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Potato Basil Frittata Recipe : Ina Garten : Food Network

Potato Basil Frittata Recipe : Ina Garten : Food Network.

Making a version of this frittata for dinner, adding some garlic and country sausage and cutting the potatoes into larger chunks, but I love the idea of adding ricotta and Gruyere to the eggs. The linked page has a video if you want to see it all put together.

 

Let the Machines Cook

Includes the recipes for “Deep-fried Breaded Shrimp, Rice with Peas and Parmesan, and Vanilla Ice Cream.”

It’s summer and one daughter and granddaughter are visiting, so there’s that tug between not wanting to do any cooking and doing a little as a treat for guests. I decided to just do it all in one day and let the machines take over. The rest of the week will just be opportunistic eating.

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I dragged out the Waring Pro® Deep Fryer (I see the newer ones are digital) and made some breaded shrimp. It couldn’t be easier, except for the three stage flour-egg-bread crumb process and the post eating clean up. In between, the frying is elementary and with no mess. Afterward everything except the heating element goes in the dishwasher after the oil cools, and you really can’t keep oil in which seafood has been fried, even if you strained it in cheesecloth, so disposing of a gallon of canola oil is a kind of a waste.

To go with the shrimp, I let the Black & Decker® rice cooker cook some arborio rice in chicken stock, with peas and Parmesan cheese.

After dinner, I made some vanilla ice cream in the Cuisinart® ice cream maker, with Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup Minis added as desired by each guest.

Deep-fried Breaded Shrimp, Rice with Peas and Parmesan, and Vanilla Ice Cream

  • Servings: 4-6
  • Difficulty: moderate
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Deep Fried Breaded Shrimp

  • 2 lbs large shrimp, peeled and de-veined
  • 1 gallon cooking oil, or whatever your device requires
  • 1-2 cups all-purpose flour, seasoned to taste with salt & pepper
  • 3-4 eggs, whisked with 1/2 to 1 cup water
  • 2-3 cups breadcrumbs, seasoned or plain

Add the oil to the fryer and begin heating to 350° Set up the breading ingredients (flour, egg mixture, bread crumbs) in three separate containers for breading the shrimp. I put the flour in a large zippered bag and coated all the shrimp at once. I put about a third of the floured shrimp at a time in the egg mixture, turning them with a large spoon to coat. Then I put in the breadcrumb bowl with a slotted spoon to drain off excess liquid. I used another large spoon to turn the shrimp in the breadcrumbs. Shrimp are small enough that they are one of the few things you can bread without breading all your fingers in the process. I set out the breaded shrimp on paper towels to dry a little while the oil heated.

About ten shrimp in the basket cook in 1-2 minutes, then drain on paper towels while the rest cook.

Rice with Peas and Parmesan

  • 1 cup arborio rice
  • 2 teaspoons Better Then Bouillon® chicken base
  • 2-3 cups water (I use extra water because of the addition of cheese and peas)
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmigiano Reggiano
  • 1 cup frozen baby peas

Plan your rice based on your cooking method and type of rice to be ready shortly after all the shrimp are fried. Follow your cooker’s directions. Arborio rice cooks quickly in a rice cooker—about 30 minutes. during the last five minutes of cooking, stir in the cheese and peas. With arborio rice, this is a creamy dish.

Vanilla Ice Cream

Recipe Credit: Cuisinart® Ice Cream Maker

  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • 1-2 teaspoons vanilla

This simple recipe is not one that requires cooking an egg-based  custard and comes together quickly. Simply mix the milk and sugar until the sugar is dissolved. Add the cream and vanilla. Start the machine and pour in the mixture. Churn for 25-30 minutes. The ice cream will be soft and about the consistency of an extra-thick milkshake. You can eat it or put it in the freezer for an hour or two to firm up. Serve with toppings, like Reese’s® Peanut Butter Cup Minis.

I hope this doesn’t sound like a complicated meal, because it really was simple and stress free. Tomorrow, the zoo and maybe some summer fare at Sara’s and Sally’s on the peninsula.

 

Updating the Gadgets

I finally had to get a new bowl for the Cuisinart® food processor, because the handle was so badly cracked I was holding it together with freezer tape. The old bowl has many hairline cracks, as well, that were just luckily holding together, and I’m keeping that bowl for a just-in-case moment, but it was really time to get a new one. I use the food processor frequently and the vibrations simply took their toll. Things like hard cheeses and meat can put a lot of stress on this glorious device.

I guess one good reason to use a top brand is that replacement parts are easy to find.

appliances

After I retired, I moved the Kitchen Aid® mixer out of the back cupboard to the counter where I will be more likely to use it. I don’t use it as often as I use the Cuisinart® but more often than I used to now that it’s handy. Speaking of replacement parts, I would like to get a few extra bowls for the mixer. We already have the meat grinder attachment that we use in the fall when we butcher deer that we have hunted, and it works great. These are two appliances that I have come to depend on and would want to replace if necessary.

Printing the Recipes

newsYesterday I remembered that there was a WordPress.com shortcode for setting up the recipe sections of posts for printing and for a standardized heading of information (servings, prep time, difficulty). Went back and fixed the ones that were already posted so you can print just the recipe without the rest of the post’s introduction.