Greetings and Happy September!
Summer is not over, but the end is in sight. Students everywhere, even in Michigan, are back in school. Those Farmers' Markets I praised a few weeks ago are somewhat less stocked now, and pumpkins and seasonal gourds are making more frequent appearances. All to say, it's almost time to be thinking of some special recipes for autumn and the coming end-of-year holidays.
As I was thinking about that, it occurred to me (actually, I was prompted by my sister who is a faithful subscriber) that I have posted several recipes over the last eight months – several of which were never mentioned, or featured, in a blog. Many of these recipes are long time favorites of mine – all recipes which never fail to please those around the table.
Cacio e Pepe
Clams and Mussels Marinara
Italian Stuffed Chicken
Mac 'n' Cheese - Adult Style
Parker House Rolls
Pasta with Basil Pesto
Roman Tossed Salad
Shredded Beef Chili
Cacio e Pepe is simply your favorite pasta (although Bucatini is classically preferred) tossed in melted butter, extra virgin olive oil, some pasta water, and a copious amounts of freshly ground black pepper and freshly grated pecorino Romano cheese. Consider serving it with the Roman Tossed Salad.
Clams and Mussel Marinara is just plain delicious, particularly when (OK, if) you have access to fresh clams and mussels. I frequently prepare this dish with just the mussels. Fresh clams are almost impossible to find around here.
If you like Hummus, you will especially like this recipe. Be sure to make it with Hydrated Dried Beans, though.
My recipe for Italian Stuffed Chicken requires that you debone a whole chicken. The "foodies" reading this may recall the wonderful scene in the movie Julie and Julia where Julie prepares her final recipe – Stuffed Duck Baked in a Pastry Crust which means she must debone her first duck. I'll admit it's all a bit intimidating, but I assure you it's much easier the second time. Or, you can just ask your butcher to do it for you!
It seems all children love Mac 'n' Cheese, so why shouldn't we have a Mac 'n' Cheese - Adult Style recipe? Now we do. (OK, I admit it. Now we have one more!)
For years I made dinner rolls using Pillsbury Hot Roll Mix. One day I decided to make them from scratch. My recipe for Parker House Rolls is the result.
Pasta with Basil Pesto is another simple, but delicious, meal. Just toss your favorite pasta with Basil Pesto and a little cooking water.
My recipe for Roman Tossed Salad comes directly from Rome. A splash of dry white wine makes it extra special in my book!
The Shredded Beef Chili recipe is the result of my efforts to make a interesting chili without using ground meat.
The recipe is called Wisconsin Walleye because it originated with Walleye in Wisconsin, but it can be used for almost any filleted fish.
There's more, but I'll save that for another time. In the meantime, thanks for reading all this, and . . .