Monday, September 29, 2008
Thursday, September 25, 2008
Wednesday, September 24, 2008
For the loaf:
For the sauce:
8 T brown sugar
1 cup ketchup
1/2 t nutmeg
2 t ground mustard
Gently combine first 8 ingredients in a bowl. Transfer to a loaf pan. Mix four sauce ingredients and pour over meat mixture. Bake at 350 for one hour.
On another note, I noticed on The Cleaner Plate Club site that a reader wrote in asking about bok choy recipes. I have a recipe of my own that I thought I would share because it is oh-so-good and very easy. I like to serve this with my chicken-rice recipe and I use some of the bok choy sauce for the rice. There is nothing like white rice with lots of good sauce in my opinion. I could eat that all night long. This is also a great way to get some more leafy greens into your diet!
C's Bok Choy
4 bunches baby bok choy
2 T olive oil
3 or 4 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
1 T ginger, thinly sliced
freshly ground pepper
¼ t red chili flakes
2 cups chicken stock
2 T soy sauce
Saute ginger and garlic in olive oil on medium heat. When it's almost done, add bok choy leaves, red chili flakes and pepper, and saute on high for a few minutes, stirring to cook evenly. When bok choy is almost cooked, pour in soy sauce and chicken stock and bring to a low boil. Turn heat down to medium and continue to cook for 5-10 minutes (when bok choy is completely cooked). Serve with white rice. Spoon sauce over rice.
Adapted from Bon Appetite
For the meatballs:
1 large egg
2 T water
¼ cup plain dried breadcrumbs
12 oz lean ground turkey
¼ cup freshly grated parmesan cheese
2 T chopped fresh Italian parsley
2 garlic cloves, minced
¾ t salt
¼ t ground pepper
For the soup:
½ yellow onion, chopped
1 cup chopped peeled carrots
4 cloves of garlic, minced
1 bay leaf
1 celery stalk with leaves (whole)
6 cups chicken stock (I used 4 cups low sodium and 2 cups regular)
4 cups water
¾ cup orzo (rice shaped pasta)
4 cups coarsely chopped escarole (about ½ of one head)
Whisk egg and 2 T water in medium bowl to blend. Mix in breadcrumbs. Let stand 5 minutes. Add turkey, Parmesan cheese, parsley, garlic, salt, and pepper; gently stir to blend. Using wet hands, shape turkey mixture into 1 1/4-inch-diameter meatballs. Place on baking sheet; cover and chill 30 minutes.
Tuesday, September 23, 2008
Monday, September 22, 2008
Also beware of restaurants and stores selling wild salmon out of season. Consumer Reports did a story on The Salmon Scam and found that less than half were truly wild!
And speaking of fish, I picked up this little sustainable seafood guide at the aquarium which is worth a quick perusal.
Sunday, September 21, 2008
1 large white onion
4 or 5 cups sliced white mushrooms
1 c Marsala (I used sweet but I am sure dry is fine too)
1 c fresh pesto or 1 package of store-bought pesto
1 ½ small packages of goat cheese
¼ c brown sugar
- Thinly slice mushrooms. Heat a small amount of butter or olive oil in a large saute pan. Add mushrooms and stir. Pour in Marsala and reduce heat to low. Cook for one hour.
- Thinly slice onions. Heat butter in large saute pan and add onions. Sprinkle with salt. Cook on medium-low heat for about 30 minutes until onions caramelize.
- Preheat oven to 500 degrees.
- Wipe a small amount of olive oil on two cookie sheets. (Don’t forget this step or they will totally stick!)
- Pop bread loaves out of containers and place on cookie sheets. Using a sharp knife, cut a line down the center of each loaf about two-thirds of the way through. Press the sides out a little bit to flatten.
- Spoon pesto down the center and spread all over the top surface of the bread.
- Top the bread with mushrooms and caramelized onions (use all of them). Then add little chunks of goat cheese. Finish by sprinkling brown sugar on top.
- Put cookie sheet in oven and turn heat down to 350. Bake one at a time for approximately 25 minutes.
- Cut into 1 inch slices and serve.
Thursday, September 18, 2008
"Gwyneth Paltrow, Mario Batali, Mark Bittman and Claudia Bassols take the ultimate road trip adventure, showcasing the pleasures of Spain, the country's regional cuisine, art, history, and culture, as it's never been seen before".
I love cooking and I love to travel so it should be a no-brainer. Let's hope they live up to the challenge and provide an entertaining show that has great content and beautiful cinematography. Premiering this week!
P.S. Loving Small Magazine! Thanks for the tip Jackie!
Tuesday, September 16, 2008
WHO THEY ARE (from the website)
Sunday, September 14, 2008
P.S. I have to be honest and say that I messed up the recipe and didn't see that it was for one ramekin so I made each with one egg and one tablespoon cream, instead of two. That explains why they look over-cooked... because they were. They were still so good though that I can't wait for tomorrow so I can make them properly.
2) It always makes a delicious and flavorful dinner.
3) It's great comfort food when fall is in the air.
5) I make homemade chicken stock the next day, which I use in a quick homemade chicken noodle soup. There is nothing better than 100% homemade chicken noodle soup!
Juliet has a studio on Queen Anne in Seattle. You can call for an appointment to view her pieces or to put in an order. She has a new shipment coming in October so if you're interested in anything, call now to get your goods before they sell out. These same earrings in blue topaz are gorgeous and selling out like hotcakes.
Thursday, September 11, 2008
- Beecher's Market Herb Fresh Curds - flavored with olive oil, fresh parsley, garlic, rosemary and thyme.
- Beecher's Crackers -natural crackers rich and delicious with a buttery sweetness and an excellent crunch.
Wednesday, September 10, 2008
A bit of feedback about my chicken rice recipe...
Two people thought the lime flavor stood out quite a bit and two people thought there wasn't enough ginger. That could be the recipe writer's fault (moi), and not the recipe. It should be pretty gingery and the lime flavor shouldn't be that distinct. I will adjust the recipe to improve these issues. Another person wasn't a fan of the Sriracha but wanted some heat. She thought jalapeno might do the trick. Someone give it a try and let us know!
I hope this helps. Happy cooking!
Just a good reminder to cherish every day and embrace motherhood rather than letting it weigh you down!
Tuesday, September 9, 2008
Buckwheat pancake mix which also requires:
- 1 egg
- 2 tsp canola oil
- 2 tsp honey
- 3/4 cup milk
Mix above ingredients until smooth, then also add:
- diced bananas
- handful of rolled oats (maybe 1/4 cup)
Cook pancakes, then top with:
Serve to children with big smiles!
Put ingredients in a mug and pour boiling water over. Let steep for several minutes and then drink your sickness away. Add more honey or lemon juice if you need it.
Saturday, September 6, 2008
I loved this Nation Ltd. Karen Tee (as seen on Nicole Richie & Mary Kate Olsen) selling for $105 on www.singer22.com sooooooooooooo ...
... I was pleasantly surprised to find this very similar tee at JCrew for $32.50. You can't really tell in the picture but the fabric has a similar look and texture as the Nation Ltd. Karen tee. They are long too which I love love love.
Wednesday, September 3, 2008
I can't stop raving about the children's book Iggy Peck, Architect so I thought I would share some of the pages. I have nearly memorized the book and never get tired of looking at the most detailed illustrations. It's a big hit in our house.
- Chicken is best marinated with crushed garlic to a paste, cumin, oregano, lime juice (instead of vinegar) and black pepper.
- Brown chicken first on high heat. Then set aside, add more oil and start from beginning with onion and pepper.
- Add frozen peas.