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Saturday, June 29, 2024

Chinese Ginger-Garlic Glaze

 This is to transform American Pork Chops to some like a Chinese dish.

Shaoxing wine
Corn starch
Red food coloring, optionally
1 tbsp olive oil

Optional add any of these:
Oyster sauce
Scallion, chopped fine
Seasoned rice win vinegar to taste

Spaghetti alla Puttanesca (Lady of the Evening)

How this pasta is named is disputed. “The way a whore would make it” or simply quick and dirty, it represents a traditional Italian recipe which thought to have originated in Napoli. The sauce is usually served with spaghetti, although it may also be used with other dry pasta types like buca- tini, vermicelli or even rigatoni.

2 pounds peeled and seeded garden ripened tomatoes 3 cloves of garlic sliced
4 anchovy filets, chopped
1/2 teaspoon fresh chopped oregano (optional)
3 tablespoons olive oil
10 - 12 black olives, stoned and coarsely chopped
 2 tablespoons drained capers
1 tablespoons chopped Italian parsley
1 tablespoons chopped basil
1 small chopped hot red chili
Optionally, add squid slices of the mantle
Optionally, Cooked mussels
Pasta, 1 1/2 pounds

Heat a large covered pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Taste the water to insure salt level. When the water is boiling, start the sauce.

In a frying pan, cook tomatoes, olives, and chili over medium high heat for 5 minutes stirring occasionally. Start boiling the pasta. Continue cooking the tomatoes for another four minutes then add garlic, capers and anchovies, optional squid and cook 2 minutes more on high heat. Remove from heat. Drain the pasta. Immediately toss with the sauce and garnish with chopped parsley.

Ruccolo and Watercress, Pine Nut Salad

This has evolved from the Ruccolo ( Arugolo ) Salad, but made more main stream in that it includes garlic and olive oil.

Pine nuts
Olive oil
Lemon juice
Slices or Parmesan 
Red onion 
Salt to taste