All come together in this recipe-
I love zucchini but this recipe is my favorite. It’s from my next door neighbor in Clarion PA. (C.1980)
Nell Miller called them Poor Man Meatballs.
The key to success is getting as much moisture out as you can -which is a challenge. And I like using the cast iron skillet.
You grate or process about three (not the large seedy kind) zucchini
Tilt the bowl for a time to capture the wet. Drain off. Squeeze as dry as you can.
Add egg, dried Italian bread crumbs or plain with your own seasoning, salt and pepper. Toss with fork -add minced garlic. Mmmmmm can smell them now. Shape like potato pancakes not too big. My gluten-free friend used crushed Rice Chex instead of bread crumbs. Drain on paper towel.
You can eat them plain (my choice) or add to marinara sauce over pasta.
Originally posted four years ago- May 2011- a REBLOG although you might not want to fire up your oven in the summer heat right now. Guess I have a taste for it tonight.
I’ve Been Making Jamie Oliver’s Recipe – Baked Orecchiette – 4 Years Now!
Some blog readers say they just look at my picture of the day and don’t bother reading what I write. They are “visual”.
The saying that a picture is worth a thousand words is debatable some days. The number varies. On Thursday, a freshly pressed blogger suggested using photos you find on blogs to inspire writing and mentioned my blog as a resource which was flattering. I love the idea of my photos being a writing prompt.
The New York City sidewalk image of the pizza box and the pair of shoes was a recent example that triggered some one-sentence short story writing!
Today’s post is experimenting with a new feature- distraction free writing- initiated by smart people at wordpress.com. I’m checking it out even if everyone stopping by is just looking at the photo of the day!
This baked pasta recipe was in the newspaper more than four years ago and I have been making it ever since. I haven’t looked at the recipe in a long time but decided to search my email and the year 2007 came up. I also discovered the author of the recipe was Jamie Oliver. Four years ago I didn’t even know who Jamie Oliver was. Since it is his recipe I will send you to his page to find it and he calls it baked pasta with tomatoes and mozzarella (pasta al forno con pomodori e mozzarella)
My mother always said to buy the best ingredients and do as little to them as possible. The best ingredients you need are fresh mozzarella cheese, fresh basil, extra virgin olive oil and Parmigiano–Reggiano cheese (no green-can-shaker-cheese!).
You can make the sauce in about twenty minutes and use the best quality San Marzano tomatoes just as he suggests. I’ve made it with fresh tomatoes, too.
This photograph was taken in my daughter-in-law’s (and son’s) kitchen. My son says don’t call the pasta “little ears” (orecchiette) as it grosses him out. “Call it pasta. Just plain pasta.” The four grandchildren call it pizza noodles!
And if there are any leftovers, it tastes even better the next day.
*July 29, 2015 P.S. I have made it with gluten-free brown rice pasta and it tastes delicious. Some shapes hold better than others but the same delicious taste! Promise!
for different people
Chilly and rainy?
Bake and cook.
A couple of the ingredients for the soup I made my daughter-in-law last weekend.
dThat cabbage cost one dollar.
Carrots, celery, onion, garlic from Okanogan WA from my brother. Peeled off a couple of the outer leaves.
( iPhone 5 photographs. Wondering if I need the 6)
Since we’re talking about meat…..
on the way home from school I stopped at DJ’s Butcher Block (Butcher Shop) on Penn Avenue.
What a selection of-
antibiotic free, local, grass fed, custom cut and ground meat.
There is also Amish Butter and Organic Cheese, one item I bought today was from Mercer County.
Local farms provide fresh eggs and rich milk that separates in a glass 1/2 gallon bottle (to be returned)
DJ the proprietor is a also a chef, trained at the Culinary Institute of America (I read in this Pgh CityPaper Article)
He knows what he is doing
for the vegetarian? A couple of vegetarians were in front of me buying sausage today.
Someone else was picking up a custom order of braciole.
You can get a Savory Meat Pie to take home and bake.
I bought a pound of the grass fed ground beef and made burgers which were delicious, fried up in a cast iron skillet.
During Little Italy Days I had photographed DJ at night. Thanks for allowing me to tour your butcher shop and photograph you again.
For those followers who celebrate traditional Thanksgiving this Thursday……which is your preference?
Fresh, Frozen or Veg?
Bought from the Farmer’s Market in East Liberty Monday afternoon. In haste. It started to pour. Will get the name of the vendor next week!
Green-tipped straightneck squash and a few baby zucchini. I liked the green-tips which looked as if the squash ends were dipped in green paint.