Thursday, February 25, 2010

WTF's For Dinner?

No, onion rings are NOT wtf's for dinner. I was just scrolling through old pictures and thought this was cute. He's at a restaurant. Dinner. Get it? Thought so. Oh and CALM DOWN, mother......people with blogs post pictures of their children all the time and they are not ending up on the side of a milk carton. Don't you have a golf swing to practice or something? Or go bug dad. He likes that. He told me. Anyway, because I was a total slacker last week, I'm giving you guys not one but TWO recipes! Contain your enthusiasm. I'm a giver. 

Mollie's Food Processor Pesto

4 c loosely packed fresh basil leaves
3 garlic cloves
1 c sun dried tomatoes in oil
1/2 t salt
1/4 c olive oil (be prepared to drizzle in a little more if needed to get the consistency you's gross if it's too oily though)
1 1/2 c GOOD parmesan cheese. (Costco has it)

Place basil, garlic and sundried tomatoes in the processor and pulse until minced. Add the salt and the olive oil. Now here's the tricky part......CAREFULLY remove blade from processor bowl and replace it with the shredding wheel. Shred the cheese into the processor bowl (with previously minced ingredients still in it). Remove shredding wheel and replace it with blade. CAREFULLY (Deep Thoughts is not responsible for any missing digits). Pulse to combine. Boil linguine or fettucine according to package directions. Rinse. Combine pesto with pasta. If you like pine nuts, throw some on. And you can serve this with slices of grilled chicken but I don't really think it's necessary. Top with more shredded parm. Yummy. 

Potato and Spinach Soup

1/2 chopped onion
2 T butter
2 c water
1 t salt
2 c potatoes (about 1 lb raw)
2 c cooked chopped spinach (fresh or frozen)
13 oz evaporated milk (one standard can)
1 t Worcestershire sauce
1/2 lb grated cheese (cheddar or swiss work best but any kind will do)

In a 3 quart sauce pan, sautee the onion until translucent (about three minutes). Add water, potatoes, spinach and salt. Cook until the potatoes are tender (about 20 minutes). Add milk and Worcestershire sauce. Reheat to near boiling but do not boil. Stir in grated cheese. Serve immediately.

That is damn good soup. Serve it with a salad and crusty bread and you will have once again wowed your family. You, my friend, deserve a cocktail. Oh, and happy Thursday everybody!  As one annoying local newscaster likes to say, "It's Friday eve!". Like that hadn't occurred to us. We are professionals.

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