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Sharing My Recipes, My Life, And The Food Tale Of Two Cities

My New Gadget

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This new kitchen gadget is so awesome that I can’t wait to show you. Later today I’ll be preparing a side dish using this tool and showing you step by step how easy it is. The possibilities are endless, using vegetables in place of pasta just have me so excited!

 

 

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Portobello Mushroom Pizzas

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Last night I made an awesome Bolognese sauce. I always have quite a bit leftover so for tonight’s meal, I had a great idea on how to use up my leftover Bolognese sauce.

I went to the Farmers’ Market today and bought some beautiful Portobello mushrooms along with some fresh arugula. I’m going to grill these mushrooms and use them as the base for my Portobello Mushroom Pizzas.

To get my recipe for Bolognese Sauce, click on the link at the bottom of this post. I’d recommend making these Portobello Mushroom Pizzas any time you have some leftover homemade sauce you want to use up.

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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Yields: 2 servings
Equipment: indoor grill pan, rimmed baking sheet pan, chef’s knife, 3-quart saucepot with a lid, vegetable peeler

Ingredients:
6 large Portobello mushrooms (dark black gills and stems removed), grilled
1 16-ounce package of BelGioioso fresh mozzarella, pre-sliced
1 4-ounce package of arugula, prewashed and dried
6 cups of Bolognese sauce (substitute a good jarred Marinara sauce)
1/4 cup of Canola oil
2 teaspoons of garlic powder
1 tablespoon Kosher salt
3 teaspoons of freshly ground black pepper
Garnish with Parmigiano-Reggiano shavings

Directions:
Start by heating up your (leftover) sauce on low heat, in a covered saucepot, stirring occasionally.

Preheat an indoor grill pan on medium heat. While the grill pan is heating up, prep all 6 Portobello mushrooms. First, remove the stems, next, using a tablespoon, scrape off the dark black gills from the underside of the mushroom caps.

Brush the top side of the Portobello mushrooms with Canola oil. Season with freshly ground black pepper and garlic powder. Place the mushrooms presentation side down first on the hot grill. While the mushrooms are starting to grill brush the underside with Canola oil and season with freshly ground black pepper and garlic powder. Grill on each side for 3 to 4 minutes, or until caramelized and deep golden brown. Turn the grill pan off and transfer the grilled Portobello mushrooms, presentation side down, to a rimmed baking sheet pan.

Set the oven to broil.
Lay a slice of the mozzarella cheese to each one of the mushrooms. Sprinkle Kosher salt and the remaining freshly ground black pepper all over each of the slices. Transfer the sheet pan to the top rack in the oven leaving the oven door slightly ajar. Keeping a close eye on the mushrooms, melt the cheese until a bubbly and golden brown on top, 1 to 2 minutes.

Arrange 3 of the Portobello mushrooms on each plate. Ladle a little of the (leftover) Bolognese sauce onto each one of the mushrooms. Top with arugula. Serve my Portobello Mushroom Pizzas with a few shaving of Parmigiano-Reggiano over the top.

Note: Depending on the sauce you choose, this dish can be both gluten-free and vegetarian.

 

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Blackberry Cobbler

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When we talk about cobblers, I think everyone has their own version they stand behind. For me, growing up with this recipe, I believe to be a true cobbler. My favorite is a Blackberry Cobbler.

Some cobblers have a biscuit topping, and some have a crumble topping. My Blackberry Cobbler is really easy to make and so delicious.

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Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 40 to 50 minutes
Inactive Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 20 minutes
Yields: 12 servings
Equipment: 9 x 13 baking dish, 2 large mixing bowls, whisk

Ingredients:
1 stick of unsalted butter, melted
6 cups of fresh blackberries
1 1/3 cups of granulated sugar
1 tablespoon of cornstarch
1 tablespoon of fresh lemon juice
1 1/3 cups of self-rising flour
1 extra large egg, room temperature and beaten
1 tablespoon of pure vanilla extract
1 cup of whole milk, room temperature
2 tablespoon of Turbinado sugar

Note: Make sure all your ingredients are at room temperature.

Directions:
Preheat the oven to 350-degrees F.
Start by lightly spraying a 9 x 13 baking dish with non-stick cooking spray.

Add all the blackberries into a mixing bowl. To the blackberries, add 1/3 cup of granulated sugar, corn starch, and fresh lemon juice, stir to combine and set aside.

To make the batter, take another large mixing bowl, add self-rising flour, 1 cup of granulated sugar, a beaten egg, good vanilla extract, and whole milk, whisk together until combined but still slightly lumpy.

Microwave the stick of butter until completely melted. Next, pour the melted butter into the baking dish.

Pour the batter carefully over the melted butter. Next, add the *macerated blackberries, into the batter, making sure the fruit is evenly distributed throughout the batter.

Sprinkle Turbinado sugar over the entire top of the unbaked cobbler. Bake for 40 to 50 minutes. The fruit should be bubbly around the outside rim of the cobbler and the center will still be a bit loose. Transfer the cobbler to a cooling rack and allow to rest for at least 15 minutes before cutting.

I like to serve the warm cobbler with a scoop vanilla ice cream. My Blackberry Cobbler will keep the ones you love, coming back for more.

*Macerating: This process is similar to marinating-except your ingredient is going to be fruit instead of meat or vegetables. The process is simple: Fresh or dried fruit is splashed with or left to sit in a flavored liquid such as sugar and lemon juice.

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