Wild Rice Salad with Kale, Sweet Potato and Pomegranate

February 10, 2014 § 3 Comments

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In my last post I described the comfort I find in frying chicken, and a before that I waxed rhapsodic about brown butter.  Now let’s turn to food with a lower fat content.  Here is a recipe that is virtuous and delicious: a wild rice salad.  It took me a long time to overcome my reluctance to cook with whole grains and I still stubbornly refuse many whole grain alternatives that I know are good for me.  But I have embraced salads made with chewy, nutty grains like farro, barley and wild rice (which is actually a seed).  These dishes make sense to my mouth in a way that whole wheat pasta never will.

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Brown Butter Pecans, with Beet Salad

January 27, 2014 § 6 Comments

Let’s see,where was I….  It has been a year and a half since I wrote here.  But I’ve missed documenting recipes and writing about my successes and screw-ups in the kitchen.  And right now I have the luxury of time, so I thought: Heck. Revive the cooking blog. So here we are!  Thanks for reading.

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Today I will share with you a very simple recipe that produces an extraordinary little nut.  A nut that is elevated, better than all of the other nuts.  It is the brown butter pecan.  Mother nature does not create these beauties without the help of human hands, because Brown Butter Pecan Trees would be irresistible. Men would wage wars over them and empires would fall, tragedy would ensue.  But you can create these objects of desire in your own kitchen.  And you can eat them all and not share a single one, because let those other folks make their own damn brown butter pecans.  I would not know about these tasty morsels if my friend John hadn’t told me; he’s a great chef and I take his cooking advice whenever he gives it to me.  So when John told me to coat toasted pecans in a copious amount of brown butter and a bit of salt, I did it.  And dang, they were GOOD. In retrospect, they were obviously destined to be delicious: a toasted nut, slicked with nutty butter, and a sprinkling of sea salt. Yeah, it makes sense.

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Strip Steaks Cooking On An Open Fire, Raindrops Falling On Your Nose

March 6, 2012 § 3 Comments

Pemco Insurance has a clever slew of ads on Seattle city buses that speak to the individualism of Northwest types.  My favorite: ‘Blue Tarp Camper, we’re a lot like you … a little different.’  They also address Socks and Sandals Guy and 4-Way Stop You Go. No You Go. No You Go. Guy.  A friend of mine recently quipped that Pemco needed to create an ad for the Cold Drizzly Night Griller.  I am loathe to camp under a blue tarp, I will never wear socks with Tevas, and I know the driver to the right always goes first at a 4-way stop.  But rain does not stop my impulse to cook over a fire, I admit it.  Occasionally my husband and I get to use our big, cheery yellow patio umbrella to shield us from the sun, but it’s been much more handy as a shelter to keep the coals dry while we grill steak in February.

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Winter Bread Salad with Prosciutto and Kale

January 18, 2012 § Leave a comment

I’ve been trying to get on board the kale salad trend, with little success.  On paper, kale salad sounds like a spectacular proposition.  Local? Yes! Seasonal? Absolutely! Beautiful specimens of all types of kale are available from local farms in the dreariest, coldest months.  Nutritious? Sure – dark, leafy greens prevent all sorts of nasty conditions.  Delicious?…. awkward silence…

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Winter Cobb Salad with Warm Bacon Vinaigrette

December 27, 2011 § 1 Comment

Christmas has happened.  The frenzy leading up to the Big Day has peaked and waned and now at my house we’re all floating in a buzzy afterglow.   On the 26th my six year-old looked at me and said “Today I am wearing my jammies all day.” She held my gaze, waiting for me to disagree so that she could launch into a whining refusal to get dressed.  “Okay,” I said.  She looked bewildered for a moment and then happily dived headfirst into her gigantic pile of new toys. Go in peace, child.   « Read the rest of this entry »

Sweet Victory Fig & Apricot Salad

July 18, 2011 § Leave a comment

This week I saw figs at the grocery store, and I barely hesitated before I reached  for a carton.  I’ve struggled with figs in the past, but I have a new confidence this year.  I went home and whipped up a Highly Experimental Salad that turned out to be Highly Successful.  Sweet Victory!  Here’s the recipe… « Read the rest of this entry »

Asparagus & Potato Salad

April 30, 2010 § Leave a comment

This isn’t the first you’ve heard from me about local asparagus, and it won’t be the last. Asparagus is here, and I am compelled to buy a bunch every time I go to grocery store.  Tonight we grilled it –  our standard preparation, always delicious.  But I didn’t take a picture of that, so let me tell you about how I prepared it on Wednesday… « Read the rest of this entry »

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