I’ve been so busy in the kitchen over the past few months working on my new book “Busy Moms” and I can’t wait for it’s release this summer! It really has been at least a year in the making. Time certainly flies when you’re having fun. I’m excited to share some really tasty and more importantly, easy, recipes with busy families everywhere. We’re all juggling so many things on a daily basis that the age-old question “what’s for dinner” can be just another daunting task. I’m hopeful that my new book will not only help to answer this question but make your lives a little easier.
I always love a visit to the PA Live studio. They are so welcoming and we have such a good time cooking together. It’s such a great show! If you haven’t watched, you can tune in daily at 4pm on WBRE. All the segments from their entire show are posted daily on their website, so you can catch up if you’ve missed any! If weren’t able to see the show live yesterday, here is a link to my cooking segment: https://www.pahomepage.com/lifestyle/pa-live/pa-live-kim-storm-ritter-may-14-2019/2003277105
During yesterday’s show, I shared a sneak-peek from my new book, as well as one of my most popular recipes with a twist. I hope you enjoy my Crispy Garlic-Parmesan Chicken Wings and my Macaroni and Cheese with Roasted-Truffled Cauliflower. Both recipes are sure to please even the most picky palette. Mac and Cheese is not only a great comfort food for these NEPA rainy days but it’s also great with barbecue. With the addition of the cauliflower to my mac and cheese it’s also a complete meal! The wings are my family’s new favorite dinner. After my publisher sent me an air fryer as a gift for my new book, I had fun experimenting with some new recipes and this crispy wing recipe is one of them.
Crispy Garlic-Parmesan Chicken Wings
12 whole chicken wings
3 cloves garlic- finely chopped
4 tablespoons butter
1 cup white wine – (something you like to drink, preferably dry or semi-sweet)
1/2 cup chicken stock
1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon onion powder
1 teaspoon paprika
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon sage
1/2 teaspoon thyme
In a bowl, combine all ingredients for dry rub. Toss wings in rub.
Place in air fryer at 380 degrees for approximately 20-30 minutes until crispy, turning once (until internal temperature reached 165 and is no longer pink).
In a separate pan, sauté garlic in butter on low heat until fragrant, about 3-5 minutes. Add wine and turn heat to high until sauce thickens, about 10 minutes.
In a bowl, toss chicken wings in sauce and parmesan cheese. Serve hot. Yields: 2
Macaroni and Cheese with Roasted-Truffle Cauliflower
1 box Campanelle pasta
1 head of cauliflower
2 cups sharp american cheese (Cooper)
1 cup sharp white cheddar cheese
4 cups whole milk
1/2 stick of butter
2 tbsp truffle oil
salt & pepper to taste
Pre-heat oven to 400 degrees. Place pasta in boiling water and cook until tender, about 10 minutes. Place cooked pasta in a 9 x 12 ungreased baking dish. Wash cauliflower, break into bit-sized pieces, toss in truffle oil & place on baking sheet. Roast in oven for approximately 20 minutes or until tender and golden brown. Add cauliflower to pasta and toss so it is evenly distributed.
In a separate pot place milk and butter on low heat until butter melts. Slowly add cheese and stir until completely melted. Pour creamy cheese sauce over pasta and cauliflower. Mix with spoon until blended. Add salt and pepper. Cover with tin foil and place in pre- heated oven. Bake until golden bubbly, approximately 30-45 minutes.
F2T Tip: It’s very important to heat the milk up slowly before adding the butter and cheese. If not, your mixture will appear “curdled” and not creamy.
Additional tip: you may prep this the night before and just throw it in the oven at dinnertime! Again, to allow it to heat up slowly, place it in the oven as the oven is pre-heating.