Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Winter Pasta!

Christmas is right around the corner, the temperatures are dropping a bit, life is getting bit more hectic. We have a created a simple yet delicious kale, mushroom, and sausage pasta with a noisette sauce. This is a dish you can throw together at the last minute and satisfy a family!

*We used Casarecce pasta, it holds flavor nicely, but go ahead and used whatever kind you want!

Ingredients: serves 4

1 box casarecce pasta
2 heads kale
2 cups oyster mushrooms
4 Italian sausages
4 Tablespoons unsalted butter
2 Tablespoons ponzu
1 Tablespoon oil
A few inches of Salt

Start by cleaning and slicing both kale and your mushrooms separately. In a large sauté pan heat up your oil on medium high heat, and put all of your kale in. Using tongs, turn the kale so it evenly cooks for the first few minutes. Add the ponzu and let the kale cook down, turning every 5 minutes for about 25 minutes.  Once the 25 minutes are up, add the mushrooms. Let cook an additional 10 minutes, turning every few minutes. Remove from pan, and set aside.

Depending on what kind of sausage you purchase, some are cooked first, others are raw; if cooked slice and brown. If not, poke small holes, cook all the way through, and then slice. Set aside.

Fill a pot with water and a pinch of salt. Once water has boiled add pasta and cook until just al dente about 9 minutes.

Cube your butter, and melt it in the same sauté pan as you cooked your kale on a medium heat. Cook until the butter becomes a light golden color, add a pinch of salt. When butter becomes the color, it becomes almost nutty and very delicious.

Once pasta is cooked, drain, and place into butter, and make sure all the pasta gets coated in butter. Next add kale, mushrooms, and sausage, and toss together! Sprinkle with extra salt to your taste!


Winter 2014-2015

Winter is a wonderful time of year! We get to think about others, eat too much food, make resolutions, celebrate stuff. So enjoy your winter time!


Michael and Francesca

Monday, November 24, 2014

Curry Scotch Egg!

  At the current moment we are up in Sequoia National Forest where my (Francesca’s) parents currently live. It is about 40-50 degrees, which for people who live in California can be quite crisp. This Thanksgiving we are spending it up here for a change of scenery, weather, and pace. To go along with this more laid back and chillier holiday we are making a real traditional English dish called a Scotch Egg, which is essentially a boiled egg wrapped in sausage! It is a perfect breakfast dish, or served here as a lunch item, but is also great to have as a snack, even a snack on the go…basically great whenever.
Ingredients: makes 4

6 eggs
5 bratwurst sausages
2 cups vegetable oil
1 cup panko bread crumbs
½ cup flour
Teaspoon yellow curry
½ teaspoon cayenne pepper
Pinch of salt
Frisee lettuce
2 Tablespoons olive oil
½ a lemon

To start out this endeavor soft boil 4 eggs, by placing 4 eggs in cold water on the stove and heat water to a boil. Once the water boils, boil for 4 minutes. Remove from heat and place in cold water bath.

Now that we have our eggs, we can set everything else up. We are going to set up three plates; one with flour, the next with two beaten eggs, and the third with the panko bread crumbs and cayenne mixed together. Next Remove sausage from casings and add a pinch of salt, then using your hands, mix everything together! To make things easy for myself I separated the sausage mix into 4 equal portions. Lastly remove eggs from shells.

Now that we have all of that, we are ready to assemble. Putting flour on your hands, take a sausage portion and pat out into a large oval, large enough that it will wrap around the egg but not so large that it will overwhelm it. Roll one of the eggs in flour, and wrap sausage around it. Next roll sausage in egg, and then in panko breadcrumbs. Set to the side and repeat for all four.

After you have made all four, turn oven on to 425, and pour oil into large sauté pan and heat on medium high heat. To check to see if oil is hot enough, you can drop a few drops of panko and if it sizzles it is ready. Place all four scotch eggs in the oil and cook for 6-7 minutes, rotating so that they cook evenly, cook until it is a deep golden brown. To finish off cooking place in oven and cook another 7 minutes.

To serve, place on frieze lettuce tossed with lemon and oil, and voila! Cut in half, enjoy!

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Rosemary Biscuit with Acorn Squash Butter

As Halloween swiftly approaches us, and we are getting deeper into fall we are embracing fall flavors. My mother around this time of year likes to make compound butters, so we are creating a delicious acorn squash compound butter, to be accompanied by light and fluffy rosemary biscuits. Both of these are so incredibly easy to make and in a short amount of time, and will forever be party favorites. 

You can also make the butter ahead of time, and keep in the freezer for a rainy day.


*Make butter ahead, you will have a lot of it. You will also need tinfoil or cling wrap.


1 Tablespoon olive oil
1 small-medium acorn squash
½ cup unsalted butter
1 teaspoon sea salt

1 ¾ cups flour
3 teaspoon baking powder
6 Tablespoons unsalted butter + some for baking sheet
1 teaspoon sea salt
¾ cup milk
3 large sprigs fresh rosemary

Start by making your compound butter. Preheat your oven to 450 degrees. Cut your acorn squash in half so it is almost through the stem. Scoop out all of the seeds, rub olive oil on both halves and put on a baking sheet cut side down. Bake for 25 minutes, or until soft. Once the acorn squash is baked, let cool.

While squash is cooling, let your butter soften at room temperature. Put half of the acorn squash and salt into the butter and mash together.

Cut two 9 inch square of cling wrap or tinfoil, and pour half of the butter onto each. Start to roll the cling wrap or tinfoil, twisting it at the corners, so that you are starting to make something that looks like a sausage. Place both in the freezer.

Now for the glorious biscuits! In a large bowl measure out your flour, baking powder, and salt.

After removing all the leaves from the rosemary twigs, finely chop. Add to dry mix.

Next cube the 6 Tablespoons of butter and add to the dry mix. Using two forks or two knives, break up the butter into the dry mix until creating a mealy like texture. Add milk a little at a time while mixing with a fork.

Butter baking sheet, and spoon out about 9-12 biscuits. We also used our hands to pat little balls, but it gets pretty messy!

Bake 20 minutes, or until golden brown.

Pop those babies out of the oven and smother in some acorn butter! Yum!