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Recipe: Linguine with shrimp and lemon oil

Ingredients
  • Lemon oil
  • 1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 lemon, zested
  • Pasta
  • 1 pound linguine pasta
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 shallots, diced
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 pound shrimp fresh or thawed frozen, peeled and deveined
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice (about 2 lemons)
  • 1 lemon, zested
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 3 ounces arugula (about 3 packed cups)
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
Preparation

For the lemon oil, combine the olive oil and the lemon zest in a small bowl and set aside.

To make the pasta, bring a large pot of salted water to a boil over high heat. Add the pasta and cook until tender but still firm to the bite, stirring occasionally, about 8 to 10 minutes. Drain pasta, reserving 1 cup of the cooking liquid. Meanwhile, in a large, heavy skillet warm the olive oil over medium heat. Add the shallots and garlic and cook for 2 minutes. Add the shrimp and cook until pink, about 5 minutes. Add the cooked linguine, lemon juice, lemon zest, salt, and pepper. Toss to combine. Turn off the heat and add the arugula. Using a mesh sieve, strain the lemon oil into the pasta; the zest can be discarded. Add the chopped parsley to the pasta and toss to combine. (Add some of the cooking water to desired consistency.) Serve immediately.

Serving Size

4 to 6 servings

Recipe: Rib eye steaks with smokey arrabiata sauce

Ingredients
  • Sauce
  • 1 (28-ounce can) crushed tomatoes
  • 1 onion, coarsely chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, peeled and crushed
  • 2 tablespoons capers, drained and rinsed
  • 1 (4-inch-long) Serrano or 2 Thai chilis, stemmed and 1/2 of the seeds removed, coarsely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 tablespoon smoked paprika, plus extra for seasoning
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt, plus extra for seasoning
  • Steaks
  • 2 (1-pound) rib eye steaks, each about 1-inch thick
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
Preparation

For the sauce, combine the tomatoes, onion, garlic, capers, chili, sugar, paprika and 2 teaspoons salt in a food processor. Process until slightly chunky. Pour the sauce into a medium saucepan and bring to a simmer over medium heat. Cook for 25 minutes until thickened. Season with salt and smoked paprika, to taste.

For the steaks, place a grill pan over medium-high heat or preheat a gas or charcoal grill. Drizzle the steaks on both sides with olive oil. Season on both sides with the salt and pepper. Grill for 5 to 6 minutes each side for medium. Let the steaks rest for 5 minutes. Slice the steaks across the grain into 1/4-inch-thickslices and serve with the sauce.

Prep time: 10 minutes

Cook time: 34 to 36 minutes

Serving Size

4 servings

Recipe: Gianduja souffle

Ingredients
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 tablespoon sugar, plus 1/4 cup
  • 1 tablespoon hazelnut liqueur (recommended: Frangelico)
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 3 ounces milk chocolate, chopped, plus 6 ounces chopped
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup milk
  • Pinch salt
  • 4 eggs, separated
  • 1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar
Preparation

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Butter and sugar 6 (6-ounce) ramekins. Heat the butter, 1 tablespoon sugar, hazelnut liqueur, and vanilla in a double boiler over medium heat until the butter melts. Remove the butter mixture from the heat, add the chocolate, and let sit until it melts, about 3 minutes. Place the chocolate mixture in a pie dish and place in the freezer for 10 minutes to firm up. Use a spoon to form the chilled mixture into 6 evenly-sized balls about the size of a walnut. Reserve in the refrigerator.

Meanwhile, place the flour in a double boiler and slowly whisk in the milk. Add the salt. Heat the mixture over medium heat, whisking constantly until thick, about 5 minutes. Add the egg yolks and continue to whisk constantly. The mixture will thicken to the consistency of mayonnaise in another 3 to 4 minutes. Remove the mixture from the heat. Stir in the 6 ounces of chocolate and set aside to let the chocolate melt. Place the egg whites in a large bowl with the cream of tartar. Using a hand mixer, whip the egg whites until soft peaks. Gradually add in the 1/4 cup sugar and continue whipping until firm peaks. Fold the egg whites into the warm chocolate mixture.

Place a ball of the chilled chocolate mixture in each of the ramekins. Spoon the souffle mixture over the chocolate balls and up to the rim of the ramekins. (At this point the souffle can be covered and kept refrigerated for 2 days.) Place the ramekins in a hot water bath and bake until golden on top and the souffle has risen, about 30 minutes (40 minutes if refrigerated). Remove from the oven and serve immediately.

Serving Size

6 servings

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