Open Apple Pie

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Ingredients:

9-inch pie crust, refrigerated dough or make you own dough. (unbaked)
2/3 cup brown sugar, packed
1/3 cup flour
Apple pie spice, a good sprinkle
4 medium apples, peeled, cored, sliced
1 tbsp. butter, cut into bits
Granulated sugar for topping

Directions:

Reheat oven to 400 degrees.

1. Place pie crust onto prepared baking sheet.

2. Rinse apples and remove stems. Peel, core and slice apples.

3. In a large mixing bowl, add brown sugar, flour and a sprinkle of apple pie spice. . Mix well to combine.

4. Add sliced apples to the bowl and mix gently.

5. Turn out apple mixture onto the pie crust leaving a 3-inch border around the pastry edge.
Dot butter bits on top of the sliced apples.

6. Fold the pastry to partially cover the apple slices. You will need to fold the pastry

7. Sprinkle granulated sugar over pie.

8. Bake pie 35 to 40 minutes or until golden brown.

Turkey Bolognese

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Ingredients:

1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
1 onion (chopped)
4 garlic cloves  (minced)
1 carrot (peeled and finely chopped)
1 celery stalk  (finely chopped)
1 pound shredded cooked turkey
3 cups marinara sauce or
1/4 cup fresh basil leaves (chopped)
Sea Salt and  black pepper

Directions:

1. Heat the oil in a skillet over medium heat. Add the onion and garlic and sauté  about 4 minutes.

2. Add the carrot and celery and saute until the vegetables are tender, about 4 minutes.

3. Add the turkey and saute 1 minute. Add the marinara sauce.

4. Lower  the heat to medium-low and simmer gently for 15 minutes.

5. Stir in the basil. and season with a little sea salt and black pepper.

6.  Cook for an additional 5 minutes on a low heat.

*Serve over pasta or brown rice. Sprinkle with parmesan cheese.

A “Royal” Day At The Beach

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I had the wonderful opportunity to work in a scene for the USA series “Royal Pains” today. The 12 hour shoot took place at Jones Beach.  (Not a bad place to spend the day.) Let’s see how they “edit” this one. Date of the episode is TBA. Royal Pains can be seen Tuesday nights at 9pm on USA Network.

Gnocchi With A Red Wine Tomato Sauce

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Ingredients:

2 pounds of yellow potatoes
2  cups  all purpose flour
1  tsp sea salt

Directions:

1. Peel  potatoes and place them in a steamer for about 30 to 40 minutes until tender.
2. Use a potato ricer to mash potatoes.
3. Add salt to the flour. Then add some flour to the potatoes to absorb the water .
4. Put potatoes on a floured board and use your hands to mix in the remaining flour.
5. Knead in the flour and potatoes until it forms a firm dough.
6. Form some of the dough into a ball and roll into a long rope.
7. Cut into one inch pieces and press lightly with a fork.
8. Place the potato gnocchi in a large pot of salted boiling water until the gnocchi floats to the top. Remove the potato gnocchi with a slotted spoon. It should take about two minutes.

Sauce ingredients:

2 lbs.  plum tomatoes, peeled, seeded and chopped
1 medium sized yellow onion (chopped)
3 cloves of garlic  (chopped)
4 leaves of fresh basil
1/4 cup of fresh parsley ( chopped)
3 tbsp. of tomato paste
1/2 cup of red wine
2 tbsp. olive oil
1 tsp. dry oregano

Directions:

1. Cut off the tops of the tomatoes and submerge in boiling water for around 3 minutes.
2.Remove the tomatoes from the water and place in a bowl of ice water.
3. Peel the skin off the tomatoes, slice in half and scoop out the seeds.
4. Chop the tomatoes.
5. In a large skillet sauté the onions and garlic in the olive oil for 3 minutes.
6. Add in the tomato paste and cook for 2 minutes. (don’t let it burn)
7. Stir in the tomatoes, red wine, basil,  and oregano.  Simmer for 30-35 minutes.

Pour sauce of gnocchi. Sprinkle with parmesan cheese and fresh basil

Roasted Butternut Squash and Asparagus Penne

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Ingredients:

1 lb. penne

1/2 lb. asparagus (tough edges cut off)

1 large butter squash (peeled and cut into mini cubes)

olive oil

2 cloves of garlic (chopped)

1 tsp. sea salt

1 tsp. dry parsley

parmesan cheese

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

1. In a large bowl put asparagus and peeled butternut squash. Add 2 tbsp. of olive oil. Sprinkle with seas salt and parsley. Mix well.

2. Pour on to a baking pan. Drizzle a drop more olive oil on top.

3. Bake for about 30-35 minutes. (You want the vegetables to be tender.)

4. Cook pasta to desired taste.

5. In a large skillet, put 2 tbsp. of olive oil. Brown garlic for a minute. Add butternut squash and asparagus. Stir. Add another pinch of sea salt.

6. Drain pasta well. Pour butternut squash and asparagus on top.

Sprinkle with parmesan cheese.

Baked Sole With Sliced Avocados and Homemade Hummus

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Ingredients:

4 large slices of sole

2 tbsp. olive oil

2 tsp. thyme

1 tsp. sea salt

2 avocados sliced

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

1.  In a large baking pan put 2 tbsp. of olive oil. Sprinkle thyme and sea salt on sole. Bake for about 15-18 minutes.

Serve with sliced avocado and homemade hummus. (recipe below)

Hummus: Recipe:

Ingredients:

1 (16 oz.) can of chick peas (drained)

4 tbsp. fresh lemon juice

2 tbsp. tahini

2 cloves of garlic (chopped)

2 tbsp. olive oil

1/2 tsp. sea salt

Directions:

1. Put all ingredients in a food processor. Pulse slowly. You can add, if needed, another tbsp of olive oil while it is mixing. It should be smooth and creamy.

Serve right after making or refrigerate. Serve with pita bread.

 

Chocolate Cupcakes With Birthday Cake M&M’s

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Ingredients:

1 1/2 cups cake flour

3 small packages of Birthday cake M&M’s ( small 1 serving packages)

1/2 tsp. baking powder

1/4 tsp. baking soda

1 stick of unsalted butter (softened)

1 cup sugar

2 large eggs

1/2 cup buttermilk

1 1/2 tsp. vanilla

chocolate icing

chocolate sprinkles

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

1. In one bowl, add cake flour, baking soda, and baking powder.

2. In another bowl, cream butter, eggs, sugar, and vanilla.

3. Slowly add flour mixture to butter mixture. Stir.

4. Gradually add buttermilk. Use a mixer to blend together until creamy. Add in 2 packages of Birthday Cake M&M’s. Stir gently.

5. Use a muffin pan with cupcake liners. Fill half way.

6. Bake in oven for 15-18 minutes. Test with toothpick to see if done.

7. Let cool and decorate with icing, sprinkles, and Birthday Cake M&M’s.

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