Adventures in Comfort Food: Incredible, Delicious and New Recipes from a Unique, Small-Town Restaurant by Kerry Altiero with Katherine Gaudet.
Anyone that knows me, knows that I am all about comfort food. Those dishes that fill you with love and memories with each and every bite.
Adventures in Comfort Food is a fun cookbook, in that not only is it full of great recipes from a small town restaurant in Maine, but it was written with a creative flair. With recipe titles from “A Vacation in your Mouth” to an “FBOM” you’re sure to get your interest piqued.
The recipes are written in such a way that if your next door neighbor, or your fishing buddy was relaying how to make that awesome steak or killer lobster rolls – it’s just the way they would talk. It is very conversational, relaxed and friendly.
Last week, I made this simple pasta dish for my family – Neil Anderson’s Bolognese of August. It took just a few minutes to get this sauce started then it slow cooked in my Dutch oven. I served it on some ziti and it was delicious.
- ½ cup/120 ml olive oil
- 4 cloves garlic
- ⅛ tsp fennel seeds
- ½ onion, sliced
- 1 rib celery, chopped coarsely
- ½ cup/60 g carrot, cut into medium dice
- 4 oz/113 g ground veal
- 4 oz/113 g ground pork
- 1 (28 oz/794 g) can tomatoes
- 2 tbsp/33 g tomato paste
- ½ cup/118 ml heavy cream
- 1 lb/454 g dried rigatoni pasta, cooked (I used ziti)
- Place a 4-quart/4 L nonreactive pot over medium-high heat. Heat the olive oil and add the garlic; fry until the cloves are almost golden, 4 minutes. Add the fennel seeds, count to 3, and drop in the onion, celery and carrot. Sweat the vegetables in the olive oil until they are sweet and the garlic is soft, about 10 minutes. Add the veal and pork, breaking up with a spoon to distribute the meat and vegetables as evenly as you can (you’ll mash it later).
- When the meat is cooked (it should take 10 to 12 minutes) add the tomatoes, tomato paste and ½ cup/118 ml of water. Turn down the heat to low and simmer for at least an hour, preferably 2. Mash with a potato masher to break everything up until it looks like a sauce.Add the cream. If you’ll be storing the sauce, wait to add the cream until reheating.
- For this dish, I prefer boxed rigatoni (not homemade noodles). Add the cooked noodles to the pot of sauce and stir carefully so that you don’t break any noodles.
- Distribute onto plates, pour some red wine and eat.
I’m looking forward to trying more recipes from this fun cookbook. I know my hubby was really drooling over all of the seafood recipes!
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Paperback: 240 pages
Publisher: Page Street Publishing (October 7, 2014)
A complimentary copy of this cookbook was provided to me by the publisher for review purposes and for the giveaway. No other compensation was provided or requested for the writing of this review.