Thursday, February 12, 2015

White Bolognese Sauce #ValentinesDay #CookbookAffair #Giveaway

Sausage and ground beef, dried mushrooms and Portabellas, white wine, onion and carrots and fennel, with a hint of spice from some chili flakes, and finally, cream. None of these ingredients are remarkable but together, and I’m not kidding, they are magic. Stand guard over the pot or it will be gone before dinner is served, one “just tasting” spoonful at a time.

As, Alice, my friend and organizer of this Valentine’s Day Cookbook Affair giveaway, says in her initial post: In the spirit of obsessions, affairs and Valentine’s Day, I’m so excited to share the 12th day of a FOURTEEN DAY COOKBOOK GIVEAWAY! Well, she said “the first day,” of course, but you know what I mean. The important thing is 14 cookbooks are being given away, just because we love our readers. These are cookbooks that are OUR favorites and we want to share the love.

I’ve chosen Tamar Adler’s wonderful book, An Everlasting Meal, Cooking with Economy and Grace, as much for the conversational, evocative writing as for the delicious recipes. Tamar (Dare I call her Tamar? I feel like we are such old friends after spending so much time together.) weaves stories and musings about ingredients and cooking and love and family into a narrative you can get lost in, bookmarking pages of methods to try, and recipes, until when you finally reach the end, you want to start back at the beginning and read the whole thing again, so rich is the prose.

I’d say An Everlasting Meal it is a way of life, not just a recipe book, if I didn’t think that would scare some of you off. But I will say this, it is a writer’s cookbook. And, from me, there is no higher praise. If you’d like to win a copy, please scroll on down to the bottom and enter the rafflecopter. I’ll ship a real book to folks in the continental US and buy a Kindle version if it’s someone outside who wins.

And don’t forget to check out all the other cookbooks that are up for grabs after the rafflecopter. I’ve linked to all the posts before and after me! So many great cookbooks!

No-Tomato Bolognese?
I wish this dish had a better name because White Bolognese doesn’t even begin to describe the rich, hearty, mushroomy, succulent deliciousness that is this meaty sauce. I had already packed up some leftover cottage pie for my husband’s lunch the day after I served this. Cottage pie is one of his favorite things so I had saved it for him especially. He said he’d rather take this!

Adapted from An Everlasting Meal, Cooking with Economy and Grace by Tamar Adler

1 medium onion
1 medium carrot
1 stalk celery
Olive oil
1 lb 5 oz or 600g pork sausage, removed from its casings
1 lb or 450g ground beef
1 teaspoon fennel seeds, lightly broken with a mortar and pestle
1 teaspoon crushed red pepper
1 1/2 cups or 360ml white wine
2 cups or 480ml chicken stock
3 large Portabella mushrooms
3/4 oz or 20g dried porcini mushrooms, rehydrated in 2 cups or 480ml hot water
1/3 cup or 80ml heavy cream
Salt to taste

To serve:
1 lb or 450g dried pasta, cooked according to package instructions
Parmesan cheese
Few sprigs parsley

Chop your onion, carrot and celery in small dice. Cut the hard end of the stems off and chop the mushrooms roughly.

Drizzle a little olive oil in a pan that will be large enough to hold all the sausage and meat, with room to stir, and add in just the vegetables.

Sauté until they are soft and the onions are translucent.

Add in the sausage and meat, along with the fennel and crushed red chilies. Break the sausage and meat into smaller pieces and cooked until well browned.

Add the wine and simmer until the pan is almost dry.

Now add the stock and cook until the pan is almost dry again.

Add in the chopped mushrooms, stir well, and let them cook a few minutes to release their liquid.

Chop the rehydrated mushrooms into small pieces and - This step is very important! - strain the liquid through a coffee filter to remove all the dirt and impurities.

Add the rehydrated mushrooms and the filtered mushroom liquid to the pan. Those porcini mushrooms make the most divine liquid. It almost smells smoked.

Simmer until the sauce reaches your desired thickness. Taste it and add more salt, if necessary.

Add in the cream, stir well and remove the pan from the heat.

Sprinkle with parsley. 

Serve over cooked pasta of your choice and top with freshly grated Parmesan or Pecorino Romano cheese.


Who is feeling lucky!
The rules: Please enter the rafflecopter by leaving me a comment telling me about your favorite cookbook. Then follow the instructions for more chances to enter. You must be 18 years old or older to qualify. I’ll ship a real book to folks in the continental US and buy a Kindle version if it’s someone outside who wins, so anyone who has access to Amazon online is welcome to enter. A winner will be randomly chosen on 12 March 2015 and will be notified by email. The winner has 48 hours to respond or another random winner will be chosen. Good luck!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Many thanks to Alice of A Mama, Baby & Shar-pei in the Kitchen for organizing these great two weeks of cookbook giveaways! Check out all the great books and all my fabulous fellow bloggers! Enter each one by following the links to their posts.

  • Alice from A Mama, Baby & Shar-pei in the Kitchen with The Bread Baker’s Apprentice: Mastering the Art of Extraordinary Bread by Peter Reinhart
  • Christy from Confessions of a Culinary Diva with a French duo, My Paris Kitchen by David Lebovitz and Around My French Table by Dorie Greenspan
  • Chris from Mama’s High Strung with The Flavor Bible: The Essential Guide to Culinary Creativity, Based on the Wisdom of America’s Most Imaginative Chefs by Karen Page & Andrew Dorenenburg
  • Adriana from Great Food 360 with The Cuban Table: A Celebration of Food, Flavors & History by Ana Sofia Pelaez
  • Kim from Liv Life with Vegan Cupcakes Take Over the World
  • Heather from girlchef with Cooking with Frank’s® RedHot® Cayenne Pepper Sauce cookbook by Rachel Rappaport.
  • DB (Foodie Stuntman) from Crazy Food Stunts with An Appealing Plan: A Year of Everyday Celebrations by Krayl Funch
  • Kathy from Bakeawaywithme with Amy’s Bread by Amy Scherber and Toy Kim Dupree
  • Anna from Anna Dishes with The Bouchon Bakery by Thomas Keller
  • Val from Lifestyle Food Artistry with What’s Cooking Puerto Rico? 
  • Ala from Wallflour Girl with Top with Cinnamon by Izy Hossack
  • Kelli from Kelli's Kitchen with The Complete Southern Cookbook: More than 800 of the most delicious down-home recipes
  • Liz from That Skinny Chick Can Bake with The Silver Palate and The New Basics Cookbook.

Cookbook Affair Giveaway

Disclaimer: The book being offered here, An Everlasting Meal, Cooking with Economy and Grace will be bought by yours truly when the giveaway ends. Links to the book are affiliate links.

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