Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Home sick and it's gross out Lunch

Bulgur risotto:

Melt butter and olive oil in skillet. Saute one large sliced shallot; when translucent, add 1c bulgur, and more butter if necessary. Saute about 5 min, until all the grains are buttered and toasty (make sure they don't clump together). Add about 1/2 c vermouth; when entirely absorbed, start adding chicken broth gradually, stirring. Only add more once it's all absorbed. I soaked some shiitake mushrooms and added the soaking liquid as well.

When risotto is almost cooked, add sliced mushrooms and whatever vegetables you have-- I added some chopped roasted swiss chard stems I cooked yesterday.

Remove from heat and add flaked fake crab, or whatever else you want (I really, really like fake crab. Most people don't.) Add pepper and (if you didn't put crab) grated cheese. Serve.

Monday, October 29, 2007

A few breakfasts

Fried Green Tomatoes

I've been wanting to make these for years. Take ripe green tomatoes and slice them about 1/4" thick. Salt & pepper them and let them drain a few minutes. Salt & pepper some fine cornmeal and beat an egg. Dip tomato slices in egg, drain, and dip in cornmeal mix to cover. Fry in grapeseed oil until crispy on all sides.

Unctuous Egg-Drop Cereal

Take oatmeal or 5-grain cereal. Cook according to directions. When almost ready, stir in one beaten egg. Keep stirring until it breaks into even wispy white bits. Remove from heat. Add salt, pepper, and grated cheddar cheese. Enjoy.

Saturday, October 27, 2007

Farmer's Market Pasta

It was beautiful-- again, I didn't have my camera on me.

Roast a variety of heirloom tomatoes, tossed with salt, pepper, and dried thyme, in a 400 degree oven for about 20-30 minutes. They should begin to break down but maintain their shape.

Saute an onion and spicy bulk sausage (~1lb) until brown. Add 1/2 can tomato paste, stir to combine; add 1c dry red wine, stir, and reduce until alcohol evaporates. Add roasted tomatoes and stir. Add shredded kale or other cooking greens (about 1 bunch) and cook until kale just wilts. Toss with fresh garlic-parsley pappardelle (Pheonix Pastificio) and serve with freshly grated parmesan.

Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Salmon Sandwich

On an Acme sweet rustic roll:

avocado; salt & pepper; watermelon radish; leftover salmon; roasted tomatoes; porcini oil

Friday Night Dinner

Mostly from recipes...

Mushroom Veloute (Jacques Pepin)

Swiss Chard Frittata: Wash 2 bunches of chard and remove stems. Choose 6-8 of the flattest, most intact leaves and lay half on an oiled 12-14" non-stick frying pan. Fill with premixed: 2 eggs, 3/4 c fresh breadcrumbs, shredded chard, 1/3 c toasted pine nuts, salt & pepper. Cover with remaining leaves, tucking the ends in. Cook over low heat, covered with a lid that pushes down on the frittata. When bottom is golden (about 15 min), flip carefully and cook until set (about 15 min more). I served wedges at room temperature, garnished with arugula, roasted tomatoes in 3 colors, marinated beets sliced into matchsticks, and thin rounds of watermelon radish.

Salmon in Crespelle ( with sauteed baby potatoes, tossed with parsley and tarragon.

Dessert was apple crisp with homemade vanilla ice cream.

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