Gemelli with Brown Butter Beet Sauce and Herbed Citrus Ricotta

I had a craving for beets … of all weird things to get a craving! Anyway, as I was searching for a yummy beet salad recipe, I came across a recipe for Cavatelli With Brown Butter Beets, Ricotta and Pistachios. I was intrigued; I’ve never thought to use beets as a sauce for pasta!   What’s great about this recipe is that it doesn’t take that much time to make! Beets are typically roasted for 45ish minutes in the oven, but this recipe grates the beets before sauteing to cut down on their cooking time.   I changed the method a bit but the general idea is still there. The result is a beautiful brightly colored pasta with great flavor. It reheats wonderfully as well!   Ingredients: 1 1/2 cups whole milk ricotta 1/4 teaspoon finely grated orange zest, more to taste, plus more for garnish 1 1/2 teaspoons chopped fresh sage, plus more for garnish 1 teaspoon kosher salt, more as needed 1/2 teaspoon black pepper, more as needed 5 tablespoons unsalted butter 3 beets, peeled and finely grated in a food processor 1 1/2 teaspoons balsamic vinegar 1 16 oz box gemelli 1/2 cup freshly grated Parmigiano-Reggiano 1/4 … Continue reading

Lobster Rolls with Shaved Fennel & Citrus

This year’s South Street Spring Festival is right around the corner! On Saturday, May 3 from 11:00 to 8:00 pm, eight blocks of South Street will showcase the best restaurants, bars, food trucks, live music, and shopping the street has to offer at a huge block party! The free, all-ages Spring Festival will be held on South Street between Front and 8th and will also run along the 2nd Street Plaza between South and Lombard. There will also be three main stages and eight other performance areas along the festival featuring live music.   During the Festival, Brauhaus Schmitz will also host their second annual German Maifest on the 700 block of South Street featuring German beers, dancers, music, food, flower headbands and even a May pole!     I was invited to attend a media preview at Brahaus Schmitz and got to taste and sip some of the offerings you can find at the Festival.   Everything was delicious! Be sure to look out for the sausage and potato salad from Brauhaus Schmitz, the Shepard’s Pie from Cavanaugh’s Headhouse, the Short Rib Tacos from Bridget Foy’s, the Sliders from Redwood, and the Lobster Rolls from Headhouse Crab and Oyster. … Continue reading

Salmon and Snow Pea Brown Rice Bowls

Brown rice can take a while to cook but it makes for a great base for a yummy meal. If you don’t want to wait for traditional brown rice to cook, you can always use the microwave pouches to get this dinner ready in no time. This recipe is from Cooking Light. Ingredients: 6 oz salmon fillet, skinless 1 tablespoon olive oil Salt and pepper, to taste 1 cup snow peas 1 ½ cups cooked brown rice 1 tablespoon crème fraiche 2 teaspoons chopped fresh dill ½ cup chopped orange sections 1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley 2 tablespoons crumbled goat cheese

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