December 29, 2008

Delicous Four Mushroom Pasta

This recipe, calling for 4 different types of mushrooms, is something else. By reading the recipe, I could have never imagined the rich flavor and unique aroma created by cooking up 4 different types of mushroom with a little bit onion, garlic. oregano, parsley and olive oil. This dish is simple, and yet elegant and delightful. If you love mushroom, you absolutely got to try this.

1) 1/1/4 cups thinly sliced white mushrooms (Stems removed if preferred, but I did not)
2) 1/1/4 cups thinly sliced shiitake mushrooms
3) 1/1/4 cups thinly sliced oyster mushrooms
4) 1/1/4 cups thinly sliced chanterelle or porcini mushrooms
5) 1 medium size onion or red onion, finely chopped
6) 1 tps finely chopped chives
7) a few garlic cloves (depending on how garlicky you prefer) finely chopped
8) salt and freshly ground white pepper

Making the Mushroom Base

In a large saute pan, add some olive oil or butter. Add the Add the chopped garlic and red onion Brown the garlic and the red onion under medium heat. Then, add white mushroom first and saute, stiriring for a minute, then add the shiitakes and stir for another minute; finally add the oysters and chanterelles. Cook the mushrooms until all their liquid has evaporated, about 5 to 6 minutes, or more. Then, add some chives. I did not have chive today, but used some oregano and parsley. It tasted the same good. Stir to mix well, sean to taste with salte and white pepper and remove it from the heat. It looks like the picture below.

Pasta Sauce
What complete this delicious pasta dish is the tomato source. I did not think the sauce would go well with the dish when I was reading the recipe. But, I followed the recipe anyway, and only pleasantly found out that the little sweetness and sidity from the tomato plays perfectly well with the rich earthy flavor from the mushroom.

1) 2/3 cup vegetable stock
2) Some olive oil
3) 1 medium tomato, finely chopped
4) 2 cloves of garlic, finely chopped
5) Salt, white pepper, a little bit sugar

Making the Pasta Sauce

Add the olive oil and garlic. Add the tomato. Add the vegetable stock. Bring the mix to boil. Season with salt, white pepper and a little bit sugar to taste.

I assembled it into lasagna tonight, but believe this source and mushroom base could go same well with spaghetti.

December 23, 2008

Chicken Stuffed with Cream Cheese

This dish is delicious, easy-to-make. great for entertaining guests. When the dish were taken out from the oven, the entire kitchen was filled with the flavor of parsley, tomato.

Ingredient (serving 4)
1)3 tbs butter, plus extra for greasing
2)9 ounces mushrooms
3)some lemon juice
4)1 garlic clove
5)1 tbs chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
6)4 skinless, boneless chicken breast portions
7)Some thin sliced prosciutto
8)1/2 cup of whipped cream
9)Some tomato

Chop the mushroom into thin slices and sprinkle with the lemon juice to prevent discoloration. Melt some butter and olive oil in a small pan, add the garlic and cook until it turns brown. Remove the garlic and discard it. Add the parsley and mushrooms and cook over high heat for about 5 minutes, then remove the skillet from the heat.

Slice horizontally through the chicken portions without cutting all the way through. Open out each portion like a book, pound with a meat mallet and season with salt and pepper.

Place a slice of prosciutto on one side of each piece of chicken. divide the cream cheese among the portions and top each one with a tablespoon of the mushrooms.

Fold the portions together again and secure it with toothpicks if necessary.

Slice the tomato and put them on top of each chicken, season with salt and dot with some butter. Preheat the oven to 400F. Grease a roasting pan with butter or olive oil. Put the chicken in the roasting pan, cover with foil and roast for 15 min. Then, brown it with broiler.

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December 21, 2008

Guiyang Local Food in the Bay Area









December 17, 2008

Steamed Rice with Pan-Fried Beef and Purple Potato 炒牛肉紫薯山药抓饭



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December 14, 2008

烤牛肉馅饼 Beef Calzone


这个馅饼很好吃。 牛肉的鲜味,加上一点青辣椒的辣味。我还加了一点花椒油。

I have been doing this master cleanse during the last 9 days. Today is the first time I wanted to cook some real food. How about some tasty beef calzone made with extra lean gound beef and whole wheat dough from Trader Joe's?

It's quite easy to make the stuffing. Marinate the beef what whatever your favorite spicies and pan fry it with some green pepper, carrots and red onion. The rest of process is just like making the Italian calzone. Here is the pictures for before-and-after