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Make This: Thai Noodles with Gai Lan

Wednesday, November 30th, 2016

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Skip the Thai takeout and put this dish on the table in 15 minutes flat. In a medium bowl, pour boiling water over 14 ounces rice stick noodles and let sit 7 minutes. Drain and rinse the noodles then toss them with 2 tablespoons sesame oil. In a small bowl, combine ⅓ cup soy sauce, 2 tablespoons sugar, 1½ tablespoons chile-garlic sauce, 1 tablespoon grated ginger and 2 teaspoons rice vinegar. Set aside. In a large skillet or wok over high heat, warm 3 tablespoons vegetable oil. Add the noodles to the skillet with 6 cups roughly chopped gai lan. Saute 2 minutes, then stir in the sauce and cook 1 to 2 minutes more. Garnish with ⅓ cup each chopped basil, cilantro and mint; ¼ cup chopped peanuts; and lime wedges.

 

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Photo by Greg Rannells

Just Five: Broccoli Soup

Tuesday, November 29th, 2016

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In my house, broccoli is king of the vegetables. We eat it steamed, roasted, stir-fried, raw or covered in cheese (duh). This simple broccoli soup includes tarragon, which created a house divided. Those 40 and older liked the slight hint of anise the scant amount of fresh tarragon added to the soup. However, the 20-and-younger contingent thought it might die from eating what it ascertained to be the equivalent of an entire bag of black licorice. The same group agreed that an alternate version, made with a couple fresh basil leaves in lieu of tarragon, was delicious. And still, the king remains on his throne.
Broccoli Soup
3 to 4 servings

1 Tbsp. olive oil
¼ cup minced shallot
1 lb. (about 5 cups) chopped broccoli, stems and florets
3 cups chicken broth, plus more as needed
¼ cup cream cheese
1 Tbsp. chopped tarragon or basil, plus more for garnish
¼ tsp. kosher salt, plus more to taste
¼ tsp. freshly ground black pepper, plus more to taste

• In a large pot, heat the oil over medium-high heat. Add shallots and saute until translucent, about 3 minutes. Add the chicken broth and bring to a boil over high heat. Add the broccoli and cover, reducing the heat to medium-low. Simmer 15 minutes then remove from heat.
• Use an immersion blender or carefully pour the contents of the pot into a blender pitcher. Add the cream cheese, tarragon, salt and pepper and puree 30 seconds. Add more stock as needed to reach desired consistency. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
• Serve garnished with fresh tarragon and crusty bread.

 

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Dee Ryan is a longtime contributor to Sauce Magazine and regularly pens Make This.

Make This: Leftover Turkey Cuban

Monday, November 21st, 2016

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Leftover Thanksgiving turkey can seem endless – until you press it into this modified Cuban sandwich. Slice a telera or other soft sandwich roll in half lengthwise. On one half, spread 1 tablespoon each yellow mustard and cranberry sauce. Top with 1 slice baby Swiss cheese, 5 to 7 bread-and-butter pickles and 2 ounces each leftover turkey and sliced ham. Cover with the other half of the roll. Place the sandwich in a medium skillet over medium-high heat. Press down with another heavy pan 2 minutes, then flip the sandwich, press down with the pan and cook 2 more minutes, until the cheese is melted.

Just Five: Acorn Squash with Apples and Blue Cheese

Wednesday, November 9th, 2016

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With beautiful greens, oranges and yellows (and even some blue!), this dish belongs on a holiday table. The crystallized ginger shines through with chewy, peppery-sweet pops that make this dish spectacular. Adding blue cheese to this recipe was genius, but if you dislike it, try a good tangy goat cheese or a sharp cheddar.

 

Acorn Squash with Apples and Blue Cheese
4 servings

2 acorn squashes*, halved and seeded
2 Tbsp. butter
1 to 2 Granny Smith apples, peeled, cored and chopped into ½-inch dice (about 2 cups)
¼ cup golden raisins
2 Tbsp. chopped crystallized ginger
⅓ cup crumbled blue cheese
Kosher salt

• Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
• Place the squash cut side-down in a baking dish filled with ½ inch of water. Bake 40 minutes.
• Meanwhile, melt the butter in a saucepan over medium heat. Add the apple and saute 2 to 3 minutes. Add the raisins, ginger and ¼ cup water and bring to a simmer. Cover, remove from heat and let rest 5 minutes. Uncover and let cool.
• Remove the squash, empty the water and return the squash the baking dish cut side up.
• Stir the blue cheese into the apple mixture, then fill each squash half with about ¼ cup of the apple mixture. Sprinkle each with a pinch of salt.
• Bake 15 minutes then serve.

 

Dee Ryan is a longtime contributor to Sauce Magazine and regularly pens Make This.

Just Five: Moroccan-spiced Spaghetti Squash

Thursday, October 27th, 2016

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While I love decorative gourds as much as the next person, I’m an edible gourd kind of gal. Pumpkin, delicata, acorn, butternut, pattypan… As soon as autumn hits, I’m throwing these at everything except my tablescape. Spaghetti squash is one variety I haven’t played with much. I love the idea of a squash that transforms into “noodles” when pulled apart with a fork, but then what? I’m not putting marinara on that “spaghetti.” Instead, I turned to the flavors I associate with autumn.

Cinnamon, cumin, cayenne, nutmeg and cardamom are all found in garam masala, one of my favorite spice blends. I added a little sweetness and texture from golden raisins and some protein with cooked lentils. A hit of chopped parsley or cilantro adds brightness that goes with the dried fruit and earthy squash. Save this recipe for a great Thanksgiving side or vegetarian entree.

 
Moroccan-spiced Spaghetti Squash
2 servings

1 medium spaghetti squash
2 pinches of kosher salt, plus more to taste
½ cup cooked lentils, divided
½ cup golden raisins or currants, divided
2 Tbsp. butter, divided
1 Tbsp. garam masala, divided
¼ cup chopped cilantro or parsley, divided

• Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
• Cut the spaghetti squash in half lengthwise and scoop out the seeds and membrane. Sprinkle each half with a pinch of salt and place cut-side down on the baking sheet.
• Bake 30 minutes, remove and let rest 10 minutes until cool enough to handle.
• Use a fork to scrape the flesh of the spaghetti squash into long strands, leaving the skins intact to use as a serving vessel. To each half, add ¼ cup lentils, ¼ cup raisins, 1 tablespoon butter and ½ tablespoon garam masala. Toss until the butter is melted and all ingredients are combined. Season to taste with salt, garnish with cilantro and serve.

 

Dee Ryan is a longtime contributor to Sauce Magazine and regularly pens Make This.

 

Make This: Apple-Burrata Salad

Tuesday, October 25th, 2016

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Cabbage, apples and creamy burrata cheese come together for a sophisticated spin on a humble salad. In a large bowl, whisk together ¼ cup lime juice, ¼ cup olive oil, 2 tablespoons maple syrup and a few drops of hot sauce. Add a 10-ounce bag of shredded green cabbage, 1 thinly sliced Pink Lady or Granny Smith apple and ¼ cup chopped fresh dill. Toss well to combine. Top the salad with a 4-ounce ball of room-temperature burrata and slice it into quarters, allowing the cheese to seep out and mix with the dressed salad. Sprinkle with ¼ cup chopped toasted walnuts and serve.

 

-photo by Greg Rannells

Just Five: Spicy Orange Chicken Bites

Wednesday, October 12th, 2016

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I sometimes whine about how difficult it can be to execute authentic Asian cuisine with just five ingredients (just ask my editors!). But sometimes recipes have a way of working out. This dish is embarrassingly simple and so versatile. Serve it with rice and veggies or in lettuce cups with fresh herbs. Swap the meat for ground chicken, turkey or even pork. Increase or reduce the red pepper flake to your taste – as it is, this might be a bit too spicy for less adventurous taste buds!

 

Spicy Orange Chicken Bites
3 to 4 servings

3 Tbsp. vegetable oil
2 to 3 Tbsp. chopped garlic
¼ tsp. red pepper flakes
Zest and juice of 1 large orange
⅓ cup soy sauce
1 lb. chicken tenders, cut into bite-size chunks

• In a large skillet over medium heat, warm the vegetable oil. Add the garlic and red pepper flakes and stir 30 seconds to 1 minute, until fragrant.
• Add the orange zest and chicken and saute 2 minutes, then add the orange juice and soy sauce. Increase the heat to high and stir-fry until the chicken is fully cooked and the sauce starts to thicken, about 3 minutes.

Just Five: Shrimp and Scallion Noodles

Thursday, September 29th, 2016

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I will not be bested by an Asian noodle recipe with a list of 16 ingredients – not I! Ginger? Bah! Garlic? No need! A little soy sauce or tamari goes a long way toward delicious in this dish. A word of advice: grab the low-sodium soy sauce unless you want a salt bomb for dinner. Take it to the next level (and break the Just 5 rules) with a quick pickle: Mix thinly sliced cucumber and red onion with rice vinegar and pinch of salt. Let it rest while you prepare the noodles and sauce, then serve alongside the dish to complement the flavor and texture.

Shrimp and Scallion Noodles
2 servings as a entree, 4 to 6 servings as a side

8 oz. udon noodles
2 Tbsp. vegetable oil
2 bunches green onions, chopped into 2-inch pieces (green parts only)
½ cup tamari or low-sodium soy sauce
3 Tbsp. brown sugar
½ lb. small shrimp, peeled and deveined

•In a large pot of boiling salted water, cook the udon noodles until tender, 5 to 10 minutes. Drain, rinse with cold water and set aside.
• In a medium nonstick skillet, warm the oil over medium-high heat. Add the scallions and saute 2 to 3 minutes, until they start to brown and caramelize. Add the tamari and brown sugar and cook 2 minutes, stirring constantly. Add the shrimp and cook 2 to 3 minutes, until they are cooked through. Add the noodles and toss to combine.

 

Dee Ryan is a longtime contributor to Sauce Magazine and regularly pens Make This.

Just Five: Chocolate-Tahini Milkshake

Wednesday, September 21st, 2016

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Remember that jar of tahini that you bought six months ago to make hummus? The one from which you used a whopping 2 tablespoons, then shoved in the back of your fridge? Roll up your sleeves and find it.

This treat was inspired after a sweet treat at Layla in The Grove. As lovers of all things chocolate and peanut butter, we gave Layla’s Chocolate Tahini Shake a try. Not only was I delighted, I immediately made a beeline to the bar and demanded to know how many ingredients it included. As I suspected, this was in my wheelhouse. Tahini is not as sweet or salty as peanut butter, so I added a touch of salt, as well as dark chocolate shavings for extra depth. Be a pal, double the recipe and share with a friend.

Chocolate-Tahini Milkshake
Inspired by a recipe from Layla
1 serving

4 tennis ball-sized scoops vanilla ice cream
1 cup whole or 2-percent milk
3 Tbsp. chocolate syrup
2 Tbsp. tahini
1/8 tsp. kosher salt
2 Tbsp. dark or semisweet chocolate shavings

• Add the ice cream, milk, chocolate syrup, tahini and salt to the pitcher of a blender and mix on high speed 10 seconds. Add the chocolate shavings and pulse, then pour into a large glass. Serve with a straw and long-handled spoon.

Dee Ryan is a longtime contributor to Sauce Magazine and regularly pens Make This.

Just Five: Simple Summer Gazpacho

Thursday, September 1st, 2016

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This recipe couldn’t be simpler. Go to a farmers market – any farmers market – and buy the following: tomatoes, cucumber, garlic and a bagel (yes, a bagel). Go home, throw this stuff in a blender and you’re pretty much done. If you can’t find a bagel, swap in whatever bread you want – about ½ cup of toasted or stale bread cubes should do it. Don’t get too hung up on measurements, either. Add a pepper for spice, chop up more cucumber, or toss in a handful of basil from your backyard. Have fun and savor all the amazing local produce you can right now.

Simple Summer Gazpacho
4 servings

1 medium cucumber, peeled, seeded and chopped
3 cups chopped tomatoes, chopped
½ everything bagel, toasted and torn into pieces
1 clove garlic, smashed
2 Tbsp. red wine vinegar, plus more to taste
1 cup water, plus more as needed
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
Olive oil for serving

• Put the cucumber, bagel pieces, tomatoes, garlic and vinegar into a blender and puree. With the blender running on high speed, pour in the water, plus more to achieve desired consistency.
• Season to taste with salt, pepper and vinegar. Refrigerate at least 30 minutes. Drizzle with olive oil before serving.

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