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Lemony Chicken with Capers

This is an old standby, fresh, flavorful and pretty easy. It’s one of my husband’s favorites and he requests this very often. To make less of a mess while pounding … Continue reading

June 12, 2012 · Leave a comment

Empty Pantry Pasta

What to make when you’ve been away, you have an empty pantry, and a refrigerator full of, well….. science experiments?  I didn’t really feel like cooking much tonight. We had … Continue reading

June 9, 2012 · Leave a comment

Chard Tort

Sister visit continued! My sister, Eileen, made this for us and ohhhhhhh is it SO good! I haven’t tried this myself yet, therefore no alterations have been made by me. … Continue reading

June 5, 2012 · Leave a comment

Salmon Salad with Walnuts

Salmon! I love, love, love salmon! It’s quick, healthy, versatile and so delicious. This dish is all of that rolled into one super fresh, super simple recipe. You’ll need: Salmon, … Continue reading

June 1, 2012 · Leave a comment

Med Pie (Mediterranean Pizza)

My oh my, ‘atsa Pie! I was first introduced to a version of this pizza by my sister in law, Kathy, who is a fabulous cook. I don’t recall exactly … Continue reading

May 29, 2012 · Leave a comment

Spaghetti Limone

My very talented & beautiful daughter in law made this for dinner tonight and it was spectacular! Very light, fresh, & so flavorful. It has endless possibilities to tweak for … Continue reading

May 20, 2012 · Leave a comment

Mixta (Mixed) Paella

On a recent trip to Spain, I bought something I’ve always wanted. A genuine Paella pan! A carbon steel pan. They come in a gazillion sizes and it was tough … Continue reading

May 18, 2012 · 5 Comments

Garden Chicken with Herbed Goat Cheese with Lemon Butter Caper Sauce

This is one of my favorites!  It’s easy, looks great, and is really tasty. Again, I’m not much of a measurer. I’m  a look and feel type of cook. Some … Continue reading

May 10, 2012 · 1 Comment

Chipotle Ribs

Here is a recipe for some really easy, really scrumptious ribs. You can use either beef ( shown here) or pork ribs. Baby back are exceptionally good, but this works … Continue reading

March 18, 2012 · Leave a comment

Another catch!

It was another great day on the dock! I don’t like having the same thing twice in a row, so here’s a new trout recipe. Delicious, healthy, quick and virtually … Continue reading

March 17, 2012 · Leave a comment

Fresh caught trout

What a day! My husband and I went out on our dock to try to catch tonight’s dinner. It was unbelievable, he’d cast his line out, and get a bite! … Continue reading

March 16, 2012 · Leave a comment

Navy Bean Soup

Well, my first attempt turned out pretty darn good! I had to make it quite different from the recipes I’ve found because our freezer was on the blink and I … Continue reading

March 13, 2012 · Leave a comment

Vegetable Risotto

The beauty of a risotto is you can put whatever the heck you want in it. Spring vegetables, like tonight’s version, might include asparagus, zucchini, squash, artichoke hearts, peas. Winter … Continue reading

March 12, 2012 · Leave a comment

Butternut Squash Stew

Tony Legner’s Cat 5 Food Polish

A great cool weather meal, both satisfying and still light. Very healthy, and can be easily vegetarian. 

*denotes shortcuts or alternative ideas

6-8 servings 

7-8 cups diced butternut squash * can buy already peeled & diced at Sam’s Club

1 lb hot italian sausage sliced,   * vegetarian chorizo, hot sausage, bulk sausage.. anything a bit spicy

1 large onion, diced

2 cans diced tomatoes, include liquid

about 1 c hearty red wine

3-4 t chopped garlic, or to taste

1/2 c chicken stock or broth, *vegetable broth for vegetarian version

1/2-1 lb haricots vertes or green beans

1 1/2- 2 c frozen corn 

2 T minced cilantro leaves

1 t paprika

sprinkle of chipotle chili pepper powder

1-1/2 t Tony Legner’s Cat 5 food polish * use extra chipotle chile pepper powder if you can’t find it, or haven’t received your order yet.

1t dried oregano

sea salt or Kosher salt and pepper to taste

1/2 c Feta Cheese crumbles

olive oil

roasted butternut seeds if you have a whole squash. *Toasted Pine nuts, or pumpkin seeds are a great also.

Peel, cut and dice squash into about 1 inch pieces. Reserve seeds and roast the seeds in a 350 oven for about 20 minutes.

In a dutch oven, heat olive oil over medium heat. Add sausage, cook till browned on all sides. If using bulk, brown till done. Stir in garlic, onion. Cook till onion browns a bit and softens. Stir in tomatoes with juice, squash, broth, wine, spices. Cover pot, and cook until squash becomes tender. Stir occasionally. Add beans, corn (and any other veggies you decided to throw in… quartered artichoke hearts are nice too) Partially cover and cook till all vegetables are tender, but still have a little crunch, about 5-10 minutes. 

Put in bowls, top with feta, and roasted seeds if you have them. Serve with warmed crusty bread, and maybe even a nice tossed salad. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

March 11, 2012 · Leave a comment