Episode 3 of SKG-TV: Pasta Primavera

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Rebekah’s Pasta Primavera with a white wine and light creamy sauce is featured in the third episode of SKG-TV on YouTube.com

Pasta Primavera
Serves 4

  • 1/2 pound of whole wheat pasta, such as linguine
  • 1 Red Bell Pepper, sliced
  • 1/2 cup of matchstick carrots
  • 1 Zucchini
  • 1 Yellow Squash
  • 1 shallot
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 2 Tablespoons Unsalted Butter
  • Olive oil for sauteeing
  • 3/4 cup white wine, such as Pinot Grigio
  • 1 Cup Heavy Cream
  • 1 Tablespoon Dijon Mustard
  • Juice of 1/2 a Lemon
  • Fresh Parsley
  • Fresh Italian Oregano
  • Herbes De Provence
  • Salt and Pepper to taste
  • 2 Boneless Skinless Frozen Chicken Breasts
  • Fresh Parmesan Cheese for garnish

Directions
Pre-heat the oven to 375 degrees. In a casserole dish, season frozen chicken breasts with Herbes De Provence, salt and pepper and drizzle with olive oil. Once the oven has pre-heated, roast the chicken for 45 minutes. Meanwhile, bring a large stockpot of water to a boil. Add salt. Add pasta and cook until al dente, about 11 minutes. Drain the pasta and set aside until ready to add to sauce. Slice the bell pepper, squash and zucchini into thin strips. Mince the shallot, garlic and fresh herbs. In a large skillet, saute the vegetables in a tablespoon of olive oil for about 5 minutes, or until they begin to sweat. Season with salt and pepper. Remove vegetables to a bowl and set aside. In the same pan, begin the sauce. Saute shallots for about 30 seconds until fragrant, then add garlic and cook for about 30 seconds longer, stirring to combine. Add white wine and let reduce by half for about 2 minutes. Add mustard, butter and fresh herbs stirring to incorporate. The add heavy cream and stir. Bring to a simmer, stirring constantly. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Sauce is ready when it coats the back of a spoon. When chicken has finished roasting, chop it into bite-sized pieces. Add the chicken to the sauce, followed by the sauteed vegetables and cooked pasta. Using a pair of tongs, mix in all the ingredients. Plate the dish using a pair of tongs, and garnish with remaining fresh herbs and Parmesan cheese.

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Rebekah Faulk Lingenfelser

Georgia native Rebekah Faulk Lingenfelser is a freelance writer, entertainer and food enthusiast who writes and speaks about her love of good food and the Coastal South. A Season 2 Contestant on ABC’s “The Taste,” she is the Statesboro Herald food columnist and host of SKG-TV on YouTube. She appears regularly as Celebrity Chef at the Statesboro Main Street Farmers’ Market and has written as a guest blogger for Visit Savannah, Savannah Taste Experience and The Local Palate. A public relations graduate of Georgia Southern University, Rebekah also attended Savannah Technical College’s Culinary Institute of Savannah. To learn more, connect with Some Kinda Good on social media, or visit RebekahFaulk.wix.com/RebekahFaulk.

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An Easter Feast of Roasted Leg of Lamb and Mint Chutney

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An Easter Feast featuring Roasted Leg of Lamb with Mint Chutney, Roasted Root Vegetables, Rosemary Mashed Potatoes and Blanched Snap Peas.

At my house, it wouldn’t be a dinner party without the smoke alarm sounding at least once or my Shih Tzu, Ewok howling to the top of his lungs and doing the happy dance each time a new guest arrives at the door. That was the scene on a rainy Tuesday night recently when I invited my boyfriend and two close friends over for an early Easter feast. It was an occasion special enough for fine china and the antique, linen seashell napkins my mother gave me. On the menu?

  • Roasted Leg of Lamb with Mint Chutney
  • Locally Roasted Root Vegetables: Turnips and Carrots
  • Rosemary Mashed Potatoes
  • Blanched Snap Peas
  • Open-Faced Apple Pie
  • Malbec Red Wine

I had visited the Statesboro Main Street Farmers’ Market earlier that day for some help with side dishes, and came across these beauties from Poor Robin’s Produce grown in Screven County. Though they took more work to prepare, roasted with a good quality olive oil and some freshly ground black pepper and kosher salt, the vegetables were tender to the taste and colorful on the platter. These vegetables keep giving and giving…with the leftover roasted vegetables from dinner, the next day I made the most hearty and comforting Roasted Turnip and Carrot Soup with homemade croutons. I’ve begun to think like a real chef, using up every ounce of the produce possible. I even garnished my soup with the green carrot tops. Turnip greens are up next.

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Roasted Leg of Lamb with Mint Chutney surrounded by Locally Roasted Carrots and Turnips

For the Leg of Lamb:

  • One 4 -Pound Leg of Lamb
  • 3-4 Garlic Cloves, slivered
  • Good Quality Extra Virgin Olive Oil, such as Bella D ‘Olivia
  • Kosher Salt
  • Freshly Ground Black Pepper

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Directions:
Leave the fat on the lamb. Don’t trim it. It adds flavor and keeps the meat moist throughout roasting. Pre-heat the over to 450 degrees. With a sharp knife, make small slits throughout the meat. Insert the slivered garlic cloves into the slits. Season the lamb with kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper. Drizzle the meat with about 2 tablespoons of olive oil, then massage the seasonings and oil all over the meat. Place the meat in roasting pan, fitted with a rack. If you don’t have one, a 9 x 13 casserole dish will work just as well. Fill the roasting pan with an inch of water.  Roast the meat at 450 degrees for the first 20 minutes. Remove the pan from the oven and check to see if the water has evaporated, if so, add more. Reduce the heat to 400 degrees. Cook the meat for 20 minutes per pound for medium well, or 15 minutes per pound for medium rare.

Reason #429 to visit your local farmers’ market: TO GET RECIPES!! When I purchased a large Zip-Lock bag of fresh mint, this little jewel was attached to it with a paper clip.

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The mint chutney (pictured at right in the jar) was bright and refreshing with the bold flavor of lamb.

For the Mint Chutney:

  • 2 1/2 Cups Chopped Fresh Mint Leaves
  • 1/3 Cup Minced Onion
  • 1/4 Cup Distilled White Vinegar
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Ground Cayenne Pepper
  • 1/3 Cup White Sugar
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Salt

Directions:
In a medium bowl, mix the mint, onion, sugar, vinegar, cayenne pepper and salt. Cover the mixture and refrigerate 2 hours, or until chilled.

wpid-0415142003.jpgI took  great pleasure in carving the meat at the table to the sound of my guests’ ooos and ahhhs.

These side dishes and our dessert rounded out the meal perfectly.

wpid-0415142012.jpgLeg of Lamb is definitely a cause for fine china.

wpid-0415142108a.jpgEmpty plates all around = full bellies and full hearts.

wpid-0417142228.jpgThe sign that hangs above two french doors in my kitchen sums up the evening perfectly.

Have you eaten lamb before? If so, how did you prepare it and what did you think?