Some old favorites

25 May

After clearing out the pantry in my apartment, I came across a stack of printed-out recipes I’ve had for years.  They’re some of my absolute favorites.  Here are the ones that can be found on the internet:

Butternut Squash and Hazelnut Lasagne
This recipe is from Gourmet magazine, and it is definitely gourmet.  The result of hours of cooking, sauce-making and preparation is a complex, crunchy, yet delicate medley of tastes that is definitely a crowd-pleaser.

Spiced Beef Corn Bread Cobbler
Another recipe from Gourmet magazine, this recipe reminds me of Southern comfort food with a complex twist. Cornmeal corn bread muffins cook gently over spiced beef in the oven, giving them a juicy underside that definitely adds a wow factor to the meal.  I used blue cornmeal instead of regular yellow cornmeal to add an interesting visual element.  This is a great recipe for company because it’s so traditional yet not at the same time.

Capellini Shrimp and Creamy Tomato Sauce
I’ve had several scampis, but this one continues to be my all-time favorite.  It’s probably the simplest scampi I’ve ever had, too, but simpler usually ends up meaning better – this recipe is a great example of that.

Spanish Spice Rubbed Chicken Breasts with Parsley-Mint Sauce
Brandon and I made this recipe for our anniversary one year.  It’s a Bobby Flay recipe from the Food Network, and it’s one of my all-time favorites.  The spice alone makes for a great rub recipe.  The parsley-mint sauce is a perfect touch to an already amazing flavor on the chicken.  The sauce recipe can be made by itself, too.

Vegetable (Navratan) Korma
This is an excellent Indian food recipe.  If you’ve never tried Indian food, this recipe is a great introduction.  It’s a mixed vegetable dish that, coupled with rice, will make a filling meal.  This recipe is from Manjula’s Kitchen, a web site of videos made by and Indian woman who provides recipes and teaches how to cook them at the same time.  Everything I’ve ever made from this site is amazing, which is hard to find for Indian food recipes outside of restaurants.

Zuppa Toscana
This soup recipe is the same as one made at the restaurant Olive Garden.  However, I prefer the homemade version because Olive Garden uses too little meat and kale.  By making the recipe hearty, it becomes a complete meal and is much tastier.

Mango and Avocado Salsa
I have only ever made this variation of avocado and mango salsa, not because it’s necessarily the be-all-and-end-all, but because it’s simple and perfect.  I love almost any variation of this salsa.

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