Monthly Archives: June 2009

Honey, What’s For Dinner?

Every Sunday, my husband and I hash out what will be on the menu for dinner over the upcoming week. At the same time, we examine what we have in the fridge, freezer and pantry that needs to be used up and write our shopping list for our Monday grocery run. We don’t always make everything we set out to, as events will come up that interrupt our normal routines, like a parent wanting to go out to dinner with us or our celebrating making it through yet another hurdle in my husband’s immigration to the US.

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Pioneer Park Farmer’s Market

The downtown Salt Lake farmer’s market opened last weekend. While we didn’t have a chance to go then (and it’s best we didn’t, considering the exploding FedEx semi truck), we were able to go today despite the weather.

Surprisingly, there were more Arts & Crafts stalls than food. Still, there were a sizable number of produce and meat sellers there, along with several stalls to get a snack at (not sure I would recommend the Caribbean lady, as it was fairly bland) or a drink.

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Baked Chile Rellenos

One of the most fun things I’ve gotten to do with my husband is introduce him to all the foods and cuisines I know and love. Mexican has been particularly enjoyable as Mexican foods are hard to come by in Latvia.

This is probably nowhere near a traditional chile rellenos recipe, but I promise, it is delicious. It doesn’t need much chicken to be satisfying, 4 ounces, or half of one typical chicken breast, is enough for two to three people. A pepper, plus the rice it rests on will be plenty for a meal for one. All of it can be made up to a day ahead and assembled just before dinner.

One of the most fun things I’ve gotten to do with my husband is introduce him to all the foods and cuisines I know and love. Mexican has been particularly enjoyable as Mexican foods are hard to come by in Latvia.

This is probably nowhere near a traditional chile rellenos recipe, but I promise, it is delicious. It doesn’t need much chicken to be satisfying, 4 ounces, or half of one typical chicken breast, is enough for two to three people. A pepper, plus the rice it rests on will be plenty for a meal for one. All of it can be made up to a day ahead and assembled just before dinner.

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Mmm… Pancakes

Every so often, my husband makes too much kefir for the amount we drink each day. He makes about two quarts a day and every couple of weeks we have too much for our fridge. I’m always happy when this happens because it means we get to have fresh kefir cheese, and, when I can convince him to set the next day’s kefir aside for more cheese, it means pankūkas!

Every so often, my husband makes too much kefir for the amount we drink each day. He makes about two quarts a day and every couple of weeks we have too much for our fridge. I’m always happy when this happens because it means we get to have fresh kefir cheese, and, when I can convince him to set the next day’s kefir aside for more cheese, it means pankūkas!

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Rhubarb Ruminations

One of the many things my husband introduced me to during my stay in Latvia was rhubarb.

It’s odd that I’d never tried it before, considering I have spent so long in Utah where strawberry-rhubarb pie was always a favorite at the local pie joints. Not to mention canning season when rhubarb is put up for the winter and the long stalks of this ruby-red wonder decorate the produce section temptingly.

My first encounter with it was in a strawberry-rhubarb cake.One of the many things my husband introduced me to during my stay in Latvia was rhubarb.

It’s odd that I’d never tried it before, considering I have spent so long in Utah where strawberry-rhubarb pie was always a favorite at the local pie joints. Not to mention canning season when rhubarb is put up for the winter and the long stalks of this ruby-red wonder decorate the produce section temptingly.

My first encounter with it was in a strawberry-rhubarb cake.

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Gateway Cheese

It all started with ricotta.

A recipe would call for it, a sumptuous lasagna, perhaps, or possibly stuffed shells.  Living on a tight budget in an expensive town meant no ricotta unless it was steeply discounted.  (The day I found 99c ricotta on clearance was a very good day indeed.)

One day a couple of years ago, I wandered around the ‘Net, looking for something to do with a gallon of milk in my fridge that was woefully close to its expiration date. It all started with ricotta.

A recipe would call for it, a sumptuous lasagna, perhaps, or possibly stuffed shells.  Living on a tight budget in an expensive town meant no ricotta unless it was steeply discounted.  (The day I found 99c ricotta on clearance was a very good day indeed.)

One day a couple of years ago, I wandered around the ‘Net, looking for something to do with a gallon of milk in my fridge that was woefully close to its expiration date.

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