Thursday, April 28, 2016

Spicy spaghetti with seared scallops and salami

As I throw an argument for an nth pasta recipe to be exhibited on The World of Internet Cooking, I'll have you bear with me in some mere beginning notes, a forewarning perhaps. This implementation could be part and parcel of those heirloom recipes you keep tucked away from everyone's eyes but yours, a gem you'll be entirely grateful for the rest of your life. Your welcome.

I clearly believe it's my righteous duty to affix this treasure here. Today. This moment. My good service to you for being so faithful even after the loud clatter of losing more than a dozen followers, what comes to be after Google's change in policy on who can follow whom, how and why. This for the remaining of you that haven't been thrown over, and several ghost readers that drop in and linger, it's yours to archive, pin, take notes and place on your dinner table. A conglomerate of several outline formulae I've bookmarked, not less than a dozen times, and worked on for an aggregate of half a decade. Again, your welcome.

With just a swift few steps most of which are done in a single pan, it contains  all the elements of a quality meal and may just end the Dominion of any fashionably complex Red Sauce. Angel hair spaghetti  with all the notes of fresh, light, sharp and bite, balancing touches, tastes that weave in and through its entirety, clamoring on to what can only be described as flawlessly perfetto.

Not only does this hit all the right spots for the pasta craver, it may be the antidote to many poorly cooked and oversauced plates of noodles served and experienced throughout the course of your life. Moreover, with the article I include a companion guide on the few don'ts of pastamaking; never overcook pasta; don't drown it in sauce and try not to serve huge portions, which in all fairness is particularly beneficial to the one (ahem) who needs an ease of conscience, every time they go in for second and third helpings.

An excellent almost quicker-than-you-think meal, holding soft scallops with a bite of garlic and enough spots of pepper. Crisp salami to top a terrifically satisfying sauce that could be described as the distant cousin of Alfredo, less the cream, with a more cleaner, brighter feel.

You'd presume that delectably thick juicy bivalves and curlicues of cured seasoned sausage would steal the spotlight from a humble pound of pasta secca. A sprightly drenching of a wine- stock based liquid, emboldened with lemon, completes the same modest bunch, where pasta does inevitably become star, so much that we can fawn over its salient features, al dente firm, lanky thin, enough chew to stand up and thereby respond impressionably well to the whole gamut of texture, flavor and pure awesome.

Finally, with enough parmesan cheese showers, spicy spaghetti takes dimension of much finer levels; luxe dolce, spice, and just about everything way too nice.

If I've not put you to sleep by now, I think all this should be taking you up and off the edge, of your chair, and for sure the drudging dinner routine that needed some serious shaking up anyway.

As my argument reaches conclusion, I leave you with today's edit and a few brazen images that beyond a shadow of a doubt brings clarity to the fact that it's a presentation nothing less than spectacular, and proves most definitely it really is a great bowl of pasta.

If this isn't viable dinner potential, then I don't really know what is.
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 pound large sea scallops, about 12-15
  • salt
  • pepper
  • 3 tbsp crushed red pepper
  • 1 tbsp dried parsley
  • 10-12 slices genoa salami, cut into 1/2 inch strips, lengthwise
  • 10 cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 8-10 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 sprigs thyme
  • 1 cup dry white wine
  • 1 pound angel hair pasta, cooked, drained according to package directions
  • ½-¾ cup chicken stock
  • ¼ cup fresh lemon juice
  • salt
  • pepper
  • freshly grated parmesan
  • Rinse, clean and drain scallops. Pat dry. Sprinkle with salt, pepper, parsley and 2 tbsp crushed red pepper.
  • Add 1 tablespoon olive oil to a large skillet over medium high heat. Brown scallops 3-4 minutes per side. Remove from pan and cover loosely with foil.
  • Pour in remaining 2 tbsp oil, add in strips of salami and cook till almost crisp, about 1 minute. Remove salami from pan and set aside.
  • Add tomatoes, garlic, remaining red pepper, thyme to the pan and stir till softened. Add wine and loosen up any bits at the bottom of pan. Let cook and reduce liquid for a couple of minutes.
  • Add up to 3/4 cup chicken stock, as much needed, lemon juice and allow to simmer for another 2-4 minutes.
  • Stir in cooked spaghetti to the sauce.
  • Stir in scallops and salami. Taste and season with more salt and pepper as required. 
  • Take off heat.
  • Top with freshly grated parmesan.
  • Serve warm.
"Though you have made me see troubles, many and bitter, you will restore my life again; from the depths of the earth you will again bring me up." Psalm 71:20

Thursday, March 31, 2016

Almond,lemon,ginger biscotti

Neglect is never a good thing. Whether it's cleaning house, personal upkeep, people, and/or your your second child's birthday. Do I need to acknowledge fact that more than a few times I say aye to those incidences which may have deemed myself border-neglectful? I digress, when typing hands tend to wander, follow a mind that's always running out the door, bringing on deficits to the tiny nook of web I occupy and consider a part of me. Forget those pictures of a subject intended to appear much earlier than now, all of what I've just said disallows that to happen. And is it my imagination or has March zoomed by without taking me along? Clearly I need to bring an end to the anomaly, of planting megapixels and preworked ingredient lists onto neutral drafts, meantime, crunching my way through last two batches of what should be on display.

Biscotti. One of the many things I am grateful to the streets of Tuscany for. As I was tasting, testing, pottering through various biscotti possibilities, it occurred that not a single specimen claimed occupancy in BFMK archives. I beg you don't ask. Just know, it changes today and I'm busting out perfection in order to wane that gap.

This particular bulletin may be a life-alterer in terms of how both you and I bake the beauteous Italian biscoot. It's when Giada, in all her gorgeousness, convinces you that production of the Italian classic is noncomplex and mostly foolproof, thus having you in full hopes that your own finished product will end up identical to her 5starred one.

Atypical of the crunchy, no-chew cookie, biscotti is how it sounds, almost biscuity and I truly believe it should come with a clause... pair it with a hot beverage of dunk-and-saturate standard. A flavorbank of almonds, following a twice bake method is finished off with white chocolate smears. Sturdy, yet yielding in its crisp, airy enough to munch on in succession, thereon, there's a definable reverence that comes in stride with each sequential bite.  For sure it emphasizes a deliciousness recollective of vintage tinned goods, ushering accompaniment from 6 ounces of Earl Grey or masala tea, depending on which part of the world you're from.

Deconstructing the whole into key power components that, in fact, provide noteworthy leverage, will aid in understanding the only result that should be tolerated, that of an Amazing Oblong Cookie. Cornmeal imparts sandy-soft texture, lemon zest the fresh burst of Spring, which some of you living in tundra parts of the country might greatly appreciate and ginger sources adequate dimension and bite, thus yielding a proven winner for anytime- alltime snack coverage.

Finally, due to my innate flair for impeccable timing, I'm dispatching this out before April fools'...just so you know, a batch of these and the hand that brought them forth do the endorsement seriously. No jokes.

We'll save that for tomorrow.

(Adapted from Food Network- almond, lemon biscotti dipped in white chocolate: Giada De Laurentiis)
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup cornmeal
  • 1 ½ tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 tbsp vanilla extract
  • 2 tbsp grated lemon zest
  • ¾ cup slivered almonds
  • 18 oz white chocolate chips
  • ⅓ cup chopped crystallized ginger

  • Preheat oven to 325°F.
  • Line baking tray with parchment or nonstick silicone baking mat.
  • Sift flour, cornmeal, baking powder, salt.
  • In another large bowl of a stand mixer or with an electric mixer, beat sugar and eggs till pale yellow. Mix in vanilla extract and zest.
  • Add flour mixture to the egg mixture and beat until just blended. Stir in the almonds.
  • Let the dough rest for 5-10 minutes.
  • With floured hands divide dough in half. Shape each half into approximately 9 inch long, 3 inch wide log. Transfer both logs onto prepared baking sheet, equally spacing apart.
  • Bake logs for 30-35 minutes until pale golden.
  • Take out and cool for 5 minutes. 
  • Transfer logs to cutting board or counter. Using serrated knife, cut logs on the diagonal into 3/4 inch slices.
  • Arrange biscotti cut side down not same baking sheet. Bake 12 minutes.
  • Turn biscotti over and bake for an additional 5-8 minutes or until color changes to light toasted brown. Turn over on wire rack and cool completely
  • Meanwhile, place chocolate chips in a microwave safe plastic bowl, and place in microwave at 50% power,  heating at 30 second intervals, mixing well with rubber spatula after each interval until it slowly begins to melt. Once most of the chips are melted, stir and allow the remaining chips to melt in the residual heat. Stir well until mixture is completely smooth.
  • Dip the end of each biscotti in chocolate and set over wire rack. ( I don't like too much on mine so a smear or two is most appreciated) Sprinkle a few pieces of ginger on dipped ends.  Allow chocolate to harden.
  • Can be stored in airtight container for upto a week.
"Lead my longing heart To the high ground, to the clear view And in awe I'll be there Beholding You"
 Hallelujah, My King. 
"Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead..." 1Peter 1:3