Thursday, April 21, 2016

New York Strip Steaks with Tyler Florence's Mushroom Sauce and Ina Garten's Cornmeal-Crusted Onion Rings

Tyler Florence
        Friday night has been Steak night at our house for a long time. New York Strip is right up there with our favorites.  It’s easy to cook on the stove top and the chewier texture of the steak appeals to the meat-eater extinct.  You can be a purist and simply salt and pepper the steak vigorously, put it into a very hot pan with a tablespoon of peanut oil and one of butter and you’ve got a beautiful steak in about 8 minutes.  But occasionally we like to try it with a sauce to give it another dimension.  This mushroom sauce is both easy and delicious, a take on
Ina Garten
one we saw Tyler Florence making on Tyler’s Ultimate, his terrific show on  the Cooking Channel. And along with it, nothing goes better than Ina Garten’s Cornmeal Crusted Onion Rings and some simple sautéed spinach.  So on to the recipes.

Monday, April 18, 2016

Fresh Fettucine with Sausage, Asparagus and Mushrooms


     A great bowl of pasta is one of my favorite comfort dishes.  I must admit that this particular variation hits the mark. The fresh asparagus and mushrooms seem made for each other and for the Italian hot sausage I combined them with. There’s cheese too—two kinds that bring the zip of Parmesan together with the sweetness of Fontina.  Both cheeses melt into the pan sauce.  And the couple of tablespoons of butter stirred into the sauce added a rich smoothness that I found irresistible. But there is one other ingredient that sets this dish apart: Fresh Pasta.