Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Guest Post Spotlight: Broccoli Rabe with Beans & Sausage

Today I am stoked to present the second member of our team, Joan from Foodalogue.  I am telling you between Joan, Jessica and myself; we are gonna make morel mushrooms look good!

I was fortunate enough to meet Joan recently.  She's classy, engaging and truly knowledgeable about food.  This is clearly evident in one of her recent offerings..

Her photography is second to none.  If you appreciate off the charts good photography then this is certainly the site for you.  Joan loves to travel and shares all of her interesting excursions.

All in all, Foodalogue is one of the best and well-rounded food blogs I have encountered.


Broccoli Rabe with Beans & Sausage

Guest posting is a natural phase of food blogging because that's what the community is all about ... sharing.

It's an honor to be asked to imprint your work on someone's blog because it's their way of saying "I like what you do and I'd like to introduce my readers to you." By accepting the offer, it's your way of saying "ditto, right back at ya".

Laz and I have a little bit of history. I've followed his blog for a while now and then about 3 months ago I became a member of the 5 Star Culinary Makeover Cooking Group which he co-hosts ... then, we recently met in person for a 3-hour fab tasting lunch in Miami ... and, now, we're collaborating as teammates for our next cooking club challenge. But, it's hush-hush and I can't tell you anything about that ... yet.

When I visit Laz's blog, I laugh at his irreverent bad boy language and admire his sophisticated (even delicate) artistic plating. So when he asked me to guest post, I knew I wanted to try to do something 'al estilo Lazaro'. I hope he likes this.

This dish has been a standard in Italian kitchens for a very long time. When served at home, the broccoli rabe (rapini), white beans and sausage are usually served tossed together in a bowl - or heaped on a large serving platter - and served family style. But, I thought Laz would prefer this presentation.

Also, our friend, Laz, is not a big fan of techy menu templates. Like me, he favors telling readers the ingredients and cooking technique, leaving quantities and spices to individual tastes.

So, once again, al estilo Lazaro, here's the recipe:

• White beans slow braised in chicken broth with garlic, olive oil, a small chunk of Parmigiano Reggiano, rosemary and grape tomatoes.
• Rapini wilted in chicken broth; then drained and sauteed with garlic, olive oil and red chili flakes. Squeeze of fresh lemon to finish.
• Sausage roasted in high heat oven with drizzle of balsamic glaze. Cut on angle.
• Finish with a fresh grating of Parmigiano Reggiano and a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil.

Note to Laz: Still not as refined as your presentations, but a step up from dumping in a bowl. :) I do need a lesson, however, in olive oil plate spotting!

That's it for now...till we exchange a few words again...Peace!


  1. I called you a 'bad boy' and you said such sweet things. You must be an angel with horns. :)

    Thanks so much for introducing me to your readers. I really enjoy working with you!

  2. Sounds like you are having a lot of fun !!!

  3. What a fantastic guest post! Joan, this looks amazing...I love how you took a classic meal and presented it so elegantly, a la Laz. ;) Absolutely perfect.

  4. Great post Joan and our Laz is a bad boy that hides his wings...

  5. It's nice to see Joan out and about town, guest posting on another blog. The combination of ingredients in her dish sounds wonderful, and the presentation just knocks it out of the park. I can't wait to see what the Joan-Laz partnership will bring!

  6. Joan this is beautiful what a fabulous presentation. I'd like to take a fork and dig in right about now!

  7. I've been a follower of Joan's blog for a long time and I always enjoy visiting her blog and meeting her food friends. This is another great recipe from her. I really love how she used beans here. Yum!

  8. So glad you've featured Joan today. I've followed her writings and delicious food for a long time. It's great to meet fellow food bloggers and get to know them on a personal basis. Home cooked beans (great idea to include the Parmesan cheese in the cooking process) are the best and I love how you've paired them with the broccoli and sausage.

  9. Hey there Miami, you guys are great!
    Creative plating of a tasty dish! I think it is so cute that Joan cooked in Laz's style.
    Nice tribute on both ends.

  10. The sausage and broccoli rabe and white beans look awesome, a terrific presentation! Nice to see you being a guest here at Laz's.

  11. Looks great.... you have done a fine job of plating. Often things like this look like a bowl of mush. This presentation lets all the elements shine... great dish!

  12. I have never seen beans and sausage plated in such an elegant way. Brava!!!

  13. There isn't anything in this that doesn't sound wonderful. I can't wait to get into this.

  14. Another great guest post, Laz! It looks and sounds delicious, Joan and I love those beans in the mix!

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  16. haha, great post! i need to play more with broccoli rabe :)

  17. great post! love the presentation, and sounds like a delicious meal!

  18. Love the styling Joan...great dish!

  19. Totally inspiring pictures and food presentation. Even better, the flavor has to be fantastic.


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