Monthly Archives: August 2009

Guacamole

Guacamole and Chips

Mmm.. guacamole. Surprisingly easy to make and oh-so-good with chips or on sandwiches (and many other places), it’s worth the 5 minutes when avocados are a reasonable price. In my small town, it’s nearly impossible to get avocados at a good price; groceries usually sell them for exorbitant amounts ($3 for a medium avocado?!) so when I need some, I go down to the Mexican grocery which has them all the time for less than a dollar. Guacamole and Chips

Mmm.. guacamole. Surprisingly easy to make and oh-so-good with chips or on sandwiches (and many other places), it’s worth the 5 minutes when avocados are a reasonable price. In my small town, it’s nearly impossible to get avocados at a good price; groceries usually sell them for exorbitant amounts ($3 for a medium avocado?!) so when I need some, I go down to the Mexican grocery which has them all the time for less than a dollar.

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Panzanella (Tuscan Bread Salad)

Panzanella

Occasionally, I’ll buy a baguette at the store to have with a meal. Sometimes it’s a whim, sometimes I forgot to take a ball of dough out to make my own, sometimes I just don’t feel like baking it myself. The only problem is, there’s always some left over, even after snacks and lunch the next day. It doesn’t take very long for a baguette to go stale unfortunately.

There are a lot of things you can do with stale bread, making bread crumbs is the first that springs to mind for me. But the tastiest I’ve found is panzanella, a Tuscan bread salad.Panzanella

Occasionally, I’ll buy a baguette at the store to have with a meal. Sometimes it’s a whim, sometimes I forgot to take a ball of dough out to make my own, sometimes I just don’t feel like baking it myself. The only problem is, there’s always some left over, even after snacks and lunch the next day. It doesn’t take very long for a baguette to go stale unfortunately.

There are a lot of things you can do with stale bread, making bread crumbs is the first that springs to mind for me. But the tastiest I’ve found is panzanella, a Tuscan bread salad.

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Caprese Salad

Caprese Salad

My mom brought over a bunch of tomatoes and jalapenos from a coworker of hers the other day. She gave us some Jetstars, Big-Beefstar and Better Boys to try, all of them perfectly ripe and beautiful.

Now, I’ll be honest: I’m not a fan of raw tomatoes. I love salsa and tomato sauces, I think tomatoes are great for lots of things, but eating a slice all by itself? Yecch. These, however, changed my mind. Caprese Salad

My mom brought over a bunch of tomatoes and jalapenos from a coworker of hers the other day. She gave us some Jetstars, Big-Beefstar and Better Boys to try, all of them perfectly ripe and beautiful.

Now, I’ll be honest: I’m not a fan of raw tomatoes. I love salsa and tomato sauces, I think tomatoes are great for lots of things, but eating a slice all by itself? Yecch. These, however, changed my mind.

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Daring Kitchen: Seafood & Artichoke Paella

Paella with a glass of wine

Talk about a challenge. I honestly wasn’t expecting things to go the way they did. From failed mayonnaise to substituting half the main ingredients, at this point I couldn’t tell you if I completed the challenge or not.

So what am I on about? It’s the 14th of the month, which means it’s time for a Daring Cooks challenge! Paella with a glass of wine

Talk about a challenge. I honestly wasn’t expecting things to go the way they did. From failed mayonnaise to substituting half the main ingredients, at this point I couldn’t tell you if I completed the challenge or not.

So what am I on about? It’s the 14th of the month, which means it’s time for a Daring Cooks challenge!

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Spinach and Sweet Potato Salad with Bacon Dressing

Spinach and Sweet Potato Salad

One of the recipes in particular sounded really interesting. I love spinach and I’ve been wanting to use sweet potatoes more, so I decided to make Spinach and Sweet Potato Salad with Warm Bacon Dressing for dinner the other night.

The things I loved: Roasted sweet potatoes are really, really good and don’t need much to shine. A bit of olive oil, some salt and pepper, that’s it. When it was combined with bacon and onions, it was even better.Spinach and Sweet Potato Salad

One of the recipes in particular sounded really interesting. I love spinach and I’ve been wanting to use sweet potatoes more, so I decided to make Spinach and Sweet Potato Salad with Warm Bacon Dressing for dinner the other night.

The things I loved: Roasted sweet potatoes are really, really good and don’t need much to shine. A bit of olive oil, some salt and pepper, that’s it. When it was combined with bacon and onions, it was even better.

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Kotletes

Kotletes

My husband’s been having cravings.

Cravings for the fluffy, meaty goodness called kotletes.

I, myself, am not really sure how to translate. It’s somewhat like meatloaf and then again somewhat like squished meatballs. And “meat patties” don’t sound particularly yummy.

So let’s stick with kotletes, shall we? Or perhaps Mini Meatloaves, if pressed. Traditionally, these are shaped like teardrops, probably because of how the balls go squish between your palms (fun!). Kotletes

My husband’s been having cravings.

Cravings for the fluffy, meaty goodness called kotletes.

I, myself, am not really sure how to translate. It’s somewhat like meatloaf and then again somewhat like squished meatballs. And “meat patties” don’t sound particularly yummy.

So let’s stick with kotletes, shall we? Or perhaps Mini Meatloaves, if pressed. Traditionally, these are shaped like teardrops, probably because of how the balls go squish between your palms (fun!).

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Vēlos… I wish…

Harvest

This is some of what my mother-in-law grew in her garden and harvested last week.

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