The Guardian

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Lagostini Primavera




Lagostini Primavera 

So last night I made this scrumptious little dinner. It was extremely fast and super easy. I'll go out on a limb and assume that most the of the ingredients are in your fridge because they are the basic staples of all fridges. Because I hate throwing out food and love using leftovers for "new" dinners, I'll tell you a little secret .... When I make asparagus as a side dish, during preparation I do not throw out the ends. I cut them into tiny pieces. Then I freeze them for when I need to use them. In this recipe you will see them because I used them as a base for the Primavera. I also will use them in Minestrone soup...Fyi. This is an easy meal...I hope you enjoy and Bon Appetite. 

Ingredients: 

1 Medium Sweet Onion chopped
2 Cups Asparagus chopped
2 Cups Cherry Tomatoes chopped
1 Cup Scallions chopped
2 Carrots Chopped
2 Cups Escarole cleaned and chopped (not cooked) 
Salt
Pepper
Fresh Chopped Parsley
1 TBLS Mrs. Dash 
4 TBLS EVOO 
3 Whole garlic 
4 Large White Mushrooms Chopped
3 Lbs Cooked Chopped Logostini (I bought mine at Costco) 
1/4 Cup White wine (if you won't drink it, don't cook with it)
1 Cups Chicken Broth
1 Cup Tomato Broth 
1 Pound Capellini Pasta 

Directions:

On med-low heat and in a non stick pan add the EVOO and whole garlic. After a couple of minutes, add the onions, mushrooms, asparagus, scallions, escarole, cherry tomatoes, salt and pepper, and carrots. Sautee everything until all the veggies are cooked through and onions are transparent. Allow to simmer 10 minutes. Add Mrs. Dash seasoning. Then add fresh chopped parsley. Allow to simmer another ten minutes. Then add Chicken broth, white wine, and tomato broth and Lagostini. Allow ten more minutes to simmer. Afterwards start the pasta water to boil, once boiling add salt. Then add pasta and cook until al dente. Once pasta is cooked, scoop pasta out with a strainer and place in a pasta bowl. Then add Lagostini Primavera. If pasta seems dry...add salted pasta water to dish. This dish is scrumptious and so easy to make. Enjoy Friends. 




Monday, November 3, 2014

Sicilian Pizza








SICILIAN PIZZA 


OH MY GOD!!! I am back people...So I got a new phone and a new computer and so I am able to upload new pics and recipes. I got this pizza recipe from my mom who got it from her friend..so this is not an original but a copy. I always said that if I was on death row, this would be my last meal. lol...you be the Judge!!


Ingredients: 

EVOO
2 lbs- Homemade Pizza dough (my recipe or store bought)
6 Medium potatoes cleaned and shredded with a grater and ringed dry
Escarole cleaned, chopped and dried
Salt
Pepper
oregano
Lowery's garlic salt (to taste)
1/4 cup - grated Parma Cheese
1- Cup Mozzarella Cheese (Freshly Grated or store bought already grated)
1- Can diced tomatoes
1- lb Lombardi's mild pork sausage www.lombardimeats.com (Or whatever brand you love)

Directions:

Prepare dough as mentioned in previous recipe (or store bought). Precook dough 15 minutes with EVOO around edges for and extra crispy crunch. Then layer grated potatoes on dough and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Then add escarole. Then add raw sausage out of the casing and add diced tomatoes on top of sausage. Sprinkle with salt, pepper and oregano. Add Lowery's garlic salt and parma cheese. Then top with Mozzarella cheese. Bake at 375 for 35-40 minutes.