Alison Walker Milligan

Key West Penne
Rating: Unrated
Alison Walker Milligan's rating

AWESOME and impressive restaurant quality dish! Only input- used bay scallops and they got lost in the dish. Pat dry seafood to help cut down on water. Maybe even sauté scallops separately? Sundried toms definitely need to be sliced up. I left our olives because I am not a fan but I can see how they would really add to the dish- guess the suggested capers would be a nice fill in. Made our own artichoke hearts out of 8 small artichokes from Trader Joe's (2 packs of four). This adds much more prep time, of course but they were so good! If you choose to try-Clean chokes, de-hair, slice up and drop in lemon water bath to prevent the immediate browning effect. Steamed for about 7 mins til tender, add as directed. To solve the need to thicken the sauce without overcooking the seafood, we used the butter technique: turn off heat when done cooking, add 1/4 stick of butter and stir until thickened.

Butternut Squash Soup with Cream Cheese
Rating: Unrated
Alison Walker Milligan's rating

Made with 7 cups squash and 4 cups of homemade chicken broth- came out wonderful! Very easy- My husband said, "I'm digging this soup- kept going back for seconds! I like a garnish on a smooth soup- any suggestions?

LOVED IT!! Found a vegetable demi glace at the an upscale food market and went with that- it came in a 1.5 ounce cup and I needed to add hot water to make the demi glace. Also- had to use cooking sherry as we did not have Port but I must say this recipe is VERY forgiving! Used the whole shallots unchopped- cut the big ones in half. Served them with the steak and they were delicious. Worried a bit about the chewy comments- so I lightly tenderized the steaks after they had been sitting in the oil and salt and pepper a bit. This worked like a charm! Ample amount of sauce and we are sauce lovers. Will definitely make again and again!! TY!!

Spaetzle and Chicken Soup
Rating: Unrated
Alison Walker Milligan's rating

Used dried Spaetzle noodles from the German butcher and it came out great

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