kitchenklutz: tomato sauce ladle (saucy ladle)
I had a guest over last night, and decided to delve into a new cookbook I'd just bought -- Giada de Laurentiis' Everyday Italian. A bit of poring through said cookbook later, we decided on an appetizer and a main dish -- prosciutto-wrapped breadsticks (p. 45) and penne pasta with the sun-dried tomato pesto sauce (p. 73). One quick stop by the market for the various ingredients (the total cost of which -- for two packages of fresh basil, the sun-dried tomatoes, the bread dough, the freshly-cut prosciutto, and the pasta -- came to just over $20), and we got to work.

Prosciutto-Wrapped Breadsticks )

Sun-Dried Tomato Pesto Sauce )

After boiling some penne pasta and prepping these two surprisingly easy dishes, we had a feast with what felt like hardly any effort at all! Although the pesto sauce seemed less like sauce and more like a spread to me, it was surprisingly delicious and served as a perfect counter to the pasta and the prosciutto wrapping the bread. Overall, a very easy and straightforward cooking session, which yielded plenty of leftovers and was well worth the effort. I would absolutely make it again.
kitchenklutz: tomato sauce ladle (saucy ladle)
I'm aiming for a lower-carb diet as part of the exercise regimen I'm on. A diabetic co-worker of mine recommended a particular brand of pasta (Dreamfields) as much lower carb than the usual stuff, but still better tasting than the generally bland whole-wheat pasta which is more widely out there.

I checked out the brand the next time I was in the market, and there was quite an interesting recipe on the box. I adapted it and changed a few things (not a big fan of the recipe-recommended shrimp), and the result turned out to be extremely tasty.

Angel Hair Pasta with Chicken, Tomatoes, and Basil )

Sweet, spicy, and delicious sauce over angel hair pasta -- fantastic! A little tricky to make, at some part (multiple pans going at one time), but all in all a very tasty dish. I'd definitely make it again.
kitchenklutz: spices in bottles (spice bottles)
Adapted from another one of the discovered trove of Chinese recipes, I kind of threw this one together from a couple of different sources. I tinkered with some of the quantities on the ingredients, because parts of it seemed far out of proportion to what else was up there. Nonetheless, I ended up with a surprisingly tasty result -- pleasantly comparable, I must argue, to the kinds of Chinese dumplings (potstickers, specifically) I've eaten in restaurants or bought in frozen packs at the market.

Juicy Fried Dumplings )

Hoisin Dipping Sauce )

Overall, I was very pleased with the way these came out. For cooking the potstickers, I do recommend edging towards a 7-minute cook time rather than 6 minutes -- it makes them a bit crisper without being overcooked. Your mileage may vary, of course.
kitchenklutz: spoons and bowls (Default)
Following my decision to make at least one new recipe every week, I looked over this week's recipe email from Good Morning America and settled on a variation of their healthy, relatively Low-Cal Chicken Linguine Alfredo. )

This turned out extremely tasty, though as the original recipe called for 3/4 cup of yogurt (and I could taste that in the sauce) I decided to tone it down to 1/2 cup. A quick, relatively easy meal for a few people, but I suspect the leftover sauce won't refrigerate tremendously well.
kitchenklutz: tomato sauce ladle (saucy ladle)
Last night after a mediocre day, I was in the mood for comfort food. I already had some tortilla chips, but was lacking salsa to go with it. Not wanting to spend more money at the grocery when I had plenty of ingredients here, I chose to make a recipe from my Emeril's Potluck cookbook (page 6) -- slightly modified, for a little extra zing.

Simply Salsa )

This turned out pleasantly tasty, though perhaps not quite as immediately hot on the palate as I might have preferred. It had a nice afterburn on the tongue, but it required a lot of addition of various ground peppers to reach it. I'll have to tinker with the recipe (and remember to drain the canned whole tomatoes next time) and see whether it can be improved.
kitchenklutz: tomato sauce ladle (saucy ladle)
A while back, hankering for pizza, I'd looked up some various recipes for pizza sauces online and blended a bunch together to make this one -- my nigh-ideal sauce, with tons of flavor, a little heat and some zing.

Spicy Red Pizza Sauce )

This works great on pizza, in calzones (and I'll be posting recipes for those once I perfect a few), or as a dipping sauce for Three Cheese Garlic Bread with Herbs.
kitchenklutz: tomato sauce ladle (saucy ladle)
I originally stumbled across this in my search for a good lasagna recipe (which I'll eventually post as well), but the sauce is good enough that it serves nicely with pasta or cheesy garlic bread.

Meaty Red Sauce. )

I'll update this post with pictures the next time I make the recipe.

Crossposted from Kitchenklutz.

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