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Cauliflower Souffle

January 6, 2016 Leave a comment

Cauliflower soufflé

Happy new year! I’m not resolving to post more often. This will continue to be an archive for recipes I want to refer back to. My only resolution this year is to brush my daughter’s teeth every night (because we never seem to remember she even has teeth).

11 months

Like croquettas, cauliflower souffle is another classic recipe from a beloved family friend. Lighter than a gratin but similarly satisfying, I thought it would go well with my family’s Christmas Eve prime rib dinner. It was a hit! Better yet, it was quick and easy!

Okay, the hardest part was hand-whipping the egg whites, but if you have a larger kitchen than I do and your KitchenAid isn’t tucked into the back of a hard-to-reach cabinet, you could easily use it to whip the egg whites without tiring out your wimpy arm.

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Quinoa Shrimp Bibimbap

January 23, 2014 Leave a comment

Quinoa shrimp bibimbap

I could eat bibimbap every day. Sometimes I do. It is simple, flexible, vegetable-rich, flavorful and satisfying. The rice or quinoa and vegetables can be made ahead of time and reheated when you’re ready to eat. The sauce already lives in the refrigerator but doesn’t take more than 2 minutes to pull together. 2 minutes to fry an egg — it really is the perfect meal. Read more…

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Kale salad: Avocado Caesar Dressing

January 22, 2014 Leave a comment
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Dinner: avocado Caesar kale salad, cous cous grain mix from Trader Joe’s w/pesto, pan-fried tilapia w/pesto

I am so late to the game! First with the quinoa, now with the kale. I’ve always sauteed kale or put it in soups but only recently have I begun to eat it in raw salads. There’s a place near my office that does kale salad with an avocado (not caesar) dressing but whenever I eat it, I find myself sympathizing with cows. The chewing required is absurd and tedious. What I learned from making the Smitten Kitchen kale salad with pecorino and walnuts (substituting cranberries for raisins, now a requested favorite among my carnivorous extended family) is that the secret to kale salad is removing the ribs and thinly slicing the leaves. Over time, I’ve figured out a faster way of doing this–the leaves are so sturdy that you can pinch the bottom of the stem and zip your fingers along the stem and the leaves will come right off! Roll everything into a rough ball and chiffonade away… Read more…

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Roasted Broccoli & Quinoa Salad

January 5, 2014 3 comments
Machu Picchu

View of Machu Picchu from the Sun Gate

We just got back from our belated honeymoon in Peru: a few days acclimating to the altitude in Cusco, 4 days/3 nights hiking the Inca Trail, a few days relaxing at a resort & spa in the Sacred Valley and then New Year’s Even and another few days eating my weight in ceviche in Lima.

I knew the Inca Trail would be a personal challenge but at no point did I ever hit a wall, as I often do while running. Hiking the Inca Trail was an amazing experience: it allowed me the time to reflect on my own life, learn about the history of the Quechua/Inca, practice my terrible Spanish, and take in some crazy views that I will probably never experience again in this lifetime. When we finally arrived to Machu Picchu, I never wanted to leave…except a beer, shower and clean bed (in that order) sounded pretty good. Read more…

Eggplant Dirty Rice

August 13, 2013 3 comments

Eggplant dirty rice

Cajun food and smooshy eggplant? Yes please. When I saw this in Food & Wine, I knew I had to make it. However, I’m still not very good at cooking rice without a rice cooker…I had to send it back into the oven for an extra ten minutes because when I took it out at the prescribed time, I still had crunchy rice. I used one red and one green pepper instead of two greens just because green peppers aren’t my favorite and I added half a chopped zucchini at the very end because I had it in the fridge. The eggplant adds a richness to the rice without having to add fat. Top it with some hot sauce and you’ve got some zippy rice that can stand on its own. We served it with a portion of grilled salmon and had a really tasty dinner! Read more…

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Grilled Corn & Sausage Salad w/Parsley-Lime Vinaigrette

May 30, 2013 Leave a comment

Grilled corn and sausage salad with parsley lemon vinaigrette and pickled jalapeños and things.

This is one of those recipes borne from avoiding waste that turned into something we will be eating more often this summer. I had 6 ears of corn, 3 spicy italian sausages and a bunch of parsley that was originally earmarked for a family dinner which was postponed. I didn’t want it to go bad so I pivoted and figured on a grilled corn salad and a parsley vinaigrette based on the more conventional cilantro-lime vinaigrette. I also didn’t have enough lime for the dressing so I supplemented with some lemon from the neighbor’s tree and wine vinegar. I’m sure any herb and any vinegar would do in a pinch. I also had cotija cheese in the drawer and chopped up some Mexican pickles (carrots, jalapenos and radish) for a little something extra. Work with what you have! Read more…

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Latkes

April 7, 2013 Leave a comment

Latkes

Wow. I started this post in December…but travels to Cambodia and Thailand followed immediately by the start of a new job results in…this.

A friend’s parents host a party every year dubbed “Vodkas and Latkes.” As we are not close enough for an invite, we thought we’d make some latkes and chug some vodkas on our own. Except we don’t keep vodka around so it turned into latkes and whiskey, which just isn’t as fun to say.

Anyway, what’s not to like about potato pancakes? (and whiskey!) I was initially a bit worried about the amount of onions in the recipe, but they cook down to add sweetness to the pancake. Maybe a little taboo, but mine were fried in bacon fat (I didn’t have the traditional schmaltz) and topped with sour cream and herring roe from Ikea. I don’t recommend the roe from Ikea–I’d rather eat the Japanese version–but it made for a pretty picture.  Read more…