Saturday, May 28, 2011

Artichoke Pasta ( Quick and Easy)

One of my favorite quick pastas is with a vegetable and olive oil, garlic and cheese.

Here is one that is super easy.

Frozen artichoke hearts

Olive oil or olive oil and butter

Fresh garlic

Your favorite cheese ( romano, asiago, or combo)

salt and pepper, hot pepper flakes

Cream if you like it richer or creamy

Saute your defrosted artichoke hearts in your butter or olive oil mix. Add chopped garlic, hot pepper seeds and salt and pepper. Do this while you are boiling a pot of water for your pasta.

Cook pasta al dente, drain and add to your artichoke mixture. Toss with cream if you like, or just add your cheese and a little of the pasta water to blend the flavors. Quick, easy and delicious! You can do this with peas, spinach, or any other green or veggie that you like. Try it.. supper in a hurry!

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Outdoor Pizza Making

Last night we made 4 great pizzas on the grill with the help of a pizza stone and this other flat metal pizza grill pan with holes in it.

We built our pizzas on a peel..

Started them on the metal grill pan

Then transferred to the pizza stone. Keep the grill at approximately 450 or so. You will need to know your grill and turn the pizza if the back is hotter than the front. This will cook all your meats, onions, etc as if it were in a regular oven.

The result was amazing and this time we took a shortcut and used pre-made dough from Fresh and Easy. They were fantastic. My friend Campbell here is getting really good at this.