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Turning Trapanese

Upon her return from Sicily , a good friend of mine coined the summer of 2011 as being “all about Pesto Trapanese”. After hearing a recommendation of that caliber, I had to try it. Plus, adding yet another recipe to my cooking repertoire that combines two of my favorite summer ingredients – tomatoes and basil? Yes, please.  Although I was already on a pesto kick for the summer and have certainly added a tomato or two to some of my previous pesto dishes, I had never mixed my ingredients quite like this.

So once I got home from work, I put my apron on and started my favorite part of the day.


Pesto Trapanese, taken from both Serious Eats and Sippity Sup:

  • 1 pound of spaghetti (in my case orrechiette)
  • 1/4 1b of almonds, skins on or off (I toasted them lightly)
  • 1 garlic clove, peeled (I added 2)
  • 1 tsp of red chili flakes
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • 4 large handfuls of basil
  • 5 oz of grated parmesan cheese
  • good olive oil (i used 1/2 cup total)
  • 1 lb of cherry tomatoes, blistered in a dry skillet (unable to find cherry, I used grape)

Bring a large pot of salty water to boil and cook the spaghetti until al dente. Meanwhile, toast the almonds lightly
Add the basil, garlic, tomatoes, almonds, salt, and chili flakes with two tablespoons of oil to the food processor,
blend (I pulsed a total of 14 times, adding only a tablespoon of olive oil at a time). Remove from the food processor
and transfer to a large bowl. Let the sauce sit for a few minutes before tossing with the pasta.

 


have a glass of wine

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Laab

Every week I plan a menu. It helps me eat better, save money on groceries, and allows for me to try out new recipes without running to the store after work for last minute items. It makes cooking semi-complicated dishes on the weekdays possible and a lot more enjoyable.

Last night I decided upon Laab, a northeast Thai dish that is typically served as a part of a set, which makes me love it even more. There is something about compartmentalized meals that need assembly right before you eat them; it is the icing on the cake. A nice pairing for the Laab would be green papaya salad and sticky rice. In the case of last night’s dinner we had the Laab and the sticky rice but due to a lack of green papaya at the H mart the papaya salad will be another day.

Laab generally consists of lemongrass, shallots, garlic paste, fish sauce (3 crabs preferably), fresh lime juice, mint, cilantro, ground turkey (or pork,chicken, lamb, even liver)

and topped with chopped peanuts and fresh basil.

Cabbage leaves can also be served with the dish. You can roll the sticky rice and laab into the leaf like a summer roll or serve it like a salad atop the greens. Either way, the cabbage adds a cool, fresh crispiness to an otherwise spicy dish.

*Tonight we tried the same recipe, only with ground tempeh (pictured below) and I must say it tasted even better. I have had this recipe on file for quite some time from Use Real Butter.

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