Monday, February 25, 2013

orecchiette with yogurt, peas and chile + Jerusalem cookbook giveaway! {closed}


I've already gushed about how much I love the Jerusalem cookbook, but let's go there again.

I bookmarked this recipe to try right off the bat. It sounded just like something I would love, but I put off making it for a bit because I wasn't sure how much my meat-loving husband would love it for dinner. But when I found myself with just the right amount of all of these ingredients leftover from other recipes, I decided I'd just go for it anyway. And, oh my dear, I'm SO glad I did. This was one of my favorite meals we have eaten in months. Obsessed. In LOVE. And you know what? Meat-loving husband was too! From the tangy yogurt sauce to the spicy chili oil and perfect crunch from the pine nuts... this is utter perfection in a bowl.


This cookbook has not ceased to amaze me. I've read through it so many times, I feel as though we are friends. A few other dishes I'm hoping to try soon from Jerusalem include:

Barley risotto with marinated feta
Turkey and zucchini burgers with green onion and cumin
Roasted chicken with Jerusalem artichoke and lemon
Red pepper and baked egg galettes
Clementine and almond syrup cake

Happily, I have an extra copy of this lovely book, and I'd love to give it to one of you!

***To enter the giveaway, simply leave a comment below telling me the name of a cookbook that you dearly love. I'll pick a winner at random at the end of this week. Good luck!

Orecchiette with yogurt, peas & chile (adapted from Jerusalem: A Cookbook)
serves 2-3

you'll need:
1 1/4 cups nonfat Greek yogurt
1/3 cup olive oil
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 lb. frozen peas, thawed (I do this by simply running them under warm water)
1/2 lb. orecchiette pasta (or any pasta you like; the original recipe uses conchiglie)
1/4 cup pine nuts
1 tsp red pepper flakes
3/4 cup fresh basil, roughly chopped
4 oz. feta cheese, broken into chunks
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper

Put the yogurt, 3 tablespoons of the olive oil, the garlic, and 1/3 cup of peas in a blender or food processor. Blend until it becomes a smooth sauce and transfer it to a large mixing bowl.

Cook the pasta in salted boiling water according to the package directions. As the pasta cooks, heat the remaining olive oil in a pan over medium heat. Add the pine nuts and red pepper flakes and cook for about 3-4 minutes, until the pine nuts are golden and fragrant.

Drain the cooked pasta, shaking well to get rid of excess water. Add the pasta gradually to the yogurt sauce (adding it all at once might split the yogurt). Add the remaining peas, basil, feta, salt and pepper and toss gently. To serve, transfer to individual bowls and spoon over the pine nuts and chile oil.

29 comments:

  1. I've heard such great things about this cookbook but don't own it...yet. My favorite cookbook right now is David Lebovitz's "The Perfect Scoop." I'm still making ice cream, even in the middle of winter!

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    1. Love that! Here in Texas we can definitely eat ice cream all year round!

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  2. Sesame Street's B is for Baking. lol!

    (I'm serious though - it's a good cookbook!)

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  3. Thomas Keller's Ad Hoc at Home! We just got it and love it. Great recipes meant to be served family style, with a lot of variations listed for each, so you can be creative! It's also just a beautiful cookbook!

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    1. Ohhhh I love that cookbook! It really is so gorgeous!

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  4. My favorite cookbook (at least for today) is The Bread Bible by Rose Levy Beranbaum. I've become a bit obsessed with it!

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    1. Now that sounds like something I would LOVE. Looking it up right now...

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  5. I love so many cookbooks! If I go by use though, it would be the set of recipe cards my mom gave me as a wedding present, "McCall's Cooking School". The recipes are so reliable and always delicious!

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  6. That cookbook looks great! I have a ton of cookbooks and love them all but right now my favorite is the Smitten Kitchen cookbook!

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    1. I'm taking a cooking class centered around that cookbook next month and I am SO excited!

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  7. The Smitten Kitchen. A friend actually gave it to me because she had an extra copy. I just made the popcorn cookies for Super Bowl Sunday and they were a hit :)

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    1. I have heard great things about those! Yum!!

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  8. That pasta look amazing! I'm dying for that cookbook...I've heard the hummus is out of this world! I'm currently loving all the "Baked" cookbooks - haven't had a bad recipe yet!

    Rachel @ Bakerita.com

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  9. I don't have a cookbook I love because my husband cooks all our meals but we have a HUGE cook book collection and I would love to add this one to the mix!

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    1. Love that - I'm sure he'd love this one!

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  10. Ottolenghi is a genius - every flavour combination is surprising and inventive, but works brilliantly! I am bereft at the moment because almost all of my cookbooks are in storage in the UK... I only brought one with me to the States, and it was Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall's River Cottage Everyday, so that would have to be my choice!

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    1. Well if it was the one you took along, it must be a good one!! Will have to check it out!

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  11. I dearly love the Cooks Illustrated New Best Recipe Cookbook, the King Arthur Flour Book, and soooooo manyyyyy more. I have wanted to check out Jerusalem for awhile. This is a great giveaway! And your food looks so yummy!

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    1. Thanks Averie! I actually just got the King Arthur Flour Book a couple weeks ago... so good!

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  12. I love The Williams-Sonoma Cookbook. Modern comfort recipes. Their baked ziti recipe is TDF.

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    1. Baked ziti is one of my ultimate comfort foods. Need to try theirs out!

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  13. The only cookbook to which I subscribe is "Little Kitchie" -- Digital Edition. Pick me!

    Drew

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  14. Hi, Marie! I've loved reading your blog-such delicious recipes and great ideas! My favorite cookbook for weekday cooking is Barefoot Contessa's How Easy Is That, and my go-to cookbook for entertaining is Peacemeals. Can't go wrong with any of their recipes! Hope you're doing well!

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    1. Thanks so much, Amelia! :)

      I've looked through Peacemeals so many times (it's GORGEOUS) but I don't own it! And Ina Garten = fave.

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  15. I used to have a Betty Crocker cookbook for kids in the 1980s. It was spiral-bound, and it had comfort foods like baked spaghetti and oven "fried" chicken. It was so fun for me to use, so I'm going with that one :)

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    1. I know just the one you're talking about - I love comfort food classics like that!

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  16. ave a ton of cookbooks and love them all but right now my favorite is the Smitten Kitchen cookbook! Thanks, great giveaway!

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