RHUBARB SORBET WITH VANILLA RHUBARB COMPOTE
Though we've divided this recipe into two sections, it really contains just four ingredients: rhubarb, sugar, vanilla, and corn syrup. (Adding a little corn syrup to a sorbet helps give it a velvety texture.)
2 lb rhubarb stalks, trimmed and cut into 1-inch-long pieces (about 7 cups)
1 2/3 cups sugar
2 tablespoons light corn syrup
3/4 cup sugar
1/2 lb rhubarb stalks, trimmed and cut diagonally into 1/4-inch-thick slices (about 1 cup)
2 drops vanilla
Special equipment: an ice cream maker
Toss together rhubarb, sugar, and corn syrup in a 3 1/2- to 4-quart heavy saucepan and let stand, stirring occasionally, 30 minutes (to macerate).
Cook mixture over low heat, stirring frequently, until rhubarb has released about 2 cups liquid, 10 to 15 minutes. Increase heat and simmer, stirring frequently, until rhubarb is very tender, 12 to 15 minutes. 3Purée mixture in 2 batches in a blender until very smooth (use caution when blending hot liquids). Transfer purée to a bowl, then set bowl in a larger bowl of ice and cold water and stir occasionally until cold, 10 to 15 minutes. Freeze purée in ice cream maker, then transfer to an airtight container and put in freezer to harden, at least 1 hour.
Make compote while purée is chilling:
Simmer sugar and 1 1/2 cups water in a 2- to 3-quart saucepan, stirring, until sugar is dissolved. Add rhubarb slices and return just to a simmer, then remove pan from heat and stir in vanilla gently (to avoid breaking up rhubarb). Cool mixture to room temperature, gently stirring once or twice, about 30 minutes. Chill, covered, until ready to use.
Let sorbet soften at room temperature 5 minutes, then serve with compote.
Sorbet and compote can be made 3 days ahead.
Makes 6 servings.
CAPELLINI WITH SALMON AND LEMON-DILL-VODKA SAUCE
adaptations: cook onion in olive oil Pam and then just add the stock and reduce. Then when it has reduced add some Silk creamer to make it creamy- according to how much you can tolerate. Remember salmon is fatty on its own.
1 medium onion, finely chopped (about 1 cup)
1 tablespoon olive oil
3 cups reduced-sodium chicken broth (24 fl oz)
1 cup heavy cream
1/3 cup vodka
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup chopped fresh dill
1 1/2 teaspoons finely grated fresh lemon zest
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1/4 teaspoon coarsely ground black pepper
2 cups flaked broiled salmon This was to be made from another recipe on the next page for broiled salmon with yogurt sauce. The leftover salmon was used in pasta. You can just broil/grill some salmon and throw it in the pasta.
10 oz capellini (angel-hair pasta; about two thirds of a 1-lb box)
Cook onion in oil in a 3-quart heavy saucepan over moderate heat, stirring occasionally, until softened (but not browned), about 6 minutes. Add broth, cream, vodka, and salt and boil over moderately high heat, stirring occasionally, until sauce is reduced to 2 cups, 40 to 50 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in dill, lemon zest and juice, and pepper. Reserve 1/2 cup sauce, then add salmon to saucepan and cook over moderately low heat until fish is just heated through, 2 to 3 minutes.
While fish is heating, cook pasta in a 6- to 8-quart pot of boiling salted water until al dente. Reserve 1/2 cup pasta-cooking water, then drain pasta in a colander. Return pasta to pot, then toss with reserved sauce and cooking water. Serve pasta immediately with fish and sauce spooned over the top.
Makes 4 servings.
POTATOES AND HARICOTS VERTS WITH VINAIGRETTE
If you're making your vinaigrette with white-wine vinegar, use 1/2 teaspoon sugar (instead of 1/4 teaspoon) to balance the higher acidity.
3 tablespoons Champagne vinegar or white-wine vinegar
1/2 teaspoon Dijon mustard
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1/4 teaspoon sugar
2 teaspoons salt
1/2 cup olive oil greatly reduce
3 lb small (1 1/2- to 2-inch) yellow-fleshed potatoes such as Yukon Gold, scrubbed well
3/4 cup diced (1/4-inch) red onion
3/4 lb haricots verts or other thin green beans, trimmed and cut into 2-inch pieces
3 celery ribs, cut into 1/4-inch dice
1/3 cup finely chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
Whisk together vinegar, mustard, pepper, sugar, and 1 teaspoon salt in a small bowl. Add oil in a slow stream, whisking until emulsified.
Quarter potatoes, then cover with cold water by 1 inch in a 4- to 5-quart pot and bring to a boil with remaining teaspoon salt. Reduce heat and simmer, uncovered, until potatoes are tender, 8 to 10 minutes. Drain, then transfer hot potatoes to a large bowl and toss with onion and all but 1/4 cup vinaigrette. Cool to room temperature, about 1 hour.
While potatoes cool, cook green beans in a 3-quart saucepan of boiling salted water, uncovered, until crisp-tender, 3 to 4 minutes, then drain and transfer to a bowl of ice water to stop cooking. Let stand 2 minutes. Drain and pat dry.
Just before serving, toss potato mixture with green beans, celery, parsley, and remaining 1/4 cup vinaigrette.
• Potatoes can be cooked and tossed with onion and vinaigrette 1 day ahead and chilled, covered. Bring to room temperature (this will take about 1 hour), then add remaining ingredients.
• Green beans can be cooked and celery can be diced 1 day ahead and chilled separately, wrapped well in dampened paper towels, in sealed plastic bags.
Makes 8 servings.
CHICKEN MARSALA same thing here, reduce the oil/butter and add some silk creamer at the end. It will still be yummy.
Food Editor/Stylist: Paul Grimes
Father: Elmer M. Grimes, Haddonfield, NJ
My dad loved mushrooms, and he always ordered veal Marsala when we went out to restaurants. My mom didn't buy veal very often, so she adapted this recipe for chicken and made it on special occasions. He was also very fond of white Burgundy wine, which makes a wonderful accompaniment to this dish.
1 3/4 cups reduced-sodium chicken broth (14 fl oz)
2 tablespoons finely chopped shallot
5 tablespoons unsalted butter
10 oz mushrooms, trimmed and thinly sliced
1 1/2 teaspoons finely chopped fresh sage
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon black pepper
1 cup all-purpose flour
4 skinless boneless chicken breast halves (2 lb total)
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons dry Marsala wine
2/3 cup heavy cream
1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
Put oven rack in middle position and preheat oven to 200°F.
Bring broth to a boil in a 2-quart saucepan over high heat, then boil, uncovered, until reduced to about 3/4 cup, about 20 minutes.
Cook shallot in 3 tablespoons butter in an 8- to 10-inch heavy skillet over moderate heat, stirring, until shallot begins to turn golden, about 1 minute. Add mushrooms, 1 teaspoon sage, salt, and pepper and cook, stirring occasionally, until liquid mushrooms give off is evaporated and mushrooms begin to brown, 6 to 8 minutes. Remove from heat.
Put flour in a wide shallow bowl. Gently pound chicken to 1/4 inch thick between 2 sheets of plastic wrap using the flat side of a meat pounder or a rolling pin.
Pat chicken dry and season with salt and pepper, then dredge in flour, 1 piece at a time, shaking off excess. Transfer to sheets of wax paper, arranging chicken in 1 layer.
Heat 1 tablespoon each of oil and butter in a 10-inch heavy skillet over moderately high heat until foam subsides, then sauté half of chicken, turning over once, until golden and just cooked through, about 4 minutes total. Transfer cooked chicken to a large heatproof platter, arranging in 1 layer, then put platter in oven to keep warm. Wipe out skillet with paper towels and cook remaining chicken in same manner, then transfer to oven, arranging in 1 layer.
Add 1/2 cup wine to skillet and boil over high heat, stirring and scraping up brown bits, about 30 seconds. Add reduced broth, cream, and mushrooms, then simmer, stirring occasionally, until sauce is slightly thickened, 6 to 8 minutes. Add lemon juice and remaining 2 tablespoons wine and 1/2 teaspoon sage.
Serve chicken with sauce.
Makes 4 servings.
CURRIED COUSCOUS WITH CHICKEN AND ZUCCHINI
This recipe sounds really confusing and hard but just needs to be read a couple times. The butter amount is ridiculous- cut back a lot of course! This time I would substitute a little lite coconut milk for the cream. Frankly cream doesn't make any sense anyway.
1 large onion, finely chopped (2 cups)
3/4 stick (6 tablespoons) unsalted butter
3 skinless boneless chicken breast halves (6 oz each), cut diagonally into 1/2-inch-thick slices
1 1/8 teaspoons salt
3/8 teaspoon black pepper
2 tablespoons vegetable oil use Pam
2 small zucchini (10 oz total), cut into matchsticks (2 inches long by 1/4 inch thick)
2 large garlic cloves, minced
2 teaspoons curry powder (preferably Madras)
2 1/4 cups (18 fl oz) reduced-sodium chicken broth
1/2 cup heavy cream
1 1/4 cups couscous (8 oz)
2 1/2 tablespoons coarsely chopped fresh cilantro
1 lime, cut into wedges
Cook onion in 2 tablespoons butter in a 10-inch heavy skillet over moderate heat, stirring occasionally, until softened, about 8 minutes, then reserve in skillet.
Meanwhile, pat chicken slices dry and sprinkle with 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper. Heat oil in a 12-inch heavy skillet over moderately high heat until hot but not smoking, then sauté chicken in 2 batches, turning occasionally, until just cooked through and golden brown, 3 to 4 minutes per batch, transferring chicken to a plate with tongs.
Reduce heat to moderate and add 1 tablespoon butter, then cook zucchini with 1/8 teaspoon salt and a pinch of pepper, stirring frequently, until just tender, about 2 minutes. Transfer to plate with chicken and loosely cover with foil.
Add garlic along with half of reserved onion to larger skillet and cook over moderate heat, stirring, until garlic is fragrant, about 2 minutes. Add 1 teaspoon curry powder and cook, stirring, 1 minute. Stir in 1 cup broth and bring to a boil, then boil until reduced by half, 2 to 3 minutes. Add cream and boil sauce, stirring occasionally, until just thick enough to coat back of a spoon, about 2 minutes. Set sauce aside in skillet.
Reheat remaining onion in 10-inch skillet over moderate heat, then add remaining teaspoon curry powder and cook, stirring, 1 minute. Add 1 tablespoon butter and remaining 1 1/4 cups broth, then bring to a boil. Stir in couscous and remaining 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1/8 teaspoon pepper, then cover tightly and let stand off heat 5 minutes. Cut remaining 2 tablespoons butter into small pieces and stir into couscous. Let stand, covered, 1 minute.
While couscous is standing, add chicken and zucchini to sauce along with any juices accumulated on plate and cook over moderate heat, stirring occasionally, until heated through, about 2 minutes. Season with salt and pepper and sprinkle with 1/2 tablespoon cilantro.
Fluff couscous with a fork to break up any lumps, then stir in remaining 2 tablespoons cilantro and salt and pepper to taste. Serve with lime wedges.
Makes 4 servings.
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