Let’s just take a moment to appreciate the photo. Gosh she is pretty. Some of my dishes photo really well; and then there is this pasta. This dish steals all the thunder of any of my other posts (well maybe bacon looks better, but you get the point). Rarely do I get a photo that demonstrates how truly wonderful my food taste, well that up in till now. This is one of those moments, let’s just stop and take in the beauty of this pasta. The colors and textures are so vivid; I bet you could almost smell it. . . Can’t you?
This recipe does not need to be made with both scallops and shrimp, it does not need to be made with jumbo sized shrimp and large scallops. The cooking time just needs to be adjusted depending on the size of the seafood you choose. So if all you have is shrimp, use shrimp. Use what you have.
Our hosts this month, Barbara of Barbara Bakes and Bunnee of Anna+Food have chosen a delicious Stacked Green Chile & Grilled Chicken Enchilada recipe in celebration of Cinco de Mayo! The recipe, featuring a homemade enchilada sauce was found on www.finecooking.com and written by Robb Walsh.
As you can see my Enchilada Stack is not green. Last month I worked on making some Chile Verde and felt that I would give making a red sauce a try instead. I made homemade corn tortillas and stacked the enchiladas with olives as an ode to my Mother’s enchilada influence.
This recipe cracks me up, mostly because Julia Child try to help you create a spit roasted chicken without the use of a spit. The basic technique for cooking whole poultry is common in most cookbooks, first cook the bird at a high temperature and then lower the temperature to complete the roast. I do the same thing when I cook turkeys.
Before I started making Risotto I assumed it was a fancy dish that required time and fancy ingredients to make. I find myself making Risotto often with left over items. Cheese that is almost past its prime, last weeks leftover veggies all are good things to experiment with when making Risotto. I always have homemade stock in my freezer so all I really need is a few items to whip up a tasty dinner.
The April 2010 Daring Bakers’ challenge was hosted by Esther of The Lilac Kitchen. She challenged everyone to make a traditional British pudding using, if possible, a very traditional British ingredient: suet.
For this challenge I drew inspiration from Esther, Audax and from this video. I went whole hog in and found suet from a butcher shop in Los Gatos, Ca. I had to render the fat down and turn it into a lard type substance, I did not post any of those photos because I don’t think people really want to see that part. If I make this again I will just use vegetable shorting or butter. I am glad I had a chance to cook with suet; however, it is just not healthy, or a practical ingredient for me to use again. I also chose to do a savory pudding instead of a sweet pudding.