String Beans Amandine

String Beans Amandine

String Beans Amandine

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

String Beans Amandine

My first encounter with the term “Amandine” was so many years ago.  On Sundays my grandparents would go for a drive.  I often accompanied them.  Occasionally they would drive out to Sag Harbor to visit friends and we would stop in Riverhead for either lunch on the way out or early dinner on the way back at the Hotel Henry Perkins.

The hotel had a very nice restaurant  and my favorite dish was the filet of flounder amandine.  Sadly those days are gone.  I think the hotel is now a retirement home and once the expressway was completed the town itself slowly dwindled, as traffic passed it by.  I was always on the lookout for the world famous L.I. Duck store, I knew once we passed it in Flanders it wasn’t too much longer to our destination.

The Big Duck

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The term amandine means to garnish with almonds, simple enough, it does however turn an ordinary dish into something quite fanciful and delicious.  At the same time it is quite easy to prepare.  There are a number of different foods that go well with this, fish, potatoes, asparagus to name a few.

Most often the almonds are toasted served with browned butter and lemon juice.  Depending on the food you are adding it to will decide the exact sequence of events, but the main idea is to not soak the almonds so they stay crisp.

Ingredients for String Beans Amandine

  1. 2 cans of string beans or any green bean of your choice or fresh in season
  2. 1/4 -1/2 cup toasted almonds
  3. 3 -4 Tbs butter
  4. Juice of 1/2 – 1 lemon
  5. salt and pepper to taste

Directions for String Beans Amandine

In a non stick fry pan on medium heat toast the almonds, stirring continuously until they begin to lightly brown. Once they begin to brown, remove from the heat and place into a bowl to cool.

If using canned beans drain thoroughly and pat dry, too much moisture on the beans will cause them to splatter when put into the hot butter.

For 2 cans of string beans place about 4 Tbs of butter into a fry pan and on medium heat, brown the butter by cooking until the butter solids start to brown, do not over cook and burn the butter as this will cause a very acrid taste.

When the butter begins to brown add the beans and cook and stir until most of the butter is absorbed by the beans.  Now add the lemon juice and salt and pepper, adjust the seasoning and at the last moment add the almonds stir to combine and place into a serving bowl.

Here are a few items to help make this recipe:
T-fal A857S394 Specialty Nonstick Dishwasher Safe PFOA Free 8-Inch 9.5-Inch 11-Inch Fry Pan / Saute Pan Cookware Set, 3-Piece, Gray
Cuisinart CCO-50BKN Deluxe Electric Can Opener, Black

 

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Again with the Vegetables!  Rule #1 applies, but everyone else seemed to like them.  Perhaps we could go visit the Big Duck and pick up a few for a gourmet treat!

 

 

String Beans Amandine
Serves 4
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Prep Time
30 min
Cook Time
5 min
Total Time
35 min
Prep Time
30 min
Cook Time
5 min
Total Time
35 min
Ingredients
  1. 2 cans of string beans or any green bean of your choice or fresh in season
  2. 1/4 -1/2 cup toasted almonds
  3. 3 -4 Tbs butter
  4. Juice of 1/2 - 1 lemon
  5. salt and pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. In a non stick fry pan on medium heat toast the almonds, stirring continuously until they begin to lightly brown. Once they begin to brown, remove from the heat and place into a bowl to cool.
  2. If using canned beans drain thoroughly and pat dry, too much moisture on the beans will cause them to splatter when put into the hot butter.
  3. For 2 cans of string beans place about 4 Tbs of butter into a fry pan and on medium heat, brown the butter by cooking until the butter solids start to brown, do not over cook and burn the butter as this will cause a very acrid taste.
  4. When the butter begins to brown add the beans and cook and stir until most of the butter is absorbed by the beans. Now add the lemon juice and salt and pepper, adjust the seasoning and at the last moment add the almonds stir to combine and place into a serving bowl.
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Baked Ziti

Baked Ziti

Baked Ziti

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Baked Ziti

In it’s simplest form baked ziti is a great dish.  It can be expanded to include all sorts of meats and cheeses making this, the dish you can customize on your own and make a family tradition.

This recipe for baked ziti goes back many years to when I worked in a bowling alley.  The rather crusty old cook use to make big pans of ziti for the end of season catering parties for the different leagues.  It was my first introduction to ziti and I loved it.  Years later when I began to cook I tried to replicate it but could never quite get it right.  I tried all sorts of recipes adding meatballs, sausage, ricotta, layering it with cheese like a lasagna but none of them came close until one day by mistake I spilled a cup of Parmesan into the sauce.  That’s all it took,it was the very cheesy sauce added to the cooked pasta and mixed,letting those flavors soak into the pasta that was the key.  It was really that simple.

Ingredients for Baked Ziti

  1. 1 lb. Ziti
  2. 3-4 cups (approximate) of your favorite tomato sauce
  3. 1-2 cups Parmesan cheese
  4. 12 oz. (approximate) shredded Mozzarella cheese
  5. 1/4 cup salt (approximate for boiling pasta)
  6. salt and pepper to taste

Directions for Baked Ziti

 In a stock pot large enough to cook the ziti add sufficient salt to create a very salty water solution.  Cook the pasta to an ‘AL Dente” state.

Drain the ziti, place into a large bowl add 1-2 cups of the sauce and the Parmesan and stir to combine.  Continue to add sauce until the pasta is coated but not very wet.  Taste, add salt and pepper and more cheese if necessary. Add about 1/2 the mozzarella and stir to combine.  Pour into a 9 X 13 inch pan and level.

Ladle more sauce over the top to cover the pasta and prevent it drying up while baking, and then spread the remaining mozzarella over the top.

Cover with foil.  Bake at 375º for about 45 minutes until hot.  remove foil for the last 5 minutes to allow the cheese to melt and brown lightly.

When cooked remove from the oven and let rest for about 5 minutes.  Serve with a salad and extra sauce on side for those who like it wetter.

You can spice it up by adding thinly sliced grilled italian sausages or sliced meatballs to the ziti.

Here are a few items to help make this recipe:
Pyrex Basics 3 Quart Glass Oblong Baking Dish, Clear 9 x 13 inch
OXO Good Grips Box Grater
Extra Wide Spatula Turner, Heat-Resistant Nylon Pancake Grill Spatula Turner, Stainless Steel Neck, Cool-Touch Handle

 

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I think it would be 100 % better with sausage or meatballs but it still was quite tasty! 5 paws but next time a litlle meat wouldn’t kill you!

 

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Baked Ziti
Serves 6
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Prep Time
30 min
Cook Time
45 min
Total Time
1 hr 15 min
Prep Time
30 min
Cook Time
45 min
Total Time
1 hr 15 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 lb. Ziti
  2. 3-4 cups (approximate) of your favorite tomato sauce
  3. 1-2 cups Parmesan cheese
  4. 12 oz. (approximate) shredded Mozzarella cheese
  5. 1/4 cup salt (approximate for boiling pasta)
  6. salt and pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. In a stock pot large enough to cook the ziti add sufficient salt to create a very salty water solution. Cook the pasta to an 'AL Dente" state.
  2. Drain the ziti, place into a large bowl add 1-2 cups of the sauce and the Parmesan and stir to combine. Continue to add sauce until the pasta is coated but not very wet. Taste, add salt and pepper and more cheese if necessary. Add about 1/2 the mozzarella and stir to combine. Pour into a 9 X 13 inch pan and level.
  3. Ladle more sauce over the top to cover the pasta and prevent drying up while baking, and then spread the remaining mozzarella over the top.
  4. Cover with foil. Bake at 375º for about 45 minutes until hot. remove foil for the last 5 minutes to allow the cheese to melt and brown lightly.
  5. When cooked remove from the oven and let rest for about 5 minutes. Serve with a salad and extra sauce on side for those who like it wetter.
  6. You can spice it up by adding thinly sliced grilled italian sausages or sliced meatballs to the ziti.
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Sweet Dijonnaise Sauce for Ham

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Sweet Dijonnaise Sauce

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Sweet Dijonnaise Sauce for Ham

Looking for a great sauce for ham.  Well here it is.  Slightly sweet and slightly tangy is is a perfect accompaniment  for ham.  Easy and quick to prepare I think you’ll love it.

Ingredients for Sweet Dijonnaise Sauce

  1. 1/2 cup Dark Brown Sugar
  2. 2 Tbs Dijon mustard
  3. 1 cup of milk warmed
  4. 2 Tbs white wine vinegar
  5. 1 Tbs dried Tarragon
  6. 1 tbs corn starch

Directions for Sweet Dijonnaise Sauce

In a small sauce pan heat the milk on medium heat.  In another sauce pan place the sugar, mustard, vinegar and tarragon and on low heat melt.  Once all is melted and slightly liquid add the corn starch and whisk to fully incorporate.  When the corn starch is fully Incorporated add the warmed milk and slowly bring it up to a boil stirring constantly.  Once it reaches near the boiling point it will begin to thicken.

When the sauce is thickened serve on the side with your choice of ham.

Here are a few items to help make this recipe:
Cuisinart 719-14 Chef’s Classic Stainless 1-Quart Saucepan with Cover
OXO Good Grips 9-Inch Whisk
Onesource 8-Piece Deluxe Stainless Steel Measuring Cup and Measuring Spoon Set

 

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A sweet sauce and ham to go with it! Life can’t get any better. 5 paws!

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Sweet Dijonnaise Sauce
Serves 4
A sweet sauce for Ham or Ham Steak
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
10 min
Total Time
20 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
10 min
Total Time
20 min
Ingredients
  1. 1/2 cup Dark Brown Sugar
  2. 2 Tbs Dijon mustard
  3. 1 cup of milk warmed
  4. 2 Tbs white wine vinegar
  5. 1 Tbs dried Tarragon
  6. 1 tbs corn starch
Instructions
  1. In a small sauce pan heat the milk on medium heat. In another sauce pan place the sugar, mustard, vinegar and tarragon and on low heat melt. Once all is melted and slightly liquid add the corn starch and whisk to fully incorporate. When the corn stach is fully incoporated add the warmed milk and slowly bring it up to a boil stirring constantly. Once it reaches near the boiling point it will begin to thicken.
  2. When the sauce is thickened serve on the side with your choice of ham.
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