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Roasted Tomato and Ricotta Pizza

Roasted Tomato and Ricotta Pizza
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This is a great recipe for the grill, but it can also be done in the oven.
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2
Servings
2
Roasted Tomato and Ricotta Pizza
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This is a great recipe for the grill, but it can also be done in the oven.
Servings
2
Servings
2
Ingredients
Servings:
Instructions
  1. Slice the tomatoes in half. Toss on a foil lined sheet pan with olive oil, salt, and pepper. Roast at 425 for 10 minutes.
  2. Combine the ricotta, pesto, half & half, and Romano cheese. Set aside.
  3. Heat the grill . Place the nan bread on the grill to toast one side (2 - 3 minutes). remove from the grill.
  4. Spread the toasted side of the bread with the ricotta mixture and top each bread with the tomatoes. Divide the Italian blend and feta cheeses evenly between the two breads.
  5. Grill covered for 7 - 10 minutes until the cheese begins to melt and the bread is golden brown.
  6. Remove from grill. Drizzle with a little olive oil and sprinkle with the shredded basil. Serve.
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Artichoke and Mushroom Rice Pilaf

Artichoke and Mushroom Rice Pilaf
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This recipe uses a package of pre-cooked rice. you could cook your own, but do it early in the day and let it chill before adding it to the vegetables. Use any type of rice that you like. You could even do this with quinoa, farro, or barley.
Servings
3
Servings
3
Artichoke and Mushroom Rice Pilaf
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This recipe uses a package of pre-cooked rice. you could cook your own, but do it early in the day and let it chill before adding it to the vegetables. Use any type of rice that you like. You could even do this with quinoa, farro, or barley.
Servings
3
Servings
3
Ingredients
Servings:
Instructions
  1. Swirl the olive oil into a large heated skillet. Allow the oil to get hot. Add the artichoke hearts, mushrooms and shallots to the skillet and cook, stirring occasionally until everything is lightly browned and tender. Add a little chicken stock if things seem too dry.
  2. Squeeze the package of rice to break it up. I used a Long Grain and Wild Rice Blend, but brown rice or any other grain would work. Open the package and add the rice to the skillet.
  3. Remove the thyme leaves from their stems by sliding your finger from the top to the bottom. Add the leaves to the skillet
  4. Toss to combine the ingredients and use a wooden spoon to separate the rice if necessary. Cook over medium heat, adding the chicken stock as needed. You want things to move around easily and to be a bit juicy.
  5. Continue to cook for 10 minutes, stirring frequently until the rice is tender and the flavors are well blended. Taste and add salt and pepper as needed. drizzle with a little olive oil.
  6. Serve with grilled meat, poultry or fish.
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Vegetable Hash with Toads in the Hole

Another Meatless Monday is ready for the record books. I have to say I rather like the challenge and subsequent creativity that this little experiment is providing. As a money-saving and health enhancing exercise it is good for Mama D’s Kitchen. DIGITAL CAMERA

This week’s adventure was Vegetable Hash. I must give a good bit of the inspiration to a recipe I found in Cooking Light Magazine. While the ingredients were basically the same, I took a few liberties with quantities and techniques. I added “Toads in the Hole” to my version. This is the odd name that I use to describe a slice of bread with a hole cut out of the middle in which an egg is cooked to perfection or however the eater likes it. This was a staple when my kids were growing up. It was quick, easy, and could be eaten out of hand and on the run since mornings were not always pleasant in Mama D’s house.

So the “hole” my “toads” occupied this time, was a big pan of sautéed vegetables. Red potatoes and sweet onions gave it hash credibility. Zucchini, yellow squash, and green beans gave it summer freshness.

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Added color and a spark of flavor was provided by Roma tomatoes, parsley and green onions. The eggs, of course need no introduction.DIGITAL CAMERA An added flavor component was “Herbs de Provence”. This is a dried herb blend that includes flavors that run the gambit from savory and marjoram to fennel and lavender. My blend smelled woodsy and a little sweet and when used in the correct measure gave an interesting depth of flavor. My word to the wise is add this a little at a time. In moderation it is interesting and pleasant, but too much and it becomes an ill-mannered Frenchman.

My Recipe Notes: I kept this on the light side using only 2 teaspoons of olive oil. My trusty box of good chicken stock added a little moistness as needed. A non-stick fry pan gave the eggs a fighting chance to come out intact. A lid was crucial to allowing the eggs to cook properly and insure the vegetables were tender crisp. Finally, I used a mixture of shredded Romano cheese and crumbled Feta to garnish the dish. Any hard or crumbly cheese would work. Go with whatever you’ve got on hand. This could probably serve four people, but they’d be raiding the refrigerator before bedtime, so it served the two of us lavishly, but still without guilt.

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This rated 5 stars on the “Dear Husband Scale” so it will be making future appearances. Vegetable Hash could wander into Fall and Winter Meatless Mondays with a change of seasonal veggies and seasonings. Hope you’ll give this a try, and as always make it your own.                                                           Love, Mama D

 

 

Vegetable Hash with Toads in the Hole
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2 Lavishly
Servings
2 Lavishly
Vegetable Hash with Toads in the Hole
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Servings
2 Lavishly
Servings
2 Lavishly
Ingredients
Servings: Lavishly
Instructions
  1. Heat a large skillet and add the olive oil. Add the potatoes and onions to the pan. Sprinkle the herbs de provence on top and cook with out stirring for 5 minutes. As you are cooking the vegetables add the chicken stock as needed to keep things moving.
  2. Stir the potatoes and onions. Add the green beans and cook for another 3 minutes. stirring occasionally. Add the squashes and cook for 2 minutes or so.
  3. Add the tomatoes, parsley and green onion to the pan and cook for several minutes.
  4. Using a spatula, make four holes in the vegetable mixture. Break one egg into each of the holes. Cover and cook for 2 -4 minutes depending on how hard or soft you like your eggs.
  5. Carefully scoop out the hash into shallow bowls. Top with the grated cheese
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Summer Corn Chowder

Summer Corn Chowder
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4
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4
Summer Corn Chowder
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Servings
4
Servings
4
Ingredients
Corn Broth
Chowder
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Instructions
Corn Broth
  1. Put the bare corn cobs and chopped onion in a soup pot. Add 5 cups water (or enough to cover) and a pinch of salt. Bring to boil. Reduce heat to simmer and cook covered for 1 hour. Turn off heat and allow to steep covered for another hour. Remove the cobs and onions and use in soup.
Chowder
  1. Heat a large soup pot over medium heat. Add the chopped bacon and cook until crisp. This should take about 5 minutes. Remove the bacon, let it drain on paper towels and reserve. Remove all but 1 tablespoon of the bacon drippings from the pot.
  2. Add the onions, celery, jalapeno, and peppers to the pot and cook about 5 minutes stirring occasionally, until they begin to soften. Add the corn kernels and cook another 2 - 3 minutes. Stir in the chili powder and cook 1 minute more.
  3. Add the half and half and corn broth to the pot. Bring to a boil. Lower to a simmer and add the shredded potatoes, green onions and thyme. cook 15 minutes until the potatoes are tender and everything is happy. Add salt and pepper to taste.
  4. Ladle the soup into bowls and garnish with the reserved bacon and grated cheddar.
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