Friday, October 3, 2008
1 Acorn squash
1 Tbsp Butter
2 Tbsp Brown Sugar
2 teaspoons Maple Syrup
Dash of Salt
1 Preheat oven to 400°F.
2 Using a strong chef's knife, and perhaps a rubber mallet to help, cut the acorn squash in half, lengthwise, from stem to end. Use a spoon to scoop out the seeds and stringy stuff in the center of each half. Score the insides of each half several times with a sharp knife. Place each half in a baking pan, cut side up. Add about a 1/4 inch of water to the bottom of the baking pan so that the skins don't burn and the squash doesn't get dried out.
3 Coat the inside of each half with 1/2 a Tbsp of butter. Add a dash of salt if you are using unsalted butter. Add a Tbsp of brown sugar to the cavity of each half. Dribble on a teaspoon of maple syrup to each half.
4 Bake in the oven for 1 hour to 1 hour 15 minutes, until the squash is very soft and the tops are browned. Do not undercook. When finished, remove from oven and let cool a little before serving. Spoon any buttery sugar sauce that has not already been absorbed by the squash over the exposed areas.
Serves 2 to 4, depending on how much squash you like to eat.
from Simply Recipes
I have been making dried apple slices for my kids alot lately. They are so good and don't last! And they make the house smell wonderful. They are SO much cheaper than the ones you get at the store and chemical free! I base my technique on the following link. The only difference is that you do not have to use any sugar. Not needed at all!
1 bunch of Kale de-veined and chopped in thin strips
good olive oil
juice of 1/2 -1 lemon (depending on preference)
smashed and chopped garlic
drizzle olive oil on kale until lightly coated. sprinkle on lemon juice to taste. same with garlic and salt.
you can also omit the garlic and add in a handful of dried cranberries and pine nuts.
Nutrional Value (from Wikipedia)
Kale is considered to be a highly nutritious vegetable with powerful antioxidant properties and is anti-inflammatory.
Kale is very high in beta carotene, vitamin K, vitamin C, lutein, zeaxanthin, and reasonably rich in calcium. Because of its high vitamin K content, patients taking anti-coagulants such as warfarin are encouraged to avoid this food since it increases the vitamin K concentration in the blood which is what the drugs are often attempting to lower. This effectively raises the effective dose of the drug.
Friday, May 2, 2008
Place quinoa in a colander and rinse several times rubbing the grains together to remove the bitter outer layer. (I don't do this, btw. The brand I buy is pre-washed)
Place water and quinoa into a 2-quart saucepan. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat to a simmer and cover. Cook for 10 to 15 minutes or until all water has been absorbed.
- While the quinoa is cooking, finely chop the tomatoes, parsley, and scallions. Add lemon juice, olive oil and fresh mint to the tomato mixture.
Stir in cooked quinoa and salt. Mix well.
Let tabouli sit in the refrigerator for a day to blend flavors.
Tabouli is traditionally served at room temperature so remove from fridge 30 to 60 minutes before serving.
thought I'd pass along. It comes from the Best Ever Indian Cookbook,
published by Hermes House in the UK and purchased from Marshalls for only
$6.99. We've found recipes for most of the FPP vegetables in this book.
4 whole corn cobs
vegetable oil, for frying
1 large onion, finely chopped
2 garlic cloves, crushed
2 inch piece fresh root ginger, crushed
1/2 tsp ground turmeric
1/2 tsp onion seeds (kalonji)
1/2 tsp cumin seeds
1/2 tsp five-spice powder (I think we omitted this)
chili powder or cayenne, to taste
6-8 curry leaves (can substitute bay leaves)
1/2 tsp sugar
1 cup plain yogurt (we were out, so we used a combination of goat cheese
and heavy cream)
Cut each corn cob in half, using sharp knife to limit damage to kernels.
Heat oil in large frying pan and fry corn pieces until golden brown on all
sides. Remove cobs and set aside.
Remove excess oil, leaving 2 tbsp in pan. Grind the onion, garlic, and
ginger to a paste using a mortar & pestle or food processor. Remove and
mix in all the spices, curry leaves, and sugar.
Reheat the oil gently and fry the onion mixture until all the spices have
blended well and the oil separates from the paste.
Cool the mixture and gradually fold in the yogurt. Mix well until you
have a smooth sauce. Add the corn and mix so that the pieces are evenly
covered with the sauce. Reheat for 10 minutes or until corn is tender.
You can even throw in some of this week's serranos to add spice and color
- just slice them lengthwise (while keeping the stem end intact) and
remove some of the seeds with a knife. Add them to the "fry the onion
mixture" step, or even earlier if you prefer them soft.
-- Ashlee French
Saturday, April 5, 2008
Steam beans for 5-7 minutes until just tender. Squirt juice of key lime (or any other citrus), sprinkle a bit of olive oil, red bell pepper chopped up and lots of pepper and salt. Eat all at once!
Thursday, April 3, 2008
Every weekend during the summer, if we are lucky, there will be a good supply of wax beans at the farmers market. These golden yellow (and sometimes purple) versions of green beans are harvested young, and are sweet and tender. Here is a simple way to prepare them, with the subtle flavor of a mint infusion.
1/2 pound wax beans
Several mint leaves
2 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
1 A little bit ahead of time, crush a few mint leaves (reserve some for garnish) with a mortar and pestle. Put the crushed mint leaves into a small jar and add a couple tablespoons of high quality olive oil to cover. Let sit for at least an hour if you can. The longer the mint is in the olive oil, the better the infusion.
2 Prepare the beans by cutting off and discarding the tips and ends. Snap the beans in half, if necessary, to have pieces about 2 inches in length.
3 15 minutes before serving bring an inch of water in a saucepan to a boil. Place the beans in a steamer basket in the saucepan. Cover and cook, until tender, about 10-15 minutes. Check for doneness after about 8 minutes or so. If a fork easily goes through them, they're done.
4 Remove beans from pan and place them into a serving bowl. Use a strainer to drizzle the mint-infused olive oil over the beans. Sprinkle salt over the beans to taste. (Fleur de sel would work really well with this dish.) Chop up a few more mint leaves to add as garnish.
the original authentic recipe from Havana Cuba
1 teaspoon powdered sugar
Juice from 1 lime (2 ounces)
4 mint leaves
1 sprig of mint
white Rum (2 ounces)
2 ounces club soda
There are countless recipes for the Mojito (pronounced moh-HEE-toh), but this version is for the one Hemingway himself enjoyed at the Mojito's place of birth: La Bodeguita del Medio in Havana, Cuba. If you are throwing a Cuban theme party (Havana night themed party), definitely plan on serving mojitos.
Place the mint leaves into a long mojito glass (often called a "collins" glass) and squeeze the juice from a cut lime over it. You'll want about two ounces of lime juice, so it may not require all of the juice from a single lime. Add the powdered sugar, then gently smash the mint into the lime juice and sugar with a muddler (a long wooden device pictured below, though you can also use the back of a fork or spoon if one isn't available). Add ice (preferably crushed) then add the rum and stir, and top off with the club soda (you can also stir the club soda in as per your taste). Garnish with a mint sprig.from www.tasteofcuba.com
How about sitting on your porch sipping this refreshing drink while the breeze kicks in and you are listening to Buena Vista Social Club? I hope to be doing that sometime this weekend!
Sunday, March 30, 2008
This is one of the ways we use up our veggies! We pre-grill/roast a ton of stuff up and store in the fridge all week and add to pizza, sandwiches, omelettes/frittatas, and salads. The pre-grilling not only takes the extra moisture out of the vegetables - but makes their flavor stronger, richer, and sweeter. So, everything you use them for will be that much better.
I posted our dough recipe with a bunch of tips a few months ago. We have recently converted from cooking in our gas oven at super high temps to the outdoor gas grill. It is AMAZING! You have to fool around with your grill to get it all perfect. We put our stone directly on the grill and heat up all four gas jets as high as they will go for 5-10 minutes, then turn the middle two (that are directly under the stone) down to low and keep the outside ones on high. Pizza cooks in about 7 minutes and your house is not heated up. This will be my lunch all summer!
This is a staple in French delis for a healthy snack/salad/lunch. It keeps for a few days and is a great way to get loads of carrots into your diet. Here is our version - but it really lends itself to customization.
3 thickly grated carrots (we use the mandolin for this so they are crunchier)
oj (juice from one orange)
sprinkle of cumin
a bit of smashed and chopped garlic and a glug of olive or walnut oil are great additions.
Saturday, March 22, 2008
from Moosewood Cookbook
1 cup dry bulgar wheat
1 1/2 cups boiling water
1 t salt
1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
1/4 c olve oil
2 cloves of garlic, smashed and chopped
4 scallions chopped (white and green) - or use some sweet onion
1 packed cup finely chopped parsely
10-15 fresh mint leaves (if you have it)
2 tomatoes, seeded and chopped (or a few handfuls of grape tomatoes)
think about throwing in some seeded chopped cucumber, red or green bell pepper, or chickpeas
combine the bulgar and boiling water, cover, let set 30 minutes until tender
mix in the salt, lemon, olive oil, garlic, pepper - cover and refrigerate until cool - then add the rest of the ingredients. Eat cold for lunch. Enjoy!