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Tale of a Happy Kitchen? 
Apr. 11, 2012 10:52 am 
Updated: Apr. 11, 2012 8:43 pm
The day began in all innocence, as it so often does...  Sunshine, clear skies, and a the smell of coffee brewing.  One cup down, I decided that soup was on the menu for lunch.  When I went for a refill of coffee, the appropriate cookbook went with me.  Seems I needed the letter "T" for my series.

Tomato Anchovy Soup

1/4 C butter
1 small can (2 ozs) anchovy fillets in oil
1 lb ripe tomatoes - skinned, seeded, and chopped
2 cloves of garlic, minced
1 t. sugar
5 C chicken stock
salt and pepper to taste
1 lb zucchini - thinly sliced
15 fresh basil leaves, torn

Melt butter in a large saucpan, and add the anchovies.  Cook over low heat until they dissolve into a puree.  Stir in tomatoes, garlic, sugar, and stock.  Bring to a boil, reduce heat, and simmer 30 minutes.  Season with salt and pepper.  Add sliced zucchini, boil for 2 minutes, and serve.  Sprinkle each serving with basil, and with warm bread on the side.

The flavor of this one blew my mind!  I subbed anchovy paste (and had to "guess" as to amount,) and cooked the garlic at the same time.  What a fragrance!  For the chicken stock, I used simply water and bouillon - don't add any additional salt!  Next time, I'll use a better quality stock, or vegetable broth might be an interesting twist. 

While the soup was simmering, I pulled out my deep saute pan, and set about steaming some clams.  I'd never eaten steamed clams before, let alone cooked them, but the one recipe I found sounded scrumptious!  Packed full of garlic and white wine...  Talk about garlic "breath" around here!  Thankfully, neither dogs nor cats seemed to care...  Here's the link (I think!) for Scott Ure's Clams and Garlic

http://allrecipes.com/recipe/scott-ures-clams-and-garlic/detail.aspx?event8=1&amp;prop24=SR_Title&amp;e11=steamed%20clams&amp;e8=Quick%20Search&amp;event10=1&amp;e7=Home%20Page&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; <

While I slurped some of the soup, and ate warm French Baguette smeared with cold butter, I gingerly tasted my first "freshly" steamed clam.  Interesting... but a tad rubbery.  Wondering if I may have cooked them too long...  Neither here, nor there!

Later with the remainder of the clams, I pulled them out of their shells and chopped them, cooked pasta, and made "linguine and clams," using also the broth that was left from the "steam pot."  A sprinkle of parmesan, and we had "instant dinner" with a shrimp cocktail and garlic bread.  (There goes more GARLIC!)

 I didn't stop there!  Once the entire mess of the first two dishes was cleaned up, I set about my main goal for the day...

CAPIROTADA (Chocolate Bread Pudding)

What a rigmarole that was!  I kept choosing the wrong saucepan for the wrong step, my bowls were nowhere near large enough for the amounts of the different mixtures and steps!   At one point, I even pulled out my large stock pot!  Here, I'd already begun cleaning up, but I swear at one point, I had no room to even set a pot!  On the up side, the end result is terrific!  I'll have to come back later to share that recipe with you all... as  it's lengthy, and rather involved.  That, and I really should get back into the kitchen to finish cleaning up after both the pudding, and last night's dinner residue!

So, the next time you step back after having been in a cooking frenzy, and the kitchen looks like a tornado has hit.... sit back and think just how "happy" of a kitchen you have, and...
be happy, be healthy, be crazy!

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Apr. 11, 2012 1:35 pm
wow stevie you sure did cook up a storm...wore me out hearing about it...lol...don't you luv when things just lead to another & another...thats the best cooking..everything sounds so good, i have had that chocolate bread pudding hanging on the ice box for a week,i want to make it but i know i will end up eating most of the thing, but i will make it any ways...ttyl friend ...judy
Apr. 11, 2012 2:20 pm
Now why can't I have friends that cook like this just down the road from me? I could drop in and sample! But noooooo, it would seem all of my cooking friends are time zones away. Darn the luck!
Apr. 11, 2012 3:51 pm
Cat, I am giving serious thought to moving to AZ so I can drop in on Stevie. The soup sounds wonderful, I love clams of any sort, and chocolate bread pudding sounds heavenly. I would even clean the kitchen!
Apr. 11, 2012 5:44 pm
Judy, can't argue... when you're on a roll, you're on a roll! Quiche for dinner tonight - wanted to use the l/o egg whites from the bread pudding! Be well, friend!
Apr. 11, 2012 5:48 pm
Cat - don't "feel rained on!" I don't have a friend to stop by for a snack either! LOL! Be well!
Apr. 11, 2012 5:56 pm
BigShotsMom - that's a tempting offer! Do you do windows? I could start looking at real estate for you! Be well, and keep me posted!
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About Me
Started cooking many years ago, and learned as I went. First meal may have been "steak & chips" at age 15, in Birmingham England, where I lived for several years. Mostly grew up in MI, transplanted to the desert 30yrs ago, or so. Favorite cookbook is "Better Homes", also enjoy "Great British Cooking, a well kept secret." Hesitate to call myself "expert," but friends do rave...
My favorite things to cook
Italian has been my "specialty" for some time, and my "signature" meal is Lasagne, salad, garlic bread, which I first made 20yrs ago... from SCRATCH, very first time I made it. (Never again, folks...) Now start with a big jar of sauce!
My favorite family cooking traditions
Thanks to my heritage, I have enjoyed trying foods from different cultures. We still have beer battered fish, and chips of course; ground meat dishes often, chicken occasionally, pork too. I would love to submit a bean dip recipe, however, my ex who gave me the original has passed, and I have no way to verify that it didn't come from another source! I also enjoy British cooking (with a few yankee twists) and once made Plum puddings, also known as Christmas puddings, as far as I know... what an ordeal that was, but well worth the effort. Today, there is mail order!
My cooking triumphs
Greatest triumph was not too long ago, when I held a sit down dinner for 12, Lasagne being the entree. It was a fund raiser I chose to sponsor, and am proud to say that "we" raised over $1000 from that meal alone, minimum donation being $25. All proceeds collected were donated; my partner and I provided the meal and beverages.
My cooking tragedies
MEATLOAF of all things! Went through a stage of "winging" it each time, and I pulled one after another out of the oven that were almost unedible. As yet, not too big on baking... no sweet tooth here! Have dabbled, but find doughs/pastries especially difficult, perhaps as it's 90 degrees in my kitchen much of the year.
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