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Tuesday, February 26, 2008 Creamy Lemon Pasta

If you never try any of the recipes I post - TRY THIS ONE! Holy crap- it was fantastic. Again- from Moosewood Restaurant: Simple Suppers cookbook. Not for anyone counting calories, mind you.

1 lemon
1/4 c. unsalted butter
1 c. heavy cream
1 lb. fresh fettuccine or dried spaghettini
1 c. grated parmesan cheese
salt and pepper

Bring a large covered pot of salted water to a boil. Meanwhile, grate the lemon peel (about 2 tsp. of zest) and squeeze the lemon (about 3 tbsp. of juice).

In a small skillet or saucepan on low heat, melt the butter. Stir in the cream and heat gently. Stir in the lemon juice and zest. Turn off the heat.

When the water boils, cook the pasta until al dente. Set aside a cup of the hot pasta-cooking water and drain the pasta.

Place the hot drained pasta in a large serving bowl, add the lemon cream sauce and toss. Add some or all ovf the reserved hot water if more liquid is needed. Toss in the grated parmesan. Season to taste with salt and pepper.

I served it with a salad on the side since there were no veggies in this dish. I think it would taste great with bay scallops or shrimp tossed in as well.


NOTE: I added extra lemon. Maybe 2 extra tbsp. just for some extra zing.

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Broccolini Cheddar Melt

A tasty, healthy lunch. From my new favorite cookbook: Moosewood Restaurant: Simple Suppers. We had it today and really enjoyed it.

1 bunch broccolini (10 - 12 stems) or 1 large broccoli crown
3 garlic cloves, minced
2 tsp. olive oil
salt and pepper
2 slices whole wheat or multigrain bread
3 oz. cheddar cheese
Dijon or yellow mustard

Rinse the broccolini and chop it into 1/2" long pieces. In a skillet on medium -high heat, cook the broccolini and the garlic in the oil for 4 to 5 minutes, until the broccolini is bright green and just tender. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Add about 1/4 c. of water to the pan and steam the broccolini until the water has evaportaed. Remove from the heat.

While the broccolini cooks, toast the bread. Grate the cheese or cut it into thing slices. Spread mustard on the toast and place on the broiler pan.

Top each peice of toast with cooked broccolini and then cheese. Broil until the cheese is melted and bubbling, 3 to 5 minutes. Serve hot, open faced.

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