The day got away from me and I almost forgot to put this together. So it’s kind of quick and to the point. For the dog lovers, Bixby’s latest diary is here.
Okay, enough of the chit-chat, bring on the recipes.
How about Fish Tacos? Recipe and full menu here.
Kid-friendly Tortilla Pizzas, recipe here.
JefferyW makes all the good stuff you see pictured above here.
And this week’s Dinner Menu – Carne en su Jugo – recipes and shopping list are here
Now, what’s on your menu for the weekend? Cookin’ something good, share your recipes in the comments.
It’s hot as the blazes here and expected to stay that way through the weekend, so soups are on hold and salads have moved to the front of the boards. Tonight’s featured recipe is a nice fresh Tortilla bowl that you can really fill with whatever makes you happy.
One of my favorite things to do is have salad in tortilla shell salad bowls. I have 4 heat-resistant (Pyrex) bowls – 1.5 to 2.5 qt bowls work best – that I use to make my tortilla bowls. I lightly oil tortillas, place one in each bowl, so it takes on a bowl shape. I bake them at 425° until bowls are toasted golden, 7 to 12 minutes.
Alternately, there are tortilla bowl forms you can buy if you’re inclined and at the store recently I also saw pre-cooked tortilla bowls – though I would check the fat content on those, it could be very high, since they may be deep-fried. Also, you can make foil bowls, lightly oiled and use those as your forms, that works pretty well. You don’t need the foil to come up to the top of the tortilla shell, about half-way up will allow the tortilla to keep its shape while it bakes.
Whatever way you choose, this is a nice salad to fill them with:
Southwestern Taco Salad
- 4 tortilla bowls
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 6 green onions, chopped
- 1 lb chicken breasts, cubed or 1 lb lean ground beef
- 1 pkg. fajita seasoning mix (recipe here)
- ½ cup water
- ½ head iceberg lettuce, shredded
- ½ head red leaf lettuce, shredded
- 1 tomato, diced
- 2 oz sliced black olives
- 6 oz canned corn, drained
- 14 oz black beans, drained
- 8 oz salsa
- 8 oz ranch dressing
- 4 oz shredded Mexican 4-blend cheese
Heat oil in skillet and sauté onions, add chicken and brown for 5 minutes, stirring constantly. Add fajita seasoning and water. Stir and let simmer on medium-low heat.
Layer ¼ ea: lettuce, tomato, olives, beans & chicken in tortilla bowls. Mix salsa & ranch dressing together, add some to salad & garnish with cheese. Serve.
They were predicting snow today, it did not show up, but it’s unseasonably cold. SNOW. I am not ready. But it does put me in the mood for cool weather recipes. Soups and tonight’s featured recipe, easy Chicken and Buttermilk Biscuit Pot Pie.
Life has been hectic, I’ve been busy with house hunting, work and of course the puppy, so I’ve kept meals simple. I haven’t linked to it in a while, but I have a bunch of tips for keeping meals quick, easy and full of flavor right here, which may come in handy now that school and activities are back in full swing.
On to the recipes. Soup is what I miss most in summer, so as soon as the temperatures dip, I break out the soup recipes. Here are three for you:
Cream of Chicken Soup (recipe here).
Spicy Black Bean Soup (recipe and full dinner menu here)
Chicken Tortilla Soup (recipe here)
What’s the weather like in corner of the planet? What’s on your plate for the weekend? Hit the comments and share some of your favorite fall recipes.
For tonight’s featured recipe, I brought together some of my favorite comfort foods into one dish. If you don’t have an oven-safe skillet, you can transfer the chicken mixture to a baking dish and top with biscuits.
Chicken and Buttermilk Biscuit Pot Pie
- 2 boneless chicken breasts, cut into 1 inch pieces
- 2 boneless chicken thighs, cut into 1 inch pieces
- Salt & pepper
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 tablespoons butter
- 1/2 small onion, diced
- 2 stalks celery, diced
- 2 cups sliced carrots (frozen ok)
- 2 tsp crushed garlic
- ¼ cup all-purpose flour
- 2 cups chicken stock or canned low-sodium chicken broth
- 2 large Yukon Gold Potatoes, scrubbed and diced
- 1 1/2 tsp poultry seasoning
- 1/2 cup peas (frozen ok)
Set a 10-inch cast-iron skillet over medium-high heat
In a large bowl, combine the chicken with salt, pepper and olive oil. Sear chicken in pan, stirring occasionally, until the chicken begins to brown, 3 to 4 minutes. Remove the chicken and set aside in a separate bowl. Add butter to the pan and, when melted, add the onion, carrot, celery, and garlic, stirring occasionally, until lightly caramelized, 4 to 5 minutes. Add the flour and cook, stirring for 1 minute. Add the stock, browned chicken, potatoes, and spices.
Bring the liquid to a boil, reduce heat so that the sauce just simmers, and cook, stirring occasionally, until the chicken and potatoes are tender…about 25-35 minutes.
While it simmers, prepare Buttermilk Biscuits, below.
Just before adding biscuits, fold peas into chicken mixture and then remove the pan from the heat.
Preheat oven to 450 degrees.
Place the biscuits on top of the chicken and gravy, with 6 biscuits around the edge of the pan and the remaining 4 biscuits in the center (if you have a left over biscuit or two, bake on a separate baking sheet). Be sure the biscuits do not touch, so they cook thoroughly. Brush the tops of the biscuits with the melted butter and bake until the biscuits are golden brown and flaky…14 to 15 minutes. Allow the pot pie to cool briefly before serving. Makes 4-6 servings.
- 2 cups flour
- 3 tsp baking powder
- ¼ tsp baking soda
- 1/3 cup shortening
- ¾ cup milk
- 4 tbsp powdered buttermilk
- 2 tbsp melted butter to brush on formed biscuits
Mix dry ingredients, make a center hole in the dry ingredients and add in shortening and milk. Blend together, then knead 10-12 strokes on a floured surface, roll out to ½” thick, cut into 8-10 biscuits.
That’s it for this week. Have great weekend. – TaMara
copyright 2014 What’s 4 Dinner Solutions Cookbook: Spring
Mouthwatering Photo by JeffreyW
Believe it or not, they are forecasting snow by the end of the week. From 90 to snow in 4 days. Fall in Colorado. If it does snow it will be quick and brief I’m sure, then back to warm days and fall leaves. But cool weather means soup to me, so that is what I chose for this week’s menu.
This is a recipe from a restaurant in Ouray, CO that was in an old bank. They gave it to me 20 years ago on my honeymoon and I make it all the time. This was my first experience at having to change a recipe meant for 60 into one for 6-8. It’s spicy, so ease up on the cumin and chili powder if needed, you can always add more during the last 30 minutes if needed.
On the board tonight:
- Spicy Black Bean Soup
- French Bread
- Red Grape Salad
- Apple wedges & Cheese
Black Bean Soup
- 4-14 oz cans black beans
- 2 tsp to 1 tbsp salt
- 1 ½ tsp crushed garlic
- 1 bay leaf
- 2 tsp to 1 tbsp pepper
- 1 tbsp thyme
- 1 tbsp chili powder
- 3 cubes beef bouillon
- 1 tsp to 2 tsp cumin
- 3 carrots, shredded
- ½ onion, minced
- 2 stalks celery, diced
- 1 green pepper, minced
- ½ cup dry red wine (opt)
- 1 lb chopped smoked sausage
- 12 cups water
Add all ingredients to slow-cooker and cook according to directions (usually 8-10 hours on low). Just before serving, take a potato masher or hand blender and blend/mash slightly to thicken
Red Grape Salad
- ½ head red leaf lettuce, torn
- 3 cups seedless red grapes, halved
- 1 pear, peeled, cored and cubed
- 4 oz shredded carrots
- Poppy Seed dressing
Toss ingredients together, chill and serve
- 4-14 oz cans black beans
- 4 -6 carrots or equivalent shredded carrots
- ½ onion
- 2 stalks celery
- 1 green pepper
- 4 oz dry red wine (opt)
- 1 lb smoked sausage
- ½ head red leaf lettuce
- 3 cups seedless red grapes
- 1 pear
- Poppy Seed dressing
- French Bread
- Apple wedges & Cheese
Also: salt, garlic, bay leaf, thyme, chili powder, beef bouillon, cumin, pepper
Originally posted December 2009
Happy Labor Day weekend. This will be a quick exchange before I run out the door. Oh, I’m not going anywhere for the weekend, we’re still working on potty training with Bixby. LOL. His latest update is here.
I decided on shish kabobs for the recipe exchange because they are a favorite for large get-togethers. I can prepare them a day ahead and then pop them on the grill when guests arrive. They cook up quick and everyone can get theirs cooked to their idea of perfection. And if you’re lucky and everyone is staying at your house, you can form an assembly line to put them together.
Pictured above is one of my go-to skewers, easy marinade and simple to assemble for a small family dinner or a big get-together. It’s equal parts vegetable oil, soy sauce, lemon juice, and toss in some crushed garlic cloves. Mix together and marinate cubed pieces of steak (sirloin works well) for at least an hour or overnight. I remove the steak pieces from the marinade and then toss the veggies with the marinade quickly before alternating meat, vegetables and pineapple chunks on skewers. The ones above really need some cherry tomatoes, too. Grill over high heat, turning frequently until steak is cooked to desired style.
Some other fun food on a stick:
Fajita Chicken and Vegetable Kabobs can be found here.
Grilled Chicken and Papaya Skewers are here.
Lamb Kabobs recipe is here.
And a variety of other Marinades can be found here, to create any number of skewers to grill.
What’s on your plate for the weekend? Grilling anything tasty?
For tonight’s featured recipe, I thought it would be fun to make sure dessert was included in the mix.
Spicy Fruit Kabobs
You can substitute or add any fresh fruit you’d like in this recipe.
- 1 cantaloupe or honeydew melon, seeded
- 2 pears, cored
- 2 apples, cored
- 2 bananas, peeled & quartered
- 8 wooden skewers, soaked in water
- ½ cup warmed honey
- ½ cup warm water
- ¼ cup limejuice
- 1 jalapeno, seeded & chopped
- 1 to 2 tsp chili paste
13×9 glass baking dish, blender
Cut fruit into large chunks, alternate fruit on skewers, ending with banana chunks to hold fruit in place. Place in baking dish. Blend together honey, water, lime, jalapeno & chili paste until smooth. Pour over fruit. Let set during dinner (approximately 30 minutes at room temperature. Grill over low coals 5-7 minutes, basting with marinade. Serve immediately.
Banana Split Kabobs
- 12 fresh large strawberries, hulled
- 1/4 cup granulated sugar
- 2 bananas, cut into 1 inch pieces
- 12 fresh pineapple chunks
- pound cake, cut into 2-inch cubes
- chocolate syrup
- shredded, unsweetened coconut
4 long bamboo skewers, 4 dessert plates
Roll strawberries in sugar, coating lightly. Alternate fruit and cake on the skewers. Place on plates and drizzle with chocolate syrup and garnish with coconut. Serve with additional syrup for dipping if desired.
That’s it for this week. Have a safe and fun holiday weekend. – TaMara
Thought it was time for some end-of-summer burgers. I make these all the time because they really are easy and a great way to have a cheese burger without losing half the cheese to the grill. And the sweet potato cajun fries are the perfect sweet, spicy combo. Grill some plums or peaches and dinner is done. Enjoy.
On the board tonight:
- Jalapeno-Cheddar Stuffed Burgers
- Kaiser Rolls
- Cajun Sweet Potato Fries
- Raw Vegetable Tray
Jalapeno-Cheddar Stuffed Burgers
Ingredients for each burger:
- 4 oz ground beef
- salt, pepper
- 1/4 to 1/2 tsp crushed garlic (opt)
- 1 oz sharp cheddar, sliced thin
- 2 or more slices of pickled jalapenos
Mix salt, pepper and garlic into the ground beef. Form two, 2-oz patties. Place jalapenos on one burger, cheese on the other.
Place the two sides together and seal the edges completely. Gently flatten the burger, but be careful because you don’t want the cheese busting out of the center.
The key to grilling or frying these is low and slow. Medium heat seals them and allows the cheese to melt without drying the burger out. I flipped at the 5 minute mark, but depending on the heat, 3-4 minutes may be enough to flip. They’re thin, so the beef cooks quickly, but you want to make sure the cheese melts. I would say minimum 4 minutes per side.
If cheese starts to leak out, flip and flip again as needed. DON’T press down on these burgers while you grill, you’ll have a cheesy mess.
Now the warning. Did I say WARNING? Yes I did. You’ll need to rest these burgers to let the cheese cool a bit. Otherwise you could be biting into a scalding cheese center. You’ve been WARNED.
That’s the basics, now let your imagination run wild. Maybe I should have titled this, How To Stuff A Wild Burger.
Cajun Sweet Potato Fries
- 3 large sweet potatoes, scrubbed and peeled
- 1 to 2 tbsp olive oil
- 1 tsp salt
- ½ tsp sugar
- 1 tsp Cajun seasoning
- ¼ tsp cumin (opt)
large bowl or baking dish and baking sheet
Cut potatoes into quarters lengthwise, then cut each quarter into 2 or 3 lengthwise slices. In bowl, toss with remaining ingredients and place in a single layer on baking sheet. Bake at 450° for 15 minutes, turn and bake an additional 10 to 15 minutes, until golden brown outside and tender inside.
If you grilled the burgers you can also grill the plums. Slice in half, remove the pits and grill over low heat
- 1 lb lean ground beef
- 4 oz shredded cheddar or jalapeno jack
- sliced jalapenos (I use pickled)
- 4 green onions
- 1 tomato
- 3 large sweet potatoes
- 4 large Kaiser rolls
- Favorite raw vegetables
- Vegetable dip
- 4 to 8 plums
Also: cumin, Cajun spice, sugar, salt, pepper, olive oil, crushed garlic
It seems everyone but at my house has a garden full of tomatoes. That’s okay, I know where all the good farm stands are located. What to do with all those tomatoes then becomes the question. Tonight’s recipe exchange will give you a few ideas.
First, let’s get this out of the way, Bixby’s weekly update is here.
Now for the recipes:
You can then use those dried tomatoes in place of sun-dried tomatoes in this Roasted Green Beans, with Tomatoes and Feta, here.
I love soups and while the weather is still hot, Cold Cucumber and Tomato Soup is a perfect way to use some of the garden’s bounty, recipe here.
Tired of tomatoes? This week’s dinner menu of Seared Ginger Tuna with Mint-Papaya-Pineapple Salsa has not a hint of tomato.
What’s on your menu this weekend? Anything good cookin’ in your kitchen?
For tonight’s featured recipe, I’ve adapted JefferyW’s recipe for his sauteed cherry tomatoes and pasta, pictured above.
Pasta Tossed with Fresh Tomatoes and Basil
- 10 oz favorite pasta, cook according to pkg directions, drain (don’t dry) and reserve water
- 16 oz (or more) cherry tomatoes, halved
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- 1 sweet onion, chopped
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 cup fresh basil, packed, reserve a few leaves for garnish
- 2 tbsp tomato paste
- Fresh grated Parmesan or Asiago cheese
Heat oil in skillet, sauté onions until translucent, add minced garlic, cook for about another minute and then add tomatoes and cook for about 10 minutes, add tomato paste and basil. Stir and let simmer additional 5 minutes, ladle in some pasta water if needed for the desired consistency. Toss with pasta and top with cheese before serving.
Photo by JeffreyW
It’s that time of year again when fresh, local peaches are everywhere and are a part of every meal at my house, so that had to be half of tonight’s exchange. The other half was inspired by JeffreyW once again tempting my taste buds with his pepper jellies. It’s been a crazy week here, between my birthday, work and getting the house puppy proofed there hasn’t been a lot of time for cooking, but tonight’s featured recipe is quick, easy and full of seasonal flavors. And peaches, lots of peaches.
Speaking of the puppy, I have no new pictures for you, but he’ll be here next week, so I’m pretty sure, mostly positive, even fairly certain, there will be puppy pictures by week’s end. On to the recipes…
If peaches are not your thing, JeffreyW has been busy making some of my favorite jelly. I love pepper jelly with cream cheese on crackers. Yum. And I envy his gardening and canning skills.
First his Red Ripe Jalapeno Jelly, recipe here.
And for his latest, Five Pepper Jelly, click here.
And of course he’s got terrific, mouth-watering photos for each.
Peaches don’t have to sweet to be delicious, they can be spicy, too. You can make a nice Peach Salsa (recipe here) or a tasty Peach Chutney to use with Grilled Pork Chops (complete dinner menu and recipes here).
Peaches are tasty with fish and Kirk Spencer has a great Peach Tilapia recipe here.
How about you, what’s on the menu this weekend? Anyone going to hangout and watch the meteor shower? Hit the comments with recipes and whatever.
The featured recipe tonight is Spinach Chicken Salad with Spicy Peach Dressing and it can be prepped ahead of time and makes a perfect dinner on one of those late summer nights when it’s still too hot to cook. The dressing will easily last a week in the refrigerator. And you can grill then refrigerate the chicken a night or two before when grilling another meal.
Spicy Peach Dressing
- 2 large peaches, peeled, pitted and quartered
- 1/2 cup red wine vinegar
- 2 tablespoons chopped cilantro (or Italian parsley)
- salt and pepper to taste
- 1 jalapeño or other hot pepper, halved and seeded
- 1/2 cup olive oil
Purée all of the ingredients, except oil, in a blender or food processor until smooth. Continue to blend, on low, while adding oil slowly. Mix until well blended. Refrigerate. Shake well before serving.
Spinach Chicken Salad
- 3 boneless, skinless chicken breast halves
- 1/2 small sweet yellow onion, thinly sliced
- 1 lb cleaned baby spinach leaves
- 1 cup chopped, toasted walnuts
- 1 peach, peeled, pitted and thinly sliced
- 3 ounces crumbled bleu cheese or chevre
Place the chicken in a plastic zipper bag with ½ cup of dressing. Marinate 2 hours in refrigerator. Remove chicken, discard marinade and grill until cooked through (170 degrees at center).
Toss the spinach, onion, walnuts and cheese with the remaining 3/4 cup dressing. Slice the grilled chicken and arrange on top of the salad.
Serving: 4 to 6
It’s been much too hot to cook over the last two weeks and with the fairly consistent afternoon showers, grilling is out. So I pulled out the slow-cooker and have been making some nice main courses. I had a craving for a roasted chicken (can you imagine?! It’s 101 degrees out and I want to roast something!), so I put thighs (bone-in, skin on) in the slow-cooker, on high, with some seasoning and in 4 hours had nicely ‘roasted’ chicken. Served with a fresh salad and tomato slices.
After that, I decided that a slow-cooker meal would be a nice idea for this week’s dinner menu. This one is full of exotic flavors and fresh vegetables. I put green beans on the menu, but whatever catches your eye in the garden or farm stand would do just as well.
And if you have peaches available, use them instead of tropical fruit cocktail.
On the board tonight:
- Island Ribs
- Marinate overnight, Slow-Cooker
- Pineapple Pilaf
- Green Beans
- Tropical Fruit w/coconut and ginger ale
- 5-6 lbs pork ribs
- ¼ cup sugar
- 1 tsp salt
- ½ cup water
- 1 tbsp lemon or lime juice
- ½ cup ketchup
- ½ cup soy sauce
- 1 tbsp brown sugar
- 1 to 3 tsp ground ginger
- ¼ to ½ tsp red pepper flakes (opt)
Night before, rub salt and sugar on pork ribs and refrigerate overnight. In the morning, put ½ cup water in slow-cooker along with ribs. Mix together remaining ingredients and pour onto ribs. Cook according to manufacturer’s directions (usually 8-10 hours on low) until meat is tender and pulls from the bone.
Note: Depending on your slow-cooker size, you may have to cut the ribs into sections that fit.
- 1 cup rice
- drained pineapple juice and enough water to make 2 cups
- 2 tsp butter
- 6 green onions, chopped
- 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
- 1/2 cup raisins
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp ground ginger
- 8 oz pineapple chunks, drained
Add rice and liquid to saucepan, bring to a boil, cover, reduce heat and simmer until all water is absorbed.
Heat butter in large skillet over medium-high heat. Add onions, walnuts, raisins, salt & ginger; cook and stir 2 to 4 minutes or until onions are tender. Add rice and pineapple; stir and heat thoroughly. Fluff with a fork before serving.
Tropical Fruit w/coconut and ginger ale – drain fruit then toss with ginger ale and coconut.
Copyright 2014 What’s 4 Dinner Solutions Cookbook: Spring Edition
It is too hot to cook. Mostly I take fresh fruits and veggies and toss them in a salad. I am waiting with anticipation for this year’s crop of peaches to begin to show up from Palisades, CO. Next to sweet corn, it is my favorite summer Colorado crop. Once they get here, we’ll revisit some of my favorite peach recipes. Until then I thought it would be fun to mix up some drinks to keep things cool.
Starting with Thai Iced Tea, from cyber friend, Tes at Home (recipe here), who is originally from Thailand and now lives in India and shares her food and travel adventures on her blog.
Next up, a couple of Watermelon Cooler recipes can be found here.
I love my Mimosas, but a few years back, someone introduced me to Poinsettias (recipe here), which I find equally delicious at brunch.
For the rest of our drink recipes, including a martini, old-fashioned lemonade, iced coffees, smoothies and more, click here.
I’m crazy busy this weekend, visiting the Chihuly exhibit at the Botanic Gardens and then off to the World Lacrosse Championships (I won tickets! I was going anyway, but this was a pleasant surprise). What’s on your plate this weekend, real and metaphorically? Have any favorite summer drinks or unique takes on the classics? What’s your “too hot to cook” go-to recipe? Share your ideas and recipes in the comments.
For tonight’s featured recipe, I picked an unusual, but tasty, spritzer. One night a few summers back I received a phone call from a friend who said her husband had just made the most amazing drink and I had to try it. I said, ‘send the recipe and photos and I’ll share it’. A few minutes later I received the email. I read through the recipe and thought, there is no way this can be good.
But, to my surprise, it was delicious. So if you’re looking for something just a bit unique and refreshing, this is it.
Rosemary Lemon Rhubarb Spritzer
- 1 pound rhubarb, cleaned, cut crosswise into 1/2-inch slices
- 2 cups water
- 1 1/2 cups sugar
- 3 Tbsp chopped fresh rosemary leaves
- 1/2 cup lemon juice
- Soda water or carbonated water
Put rhubarb pieces, water, sugar, and rosemary leaves into a medium saucepan. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat to a simmer and cook for about 15 minutes. Rhubarb pieces will disintegrate. Remove from heat. Strain out the solids with a fine mesh strainer. Add lemon juice. If too sweet for taste, add a little more lemon juice. Chill until ready to serve. To serve, fill a quarter to a half of the glass with the lemon, rhubarb, rosemary syrup, and the rest with soda water.
Makes about 3 cups of syrup, and 1 1/2 to 2 quarts of spritzer.
That’s it for this week. Next week I’ll be travelling so there won’t be an exchange. And if you missed it, JeffreyW posted a stunning photo this week (I know what’s new? But this one is beautiful and unusual). – TaMara
I thought I might post a grilling recipe this week, but our weather has been unsettle with thunderstorms, hail and tornado warnings that means grilling is out at the moment. This is a good menu if you’re stuck inside. I’ll have a grilling theme for the recipe exchange tomorrow. On the board tonight:
- Crispy Pecan Fish
- Hearty Bread
- Broccoli w/Garlic Wine Sauce
Crispy Pecan Fish
- 4-6 oz fish fillets –you’ll want a firm fish such as: red snapper, catfish, tilapia or haddock
- ½ cup flour
- ¼ to 1 tsp cayenne pepper
- ½ tsp thyme, crushed
- 1 tbsp paprika
- salt & pepper to taste
- ¼ cup olive oil
- ½ cup milk
- ¼ cup butter
- 2/3 cup finely chopped pecans
- 2 tbsp lemon juice
2 bowls, skillet Mix together in a bowl: flour, ½ of each: cayenne, thyme, paprika, salt & pepper in large bowl. Heat oil in skillet. Put milk in separate bowl. Dip fish in milk, dredge in flour mixture and add to pan. Cook over med-high heat, turning once until golden brown on both sides. About 5-6 minutes. Remove fish, keep warm. Drain oil and then add butter to skillet, melt and add pecans, remaining half of spices, cook over medium heat, stirring frequently until pecans are lightly browned, 3-5 minutes. Add lemon juice, spoon evenly over fish portions & serve. Broccoli w/Garlic Wine Sauce
- 3 tbsp olive oil
- 1-2 tsp crushed garlic
- 16 oz broccoli crowns
- 1 cup dry white wine (non-alcoholic ok)
- salt & pepper to taste
skillet w/cover Heat oil, add garlic & broccoli, sauté 3-4 minutes. Add wine and let it boil for 1-2 minutes, stirring frequently. Cover, lower heat to medium-low and cook for 2-3 minutes. Uncover, increase heat to medium and let remaining liquid simmer away, about 5 minutes more. Keep a close eye; you don’t want it to scorch. What you’re doing with this method is reducing the liquid until it is absorbed completely by the vegetables. Salt & pepper to taste. Serve immediately. Shortbread
- 1 cup butter
- ½ cup sugar
- 2 ½ cups flour
baking sheet Cream butter and sugar until fluffy. Stir in flour. Chill for an hour. Divide in half. Place each half on baking sheet and pat each into approx. 7 inch circle. Prick each with a fork to make 16 wedges (total of 32). Bake for 30 minutes at 300°