Monthly Archives: October 2009

Roasted Veggie Salad

Roasted Veggie Salad

This one is my go-to salad when I want something really hearty and veggie-heavy. I love to mix it with the creamy, salty feta my Greek landlord carries for her family and friends. It can be a side or a main if you add some orzo or potatoes. (I’d use reds or Yukon golds for this one rather than russets.)

However, don’t forget the dressing. It just wouldn’t be the same without the lemony-garlic tanginess. Roasted Veggie Salad

This one is my go-to salad when I want something really hearty and veggie-heavy. I love to mix it with the creamy, salty feta my Greek landlord carries for her family and friends. It can be a side or a main if you add some orzo or potatoes. (I’d use reds or Yukon golds for this one rather than russets.)

However, don’t forget the dressing. It just wouldn’t be the same without the lemony-garlic tanginess.

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From Scratch: Chicken Stock

Chicken Stock

For last week’s challenge, I needed some chicken stock. I could buy some, but really, why? Making stock is super-easy and mostly unattended. It’s a good way to spend a Sunday afternoon, especially if it’s a rainy one like the day we made this batch. Chicken Stock

For last week’s challenge, I needed some chicken stock. I could buy some, but really, why? Making stock is super-easy and mostly unattended. It’s a good way to spend a Sunday afternoon, especially if it’s a rainy one like the day we made this batch.

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Daring Cooks Challenge: Dessert Wontons

Filled Dessert Wontons

For this challenge, I gritted my teeth, dug up the candy/frying thermometer, my small pot (to limit the damage done to my oil bottle if things went badly) and… completed the challenge! It wasn’t so bad, really. The thermometer helped a lot (duh.).

The wontons could have any filling we could think up, any shape, you name it.

Now that was fun. I like creative challenges like this that allow me to play around with something on a theme. So my husband and I sat down at the table and started putting together all sorts of little odd packets.Filled Dessert Wontons

For this challenge, I gritted my teeth, dug up the candy/frying thermometer, my small pot (to limit the damage done to my oil bottle if things went badly) and… completed the challenge! It wasn’t so bad, really. The thermometer helped a lot (duh.).

The wontons could have any filling we could think up, any shape, you name it.

Now that was fun. I like creative challenges like this that allow me to play around with something on a theme. So my husband and I sat down at the table and started putting together all sorts of little odd packets.

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Daring Cooks Challenge: Vietnamese Pho

Vietnamese Pho

The October 2009 Daring Cooks’ challenge was brought to us by Jaden of the blog Steamy Kitchen. The recipes are from her new cookbook, The Steamy Kitchen Cookbook.

Whee! What a great excuse to make chicken stock! The details of that are in another post, but what I wound up with were 3 quarts of dark amber roasted chicken goodness. Good stock is essential as pho is very simple though endlessly variable.Vietnamese Pho

The October 2009 Daring Cooks’ challenge was brought to us by Jaden of the blog Steamy Kitchen. The recipes are from her new cookbook, The Steamy Kitchen Cookbook.

Whee! What a great excuse to make chicken stock! The details of that are in another post, but what I wound up with were 3 quarts of dark amber roasted chicken goodness. Good stock is essential as pho is very simple though endlessly variable.

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Spicy Roasted Tomato Stew

Spicy Roasted Tomato Stew

The days are getting longer and colder as our short autumn winds to the midway mark. Where in summer we focused mostly on fresh, summery salads, now it’s time for soups. We chose this one at random from How to Cook Everything Vegetarian for our Random Recipe meal plan day and it worked out pretty darn well, if I do say so myself.

It’s really, really thick but if it’s too thick for you, just add additional vegetable stock or water to thin it down to the consistency you prefer. Thick slices of crusty bread for dunking are an excellent addition as well.Spicy Roasted Tomato Stew

The days are getting longer and colder as our short autumn winds to the midway mark. Where in summer we focused mostly on fresh, summery salads, now it’s time for soups. We chose this one at random from How to Cook Everything Vegetarian for our Random Recipe meal plan day and it worked out pretty darn well, if I do say so myself.

It’s really, really thick but if it’s too thick for you, just add additional vegetable stock or water to thin it down to the consistency you prefer. Thick slices of crusty bread for dunking are an excellent addition as well.

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Pildīta karbonāde (Stuffed Cutlets)

Pildīta karbonāde

Every week I make one recipe from Latviešu ēdieni.

I handed the well-worn copy of Latviešu ēdieni to my husband.

“Here, you pick something out this time,” I said. I’d just flipped through it and couldn’t decide on anything, so I foisted it off like any good wife onto my husband.

“Hmmm, this sounds good. Let’s have pildīta karbonāde!”
Pildīta karbonāde

Every week I make one recipe from Latviešu ēdieni.

I handed the well-worn copy of Latviešu ēdieni to my husband.

“Here, you pick something out this time,” I said. I’d just flipped through it and couldn’t decide on anything, so I foisted it off like any good wife onto my husband.

“Hmmm, this sounds good. Let’s have pildīta karbonāde!”

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Roasted Beet, Apple and Walnut Salad

We had some leftover roasted beets from the farmer’s market, a ton of apples from our apple tree and freshly prepared horseradish, so I decided to mix up two of the recipes in Latviešu ēdieni so we could take advantage of our supply. Besides, never allow a recipe to preach at you — pay attention to what you need to use, what looks good and what’s fresh. Substitutions are better than wasting food or using unripe or bad.

This recipe is excellent on its own, but I think it still needs some tweaking. In particular, it needs some hard-boiled egg, which we didn’t have time to cook by the time we realized it, so I’ve added that into the recipe. We had some leftover roasted beets from the farmer’s market, a ton of apples from our apple tree and freshly prepared horseradish, so I decided to mix up two of the recipes in Latviešu ēdieni so we could take advantage of our supply. Besides, never allow a recipe to preach at you — pay attention to what you need to use, what looks good and what’s fresh. Substitutions are better than wasting food or using unripe or bad.

This recipe is excellent on its own, but I think it still needs some tweaking. In particular, it needs some hard-boiled egg, which we didn’t have time to cook by the time we realized it, so I’ve added that into the recipe.

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