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Seared Scallops and Tenderloin Steaks in Manhattan Sauce

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Recipe & picture courtesy of Rachael Ray

Makes 2 servings

  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil (EVOO), 1 turn of the pan, plus more for drizzling
  • Four 1-inch-thick beef tenderloin steaks (about 4 to 6 ounces each)
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 8 large diver sea scallops, trimmed
  • 1 large shallot, finely chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup sweet vermouth
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 pound asparagus, trimmed
  • Juice of 1/2 lemon
  • 2 tablespoons chopped or snipped chives
  1. Drizzle some EVOO over the steaks and season with salt and pepper. Get a large nonstick skillet screaming hot and add the meat. Cook the meat over high heat for 3 minutes on each side for medium rare, 4 for medium to medium-well. Remove the meat from the skillet and pull the pan off the heat to cool.
  2. Drizzle some EVOO over the scallops and season them with salt and pepper. Get another large skillet screaming hot and cook the scallops over high heat for 2 to 3 minutes on each side, until caramelized.
  3. Bring 2 inches of water to a boil in a medium skillet.
  4. Return the meat pan to medium heat and add the EVOO, 1 turn of the pan. Add the shallot and garlic and cook for 2 minutes. Add the vermouth and reduce by half, about 30 seconds. Add the butter to the pan to finish the Manhattan sauce.
  5. Add the asparagus to the boiling water and cook for 2 to 3 minutes. Remove the asparagus and dress with the lemon juice and a drizzle of EVOO; season with salt and pepper.
  6. Place 2 steaks on each plate and drizzle with the Manhattan sauce. Place 2 scallops on top of each of the steaks and garnish with the chives. Serve the asparagus alongside.

**Personal Review: This came out amazing and I was really surprised by how easy this recipe really is. The end result is mouth watering, the steaks were so tender. I loved the idea of lemon juice on the asparagus, I usually just add butter. Jason was thrilled with this dinner as well, it will continue to be a “special occasion” dinner.**

Lemon Cream Chicken with Champagne Risotto and Asparagus


Recipe & picture courtesy of Rachael Ray

TWO SERVINGS

  • 3 cups chicken broth
  • 5 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil (EVOO)
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1 cup arborio rice
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 split champagne or sparkling wine
  • 3/4 cup heavy cream
  • One 3-inch piece peel and juice of 1 lemon
  • 1 pinch cayenne pepper
  • 2 skinless, boneless chicken breast halves
  • 1/8 pound sliced pancetta, chopped
  • 1 small bunch asparagus, cut on an angle into 1-inch pieces
  • 1 large shallot, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 cup grated parmigiano-reggiano cheese
  • 3 to 4 sprigs thyme, leaves stripped and chopped
  1. In a medium saucepan, heat the chicken broth over low heat. In a medium skillet, heat 2 tablespoons EVOO, 2 turns of the pan, over medium-high heat. Add the onion and garlic to the skillet and cook until softened, 3 to 4 minutes. Add the rice and toss to coat; season with salt and pepper. Stir in the champagne and boil to evaporate slightly, about 2 minutes.
  2. Stir a couple of ladlefuls of warm chicken broth into the rice and cook, stirring occasionally, until the liquid evaporates. Add more broth, a few ladlefuls at a time, reserving 1/2 cup. Cook until creamy, stirring occasionally, about 18 minutes.
  3. While the risotto cooks, in a small saucepan, cook the cream, lemon peel and cayenne over medium-low heat until slightly reduced, about 15 minutes.
  4. Meanwhile, season the chicken breasts with salt and pepper. In a nonstick skillet, heat 2 tablespoons EVOO , 2 turns of the pan, over medium-high heat. Add the chicken and cook for about 6 minutes on each side. Transfer to a cutting board (reserving the skillet); add the reserved 1/2 cup chicken broth to the pan juices in the skillet and stir. Stir this liquid into the risotto as it cooks.
  5. In the nonstick skillet, heat the remaining 1 tablespoon EVOO , 1 turn of the pan, over mediumhigh heat. Add the pancetta and cook for about 3 minutes. Add the asparagus and shallot and cook, stirring, for 3 more minutes.
  6. To serve, stir the cheese and thyme into the risotto and spoon generous portions onto plates. Slice the chicken breasts on an angle and fan out over the risotto. Discard the lemon peel from the reduced cream; spoon over the chicken. Pour the lemon juice over the asparagus and toss; spoon around the risotto.

**Personal Review: No Review Yet**

Baked Macaroni and Cheddar


Recipe & picture courtesy of Rachael Ray

SERVES 4
Prep Time: 10 min
Cook Time: 35 min

  • 1 large bunch broccoli, cut into bite-size florets and stalks peeled and cut into 1/2-inch cubes
  • 1 pound whole wheat elbow pasta
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons butter
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped shallots (about 3)
  • 3 tablespoons flour
  • 3 1/2 cups low-fat milk
  • 3 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 12 ounces cheddar cheese, cut into small cubes
  • 6 tablespoons grated parmesan cheese
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 clove garlic, smashed
  • 3 tablespoons bread crumbs
  1. Fill a large pot with enough water to reach a depth of 2 inches and bring to a boil. Add the broccoli and cook for 1 minute; drain and rinse with cold water. Grease a 9-by-13-inch baking dish and add the broccoli in an even layer.
  2. Fill the same pot with salted water and bring to a boil. Add the pasta and cook until al dente; drain.
  3. Position a rack in the upper third of the oven and preheat to 400°. In the same pot, melt 2 tablespoons butter over medium heat. Add the shallots and cook, stirring, until softened, 3 to 4 minutes. Stir in the flour for 1 minute. Whisk in 1 cup milk until thickened, then whisk in 1 cup more. Whisk the cornstarch into the remaining 1 1/2 cups milk, then whisk the mixture into the pot. Simmer, whisking, until the sauce thickens, 2 to 3 minutes. Lower the heat and stir in the cheddar and 4 tablespoons parmesan. Season with salt and pepper, then stir in the pasta. Spoon the mixture over the broccoli.
  4. In a small heatproof bowl, combine the garlic and remaining 1/2 tablespoon butter; microwave at high power until melted, about 20 seconds. Stir in the bread crumbs, the remaining 2 tablespoons parmesan and 1/4 teaspoon each salt and pepper. Discard the garlic, then sprinkle the bread crumb mixture on the pasta. Bake until golden, about 15 minutes. Let cool slightly before serving.

**Personal Review: I had a problem with the sauce thicking – I added a bit more flour and that seemed to work.  Also, I added chopped garlic vs smashed garlic and left the garlic in the mixture – I would make more of that next time as well, it was a great topping.  I added chopped ham too – nice additive.  This tasted wonderful!**

Beef & Chimichurri Sauce


Recipe & picture courtesy of Family Circle

Makes: 4 servings
Grill: 16 minutes
Prep: 10 minutes

  • 1 cup parsley leaves
  • 1 shallot, coarsley chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 3 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon each salt and black pepper
  • 1 pound boneless beef top sirloin
  • 3 cups prepared white rice (optional)
  1. In a food processor, combine parsley, shallot, garlic, vinegar, olive oil, 1/4 teaspoon each of the salt and pepper. Pulse until combined; set aside.
  2. Heat a gas grill to medium-high heat or prepare a charcoal grill with medium-hot coals. Sprinkle remaining 1/4 teaspoon each salt and pepper over steak. Grill about 8 minutes per side.
  3. Remove steak from grill and place in a glass baking dish; spread the sauce over top and cover dish with foil; allow to sit for 5 minutes. Remove steak from dish and slice. Serve with sauce remaining in baking dish and rice, if desired.

**Personal Review: No Review Yet**