Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Some Easy Recipes

I am getting ready for a cooking class tonight ~"BELLA ITALIA" my theme was borrowed from the Philadelphia Flower Show going on this week .. we are going to visit the flower show on Thursday with some friends and I am sure I will really be longing for Italy after that !
Here are some great fast easy recipes for a still-cold March !

crust :
1/2 pound of butter
1/2 cup of sugar
2 cups flour
pinch of salt
~combine ingredients in a food processor until they just come together .. remove and let rest .. then press into a tart pan with a removable bottom .. put in fridge to chill for about 20 minutes
6 eggs
2 1/2 cup sugar
2 TBS lemon zest

1 cup lemon juice
1 cup flour

~combine ingredients and pour into crust ~bake at 350 for about 45 minutes or until set ~ when cool sprinkle with powered sugar

1 large head of cauliflower trimmed & cooked till tender ~drain well

2 TBS melted butter
2 TBS olive oil
2 cloves garlicchopped
1 cup onion diced
1 anchovy smashed
pinch hot pepper flakes
1 cup grape tomatoes
salt ~ pepper
dash of white wine

~in saute pan combine all ingredients except cauliflower.. cook about 10 minutes or until fragrant and & soft .. add cauliflower and dash of white wine .. cook till liquid evaporates ~serve wih grated parmesan cheese


1 large onion diced
1-2 cloves garlic minced
2 TBS butter
2 TBS olive oil
3 cups frozen peas defrosted
white wine / chicken broth

6 plum tomatoes cut in 1/2 and drizzled with olive oil and salt & pepper.. roast uncovered in 350 oven for about 45 minutes cool and dice

~in saute pan cook onion & garlic in oil & butter till golden and caramelized -about 15 minutes ~ add tomatoes and peas .. add a splash of white wine or chicken broth & cook until the liquid evaporates .. taste for seasoning

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