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Butternut Squash Risotto - Meatballs&Milkshakes

This was an incredibly easy weeknight dinner after a week of long and involved meals. You can also potentially use up holiday leftovers, since I pre-roasted the squash the day before and added the mashed squash right at the end. It still has all the holiday flavors, but it’s great all winter long.

Butternut Squash Risotto

1/2 butternut squash

2 cups arborio rice

zest and juice of 1 orange

3 tablespoons fresh thyme

1/2 cup white wine

2 cups chicken stock, homemade or store-bought, warmed in the microwave or on the stove (you could substitute vegetable stock to make it vegetarian)

4 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

1 garlic clove, minced

1 shallot, minced

1 cup grated parmesan

Roast the squash in the oven at 350 degrees for 45 minutes on a baking sheet with some of the olive oil brushed over it. It will become soft and you can scoop out the flesh. Mash up the squash well.

Meanwhile, saute the shallot and garlic in the remaining olive oil. Once they have softened, add the rice and allow to toast for a minute until they start to look a little translucent. Add the white wine and allow to cook down. Add the thyme and a little chicken stock. Continue to add stock slowly as it cooks away. It should have enough liquid to just cover, about the consistency of oatmeal.

When the rice is almost al dente, add the orange juice and zest along with the mashed squash. Stir to combine and allow to cook together for the last few minutes. Off the heat, stir in the parmesan and a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil and serve.

Butternut Squash Risotto - Meatballs&Milkshakes

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I finally got around to trying out the new pasta machine a couple weeks ago when we had some great friends over. It’s a bit of a project to make fresh pasta, but it’s worth it. Plus, you can add in anything you want flavor-wise, although I generally just make plain pasta because I like it best. Next time though, I might try spinach pasta. Or lemon pasta. I’m getting excited just thinking about it.

Fresh Fettuccine

3- 3 1/2 cups flour (start with 3 and add flour to the right consistency)

4 eggs

1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil

1 teaspoon salt

Mound the flour on your board and create a well in the center. Add the rest of the ingredients to the well and start to stir with a fork from the inside out, gradually adding flour from the rim. Once you start to break down the rim, change to kneading with you hands. It will come together in a ball, and you want to knead for about 5 minutes. Let it rest in some plastic wrap for at least 15 minutes. Cut off pieces of dough to run through the pasta roller until it reaches your desired thickness. Fold the sheets and cut into your desired pasta size, for fettuccine it’s about 1/2″ thick. Flour well and set aside in 1 layer if possible.

Lemon Chicken and Fresh Fettuccine

Fresh Fettuccine (above)

4 chicken breasts, cut into pieces

1/2 onion, chopped

2 garlic cloves, minced

1/2 cup white wine

1 teaspoon dried oregano

zest and juice from 1 large lemon or 1 1/2 smaller lemons

Parmesan cheese

Season the chicken pieces with salt, pepper, and the oregano. Saute in some extra virgin olive oil until they brown. Remove to a plate. Add the onion and garlic and soften. Add the wine and lemon juice and reduce a bit. Add the chicken back into the pan and stir to combine.

Meanwhile, cook the pasta in salted boiling water for 2 minutes, until it starts to float and becomes al dente. Remove to the saucepan with a little bit of the pasta cooking water. Combine and add the lemon zest, a splash of extra virgin olive oil, and some grated parmesan cheese. Plate and add more parmesan cheese on top.

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We have been having a long heat wave here in NY, and I can’t quite bring myself to heat up the kitchen again until it breaks. I’m thinking about some no-cook or quick-cooking meals, and of course, the first thing I think of is salad. I love a beautiful caprese salad with fresh tomatoes and basil. Mozzarella gives it a little substance, so you’re not left hungry.

Of course, gazpacho is a staple of no-cook menus, and I loved this one with watermelon. The shrimp skewers are optional, but if you would like to get outside and grill, go ahead. This would also make an excellent summer lunch with the caprese.

I’ve made this capellini with tomatoes and basil several times since I posted it. It’s light and refreshing, and best of all, it’s done basically in the time it takes to boil water.

If I really start wanting some protein, I might make this ginger glazed salmon. It takes a little longer to cook, but I can do the glaze in a wider pan cut the cooking time down to 15 minutes. Having people over? This looks elegant but it’s so quick.

I still have a little of this blueberry frozen yogurt left in the freezer, and I think I’m going to have to finish it up this weekend. Nothing is better to cool down than some frozen treats.

Unless it’s white wine sangria. This is staple at my apartment all summer. Actually, all year round but in the summer it’s extra perfect.

And if I make it outside to grill this weekend? I think it’s going to be lamb burgers as a change from regular burgers. The cool yogurt and mint sauce helps in the heat too.

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This is a perfect quick spring dish– I came home from work late and made it in 15 minutes. (That’s also why there are no “after” pictures– in those few minutes it got dark out.) You can do this with any kind of fish or any toppings you want (although it works better with less watery toppings).

I combine blanched fresh favas with farmstand grape tomatoes and some herbes de provence on a nice flounder fillet and fold the parchment into a pouch. It goes in the oven for a few minutes, and voila! You could be in the south of France. Or in my kitchen.

Flounder in Cartoccio

1 flounder fillet

a handful of cherry or grape tomatoes, halved

a handful of favas, blanched with the skins removed

1 teaspoon herbes de provence

1 tablespoon white wine

1 round of parchment or foil

Place the flounder on one half of the parchment so that you will be able to fold it over into a semi-circle with a couple inches extra around. Sprinkle the tomatoes and favas over the top. Season with some salt, pepper and the herbes de provence. Start folding from one edge of the semi-circle, repeating all the way around to seal the pouch. Just before the final fold, pour the wine in and seal the edge. Make sure the liquid is distributed. Bake at 375 for 10-15 minutes until the fish is fragrant and cooked through.

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Sangria is one of my favorite things to make in the summer. You can make up a big pitcher and it’s just a party in a glass. For some reason, it transports me to the beach or a picnic or a cookout– maybe it’s the fun colors. You can make infinite varieties and I love using rose and sparkling wine as well.

White Wine Sangria

1 bottle of your favorite white wine (you don’t need to spend a lot on the bottle, but make sure you would drink it on it’s own)

1/2 cup brandy (or your favorite fruity alcohol such as framboise or peach brandy)

1/4 cup sugar

6 strawberries, sliced

1/2 mango, diced

1 lime, sliced and cut in half

6 mint leaves

Combine the brandy, sugar, and half the fruit in the bottom of a pitcher and lightly muddle it together until the sugar is dissolved. Add the wine and the rest of the fruit. Stir to combine and adjust the flavors depending on how dry or fruity your wine is. You can store it like this in the fridge for a day or two, if you wish. To serve, add the mint leaves and pour over ice.

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It’s that time of year where everyone goes crazy over ramps. I tend to like them best in pastas and risottos or with eggs, but I decided to try them in this soup. It’s the perfect spring soup, which I like to leave a little chunky by using my immersion blender. If you can’t get ramps, leave them out or substitute some garlic or onion. Either way, enjoy a little bit of spring!

In other news, it’s my birthday and we’re going to Puglia next week! Get ready for some new Italy-inspired recipes!

Asparagus, Ramp and Leek Soup

1 bunch asparagus, cut into 1 inch pieces

6 ramps, chopped

3 leeks, washed well and chopped

2 cups chicken stock (I use homemade, but feel free to use your favorite or substitute vegetable stock for a vegetarian version)

1 cup white wine

1 teaspoon minced chives

salt and pepper to taste

squeeze of lemon and drizzle of olive oil (optional)

Combine the asparagus, leeks, and ramps in a pan with a couple tablespoons of olive oil or butter and season with salt and pepper. Saute until softened, about 2 minutes. Add the wine and stock and simmer on low for about 10 minutes. Off the heat, carefully blend with an immersion blender. Add the chives and serve. Add a squeeze of lemon and a drizzle of olive oil if you would like.

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Ok, I know this doesn’t sound like something you’re going to go right out any make, but I truly urge you to try it. It’s such a perfect, delicious, surprising pasta and it’s one of my favorites. They make a similar dish at one of my favorite NYC restaurants, Celeste, and I had to try to recreate it. The cabbage gets caramelized down with the onions and it’s the only time when I allow cheese to go near my seafood in pasta. It just works. And as a bonus, you can make it in 15 minutes. Have I convinced you yet?

Tagliatelle with Cabbage, Shrimp, and Pecorino

1/2 pound shrimp, shelled and cleaned and cut into thirds

2 cloves garlic, sliced

1/2 onion, sliced thinly

1/8-1/4 of a napa cabbage, shredded thinly

1/2 cup grated pecorino or asiago

1/2 pound tajarin or tagliatelle

1 cup white wine

1 teaspoon thyme

basil leaves for garnish

Cook the pasta in salted, boiling water for a minute less than the package instructions. Meanwhile, saute the onion, cabbage, and garlic in a couple tablespoons of olive oil. Season with salt and pepper. Let them start to soften and caramelize. Add the shrimp on one side of the pan and allow to brown. Make sure to remove them after 1 minute, when they start to turn pink (they will continue to cook while they rest).

Add the wine to deglaze the pan. Add the thyme. Add a 1 cup of the pasta cooking water. Add the pasta and the cheese and return the shrimp to the pan. Toss and cook for the final minute together. Garnish with some torn basil leaves.

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