The Big Five after the Top Ten…

By: tutticooks

Feb 02 2011

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Hi there!

If you’ve come to check out this blog after hearing me on the radio—welcome! 
For those of you who listened this morning, you’ll know we’ve been talking about what’s in your kitchen. 

See this link for the radio segments:  www.alltothetable.com/ontheradio

Here are an additional five items I ALWAYS have in my kitchen.  Together with the top ten lists I gave in my radio segments,  these things will ensure that you always have dinner fixin’s available.  Now, if you’re someone who routinely gets down to six Splenda packets, some peanut butter and a Diet Rite cola—well, then not even *I* can help. But grab the items I mention on the next grocewry trip and you’re far less likely to starve!

My fridge always contains the following:

Milk, half and half or heavy cream
cheese—Parmesano Reggiano, cheddar and cream cheese
eggs
organic chicken, hamburger and whatever other might be available at a decent price (pork loin, roast, etc.)
 and (though I don’t store it in the fridge unless it’s fresh) PASTA

So, what can we make with this motley crew?  LOTS!

Below are two fun and easy recipes you can make with just a few ingredients.  Give them a try and let me know what you think!
(NOTE:  We really do eat  vegetables in our house!  I just haven’t mentioned them here because there are whole programs I can (and will) do on veggies–winter, summer, spring and fall!)

Joan’s Simple Alfredo Sauce
1/2 c. unsalted butter
1 c. heavy cream
½ to ¾ c. grated parmesan or parmesan/asiago blend
Cracked black pepper, to taste

Heat a medium sized  sauté or fry pan over medium heat.  Melt butter. 

Add heavy cream to melted butter.  When cream begins to bubble, slowly sprinkle grated cheese, small amounts at a time.  Using whisk, incorporate cheese into mixture, until all is incorporated.  Mixture will thicken as it cooks.  Add cracked black pepper to taste.  Serve over cooked linguine or fettucine noodles. (WARNING: this sauce WILL become habit-forming!)

Super-Simple Frittata for One
2 large eggs
1/4 cup grated cheddar cheese
1 tablespoon butter
1 clove garlic, minced or pressed
salt
freshly ground black pepper

YOU CAN ADD:
dried  or fresh basil
1 small zucchini, sliced
1 small tomato, diced
6 mushrooms, sliced
1 potato, cooked and diced (optional)
2 green onions, chopped
1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley

Directions:

Prep Time: 15 mins  Cook time: 20-25 minutes

Preheat oven to 350F degrees.  Heat butter in a sauté pan.  Beat eggs in a fairly large bowl.  Saute any of the following items (leftovers are always good in this case):

Italian sausage or breakfast sausage, mushrooms, zucchini, tomato, red or green pepper, chicken from last night, cooked shrimp, fresh or dry basil, leftover lunch meat like turkey or ham, etc. etc.  When heated and the veggies tender, pour the beaten eggs into the sauté pan.  Add the parsley, cheese (try swiss for a change, or even mozzarella) and seasonings and stir. Bake for 20-25 minutes until set. Let stand for two minutes, then cut into wedges and enjoy.

See?  Now that wasn’t very hard, was it??

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