Table Talk: January 2016
The buzz on Tulsa’s tastiest products, restaurants and events
A kitchen in January should be the warmest, coziest room in the house.
And, you only need a few things to make that happen. First, your winter kitchen should be stocked with everything needed to make your favorite hot drink, whether that be hot cocoa, tea or spiked coffee.
What else? Soup. This is what we want when the weather’s cold. I make soup at least once a week in the winter. Make it on Sunday, and warm it up for lunch or dinner during the week.
Hot drinks and warm soup can take you a long way in the cold days of winter.
Top with fresh Parmesan cheese, and you have comfort in a bowl.
2 dozen cooked meatballs (use your favorite recipe or frozen, cooked meatballs)
1 cup fresh green beans, cut into 1-inch pieces
2 carrots, sliced
6 small red potatoes, chopped
1 medium zucchini, sliced
1 yellow onion, chopped
4 cloves garlic, chopped
1 (28-ounce) can diced tomatoes
1 can kidney beans, rinsed and drained
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
½ teaspoon dried oregano leaves
3 cups chicken broth
3 cups water
¼ cup chopped fresh parsley
Grated Parmesan cheese
In a slow cooker, combine all ingredients, except fresh parsley and Parmesan cheese. Cook on low for 8 hours. Season with salt and pepper. Garnish each bowl with parsley and Parmesan cheese.
Pasta Fagioli Soup
This Italian soup isn’t wimpy. Bacon, pepperoni and pasta make it a filling, rich dinner.
1 teaspoon olive oil
1 large onion, chopped
3-4 cloves of garlic, minced
½ cup dry white wine
4 cups low-sodium chicken broth
1 (29-ounce) can petite diced tomatoes
1 teaspoon oregano
½ teaspoon dried basil
½ teaspoon ground black pepper
¼ teaspoon crushed red pepper
1 (14-ounce) can northern white beans
½ cup Parmesan cheese
8 strips bacon, cooked and crumbled
½ cup pepperoni, cut into little pieces
1 pound box ditalini pasta, cooked
In a large pot, sauté onion and garlic in olive oil until onions are tender.
Add wine, chicken broth, tomatoes, oregano, basil, black pepper and red pepper. Bring to a boil.
Add beans, cheese, bacon and pepperoni. Turn down heat and simmer 30 minutes.
Place cooked pasta in each bowl, then ladle soup on top. Sprinkle with additional cheese. Use a lot or a little pasta for each bowl, depending on what you like.
Hideaway’s new beer
You know beer pairs well with pizza. Well, how about Hideaway Pizza’s own beer? Marshall Brewing Co. has created a beer for one of my favorite pizza restaurants. The Hideaway ’57 Ale is a German pale lager with a clean flavor profile — just what you want to drink with a slice of your favorite Hideaway pie. The beer is only draft at this time and is available at most Hideaway locations.
Savvy cooks know some of the best ingredients for Mexican dishes can be found at Morelos Supermercados. Most people think of it just as a grocery store. But, here’s a tip: Head straight back to the lunch counter. The take-out counter at Morelos is a great place to pick up gorditas, stuffed chilies and tacos.
During the holidays, customers lined up for tamales and posole. Morelos makes those specialty items year-round, but some need to be special ordered. Morelos has two Tulsa locations: 2119 S. Garnett Road and 5147 S. Peoria Ave.