I’ve never had spaetzle (homemade egg noodles) other than my own, but my husband requested it after spending time in Germany and swears it’s reasonably authentic. I tried once using a box grater and it was a miserable failure. I promptly ordered this spaetzle maker and haven’t tried anything else since. This recipe came in the package.

3 eggs
3 cups (15 oz) flour
1 cup milk
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp nutmeg

Beat eggs until foamy and then combine with milk.

In a separate bowl, mix together flour and salt.

Add flour mixture to egg mixture and stir until a thick dough comes together.

Fill the square basket of the spaetzle maker and place over a pot of boiling salted water or cooking soup. As you slide the basket back and forth, the tiny dumplings drop into the boiling liquid. When done, they will rise to the surface (about a minute). Use a spider to dip them out into a large bowl and toss with butter. Repeat until all of the dough is used up.

Roasted Rosemary Shrimp with Arugula and White Bean Salad


4 servings (serving size: 1 1/2 cups salad and about 6 shrimp)

* Shrimp:
* 2 tablespoons olive oil
* 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
* 2 teaspoons minced fresh rosemary
* 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
* 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
* 3 garlic cloves, crushed
* 1 1/2 pounds jumbo shrimp, peeled and deveined

* 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
* 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
* 1/2 teaspoon minced fresh garlic
* 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
* 1/8 teaspoon black pepper
* 5 cups arugula leaves
* 1/2 cup vertically sliced red onion
* 1 (15-ounce) can cannellini beans, rinsed and drained


1. Preheat oven to 400°.

2. To prepare shrimp, combine first 6 ingredients in a medium bowl; stir with a whisk. Add shrimp to bowl; toss well. Cover and refrigerate 10 minutes.

3. Arrange shrimp on a jelly-roll pan. Bake at 400° for 10 minutes or until shrimp are done.

4. To prepare salad, combine 2 tablespoons juice and next 4 ingredients (through 1/8 teaspoon pepper) in a large bowl; stir with a whisk. Add arugula, onion, and beans to bowl; toss well. Divide salad and shrimp evenly among 4 plates.
Nutritional Information

13.6g (sat 2g,mono 7.8g,poly 2.5g)

Laraine Perri, Cooking Light, JUNE 2009

Crockpot Pulled Pork

1 pork butt or shoulder roast
recipe dry rub
1 bottle beer

In the evening, pat the rub into the roast and cover in plastic wrap.

The next morning put it in the crockpot, fat side up. Add a bottle of beer (I used a stout).

Cook on low for 9-10 hours. It’s done when it pulls apart easily.

Shred with two forks, mix with BBQ sauce. I like the vinegar-based Lexington-style: Mix 1/2 c malt vinegar with a half teaspoon each salt & pepper, a quarter teaspoon red pepper flakes, a teaspoon of brown sugar, and a squirt of ketchup.

Shepard’s Pie


* 1 small onion
* 1 1/2 pounds ground beef
* 2 (8-ounce) cans tomato sauce
* 1 1/2 cups mixed vegetables or niblet corn, prepared
* Salt and freshly ground black pepper
* 8 to 10 medium red new potatoes
* 1 1/2 cups milk
* 12 tablespoons butter
* 1/2 cup sour cream
* 2 cups instant biscuit mix


Beef Layer: Saute onions in 2 tablespoons butter. Add ground beef. After beef is browned, add tomato sauce; Mix in vegetables. Add salt and pepper, to taste.

Potato Layer: Peel and slice potatoes 1/4-inch thick. Cook in boiling water for approximately 15 minutes or until fork-tender. Whip potatoes with electric mixer; mix until moderately smooth. Don’t over beat them; a few lumps are nice. Add 1/2 cup heated milk, 1/2 cup butter, and sour cream. Salt and pepper, to taste. Whip until mixed. Adjust thickness by adding more milk, if desired.

Biscuit Layer: Combine biscuit mix and 1 cup milk. The mix should be thinner than normal biscuit mix but not runny.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

Spray a 9 by 9 by 2-inch pan, or any similar casserole dish. Layer half way up with the mashed potatoes. Next, spread a layer of mixed vegetables or niblet corn on top of potatoes. Then add a layer of the meat. Pour biscuit mix over meat. Melt 4 tablespoons of butter and drizzle over top. Bake for approximately 35 to 45 minutes until top is golden brown.

Note: Leftovers make this dish easy to put together. So if you have leftover pork roast or beef roast with gravy and mashed potatoes from Sunday dinner then this is an easy mid- week meal that will take only a few minutes.

Pan Pizza

(From America’s Test Kitchen)

1 (28-ounce) can crushed tomatoes
1 tablespoon olive oil
1/8 teaspoon table salt
1 1/2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese (6 ounces)

3 cups unbleached all-purpose flour (15 ounces)
1 2/3 cups water (13 1/2 ounces), room temperature
1 1/4 teaspoons table salt
1 1/2 teaspoons instant yeast
1 1/4 teaspoons sugar
5 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

1. Place 28-ounce can of crushed tomatoes in fine-mesh strainer set over medium bowl (I use a yogurt strainer). Let sit 30 minutes, stirring 3 times to allow juices to drain. Combine 3/4 cup tomato solids, 1 tablespoon olive oil, and 1/8 teaspoon table salt. (Save remaining solids and juice for another use.)

2. Mix flour, water, and table salt in bowl of stand mixer fitted with dough hook on low speed until no patches of dry flour remain, 3 to 4 minutes, occasionally scraping sides and bottom of bowl. Turn off mixer and let dough rest 20 minutes.

3. Sprinkle yeast and sugar over dough. Knead on low speed until fully combined, 1 to 2 minutes, occasionally scraping sides and bottom of bowl. Increase mixer speed to high and knead until dough is glossy, smooth, and pulls away from sides of bowl, 6 to 10 minutes. (Dough will only pull away from sides while mixer is on. When mixer is off, dough will fall back to sides.)

4. Using fingers, coat large bowl with 1 tablespoon oil, rubbing excess oil from fingers onto blade of rubber spatula. Using oiled spatula, transfer dough to bowl and pour 1 tablespoon oil over top. Flip dough over once so it is well coated with oil; cover tightly with plastic wrap. Let dough rise at room temperature until nearly tripled in volume and large bubbles have formed, 2 to 2 1/2 hours.

5. One hour before baking pizza, adjust oven rack to middle position, place pizza stone on rack, and heat oven to 450 degrees.

6. Coat rimmed baking sheet with 2 tablespoons oil. MEASURE THE OIL. I eyeballed it the first time and it stuck badly. Using rubber spatula, turn dough out onto baking sheet along with any oil in bowl. Using fingertips, press dough out toward edges of pan, taking care not to tear it. (Dough will not fit snugly into corners. If dough resists stretching, let it relax for 5 to 10 minutes before trying to stretch again.) Let dough rest in pan until slightly bubbly, 5 to 10 minutes. Using dinner fork, poke surface of dough 30 to 40 times and sprinkle with kosher salt.

7. Bake until spotty brown, 15 to 17 minutes, rotating baking sheet halfway through baking. Using metal spatula, remove pizza from oven, spread tomato mixture evenly over surface, and sprinkle with shredded mozzarella and other toppings. Return pizza to oven and continue to bake until cheese begins to brown in spots, 5 to 10 minutes longer.

Soba Noodles with Broccoli and Chicken
Use chicken broth in place of the sake for a nonalcoholic version. Toasted sesame seeds sprinkled over the finished dish make a flavorful garnish.

4 servings (serving size: 1 1/4 cups chicken mixture and 1/2 cup noodles)

6 ounces uncooked soba (buckwheat noodles)
1/4 cup sake (rice wine) or dry sherry
3 tablespoons low-sodium soy sauce
2 tablespoons rice vinegar
1 teaspoon honey
1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper
1 tablespoon vegetable oil, divided
3/4 pound chicken breast tenders, cut into bite-sized pieces
1 1/2 teaspoons dark sesame oil
3 cups quartered mushrooms
3 cups broccoli florets
1 cup (1-inch) red bell pepper strips
1 tablespoon bottled ground fresh ginger (such as Spice World)
2 garlic cloves, minced
Cook noodles according to package directions; drain.

Combine sake and the next 4 ingredients (sake through crushed red pepper) in a small bowl; set aside.

Heat 2 teaspoons of vegetable oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add chicken; stir-fry 4 minutes or until done. Remove chicken from pan; keep warm. Heat 1 teaspoon vegetable oil and sesame oil in pan over medium-high heat. Add mushrooms and remaining ingredients; stir-fry 4 minutes or until broccoli is crisp-tender. Return chicken to pan; stir in sake mixture. Cook 1 minute or until thoroughly heated. Serve over noodles.

Nutritional Information
Calories: 357 (18% from fat)
Fat: 7g (sat 1.2g,mono 1.9g,poly 3.2g)
Protein: 30.1g
Carbohydrate: 43.2g
Fiber: 3.3g
Cholesterol: 49mg
Iron: 3.3mg
Sodium: 810mg
Calcium: 61mg

Garlicky Shrimp over Linguine

Last night’s dinner from Cook’s Illustrated. I meant to halve the recipe, but forgot that part after I halved the shrimp, so it was extra saucy. I used a pound of linguine, but again, meant to use half a pound, which would have been a better pasta/shrimp ratio. I almost didn’t do the breadcrumbs, but they really do add a lot to the dish – I made them a few hours before the rest of dinner.

Garlicky Shrimp with Bread Crumbs


Vermouth can be substituted for the sherry. If using vermouth, increase the amount to 1/2 cup and reduce the amount of clam juice to 1/2 cup. To prepare this recipe in a 10-inch skillet, brown the shrimp in 3 batches for about 2 minutes each, using 2 teaspoons oil per batch. Serve the shrimp with rice and either broccoli or asparagus.

Serves 4

3 inch piece baguette , cut into small pieces
5 tablespoons unsalted butter , cut into 5 pieces
1 small shallot , minced (about 2 tablespoons)
Table salt and ground black pepper
2 tablespoons minced fresh parsley leaves
2 pounds extra-large shrimp (21-25), peeled and deveined
1/4 teaspoon sugar
4 teaspoons vegetable oil
4 medium cloves garlic , minced or pressed through a garlic press (about 4 teaspoons)
1/8 teaspoon red pepper flakes
2 teaspoons unbleached all-purpose flour
1/3 cup dry sherry
2/3 cup clam juice (bottled)
2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
1 lemon , cut into wedges

1. Pulse bread in food processor until coarsely ground; you should have about 1 cup crumbs. Melt 1 tablespoon butter in 12-inch nonstick skillet over medium heat. When foaming subsides, add crumbs, shallot, 1/8 teaspoon salt, and 1/8 teaspoon pepper. Cook, stirring occasionally, until golden brown, 7 to 10 minutes. Stir in 1 tablespoon parsley and transfer to plate to cool. Wipe out skillet with paper towels.

2. Thoroughly dry shrimp with paper towels; toss with sugar, 1/4 teaspoon salt, and 1/4 teaspoon pepper in bowl. Return skillet to high heat, add 2 teaspoons oil, and heat until shimmering. Add half of shrimp in single layer and cook until spotty brown and edges turn pink, about 3 minutes (do not flip shrimp). Remove pan from heat and transfer shrimp to large plate. Wipe out skillet with paper towels. Repeat with remaining 2 teaspoons oil and shrimp; transfer shrimp to plate.

3. Return skillet to medium heat and add 1 tablespoon butter. When melted, add garlic and pepper flakes; cook, stirring frequently, until garlic just begins to color, about 1 minute. Add flour and cook, stirring frequently, for 1 minute. Increase heat to medium-high and slowly whisk in sherry and clam juice. Bring to simmer and cook until mixture reduces to 3/4 cup, 3 to 4 minutes. Whisk in remaining 3 tablespoons butter, 1 tablespoon at a time. Stir in lemon juice and remaining tablespoon parsley.

4. Reduce heat to medium-low, return shrimp to pan, and toss to combine. Cook, covered, until shrimp are pink and cooked through, 2 to 3 minutes. Uncover and sprinkle with toasted bread crumbs. Serve with lemon wedges.

Crockpot Jambalaya

I made this tonight and it was a huge hit. I tend to find crockpot dishes bland and disappointing but this one was perfect.

1 pound smoked sausage, sliced into 1/2″ rounds
1 pound boneless, skinless chicken thighs, cut into 1″ chunks
1 pound raw shrimp, peeled, deviened (I use 26/30 count)
1 28 oz can crushed tomatoes
2 cups chicken stock (or one 15 oz. can)
2 yellow onions, diced
2 celery ribs, diced
1 jalapenoe, seeded and deviened, minced
4-6 garlic cloves, minced
2 bay leaves
.5 tsp dried thyme
.5 tsp cayenne
2 tsp kosher salt

Dump everything except shrimp in crockpot and stir. Cook on high for a 3-4 hours, adjust seasonings, then reduce heat to low. Stir in shrimp and cook until shrimp is opaque, 15-30 minutes. Serve over rice.

Penne with Chicken & Smoked Gouda

Amount Measure Ingredient — Preparation Method
——– ———— ——————————–
1 pound penne pasta
3 cups chicken — cooked and cubed
1 cup roasted red peppers — drained and sliced
1 package frozen chopped spinach — thawed and drained
1/4 pound bacon — cooked and crumbled
1 cup half and half
8 ounces smoked Gouda cheese — shredded
1/4 cup Parmesan cheese — grated
1 teaspoon garlic — crushed

Cook pasta according to package instructions. Drain and place in large bowl.
Stir in chicken, red peppers, chopped spinach, and bacon. In a small
saucepan over low heat, stir half-and-half, cheeses, and garlic until melted
and well blended. Pour over pasta.

Smothered Pork Chops with Cider and Apples

Smothered Pork Chops with Cider and Apples
Published: November 1, 2002
Serves 4

Serve smothered chops with a starch to soak up the rich gravy. Simple egg noodles were the test kitchen favorite, but rice or mashed potatoes also taste great.
3 ounces bacon (about 3 slices), cut into 1/4-inch pieces
2 tablespoons unbleached all-purpose flour
1 3/4 cups apple cider
vegetable oil
4 bone-in, rib-end pork chops 1/2 to 3/4 inch thick
ground black pepper
1 medium yellow onion , halved pole-to-pole and sliced thin (about 1 3/4 cups)
1 Granny Smith apple (large), or 2 small Granny Smith apples, peeled, cored, and cut into 3/8-inch wedges
table salt
2 tablespoons water
2 medium cloves garlic , pressed through garlic press or minced (about 2 teaspoons)
1 teaspoon minced fresh thyme leaves
2 bay leaves
1 tablespoon minced fresh parsley leaves
1. Fry bacon in small saucepan over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until lightly browned, 8 to 10 minutes. Using slotted spoon, transfer bacon to paper towel-lined plate, leaving fat in saucepan (you should have 2 tablespoons bacon fat; if not, supplement with vegetable oil). Reduce heat to medium-low and gradually whisk flour into fat until smooth. Cook, whisking frequently, until mixture is light brown, about the color of peanut butter, about 5 minutes. Whisk in apple cider in slow, steady stream; increase heat to medium-high and bring to boil, stirring occasionally; cover and set aside off heat.
2. Heat 1-tablespoon oil in 12-inch skillet over high heat until smoking, about 3 minutes. Meanwhile, dry pork chops with paper towels and sprinkle with 1/2-teaspoon pepper. Brown chops in single layer until deep golden on first side, about 3 minutes. Flip chops and cook until browned on second side, about 3 minutes longer. Transfer chops to large plate and set aside.
3. Reduce heat to medium and add 1 tablespoon oil, onions, apples, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and water to now-empty skillet. Using wooden spoon, scrape browned bits on pan bottom and cook, stirring frequently, until onions are softened and browned around the edges, about 5 minutes. Stir in garlic and thyme and cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds longer. Return chops to skillet in single layer, covering chops with onions. Pour in warm sauce and any juices collected from pork; add bay leaves. Cover, reduce heat to low, and simmer until pork is tender and paring knife inserted into chops meets very little resistance, about 30 minutes.
4. Transfer chops to warmed serving platter and tent with foil. Increase heat to medium-high and simmer sauce rapidly, stirring frequently, until thickened to gravy-like consistency, about 5 minutes. Discard bay leaves, stir in parsley, and adjust seasonings with salt and pepper. Cover chops with sauce, sprinkle with reserved bacon, and serve immediately.