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Rotini with Eggplant-Tomato Sauce

January 04, 2009

Early fall is tomato and eggplant season. Nature does a good job of providing natural pairings when vegetables are harvested together. This pasta takes advantage of both. The smoky flavor of eggplant is accented with the bacon in this dish and the fresh mint provides the perfect accent to the sweetness in the season’s ripe tomatoes.

8 oz. bacon, chopped
1 large onion, finely chopped
½ medium eggplant, peeled, chopped
4 cloves garlic, crushed and mashed to a paste with the side of a knife
4 cups diced tomatoes or 1 (28 oz.) can diced tomatoes
2 tablespoons chopped fresh basil
½ teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon freshly ground pepper
1 tablespoon chopped fresh mint
8 oz. rotini pasta

Brown the bacon in a large skillet over medium heat until the bacon is almost crisp, stirring occasionally. Remove the bacon drippings. Add the onion, eggplant and garlic to the bacon in the skillet and continue cooking over medium heat 5 to 8 minutes or until the vegetables are soft and the bacon is crisp, stirring occasionally.

Stir in the tomatoes, basil, salt and pepper and bring the sauce to a boil. Cook over medium to medium-high heat 10 minutes or until the tomatoes are softened and the sauce is slightly thickened, stirring occasionally. Add the mint and cook an additional 2 to 3 minutes to allow the mint to flavor the sauce but still keep the fresh taste of the herb.

Meanwhile, cook the pasta according to the package directions; drain. Top with the sauce.

Serves 4

Copyright Janice Cole 2008

Autumn Salad with Crisp Bacon, Apples and Softly Cooked Eggs

January 04, 2009

I love the taste of softly cooked eggs in salads. In this salad the tender white of the eggs combined with the soft yolks create the perfect contrast to the crisp tangy apple and the smoky bacon. Use the famous applewood-smoked Neuske’s Bacon www.neuskesbacon.com for the best flavor.

I’ve recently been introduced to Northern Lights Blue cheese and its creamy sweet peppery flavor is the perfect match for this salad. It’s made at the University of Minnesota and can be found in many Twin Cities cheese shops. For those of you out of state, try Maytag Blue from Iowa. It’s readily available across the country or check out their website at www.maytagdairyfarms.com.

Oregano Dressing:
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
2½ teaspoons apple cider vinegar
2 teaspoons minced shallots
1 teaspoon chopped fresh oregano or a generous ¼ teaspoon dried oregano (preferably Greek oregano)
Pinch salt and freshly ground pepper

Salad:
4 eggs
3 cups mixed greens
1 apple, unpeeled, sliced (use a crisp sweet-tart apple such as Honeycrisp)
4 strips bacon, cooked, coarsely crumbled
¼ cup pitted Kalamata olives
¼ cup crumbled blue cheese or feta cheese

Blend the all of the dressing ingredients together in a small blender, hand blender or mini food processor until combined and slightly thickened. Or make the dressing by hand. Whisk all of the ingredients except the olive oil in a small bowl and slowly whisk in the olive oil until combined.

Cover the eggs with about 1-inch of water in a small saucepan. Bring the water to a gentle boil over medium heat and boil 4 minutes, adjusting the heat when needed to keep the water at a gentle boil. Run the eggs under cold running water about 30 seconds or until they are warm, but not hot. Carefully peel the eggs, the whites will be firm but the yolks will still be slightly soft.

Meanwhile, place the greens in the center of two plates. Arrange the apples over the greens and scatter the bacon over the apples. Sprinkle the olives around the salads and top each salad with the blue cheese. Drizzle the dressing over the salads.

Place 2 eggs around each salad and cut each in half. (Because the yolks are soft you need to cut the eggs while on the salad plate so the yolks can gently ooze into the salad.) Lightly sprinkle the eggs with salt and pepper.

Serves 2 (this recipe can be easily doubled)

Autumn Salad with Crisp Bacon, Apples and Softly Cooked Eggs

October 04, 2008

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I love the taste of softly cooked eggs in salads. In this salad the tender white of the eggs combined with the soft yolks create the perfect contrast to the crisp tangy apple and the smoky bacon. Use the famous applewood-smoked Neuske’s Bacon www.neuskesbacon.com for the best flavor.

I’ve recently been introduced to Northern Lights Blue cheese and its creamy sweet peppery flavor is the perfect match for this salad. It’s made at the University of Minnesota and can be found in many Twin Cities cheese shops. For those of you out of state, try Maytag Blue from Iowa. It’s readily available across the country or check out their website at www.maytagdairyfarms.com.

Oregano Dressing:
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
2½ teaspoons apple cider vinegar
2 teaspoons minced shallots
1 teaspoon chopped fresh oregano or a generous ¼ teaspoon dried oregano (preferably Greek oregano)
Pinch salt and freshly ground pepper

Salad:
4 eggs
3 cups mixed greens
1 apple, unpeeled, sliced (use a crisp sweet-tart apple such as Honeycrisp)
4 strips bacon, cooked, coarsely crumbled
¼ cup pitted Kalamata olives
¼ cup crumbled blue cheese or feta cheese

Blend the all of the dressing ingredients together in a small blender, hand blender or mini food processor until combined and slightly thickened. Or make the dressing by hand. Whisk all of the ingredients except the olive oil in a small bowl and slowly whisk in the olive oil until combined.

Cover the eggs with about 1-inch of water in a small saucepan. Bring the water to a gentle boil over medium heat and boil 4 minutes, adjusting the heat when needed to keep the water at a gentle boil. Run the eggs under cold running water about 30 seconds or until they are warm, but not hot. Carefully peel the eggs, the whites will be firm but the yolks will still be slightly soft.

Meanwhile, place the greens in the center of two plates. Arrange the apples over the greens and scatter the bacon over the apples. Sprinkle the olives around the salads and top each salad with the blue cheese. Drizzle the dressing over the salads.

Place 2 eggs around each salad and cut each in half. (Because the yolks are soft you need to cut the eggs while on the salad plate so the yolks can gently ooze into the salad.) Lightly sprinkle the eggs with salt and pepper.

Serves 2 (this recipe can be easily doubled)