What Prime Cooks Are Making in Self-Isolation

The COVID-19 pandemic has paused various life’s easy pleasures: being with family and friends, travelling to new locations, eating out.

One factor that hasn’t modified is the necessity to eat. Staying residence will possible encourage some to excellent their culinary abilities whereas these much less skilled may try to crack open a cookbook for the primary time.

To give you some kitchen inspiration, Fashionable Farmer related with various high cooks to test in on what they’ve been cooking since staying remoted.

Right here’s what they needed to say:

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Curtis Stone

Rice is a pantry staple and I’ve all the time been a fan of fried variations.  We’re cooking with it at residence now greater than ever.  My spouse, Lindsay, is half Korean and her mother makes an unimaginable kimchi.  I add it to leftover steamed rice, and it turns into one in every of our go-to meals.

If you happen to’re trying to minimize down on carbs, use cauliflower as a rice substitute.  It may be discovered nearly anyplace throughout this time of yr.  The fantastic thing about a fried rice dish is you’re ready to make use of so many substances to create variations.  As we’re shut in and limiting our time working to the grocery retailer, tossing leftover veg, protein, or eggs into your rice limits meals waste and is tremendous simple.

Picture by Ray Kachatorian.

Vegetable Fried Rice
(Serves 4)


2 3/Four cups water
1 half cups raw lengthy grain white rice, rinsed, drained
1/Four tsp. salt

5 tbs. grapeseed oil, divided
2 giant eggs, overwhelmed to mix
Four small carrots (about Four oz. complete), peeled and finely diced
1 cup broccoli florets, minimize into small items
Three inexperienced onions; white components thinly sliced, inexperienced components minimize diagonally into 1-inch items
1/Four cup reduced-sodium soy sauce
1 tsp. toasted sesame oil
1/Three cup roasted peanuts, coarsely chopped


To organize the rice: Mix water, rice, and 1/Four tsp. of salt in a saucepan and prepare dinner till rice is tender and water is absorbed. Switch steamed rice to a baking sheet to chill to room temperature. Cowl and refrigerate till chilly.  

To organize greens: Warmth a big wok over medium-high warmth till first wisp of white smoke comes off of wok. Add 1 tbs. grapeseed oil to wok and tilt wok to coat. Add eggs and shortly stir till simply cooked, about 30 seconds. Take away eggs from wok and put aside on a plate. 

Warmth Three tbs. grapeseed oil in wok over medium-high warmth. Add carrots and broccoli to wok and stir fry for 1 minute. Stir in white components of inexperienced onions. 

Add chilly rice and stir fry for two minutes or till heated by means of. Drizzle with remaining 1 tbs. grapeseed oil. Add soy sauce and sesame oil and proceed to stir fry for 1 minute.

Stir in eggs and peanuts. Switch rice to a bowl and sprinkle with inexperienced components of inexperienced onions and serve.


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Alexander Smalls

Bourbon Pecan Pie. I simply can’t cease making this pie. Made my first one after I was seven years previous—all on my own. As time glided by, I started to experiment with the recipe: added and expanded the flavour profile with contemporary cinnamon, grated lemon zest, contemporary ginger and vanilla bean. From time to time I put a pinch of cayenne to steadiness the sweetness with warmth. Simple, fast and easy with an awesome shelf life– the right dessert. My god, I like this pie a lot!

Picture courtesy of Alexander Smalls.

Bourbon Pecan Pie
(Makes one nine-inch pie)

1 cup mild or darkish corn syrup
Three giant eggs
1 cup sugar
2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
¼ teaspoon floor cinnamon
1∕Eight teaspoon floor nutmeg
½ teaspoon lemon zest
2 tablespoons bourbon
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1½ cups pecans
1 Pie Shell (recipe follows), chilled


Preheat the oven to 350°F.

In a big bowl, whisk collectively the corn syrup, eggs, sugar, melted butter, cinnamon, nutmeg, lemon zest, bourbon, and vanilla. Stir within the pecans. Pour the combination into the pie shell.

Bake on the middle rack of the oven till an instant-read thermometer inserted into the middle registers 200°F and the highest springs again when tapped frivolously, 55 to 60 minutes.

Pie Shell:
Makes one 9-inch pie shell
1 cup all-purpose flour, plus extra for dusting ½ teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons vegetable shortening, chilled Three tablespoons unsalted butter, chilled
¼ cup ice water

In a meals processor, pulse the flour, salt, shortening, and butter till the combination resembles coarse meal. Drizzle the water by means of the feed tube and pulse till the dough comes collectively to kind a ball. Form the dough right into a disc, wrap in plastic wrap, and chill for a minimum of 1 hour or as much as in a single day.

On a frivolously floured board utilizing a frivolously floured rolling pin, roll out the dough right into a spherical bigger than a 9-inch pie tin so there’s some overhang. Switch the dough to the pie tin and crimp the sides. Chill till agency earlier than filling, 10 to 15 minutes.

Excerpted MEALS, MUSIC, AND MUSES: Recipes From My African American Kitchen by Alexander Smalls with Veronica Chambers. Copyright © 2020 by Alexander Smalls. Reprinted with permission from Flatiron Books.

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Aliya Leekong

Throughout this time, the secret for me has been steadiness! As a working mother, I’m continually creating recipes that may stretch a meal or two and that freeze very well. This [coconut daal bowl] is a twist on my mother’s lentils daal, that are spiced, nuanced and creamy.

Daal was a staple in our family, and after I go residence to go to, there’s all the time some within the fridge to remind me of my childhood.  This freezes fantastically (with out the pickled shallots and cashews), so double up on it for a number of weeks’ provide.


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Coconut Daal Bowl with Toasted Cashews, Fast Pickled Shallots, and Tremendous Greens
(Serves 4 to 6)

1 cup cut up lentils (I want a mixture of pink and yellow), picked by means of and rinsed completely
½ teaspoon floor turmeric
2-Three tablespoons ghee or canola oil
1 teaspoon black or brown mustard seeds
handful of curry leaves (optionally available)
½ teaspoon cumin seeds
1 shallot, minced
1 or two small inexperienced chilies, seeded and minced
3-Four garlic cloves, minced
½ teaspoon ginger, minced
½ teaspoon floor cumin
½ teaspoon floor coriander
1 plum tomato, seeded and chopped
1 bunch kale, child spinach, chard or 2 handfuls of an excellent greens mix, washed
13.5 ounces contemporary home made, uncooked or canned mild coconut milk
salt, black pepper, and lemon juice to style
1 small handful of cilantro, finely chopped
¼ cup pickled shallots, divided
¼ cup cashews, toasted and roughly chopped
1 to 1 ½ cups cooked brown rice, bulghur or quinoa (optionally available)

In a big pot or dutch oven, add the lentils, turmeric and Four cups of water.  Carry as much as a boil, decrease to a simmer and simmer partially lined for 25 to 30 minutes till lentils are mushy and break aside simply.  Add in one other half cup of water if an excessive amount of has evaporated and the lentils look thick.

Warmth a medium-sized pan over medium excessive warmth.  Add the ghee or oil, the mustard and cumin seeds, and the curry leaves, if utilizing.  Once they begin to sputter and pop, decrease the warmth to medium low and add the shallot, chili, garlic, ginger and floor spices.  Cook dinner till the shallots are translucent and the spices scent toasted. Add the tomato and a little bit of water so the spices don’t burn.  When the tomato begins to interrupt down, add within the greens and let wilt barely.

Throw the vegetable combination into the lentils and add within the coconut milk right here as effectively.  Simmer for an additional 5 minutes for the flavors to mix, after which season generously with salt and pepper.  The lentils can take an honest quantity of salt for the flavour to essentially pop, and I wish to alternate with squeezes of lemon juice to get the proper acid / salt steadiness.  End with the chopped cilantro.

For the bowl, if utilizing, begin with the brown rice, bulghur or quinoa.  Ladle within the daal and high with pickled shallots, toasted cashews and a bit extra cilantro.

Pickled shallots (optionally available):
¼ cup sherry vinegar
¼ cup rice vinegar
½ teaspoon kosher salt
¾ teaspoon sugar

In a bowl, whisk collectively vinegars, salt and sugar till dissolved.  Add the shallots and toss to coat. Let sit a minimum of an hour earlier than serving, however can be refrigerated and retains for per week or so.

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Artwork Smith

Harvests from the land and water all the time encourage me.  I’m lucky to be at residence on my farm in north Florida. Our chickens give us contemporary eggs each day, which present up in lots of dishes all through the week together with frittatas with locally-sourced greens and cheese for breakfast. For dinner, I would make a variation of a fried catfish dish from my restaurant at Disney Springs. At residence, I’ll drizzle the fresh-caught fish with bitter orange juice from our timber.

Picture courtesy of Chef Artwork Smith’s Homecomin’ Florida Kitchen.

Chef Artwork Smith’s Homecomin’ Florida Kitchen Fried Catfish
(Serves six )

6 (6-ounce) catfish fillets
1 half cups buttermilk
1/Four teaspoon scorching sauce
Three teaspoons kosher salt, divided
1/Three cup plain yellow cornmeal
1/Three cup masa harina
1/Three cup all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon floor black pepper
1 teaspoon floor pink pepper flakes
half teaspoon Previous Bay seasoning
Vegetable oil for frying
Remoulade sauce and lemon wedges for serving

Place catfish in a single layer in a big shallow pan.

Whisk collectively buttermilk, scorching sauce, and 1 teaspoon kosher salt. Pour over fish. Cowl pan with plastic wrap and refrigerate Eight hours, turning fish as soon as.

Take away fish from fridge and let stand at room temperature for 10 minutes. 

Warmth oil in a big cast-iron pan to 350F.

In a shallow dish, mix cornmeal, masa harina, flour, 2 teaspoons salt, black and pink peppers, and Previous Bay seasoning.

Take away fish from buttermilk combination, permitting extra liquid to drip off. Dredge fish in cornmeal combination, shaking off extra. Fry fish till golden brown, turning as soon as, 7 to eight minutes. Drain fish on paper towels earlier than serving with remoulade sauce and lemon wedges.

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Anne-Marie Bonneau

What started as a brief go to with my aged mom in Canada has become an prolonged journey. I’ve not one of the regular gear that I take with no consideration again in California, however I did convey my sourdough starter with me. So, I’ve been baking a number of sourdough recipes.

Sourdough was one of many first issues I began making after I set out on the zero-waste path. This scrumptious, nutritious bread requires you to be residence for a number of hours as you babysit the dough throughout a protracted fermentation however you’re not truly slaving over the bread for hours and hours. Largely, you wait. This lengthy wait at residence makes sourdough an excellent isolation recipe.


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To start out your starter—and for every subsequent feeding—you have to:
20 grams rye flour or complete wheat flour (about 2 1/Four teaspoons)
20 grams white flour (about 2 1/Four teaspoons)
40 grams room temperature or heat water (about Three scant tablespoons)

Mix flour and water in a glass jar or bowl. Use a utensil or your fingers. The starter can have the consistency of thick pancake batter. Cowl with a material, a plate or lid. Set in a heat however not scorching spot.

Stir each day a number of instances if you consider it.

After a number of days to per week, you’ll possible see effervescent. Whenever you additionally begins to scent bitter, fruity and even like ft, start to feed your starter each day.

Switch about 80 % of your starter to a clear glass jar or dish. Put this unfed starter apart. Put it out of your thoughts. That is the discarded starter. Retailer it within the fridge and bake one thing with it later, corresponding to pancakeswaffles or crackers. Don’t feed this starter. Let it go…

Within the dish that you simply began your sourdough in, you now have a tablespoon of starter remaining. Add to this contemporary flour and water—40 grams of every. Stir, cowl with a material or lid and put aside.

Proceed to feed your starter each day and described within the earlier two steps—take away a lot of the starter, add that to the discard pile within the fridge and feed the remaining tablespoon of starter contemporary flour and water—40 grams of every.

After about 5 days to per week of feeding your starter usually (each day and even twice a day), it ought to double in dimension inside about 4 to 6 hours of feeding earlier than slowly falling again down. Congratulations, your virile starter can now bake bread. Consider a cute title.

If you wish to take a break from each day feedings as soon as your starter is established, retailer your mature starter within the fridge and take away it about as soon as per week to feed it. Let it sit for a few hours after feeding earlier than returning it the fridge.

* If you happen to can’t discover rye or whole-wheat flour resulting from hoarding/shortages, use 40 grams of all-purpose flour. The starter will work however you might wish to feed it twice a day as it will probably undergo all-purpose flour quicker than complete grains.


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Bart van Olphen

These days the disaster brings quite a lot of stress, primarily emotional considerations. Nevertheless, I’m experiencing cooking and consuming as rather more enjoyable and relaxed. No must decide to eat out or in and with whom, loads of time to consider what to prepare dinner, greater than sufficient time to do the cooking — and to even train the youngsters the right way to prepare dinner. Dinner-wise, my household’s favourite is the Pasta Puttanesca from my guide. It’s an nearly 100% pantry recipe excellent for this time. It’s so simple, has an awesome style and is beautiful to take a look at. 

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Pasta Puttanesca
(Serves two as a predominant course)

1 garlic clove, crushed
1 shallot, diced
One 2-ounce (45 g) tin of anchovies, drained
One 14-ounce (400 g) can of peeled plum tomatoes
2 teaspoons pink wine vinegar
2½ cups (200 g) penne (or every other form of dried pasta)
10 Taggiasca olives, pitted
1 cup (100 g) halved cherry tomatoes
Two 5-ounce (140 g) tins of tuna in olive oil, drained
Salt and pepper
Olive oil
½ bunch of basil, leaves solely

Warmth a beneficiant splash of olive oil in a frying pan over medium-high warmth and prepare dinner the garlic and shallot for two to three minutes, till mushy. Add the anchovy fillets and allow them to “soften” whereas stirring constantly, about 2 minutes.

Add the tomatoes and vinegar and let the combination simmer for Three to Four minutes with a lid on, then crush with a potato masher.

In the meantime, put a pan with loads of salted water over medium-high warmth and prepare dinner the penne in keeping with the package deal instructions.

Add the olives and cherry tomatoes to the shallot-tomato combination and gently simmer for a couple of minutes over low warmth. Fold within the drained tuna, warmth by means of for two minutes, and season with pepper and salt if wanted.

As soon as cooked, drain the penne in a colander and thoroughly stir the pasta by means of the tomato sauce. Divide the pasta puttanesca between two plates, drizzle with some olive oil, and serve garnished with basil.

Recipe from The Tinned Fish Cookbook: Simple-to-Make Meals from Ocean to Plate—Sustainably Canned, 100% Scrumptious © Bart van Olphen 2019, 2020. Translation © The Experiment, 2020. Reprinted by permission of The Experiment.

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Sean Sherman

I’ve spent quite a lot of my time on comforting recipes utilizing complete meals, fortunately we’ve created fairly an eclectic pantry with meals each wild and domesticated from many areas of North America. One meals I’ve been loving a lot throughout this time are the wonderful Tepary Beans coming from the Native American firm, Ramona Farms. These beans have been grown by many Indigenous communities for numerous generations all through the trendy day area of southwestern USA and Northern Mexico, lengthy earlier than European colonizers got here to the world.  The bean is totally drought resistant and will change the best way we take into consideration desert agriculture.  Ramona Farms is grown on ancestral Akimel O’odham land.

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Baked Maple Cedar Tepary Beans

Four Cups White Ramona Farm Tepary Bean (Cooked)
1 Cup Pure, MN Maple
1 Cup Water
1/Four Cup finely chopped wild harvested White Cedar (this tree is all over the place within the MN Forests, and I encourage folks to study the crops within the area they could stay in.  For these much less adventurous, Be at liberty to substitute with one other contemporary herb like rosemary or sage)
1/Four Cup dried wild onion (Be at liberty to substitute scallions, leeks, or wild ramp leaves if in season)
2 TBS Salt
1/Four Cup Smude’s Sunflower Oil

1.5 Cup Dried White Ramona Farms Tepary Bean (Soaked over night time)
6 Cups of Water

Cook dinner beans on a low simmer, lined till tender (as much as Four hours)

Place all substances in to a heavy pot with a lid and bake in oven for 30 minutes at 325º or till the liquid is absorbed

Pay respect to the indigenous individuals who have survived for numerous generations on the land you’re at the moment occupying, serve and revel in!

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Joanne Chang

I’ve been bitten by the entire grain bug and I like attempting to make each pastry attainable with complete grains not just for the well being advantages they add but additionally as a result of they lend great flavour… We took the unique currant scone recipe and added heartiness and earthiness by mixing in oats and spelt flour. This new and improved scone wins over even basic diehards like me.

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Currant Spelt Oat Scones
(Makes eight scones)

1 1/Four cups/175 grams all-purpose flour
1 cup/140 grams spelt flour
1 cup/160 grams dried currants
2/Three cup/70 grams complete oats, plus about 1/Four cup/25 grams for sprinkling on high
1/Three cup/70 grams sugar
1 half teaspoon baking powder
half teaspoon baking soda
half teaspoon kosher salt
1 cup/2 sticks/225 grams chilly unsalted butter
half cup/120 grams crème fraiche or full fats yogurt or bitter cream
1/Three cup/80 grams buttermilk (or 1/Three cup/80 grams complete milk with 1 teaspoon lemon juice blended in)
1 giant egg (about 50 grams)
1 egg yolk for the egg wash

Warmth the oven to 350°F and place a rack in middle of the oven. Line a baking sheet with parchment or butter it frivolously and put aside.

In a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, briefly combine the all-purpose flour, spelt flour, currants, oats, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt on low pace till mixed.

Lower the butter into Eight to 10 items and add it to the flour combination; paddle for 20 to 30 seconds on low pace till the butter is considerably damaged down however there are nonetheless items in regards to the dimension of a grape.

Whisk collectively the crème fraiche, buttermilk, and the entire egg till completely blended.

With the mixer working on low pace, pour within the liquid combination into the flour-butter combination and paddle for an additional 10 to 15 seconds till the dough simply comes collectively. There’ll in all probability nonetheless be a bit of free flour combination on the backside of the bowl.

Take away the bowl from the mixer. Collect and elevate the dough together with your arms and switch it over within the bowl in order that it begins to select up the free flour on the backside. Flip the dough over a number of instances till all free flour is blended in.

Dump the dough out onto a baking sheet and pat it into an 8-inch circle, about 1 inch thick. Beat the egg yolk frivolously with a fork and brush it evenly over all the high of the dough with a pastry brush.

Sprinkle the floor with the remaining 1/Four cup/25 grams complete oats and minimize the dough into eight wedges as you’ll minimize a pizza. (At this level the scones will be frozen, tightly wrapped in plastic, for as much as per week. Add 5 to 10 minutes to the baking time and proceed as directed.)

Bake within the 350°F oven for 30 to 40 minutes, till all the circle of scones is golden brown.

Cool the scones on a wire rack 30 minutes, minimize into pre-scored wedges, and serve.

Scones are finest loved the identical day you bake them, however they are often saved in an hermetic container for two to three days.

If you happen to maintain them for longer than 1 day, refresh them in a 300°F oven for Three to Four minutes. Or you’ll be able to freeze them, wrapped tightly in plastic, for as much as 1 week and reheat them in a 300°F oven for 10 to 12 minutes.

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Ron Duprat

A stew referred to as Sancocho. I wish to apply some style of the diaspora and Afro-Caribbean delicacies. I used to be impressed to prepare dinner this conventional stew as a result of it actually brings me again to when my household and I had been caught at residence when the lights went out Within the West Indies. This stew additionally incorporates dietary substances that fortify the immune system making it a vital meal in the course of the quarantine.

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Sancocho with Aji

1 cup contemporary cilantro leaves, finely chopped
Eight scallions, white and light-weight inexperienced half solely, finely chopped
half small Scotch bonnet or habanero pepper, seeded and finely chopped
1 tablespoon finely chopped white onion
2 teaspoons contemporary lime juice (about half lime)
3/Four cup water
1 small plum tomato, cored and finely chopped, optionally available

For the soup:
Three tablespoons olive oil
2 giant yellow onions, finely chopped
Three garlic cloves, finely minced
2 giant tomatoes, cored, peeled, seeded and chopped
Three bay leaves
1 tablespoon finely chopped contemporary thyme leaves
2 kilos rooster thighs, pores and skin and extra fats eliminated
2 kilos beef Brief ribs
2 inexperienced plantains, peeled and minimize
1 giant bunch contemporary cilantro stems tied along with kitchen twine
14 cups rooster broth
1 half kilos small white potatoes, peeled
Three cups diced butternut squash
White rice, for serving, optionally available

Place the cilantro, scallions, chiles, onions, lime juice and three/Four cup water in a small glass bowl or jar with a tight-fitting lid.

Add the tomato, if utilizing, season with Maldon Salt and black pepper to style and stir the entire substances collectively.

Cowl and set the aji apart at room temperature for a number of hours to permit the flavors to launch into the liquid, then refrigerate till serving.;

For the Soup:
Warmth the oil in a big stockpot over medium warmth for 1 minute.

Add the onions and garlic and prepare dinner till they’re mushy and clear, about 5 minutes, stirring sometimes.

Add the tomatoes, bay leaves, and thyme and proceed to prepare dinner 5 extra minutes. Add the rooster and the Brief ribs and prepare dinner till the tomatoes have disintegrated, about 15 minutes, stirring sometimes and skimming the froth from the highest of the broth when crucial.

Add the inexperienced plantains, cilantro, and rooster inventory and produce to a boil. Scale back the warmth to medium-low and simmer, lined, till the plantains are tender, 30 minutes.

Utilizing a slotted spoon, take away the rooster from the pot and set it apart.

Add the potatoes, pumpkin, ripe plantains, yucca, corn, and simmer, uncovered, till each are tender, about 20 minutes.

Take away the cilantro and the bay leaves and return the rooster to the pot to re-heat it.

To serve, organize a bit of rooster, some beef, plantains, and some items of yucca and potatoes on every plate.

Serve the broth in a small bowl, and the aji sauce on the aspect, together with a bowl of rice, corn, some avocados on separate plates.

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Brooke Williamson

Few issues are extra comforting than a easy, residence cooked meal together with your family members. Whereas we’re all cooped up inside, I’m discovering that making these comforting, go-to dishes, like a fried rice or Bolognese (recipe under) utilizing the easy issues I all the time have on-hand, has eradicated among the on a regular basis stress that this disaster has undoubtedly introduced, and helped me chill out and concentrate on the issues I’m most grateful for – my well being and my household.

Picture courtesy of Brooke Williamson.

Brooke’s Tasty Turkey Bolognese
(Makes about six cups

2 tablespoons Olive Oil
1⁄2 a yellow onion, minced
1⁄2 cup diced carrot (about 1 carrot)
Three garlic cloves, minced
1 pound of floor turkey, ideally darkish meat
1 tablespoon tomato paste
2 tablespoons brown sugar
1⁄2 cup rooster inventory
1-32 ounce jar tomato sauce
3-Four sprigs contemporary thyme
Fish sauce, seasoned to style
Recent Herbs (Basil & Thyme), for garnish
Parmigiano Reggiano for grating (optionally available) 

Directions: In a big saucepot, warmth olive oil over medium warmth. Saute onion, carrot, and 
garlic cooking till aromatic and tender (about 2-Three minutes). 

Add floor turkey to pot, browning barely, breaking apart with a picket spoon (or 
potato masher). Stir in tomato paste and brown sugar, cooking till tomato paste 
begins to caramelize. 

Pour in rooster inventory and tomato sauce, toss in thyme and produce combination to a 
simmer, cooking for about 30 minutes till sauce thickens and turkey is tender. 

Season to style with fish sauce and serve over a tasty quick noodle pasta (such 
as Rigatoni) and garnish with contemporary herbs and grated parmigiano reggiano. 

Sauce will maintain for a few week, refrigerated in an hermetic container. 



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