dishes by shane

Puttanesca and Irish silliness 

This week’s dinner awesomeness came in the form of pasta with puttanesca sauce (the kind without tuna) and a simple salad. The puttanesca recipe came from the Italian Classics book which Rose got Shane for Father’s Day at a yard sale. Aw.

We also had some fun on St. Patrick’s Day with green rice and some awfully good (and totally unrelated) lentils cooked like risotto. If you like lentils you should really try cooking them like risotto. Green rice is fine if you can get your head around it, or if you’re hungry enough.

Today is Shane’s birthday, so check back tomorrow for a post about everyone’s favorite topic… cake!

Risotto two ways

Risotto & AsparagusWhat’s more awesome than risotto with a side of asparagus cooked to perfection by your loving spouse? That same risotto the next day when it’s been mixed with cheese, breaded and deep fried. Crispy, golden patties of deliciousness. That’s what we’ve got for you this week. Hope you like it, we sure did. xoxo
Fried Risotto

• Leftover Risotto Arancini •
Take leftover risotto, mix it with shredded mozzarella, about 1 part cheese to 3 parts risotto. Form into patties about 3/4″ thick by 2″ in diameter. Refrigerate until the patties are somewhat firm, an hour or overnight. Dip each patty in flour, then egg, then breadcrumbs and set aside. Heat a half inch to an inch of neutral flavored oil (peanut, safflower etc) in a pan and fry the patties on one side until golden, flip and fry until the other side is golden. Drain on paper towels and enjoy.

This week’s takeaways

Jan 1-7 takeawayI’ve realized that posting nightly is just not doable at this stage in my life, family and work-wise. So this month, we’re testing a weekly takeaway-style format.

Without further ado, this week we learned that (clockwise from top left):
1. Navy Bean & Escarole Soup with Olives and Feta is excellent – even if you don’t have olives or escarole, and can only manage beans from a can.
2. This guy isn’t as mean as he looks, but he still makes the meanest pizza pie around, even while recovering from pneumonia.
3. When all else fails, feed the toddler ramen noodles – it’s got more nutrition than air…
4. Make extra pizza. Shane’s pie is one of the few leftovers my family (me excluded) is willing to take for lunch and/or re-heat for dinner.

Pizza on the Cape

We had such a tiny group at the Cape this weekend that Shane was able to do his pizza thang. He made dough in the morning, took a nap with the babe, and then started pumping out the pies around 6:00.

My mom, always the trooper, contributed two big salads which she made while tottering around on her walker with her busted up leg. I’m not sure if “pumping out pies” or “tottering around” are real expressions, but you get what I mean.

We all crammed into the smallest room in the house, because it was all candlelit and cozy—thanks Shane—and made the chit chat while we waited for each pie to come out.

The first was a simple cheese, for the kids. We had 4 kids around this weekend, 3 of which technically eat food. One kid refused to take out his pacifier or get off the couch, and another decided he’d prefer an egg. This worked out as it left us with one pizza-eating kid and plenty of cheese pizza to get the adults started.

The next pie was a non-dairy for Jenya. Shane and I thought about this in advance and remembered that delicious potato and rosemary pie from Sullivan Street Bakery. It wasn’t the same as Sullivan’s but it was really good.

Things were kind of a blur for me after that. Sid eventually did get off the couch and dragged a stool and his guitar to the middle of the smallest room in the house, where we all were. He sang Happy Birthday at the top of his lungs repeatedly, making it difficult for us to concentrate on pizza, or have a conversation.

The pies started winding down around 10pm. At that stage the kids may or may not have been in bed, but things had quieted down enough for me to register a white pizza with arugula, ricotta & lemon, and a salami, basil and garlic cheese-less pie.

The next day, I managed to catch a glimpse of Shane’s dough recipe which I’m sharing with you here. Your guess on the instructions is as good as mine.

xoxo

Fresh pasta on a Wednesday night

After working 10 days in a row, Shane wanted nothing more than to spend a few hours making fresh pasta. That’s how Shane rolls… the dough. Ha ha ha!

Here he is in action.

Sid can’t resist flour, it’s messy but keeps him from sticking his fingers in the pasta machine.

Lovely bundles waiting to be cooked.

The finished product. Served with meatballs…

Or not. So delicate and delicious and fresh. What a guy.

Scenes from a pizza night

Everyone is delighted when Shane decides to make pizza, we really think it’s the best “za” around. Because the pizza making is an ongoing process and he serves the pies as they come out of the oven, we like hang out with him in the kitchen while he cooks. It’s a really fun time, and everyone gets involved, in one way or another, even if it’s just making the chit-chat… or making a mess.

Now don’t worry, that 500 degree oven kills all germs. At least, that’s what we like to think.

 

Craving gratin

  Shane told us last night that he’s really been craving potato gratin. For dinner, he made gratin dauphinois, roasted cubanelle peppers, salad with spinach and raw yellow beets, and burgers (not pictured). 

Actually, I made the salad. And for the record, I intend to rack up hella corporate wellness program points for the variety of color on my plate. 

These days

  These days, I don’t post very much. I don’t cook much either. Shane does the cooking, or my mom or dad. My sister and her husband usually clean up. The guys do most of the grocery shopping.  I sometimes plan the meals, but that’s about it. Because I go to work at a “real place” now.

That’s how it goes these days. We still have family dinner though, every night. 

Last night Shane churned out a variety of grilled cheeses, and some oven fries while the “youngsters” (our parents are in Venice) stood around the kitchen island and made it all disappear. We also had fancy sauce

Happy New Year friends!