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Veal Parmigiana

This recipe has got to be one of my husband’s absolute favorites and with good reason. He likes Chicken Parm a lot and that’s what I mostly make but every once in a while I will get veal cutlets and make this delicious meal and kick it back “old school” style. It’s classic comfort food for sure all gooey and delicious.

Firstly you’ll want to get your veal cutlets from a butcher and make sure they’re ready for frying. In NYC there are a lot of butchers and specialty stores to choose from so while I’m in town I make them. They also are rather pricy so saying all that you can also make this recipe with chicken. Veal is low in fat and high in protein and makes a great veal parmigiana. There are many variations but I am sort of a purist and like it with tomato sauce and cheese. Baked to perfection!

Last night this is what I did and served along side spaghetti.

Enjoy!

Ingredients:

1 lb. Veal Slices ( Cutlets) pounded thin if you go to butcher tell them what you’re using them for

1 cup Italian Seasoned Bread Crumbs– you may need a little more

4 Tablespoons of Grated Parmesan / Romano cheese and more for sprinkling cutlets

Olive Oil for frying

pasta of your choice but I like spaghetti with it

1 egg with a splash of milk

Spaghetti Sauce — whatever kind you have — obviously home made is great but I like Raos a lot and when I don’t have any homemade on hand that’s my go-to. The marinara one is perfect as is the Arabiata if you like it a little more spicy — app. 12 ounces of sauce for veal and spaghetti. If using a jar buy the 24 oz. and then you’ll have enough sauce for both veal and spaghetti. Use as much or as little as you like.

1/2 lb . mozzarella cheese , shredded

Directions:

Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees

Set up a breading station using 2 bowls. One bowl with egg and splash of milk beaten, and then one bowl with bread crumbs mixed with grated parmesan cheese (app. 3 Tablespoons of cheese and use the rest to sprinkle on cutlets)

I pat dry the veal cutlets before dipping into the egg and milk

Dip in the egg and then dip in the bread crumbs. Coat the veal completely. I place on a small cookie sheet and put in the refrigerator till I am ready to fry them . I find this holds bread crumbs in place best but obviously if you’re short on time just go right to the frying. I only put them in for about 1/2 hour but you can leave them in longer if you’d like .

I use a large skillet and add a good coating of oil to bottom of pan — enough to cover bottom of pan and enough for each cutlet to fry up — maybe 1/4″ to 1/2″ of oil. You do not submerge the cutlets in the oil just enough to fry them up. Pre heat the oil so it’s very hot when you add veal. Flame on pan should be medium-high depending on your stove top.

Pan fry both sides — I turn over gently to make sure they’re golden brown and then turn them . Do not over fry because they still need to bake in the oven. (see pics) you want them to be golden brown

Drain the fried cutlets on some paper towels blotting the tops for excess oil.

I spray a baking dish with cooking spray and add enough sauce to cover bottom of the baking dish and don’t be skimpy with it, you’ll probably use about 8 oz. of the sauce. I sprinkle with a little grated parmesan and then add shredded mozzarella to top .

Place in hot oven and I cooked covered (aluminum foil) for first 10 minutes , then 5 minutes uncovered and then put oven to broil for another 3-5 minutes till cheese gets a bit brown and bubbly. All ovens vary but this is what worked best for me to get that beautiful finish. You must keep an eye on it when under broiler . Mine was ready in about 3 minutes.

I cooked up some spaghetti added a little sauce to it and plated the veal and the spaghetti and dinner was served.

Blueberry Banana Bundt Cake

I had rotten bananas and I had some blueberries and I had all the other ingredients for this delicious bundt cake in the house. It took about 20 minutes to prep and another 50 minutes in the oven and it’s going into the freezer for another time and place. This cake freezes so well and the bananas were going in the garbage so there you have it –snacking cake for another time. You can freeze this cake for up to 3 months, but make sure you wrap it up carefully and mark the date you freeze it on the bag.

Enjoy!

  • when I freeze I usually cut up into sections rather than freeze the whole cake –it’s easier to freeze and takes up less space in the freezer and if I just want a small piece it works out best!

Ingredients:

1 1/4 cups flour

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 teaspoon fine salt (table salt)

1/2 cup butter unsalted and softened

3/4 cup sugar

3 large eggs — room temperature

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

4 bananas mashed– very ripe black bananas

1 cup blueberries — rinsed and dried

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. I spray a Bundt Pan with Bakers Aid Spray– you can use other sprays but I prefer this one for baking

In a large bowl combine the flour, baking soda and salt with a wire whisk. Set it aside

Cream Butter and Sugar in an Electric Mixer. Add eggs one at a time and the vanilla. Beat until well combined

Add the flour Mixture to the bowl and Combine until just mixed. Fold in the Blueberries and Bananas with a spatula

Pour the batter into the sprayed Bundt Pan

Bake for 50 minutes. Check with a cake tester or toothpick till it comes out clean.

Enjoy!!

Sheet Pan Asian Style Chicken Meatballs and Burnt Broccoli —

This was a delicious twist on chicken meatballs. The meatballs were so amazingly moist and tasty and I served over Jasmine Rice and it was just perfect. The original recipe is from Bon Appetit and I took a few liberties with it. We like spicy food so I used some Sriracha along with the ketchup — you can make this as spicy as you like or not spicy at all depending on how much or how little Sriracha you use or use none at all. If you’re in the mood for something a little different this one’s for you. We just love meatballs and we’ll eat them any which way. Have fun with this one. And you all know that my husband absolutely still refuses to eat broccoli so it was his loss because it was delicious.

*a little note I use my mini chopper to chop ginger and garlic and I use it for onions as well . It gets it finely minced. If you don’t have one of these mini choppers I highly recommend it’s use to get garlic, ginger and onions and other vegetables finely grated when recipe calls for that.

Enjoy!

Ingredients: Sauce

2/3 cup Ketchup — I decreased the ketchup and added about 1/3 Sriracha – and it was very spicy but we like very spicy . So please either keep it 2/3 of ketchup for totally not spicy or decrease a little ketchup and add a little Sriracha.

1/4 cup Worcestershire Sauce

2 Tbsp. Water

2 Tbsp. Honey

4 tsp. Soy Sauce

1/2 inch piece of ginger, peeled and finely grated

1 garlic clove — finely grated — see note above about finely grating

1/2 tsp. freshly ground black pepper

Ingredients: Meatballs and Broccoli

app. 1 lb. of Broccoli — you just want florets so if you’re starting with a head of broccoli you’ll have to trim and cut etc. I just bought a 1 lb. package of broccoli florets available in most grocery stores these days. ( not frozen)

2 Tbsp. Vegetable Oil divided — 1 for broccoli and 1 for Meatballs

2 1/2 tsp. Kosher Salt divided — 1 1/2 for Broccoli and 1 for Meatballs

* a pinch of Crushed red Pepper which is also optional

1 lb. ground chicken– I try to use 85/15 chicken the 90/10 tends to be very dry and really the best is ground dark meat if you can find it

1 large egg beaten to blend

4 scallions , thinly sliced

2 garlic cloved, finely grated

1 ” small piece of ginger , finely grated

1/3 cup Panko ( Japanese Breadcrumbs)

1 Tbsp. Sesame Oil — I use regular Sesame Oil but you can use Toasted as well

1/4 tsp. freshly ground black pepper

Rice for Serving any kind you like , I used Jasmine this time but any kind will do

Directions:

Mix ketchup, Sriracha ( if you’re using) , Worcestershire Sauce, water, honey, soy sauce, grated ginger, and pepper in a small saucepan. I measured out about 1/4 cup mixture into a small bowl for glazing meatballs, later. Bring remaining mixture to a simmer over medium high heat stirring occasionally and reducing heat if necessary, let sauce thicken , about 5 minutes. Transfer sauce to a small bowl or leave in pan and remove from heat.

Meatball and Broccoli Assembly:

Place a rack in upper third of the oven; pre-heat to 450 degrees. I sprayed a sheet pan with cooking spray and lined it with aluminum foil. In a separate bowl I tossed florets with 1 Tablespoon Vegetable Oil, 1 1/2 tsp. Kosher Salt, and a few pinches of crushed red pepper ( optional) I brushed the sheet pan with the remaining 1 Tbsp. of Vegetable Oil and then placed broccoli florets on the edges of the baking sheet to create space for my meatballs.

Mix chicken, egg, scallions, garlic, ginger, panko, sesame oil, pepper , 1 1/2 tsp. Kosher Salt, and 4 Tbsp. Water in a medium bowl and mixed all ingredients together till just combined — don’t overmix

Using wet hands form into 12 meatballs — Probably 2 inches apiece though I didn’t measure but I got 12 beautiful sized meatballs. Arrange on baking sheet; brush with some of the reserved glaze ( 1/4 cup) ( see photo) Bake until meatballs are cooked through, about 15-20 minutes. Remove from oven; heat broiler. Brush meatballs again with glazing mixture; broil until broccoli is charred and meatballs are browned in spots, app. 5 minutes but keep an eye on them. At the end of 5 minutes if you’re meatballs look ready but your broccoli isn’t charred enough, remove meatballs and continue to broil broccoli till it’s charred enough.

Spoon meatballs and broccoli over rice in a bowl. Drizzle with sauce and there you go!

Easy Israeli Salad

This salad is so delicious and fresh and works so well with grilled chicken, fish or really any protein. It’s a perfect accompaniment to a BBQ.

I just love it for lunch or dinner and it’s so easy that anyone can do it. Add in feta cheese, olives, or canned chick peas to add to this wonderful deliciousness.

Whatever and whenever you decide to serve this it will be most wonderful.

Just a word about making ahead… I chopped and diced all the vegetables and put in a bowl and put in the fridge. I juiced my lemon and had it set aside. Right before serving I added olive oil and lemon juice stirred it up well and tasted for salt and pepper.

If you add oil and lemon juice too soon it will be very soggy and I don’t like it that way at all. So just have it all ready to serve and add dressing right before.

Ingredients;

this is what I used feel free to substitute or add in whatever you’d like. ( Canned Chick Peas are also delicious in this) Olives, Scallions, Feta Cheese, whatever you feel like.

1 Large Seedless Cucumber or remove the seeds from a seeded one or just keep the seeds if you don’t care

1 box grape tomatoes halved

1 yellow pepper, diced or an orange one. I used orange and yellow about 1/2 and 1/2

1/2 cup diced red onion

2 Tbsp. Fresh Parsley , chopped

3 Tablespoons Lemon Juice

2-3 Tablespoons Olive Oil– I used 3 but you can start with 2 add the salt and pepper and add for more flavor after

Kosher Salt and Freshly Ground Black Pepper

*I love chick peas so I always add about 1/2 can of rinsed and drained chickpeas and of course a little feta never hurt anyone either — use as much or as little as you’d like and of course some Kalamata olives work very well here as well– obviously you can make this delicious salad your way

Directions:

In a large bowl, toss together all the vegetables. Add the lemon juice, olive oil and chopped parsley and mix thoroughly to coat.

Season with Salt and Pepper to your liking. Serve cold or at room temperature. I like it cold but it’s delicious either way.

Passover 2022

Passover starts on Friday , April 15th and ends on Saturday April 23 this year. So I guess it’s about that time that we should start thinking about what we’re going to make for the Seders. Every year people ask me about freezing some of my recipes. I can’t really speak to freezing everything because I haven’t done so. I will try and note recipes that I’ve frozen and add to recipes. Everyone asks me about freezing the Peach Farfel and while I haven’t I know some of you have , I don’t see why you can’t freeze it. I would only cook it 1/2 way through and when it cools down and is more solid I would wrap it well and freeze. I would wrap with plastic and aluminum. If you have an extra freezer and can keep it in the baking dish even better.

I will start to post the tried and true recipes that mean so much to me and my family and I know have become a part of your Passover traditions. If you have a great Passover recipe please email to me I would love to check it out.

Happy Cooking from my kitchen to yours.

Happy Passover.

No Breading Chicken Parmesan

So delicious and so perfect. I used thin chicken breasts to start , if you’re using thicker ones you’ll have to monitor the timing of them a bit more and you should just use a meat thermometer to do so. This really couldn’t be easier and it was super tasty and is a cheese lovers delight. It’s lightened up from traditional breaded and fried chicken parm.

Prep and ingredients are super easy .

This recipe is for 4.

Ingredients:

1 1/2 – 2 pounds of thin chicken breasts

1 egg

3/4 cup grated Parmesan Cheese

1/2 tbsp. garlic powder

1/2 tbsp. onion powder

1 Tablespoon Italian Seasonings — It comes in one jar and is available in most spice sections in supermarkets —

pinch kosher salt

1/4 tbsp. freshly ground black pepper

and because we like a little extra kick I add a sprinkle of crushed red pepper flakes

3/4 -1 cup Jarred Marinara or if you have home made that’s good too . I prefer Raos Arabiata or Marinara

Shredded Mozzarella — probably 1/2 cup to 1 cup depending on how much cheese you like — I like a good sprinkle of cheese — see pics.

A little olive oil for drizzle in pan before cooking

Directions:

Pre heat oven to 400 degrees

I used a large baking dish and sprayed with cooking spray and drizzled a bit of olive oil to bottom of pan — just a little

Beat egg in a wide enough bowl for dipping chicken

In a second wide bowl combine the parm cheese and spices and mix

Dip each piece of chicken in the egg and then the cheese, coating both sides. Place in prepared baking dish.

Bake for 20 minutes — since cutlets are thin this should be fine because you’ll be cooking more with sauce and cheese. If thicker cutlets you may need a bit more time.

Top each piece with sauce and shredded mozzarella. ( you can spread a little sauce in between chicken as well . I served over spaghetti and needed a little more sauce so this was enough. If you want you can heat up extra sauce in a small saucepan for spaghetti. Bake for another 10-20 minutes till chicken is 160 degrees when checked with meat thermometer and cheese is melted and bubbly. I like my cheese just slightly browned so you can turn to broil for a minute or so depending on your broiler but be careful you don’t want to burn the whole thing.

I served over pasta and had enough sauce for us.

That’s it folks — enjoy!

Braised Chicken with Coconut Milk and Tomatoes in One Pot

Bone in Chicken Thighs work beautifully here as they cook up rather quickly and are very tasty . I browned them first and gave them a nice crust and then they get braised in a beautiful tomato sauce with coconut milk and amazing spices. It’s stew like in consistency and I served over rice. Any rice will do . I added some red peppers and it was enough of a meal on it’s own with the rice. Bread would be lovely if you’d like to soak up the remaining sauce . A nice green salad would work well here as well.

Enjoy!

Ingredients:

1 1/2 – 2 lbs. bone-in , skin-on chicken thighs, at room temperature

Kosher Salt and Black Pepper

2 Tablespoons grapeseed or Canola Oil — I used Grapeseed

1 medium red onion thinly sliced

4 garlic cloves minced

1 2 “piece of fresh ginger, peeled and minced

1 teaspoon ground Cumin

1 teaspoon Curry Powder — I use Spicy Curry Powder use whatever you like

1/2 teaspoon Ground Cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon red-pepper flakes

1/2 pint of grape or cherry tomatoes– I left them whole

1 Red Bell Pepper– cut into thin strips

1 14 oz. can diced tomatoes with their juices

1/2 (13 oz.) can full-fat coconut milk — save the rest of can if you feel the sauce needs more– I didn’t use it

1 Tbsp. Tomato Paste

*handful of roughly chopped fresh cilantro — totally optional

Directions:

Pat chicken thighs dry and I placed on a baking sheet and sprinkled kosher salt and coarse black pepper all over

In a deep 12 inch pot or pan — I used my cast iron Le Creuset –perfect. add the 2 Tablespoons Grapeseed Oil till oil gets hot enough to add chicken ( medium-high heat) I use tongs and place the chicken skin side down, let them brown up nicely without disturbing them for about 5 minutes using the tongs you can look at them and make sure they’re lightly golden not burning. Flip and brown the other side for about 5 more minutes . If too hot you can lower the heat. When finished transfer the chicken to a plate and set aside.

Turn heat to medium-low add the onion and cook until softened, about 3-5 minutes. Add the garlic, ginger, curry, cumin, cinnamon and red pepper flakes, cook for a minute or so then add in the red pepper strips and cook down for a few minutes till peppers are softened.

Add the can of tomatoes with their juices , the tomato paste, fresh tomatoes ( I left them whole), and the coconut milk , stir until combined and scrape up all the brown bits that may have formed on bottom of the pan. Nestle the chicken back into the skillet ( do not submerge the chicken) Simmer uncovered, until the chicken is cooked through and the sauce has had a chance to thicken slightly ( if too thick add a little more coconut milk) Taste the sauce for Salt and Pepper. Cook anywhere from 30 – 40 minutes more. If you have a meat thermometer you can test for chicken doneness (165 degrees) I probably cooked for 40 minutes. Then if not crispy enough put whole pot under broiler in the oven for a few minutes but be careful not to burn the chicken.

I divided rice into bowls and plated chicken and sauce on top , Sprinkled a little cilantro and we thoroughly enjoyed this very flavorful dish.

Alison Roman’s Chickpea Stew

While our daughter was out here visiting I had the opportunity to flex my Vegetarian Muscle a bit. I made the Jennifer Aniston Salad and Allison Roman’s Chickpea Stew. I had the stew at our daughter’s house and found it so delicious and figured it was perfect to make for her while she was out here since she’s a vegetarian not a vegan . I made a few changes to the original recipe so if you’d like to see it google the original recipe as this is my version. It’s really more of a soup than a stew and again depending on how thick you like it .

It’s always good to have some meat-less meals even if you’re not a vegetarian. And I am a chickpea lover so this was right up my alley.

Ingredients:

1/4 cup Olive Oil

4 garlic cloves, minced

1 large yellow onion, chopped

1 2″ piece of Ginger , finely chopped — I love fresh ginger but if no fresh ginger use powdered ginger –use 1/4 teaspoon of ground ginger for every 1 Tablespoon of Fresh — so probably 1/4 teaspoon would be right

Kosher Salt and Black Pepper

1 1/2 teaspoons ground turmeric

1 teaspoon red pepper flakes — now I love spicy so if you don’t you can omit

2 15 oz. cans chickpeas, drained and rinsed

2 15 oz. cans full-fat coconut milk, be sure to avoid low-fat coconut milk, coconut milk meant for drinking or cream of coconut. They are all very different and would not be suitable for this recipe and yes I know this is a lot of coconut milk but I think it’s the right flavor and consistency in this recipe .

2 cups vegetable stock , and you may need some more so hang on to the rest of the container

1 bunch spinach, kale, collard greens, or swiss chard, stems removed and torn into bite size pieces. I used baby spinach and I like it the best because it breaks down very quickly and is easy to use.

toasted pita, lavash or other flatbread, like Naan would be delicious served alongside

Directions:

Heat 1/4 cup olive oil in a large pot over medium heat. Add garlic, onion and ginger. Season with a little kosher salt and some coarsely ground black pepper, cook and stir occasionally until onion becomes translucent and starts to brown a bit around the edges but not burn. About 5 minutes.

Add 1 1/2 teaspoons turmeric, 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes, and the chickpeas, I sprinkled a little salt and pepper here as well. Cook, stirring frequently so the chickpeas sizzle and fry up a bit in the spices and oil, they’ll start to break down and get a little browned up as they crisp, another 10 minutes or so. Remove about 1 cup of chickpeas and set aside.

Using a wooden spoon or a masher crush the remaining chickpeas slightly which will release their starchy insides and help to thicken the stew. Add the coconut milk and stock, taste for salt and pepper.

Bring to a simmer, scraping up any bits that may have formed on the bottom of the pot. Cook, stirring occasionally , until stew has thickened, probably 1/2 hour . If after 1/2 hour stew is not thick enough continue cooking. If you need more broth add it here as well. The desired consistency is sort of a personal thing so however you like it will be just fine.

I then added the greens and the remaining whole chickpeas , my spinach broke down pretty rapidly , taste for salt and pepper . Add as much or as little greens as you’d like.

Divide among bowls and if you’d like to top with some fresh mint and I served alongside yogurt ( or sourcream) and toasted pita if using bread.

My version of the Jennifer Aniston Salad

This salad has been all over the internet and I have to say it looked absolutely delicious and right up my alley. Upon closer inspection of it I realized that I would make it but with a few changes to better suit my taste. I definitely think it needs dressing but that’s just me, some of you may like this a lot without any dressing and apparently that’s the way Jennifer Aniston ate hers. Also she used Bulgur and I used Farro it’s just a little different flavor and taste , you can also use quinoa but I prefer Farro. I would also only use 2 cups cooked Farro , the original calls for 4 cups which I guess would be better for more people. You can substitute any of the ingredients or omit. I made for my daughter and myself and she didn’t want Parsley so I left it on the side so I can taste it with the parsley. I love the mint and thought it was an important flavor but you can play around with it and make it your way. I love chickpeas in my salad so this was a must but if you hate them just omit them. Obviously not an exact science so add more or less of any of the ingredients– this is just a guideline.

We ate a lot of the salad for dinner and still had leftovers.

Ingredients:

2 cups cooked Farro — obviously you can use Bulgur or quinoa or any grain you prefer — follow instructions on the package of Farro — it will probably be 1 cup uncooked farro to two cups water but check your packaging

1/2 cup finely diced red onion

1/2 cup finely chopped parsley

1/2 cup finely chopped mint

1/2 cup or more or less shelled pistachios –leave them whole they’re better this way

2 mini cucumbers — chopped into small pieces ( see photo) 1/2 cup approximately

chickpeas – I used 1 can organic chickpeas — rinsed and drained and I let them dry for a while

1/2 cup or more crumbled Feta — use as much or as little as you like

Dressing Ingredients:

1 whole lemon – juiced — I use a juicer to get every last drop

1/4 cup Olive Oil

Sprinkle of Kosher Salt — to taste

Directions:

Prepare farro according to package directions. I made about an hour or so prior to dinner so it would be cooled down.

Finely dice up all of your herbs and ingredients that require chopping

Put dressing in a measuring cup and with a small whisk whisk it good and add a sprinkle of kosher salt once it emsulifies it is ready – a few quick whisks should do it

Place all ingredients in a large bowl and right before eating dress it and mix well — very delicious and will be in my rotation often.

Pasta and Vodka

IMG_6409 IMG_6410 IMG_6412Pasta is probably my favorite go to meal, and I mean Vodka? really? Add a little cream and a can of tomatoes and you’ve got a spectacular meal. You’ll also need a little fresh basil and parmesan to finish it off. It’s an easy meal and if you have the cream and cheese in the house you’re good to go. I always stock the tomatoes and I happened to have the cream in the house and there is always a bottle of Vodka in the freezer right? Fresh Basil is a wonderful layer but if you don’t have it you’ll still be fine. This pasta cooked up in no time and it was heavenly. Perfect for Meatless Monday dinner. IMG_6415 (2) IMG_6417 IMG_6420

Ingredients:

1 lb. pasta ( rigatoni type of noodle is perfect)

3 cloves garlic, minced

*1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper– I love the heat but use at your own discretion

1/2 cup grated Parmesan, plus more for serving

1 tablespoon olive oil

app. 3/4 to 1 teaspoon of kosher salt for sauce (taste for salt) you’ll also need about 2 teaspoons to cook the pasta in

1/3 cup Vodka

1 28 ounce can whole tomatoes, I prefer San Marzano type so look for that

1/2 cup heavy cream

a few fresh basil leaves, cut up into smaller pieces

Directions:

Prepare pasta according to directions on box,  I always throw in about 2 teaspoons of salt to it. When pasta is ready , just drain. I made the sauce while the pasta was cooking.

Place a large skillet type pan on the stove (see pics) Add the olive oil and heat until it shimmers ( app. 1 minute) add the garlic and red pepper (if you’re using it). Cook garlic and red pepper and cook, stirring until soft and fragrant but not browned, this should be less than a minute. Add the vodka and cook down the vodka until it is nearly evaporated. Add the tomatoes and remaining 3/4 teaspoon of kosher salt (start here and add to your own taste) bring to a boil (breaking up the tomatoes with a wooden spoon as they cook down) A little trick I use is to use a potato masher and push down on the tomatoes while they’re cooking, just be careful and do it slowly because you wouldn’t want to get burned by some hot tomato sauce.  Lower heat to medium-low and simmer for 30 minutes. Add the cream , basil and grated Parmesan and bring to a boil , then reduce and let flavors marinate for about another 1/2 hour on a very low heat. I continue breaking up the tomato bits. Add the cooked pasta to pot and stir to coat the pasta!!!!  Serve it up!!!!! A-mazing meat-less meal.

*if you like sauce “less tomatoey” without big chunks of tomato you can use an immersion blender once it’s cooled down < I will usually wait a bit till it’s just warm then add the cream then use blender stick or actual blender. If you really like “no chunks” use crushed tomatoes , I like the chunks but my grandkids don’t so I will use immersion blender or just crushed tomatoes .