BUTTER, TOMATO, AND ONION SAUCE

YIELD
Makes enough for 1 pound dried pasta
TOTAL TIME
Time from start to finish: 50 minutes

INGREDIENTS

  • 2 pounds ripe tomatoes, or 3 cups canned whole peeled tomatoes with their juice
  • 1 medium sweet yellow onion
  • 5 tablespoons butter
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons salt

PREPARATION

    1. 1. If using fresh tomatoes, peel them. Coarsely chop the fresh or canned tomatoes. Trim both ends of the onion; peel it and cut it in half lengthwise.
    2. 2. Put the tomatoes, onion, butter, and salt in a 4- to 5-quart saucepan over medium heat. When the tomatoes begin to bubble, lower the heat to a slow but steady simmer. Cook, stirring every 10 to 15 minutes, until the tomatoes are no longer watery and the sauce has reduced, about 45 minutes, depending on the size and shape of the pot. The sauce is done when the butter has separated from the tomatoes and there is no remaining liquid.

Note: When you toss pasta with the sauce, add about 1/3 cup freshly grated Parmigiano-Reggiano.

Recipe Cred: Epicurious

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Marcella Hazan’s Roast Chicken With Lemons

INGREDIENTS

  •  3- to 4-pound chicken
  •  Salt
  •  Black pepper, ground fresh from the mill
  • 2 rather small lemons

PREPARATION

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Wash the chicken thoroughly in cold water, both inside and out. Remove all the bits of fat hanging loose. Let the bird sit for about 10 minutes on a slightly tilted plate to let all the water drain out of it. Pat it thoroughly dry all over with cloth or paper towels.
  3. Sprinkle a generous amount of salt and black pepper on the chicken, rubbing it with your fingers over all its body and into its cavity.
  4. Wash the lemons in cold water and dry them with a towel. Soften each lemon by placing it on a counter and rolling it back and forth as you put firm downward pressure on it with the palm of your hand. Puncture the lemons in at least 20 places each, using a sturdy round toothpick, a trussing needle, a sharp-pointed fork, or similar implement.
  5. Place both lemons in the bird’s cavity. Close up the opening with toothpicks or with trussing needle and string. Close it well, but don’t make an absolutely airtight job of it because the chicken may burst. Run kitchen string from one leg to the other, tying it at both knuckle ends. Leave the legs in their natural position without pulling them tight. If the skin is unbroken, the chicken will puff up as it cooks, and the string serves only to keep the thighs from spreading apart and splitting the skin.
  6. Put the chicken into a roasting pan, breast facing down. Do not add cooking fat of any kind. This bird is self-basting, so you need not fear it will stick to the pan. Place it in the upper third of the preheated oven. After 30 minutes, turn the chicken over to have the breast face up. When turning it, try not to puncture the skin. If kept intact, the chicken will swell like a balloon, which makes for an arresting presentation at the table later. Do not worry too much about it, however, because even if it fails to swell, the flavor will not be affected.
  7. Cook for another 30 to 35 minutes, then turn the oven thermostat up to 400 degrees, and cook for an additional 20 minutes. Calculate between 20 and 25 minutes total cooking time for each pound. There is no need to turn the chicken again.
  8. Whether your bird has puffed up or not, bring it to the table whole and leave the lemons inside until it is carved and opened. The juices that run out are perfectly delicious. Be sure to spoon them over the chicken slices. The lemons will have shriveled up, but they still contain some juice; do not squeeze them, they may squirt.

Recipe Cred: The New York Times

Mexican Roasted Sweet Potato Cubes

MEXICAN ROASTED SWEET POTATO CUBES
Prep time
Cook time
Total time
Serves 4 as a side 5 mins prep, 20 mins in oven
Serves: 4
INGREDIENTS
  • 2 teaspoons cumin
  • 2 teaspoons paprika (ideally smoked)
  • 1 teaspoon chilli flakes
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed or grated
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • Juice of 1 lime
  • 1 large sweet potato, chopped into 1cm cubes (ish!)
METHOD
  1. Preheat your oven to 200C.
  2. Mix together the cumin, paprika, chilli, salt, garlic, olive oil and lime juice in a large bowl.
  3. Add the cubes of sweet potato and stir to coat thoroughly. (Or use your hands!)
  4. Place the sweet potato cubes on a large non-stick baking tray, ensuring the cubes are well spread out (use 2 baking sheets if necessary) and in a single layer.
  5. Roast in the oven for 20 minutes.
NOTES

It’s crucial to ensure the sweet potato cubes are spread out well over the baking sheet – if they are touching each other too much or piled on top of each other they will steam rather than roast…which won’t be half so nice!

I have found that if you use a good non stick  baking sheet, the cubes don’t need turning throughout their cooking time, but if you are at all worried do give them a check after 10 minutes and turn them if you think necessary.

Recipe Cred: Easy Peasy Foodie

Lemon Marinade

INGREDIENTS

    • 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
    • 1/2 teaspoon hot pepper flakes
    • 1/2 teaspoon cracked black pepper
    • 1/2 teaspoon coarse salt (kosher or sea), or to taste
    • 4 strips of lemon zest
    • 3 cloves garlic, crushed with the side of a cleaver or minced
    • 1/4 cup coarsely chopped fresh parsley
    • 1/4 cup coarsely chopped fresh basil, cilantro, dill, oregano, or a mix of all four
    • 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
    • Add a tsp of sugar and dijon (optional)

PREPARATION

    1. Combine the lemon juice, hot pepper flakes, cracked pepper, and salt in a nonreactive (glass, ceramic, or stainless steel) bowl and whisk until the salt crystals are dissolved. Add the lemon zest, garlic, parsley and basil. Stir or whisk in the olive oil. The virtue of this marinade is its freshness: Use it within 1 to 2 hours of making. Stir again before using.

Recipe Cred: Epicurious

Turkey and Sweet Potato Chili

SERVES 4-6
INGREDIENTS

3 tablespoons olive oil

1 large yellow onion, finely diced

4 cloves of garlic, minced

½ serrano chili, minced

1 tablespoon chili powder (ancho chile powder if you can find it)

1 tablespoon ground cumin

2 tablespoon sweet paprika

½ teaspoon cayenne pepper

1 tablespoon salt

1 pound dark meat ground turkey

2 medium sized sweet potatoes, peeled and chopped into half-inch cubes (or about the size of a pinto bean)

1 quart chicken stock or chicken bone broth

1 15oz can black beans, drained and rinsed

1 15oz can pinto beans, drained and rinsed

1 15oz can kidney beans, drained and rinsed

avocado, cilantro, and sliced scallion for serving

PREPARATION

1. In a heavy bottom pan, heat the olive oil over medium heat.

2. Add the onion, garlic, serrano chili, chili powder, cumin, paprika, cayenne, and salt. Cook down until caramelized and fragrant, about 15-20 minutes.

3. Add the ground turkey and cook until crumbled and combined with the onions. Add the sweet potatoes and chicken stock (or bone broth) and bring to a simmer, then cover and let cook for another 20 minutes.

4. After the sweet potatoes have cooked, add the beans, stir to combine and cook for another 20 minutes uncovered.

5. Taste for salt and spice, then garnish with avocado, cilantro, and scallions.

Recipe Cred: Goop

Gluten-Free Quinoa Granola

INGREDIENTS

  • 1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 cup high-quality maple syrup
  • 3 cups quinoa flakes
  • Pinch of coarse sea salt
  • 1 1/4 cups roughly chopped raw walnuts
  • 3/4 cup roughly chopped dried figs
  • 3/4 cup roughly chopped pitted prunes

PREPARATION

  1. Preheat the oven to 400°F.
  2. Whisk together the olive oil and maple syrup in a large mixing bowl and add the quinoa flakes, stirring to combine thoroughly.
  3. Evenly spread the quinoa on a parchment-lined baking sheet and sprinkle with a pinch of salt.
  4. Roast, stirring now and then, until the flakes are dried and crunchy and a lovely golden brown, about 25 minutes.
  5. Let the quinoa mixture cool completely before mixing with the remaining ingredients. Store in a glass jar for up to 2 weeks.

Makes 12 half-cup servings.

Mustard Vinaigrette

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 rounded tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 ½ tablespoons red wine vinegar or sherry vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • Salt
  • freshly ground pepper
  • ½ cup extra virgin olive oil, or use half olive oil and half canola or grapeseed oil
  • 1 small garlic clove

PREPARATION

  1. In a small bowl or measuring cup, combine the mustard, vinegar, lemon juice, salt and pepper. Whisk in the oil.
  2. Peel the garlic clove and lightly crush, or cut down to the root end with a paring knife, keeping the garlic clove intact. Place in the dressing and allow to marinate for at least 30 minutes. Remove from the dressing before serving.

BBQ Shredded Chicken

8 to 10 servings

3 to 4 pounds boneless skinless chicken thighs, or a mix of thighs and breasts
Olive oil
1 large onion, diced
2 (or more) cloves garlic, minced
2 teaspoons smoked paprika
2 teaspoons salt
Freshly ground black pepper
1 1/2 cups (12 ounces) barbecue sauce, store-bought or homemade, plus more for serving

Heat the oven to 325°F. Remove the chicken from its packaging and pat it dry.

In a Dutch oven or heavy pot (with a lid) heat a drizzle of olive oil over medium heat. Cook the onion and garlic for 5 minutes or until quite soft. Add the smoked paprika and stir. Add the chicken one piece at a time, stirring to mix well with the onion. Stir in the salt and a few generous grinds of black pepper. Pour in the barbecue sauce and bring to a simmer. Turn off the heat.

Cover the pot with a heavy lid and put in the oven. Bake, covered, for 90 minutes, or until the chicken is extremely tender. Remove from the oven and use a slotted spoon to transfer the chicken to a large bowl. Use two forks to shred the chicken finely.

While you’re shredding the chicken, put the sauce, uncovered, back on the stove over high heat. Bring to a boil and reduce the liquid in the pan to about half of its volume. Pour this thickened sauce over the chicken and stir.

Serve with buns, slaw, avocado, and extra barbecue sauce on the side. Refrigerate for up to 5 days or freeze for up to 3 months.

Slow-cooker instructions: Follow the recipe as written above, but instead of putting the chicken and sauce in the oven, pour it all into a slow cooker. Cook for 5 to 7 hours on LOW. If desired, you can lift out the chicken and reduce the sauce in a separate pan on the stovetop, but this may not be necessary; it simply depends on your preference.

Recipe Cred: The Kitchn

Roasted Corn Chowder with Lime

Ingredients:
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 teaspoon cumin
1/2 to 1 teaspoon curry or chili powder or paste, mild or hot, to taste
4-5 cloves fresh garlic, chopped
1 medium sweet onion, diced
3 ears of corn, roasted, kernels removed
1 large sweet potato, peeled, diced
1 14-oz can Muir Glen Organic Fire Roasted Diced Tomatoes with Green Chiles
1 cup seeded, chopped fresh heirloom tomatoes- I used yellow and pink
4 oz. chopped roasted green chiles
1 quart light vegetable broth
1 14-oz can coconut milk
2 rounded cups* cubed organic tofu or cooked chicken pieces
Sea salt and ground pepper, to taste
A quick drizzle of organic raw agave, to taste

To serve:
3 tablespoons fresh chopped cilantro
Fresh lime juice from 2 juicy limes

Instructions:
Heat the olive oil in a large soup pot over medium heat and stir in the cumin and curry or chili powder; cook for one minute to infuse the oil with spice.

Add the chopped garlic and onion. Stir and cook for five minutes. Add the roasted corn, sweet potato, canned fire roasted tomatoes, fresh tomatoes, green chiles; stir for a minute. Add in the broth.

Cover and bring to a high simmer. Lower the heat and simmer gently, until the sweet potatoes are tender, about twenty minutes or so.

Add the coconut milk and tofu (or cooked chicken). Stir and season with sea salt and ground pepper; and add a drizzle of organic raw agave to taste. Heat through gently- please don’t boil it.

Just before serving, add the chopped cilantro and fresh lime juice. Stir. Taste test. Adjust seasoning. The lime juice brightens the taste and accents the spice. Agave cools the hotness.

Garnish with a lime wedge and pass out the spoons. Slurp. Smile.

Simple Tahini Free Hummus

Ingredients

1 can (15 ounces) chickpeas (garbanzo beans), rinsed and drained
2 tablespoons almond butter or tahini
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1 clove fresh garlic, finely chopped (optional)
1/2 teaspoon coarse salt
1/2 teaspoon ground coriander
Dash cayenne pepper
2 to 3 tablespoons water (if needed)

Directions
Stick it all in the food processor!! That’s it!

Recipe Cred: The Amazing Jessy O’Leary