Wild Harvest Three Bean Salad

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So this weekend in one of our stores we had the Wild Harvest Beans on sale and we were having a food demo on the beans.  So I thought I could come up with a simple and quick recipe for Three Bean Salad.

So we had Black Beans, Pinto Beans and Garbanzo Beans, now how about some crunch…celery, onion that sounds good, I do have some fresh rosemary so lets add that, and parsley is a nice addition too.

We will use some apple cider vinegar…I know, I know any of you that truly follow me know that I absolutely love Balsamic Vinegar (especially the kind we sell in our Hyde Park store back in the Deli)…but I’m changing it up on you plus a lot people use it in lots of recipes so they may have that on hand.  Okay a little sugar for sweetness, oil and good old salt and pepper.

I think everyone liked it, I didn’t stay while it was being sampled but I did get an email from one the manager’s saying how awesome it was…so let’s see if you all do too!! 🙂

Ingredients

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drain and rinse you beans

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add to a big bowl, beans, celery, onions, parsley, rosemary
and give stir

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whisk together vinegar, sugar, salt, pepper and oil add to bean mixture

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Recipe

1 can Pinto Beans, drained and rinsed
1 can Black Beans, drained and rinsed
1 can Garbanzo Beans, drained and rinsed
1/2 cup celery, diced
1/2 cup red onion, diced
1/2 cup fresh parsley, finely chopped
1/2 tbsp. fresh rosemary, finely chopped (or dill would be nice)

1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
1/3 cup apple cider vinegar
1 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. pepper
1/3 cup granulated sugar

In a large bowl add beans, celery, onions, parsley and rosemary, mix and set aside.
Whisk together in a small bowl vinegar, sugar, oil, salt and pepper, then pour over beans and fully combine to coat.

Put in refrigerator for a few hours or over night, let set about 30 minutes to an hour at room temperature before serving. 

This would be fantastic for afternoon picnic or backyard BBQ this summer!!

Here it is in my containers ready for the demo, I failed to take a picture of it in a dish…sorry 😦

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Ragù alla bolognese…My way!!!

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Oh how I love thee!!! 🙂

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Ragù alla bolognese is a complex sauce which involves a variety of cooking techniques, including sweating, sautéing and braising. As such, it lends itself well to interpretation and adaptation by professional chefs and home cooks alike.

And I’m sure most of you have a recipe that has been pasted down the family tree 🙂

Common sources of differences include which meats to use (beef, pork or veal) and their relative quantities, the possible inclusion of either cured meats or offal, which fats are used in the sauté phases (rendered pork fat, butter, olive or vegetable oil).

I used ground chicken 🙂

What form of tomato is employed (fresh, canned or paste).

I use paste, I like using this the best.

The makeup of the cooking liquids (wine, milk, tomato juices, or broth) and their specific sequence of addition.

One day I hope that I could travel to Bolgana, Italy 🙂

But until then this is Ragù alla bolognese…My Way!!!

Ingredients –

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I freeze my bacon so it would be easier to slice and dice

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diced bacon

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Cut celery into thin strips                    then dice

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Diced onion                                                           add bacon, celery and onions to skillet

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Then add carrots

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stirring not to burn

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add ground meat

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breaking up meat with wooden spoon

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add red wine

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chicken broth

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add tomato paste

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stirring in tomato paste

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then stir in 2 tsp. beef base paste

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turn to low and simmer for 1 1/2 hours

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warm up half n half/ milk                             stir in

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continue to cook for another 45 – 55 minutes, stirring occasionally

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its now ready for pasta

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LOVE Gia Russa products you must try them………….boil water

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add pasta                                             remove a cup of pasta water, set aside, in case  you need to thin out sauce

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Grate your Parmesan cheese

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remove your pasta                                                          toss with sauce

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turn out on to platter

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top with cheese and serve

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Delicious!!!!!!!!!  

Recipe

3 (3 oz.) strips bacon or pancetta, finely chopped
3 stalks celery, finely chopped
3 carrots, peeled, grated
1 med-large onion, finely chopped
1.25 lbs ground meat (i used ground chicken breast)
1 tbsp. olive oil
1/2 cup red wine
2 1/4 cup chicken broth
2 tsp. beef base paste
3 tbsp. tomato paste
1 cup half n half or milk

First off have everything ready to go, chop everything, measure out everything its just easier or at least this is what I like to do.

In a large skillet over medium-high heat add oil and bacon/pancetta, celery and onions, cook for 5 – 7 minutes, stirring not to burn.
Add grated carrots continue to cook for 5 more minutes, add ground meat, cooking and breaking up meat with a wooden spoon continue to cook for about 15 minutes, stirring constantly so not to burn, turn heat down just a little if needed.

Add red wine cooking for 2 minutes and scraping up the brown bits from the bottom of the pan.  Add broth and then tomato paste, stirring to combine, then add beef base reduced heat to low and gently simmer uncovered for 1 1/2 hours.  Stirring occasionally. 

Bring milk to a simmer in a small saucepan; gradually add to sauce.

Cover sauce with lid slightly ajar and simmer over low heat, stirring occasionally, until milk is absorbed, about 45 – 55 minutes, season with salt to taste. Stirring occasionally.

Bring a large stock pot of water to a boil, once boiling add a good handful of salt, stir and then add pasta, when pasta is just al dente, remove 1 cup of pasta water and set aside, I like doing this just in case I want to thin out the sauce. (i did not use any pasta water with this recipe, but you should always get in the habit of taking out pasta water just in case)

Drain pasta and add pasta to the sauce, tossing to completely coat the pasta, turn pasta out onto a serving plate or large bowl and top with fresh Parmesan cheese and then serve it right on up!! 

Enjoy this one and tell me about your recipe or maybe you have one that has been pasted down the family tree, I’d love to try any that you may have in your recipe box!!!

Guinness Black Lager Irish Stew

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1 tbsp. oil
1 (3lb.) chuck roast, trimmed and cut into 1 – 1 1/2  inch cubes
4 tbsp. flour, divided
1 cup celery, chopped
1 cup onions, chopped
1 cup carrots, chopped
1 bottle Guinness Black Larger
2 bay leaves
3 sprigs fresh thyme, thicker sprigs
1 tsp. salt and pepper
3 garlic cloves, minced
3 tsp. Worcestershire sauce

In a large skillet add oil and brown beef, this may need to be done in 2 batches.  Once all beef is browned on all side put all into crock pot, add flour and toss to coat beef, then add rest of ingredients and stir to combine, then cook on low for 6-7 hours. Stir in Worcestershire Sauce and flour then cook 5 minutes more to thicken. Serve over mashed potatoes or noodles and serve with slice of the Harp Beer Bread.