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plenty of celery

THE most delicious "cucina della nonna", or "cucina povera"...meaning po' folks food, or grandma's cooking....read on....

Braise that celery with garlic and olive oil, then add a (can?) or so of chicken stock. Add a can of cannolini beans undrained. Take this mixture and spoon it over a left over halved loaf of bread, drizzle with more olive oil, Italian oil-cured olives, flaked or large gain salt, and LOTS of finely ground black pepper. It's a complete protein when your bread is whole wheat, and amazing!
PS A sprinkle of romano wouldn't hurt!!

Jan 29, 2013
islandbear in Home Cooking

Your favourite "magic" few-ingredient recipes

Got every single ingredient in the house! The frozen salmon is going in the marinade and in the refrigerator, and we are all going to sleep! Will let you know how it turns out tomorrow! (Anyone know why "sweet" and "salmon" are such good friends? ) Rhetorical question, but I know a good salmon glaze/marinade when I see one, and I'm trying this. Thanks goodhealth!

Feb 02, 2011
islandbear in Home Cooking

Your favourite "magic" few-ingredient recipes

Never fails butter, in fact, with a rice cooker you can be on the couch drinking Pina-Coladas for hours before and with your guests! That's entertaining! :-) Aloha!

Feb 02, 2011
islandbear in Home Cooking

Your favourite "magic" few-ingredient recipes

Totally...although I hate the extra step, I would brown them first, but if you get bone-in no skins....Throw them in!! No browning! A Big YES to your question! BTW, as a nutrition conscious ex Weight Watcher's Group Leader, this dish may be high in calories because of the sugar, but LOW in fat if you trim the pork, or use skinless thighs. I think most cooks would agree no breasts, would for sure come out too dry and stringy. Thighs....Daym! You got me thinking now!!

Feb 02, 2011
islandbear in Home Cooking

Your favourite "magic" few-ingredient recipes

HAWAIIAN PORK- Fill your crock pot with your favorite stewing pork cut in chunks, Add the following: One cup each of....Soy Sauce, Chopped tomatoes in puree, Sugar. Add a heaping TBSP of your favorite mustard, OPTIONAL-lotsa' minced ginger and garlic (neither in the original recipe) and DONE. Turn the slow cooker on and forget about it. Cook a huge rice-cooker full of short or medium grain (read: "sticky") rice, and serve. My personal addition is any chopped hot peppers. (Lots, the heat is offset by the sugar) Also- Don't worry about that whole CUP of sugar, believe me "it all balances out" AMAZING Flavor from one of my favorite Hawaiian Home Cooks/Friends.

Feb 02, 2011
islandbear in Home Cooking

Jar of Artichoke Hearts--- what to do

Toss them with some olive oil and minced garlic, sprinkle with the following mixture- fresh plain bread crumbs, more minced garlic, fresh flat Italian parsley minced, dash of origano, freshly grated pecorino romano, finely chopped whatever-you-have dried sausage, salami etc, black pepper, and if you want that extra salty ZING, a few minced anchovies if , and for that authentic Sicilian dried fruit experience finish off with some chopped or whole rasins! Anyone recognize this combo? It's the bread stuffing used in stuffed artichokes! Lazy-Man's stuffed artichokes you might say, and a perfect use for a Costco-Size quantity of plain artichoke hearts! Enjoy
(Use leftovers as a base for a fritata with Asiago melted on the top)

Feb 02, 2011
islandbear in Home Cooking