Memorial Day and the launch to summer are only a week away, and what’s a better kickoff than a big bowl of clam linguine with chorizo? Add sausage to the mix and you might find with just one more ingredient you’ll have a completely different dish and a quite popular one. Any smoked or cured sausage will do such as kielbasa, Andouille or chorizo because they’re cooked and ready to go right out of the package. They each have different ingredient combos and flavor profiles but the convenience along with their assertive flavors really are a home cook’s best friend. SHC likes chorizo, which gives the dish a kick and just the right balance to the sweet littleneck clams.
Category Archive Pasta & Risotto
Secrets of a Home Cook may be jumping the gun on local farm stands here in the northeast, but that doesn’t mean we can’t get recipe ready for summer! Supermarkets are brimming with the first signs of local produce even if local is California asparagus and Georgia onions. The point is, as the weather warms up it gets easier to find all kinds of vibrant produce. So, toss a bunch of veggies into freshly made risotto with a bit of crispy prosciutto for a pop of flavor and you’ll be all set for warm weather cooking. The best part is risotto with crispy prosciutto makes the veggies AOK for the pickiest eaters.
Home cooks are pretty amazing because a home cook also has a life outside the kitchen. It’s not always easy managing a busy day and then getting dinner on the table at night. Spaghetti Bolognese, a meaty sauce with ground beef and red wine (originating in Bologna, Italy) is a dish you can easily pull together with ingredients that are pantry staples (in fact it’s the most requested dinner in the Currie house). There’s flexibility to swap too like bacon for pancetta, white wine for red wine, ground turkey for ground beef. The dish may not be quite as authentic but no less comforting.
You can find cucumber sesame noodles on most neighborhood Chinese restaurant menus. But, there aren’t any secrets keeping you from making them right in your own kitchen. It’s probably one of the most versatile pasta dishes you could make too. Just as good served warm, cold or at room temperature, it goes great with a salad for lunch, a tasty and energizing after school snack or add chicken and broccoli for a one-dish dinner (recipe below).
Cooking at home is not always as predictably routine as it seems. So what’s a home cook to do when the household turns upside down into an “infirmary”? That’s right, the cook, moi, vertically challenged from a broken ankle and catering to two kids, downright miserable recovering from dreaded wisdom teeth surgery. The challenge, to make a seriously soft dinner on crutches that’s good enough to please this high-maintenance foodie family. All kidding aside (sort of), this version of three cheese mac and cheese, made with the offerings from the fridge turned out to be a huge it.