Okay, this sounds complicated right? I promise it’s not. I found myself wanting to make a recipe with a pea puree. What is pea puree you ask? (okay, you’re probably asking what brodetto is too, but that will have to be another post down the road) Good question and one I wanted an answer to recently. I’m addicted to watching “cooking shows” and it seems like somebody is always making a pea puree. (Remember the Top Chef scandal when Alex was accused of stealing Ed’s pea puree?) So I decided I was up for the challenge of making one. To my surprise there is nothing fancy or hard about making one. Although there are many versions of pea puree, it is basically what the name implies, fresh or frozen peas and mint, then pureed (not mashed). Of course most recipes add a little more than that. Here is my recipe.
-buy fresh halibut if possible
-grow mint at home so you always have some on hand (easy/cheap to grow too)
-keep frozen pea bags stocked in your freezer then you will always be able to whip up a batch of pea puree when you’re looking for a quick side dish to make (without having to run to the grocery store for the 10th time this week)
Buon Appetito! I hope you enjoy this dish as much as I did…so fresh and clean!
First, I must thank my dear friend for treating us to such a fabulous dinner! I must admit the thought of prunes and olives was not mouth watering at first. If you can get past the ingredients list and just make it, you’ll be in for a delicious surprise, I promise. For those of you looking for the perfect make-ahead dish, look no further. You marinate this the night before and just pop it in the oven the next evening. It’s so easy but will taste like you spent an entire day slaving in the kitchen. Don’t forget to serve it with some fresh Italian crusty bread for dipping in the juices. (the best part) My friend made a fresh green salad and oven roasted asparagus on the side. It was the perfect combination! Hope you enjoy it as much as I did…
The other day I was in the kitchen chopping onions in my nifty Vidalia Chop Wizard. (this is one of my favorite kitchen gadgets) Tears were just gushing down my face and it was burning like crazy. I happened to glance over on the counter where my sunglasses were. I decided to put them on to see if it would help. It totally worked! No more tears! I now store a cheap, but cute pair of sunglasses in my utensils drawer. They’ve worked every time. Yes, it’s a little dark, but only for a few minutes.
Look at these chic glasses I scored for only a buck at the dollar store! They fit perfectly in my kitchen drawer.
Of course, you can always purchase kitchen goggles but you’ll save money and look more stylish my way.
I’m sharing one of my secret steak marinades today! That’s right. It’ll be floating in cyber space forever now. I rarely order steak out at a restaurant because I think my version tastes just as good, if not better. My secret ingredient is espresso. It adds a subtle earthy flavor, while tenderizing the steak.
My first choice cut of meat would be a rib eye bone-in. Otherwise, you can choose whatever cut is your favorite, just be sure it is a high quality choice. (no slow cooking beefs)
Marinade: (4 steaks)
- ½ cup espresso (or really strong coffee)
- ½ cup soy sauce
- ½ cup red wine
- 2 garlic cloves crushed
- coarse salt
- fresh ground pepper
- red pepper flakes (optional)
What to do:
- Salt and pepper your steaks generously.
- Mix all the other ingredients together in a shallow pan (like a casserole dish). Place your steaks in the marinade. The longer you let them sit, the better. I usually marinade them 2-6 hours depending on how prepared I was that day. At your halfway point, flip the steaks on their other side in the sauce. Note: If you’re letting them marinade for more than 2 hours, be sure to cover your pan and refrigerate.
- My preferred method of cooking the steaks is on the bbq. Nothing can replicate that unadulterated smoky flavor. If you do not have access to a barbecue, you can use the oven or stove top grill pan.
- It’s very important to let your steaks rest for ten minutes after they’re done cooking. This allows the juices to stay in. I always finish with a little bit of salt right before serving. It melts perfectly into the steaks. (My mouth is watering as I type this!)
How long to cook your steak:
Every barbecue, oven, and stove work differently. These are just general guidelines. Please adjust as necessary. For a 1 inch thick steak, 4 1/2 minutes per side for rare, 6 1/2 minutes per side for medium and 9 minutes per side for well done. The more “give” or “bounce” you feel when pressing into the steak with your finger, the rarer it is. Try not to cut into the steak to check if it’s done. That will provide an escape path for all those wonderful juices.
Wine boxes are not only cool looking, but they may hold some sentimental value for us. What can we do with them? My husband had a kinda genius idea. This past year we made a rule to give each other handmade gifts. Since I’m a foodie and a winey girl, he came up with this idea for me. (I’m still having trouble believing he didn’t get some help! wink,wink)
What’s extra amazing is he killed two birds with one stone on this diy project. Check out my old technique for storing my recipes…
Yes, I had recipes on napkins, index cards, Post-it notes, magazine pages and print outs. You could find them in any crevice of the kitchen too. I’m notorious for sticking Post-it’s inside my cabinet doors with recipes. Not exactly the ideal organization technique. Because I would just set the recipe papers next to me while cooking, they are covered in every ingredient imaginable. Just look at my favorite recipe…
I could re-write it at this point, but I love the character it shows from all the years I’ve been making it. Think wrinkles for recipes. In fact one day it might be fun to frame it. But for now, it is protected in one of my binder pages neatly organized under the appetizer section.
I just store my wine box on my kitchen counter. It not only matches the decore, it’s practical and serves a daily purpose! All this thanks to my genius hub…
- This makes a great wedding gift. Gather recipes from friends and family to add to the binder. Mod Podge their wedding invitation on the top of the recipe book or on the inside of the box somewhere.
- If the box comes from a winery you visited, line the bottom (see tutorial) with a map showing the vineyard location.
- Add a “take out” menu binder to store in the box along with the recipe binder. There’s plenty of room for both.