Archive for ‘Recipes’

February 3, 2013

Sweet and Satisfying Eggplants and Tomatoes

Shortly after Mike and I were married, my mother-in-law hosted a family dinner at her home. Always considerate of my selective food habits, she asked if I like eggplant and chickpeas. I’m definitely a fan of eggplant, but chickpeas have always been a bit questionable in my book. Anyway, I said “sure.” Little did I know, the dish I was about to enjoy would have me stocking up on chickpeas every three weeks.

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January 8, 2012

Memory Lane: Chard and Beans

I’m back home in my cozy New York apartment after six hours in a cramped airplane middle seat with no TV.  So much for choosing the airline with personal TVs that puts “You Above All.”  On the bright side, the lack of DirecTV gave me some time to take a few naps, do some puzzles, and clean up my computer’s hard drive. Wow, that sounds super cool. Really though, it needed to be done. I haven’t organized anything on my computer in years. I found pictures of old dishes I considered writing about, task lists I wrote on some of my busiest of days, screenshots from various research endeavors, old papers from school, and snapshots from special occasions. It turned out to be a fun trip down memory lane, looking back in the kitchen of my old apartment and visits to places around the world.  After a weekend full of sharing old stories with my family out in California, and now again simply looking at some old computer files, I’m reminded that stories don’t always have to be shiny and new to be exciting.

So, for a series of ten posts, I’m going to take a step back into 2010 and 2011.  Whether it’s from trips I’ve taken, restaurants we’ve tried, or some food we cooked up in the kitchen, I’ll share some of my fondest food memories not-yet-shared from the past year and a half. To kick it off, I’m starting with my absolute top go-to recipe.  One that I almost can’t believe has never made it’s way on here, but I sort of can because, after all, this is not purely a recipe blog.

Memory Lane #1: A Recipe  – Chard and Beans

The photos below are from my first week in the new apartment.  If you look in the background you’ll see our entryway mirror still on the ground, not yet hung up on the wall.  I’m sure I made this dish because between our repainting, rearranging, and redecorating, it was so easy to whip up and the beans make it a really satisfying meal.

My first attempt at this recipe happened when we got Swiss chard in our CSA pickups last winter.   I found a recipe online, and modified it a bit because (1) I’m personally not a great fan of garbanzo beans and (2) I didn’t have any green onions at the time.  The aromatic lemony sauce that forms from wilted greens, shallots, tomatoes, and lemons is one that I adore, and I can easily eat this dish every week.

First up, put a couple of drops of olive oil in a pan with a diced shallot or two and some halved little tomatoes.  I only use 2 or 3 grams of oil, but you can use more if you like. I’ve used a whole tomato and diced that instead of the little ones too – either way works.

Let that cook for five minutes or so until it becomes fragrant and the shallots are turning translucent.

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December 20, 2011

More of Life’s Surprises (and some Peanut Butter Truffles)

It’s been a wild few weeks over in this household. Christmas shopping is thankfully done, presents wrapped, holiday arrangements are made, new jobs started… Oh, had I not mentioned that yet?

Crazy as it may seem, I had the perfect job come knocking on my door at precisely the right moment.  If you’ve been following along with me for the past six months, you may have picked up that I’ve been doing a bunch of freelance work for some great non-profit organizations while I figured out what I want to do for the next five years of my life.  (Thinking beyond five years is just plain silly at this point.  Really, did you know you’d be where you are five years ago?)

And finally, I found it.

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December 11, 2011

Baked Pumpkin Oatmeal

I’ve seen baked oatmeal – sometimes called “boatmeal” – mentioned on blogs for a while now. With half of a can of pumpkin left after making my scrumptious baked bean cornbread casserole, this morning seemed like the perfect time to give baked oatmeal a whirl. I used Chocolate Covered Katie’s recipe with a quarter cup of pumpkin, a quarter cup of milk, 1.5 T of Grade B maple syrup to sweeten and I omitted the nutmeg. Sorry nutmeg, sometimes you’re just too powerful.

Bowl of pumpkin oats

 

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December 7, 2011

Comfort Food

Have you ever had a week when both wonderful and miserable life events were crammed into the same few days? I don’t mean anything Earth-shatteringly tragic, but enough to keep you up at night and feel stressed despite the fact that some great news has just hit.  I have, and last week was in fact one of those weeks.

In times of stress, I, like most people I know, gravitate toward comfort food.  I might find a plate in front of me like this one:

Fried green tomatoes, corn bread, and mac and cheese.  At least the nutrition-minded angel on my shoulder kept the devil in check by limiting my intake to two tomato slices, half the macaroni, and one piece of cornbread. And Mike’s pickle chip.

Tonight, to round out what I believe is the end of my comfort-binge I made

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