Saturday, November 24, 2012

Clam pasta with fresh tomato

Original here!


fresh clams
olive oil
white wine
fresh tomatoes, chopped


Heat oil, and add clams from smallest to largest. Add a splash of wine, and watch the clams open. Lower the heat so as to not evaporate all the liquid. Add garlic and chopped tomatoes, and cook until tomatoes soften just a little bit.

Meanwhile, cook linguine until almost but not quite done. Drain and toss into the sauce. Add some basil. When pasta is fully tender from absorbing the liquid in the pan, serve.

Clam linguine

- adapted from Mark Bittman's "How to Cook Everything"

1 pound dry linguine or spaghetti
Kosher salt
1/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil
3 tablespoons finely chopped garlic
1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
3/4 cup dry white wine
1/4 cup water
36 little neck clams, scrubbed
3 tablespoons finely chopped flat-leaf parsley
Freshly ground pepper

Bring a large pot of water to a boil and season generously with salt. Boil the pasta until al dente, tender but still firm.

While the pasta cooks make the clam sauce. Heat the olive oil in a large saute pan over medium-low heat. Add the garlic and cook until softened but not browned, about 3 minutes. Add the pepper flakes and cook for 30 seconds more. Add the wine and water and increase the heat to high. Add the clams, cover, and cook, shaking the pan periodically, until all the clams are opened, about 6 minutes.

Drain the pasta and add to the clam sauce. Add the parsley and toss to combine. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Divide among heated bowls and serve immediately.

Cape Cod Clam Soup

- post-Thanksgiving dinner 2012 at the Kugel/Gips House, courtesy of friends of friends of the Modern Home Trust!


fresh clams
small beans
clam broth
orecchiette pasta


Thinly slice / chop the kale. Cook the pasta and set aside. Bring broth to boil and add all other ingredients. Simmer for about an hour. Add pasta and serve.

Cape Cod pasta sauce

- from post-Thanksgiving dinner in Wellfleet, MA, courtesy of friends of friends in the Modern House Trust!


chopped parsley (a lot)
olive oil (also a lot)
hot pepper flakes
garlic, thinly sliced


Mix everything and put into pan. Heat and cook for about 15 minutes. Toss with pasta.

Sunday, August 19, 2012

Sticky Rice / Lo Mai Fan 糯米飯


8 oz sticky rice: soaked with enough water to just cover the rice, for 5 hours
2 pcs Chinese dark sausage: cubed into bite sizes
2 pcs Chinese light sausage: cubed into bite sizes
8 pcs dried mushrooms: soaked overnight, then cubed into bite sizes
1/2 cups dried shrimp: soaked for 3 hours, chopped finely
2 pieces garlic: chopped finely
2 pcs shallot: chopped finely
2 pcs ginger: chopped finely
Chinese black olives: chopped into bite sizes
10 oz taro root: cubed into bite size


1) Heat the wok with oil (1 TBS) and stir fry the dry shrimps. Add 1 tsp light soya sauce, 1/2 tsp sugar, and mix well. Sprinkle with cooking wine and set aside.

2) Fry the mushrooms, add a bit of water, and cook until tender. Add 1/2 tsp light soya sauce, 1/3 tsp sugar, and mix well.

3) Fry sausage, mix 1.5 tsp light soya sauce, 1 tsp sugar, and 1 tsp wine. Set aside.

4) Fry garlic, shallots and ginger until smell comes out. Place taro in the wok, add 1/2 cup water and 1 tsp chicken powder. Sprinkle with wine, cook until taro is 70% cooked.

5) Check the rice to see if all the water is absorbed. Then add just a bit of water to the rice and mix all the ingredients into it. Steam for 20 minutes until the rice turns transparent.

6) Stir fry chopped Chinese olive, adding 1/2 TBS sugar and 1 tsp wine. Mix well.

7) Add the Chinese olives and chopped green onions on top of the rice mixture. Serve hot.

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Moules frites!

Moules Frites

The key to success for a dish that has several moving parts is to take it one step at a time. To avoid any last-minute panic trying to serve the finished dish, set out bowls for the mussels and plates for the fries before you start cooking.

For the pommes frites

(French-fried potatoes)

2 pounds large russet potatoes
Oil for frying
Kosher salt, to taste

For the mussels and the sauce

2 pounds live Mediterranean mussels in the shell
1/2 cup Pernod or other fennel-flavored aperitif
1 pint (2 cups) whipping cream, preferably organic
3 or 4 cloves of garlic, peeled and sliced thin
1 bulb of fresh fennel

1. Scrub the potatoes, peel them if desired, then slice them lengthwise into slabs, 3/8 inch thick. (It's best to use a mandoline-type slicer for this, but a good chef's knife and a steady hand will suffice.) Cut the slabs lengthwise into 3/8-inch batons. Hold the cut potatoes in cold water to rinse off some of the excess starch and prevent discoloration. Potatoes may be cut up to a day in advance if they are held in the refrigerator.

2. To prepare the mussels for cooking, rinse them under cold running water and snap off any dangling "beards" or hairy fibers; keep the mussels in a colander in the refrigerator until it's time to cook them. Mussels can be cleaned up to an hour before cooking.

3. To make the sauce, pour the Pernod into a deep, 4-quart, nonreactive saucepan over high heat and boil until the liquid is almost completely evaporated; add the cream and boil the liquid again until it is reduced to about half its original volume. The cream will expand as it boils, so stir it down if necessary to prevent it from boiling over. Meanwhile, split the fennel bulb in half lengthwise, trim off the leafy end and reserve a few of the prettier fronds to garnish the finished dish. Slice the bulb into 1/4-inch slices. Add the sliced fennel and garlic to the reduced cream and, after it returns to a boil, take it off the heat and keep it near the stove, ready for cooking the mussels.

4. To give the potatoes their first fry, preheat a countertop deep fryer to 325 degrees, or heat 8 cups of oil in a deep, heavy-bottomed Dutch oven until an instant-read thermometer registers 325. Line one sheet pan with a cooling rack to catch the cooked potatoes, and line a second sheet pan with a lint-free towel or a generous layer of paper toweling. Drain the potatoes and pat them completely dry with the paper towels. Fry the potatoes in several batches to avoid crowding the oil, stirring them to distribute evenly in the oil until they just begin to turn golden, about 4 to 5 minutes. Drain the par-cooked potatoes on the cooling rack and let them cool to room temperature, at least 10 minutes and up to an hour before serving time. To ready for the potatoes' second fry, raise the temperature of the oil to 375 degrees.

5. To cook the mussels, bring the sauce to a boil over high heat; add the mussels, cover the pan and cook until they are cooked through, about 7 minutes.

6. While the mussels are cooking, give the potatoes their second fry, about half the potatoes at a time, until golden brown and crisp, about 4 minutes. Drain, toss with kosher salt.

7. Serve the fries on plates and the mussels in bowls with their cooking liquid distributed evenly between them.

© Greg Atkinson, 2012