Cooking with Valerie Bertinelli

Where are my foodies? Who else loves to browse the cookbook aisles? There’s not much I love more than a new cookbook. Flipping the pages and checking out all the yummy recipes and making a list of all the new ones I want to try.

So when some folks reached out to me about Valerie Bertinelli’s (yes that Valerie! Most recently known from the Food Network but I can’t not mention “One Day at A Time” loved that show)  Valerie’s Home Cooking: More than 100 Recipes to Share with Friends and Family cookbook I was thrilled. Not only do I watch her on the Food Network but she’s an Italian girl. Like me! Ok maybe I’m not Italian but my hubby is so that counts, right? And I learned everything I know about Italian cooking from my mother in law and Valerie’s book is inspired by her family’s recipes so I knew this was gonna be a match made in Italian foodie heaven.

I chose 2 dishes I was going to make and review. The Spicy Arrabiata Penne and the Chicken with Lemon Wine Sauce.

The first one I tested out was the Spicy Arrabiata Penne. You can’t go wrong with a dish like this. It’s super easy to make and super flavorful. Both my hubby and I loved it. He agreed we need to def make it again. I feel like it came out looking just like the picture (minus the fact that I didn’t use shaved parm we ended up just using regular grated parm cheese but the shaved gives it that extra touch and makes it extra fancy.) My only suggestion would be for this dish is to adjust the red pepper flakes if you don’t love spice. It’s definitely got a kick so if you have kids I would maybe omit it in theirs. Also, I would not have reserved any of the pasta water. I typically don’t occasionally I will if I’m making a ton of gravy/sauce but not always. I felt that adding the 1 cup of pasta water really watered it down so I would just not add that and your sauce will be nice and thick and chunkier.

Photographer Leslie Grow, Food Styling Cat Steele, Prop Styling Lindsey Lower,
Spicy Arrabiate Penne

Wanna try this recipe yourself? If you try it let me know what you think.

“One of my all-time favorite meals centers around tomatoes. I have several photos on my phone illustrating this point. One shows a fresh harvest of tomatoes from our garden; they’re literally spilling out of bowls onto the kitchen counter. I think this was a message from our wonderful gardener, Carlos. The first year I planted tomato plants, the majority of them died. I went to Carlos, asking for help. I think he felt bad for me, and not only did he bring those plants back to life, he added more and somehow has them producing fruit well into the winter. Another photo shows my arrabiata sauce simmering on the stove, tomatoes quartered and afloat on a sea of luscious sauce full of spices. I swear I can smell the red pepper and garlic through my phone. Fresh tomatoes are a bonus, but obviously canned tomatoes provide the same classic taste. This is an easy dinner when I’m in a hurry, and with a green salad and a creamy dressing to balance the spice, along with fresh bread, you can rely on this as a Monday through Friday staple, as I do, or serve it for a casual Saturday night with friends.” – taken from Valerie’s cookbook.

Serves 6

Spicy Arrabiata Penne

5 minPrep Time

20 minCook Time

25 minTotal Time

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Ingredients

  • 1 (1-pound) package uncooked penne rigate
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 3 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 1 (26.46-ounce) package chopped tomatoes (such as Pomì)
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried Italian seasoning
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • ¼ cup chopped fresh basil, plus more for garnish
  • Shaved fresh Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese, for garnish

Instructions

  1. 1. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add the pasta, and cook according to the package directions; drain, reserving 1 cup of the cooking water.
  2. 2. Meanwhile, heat the oil in a large skillet over medium-high until shimmering. Add the garlic; cook, stirring often, until fragrant, 1 to 2 minutes. Add the tomatoes, salt, crushed red pepper, Italian seasoning, and black pepper. Bring to a boil, and cook 5 minutes. Remove from the heat, and stir in the 1/4 cup chopped basil.
  3. 3. Stir the cooked pasta and reserved pasta water into the tomato mixture. Garnish with the Parmigiano-Reggiano and additional basil, if desired, and serve warm.
  4. Cooking Tip
  5. It’s important to generously salt your water. It adds flavor to your pasta. Don’t rinse your pasta after cooking, and don’t drain all the water; save some to flavor your sauce.
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Up next I wanted to try the Chicken with Lemon Wine Sauce. We always love a piccata so I figured we would love this. I make chicken cutlets often and usually just cook them the whole time in oil on the stove so I liked the idea of just browning them first then popping them in the oven while the sauce is being made. Plus a lot of times I find when making recipes your meal is getting cold while the sauce is being made and we hate that. So this kept everything nice and hot.

Here’s my pic and here’s my pic with the book image. Clearly, they aren’t close. In the cookbook pic the sauce has a more yellow tinge to it and looks thicker. Mine came out clearer and more watery. The flavor was definitely good and I probably should have made some sort of side to go along with it as my plate looks pretty boring lol. We both agreed we liked this dish as well but next time I think I may add a touch of flour into the sauce to thicken it up just a smidge.

All in all we really liked both recipes and are looking forward to trying out more of them “One Day at A Time” (had to).

Did you try any of the recipes from this book? If so, share your faves with me. I wanna know what you think.

Credit: Excerpted from Valerie’s Home Cooking by Valerie Bertinelli. Copyright © 2017 Oxmoor House. Reprinted with permission from Time Inc. Books, a division of Time Inc. New York, NY. All rights reserved.

*The thoughts and opinions expressed here are my own. I was provided this book for review.
**Recipe provided to me to use in post.

Best Ingredient Goes to Honey Bunches of Oats!

 

Wednesday night I had the wonderful opportunity to hang out at the Marina Maher Communications offices in NYC and watch the People’s Choice Awards, sample some amazing food from Honey Bunches of Oats and try the new wine Entwine by the Food Network.

 

I had such a blast chatting with fellow influencers at the MMC offices and especially chatting it up with the MMC staff. They really have the sweetest gals working for them. (I’m looking at you Samara, Kristen, Taylor & Ashley.)

 

I love award shows the fashion, beauty and bantar. Who doesn’t? Kristen and I noticed a trend in the mesh sleeves and mesh dresses with lace overlays. The MMC sent around a ballot for us to vote on who we thought would take home each category. Needless to say I think I lost every category.

 

Honey Bunches of Oats , yes the cereal, had tons of food on hand. Yes I said food! Appetizers, desserts, you name it you can make it with Honey Bunches of Oats. It’s not just for your milk anymore kids. It’s an ingredient!

 

Here are some of the great recipes you can try at home with Honey Bunches of Oats.

 

 

My personal faves were the mousse and the caramel squares. They also had an amazing crabcake with a chipotle sauce at the party that was too die for.

 

While I may have failed guessing who would win each category of the night I came out a winner because I learned so much about Honey Bunches of Oats.

 

Best Ingredient goes to Honey Bunches of Oats!

 

Follow Honey Bunches of Oats on Twitter @HBOats!

 

Read the Fruit Blends Fact Sheet HERE and the Honey Bunches of Oats press release HERE.

NJ 101.5 Dennis Malloy The Next Food Network Star?

Dennis Malloy from NJ 101.5 was heating things up at Mrs. G TV & Appliances as he cooked his game day favorites for guests.  Mrs. G’s hosted the event which was sponsored by Miele and Pennington Quality Market. Dennis Malloy cooked his famous stromboli’s in a Miele oven and Pennington Quality Market supplied guests with some fabulous food trays.

The stromboli’s were outta this world! Dennis Malloy could very well be the next Food Network star after this performance.

Want to make Dennis’s famous Stromboli?

Dennis Malloy’s Sausage Stromboli

1 ball of pizza dough (homemade or store bought)

1 package of sweet Italian sausage

1 bell pepper

1 small onion

½ lb. of sliced provolone cheese

½ tsp. salt

½ tsp. black pepper

Pinch of garlic powder

Pinch of oregano

Remove sausage from casing, crumbling into small pieces and sauté until brown with diced pepper and onion. Drain off excess oil and then salt and pepper to taste. Roll out pizza dough on clean, dry, floured surface. Use rolling pin to make dough thinner than ¼ inch, forming into an 18X18 inch square. Sprinkle dough with salt, pepper, oregano and garlic powder. Lay slices of provolone cheese evenly over the dough leaving a two inch border on the sides and about six inches at the end of the dough away from you. Spread cooked sausage over provolone cheese. Starting from the end directly in front of you, roll dough and toppings into a tight loaf. When you reach the bare dough at the end, fold in dough on the sides to seal in ingredients. Lay on cookie sheet. Cut 3 or 4 slits in top of loaf to release hot air during baking. Bake at 400 degrees for 20-25 minutes.

Cheer Ya Up Cheddar & Beer Soup

Recently I cam across a killer recipe courtesy of Emeril Lagasse on the Food Network’s site. I of course had to make my own adjustments to the recipe. This is the perfect dish for a cold night during the holiday season. It’s also a great dish for only 2 people since no other food is needed, it’s sooo filling. Although, some nice sour dough bread would have been great with it. Next time I will def try it in a sour dough bread bowl.

Here’s the dish:

1/2 lb. kielbasa sausage, finely chopped and crumbled

3 Tbsp. olive oil

2 cups chopped yellow onion

1 tsp. salt

1/2 tsp. black pepper

2 bay leaves

3 tbsp. garlic, minced

8 tbsp. flour

6 cups chicken stock

2 cups lager beer (preferably amber)

Dash of thyme

4 cups grated cheddar cheese (I used 1 1/2 pkgs. of 8 oz. shredded cheddar)

Cook the kielbasa in olive oil in a large heavy pot over medium heat until golden brown. Add the onions, salt, pepper and bay leaves. Cook until onions are slightly carmelized (12-15 mins). Add the garlic and cook until fragrant about a minute. SPrinkle the flour over the onions and cook, stirring constantly for 2 minutes. Gradually whisk in the stock and beer. Add the thyme and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to medium-low and simmer uncovered for 1 hour. Add the cheese a little at a time, stirring until nearly completely melted after each addition. Remove from heat, taste, and adjust seasoning if necessary.

Enjoy!

It's been a while – Katie's Kitchen

It’s been a while since I last posted and I have been receiving a number of requests to continue with my blog. So here it goes…

Last night I made a PHENOMENAL meal… Chicken Piccata with Angel Hair Pasta, courtesy of the Food Network’s website. To view the recipe visit:

http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/giada-de-laurentiis/chicken-piccata-recipe/index.html

The recipe was so easy and extremely tasty. It will definitely be a repeat offender. Nick absolutely loved it as well. It is very lemony and tart so if you are not a fan of lemons, this is not for you.

I made a couple adjustments to the recipe.  I purchase my chicken breasts from BJ’s and buy the package that continues 4 breasts in a pack individually sealed. So I make all the chicken in each packet for my meals. It seems to be enough for the two of us for dinner and yet allows for leftovers for next days lunch. Since the I purchase skinless, boneless thin sliced breasts, I did not need to butterfly or cut in half. I also cooked all 4 chicken breasts in one large pan so I did not need to repeat the process of olive oil and unsalted butter. In addition, I did not add fresh parsley as garnish since Nick is not a big fan.

I decided to pair the chicken piccata with angel hair pasta since I have seen that done in a lot of restaurants. The angel hair pasta cooks quicker than most pastas and makes a lot. I reccomend only making half a box of pasta. I placed a decent size onto the middle of the plate, with the chicken piccata on top, followed by some remaining sauce.

I would say it did take about 30 minutes to complete this meal from start to finish. It’s definately worth it! Thanks Giada!