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If you’re looking for recipes and/or cooking instructions, the Cornwall Public Library has a good collection of cookbooks. Recently, I borrowed cookbooks by Julia Child, Jamie Oliver and Gordon Ramsay, from the library. Each book gave me some great new ideas.

From Julia Child, I got tips on how to broil fish and make crepes and coq au vin. Jamie Oliver showed me a great way to roast potatoes, carrots and parsnips with rosemary. And from Gordon Ramsay I learned to make gravy from roast beef drippings by adding a tablespoon or two of flour, a cup or two of beef broth and a tablespoon of butter.

Check out the collection of cookbooks at the library, some time. You won’t be disappointed.

Creamy Tortellini

I decided to experiment with feta cheese one weekend and this is one of the recipes that I came up with.

3-4 large cloves garlic chopped

3 green onions chopped

Sauté until golden, in a combination of 1 tbsp. olive oil and 1 tbsp. butter, in medium-sized skillet.

Add 1⁄2 pound (250 grams) boneless, skinless chicken breast cut into bite-size pieces. Sauté until chicken pieces turn colour. Sprinkle with basil, oregano and thyme.

Salt & pepper to taste.

Add 2 tbsp. white wine.

Add 1 small-to-medium tomato, chopped.

Simmer until chicken is cooked and tomato begins to soften.

Stir in 3 tbsp. crumbled feta cheese (or more, to taste).

Stir mixture until cheese melts.

Stir in 1-1/2 cups table cream (18%).

Simmer on low for five minutes, stirring frequently to blend all ingredients.

Pour the sauce over 1 pound freshly cooked cheese tortellini, ravioli or other stuffed pasta. Toss gently and serve on a platter.

Accompany with freshly-grated romano or parmesan cheese.

This sauce doesn’t take long to cook, so you can start heating the water to cook your pasta at the same time as you start the sauce. Pasta and sauce will be ready at about the same time. I recommend fresh tortellini for this recipe, if you can make it or find it in a pasta shop. If you can’t, the next best is the packaged “fresh” tortellini available in many supermarkets. This tortellini dish looks (and tastes) good served with garlic-fried broccoli and a fresh garden salad.

Happy New Year, and happy cooking!

Now, let’s get cooking!

tombutkovich@cogeco.ca

Organizations: Cornwall Public Library

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