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Tips and Techniques4
Simple Sauce Stir-Fry6
Stir-fry without the hassle -- most of the preparation is done right in your blender.
Hot Hoisin Stir-Fry8
Sour Orange Stir Fry10
Peeling and Deveining Shrimp
Pork and Tomato Stir-Fry11
Chicken & Dumplings12
Simple ingredients and basic techniques produce flavors that put this dish at the top of the list of American Classics.
Chicken and Tortilla Dumplings16
Carlos Guía -- Brunch at Commander's Palace18
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I'm going to tell you right now——make these biscuits. I tried all the techniques and tricks and came up with "the secrets." Use the right flour, keep the dough moist, and don't overwork it.
2 cups self-rising flour
1 1⁄2 cups cake flour
2 T. sugar
1 t. salt
1⁄2 t. baking powder
1⁄4 t. baking soda
1⁄3 cup vegetable shortening
2 cups buttermilk
Sift over Work Surface and Dough:
1⁄2 cup all-purpose flour, divided
Cut Biscuits with a 2 1/2
2 T. unsalted butter, melted
Heat oven to 475°. Spray two 8" round pans with cooking spray.
Combine flours, sugar, salt, baking powder, and soda.
Cut the shortening into the flour with a pastry blender mixture until shortening is no larger than the size of a big pea.
Stir in the buttermilk completely with a wooden spoon. Let stand 2–3 minutes. The dough will be very wet.
Sift 1/4 cup all-purpose flour onto the work surface. “Turn out” the dough onto the floured work surface. Sift remaining flour over dough. Flour hands. Turn and fold dough over several times in flour and gently pat to 3/4" thick.
Cut biscuits: Using a floured 2 1/2" cutter, cut dough into rounds — don’t twist! With a spatula, place cut biscuits into pans (6 per pan). Gently reroll scraps. Don’t overwork the dough or add additional flour.
Brush tops of biscuits with melted butter. Bake 15 minutes, or until tops are golden. Serve right away. I guarantee, these biscuits will make you go “white-eyed!”
Per serving: 171 calories; 33 calories from fat; 6g total fat; 411mg sodium
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Carlos Guía -- Bananas Foster21
The Perfect Cup of Coffee22
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True Lasagna Bolognese takes hours to make. But fewer ingredients and less preparation time don't diminish this version's flavor.
For the Bolognese Sauce—
Saute in 1/4 Cup Olive Oil:
1 cup yellow onion, diced
1 cup carrots, diced
1 cup celery, diced
1⁄2 cup fennel, diced
2 T. garlic, minced
Stir in and Saute:
1⁄4 lb. ground chuck
1⁄2 lb. ground pork
3 T. Italian seasoning
1 T. salt
1 t. black pepper
Add and Reduce:
1 1⁄2 cups whole milk
Add and Reduce:
1 cup dry red wine
Stir in and Simmer:
4 lbs. tomatoes, quartered
2 T. tomato paste
2 T. salt
1⁄4 t. black pepper
3 bay leaves
For the Ricotta Filling—
In a Food Processor, Blend until Smooth:
2 15 oz. containers whole-milk ricotta cheese
Add and Blend Well:
2 t. sugar
1 t. salt
1⁄2 t. black pepper
For the Lasagna with Bolognese Sauce—
Prepare, then Assemble:
24 oven-ready lasagna sheets (about two 8 oz. pkgs)
1 recipe Ricotta Filling
1 recipe Bolognese Sauce
2 bunches Swiss chard, stemmed, blanched and dried
2 1⁄2 cups mozzarella cheese, shredded
2 1⁄2 cups Parmesan cheese, grated
Saute the yellow onion, carrots, celery, and fennel in olive oil for the Bolognese Sauce.
Add garlic and saute. Stir in and saute, ground chuck, pork, italian seasoning, salt, and black pepper.
Add whole milk and simmer gently for 25-30 min. to reduce.
Add dry red wine and simmer about 20 min. to reduce.
Stir in tomatoes, tomato paste, salt, black pepper, and bay leaves and let simmer gently over medium-low heat for 4 1/4-5 1/2 hours. Stir often to keep the sauce from sticking or burning. Remove bay leaves, cool, and chill. Bring sauce to room temperature before assembling lasagna. Preheat oven to 400°. Blanch pasta sheets (5–6 sheets at a time) in saucepan of boiling salted water for 1 min. They should be just pliable, not cooked through. Blanch cleaned Swiss chard leaves in boiling, salted water until wilted, about 3 seconds. Transfer to paper towel-lined baking sheets.
In a food processor, blend ricotta for filling, until very smooth, about 2 minutes. Scrape down sides.
Add remaining ingredients and blend another minute.
To prepare lasagna, set aside 3 cups Bolognese for serving, then spread 1/2 cup on bottom of pan, then layers of pasta and ricotta filling. Top with a layer of chard. Spread 3/4 cup Bolognese on the chard-it won't totally cover. Sprinkle with cheese; repeat layering, beginning with pasta. Spread remaining ricotta over the last layer of pasta and sprinkle with 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese. Bake for 40–45 min. Rest 15 min.; cut, using the tip of a sharp, thin knife. Serve with some of the reserved sauce and more Parmesan cheese.
Per serving: 572 calories; 39 calories from fat; 25g total fat; 47g carb.; 2584mg sodium
Blanching vegetables, pulping ginger, rehydrating mushrooms, and supreming citrus -- here are details on the techniques.
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Linguini alla Puttanesca
There's no elegant way to say this——Puttanesca comes from the Italian word for harlot. And believe me, you'll be enticed by the aroma and flavor of this pasta sauce.
1 lb. dry linguini
Saute in 2 T. Olive Oil:
1 T. garlic, minced
1 t. anchovy paste
1⁄4 t. crushed red pepper flakes
Add and Simmer:
3 cups (two 14.5-oz. cans) canned diced tomatoes with juice
2 T. oil-packed sun-dried tomatoes, minced
1 T. brown sugar
2 t. balsamic vinegar
1⁄4 cup kalamata olives, pitted and slivered
3 T. chopped fresh oregano (or 1 1/2 t. dried)
3 T. chopped fresh parsley
2 T. brined capers, drained
Salt to taste
Top Each Serving with:
3 –4 T. oil-packed albacore tuna, drained, in large chunks
Cook linguini; bring a large pot of salted water to a boil over high heat.
Saute; heat a large saute pan over medium heat. Add the olive oil, garlic, anchovy paste, and red pepper flakes. Stir, cooking for 30 seconds—it will smell strong because of the anchovies.
Add the tomatoes, sun-dried tomatoes, brown sugar, and vinegar; stir to combine. Simmer sauce until slightly reduced, 10–15 minutes. While sauce simmers, prepare olives and herbs; pour capers into a small dish—it’s easier to measure them that way.Meanwhile, add linguini to the boiling water; stir often to force the strands to the bottom of the pot and prevent them from sticking. Cook pasta until al dente (refer to package for times). Before draining, remove 1/4 cup cooking liquid to thin the sauce if needed.
Add the olives, herbs, capers, and salt, plus some pasta water to the sauce if it seems thick. Transfer the sauce to a large, shallow bowl and top with the drained pasta. Toss until pasta is evenly coated with sauce.
Top pasta with chunks of canned tuna. Serve Puttanesca warm or at room temperature.
Per serving: 401 calories; 18 calories from fat; 8g total fat; 69g carb.; 672mg sodium
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