
  3. While the sauce is simmering, cook pasta to your preferred doneness.
  4. Drain pasta thoroughly then place in a large serving bowl. Toss in sauce ingredients and serve. Buon appetito!
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Lamb Shanks, Braised

Lamb Shanks, Braised
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lamb shanksThese fragrant, delicious lamb shanks are braised in an exciting combination of flavors and the meat is so tender it falls off the bones. Best served with my brown rice/wheat/barley pilaf. Leftovers can be used for Scotch Broth. Yum!
Servings Prep Time
4 30 minutes
Cook Time
2+ hours
Servings Prep Time
4 30 minutes
Cook Time
2+ hours
Lamb Shanks, Braised
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lamb shanksThese fragrant, delicious lamb shanks are braised in an exciting combination of flavors and the meat is so tender it falls off the bones. Best served with my brown rice/wheat/barley pilaf. Leftovers can be used for Scotch Broth. Yum!
Servings Prep Time
4 30 minutes
Cook Time
2+ hours
Servings Prep Time
4 30 minutes
Cook Time
2+ hours
Ingredients
Servings:
Instructions
  1. Using a paring knife, pierce lamb shanks and insert garlic slivers into meat. Brown shanks in olive oil in a lidded deep pan, electric skillet or dutch oven.
  2. Heat olive oil in a lidded deep pan, electric skillet or dutch oven and add lamb shanks. Place oregano, mint and lemon on top of lamb shanks. Add salt and pepper. Brown the shanks/seasonings, turning frequently.
  3. Pour in 1/4 cup water. Cover with lid, turn down heat and simmer for 2 hours, turning over meat about every 1/2 hour (spoon seasonings on top of meat) and replacing water if necessary. If making the rice pilaf, that can be made at any time and set aside (see pilaf recipe to proceed).
  4. After 2 hours, remove shanks from heat. Pan drippings can be deglazed with more water to be used as a gravy, or used in the pilaf recipe. Serve and enjoy!
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