I like to cook. Sometimes my daughter likes to eat.

Wednesday, January 08, 2014

Banana Oat Muffins with Two Bananas

Awkward title for a recipe, yes, but we LOVE banana bread around here and my regular recipe calls for four very ripe bananas. This is a great back up recipe for when the others aren't quite ripe enough, plus it's quick to put together, and the yogurt keeps them moist for several days. The most recent version of this recipe contained 1/4 cup each shredded coconut (not sweetened), dried chopped cranberries and white chocolate chips -- maybe a little more of these, I was using up odds and ends. I also used coconut oil in place of vegetable oil. They were tender, flavorful, and moderately healthy, a great afternoon snack with a cup of tea or glass of milk. This recipe typically makes 12-14 muffins.

3/4 c each white whole wheat flour or whole wheat pastry flour, all-purpose flour and quick rolled oats
1/2 c sugar
1 t ea baking powder and baking soda

1/4 c milk
1/2 c nonfat yogurt
1 T butter
3 T coconut oil
2 eggs
1 t vanilla

2 ripe bananas, mashed
3/4 cup assorted dried fruit and/or nuts (toasted pecan pieces, blueberries and cranberries are particularly good)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease or line muffin tins.

Combine first five ingredients in a large bowl, whisk. In a separate medium bowl, melt butter and stir in coconut oil till smooth. Beat in eggs, milk and yogurt. Add vanilla and bananas, beat till smooth.

Mix wet ingredients into dry in two batches, stirring till just combined. Add optional nuts or fruit. Fill muffin cups and bake 15-20 minutes, turning once. Cool a bit before digging in.

Thursday, January 02, 2014

New Year's Day Salad of Collards, Black-eyed Peas and Spiced Peanuts

This salad is something of a riff on a recipe that Saveur Magazine posted just before New Year's Day. Like kale salads, it benefits from being made in advance so that the vinaigrette can help to break down the sturdy greens. It is gorgeous and delicious and a refreshing change from the ham-laden peas traditionally served to bring good luck in the new year. A lot of the produce prep can be accomplished while the peanuts are roasting and cooling; although the prep may look daunting, this salad comes together fairly easily.

3/4 c peanuts, raw or roasted and lightly salted
3/4 c grapeseed oil
2 t smoked paprika
1 t sugar
1/2 t ea ground cumin and coriander
1/4 t aleppo pepper
Kosher salt and black pepper to taste
2 shallots, finely diced
2 small garlic cloves, grated on a microplane or pounded to a paste
6 T apple cider vinegar
1/2 t dijon mustard
1 bunch collards, well-rinsed and drained
3 rainbow carrots, peeled
1 red or yellow bell pepper, finely diced
1/4 cup mined cilantro (optional)
1 c cooked and drained black eyed peas

Heat oven to 325 degrees. In a nonreactive bowl, toss peanuts and 2 T oil with spices, 1/4-3/4 t salt (depending on type of peanuts being used) and 1/4 t freshly ground black pepper. Reserving bowl, spread peanuts in a single layer on a baking sheet and toast in the oven, stirring occasionally. Remove from oven and allow to cool.

In the bowl used to season the peanuts, combine shallot and garlic with vinegar, 1/4 t salt and dijon mustard. Stir to combine and allow to sit at least 10 minutes to mellow the alliums.

Cut collard greens from the stem and slice lengthwise into 2-3 inch widths. Stack the strips and cut into thin ribbons from the short end to create 2-3" ribbons of greens. Cut peeled carrots to a julienne or run through a mandoline.

When peanuts have cooled, chop coarsely and reserve. Scrape up any spice mixture from pan and add to shallot mixture. Whisk in remaining oil to taste. Toss vinaigrette with collards and carrots, working vinaigrette thoroughly into mixture, using hands if necessary to gently massage collards. Add diced pepper, black eyed peas and cilantro, if using, and toss to combine. Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes; adjust salt and pepper and top salad with chopped peanuts prior to serving.

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

The Best of 2012

I diligently planned our meals thorugh 2012, and along the way I had the idea that I might post our favorite discoveries each month. Well, first I thought I might post what I cooked/where we went each night on a monthly basis, but that completely eluded me. So then I thought about sharing the best recipes I tried, and when months went by, I considered doing it quarterly, and here we are with an annual round up.

Looking through these, I hope that having these here will jog my mind, there were some great finds in 2012! And if anyone else enjoys them, I'd love to know.

Where possible, I provide a link directly to the recipe. Where I used a cookbook, I provide a link to the Amazon site, but only because the Indie Bound website is lighter on content -- should you choose to acquire a book, here's a plug for your local bookstore!

● A beautiful recipe for wine jelly, which I made as a gift for my workmates to rave reviews! -- from the blog Eating from the Ground Up
David Lebovitz's roast chicken with caramelized shallots -- I need to make this again! That sauce! And so easy.
● Nigel Slater's cod with parsley brown butter sauce from his Real Fast Food
● Brooklyn Farmhouse ginger syrup + crystalized ginger -- perfect for homemade ginger ale
Chinese Beef Noodle Soup from the Gourmet Cookbook -- MZ loved this one and so did we, that soy-ginger-star anise combination works every time
● Spaghetti with radicchio and caramelized onions from The Ferry Plaza Cookbook
Princess Leia cupcakes for MZ's birthday 

● Tuesday Recipe's Lightened Up Chicken Breasts Braised with Escarole with the following note: Decrease cooking time, salt/pepper chix before browning
Cook's Illustrated Basic Risotto with Beet Greens -- a great technique for making risotto an easier weeknight meal
● The Dinner Files' asparagus -- a great basic recipe, we enjoyed this throughout the season
● Real Simple's lemony Barley and Lentil Salad
● A curried yellow split pea soup to which I added kohlrabi greens and wild rice -- I should try to make this again, I assume I made a pretty basic veg split pea soup with curry spices and added cooked wild rice and chopped kohlrabi greens

● Smitten Kitchen Double Coconut Muffins -- another recipe worth a return engagement
● The lamb, chicken, and carne asada marinades from Rancho Cooking -- this is a great cookbook for early California cooking. I added 2 t soy sauce to the carne asada recipe 
Velvety Broccoli and Feta Pasta from the Kitchn -- delicious and it freezes well
● Irish vegetable barley soup made with the leftover stock from cooking corned beef
Miso-Ginger Glazed Salmon from Chow -- a great dish for a group, I made this several times this year
Buttermilk-marinated Chicken Thighs from Smitten Kitchen -- this marinade is infinitely adaptable, and is particularly good with Balti seasoning from Penzeys Spices
Kohlrabi Pickles from Serious Eats -- these are outstanding on turkey burgers!
Ginger Applesauce Cake from the Kitchn
Shortbread Jam Tart from the Kitchn -- so easy, especially with a food processor, this was a hit with MZ and H
Grilled Chorizo-stuffed Poblano Peppers from Serious Eats -- I used soyrizo and we cooked these on the grill up in the snow. They were delicious! Should be a summer staple

And one very Meh recipe:

● Conch ceviche made in Belize with fresh conch and this ceviche recipe
● Dinner a Love Story (DALS) shrimp tacos
● Mariquita Farm's Greens Tacos made with lamb's quarters and Bolani/East West Gourmet's yogurt cheese
Lemony Pickled Cauliflower from Serious Eats -- be sure to use the zest only, the jar with white pitch still attached carried an unpleasant bitter hit
Spicy Rutabaga Pickles -- these had a nice flavor but next time I'll omit the ground spices, which make the finished product cloudy and slightly sandy
● Saveur's pickled cauliflower
● For a Belizean-themed dinner upon our return I marinated chicken in this excellent recado rojo, and served it with Rice and Beans from a now-defunct website called belizeanpride.com
Pook's Hill banana bread -- the banana bread that sustained us during day trips from our excellent lodge
● The household was split on Smitten Kitchen's riff on Ottolenghi's Cauliflower Parmesan Cake, a little goes a long way
● An oddly delicious Black Bean Cauliflower Spread from the Rancho Gordo Heirloom Beans cookbook

Cook's Illustrated arugula pesto
Dinner a Love Story's kale salad -- among many kale salad recipes, this is a keeper
● "Sauterash" -- we had extra grilled hot dogs from a barbecue so I made an Hungarian-influenced staple of my childhood: long grain white rice cooked with sauteed onions and green peppers, diced canned tomatoes and paprika, with sliced hot dogs folded in. I can't say MZ was as enamored as I was but we all ate it up.
bay area bites Fava Ravioli  -- this is an outstanding recipe! Made it with wonton wrappers, MZ did the stuffing and folding
● Carrot refrigerator pickles from Jam it, Pickle it, Cure it -- Karen Solomon is a local treasure!

Momofuku bo ssam (pork shoulder) from the New York Times -- delicious! And that ginger scallion sauce is to die for!
● Serious Eats grilled smashed potatoes
Barbara Kafka's Chinese Chicken in the Pot on Serious Eats -- this was a slam dunk -- ready in 30 minutes and again with the soy-ginger-star anise combination. I need to make this again.
● Blueberry Oat Muffins -- riffed from an easy, lower-sugar quick bread recipe from the Kitchn, I made variations on this recipe all year long, subbing whatever fruit was available, from cherries to chopped pears. I added 2 T grapeseed oil to make the cake more tender and baked the muffins for ~20 min.
● Mark Bittman's Fast Scallion Pancakes -- I added 2 T milk and 1 heaping teaspoon of baking powder, these were a great use of some extra scallions, and were delicious as a modified wrap with grilled steak, shredded lettuce and hoisin sauce
● A Dinner a Love Story twofer: the yogurt-marinated chicken breasts with Phoebe's spice mix stirred into the marinade
● A riff on a Dinner Files favorite, winter tomatoes in yogurt sauce with leftover roasted zucchini added
● My favorite jam so far this year: Nectarine Lime Ginger riffed from a recipe from the wonderful Food in Jars cookbook
Zuni Cafe's Zucchini Pickles -- these are the addictive pickles served with their fantastic burger -- we enjoyed these on sandwiches and burgers, with sausages and cheese plates. I will make these every summer.
● I started making yogurt this year from a recipe on the Food in Jars blog -- so easy. I follow her recipe, and use a smallish soft-sided cooler packed with 3 mason jars of yogurt and 3 filled with an even mixture of boiling water and hot tap water, allowed to sit for 10 hours. Delicious and no plastic containers.
● Dinner a Love Story's Back Pocket Turkey Bolognese -- quick and delicious
Terry's TX pinto beans from allrecipes.com - a good basic taco bean made in the slow cooker
● A made up and highly addictive recipe for Oregano-spiced Pickled Carrots
● A leftover melange of barley, grilled corn, cherry tomatoes and chickpeas w torn basil and a  lemon-sherry vinegar-shallot-Dijon vinaigrette 
Roasted Mushrooms with Herbs from the Kitchn
● Lebneh from Flavors of Aleppo -- my favorite thing to do with extra yogurt, delicious spread on toast
Ricotta Cheese from Smitten Kitchen
● A delicious marinara-style sauce with lightly roasted tomatoes from SF's Square Meals-- scroll down to Mariquita Tomato Sauce -- I made and froze several batches with my Mariquita tomatoes and we're still enjoying it 
● After running out so quickly last year, this year I canned a big batch of Parsi tomato chutney, originally from Niloufer Ichaporia King's My Bombay Kitchen. This chutney is good on everything, from scrambled eggs to grilled cheese sandwiches
● I riffed the earlier Kitchn buttermilk-based oat bread with 101 Cookbook's My Special Zucchini Bread, adding zucchini in place of blueberries as well as crystalized ginger, poppyseeds and 1/2 t curry powder (in place of cinnamon) - it was delicious!
● More breakfast baking: zucchini and olive breakfast cake (savory) from the Kitchn
● A delicious leftovers salad of grilled chicken, shredded and squeezed zucchini, grated parmigiano, chopped kalamatas and couscous with lemon Dijon vinaigrette 
● A great veg lasagna with homemade ricotta, roasted mushrooms, chard, shredded zucchini and that Four Square Mariquita tomato sauce

● Bon Appetit's Perfect Pan-Roasted Chicken Thighs are both perfect and very easy
● Miso Ginger Chicken Legs: marinate chicken all day in this, drain. Preheat oven to 400 degrees, line baking pan w foil, place rack on pan. Roast legs 30 min, broil 1-2 min to brown if needed. Rest 10 min. Serve
● Stirfried celery w onion and red pepper  -- simple and suprisingly good
● Salsa Verde from the incomparable Tamar Adler's An Everlasting Meal
● Cook's Illustrated's Israeli-style baba ganoush (a long-time favorite)
● Mariquita Farms' pickled carrots
● Pickled red onions using a basic brine from Jam it, Pickle it, Cure it
● I experimented with lactofermented carrots and cukes, more to come in summer of 2013
● A basic plum jam spiced with cinnamon, star anise and a touch of cardamom turned out very nice
● I used a tested recipe to can tomatillo salsa and we've been enjoying it on everything -- MZ loves it
● A recipe from a friend (Hi Judy!) that is ridiculously good: boiled corn sections served with lime and small piles of salt, chile powder and cumin for dipping
● A Southwest Shredded Carrot Salad made withgrated carrots, slivered scallions and Penzeys southwest seasoning in a lemon vinaigrette
● Smitten Kitchen's zucchini bread pancakes (adjusted to 1/4 t cinnamon, 3 T brown sugar)
● A quick weekday meal: Chicken and Artichokes in Wine Sauce over pasta from the Kitchn, with a few mods: small dice and sauté 1/2 onion, use 3 T flour: 1 chix breast, finish the sauce with 3/4 c wine, 1/2 c pasta water, and 2 T chicken stock
● Tomatillo jalapeño jam from the Homesick Texan Cookbook
● Tomatoes dressed with soy sauce, sesame oil, cilantro and black pepper inspired by Mark Bittman
● Outstanding baked feta w tomatoes and olives from Smitten Kitchen -- OMG this is addictive
● Eggs poached in tomatillo sauce from Rick Bayless' Mexico: One Plate at a Time on sauteed polenta rounds with crumbled cotija cheese
Chow's sesame-cucumber salad

Meh: Tamar Adler's veggie stem pesto -- I'm going to be okay throwing away stems
● Giant runner beans cooked in a slow cooker, then baked in a puttanesca sauce with browned diced eggplant, topped with feta -- great on on toast!
● "Millet latkes" from the quinoa cakes recipe in Supernatural Everyday, with extra cheese to bind
● Quick eggplant red curry from Hot Sour Salty Sweet
Braised coconut spinach with chickpeas and lemon (made with kale) - a great veg dinner over brown Basmati rice from the Kitchn
● Friends made the Barefoot Contessa's Sunday roast beef for us and now I want to roast a beef
● They also made something called Prairie Market carrot soup for which I must find the recipe

Meh: Buoyed by my last kitchn artichoke success, I made the barigoule, which was easy but weird -- the carrots threw it out of balance

● The ricotta pie with leftover veggies from An Everlasting Meal is a new standard, good with string beans, greens, broccoli or cauliflower
● Turns out blanched chard stems and green lentils make a lovely salad with a garlicky red wine vinaigrette
● Mark Bittman is genius at developing shortcuts that don't sacrifice flavor. His chicken adobo from the How to Cook Everything app did not disappoint

Several Mehs this month:
● Molly Watson's Tomato Confit -- this was just really oily. I prefer them brushed with olive oil and slow-roasted
● The kitchn's ham bone, bean and green soup needed a lot of punching up
● NYT's savory cottage cheese pancakes had a lovely texture but way too much garam masala, I'd adjust the seasonings on the next try

And a bunch of successes:
● America's Test Kitchen Slow Cooker Revolution is a great cookbook. I made the Asian ribs recipe with a pork butt and wow, it was good
● That ricotta pie with roasted tomatoes and leftover roasted broccoli 
● The Kitchn redeemed itself with Double Spinach Pasta Casserole, next time I'd decrease the oil but this was popular with the whole family
● The America's Test Kitchen Slow Cooker Revolution pork posole was also outstanding -- no carrots, though, I served it with shredded cabbage, minced white onion, slivered radishes and crumbled dried oregano instead
● Tamar Adler's lettuce and rice soup from An Everlasting Meal is perfect comfort food
● The Dinner a Love Story cookbook is also a favorite, and the recipe for Grandma Turino's tomato gravy is a keeper
● The red pepper jelly from the Chronicle Cookbook Volume II worked spectacularly with fresh cayenne peppers, chile flakes and pomegranate seeds
● NYT Potato, Salmon and Spinach Patties W Garlicky Dill Cream (using my dad's smoked salmon, beet greens, and no dill)
●  Look, with this much cheese it isn't going to be *bad* but the kitchn's easy prosciutto pasta bake was a hit

Cook's Illustrated winter squash calaloo with Portuguese cabbage from our farm box instead of chard -- a great combination of flavors
Quick Oat Bran and Banana Muffins from epicurious, made with rolled oats and the full egg
● Yemeni chicken soup from Faye Levi's International Jewish Cookbook was good health in a bowl: thin egg noodles, chickpeas, diced chix, carrots, celery, Portuguese cabbage, cumin, turmeric and black pepper
● "White Bolognese" from An Everlasting Meal
● White bean soup w Mariquita ham hock soup
● Chorizo and potatos from our CSA -- time to make empanadas with storebought Salteña wrappers
● Dry-fried string beans from the Sunset Cookbook
● Chicken and choy sum stirfry from Breathe of a Wok
● Frijoles de la Olla  from Rancho Gordo pinquitos in the slow cooker
● And the capper to the year: fancy jello shots made with with homemade melon liqueur

Sunday, October 14, 2012

A riff on Monggo Guisado (Filipino Mung Bean Stew)

There are a lot of foods we don't eat these days because they are so far beyond MZ's tastes: hot Thai curries, pungent Korean and Filipino stews, even omelets for dinner. So last night when MZ had a dinner-hour birthday party and we were completing a massive gardening project, I pulled out a recipe I have been eyeing for months: A recipe from favorite blogger Jun Belen for Monggo Guisado, a shrimp and mung bean stew that seemed to offer the pungency we often crave, combined with a the quick simplicity required.

I modified the recipe quite a bit based on what I had on hand, so I can't really call it authentic. But it absolutely fulfilled the desire for "adult" food and I can't wait for the opportunity to make it again. I served it over steamed white rice, and we liked it so much we had it for breakfast.

Not Quite Filipino Shrimp and Mung Bean Stew

1.5 cups dried mung beans
8 cups shrimp stock or 7 cups water + 1 can fish broth + 2 t fish stock base
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
1 yellow onion, diced
3 cloves garlic, crushed
1 t shrimp paste (I had Thai shrimp paste in soya oil)
1/4 t chile flakes
1 15-oz can diced tomatoes, drained and tomato water reserved
3/4 pound frozen langoustine, thawed and halved
3 tablespoons fish sauce, more to taste
2 t soy sauce
8 oz frozen chopped spinach, thawed
Juice of 1-2 limes

Rinse and sort the beans. Soak the beans overnight or all day in cold water, enough to cover the beans with several inches of water. (This speeds up the cooking process considerably)

Drain the beans and discard the water. Place the beans and shrimp stock or water/broth in a pot. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to a simmer, and cook until beans are tender, about 30 minutes if soaked.

While the beans are cooking, sauté onion over medium-high heat till just translucent, add garlic, shrimp paste and chile flakes and saute till fragrant, then add tomatoes and cook 5 minutes longer.

Meanwhile, halve the shrimp and squeeze out the frozen spinach. Add the shrimp and sauté until cooked through, about 5 minutes. Add shrimp mixture, fish sauce and soy sauce to the beans, stir, and cook for ten more minutes, stirring frequently. Add more water if the stew becomes too thick.

Add spinach leaves and lime juice right before serving. Adjust balance of fish sauce, soy sauce/salt and lime juice as necessary. Ladle into bowls over freshly steamed rice. Great with a nice cold beer.

Sunday, September 23, 2012

Peruvian Ceviche for Deb

Deb is getting married, and of her course her shower had to be fabulous. Fortunately she has creative friends to make this happen: a sparkling wine tasting event in six courses. I was tasked with bringing lumpia and making ceviche. We decided

#1: Prosecco
Matches well with fried foods, was divine with Goldilocks' Lumpia Shanghai, little finger-food sized lumpia filled with ground pork and shrimp.

#2: Cava
Matches with seafood, delicious with Peruvian ceviche, as adapted from Epicurious recipe by Gaston Acurio.

#3: Blanc de Blanc
Best served with salty foods, we loved it with aged gouda and Noreen's tiny balls of goat cheese rolled in crushed pistachios and pretty squares of manchego and membrillo skewered between a folded watercress leaf. This wine was completely overpowered by the salumi and prosciutto, I want to try this with a blanc de noir to see if it comes off better.

#4: Sparkling Rose
Noreen pulled out all the stops for this one, a perfectly roasted beef tenderloin with arugula, a creamed horseradish sauce and a mustard-tarragon remoulade, with crusty bread for making small open-facd sandwiches. This was delicious and addictive, I want to remember this one for a cocktail party in the future. One thing I'd add: a small bowl of good salt to top the beef.

#5: Moscato
This wine was the most gorgeous orangy-pink and while it was painfully sweet on its own, it was lovely with chocolate-covered strawberries.

#6: Asti
The Cinzano Asti was a good bit better than the spumante of my youth, even more so with a mini cupcake.

I fiddled with a few recipes to get the ceviche, ultimately settling on a "leche de tigre" puree as the marinade. Since this was going to be sitting for a while (on a bowl of ice), I didn't go through the step of blending with ice and then straining. I used a red jalapeno, which I wouldn't do next time, as when blended with the cilantro the marinade was brownish. A green jalapeno would have made for a brighter color.

Peruvian Ceviche with Leche de Tigre
Serves 4-6 as an appetizer, or

Leche de tigre:
2/3 cup fresh lime juice
3 garlic cloves, smashed
1/4 c fresh cilantro leaves and stems
1 t ground ají amarillo (available from a Latin grocer specializing in Peruvian items or from Spice Hound)
1 green jalapeno, seeds and veins removed
1/2 small red onion, coarsely chopped
1/2 t kosher salt
1/4 c bottled clam juice

1 small sweet potato (about 8 ounces)
1 cup cancha (available from a Latin grocer specializing in Peruvian items)
1 green jalapeno, seeds and veins removed and minced
1 red bell pepper, seeds and veins removed, fine dice
1 pound super-fresh red snapper or halibut, or in combination with lightly steamed mussels
1 small red onion, quartered and thinly sliced, divided
Kosher salt
2 T coarsely chopped cilantro

Steam the sweet potato approximately 20 minutes until tender and allow to cool. Then peel and dice into ~1/2" pieces.

For leche de tigre:
Purée all ingredients but clam juice together in a blender until smooth. Taste, add clam juice and adjust salt. Cover and chill until needed.

For ceviche:
Dice fish into small squares, combine with 3/4 onions and peppers in a large non-reactive bowl and gently fold in leche de tigre; stir well. Let marinate in the refrigerator for 30-60 minutes, until fish is visible cooked at the edges.

For the cancha: 
Toasted cancha doesn't puff up like regular popcorn, it just becomes slightly puffy. Heat 1 T vegetable oil in a large skillet with a lid over medium heat. Add 1 cup cancha and heat, shaking the pan occassionally, until the kernals start to pop. Cover loosely with a lid and cook, shaking constantly, until the popping stops and the color has turned to deep golden brown, about 10 minutes. Sprinkle with salt, allow to cool and store in an airtight container until needed.

To serve:
Remove ceviche from refrigerator; adjust salt, and add additional aji amarillo if desired. Using a slotted spoon, divide ceviche onto plates. Drizzle with leche de tigre from bowl; garnish with remaining onion and cilantro and serve alongside a few pieces of sweet potato and kernels of toasted cancha. Alternatively, serve in a bowl over another bowl of ice, or in endive leaves as a finger food.

Monday, June 11, 2012

Making Granola

Today we made a nut-free granola as a gift for MZ's teachers. It occurs to me that I started this blog when she was eating baby food, and here she is customizing a recipe with me. And she's good! We love our new granola, although I crave almonds and pecans I will go with her nut-free version.

I looked at several recipes, finally landing on a basic ratio based on a combination of Mark Bittman's, Cook's Illustrated and the Cafe Beaujolais recipes. Bascially, we decided on 6 cups grains:2 cups nuts/seeds: 1/2 cup oil:2/3 c. sweetener:1 cup dried fruit. I switched out wheat germ for millet, because I forgot to buy wheat germ and no one was very fond of the millet muffins I made several months ago (MZ actually called them Bird Seed Muffins), but YMMV. This is exceptionally adaptable, and I imagine we'll be tinkering with it on into the future.

MZ's Nut-free Granola

5 1/2 c  rolled oats (not quick or steel cut)
1/2 c millet
1 c unsweetened flake coconut
1/2 c raw pepitas
1/4 c unsalted sunflower seeds
3 T ea. sesame seeds and ground golden flax seed
1/3 c each light brown sugar and maple syrup
1 t vanilla
1/2 t ea cinnamon and cardamom
1/2 t salt
1/2 c vegetable oil
1/2 c cacao nibs

Preheat over to 325 degrees. Line two jellyroll pans with parchment paper and set aside. Combine first seven ingredients (grains and seeds) in a large mixing bowl.

Heat sugar, syrup, vanilla, spices and salt over medium heat. Whisk in vegetable oil and stir until sugar is dissolved. Pour over grain mixture and stir to combine.

Divide mixture between two pans, spread into a flat even layer. Place in oven and bak for 20 minutes. Stir mixture thoroughly and switch spots when returning them to oven. Bake 20 minutes, keep checking each 5 minutes after mixture becomes very fragrant, bake to desired toastiness. Remove from oven, stir and place pans on wire racks.

When completely cool, stir in cacao nibs and cherries, pour into a scrupulously clean and dry sealed storage container. Will keep several weeks if kept covered.


Wednesday, March 28, 2012

December 2011 Recipe Roundup

1: Cracked crab, salad, sourdough bread
2: Out
3: DALS spicy shrimp* w roasted sweet potatoes, couscous, peas, green salad w pomegranate -- that shrimp is a keeper!
4: Out: King of Thai
5: Maya Kaimal tikka masala w mixed vegetable, chapati - a great back-pocket weeknight meal
6: Mana & Papa: The Frug's black bean steamed cod w brown rice and green beans
7: Pasta Shop Goat Cheese Ravioli w pancetta, sweet potatoes and spinach
8: Bubbe/Cortland Holiday Stroll
9: Cabbage and Kielbasa* over egg noodles (recipe below), Moroccan carrot salad
10: A&R out/Bubbe & MZ
11: Mana's chicken minestrone, Broke Ass Gourmet buttermilk biscuits*
12: The Dinner Files/about Quick Ragu Sauce over spaghetti*, sautéed spinach
13: Mana & Papa: teriyaki cod, brown rice, string beans
14: More pasta w ragu
15: RDA/blinkcrowd Holiday Parties
16: Lasagne
17: Out: Kirin and Tilden Holiday Event
18: Out for Mana's birthday: Dosa
19: Out: Bernal Supper Club (MZ in WC)
20: Out: 1st Night of Chanukah Old World Foodtruck Pop-up (MZ in WC)
21: Family Chanukah Party: latkes, Veggie latkes, Rotisserie chicken from GFC
22: Out: Bernal Hill Chanukah Happening
23: Bear V.: J's spaghetti
24: Bear V.: Breakfast for dinner
25: Bear V.: DALS yogurt-marinated grilled chix, mashed potatoes and roasted broccoli
26: Bear V.: Cook's Country beef stew
27: Bear V.: Leftovers
28: Chicken Soup
29: Brisket empanadas w root vegetable slaw
30: Ravioli w meat sauce
31: NYE!


  • DALS spicy shrimp
  • Mark Bittman's buttermilk waffles
  • 101 Cookbooks cottage cheese muffins w broccoli, string beans and mustard
  • Cabbage and Kielbasa over egg noodles
  • BAG buttermilk biscuits
  • The Dinner Files/about Quick Ragu Sauce
  • Smitten Kitchen lemon yogurt cake

Cabbage and Kielbasa

This dish was so comforting, and ridiculously easy. Our Eastern European roots sighed in happiness.
Chose your favorite sausages (I used TJ's turkey kielbasa), cut into 1/2" dice and brown in pan. Remove and add chopped onions and cabbage sliced into ribbons. Sauté until cabbage is wilted, return sausage to pan, sprinkle liberally with S&P and serve over bowtie pasta or egg noodles or with pan roasted potatoes.

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Nov 2011 Recipe Roundup

A bit behind but here's November...

1: Mana & Papa: ahi tuna, roasted potatoes, broccolini
2: Out: El Farolito and Dia de Los Muertos parade
3: Bubbe: chicken stew w couscous, steamed string beans (love her chicken stew!)
4: Bean, faro and cabbage soup, a delicious riff on this
5: Out: Shaun's bday party
6: The Dinner Files spaghetti w tuna + roasted tomatoes, spinach and capers (delicious!)
7: A Little Yumminess seafood curry in a hurry** w/ coconut rice
8: Mana & Papa: chicken cacciatore w egg noodles
9: A&R out: Contigo
10: A&R out: Southpaw**/MZ at Bubbe's
11: Shabbat Dinner at friends'
12: Preschool Potluck Reunion
13: Bittman's Soy-poached chicken thighs*, fried rice, America's Test Kitchen roast sweet potatoes*, Cook's Illustrated chard w Asian flavorings*
14: Mana & Papa: lamb riblets (quite possibly my favorite thing my mom makes), noodles, broccolini
15: Chicken, wild rice and escarole soup -- a delicious riff on a leftover turkey soup in the Chronicle Cookbook 2*
16: BHDS book fair
17: Old school baked veggie enchiladas*, Epicurious citrus collards
18: Ravioli w meat sauce, roasted cauliflower, salad
19: Turkey chili (from the freezer, recipe below)
20: Holiday Kick-off Party at our House
21: Mana & Papa
22: R's bday: steak, scallops w Cook's Illustrated chimichurri*, ahi poke, sauteed green beans, roasted sunchokes*
23: Out: Southpaw BBQ
24: Thanksgiving!
25: Shabbat/Leftovers: Meatloaf, mashed potatoes w turkey gravy, roast sunchokes, diced cucumbers
26: Clam chowder, green salad w pears, blue cheese
27: Out: Gott's Roadside at Ferry Plaza
28: Orangette leftover veggies soup w Brussels sprouts*
29: Mana & Papa: turkey pot pie
30: Out: Gialina

To make again:

  • Becky Bakes veggie bread: this is crazy delicious! A keeper and bakes up nicely as muffins.
Weeknight Turkey Chili
1 lg yellow or white onion, small dice
1/2 t salt
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 T good quality salt-free chile powder
1 t crumbled Mexican oregano
1 lb. ground turkey
1 lb. beans, cooked*
1 jar TJs salsa verde (12 oz jar, in sauce section, not refrigerator, see photo at link below)
1.5 salsa jars-full (18 oz) of low sodium chicken broth
Saute the onion in the oil of your choice, salting lightly at the start of cooking. When the onion is transluscent, add the garlic and spices, stir and saute 1 minute. Add the turkey, turning heat to med-high to brown. Break up the turkey as it browns. Add the beans and salsa, stir. Rinse the jar out with the chicken broth and add to the chili. Add more broth as necessary to reach desired consistency. Simmer for 15 minutes to let the flavors develop. Taste and adjust seasoning as necessary.
Serve topped with minced white onion, cilantro, lime wedges, hot sauce, sour cream and/or any other favorite chili toppings.
*I made the beans in the slow cooker on Thursday, just plain Rancho Gordo beans with this recipe . You could also use a few cans of pink or white beans, rinsed.

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