October 24, 2009

Creamy and Low-Fat Chicken and Corn Chowder

Me loves me some creamy soups. Love em. Especially on a cold night. Nothing is more satisfying than a steaming bowl of chunky chowder with a big hunk of crusty bread to mop it up with. Problem is, chowder goes right to my ass. I might as well just paint the chowder right on my backside and leave it there. Turns out that chowder does not have to be all that bad for you. Here is a quick recipe that is so easy, low fat, and very satisfying.


  • 1 already cooked rotisery chicken from the market

  • 1 bag of frozen corn (not creamed just plain sweet corn)

  • 2 12 oz cans evaporated fat free milk

  • olive oil

  • 1 large celery stalk, diced small

  • 1 large carrot, diced small

  • 1 yellow onion, diced small

  • 2 cloves of garlic, minced

  • 2 sprigs of fresh thyme

  • Chopped fresh chives (for garnish)

  • salt and pepper


In a stockpot, heat olive oil and saute onion, celery, and carrot until tender, about 5 minutes. Add garlic and saute for another minute. Meanwhile, take the breast meat off the chicken and dice up into small cubes. Do not use the skin, just the white meat. Back to the pot...when your veggies are done sauteing, dump in bag of corn, the evaporated milk, and the sprigs of thyme. Stir. Bring the soup to a mild boil and when the bubbles start to form, give it another stir, put the lid on, and gently simmer for about 20 minutes. Stir occasionally. After the 15th minute of cooking, add the diced chicken. Season with lots of kosher salt and some cracked pepper. Cook for the last 5 minutes. Bowl up and garnish with chopped chives. Enjoy with crusty bread and a big glass of wine - any will do.

October 18, 2009


A wicked good first...not including a picture with the recipe. Here's why....meatballs are not attractive. They're just not. They are blobs of brown meat with sauce on them. While wholly unattractive, they are super yummy to eat. Especially on a cold Sunday night with friends. This recipe feeds a crowd of 8 with the meatballs being the main event.


  • 1 lb ground pork

  • 1 lb ground veal

  • 1 lb ground beef

  • 1 cup grated parmesan

  • 1/2 cup parsley, minced

  • 1/2 large white onion, finely minced

  • 1 tablespoon of garlic paste

  • 2 eggs

  • 1 1/2 cups whole wheat bread crumbs

  • 2/3 cup skim milk

  • 2 tablespoons kosher salt

  • 4 cups of your favorite marinara sauce. I use Il Mulino or Raos


Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a large mixing bowl, crack both eggs. Add the garlic paste and with a whisk, mix both until the garlic paste is incorporated into the eggs. Add the milk and the bread crumbs and let the bread crumbs soak for a few minutes. Meanwhile, mince your onions and parsley. Add both to the bread crumb mixture. Add Parmesan cheese, salt, and finally the meat. With your hands, mix everything until it all comes together. Make sure the meat is really mixed well with the other ingredients BUT don't overmix. It's a fine line between a moist and a tough ball. Roll the balls into whatever size you like. Mine are larger than a golf ball but not as big as a whiffleball. Probably like 2 inches wide. Pour the sauce into a dutch oven or large cast pot and start layering the balls in. You will have 2 layers of balls probably. It's ok if the sauce doesn't cover all of the meatballs. Place the lid on the pot and cook in the oven for 75 minutes.

October 11, 2009

Fig, Gorgonzola, Carmelized Onion Tart

Totally ripped this recipe off from my favorite weekly read, the New York Times Dining In section. Wednesdays are my fave days b/c of this section. Lerv it. I tweaked the recipe slightly and used ready made frozen pastry dough. But yah, basically I ripped the whole thing off. But yum....so easy and great for a party.


  • 2 large white onions halved lengthwise and thinly sliced

  • 1 sprig rosemary finely minced

  • Pinch sugar

  • 1 teaspoon sherry vinegar

  • 1/4 cup milk

  • 1 egg

  • 4 sheets of ready made puff pastry

  • 1 pint fresh figs ( 3/4 pound), stemmed and slided lengthwise

  • 1 1/2 ounces Stinky Cheese (Stilton, gorgonzola, or roquefort) crumbled

  • 2 tablespoons pine nuts

  • good-quality honey for drizzling, optional. section. It's my bible. Lerv it. I tweaked it a bit but mostly I just ripped it right off. This could not have been easier with the help of ready made frozen pastry dough.


1. In a large skillet over low heat, melt butter with oil. Add onions, rosemary and sugar. Cook, tossing occasionally, until onions are limp and golden brown, 30 to 40 minutes. Stir in the vinegar, scraping any browned bits from bottom of pan.

2. In a small bowl, whisk together the milk and egg until smooth. Stir in the onions. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Line an 11 by 17-inch baking sheet with parchment paper. On a lightly floured surface, line up sheets of pasty dough so they cover the whole pan. Press the edges of the dough together so it looks like one big sheet.

3. Use a fork to spread onion mixture evenly over pastry (let excess egg mixture drip back into bowl), leaving a 1-inch border. Arrange figs in even rows on onion mixture. Scatter cheese and pine nuts over figs. Use a pastry brush to dab edges of tart with egg mixture. Gently fold over edges of tart to form a lip and brush with more egg mixture.

4. Bake until pastry is puffed and golden, 25 to 30 minutes. Serve drizzled with honey, if desired, warm or at room temperature.

Yield: 8 servings.