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Spring Spaghetti al Limone with Asparagus

Ingredients

  • 1lb. spaghetti
  • ⅔ cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 large bunch asparagus, trimmed, thinly sliced on a deep diagonal
  • 4 garlic cloves, smashed
  • 4 3″- long strips lemon zest
  • ½ tsp. crushed red pepper flakes
  • 8 large basil leaves
  • 2 lemons, halved
  • 2 oz. Parmesan, finely grated (about 1 cup), plus more for serving

Directions
Step 1
Cook pasta in a large pot of boiling salted water, stirring occasionally, until al dente. Drain pasta, reserving 1½ cups pasta cooking liquid.

Step 2
Meanwhile, heat oil in a large Dutch oven or other heavy pot over medium-high until shimmering. Add asparagus, season with salt, and cook, stirring often, until just beginning to take on color, about 1 minute. Add garlic, lemon zest, and red pepper flakes and cook, stirring, until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Remove from heat and let sit until pasta is done.

Step 3
Add pasta and basil to pot with asparagus mixture and return to medium-high heat. Squeeze juice from both lemons into pot and add 2 oz. Parmesan and 1 cup reserved pasta cooking liquid. Cook, tossing vigorously and adding more pasta cooking liquid if needed, until sauce is creamy and emulsified and pasta is coated, about 1 minute. Taste and season with more salt if needed. Remove and discard garlic.

Step 4
Divide pasta among bowls, placing a lemon strip in each, and top with more Parmesan.

Tuna Burger Recipe

Ingredients

  • Canned tuna, drained
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 teaspoon bread crumbs
  • 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon water, or use liquid from the tuna can if reserved
  • ½ teaspoon chopped fresh parsley
  • 1 teaspoon chopped fresh chives, green onions or shallots
  • 1 teaspoon hot sauce or Tabasco, or Chinese hot sauce
  • 1 small egg, beaten
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil, for frying the patties
  • 1 teaspoon butter, melted with olive oil, for frying patties

Instructions

Drain the tuna.  Drain the liquid from the can.  If using water-packed tuna, reserve about 1 teaspoon tuna water and 1 teaspoon olive oil to it, to add to the tuna in the next step of prep.

Mix the tuna with the mustard, bread crumbs, lemon zest, lemon juice, water, parsley, and chive or green onions.   Taste to adjust seasoning if needed BEFORE adding the beaten egg.  Mix well.
Form the mixture into patties. Measure out desired amount, form into a ball with clean hands (or use gloves), then flatten into a patty.  Placed onto a wax paper or parchment lined tray, and CHILL for one hour.  Chilling will help the patties stay together when you cook them.

Heat the olive oil and butter in a skillet to medium high temp.  Gently place the patties in the pan, and cook until nicely browned, about 3-4 minutes on each side.
Optional:  Garnish with lemon aioli or tartar sauce.

Guinness Beef Stew

Ingredients:

-2 tablespoons olive oil, divided
-3 pounds beef chuck roast, trimmed of excess fat and cut into bite-sized pieces
-1 large white or yellow onion, peeled and diced
-4 cloves garlic, peeled and minced
-1/3 cup flour
-1 (12 ounce) bottle Guinness beer
-4 cups beef stock
-3 large carrots, peeled and diagonally sliced into bite-sized pieces
-1.5 lbs. Yukon gold potatoes, cut into bite-sized pieces
-3 tablespoons tomato paste
-1 bay leaf
-1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
-Kosher salt and freshly-cracked black pepper

Instructions:

  1. Season beef with a few generous pinches of salt and pepper.  Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a large stockpot over medium-high heat.  Add half of beef to pan.  Cook until seared, turning the beef every 30-45 seconds or so until all sides are browned.  Remove beef from pan with a slotted spoon, and transfer to a clean plate.  Add an additional 1 tablespoon oil to the stockpot, and repeat this process with the remaining half of the beef, transferring it afterwards to the plate as well.
  2. Add the onion to the stockpot (adding extra oil if needed, but usually there is leftover drippings/oil from the beef) and saute for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add garlic and saute for 1 minute, stirring occasionally.  Then stir in the flour until it has evenly coated the onions, and cook for 1 minute, stirring occasionally.  Gradually stir in the Guinness, and use a wooden spoon to scrape the bottom of the pan to loosen any of those yummy brown bits. Stir in the beef stock, carrots, potatoes, tomato paste, bay leaf, thyme, and the cooked beef (along with any of its accumulated juices). Continue cooking until the stew reaches a simmer.  Then cover and reduce heat to medium-low.  Simmer over low for 1 1/2 hours, stirring occasionally, until the beef is tender and the potatoes are soft.
  3. Remove bay leaf and season with additional salt and pepper if needed.
  4. Serve warm garnished with chopped parsley if desired.