Monday, July 11, 2011

Summer Squash Salad

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Kara and I hit the farmers market this weekend and the resulting bounty of squash, onions, and tomatoes led to a delicious salad.  Recipe after the break.

Saturday, June 4, 2011

Stir Fry

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Tonight we had a thrown together stir fry with Indian spices.  The best part of this was probably the rice, though.  I always love the rice you get with Indian take-out and wanted to make it at home.  Not quite there yet - but close.  I think it mostly lacked the ghee (clarified butter).  Mine had a little cumin, a little cinnamon, 4 cardamom pods, and a clove of garlic.  Very yummy.

The stir fry was just whatever veggies we had with some garam marsala and crushed red with a little rice vinegar and soy sauce.

Saturday, April 30, 2011

Summer Squash Pasta w/ Rosemary Olive Oil Flatbread

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Sautéed onions, yellow squash, zucchini, and tomatoes with some dried herbs served over pasta w/ fresh basil and thick grated parm on top.  Also made a little pizza with rosemary, parm, salt, and a liberal amount of good olive oil on top.  Makes an excellent flatbread to go with the pasta.

You can almost feel summer and the bounty of fresh vegetables coming.

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Stir Fry Seitan w/ Potstickers

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Stir fried Seitan w/ home made potstickers.  This was by far the most labor intensive meal we've made yet. We made home made seitan (basically just the protein part of wheat flour - the gluten), home made potstickers, home made dipping sauces, and stir fried a bunch of fresh veggies.  More details on seitan and more pictures after the jump.

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Pasta with Vodka Sauce

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This the Vodka Sauce from The Joy of Cooking.  It is probably one of the few recipes that I follow without changing anything at all.  I did use De Cecco Cavatappi instead of the traditional penne - but that's about it!  That said, the recipe's statement that basil is optional is totally false.  Basil is never optional.  The recipe is on page 328.  You do own the Joy of Cooking, don't you?  If not, the recipe is after the break. Go make it right now.

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Veggie Vindaloo

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This is my version of Veggie Vindaloo - invented by combining and tweaking a few I found online.  Vindaloo is a Goan dish that evolved out of a dish Portugese settlers brought called Vinha d'Alhos and originally included wine and pork.  My favorite part of the story is that "aloo" means potato in Hindi so the Indian version almost invariably contains potatoes even though the Portugese did not.  Ahh false cognates.  Gotta love 'em.  Anyway, you usually see this with lamb or chicken in American Indian joints.  My version is all veggie, but it'd be easy to add some meat and stew it a whole lot longer if you wanted.

Recipe here.

Sunday, March 6, 2011

Black Bean Mess

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Those of you who know me,  knew this day was coming.  Here's my all-time most overused, still most loved recipe: "Black Bean Mess."  It's wonderful and I highly recommend you go make some.  The ones in the picture were made with homemade black beans, but honestly canned works pretty darn well.  Find the recipe here:

My 3 favorite uses:

1) Combine with brown rice in about equal portions, cheese, sriracha, and a little sour cream.
2) Fill a burrito shell, fry the burrito a little on two sides in a non-stick pan with a tiny bit of oil, top with sriracha.
3) Make a salad with spinach, avocado, tomatoes, green onion, sour cream, cheese, and some black bean mess - awesome "taco salad"