Italian Wedding Soup

Serves 2

4 oz. ground beef
4 oz. ground pork
¼ cup ground saltine crackers
1 tsp. dried parsley
1 tsp. fresh oregano
¼ cup parmesan
1 egg mixed
1 Tbsp. olive oil

Mix all together in a mixer, I used a KitchenAid. Used a TBSP and measure out 1 TBSP of meat and then another one top (2 TBSP) and then roll the meat with a little water in your hand to perfect meatballs.

In a large Dutch Oven iron pot and the oil and brown the meatballs on medium heat. Remove.

Then add
2 small carrot skinned and cut into 1/2” pieces
½ yellow onion chopped
1 large celery stalk skinned and chopped into 1/4 inch pieces
1 large garlic clove cut into thin slices using setting 1 on a banjo slicer

Add to the meatball oil and sauté. Add

½ cup of dry white wine and scrape the bottom of the pot for the fond
Then add 2 cups of chicken broth

Add ½ cup of precooked small bowtie pasta (Farfalle)
Add 5 oz. of chopped fresh spinach
And then gently cook for one hour and serve.

Thai Coconut Seafood Soup

Outrageously good!

1 can unsweetened coconut milk
I 8 oz. bottle claim juice
1 medium jalapeño sliced
½ carrot cut into sticks. (Boil 10 minutes then cut into match sticks)
1 TBSP fish sauce ( I made my own vegan sauce
1 tsp curry spice mix (I made my own Curry Blend, 1 TBSP Coriander Powder, 1 TBSP Curry Powder, 1 TBSP Garam Masala, ½ tsp. Cardamon)
Pinch of sugar
1 TBSP fresh mint from my garden
1 TBSP fresh thai basil from my garden
1 TBSP fresh cilantro
8 oz. frozen cod thawed
8 oz. frozen shrimp thawed, deveined and shelled
Served on rice topped with Sriracha and a wedge of lime.

Add the coconut milk, claim juice, jalapeño and fish sauce to a soup pot and bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer 20 minutes.

Add the remaining ingredients and simmer another 15 minutes and serve.

As of 8/2/20

Bánh mì Bread Recipe

2 cups King Arthur bread flour (measure out exactly 250 grams)
¾ cup hot tap water
2 tsp. sugar
2 tsp. yeast
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. vinegar
2 tsp. Olive oil

In a bowl mix flour, sugar, yeast and salt with a whisk.

Pour vinegar and olive oil in a measuring cup and water until it reaches the ¾ cup water mark together. Add the flour mixture and water together and mix together with a baking spatula.

Place the mixture in a food processor with use of the cutting blade. Run the food processer until the dough comes out firm (~4 minutes). Remove the dough and shape it into a ball and place in a slightly oiled bowl. Cover and let rise 1 ½ hours. Until it doubles in size. (Place in a spot void of a draft)

Smash the dough down with your fist and cut the dough into two equal parts. Cover with plastic wrap and let rest for 15 minutes. Reshape the dough on a slightly greased surface into roll each piece about a foot or so. Place on a flat pan with parchment paper. Flatten the dough like a French bread roll.

Place in a room temp oven to avoid any drafts and let rise 2 hours (until double in size).

Paint mixed egg on top of the rolls for that really nice brown looking crust.

Preheat oven to 475°. Bake 30 minutes Place bread on rack to cool.

As of 7/22/20

Crab Cakes

3 cans of 6 oz. crab meat (thoroughly drain all the liquid = 12.7 oz. of crab meat)
1/2 cup of Saltine Cracker crumbs (break up crackers and place in a small food processor)
1.5 TSBP mayonnaise
1.5 tsp. Old Bay
1.5 tsp. dried parsley
½ tsp. Dijon mustard
1 egg – beaten
Salt and pepper
½ cup oil

Lemon slices
Tartar sauce

In a small food processor add mayo, Old Bay, parsley, mustard and egg and blend.

In a large bowl, mix everything except oil and make patties. In order to get the perfect form I got I cut the bottom out of a crab can and used the can as a form.

In a cast iron skillet, add the oil and brown the cakes.

I served them with a squeeze of lemon and tartar sauce.

As of 8/2/20








Pad Thai

Serves 2

4 OZ. of Thai noodles (Cooked)
2 TBSP vegetable oil
2 cloves of garlic
2 thinly sliced ham steaks ( ¼” thick)
¼ red bell pepper sliced thin
¼ yellow bell pepper sliced thin
3 scallions chopped
Fresh cilantro chopped for garnish
½ cup frozen peas
½ cup frozen broccoli
½ cup rehydrated dried shiitake mushrooms
Lime slices optional
Fresh Thai Basil (from my garden) cut into thin strips with scissors.

3 TBSP Vegan fish sauce
1 TBSP soy sauce
3 TBSP light brown sugar
1 TBSP Sriracha
2 TBSP creamy peanut butter

Mix all the sauce ingredients in a bowl with a small whisk.

In an iron Dutch oven add the oil and brown the ham, remove. Cut into thin slices.

Throw in all the veggies and stir fry 10 minutes on medium.

Add the sauce and mix. Heat until everything is hot.

Serve over hot noodles, add more Sriracha and cilantro