Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Tagliatelle with Chanterelle and Lion's Mane Mushrooms and Truffle Butter

I had never heard of lion's mane mushrooms, but I came across them while I was at the farmer's market this week and thought I would give them a try. I also picked up some beautiful chanterelle mushrooms and truffle butter and decided to make a simple, but elegant, pasta dish.


8.8 oz. tagliatelle
1 tbsp. unsalted butter
1 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
3 cloves garlic, minced
5 oz. lion's mane mushrooms, sliced
5 oz. chanterelle mushrooms, sliced if large
4 oz. white truffle butter
2 tbsp. italian parsley, chopped finely
1/4 cup parmesan, grated
Kosher salt


Bring large pot of salted water to a boil. Cook pasta according to package directions for al dente, making sure to reserve 1 cup of pasta water.

Meanwhile, in a large pan, unsalted butter, olive oil, and garlic over medium heat. When butter is melted and garlic is fragrant, add mushrooms. Season with salt and pepper. Cook for about 5 minutes, or until mushrooms are tender and have released their liquid. Turn heat to low and add truffle butter. When butter is melted, add pasta and stir to combine. Add pasta water as necessary to make a sauce. Sprinkle with parsley and parmesan and serve.

Monday, August 12, 2013

Pork Chops with Bourbon, Basil, and Sautéed Peaches

I went to the farmer's market this morning and bought some perfectly ripe Georgia peaches, fresh basil, and local pork chops. Add a little bourbon, and these ingredients transform into a quick and easy meal, using some of summer's freshest ingredients.

Serves 1


1 bone in pork chop, 1.5 inch thick
1 peach, pitted and sliced into 8 or 9 slices
1/2 tbsp. basil, cut into a chiffonade
2 tbsp. canola oil
2 tbsp. unsalted butter
2 tbsp. bourbon


Pat pork chops with paper towels to dry. Sprinkle heavily with salt and pepper on both sides. Coat cast iron pan with canola oil and heat over medium high heat. When pan is very hot add the pork chop. Cook for 4-5 minutes on each side, or until cook through, and remove from pan. Wipe pan clean. (I like to use some paper towels with tongs.) Lower heat to medium. Add butter and peaches. Cook for about 3 minutes. Peaches should be soft. Remove pan from heat and add bourbon. Using a torch or long match, wave in front of the pan. Allow the flames to die. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Pour peaches over the pork chop and finish by sprinkling the basil over the dish.