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Let's Dish With Linda Lou

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

Fennel Slaw

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Fennel slaw has to be one of our favorite side dishes. The key to a great salad is to have a lot of different colors and textures.

Food Mandoline Slicer

The Mandolin Food Slicer is one of the best kitchen gadgets ever! The Mandolin slices veggies and potatoes paper thin. It’s just wonderful.

Fennel bulb

This is a Fennel bulb. It’s so delicious! Slightly sweet, crunchy with an Anise or Liquorice flavor. It can be eaten raw, roasted, in soup, stews, or pureed. Adding Fennel to slaw add depth of flavor. I always save the green leafy fronds for garnish and added color.

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Yields: 6 servings
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Ingredients:
1 head green cabbage, cored and sliced (using Mandolin)
1 Fennel bulb, cored and sliced  (using Mandolin)
1/2 cup of store bought shredded carrots
1/2 a large red onion sliced (using Mandolin)
1/2 cup of raisins
2 tablespoons of finely chopped flat leaf Italian parsley
2 tablespoons of chopped Fennel fronds

Dressing For Slaw:
3/4 cup of good mayonnaise
1/4 cup of milk
2 tablespoons Agave nectar
1/4 cup of apple cider vinegar ( if you like a slightly more tart flavor add more vinegar)
2 tablespoon of granulated sugar
1 tablespoon of celery seed
1 teaspoon freshly cracked black pepper
1 tablespoon Kosher salt

Directions:
Add sliced cabbage,  sliced fennel, sliced red onion, shredded carrots, fennel fronds, chopped flat leaf Italian parsley, and raisins into a large bowl.

In a second bowl add the mayo, milk, apple cider vinegar, celery seed, agave nectar, granulated sugar, Kosher salt, and freshly cracked black pepper. Whisk all those ingredients together.

Everyone has their own personal preference when it comes to Cole Slaw.  You may like your slaw either on the vinegary side or a sweeter side. Taste to make any adjustments to the level of sweetness (sugar) or tartness (vinegar).

Pour the dressing over the fennel slaw mixture and toss through. Place in the frig and serve chilled.

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Corned Beef And Cabbage

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My recipe for Corned Beef And Cabbage is so easy. Once you look over how easy it is, I believe you won’t have to go out, instead, you’ll be able to enjoy this traditional holiday dish at home.

Making this dish for St. Patrick’s Day fills my house with the smells and memories of growing up and knowing Spring was just around the corner.

I start this dish with a flat-cut of brisket. Because it’s just Steve and me, I’m using a piece that’s around 2 1/4-pounds. Let’s get started!

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The mixture of chicken and beef broth together make for a perfect combination of flavors.

For the spices, I use what’s known as a pickling spice. This spice blend is readily available now in the “spice section” at your local grocery store.

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Around an hour into the corned beef cooking,  I start working on the cabbage, carrots, and potatoes.

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Yields: 2 to 4 servings
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cooking Time: 2 1/2 to 3 hours
Total Time: 3 hours 20 minutes
Equipment: 6-quart Dutch oven, 6-quart stockpot, large mixing bowl

Ingredients:
2 1/4-pound flat-cut brisket, room temperature
1 tablespoon of pickling spice
2 small heads of green cabbage, quartered
7 medium-size Yukon gold potatoes, quartered
5 medium-size carrots, peeled and slice 2-inches thick
1-quart of low sodium beef broth (for the brisket)
3-quarts of unsalted chicken broth (1 for the meat, 2 for the vegetables)
2 cups of hot water
3 tablespoons of Kosher salt (2 tablespoons for the potatoes)
1 teaspoon of fresh ground black pepper

Directions:
Place the room temperature brisket in the bottom of a large Dutch oven. Next, add the pickling spice and the mixture of unsalted chicken and beef broth. The meat should be totally submerged. Turn the heat to high, bring to a boil, then reduce the heat to medium and simmer.

Place the lid on the Dutch oven, continue to cook on medium heat for 2 1/2 to 3 hours. After 2 1/2 hours check the corned beef to see if it is ready. If not, continue cooking for another 1/2 hour. You want the meat to be tender but still hold its integrity so, when sliced, the corned beef doesn’t break up into tiny little shreds.

Around an hour into the cooking process of the corned beef, prep your vegetables. Peel and slice the carrots, 2-inches thick. Peel and quarter the potatoes.

Transfer the quartered potatoes to a large stockpot and cover with cold water. On medium-high heat bring the potatoes up to a boil. Add 2 tablespoons of  Kosher salt. Continue to boil for 5 minutes before turning the heat off. Pour them to a colander to drain really well, then transfer to a large mixing bowl.

In the meantime, cut the cabbage into quarters. Using the same large stock pot add the quartered pieces of cabbage. Pour 2-quarts of unsalted chicken broth into the pot. On medium-high heat bring the cabbage up to a boil, reduce the heat to medium, simmer uncovered for 20 minutes.

Still, on medium heat, add the parboiled potatoes to the pot. Add the Kosher salt and fresh ground black pepper and continue cooking the cabbage and potatoes together for another 20 minutes.

At this point, the liquid will have slightly evaporated. To ensure there is enough liquid left in the pot you’ll need to add 2 cups of very hot water before adding the sliced carrots.

Continue cooking the cabbage, carrots, and potatoes together for another 20 minutes, then turn the heat to off and place a lid on allowing the carrots to become fork tender.

Remove the corned beef from the pot (if any pickling spices are clinging to the meat just brush them off) transferring the corned beef to a plate. cover with foil and allow to rest for 15 minutes before slicing.

Note: Check to make sure the cabbage, carrots, and potatoes are still hot before plating. Reheat if needed.

Place a few slices of the corned beef and a good helping of the vegetables on a plate. Ladle the broth from the vegetables over the top of the Corned Beef And Cabbage. 

Have a side of yellow or spicy mustard on hand!

Serve hot.

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Stuffed Cabbage

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Stuffed Cabbage (2)

Stuffed Cabbage is one of those dishes I love to make for family and friends. I love everything about it. I like to start with the filling for these little packages of joy.

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Prep Time: 20 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 20 minutes
Yields: 5 servings
Equipment: 9 x 13 baking dish, 6-quart stockpot, 12-inch sautépan

Ingredients:
2 tablespoons of olive oil
1 cup of chopped yellow onions (1 large onion)
2 minced garlic cloves
1 tablespoon tomato paste
1/2 cup unsalted chicken stock
1- 28-ounce cans of crushed San Marzano tomatoes and the juice
2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
1/4 cup light brown sugar, packed lightly
1/2 cup of golden raisins (regular raisins are fine)
2 teaspoons Kosher salt
1 teaspoon freshly cracked black pepper
1 large head of green cabbage with outer leaves

Ingredients For Filling:
1 1/2 pounds lean ground sirloin
2 extra large eggs lightly beaten
2 minced garlic cloves
2 tablespoons of apricot jam
1 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
1/2 cup ricotta cheese
1/2 cup finely chopped onions
3/4 cup Italian style bread crumbs
1/2 cup of par-cooked long grain white rice ( cook the rice half the required time)
1 tablespoon of chopped flat leaf Italian parsley
1 teaspoon of chopped fresh thyme leaves
2 tablespoons of Kosher salt
1 teaspoon freshly cracked black pepper

DirectionsFor Sauce:
Heat olive oil in a large saucepan, add the onions, garlic, and tomato paste. Cook over medium heat for 8-10 minutes until translucent. Add in the chicken stock,  bring up to boil, and reduce by half. Next, add in the crushed tomatoes, vinegar, brown sugar, raisins, salt, and pepper. Bring to a boil,  then lower the heat and simmer uncovered for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally. Transfer 1 cup of sauce for the filling aside to cool. Set the remainder of the sauce aside.

Meanwhile, bring a large pot of water to a boil. Remove the entire core of the cabbage with a paring knife. Place the cabbage in the boiling water for a few minutes. Using a pair of tongs, peel off each leaf as soon as it’s pliable. Place each of them on a plate lined with paper towel.  At least 12 leaves will be needed.

For the filling, in a large bowl combine the ground sirloin, eggs, ricotta cheese, apricot jam, crushed red pepper flakes, chopped onions, minced garlic, par-cooked rice, thyme, dried oregano, parsley, salt, and pepper. Add 1 cup of the sauce to the meat mixture and mix together gently using a fork to combine all the ingredients.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

To assemble, place 1 cup of the sauce in the bottom of a large baking dish. Remove the hard triangular rib from the base of each cabbage leaf with a paring knife. Place  1/2 cup of the filling in an oval shape near the rib edge of each leaf and roll up toward the outer edge, tucking the sides in as you roll, like you would a burrito.

Place 1 to 2 ladles of the sauce on the bottom of the baking dish. Lay the cabbage rolls, seam side down into the baking dish. Spoon the remaining sauce over the top of each cabbage roll. Cover the baking dish tightly with foil. Bake for 1 hour or until the meat is cooked and the rice is tender.

Serve hot.

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