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Chicken Pot Pizza

Chicken Pot Pizza
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Chicken Pot Pizza
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  1. Place a 8" cast iron skillet in the oven. Heat the oven to 450 degrees. Leave the skillet in the oven while you prepare the filling.
  2. Heat a medium skillet over medium high heat. Add the olive oil and swirl to coat the bottom of the skillet.
  3. Add the vegetables to the pan and cook until they are soft and fragrant. This should take 7 -8 minutes or so. Remove the vegetables from the pan and set aside.
  4. Melt the butter in the same skillet. Add the flour and cook and stir for several minutes to create a smooth roux.
  5. Add the milk and stock and whisk constantly. Add the thyme leaves and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat and simmer until the sauce has thickened, stirring often.
  6. Add the reserved vegetables and the chicken to the pan and continue to cook until everything is nice and thick.
  7. Flatten the pizza dough out to a circle slightly larger than the bottom of the cast iron skillet.
  8. Remove the cast iron skillet from the oven and carefully fit the crust into the bottom of the skillet. Return the skillet to the oven to bake the crust slightly. (4-5 minutes )
  9. Remove the skillet from the oven and layer the grated cheese and chicken/vegetable mixture on the crust. Starting and ending with cheese.
  10. Bake 10 -15 minutes or until the cheese has melted and everything is bubbly. Let sit for 10 minutes before serving. Sprinkle with parsley and cut into wedges.
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Pasta with Artichokes and Cannellini Beans

Pasta with Artichokes and Cannellini Beans
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Pasta with Artichokes and Cannellini Beans
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  1. Cook the pasta according to the package directions minus a minute or 2. While the pasta is cooking, make the sauce.
  2. Add 1 tablespoon of the olive oil to a hot skillet. Place the artichoke hearts in a single layer in the pan. Cook until lightly brown, turning as needed, 4-5 minutes. Remove from the pan and set aside.
  3. Add the remaining olive oil to the pan and add the onions and garlic. Cook a few minutes until they soften and smell wonderful.
  4. Add the beans and tomatoes and toss to combine. Add the vegetable stock and cook for 4 minutes or so. If the mixture seems dry, add a little more stock.
  5. Return the Artichokes to the skillet. When the pasta is cooked, reserve one cup of the pasta water. Drain the pasta and add to the skillet.
  6. Add the pasta water, parsley and pepper flakes to the skillet along with the cheese. Toss everything to combine and allow to cook for another few minutes until the cheese has melted.
  7. Serve with more cheese to add at the table.
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Pesto Pasta Salad

Pesto Pasta Salad
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Pesto Pasta Salad
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  1. Cook the pasta according to the package directions. About 3 minutes before the cooking time is over add the green beans.
  2. At the end of the cooking time drain the pasta and beans and rinse well with cold water. Pour the beans and pasta into a large bowl.
  3. Cut the tomatoes in half and add them to the bowl.
  4. Whisk the pesto, stock, and vinegar together until well blended. Pour the dressing over the ingredients and toss to coat well. Taste and add salt and/or pepper if needed.
  5. Cover and refrigerate for at least 2 hours. Overnight is better.
  6. When you are ready to serve, toss well and check for seasoning. If the salad seems dry add a little more vegetable stock or a splash of olive oil. Sprinkle the Romano cheese on top and serve.
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Stock in a Box on Steroids

Stock in a Box on Steroids
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Stock in a Box on Steroids
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  1. Chop off the root and and the dark green top of the leek. Cut it in half lengthwise then slice thinly into half moons. Place the pieces in a bowl of cold water and let them sit for 5 - 10 minutes without disturbing them. Carefully scoop the pieces out with a slotted spoon and drain on paper towels.
  2. Heat the olive oil in a large soup pot over medium low heat. Add the leeks, garlic and herb sprigs (count them). Sweat until the leeks are very soft and the garlic is fragrant.
  3. Pour in the box of stock and stir to combine everything. Bring to a boil. reduce the heat to low, cover and simmer for 45 minutes or so. The stock should smell wonderful and the herb stems should be bare of their leaves.
  4. Remove the pot from the heat and fish out the herb stems. Make sure you have the same number of stems you put in (your immersion blender will thank you).
  5. Using an immersion blender process the stock until it is smooth (how smooth is up to you and there will be some herb flecks)
  6. Your "bulked up" stock is ready to use in your recipe.
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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
Vegetable Hash with Toads in the Hole
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2 Lavishly
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2 Lavishly
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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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