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Tasteful Tuesday: Chicken Sesame Pasta Salad

Tuesday, April 17th, 2018

Sesame & Chicken Pasta Salad Recipe | Sturbridge Yankee WorkshopThis fun, Asian-inspired pasta salad will be a great backyard party food contender this summer. It’s also a great dish for making up at the start of busy weeks throughout the year, when you have to rely on quick, but hearty meals (leftovers!).

What you’ll need:

  • 1/4 cup sesame seeds
  • 16 ounces bow tie pasta
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/3 cup light soy sauce
  • 1/3 cup rice vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 3 tablespoons white sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 2-3 cups shredded cooked chicken breast
    (we recommend seasoning with black
    pepper, garlic salt and a pinch of red pepper)
  • 1/3 cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1/2 cup shredded carrots
  • 1/3 cup chopped green onion
  • Broccoli, red pepper, snap peas or other
    vegetables can be added if desired.

Directions:

  1. Heat a skillet over medium-high heat. Add sesame seeds and stir until lightly toasted. Remove from heat and set aside.
  2. Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add pasta and cook for about 10 minutes, or until al dente. Drain and rinse under cold water until cool. Pour into a large bowl.
  3. In a container with a sealing lid, combine sesame seeds, vegetable oil, soy sauce, vinegar, sesame oil, sugar, ginger and pepper. Shake well and pour over pasta. Toss until pasta is evenly coated.
  4. Mix in chicken, cilantro, carrots and green onion (and any more vegetables, if desired) and refrigerate for at least 20 minutes. Serve and enjoy!

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Chocolate Mousse Recipe

Tuesday, April 3rd, 2018

Chocolate mousse is a dreamy, decadent and creamy dessert that doesn’t require a lot of ingredients. This recipe will make about 8 servings, so it’s perfect for a brunch with friends or a dinner party (just alter the measurements for your needs). Make the mousse ahead of time (up to 2 days in advance) or a couple of hours before you plan to serve it.

What you’ll need:

  • 4 egg yolks
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • 8-10 ounce bittersweet chocolate
    (60-70% cocoa)

Directions:

  1. In a small saucepan, make a custard using the egg yolks, half of the granulated sugar (2 tablespoons) and 3/4 cup of the heavy cream over medium heat. Stir until the ingredients are completely combined.
  2. Place the chocolate in a medium bowl. Using a metal strainer, pour the custard into the bowl of chocolate. Let sit for a couple of minutes, until the chocolate is melted enough to combine. Once the custard is completely incorporated (the mixture should have a fudge-like texture), place in the fridge to cool.
  3. In a large bowl, make whipped cream using the remaining 1 1/4 cup of heavy cream and granulated sugar. We recommend whisking by hand until stiff peaks form. If using a hand mixer or stand mixer, be careful not to overwhip.
  4. Once the chocolate mixture is completely cooled, add a spoonful of the whipped cream to the bowl. Mix until it is combined and the texture becomes creamier. Then, fold the chocolate mixture into the remaining whipped cream. Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes, then enjoy!

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Tasteful Tuesday: Simple Homemade Alfredo Sauce

Tuesday, March 27th, 2018

Like any homemade sauce, the key to this sauce recipe is to take it slow. The ingredients for this Alfredo Sauce are simple, and by the end you’ll have enough to serve about six people – or, to serve two and keep extra on hand in the fridge.

Tasteful TuesdayWhat you’ll need:

  • 5 tablespoons butter
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 1 quart (or 4 cups) whole milk
  • 1 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • Oregano, basil and/or pepper to taste

Directions:

  1. In a medium saucepan, melt butter on medium heat until smooth. Turn heat to low and add flour; whisk to combine. When fully incorporated, add garlic.
  2. Slowly add the milk to the saucepan, one cup or one half cup at a time, while whisking
  3. Continue for 15-20 minutes. Sauce should be thickening and heat should remain on low to prevent burning. Add Parmesan cheese and continue whisking for 6-8 minutes until cheese is melted. Season to taste, and pour over Fettuccine noodles or your favorite pasta. Enjoy!

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