We’ve been working really hard. It might not seem that way because we haven’t posted here for awhile, but things are cooking along with Chaia and we can’t wait to share. In the meantime, summer means longer, lazier days and – more than likely – less time in the kitchen. Here is one of our favorite go-to recipes that can be adapted to any season, but is particularly pleasing right now:
Summer Steamed Clams with Herbs
Garlicky and delicately delicious, all you need are a freshly-baked loaf of bread (or one pound of cooked linguine) and a yummy salad.
6 lbs. littleneck clams, scrubbed well under cold water to remove sand and grit
Good olive oil
4 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 c. chopped fresh cilantro (or parsley or tarragon, add some chives if you prefer)
Zest of 1-2 lemons
Crushed red pepper flakes, to taste
4 Tbls, unsalted butter
Juice of 2 lemons
In a tall, large pot, heat olive oil over medium heat. Add garlic and herbs and cook for a couple of minutes
Stir in clams and cover the pot. Cook until clams open, about 7-10 minutes.
Using a slotted spoon, remove the clams and distribute among individual serving bowls (or place in one big serving bowl, if you prefer). Discard any clams that do not open.
Add herbs to the cook pot, along with lemon zest and red pepper flakes. Whisk in butter and lemon juice until sauce thickens slightly.
Spoon sauce over clams and serve straight away.
Passed on to us by a loyal Loulies reader, a quick winter breakfast we have come to love is one cup cooked oatmeal mixed with a tablespoon of each – unsweetened almond butter, chia seeds, flax seeds and a drizzle of maple syrup. It is good for morning energy, satisfies hunger for hours and is perfect for this time of year when our bodies crave something warm and satisfying. Avoid the pre-packaged oatmeal, which is often packed with sugar and salt. And, yes, oats are naturally gluten-free.
Tips for Perfect Oatmeal – We love the toasting tip.
Chia Seeds and Flax Seeds – Both chia seeds and flax seeds can be found at most grocery stores. For the flax seeds, we prefer the finely ground seeds as opposed to whole.
Maple Syrup – Grade A or B
This month’s Bon Appétit has a delicious!!! cover recipe that is simple and requires little, if any, adaptation. We are big noodle fans and love the comfort of a steaming bowl of Asian noodle soup. If eating healthy is a central part of your New Year’s Resolutions, then you will love this recipe – comfort food without the guilt. Other than omitting the fish sauce, we followed the recipe to a tee. The recipe suggests trying it with turnip greens too. We really like that idea.
Friday Link: Asian Noodle Soup with Spicy Pork + Mustard Greens
This book is on our gift-giving list this Christmas. The reviews claim it is smart, non-intimidating and pragmatic. But, no Amazon ordering (OUT OF STOCK); which is probably a good thing, as you are forced to keep your shopping local.
Click here to learn more about author and wine columnist Katherine Cole. And, by the way, this is our 1,001 post at Loulies – maybe WE should do a curated book?
To celebrate her beautiful new book, The Art of Simple Food II, Alice Waters will be at Buck’s Fishing & Camping restaurant tomorrow night for an event co-sponsored by Politics & Prose and James Alefantis – friend, book lover, and owner of Buck’s. Along with a few other local chefs, we will be cooking for Alice (a little nervous and very excited). The feast will include appetizers and a four-course meal with wine pairings, and each guest will receive a signed copy of Alice’s book. Admission is $350 ($345 for members) for one ticket and a book, or $650 ($645 for members) for two tickets and a book. All ticket proceeds will be donated to The Edible Schoolyard, whose mission is to promote an edible education curriculum for kindergarten through high school.
Click Here to Purchase Tickets
We had a version of Portuguese fish stew for a Friday evening “girls night out”, then another good friend served something very similar at a dinner party the next night. The following week, Bettina decided to give it a try mid-week for out-of-town guests visiting overnight. It is a delicious dinner option that may be the answer (at least for right now) to the everlasting question What to cook? Make it at home for friends or family and keep it loose, every version will likely be a bit different depending on the type of fish you decide to use.
Here is a link to the recipe that was sent to us from our girlfriend Katherine. We made a few adaptions: we used clam juice instead of making fish stock, we found canned tomatoes worked fine, smoky-sweet paprika is a must, and monkfish was a wonderful addition to the seafood selection.
We are so excited to be a part of this event!
Join us on Monday, November 4th, for a private dinner with David Tanis at Buck’s Fishing & Camping. It is a collaboration between us, Buck’s Fishing & Camping, Politics & Prose, the Washington Post’s Joe Yonan, Buck’s owner James Alefantis, and local chefs James Rexroad, Amy Brandwein and Vickie Reh to serve a multi-course meal from acclaimed New York Time’s writer David Tanis‘ newest cookbook One Good Dish. Each course will feature seasonal ingredients and will be paired with delicious wines. David Tanis will be there himself so check out his website at davidtanis.com. He worked with Alice Waters at Chez Panisse and is a super cool guy. The book is included in the ticket price and the event will be at the restaurant.
You can use this link to purchase tickets. WE HOPE TO SEE YOU THERE! Space is limited.