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Fast and Flavorful Dinner Ideas

When asked why families don’t cook at home more often, the number one excuse given is TIME!

It would appear that it takes a superhero to get a well balanced, well tasting, dinner on the table that doesn’t take hours to prepare. 

Robert St. John, Executive Chef, Cookbook Author, and Restauranteur, joined us from Hattiesburg, to share his best tips to keeping the flavor, slashing the time, and pleasing the whole family.  

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A note and recipe from Robert St. John

I love pesto. It is one of my favorite flavor profiles— not only in Italian cooking, but— of all cuisines. It’s fresh tasting and clean. But it’s also light and extremely versatile. 

I keep pesto portioned into small batches in the freezer. It thaws quickly and is perfect for a quick supper. Just place the pesto in a bowl and add a little extra virgin olive oil. Remove your favorite noodle from the boiling water and toss in the pesto. Finish with some grated pecorino and call it dinner.

Pesto

1/3 cup            Toasted pine nuts or almonds
2 cups              Fresh basil leaves (2 oz. by weight)
1 TB                Minced garlic
pinch               Kosher salt
¼ cup              Grated Parmigiano Reggiano cheese
3 TB                Grated Pecorino Romano cheese
½ cup              Extra virgin olive oil

Combine nuts, basil, garlic and salt in a food processor. Slowly add olive oil. Remove and fold in cheese.

Yield: 1 cup

Creole Cream Sauce

2 cups              Heavy Cream

1 Tbl                Creole Seasoning

2 Tbl               Worcestershire sauce

2 Tbl               Louisiana Hot Sauce

1 tsp                Paprika

Place all ingredients in a double boiler over medium high heat and reduce by one-half until thickened.

Yield:

1 1/2 cups

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