April 2009

Spring Stuffing

April 28, 2009

What’s the occasion?” Sometimes we need to change our mindset when it comes to certain foods: such as, only thinking of stuffing with turkey at Thanksgiving

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Inspired by Diana Henry’s Pure Simple Cooking, serve this stuffing alongside roasted chicken or meat. Serves 6 1 medium onion, finely chopped 1 stick butter 3 packed c. homemade bread crumbs 1-inch cubes made from baguette bread. Note: homemade bread crumbs are essential for good stuffing, do not over pulse 1 bunch chopped watercress, leaves […]

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Cooks give several reasons for boiling pasta in salted water, but the very simple answer is that it boosts the flavor of the food and makes it tastier.

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Pure Simple Cooking

April 23, 2009

Pure Simple Cooking by Diana Henry is a cookbook to get. It is easily organized, soft-cover, and the photographs are mouth-wateringly beautiful. You’ll be inspired over and over, with her mix of recipes and writing: lots of ideas for stuffings, “a great way to turn plain meat into something special”, sauces, salsas and relishes for […]

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Adapted from Pure Simple Cooking by Diana Henry. A more American version of this recipe was a family favorite growing up. This is even better. Serves 6 3 c. fresh breadcrumbs 1/3 c. currants 6 Tbls. pine nuts, toasted 1/4 c. capers 4 tsp. pitted black olives 1/4 c. fresh parsley, finely chopped 1/4 c. […]

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Sopa de Tortilla

April 21, 2009

Adapted from The Art of Simple Food by Alice Waters. Serves 4-6 6-7 c. chicken broth or vegetable broth 2 whole chicken breasts, skin-on 1/2 c. olive oil, about 1/2 yellow onion 1 Anaheim green pepper or a couple of other small hot garden peppers 2 cloves garlic 2 fresh medium-sized tomatoes Kosher salt corn […]

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In Mint Condition

April 8, 2009

Although mint is most plentiful in the summer months, it can be found in markets year-round.

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Fresh Mint Granita

April 7, 2009

Granita is a coarse, Italian-style flavored ice. This wonderful palate cleanser is a refreshing treat to make with all that extra garden herb! Consider offering a delicious dark chocolate bar divided into serving size bits along with this 2 c. water 1 c. fresh mint leaves, chopped 1/2 c. sugar 2 Tbls. fresh lemon juice […]

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Dill Vinaigrette

April 6, 2009

3 Tbls. dill, minced 1 Tbls. plus 1 tsp. fresh lemon juice 1 Tbls. shallot, minced 1/4 c. plus 2 tsp. good olive oil Salt and freshly ground black pepper In a mini food processor, puree 1 tablespoon of the dill with lemon juice and shallot. In a slow, steady stream, add 2 tablespoons plus […]

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Roasted Beets

April 6, 2009

Make tons of these roasted root veggies whenever the oven is set to bake at 350 degrees. We even cook them in our toaster ovens sometimes just to save energy. 1 bunch beets (4 or 5 medium) 2 Tbls. olive oil 3-4 sprigs fresh thyme Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper Dill Vinaigrette (optional) […]

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