Sunday, February 27, 2011

Valentine's Day Cooking for Boys

If the way to a man's heart is through his stomach, using pizza is the express train.  This is just a special treat I put together for my boys (3 & 4.5 & 30) on Valentine's Day!


Pizza Dough
Pizza Sauce
Mozerella Cheese


Spread the Dough on your pizza pan or pizza stone.  Spread sauce and cheese on the dough.  Arrange peperoni in a heart shape.  As an added adult treat I like to cover the crust in olive oil and fresh ground Italian seasonings.

Have some cupcakes for dessert and you've got LOVE!

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Scallops and Greens


1 lb large scallops, patted dry
1 container spring mix letuce
2 tbs butter

1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
1/4 cup balsamic vinaigrette
1/4 cup Dijon mustard
1/4 cup whole milk or cream
2 cloves garlic, chopped
1 tbs Italian spices


In a saucepan melt the butter, meanwhile salt and lightly pepper the scallops on both sides.  Add the scallops to the pan once all the butter is melted.  Brown for 2-3 min each side.

While the scallops are browning whisk all the ingredients for the dressing and spoon over the lettuce mix.  Remove scallops from pan and place ontop of lettuce.  Serve with your favorite wine.  May I suggest a dry Riesling.
Buon appetito!

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Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Tortellini Soup

This picture doesn't portray well the deliciousness of this soup, but then again it's not a very pretty soup.  It's perfect for a winter weekday meal as it's easy and takes very little prep work.  It's one of my family's favorites.

2 T. unsalted butter
4 cloves garlic, minced
1 c. onion, chopped
4 c. vegetable broth
2 c. water
1 bag (9oz) frozen cheese tortellini
1 (14.5 oz) can diced tomatoes (petite diced is the best for this soup)
5 oz. fresh baby spinach, chopped
1 egg
1/2 c. grated parmesan cheese

In a large saucepan, melt the butter over medium.  Add the onion and saute until soft, about 5 minutes.  Add garlic and saute until fragrant, about 30 seconds.

Add the broth and water and bring to a boil.  Add the tortellini and cook for 5 minutes, or less if using fresh pasta.

Add the tomatoes, including their liquid and simmer about 4 minutes.

Stir in the spinach and cook 1-2 minutes.

Whisk together the egg and cheese and slowly add to the soup, whisking the soup as it's added.  Cook about 3 more minutes in order to cook the egg.


~At the end of the summer, I'll add basil from my garden.  It's not essential, so I won't buy it in the winter specifically for this soup, but it's nice when it's "free" from my garden.

~adapted from this recipe

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