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Cork Screw Pasta With Chicken And Vegetables In Curried Coconut Cream

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Leftover pasta. What to do with it ?
Usually, most folks just pop it in the microwave with a bit of sauce (or ketchup?? ) 🙂
Or maybe cook it up in a pan with some eggs ?
How about doing this easy, sexy beauty next time !
I had some left over pasta and roast chicken in the fridge from the previous day, and of course there is always some type of veggie in the fridge and coconut cream in the larder, so this wonderful tasty and pretty dish basically crawled together by itself 🙂
It took a mere few minutes to prepare and was truly delicious and satisfying. Definitely better than “microwaved leftover pasta with ketchup” ! 🙂
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Bon Appétit !   Life is Good !
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Cork Screw Pasta With Chicken And Vegetables In Curried Coconut Cream

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Soufflé Chocolate Cheese Cake

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Way  back when I was a chef and young cooks asked me for suggestions and advise what to cook during competitions or job-interviews, the most difficult suggestion was usually the dessert course.
Most young cooks (and many old chefs) are not very skilled in pastry, so a quick, easy, foolproof, yet impressing and delicious dessert is usually a problem.
(When I was judging applicants both for sous chef positions and for chef instructor positions, 99 out of 100 desserts presented was  crème brûlée) 😦
As for myself, although during my 3.5 year apprentice ship I was schooled for 6 months in classic french pastry, preparing the stuff was never something I enjoyed a lot.
(On the other hand, eating it is a whole different story) 🙂
The following little gem – Soufflé Chocolate Cheese Cake is a wonderful solution to the dilemma and it helped many of the cooks I mentored to be able to serve a dessert that could stand up to the rest of their presentation. It is so simple and quick to prepare that to this day I prepare it often for myself at home. Besides being easy to prepare, it also lends itself to variations, such as adding fruit, dark chocolate instead of white, or eliminating the chocolate altogether and replacing it with condensed milk. You can also use a spring mold instead of muffin cups to make it into a super-light, regular-sized cake. Because I had a bit of leftover chocolate pudding in the fridge from yesterday, I added it to 3 of the 6 mini-cakes.
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Bon Appétit !   Life is Good !
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Souffle Chocolate Cheese Cake

Souffle Chocolate Cheese Cake

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Souffle Chocolate Cheese Cake

Souffle Chocolate Cheese Cake

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Souffle Chocolate Cheese Cake

Souffle Chocolate Cheese Cake

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Cherry Tomato And Cheese “Crumble”

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The  problem with cherry tomatoes is usually that their flavors do not match up with their pretty appearance. So, in order to have a satisfying cherry tomato dish, one must add a lot of flavor and texture. Here now is a recipe which does that and might just become your next tomato go-to recipe. It is easy, economic, looks great and packs a ton of flavor 🙂  It is equally suited as a side dish with a main course, (served here with a small rib eye steak with my home made buffalo sauce),  or as a snack or appetizer, served cold or warm on bread (I used  Wasa Light Rye Crisp Bread,  which is a permanent ingredient in my cupboard)
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Bon Appetit !  Life is Good !
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Cherry Tomato "Crumble"

Cherry Tomato “Crumble”

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Cherry Tomato "Crumble"

Cherry Tomato “Crumble”

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Cherry Tomato "Crumble"

Cherry Tomato “Crumble”

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saute onions, scallions, garlic paste (lot's of it)and ham in olive oil (replace the ham with mushrooms for a vegetarian version)

saute onions, scallions, garlic paste (lot’s of it) and ham in olive oil (replace the ham with mushrooms for a vegetarian version)

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add tomatoes,season liberally with kosher salt and cayenne pepper

add tomatoes, season liberally with kosher salt and cayenne pepper

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add half diced swiss cheese and half diced brie cheese

add 50% diced swiss cheese and 50% diced brie cheese

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add diced rustic, dry bread ( I used 50% sour dough bread and 50%  jalapeno/cheese bread)

add diced rustic, dry bread (I used 50% sour dough bread and 50% jalapeno/cheese bread)

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mix all ingredients

mix all ingredients

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sprinkle with freshly ground black pepper and grated asiago cheese, bake at 390 F for 45 minutes or until top is golden and crispy

sprinkle with freshly ground black pepper, grated asiago cheese and scallions, bake at 390 F for 45 minutes or until top is golden and crispy

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Cherry Tomato "Crumble"

Cherry Tomato “Crumble”

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Cherry Tomato "Crumble"

Cherry Tomato “Crumble”

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Cherry Tomato "Crumble"

Cherry Tomato “Crumble”

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Cherry Tomato "Crumble"

Cherry Tomato “Crumble”

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Cherry Tomato "Crumble"

Cherry Tomato “Crumble”

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Easy Does It # 12 – Grill Or Griddle A Steak In Your Kitchen Without Making A Mess



Here  is a problem most folks face if they don’t live in a climate where they can grill every day ouside or if they simply don’t have the space for an outside grill and choose to grill or griddle inside:
Not only will the smell from grilling settle in the whole house/appertment, but soon all furniture and other surfaces will becovered with a sticky, smelly oil film.
To avoid this, prep your steaks in the following manner:
Pre-heat your oven broiler to the highest temperature. Pre-heat a cast iron grill pan or flat-bottomed cast iron pan until extremely hot. Season your steak liberally with sea salt. Brush lightly with peanut oil. Put the steak into the pan and very quickly put it under the broiler on the highest shelf close to the heating elements. Close the oven door and let the steak broil until your preferred doneness has been reached. All smells and fatty steam/smoke will be trapped inside the oven). Don’t flip or turn the steak from the moment it hit’s the pan until it is cooked. When done, remove steak to a plate at once (remember the carry over heat !), sprinkle with freshly ground black pepper and let rest for a few minutes before you cut it. You will be happy with the result 🙂

Bon Appetit !   Life is good !

Easy Does It # 11 – Perfect Steak Without A Mess

Easy Does It # 11 – Perfect Steak Without A Mess

Easy Does It # 11 – Perfect Steak Without A Mess

Easy Does It # 11 – Perfect Steak Without A Mess

Easy Does It # 11 – Perfect Steak Without A Mess

Easy Does It # 11 – Perfect Steak Without A Mess

Easy Does It # 11 – Perfect Steak Without A Mess

Easy Does It # 11 – Perfect Steak Without A Mess



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” Naan, Brie & Vegetable Pizza “

Indian, Italian, French, “CON-fusion”    :- )

This was soo delicious !
Light, tasty, crispy; fun, easy and quick !

Bon Appetit ! Life is Good !