Thursday, March 29, 2007

To try: Roasted garlic cream pasta

Had a marvelous version with rosemary at a good restaurant. Chicken
probably doesn't hurt.

Many similar recipes run thus:

Roast a LOT of garlic and squish it. Mix with a cup or two of heavy
cream, bring to boil. Simmer 5 min and add herbs and 1/2 cup grated

Purchasing garlic already roasted at a fancy grocery = cheating, but
that's OK with me. In fact, the fancy grocery probably lets you
purchase penne and maybe even grated cheese in small amounts, too.

Saturday, March 17, 2007

Cheat like you mean it

To pad out a week's menu with minimal effort and only one dirty saucepan, add:

Red beans and rice: Cook 1 box Zatarain's red beans and rice; add 1 package cooked chicken from cold cuts section of grocery store. 3-4 meals.

Doofer squares (my family's name for store-bought ravioli, because they're not Mom's ravioli but they'll do-fer now): Boil 1 package Buitoni or similar ravioli 10 min. Top with favorite pasta sauce. 3 meals.

Raspberry chipotle potstickers: Boil 1 box HEB pork potstickers (in the appetizers section of the frozen food aisle) 5-6 min. Drain and serve with Fischer & Wieser Raspberry Chipotle sauce as dipping sauce. 2 meals.

Cheat: Raspberry chipotle potstickers

Grocery store potstickers are a hit-and-miss affair, but when topped with Fischer & Wieser's Raspberry Chipotle Sauce it almost doesn't matter if they are bland. HEB's pork potsticker appetizers come about 10 to a box, cook up in 5 min, and when topped with sauce they are a reasonable substitute for the wild boar/berry sauce potstickers I miss from a local restaurant that closed a few years ago.

File this under "Cheat like you mean it": simple entrees that pad out a week's cooking with minimal effort.

1 box HEB pork potstickers
F&W Raspberry Chipotle sauce

Boil 2-3 cups water, add potstickers, cook on high 5-6 minutes, drain. Serve with sauce as a dipping complement. (Also a salad!)

Sunday, March 11, 2007

3-2-1 margaritas

(Use the empty limeade can to measure the 2nd and 3rd ingredients)

Into the blender:

One 6oz can frozen limeade
2/3 can silver tequila
1/3 can orange liqueur
Fill blender with ice.

On the rocks:

3 oz limeade
2 oz silver tequila
1 oz orange liqueur
over ice.

I tend to like sweet margaritas, but not bad margaritas (though many people consider those two to be synonymous). This recipe, made with limeade instead of the usual frozen lime juice, came out yummy.

Definitely get the best tequila you can. Silver = tasty. We found Don Julio on sale. Patron is the Mercedes-Benz. An extremely noticeable difference from the cleaning-fluid-flavored stuff in plastic bottles.