Sunday, September 10, 2006

Some International flavor......

Well Sir....don't know bout the rest a the country but up here upstate New York we've had some might chilly weather....and that always puts me in the mood fer some nice hot tasty here's a good traditional Irish "tater" soup I like....simple t'make....and tastes great.....

Irish Potato Soup

3-4 large Baking Potato’s..peeled & cut into thin slices
½ Cup salted Butter
3-4 Leeks…sliced
1 Onion…thinly sliced
3 cans of a good chicken broth
1 pinch of Salt
½ teaspoon Pepper

Toppin’s: either cooked & crumbled bacon, chopped fresh chives or shredded cheese (the kind you like)…or all of these.

In the melted Butter, Saute’ the sliced Onions and the Leek in a large saucepan over LOW heat…cover and cook for 15-20 minutes or so. Stir in the sliced Potatos, and cover and cook for another 15 minutes. Now…add the broth, salt & pepper and bring to a boil…then reduce heat and simmer for 30 minutes (or until potato’s are tender). Remove from heat and let cool.

Pour into a blender and blend until nice and smooth. Return to saucepan and re-heat and serve…with any or all of the toppings. fer some good old Italian favorite.....

One a the meals I and my family enjoy is Linguini with a White Clam sauce.....

....and its so simple to make...but folks will think ya wurked yur butt off makin it....

Linguini W/ White clam (or crab) sauce

1 stick of Butter or Margarine
½ cup salad Oil
6 Gloves of Garlic (use less if desired)…Finely chopped
2 cans minced clams, or 1 Pkg of Imitation Crab
¼ Cup finely chopped parsley
¼ tsp chopped or dried Basil
¼ tsp dried Oregano
½ tsp Kosher Salt
¼ tsp pepper
1 pound linguini or thin spaghetti

Melt butter in large skillet, add oil. Saute’ Garlic and clams(crab) in oil over medium heat…2-3 minutes. Stir in parsley, Basil, Oregano, Salt/Pepper. Simmer 4-5 minutes. Cook Linguini as per directions, drain well, add to sauce and toss to coat all the linguini. Serve with Parmesan Cheese and Good fresh Italian Bread.

Well folks...there ya go fer t'day....enjoy the rest a yur Sunday mate's....Cookie...